Friday, October 30, 2015

Pretty Serious Cosmetics Killer Fangirls Collection Review & Nail Art

Hello beauties!

We are just one day away from Halloween, and sad to say, but my nails will be getting the chop in just a few minutes after I post this. I always end up sacrificing my nails each year to the Halloween gods while carving pumpkins! It sucks, but in the end, I have beautiful pumpkins, and I get to start fresh with my nails. They certainly need it, too after the swatching and nail art challenges of the past couple of months. I still have some swatching left to do, but they're smaller selections of some great brands I'm trying as I get into the indies for the very first time!

So, my first venture into the indie brands was with Pretty Serious Cosmetics' Killer Fangirls Collection. I couldn't resist this trio of beautiful glitter polishes inspired by the holy trinity of slasher flicks! This is a collection that was released in 2013, but it is still available on their website, and I wanted to feature them since it's Halloween time.

Enough of me babbling. Let's check 'em out!

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Hallowmanis - Day 8: Zombie Nails

Howdy! October is winding down, and we are getting so close Halloween. I am so excited, and I'm just about ready to celebrate my favorite holiday this weekend! We are now on our second to last prompt for the challenge. Today's prompt is zombie nails. I am a big fan of zombie films and The Walking Dead. I was actually catching up with Sunday's episode while I did these, and I'm glad I finished them before the end of the episode because I was just so distraught over losing my favorite character. 

Anyway, here is my zombie manicure, and of course, it was inspired by TWD. I finally got to use my cool glitter polish from last year's China Glaze Halloween collection. I did a little dry brush stroke of grey to to make it look more "undead," and then used a matte top coat. 

For the look, I used the following:

OPI - A Great Opera-tunity as an under base since DLTDB is a little sheer.
China Glaze - Don't Let the Dead Bite
Sinful Colors - Black Out
UberChic - Stamping Plate Zombie Love-01

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Hallowmanis - Day 7: Webs

Didn't get around to posting these this morning, but here are my nails for today's challenge. I'm in the middle of swatching China Glaze's new holiday collection, so this is a quick recycle of one of the swatches. Still, I really love this color, and thought it gave this manicure a really pretty twist since it's not a typical Halloween color. 

For this look, I used the following:

China Glaze - Better Not Pout for the base.
OPI - My Signature is DC for the web.
Pure Ice - Black Out for the spider.
Bundle Monster - Stamping plate BM-H07

Friday, October 23, 2015

Orly Infamous Holiday 2015 Collection Review

Hey there, beauties! Today, I have a collection that's actually been out in stores for weeks even though it's a holiday collection. This one is from Orly. I don't have many Orly polishes, but I've liked the polishes I have gotten from them, and every now and then, they put out some amazingly beautiful glitter polishes. This set wasn't on my list of must-buys, but it was being offered for a really tempting price so I said, "What the hey? Let's do this!" I'm a sucker for a bargain. 

The name of this collection is called Infamous, and it offers some nice rich colors as well as that holiday sparkle we all crave! So let's check it out!

Paul McCartney Concert Nail Art

Hello everyone! A couple of nights ago, I got to experience my third Paul McCartney concert. He is probably my favorite artist of all time, and I am a super crazy Beatles fan. I had the best time at the concert, and pretty much cried for the entire time because I am an emotional fangirl who does that whenever I see Paul...or pretty much anything having to do with the Beatles. I cannot tell you how many times I have gone to Las Vegas to see the Cirque du Soleil Love show, and sat there bawling. Yeah, I'm that person.

Anyway, for the show the other night, I wanted to do a special mani to show my love for Macca. This one took me a while to do, but I had some help from my UberChic stamping mat. All of the designs were hand painted, but I made them as decals first so I wasn't sat for hours on end having to worry about drying my nails. I simply applied my DIY decals and cleaned them up. I'm still in the process of learning how to properly apply them, but I love being able to do my freehand art without stressing out about how my left hand is going to look. And what's really great is that if I really mess up, I don't ever have to wipe the whole nail, and start from scratch, waiting for dry times. I can work on my art piece by piece and go back to it if I get called to do other things.

For this look, I used the following:

The Beatles logo
Sally Hansen - Black Out
Liquitex - Basics acrylic paint in Titanium White

Wings logo
OPI - I Just Can't Cope-Acabana
OPI - Call Me Gwen-ever
Logo applied with fine point Sharpie

Union Jack
China Glaze - Ruby Pumps
OPI - Give Me Space
Sally Hansen - White On

Sgt. Pepper coat
OPI - Dining al Frisco
Sally Hansen - Black Out
OPI - My Signature is DC
Liquitex - Basics acrylic paint in Titanium White

PMc logo
Sally Hansen - Black Out
OPI - My Signature is DC

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Hallowmanis - Day 6: Marbling

Alright, so today, we had the marbling prompt. I'm not a fan of trying to water marble, even though it looks awesome. For this one, I did the cheater method which is to make my design and then let it dry so I can make it into a decal. I like this method. It's much cleaner, and you can get multiple nails out of one decal. What I did here was I made a nice glitter base underneath, and then used my OPI Color Paints and a black creme polish for my water marble, and just applied it. I love the way this turned out!

