Showing posts with label layering. Show all posts
Showing posts with label layering. Show all posts

Friday, April 27, 2012

Milani Rad Purple + Kleancolor Chunky Holo Purple

Happy Friday! The end of the week is here at that just means finals are even closer. But for now, I'm glad it's Friday. Today I'm going to show you my most recent layering manicure. Every time I get a new layering polish, I'm always tempted to try it over Milani Rad Purple - it's one of the best jellies I own, and it's purple to boot. Naturally, when I got Kleancolor Chunky Holo Purple in the mail after buying it from Colour Coated's blog sale, I had to slap it on over Rad Purple as soon as possible.

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Look at that squishiness! I used three or four coats of Rad Purple Cult Nails Get it On, added a layer of Chunky Holo Purple, and finished it off with Cult Nails Wicked Fast. I'm hoping to find the time to review both of the Cult Nails treatments soon, though top and base coat posts always take me longer for some reason, but in the meantime I will tell you readily that I'm loving them both - so much, in fact, that I may yet say goodbye to my tried-and-true Barielle Clearly Noticeable Nail Thickener, Orly Nailtrition, and Sally Hansen Insta-Dri. Anyway, that discussion's for another post. Enjoy your Friday!

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Deep Sea Flakies

Happy Saturday! I'm writing this on Thursday, but by the time this is posted, hopefully we'll all be having a great weekend. I did this manicure about a month ago and am just now getting around to posting it. At the time, I was going through one of those phases where you wear the same sort of polish for about five manicures, and at the time, I was in a dark polish phase. One of the manicures I wore during that phase was Essence Just Rock It layered with one coat each of FingerPaints Flecked and FingerPaints Motley. This was one of the first manicures I did with Flecked and Motley, and I have to say, I think it turned out quite well.

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Thursday, February 23, 2012

A Royal Nail Junkie

Oh, hey, look! It's me! And it hasn't be a week since my last post! Whaaat?! Sure, it's true that I should be doing Arabic homework, but...I'll do that later. Right? Sure. Anyway, today's post is actually a long time overdue. I think I did this manicure sometime in December, but I'm not sure, and it's been sitting in the "Nails" folder on my Mac for far too long, especially for how gorgeous it is (well, in my opinion). Ta-da!

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As you can probably tell from my cheesy title, I used Revlon Royal topped with Sinful Colors Nail Junkie, and I absolutely love how it turned out. Nail Junkie is one of my favorite glitters just because it has such depth, and I think it would look great as part of a blue jelly sandwich. Unfortunately, I don't have any that would do, but I'll keep looking. And now I am really doing to go do Arabic. Probably. Maybe. Or maybe later. ;)

Have a great day - and remember, tomorrow's Friday!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Day 31: Re-create Your Favorite Challenge

Hello, and happy December! Today is not only the first day of a brand new month, but the last day of the 31 day challenge for me and the other bloggers that did it this month. While I enjoyed the challenge, I have to say that I'm glad to have the stress of having to change my nails every day relieved, especially with my first college finals coming up sooner than seems quite possible. Anyway, I had several ideas as to what I might do for today...and all of them flew out the window when I got a swap package today that I'd been expecting. It contained NYX Gilded Glitter, which I've been lemming for ages, so of course I had to use it! I decided to recreate day 17, because that was glitter day. I used one coat of Gilded Glitter over three luscious coats of Revlon Royal.

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artificial light

*sigh* I'm so thrilled with this. I can't wait to use it in a plethora of new layering combinations that have now been opened up to me - and with the challenge over, I can do whatever strikes me whenever it strikes me! I'm excited to try China Glaze Eye Candy, too - I just don't know when I'll have the time! Hopefully sometime this weekend...

Don't forget to check out the last challenge day on the other blogs!

Aly Loves Lacquer
Manicure Addict
Dees Polish Endeavours
Bright Lights, Big Color
Life and Polish

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Day 29: Inspired by the Supernatural

Hello there! Today's prompt was a bit challenging for me to turn into a manicure, as I didn't want it to look explicitly like a Halloween manicure. I ended up pulling out some random polishes and doing a layering manicure. I used a base of Wet 'n' Wild Black Creme with China Glaze Zombie Zest, China Glaze Snow Globe, and a gold Orly glitter that I recently got and can't remember the name of (and I'm not in my room now, so I can't check - I'll update the post later). I topped it all off with Essie Matte About You.

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natural light

I like it! I wasn't sure if I would at first, but after I decided to put matte top coat on it, it all sort of came together. Sorry about my terribly dry fingers ... I took these photos after I showered this morning, and though I tried to put cuticle moisturizer on without ruining the matte effect, it clearly didn't work too well. Maybe next time I'll remember to plan my picture-taking better.

