August 31, 2015

Push Your Mani: September Prompts

Well, August is officially ending, and I'm proud to say that I *actually* managed to complete a full month of Push Your Mani prompts! Watch for the remainder of the August posts over the next few days, but for now, a look forward to the September Push Your Mani challenges! Head on over to the IG account as well!

Do you have a favorite monthly challenge account? Feel free to share it here!
Polish on, lovelies!

August 26, 2015

Revisit: Cover Girl Capitol Collection

Hi! These are some old swatches, but I feel like I need to share them again since Mocking Jay Part 2 will be coming out in just a couple of months (eek...I can't wait!).

I had purchased one or two of these when they first came out, and quickly went on the hunt to find the rest of them. I had to have them!

I'm relatively certain that I used 3 coats for each of these, maybe 4 on some? It's been a little while though, so frankly...I don't remember! :-)

Now, the swatches!

Cover Girl Capitol Collection

These are all pre-light box, and pre-macro lens...sooooo...they're taken standing in one of my windows with the curtain as the backdrop! :-)

Cover Girl Capitol Collection: Inferno

Cover Girl Capitol Collection: Rogue Red
Cover Girl Capitol Collection: Flamed Out
Cover Girl Capitol Collection: Sulfur Blaze

Cover Girl Capitol Collection: Scalding Emerald

Cover Girl Capitol Collection: Seared Bronze

Cover Girl Capitol Collection: Violet Flicker

Cover Girl Capitol Collection: Pyro Pink

Cover Girl Capitol Collection: Black Heat

And here are a couple of the designs I did with this collection:

June 2014: Skittle mani with nail sticker
Thanksgiving 2014: Stamped Gradient
How many "full" collections do you have in your stash? I'm almost embarrassed to say, myself...haha!

Polish on, lovelies!

August 25, 2015

Bestie Twin Nails - August!

Good morning fellow nail polish lovers!

This month I was paired with the amazing crooked_mani. Click that link to go check out her Instagram page!

We agreed on a picture that I took of one of my oldest daughter's dresses, but decided to replace the green with purple. This was so much fun, that I'll definitely be doing this style/design again in the future!

BTN August: Collage

Here is my solo shot!! I used Bear Pawlish Peek-A-Boo! and Ultra Violet (LOOOOVE), and I used Sally Hansen White On, as well as M Polish Scouting the Beach for the freehand daisies! I'm a wee bit miffed that my quick dry top coat decided it wanted to matte my tips. :-/ Probably thanks to the humidity, fan and open window, so yeah. It's my own fault! LOL!

BTN August: Solo Shot
Polish on, lovelies!

August 23, 2015

Push Your Mani August: Flamingos

Hello again! :-)

I fell behind again on the Push Your Mani prompts, but I'm going to do my best to catch up and complete them all!

This weekend I visited my sister (sans kiddos ;-) ), and was able to complete the flamingo prompt between all the toes and fingers of my sister and niece being painted!

In this mani, I used KBShimmer In Bare Form, one of my no name The Color Workshop polishes, Sally Hansen Fucsia Power and Black Out.

Push Your Mani - Flamingos
How are you enjoying all of the summer mani's that have been around? I have been, but man am I ready for some fall preties to come out and play!

Polish on, lovelies :-)

August 22, 2015

Stamped Weekend Mani

Hi again! Last weekend, the hubby and I took the whole fam up to my mom and step-dad's cabin. We had lots of fun, and of course I had to paint my nails with a 'wow factor' that had a bit of staying power (read: glitter!). So, I opted for some glitter, and a bit of subtle stamping!

Here we have Funky Fingers Bling Dipper (photochrome!) stamped with Gesso using my brand spanking new CiCi&SiSi 30 plate!

Funky Fingers Bling Dipper stamped with Gesso - Outside
This mani shows my new watermark, too! Yay!

Funky Fingers Bling Dipper stamped with Gesso - Inside
Are you a stamper? What are your go-to products?

Polish on, lovelies!

August 21, 2015

Mommy's Mani Monday: Mani Orders & Reverse Mani Orders

Hello again, fellow polish lovers! This post is all about Mommy's Mani Monday! It wound up being a combined post on Instagram, so you get a two-fer! :-)

Mommy's Mani Monday: Mani Orders & Reverse Orders

For the August 3rd edition of Mommy's Mani Monday, we were assigned another person in the group to give "orders" to. @ThePolishedPerspective (check her out, she's amazeballs!) "ordered" me to use my least favorite and most favorite color. For this mani, I used Sinful Colors Vacation Time and Tempest (because I LOVE purple!!!). I used a fan brush to work both colors into the mani, and I actually kind of like how it turned out!

Mommy's Mani Monday: Mani Orders - Least Favorite Color and Most Favorite Color

I was assigned to give orders to @hottmama_of4 (go check her out, too, she's pretty awesome!) and I gave her "Braided, or "Herringbone" nails. She nailed it. I love the look she did! Below, you will find my braided mani. It was a lot easier than I had anticipated! I used all M Polishes for this mani, and they made it a breeze! I used Hottie, Dancing in the Streets, and Iron.

