Winter Flurries

I picked up a polish well before Christmas from the new Revlon Top Speed line called Royal. Its the most pigmented vibrant Royal Blue you could imagine and if you apply it very thinly, it tends to dry matte but after two coats (you only need one for full coverage) it has a super shiny, bubble/streak free finish. It might just look like another blue in pictures, but in real life, wow it glows! I wanted to showcase its beauty so I did a simpler design today….

Snow Flurries

And I’ve also gotten a LOT of requests about whether or not I paint both hands. I assure you, unless something seriously wrong (really bad migraine or family emergency etc) I paint both hands. Even if I don’t do a design on both on those rare occasions, I still paint matching base colors. I’ll try to put more pictures of both hands into the blog, but that only usually will happen if Rafik is around to help take pictures :-)

For this design, I started with one coat of OPI’s Natural Nail Base Coat, two coats of Revlon Top Speed Royal, and I used OPI DS Radiance for the silver dots and OPI DS Glow for the accented gold dots on the ring fingers. I topped off with one coat of Seche Vite.

Oh! And the name of this post? Its snowing (of course) and this design reminds me of snow flurries for some reason… so yeah. :-)

Some of the products in this post were sent to me for consideration and review. For further information, please see my disclosure statement.

Road Trip!

Rafik and I are headed on a road trip tomorrow morning to visit some family, so I decided I’d do a design today for you that I’ll wear until I get back. Don’t worry, the OPI Art Series isn’t done- it’ll be back when we get back!

I happen to have an unnatural love of peacocks and I was inspired to do today’s design by a waterbottle that my family got me for Christmas. I won’t bother putting up a picture of the bottle because I did a different peacock design, but it was my muse, so to speak.

Flourishes of Feathers

I used OPI Natural Nail Base Coat, OPI Alpine Snow, Zoya Ivanka, Nicole By OPI My Lifesaver, China Glaze Jingle Bells, Revlon Top Speed Royal, and Nubar Peacock Feathers (of course). Topped with two coats of Seche Vite top coat.

Oh Bother…. Thats What Makes It…

Good Eats!!!! (Insert Theme Song In Here)

I happened upon one of my favorite Food Network Shows on today and as a tribute, I decided to do the logo!

Good Eats
**If you have never seen Good Eats or are in another country that doesn’t have this show, Image Search on Google “Good Eats” to see the logo :)**

For this manicure, I started with Color Club’s Chip Free Pre Base and two coats of Color Club’s Smooth Operator Tinted Ridge Filler. I then used one coat of Nina Ultra Pro’s Bossa Nova as a base. I used a mix of Bossa Nova and Sally Hansen’s Lavender Cloud for the diamond background, a mix of Lavender Cloud and Zoya’s Renee for the “G” background, a mix of Bossa Nova and Sinful Colors Black on Black for the background of “ood”, OPI’s The IT Color for the background of the “E”, Sinful Colors Mint Apple for the background of the “ats”, and Black on Black and Lavender Cloud for the lettering.

For the thumb, I used the same base blues, Revlon’s Matte Suede in Powder Puff for the plate, the same mix of blue for the plate details as I used for “ood”, Zoya’s America for the tiny tomato, Claire’s Kelly Green for the tomato leaves, Color Club’s Charity Ball for the hams and bottom tomatoes, Color Club’s High Society for the mushrooms (mixed with Black on Black for the details) and then FINALLY topped off with one coat of Color Club’s 0-60 Speedy Dry Top Coat. After the picture, I used Color Club’s Cuticle Soothe Cuticle Oil.

I love Color Club’s Chip Free Pre Base because it works better than nail polish remover to remove dust and oil from the nail. Luckily, I rarely deal with chips because I change my polish so frequently, but when I wear a shade for an extended period of time, I intend to start with this product and let you know how it holds up.

I’ve used Color Club’s Cuticle Oil before, and let me tell you how thankful I am to have it now. My cuticles are so ripped up from the drilling/picking/acetone soaks, so I wear this all day- once after my morning shower, once before I go to bed, and right after I put on any polish. I’d recommend it up there with Crabtree and Evelyn’s La Source Hand Therapy Lotion and well above Burt’s Bee’s Cuticle Cream. And more? It smells like roasted ALMOND!! YUM!! But… Rafik keeps catching me smelling my fingers….

Some of the products in this post were sent to me for consideration and review by the manufacturer. For further information, please read my disclosure statement.
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