Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Nail Pattern Boldness: Bitches Brew

Today I have my final Halloween mani for y'all. I had another interview yesterday, so I wore my base of China Glaze Jungle Queen, for a day before adding the extra elements.



Jungle Queen is a kind of greyed purple creme but it has a fantastic brighter purple shimmer in it. Sadly, I wasn't able to capture the shimmer on my nails, but you can see it in the bottle shots. It is so freaking pretty in real life. 

The next day I added a layer of Nail Pattern Boldness Bitches Brew. Love the name, love the polish.




Bitches Brew is a fantastic glitter topper that contains tiny orange hexes, tiny yellow and green squares, small purple, orange, and bright blue hexes. It is so freaking bitchin' plus it has all the halloweeney colors, so who can complain?

After wearing this on its own for a while, I was all, I'm going to stamp on an awesome ghost and it'll be so freaking great. Unfortunately, I wish I hadn't done the stamping bit, but in the world of honest blogging, here is my fail.


I used Konad White stamping polish and BM-223 for the ghost and W-116 for BOO! 


Enjoy & until next time, Amy Lee

*all products featured in this post were purchased by me

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

The Girly Side of Halloween: Pink Skulls

Hey there Polished Peeps! I told y'all that I had two more Halloween looks for you, and here is number one of two. This look was super fun and I got so many questions and compliments on it. I went for the girly side of this scary holiday.

To start this look off, I laid down a base color. This is two coats of Zoya Micky.




This polish makes me want to sing this song all the time. Can we have a sidebar and talk about Toni Basil's makeup in that video? It is super duper. 



After jamming to the one hit wonder for a bit, I then freehanded some skull shapes with China Glaze United, a full coverage pink glitter, and then I sponged Maybelline Color Show Rose Bling over that. I then used some pink acrylic paint to detail the eyes, nose, and mouth. 





It was harder to do those tiny shapes than I thought it would be. Overall I loved this manicure. I wish the skulls were a little cleaner, but thats a minor detail that you can't see from far away. 

What do you think of this look?

Enjoy & until next time, Amy Lee

*all polishes featured in this post were purchased by me



Monday, October 28, 2013

Glam Spiderwebs

Recently I got my greedy polish loving hands on the OPI Miss Universe Trio. I was in love with the Silver polish that dries with a satin finish. GORG!! Plus the other two shades are unique in my collection. I don't have anything else like them.

So once they arrived, I knew I wanted to do a fun Halloween look with the three of them. First I applied a base of OPI I'm Feeling Sashy, a beautiful dusty light purple.




Next using I'm Feeling Sashy and Miss You-ninverse, a dark eggplant purple, to create a gradient over all my nails. I love a pretty gradient, but why do they have to be so freaking hard to clean-up?




Finally, on my thumb and ring finger, I freehanded some spiderwebs with This Gown Needs a Crown, a beautiful silver metallic that dries to a Satin Finish. I hope they make a gold with this finish. :-) 




I have two more Halloween designs that I need to get on the blog before the holiday! Wish me luck. 

Enjoy & until next time, Amy Lee

*all polishes featured in this post were purchased by me


Thursday, October 24, 2013

Whats a girl to do with 6 blue textured polishes...

Why combine them in nail art of course!!

Today I bring you textured stripes in shades of blue. This actually brought to light some possible dupes, so I'll be bringing you that post in the very near future.




In real life this mani was so much better. The shades of blue were much more noticeable  but my camera had troubles differentiating between the colors. 

I don't remember what order I went in but here is a list of all the polishes used. Julie G Blueberry Fizz, OPI Kiss Me at Midnight, Zoya Sunshine, OPI Tiffany Case, Julie G Sleigh Ride, and Zoya Liberty. 

Enjoy & until next time, Amy Lee

*all polishes featured in this post were purchased by me

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Julie G Holiday Frosted Gumdrops Collection

You might have seen on Facebook or Twitter that I recently got the entire Julie G Holiday Frosted Gumdrops Collection. I love their first collection, so naturally I wanted this in its entirety, and at $3.99 a pop, you can't go wrong.

