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Neon Winter Nails

China Glaze DJ Blue My Mind

January is a month that I actually enjoy quite a bit.  I really like the snow.  But where I am, we haven’t had even one snowfall yet!  It makes it hard to get in the snowflake nail art mood.

Instead, I have a neon blue with a black, white, and holo topper as a neon winter look.

Formula X Meteoric

I began with painting all of my nails with China Glaze DJ Blue My Mind.  Then, I topped off my nails with Formula X Meteoric.  Meteoric has black and white matte glitters of different sizes along with  tiny holo glitters.  For a video to see this better, check out my Instagram!  @dontjudgemeokaynails

China Glaze

 

Formula X for Sephora

 

Winter Mani

This went on really quick and wore nicely.  🙂  I am in love with the Formula X polish, and I wish the pics would have been better.  (When don’t I wish that?)

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My Collection – The Blues

Nail Polish Swatches

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The Blues

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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!

Blue and White Snowy Days

Winter Nails

It is a new year, and I am making a resolution to have at least one post per week.  I got overzealous when I first started this, probably because it was summer, and work slows down.  Once life caught up to me, something that I began as a mind break, something without any accountability, deadlines, and so on, became a chore and I became less and less likely to post.  As I reevaluate, I think one post a week is reasonable, and if I manage to squeeze in more than one, YAY ME!

Also, I have been following some nail art geniuses!  I love your work, and I get such a kick seeing it!  But I am just the everyday, have some nail polish stuff, like to try it out, girl.  I am not going to have freakishly awesome nails.  I am going to have nails that I like, and I think are doable for anyone.  When I read back through what I had posted, there were tons of “excuse the messy edges” or “I know it’s not perfect” or “I know my toes are yucky”…I could go on.  Part of my resolution is just to be me.  Stop making excuses for being me.  No, my edges aren’t always cleaned up, because I snap the pics right away, before I do projects with kids, dishes, or whatever else boogers them up.  And my pics aren’t going to be perfect because I am not a photographer.  And honestly, who has beautiful toes?  So if I want to show my pedi, I will.  Take it for what it is.

In my effort to make one post a week, I will feature things like my nails, my supplies, my storage, whatever I think would appeal.  My nail collection is not always the latest and greatest (if you follow me, you know I am about the clearance) but I think there are lots of people, in this economy that cruise the clearance, find cute polish and use them.

Basically, I am the average working woman on a budget.  I want to do this blog for me, as a release, as a fun thing.

WHOA……moving on!

The Polar Vortex has struck and I wanted to do a wintry type of nail.  I used:

OPI, Sally Hansen, Sephora, Funky Fingers

OPI – Dining Al Frisco,                                           Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear – White On,        Sephora Formula X – Boom, Funky Fingers – Olaf

The OPI polish is a beautiful blue with a silver metallic touch and blue glitter hints in it.  Somehow, the elements that I thought would make it more intense, seemed to calm it down.  Weird, right?

OPI Dining Al Frisco

I used the OPI on all of my fingers, except for the ring finger, and I used the Xtreme Wear on it.

Then came the toppers.  On my ring finger I used the Sephora polish.  (I scored that a TJ MAXX for $1.25!)  I really like it because it has all different sizes of these pearly glitters and goes on really nicely.  It wasn’t that glitter struggle of tapping, daubing, smearing, trying to spread it relatively easily.

Sephora Formula X Boom

For the topper on all of the blue fingers, I used the Funky Fingers.  There are actually snowflakes in that polish, but I wasn’t able to get any out.  I also had to add a couple drops of thinner to the mix, because while I love all the sizes of matte and iridescent glitters, it made it too tough to get out and spread.  Once I thinned it, it was much easier.

Funky Fingers Olaf

I think that the blues and whites worked well together, and help to make a sort of wintry feel.

IMG_2027 Winter Nails

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