Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Destination Duo Blue Eyed Girl Lacquer and 6 Harts Polish

Hi Everyone Happy Wednesday!  Recently I was asked if I would review the July Destination Duo for Blue Eyed Girl and 6 Harts.  I was sent both polishes for my honest and unbiased review. When I saw the inspiration pic I knew this would be some very unique to summer colors.  Typically we think bright bright bright and neon for summer but there's a lot of summer to be had and depending on where you live and what you like to do Summer isn't always bright.

Sometimes Summer is a weekend getaway Up North where everything smells like pine and the scenery is full of rock formations and trails that lead you on a grand adventure.  Give me an Up North camping getaway any day!

My first swatches for you are from 6 Harts Polish.  Her contribution to the July Destination Duo is called Rocks Of Ages.  It is a lovely medium grey chock full of micro color shifting microflakes as well as green and dark grey microflakes. The flakes are very subtle in the polish so that you get a hint of a various shifts and colors.  The true beauty is the perfect grey creme.  I just adore grey nail polish don't you?
 I had no issues with the application other than like all indies for me it tended to be slightly thicker than mainstream polishes.  Most likely due to all the microflakes scattered throughout
This is definitely a cool grey which is perfect for my skin tone
I love the subtle flakes throughout this gorgeous grey.  
Truly gorgeous and the name is perfect for this color!
This is the perfect color for a respite from all the bright neons out there right now and will be fantastic come Fall

This is the picture Courtney from 6 Harts shared with me from which she drew her inspiration
Look at how cool this rock formation is right along the road.  I bet kids everywhere had this as a landmark when they were going Up North for a week of vacation somewhere!

Next up is Blue Eyed Girl Lacquer keeping along with the beauty of nature she's done a very lovely pine green jelly like finish packed with red/gold/green shifting shimmer and tons and tons of gold flakies and there is a fantastic bit of blue micro holo bits in here as well her polish name is Pining For The Pass
This is a very unique color
The color shifting red/gold/green shimmer is quite lovely but hard for me to capture indoors
Check out all that's going on in this polish, the gold flakies are really cool

Here's a shade shot to see how many there are
I think this is going to be an awesome color for Fall and especially Halloween!
The name fits right in with the picture!
You can see a bit of shrinkage at the tips on me as I do always wear at least two coats of Seche Vite over flakie heavy polish to smooth them out like glass.  That's how I prefer mine to look. 
I do really love the little hint of blue sparkle you get with the micro holo flakies.  And speaking of sparkle!! You also get a little bag of glitter with this duo!!
lots of green holo glitters in here with various sizes of green and gold glitter, some chunky white but small bar glitter and vampy red/burgundy.  It's not intended for use in polish but that just means most likely it bleeds in clear.  An excellent way around this when you want to use it, sponge it on with a sponge or makeup applicator!

Both of these polishes applied easily for me, I would simply say again as with most indies for me they seem to be a bit thicker than mainstream polishes but I believe it's because of all the ultrachrome and gold flakies present.  I didn't have any issues at all with application and both polishes took two coats.  I put two coat of Seche Vite Top Coat over both as again I like my flakie polishes to look as smooth as glass.

The July Destination Duo is limited.  Each store will have only 15 sets.  These are available for purchase on July 7, 2016.

Please visit Blue Eyed Girl Lacquer at her Big Cartel Store HERE
6 Harts Polish on Big Cartel can be found HERE

Both of these lovely ladies are also on Facebook!
Blue Eyed Girl Lacquer's Facebook page is HERE
6 Harts Polish Facebook page is HERE
If you haven't already "liked" them stop by and check them out

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you all have a fantastic day!

Monday, July 4, 2016

Let Freedom Ring!

Happy 4th of July!  Today I'm spending my freedom by doing nothing other than watching some Discovery ID and reading.  I'm trying to not overdo it today exercise wise.  This is supposed to be my "off" today with no exercise but I might be addicted as it feels like cheating to not do anything.  So instead of aiming for 10k steps today I'm trying for only 5k.

I did get a 4th of July mani done though.  I love how it turned out.  I always try to do something a little different and I think this one worked perfectly
My base colors are Dior Blue Label and Massai two of my favorite blue and reds I own
I stamped with Mundo white with FUN and UC plates
Simple but perfect!

I hope you all have a happy but safe 4th of July!

Saturday, June 25, 2016

As close to tropical as I get

Hey Everyone!  Happy Saturday to you!  I spent my entire morning running around grocery shopping a little over 3 hours 3 stores and my freaking pedometer decided on me!  The jerk!  After all that time walking and loading up the cart and unloading the cart it said I walked 113 steps WHAT IN THE WORLD?!  Clearly I need something better than my cheap ass free pedometer LOL

But that's all behind me now.  I am taking it easy for the rest of the day.  I walked all week last week and will probably take a walk later in the early evening but for now I'm relaxing and reading.  I found a new to me author I just love so I'm spending the day reading a couple of her books. Elle Casey is her name and even though she writes in the dreaded 1st person I just adore her books!

