July 15, 2017

A Year In Color: The First Six Months **PIC HEAVY**

Hey all!

First, if you haven't checked out Polished Plumage on Instagram, please do! This was a great idea that she's shared with a group of awesome fellow nail polish lovers, including myself. Each month has a different color theme using a unique hashtag along with #ayearincolor, and it's been fun so far! See the original post with monthly colors listed here.

January became known as #whitejanuary.

The first one was actually part of a mani swap with egyptianmani! I really enjoyed this one.

And the swap collage :-)

This was my first Pats mani for the NFL playoffs, also white for January! 

This one may not be *exactly* white, but oh well! I went to a Wings game, and this was my mani!

February was blue, hence, #bluefebruary.

My second Pats mani

Blue Valentine's Day mani!

Vapid Lacquer Aphrodite

The (oh-so-fitting) color for March was green! And #greenmarch was born!

St. Patrick's Day nails...aaaand, a little bit of my cat. :-)

April brought out all the nudes...#nudeapril

This one was part of a collage a few ladies did in support of a fellow polish lover

The full collage:

Easter Nails! I used lots of Moonflower Polishes on this one.

May wrapped up spring pretty well with #yellowmay, but...I didn't...

I painted...I planned...I broke. *sad*

And the last of the first six months, #violetjune. PURPLE!!! My fave! (It may actually rival #greenmarch in the number of times I painted!)

Some ladies got together for another support mani, and it was beautiful, purpley, love and gorgeousness!

The full collage

Another mani swap mani, this time with dancingshimmers!

The collage

You can also see all of the #ayearincolor posts here! I realize this isn't limited to nails, but it has definitely been enjoyable to me to see all of the different takes. :-) It's not too late to join! We're only about half way through July now, so there's plenty of time to chime in with your mani pics!

Do you like having a challenge or theme to help you come up with design, art, or simple mani ideas? Leave a comment below! Share a link to a favorite mani that you've done in the past!

Thanks for stopping by!

June 30, 2017

...slipping away...again!

Oye. I really need to keep up on this a lot better! It's one of my goals this year to blog a little more, but so far...I'm failing, miserably!

Yes, I'm still painting my nails.

I'm still buying polish like a fiend (ok, not THAT much).

I'm still doing mani swaps, bestie twin nail manis, still participating in polish swaps (and getting some pretty sweet stuff in the process)...but blogging about it has kind of fallen by the wayside as of late. Check out my Instagram feed @mamineedsamani or on the right side of the screen!

However................I'll have a very exciting post in a couple of months. Want to know why?




October 25, 2016

Hello again!

Ok, here's the deal. I got busy. I know, I know. Not an excuse, but it's the truth! I went back to work full time in May, so my polishing time is slimmer than it was in the past, and blogging time is even less.

I will do better.

I will blog again!

Sooooo...if you're still around, hang in there. I'll have a new post soon!


April 20, 2016

Envy Lacquer First Anniversary Trio: Swatch and Review

Hello ladies and gents. Can you believe it's been an entire year since I swatched the very first collection for Envy Lacquer!?! I know I can't. I guess it's true...time flies when you're having fun!

Anyways, on to business! This blog post is dedicated to the Anniversary Trio that Melody is releasing on April 24th. These three gorgeous polishes are glittery, flaky, holo-y yummy goodness! The trio consists of a gold, rose gold and silver polish. See all the deets below. :-)

Up first, Compassion! This is a stunning gold polish. It was the first one that I picked up to swatch, and I didn't know what to do with myself when I put on the first coat and realized it didn't really need a second coat. It went on super easy, and had great coverage. However...in my confounded state, I went ahead and put another coat on. Sooo, here you see two coats with gloss top coat on my index and middle finger, matte top coat on my ring and pinkie. The first photo is under artificial lights in my light box, and the second is a full sun photo.

Envy Lacquer Compassion

Envy Lacquer Compassion - Full Sun

And now...macro goodness!
Envy Lacquer Compassion - Gloss Macro

Envy Lacquer Compassion - Matte Macro

And, who doesn't love a gorgeous, sparkly, holo-y bottle shot?!
Envy Lacquer Compassion - Bottle shot

Up next, Love. This is an absolutely gorgeous rose gold with lots of holo-y goodness (I made that up, and I really like it. Can you tell?) This is easily applied in one coat, maybe a slightly generous coat, but it has awesome coverage. It is shown here with gloss top coat on my index and middle finger, and matte top coat on my ring and pinkie. Shown under artificial lights in my light box in the first photo, full sun in the second.

Envy Lacquer Love

Envy Lacquer Love - Full Sun

 Some more macro goodness...
Envy Lacquer Love - Gloss Macro

Envy Lacquer Love - Matte Macro
 And of course, another sparkly gorgeous bottle shot!
Envy Lacquer Love - Bottle Shot

Last, but most definitely not least is Strength. This is a silver glittery, holo-y beauty. Shown as two coats (pretty sure this one could pass with a single coat as well!) gloss top coat on index and middle finger, matte on ring and pinkie. First two photos are shown under artificial light in my light box, and in full sun. Check her out!

Envy Lacquer Strength
Envy Lacquer Strength - Full Sun

 And now for some more macro gorgeousness...
Envy Lacquer Strength - Gloss Macro

Envy Lacquer Strength - Matte Macro

And one more sparkly bottle shot for the road!
Envy Lacquer Strength - Bottle Shot
Well, there you have it! Three gorgeous polishes to celebrate one full year of fun! Which is your favorite?

Envy Lacquer can be found at the following links: