Saturday, April 19, 2014

Scratch Domestic Construction Nail Wraps in "Rising Sun"

Hi!

I had originally scheduled this post to go up on Monday, but because I love these Scratch nail wraps soooo much, I couldn't wait until then. Today I have tribal-print nail wraps from Scratch, in collaboration with Domestic Construction, that are mostly clear. I thought about which color to layer these amazing wraps over for quite some time after I received my monthly mani box last week, and I finally settled on the beautiful green that is Zoya Shawn. Check out the pics below!









Ah... so pretty, right? I have not been able to stop looking at my nails since I applied this mani a day ago. What you see above are two easy coats of Zoya "Shawn", then the "Rising Sun" nail wraps applied on top; once the polish had completely dried, of course. For good measure, I always apply some top coat after I have applied all of the nail wraps. I feel that this helps them stay on a bit longer, and gives them a very nice shine.

So, what do you think of this look? I am honestly in love with all things tribal-print, and I don't see the trend going away any time soon. I'm also glad I decided to go with green polish, as I feel it helps the design really pop! Have a great rest of the weekend, and I'll see ya next time!

- Tiff

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Scratch Domestic Construction Wraps in "Stone"



Hi, readers!

I'm really excited about this somewhat experimental look I have for you today. A few days ago, I received my April Monthly Mani Box from Scratch, and I must say that this one has to be one of my favorites so far (I may have said that in a previous post about Scratch, but let's just say that they topped my last one!). This month the company teamed up with Trish and Maureen of Domestic Construction to put together three amazingly cool looks, along with some very useful extras! Among those extras are three mini bottles of nail polish from Color Club, and I decided to see what would happen if I created a look using all three of them with the "Stone" nail wraps on top. Take a look at the pics below to see how it came out!



  







I had originally wanted to have the polish colors in a gradient, but I wasn't liking how it was looking. What you see is two coats of the off-white color, with the orange and green sponged on with a make-up sponge to create more of an abstract look. Once all of the polish dried (it's very important to let any polish completely dry before layering anything on top), I applied the nail wraps as I normally would, and followed up with top coat for good measure. I have to say that even though it wasn't what I had first thought up, I ended up really liking it, and here I am on day three of wear, not being able to look away from my nails. Another job well done, Scratch team!

Check out Scratch to find out more about Domestic Construction, and how to become an MMB subscriber and buy individual wraps. What do you think about this mani? Where would you wear this kind of look to? See ya next time, and I hope you enjoyed today's post!

- Tiff

Monday, April 7, 2014

My first Polish My Life Lacquers!


Hello, everyone! I hope you have a great start to your week! I am glad that I was able to get in another quick post before my week gets too hectic. 

A few weeks ago, I ordered my first couple of nail polishes from indie maker, Shaneka, of Polish My Life. She specializes in creating creme polishes that go on nice and easy, and the ones you'll see in the pics below definitely did! Here are "Big Apple Sunset" and "Good Morningside".









"Big Apple Sunset"  (accented with Ulta "After Party") is my favorite of the two. This has to be one of the squishiest red polishes I have in my stash, and I don't know any nail polish enthusiast who doesn't love a juicy, almost jelly-like finish on the nail after just two coats. I loved "Good Morningside" too, but I have to admit that I am not the best at painting my nails with yellow polishes...I'm not good at photographing them either...lol. I saw that another nail blogger (can't remember the name) was able to get this one on perfect in two coats, so I was super excited to give this one a try. For me, three coats was better (though not difficult); along with a little accent of a glitter from The New Black's "Bottle Rocket" trio, to distract the eye from my imperfections. Still, I got quite a few compliments while wearing both PML polishes, and one person even asked if she could borrow "Goodmorningside"!

Overall, my first experience with Polish My Life was great. I am already looking forward to adding more of Shaneka's polishes to my stash. It was nice to see an indie maker who focuses on cremes, when most indies out there are glitter-packed. These polishes were a nice little change for me. So, what do you think? Have you checked out the link to PML above to see all of the colors available? See ya next time!

- Tiff

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Hare Polishes in "Dancing Bird of Paradise" and "Neon Palm"

Hi!

Today I have two polishes from Hare Polish that I had been wanting for such a long time. These beauties were on my wish list for weeks, until I decided to get them for myself for my birthday. It had been a while since I wore any polishes from this brand, so I was excited to see what these glitter-packed creations would look like on me. Both of these polishes are amazing and I'm happy with how they came out, and they covered nicely in two coats with some Gelous on top for good measure. Check them out in the pics below. 








"DBOP" just glows. I'm normally not a huge fan of pink (though I'm forcing myself to use it more), but this one was calling my name and I had to go with it. It is hard for me to find a pink that I love with my skin tone, but I think the hint of magenta is was what makes it pop on me. Not to mention the neon pink square and circle glitters that also make it unique amongst a lot of indie polishes out there. 

