Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Mint and Purple Gradient

I've been seeing some gorgeous gradients on Instagram lately, and I caught the bug! I knew I HAD to do one, and soon, to satiate the neeeeeed! :) I originally had planned to do a pink and blue gradient, but then I picked out two colors that were just so baby shower to me that I couldn't bring myself to use them. After that, I settled on purple and mint because, well, can you really use mint too much?! :P

I began with two coats of ellagee Bashful Sadie, my favorite mint cream polish! It's just so smooth and perfect! Once Sadie was dry, I used a damp makeup sponge polished on the end with Sadie and ellagee Joyful Chloe to roll on the gradient. Of course, I couldn't stop there! I added on a coat of China Glaze Fairy Dust. If you don't yet own Fairy Dust, you NEED to go get a bottle TODAY. It can literally go over ANYTHING and it always makes it look sparkly and gorgeous. One coat of top coat sealed everything in! Enjoy! :)

Gradient

Gradient Nails

Gradient Nail Art

Monday, July 28, 2014

Indie Spotlight: ellagee Luminous Orchid

{Press Sample}

In a post just last week, I mentioned how I wished my work appropriate nails would've had larger pieces of white gold, instead of the millions of teeny pieces that come out using OPI's white gold top coat. While I think there's a time and a place for an abundance of white gold, I like the option of being able to get larger flakes too. Then, Laura sent me this beauty and it met my needs perfectly! Luminous Orchid is a 12 karat white gold top coat with larger flakes than the teeny ones in the OPI top coat. 

I did two coats of ellagee's Elegant Emily for my base polish. Then, I just did one coat of Luminous Orchid. Of course, you could do more coats for more white gold coverage. This top coat went on so smoothly, but my favorite part was the fact that I didn't have to fish for the flakes! YAY! This top coat costs $15, which is really reasonable when talking about gold and white gold top coats. I don't even want to mention how much I paid for my mainstream gold top coats...hahaha! This polish also comes with the adorable ring you see on the cap of the bottle! Enjoy! :)

ellagee Luminous Orchid

ellagee Luminous Orchid

ellagee Luminous Orchid

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Distressed Stained Glass Nails

I've already discussed my love for distressed nails a million times before, so I won't bore you with any more info about that! These may be my favorite set of distressed nails so far!

I began with two coats of ellagee Latte so I had a nice, light base color. Then, I used ellagee's Stained Glass Collection to randomly polish areas on my nail. I just did strokes of polish wherever I felt like it. Don't worry if they overlap, it'll be ok! The Stained Glass polishes are as follows: Ruby Glass (pink), Selenium Glass (reddish pink), Sulphur Glass (orange), Cadmium Glass (yellow), Chromium Glass (green), Cobalt Glass (blue) and Manganese Glass (purple).

Once I was done with my random polishing, I used China Glaze Liquid Leather for the distressing. Remember, to distress you wipe the brush on the neck of the bottle until you think all of the polish is off of it. THEN you brush in on to get the distressed marks. Once coat of top coat and I was set to go! Enjoy! :)

Distressed Nails

Distressed Nail Art

Jelly Polish Nails

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Indie Spotlight: ellagee's Doctor Who Collection Part 2

Ready for the other half of ellagee's A Good Man Collection? I have the other seven polishes in her Doctor Who inspired collection for you today! These polishes range from $9.00 to $12.50. Enjoy! :)

First up is The Time Vortex, a gold to bronze to magenta shifting beauty. I did two coats without undies. This one, like the other multichrome polishes in this collection, is a limited edition because of the lack of availability of the pigments. This polish was smooth and the shift in it is simply stunning! Some pictures are underwater or have water drops to show the range of the shift.

ellagee The Time Vortex

ellagee The Time Vortex

ellagee The Time Vortex

ellagee The Time Vortex

Vashta Nerada, named for those creepy astronaut skeletons, is a deep blackened blue with violet and silver shimmer. I cannot believe how absolutely gorgeous this polish is! I did two coats for the opacity you see below.

ellagee Vashta Nerada

ellagee Vashta Nerada

Void Stuff is one of my favorites! This polish is a green jelly with green glitter and shimmer. The depth and squishiness of this polish is just delightful and so so sparkly! I LOVE IT! I did three thin coats without undies for these photographs.

ellagee Void Stuff

ellagee Void Stuff

What's With the Glasses is a white crelly base with red and blue transparent hexagonal glitters. I did three thin coats of this one, and I love how it sandwiched the glitters in so perfectly!

ellagee What's With the Glasses

ellagee What's With the Glasses

Next up is a renamed polish that was originally part of Laura's Bejeweled Collection. This one is now called But I Was Promised Tea! This lovely textured polish is a clear base packed with red and iridescent glitter. It looks perfect with or without top coat! I did two coats for the photos. The first two photographs show the texture, the other two show it with top coat.

ellagee I Was Promised Tea

ellagee I Was Promised Tea

ellagee I Was Promised Tea

ellagee I Was Promised Tea

Another favorite of mine is Sexy Old Girl, my favorite Tardis blue polish ever! This is the blue version of Void Stuff: blue jelly base with blue and silver glitter. SO DEEP AND AMAZING AND SPARKLY. Of course, the blue freaked my camera out, so my skin looks all scary. BUT the polish color is accurate! :) I did three thin coats for these photographs. 

ellagee Sexy Old Girl

ellagee Sexy Old Girl

Finally, we have Trenzalore! This polish is a smokey blue-grey with scattered holo that is very subtle indoors and perfectly soft and pretty outdoors. This polish is beautiful and was perfect in two coats.

ellagee Trenzalore

ellagee Trenzalore

ellagee Trenzalore

ellagee Trenzalore

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Grey and Pink Nails

I was recently inspired by some nails done by The Nailasaurus, so I decided to use a similar design, but make it my own! It's really simple, involves almost no nail art at all, and ends up looking cute!

I began with two coats of Zoya London on my pinkie. This is a grey textured polish that shimmers perfectly! I did two coats of China Glaze Recycle on my ring and middle nails, and two coats of Zoya Harper on my index nail. I love Harper because she's the perfect mix of color and iridescence! She's simply beautiful. And, I was also pleasantly surprised with how easy she was to remove!

To finish the look off, I just did three different sized dots down my ring and middle nails using two different dotting tools. And that's it! Easy, but cute! Enjoy! :)

Grey and Pink Nails

Grey and Pink Nail Art

Easy Nail Art

Monday, July 21, 2014

Indie Spotlight: ellagee's Doctor Who Collection Part 1

If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you've seen some photos of ellagee's new A Good Man Collection pop up here and there. This collection consists of thirteen new polishes to celebrate the return of Doctor Who and the new doctor coming in August! Laura knocked this collection out of the park! The collection is up in her shop now, but they are selling fast! They range in price from $9 to $12.50, depending on the pigments and glitter used. I'll have six polishes for you today, and then seven on Thursday! Enjoy! :)

Bow Ties Are Cool pays homage to Matt Smith and his tweed jacket and bow ties. This tan crelly has tons of shades of brown and red glitter in it, allowing for it to be a natural jelly sandwich. It also comes with a little bag of red bow tie glitter, perfect for mixing into the polish or using as an accent! I chose the latter on top of two coats of polish!

ellagee Bowties Are Cool

ellagee Bowties Are Cool

Next up is one of my collection favorites! The Weeping Angels have always terrified me to my core! Statues freak me out all the time now! :P Don't You Dare Blink is a texture polish with tons of grey, gunmetal, and blue glitters. Since it is glitter heavy, it's a little harder to work with, but well worth the effort! I did two coats for the textured photos. Then, I added one coat of Glass top coat to smooth it out for the final two photographs. I LOVE the specks of blue in this polish! So gorgeous!

ellagee Don't You Dare Blink

ellagee Don't You Dare Blink

ellagee Don't You Dare Blink

ellagee Don't You Dare Blink

This collection has four multichrome polishes. This means that depending on the light and angle, the polish can appear to be different colors! Gallifrey Falls No More is one of these polishes, named for the home planet of the Doctor. It shifts from gold to bronze to red. At the right angle, I could also get it to shift to blue and green! Water intensifies this color shift, which is why some pictures have water drops and some are underwater! Unfortunately, the pigment Laura used in these polishes is no longer available, so these ones are limited editions. I did two coats for these photographs.

ellagee Gallifrey Falls No More

ellagee Gallifrey Falls No More

ellagee Gallifrey Falls No More

ellagee Gallifrey Falls No More

Hold Tight and Pretend It's a Plan is another favorite of mine! It's currently sold out, but Laura is testing out a similar pigment, so there's hope it may return soon, which is why I decided to show it to you today! This polish also uses the multichrome pigment, allowing it to shift from green to blue to purple. Absolutely stunning. It also has small iridescent flakes in it. This is two coats.

ellagee Hold Tight and Pretend It's a Plan

ellagee Hold Tight and Pretend It's a Plan

ellagee Hold Tight and Pretend It's a Plan

ellagee Hold Tight and Pretend It's a Plan

Another shifting multichrome polish is Medusa Cascade. This beauty shifts from gold to bronze to olive to seafoam. This polish is so shiny and beautiful! I did two coats for the photographs.

ellagee Medusa Cascade

ellagee Medusa Cascade

ellagee Medusa Cascade

ellagee Medusa Cascade

Last for today is Regeneration! This sheer pale yellow polish is loaded with white and gold shimmer. This polish is so delicate and sparkly! It perfectly imitates what it looks like when the Doctor regenerates! I did two coats for the photographs.

ellagee Regeneration

ellagee Regeneration
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