Saturday, October 18, 2014

Breast Cancer Awareness Nails

I have seriously been slacking on my October nail art! I'm usually so up on my Halloween and BCA nails! Sorry! I have some breast cancer awareness nails for you today! All polishes I used are made by ellagee!

I began with two coats of Wrapped in Ribbon. This white polish is PERFECTION! Next, I added one coat of Fly Me to the Moon. Once that was dry, working one nail at a time, I polished half of my nail with Ruby Glass and the other half with Milk Glass. While the polish was still wet, I used a nail art brush to swirl the polish around, make lines, and do whatever I wanted really, lol! I ended up with a swirling glitter sandwich of awesome! Enjoy! :)

Breast Cancer Awareness Nails

Breast Cancer Awareness Nail Art

Breast Cancer Awareness Nail Ideas

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Indie Spotlight: ellagee's I've Been Spotted! Collection


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The newest glitter on the block is leopard spots! I know, I know, it totally sounds weird, but they are actually pretty cute! I'm not 100% convinced that a non-nail related person would immediately recognize what they are, but as soon as it's mentioned it becomes obvious. Laura released three spotted top coats yesterday, and I'm excited to show them to you today! These polishes are $8 each, much less than her polishes usually run, so you definitely need to check them out! As with all larger glitter, some fishing will be required. I found that I had to fish for about 1 to 2 out of every 4 leopard spots I got. Also, I recommend placing them toward the center of your nail since they are larger and may stick off your nail a little if they are too close to the side. However, I found they smoothed out easily with top coat. Also, the one on my pinkie was just fine and not pokey at all! All swatches show one coat of each glitter topper! 

First up is Disco Kitty, a mix of iridescent, pink, and purple holo glitters, along with silver holo leopard spots! I used ellagee's Little Blue Box as the base.


ellagee Disco Kitty

ellagee Disco Kitty

I Spotted a Rainbow is a mix of matte rainbow colored glitter along with medium matte white dots and leopard spots! The base is Zoya Dovima.

ellagee I Spotted a Rainbow

ellagee I Spotted a Rainbow

I've Got the Moves Like Jaguar is definitely my favorite of the collection! This clear based polish is packed with mini holo glitter as well as purple dots and light pink dots and leopard spots. Enjoy! :)

ellagee I've Got the Moves Like Jaguar

ellagee I've Got the Moves Like Jaguar

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Halloween Glitter Gradient

Halloween? Is it coming up? I'm usually on top of the Halloween nail art, but I've been terrible this year! I don't know what it is about work, but I feel like I'm drowning most of the time. Having the energy for nails after work is almost laughable. But, I have some Halloween-y nails for you today! YAY! Go me!

I began with two coats of ellagee's You Can Do Without a Reputation, a black base with sparkling silver mini flakes. Then, I used ellagee's Campfire Songs, a coppery glitter, to create a gradient. I just brush off as much glitter as possible on the bottle neck, then back brush it up my nail. One coat of top coat, and viola! Enjoy! :)

Halloween Nails

Halloween Nails

Halloween Nail Art

Monday, October 13, 2014

Indie Spotlight: Tiffany's Duo

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I've met some awesome people through nail polish, and one of those people is Angie! She messaged me a few months ago to show me some nails of mine that she had recreated. From there, we kept messaging and became good friends! Angie even started her own blog! I couldn't be more proud of her! I've really enjoyed getting to know her, and I miss her so much when we don't get a chance to chat. Even though work gets in the way a lot, we try to text often, even if it's quick nail polish questions or ideas. That brings about the story of the polishes today!

Angie had Laura from ellagee create a custom polish for something she's working on with her blog. She wanted a Tiffany blue polish, which came out beautifully! She had Laura send me a bottle as well, in addition to a gorgeous white cream polish. 

Little Blue Box is a medium turquoise/blue cream that was opaque in two thin coats. As with all of Laura's creams, it was smooth, easy to apply, and pretty much the flawless perfection that is ellagee's polishes. 

ellagee Little Blue Box

ellagee Little Blue Box

Wrapped in Ribbon is a pure white cream (LOVE!) with a tinge of a satin finish to it. This was also two thin, smooth coats of awesome. Enjoy! :)

ellagee Wrapped in Ribbon

ellagee Wrapped in Ribbon

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Jellyfish Nail Art Tutorial

A few people requested a tutorial for my jellyfish nails, so here's a pictorial! Hopefully it makes sense! :)

Begin by choosing some acrylic paints for your nail art. These will be the bubbles on your nails. When you've chosen your acrylic paints, choose your base color and polish it on to opacity. I did two coats of ellagee's Little Blue Box for my base:

Tiffany Blue Nail Polish

When your base is pretty dry, put a blob of acrylic paint into a small cup. I use a ramekin, but any small cup will work! Add some water in with your paint. I try to make it equal parts paint and water.

