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Hunger Games Nail Art!

Hello tributes!

Happy Hunger Games! And may the odds be ever in your favor! In honor of tonight’s release of the new Hunger Games trilogy movie, Catching Fire, I decided to pay homage to the popular series with a little nail art! The Hunger Games is honestly one of my favorite book series of all times. I read all three books while I was recovering from surgery last spring and it kept me engaged and distracted from the pain. I’ve heard good things about the second movie, and I love Jennifer Lawrence (such a classy lady), so I can’t wait to see it sometime soon!

The most well known symbols of the Hunger Games series are the mockingjay and fire, since Katniss is “The Girl on Fire”. On all my fingers except for my ring finger, I painted two coats of China Glaze Smoke and Ashes, a smoky black with a subtle blue and green duochrome, and is appropriately part of last year’s Capitol Colors Collection (the District 12 shade!). On my thumb, I used a toothpick and a small dotting tool to freehand Katniss’s iconic mockingjay pin using Body Central Gold. On my ring finger (which I painted with 1 coat of e.l.f. Sunflower), I created a flame inspired gradient, using Ulta Ruby Slipper (the red), OPI A Woman’s Prague-ative (the orange-y gold) and e.l.f. Sunflower (the yellow). On the rest of my nails, I used a medium sized dotting tool with Gold to create a line of dots across the sides of my black nails. I’m super happy with how this turned out! Pictures below are with OPI topcoat.

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I’m getting so much better at freehanding things these days, I’m quite pleased with myself. I hope I get to wear this to the movies- I always take off manicures so quickly in order to blog. Guess I’ll just have to go see it tomorrow! What do you think of my Katniss Everdeen nail art tribute? Let me know in the comments!

~Beth~


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Happy Halloween From The Polish Influenza!!

Hi everyone!

HAPPY HALLOWEEN! Hope everyone is having a spooktacular day! We got to wear parts of our costumes to school today (pictures at the end of the post) and there were some pretty creative ones! Of course, to celebrate the day, I did my nails up all special. I used Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Sun Kissed for the orange, Love and Beauty Black for my ring finger and thumb, Ulta Little Black Dress for the writing, Sinful  Colors’ Snow Me White for the ghosts, and Rue 21 Glow in the Dark over the ghosts for a boo-tiful glow! Pics are without topcoat!

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I tried to get a shot with the glowing ghosts for you guys, except, this is what happened…

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I considered water marking this, just for the lols, but opted against it. Too much work!

And of course, I can’t leave without showing you my Halloween costume! While I didn’t go trick or treating (I’m a little too old for that now- I just take candy from our own candy bowl!) I still wanted to get all dressed up. You’re never too old for that! I saw an amazing makeup tutorial to transform yourself into a doe from a makeup guru called From Head to Toe. She’s got some great wearable makeup too. I followed her instructions, stuck on a pair of antlers, and voila! I have become a deer! Here’s a pic.

Doe-n't I look cute? (Deer pun lol)

Doe-n’t I look cute? (Deer pun lol)

So that’s it for me today. I hope you all had a great day full of tricks and treats! Stay boo-tiful!

~Beth~

 


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MOTD- OPI “A Woman’s Prague-ative”

Hi there!

While I’m so ready to embrace fall right now, the weather is just not letting me! It was even hotter today than it was yesterday here in the 302- 87˚ F! I’ve got a whole pile of fall nail polishes out in my room ready to be reviewed and the weather is like “nope, it’s still summer”. Well, sorry weather, but in all technicalities, it is fall, so let the autumn themed MOTD continue!

Today I have a GORGEOUS burnt coppery orange color for you from OPI called A Woman’s Prague-ative. Just to clear things up, this was part of the 2013 Euro Centrale collection, hence the central European inspired name (and it’s soooo cute!). I actually have used this color on my blog before, it’s in one of my 31DC2013 posts, here. A Woman’s Prague-ative is such a gorgeous, in-depth shimmer, I don’t even know how to start describing it! It has a very orange glow to it, but when the light hits it, it flashes gold and copper, and even a bit of subtle red. The shimmer is intense, guys. It really packs a punch, and I like it that way! This is a really unique polish- I’ve never seen any other polish quite like this. It’s a total stunner! Formula-wise, it’s also a win. It’s thin, but not so much that it’ll flood your cuticles, and the OPI brush is very effective at applying the color evenly. It’s a bit sheer, but opaque in 3 coats. Pictures below are 3 coats of A Woman’s Prague-ative, no topcoat.