Mommy's Mani Monday: Reverse Orders - Braided or Herringbone

Have you tried the braided technique yet? Do you like it?

Polish on, lovelies!

August 20, 2015

Push Your Mani August: Polish You Dislike

Hello lovelies! Today's post is about the fifth Push Your Mani prompt: Polish You Dislike. I had to use two for this one, because these two are probably my least favorite colors. I did use some Twinkled T nail vinyls for this, but I LOOOOVE the vinyls! I need to use them more! :-)

Anywho, here we have Sinful Colors Vacation Time and Revlon Bare Bones.

Push Your Mani: Polish You Dislike

Do you have a "least favorite" polish? Or one that just doesn't float your boat? (You don't have to name drop...haha!)

Polish on, lovelies!

August 19, 2015

Push Your Mani August: Nautical

Hey everyone! The fourth prompt for Push Your Mani this month was "Nautical". I was totally excited about this one because I had this great idea in my head. It turned out pretty close to what I had imagined, I'm calling it a win!

So, without further are my Nautical Nails!

For this mani, I used Laquerlicious (now Polish'M) Distant Shores for the base, and I stamped waves using  M Polish Starflower and Snowberry. The anchors and stars are stamped with M Polish Copper. Love, love, love!

PYM August: Nautical
Have you done a nautical themed mani? What did you use?

Polish on, lovelies!

August 10, 2015

Push Your Mani August: Butterflies

Hello again! I opted for a quick and easy mani the other day because I was short on time getting out of the house. I used Envy Lacquer "Pride" topped with a single coat of "Sinful Summer, both from the Seven Sins of Summer collection. I love how fun this glitter is! It's quickly becoming one of my faves!

Envy Lacquer Pride and Sinful Summer

The third challenge for Push Your Mani for the month of august was butterflies. I opted for a more subtle, abstract take. Since I loved this base color combo so much, I decided to keep it and just add the butterfly stamps to it later on!

As previously mentioned, this is a base of Envy Lacquer "Pride" topped with "Sinful Summer", stamped with M Polish Berry Best Friend using Cici&Sisi 07. I'm soooooo excited that I got my grubby little paws on this LE polish!

Envy Lacquer Pride and Sinful Summer
Stamped with M Polish Berry Best Friends

What are your favorite stamping images? Do you like floral? Abstract? Geometric?

Polish on, lovelies!

August 9, 2015

August Mani Swap

Hello again, lovelies! This month, I was teamed up with the amazing MonkeyTigerDragon for our monthly mani swap! I had a hard time deciding which of her manis to do, but settled on a super fun neon design.

For this mani I used Sinful Colors Snow Me White for the base, China Glaze Point Me To The Party in place of the dots, and L.A. Colors Electra, Aquatic and Mint.

Solo mani swap shot

And, for good measure, the collage! I love that she also chose one of my neon manis! She did an awesome job with it. :-) Originals on the left, recreations on the right.

August mani swap collage made by MonkeyTigerDragon

Come back soon, and polish on!

August 8, 2015

It's Back-to-School time!

So, I was wandering around on Facebook the other day, and a fellow mommy in one of my Facebook groups posted a screenshot of this pinterest pin in a comment and tagged me in it saying I should try, I did! Here's my take on it. It was fun, but quite a bit harder than I had anticipated. Next time, I'll use my striping tape to help me out!

For these I used Sinful Colors Pull Over, On The Bright Side, and Pink Forever. I used Zoya Trixie for the silver bands!

Back-To-School Pencil Nails

What's your favorite back-to-school nail design?

Polish on!

August 7, 2015

Push Your Mani: August!

Hey there again lovelies! Have you seen PushYourMani on Instagram? If not, go check it out! Each month there is a new set of challenges, and they are usually spaced out about three days at a time. Totally doable! (Don't ask me why I can't seem to complete a full month...haha!)

Anyways, click on that there link, go check it out, and join in on the fun! Here is a copy of this month's challenges!

I've managed to do the first two on time this month, and I'm really hoping to keep up on them all this time around!

The first prompt was "Watermelon". I used Orly Sweet Tart (jelly!) and NYC Pink Champagne for just a little bit of shimmer in the jelly. NYC High Line Green, Sally Hansen Lickety Split Lime and Finger Paints Ball Gown Glamour for the rind, and Sally Hansen Black Out for the seeds. This one was fun! If you go back a while on my Instagram feed, you'll see my first watermelon mani which was part of a mani swap. Fun times!

Prompt 1: Watermelon

The second prompt was "Nimbus". I've done one nimubs mani before this one, so it was fun to revisit! For this one, I used Sinful Colors Starfish as the base. I wanted something a little different from the typical white base color that usually gets used, and I toyed around with trying black, but didn't feel quite that brave. ;-) Anyways, all of the colors are M Polish! I used Guilded, Get Lost, Pish Plashin' Around, Dancing In The Street, and Fresh Perspective. It didn't turn out how I pictured, but it's still pretty!

Prompt 2: Nimbus

Are there any monthly challenges that you follow? What are they?

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