Wednesday, April 20, 2011

While on the topic of neons...

April 20:

I figured I go ahead and post the other ones I have worn recently.

Eye searing neon #1 is China Glaze's "Pink Voltage". While I dislike the amount of coats neons require (which may just be China Glaze, my Color Club neon seemed fine) the pay off at the end it worth it. PV required 5 thin coats to be opaque, though I have seen people get away with three. Neons make up for numerous coats with quick dry time so 5 coats takes as long as 3 coats of a creme. Most dry matte so make sure to add some top coat! What I love about PV is the slight purple shimmer in the hot pink base. I think that brings up the intensity a bit more and adds an absolutely gorgeous effect.

Eye searing neon #2 is China Glaze's "Sun Worshipper". It is like a mac and cheese powder orange that requires just as many coats as any other China Glaze neon. Someone commented saying it made their hands look grey so I figured I'd post a picture of how mine looked. In most lights my hands looked fine but occasionally they turned blueish grey (see the difference in the pictures?). I still love this color and I want it to work. Maybe it will be better in the summer when I have a bit of a tan.

My favorite tip for keeping neons chip free, since they love to chip on my, is going of the tips and sides of my nails with top coat as soon as I apply top coat to the nail. This helps prevent chipping to make your manicure last longer!

Until next time,
Happy painting!

The Nailventuress

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Got a blog? Plug it here!

April 19:

I have seen lots of bloggers with specific posts for plugging blogs and absolutely love the idea. What a great idea to find some new blogs to follow and give bloggers a chance to promote themselves :) So if you have got a blog, youtube channel, twitter, etc. post it in the comments below for all to see.

I'm looking forward to seeing your blogs!

The Nailventuress

Monday, April 18, 2011

Need a highlighter?

April 18:

Well I've got some on my nails. Not really but China Glaze's "Celtic Sun" comes pretty close to actual highlighter fluid.

This manicure it two coats of OPI's "Alpine Snow" and four coats of CS. Yes, four coats on top of two coats of white. On its own, CS dries very fast, but AS was not dry enough so I ended up with a ton of bubbles in this manicure. I am not sure which I hate more, bubbles or fuzzies in my manicure.

I don't even want to think about how many coats of CS I would have needed without AS underneath because the formula looks like highlighter fluid and clear polish. In the end it is worth it and this color is not as horrific or blinding as I thought it would be. Simply a wonderful neon. What's your favorite neon?

I've got some exciting news, but I'll leave that for later.

Until next time,
Happy painting!

The Nailventuress

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Giveaway Winner!!

April 12:

Thanks to everyone who entered my giveaway! It was quite fun to have one :) After tallying up all the entries the winner is cushy!!! Congratulations! I will be sending off your package tomorrow. Go check out her blog and enjoy!

The Nailventuress

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Giveaway Closed

April 9:

The giveaway is officially closed. Thank you to everyone who entered, I had over 60 total entries. I have contacted the winner so when she responds to me I'll post it on here. Thanks again and I am sure I will do more of these in the future.

The Nailventuress

Friday, April 8, 2011

Last Two Days to Enter the Giveaway

April 8:

Just dropping by to remind everyone that my giveaway will be ending tomorrow at 12:00 am CST.

You can still go ahead and enter here!
Good Luck :)

The Nailventuress

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Merry Turquoise Polka dots

April 2:

Happy April! Is it really month four of 2011...I guess it is. And since we are already in April that means the end of my giveaway is approaching. But do not worry, you still have a week to enter which you can do here! The response so far has been great and quite a lot of you wanted to see more nail art so I have some for you today.

This manicure was intended as a scotch tape manicure but I fell in love with polka dots and went with them instead. Two weeks ago when I met up with my friend to watch Jane Eyre we traded polish and I ended up with OPI's "Merry Midnight" and "Austentatious Turquoise," both of which I had wanted to try for awhile. Sadly, they are returning to their owner soon but our time together was quite fun.

I painted three coats of each polish on my nails. MM surprised me at its opacity, I thought it would have been more sheer, and the formula was a bit think. AT on the other hand was a sheer mess. It looked better in the bottle but still fun on my nails. I don't think I will be purchasing this in the future though.

After letting the polish dry for a bit I added polka dots in one corner of the nail in the alternate color. The effect of both polishes was pretty neat in polka dot form. I will probably be doing this again with some other colors!

Don't forget to head over and enter my giveaway if you haven't so far, thanks to everyone who has already!

Until next time,
Happy painting!

The Nailventuress