Friday, January 23, 2015

Indie Spotlight: Big T Ranch

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Sorry for my absence this past week! I was at a friend's wedding, and getting back in the groove since returning has been difficult! I think I'm back in the swing of things now!

I have another new-to-me brand to share with you guys today! Big T Ranch Soaps sells soap, candles, make-up, and nail polish (of course)! I have three polishes from Big T Ranch today, and they're all awesome and gorgeous! They can all be purchased at the provided links for $9.50.

First up is Heartless, a Valentine's Day color-changing thermal polish! This squishy, jelly purple base has purple, blue, and green holographic hearts floating around in it. Purple is the cold state of this polish, with blue being the warm state. I did three thin coats with top coat for the swatches, and a little fishing for the hearts was required. I LOVE the color change in this polish! It's such a distinct change, and both colors are beautiful!

Big T Ranch Heartless

Big T Ranch Heartless

Big T Ranch Heartless

Next up is Ocean, which is described as a green polish with tiny micro blue/green flakes. I'd have to say this polish looks more teal to me, leaning closer to a blue. It's also shimmery and the glitter really stands out. It's a really pretty color! I did two coats of this polish, with one coat of top coat. 

Big T Ranch Ocean

Big T Ranch Ocean

My favorite of the three is up next! Ruby Slipper is a deep rosy pink leaning red polish PACKED with tiny silver flakes that make it shimmer like crazy! Ahhh, so wonderful! You know me, I love my pinks! This polish is STUNNING, even if you aren't a pink person. I did two coats, plus top coat. Enjoy! :)

Big T Ranch Ruby Slipper

Big T Ranch Ruby Slipper

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Indie Spotlight: Parallax Polish

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Are you ready for another new indie brand? Parallax Polish just burst onto the scene with some awesome polishes that are meant to bring awareness to research and ideas in science. As a teacher and science enthusiast, I think this is pretty darn cool! I have three of Parallax's polishes to show you today!

Climate Change comes from Erin's Controversial Ideas Collection. This thermal polish is packed with tiny blue glitter! The polish changes from white (warm) to blue (cool). Thermals can be hard to capture, but I just love them! I did two coats over a one coat white base. Honestly, I didn't need the base like I thought I would! This polish was smooth, easy to apply, and a fabulous color whether warm or cool. I couldn't capture the full shift, but it does get slightly lighter than the bottom warm shot in the picture below. This polish is $10 for a 14ml bottle. 

Parallax Polish Climate Change

Parallax Polish Climate Change

Parallax Polish Climate Change

Next up is my favorite, Helium! Hailing from the Noble Gases Collection, Helium is a glitter topper with red shimmer, red squares, and orange holographic glitter! This topper is so versatile and would look great over a multitude of colors. I swatched two coats over white and black to show how much the look can change based on your chosen undies! White undies were my favorite! Helium is $8 for a 14ml bottle. 

Parallax Polish Helium

Parallax Polish Helium

Parallax Polish Helium

Parallax Polish Helium

Last, but certainly not least, Jahnavi comes from the DOOM Lab Collection. This gold polish with silver holographic glitter is simply stunning! I mean, she's really, really gorgeous! I did three thin coats alone for the photographs. Jahnavi is $10 for a 14ml bottle.

I'm really excited about Erin's brand! Be sure to check her out on Facebook and Instagram! Enjoy! :)

Parallax Polish Jahnavi

Parallax Polish Jahnavi

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Mermaid Nails

I have some mermaid nails for you today! You Polish has left the polish making world (wahhhhhhh!) and has gone to strictly making vinyl decals. Her decals are fabulous and completely affordable! I used her mermaid decals for today's nail art! Since these decals are thinner, they did take some delicate moves to get them off of the paper and onto my nail. I also had to be very careful when pulling them off!

I began with two coats of ellagee's Bashful Sadie. When she was dry, I added the decals over her and polished ellagee's Joyful Chloe on top of them. I pulled the decals off immediately, except I polished a sparkly purple holo glitter polish by ellagee over my ring and middle nails first. This glitter polish has not been released yet, but hopefully it will be soon! One layer of Glass top coat completed the work! I love how these turned out, and the glitter looked perfect! Enjoy! :)

Mermaid Nails

Mermaid Nail Art

Mermaid Nail Art

Monday, January 12, 2015

Live Love Polish and Seche

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I'm excited to bring you guys a new-ish to me brand today! Most of you have probably heard of Seche Vite top coat. But did you know that Seche also has a line of cream polishes? Live Love Polish carries a lot of Seche's polishes, and they sent me one of their gorgeous colors to try, as well as some Seche Vite top coat. I had a bottle when I first started blogging, but it met a tragic demise and I never replaced it, so I was excited to give it another try! 

I had such a hard time choosing a cream to try! There are so many gorgeous colors! I chose to try Audacious, a hot pink leaning red cream polish. This polish is stunning. I mean, I love hot pink anyway, but whoa! This polish is so bright! I did two coats alone for the opacity you see below! I was pretty excited that this polish was so bright without white undies! Audacious was also smooth and easy to apply. I do wish the brushes were the flat, wider ones, but I didn't have any issues with the brush at all.