Jellyfish Nail Art Tutorial

Mix the water and paint together. I just use a dotting tool since it goes with the next step anyway. 

Jellyfish Nail Art Tutorial

The paint should be pretty watery. Using the dotting tool (or a paintbrush), blob the watered down paint onto your nail wherever you'd like your bubbles to be. I decided to do my bubbles around the edge of my nail, so that's where I placed my bubbles. 

Jellyfish Nail Art Tutorial

Allow the paint to sit for 15-30 seconds or so. The longer you let it sit, the darker your bubbles will be. When I did my neon jellyfish nails, I allowed the polish to sit for about a minute since the base color was darker. When you think you've let it sit for enough time, use a cotton swab to suck up the water. I use the pointy ones because they're easier to work with, but normal ones work well too! Just barely touch the cotton swab to the paint blob and it'll soak the water up all on its own.

Jellyfish Nail Art Tutorial

Do one paint color at a time, then move to your next color, and the next, etc., until you're happy with your jellyfish nail art! I ended up using black and white paint this time around. Make sure you top coat your art, or your bubbles will wash off in water! Hehehe! Enjoy! :)

Jellyfish Nail Art Tutorial

Jellyfish Nail Art

Jellyfish Nails

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Indie Spotlight: ellagee's Frankly, My Dear Collection

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Laura has been a polish making machine lately! Her newest collection is just as gorgeous as all of the polishes we've come to know and love! Laura has a deep love for Gone With the Wind, so this collection is dedicated to that! This is the Frankly, My Dear Collection! This collection will go up for pre-order tomorrow, and it will begin shipping October 20th!

As God is My Witness is a forest green shimmer with green to gold shifting glitter. Holy crap, this polish is gorgeous. Definitely one of my favorites from this collection. Not only did it apply flawlessly, this is quite possibly the most beautiful green polish I have ever owned. And it matches the green from my Alma mater perfectly! :)

ellagee As God is My Witness

ellagee As God is My Witness

Fiddle-dee-dee is a white crelly base with white, green, and peach glitter. This is three super thin coats and it was pretty easy to work with even though it's packed to the gills with glitter! I love how the glitter gets sandwiched with each coat of polish! Also, even though I'm not into football at all, this totally reminds me of the Green Bay Packers! Hahaha! :)

ellagee Fiddle-dee-dee

ellagee Fiddle-dee-dee

Look Your Part is a deep red jelly polish with a variety of red glitter. This polish is so deep and squishy! I did two coats to achieve opacity. I just love a good red polish, and this deep red with red glitter is just WOW! A showstopper for sure! This one reminds me the most of Scarlett. I had a Scarlett barbie when I was a kid, and her dress was exactly this color. 

ellagee Look Your Part

ellagee Look Your Part

Tomorrow is Another Day is semi-sheer polish that shifts from orange to coral to gold. Another standout favorite of mine from this collection. This polish is amazingly stunning. Two smooth coats achieved opacity and I couldn't stop staring at my nails! The colors in the polish are just so so amazing!

ellagee Tomorrow is Another Day

ellagee Tomorrow is Another Day

You Can Do Without a Reputation is a semi-sheer black polish with sparkly silver mini flakes. I love how deep and mesmerizing this black based polish is. It's so shiny and beautiful! I did two coats for the opacity you see! I loved it so much, I ended up using it as the base for some Halloween nail art that you'll get to see in a few days! Enjoy! :)

ellagee You Can Do Without a Reputation

ellagee You Can Do Without a Reputation

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Indie Spotlight: ellagee's on Gloss48!

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Laura is being featured on Gloss48 for the next week! Yup! What does that mean? It means that she has put together an awesome, exclusive duo just for them! The duo will be $18 for the next week before going up to $22. This duo can only be purchased through Gloss48. Lucky for you, I have both polishes to show you today!

First up is Sweater Weather. This foresty olive green holo is crazy gorgeous! I did two thin coats for total opacity. As always, this beauty is smooth and easy to apply. Also, HOLY COW HOLO! This polish is about as linear as a holo can get! Even indoors, she's so sparkly and pretty! 

ellagee Sweater Weather

ellagee Sweater Weather

ellagee Sweater Weather

ellagee Sweater Weather

The other polish in this collection is Campfire Songs. This copper toned mega glitter holo is just as eye-popping as her sibling polishes KACHOW and BOOM! Campfire Songs can be worn textured or smoothed out with top coat. Since it's so packed with glitter, it will be more challenging to apply. However, I found it really easy to work with and totally worth the extra effort because, well, SPARKLY! I did a gradient on my nails, except for my accent nail, which has two thin coats of Campfire Songs on it. Also, I have to mention how perfect this baby is for Halloween! Hehehe! Enjoy! :)

ellagee Campfire Songs

ellagee Campfire Songs
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