Thursday, October 15, 2015

Stained Glass and Rainbows

A few days ago, I received something in the mail that is super exciting! The Stained Glass collection by Laquered Up! OMG.  Rainbow jellies! Ok, I'll calm down now.  This is the first Stained Glass collection. (there is also a Stained Glass II) I had to get it because Rainbows.  These are jelly, or sheer, polishes, and there are four colors - Rose Colored Glasses, Sunbeam, Blue Horizon, and Lavender Lunette.

I decided to try them out over Lush Lacquer's "Salt n' Peppa" to see what they looked like over this type of glitter. I used two coats of the jellies, which I think is perfect, and topped it off with some Seche Vite.  The color is so bold, but you can still see the glitter underneath.

Then, I used a coat of Sunbeam AND a coat of Rose colored glasses on my thumb to make this pretty orange.  I'll have to try Sunbeam and Blue Horizon to make a nice green soon.  :)

I have always loved rainbows, but since having my own Rainbow baby, they're more meaningful to me.

"'Rainbow Babies' is the understanding that the beauty of a rainbow does not negate the ravages of the storm. When a rainbow appears, it doesn't mean the storm never happened or that the family is not still dealing with its aftermath. What it means is that something beautiful and full of light has appeared in the midst of the darkness and clouds. Storm clouds may still hover but the rainbow provides a counterbalance of color, energy and hope."

Today is Pregnancy Loss and Remembrance Day, and I didn't even think about that when I started this post yesterday.  I am grateful for my rainbow baby tonight as I remember an angel.

Next, I did a whole mani in Blue Horizon with KB Shimmer's "Clown Puke" underneath.  It reminds me of the sea!

Those pics made me really realize how much I've neglected my fingers. I put them through a lot at work, and they need some TLC.  Time to start using cuticle oil religiously again!

Anyway, I absolutely love this collection.  I've been wearing it a couple of days now, and my nails have experienced minimal chipping on the ends of a couple of nails.  Even with Seche Vite, I somehow usually have a good bit of chipping by now.  I'm excited to see how many different looks I can do with this collection.  There are a few jellies in my collection, but I don't think I've every used them to their full potential. Now's the time! I'm feeling inspired!  My stamping supplies from Uber Chic (including the Ubermat!!) arrived a few days ago as well, and now I'm just waiting on my order from Konad because I currently only have one stamping polish.  Maybe I can do something fun with this collection and stamping.

Check back soon for some stamped manis!  Thanks for stopping by and follow me on Instagram @glimmerandglitternails!

Monday, October 12, 2015

Halloween Sunset Gradient

 Happy Monday!

I wanted to do something with orange and purple for a Halloween mani.  I gathered up a few oranges and purples that I thought might work and came up with this.

First I did an orange to purple gradient using OPI Y'all Come Back Ya Hear, Essie Orange, It's Obvious, Orly Flicker, and Essie Sexy Divide.  Then for my ring finger, I used China Glaze Coconut Kiss with a glitter gradient of China Glaze Glitter Goblin.  I then used my thumb to test out using a jelly over a flakie with China Glaze Luxe and Lush under OPI Y'all Come Back Ya Hear.  It didn't end up matching the rest of my nails as much as I'd like, but I think it would look cute on it's own!

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Hit Polish - Sunflowers by Van Gogh

Today, I've kept with the fall/Halloween trend, and the results remind me of Halloween candy!

After a layer of Essie Protein Base Coat, I used two coats of Rimmel London Lasting Finish Pro in Black Satin and two thin coats of Hit Polish's Sunflowers by Van Gogh. This indie polish has light blue, orange, and yellow squares and hexes, as well as orange micro glitter.  This polish is packed full of glitter and really only needs one good coat to get a nice glittery nail! Lastly, I used a coat of Seche Vite as a top coat.

I'm loving this look today! I think I'll go browse the Hit Polish Etsy later today to check out the more recent polishes. :)

Saturday, October 10, 2015

We've Got Faith!

Happy weekend!  It seems the baby gave me a cold, and I'm exhausted.  It's taken me hours to do this manicure and put together this post.  It was worth it though!

In my last post, I asked for suggestions of what I should do next, and my friend, Jessica, suggested Breast Cancer Awareness nails. (Check out her Making Strides team page below!)  I've also been dying to do some Halloween nails so I mixed the two together, and I'm pretty happy with the results!

On my left hand, I did pink to black gradients using Essie Baby's Breath as a base and used Orly's It's Not Me, It's you, China Glaze Purple Panic (at least that's what the bottle says. It looks pink to me), and Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Black Out with a topcoat of OPI I Lily Love You on my pinky.  On my ring finger, I used Black Out and Purple Panic for the ribbon.  That ribbon was probably the most stressful part of the whole thing! I hate free-handing!
I used Polished Vino Nail Art Decals and Stencils for the hearts on my thumb and pointer. I did a gradient over black for the stenciled hearts, but if I could do it over, I'd do it more pink because you can't really see them very well near the end of the nail.  I just got these decals and stencils in the mail, and they were super easy and fun to use! I also used them on my right hand, and I can't wait to try out more! Lastly, I added a couple of pink stars to my middle finger to represent my friendship with Jessica.

On my right hand, I stuck with the pink theme for Breast Cancer Awareness, but I used more of my Halloween stencils and decals from Polished Vino. I did the same pink to black gradient on my ring finger with a spider decal and topped it off with a pink rhinestone.  Then I did the same gradient over black using witches hat, skull, and scary tree stencils.  The stencil came with little spots for the skulls eyes, but they were so tiny and I decided some black rhinestones would be better. :) On my thumb I used China Glaze Crackle in Black Mesh over Purple Panic.  I tried using liquid latex around my nails for easy clean up since I used a sponge for the gradient, but it didn't go as well as planned.  I guess I need some practice!

I had so much fun with this mani that I see more Breast Cancer Awareness nails in the future, as well as Halloween nails! Next Saturday, October 17, Jessica and her team are participating in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk in honor of her lovely mother and survivor, Faith.  Jessica has participated in Making Strides since 2007 and has invited me every year. While I have joined her on a couple of walks (once flying all the way to MN from NC!), I'm not able to make it this year.  So, when she asked that I do awareness nails, I thought, "that's a great idea!" You can check out her team's page by clicking either picture below!

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Thursday, October 8, 2015

Fall Glitters

Well, I still can't believe it's October.  So, I thought a few Fall inspired manicures may help me get into the season. First we have Lush Laquer's Cozy Times over Revlon Colorstay French Roast.  It makes me think of drinking a warm cup of coffee outside in the cool air!

Next, I have Bitches Brew by Nail Pattern Boldness over Orly's Rapture.  I LOVE the name Bitches Brew! This glitter would look amazing over almost any color, especially black for Halloween, but I went with a warm, dark brown base for more of a colorful fall leaves type look.

It feels so good to be painting my nails and blogging again!  I recently ordered some liquid latex, nail decals, and stamping supplies.  So, be on the lookout for some fun nail art soon! I also started an instagram account.  Follow me @glimmerandglitternails to see when I have new posts!

Thanks for stopping by, and let me know what kind of looks I should try next! :)

Sunday, October 4, 2015


So, I started this post over two years ago, and it was just sitting in my unpublished posts.  I was given these polishes by MmmmNails to model them for her Etsy shop.  I was going to blog about them, and then I fell off the face of the earth.  I'm not sure if these polishes are even available anymore. So, I'm just going to leave these here. :)