Monday, April 23, 2012

Sally Hansen Lightening

Hello everyone! Long time no talk!  It's been hectic around here but I wanted to stop in to say hi, and let you know I'm still here.  The semester is almost over (2 weeks left, yay!) so all of my final projects, papers, and presentations are due soon.  I've been busting like crazy trying to stay on top of all the work while dealing with frustrating professors.  Once things settle down a bit I'll be posting much more frequently.  And since summer is quickly approaching, that means more sun so I can take better photos for you!

So yesterday and today are supposed to be record high temperatures where I live, which means high 70's. In fact, it's 11 am where I live and it's already 72 degrees! I am so happy to have some warm, sunny weather.  And with the unusually warm weather means we have lots of thunderstorms.  Last night was crazy.  We had a huge thunderstorm hover over the town for a good half hour.  And I could see it like 50 miles away just getting closer and closer.  I love watching lightning so it was a really great show to watch it getting closer and bigger. 

So, since it's been so sunny and I'm ready for summer, I decided to break out a nice, bright yellow.  And since I also have lots of thunderstorms I thought Sally Hansen Lightening would be perfect! (Side note - does anyone else think the name should have been "Lightning" and they just misspelled it?)

This is Sally Hansen Lightening, a bright, mustard yellow creme.    Lightening is part of the Insta-Dri collection so it was easy to work with, especially with that wide brush, which I love.  I needed 3 coats for complete opacity.

This is 3 coats of Lightening and 1 coat of quick dry top coat.

Photo taken in sunlight.

I decided to experiment a little bit and added 1 coat of Nubar 2010.  I hoped the orange/gold would pop on the nail, but it was barely visible.  It made for a neat speckled pattern though.  It sort of reminds me of a rock or mineral.

Photo taken in sunlight.

Photo taken in sunlight.

So there you go!  Thanks for reading! :)

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Happy Blogiversary!

Well, today marks the one year anniversary since I started this blog!  Even though I haven't posted as often lately, I couldn't let it go by without at least mentioning it.  Last year I was so excited to be writing about the amazing nail polishes I was discovering, rediscovering, and using.  That excitement hasn't diminished and I still see something awesome and think, "I can't wait to blog about it!" while snapping pictures on my phone at the store. :)  I hope you've all enjoyed looking at photos and reading my ramblings as much as I've enjoyed creating them.  Here's to another year! :)

I also wanted to post a fun layering experiment.  I started with 2 coats Sinful Colors Let's Talk.  Then, I added 1 coat of Daddy's Girl, and topped it off with a layer of Essie Matte About You.  This is such a fun look with the matted gold flakies and the deep, richly colored purple.

Photo taken under natural light bulb.

Finally, I was nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award by the lovely Stephanie over at PinkByStephanie.  Thank you for the nomination Stephanie! :)

The Rules:

Nominate 15 fellow bloggers.
Let them know that you have nominated them.
Share 7 random facts about yourself.
Thank the blogger who nominated you.
Add the Versatile Blogger Image to your blog post.

7 Random Facts

My favorite color is green, but I always gravitate toward purple polishes.
I'm obsessed with glitter and can't get enough ever.
I hate sugary drinks.
I'm left-handed.
I'm a sci-fi nerd and one time LeVar Burton replied to one of my tweets and I almost died of excitement.
I love listening to Lady Gaga while cycling.
I secretly wish I could sell my frankens as a viable source of income instead of having a "real" job.

The Bloggers

And that's all for today.  Thanks for reading and looking.  Have a wonderful weekend lovelies! :)