Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Palette Cleanser: Butter London's All Hail The Queen
Indoors, artificial lighting.
Outdoors, full shade.

After the bright, beautiful, colorful, complicated, bright, cheerful, blinding, happy (and did I mention bright?) nail colors I wore to the concert last week, I needed something more... calm, I guess? All Hail The Queen is a beautiful color that seems to change shade depending on your skin tone or something. On some people, like Jacie at You've Got Nail, it almost looks like a sand color. Then on some folks like Jen over at The PolishAholic (and apparently me), it deepens into a toasty tone. Or maybe they changed the formula when they changed the name, I'm not sure. (THE Queen used to be MCQueen in honor of the designer, but his people didn't want his name used, apparently.) Either way, it's a beautiful tan/brown with holo glitter lightly mixed in.

Base was Orly Nailtrition, then Orly Bonder. Top coat is Seche Vite.

It was during the wearing of this polish that I realized that my nails were officially Too Long. I broke a third nail trying to fasted my seat belt. My seat belt for cryin' out loud. So I've since nubbinized. I think I'm going to stamp my current color after I get some sleep, so hopefully there'll be another post in a day or two.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Weird Al Nails!

Yesterday I got to go to a Weird Al concert at our county fair. He was amazing! Energetic and fun and he went through about a zillion costume changes. If you ever get a chance to see him DO IT.

So I knew I had to have loud, fun nails for this concert. I turned right away to my Different Dimensions 80's Baby holo collection. I also wanted to used Emily de Molly's Bright Young Things, since it's a bright beautiful glitter, so I chose DD polishes that I thought would show off the EdM the best.

Indoors, artificial light.

Outdoors, full sun with concert stage in the background.

From thumb to pinkie, the polishes are: Different Dimension Excelsior! (not part of the 80's Baby collection, but showed the glitter off beautifully), Ditz, Gnarly, Homeboy, and Totally. Then Emily de Molly Bright Young Things on top.

Base coat is Nail Tek Foundation II, then Orly Bonder. After the color layers, I used one coat of Seche Vite and then after the glitter layer there is one coat of Butter London Hardwear.

As a side note, I love love love my new camera! Both these pictures were taken with it, and I didn't have to contort myself around a lamp to get the indoor shot like with my other camera. LOL.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Fourth Of July Mani and Holo Half Moons

Hi there! I'm only slightly behind this time. hehehe. Today I've got my nails from the Fourth of July and my first half moons!


This is China Glaze Dandy Lyin' Around as unders, CG Ruby Pumps and Water You Waiting For on alternating fingers, then the accent nail is Pure Ice Twist and Shout plus one star from Wet N' Wild's Hollywood Walk of Fame.

I could not even come close to capturing the depth in Ruby Pumps, it was like looking through a Jello mold full of glitter and Water You Waiting For has all these different shades of blue and turquoise in it. Just fabulous.

This is the mani I'm about to take off. Butter London Muggins under Color Club Eternal Beauty. YUM. I did the half moons with those hole reinforcer things and I still kinda think they were put on by a drunken monkey. LOL.

I got a new camera yesterday and I'm super excited to see how well it does with nail shots. My other camera is a like 8 year old Sony Mavica that weighs a ton and argues with my computer. It also cost a fortune. My new camera is a Cannon PowerShot Elph 115 IS that's tiny and cute and light and draws in ambient light like nobody's business. CAPS LOCK EXCITE.

Until next time!

All manicures were done using NailTek Foundation II, then Orly Bonder as base coats and Seche Vite top coat.

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