NOTD: Blue color blocking

I’m sorry this post is a little rushed but I have SO much to work on right now, I’m working hard on moving my blog over to a REAL website so that I can integrate everything (blog, shop, whatever) into one place.

Today’s NOTD is another entry into a nail art contest. I love nail art contests, they give me the inspiration I’m often lacking! This theme was color blocking and it gave me an excellent opportunity to use my striping tape for the first time. I did the different colors freehand then covered the dividing line with striping tape, it left me with a very neat finished product!

I’m sorry the picture isn’t very good, I just took a quick shot with my camera phone and my new phone doesn’t seem to have as good of a camera as my old one–which is really weird because this one’s an iPhone 4S, the other one was just an iPhone 4! I’m going to try to start taking pictures with my fancy-pants camera more often so you can actually get an accurate idea of what the colors look like 🙂

  • Anise Urban Jungle
  • Hema 09
  • Maybelline Denim Dash
  • Essence Blue Addicted
  • striping tape

NOTD: Global Reddit Meetup Day!

As many of you know, since there’s where you first found my blog, I love reddit! For those of you who don’t know, reddit is a social media site where people can upload pictures, new articles, ask the community for help and input, whatever! There’s even a community (called a subreddit) dedicated just to nail polish stuff 😀 

Saturday is a global meetup day for reddit, a day when all across the world a bunch of redditors all gather to hang out. I decided I had to do something special for the occasion, so I did some reddit imagery. When you like something on reddit you give it an upvote so it gets more visibility, and when you don’t like something you downvote it. Two fingers on my hand correlate pretty well with the upvote and downvote system…Well, I’ll just let you see for yourself 😉

Reddit’s mascot, Snoo

Upvote

Upvote, close-up

Downvote

  • Milani Cyberspace
  • OPI DS Magic
  • Color Club Sparkle and Soar
  • Milani Black Sketch
  • Sally Hansen White On
  • nail crystals

NOTD: Zoya Zuza and Rea, a match made in Heaven

I…I’m actually a little speechless for today’s mani. I honestly am finding myself just oogling my nails and going “hommina, hommina, hommina.” In fact it’s taken me like 20 minutes to write this post because I just keep looking at the picture and looking at my nails and going “oooh, aaaah”!

I decided to use Zuza on a whim when all the glitter came off of yesterday’s mani, Jilltastic is still doing her Try It On Tuesday and I just got Zuza from Copious for a penny a few days ago. She’s been sitting on my shelf, just waiting patiently for me to pick her up and pair her with someone….and Rea called to me. Rea was one of the first Zoya polishes I got and it’s still one of my favorites (along with Jem).

This was so simple to do! I started with two coats each of Rea and Zuza, then used Seche Vite since I had to get out the door fast for an appointment. When I got home I tossed on some French tip guides (I’m horrible at freehanding them) and did the tips. Rea only took one coat for full opacity, but Zuza over Rea was a bit too thin with one coat. I kept the nail guide on (you generally remove each guide as soon as you’re done painting that tip) and removed it right after I did a second coat, the line was still nice and crisp and not the slightest bit messed up, though I did only wait like 3 minutes after the first coat.

All right, enough of my blabbering (when I was apparently speechless, lol), check this baby out for yourself!

  • Zoya Zuza
  • Zoya Rea

NOTD: Super-glittery bi-pride

This week’s theme is bisexual pride! This is an awesome theme because I get to use three of my favorite colors: pink, purple, and blue 🙂

As those of you who follow my Facebook know I was mixing up a ton of polish from my Legend of Zelda collection (pre-sale still going on now!). I now have the finalized formulas completed 🙂 Because I was elbow-deep in glitter all evening I, being a glutton for punishment, decided I had to do glitter French tips.

This was so simple to do, also! I started with a coat of white (underwear, yay!) because I didn’t want to stain my nails using Savage like I did a few days ago. Next, two coats of each color, then a quick swipe over the whole nail of quick-dry topcoat and a quick dunk into a vial of loose coordinating glitter. Lots and lots of scraping off loose glitter that got on my skin and TA-DA! A lovely effect. I’ll be topcoating over these and I still expect half of the glitter to come off in my bed but who cares, right? If glitter comes off easy I’ll take it, lol!

This post is also part of Try It On Tuesday, my friend Jill at Jilltastic Nails is getting her blog buddies to use a polish on Tuesdays that they’ve just had sitting in their collection but never worn. Presto Pink was my Try It On color, and I think Urgent Orchid is unused, too! Check out her page, she’ll have a round-up of all the bloggers taking part in Try It On Tuesday.

As a side note, I adore Savage’s natural finish. I tried to get a picture of it but none turned out well. It’s a lovely satin-y matte, it just looks so smooth 🙂

  • Sally Hansen Whirlwind White
  • Sally Hansen Presto Pink
  • Sally Hansen Urgent Orchid
  • Sinful Colors Savage
  • Loose glitter from Dollar Tree

NOTD: Throttle accent

Sorry I’ve been so quiet all weekend! I was busy taking a motorcycle training course 🙂 I did awesome! But I’m gonna go back for one more class before risking going on the street on my own 🙂

Of course I had to have pretty nails for my class. I didn’t do my nails until fairly late the night before so I needed something quick and simple. What’s better than magnetic?! I love this Sally Hansen, I really only needed one coat so that’s all I used!

My kitty refused to get off of my desk so I could take pictures

As you can see, I alternated the direction of the wave for the magnet. For my thumb I held the magnet sideways for a really neat effect!

After my first day on the course I was inspired to try something new. I’ve been seeing different “accent” types going around–cocktail and trigger accents are the two that come to mind first–so I figured…why not do a throttle/brake accent? The riding coaches kept grinding into our heads that you always use 4 fingers on the brake lever so this really helped remind me to not get lazy and only use 2 (which provides less strength and you may not stop as quickly). I looove how it turned out!

And to show the difference between the thumb and other fingers…

  • Sally Hansen Ionic Indigo
  • Kyoti’s Nails Blue Box

NOTD: 3 different rainbow designs!

My kitty…I love him, but sometimes he’s a little pain in the butt! Last night I was trying to paint my nails and he just wanted to cuddle, I wasn’t allowed to do anything else. Right as I was done taking pictures of my still-somewhat-moist manicure he rubbed right against my nails and smudged them all up. All the time I’d taken to let my base color dry was wasted! And look at how lovely it had been:

I actually had done a different design on my right hand (normal rainbow French tips in the same order as above with glitter over them) but he smudged those before I even had time for pictures.

I did the entire tip design for the mani that did last more than a few minutes using my dotting tools. I didn’t have time to topcoat so my ring finger is still matte, but I’m glad I didn’t waste it since I had such a lovey kitty waiting for me to be done–I would have just had cat fur all over them! So I ended up taking this off right away and going to bed with naked nails (so sad) but it did make it very easy to do an entirely different design this morning–two of them, in fact!

For my left hand I used a rainbow glitter I mixed up myself over (close to) rainbow ombre nails an I *love* it! It has a slight red jelly base and in the bottle it looks so red, but once it’s on the nail the rest of the colors really stand out. It’s not the look I’d hoped to get with the rainbow glitter but it’s very pretty! I might mix up another one for a giveaway 🙂

My right hand is my favorite look for the rainbow ombre colors I used for these 3 looks. Super simple, too! I just put black crackle over the ombre. I love them both!

