Nail Art- The Flaky Polish Trend (On a Budget!)

Hi there!

How’s everyone doing today? It’s kinda cloudy and grey here. Luckily, the sun came out for just a little bit, so I could get my sunlight pictures for the nail polish I have to show you today! The weather wants my blog to be successful, thanks weather! So without further ado, let’s get to the polish!

Recently, “flaky” nail polishes have been taking beauty stores by storm. They were (and still are) an “it” polish trend. They really began when the brand Finger Paints released its “Special Effects” collection in early 2012 (a great review of these polishes was done by Jen from the Polishaholic, viewable here). These polishes looked all the same in the bottle, but when you applied them over a black polish, the iridescent, irregularly shaped glitter shards would illuminate with another color. Other brands have released similar products, such as the polish Luxe and Lush, released in the China Glaze Hunger Games collection, or the entire Revlon Moon Candy nail art collection. Essie also released flakies in their “Luxeffects” 2011 Holiday Collection (the polish was called Shine of the Times). And of course, who could forget Sally Hansen’s Hidden Treasure, which is essentially the original flaky. No matter how you slice it, flakies are an on trend nail effect that people love. The problem? They tend to be super expensive. The Moon Candy polishes retail for $8.99 a piece, Essie is usually $8-$9, the Finger Paints are $5.50 (and retired). Luckily, I’ve found an inexpensive (and still quality) substitution for the ridiculously high prices.

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Introducing Funky Fingers Flaky polishes. Recently, I reviewed another Funky Fingers (the FiveBelow nail polish brand) polish called Jawbreaker. These polishes are $2 a piece, or 3 for $5. Much much MUCH cheaper than other flaky brands. This particular polish is called Taken, and has red, blue, and greenish flakies in a super sheer blue base. Really, this base barely changes the color of the base polish, so it’s still good for layering. The flakies in this polish do not need to be placed, they apply evenly, and don’t have much curling off the nail (I had that problem when I used to use China Glaze’s Luxe and Lush). The flakies in this polish are a lot bigger than the flakies in Finger Paints or Essie, but they’re pretty much on par with Luxe and Lush and the Moon Candy collection. In the pictures included, I wore the flakies over two different base colors. The sky blue is Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Nail Color in Blue Me Away! and the black is Love and Beauty Black. Over the blue, the colors are much more muted, and the red flakies shine through, but over black, I think the color is very reminiscent of Finger Paints’ rainbow flaky, Twisted (which you can see in Jen’s post I linked above). Pictures below are two coats of Taken, one coat of Sally Hansen Diamond Strength Nail Color in Flawless as my topcoat.

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Natural, indoor light

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This polish is a real winner for me because the quality competes with other, more high end brands like Revlon and China Glaze, and the price is virtually unbeatable. This polish also comes in a lavender base, and a pink base, among others. These polishes are available at FiveBelow stores. What is your opinion on flaky polishes? Are you onboard with this nail art trend? Let me know in the comments!

~Beth~

 

 

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MOTD- Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Nail Color in “Blue Me Away!”

Hi all!

Guess what day it is? Guess what day. it. is.? That’s right, it’s hump day! Happy Wednesday everyone! Today was highschool freshmen orientation day! As a senior, I got to show the freshmen around campus and teach them all about our school. It was a fun day, but I’m exhausted! Not too exhausted for a manicure, though.

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Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in Blue Me Away! is a classic sky blue. It’s a rich creme polish that leans somewhat neon, but not enough that the formula dries matte. Rather, this polish is extremely shiny when dry. I love this color as a staple in my collection. It’s great on its own (like you see here) but it’s also fantastic for nail art designs. I’ve found that this line of Sally Hansen polishes spreads particularly well in the water for water marbling looks, and this is typically my go-to blue. When I run out of this bottle, I’ll most certainly be repurchasing it! Pictures below are two coats of Blue Me Away! (though you could honestly get away with one if you’re in a hurry; it’s that opaque!) with no topcoat.

Indoor, artificial lighting

Indoor, artificial lighting

Outdoor light, shade. Sorry for the yellow look on my pointer finger, it's my neon yellow shirt reflecting!

