Tuesday, December 31, 2019

ILNP Party Bus

Happy New Year's Eve everyone! Do you have any fun plans tonight to ring in 2020? My husband and I started a tradition a couple years ago of making homemade pasta on NYE. We put together a delicious homemade meal with the pasta, open some wine, and watch the ball drop on our TV. It's nice to be home rather than out with all the crowds.

This year for my nails I picked out a color that's actually supposed to be with my birthday gift, but I couldn't resist using it. ILNP was doing a great discount back in November so I ordered 8 new polishes for my collection, which my husband bought as my birthday gift for January. He's been holding onto them but I just thought this one color would be so perfect for today!

I used my 2x zoom on my iPhone 8+ to get this gorgeous close up of Party Bus in the bottle.

The color I picked is Party Bus, a deep black jelly holographic shimmer. There are red, green, and blue holographic micro-flakes and iridescent flakes. It is seriously stunning and perfect for this occasion! I used two coats here for full opacity. I also ordered Cityscape, another black holo, so I'll have to do a comparison when I get all my polishes in a couple weeks. I did some glitter placement with silver hex glitter to make 2020 on my nails. It's a little hard to see in the photos, but looks great in person.

I hope you all have a happy and healthy new year!


Thursday, December 26, 2019

OPI Let's Be Friends!

Hey everyone! I hope you had a lovely holiday. It's been a while since my last post. I had food poisoning a couple weeks ago and was out of commission for about a week, and then things got busy with holiday time and seeing family. But I'm back with pretty nails to share!

About a month ago I picked up OPI Let's Be Friends! from the Hello Kitty collection when it was on sale at Ulta. This pale pink creme was brought back from the original collection and I'm so glad I was able to get my hands on it this time. I found that I needed three thin coats to achieve full opacity, but the formula was very easy to work with. I wanted to add some glitter, so first I started with two coats of OPI Bubble Bath. Then on half of the nail I used one coat of Zoya Trixie followed by some Zoya Lux sponged over top. I love the contrast between the soft, sheer pink and the holo glitters. This would be such a pretty look for New Year's Eve!

Enjoy the rest of your week!


Monday, December 9, 2019

Essie Shearling Darling

Hey everyone! How was your weekend? We spent most of it watching all of season 3 of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (even though we initially said we wouldn't binge watch it, but it was just so good!) I also obsessively oiled my messed up index finger nail to try to help it grow faster. I think by the end of the week it'll be looking much better.

I wanted to do a deep red on my nails today, so I went for Essie Shearling Darling. This is one of those colors that can look almost black. I achieved opacity in two easy coats. One of my favorite ways to dress up my nails is adding nail foil (like these from Amazon). Once my polish was dry I pressed on small pieces of gold foil diagonally across two nails and sealed the foil in with a top coat. It's so easy and looks gorgeous!

I hope you have a great week, despite this gross rainy weather in the NYC area!


Monday, December 2, 2019

Blue Skittles Nails

Hey everyone! How was your Thanksgiving? We went out for dinner with my parents on the actual day and then the next day we went to my in-law's house for second Thanksgiving. So basically lots of eating all around. Over the weekend we relaxed and I took advantage of some sales. I'm most excited about a big order from ILNP that my husband will be holding hostage until January for my birthday.

It's supposed to snow all afternoon here in New Jersey and I'm hoping for more than just a dusting. I love the first few big snows! It inspired me to a do a blue skittles mani today. The colors I used are all OPI: Dreams Need Clara-fication, Kanpai OPI!, Suzi Without a Paddle, and I Am What I Amethyst. For each of these colors I used two coats. I really need a darker blue from OPI so I can do a true ombre look.

As you can see I still have that annoying nail break on my index finger. Not sure how long a break on the side like that will take to grow in, but hopefully not too long!

Hope you have a great week!