Thursday, December 11, 2014

Autumn Nail Art Challenge--Gold

Two more weeks are left in autumn! Autumn is definitely my favorite season and what better way to celebrate the end of autumn than with some rich metallics. This week's color fits the bill and is more autumnal to me than the last couple manicure challenge colors. Here is this week's challenge in...
Just a good, classic, glitter gradient. I should have sponged the last layer of Brooklyn to avoid brush strokes and also mattified it. Then this would have been stunning. (I used a leaf ornament instead of a snowflake this time too!)
Polishes used: Zoya Brooklyn and Bar

Take a look at the other gilded manicures:

Monday, December 8, 2014

SinfulColors Holiday 2014

This year's holiday collection from SinfulColors, reintroduces some stunning classics, brings back some hard-to-finds, and adds some newbies to create a gigantic dazzling array of holiday polishes.

Ice Dream, a "cerulean glitter with a translucent silver base," shown in one and two coats. This might achieve opacity in 3 coats. This clear base filled with the tiniest silver glitters and small turquoise glitters, is very "Elsa" from Frozen.

Twilight Twinkles is packed with "brilliant flakes of gold." This gold assorted glitter contains mostly irregular gold pieces in a clear base. Shown above in one and two coats.

Out of this World is a "perfect silver with swirls of glimmer." This frosty, whitened silver glistens in the sunlight. Truly lovely for those of you who are drawn to this glowing finish. Shown above in three thin coats.

Endless Blue is a "deep wave of cobalt." This blue is bright and deep all at the same time. This mesmerizing blue is shown in two smooth, very pigmented coats.

The Verdict:
I adore the bright cobalt blue of Endless Blue. Ice Dream is a fun icy topper. I like that many of these are rereleases, like Cinderella (not shown). I also like that they kept the original names of many rather than renaming solely for a holiday collection. I wish Out of this World was less streaky and more opaque.
$1.99 each exclusively at Walgreens for Holiday 2014

Friday, December 5, 2014

Autumn Nail Art Challenge--Black

Technically it is still autumn...but as soon as Thanksgiving is over I go into Christmas mode. It makes focusing on fall for the remainder of this nail art challenge a tad difficult, as seen with my silver manicure. Without further ado this week's manicure for...
Just some skittles in black polishes:) Simple and fun. (Sorry about the snowflake ornament, I couldn't help it!)
Polishes used: Zoya Dahlia, Willa, Imogen, and Dovima
Take a look at the other black manicures:

Friday, November 28, 2014

Autumn Nail Art Challenge--Silver

This week the challenge was difficult because I usually associate warm colors with autumn, not cool metallics. I tried to create a unique design without it looking too wintery and was rather unsuccessful. It looks like an icy winter manicure. But that's what you get when the challenge is...
I kind of took some liberties with this one and used more of a grey/pewter/silver approach. I tried to do the design on the ring finger on all of my nails but was wildly unsuccessful so I created a different look instead.
Polishes used: Zoya Loredana and Seraphina

Take a look at the other silver autumn manicures:

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Autumn Nail Art Challenge--Brown

More autumn nail art, in a very appropriate autumn color...
I must admit that I got in a little over my head with this one. As I sat there staring at my browns, I couldn't decide what to do. I created a brown tribal print last November, if I did leaves they'd look dead, I was searching for any fall inspiration that might be brown. Then I somehow landed on turkey feathers. Strange, I know. So this was my attempt at a brown turkey feather manicure.

Polishes used: Zoya Louise, Nyssa, Godiva, and Jacqueline

Take a look at the other fabulous brown manicures: