Thursday, April 24, 2014

GOT - Something a Little Tropic-holo!


Hello, Fireflies!

It's warming up here in Florida, time to start thinking about summer cocktails, days on the beach, and tropical manis!

I started with some golden sand - Mentality Euphoria.  My camera couldn't even pick up on all the holo glitter, it's very sparkly.

Mentality Euphoria

I love Above the Curve polishes, and Prototype Blue felt like the water on a summer's day. 

Above the Curve Prototype Blue

I added a little white and gold glitter with a couple of nail art stripers, because I felt it should be breezy, and there would be small waves in my imaginary tropical paradise.

You don't see a tropical drink only because I already drank it.  The little umbrella is stuck in my hair behind my ear.


Bottle shot:  Mentality Euphoria, Above the Curve Prototype Blue, and nail art stripers in white and gold glitter.

Bottle shot:  Mentality Euphoria, Above the Curve Prototype Blue, and nail art stripers in white and gold glitter.

If you could have anything tropical painted on your nails, what would you get?




Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Holo Happy!


 Hello, Fireflies!

Continuing with this month's theme of Music/TV/Movies, I was inspired by Pharrell's 'Happy'


Holos make me happy! Multichromes make me happy! So, holo-multichromes make me *extra* happy!  This is Girly Bits Belly Jeans, a blue-purple holo multichrome. 

Girly Bits Belly Jeans, a blue-purple holo multichrome

Clear, bright royal blue to purple shift, with rainbows and oil slicks.  Happy.

Girly Bits Belly Jeans, a blue-purple holo multichrome

Excellent formula, which also makes me happy! 

Girly Bits Belly Jeans, a blue-purple holo multichrome

Stamping sometimes makes me happy. These smiley faces sure did, though - I used this plate, Mash 31, with Revlon Spirit.

Mash 31, with Revlon Spirit.

In addition to the stamping, I sliced some smiley face fimo, and picked out these gold smiley face studs.  Looking at my nails made me HAPPY!  Picking off all this stuff, and even picking off my polish makes me happy, too.  I never can keep these 3-D manis on for very long.


Bottle shot:   Girly Bits Belly Jeans, and Revlon Spirit.

Bottle shot:   Girly Bits Belly Jeans, and Revlon Spirit

I have listened to this trombone loop version of Happy, done by Christopher Bill, countless times over the past week.  I love it so hard.


I also really love this version done by a professional A Capella group, Straight No Chaser.


If that's not enough Happy, you can check out Pharrell's 24 hours of Happy, a 24-hour video loop of different people dancing to Pharrell's version of, "Happy". 

Are you happy now?


Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Tri-Polish Tuesday - Lily Gradient


Hello, Fireflies!

I'm so happy with the way this nail art cam out! Especially after it started with a streaky yellow base coat, Ulta Cream Of The Crop.

Ulta Cream Of The Crop

I tried doing a sponge gradient with Barry M Blue Moon, a soft pale blue, with a slight shimmer, but they're both so sheer that they just absorbed into the sponge.  I achieved pretty much the look I wanted by just painting the two colors on my nail!  Sometimes, the simplest solution is the best one.

sponge gradient with Barry M Blue Moon, a soft pale blue, with a slight shimmer

I used these Lily water decals from Born Pretty Store in a mani earlier this week, but I actually created this one first.  I loved the decals so much, I just had to use them again! And then, I ordered another set that I paid for (these were sent for review.)

I used these Lily water decals from Born Pretty Store

These are the epitome of Spring/Easter nails.  Pastels, light, airy colors, with bright lilies.


I fell in love, and I fell hard.  And, I'm so proud of myself for using all three colors of the Tri-polish challenge! (golf clap)


These decals are so easy to use - just cut off the decal you want to use (you don't even have trim it that close!) soak it in a bit of water for 10-20 seconds, slide the decal off the paper backing with your fingers or a pair of tweezers, and put it on your wet nail.  Slide it around until it's where you want it to be, and then blot gently with a lint-free cloth - or just let it dry on its own.  They don't lift like stickers, and they melt away with the nail polish remover, so there's no extra clean up.

Bottle shot:  Ulta Cream Of The Crop, and Barry M Blue Moon, along with the sheet of decals.

Bottle shot:  Ulta Cream Of The Crop, and Barry M Blue Moon, along with the sheet of decals

Do you love these as much as I do?  I can't even take most of the credit - the decals did most of the work!

If you'd like to go shopping at the Born Pretty Store, feel free to use my coupon (GVX31) for 10% off! Born Pretty Store can also be found on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, and their blog.





Monday, April 21, 2014

Aly's Melon Balls of Steel Blue #NailArtForNubs

Hello, Fireflies!

Sometimes, I put together a few polishes, and I'm not sure where I'm going when I start, but something kinda cool happens when I figure it out.  I didn't know what I was doing when I started this nail art - and some of you might argue that I didn't know what I was doing when I finished, either... but I like it!

I started out with Aly's Dream Polish Melon, a pretty, feminine peachy-pink scattered holo.  I love that it's not so pink, and it's not quite peach, either.

Aly's Dream Polish Melon, a pretty, feminine peachy-pink scattered holo

I added Aly's Dream Polish Deep Steel Blue, leaving Melon as a half-moon detail.  I really like layering holos together, especially from the same brand, because the texture just continues through both polishes!

I added Aly's Dream Polish Deep Steel Blue, leaving Melon as a half-moon detail

I wasn't sure that this metallic pink striper would look good, but I'm glad I tried it! I think it's awesome and bright and cheerful. I added the white in the spiked detail for some contrast.


The metallic pink almost looks like striping tape, it's so opaque and shiny.


Bottle shot: Aly's Dream Polish Melon and Deep Steel Blue, and nail art stripers in metallic pink and white.

Bottle shot: Aly's Dream Polish Melon and Deep Steel Blue, and nail art stripers in metallic pink and white.

I love getting inspiration from other nail artists, but sometimes I surprise myself and come up with something I love all by myself! Have you ever created a look - either an outfit, or makeup, etc, and were just pleased with what you came up with?


In case you missed it, I reviewed both March and April's Ipsy bags earlier today! Click here to go to the post!

Ipsy-stravaganza! March and April box review

Hello, Fireflies!

I'm excited to show you TWO months of Ipsy bags!  I love Ipsy.  For $10 a month, you get to try all kinds of cool new stuff.

Let's start with March's bag.  First off, the BAG.  It's mega-cute, and designed by a new artist that they're giving some exposure to.  Which, if I could have remembered to save the tag, I would share with you.  Oops.


This was a great makeup month! Lots of goodies.  First up, the Pixi Primer, with a little bit of shimmer to it, for that luminous glow.  In the third pix, you can see how it shimmers.  I'd pair that with a nice BB/CC cream and let the glow come through.


Probably my favorite item this month was the Marvelous Moxie deluxe lipstick in Get Ready.  This is a perfect 'your lips but better' pinkish-nude shade.  Great formula, too.  I used the code to order something from their site and got a sample of the mascara and free shipping - and, because they said they were having some problems with their site, they gave me a code for some more freebies.  It was awesome.

I wasn't that excited about the NYX palette, not because it isn't good, but I have a ton of neutral palettes, and I probably won't reach for this one as often.  Then Chella liner is a gorgeous bright blue.  I didn't have any problems with my swatch, but I understand that other bloggers had problems with application and the tip skipping.

Here's all the swatches - Get Ready lippie across the top, the three eyeshadow shades from the NYX palette, and the Chella liner on the bottom.


But wait, there's more! I also have April's bag to show you.  Another cute bag! Beauty Rocks!


When subscribers found out that the Urban Decay 24/7 pencil in Black Velvet was included in this bag, it drove everyone into a tizzy - and rightly so.  It's awesome.  Nice, soft black, easy to apply and wear. 

The Elizabeth Mott shadow is a nice color that everyone can use - and everyone probably has a bazillion pans of.  It's a nice shimmery champagne color, great for highlights.

I have some Cailyn products, and I really like the packaging - the applicator brush is part of the top! So far, I've enjoyed my two gel eyeliners from Cailyn, and now I love this tinted lip balm in Apple Pink, too.  Another great color.  It's a balm, so it's not going to last for long - but it's so much fun to reapply.

Here's swatches of those three products - U/D Black Velvet, Elizabeth Mott Champagne, and Cailyn Apple Pink.


I haven't tried the Dr. Brandt exfoliator yet, but I've heard it's pretty awesome.  I have been experimenting with a couple of different physical exfoliators lately, and I didn't want to overdo it with a chemical one, too.

I have a roll-on perfume in Sea Salt from Demeter, and I love it, so I was excited to get this one in Jasmine.  It's a really strong, clear jasmine scent.  Very pretty, but not very complex.  I think this would appeal a lot to people who like to layer their scents to create something unique.  If you like bath products with a jasmine scent, this would be great to apply after a bath to make it linger a little longer.

Have you checked out Ipsy yet?  Personally, I don't think there's a better subscription for the money.  If you're interested in subscribing and sending a few Ipsy points my way, click through my affiliate link HERE.

My #NailArtForNubs post goes live at 9am Eastern - it's a cool half-moon mani featuring Aly's Dream Polish!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Sunday Stamping - Happy Easter Egg Hunt


Hello, Fireflies!

Today's nail art combines my Sunday Stamping Easter challenge with my Spring Renewal Freestyle challenge.  I decided to take you on an Easter Egg Hunt!

I started with Liquid Sky Lacquer Autumn Thyme, a gorgeous light sage green holo.  I love her holos, but they do take a little longer to dry, and I always ding my nails up, because I am a major clutz.

Liquid Sky Lacquer Autumn Thyme, a gorgeous light sage green holo

I used Shany18 and Finger Paints Go Van Gogh! to create a foliage pattern in which to "hide" my eggs. 

Shany18 and Finger Paints Go Van Gogh!

I kinda like it just like this! But, it's not very Easter-y.


I used Revlon Spirit with Shany08 and Winstonia W105 to stamp a cute little (and apparently, transparent) chick, and some eggs.

Revlon Spirit with Shany08 and Winstonia W105

I found these pretty cool nail art pens on clearance at Target - I think they're one of those 'As Seen On TV' products.  They're Hot Designs double-sided nail art pens.  They have both a brush applicator, and a thin tip that you can squeeze the polish through.  Technically, you can refill them, too, though I haven't tried.  I used the thin tip side to color my Easter Eggs.  Some of the pens were harder to squeeze than others, but they were fairly easy to use.

They're Hot Designs double-sided nail art pens.  They have both a brush applicator, and a thin tip that you can squeeze the polish through.

This is one of those, "I wish my nails were bigger" moments.  The eggs aren't really so much hiding, are they? More like, I could barely fit these on my nails, and in some cases, I didn't.


Bottle shot:  Liquid Sky Lacquer Autumn Thyme, Finger Paints Go Van Gogh!, Revlon Spirit, and the hot designs nail art pens.

Bottle shot:  Liquid Sky Lacquer Autumn Thyme, Finger Paints Go Van Gogh!, Revlon Spirit, and the hot designs nail art pens

I wish you a happy Spring renewal, however you celebrate it!