Thursday, May 31, 2012

Water Marbling Success!

I successfully water marbled! Generally when I go to water marble it goes something like “I’m going to water marble and it’s gonna work and it will turn out beautiful like all of the pictures I see and my colors will all look nice and everything will be amazing!” and then two minutes later it’s “Aw screw it water marbling sucks I hate it why did I think this would be a good idea I’m done.” 
This time I was determined though! Unfortunately my original color combo didn’t work out even though it was perfect, but after playing around with it for a bit I came up with these three and after that it was super easy (because I just did the same design over and over!). 

No idea why my ring finger is green instead of yellow. I get that the blue and yellow mixed but I don't know why on this finger and none of the others. It's not as obvious in the photos but in person it's clearly very green. 
So I kinda suck at blogger and I usually just copy whatever I wrote from tumblr on here (sorry, lazy) but for the first time in a long while I'm writing more here! Mainly because I want to talk about things I learned with water marbling (which isn't much) and tumblr isn't the place for a lot of words.
Okay so my original color combo was China Glaze High Hopes, China Glaze Electric Pineapple, and SInful Colors Dream On. In the bottles they all looked really amazing together. It didn't work out, and I'm actually kind of glad because in the bottle Electric Pineapple looks green but came out yellow in water marbling. They all spread at first but as I kept adding drops of polish they just did not want to spread. I figured if I just kept adding it would be fine. Nope. All the colors just mixed together. I figured out that it was Dream On that just blended with the other polishes instead of staying defined from the others. Then I swapped it for Sally Hansen Blue Me Away and that is what you see in the final result! So moral of the story, even if you find a polish that will spread nicely for water marbling, it may just want to mix with other polishes instead. I think it mainly mixed with High Hopes because you can see on my middle finger on the top picture that the line between High Hopes and Blue Me Away isn't as defined - the two started to mix. Thankfully it all turned out well in the end. :)

Friday, May 25, 2012

Flowers and Polka Dots

I don’t know if I’ve mentioned it before, but florals absolutely terrify me. There are many things that I just can’t draw well no matter how hard I try, flowers are one of them. I just.. can’t. So as much as I love how they look, I’ve never attempted them until now. The design is based off of a shirt that I have:

I recently bought Zoya Breezi and have been waiting to try it out so I figured this was the perfect opportunity. All I have to say is that I really really really love this color. I love blue nail polish, especially cremes. Despite this, I am severely lacking in the blue nail polish department so Breezi is a much welcome addition. Great formula and application, as is with the other Zoyas that I own. :) 
I was able to purchase Breezi for a penny on a website called Copious because I earned a $10 credit when I signed up through someone's invite link. If you'd like to receive a $10 dollar credit here's my link. Copious sells all types of things such as shoes, clothes, accessories, and beauty supplies. There are a variety of nail polishes to pick from also.
Other colors are China Glaze Electric Pineapple, Sally Hansen Blue Me Away!, Love and Beauty Navy, Essie Navigate Her, and Wet n Wild French White Creme

Monday, May 21, 2012

Gradient Mashup

With all the gradients going around I figured I’d add my own to the mix. They were inspired by this fun drip dye t shirt tutorial. First I did a sponge gradient using China Glaze Go Go Pink and OPI Big Hair…Big Nails over Wet n Wild French White Creme. Then I stippled over that with China Glaze High Hopes. Unfortunately the gradient underneath doesn’t come out too much in the picture, but I still really like they way turned out!

Rainbow Honey Pinkie Promise

This is my second Rainbow Honey polish and it is just as amazing as Siren Song. Pinkie Promise is a part of the Equestria Collection, which was inspired by My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. The collection includes 6 polishes which represent the 6 main ponies (Pinkie Promise of course corresponding to Pinkie Pie) and two other yet to be revealed polishes. I’m a fan of the show so I was really excited when I learned it was the inspiration for the collection. :)
On to the polish itself… can I just say amazing? Pictured is two coats of Pinkie Promise over three coats of China Glaze Go Go Pink. Application was great, and I didn’t have to “place” the glitter where I wanted it very much, unlike with some glitters. Also there was no “fishing” for any of the larger glitter, every time I dipped the brush into the bottle it came out covered with a nice assortment of glitter. Now, what glitter is in this polish exactly? The polish is described as a “Fun and shimmery pink base filled with hexes and bars in magenta, light blue, and gold” and I would just like to add to that that there are four different sizes of hexes! 
Pinkie Pie is unfortunately no longer available for but it will be for sale later in June. Full sized (15ml) bottles are $10 and minis (7ml) are $5.
This polish was sent to me for consideration. All opinions expressed in this post are my own.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

China Glaze High Hopes

I ordered this color somewhat on a whim, I had found a great amazon store that sold china glaze really cheap with shipping that wasn’t so high that I wasn’t actually saving money. I wanted to order at least two polishes to get the most bang for my buck so I got Riveting and High Hopes. I own very few warm colors, especially in the red/pink department, so this was a great addition to my collection. 

High Hopes is a bright pinkish red-orange creme. Or kinda like a really bright color. I’m clearly really good at describing colors. All I know is that it’s really pretty and I’m glad I own it. High Hopes is a part of the 2010 Spring Up and Away collection. Application was okay. This is the third China Glaze creme that I own and I’ve noticed that they all have a thinner formula than other brands that I’ve tried. Shown is two coats but I could have used a third because there is some visible nail line on some of my fingers. 
Overall I really love this color, it’s great for spring and summer. It’s also great on toes! I’ve been wearing it on my toes for a few weeks now and it looks great :) China Glaze generally retails for $7 at stores such as Ulta and Sally Beauty Supply.
Also, Matte!!

Beauty Without Cruelty Deepest Mulberry

Hi sorry I suck at posting. And I want to apologize for the sloppy cuticles but I was sick when I did these (still am) so that wasn’t exactly top priority. 
Anyways this is Beauty Without Cruelty Deepest Mulberry. As the name suggests it is a deep mulberry creme. Pictured is two coats. Application was so-so. The brush is wide, although not as wide as OPI, and the formula is a bit thin so I found it hard to get a good amount of polish on the brush so I wouldn’t have too much/too little. This is definitely more of a fall color but I still think it’s pretty. It wasn’t my first choice but I got it for free so I’m not complaining! This actually reminds me a bit of Sally Hansen Wholesome Earth which I really liked but ran out of a few months ago.  
Beauty Without Cruelty Deepest Mulberry retails for $16.95 and can be found here.