Monday, March 31, 2014

Rainbow Fish Inspired Nail Art

When I was a kid, one of my favorite books was "The Rainbow Fish" by Marcus Pfister. For those of you who've never read it, its about a beautiful fish who has beautifully colored scales, along with many special silver scales. He's really proud of his scales, and brags about them to the other fish. None of the other fish have any silver scales, so they get sad and jealous of Rainbow Fish. Some of them ask Rainbow Fish if he'll give them just one silver scale, but he says no. Eventually all the other fish don't want to be friends with him anymore. Long story short, Rainbow Fish eventually learns that sharing is important in friendship, and he shares the silver scales with the other fish. It really is a nice story.
But anyway..getting back on's what I came up with.

What I did was I used Nail Ritz pearlized white to outline the scales, then went over the lines in Wet n Wild Black Creme. Then I filled in the scales with Nail Ritz Electric Blue, Nail Ritz Indigo, Nail Ritz Berrylicious, and Milani Cyberspace. For my thumb I used NYC Tribeca Silver. I think it turned out pretty cute.
Heres a picture of my inspiration..the books cover.

So..have you read "The Rainbow Fish"?

Happy Painting :P

Saturday, March 29, 2014

A Great Spring Color! LA Colors Mint Review and Swatch

Hi everyone! Happy saturday. :) I'm glad its finally the weekend after a week of hard work in class!  Today I have for you a cute little polish that I actually found in Family Dollar a while back! They had  two buckets of mini LA colors polishes, all for a great price each! So naturally.. I couldn't resist, and picked out a polish thats perfect for Spring!

LA Colors Mint- 2 coats over Sinful Colors Snow Me White

It's from the LA Colors Color Craze mini line, and it's called Mint. Although the name really doesn't match the color, since its a bright neon rather then a mint green. LA colors sometimes seems to get color names wrong. I have another polish from them thats called "Magenta" but it's actually a dark plum purple color. Sometime i'll show you that one, its an interesting polish. But getting back on track..heres my review of "Mint".


I didn't have any big application problems, but I didn't try to wear it by itself because it seemed sheer when I swatched it in my swatch book. Neons also tend to stain nails, so I wore two coats of it over Sinful Colors Snow Me White. That worked great.


I really like this! It's perfect for spring, and I love that it didn't have that dull semi-matte finish that some neons tend to have. It's also really bright, the color drove my camera crazy. It took me a while to get a picture where the color and my skin tone looked accurate. Most of the time I got pictures that made my hand look like it belonged to a zombies. Heres one of the fail pictures for laughs. looks like I have radioactive fingernails! Haha. But seriously, the real color is beautiful. I'll definitly be wearing it again!


This is the best part. It was only 60 cents! Yeah, you heard me right! It's not a bad size for a mini either, 4.9 ml! Thats more then OPI, China Glaze, and Covergirl minis hold, for a fraction of the price!


I'm definitely pleased with this polish, and will be buying more of the mini colors next time i'm in Family Dollar! I'd recommend that if you live near an almost dollar store (Like family dollar or dollar general), you might want to take a look if you can! They have a good variety of colors and you can buy one with change that you might have in the bottom of your bag(that is, if you're like me and tend to just toss change in there. I have an extreme over abundance of random pennies in my purse :P)!

So..will you be on the lookout for these? Are you a fan of neon colors? Please tell me in the comments..your comments are always more then welcome!

In the meantime, happy painting! :)

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Sally girl Ice Cream Shoppe Swatches a few weeks ago I was in Sally's Beauty Supply (I love that place, seriously the best store ever), and before I checked out I noticed they had a new Sally girl collection on display for March. The collection is called Ice Cream Shoppe, and it consists of cute pastels with small black glitter in it. I picked up a few of them..because they looked adorable and the price can't be beaten at .99 cents each. So I have two of them to share with you today!

First up is Chocolate Chip, a milky white polish with small black glitter. First I tried it by itself, this is three coats.

I wasn't really happy with the way it looked on it's own. The black glitter went a little wild..and it just looked a little weird to me. So I took it off and put two coats over one coat of Sinful Colors Snow Me White.

