Blue Skies

I had to give the clouds a try.   Since I am missing sunny skies…. I created my own.  Very cute design.

OPI “What’s With the Cattitude” (Shrek Collection)
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#period.

The actual size of my nailbed, I realize, just doesn’t have THAT much space. 

I have a difficult time appreciating extensive nail art with 3D ornamentry (lol, I KNOW it’s not a word – yeah, yeah, ornamentation). 

Simply because of the limited area on a fingernail, visually digesting a bunch of rhinestones and feathers, numbers and letters, all at once,  is just way too overwhelming for my personal taste…. and thus was born:

the dot

OPI “Black Onyx”
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lol. 

It was such a statement, I just couldn’t add more.  and I love it.

#period

#thatisall

Shelle’s dots

My sister finally let me do her nails.  She’s more conservative in her approach to color…. I run on the “loud” side of the color spectrum.   So we had to have a pre-manicure conversation.  I had to remind her that if she didn’t like it……… she could always just take it off…That speaks clearly to how different our tastes are, lol.

She chose a more subtle and cool color approach to her polish color and dotting choice:

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China Glaze–“Turned Up Turquoise” (neon) (matte)

I’m starting to believe that nail polish companies do what they can to keep top coat polish makers in business.  Matte colors should NOT bother me…. but they do.  I like the brilliance and shine on a freshly painted nail.  I attempted to purchase a mattifier top coat… but I couldn’t make myself purchase it.  Maybe one day… *shrugs*. 

…So, I added a brilliant topcoat shine with Seche Vite to this color too….

At any rate…. This China Glaze “Turned Up Turquoise” is beautiful. I think this is supposed to be a “summer color” but why limit yourself?  Life is too short not to have fun…whenever you want!

This color looks so much “greener” to me in real life.  Photos seem to only pick  up the blue.

China Glaze “Turned Up Turquoise” (Neon)
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acrylic paint dots…. Smile

 

 

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OPI–“You Don’t Know Jacques!”

I love requests for polish….. this one I especially loved.  This was a wonderful impromptu selection…from an incredible “selector.”  The request started as: “a nice warm, autumn-like color, let’s say a gray”…. then the request progressed to a “rich chocolate”.

The result:  better than I could have EVER chosen by myself.  Perfect for the season and the Thanksgiving holiday.

(this one’s for you…Winking smile…)

OPI – “You Don’t Know Jacques!”
w/ Sinful Colors – “Timbleberry” flower petals
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I have SO much to be thankful for! Too many things to count on my happily manicured fingers Smile.

Happy Thanksgiving!!!! 

 

China Glaze–“Trendsetter”

I needed a cute design to brighten my day because I feel icky.  I think I’m fighting the flu and I am not a happy camper.  Found a video on nail art created with toothpicks….. came home and tried it:

China Glaze “Trendsetter with acrylic paint flowers nail art
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The little flower seems like the highlight, but this China Glaze color, in all it’s drab undertone, has a BEAUTIFUL shimmer.  Little eensy weensy, tiny flecks of gold meandering all through the liquid. 

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Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Colors

As you can well tell, I’m a Sally Hansen fan!  They really have a good thing with their polish formulations.  And they have been around FOREVER.  I remember my grandmother using  the Sally Hansen hardener in the rounded bottle with the pink tint when I was really young…. and that was eons ago. lol.   So this brand has staying power.  And that stuff is still widely used.

When I was willing my nails to grow and retain length earlier this year, I happened upon the Insta-Dri line of polishes.  TIMESAVER!  It fulfilled a few goals:  1)pretty nails 2)super low time-commitment 3)frequent change.

It took about 5 minutes for me to manicure my nails from start to finish with these polishes.  The very wide brush applicator covers nearly the entire nail, so in just a few sweeps of color you’re done.  And it dries within a minute. Smudge possibility: minimal!  I generally use two coats, but the polishes have great coverage, so it’s very possible to only need one coat.

When my nails are at their "working length" I chip polish off the tips almost daily…. so I’m consistently changing the polish.  Plus, I constantly pick at the polish from the cuticle side of my nails (very bad habit, you should not do this), so my polish never has a huge chance of survival… :-/.  The quick-dry feature of this  polish solved the issue of not having time to do my nails.  Now there is no good reason not to polish your nails.

And this line has a broad range of colors to choose from.  Something for everyone.

You have 5 minutes to spare??  Polish your nails!

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“Racey Rouge”
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“Jade Jump”
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“Mint Sprint”
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“Snappy Sorbet”
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“Snappy Sprinkles”
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("Snappy Sprinkles "over OPI "I’m Not Really A Waitress" in right pic)

“Blue Streak”
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“Quick Sand”
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