Little Mermaid Inspired Mani #1

One month. Wow, has it been that long since I last blogged? A lot has been going on around here for me and my family but everything seems to be slowing down… all the while the holiday season is picking up. Oh boy…

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I feel like I haven’t done my nails in ages. With maybe a simple swipe of color every now and then, they’ve basically been feeling naked. While rummaging through my nail polish drawer looking for a foundation stick (because I am just THAT organized…) I stumbled on Anime Day by Darling Diva Polish. I actually bought it from a sale an IGer was having a few months ago but I never got around to actually doing anything with it.

The polishes pictured are Finger Paints in Tiffany Imposter (the writing on that bottle lasted all but a few days), China Glaze Peri-Wink-le, and of course Darling Diva Anime Day.

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Anima Day is a slightly pink tinted clear base with what look like teal, light aqua, pink, and white glitter. Due to the pinkish base, it did alter the base color of my nails.

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The combination of colors is gorgeous and totally reminds me of “The Little Mermaid” which makes this mani a great candidate to be worn for my daughter’s upcoming birthday party.

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AD isn’t as densely packed with glitter as I would have liked it to be but it is still very pretty, I just wish it had come with a clear base. Application-wise, I had no problems with the actual formula and the glitter distributed fairly evenly. The fact that it has white glitter was one of the main reasons why I purchased this polish– I LOVE white glitter!

Monday Mani – pink, tiffany blue, & glitter

In the middle of watching the first episode of season three of Game of Thrones (that show is addicting!), I managed to spruce up my nails. Here’s what I used:IMG_4386

Left to right: Sinful Colors Starfish, Finger Paints Tiffany Imposter, white liner from Kiss, Sally Hansen Strobelight, and Ulta Tink-her-bell

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1st finger (thumb): two coats Starfish
2nd finger: two coats Tiffany Imposter, two coats Starfish for chevron tip, one coat white liner
3rd & 4th fingers: one coat Starfish, two coats Strobelight, one coat Tink-herbell
5th finger (pinky): two coats Starfish, two coats Tiffany Imposter for chevron tip, one coat white liner

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In terms of color and formula, these polishes are some of my faves. The colors are great and I am a fan of anything Tiffany/robin’s egg blue. The Finger Paints polish is actually one of the best formulas I’ve worked with. It is opaque in one coat, though I always use atleast two. It applies very smoothly and evenly and dries to a nice, creamy finish.

Stripes, spots, and flowers

I’ve been obsessing over floral and polka dot nails lately, you know, ever since I learned how to do them. In between scrubbing the heck out of the grout in our master bathroom, watching the Laker game, washing three loads of laundry, and prepping dinners for the week, I managed to sit down and do my nails… right before I washed the dishes. I messed up my tips a little in case you couldn’t tell which I’m sure you can. Note to self: be sure my nails are COMPLETELY dry before doing dishes. 
Left to Right: Kiss in White, Revlon in Eclectic, Finger Paints in Don’t make a Scene, Sinful Colors in Starfish, Sinful Colors in Candy Coated, and Sally Hansen in Golden-I
Last week, Walgreens had a great sale on Sinful Colors nail polish (only 99 cents each!) so I made a couple trips to pick some up, including a few from the Spring 2013 Collections Sugar Rush and Almost Famous. I’ll be back a little later to share which of those I got (one of them was used in this nail look).
Happy Monday!

Floral, polka dot, & glitter nails

What can all of these polishes, a bobby pin, and a few teeny tiny pearl cabochons do for you?

Left to right: Sally Hansen Bubble Gum Pink, Wet n Wild Undercover, Finger Paints Don’t Make a Scene, Wet n Wild French White Creme, Maybelline Green With Envy, Sinful Colors Mint Apple, Sally Hansen Green With Envy, and Kiss Black.

This. Don’t mind the cuticles (as usual).

This was my first attempt at nail art, not just adding some glitter on my nails. Well, okay, I did that on one nail one and a half nails. I was always so intimated by painting designs on my nails whenever I looked at pictures but I was so surprised at how easy this really was. Originally, the design didn’t have the pearl cabochons or black centers but I decided they needed a little extra oomph! so this happened.

 I’m pleased with how it turned out but I don’t expect to turn into nail artist pro overnight.

As usual, my cuticles are pretty crappy. One of these days I’ll get into caring for them. One of these days… Do you have any products that you would recommend? What’s your routine?

This week, I’m linking up to:


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