Outdoor light, shade. Sorry for the yellow look on my pointer finger, it’s my neon yellow shirt reflecting!

Sorry for the sloppy cuticles today, guys. Normally I try to clean them up, but today I was in a rush.

As I already said, I love this color. I also love Sally Hansen nail polishes. They’re inexpensive, 3-free, and in my opinion, salon quality. I especially love this line for its affordability, and I have a lot more of these in my stash (I just haven’t posted them yet!). I’ll definitely be buying more from this line in the future, and I highly recommend them.

 

Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Nail Color usually retails for about $2.50-$3.50, and can be bought at most drugstores (Walgreens, RiteAid, etc.), beauty supply stores (Ulta, Sally’s, etc.) and on the Sally Hansen website, here.

 

~Beth~

Review- Wet n’ Wild Fastdry: 2 Nail Colors

Hi all!

A while ago while I was out shopping at RiteAid, I came across Wet n’ Wild’s line of “Fastdry” nail polishes. This brand is a line released by Wet n’ Wild, very similar to Sally Hansen’s Rapid Dry color line. I picked up two colors to try out. I got a shimmery, foil-like orange, and a frosty blue. Both polishes are packaged in a cylindrical bottle with flattened sides, and a black cap, and retail for $1.99 (a better bargain than the Sally Hansen polishes, which sell for about $4.99 a piece). So without further ado, let’s get started on the polishes!

9.0.2.1.Orange

9.0.2.1.Orange

“9.0.2.1.Orange” is an orange based foil polish with gold shimmer running through it. Application-wise, this polish is a gem. It’s very fluid and applies evenly, and self-levels so that there is virtually no patchiness. It is on the sheer side, so you’ll have to build it up if you want to hide the VNL. The pictures below are 3 coats of 9.0.2.1.Orange, with no topcoat.

Indoor, artificial lighting

Indoor, artificial lighting

Indoor, artificial lighting

Indoor, artificial lighting

Indoor, artificial lighting

Indoor, artificial lighting

 

Saved by the Blue

Saved by the Blue

 

“Saved by the Blue” is a deep, vibrant cobalt blue. It’s a bit frosty, so brushstrokes are somewhat of an issue, but really aren’t too bad. I had some issue with the polish pulling away from my tips as it dries, so beware of that. Application-wise, it was thicker than 9.0.2.1.Orange, but not unmanageable. I’ve actually used this color in my Blue Gradient nails and my water marble with my mom. It’s an all around good blue to have. The pictures below have 2 coats of Saved by the Blue, no topcoat. I’m not really sure why the pictures turned out so yellow, but the polish color is fairly accurate. It’s just a smidge brighter in real life.

Artificial, indoor lighting, with an obnoxious yellow effect...

Artificial, indoor lighting, with an obnoxious yellow effect…

Artificial, indoor lighting, with an obnoxious yellow effect...

Artificial, indoor lighting, with an obnoxious yellow effect…

Overall, I’m pretty pleased with these colors. The blue was definitely a faster-dry polish than the orange. Saved by the Blue was dry to the touch in about 2-3 minutes, while it took 5-6 for 9.0.2.1.Orange.  The website claims that one coat of these polishes dries in 60 seconds, and that didn’t hold true. I’m pretty patient with my manicures, though, so it doesn’t bother me too much. For the price, I’ll definitely take it! Wet n’ Wild Fastdry polishes are sold at most drugstores, like Walgreens, CVS, and RiteAid, and can be found on their website, here.

So what do you think of these polishes? Will you be picking them up? And do you think I should review more Wet n’ Wild polishes from this line in the future?

~Beth~

 

 

 

 

 

Nail Art- Blue Gradient, Two Ways!

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Hey there!

So today I have a fun nail art design that I did in two different styles. I did a classic “gradient” nail art design, using 3 shades of blue, and then a “reverse gradient” nail, in which I have one gradient going in one direction, and a stripe down the center in the reverse direction! I was originally inspired to try a version of the “reverse gradient” nail from Simplelittlepleasues, a youtube nail art channel. If you want to check some of her designs, just click here! She’s also incredibly talented at water marbles!

