Monday Mani – Purple Snow Globe

I swoon whenever I see beautifully done gradient/ombre manis. I tried once using the sponge method but it looked terrible and used way too much nail polish. Instead, I just brush on my colors that I want to use for a “gradient” look then cover it all up with glitter hoping to hide some of the harsh lines. Tricky, huh?

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Today’s Monday Mani uses three different purple nail polishes and one glitter nailpolish. From my cuticle to tip of my nail, they are Revlon Enchanting, Sinful Colors Sweet Tooth, and Sinful Colors Candy Coated. The glitter I used is Sally Hansen Snow Globe that I just recently picked up. Sally Hansen’s Snow Globe is from the Complete Salon Manicure line. It’s a clear base with beautiful medium hex and tiny iridescent glitter. I’ve been dying to find one! It’s really beautiful in the bottle. Unfortunately, I didn’t look at swatches online before making the purchase though. While it’s absolutely breathtaking in the bottle, the glitter is sparse and I had to do a whole lot of fishing for the larger glitter just to get what you see on my nails. It’s a thicker formula than others that I’ve used but it applies quite beautifully and doesn’t take too long to dry. So my main gripe with it is just the amount of glitter. This is TWO coats of it.

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I’m pretty pleased with my non-gradient gradient mani. I’ve been wearing my nails pink and/or mint so often that it’s nice to have a different color on my nails right now. Here’s a closer look at it:

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I swoon!

This week, I’m linking up to:

Revlon Girly + Wet n Wild Flossy Flossy

I’m the type of person that has to get up and do something in the morning– I can’t just wake up and do nothing. So what else is there to do when the house is clean and breakfast is cooked? Go to Target! Oh, but I wanted to look at fabric at Joann, too, so go to Wal-Mart! The Wal-Mart just down the street from where I live is perhaps the most ghetto Wal-Mart I’ve ever been to so if I’m not in my parents’ neck of the woods, I make the 11 mile trip to the nicer one out in Porter Ranch.

While browsing the cosmetics section, I saw the beautiful brightly lit one-side-of-the-aisle display of… dun dun dunnnn… nail polishes and nail products. It was pretty spectacular, even my daughter thought so.
They even had a couple of brands that I’d never seen before, and across from the display was good ‘ol Revlon. With so many options I just couldn’t choose! I kid you not, I spent atleast half an hour going from side-to-side picking up bottles, holding them up, looking up swatches of them online. People probably thought I was crazy! I was limiting myself to only one bottle. For about 10 minutes, I was down to Sally Hansen Snow Globe, Revlon Heavenly, and Revlon Girly. I really wanted a pretty polish with holographic glitter so I could use it whenever I wear one of my aurora borealis bracelets like this one but I couldn’t pick between the two (Snow Globe and Heavenly) so I ended up going the other direction and picked up Girly. Girly is a pinkish milky base with royal purple and fuschia medium hex glitters and small pink, purple, and holo glitters. I couldn’t wait to get home and try it out. I didn’t get around to it until the evening though.

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!

Review: Revlon Enchanting

Whenever I don’t know what color to paint my nails, my go-to color is usually purple and Sally Hansen’s Insta-Dri in Lively lilac. Well, my Lively lilac has… dried out?

Over the weekend, I also picked up a Revlon polish in the color Enchanting (buy 1 get 1 50% off!) which is the first Revlon polish I’ve owned. I used them before when I was much younger. This was before I bought nail polish and I used whatever my mom had which basically consisted of reds, pinks, and clear coats.

The bottle is definitely pretty. Simple with a black brush handle and gold trim. Something about gold that gets me every time. Anywho, my last mani looked like my base color was cracking so it was time to switch up the nails. After about half an hour of trying to figure out what color to use, I remembered that I had this little baby and put it to work.

It’s a reeeeally pretty deep lavender color. Lively lilac is more pink toned so it’s a nice change. The Revlon Enchanting went on so smooth, I was actually really surprised. When first applied, there was a slight somewhat pinkish shimmer to it but looking at the color now that it has dried, it’s a nice smooth creme. This took me two coats for full opacity– I tend to use thin coats so some of you may be able to even get away with just one.

Don’t mind my crappy cuticles– I suck at them. This is with one coat of Wet n Wild’s Fergie Collection glitter in Glamorous which is a clear base filled with medium gold hexagon glitter and tiny gold square glitters. And just for kicks, here’s a picture of my nails and my breakfast– I love these little manzano bananas! I added a really thin coat of Flossy flossy (have I mentioned how much I love that polish yet?). This also gives another view of the color under bright lights. I’ll take an outdoor picture when the sun comes out =).

Would I buy this again? Absolutely. I’m sorry, Lively lilac, but you’ve been replaced.