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So what do you guys think about these colors? I know this was an OPI spring release, but I feel like it fits into the fall color scheme better, at least in my opinion! What about you? Let me know in the comments!

OPI polishes retail for about $9, and can be found in beauty supply stores, salons, and on their website, here.

~Beth~

 


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31DC2013 Day 29- Inspired by the Supernatural

Hi everyone!

Today’s prompt, the supernatural, was a bit difficult for me. I’m not into scary things (I’m such a crybaby at horror movies, it’s ridiculous) and dragons and phoenixes are too difficult to paint in miniature. I then thought of ghosts, but that seemed far too clichéd. And then it hit me: what if I went tongue-in-cheek, and did Pacman ghosts. And so it went.

To create my classic arcade-inspired nails, I started off by painting all of my nails with two coats of Love and Beauty Black. I then took Sinful Colors Snow Me White and drew the outlines of Pacman with his dots on my thumb and the 4 ghosts, Inky, Pinky, Blinky, and Sue, on my other fingers. I filled in the designs with white to make sure that the colors would stand out against the black. Once that had dried, I filled in Pacman and the dots with Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Mellow Yellow, Inky with a mix of Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Blue Me Away and Mint Sorbet, Pinky with a mix of Love and Beauty Pink Creme and Snow Me White, Blinky with e.l.f. Smokin’ Hot, and Sue with Mellow Yellow and Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Sun Kissed. Once those colors dried, I put little white dots on the ghosts for eyes, and put a black dot inside of them. And Pacman has come to life on my nails! Pictures below are without topcoat.

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So it’s not quite spooky or scary, but it sure is cute! ^__^ Sue is a little cross-eyed, but hey, she was always the odd one out xD Let me know if you like Pacman too in the comments below!

Only TWO DAYS LEFT of the 31DC2013!!! I can’t believe how fast time flies! I hope you all have enjoyed it as much as I have 🙂 Tomorrow is “inspired by a tutorial”, so if you have a favorite tutorial, make sure to let me know in the comments! I always need inspiration!

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~Beth~


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31DC2013 Day 27- Inspired by Artwork (The Scream)

Hi all!

I’m going to admit, today was a struggle. I’m really no artist, I just happen to be good with nail polish. I swear, when I pick up a paintbrush or colored pencil and try to do this stuff in real life, the end result is horrific. I don’t know why it always works on my nails, lol! So having to put a real life work of art on my nails was kinda terrifying! In the end, I’m pleased with the result, and I hope you agree with me!

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My inspiration for today’s design came from the painting The Scream by Edvard Munch. It’s very surreal, which I love because of its abstract nature. I immediately knew that I wanted to emulate the swirls of the paint through water marble, and I separated the color patterns into three parts: the oranges, yellows, and reds of the sky, the blues of the water, and the browns of the bridge. I started by painting all of my nails white (Sinful Colors Snow Me White) to get the best and boldest water marble.

To get the sun-lit sky, I put drops of Essie Tart Deco, e.l.f. Smokin’ Hot, Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Mellow Yellow and Sally Hansen Sun Kissed into a bowl of lukewarm tap water. I used a toothpick to draw random, linear patterns, and dipped my thumb and middle finger into the mix. To get the water, I put drops of Rue Beauté 043, Rue Beauté 033, e.l.f. Lavender Mist, Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Mellow Yellow, and Sinful Colors Snow Me White into a bowl, created the same linear pattern, and dipped my pointer and ring fingers into the mix. For the bridge, I mixed Rue Beauté 004 and Rue Beauté 063 in the same linear pattern, and just dipped in my pinky.

For the scream himself, I mixed together Snow Me White, 004, and Love and Beauty Black on a palette, and freehanded the shape of his face on my ring finger. Once that dried, I used a mix of black and the navy 043 to freehand the mouth and eyes. I then used the grey mixture to draw on his hands next to his face. And ta da! Art on my fingers! Pictures below are with OPI topcoat.

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So there’s my version of art. Please share if you like it! It means a lot to me! And I really want to see all of your amazing nail art designs as well, so make sure to share them!

Tomorrow is flag inspired day. I already have my design planned and ready to go! Come back tomorrow to see what I have in store!

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~Beth~


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31DC2013 Day 14- Flower Nails!

Hi everyone!

So today I wanted to do something a little….out of the box. Flower day just has this connotation to it- frilly and feminine and romantic. And there’s nothing wrong with that. But I, like always, wanted to be unique. So, my inner nerd came out.

Instead of doing a literal flower design, I turned to my favorite video game hero, Mario, for inspiration. The fire flower is such an iconic image in the Mario game series. I wanted to pay homage to it on my nails!

Fire Flower!!

Fire Flower!!

Since my nails are super small, I didn’t feel like I could draw a good-looking flower on any nail except for my thumb. So on my pointer finger, middle finger, ring finger, and pinky, I created a cheeky french tip design. I started with a base of 2 coats of Sinful Colors’ Snow Me White. Then, I painted Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Mellow Yellow across the tips. After that dried, I painted a slightly thinner strip of orange (Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Sun Kissed) across the tip, and let that dry, as well. I outlined the bottom of the french tip with Love and Beauty Black, and sealed the design with OPI topcoat.

For the thumb, I really can’t explain how I drew the flower, because I just freehanded it, using a toothpick to draw the lines. The only new color that’s on the thumb and not the rest of the nails is the green for the stem, which is a mixture of Sinful Colors’ Innocent and Rue Beauté 040. Pictures are below!

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I hope you all like my creative twist on the flower nail art design! If you like it, please share it on social media, and share your designs with me!

Tomorrow is “delicate design” day. I’m seeing lace, maybe? Who knows. Come check out my design tomorrow!

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~Beth~


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31DC2013 Day 8- Metallic Nails!

Hi everyone!

So today is metallic nail day! Originally, I was gonna cheat today, because I recently purchased a new OPI nail polish, A Woman’s Prague-ative, and desperately wanted to share it with you! IT’S SO GORGEOUS OMG. Gorgeous enough that when this nail challenge is over, I will be swatching and reviewing it for you. It’s too beautiful to be lumped into this post! But enough about that.

After work today, I was browsing through my favorite Youtube channels, and stumbled upon a nail art design done by the lovely Meliney (link to her channel here). It featured 5 different ways to make a puzzle piece manicure. I watched her paint her nails, then looked at my beautiful orange-y bronze OPI nails. And then it hit me. I needed to make puzzle nails, stat. I love the pairing of orange and purple (especially since fall is quickly approaching), so I knew I needed to pick the perfect purple to pair with a Woman’s Prague-ative. I originally tried out this design with another metallic polish, Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear nail color in Purple Gala, but it ended up being just too busy. So I actually decided to use the deep, vampy, creme purple from one of my Revlon Moon Candy duos, 280 Orbit. It paired ideally with A Woman’s Prague-ative- the puzzle pieces are defined well and the colors mesh beautifully!

To make the puzzle pieces, I used the tape method. I cut 4 small pieces of tape, and placed them around my nail like so.

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Then, I painted Orbit over top of the tape, and immediately pulled the tape off to create crisp lines, producing a design like so. Warning: at this stage, your cuticles will be pretty messy (at least mine were)

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From there, I put little circles in the two polish colors on the edges of the blocks to make the puzzle pieces. And VOILA! The final look! Pictures below are with OPI topcoat.

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I hope you guys love this as much as I do! Let me know in the comments below!

Please feel free to share your 31DC2013 designs with me- I love seeing your nail art! And please, if you like this design, share it! It means the world to me!

Tomorrow is rainbow day! Who doesn’t love rainbows? I have a special design in mind for tomorrow, I hope you guys will like it!

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~Beth~


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31DC2013 Day 2: Orange Nails!

Hi there!

Time to start day two of the 31 Day Nail Challenge! I got to tell you guys, I’m not a huge orange fan. In my polish stash, orange is probably one of the most lacking colors I have. Nonetheless, I still wanted to create something fun and original for the challenge, so I gave it my best shot.

I knew I wanted to do a combo of blue and orange, because I like how those shades play off each other. The blue I chose to go with my orange today was Wet n’ Wild Megalast I Need a Refresh-mint. It’s light and not as in-your-face as some of my other blues, and played nicely together with the star of the show, my selected orange, Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Nail Color in Sun Kissed. Basically, Sun Kissed is just a bright orange creme that applies very opaquely.

I did two designs for this, you guys can pick which one you like better. The first one I started out with 2 coats of Sinful Colors Snow Me White as a base. Then, I made little flowers on the lower right corner of my nails by putting 5 drops of polish in a circle with a toothpick, then pulling the drops into the center of the circle with the toothpick to create petals. A drop of I Need a Refresh-mint in the center completed the look. I also added tiny orange dots to add more of the day’s color. Below is the look.

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For the second look, I decided to only use I Need a Refresh-mint and Sun Kissed. I used I Need a Refresh-mint as a base for all the nails. Then, once that had dried, I decided to do a variety show of patterns. On my pointer finger, I made tiny polka dots with a toothpick, then on the middle finger, I drew zig zags (they’re somewhat messy, but I don’t have nail art brushes, so I had to make do with a toothpick). The ring finger has a checkerboard pattern (also done in toothpicks), and the pinky rounds off the design with a half moon french manicure. I really like how loud this design is- perfect for summer days (even if school HAS started, lol). Pictures below are with no topcoat.

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So which orange design do you guys like best? The first or the second? Let me know in the comments below!

Stay tuned- tomorrow’s challenge is yellow nails! Can’t wait to see what my crazy mind comes up with for that!

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~Beth~


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Piggy Polish Haul and Review!

Hi there everybody!

First day of school! I’m super tired (and I’m only going to get more tired as the year progresses) but I promise to keep up this blog. It’s a great source of happiness for me (and gives me an excuse to change my nail polish daily, lol). I wish anyone who started school today (or previously or in the future) a great and successful year!

Now onto the polish!

Recently I got a rewards coupon from Ulta for a level 8 gift. Level 6 and above can combine lower level gifts, so I decided (of course) to get nail polish with it! Piggy Polish lacquers were a level 2 gift, so I was able to pick up 4 of them for free! I bought the fifth because I couldn’t help myself! The glitters that Piggy Polish offers are phenomenal- they’re really different than any other brand. And the names are super cool and totally original. They’re technically made to be worn on toenails, but the colors are too beautiful to not wear on my hands. So let’s get started on the polishes (and I promise, no foot pictures)!

Confetti is the first polish I picked out. It’s a micro purple/magenta glitter base with green and gold micro bar glitter in a clear base. The glitter is probably dense enough to become opaque on its own, but I didn’t want to use up that much of it. It would probably take 3-5 coats to be opaque on its own. I swatched it over a base of a Love and Beauty pink neon creme color (the name got ripped off 😦 ). Pictures are 1 coat of Confetti, no topcoat.

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Garden Galaxy is the second bar glitter polish of the bunch. It’s completely made up of iridescent, lime green micro bar glitter (bigger than the glitter in Confetti, but smaller than the glitter in Three Cheers and a Tiger) in a sheer lime green base. Again, this one could probably be built up to be opaque, but it would take about 3-4 coats, and would be impossible to remove afterwards with all the glitter! It’s a much better layering polish. Pictures below are 1 coat of Garden Galaxy over Rue Beauté 031, no topcoat.

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Three Cheers and a Tiger is the third and final bar glitter I have to show you today. Three Cheers and a Tiger is composed of large, holographic iridescent yellow large bar glitter and mini hex glitter in an orange jelly base. Unlike the other two bar glitters, this one is definitely wearable on its own- the orange jelly base is much more opaque than the other two. This polish is a bit difficult to apply because it’s thick, but it’s not unworkable. Pictures below are two coats of Three Cheers and a Tiger, no topcoat.

