Saturday, August 15, 2015

Zoya Tris and Zoya Giada...and bubbling!

Today I am not going to swatch some of the new Fall Zoya polishes. There are blogs for that. Today I am combining two of them to show you how elegant, yet edgy, these beauties are.

 I'm a sucker for gunmetal so when I saw Tris I knew I needed it. NEEDED! But I also knew the formula would bubble on me. Which brings me to a point that I've been thinking about for awhile: bubbling. People are going to throw things at me I just know it.

Nail polish is a viscous solution. A very sticky and thick liquid that changes states as it becomes exposed to air and temperature. So while shaking your polish *may* cause a few tiny bubbles, that's not why it bubbles. If that was the case that can of paint you bought for your living room would bubble completely up...they mix the ever loving out of that before you take it home. Polish makers use the same method to create their colors. So your carefully stored polish that you never shake? It's been shaken like you wouldn't believe already. Sorry to spoil the fun.

Things that prevent the nail polish from adhering to your nail are what cause bubbling. Like:
  • Humidity (polishes are far more likely to bubble in the summer)
  • Solvents on the nail (oils, lotions, partially dried polish)
  • And sometimes good, old-fashioned body chemistry. 
Which is why I knew that Tris would bubble. She did. No shaking occurred. It's just how it is. I use a lovely, thick top coat to hide it and call it good. You may now throw rotten tomatoes at me.
 Moving along. The second polish I got was Giada. You know. Like Giada de Laurentiis? The pasta goddess! Ok so my other love is food. I can't even say second, because it's about on par. So I fell in love with the purple, saw the name, and had to have it. I have to say it's a purple that is as composed as her dishes. Heavenly sigh.

That's that for today. I do have that monthly sub box still coming. I ran into some issues making the video (which is why I take pictures for the record), but for better or for worse it'll be up soon.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Geometric art, tape manicure style!

Have you ever looked at a collection and had seasonal fever kick in? But then be torn? UGH! I'm so there right now. I'm a little over the summer heat, but I'm super loving going swimming with the kids every week. I love running around in flip flops (when I'm not at work), and the summer fruits and drinks, and camping. But fall.....oh fall.

Basically I'm trapped in between, and I'm pretty sure that's where this nail art came from. I got the August Julep box and the two colors that I fell instantly in love with are Julep Lizzy and Julep Ann. But I had stumbled across Julep Tatiana (an add-on I got months ago, but never played with) and BAM! The longing for fall...

Summer and fall got a little tangled up. But that's ok! I LOVE it so much! It's actually pretty simple to do too. You just need some nail vinyls (I got these in the Julep box this month, but about a million sellers on Etsy sell them too) and some scotch tape.

When you lay down your first color make sure it dries completely. I still stick the tape to my skin and pull it back off to keep the tape from pulling up the base color.

It's just a matter of taping from one edge of the nail to the other, paint, and pull the tape back up immediately. Wait to dry and repeat with the remaining color.

Ann is such an incredibly bright and summery pink and works so nicely against the coppery shimmer of Tatiana. Lizzy is a great base color and the vinyls just polish it all off.

Do you ever find yourself caught between seasonal fashion choices? I think it's just a great time to mix it up a bit. Thanks for reading! I still have that new monthly subscription coming so check back later!

Wednesday, August 5, 2015


You that one thing that just evades you? You tell yourself to be like the engine that could (I'm a mom - you were warned). "I think I can, I think I can!" I chant as I look through Pinterest at water marbles. I do this to myself far too much. Then I get bold and out comes everything I own. Because you never know. Maybe if I pull out everything I'll appear prepared and my supplies will be intimidated into surrendering the spoils of war: a perfect water marble.

Per usual, an almost perfect nail, two ok nails, two "no one will see that where's the acetone" nails, and a couple choice words later:

It's not a total fail. It's more of a "well on reality tv when someone steals the beef for my filet Mignon and swaps it for ground chuck so here's my new plan" manicure. Here's the non-photo hand to demonstrate what happened:

Yes gradients. I know, I know. It's a go-to. It's so pretty and put together. Plus, look, I did accent nails to tie it all together! Practically meant it! "Here, judges, I've created for you a mixed media look to really show you the variety of nail art choices." Beaming smile and a an exchange of looks that says, "Yeah that wasn't your plan, but, sure, we'll all pretend it was."

That's it for now. If you have some tips for the perfect water marble make sure to leave me a comment. I'd so love to conquer this nail art.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

On a long, hot day...

We're nearing the apex of the summertime heat. Which means it's HOT. Having spent the last week camping with my wonderful family at a beautiful lake where the heat was tempered with gorgeous winds kicking off the lake to cool everything down I have to say I'm not a fan. Especially since our landlord won't allow window a/c units. Because he's sadistic I'm pretty sure. Or I'm weak. Or both.

