Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Quatrefoil Nails

Even though I've been MIA a bit, I'm still polishing my nails! And I even have some quasi-nail art for you guys today! I even broke out an old favorite ellagee of mine! 

I began with two coats of ellagee's Whoa, Trippy on all of my nails except for my ring nail. On that nail I polished two coats of ellagee's Platinum. When Platinum was dry, I used a Stuck on Love nail shield by Love, Angeline. I chose to go with the quatrefoil design. I polished Whoa, Trippy over the nail shield, then carefully pulled it off! I finished these nails up by adding one coat of ellagee's Rainbow Syrup, and one coat of top coat. Enjoy! :)

Quatrefoil Nails

Quatrefoil Nail Art

Quatrefoil Nail Art

Monday, August 24, 2015

Zoya Focus & Flair

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I don't know about you, but I'm not quite ready to admit that Fall is right around the corner. However, with Fall collections coming out like crazy, it's hard to keep up the denial! There has even been a limited nip in the air here in the Midwest...yikes! That means school will be started so, so soon! That being said, I recently took a new job, so I've been insanely busy! It's only going to get worse as school draws nearer, so fear not if I'm MIA for a bit. :)

That being said, I have Zoya's Fall 2015 Collections to share with you today! The collections are called Focus and Flair. The Focus Collection is full of highly pigmented cream polishes. Most of these could've been one coaters, but that always makes me nervous. Their opacity scared me! :P The Flair Collection is jewel toned liquid metal polishes that were so very eye catching. While I think these polishes continue to be flawless in true Zoya tradition, these collections were underwhelming when compared to last year's Entice and Ignite Collections. Don't get me wrong, these polishes are really gorgeous. They just aren't really "outside of the box" when it comes to Fall collections. However, their formula is so perfect that if you've been looking for any of these colors, you should definitely pick them up at your local Ulta, or order them online! They are $54 per collection, $9 each, or $30 for a mini collection! I've never seen them offer the mini collection before, so that's pretty cool!

Ok, let's begin! Like most of Zoya's collections, one polish from each collection pairs nicely with a polish from the other collection. Therefore, I paired them up for the swatches. The Focus polishes are on my index and middle fingers, and the Flair polishes are on my ring and pinkie nails. Each photograph shows two coats of each polish, followed by one coat of top coat. Every single one of these polishes could have been fully opaque in one coat though. It depends on your comfort level, and how thick your coats of polish are! Enjoy! :)

Charli (cream) and Tris (metallic):

Zoya Charli

Zoya Tris

Zoya Lidia (cream) and Giada (metallic):

Zoya Lidia

Zoya Giada

Zoya Sia (cream) and Estelle (metallic):

Zoya Sia

Zoya Estelle

Zoya Hannah (cream) and Ember (metallic):

Zoya Hannah

Zoya Ember

Zoya Desiree (cream) and Cinnamon (metallic):

Zoya Desiree

Zoya Cinnamon

Aggie didn't really pair well with any other polishes in my opinion, so I paired her with the previously used Desiree.

Zoya Desiree (cream) and Aggie (metallic):

Zoya Desiree

Zoya Aggie

Zoya Hannah and Janel look very similar in the bottle, so I chose to swatch them side-by-side so you could see the difference! Hannah has more of an orange tone, while Janel is more of a cherry red. 

Zoya Hannah (index and middle nails) and Janel (ring and pinkie nails):

Zoya Hannah

Zoya Janel

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Keep Your Nails Safe!

If you have purchased from Mentality in the last six months, please visit The Mercurial Magpie for a post on the dangers of their polish. I have been following the situation for the last two days, and feel obligated to inform all of you so that you can protect your nails!

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Indie Spotlight: ellagee's Fire Made Flesh Collection

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Any Game of Thrones fans here? If not, YOU SHOULD READ THE BOOKS! And watch the show, of course! Either way, these polishes are gorgeous and everyone will love them, fan or not! 

This collection, the Fire Made Flesh Collection, was inspired by my absolute favorite character, Daenerys Targaryan. These polishes represent her and her three dragons. This stunning collection will be released on August 15th, and each polish will come with a fabulous dragon claw ring (while Laura's supplies last). These polishes were easy to work with and had flawless finishes. All photographs show two coats of polish and one coat of ellagee's Glass top coat. Enjoy! :)

ellagee Fire Made Flesh

Dracarys is a deep black-red base with shimmering red microflakes. This one was a little thicker, but not challenging to work with at all. I love the depth of this polish. At first glance, it's black. Then you look again and OHMIGOSH. Stunning. Perfect for Fall. 

ellagee Dracarys

ellagee Dracarys

ellagee Dracarys

Mhysa is a smokey summer blue polish with shimmering blue and gold microflakies. This polish is blue perfection. I love the shimmer in this one. It's dead on for many of the dresses Dany wears!

ellagee Mhysa

ellagee Mhysa

ellagee Mhysa

Valad is an olivey-emeraldy green with shimmering bronze microflakies. This color is gorgeous! I love deeper green polishes, and this baby hits the mark. It also goes perfect with the colors from my alma mater, the University of South Florida!

ellagee Valad

ellagee Valad

ellagee Valad

Finally we have a nude cream with shimmering gold flakies called Zaldrizes. This is awesome for anyone, but especially those that love neutral polishes and need work appropriate colors! This will be a staple in my work collection for sure! 

ellagee Zaldrizes

ellagee Zaldrizes

ellagee Zaldrizes

Monday, August 3, 2015

Indie Spotlight: ellagee's Peridot Duo

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Ready for your birthstone polish, August babies?! Peridot is the newest addition to ellagee's Sparkling Gemstones Collection! These can be purchased as a duo for $18, or for $10 individually!

Glimmering Peridot is bright green polish with gold shimmer. I did two coats of polish before adding top coat. I love how the gold shimmer in this really accentuates the color of the green! It's eye catching! Of course, this polish went on like butter, which is expected from Laura!

ellagee Glimmering Peridot

ellagee Glimmering Peridot

I added Crushed Peridot to the top of Glimmering Peridot as a glitter gradient. Crushed Peridot is a clear base with metallic and holo glitter in varying shades of green and chartreuse. I found this polish really easy to work with, and creating the gradient was a breeze! Enjoy! :)

ellagee Crushed Peridot

ellagee Crushed Peridot

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Sponged Pastel Nails

ellagee's newest cream collection (Sun-Bleached Neons) has captured my heart completely. It's so hard to use any other polish with these beauties staring at me from their special location on my desk. I don't even put them away because I use them so frequently! 

For these nails I began with two coats of ellagee's Platinum. She is not a member of the neon collection, but she is just as amazing as far as cream polishes go. When Platinum was dry, I polished the end of a makeup sponge with random blobs of Toes in the Sand (pink), Beach Bum (peach), Snoozing in the Hammock (periwinkle), Salty Breeze (purple), She Sells Seashells (yellow), and Seaside Cottage (green). Once the blobs were on the sponge, I dabbed and rolled the sponge over my nails. I finished these beauties with one coat of that still unreleased ellagee topper that I love so much! She's going to have to name is Heather's Favorite when she finally does release it! ;P Enjoy! :)

Sponged Nail Art

Sponged Nails

Summer Nail Art

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Neon Watermarble

Water marble time! At this point, I know you guys don't need a lot of details. I water marbled Pipedream's A Night in Vegas polishes On The List, Happy Hour, and VIP List to create the neon brightness you see below! I know these polishes are hard to get your hands on, but DO IT if you have the opportunity! Enjoy! :)

Neon Water Marble

Neon Water Marble

Water Marble
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