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Different Dimension – Zarya

 

Happy Saturday, folks! I hope that your week is being kind to you and that you are finding time to relax or do something that you want to do. For those that work weekends, hope that your day is quick and easy! Today on the blog I have a polish from Different Dimension’s Shooting Star Collection called Zarya.

 

Different_Dimension - Zarya

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TGIF with Different Dimension’s Big Bang

TGIF, folks! The week has almost come to an end and I feel a bit of celebratory nail polish is in order, don’t you? For those of you who work on Saturdays thinking, “Screw you, I have to work tomorrow!”, you have my deepest sympathies. Rest assured that this post will be available to you any day of the week to celebrate YOUR Friday!  😉  Now let’s get to today’s polish.


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Memorial Day Manicure

Memorial Day is a very important day here in the United States. It’s the day on which we take pause to memorialize and honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice while defending democracy and freedom as a member of the US Armed Forces.  Below is a picture of my father, a man who dedicated his entire adult life to his country and community.  First as a Radioman Chief in the Navy for 18 years until his medical discharge, then as a dispatcher for the Miami-Dade Fire Department.  While he didn’t die in battle, I would like to take this opportunity to say how proud I am of him and all the other service men and women who dedicate their lives to protecting people around the globe.

 

Leslie's Dad - US Navy

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Cult Nails It’s a New Day Collection

Happy Sunday all!  I hope you had an enjoyable weekend and feel rested and refreshed and ready for the week ahead.  LOLOLOL  I know, I know, but still.  

Today I have a polish collection to share with you from one of my favorite polish makers, Cult Nails.  Maria makes wonderful polishes that I always seem to find the irresistible urge to buy! Her frequent sales and discounted collection pre-sales help to make this possible. ^_^  Today’s collection is the recently released It’s A New Day.  Funny story about this one, I placed my order a couple days before the end of the pre-sale and was excited to get my shipping information confirmed when the items were packaged.  They were shipped on 4/30 with an anticipated delivery date of 5/2.  May 2nd came and went and no polish. They seem to have taken a detour between the Orlando sort facility and my home in south central Pennsylvania as they were eventually delivered on May 12th after a trouble ticket and a couple calls to the USPS.  Did they go to Disney, Universal Studios or check out the New Harry Potter attractions?  Maybe visit some of my friends that still live in Florida?  The world may never know.  But I digress.  Now, on to the beautiful spring polishes……  Continue reading

Elevation Polish – Rapa Nui

Today I have another polish from Elevation Polish called Rapa Nui.  This is part of a blog sale haul you can see a pic of here, and I am really enjoying it.  The polishes from Elevation that I have tried thus far are great to work with and have amazing color.

Elevation Polish Rapa Nui

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Monster’s Inc. Manicure

In honor of the release of the Monster’s Inc. sequel, Monster’s University, I decided to try a themed manicure with some nail art. Nothing fancy, as I am sure you can tell, but something other than just stamping or tape designs.  I was inspired by a manicure I saw on Twitter (or Instagram) and can’t for the LIFE of me find it to give credit.  If/when I do, I will update this post.  I chose the polishes below to use in this design.

Monster's Inc. Manicure Colors LeslieLovesNails

Polishes Used (L-R)

Finger Paints Sexy Sundress

Elevation Polish Elbrus

NYC 134 French White Tip

NYC 119 Black Lace Creme

China Glaze Spontaneous

I used Elevation’s Elbrus as the base for the “Sully” nails (and Mike’s eyes) and Finger Paints Sexy Sundress for the “Mike” nail.  While Elbrus is more of a purple polish, after photographing it I couldn’t seem to get anything but blue so I chose to use it for this.  Plus it’s an awesome bargain I got from a blog sale and wanted to use it anyhow. 🙂  I stamped Sully’
s spots with a plate (can’t remember which and can’t seem to find it, either GRRRR ), if you recognize it let me know hahah.  That’s about it.  How do you think it came out? 

Monster's Inc. themed mani

As always, thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great week ahead!

Leslie

Comic-Con Geek Week Nail Art Challenge – Day 4

Comic-Con Geek Week Nail Art Challenge

Inspired by a comic book

Hello, everyone.  Yes, me again, I know!  What’s up with THAT?  Just keeping up with the Comic-Con Geek Week Nail Art challenge.  Today’s theme is inspiration from a comic book, and the first thing that came to mind was Batman.  The yellow and black from the comic’s cover would surely be included in this manicure and I think I know how I can achieve a themed design with my newbie skills.  🙂

Batman (Comic Book)

Colors and Plate Used

Cult Nails You're My Dandy Lion and Blackheart Cursed

Cult Nails You’re My Dandy Lion

Blackheart Cursed

Cheeky CH47

Cheeky Plate CH47 LeslieLovesNails

I used Cult Nails You’re My Dandy Lion as the base and then did nail art with stamping and a brush.  My Cheeky plate set had some of the traditional comic book Zap, Bam, and Pows I needed to pull this off with minimal brush work.  The ‘BOOM’ in the middle is a bit wonky, but I’m sure you get it. 🙂  Note to self, swatching nails can and should be used to practice new techniques.  Another love I have that stems from Batman is that Adam West has a prominent part in one of my favorite animated TV shows, Family Guy.  Wonderfully irreverent and full of laughs!  But I digress….

