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Favorite Nails of the Season!

Autumn Nail Stamping

These fall nails may be my favorite fall nails I have ever done.  They aren’t super flashy or complicated, but I really enjoyed wearing them!  Be ready for lots of pics.  (Also, I am trying to get used to the new WordPress layout, so there’s that.)

Bundle Monster

I used a Bundle Monster plate with a Konad stamper and scraper.

Cancer Moon

But, before we get into all of that, let me tell you that I painted all of my nails with Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Cancer Moon as a base.  This is a neutral with a golden shine that seemed perfect for this look!

Nail Polish for Stamping

For the stamping, I used these polishes.  From left to right they are: OPI I Sing in Color, Sally Hansen Lustre Shine, Zoya Channing, Julep Valerie, Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Jungle Gem, Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Branch Out, Sally Hansen Patent Gloss Moto, Sally Hansen Insta Dri Vanished, and China Glaze Don’t Make Me Wine.  All of these worked together beautifully to make the multicolored leaved.  I am posting a few extra pics so you can try to get a fee for the polishes.  A lot of them are duo/multichromes, have shines, etc.

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Okay, for the stamping.  In the following pics, I was experimenting with a yellow that didn’t make the cut, but you can ignore that.  🙂

Multicolored Nail Stamping

First, I blob a bit of each color on the plate.

Konad Stamping

Then, I scrape.  The colors do not blur together the way you would think they would.

Konad Fall

Here is a stamp on paper to preview the colors.

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure

After I stamped all of my nails I put on a quick topcoat.  (You can see a few smudges from where I should have waited a moment longer.)

Now for the tons of pics!

Julep

 

China Glaze

 

Zoya

 

OPI

Thanks for reading!  I hope you enjoy these as much as I did!

Jurassic World Theme

Jurassic World Nail Art

I am an embarrassingly huge fan of all things Jurassic Park!  The first one is great, the second one is watchable, the third one is junk, but I still watch it.  I got to go see Jurassic World when it opened this weekend, and had a great time!  I am not going to try and act like it is a brilliant piece of cinema…I can tell you that it isn’t.  But if you are going to jurassic thrills, you will not be disappointed!

Naturally, I wanted to theme my polish for the movie.  The Hubs and I rarely go to the theatre, so I was all out for this date night.  🙂  (On a scale of one to nerd, I’m pretty sure I am closer to the nerd end at this point.)

I searched a few images for inspiration before I began.

Jurassic World

Not my image.

Dinosaur Skin

Not my image.

Dinosaur Skin

Not my image.

I did not want to go with the red, yellow, and black colors from the original movie.  I liked the blue, black, silver theme for the new one.  And, the fossilized dinosaur skin inspired the accent nails.  After this, the work began.  Get ready, because this is going to be quite the post.

Jurassic World

Not my image.

I used all kinds of supplies for this mani.  I will begin with the ones that are not nail polish.

Nail Art Supplies

I used a bath scrunchie (new), cosmetic sponges, glue, and a paintbrush.  I used the sponges to do the gradient and accent nail, the scrunchie for the accent nail, and the paintbrush to paint the glue all around my nails to make clean up easier.

Gradient Nail Polish

For the gradient on my nails I used these polishes.  From left to right: OPI Dining Al Frisco, Essie Blue Rhapsody, Sally Hansen Insta Dri Silver Sweep, Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Gunmetal, and Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Black Out.  Before I sponged on any paint, I did one coat of the Insta Dri on all ten of my nails.  Then, I cut a sponge to be about the size of my nails, painted it in the order that you see, and dabbed away.  Because I was going for the Jurassic World theme, I was not overly concerned with perfection.  It was okay to see it get a little rough in texture and to not have all of the gradients have the exact same amount of blue or black.

Dino Skin Nail Polish

For the accent nails I used brown and gold colored polish.  From left to right: OPI Satin Love.Angel.Music.Baby., Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Branch Out, and OPI Liquid Sand What Wizardry is This.  First, I put on two coats of the satin finish polish.  I purposely chose that so I wouldn’t have too much of a shine.  Then, using a cut off piece of the bath scrunchie, I held in on my nail as I sponged on the other two colors.  Before I lifted the netting of the scrunchie off, I pulled on in a little to get a rough, textured look.  The liquid sand polish also helped with the texturing.