This is the mani I'm sporting today.  I got a lot of compliments on at all 3 grocery stores. I'm not sure by the kid at DQ might have been checking them out too.  I had to indulge in a small iced coffee after all that shopping!

I tried out all of my new Girly Bits stamping polishes on this mani  Ker-Minty Frog Here, Pardon My Periwinkle, Coral Reef and Silly Daffodilly

I stamped with one of my MoYou Tropical plates over my base of OPI's How Great Is Your Dane
A good brown creme is SO underrated!!! I just love this OPI it's so smooth and yummy
I know I keep saying I'm going to get better lighting set up at my new apartment but really one of these days I am going to get better lighting!

I really love these Girly Bits stamping colors they are going to be great for some summer stamping for sure!
I hope you guys are having a great Saturday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Catch A Wave!

Hi Everyone Happy Hump Day!!  I pulled out some of my fun Zoya Summer colors from a few collections ago because I like everyone to feel the love in my drawers and not just the new stuff. Zoya Josie, Robyn, Reagan, Pippa & Arizona along with OPI A Roll In The Hague for a fun but simple beach towel look.  I actually tape mani'd which is so so so dreaded for me!  It's hard to use striping tape when you have long nails LOL

I added a bit of Hibiscus flowers as an accent from Bundle Monster and here's the cute look of the day!
I tried to just freehand straight without the tape but that was SO laughable!
What do you think?  Does this mani remind you of beach towels?  My coworker Jacky sure thought so!
With summer officially here it still has to be like 150 degrees before I will get in the pool LOL  Beach towels are just for show for me!

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you all have a fabulous day!

Sunday, June 19, 2016

A promise to a daughter

Today is Father's Day but I am a fatherless daughter.  This day is not a day of celebration for me but instead a reminder I am a ship out to sea without an anchor, a bird flying aimlessly along with nowhere to land.  Today I choose to honor my father with the sign he gave to me after he died.  That very first day I had to go out into the world and face it without him there was the biggest brightest rainbow I had ever seen.  It took my breath away and no matter my route into work that day it was always in front of me--it should not have been yet it was.

It still feels like just yesterday he was with us but no--he is gone
Even though I wanted to use black I chose white stamping instead as I truly believe the rainbow he sent to me was a promise everything will be ok
All anyone who has lost a loved one can do is hope they will continue 
Hope they will make them proud
Hope to be with them again soon

Happy Father's Day to my dad who is in heaven.  I love you, Daddy

Thursday, June 16, 2016

The Digit-al Dozen Does Rainbow--Birds

Hi Everyone!  So exciting news again today--I hit another 10k steps! Woot!  Yes I know not everyone is excited about the news but I sure am.  I honestly  did not have it in me yesterday and felt like I really overdid it.  I did manage to hit almost 7k yesterday so today I just focused and got er done.  I did have to take some Advil which I try to avoid--I actually try not to take any meds if I can help it but today I needed the big guns.  I feel pretty good too not too sore or worn out

I feel so good I was able to come home and finish my manicure!  I painted them last night and stamped today.  At first I thought I would have to freehand this design but at the last minute I found the exact scene I needed on one of my Marianne XXL plates  EUREKA!  I love it when I don't have to freehand.

My base is all pixie dusts but I topcoated them.  Hauled out some of my Zoya and Julie G's
When trying to think outside the box for Rainbow week I did some googling for different rainbow variations and I came across a picture I just loved that's how this mani came to light
I'm happy to say I did a pretty good job recreating it!  Here's the picture I found
I was totally going to try to freehand this but let's be honest we all know my freehand skills are not good.  Thankfully I found this cute bird scene on the Marianne's XXL 4 plate so I used that instead! WHEW CRISIS AVERTED!

Here's a picture of my mani with the picture.  I do love how this one turned out
It's been a pretty stellar week for rainbow mani's.  Did you see Shelly's matte watermarble?! OMG it is really cool.  You have to love to hate Shelly sometimes for her awesome marble skills

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

The Digit-al Dozen Does Rainbow--Flower Power

Hi Everyone long time no see!  Yep you are not seeing double it's just me posting twice in one day.  Honestly I'm not a fan of blogs doing this but I hate being behind.  If you know me you know that I really really really really love reverse images on stamping plates.  I just love the look and I was able to pour through my plates to find something I really loved 
This is another neon gradient for me this week using China Glaze Electric Nights from last year because I was too lazy to get up and go through polish and they were sitting out
I stamped with FUN and Messy Mansion plates
I adore how my thumb turned out!  I think it's gorgeous
I wasn't sure if I should matte it so I asked my friend Ashley from Ashley Is PolishAddicted and naturally she said yes.  She ALWAYS says yes
But seriously folks that girl knows what she's talking about!  This looks great matte!

I found a really cute pic online the other day and I'm attempting to recreate it for tomorrow's mani--wish me luck!