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Antique Tootsies

Antique Nail Polish

For this, I was trying to achieve a look of tarnished, antique metal.  Sometimes I look at it and think, NAILED IT!  Other times I look at it and just think it looks like two polishes together.  Either way, I am not offended by it.  🙂

Sally Hansen, China Glaze, OPI

For this look I began with painting all of my nails in Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Golden-I.  It took two coats to make it opaque enough to move on.  Then, I let that dry completely.  Next, I crumpled up some plastic and painted China Glaze Turned Up Turquoise onto the plastic.  I then took the plastic and dabbed it all over my nails.  This was certainly a mess and required plenty of clean up afterwards.  Finally, I felt like the green had taken over, but I liked the antique look I was getting, so I crumpled plastic again and this time painted it with OPI Love.Angel.Music.Baby which has a satin finish, so it wouldn’t be as metallic as the Sally.  I think that helped to balance out the colors and achieve what I was going for.

Saran Wrap Nails

Plastic Wrap Nails

Plastic Wrap Nail Art

Whether or not I fully achieved the antique look, I am not sure.  I do think it is neat though, and would be interested in trying the plastic crumpling with other color combos.  What combos have you tried?  Any suggestions?

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My Collection – The Greens

Nail Polish Swatches

My Collection

Green Nail Polish

The Greens

Green Polish

The Greens

Green is used for so many things throughout the year, and I apparently have the shade for every event.  🙂  Here are my greens!

Sally Girl DoupThis is Sally Girl Doup.  It is a muted grass green color.  I used it once for a camo nail, and honestly, haven’t used it much since then.  These little Sally Girl polishes are good for things like that though.

Glosstini AppletiniThis Covergirl Outlast Glosstini Appletini really is the color of a green apple.  It looks darker in the photo than it is on a sunny, spring day.  This makes for a nice accent nail more than a full manicure in my opinion.  But, for a nice spring accent, it is great!

Butter London Wellies

Butter London Wellies is a very bright, spring green.  It almost looks yellow at times.  I got this polish on clearance at T.J. Maxx, and was all excited thinking that a polish that costs $15 will be awesome to work with.  Maybe it’s just the shade (light colors can be harder to work with sometimes) but I was not thrilled.  It took a lot of coats, and was hard to make it not streaky.  That said, it does make a nice background for a flower manicure.

China Glaze Turned Up TurquoiseChina Glaze Turned Up Turquoise leans more toward the blue end of the green spectrum, and in the picture looks very blue.  I promise it is a turquoise, greenish color in person.  It isn’t bright enough to say it is neon, but is definitely a summer color.  On its own it dries to a sort of satiny finish, as you can see in the swatch.  I have a handful of China Glaze polishes, and find them a bit runny and hard to work with, but the colors (if you are patient enough) are typically worth it.

Funky Fingers Partly CloudyFunky Fingers Partly Cloudy is a beautiful, calm, teal color.  It is a color changing polish that really does work!  It changes to gray in the sunlight.  It goes on opaque in two coats and is easy to work with.  If you wanted to try color changing polishes, I would recommend the Funky Fingers.  I have a couple and they both work great!

Miracle Gel Super Charge

Super Charge is an appropriate name for this Sally Hansen Miracle Gel.  It is a bright green, with a lot of shine.  Something that did not show up in the picture is the pinky pearlescent shine that it has.  It gives this polish a very unique look, and whenever I wear it, I get tons of compliments.  I know that the Miracle Gels require the special top coat, but they do stay on really well if you are as hard on your manis as I am.  🙂

Color Club Angel KissThis holographic polish by Color Club is called Angel Kiss.  It catches the light in such a stunning way, you may have to cover your fingers while driving.  If you are in a place without the light that will make the most of this polish, it is still a metallic looking green that is lovely.  It only needs two coats to be opaque and goes on really smoothly.

Wet n Wild Atten hutWet n Wild ATTEN hut is a dark, glittery green.  I like this one in the fall.  It goes on opaque in one coat, and makes for a quick, easy look if you are in a hurry.

Xtreme Wear SambaThis is a Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear jelly polish in Samba.  It has green and blue pearly hex glitters in it.  The polish is very thick and makes it a little tricky to spread evenly, but I like this color combo so much I make it work.  It is a great topper for so many things, and makes a great accent nail or two.

Xtreme Wear Jazzy JadeThis is another one that leans toward the blue end, but is a beautiful shade.  It is Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Jazzy Jade.  I love, love, love this one for water marbeling.  It is GORGEOUS every time!  I have used it just to paint my nails, and it is one that goes on smoothly and quickly.  It has a bit of a shine to it, and is a great summer shade.   (though I have used it other times)

Xtreme Wear Mint SorbetAnother Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear for you!  This one is Mint Sorbet.  This is a beautiful pastel green that is great for Easter, spring, and even summer looks.  You do need about three coats to make it opaque, unless you have white underneath it.  If you can’t tell, Sally Hansen is definitely my go to!

