Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Enchanted Polish: Hey Jude

Let me preface this post by saying that I am a huge Beatles fan. My dad passed his love for the Beatles onto me, and I've been pretty obsessed ever since. When I decided to study abroad in England, I knew I had to take a trip to Liverpool, the birthplace of the Beatles. Luckily, Liverpool isn't too far from Sheffield! We took a two day trip. Since I knew I was going to the home of the Beatles, I chose a polish appropriate for the occasion: Hey Jude by Enchanted Polish.

Hey Jude, named for the very famous Beatles song, is a beautiful duochrome with scattered holo. Most of the time, the polish appears green, but it shifts to pink, purple, and gold.

I miss my light box! These photos don't do it justice.

To conserve this beautiful polish, I layered one coat of it over China Glaze Liquid Leather. Then I added purple rhinestones from the Born Pretty store for a pop of contrast.

Trying to capture the holo!

I love all of the Beatles polishes by Enchanted Polish :) Hey Jude is no exception.

Here are two bonus pictures from our trip to Liverpool! If you're ever in Liverpool, I totally recommend going on the Fab Four Taxi Tour. We got to see so many cool Beatles sights, and our tour guide was absolutely fabulous. It was one of the best parts of my whole England trip so far.

The Penny Lane Barbershop!

The grave of Eleanor Rigby

The plaque on the church where Paul and John first met. 
Okay, hope you enjoyed the polish and the pictures! And remember, all you need is love :)

Friday, February 22, 2013

Black and Gold Ruffles and Dots

Today's nail art is actually the first manicure I did while in England! I obviously couldn't bring my light box here, but I did the best I can with photos.

It's so sad not having my full polish collection with me! I had a really tough time choosing what polishes to bring with me, as well. Anyway, I started with three coats of Goldeneye by OPI. Then I painted half of my nails (diagonally) with Liquid Leather by China Glaze. I used a big dotting tool and Goldeneye to go over some of the black, then I used a smaller dotting tool and Liquid Leather to make the black dots. It sounds more complicated than it is, I think!

I wore these nails for orientation :)

My nails look so sad and small :( I always wind up breaking a bunch of nails when I travel! Sigh. Oh well, stay tuned to see how I'll make do with only a fraction of my polish ;)

Monday, February 18, 2013

HARE Polish: Oceans of Alloys

I have yet another HARE Polish today. It's called Oceans of Alloys.

Oceans of Alloys is a dusty blue creme packed with bronze and antique gold glitters. There are squares and hexes in all sizes.

I started with a base of Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Gray by Gray, then layered one coat of Oceans of Alloys on top. As expected, Oceans went on flawlessly. The glitters distributed evenly, and it had that insane glitter density that I love about HARE polishes.

Once again, HARE has created a winning polish. They're my favorite indie brand for a reason! HARE Polish is available through their Etsy store or through Llarowe.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Neon Puzzle Pieces

I have some really fun nail art for you today - neon puzzle pieces! I'm quite proud of how these came out. And as an added bonus, they're really bright, which is just how I like my nail polish.

There are more pictures than usual, so you can see the rest after the jump :)

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Candeo Colors: Jellybean

You know what I love? Jellybeans (specifically Jellie Bellies, but I digress). Today's polish is inspired by those fruity candies. It's called, you guessed it, Jellybean by Candeo Colors.

Jellybean is a pastel yellow creme loaded with satin hex glitters in blue, peach, and lavender. There are some tinier square glitters in there as well.

I used two coats of Jellybean on its own to achieve full opacity. It went on well, and I had no problems with the glitters. They distributed evenly and without any fuss. The base is sheer enough that the first layer of glitter still shows through, which I like!

This polish reminds me of Easter! I think it's really lovely. Candeo Colors is available on their own website or from Llarowe.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Whimsical Ideas by Pam: I Heart NY

Hello readers! I've really been enjoying my time so far in Sheffield, England. I've already visited three really great cities - Liverpool, York, and Manchester. They were all lovely in their own way. I have a soft spot for our Liverpool trip though: We saw so many Beatles sights! I'll have a post about the mani I wore in Liverpool eventually (with a Beatles themed polish), so perhaps I'll post a few pictures with that :)

Anyway, onto the polish. Today's polish is based on one of my favorite places in the world: New York City, which is conveniently located just across the river from my hometown. It's called I Heart NY from Whimsical Ideas by Pam.

I Heart NY is a collection of black and white hex glitters and red hearts suspended in a clear base. There are also some tiny black hexes in there too.

This polish is PACKED with glitter. I used just one coat of I Heart NY over a base of Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in Pink Satin, a pink chrome. The glitters distributed pretty well, though I did have to finagle some of the hearts to get them where I wanted. But the hearts came out of the bottle quite readily, which was nice.

Next time, I'll use a different base. Pink Satin turned all strange and streaky, and I don't like how it looked very much. But I Heart NY was lovely. But it makes me feel the tiniest bit homesick since I'm so far from my beloved New York!

This polish is really awesome, and it's a great tribute to one of the the greatest cities in the world ;) Whimsical Ideas by Pam can be purchased via email; see her Facebook page for more information.