 For this manicure, I used the following:

OPI - Silver Canvas as the base color.
OPI - Desperately Seeking Sequins for the glitter.
OPI - Center of the You-niverse for the accent nail.
OPI - Chromatic Orange for orange accent in marble.
Sally Hansen - Black Out for the black accent in marble.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Hallowmanis - Day 5: Jason Voorhees at Crystal Lake

Hello! For today's Hallowmanis prompt, we have glitter nails. I just got a new haul of gorgeous glitter polishes. One of which came from the indie brand, Pretty Serious. They have a great collection called "Killer Fangirls" which features polishes inspired by some great horror classics. I have two of the three, and the last one is finally on its way, so when it gets here, I will do a full review of these stunning polishes. 

The first one you'll be seeing here is called Crystal Lake, inspired by Friday the 13th's famous locale, Camp Crystal Lake. I just love this polish, and knew I had to use it for one of the challenges. I have two versions: one without the lake, and one with. I did the Jason mask first since it would be easiest, and show off the polish itself. Also, this was just in case I ruined the mani once I added the trees and lake landscape. 

For this manicure, I used the following:

Pretty Serious - Crystal Lake for the base color.
Liquitex - acrylic paint in Mars Black
Liquitex - acrylic paint in Titanium White
Liquitex - acrylic paint in Cadmium Red

Friday, October 16, 2015

OPI Starlight Holiday 2015 Collection Review: Bee on a Budget Edition

Aloha, my beautiful people! Hope you're all well. I have a ton of new polishes that just came in, and I'm so excited to swatch them, and show you all the new goodies. I know it's only October, but those holiday collections are starting to make their way out, and I love some of the collections coming our way. Today, I have some selections from the OPI Starlight Collection. 

Now, this collection has 18 new shades, but I am showing off only 10. As I do purchase all of the polish myself, I opted not to get the entire collection this time. That's why we're gonna call this the "Bee on a Budget Edition," because I, like many of you, don't want to waste good money on something I'm not going to absolutely love, or know right off the bat that I'm going to hate. Sometimes, I will be able to get an entire collection, and other times, like now, I might opt to skip a few if there are a significant number of polishes I don't want to waste my time and money on. After careful consideration, I chose these particular colors because I thought they'd look great, and I knew I absolutely would not have anything like them in my collection. Happy to say that there were no dupes for these, so they were all new colors for moi, which made me a happy Bee!

Okay, let's get to it!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Hallowmanis - Day 4: French Tips

Hey now! Hope everyone is enjoying their week. I've been all wrapped up in swatching and rooting for the Cubs in the postseason. It's so exciting this year! 

Anyway, today's challenge is french tips. I was at a loss as to what to do for these. I typically don't wear french tips. I'm not really a big fan of them. I didn't have the right shade of green that I wanted to use, so OPI Color Paints to the rescue! Again, I got to try out another stamping plate I hadn't used before. I think next time, I would like to do this mani without the tips. I think it looks better that way. 

For this mani, I used the following:

Nicole by OPI - Make a Comet-ment for the holo base.
OPI - Landscape Artist over the base.
Sally Hansen - Black to Black for the bats and tips.
Bundle Monster - Stamping plate BM-H08

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

The 31 Day Nail Art Challenge Wrap-Up Post


A little late on this post, but I still wanted to make it. During September, I did my very first nail art challenge. At first, I wasn't sure if I'd actually be able to do it all the way, and that it might get overwhelming, but I actually had so much fun. that I was kind of sad when it was all over. For me, it was a way to stretch my legs a bit with my nail art. The best parts of the challenge was trying out so many of my stamping plates that I hadn't used before, and using nail polish I wasn't sure if I'd ever get the chance to wear. Most of all, I loved being able to connect with the lacquerheads on Instagram, and already met so many cool nail artists who inspire me, and had a lot of wonderfully encouraging things to say.

Overall, I had a great time doing these, and was surprised how well some of them came out. Some days were better than others, but I'm very proud that I finished up the challenge, and let my creativity shine. I think more than ever, I am ready to seek out the endless possibilities of what I can do with my nail art. I can only get better as I practice and practice.

Until next year!