Parfumerie WintermintRevlon Parfumerie Wintermint is actually a bit lighter than it looks in the picture.  It is shiny green base with blue glitter in it.  It is kind of sheer, so you need quite a few coats to make it opaque.  It does actually smell minty though when it is dry!  I use this one for all kinds of things since the color is pretty basic, and mint is my favorite scent!  (Though, people probably will wonder about you if you sniff your fingers all day long.  LOLOL)

Xtreme Wear Tan LimeSally Hansen Xtreme Wear Tan Lime is my basic green color.  If you are going for just a crayon green, this is the one.  Is is kind of sheer (if you can tell from the swatch) and takes a few coats to get all the way green.  It is easy to work with, so even though you need a few coats, you don’t drive yourself cray doing it.

Triple Shine Sea Through

Sea Through is a Sally Hansen Triple Shine polish.  It is kind of jelly-ish, but not at the same time.  It looks great layered over other colors or in a watercolor look.

Zoya ChitaZoya Pixie Dust Chita is a green, glittery polish that goes on in one coat and dries to a textured finish.  The little sliver flecks in it makes it a gorgeous holiday shade!  I really love the one coat thing, so I use it when I don’t have a good idea and just want some color on my nails.

China Glaze In the Lime LightChina Glaze In the Lime Light is a very bright green with a blue sheen to it.  It dries to a satin kind of finish.  It is a bit thin, and does take quite a few coats to get opaque.  If you are willing to work with it, you won’t be disappointed.  It is a beautiful summer color!

Ulta JadedThis polish looks very green in the pic, but in life it reflects the light to show hints of blue and purple.  It is a very unique polish.  It goes on opaque in two-three coats and is fairly easy to work with.

Fresh Paint HoneydewIf it is possible to have a pastel neon, that is what Fresh Paint Honeydew would be.  It is this beautiful, mint ice cream color that I love in the spring and summer.  I really like that it is so bright without being neon.  It goes on smoothly and is opaque in two coats.

Sally Girl Spring GreenThis Sally Girl polish did not have a name on it, and I have been calling it Spring Green.  It is the quintessential spring color and is great for any spring look.

Sally Girl PeaceSally Girl Peace is a neon green.  It takes two-three coats to be solid.  It is very bright and makes for a great summer accent nail or full set of ten nails!

GOOD GRIEF!  That’s a lot of green!  Do you have a favorite green polish?  Let me know.

Thanks for reading!

My Collection – The Oranges

Nail Polish Swatches

My Collection

Orange Polish

The Oranges

The Oranges

The Oranges

Last week I featured the red polishes that I have in my collection.  This week I move on to the oranges.  Some of these shades were really hard to place, whether they would be more red or orange, but you can clearly see where they fell.

I will begin with my favorite orange.  It is Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Crushed.  It has a reflective, pearly kind of sheen to it, and can almost shine with a bit of a coral/pink hue.  I really like to use this one for water marbeling.  It adds a nice touch every single time.

Xtreme Wear Crushed

No particular order from here on out.  Just the rest of my orange shades.

Sally Girl Crazy is a bright neon that is opaque in two coats.  It is cute for summer time or for accents.

Sally Girl Crazy

Next up is a polish that I use a lot in the fall, but can be a deep summer color as well.  It is Ciate Beach Hut.  It is an orange base that has a golden metallic shine to it.  There are also some red tones that flash in the light here and there.  It takes quite a few coats to get it to be opaque on its own, but can be a beautiful sheer topper to other polishes.

Ciate Beach Hut

Orly Melt Your Popsicle is another neon orange.  It is brighter than the Sally Girl, but takes three or four coats to seem solid enough, but still can be seen through.  I only use it for an accent nail for that reason.  I have never painted all of my fingers or toes with this.

Orly Melt Your Popsicle

Another mini polish I like is a Covergirl Glosstini.  It is called Flamed Out and I believe it was part of the Hunger Games set from the second movie.  Flamed out is the perfect name for this.  It is a shimmery orange with yellow.  It goes on nicely and I think it is a real eye catcher.

Glosstini Flamed Out

Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Sun Kissed is a more mellow orange.  It isn’t necessarily pastel, but isn’t your basic orange either.  It kind of reminds me of mac’n’cheese.  I like this one for water marbeling, and for spring and summer nails.

Xtreme Wear Sun Kissed

Zoya Pixie Dust Dhara reminds me a lot of the Glosstini above.  It has the orange and yellow glow that I really like.  It dries to a more textured finish and goes on opaque in one coat.  (Who doesn’t love that?!)

