Friday, November 21, 2014

Forget Me Nots in Fall

Last week I showed you little blue flowers on a nude background. This week, another manicure done with Forget-Me-Nots, on a burgundy background. Of course, last week's was done in April, and this manicure was done in August, which may have had a bearing on the base color chosen!

The blue is definitely Color Club Take Me To Your Chateau, and the yellow looks to be Sally Girl. Banana. My first thought, looking at the base color, is that it is Rimmel Burgundy Flirt, but looking at the swatches online, Burgundy Flirt looks brighter red than this. Now I'm curious and I'm going to make a note to myself to look through my stash when I get home today and find out which polish I used here. ^_^

Friday, November 14, 2014

Little Blue Flowers

My co-worker named this manicure Bluebells in Sunshine. However, the flowers don't look anything like bluebells to me, so I disagree! They're closer to Forget-Me-Nots or Baby Blue Eyes, I would think. Except I put white stripes on some of the petals and a black center, which doesn't quite match either of those. Whatever they may be, I think they came out pretty!

I know I used a base of NYC Fashion Safari, but other than that I'm really not sure which polishes I used. This manicure was done back in April, so your guess is probably as good as mine. I think that green might be Sinful Colors Exotic Green, but I'd have to go through my stash to be sure.

Friday, November 7, 2014


I have no clue what I had in mind when I did this manicure other than I had had DARK colors on my nails for quite a while beforehand, and I wanted *pastel*. I wanted bright and light and fluffy, and this is what came out.

I think I succeeded, anyway. :) My co-worker named it confetti, which I think is appropriate in this case. I don't always agree with her naming conventions, but I always share, but this time I liked it.

I don't remember what polishes I used, other than the pink and green were both Salon Perfect colors.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Red & Silver Glitter Glow

My co-worker named this "Hogalicious", but I think that had more to do with it being a home game weekend when I asked her for the name of it. It wasn't my intention to be team-supportive when I painted my nails with this, I'm quite sure. ^_^ I don't think the Razorbacks would care for rhinestones and glitter, really.

This is one of those mani's where I wiggled my fingers off and on throughout the time I wore it, just to enjoy the sparkle and shimmer as the light played across my nails. Just check out this out-of-focus glow!

No other comments, so enjoy the pretties...

Friday, October 31, 2014

Candy Corn at Sunset

And now for something completely different! Oops, wait, that will have to be another day, because this is the obligatory Halloween manicure. ^_^ Actually, I did this mani last week. As I write this post, I have no idea what I will have on my nails for my anniversary. Probably just plain black, as the kids have me dressing up as Death this year. My kids will be Ren & Lin dressed as Black Cats of Halloween. I am apparently officially *old* now, because I thought that this would be an extremely obscure costume...but apparently anyone into anime would know what this is. I was chatting with the clerk at the fabric store when I bought the material to make their shorts and cloaks, and she knew exactly what I meant when I told her. But then, she and her friends are going as the Teen Titans this Halloween. :)

Anyway, the manicure!

Obviously the index and middle fingers are meant to portray candy corn. The remaining three are not strictly Halloween scenes. They're just sunset with tree and bird/bat silhouettes. I didn't even paint any gravestones! And yet, because of the time of year, one immediately interprets the flying beasties as bats rather than birds.

I was really happy with the trees on my thumb. Not so much the one on my pinkie - I was trying for a spreading tree, like an oak, rather than the tall skinny ones like on the thumb - but it just came out blobby, I think. I started with a base coat of Pure Ice Superstar! which is my current white polish. The candy corn was done with Primary Beauty Neon Yellow and Wet N Wild The Clock Strikes Orange, though I touched up the yellow ends with Sally Girl Banana later, as my index fingernail broke and the polish chipped on the middle nail before I could get pictures (it was raining a lot when I had these nails.)

The sunset was done with a gradient of Barielle Jordana's Skinny Jeans, Broadway O! Jessica, and The Clock Strikes Orange, with the ground and silhouettes painted in Sinful Shine Dark Room, which is my current black polish. I didn't take any pictures of my right hand because it was just plain bad. The thumb smudged at some point and while sometimes I can draw decently left-handed, this manicure was not one of those times. :P

Monday, October 27, 2014

All Things Fifties - Strawberries!

I did this manicure back in April. It was glorious springtime, flowers blooming, and I felt like polka dots. I have no idea why, but I went with it! Instead of roses, I added strawberries for a fresh fruity flavor. :) This nail art design is officially called a "skittlette", and I even went and looked up the source of the name just to share with you! Marta from ChitChat Nails gave the following definition:

Not quite a full skittles look, a skittlette manicure is one with at least two different accent nails. Pick any formation/order you wish, but for a true skittlette at least two nails need to be the same (the others can all be different) OR two pairs of identical nails and a different nail.
For those of you who like math/equations.  A skittlette can be any of the following:AABBC, AAABC, AABCD(in any order on your nails so that AAABC=ABCAA=AACBA)

So as I have two nails that are white with red polka-dots, and the remainder are different, this is a strawberry skittlette!

The red, white, and yellow are all Sinful Shine: Devious, Wisp, and Bananappeal, respectively. The green is Sinful Colors Exotic Green, and for a bit of change-up I used Zoya Chloe on my index fingers over the Devious. I don't really remember why I decided to do that. It looks kind of out of place looking back on it, but it was pretty! I do love looking at sparkles on my fingertips over the course of the day, and color-changing flakes are always the bomb.

Co-worker L named this one All Things Fifties because she said it reminded her of aprons with strawberries and polka dot skirts from the time period.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Drops of Bunny

I know that the green and the pink that I used here were a two-polish box set from Salon Perfect that I had bought just a bit before this manicure, though since I bought it from the Clearance aisle, I don't think the two colors I bought were two that were originally sold together, based on a quick browse through the internet. It looks like I have Pocketful of  Posies and Mint Julep, which were not sold in the same 2-bottle package. But yay! I like them. I don't remember what pastel purple I used, but if you ask, I'll look through my stash and let you know.

I have no idea why L decided to name this manicure "Drops of Bunny", but hey, I'm rolling with it anyway. The only thing I would likely come up with instead is "triangles and dots" or something similarly lame.

My inspiration, in much bolder colors than my chosen pastels, was done by Nory of Fierce Makeup and Nails: