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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!

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Subtle Stamps

Nail Stamping

I wanted a nice, deep color for autumn, and then thought that some designs stamped on top would make it perfect.  It was a very subtle look, and hard to get pics of, but I really enjoyed wearing it.

Konad Stamping

I used Sally Hansen Insta Dri Vanished as the base for all of my nails.  I used a black stamping polish from Born Pretty Store, a Konad stamper and scraper, and a plate that I purchased as a random single, so I am not sure of the brand.

Sally Hansen Insta Dri

Sally Hansen Vanished

I really couldn’t capture the perfection for fall in this color in these photos.  It has a slight golden shimmer along with the deep red.  It is gorgeous!

Nail Art Stamping

Dark Nail Art

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Sheer Tint Toes

OPI Sheer Tints Nail Art

I wanted to do something colorful as the days get cooler and the opportunities to show off any polish on your toes are becoming fewer and fewer.

Funky Fingers Mean Girls

For the base of all of the nails I used Sally Hansen Insta Dri Silver Sweep.  I really like this silver because it goes on smoothly and is opaque in one coat.  After that, I topped off each nail with one of the OPI Sheer Tints.  Starting with the pink they are, Be Magentale With MeI Can Teal You Like MeDon’t Violet Me Down, and I’m Never Amberrassed.  And in case that wasn’t enough, I topped every toe off with Funky Fingers So Fetch!.  The Funky Fingers has pink, yellow, green, white, and black hex glitters, along with blue stars.  When I found this polish, it was hard not to grab the others because I really do like the movie Mean Girls.

Sally Hansen Insta Dri Silver Sweep

The finished product was colorful, but nothing over the top.  I actually thought it was a nice way to get color for the fall without being full on neon.

Do you like the sheer tints?  Or have the color paints taken over?

Thanks for reading!

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 Yellows

Nail Polish Swatches

My Collection

Yellow Polish

The Yellows

Yellow Nail Polish

The Yellows

Yellow doesn’t seem to be a color that I have many of.  Even looking at the few I have, I have two neons and two pretty basic yellows.  Maybe it’s because I haven’t found a lot of yellow variety.  Who knows.  But, here’s what I have!

Zoya Piaf

Zoya Piaf is a muted yellow.  I like it because it isn’t really that sunshine WHOA!  But it isn’t grungy looking either.  It is a nice polish that shows up opaque in a couple coats.  It has little flecks of glitter in it and those flecks cause it to almost have a pearly sheen.  I have used this for looks all year long.  The muted effect makes it so versatile.

Insta Dri Sizzlin' SaffronSally Hansen Insta Dri Sizzlin’ Saffron is your basic yellow.  It goes on opaque in two coats.  If you are looking for that perfect primary yellow, I would suggest this one.  It also works very well for water marbeling.

LA Colors FlickerThis is a bright, neon yellow by LA Colors called Flicker.  On its own, you need about three coats to make it opaque.  I actually like to put down a white layer underneath, because it makes the neon pop right away.  I like this one a lot in the summer, and tried it once for a water marble, but I wasn’t really thrilled with it.  LA Colors can be found for $1, and they have an entire neon set.  If you are interested in experimenting with neons, these would be a great way to do it.

Xtreme Wear Copa BananaWhile this polish does have black in it, I chose to categorize it with the yellows.  It is Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Copa-Banana.  It is a jelly polish with black and yellow matte hex glitters.  I usually paint this over another color.  It can be a little difficult to work with, trying to spread out all of the pieces evenly.  The black and yellow work together nicely to add a little drama to a calmer look.

Orly Glowstick

Orly Glowstick is another neon polish.  It has a bit of a greenish hue, like some really neon yellows get.  This one takes at least four coats to make opaque, and I also like to put white underneath it to help with that.  This is one that is cute in the summer, especially for an accent nail.

Piggy Polish Yellow TherePiggy Polish Yellow There! is a very pastel yellow.  In the picture and swatch, it looks more like a neutral shade, but in person, you can tell that it is yellow.  This one is an Easter and spring go to for me.  Because of the light shade, it does take a few coats to get it all the way opaque.

Xtreme Wear Mellow YellowSally Hansen Xtreme Wear Mellow Yellow is in between the Insta Dri and Piggy Polish above.  It is not as pale or as bold, just a pleasant yellow.  I love this one for water marbeling…it works every time.  I also like to use it when I am in the mood for something bright, but not shocking.

Those are my yellows.  Do you use any of these, or do you have one that I need to add?  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?

Thanks for reading!

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