Gradient Sponge

Here are the sponges and piece of scrunchie that I used.  These items are easily found for under a dollar and last forever when you only need a little at a time.

Gradient Before Clean Up

YIKES!  Before clean up, this is how it looked.  Remember, I painted glue on all of my fingers ahead of time, so I waited for the polish to dry and then plucked off the glue.

Glue to Clean Up Nail Polish

Here are some of the glue bits.  They all peeled off easily, and the next pictures I am going to show you are without any acetone clean up at all.  While there are some spots that could benefit from a little tlc, overall I think you will agree that the glue was effective.

Nail Art Gradient

Jurassic World

Dinosaur Skin Nail Art

Metallic Gradient

Textured Nail Art

OPI

Sally Hansen

Each hand is different, and honestly, each nail is different.  I was pleased with how this turned out.  I think it stayed true to the Jurassic World color scheme and I think the dino skin accent nail isn’t too bad.  If you are looking for an easy way to clean up after gradient nail art, the glue thing works.

Thanks for reading and indulging in my nerd of the week moment!

The Browns

Nail Polish Swatches

My Collection

Neutral Polishes

The Browns

Brown Nail Polish

The Browns

“The Browns” seemed like the most appropriate title, instead of saying the browns, coppers, neutrals, and other tannish shades.

Orly Rage

Orly Rage is a metallic version of a neutral.  It goes on smoothly and needs about two coats to be solid.  It reflects light in an amazing way, but not in an overwhelming, not really neutral way.  I only have it in a mini size, but if you find it out there in a large, I would grab it.

Complete Salon Manicure Cinnamon

I have two Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure polishes that are practically identical.  To try to justify this, I will say that I got them both at the bargain bin for pennies and in reality, they look a lot different painted on than in the pictures.  At any rate, this one is Cinnamon.  This is a dark creme polish that is simply brown.  For lots of fall looks, this is perfect!  It also goes on really smoothly, so it is lovely to use.

Complete Salon Manicure Copper Penny

This glitter polish is one of my favorites, and I wish a picture could capture its beauty.  Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Copper Penny is made up of different sizes of circle glitter pieces that look exactly like a brand new penny.  The pieces spread evenly and apply smoothly, so this makes it a glitter polish that is actually nice to use.  I like it a lot in autumn, but it can be used to shine up lots of looks.

OPI Gaining Mole-Mentum

Again, pictures!   Why can’t I capture the real glory!?!  OPI Gaining Mole-Mentum is a flaky glitter polish that has gold, silver, and copper flakes.  It goes on fairly easily, with minimal pushing and shoving needed to make it even.  This is another go to in the fall, but the variety of colors in the flakes makes it very versatile.

Insta Dri Moracc-go

Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Moracc-go is the exact same shade as a terra cotta pot.  It is basically opaque in one coat.  I picked this one up specifically for stamping in the fall, but have used it a couple of other times.  Insta Dri polishes work really nicely for stamping, if you are looking for alternatives to actual stamping polishes.

Complete Salon Manicure Branch Out

Here is the other Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure that I was talking about.  This one is Branch Out.  It is a little lighter, and has a tinge of copper sparkle to it.  It is a gorgeous polish to use on its own and for accents.  It goes on smoothly and two coats will cover you.

Sally Hansen Insta Dri Quick Sand

Sally Hansen Insta Dri Quick Sand is a neutral polish with silver sparkle.  One coat could work with this one, but two is best.  The sparkle gives it a nice kick out of the ordinary neutral nail.

Magnetic Kinetic Copper

I think the magnetic polishes are really cool, and this one is my favorite.  Sally Hansen Magnetic Kinetic Copper is truly copper colored.  You apply one coat, let it dry, then while the second coat is wet you hover the magnet over it.  It makes it swirl into light and dark curls that are to die for!  It is an easy manicure that looks like it was difficult and time consuming and will get you lots of compliments!