"NP" was the one I had been wanting the longest, and I think this one is just so cool. The weather has been a little bipolar here in Miami these past couple of days, so what you're seeing in those pictures are after two to three days of wear. I had been waiting for the sun to shine in order to snap the best shot possible, and finally the sun cooperated with me the next try.

I bought my Hare Polishes from Llarowe, and there is also an Etsy store.  What do you think of these? What are some of your favorite indie polish brands? See ya next time :)

- Tiff

Monday, March 24, 2014

Scratch Nail Wraps in "La Lune" and Layla Hologram Effect "Flash Black"

Hello, everyone!

I really love the look I have on the blog today. It is basically a combination of two of my favorite types of nail products : holographic nail polish and clear nail wraps. The company who I am a subscriber of, Scratch, made a new set of clear nail wraps with really cool images of a moon going from full to crescent, and I thought they would look great over a black holographic polish. I layered "flash black" over a basic black polish to make it pop, and I think it really did! 











So what do you think? I feel that Scratch does a great job with creating clear nail wraps that can be layered over any kind of nail polish you'd like...the possibilities are endless. I typically will go with a holographic nail polish because I am a huge fan of them, and have so many to combine them with. I think I've used holos with clear nail wraps all but once out of the few that I've done so far. 

Layla Hologram Effect polishes are fairly easy to find in stores like Ulta, and most beauty supply stores. I found all of mine at an Ulta store, so maybe you might want to head to one near you, if you like strong linear holos. The one thing you need to get in order to make applying them easier is an aqua fix base coat; otherwise they go on very streaky because of dragging. I used regular base coat in the mani above, and did have to do a little patching up above, but I wasn't too concerned about that as I knew I was going to layer the nail wraps over it anyways. I don't think you can tell that I had to patch up any where. The aqua base is definitely a must-have if you use strong holographic polishes often. It is well worth the money, for sure.

Well, that's it for my first post of the week. I have some more lined up for the next few days and I'm excited for you to see them! See ya next time with some new nail looks.

- Tiff 


Sunday, March 16, 2014

Saint Patrick's Day/Birthday Post featuring Incoco nail polish strips

Hi, everyone!

I hope your week is off to a great start. I have a cute little post for Saint Patrick's Day to show you today, and this will be the last of my Saint Patty's looks for this year; since today is the day! Last year Incoco came out with a set of nail polish strips designed for Saint Patty's, I ordered a three-pack bundle. I used on of them last year, and still had the other two left over. Nail polish strips do have a bit of a shelf life, so even though they were a year old by the time I applied them this week, they weren't too difficult to get on. Old nail polish strips tend to stick to the plastic coverings that protect them from drying out once the package is opened, but it's nothing a little patience and an orange stick can't fix! Here are the Incoco strips in "Luck O' the Irish" and "Happy Go Lucky" that I wore in the past couple of days! 










Incoco released a new collection of St Patty's nail polish strips this year, but knowing that I still had two sets from last year, I made myself use them. I am such a fan of them, that I will definitely have to get my hands on whatever they design for next year! 

Now it's time for a little shameless birthday plug... I always do St Patty's Day nails not just because most nail bloggers do, but also for the fact that I am a Saint Patrick's Day baby! I think it's funny that I wear green every single year on my birthday because I was born on March 17, and have ever since day one! 

Do you have any plans for the day? Any special nail looks? I am on a mission to get my first green beer... Even though I should have years ago on my 21st.  Here's to hoping I do today... Lol! 

- Tiff 

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

ManGlaze "Nawsome Sauce" and "Mayo" + St Patty's Nail Art

Hi!

I really love this mani I have on the blog tonight. I think the main reason for that would be the fact that I thought this mani was going to be a fail at first, when it really turned out quite nice! It's amazing what a little bit of sunlight can do! Lol... Anyways... I used two matte nail polishes from ManGlaze and some more Moon Sugar Decals to create this look you'll see in the pics below. 










I was so worried that the cute little green beer decal would disappear against the white and holographic stripes on the accent nail, but I think you could see it quite well. I used two easy coats of "Nawsome Sauce", and what you're looking at underneath the nail decal is "Mayo" striped over Layla Hologram Effect's "Jade Groove". The holographic effect turned out a bit more subtle than I wanted, but the main focus of that nail is the decal anyways. Overall, I'm really happy with how this turned out, and it wasn't a nail fail at all!

If you're interested in ManGlaze, I ordered the ones I have from their store on Amazon. They may be pricier than most matte nail polishes out there, but it is for a very good reason. These are the absolute best matte nail polishes out there in terms of wear time (most mattes start chipping after one day) and formula (not too thick, not too thin). I wouldn't have as many of them as I do if I didn't love them, and I believe I have all of MG's current line-up with the exception of two polishes! Keep up with them on Facebook to be in the know about any sales they may have. They usually have one or two sales a year, so those times would be best to try them out if you haven't already.

What do you think of this mani? I don't know about you, but it makes me want to put getting a green beer on Saint Patrick's Day at the top of my list of to-do's that day! Can you believe I'm a Saint Patrick's Day baby and have yet to try a green beer? No excuses this year! HA! ;)

- Tiff