Manic Monday- KB Shimmer Don’t Pink Twice

Here we are again! Only a few weeks left in summer so I thought I would bring you one of my new favorite summer neons, Don’t Pink Twice by KBShimmer! This neon dries to a matte finish, but you can gloss it up with topcoat if you so desire 

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It’s difficult to see in the first pictures but I ATTEMPTED to do a matte/shiny french manicure by using topcoat on the tips. It was subtle IRL too…but just really didnt show up well in pictures. Also if you look closely at the bottle, especially in the first and last pictures, you will see there is an ever-so-slight blue shimmer

 

Whats your favorite neon? Whats your favorite KB Shimmer??. 

Manic Monday: Summer French Leopard

Good evening readership! I was actually just discussing one of these polishes today so I decided this manicure would be today’s subject! I used a 4 polish combination of both indie and mainstream to create this dazzling (and freshly scented!) masterpiece!

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brands are Model City Polish, Finger Lickin’ Lacquer, Sinful Colors, and Julep.DSCN7301

Bottle shots.

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Color names! Toasted Marshmallow, Call Me Meg. Tidal Wave, & Michele. Call Me Meg by FLL is cucumber-melon scented! (but don’t worry, you can buy unscented versions if you are sensitive or allergic to fragrance! )

Finished Product with flash:

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Without flash:

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I really love using leopard print in my manicures. It always looks fancy and complicate but is actually very simple to execute with a dotting tool. 

What are your faves from these brands? Any other cool leopard idea to try?

Mani-c Mondays: Carpe Noctem really is a big deal…

Eventually I will admi I have a problem and just change these posts to Indie Polish Mondays…or even Carpe Noctem Mondays. If you haven’t noticed I have been using a lot more indies lately. They are better and the people are nicer 🙂 Plus, as displayed by the color featured below, you can use expletives in the names ! Here is ‘I’m a Big Fucking Deal’.

This was originally a custom color but became one of CNC’s most popular shades*. (*welcome to the confessionals where facts are made up and statistics don’t matter!). It is a beautiful holographic magenta pink shade. Below is two coats. The pictures with a darker background are with flash to show off the SHINY !!

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I mean SERIOUSLY how many of you clicked that link above and IMMEDIATELY bought this polish??

 

*also did you check out my sweet new watermarking?kthxbai.

 

Mani-c Mondays: Carpe Noctem’s Moss Agate

Hello again! Apparently manicures are the only posts I can make with any sort of regularity. Today I bring you some swatchy swatches of Moss Agate, by Carpe Noctem Cosmetics. You may have noticed that this is one of my favorite indie polish brands so far. Beautiful colors, lasting formula, great communication….but hey. The polish speaks for itself, amirite?

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I mean seriously. THIS. Look at that  holographic goodness! (This pic and the one above with flash)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Another winner from Carpe Noctem. I must have at least 10 of her colors now. Go buy some! Store linked in beginning of the post. Also one of my faves–the 90s (matte neon glitter) is on clearance so act fast!!

Mani-c Monday: Digital Nails Outlander duo

This is the part where I make excuses about not posting. My life’s been shit and a whirlwind, but KRISTIN THIS IS FOR YOU (shes been pestering me to start posting again).

This week’s manicure is brought to you by my first purchase from Digital Nails. When they announced that they would be doing polishes based on the Outlander book series by Diana Gabaldon (and soon to be Starz TV series!!) I could not resist. The books are absolutely compelling, a story of a modern ’40’s woman thrust back in time 200 years. These two polishes are based on the main character, Claire, and her primary love interest, Jamie.

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Sassenach is for Claire and Highlander for Jamie. While Sassenach is normally a derogatory Scot term for an Englishman, it becomes a term of endearment between Claire and Jamie. You know, like when you call your best friends bitches. “Yo bitch, let’s grab coffee!”

 

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I posted the manicure with Highlander so you could get lots of angles of the holo-y goodness!

 

 

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With Flash. Flash really brings out the red flecks in Sassenach.

 

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LOOK AT IT. It’s all i can do not to  use this polish all day erry day. i will for SURE break it out when the Starz show premiers! Seriously, google that shit. The actor playing Jamie is SMOKIN’. accent. kilt. muscles. eyes you can drown in. ya feel me?

Back to the nails–like I said, these were the first polishes from Digital Nails I ever bought. the formula was smooth, easy to apply, and above average staying power. I’ve already got about a dozen more of her polishes on my wish list.

You can buy her polishes on her Etsy shop here. She doesnt even know I’m writing about her polish; this post is completely my money spend and my own experience.

Enjoy! and watch the Outlander trailer!

