Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Dots & Flowers That Glow!

Hello dolls!

Today's post features a mani I did a couple of weeks ago.  I'm trying to get used to using acrylic paints for nail art, but it's been a struggle haha.  I decided to work on my rose skills,,,

 Colors Used: Polish My Life - Birthday Suit, Serum No. 5 - Sky Lights, Acrylic Paints

So I started with my off-white base which was 2 coats.  I then applied 1 coat of Sky Lights, a glow-in-the-dark (GITD) topper.  I then went to work with my paints...

I'm actually really pleased with the way this design came out.  What I like most about scrylic paint is that it doesn't smudge once I've top coated :D

 The GITD polish is just amazing.  It literally charged in like 5 seconds to this unbelievably bright blue glow.  I'm in love! 

 I've just gotta keep on practicin' I guess!

I'm really fascinated by GITD polishes.  Serum No. 5 seems to carry the best ones that I've seen, but I'd definitely love to hear other recommendations :)

Until next time!

Stef <3

Monday, August 18, 2014

For Robin...

Hello lovelies,

It's been a week since Robin Williams passed away.  I've done my best to avoid all of the cruelness that has transpired since his passing.  Obviously I did not know him, but all last week I felt like I was mourning a friend.  So I channeled my feelings toward my happy place... nail art...

This mani is inspired by my top 4 favorite Robin Williams films.  From L-R is "Toys", "Mrs. Doubtfire", "Aladdin" and "Hook".

 These are all films that I grew up with.  I have fond memories attached to each of these films.  Those memories include time spent with family and friends.  Those memories are pure joy.  That's what Robin brought to the world and that is how I chose to remember him.

Robin Williams, tribut, nails, nail art, nail design, Toys, Mrs. Doubtfire, Aladdin, Hook

Robin... you are loved <3

Until next time!

Stef <3

Sunday, August 17, 2014

SAFS: Indie Palooza!

Hello dolls!

Long time, no see ;)  I took a little breather from blogging and in the process I ended up with more random swatchings.  So, here is another fun mix of indies for your Sunday enjoyment...

There is no rhyme or reason to my selections, they're just polishes I felt like wearing :P

 Frankenstine Polish - Falkor the Luck Dragon Frankenstine Polish - Falkor the Luck Dragon
 Frankenstine Polish - Falkor the Luck Dragon

First up is a gorgeous peachy-pink-shimmer polish named after my all time favorite dragon, Falkor!  It applied beautifully in 2 coats.  I applied 3 for good measure :)  This is definitely a soft, easy-to-wear polish.  Very subtle and feminine.  It's available for purchase here.

 I Love Nail Polish - Molly I Love Nail Polish - Molly
 I Love Nail Polish - Molly

Oh Molly!  I am such a sucker for raspberry/cranberry holos!!  This polish applied like a dream, with 2 coats shown.  While I really like this polish, I needed to shine direct light on it to pick up the holo glitter.  It's a subtle, scattered holo that is very lovely, but I think it may end up in my destash sale.  I like my holos to smack me in the face with their rainbowy goodness!

 I Love Nail Polish - Birefringence I Love Nail Polish - Birefringence
 I Love Nail Polish - Birefringence

Now this polish right here.... gagagagagagagagaaaah!!  Named after the Rainbow Bridge of Norse legend, this multi-chrome polish is mesmerizing.  I applied 2 coats without issue and just could not stop staring at my hands.  My husband was even distracted by this beauty hahaha.  ILNP's can be found here.
Starrily - GalaxyStarrily - Galaxy
 Starrily - Galaxy

This polish was just too fun for me to pass up.  A mix of every kind of glitter you can think of, I applied one coat over a black base.  I... love... this... too much!!  It's the easiest galaxy mani I've ever done ;)  Starrily polishes can be purchased here 
 Enchanted Polish - Ciao Milano Enchanted Polish - Ciao Milano
 Enchanted Polish - Ciao Milano

Last but not least, the brand that is nearly impossible to get ones claws on... Enchated Polish.  I have heard so many gushing reviews of this brand and thought, "It cant be THAT amazing!"  Oh but it is.  I nabbed this in a destash sale that I happened to run across on instagram and knew that this was an opportunity I could not pass up.  And I'm so gladd I didn't because this one is a stunner!  This is 2 coats that applied so evenly and perfectly over a black base.  Heavenly!  If you're lucky, EP's can be bought here.

I got some really positive feedback from y'all about mixing brands in my swatching posts, so I'm gonna try to keep those coming  :)  Coming up this week I have a tribute mani, a glow in the dark mani, along with a feature of one of my all time favorite indies.  Stay tuned...

Until next time!

Stef <3

Monday, August 4, 2014

Neon Galaxy Nails

Hey dolls,

A quick post of the neon galaxy mani I did last night and just absolutely love!

 I'll edit this and put up the colors used when I get home from my dinner date with the hubby.  I just couldnt wait to share haha :)

 A little sponging, a little white glitter, some stars all topped with CG Fairy Dust *sigh*...


I promise I will have more details when I return home lol.  Happy Monday loves!!

Until next time!

Stef <3

Thursday, July 31, 2014

I'm Koo-Koo Cachoo over Summer Camp!

Hello dolls!

I have a a collaborative mani to share with you today.  I recently joined a group of beauty bloggers that focus on women of color.  I love polish on every person of every color, but it's been nice to connect with women who have the same questions/issues that I do as an ethnic blogger (especially color accuracy... can you say nightmare??).  Anywhosy, we are linking up today with a shared theme... the color orange!

 Colors Used: Color Club - Koo-Koo Cachoo, Colores de Carol - Summer Camp

When I found out the color we would use was orange, I knew exactly which polish I would be using.  Koo-Koo Cachoo is an amazingly obnoxiously bright orange that I am just crazy about haha.  I started with 2 coats and let it dry,

 I then pulled out a recent splurge of mine... Summer Camp!  As a first year director of my own camp, this was a must have for my collection.  It is very befitting of the constant chaos that is Summer Camp... I love it!  This is one easily applied coat :)

That's all I have to say about that...

Please be sure to check out the posts from my fellow Proud Beauty Bloggers of Color!

Until next time!

Stef <3