There will be another post up later today on the Dr.'s Remedy holiday collection, so look out for that! I've been meaning to get it up since I took the pictures last week, but the world has seemed to conspire against Never Unpolished lately ... oh well. I should also have swatches of China Glaze Let it Snow posted within a week. I got the samples when I was home for Thanksgiving break, and they're sitting on my desk anxiously waiting for me to try them - and I for them!

Don't forget to check out the other challenge posts for today:

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Royal Layering

You know those days when you can't think of a good title for your blog post? Yeah, it one of those days. It's a shame, too, because today's layering is (in my entirely unbiased opinion... *cough*) absolutely gorgeous. I grabbed Revlon Royal, Nubar 2010, and Savina Diamond Ice - and then this happened:

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 indoors, artificial light
indoors, artificial light

Holy that not the most gorgeous thing you've ever seen? Okay, maybe not, but it's still pretty effing awesome (aside from my dry fingers and chipped index fingernail, which I apologize for - college happens). As I've learned, Royal is an excellent base for any sort of layering, Nubar 2010 is awesome over anything, and glittery nails are nirvana. So, yeah. No big deal. In all seriousness, though, I think this is probably one of my best layering combinations. Writing this post, I kind of wish I'd put this back on instead of Orly Fowl Play - and I've been lusting over Fowl Play for a while, so that's saying something. What do you think?

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Summer Layering

EDIT: I forgot to mention that Adamo 117 is one of the awesome polishes I got in Greece. Whoops!

For today's mani, I really wanted to use Adamo 117, a orange jelly packed with glass flecks that flash orange and gold. I plan on trying it on its own at some point, but I wanted to go to bed before midnight last night, so layering was necessary. I slapped on OPI A Good Man-darin is Hard to Find, which is my favorite orange creme, then added one coat of Adamo 117, one coat of Nubar 2010, one coat of 117, two more of 2010, and one final coat of 117. The results? HOT.

outdoors, sunlight
outdoors, sunlight
outdoors, shade
outdoors, shade

As I told my mom, this mani accurately reflects August weather here in Missouri, but I much prefer this gorgeous layering to the heat and humidity. Even as I'm typing this post, I keep stopping to stare at my nails. Pitiful, I know - but they're so pretty! I bet something similar would look great with pink, as well . . . I may have to try that, too. In the meantime, I'll just admire the juicy deliciousness I have on at the moment.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Jewel of a Lighthouse

Cheesy title! I never know what to name these layering posts, especially if I use a gazillion polishes. I only used two this time - Color Club Jewel of a Girl and China Glaze Lighthouse. I did this combination because I put on two coats of Jewel of a Girl, which is a burgundy/brown shimmer, and didn't like it nearly as well as I did in the bottle, so I thought, "Hm, what can I do with this?" So I topped it with a coat of Lighthouse.

outdoors, shade

Much better! I did take pictures of this inside and in sunlight, but none of those looked anything like what the combination looks like in real life, so I deleted them. Even though Lighthouse is a yellow polish, I feel like it adds a gold foil finish to Jewel of a Girl...whatever it does, I like it! I'm considering putting Jewel of a Girl on my swap list, but now that I've found out how great it looks with Lighthouse, I'm having to consider it more carefully. :)

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Pink Layering

Today I have some layering for you...I put on three coats of Maybelline Colorama in Rush Blush on last night (thank you, Ange!) and decided it needed something else, so I added one coat of Sinful Colors Pinky Glitter and one coat of China Glaze Golden Enchantment. (Pinky Glitter is basically the pink-based version of Hottie and Nail Junkie.) I took one picture (mostly) in focus and one out of focus, so that you could see the iridescent/holo glitter.

indoors, artificial light
indoors, artificial light

Rush Blush really is a blush sort of fact, I think I may have an old thing of blush that's close to this. It's not quite opaque in three coats, though it appears to be in all but the most finicky of lighting situations. I didn't wear this long because I had some other things (*ahem* Fashionista Nails in Fortune) planned and because I wasn't really in the mood for a pink, but I'll probably pull this combination out again at some point.

Also, my apologies, but I probably won't have any outdoor pictures for a while because the weather here is going to be entirely rainy and cloudy and generally nasty for the next week or so. While Monday is supposed to be "mostly sunny" according to NOAA, I'd bet ten bucks that the sunny part is going to be while I'm at school. I do love this kind of weather, but it's inconvenient for nail blogging.

