Monday, July 29, 2013

Color Club Eternal Beauty

Before spending the semester in England, I had heard about how gray and rainy it is there. But having spent many months in Pittsburgh, I thought I'd be fine! I was wrong. Let me tell you, you really gotta go to England to truly appreciate the sun. So when I came home, the first polish I wore was something that celebrated the sunshine.

A holographic polish! This is two easy coats of Color Club Eternal Beauty, a purple holographic. If you don't have any colors from their Halo Hues collection, you need to go out and get some RIGHT NOW.

It's less impressive in the shade, but still pretty. And indoors, you can still kinda see the holo.

I love holographic polishes, don't you?

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

The Last of England: Berry + Silver Glitter Triangles

I am a bad blogger and haven't even finished posting all the manis I have from England! I've just been really busy this summer between my internship and working at my family's pharmacy, so I haven't been posting as much as I'd like to. But anyway, here's the last of my poorly lit abroad manicures!

I started with a base of Barry M Gelly Hi Shine in Pomegranate. Then I let that dry and taped off the triangles. I used Milani One Coat Glitter in Silver Dazzle for the triangles. I sealed it all with a coat of Seche Vite, as usual.

I really like the Gelly Hi Shine line; too bad we don't have Barry M in the US!

Now that I'm all done with manis from abroad, you can expect much better lit photos once again :)

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Gray and Purple Marble

I'm a pretty big fan of the plastic wrap marble. It's quick and easy nail art for when you don't have time for something more complex.

For this manicure, I started with a base of China Glaze Recycle, a light gray cream. I let that dry completely, then I added a thick coat of China Glaze Purple Panic. I used a piece of crumpled plastic wrap and pressed it against the wet polish to remove some, leaving a marble pattern. Make sure to do this one nail at a time since you don't want the top polish to dry!

I like the contrast of the gray against the neon, don't you?

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Turquoise and Rose Gold Dots

Sometimes you just wanna do something simple. And when that urge strikes me, I usually go with some polka dots.

I dug around my collection for some polishes that would look pretty together and settled on Barry M Gelly Hi Shine in Greenberry and ORLY Rage.

I used Greenberry as the base for all of my fingers except my ring finger. I used a dotting tool to add dots of Rage, and did an inverted look on my ring finger for an accent nail.

I'm definitely a fan of this color combo!

Thursday, July 4, 2013

American Flag Nails

Happy 4th of July to everyone in the USA! In honor of this most patriotic holiday, I have some appropriately festive nail art.

My inspiration for today's nail was the American flag! To break it down, I'll start with my red-and-white striped nails. I started with a base of ORLY Au Champagne, a shimmery white. I used three coats to even everything out. I let that dry completely, then I used some striping tape and a thick coat of Milani One Coat Glitter in Red Sparkle. One thing I have to note is that I have two versions of Red Sparkle - one with gold glitter and one without. The latter is older than the gold glitter version, and it's the version I used here. I added a coat of Seche Vite to smooth things out.

Now for the star nails, I started with a base of ORLY Stone Cold, a beautiful shimmery blue. I let that dry, then I used Konad Special Polish in White and a Bundle Monster plate to stamp the star designs onto my nails. My stamping skills (while improving) are not the best, so I fixed any mistakes using White and a nail art brush. I let that dry, then I added a coat of Seche Vite.

I'm really excited that these came out so well! The stamping isn't 100% perfect, but you can only see the imperfections from close up.

Everyone at my internship loved my nails. Now we're having a good ol' American barbecue to celebrate Independence Day! Hopefully swimming doesn't ruin my nail art.

I hope you all have a great 4th of July!