The formula on all of these is stunning. 2 easy coats and they apply beautifully.




Ho Ho Ho is a pink leaning red polish.




Mistletoe is a sumptuous forest green. This one is by far my favorite. Look at it! It's so pretty!




Silver Bells is just that a straight up silver. However, the texture in this makes it awesome. 




Gift of Gold is an antique gold which when paired with the texture makes it beautiful. 




Sleigh Ride is a luscious rich royal blue. My gawd I love this one. 




Finally we have Sugar Plum Fairy. My pictures do not do this color justice. It's actually a much brighter  purple, but for some reason that wouldn't show on my camera. :-( 

Which one is your favorite? I love Mistletoe and Sleigh Ride. 

Enjoy & until next time, Amy Lee

*all prodcuts featured in this post were purchased by me

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Interview Appropriate Mani

I mentioned in my last post that I had to take my fun Halloween mani off for an interview appropriate manicure. This is the manicure that I wore for that interview. I went for something that has enough interest for me, but was mild enough, that it wouldn't draw undue attention.




This is Make Him Mine from the OPI Mariah Holiday Collection. As you can tell by the bottle it is a Liquid Sand (aka textured) polish. Make Him Mine is a champagney blush-toned pink polish made up of the small glitters with some larger hexes thrown in. The formula was awesome as are all OPI Liquid Sands, and it wore beautifully.

Now lets just keep our prettily polished fingers crossed about the job.

Enjoy & until next time, Amy Lee

*all products featured in this post were purchased by me

Monday, October 21, 2013

Awaiting the Great Pumpkin...

Do you ever see a polish and think that has to be mine? Because that is pretty much my entire polish buying experience. The other day I was broswing on Nail Pattern Boldness' site, and I came across a Halloween polish called Fraken-Pussy. First off, best name ever, second it was GORGEOUS  so of course it immediately went in my cart because I'm a sucker for pretty polish. 

Once Fraken-pussy (ha!) arrived, I decided I wanted to pair some nail art with it. How can you not do some Halloween nail art with some Halloween themed polish?




Fraken-pussy (ha!) is an orange micro-glitter polish with a smattering of chartreuse, green, and purple glitters. Seriously it's amaze-balls! On my ring finger I applied a base of China Glaze Kalahari Kiss then used a sponge to dab on some Fraken-pussy (ha! I'm real mature, I know) in a round shape on the bottom. Once that was done I used orange, green, and brown acrylic paint to freehand the details on the pumpkin. 

I loved this manicure and I was so bummed that I had to take it off, so I could put on a "interview appropriate" mani. But the good news was I got a second interview for a job I want, so yay me! 

Enjoy & until next time, Amy Lee

*all products featured in this post were purchased by me

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Bone Tips

A couple of weeks ago I asked on Twitter and Facebook what people thought of using acrylic paints for nail art? I've seen other bloggers use it, and I was curious. Do people consider it cheating in nail art? I ordered a little set online and tested it out on my first Halloween look ever!


I started out with a base of Bedtime Paradox by Flossy Lacquers. This is a squishy black jelly filled with holographic glitters and white hexes. It becomes opaque after 3 layers, and I love the way the polish layers and how the glitters peek through. It's so awesome.




After letting my base dry, I added on some skulls and bones to the tips in white and black acrylic paint. The acrylic paint doesn't dry as fast, so it makes it really easy to work with. Plus if you screw up, it comes right off. AND if you get any on your skin, just wash your hands after you topcoat your design. Seeing as it was my first time working with it, it wasn't perfect, but I can see why people like using them for detailed designs. 




Have you done any Halloween designs? Please leave a link in the comments, as I would love to see them! 

Enjoy & until next time, Amy Lee

*some products in this post were provided for my honest opinion