Thursday, January 28, 2016

OPI Infinite Shine

**I found a few posts that I prepped last year before my 6 month hiatus, so I will be posting those manis this week. All of the mani's that I'll be posting have already been featured on my instagram.**

It's no secret that I'm a huge OPI fan, and while I usually can get a few days of wear with regular OPI I was very curious to try their new Infinite Shine line.  I picked up 2 shades and the base coat and top coat.

While these aren't gel polishes that need to be cured under a UV or LED light, I did decide to take advantage of the Los Angeles sunshine and sit outside after applying the top coat so that the sun could "cure" the polish and possibly extend the wear.

OPI We're In The Black- 2 coats- super opaque and creamy, the thickness of the polish did make clean up a little difficult so be careful with this one.  

 oops looks like I forgot to take a pic on day 3 :(

So as you can see, by day 4 I had some chips on my pointer finger.  I'm a jewelry designer and it causes a lot of polish and nail damage on my pointer finger- as you can see both corners actually broke- which I think caused the polish chipping. 

Overall I am super impressed by how well this wore.  I made jewelry, went to Disneyland, and worked 3 days at my real job at a school where I'm constantly cleaning and washing my hands. My only critique is that I didn't find this super shiny, I guess I've been spoiled by HKGirl top coat.  I did add nail art on day 2, but I didn't add any top coat so as to not change the wear time. 

Stay Sparkly,

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

This Chelsea Girl is Drunk On Holo and Feelin' Groovy!!

Sorry for the silly title, but the names of these polishes just work so well together!! Anyways… I love the look of water marbles, but I ofter shy away from doing them out of fear of how difficult they can be.  But now that I own these fab Color Club neons, I seem to have been bitten by the water marble bug.
Color Club Feelin' Groovy
Color Club Chelsea Girl
Sally Hansen White On
Painted Polish Drunk On Holo

Stay Sparkly,

Monday, January 25, 2016

Pantone 2016

For 2016 Pantone selected 2 colors to represent the year. The colors are Serenity, a pale periwinkle blue, and Rose Quartz, a pastel pink. Honestly I like this mani, but I feel like this color combo is only appropriate for a baby shower. Nothing about it feels glamorous or high fashion. Enjoy my Pantone fairy princess at a baby shower mani :)

OPI Mod About You
China Glaze Secret Peri-wink-le
Painted Polish Clearly Drunk On Holo
Painted Polish Frozen In A Flurry

What do you think of the colors Pantone picked?

Stay Sparkly,

Saturday, January 23, 2016

OPI Hello Kitty Collection

I picked up 4 of the polishes from the new OPI Hello Kitty Collection. I'm not the biggest pink or purple polish person so I found it easy to skip most of this collection. Of the 4 polishes I picked up, the colors may not be super exciting but the formulas are great! Also, I wanted to see how these polishes would water marble and I was pleasantly surprised by how amazing these did! This marble only took 1 try!! Here are my swatches and comparisons.

5 Apples Tall
I did 3 coats but you definitely do not need to. With careful application and thicker coats you could get this to be a 1 coaters.            

My Pal Joey
Again this is 3 coats, because that is how I always paint my nails. I'm so glad OPI is coming out with new blue creams this year! 

Lets Be Friends
Again 3 coats. For a polish with so much white in the base, it isn't goopy or particularly streaky. This is hands down my favorite from the collection. I love how feminine and clean it looks. 

Never Have Too Mani Friends!
Love this! This is 2 coats! Black nails are my go to mani if I'm lacking inspiration. I have OPI Lady In Black and the formula is kind of gummy... but the formula of NHTMF is so much better! I initially skipped this polish but I found it marked down 60% at a store that was closing so I had to snatch it up. While this black will probably not be my go to, it's pretty solid and I'm glad to have it. 

I chose to compare these polishes to existing OPIs in my collection.
5 Apples Tall is on my ring finger, Red Lights Ahead... Where? on my pointer ringer, Red My Fortune Cookie on my middle finger and Cajun Shrimp on my pinky.
Its hard to tell from the picture, but these do look more different in person. This is one of my favorite color families so I am always happy to add more to my collection, but you really don't need all of these colors as they are so similar. 

My Pal Joey on my pointer and pinky, Keeping Suzi At Bay on my middle finger and Ogre The Top Blue on my ring finger.
Clearly not dupes, but they were the closest options I had from OPI. I am curious to see how Joey compares to Rich Girls and Po Boys from the upcoming New Orleans collection.

Lets Be Friends on my middle and pinky, Mod About You on my pointer and ring finger.
I thought these would be more similar from the bottles but Friends is clearly much lighter. I always thought Mod About You was my ideal pale pink, but now that I have Friends, Mod seems so bright and not super flattering on me. 

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Painted Polish 2016

 It's no secret that Painted Polish is one of my favorite indie polish lines. Last year I wore Painted Polish 2015 to ring in the new year, so naturally I had to wear 2016 for this new year. This polish did not disappoint. From swatch pics I thought it was a silver linear holo with silver holo glitters in it, the same type of formula as 2015. I was so surprised by how complex this polish is, its crazy holo but it also has flakies in it! Such a complex and interesting polish.

Stay Sparkly,

Friday, January 1, 2016

Favorite Manicures of 2015

Hello! Once again I'm attempting to get back on the blogging train. I've been so busy lately with work and school that my nails, blogging, and instagram have really not been a priority. But new year new organization! I'm going to try and stay consistent this time.

Here are my favorite manis of 2015, not all of them have been shared blog, but they have all been posted on my instagram.

Cheers to 2016! May your nails never break, may your polish not chip, and my your cuticles stay smooth and hydrated :)

Stay Sparkly,