Zoya Dhara

The next one I found on sale and thought it looked great in the bottle.  It is China Glaze Flying South.  It has coppery glitter in it, and autumnal colored little straight pieces.  (I’m not sure what the technical name is for them.)  It looks really feathery in the bottle, and I thought it would make for a cute set of nails.  I was not the biggest fan when I painted it on.  It is difficult to make even and just didn’t have the same soft look as it did in the bottle.  I didn’t get rid of it, but I am not sure how to use it in the future.  Any thoughts?

China Glaze Flying South

I’ll put another China Glaze in next.  It is Pool Party.  When it is in the summer sun, it has that almost pink, hot orange look to it. I really do like the color of this polish, but it takes about four coats to get opaque and in all those coats it gets hard to keep it from getting streaky.

China Glaze Pool Party

I’ll tone it down with this next one.  It is a Sally Hansen Triple Shine in Vitamin D-light.  This is a very, very sheer orange that I have mainly used for watercolor looks.  It doesn’t seem thick enough to be a jelly polish, but isn’t thin enough to be normal, so it can get a little tricky to work with at times.

Triple Shine Vitamin D-light

My last orange is a true orange, just like it was out of the crayon box.  Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Poppin’ Paprika.  When I do things with basic colors, this one usually makes the cut.  It goes on opaque in a coat and dries to a nice shine, even without a top coat.

Insta-Dri Poppin' Paprika

That wraps up my oranges.  Do you have a favorite?  Is it one I have, or one I should try?

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Diagonal Beauty

Striping Tape Nail ArtI kept waiting for a sunny day to take this pic, but no dice.  I think you can appreciate it anyway.  🙂

Sally Hansen China Glaze Color Club

Striping Tape ~ Nail Scissors ~ Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Jungle Gem ~ China Glaze The Outer Edge ~ Tweezers ~ Color Club Harp On it

To create this mani, I first put down a single coat of Color Club’s Harp on It.  I wanted to have a holographic stripe.  After it dried, I put pieces of striping tape on each nail at a diagonal.  I used the nail scissors to cut it, and the tweezers to make sure it was pushed in tightly on the edges.  Then, over the entire nail I painted a single coat of Sally Hansen’s Complete Salon Manicure Jungle Gem.  Once it dried, on the top half of the diagonal, I painted China Glaze The Outer Edge.  (This polish has both white and silver glitters in it.)  Finally, I peeled off the tape with little to no trouble at all.

I really did get a holographic line like I wanted, but on these cloudy January days, it was hard to capture it.  I think for a winter look this is perfect.  It has the snowy effect and the darker colors that I like to use this time of year.  (Not that I don’t use them other times, but you know what I mean.)

Here are some more angles.  I really enjoyed wearing this, and lots of people liked it.  I like when your nails look like they took a lot of time, but you know they didn’t.  AND, getting a ten nail design at a salon….talk about break the bank!

IMG_2330 Nail Art and Design IMG_2331

OH!  Before I forget…when do you like to peel off your striping tape?  I have tried dry and wet, and both ways end up with touch ups to do.  When I look around, everyone seems to have their own ideas of what is best.  What do you do?  Let me know!

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Steals and Deals

Let me begin by saying that I went grocery shopping today.  It may be my least favorite chore.  I mean, you search the aisles, compare the coupons, compare the prices, put it in the cart, put it on the conveyer belt, put it in the bag, put it back in the cart, put it in the car, take it out of the car, take the bags in the house, put the stuff away, and then get some of it back out for supper.  Are you feelin’ me here?

Meanwhile, I do want to brag that today I got $100 worth of groceries for $15.  Yay me!

Naturally I cruise the clearance aisles.  I scored Orly Bonder Basecoat for $2, Sally Hansen Insta Dri in Poppin’ Paprika for $1.50, and Sally Hansen Salon Manicure in Cinnamon for $1.50.


I may be able to try these products sooner than expected because my green polish (that I just put on on Saturday) is chipping.  It is China Glaze, and I am really trying to like the China Glaze that I have (not many) but every time I wear it and try to apply it, I am not impressed.  Oh well.  

That’s pretty much all I have to say today.  I live a thrilling life.  🙂



Green and Fimo

I finally settled on some fimo dragonflies and butterflies for this week.  (I know you were all on the edges of your seats, dying to know!  LOL)  It seemed bright and summery.

IMG_1717 IMG_1719Let me tell you what though…I am truly discovering that I am not steady handed at all.  Whenever I try to get a pic of something, whether it is my nails or just random objects, six tries later, I just choose the least blurry.  Goodness!

Anyway, for these I used China Glaze, In the Lime Light, and Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear, Samba, along with some of my new fimo pieces from Cheeky Beauty.  The China Glaze is a cute color, but the application was rough.  It was grabbing itself, and ultimately, that’s why I layered the Samba over it, to try to cover some imperfections.  The Samba was VERY thick.  The fimo pieces are terrific!  They are thin enough to be flexible, and stick to the polish.  I only have a few edges that curled up…for the most part, they are stuck to stay.

I like these for a fun, summer look.  Kind of cartoon-y and bright.  I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend!


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