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November 19th, 2011

Blue Blast

Sorting out my nail polishes the other day I realized that the overwhelming majority of my nail polishes are blue and purple.  Not too much of a surprise, as I’m not a big fan of the traditional girlie pinks and reds.  I thought I’d share a few of my blues with you since I have so many.  Enjoy this blue spam!

Wet N Wild Rain Check is a bluish grey pearl polish.  While there’s a hint of duochrome in the bottle, it doesn’t show up as strongly on the nail.  The consistency is watery and three coats were needed.  But the color is so delicate and moody that I didn’t really mind.  It really does remind me of a rainy day.

 

Essie Lapiz of Luxury – a periwinkle blue creme that has a jelly feel. Despite the watery finish this one covered pretty well.  This is three coats.

 

Mattese Elite Lapis is another jelly blue.  This one has more of a greenish undertone.  This one is so unique, I just love it.

 

And another Essie – Smooth Sailing.  This is another periwinkle blue, with the addition of feathery silver flakes that add some depth and sparkle.  A very sophisticated, summery shade that would work well as a pedicure polish.

 

This next polish is a franken I made!  It was my first attempt at mylar flakies, which, let me tell you, are not pleasant.  I bought some iridescent turquoise blue flakies at Ricky’s but they were a bit too large for nail polish.  So, I used some nail scissors and cut them down.  What a tedious process!  I’m still picking flakies out of my carpet a month later.  I dumped them into a clear base with a few drops of Milani blue holographic nail polish for some shimmer.  I believe there are a few drops of Sally Hansen Fairy Teal in there, too.  This is one coat of my lumpy franken over two coats of Brash Electric Sky.  It reminds me of mermaid scales.

 

Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Marine Blue.  I’m not sure if this is discontinued?  It’s HTF at the least I think.  As you can see the polish consistency wasn’t very thick and tended to thin out at the nail tips.  I hate that.  I also got some bumps but that’s my fault for not letting my layers dry enough.

 

And the SH as compared to NYC Empire State Blue.  They are very close but not dupes.  I actually preferred NYC’s formula; it was easier to work with and covered better.

 

Nicole by OPI It’s up to Blue.  I believe this is a Target exclusive.  What a frustrating color.  I bought it shortly after falling in love with OPI Brand New Skates, hoping that it would be a close cousin.  Well, it was and it wasn’t.  Although the foil is very similar – shifting from blue to violet to gold – I had a nightmare of a time with the formula.  So streaky and sheer.  I almost wanted to take it off and start over again.  This is my semi-decent attempt at a manicure.  Next time I’ll avoid a headache by painting this over black.

Let’s see some dark blues, shall we?  This is LA Colors Craze Blue Lagoon.  Steely without looking black.

 

China Glaze First Mate.  A pretty, well-behaved creme – no complaints here.  I felt positively naval wearing it.

 

Then I added a coat of Revlon Blue Mosaic glitter.  It contains mainly light blue hexes with a few large kelly green and silver ones thrown in.

 

Brucci Heavenly Julia is a grape-tinged dark blue – dare I say blurple?  Anyway it is perfection.  So juicy.

 

Fingerpaints Easel-y Entertained.  This is a unique blurple microglitter…

 

Layered over ORLY Royal Navy, a blue glass fleck.  This one is almost electric, it has a lot of depth.

 

Kleancolor – I forget the name of the shade.  Actually this brand is called Mak3 Color, a dollar store version of Kleancolors.  Cool dark navy with a jelly finish.

 

Thanks for looking!

 

~ Allison ~

August 27th, 2011

NYC Inspired Nail Art – Checkered Yellow Cab

 

Hey everyone, I was inspired to do some NYC-flavored nail art this afternoon.  It’s been pouring all day so I’m holed up inside, taking it easy and staying dry.  Be kind – this is my first nail art ever.

Here’s what I started with, but I felt it needed something.

So I freehanded some black french tips using Wet N Wild Black Creme.


The yellow is Prevail Taxi! Taxi! appropriately enough.  I used three coats which was enough to even out any streaks and create an opaque surface. My camera could not handle this shade of yellow at all.  Although it appears neon here it’s really much warmer, the actual color of an NYC Yellow Cab.   Anywho, I’m not certain that the Prevail brand is sold outside of NYC @ Duane Reade.  Does anyone know?

For the checkerboard nail I began with two coats of Sally Hansen XTreme Wear White Out, a basic white creme.  After allowing 15 minutes for dry time I drew a checkerboard pattern in Sharpie.  I used a very thin one to sketch out the squares, and a slightly thicker one to fill in the black squares.  I was skeptical that this method would look passable, but I think it does.  You can only tell I used marker if you’re studying my nail really closely.  My pattern was close-to-perfect but did smear a bit on one side, where some excess topcoat settled.  Next time I’ll use a very thin coat.  Also, I learned the hard way to let those black tips dry completely before adding your topcoat.  I rushed a little and my middle finger’s yellow got smeared.

Does freehanding French tips sound too intimidating?  I used to feel that way.  But I discovered a very easy method for getting straight French tips.  I load my brush with polish and anchor my hand on a flat surface, with the brush pointing sideways and slightly downward.  Then I put my nail under the brush, far corner first, and rotate til the entire tip has been painted.  The brush remains stationary and only the nail moves.  This way I get a straight, even line every time.  I’ve mastered this technique when I’m painting on my left (non-dominant) hand, but I need much more practice painting on my right hand.  You would think two different people manicured each of my hands, lol!  Therefore my right hand doesn’t make appearances on this blog.

Hope you enjoy this fun mani!  Do you prefer it with or without the black tips?

 

~ Allison ~