When I was done polishing on Audacious, I applied one thin coat of Seche Vite. I had a little issue with color dragging, so I should have probably waited a little longer for Audacious to dry. Other than that, Seche Vite dried quickly and left my nails looking shiny and gorgeous. Though I love the quick dry aspect of Seche Vite, the strong smell always gets me. 

If you love cream polishes as much as I do, you should definitely check out the ones Seche has to offer! You won't be disappointed! Enjoy! :)

Seche Audacious

Seche Audacious

Seche Audacious

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Holo Striping Tape Gradient

I am so in love with these nails! I've been following sloteazzy on Instagram for quite some time. She's a very talented nail artist, and I love watching her tutorial videos. She recently did a manicure that I loved, so I decided to recreated it! These were totally inspired by her!

I began with two coats of KBShimmer's Eclipse, a black cream polish that I adore. When that was dry, I added striping tape on my nails. I started with a V shape down the middle, then added three horizontal lines on either side of the V. 

Next, I polished Color Club's Harp On It (silver) and Eternal Beauty (purple) onto the end of a makeup sponge. I rolled the sponge over the tape to create a gradient. When my nail was completely coated in polish from the sponge, I pulled the tape off. If you follow me on Instragram, I posted a video of this whole process! When I was done with all of my nails, I added one coat of Glass! So many compliments were received over these! Enjoy! :)

Holographic Nail Art

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Striping Tape Nail Art

Easy Nail Art

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Indie Spotlight: Bellaluna Enchanted Woodslands & Slumber Party

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Ready for two more beauties from Bellaluna Cosmetics? Today's post includes my ultimate favorite made by Samantha! 

Enchanted Woodlands is a red polish mixed with red and gold holographic glitter. Oh my GOSH. You KNOW I LOVE red polishes...they are just so chic and timeless to me. This one is no exception and she is BEAUTIFUL. I did three thin coats for opacity, no undies whatsoever. Amazing. I couldn't stop staring at my nails, and I never wanted to take her off! This polish is $8.50 for a 15ml bottle.

Bellaluna Enchanted Woodlands

Bellaluna Cosmetics Enchanted Woodlands

Bellaluna Cosmetics Enchanted Woodlands

Slumber Party is a periwinkle-blue jelly base with circle glitter in a variety of pastel shades and holographic dust. I cannot get over how pretty the periwinkle color of this polish is! It isn't a color you see very often, which is why I was drawn to it. I love circle glitter too, though I wish a few more would've come out to play! I did three thin coats for opacity! This lovely polish is $8.50, but appears to currently be sold out on Samantha's website.

Overall, I'm really excited about Bellaluna! Samantha has fabulous customer service, maintains constant contact with her customers, and has created some truly beautiful polishes! If you haven't already, you definitely should check her out! Enjoy! :)

Bellaluna Slumber Party

Bellaluna Cosmetics Slumber Party

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Tip Tuesday: Easy Nail Art Clean-Up

I've been noticing people using a variety of products to make clean-up easier when doing nail art. Of course, this interested me because I do quite a bit of nail art, and clean-up is a pain in the butt. I did some research and discovered that most of these glue-like peel off products were really expensive! Ranging anywhere from $8.50 to $22 for a mascara sized bottle, I just wasn't willing to shell out that much money for a task I could complete with some polish remover, cotton swabs, and elbow grease.

Then, someone mentioned something about liquid latex paint in a group I'm in on Facebook. I decided to try it and ended up paying $11 for 4 ounces of this latex paint on Amazon. Much better than $22 for less than an ounce! I was pretty thrilled with the find, and I'm happy to report that it works perfectly! Unfortunately, if you're allergic to latex, you're going to need to pass on this purchase! Also, if you don't have the ability to purchase online, I've been told that Halloween shops or adults-only stores are the only places to find this type of paint. :P

Ready to see it in action? Begin by painting the latex paint all around your nail. When I'm doing a gradient, I only paint it around the top and sides of my nail. For this post, I was doing a water marble, so I painted it all over my finger from the knuckle above my nail and down. I usually do two or three nails at a time, let it dry, then begin my nail art. It dries quickly, but I give it a minute or two just to be sure. Be careful not to get it on your nail. If you do, gently scrape it off before doing your art to prevent your nail art from being pulled off with the paint. *That's white polish on my nails, not paint. The paint is only on my skin.*

Easy Nail Art Clean Up

When the paint is dry, go about doing your nail art! I water marbled, as you can see below. All of that paint would have been on my skin! What a clean-up nightmare! 

Water Marble Clean Up

When I'm done with my art, I use nail clippers to make a little slice mark in the paint, as you can see below. Then I pull it off using tweezers! If I'm just using the paint around the top and sides of my nails, I simply pull it off without slicing it with nail clippers.

Easy Nail Art Clean Up

Viola! You can see my nice clean skin with my latex paint in the background! Totally worth it! Enjoy! :)

Easy Nail Art Clean Up
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