P.S. 40% chance of a wintry mix tonight? In March? In southern Missouri? Crazy.

P.P.S. 249 followers...wanna be my 250th? 

Thursday, March 10, 2011

China Glaze Emerald Sparkle + Simpli Glitter

Re: the scholarship...I got an email from my admissions counselor yesterday saying that she hadn't heard anything from the scholarship I know nothing. This is the second time they've postponed the announcement, so the waiting is killing me! Thanks for all your good luck wishes. On to the polish!

After wearing China Glaze Emerald Sparkle on its own, I decided to try adding some more glitter to it. I used an unnamed teal glitter from Simpli. The teal glitter has a little bit of holographic glitter in it, but it's not visible most of the time. I used two (I think) coats of the Simpli over two coats of Emerald Sparkled and put Seche Vite on top.

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outdoors, shade
outdoors, sunlight

Isn't it gorrrgeous? I love the extra depth and sparkle the Simpli glitter adds to Emerald Sparkle...not that Emerald Sparkle isn't gorgeous on its own, but you can always add some more glitter. That's my motto, anyway.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Wet Cement + Lime Lights

After a few nails (my left thumbnail and two nails on my right hand) chipped while I was wearing Sally Hansen Wet Cement, I decided to add one coat of Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Lime Lights, a sheer green shimmer. I've had this polish for quite a while, but hadn't tried it on my nails yet - I'd swatched it over various colors on index cards, but nothing really clicked for me until this.

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indoors, artificial light

Lovely, yes? I'm so glad I found this combination. 

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Rad Purple + Hidden Treasure

After wearing Rad Purple on its own for a day or so, I added Hidden Treasure. And then my brain exploded. I've layered Hidden Treasure over a ton of polishes, and I've loved every single combination - but this? This is the best, by far. Let there be picspam!

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indoors, artificial light
outdoors, shade
outdoors, sunlight

I am in love. Despite the fact that it's barely halfway through January, I am sure that this will be one of my top manicures of 2011, if not THE top manicure. Not only do the flakies in Hidden Treasure and the jelly finish of Rad Purple complement each other perfectly, I've never seen the green in Hidden Treasure so prominent over any other polish. I really don't have anything else to say about this....let the pictures speak for themselves! I really hope this doesn't chip soon. Or ever. :) 

Monday, January 10, 2011

Spaced Out

Before I get into the polish, let me point out another spreadsheet I made listing the Essie polishes sold at Walmart, as well as treatments that will be coming in February 2011. As well as being linked in this post, the spreadsheet will be linked with the others in my sidebar.

This is officially my favorite layering manicure ever - at least out of those I've personally done. I wanted something similar to this, but I wanted something a lot more complex and "deep." Over two coats of Rimmel Night Before, I put one coat of Sally Hansen Laser, one coat of Sinful Colors Nail Junkie, one coat of NYC White Lights Glitter, one sparse coat of Sephora by OPI Only Gold for Me, and two coats of Rush to make it shine. I have to say, I'm absolutely thrilled with the results. One of the reasons I love nail polish is that you can do stuff like this with very little effort or skill:

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indoors, artificial light

I can't entirely capture the gorgeousness of this combination on camera. There is still visible purple (though you can't see it in the picture), but with a blue flash thanks to Laser, and the green, blue, and gold glitter makes it look really stellar. I really hope this doesn't chip quickly, because I know that once it does, it'll have to come off - I can't stand chipped polish on myself.

I also have a tag to share with you today. I was tagged by Nail Polish Addiction Anonymous for the Stylish Blogger Award.

Here are the rules:
1. Thank and link the person who gave you this award.
2. Share 7 things about yourself.
3. Award 15 recently discovered great bloggers
4. Contact these bloggers to tell them about this award!

My seven things:
1. My mom's birthday is June 5 (6-5), and mine is May 6 (5-6). I think it's nifty. I also think that nifty is a weird word, and I'm not sure why I just used it.
2. I'm one degree of connection away from Bradley Whitford, who played Josh Lyman on The West Wing, my favorite TV show ever.
3. My first ever nail polish was a red The Little Mermaid nail polish that washed off with soap and water.
4. I am running out of interesting facts - that is, if I ever had any to begin with.
5. I have an entire (large) mug full of Sharpies. See #4.
6. I'm not anywhere near making up my mind, but I'm thinking about majoring in political science in college.
7. I love historical fiction and period movies.

And now, for my recently discovered bloggers. These were SO hard to pick...there are just so many great new blogs out there. ;) All of these blogs have existed for less than one year. In no particular order:

One of my friends was talking last week about how she wished she had some glittery nail polish, so I offered to bring some of mine to let her borrow. I'm taking my most glittery glitters and glitter top coats: OPI Mad as a Hatter, OPI Glow Up Already, Nicole by OPI One Less Lonely Glitter, Hard Candy Mischief, China Glaze Atlantis, OPI Extra-va-vaganza, OPI Simmer & Shimmer, $OPI Only Gold for Me, OPI Sparkle-icious, Simpli teal glitter, OPI Show It and Glow It, a Bon Bons blue bar glitter, Sinful Colors Nail Junkie, Finger Paints Holly Good Time, China Glaze Mummy May I, OPI Absolutely Alice, Icing Glamourama, Finger Paints Romanticism Ruby, Wet n Wild Kaleidoscope, NYC White Lights Glitter, $OPI Flurry Up, Sally Hansen In the Spotlight, and a mini of Orly In a Snap to smooth all that glitter out. Think she'll have enough to choose from? ;)

Monday, January 3, 2011

Layering with San Francisco

As I am wont to do, I added some glitter to my nails today. I'd been wearing Sinful Colors San Francisco, and I added one coat of a teal Simpli glitter, one coat of Sally Hansen In the Spotlight, and another coat of the Simpli. My pointer fingernail chipped at some point this evening, though, which you can kind of see in the picture.

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In other news, Lacquer Ware for Tips and Toes tagged me in a meme, and since I haven't done one in a while, I thought I'd add it to this post.

Here are the rules: Mention 15 facts and tag 5 other bloggers. So on to the facts!
#1 My middle name is Michelle.
#2 I am the only person I know my age or older who has never had any dental problems. Lucky me!
#3 I really love cold weather. If it would never get about 65 in the summer, I would be thrilled.
#4 I don't watch a lot of TV, but I LOVE The West Wing - even though I never watched it when it was actually running.
#5 I've made my mom's Christmas present every year for about ten years (since I was seven or so).
#6 I used to do gymnastics, but I was never very good.
#7 I played the tuba in band for several years.
#8 Our television is over twenty years old, maybe thirty - my mom got it from Zenith when she worked for them. It's in one of those big wooden boxes and everything. Did I mention that we don't watch a lot of TV? :)
#9 We also still have a phone that is attached to the wall (and works when the power is out). Oddly enough, this is the same house where both residents have a smartphone. Go figure.
#10 I LOVE Nerds. Love them. Especially the red ones...they're my favorite kind of candy.
#11 Once, when my mom took me to be used as an example toddler for a babysitting class at our library (I was 2 or 3), the lady teaching the class asked me what my favorite food was. I answered, "Artichokes."
#12 I'm pretty crafty. I love to sew and design fact, I'm saving up to buy a pair of shoes that I designed via Zazzle, which you can see here.
#13 I have always loved fantasy books. And books in general - I own far more books than I do nail polish.
#14 My first bottle of a salon brand nail polish was China Glaze Turned Up Turquoise. I still love it.
#15 I only have one college left to apply to! Yay!

I tag....

Oh, what the heck! I tag whoever wants to do it. Let me know in the comments if you do, because I'd honestly like to see this from anybody.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Royal + Flurry Up

I did wear Royal alone for a little while, and I will post a review on it by itself, but in the spirit of the New Year coming up, I thought I'd wait and do that after all the bling is over. So, I added Sephora by OPI Flurry Up, which has silver hex glitter and smaller silver glitter in a clear base. It's basically the silver sister of $OPI Only Gold for Me (which I used in my military bling manicure), which I adore and have used half my bottle of. I need to buy backups. Anyway, this is two coats of Royal and one coat of Flurry Up.

indoors, artificial light

Sorry for the crappy picture, awkward hand position, and random object in the background...I didn't manage to take a picture until I got to my grandma's house, so I was without my nail polish bottle and lightbox. That aside, I really like this combination, and I plan on adding a ton of additional glitter to it for tomorrow. My nails are probably going to be about ten coats thick with all that'll be lots of fun to take off. :) Thanks for reading, and I hope your 2010 is wrapping up nicely.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010


I swear, I must have nail polish ADD or something...I couldn't stand to go a day without adding something else to Purple Diamond! So, I used one of the stickers from the Nailene Bedazzled pack*, outlined it in Orly Luxe to match the stripes on my thumb, and added a coat of China Glaze Golden Enchantment. In the process, I used far more top coat than was really necessary, so I got some shrinkage on my ring fingernail. But I think I had three coats of Rush on that nail in total, so I'm pretty sure that wouldn't happen normally.