Revlon Parfumerie Autumn Spice

Revlon Parfumerie Autumn Spice is a dark brown that shimmers gold, rose, and maybe even a hint of green.  It is the perfect fall polish.  It does need about three coats to be completely opaque.  As far as the scent…yes, it really does smell, and the smell is very autumn.

Sally Hansen Lustre Shine Copperhead

Sally Hansen Lustre Shine Copperhead is copper polish that shines green.  In two coats it will be ready to wear.  The only thing that I am not a big fan of with this polish is the streaky look it tends to get…but a lot of polishes like this, with multiple shades, can seem to do that easily.

Piggy Polish Sand it Over

Finally, Piggy Polish Sand It Over is a neutral shade that leans toward the orange/yellow end of the spectrum.  It says “goes on toes” but I use it anywhere.  Like any neutral polish, it is easy to slap on when you aren’t sure what the week is going to hold.

Thanks for reading all about my browns!  Do you have any faves?

My Collection – The Purples

Nail Polish Swatches

My Collection

Purple Polish

The Purples

Purple Nail Polish

The Purples

We are finally at the end of the traditional rainbow.  After this, it’s on to the pinks, whites, silvers…you get the idea.  So, let’s get to it.

Sally Girl SimpleSally Girl Simple is a pastel purple.  I picked it up for ten cents! I use it for Easter accents, and things like that.

Miracle Gel Hunger FlamesSally Hansen Miracle Gel Hunger Flames is more fuchsia than this picture shows.  It does have a beautiful shine to it, and if you want nails that will make a statement, this polish will certainly do that.

OPI Just Busta MauveI wonder what the deal is with all these dark shots?  I must have thought it was okay at the time.  Anyway…moving on…the next one is OPI Nicole Just Busta Mauve.  This is a glitter polish that actually paints on pretty opaquely.  With purple and blue glitter, it catches the light and is very versatile.

OPI I Sing in ColorYou might be thinking that this looks brown or red, but I can guarantee you (from the spot I have on my carpet) that it is purple, just a very deep purple.  It is OPI I Sing in Color.  If you want drama, this will bring it.  You need two-three coats, but it is worth it.

Salon Manicure I Lilac YouThis pale pastel is Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure I Lilac You.  It goes on surprisingly solid for such a pale color, and for any delicate look it is a beauty.

LA Colors Nuclear EnergyLA Colors Color Craze Nuclear Energy is a basic purple that leans toward being a neon purple.  It is a bright shade, but not shocking, so it can be worn with all kinds of looks.  You do need quite a few coats to get it opaque.

Satin Glam Taffeta

Sally Hansen Satin Glam Taffeta has just a hint of sparkle in it, but dries to a lovely satin finish.  Two coats will get you completely covered with this one.

Xtreme Wear

Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Violet Voltage is one I like to use for water marbeling.  It is honestly not one I have used for a full on manicure yet.  I guess I haven’t had that perfect idea for it.

Xtreme Wear Pep-PlumThis is another one that works well for water marbeling.  Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Pep-Plum is a bright shade of purple.  I have a set of microbeads that match it really well too, so that is always a fun combo.

Xtreme Wear Pink SatinThis one I struggled with, trying to decide if it was more in the pink or purple category.  In the end I clearly chose purple.  It is Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Pink Satin.  It is a metallic purple that really catches the eye.

Magnetic Red-y ResponseI love, love, love this polish.  Sally Hansen Magentic Red-y Response.  The way it swirls with the magnet, to bring out light and dark shades (almost black) is gorgeous.  I usually lay down one coat, then on the second I use the magnet.  I have never been disappointed with this polish.

Xtreme Wear Deep PurpleSally Hansen Xtreme Wear Deep Purple is just that, a deep purple.  It has a teeny metallic sheen and goes on pretty well with just one coat.

Triple Shine Grape JellySally Hansen Triple Shine Grape Jelly is an ultra sheer purple jelly polish.  I like it for watercolor looks and to add a touch of purple to other looks.

Essie She's Picture PerfectThis pale purple is Essie She’s Picture Perfect.  You can see a bit in the picture that it is a pastel purple, but the shine is bolder.  This one does need a few coats to be solid, but other than that, it is fairly easy to work with.

