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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!

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!

My Collection – The Reds

Nail Polish Swatches

My Collection

The Reds

The Reds

The Reds

The Reds

I have a collection of polishes that I am really happy with, and I am going to share them with you, one color grouping at a time.  I will begin with the reds.  Not all of the polishes were easily categorized, and there are tons of different ways to categorize them.  I went with color grouping, and did it the best I could decide.

Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Pucker Up

I will begin with my FAVORITE red polish.  It is Sally Hansen’s Xtreme Wear Pucker Up.  It is the PERFECT red.  It is bright, not hinting at pink in any way, just flaming red.  (Red is my favorite color, so finding this and saying it is perfect, really does mean something.)

The order from here on doesn’t really hold any meaning.  I like all of them, and wear them pretty equally.

Ciate Espadrilles

Next is Ciate Espadrilles.  It takes a few coats to get the full red effect, and looks a teeny bit pink in the swatch.  I actually like this one for the fall, because it has a nice golden shimmer to it.

Zoya Channing  Zoya Channing does not take as many coats, and has an orange/gold glow to it.  This was one I scored on a clearance rack for $0.75, and it became a fave!

Essie Russian Roulette Russian Roulette by Essie is a nice, bright red.  It takes about three coats to get to the opaque red color.  I don’t own a lot of Essie polish, but overall, I am not too impressed with the colors.  I feel like it takes a lot of coats to get there.

Miracle Gel Red Eye Miracle Gel Red Eye is close to being a favorite red polish.  It is a nice vibrant red, and with the special top coat, does last for quite a while.  Needing the special top coat is what takes it out of first place, because it isn’t just a polish you can throw on and cover with anything.

Gem Crush Cha-ChingI keep this polish on hand because it is beautiful for a couple days of wear.  Sally Hansen Gem Crush Cha-Ching is thick, and easy to chip.  For the holidays though, it adds a nice pop.
Broadway Nails Hot and Sexy    Broadway Nails polish can be found at the Dollar General, and some are real hits, while others are kinda icky.  But, I think this one is a hit!  It is Broadway Nails Hot and Sexy.  It seems like it has a pinkish hue in the swatch, but a couple of coats of this, and it looks pretty red.  I will say that it rubs off easily though.  Bump up against a wall, papers, whatever, and you’ll probably leave a streak…even with a top coat.

Xtreme Wear Fiesta   Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Fiesta is a jelly polish, and takes a little bit of work to evenly spread out all of the pieces.  It makes a nice topper to other polishes, and it even looks cute on its own, if you want a low maintenance mani.

Finger Paints Stardust Blush  Finger Paints Stardust Blush is a glitter polish full of red and gold sparkle.  It dries textured, and has a lot of shine.  This is another holiday go to, but is fine whenever.

Revlon Colorstay Velvet Rope  This deep, sexy red, Revlon Colorstay Velvet Rope, is a beautiful polish.  It is a rich color, that doesn’t get too dark.  (In other words, you can still tell it is red…it doesn’t look brown or black once it is painted on.)

Glosstini Rogue Red  These teeny little polishes pack a lot of punch.  Covergirl Glosstini Rogue Red only takes two coats to get the full color, and has a really fiery look to it when it catches the light.  There are flashes of orange and yellow that make you just want to stare at it.

OPI Visions of Love  OPI Visions of Love is a really, really deep burgundy/red color.  It is perfect for date nights and when you want to feel a little secretly spicy.

Sally Girl Golden Burgundy  Sally Girl polishes are a nice way to get a little sample of something without going out and buying a whole bottle of something that might just be a fad for yourself.  This one doesn’t actually have a name on the bottle, but it is a burgundy polish with a golden sheen.

Orly Star Spangled     Orly Star Spangled is very similar to the Broadway Nails polish above, but does not have that pinky hue to it.  It is a very sparkly, beautiful red, and makes for a nice mani or accents.

And those are my red polishes.  Do you have any of these?  Do they make your favorite list?  Any that I am missing that I should look for?

Thanks for reading!

Dried Flowers

Dried Flower Nail Art

 

I finally sat down and tried the dried flowers that I had recently acquired.  The pictures truly don’t do these nails justice, because they were really a lot of fun, and much more vibrant than I seemed to ever be able to capture. 

Dried Flower Nail ArtDried Flower Nail ArtI tried to capture these in a few different types of lighting, but….meh.  Hopefully you can catch the drift of what was up with these.

For the nail color, I used Butter London Wellies.  (Note:  I recently got a handful of Butter London, Ciate, Sephora Formula X, Essie, and OPI polishes from TJ Maxx.  I never would have thought to look there, but I will now.  Each polish I bought was no more than $2.  Previous to that, I did not own any Butter London, Ciate, Sephora, or Essie, simply because I didn’t want to pay those prices for colors that I could get in my ever trusty drugstore brands.)

I had already posted about the dried flowers in one of my Amazon Hauls.  I used a turquoise colored flower on the accent nails, and purple small flowers on all of the nails.  At first this seemed like it might be too weird of a color combo, but it worked!

IMG_1829This was one of the more painstaking designs I have done recently.  I am finding it difficult to put into words.  The flowers were definitely fragile, but could take more of a beating than I had anticipated.  I mainly worked with tweezers to apply the flowers. 

For the small purple ones, I used nail scissors to cut them up and make the small little flowers.  These small ones are the ones that almost drove me bonkers!  I quickly realized that I was not going to have enough patience to make any kind of consistent pattern, so I just let them fall where they fell.

I wish I could have captured some of the really neat details, like the tiny yellow stamens on the blue flowers, and that the stems for the purple flowers were green, not just a completely dyed flower.

I would like to comment on the nail color.  This is the first time I have used Butter London.  Four coats later the color was decent.  I am just a little baffled as to why a polish that takes that many coats would have originally cost almost $20.  Have any of you run into this with Butter London polish?  Should I not judge the brand yet?  I know that light colors aren’t always the best to work with, even in brands you know and love.

This stayed on until I removed it after a week.  I did all the standard stuff like, dishes, housework, etc.  I only sealed it with a normal top coat, so it’s not like any extra effort was put into that.

Have you tried any dried flower designs?  Let me know!

Talk later!

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