I like it layered over white more. I think it looks more even.

Next is Mint Chip, a mint green polish with small black glitter. I didn't try to apply it by itself and I'll tell you why. When I removed three coats of Chocolate Chip, the black glitter went EVERYWHERE. It took me forever to get all of the little specks off of my fingers and I think I still have a few that I missed left on there! So..I didn't want to put more coats of this polish then I had to.
So here it is in two coats over Sinful Colors Snow Me White.

I think the effect of both polishes is adorable. I like Chocolate Chip a little better then Mint Chip..maybe because it blended well with the white polish underneath and because I like the finish a little more. It seems to be a little less cloudy looking when dried. But I do like both polishes. Pastels are great for spring and the ice cream look is so cute!

So..what do you think of them? Do you like food inspired polish as much as I do? I'd love to hear from you! :)

Happy painting!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Cherry Lemonade Nail Art

Hello beautiful people! Okay, over the last few weeks I've been buying a whole bunch of new's just taken me a while to translate them into posts. But yeah, I've got a really nice swatch line up for you over the next few weeks, but I figured I'd take a break from the swatches and give you some nail art!
I'm really starting to get into the spring and summer mood lately, especially summer. I can't wait to be sitting by the pool, sipping cherry lemonade..
And that image, my friends, was what made me think about this design! What other way to show my impatience for Summer to get here then with some nail art inspired by the perfect summer drink!

And voila!

Cute right? I think so! Heres what you can do if you want to create this look on your own nails!

1. Paint your nails with an opaque yellow polish. I actually used two coats of Golden from a nail ritz shimmer nail art pen set I have, and then a coat of Sally Hansen Lite(From the HD collection!) over it. Since both of those yellow polishes aren't as common, I'll say that just about any yellow polish looks great for this. I used lemony yellow because..well..lemonade..but if you choose to do this go with an opaque yellow. And the finish doesn't matter much either! I think it looks cute whichever way! Shimmer..frost..creme..whatever floats your boat! Anyway..

2. Add some red polish across the tips. I think jelly red looks best here. I used NYC Broadway Burgundy Frost.

3. I again used NYC Broadway Burgundy Frost for the two dots of the cherries, which I added using a toothpick, but would probably be done easier using a dotting tool. Then I used another toothpick to paint the stem of the cherries with Wet n Wild Sagreena the Teenage Witch.

So yeah, I love the overall effect, I think it's cute for spring and summer!
So..what are you going to be doing once summer (finally) gets here? What are you doing in the meantime with Spring? And the most important question of all..whats your favorite summertime drink? :) I'd love to hear from you in the comments!

Happy Painting!

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Back to the clearance! Zoya swatch!

Okay lovely people, what time is it? Adventure time! Hah just kidding, it's time for a new back to the clearance post! Last time I did one of these I explained that, due to my natural need to save money, I tend to gravitate to the clearance section of just about every store I go into. So these posts are dedicated to the polishes I get on sale!

Today I have for you..drumroll please..

An amazing Zoya polish! I was in Ulta yesterday, and they had a whole bunch of them on sale for $4.99 each! Including some of the famed Pixie Dust shades! I almost got a few of those(I'll probably go back for those soon), but the one above really caught my eye. It's called "Ziv", and it's a beautiful cool yellow toned gold foil, with bits of warmer gold glitter in it. It also has very sparse holographic bar glitter. I'd been on the look out for a good gold foil and this was perfect!

Now..onto the review..


It was a tiny bit thin, so it took three coats to get it right. But it built up nicely and evenly, so I perfectly fine with that.


I love it. Unfortunately, the bar glitter didn't really make it onto my nails at all. I wish it had made more of an appearance but I bought it more for the gold anyway. It's a nice flattering type of shade that I think would flatter a bunch of different skin tones.


Normally $8.99, but as I said before..back to the clearance! :)


Im very happy with this, i'm wearing it on its own now and will probably use it for nail art in the future! I'm so glad I found it!