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Never Hide is made up predominantly of large, teal hex glitters, but also has small blue hex glitters, and tiny iridescent blue hex glitters to give it depth. All the glitter is in a clear base. This one really sparkles in the sun! I did run into some issues with placing the teal glitter- they tend to clump together. With a little patience, however, you should still be able to work the polish without issue. Pictures below are 1 coat of Never Hide over a base of Ulta Salon Formula Nail Lacquer in Bare Minimum.

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Of course, I love to save the best for last. And The Earth Says Hello certainly doesn’t disappoint! This polish is made up of all sorts of shard glitter- teal, yellow, gold, red, orange, silver, purple, pink- you name it, it’s in there! The shards of glitter range in size from tiny to much larger. All the glitters are in a clear base. I messed up the white polish on my ring finger, so sorry for the sloppy swatch there. All the glitter shards are pretty muted in color, they aren’t in your face bold colors. The glitters give great payoff, but you’ll have to place them a little bit to get them looking right. Pictures below are 1 coat of The Earth Says Hello over a base of Sinful Colors Snow Me White

 

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Overall, I really like this brand. Their glitters are super fun, unique, and easy to apply. While they are meant for toes, I really prefer them on my fingers- they’re too pretty to waste on my feet! Piggy Polish bottles hold 0.45 fl oz of polish and retail for $7.50 at Ulta, and $9.00 on their website, here.

So what do you think of this brand? And what do you think- do these colors make for a better manicure or pedicure? Let me know in the comments!

~Beth~


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Review- Wet n’ Wild Fastdry: 2 Nail Colors

Hi all!

A while ago while I was out shopping at RiteAid, I came across Wet n’ Wild’s line of “Fastdry” nail polishes. This brand is a line released by Wet n’ Wild, very similar to Sally Hansen’s Rapid Dry color line. I picked up two colors to try out. I got a shimmery, foil-like orange, and a frosty blue. Both polishes are packaged in a cylindrical bottle with flattened sides, and a black cap, and retail for $1.99 (a better bargain than the Sally Hansen polishes, which sell for about $4.99 a piece). So without further ado, let’s get started on the polishes!

9.0.2.1.Orange

9.0.2.1.Orange

“9.0.2.1.Orange” is an orange based foil polish with gold shimmer running through it. Application-wise, this polish is a gem. It’s very fluid and applies evenly, and self-levels so that there is virtually no patchiness. It is on the sheer side, so you’ll have to build it up if you want to hide the VNL. The pictures below are 3 coats of 9.0.2.1.Orange, with no topcoat.

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Saved by the Blue

Saved by the Blue

 

“Saved by the Blue” is a deep, vibrant cobalt blue. It’s a bit frosty, so brushstrokes are somewhat of an issue, but really aren’t too bad. I had some issue with the polish pulling away from my tips as it dries, so beware of that. Application-wise, it was thicker than 9.0.2.1.Orange, but not unmanageable. I’ve actually used this color in my Blue Gradient nails and my water marble with my mom. It’s an all around good blue to have. The pictures below have 2 coats of Saved by the Blue, no topcoat. I’m not really sure why the pictures turned out so yellow, but the polish color is fairly accurate. It’s just a smidge brighter in real life.

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Artificial, indoor lighting, with an obnoxious yellow effect…

Artificial, indoor lighting, with an obnoxious yellow effect...

Artificial, indoor lighting, with an obnoxious yellow effect…

Overall, I’m pretty pleased with these colors. The blue was definitely a faster-dry polish than the orange. Saved by the Blue was dry to the touch in about 2-3 minutes, while it took 5-6 for 9.0.2.1.Orange.  The website claims that one coat of these polishes dries in 60 seconds, and that didn’t hold true. I’m pretty patient with my manicures, though, so it doesn’t bother me too much. For the price, I’ll definitely take it! Wet n’ Wild Fastdry polishes are sold at most drugstores, like Walgreens, CVS, and RiteAid, and can be found on their website, here.

So what do you think of these polishes? Will you be picking them up? And do you think I should review more Wet n’ Wild polishes from this line in the future?

~Beth~