Leopard Spots

This is a manicure I am really excited to show you. Leopard spots! They’re surprisingly simple and quick to do, especially if you’ve got a dotting tool. I followed this tutorial published by Mary on Swatch and Learn, and it was very clear and easy to follow.

Without further ado, here is the nail art. *Drumroll*

Leopard Spots (with bottle)

Ta-da! As you can see, I opted for a “classic” leopard design. I used Revlon Quick Dry Base Coat and 2 coats of OPI Don’t Pretzel My Buttons for the beige background. I did the spots in Sinful Colors Nirvana (previously reviewed here) and Sinful Colors Black on Black. After waiting a bit for the spots to dry, I slicked on Essie Good to Go to seal everything in.

Leopard Spots

I was sad when it came time for removal. Looking down at my nails and seeing a fierce (haha) leopard print made me so happy.

Leopard Spots

All in all, I would say this has been a pretty successful manicure.

Leopard Spots on thumbnail

If you’re looking to venture into the world of nail art, I highly recommend trying leopard spots! Grab yourself a good dotting tool and a few polishes and read through Mary’s tutorial. Even if you think you don’t have any nail art skills, you may surprise yourself!

Thanks for reading!

❤ Jessica

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Icy Diamonds + Battle of the Rhinestones

Hey there! So, you know what went into today’s manicure? Pain, suffering, and lots of topcoat. Ok, I’m being a bit dramatic, but this was my first time using rhinestones. Even with using the special pointed tweezers to pick them up, it was a minor disaster. They’re tiny, they jump out of the tweezers if gripped the wrong way, and I had one heck of a time getting them onto my nails. 

Here’s the manicure I’m bellyaching about:

BL & SC mani     

Shown in natural lighting. What you see is: one coat of OPI Glitter-Off, 3 coats of Sinful Colors Ice Dream (a blue and silver glitter) over one coat of butter LONDON Diamond Geezer (a dense silver foil). On the nails with the rhinestones, there are two coats of BL Diamond Geezer. Finished with Essie Good to Go (of which I kept having to apply more coats to get the rhinestones to stick). Rhinestones are from the Born Pretty Store.

BL & SC mani

All the fuss about rhinestones aside, I think this manicure actually turned out pretty well. Sure, it looks rather tacky now, but I think this would be hot (or rather, cool?) around the holidays. This feels like what Elsa from Frozen might have on her nails.

BL & SC mani

 

I layered Sinful Colors Ice Dream over the butter LONDON because Ice Dream is a little sparse on its own. I swatched two thick coats of Ice Dream on a nail wheel below to show this:

Sinful Colors Ice Dream

Sinful Colors Ice Dream does resemble China Glaze Lorelai’s Tiara, which is why I bought it. I don’t have the China Glaze to compare, but I’m happy I own Ice Dream (even if it is on the sparse side).

Thanks for reading!

❤ Jessica

 

Like a Cup of Hot Cocoa: Sinful Colors Nirvana

Hi! Today I have a simple brown polish to show. One of my nail polish goals has been to find a brown that flatters my skin tone. Like a red polish or a nude polish, there’s a brown polish for every skin tone out there–you just need to find the one that has the most flattering undertones. I am happy to report that Sinful Colors Nirvana is one such polish, at least for me.

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Shown here in indirect natural lighting: OPI Ridge Filler, 2 coats of Sinful Colors Nirvana, and Essie Good to Go. In real life, it doesn’t look this yellow-toned. It’s softer and has taupe undertones.

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I decided to slap on one of my favorite glitters as an accent–Elevation Polish Kilimanjaro. This polish really deserves its own review. It’s a mixture of silver, gold, and copper circle glitters of various sizes, and it looks fantastic over many different colors. I love having polishes I can mix-and-match!

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Another natural light photo of this combo. 

Sinful Colors Nirvana Quick Review

Formula: A little thin and patchy, but workable. I pulled it off in two coats.

Collection: I think this is a part of Sinful Colors’s permanent line.

Where to buy: I found mine at my local Walgreen’s. You can also find Sinful Colors at other drugstores (Rite-Aid, etc.) and at big-box superstores like Wal-Mart.

Would I wear again: Yes, probably for work. This is a sophisticated neutral.

Overall: 4/5 stars

Thanks for reading!

❤ Jessica

 

Sinful Colors Blue Crushin: A One-Coat Wonder

Hey there! Today I removed my interview mani (the thumbs were chipping–hmph) and contemplated what to wear next. Despite the fact that I have over a hundred bottles of polish (and that is not even including the “support equipment” of various bases, top coats, etc.), I still have that “oh-my-goodness-I-have-nothing-to wear” moment embarrassingly often. (You can roll your eyes now. I won’t judge.)

Anyway, after a few minutes of indecision I reached for an untried, Sinful Colors Blue Crushin. Man, the formula on this baby!

 Sinful Colors Blue Crushin

What you see here is Revlon Quick Dry Base Coat and one–yes, ONE–coat of Sinful Colors Blue Crushin. No top coat! Yes, the polish is really that shiny and glossy by itself!

Sure, this is more of a fall color than a summer color. But the end of August is upon us, so fall is right around the corner. (Sort of.)

Sinful Colors Blue Crushin

Sinful Colors Blue Crushin in natural lighting.

Sinful Colors Blue Crushin thumb

I can’t comment if this deep teal creme is a dupe for OPI Ski Teal We Drop, as I don’t own that one, but I can tell ya that one is no longer on my wish list! Blue Crushin has ‘crushed’ my teal lemming ;).

Sinful Colors Blue Crushin

The only downside to this wondrous one-coater is that in shady and indirect light (as pictured above) it swerves into almost-black territory. Not a fan of that…but it looks so luscious most of the time that I can forgive it for that.

Sinful Colors Blue Crushin Quick Review

Formula: Hello! It’s a one-coater, people! Need I say more?

Collection: Sinful Colors Chill Out, Summer 2014

Where to buy: I bought mine at Walgreen’s. You can also find Sinful Colors at other drugstores like Rite-Aid and discount superstores like Wal-Mart.

Would I wear again?: Yes! This will be one of my ‘lazy day’ polishes since it only requires one coat to look good.

Overall: 5/5 stars

Do you have a favorite teal polish?

Thanks for reading!

❤ Jessica