Sally Girl XOXOSally Girl XOXO is definitely in the neon category.  I use this one a lot paired with black, or other neons.  It adds spice to any look.

And those are my purple polishes!  Thanks for reading!!!

My Collection – The Blues

Nail Polish Swatches

My Collection

Blue Nail Polish

The Blues

Blue Polish

The Blues

Blue Polish 2

The Blues

Whoa!  Someone has the blues!  I had to split it up into two groups just to be able to stage all of the bottle and swatch pics.  I am a little disappointed with the lighting, but I think as we travel through the blues together, you’ll get a better view of them.  Enjoy! Magnetic Ionic IndigoSally Hansen Magnetic Nail Color Ionic Indigo is a fun one!  I actually like the magnetic polishes, because with very little effort, you have a unique look on every nail.  This goes on smoothly and I like the dark and light colors that come out when you use the magnet.  On a side note, I have never tried any of the other magnets you can buy that are supposed to make other patterns.  Have any of you tried them?  Do they make that much of a difference? Wet n Wild Up in the AirWet n Wild Megalast Up in the Air is a very sheer blue glitter polish.  With enough coats, you can get a blue tint, but I typically use it as a topper.  The glitter is that nice iridescent kind that adds a subtle flair to lots of looks. Color Show Blue BeatsThis matte glitter polish is a stunner!  Maybelline Color Show Street Art Blue Beats has different sizes of matte black and neon blue glitter pieces.  The pieces are dots, hexes, and lines that work together to form this great topper for eye catching looks.  It goes on easily and evenly and gives that dramatic pop you are looking for! Formula X BoomSephora Formula X Boom is another topper that I really enjoy using.  It is full of multiple sizes of hex glitters that have a pearly sheen.  This is really easy to spread out evenly and is such a versatile color for all kinds of looks. Salon Manicure Jungle Gem I really wish I could capture this color in the picture.  Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Jungle Gem is a gorgeous deep blue with a tinge of teal to it.  It is really an elegant, deep color that works for lots of holiday and winter looks. Miracle Gel CombustealbleSally Hansen Miracle Gel Combustealble is a blue-teal polish that shimmers with a purple glow.  It’s really unique and catches people’s eyes.  It goes on practically opaque in one coat, but two is guaranteed.  Used with the proper top coat, it wears like iron. Ciate Ferris WheelCiate Ferris Wheel is a very pale blue that is cute for looks year round.  It does need about three coats to be opaque, but goes on smoothly, so streakiness isn’t a problem.  This one came as a gift in the mail with some nail art stuff…bonus! Glosstini Blue HawaiianWhile the bottle looks a little fuzzy, the swatch looks just like the color.  Covergirl Outlast Glosstini Blue Hawaiian is like if you could mix neon blue, baby blue, and grey.  Weird description, I know…but it isn’t any certain type of blue specifically.  I actually like this one a lot for accent nails. LA Colors In a FlashLA Colors Color Craze In a Flash is a basic/neon blue.  It is pretty sheer, so you need a few coats to get it to be opaque.  Depending on what you wear it with will determine if it looks more primary or neon. Xtreme Wear Blue Me AwayThis is a ver bright blue, that leans toward neon.  Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Blue Me Away goes on easily and is opaque in one coat.  It does stain though, so ALWAYS use a base coat (if you don’t already).  I like this a lot for water marbeling, but then the whole skin staining is a thing.  Oh well.  🙂 Crackle Wave BreakSally Hansen Crackle Overcoat Wave Break is one that I don’t use too often.  It’s great, it crackles nicely, easy to apply, and so on…I just never really got into the crackle look.  I do like that this one is so sheer.  It is less obvious, and with a little sparkle it just adds a nice touch. Xtreme Wear Breezy BlueSally Hansen Xtreme Wear Breezy Blue reminds me of a robin’s egg.  It dries with a bit of a pearly finish and is such a beautiful color in the spring.  (Though I have worn it for winter and summer looks as well.)  It needs two to three coats to be opaque.  I like to top it with a black and white polka dot polish and it makes this simple, yet stunning look. Xtreme Wear SplashThis blue and white speckled jelly polish makes a cute topper on lots of colors.  It is Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Splash.  With the variety of blues and the little bit of white, this is a versatile polish.  It can be a little hard to spread the pieces evenly, but I have found that it can take a little shoving around without any damage to the overall finished look. Xtreme Wear Pacific BlueSally Hansen Xtreme Wear Pacific Blue is a pretty, basic blue.  It is not a jelly polish, but seems to have more of that feel than just a cream.  It does take about three coats to be opaque.  It goes on easily and is great for all kinds of patriotic looks. Color Club Blue HeavenThis gorgeous blue based, holographic polish is by Color Club and is called Blue Heaven.  When the light catches it, you cannot take your eyes off of it.  It shines so many beautiful colors!  When it is not catching all of that light, it is a shiny, kind of metallic pale blue.  Either way, it is wonderful!  One coat works, but two is best for this one. Wet n Wild I Need a Refresh-Mint I Need a Refesh-Mint by Wet n Wild is a summery, wear it to the beach, blue.  It is totally opaque in two coats.  I have a love/hate relationship with the wide brush in this bottle.  Sometimes I feel like it makes painting easier, and other times I feel like I just slop paint everywhere.