Comic-Con Geek Week Nail Art Day4 Batman

I hoped you like this manicure, I think now that I have finally tried to use my brushes I am a little more confident in the thought of me being able to use them to make pretty things and not just blobs of paint.  Clearly I need a lot of work, but practice makes perfect.  Make sure to check out everyone else’s manicures for the day 4 challenge using the links below!

Dipped in Lacquer
Rachos Nail Love
Kate Kreatez
Seriously Swatched
Makeup and Nails not War
Glitter Me This
Galactic Lacquer

Thanks for stopping by!

Leslie

SquareHue Salute Collection July 2013

Today’s post is devoted to SquareHue’s Salute Collection for July 2013.  You’ve seen many polishes from SquareHue if you follow and will likely see many more if you stick around. 🙂  For more information on what SquareHue is all about you can check my post here.  This month’s collection is clearly dedicated to the military forces, what with July 4th being the United State’s birthday and all.  While I was expecting either red, white and blue or a set of camouflage colors (light OR dark), I was surprised to see bits and pieces of what I had in mind strewn throughout this month’s collection of the appropriately-named polishes: Valor, Patriot and Honor.

SquareHue Salute Collection July 2013

Valor

Valor is a military olive green jelly polish that dries to a nice shine even without a topcoat.  The photos you see here are three thin coats and a layer of China Glaze’s Fast Forward Topcoat (my topper of choice, these days).  This color was very sheer so I did use three coats versus the two coats I normally use in a mani.  It did get me to a nice opaque color, although under flash there was some visible nail line (VNL). As usual, the application was smooth and drying time is decent, as I was able to apply subsequent coats within 3-5 minutes.  This applies to all polishes in the collection.

Valor by SquareHue

Patriot

Patriot is a bright blue sheer jelly polish, a bit lighter than the color found in the American flag.  I love it’s brightness compared to the drab olive green of Valor.  It definitely brings some pizazz to this collection.  As with Valor, this color was very sheer and VNL was evident in this flash photo.  With either a fourth thin coat, thicker coats to start with or perhaps some nude undies this will likely be reduced or eliminated.  Although how many of us really have the paparazzi flashes following us around all day for this to really be that much of an issue, huh?  These sheer polishes would be a no-no for stamping, unless you are looking for muted colors and are stamping over a very light base color.  Application and drying time were good with this polish.

Patriot by SqauareHue

Honor

Honor is a gold foil polish that, by the way, works GREAT if you like to stamp!  Take a peek here if you’d like to see it.  This polish was completely opaque in two coats although you can probably get away with a single coat if you really don’t feel like using two.  I think that their use of gold and the name Honor signifies the importance and value that honor has in the lives of all, especially those who serve to protect the freedom of Americans at home and abroad.  A special thank you goes out to all who are serving and unable to be with their families for this holiday.  Your sacrifices are acknowledged and appreciated.

Honor by SquareHue

So that’s the collection for this month.  How do you like it, do you have a favorite color?  Hope you are all having a great weekend.  Thanks for reading!!

Leslie

SquareHue SoBe Collection June 2013

SoBe Collection from SquareHue June 2013

SquareHue SoBe Collection

Sorry for being MIA for a while, life got in the way of blogging.  🙂

Today I have a set I just received from SquareHue, the SoBe Collection for June 2013.  SquareHue offers a monthly subscription service that offers a themed three-polish set for $21, shipping included.  Their polishes are 3-free, they are not tested on animals and they are made proudly in the USA!  They also donate a portion of their proceeds to causes helping those in need; their current focus is human trafficking. 

I will admit that what drew me to them was their bottle design and packaging.  However, once I started actually using their polish, I was made a customer for life.  The one caveat is that colors are not previewable, so you get what you get when you order.  I have yet to be dissatisfied with any colors.  🙂

These colors are very art deco and completely South Beach.  I grew up in Miami and can tell you that the art deco district of Miami’s South Beach is saturated with these beautiful shades!  Below are the colors included in this month’s set.

SquareHue SoBe Collection

SquareHue SoBe Collection

To go along with these ocean themed polishes, I decided to do some similarly themed stamping.  I used Cheeky plate CH36 and chose the life preserver and anchor, as you can see.  This is the second time I’ve used my Cheeky Summer Collection plates and, after looking through them again, I see some really great images I can’t wait to use.  The images transferred really well, but I don’t think the mani came out as awesome as I had anticipated.  Maybe next time I will use Collins Avenue as the base instead of the stamping color, we’ll see.  Do any of you subscribe to SquareHue and, if so, what do you think?  Is there any nail polish or beauty subscription box that you just LOVE?  Let me know, I would like to check out some new goodies!  🙂

SoBe Nautically Cheeky  Mani

SoBe Nautically Cheeky

As always, thanks for stopping by.  I hope you have a great week ahead!!

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