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outdoors, artificial light (it looks cooler than normal in this...not sure why)
outdoors, sunlight

I ended up pretty happy with this. I think "luxe" would be a good descriptor for this whole mani...pearls, gold, bling. Yep. :) Unfortunately, my index finger chipped, so I'll be taking this look off. You can't see the chip in the pictures because it's along the side of the nail, but it's enough to bother me. Ah well, every good thing must come to an end! Until next time!

*The Nailene Bedazzled pack was provided to me for honest review.

Saturday, December 4, 2010


I'm baaack! I was much busier than I thought I would be, so I didn't have time to redo my nails while I was gone, but fortunately they didn't chip until today.

I intended this manicure to be somewhat wintry, but I didn't think it looked exactly like snow, and I couldn't figure out exactly what it did look like until someone said to me, "I love your nails! They make me think of a snowglobe." Of course! Why hadn't I thought of that? Anyway, this is one thickish coat of Wet n Wild Kaleidoscope over BB Couture Hangover Blues.

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Since I didn't change my manicure while I was gone, I don't have any other nail pictures for you, but I do have a few pictures of things in the room I stayed in, which was in an old house. Our room had a fireplace with very nice tile around it, as well as an old grate shaped like a griffin/peacock/mythical bird. I took these pictures on my phone, so they're not the best quality, but they're okay.

the base of the shade
the tile
the inside of the fireplace

I also edited some photos using a couple apps...I can't remember which ones now.

a bit of the bedspread
the wardrobe

I hope you find this as interesting as I do... :) Happy Saturday!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Rapid Red + Golden Enchantment

After two days of wearing Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Rapid Red on its own, I decided to add a little of one of my favorite layering polishes, China Glaze Golden Enchantment. It's a gold holographic microglitter in a clear base, and adds a nice sparkle to pretty much any manicure. Here's one coat over two coats of Rapid Red:

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indoors, artificial light

I'm not sure why the polish looks so different in these pictures. The first one is more accurate as to how it looks in real life, but it's easier to see how much glitter there is in the second picture, so I included them both. Unfortunately, my left thumbnail, which is the one I did the patch on, is starting to chip. I think it's because my patch was slightly uneven...anyway, this means that Rapid Red's time is coming to an end for now. Thanks so much for all your good wishes in relation to my kidney stone - I'm still feeling better than I did a few days ago, but definitely not 100% yet, and I really appreciate all your comments. :) Until next time, thanks for reading!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Night Before + Golden Enchantment

Battering tends to increase and become more violent over time.

I apologize for what I feel have been really crappy posts lately...I am so busy and I really wish I could devote more time to blogging and to reading blogs, but it's just not happening right now. Today I only have one picture for you because I was busy (and away from home) absolutely all day, and it's now pitch black out. I wore two coats of Rimmel Night Before as my Domestic Violence Awareness purple for the day, and added one coat of China Glaze Golden Enchantment on top:

That's all for today. Again, sorry for the inadequate post - I'm off to do scholarship applications!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Angelic Camouflage

Depression can somatize, or become expressed in the body. 

I feel like this is one fact about depression that people find hard to believe - because it's classified as a "mental" disorder/illness/whatever, people don't think it can have physical effects. In my personal experience, though, the physical effects of depression can be as difficult to deal with as the mental effects. I have not suffered from severe depression, but I have suffered from mild depression, and it completely robs me of strength and has made me physically ill. So I guess my "message" for today is, don't underestimate what depression can do!

My depression awareness green today was Rimmel Camouflage, a green with gold shimmer. I don't have many Rimmel polishes, but I love the ones I do own, and Camouflage is no exception. It's absolutely perfect in two coats, and could probably be a one-coater for someone with better application skills than I. After two coats, I added two coats of Love My Nails Angel Baby. Unfortunately, I was away from the house this morning and napped the afternoon away, so by the time I got outside to take pictures, the sun wasn't shining directly on my yard anymore.

indoors, artificial light
outdoors, shade

The glitter looks kind of gross in the first does not look like that in real life, and I couldn't get a decent picture of it inside. Anyway, I really like this manicure - Angel Baby is a great addition to pretty much anything, in my opinion. I may not be posting as often in the coming week or so. Hopefully, I will be going back to school Monday, and I'll be really busy trying to catch up. My posting frequency on here will probably depend on how much I procrastinate. :) I hope you're all having a great weekend!

EDIT: Oh, I almost forgot! I'm integrating my "new polish blogs" post into my regular posts from now on. Here are some new and new-to-me polish blogs I've discovered recently and recommend:

Toes That Twinkle
Polish and Powder
Similar Addiction
Tier's Thoughts
Persistently Polished
Chanson De Vernis