  • Kleancolor Pink Sleepers
  • Wet n Wild Red
  • Sally Hansen Sun Kissed
  • Sally Hansen Green with Envy
  • Sinful Colors Savage
  • Love & Beauty Magenta
  • Kyoti’s Nails rainbow
  • Warpaint Volcano

Remember that my June LGBT Pride/Support nail art contest is still going on! I also posted to my Facebook saying that if we get 50+ entries I’ll add a third winner 🙂

NOTD: My first gel pedi (plus review)

I was wandering around CVS a few days ago when I went by their clearance section and saw an amazing sight: UV-free gel polish for $3! I’d been wanting to try gel polish but A: didn’t want to invest in a UV lamp and B: didn’t want to spend $12 on a tiny bottle of nail polish, especially since I tend to change my polish so often that the potential 2 weeks of wear would be useless. But for $3? Oh heck yeah, I’ll give it a try.

There were 3 or 4 colors available but the one that really stuck out was Moonstone, especially since it looks like a pretty close dupe of Zoya Skylar. Comparing it on my nail to swatches I’ve seen of Skylar it looks extremely close, definitely close enough if you can’t afford Zoya and Moonstone is on clearance at your CVS!

Since this is my first gel polish I had to read the directions very carefully. I also decided I wanted pictures, for posterity or something 😉

The directions are a bit confusing when you’re so used to the everyday *paint paint nail, wait to dry, paint paint second coat, topcoat* so I read them like 3 times before even starting. Basically you apply the activator to one hand/foot at a time, put on the color, and then swap the brushes in the cleaner and color bottles so you can clean the brush you just used and have a clean brush in your color. The instructions specifically mention that your first coat might look very streaky, and boy did it.

Nutra Nail Moonstone, 1 coat

I fully anticipated needing two coats, so I let that dry and applied another coat (which was much easier as I had a tiny bit more practice), but it still was a bit sheer in a few spots. As far as dry-time, the box claims it’s rock hard in 5 minutes; I gently checked after 6 or 7 minutes and it was still the tiniest bit tacky–I definitely wouldn’t have risked stuffing my foot into a sock and shoe at this point–but 10 to 15 minutes after my final coat it was definitely rock-hard.

Nutra Nail Moonstone, 2 coats

Nutra Nail Moonstone, 2 coats

Since it was still sheer after 2 coats I decided to add another coat, but only to my right foot. My left foot has 2 coats, right foot has 3 coats. You can tell the toes on my right foot are slightly darker than the left but I did thicker coats on my left foot so they balance out well.

And a close-up comparison of 2 coats (left) vs 3 coats (right).

The final color was very nice, the texture was a tiny bit lumpy but that could be because I took too long to apply it. The finish is a nice mid-glossy finish, I’m not sure if it’s safe to add topcoat to this so I skipped it but I may experiment with glossy and matte topcoats in the future. Overall, definitely a great buy! Being a frugal lacquer addict I still wouldn’t buy it for $12 but for the price I paid I’m quite happy with it.

When using this polish be very careful to apply only to the nail, I got some on my cuticles and skin and it really does dry hard, almost acrylic-like (though not quite as strong) and it was difficult to remove without chipping the rest of the polish.

Let’s see how it hold up! I’ll update in a couple days.

  • Nutra Nail Moonstone

Disclaimer: This product was not sent to me for review; it was purchased by me and no compensation has been given to review this product.

Update 13 days later: ok, it’s been almost 2 weeks now and just 2 days ago I started to notice the first chips. 12 days after application I had lost all the polish on one toenail and I had 3 or 4 big chips, mostly in my big toes. This color lasted a great amount of time, even lasting 2 whole days stuck in hiking boots. My toenails always last longer than my fingernails so if I used these on my fingers I’d probably get closer to a week+ of wear out of them. This would be GREAT for a mani/pedi before going on a long vacation!

I didn’t notice a real difference in wear between the 2 coats vs the 3 coats, the nail that chipped off entirely was from my 3-coat foot but I think that was just coincidence.

Removal was definitely harder than even the average glitter mani/pedi, it took lots of scrubbing with pure acetone and still took about twice as long as usual. Some of the polish started flaking off while I removed it, which was nice.

Overall, I’m really happy with this polish, I think I’ll be using it for pedis and on my mom’s nails (since she always chips hers off after a few days)