At any rate I also got a renewed sense of love for pretty nails WITH NO DIRT UNDER THEM. It doesn't matter what you do while camping there doesn't ever seem to not be dirt under the nails. It's enough to drive this mama bonkers!

So I give you Zoya Aphrodite with a saran wrap Zoya Severine accent. Red plus gold equals gorgeous sophistication. Once upon a time I would never have worn that combination, much less been head over heels in love.

Zoya Aphrodite is a delightfully juicy orange-leaning red. A deeper jelly with microshards lurking in the depths. I'm not as keen on Zoya Severine as it's almost a frost finish white leaning gold that refuses to dry without bubbling on me. However it makes a wonderful accent.

Photos are natural light at sunset. Not my favorite time to photograph, but I'll miss my favorite lighting in going to work tomorrow so oh wells!

I'm a little rusty from my blog break, but hopefully I'll get back into the swing of things. I have a new nail strips subscription box I'm giving a go coming in a week or two, and some Julep goodies that should be landing soon as well. Here's to nail mail and, hopefully, cooler weather on the horizon!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Creme Roses

Well I intended for them to be roses. They keep getting mistaken for leopard print. I think I needed a different color palette.

All creme and no shimmer. Very odd for me, but I have been super into the floral prints as of late and the creme kind of felt like it would "go" with this look more.

It turned out pretty squishy due to using a squishy base of OPI Funny Bunny, which I totally love. Do you have a favorite white? 

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Let's be real (and my gradient tips)...

I've agonized over not posting regularly. I'm so busy and when I'm off work I'm trying accomplish all the things I can't do while working. But above all else: I'm being a mom to four, sweet, growing kids. Plus I dig into freight boxes on a near daily basis. My once gorgeous nails are a little battle worn. It's, for reals, sad. You have been warned.

For some reason gradients are a go to for me. They feel easy and look amazing even if your clean up isn't 100% on point (which mine is not). My biggest pet peeve is having to clean so far from the cuticle to get clean lines but, eh, life moves on.

My gradient tips:
  • I use a standard makeup sponge triangle. I cut it in half and then in half again to get a surface about the size of my nail. It's easiest to line up this way.
  • I start with my middle color in the center and work out with my colors for even application of color. For this look I have (from base to tip) Orly Liquid Vinyl, China Glaze City Siren, Julep Jackie, Sinful Colors Anemone, and China Glaze Peachy Keen. I HIGHLY recommend when starting out on gradients to use 2-3 colors. It's a challenge even for me to get 5-6 colors on one nail.
  • For brighter colors use a base of white. I used OPI Alpine as it's a squishy white so it doesn't play with some of the sheerer colors like Julep Jackie.
  • I will usually go over my gradient twice. So I load up my colors, sponge (sponge on straight and then daub up and down slightly to mix the colors), then I load and repeat. I use one sponge for each hand. 
  • I don't ever wet my sponge first. I've read this as tip, but I find it messes with color intensity and dry time so I don't do it. Ever. 
  • Finally I finished my look here with China Glaze Fairy Dust. I don't always finish with a glitter topper and this is NOT what mixes the colors together. The daub up and down with the sponge is what does it. But it's a nice touch don't you think? ;)
There you have it. Gradients are my absolute favorite. I don't know if I'll be regularly posting again anytime soon. But my blog is never far from mind, as are all of you. I love my nails and my polish still, but life is just so chaotic right now. I wish you all the very best. Until next time (whenever that may be)!

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Hubby's Picks REVEALED (HP42)

Why hello everybody! Total disclaimer: Hubby feels I cheated on this week's picks. I say I've just outsmarted him. We'll let you decide. Plus I say he cheated. He picked OPI Black Spotted for a second time. Which, by the way, I will be hiding. To think I yearned and pined for that polish...

Long story short here you go. As a reminder the polishes chosen this week were Color Me Monthly Panther, Glam Polish Aurora, Dip Drop #144, and OPI Black Spotted. This is by far not my favorite Hubby's Picks ever, but it works.

Also my lighting is awful, awful, awful. I hate it when the sun doesn't do what I need it to do. BUT as you can see I have all the colors on my nails! No, no OPI Black Spotted is there. I promise. The black dots on the pink strip? That's what it does when you apply it with a striping brush! Ta-da!

This is a prettier, but darker picture of it. Because, of course, the sun still wasn't being my friend.

I just love the depth to Glam Polish Aurora. It's soooo pretty!

There you have it! Thoughts on my take for Hubby's Picks today? Leave me a comment! Also I am currently shopping for an upcoming giveaway so check back to see what's in store. Have an awesome evening!