Basic gradient nail art in natural indoor light

Basic gradient nail art in natural indoor light

So the first “base” design is the gradient. To create this look, I used 3 colors of nail polish: The lightest blue is Wet n’ Wild Megalast Nail Color in “I Need a Refresh-mint“, the middle-colored blue is Wet n’ Wild Fastdry Nail Color in “Saved by the Blue“, and the darkest blue (a shimmery navy) is Color Club Nail Lacquer in “043“. I started with 1 coat of “I Need a Refresh-mint” on all of my nails, and let it dry completely for about 20 minutes. Then, I took a makeup sponge, and layer the 3 colors on it, try to overlap the colors so that when I dab it on my nails, the colors will blend. I’ll include a picture of the sponge below.

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After preparing the sponge, I dabbed the polish onto my nails, with the lightest color near my cuticle and the darkest by my tips, in side to side motions in order to blend the colors together. Don’t worry if it looks messy the first time, because you’ll need 2-3 layers of the gradient to get it dark enough. If you want to keep your cuticles clean, you can tape them like you would in a water marble nail art. However, I opted to leave them naked, and remove the mess with a q-tip dipped in acetone later. Once you’re satisfied with your gradient layers, use a topcoat over it to smooth out the lines. You should be left with a smooth gradient of blue bliss! Pictures below have 1 coat of Sally Hansen Diamond Strength Nail Color in “Flawless” overtop them.

Natural, indoor lighting

Natural, indoor lighting

Natural, indoor lighting

Natural, indoor lighting

Now, on to the second design!

Design 2!

Design 2!

The “reverse gradient” uses the exact same technique as the regular gradient. In order for it to work, you have to let the regular gradient dry COMPLETELY. As in, 30-40 minutes completely. You will need small strips of scotch tape or masking tape or nail striping tape, depending on how thick you want your lines. I opted for one thick line down the middle of my nail, but you could do smaller lines, diagonal lines, whatever! It’s a very open-ended design. Make sure the tape is pressed tightly against your nail. Then, paint your sponge with the same 3 gradient colors , only this time, reverse the order, so that the lightest color is at your tips and the darkest is at your cuticles. Repeat the gradient application technique, and as soon as you’re done, remove the tape to create a crisp line, and apply top coat. And voila! Your “reverse gradient” design is complete! Below are pictures with one coat of Sally Hansen Diamond Strength Nail Color in “Flawless”

Natural indoor lighting

Natural indoor lighting

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Natural, indoor lighting

Natural, indoor lighting

Natural, indoor lighting

So what do you think of these two stylish nail designs? Have you tried a gradient nail art before?

~Beth~

 

 

MOTD- Wet n’ Wild Megalast in “I Need a Refresh-mint”

Hi there folks!

Today I have for you a Wet n’ Wild Megalast polish I picked up while I was in Port Canaveral, Florida, while on my cruise. We stopped at a Walgreens to get some necessities that we forgot, and well, knowing me, I made a beeline straight for the nail polish display! I picked up two of the Wet n’ Wild Megalast polishes and a Maybelline Color Show Polka Dots Collection polish. I’ll swatch and review the other two later, but today I just have this beautiful blue.

“I Need a Refresh-mint” (Wet n’ Wild really takes it on the naming department, all of their polishes have such creative monikers, it’s ridiculous!) is a minty-toned sky blue. It’s perfectly creme, with no shimmer or glass flecks in it whatsoever. And boy is it a good creme. The pictures I’m showing you are one coat. That’s right, ladies and gentlemen. ONE COAT. While it’s the slightest bit patchy on some nails, it really is wearable with only one coat of polish. And the brush is perfection as well. The brush is wider than a typical brush (from, say, OPI or China Glaze or really most polishes on the market). It makes it easy to stop painting the polish on just shy of the cuticles, and in my opinion, cuts down on the mess. I have a few (blurry) pictures of the brush to show below.

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Sorry for the blurriness, my camera was not having it tonight…

Overall, the polish is a great, bright summer shade, easy to work with, and has great opacity and formula. And it’s Big 3 free too. Oh yeah, and did I mention each bottle is only $1.99? I personally think these colors apply better than even some of the more luxury brands I’ve tried. And for a price like $1.99, you’d best believe I’ll be going back for more! Below are pictures of “I Need a Refresh-mint”, one coat, no top coat. Base coat is Sally Hansen Diamond Strength Nail Color in “Flawless”

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Artificial Lighting

Artificial Lighting

Artificial Lighting

Artificial Lighting

Artificial Lighting

This robin’s egg blue is a real winner in my book. I’ll most definitely be purchasing Wet n’ Wild Megalast nail polishes again in the future! What do you think of this color? Is this type of blue your style? And have you had as positive an experience with this brand as I have? Let me know!

Wet N’ Wild Megalast Nail Color is available at most drugstores, such as Walgreens and RiteAid, and is also available off their website, which can be visited here

~Beth~

 

 

I’m Baaaccckkkk! Vacation MOTD- Love and Beauty “Peacock” and “Pink”

Hi everyone!

I’m back from the cruise! I sailed on the Carnival Pride, and boy, was it wonderful! It was nice to get away for a week and be waited on (and eat everything in sight, lol!). Unfortunately, it rained while I was in the Bahamas (thanks to tropical storm Dorian), but it did little to dampen the fun of the vacation!

Of course, while I was away, I couldn’t neglect my nails! Today I have for you a (very impromptu) MOTD, with the pictures taken in the ship’s theater, called the Taj Mahal. Both of the colors I have in the pictures are from Forever 21’s line, Love and Beauty, and I bought them both in NYC the week before I left, and gave them a try on the ship!

“Pink” is a a gorgeous, sheer bubblegum/cotton candy pink with a sky blue duochrome shimmer. Don’t let the name fool you, it’s much more in depth than a standard pink! In the bottle it is a feast for the eyes, it is spectacular! Unfortunately, on the nail, it doesn’t translate the same. With 4 coats (seen in the pictures) you can still see visible nail line. I would recommend this color as a layering polish, because it’s still so gorgeous!

“Peacock” is a gorgeous dark blue/turquoise shimmer, with a teal and deep purple duochrome running through this. I originally had picked out a different color to buy on my first trip to NYC, but one look at the bottle and I was sold! The color translates extremely well to the nail, and it opaque in 2-3 coats depending on how thick the layers are. I used three in the picture below because while on the ship, I tried to use extra thin coats of polish to help dry it (the ocean humidity can really do a number on wet nails). Pictures below are with no base or top coat (because I forgot to pack mine, oops!)

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Again, sorry for the lighting/picture quality of these. It was the best I could do on the ship. But regularly scheduled posts will begin again starting tomorrow, and I’ve got lots of great polishes to share with you, including one I bought in the Bahamas that changes color in the sun! I’m happy to be back and blogging again, and I hope you’ll continue to follow me in my nail polish shenanigans!

~Beth~

Mani of the Day (MOTD)- Love and Beauty “Royal”

Essentially, a mani of the day is an excuse for me to post pictures of my favorite polishes, new or old, hopefully for your enjoyment. If I don’t have new polishes to show you, I’ll probably post MOTD’s. Hopefully they will inspire you to try out some of my favorite colors! So let’s get on with today’s post.

Today I have for you a polish by Forever 21’s beauty brand, Love and Beauty. While the nail polish names are relatively uncreative, I’ve still gotten some great bargains from them. Most of them can be purchased for between $1-$3! They also have an incredible selection of colors. Today’s color, in the shade “Royal”, is specially selected for the impending birth of the Duchess of Cambridge’s royal baby. And what a perfect color for the event! “Royal” is a blurple, a beautiful combination of indigo and dark purple fine glitter in a dark blue base. It takes about 3 coats to be opaque, but it’s definitely worth it! The blue is more prominent in the sunlight while the purple sparkles brighter in the sun. Below are two pictures indoors, and two pictures in the sunlight. All are one coat of Sally Hansen Diamond Strength No-Chip Nail Color in “Flawless” as a base coat, and three coats of “Royal”, no top coat.

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What do you think of this polish? Will you be wearing any themed colors for the arrival of the royal baby?

~Beth~