OPI Dining Al FriscoThis polish with hints of silver and little blue sparkles is a subtle showstopper.  OPI Dining Al Frisco goes on easily in two coats and gives a great pop to any set of nails.

Broadway Nails Space FlightBroadway Nails Space Flight is a steal!  You can pick up Broadway Nails at Dollar General stores for $1.  This is a jelly polish, that on its own is kind of dark.  When I paint it on top of white, it is a vibrant blue!  Either way, it is easy to use and too good of a deal not to try.

Complete Salon Manicure Batbano BlueSally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Batbano Blue is a bright, primary blue with a blue, pearly shine.  It goes on nicely in one-two coats.

Zoya SunshineZoya Pixie Dust Sunshine is a textured polish that dries a little matte.  It has silver glitter in it that adds some spice.  It reminds me of denim when it is dry.  This polish goes on evenly and is opaque in one coat, which is a total bonus!

HD SpectrumSally Hansen HD Spectrum needs two-three coats to be opaque, but with the shine of it, you can get by with less.  At first glance, it is a teal/blue, but it shines purple.  This is a gorgeous color, especially in the summer sun.

Diamond Strength Something BlueIf you are looking for a shiny, sheer topper with a tint, this is it.  Sally Hansen Diamond Strength Something Blue can be painted on to be a sheer beauty or in multiple coats to be darker.  While it is barely blue in the base, there are light blue glitter pieces in it that catch the light.

Essie Blue RhapsodyEssie Blue Rhapsody reminds me of a cloudy day on the water.  It is a gray-blue polish that is really beautiful.  It takes two-three coats to be solid.

Color Show Emerald CityI could not capture this one in a picture the way I wanted to.  Just trust me on the shine and glory of it.  Maybelline Color Show Emerald City is a blue/teal and holographic glitter topper that shines like there is no tomorrow!  The colored glitters are just little circle pieces, while the holographic ones are hex and diamond shaped.

Triple Shine Ice TintSally Hansen Triple Shine Ice Tint is a sheer jelly polish.  I like to use it mainly for watercolor looks, but it can be painted on to just be a sheer blue on its own.

And those are my blues.  Thanks for reading!

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!

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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!

Thanks for reading!

Twinkle Toes

Sally Hansen

I like to try a lot of combinations on my toes before my fingers, especially in winter.  Then I can check it out at home and see how I feel about it.  I began with Sally Hansen’s Xtreme Wear in Golden-I on all my nails.  Then, I topped it off with Sally Hansen’s Complete Salon Manicure in Midnight Glitz.  This polish has matte black pieces, metallic gold pieces, and holographic glitter pieces.

Midnight Glitz

Overall, I am happy with the results.  The glitter polish went on fairly easily, so I have no problem with using it.  Here’s the final look.

IMG_2018 Glitter Pedi  The glitter polish actually does catch the light better than I caught it.  🙂

Thanks for reading!

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