Mani-c Monday: Carpe Noctem The 90’s

Hullo readers! Today I am going to show you one of my FAVE glitter toppers! This is Carpe Noctem’s The 90s, one of many of my Carpe Noctem polishes. It is probably my favorite indie brand so far–not that I have that many YET but I am slowly but surely starting to venture out. However, Carpe Noctem was one of my first and will thus always hold a special place in my heart. That, and the fact that these polishes have super smooth application and last forever and are available in multiple sizes.

The 90s is a matte neon glitter–with big neon hexes. You don’t have to go fishing for the hexes either. I wore it in the following pictures over Color Club-Harp On It. I was so excited about how this manicure turned out that I didn’t wait for daylight OR for cleaning up the lines. This should not be news to you where I am concerned 😛

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Those last couple pictures with flash really show off the holographic quality of the Color Club. This manicure is everything I love–glitter, neon colors, bright sparkly goodness!

Nail Art Catchup

Good evening readers! I’ve been posting a lot of box reviews lately, so here are some manicures to catch you up on what my nails have been sporting over the last few weeks…months? It might be months now. I’m probably the world’s worst beauty blogger 🙂

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This was my birthday manicure! I used two Zoyas–Zoya Sailor from the fall cashmere line, and Zoya Sunshine, their similarly colored fall Pixiedust. On the middle finger is Happy Birthday by Deborah Lippman.
I love the ease of application and full coverage of Zoya polish. These pictures do not do it justice!

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Here we have some stripe tape art, featuring butter London British Racing Green over Color Club Silver Lake. The “accent nails” are where I screwed up the taping >.< I dressed them up with Zoya Opal flake effect topcoat. I had been coveting this color green for a very very long time and finally snagged it for $10 during Ulta’s promotion in September.

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I tried out two more of the Zoya fall cashmere line–Louise (brown) and Pepper (red). These colors are scrumptious. I won the full cashmere set at the end of september at a fundraiser and i couldnt be more thrilled.

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Another new butter London–Scuppered. Incredibly hard to photograph. This polish is actually comprised of gold, green and red glitters and has amazingly full coverage.

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You got a sneak peek of this one in last week’s Birchbox reviews! This is Zoya Flynn, of the cashmeres, and Ruffian’s Hedge Fund, from Birchbox. This was also my first attempt at interlocking dots…BE GENTLE.

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Getting closer…HOMECOMING! This was from a few weekends ago. I went back to good old MoCo to march with the alumni band and did an accompanying mani. I honestly can’t remember what the blue and grey were that I used. The glitter was from the Sephora OPI Cinderella set.

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This mani is….action packed. I know I used Sonia Kashuk Fatigued and Sally Hansen Sugar Coat in Candy Corn. with striping tape. and rhinestones. Honestly I STILL can’t decide if i liked it or not.

Believe it or not, I have even MORE manicures to show you since I last uploaded pictures, as well as some very special manicures I created for charity. But more on that another time!

Do you all love Zoya and butter london as much as I do? What do you think about my quilted bedazzled manicure? Hit me up!

My Ciate Colorfoil Manicure Tragedy

I got this kit for el cheapo at Marshalls because it looked really cool. Lo and behold, things are not always what they appear. The instructions were unhelpful, the materials were finicky, and it didn’t turn out ANYTHING like the box!

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Unless you are a pro, avoid this box at all costs!

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Seriously. It wasn’t TERRIBLE until I put top coat over it and the blue foil MELTED and smeared all over my nails like spilled ink from a pen. Why did I think this would be a good idea???

Anybody else go through this horror?

Missing Manicures!

I have been idle and not showing you my lacquerista art lately! Let’s play catch up, shall we?

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Unfortunately this one is SO OLD that I can’t tell you what colors I used. I can tell you this was my first serious playtime with my dotting tools. I’m super happy with how the little hearts turned out! Also it’s hard to tell but my thumbs have glitter on the french tip region!

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I got wise and started taking pictures so at least you would know what brands were used! This picture is precleanup. It didnt turn out the way i would like and Essie SOTT doesn’t photograph well on potato, but this was supposed to be sunset and it was my first sponge gradient experiment. not a total failure.

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My first Rainbow Honey polish! this color is the kraken. Plus one of the Ariel sephora polishes, and a polish from the Julep champagne trio. Freehand cloudstyle manicure.

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Stripe tape FTW! And doesnt that Skinn nude shade match my nailbed perfectly? It doesn’t even look like polish. its my MNBB color. I had a little bit of messiness on my right hand due to being righthanded but it kinda looked like I meant to do that so aherm….i *meant* to do that.

There you have it! I have more coming your way, don’t you worry! I have been a very busy blogger this summer and I can’t wait to show you what else I have been up to!