Friday, August 1, 2014

Indigo Bananas Swatches

Hey guys!


Today's polishes are provided for your viewing pleasure via a swap package I received a few weeks ago. These are my first Indigo Bananas polishes so I was very excited to try them out!

First, Wise Up, Janet! An orchid purple polish that is a bit confusing: it's sort of metallic, holo, glitter, and foily all at the same time!! This was two coats.


And second is Do You Have A Flag?, a silver polish with the same confusing base, lol. This was two coats and you can still see some VNL but that doesn't really bother me.


These polishes were a little bit thick, so I would recommend waiting longer in between coats. But I'm Miss Impatient Pants and pretty much never heed my own advice :-p

What are your favorite Indigo Bananas polishes??


Talk to you soon!
Amanda

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Operation Helmer July Results!

Hey guys!

Hows it going? Today is my monthly Operation: Helmer post! Are you excited??? LOL

We'll just get right to it, shall we?

The first manicure I did this month was a neon mani using Pipe Dream Polish Light of Day and V.I.P. Pass. I also used a Lumina Lacquer glitter on the ring finger, Take My Breath Away. These colors were super intense, and I didn't use a white base for these! TRUE neons!


Next, I did a gradient using Color Club Nomadic in Nude and Sally Hansen Pacific Blue (the OG formula). I topped this with Liquid Afterglow Lacquer Unicorn Tears.

 Next, I used Colors by Llarowe Surf My Wave, basically the most amazing blue holo of life!! love love love!


 The next day, I added CBL Gemini Rising over Surf My Wave. LOVE!



You already saw my BTN with TheLittleCanvas, but I'll post them again :-)

I used ILNP Princess Diaries and OPI Pop The Cork! for a really sweet manicure. Princess Diaries is a very linear holographic light pink.




And I don't think I posted these on IG but I used Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Chimera and a pink glitter that I cannot even sort of remember what it's called. Maybe Candy Lacquer Skulls & Roses?? Whoops.

These last two manicures were what I wore for my daughter's 1st birthday party. We had an 80s theme so I attempted a neon splatter mani and I quite liked it! I realized later that I should have used a white base but oh well! I did neon polka dots on the right hand. 

Polishes used were all China Glaze:
Sun-Kissed (yellow)
Orange You Hot?
Heat Index (hot pink)
That's Shore Bright (purple)
Splish Splash (blue)


 So a pretty good month! I also posted some reviews and did a bunch of swatches so I will have posts coming every Tuesday and Thursday for the next few weeks, at least! Whoo! I might change the posting time to MWF, but we will see how that all goes :-) 

What were some of your favorite manicures this month?? 
Talk to you soon!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Maybelline Bleached Neons

Hey guys!

So you might have heard of a little collection by Maybelline called The Bleached Neons. The collection has caused hysteria in the polish community, as it was super limited edition and hardly available in a lot of locations. I managed to find a few of them here and there and figured they were too pretty to not show you, even if you (more than likely) won't be able to find them. Sorry.

First, Citrus Collide. This is a really lovely creamy yellow. These polishes seem to be almost pastel neons, if that's at all possible! This was 3 coats.



Next, Coral Heat, a beautiful coral. This is probably my favorite. 2 coats.


Finally, Pink Punch, a bright, but muted bubblegum pink. I know it doesn't make sense to say bright and muted but that's really how they looked to me! LOL This was 2 coats, as well.


I first saw these polishes (saw the full, untouched collection, actually) and didn't pick any up because they didn't look that great in the bottle. But then I started seeing swatches and could have kicked myself for not buying them! They all have great formulas, and are just lovely, fun colors for summer!

Did you manage to find any of the Bleached Neons? If so, which was your favorite??


Talk to you soon!
Amanda

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Zoya Ling, Rooney, and Harper

Hey guys!

Todays post is all about Zoya. These are the polishes I picked up from their Threedom promo at the beginning on July.

Rooney is a bright pink creme, from the Tickled '14 collection. As always with Zoya, the formula was great on all three of these polishes.

This is 2 coats.



I added Harper to Rooney, but if I wanted, I'm sure I could have built up Harper to opacity on its own. This was one coat of Harper, from the Bubbly '14 collection.

Finally, Ling, a gorgeous dusty bright blue, if that makes any sense! This was a smidge brighter in person. Again, two coats.

Well apparently I forgot to crop my photos :-/ Whoops. Sorry about that.

Anyway, what polishes did you guys get from the promo?

Talk to you soon!
Amanda

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Polish Addict Nail Color Lime Light and Neon Moon

Hey guys!

Today I have two polishes from Polish Addict Nail Color. These babies are from her recent Neon Collection and are jellies and oh so lovely!

First is Neon Moon, a gorgeous cobalt jelly. I don't know what the heck happened to my other pictures of this! But it's so vibrant in person! Really really lovely. This was 3 coats.



And then we have Lime Light, a bright green neon jelly. This was 3 thin coats. Again, much brighter in person!


These were both easy to apply. A little sheer on the first coat, but they built up nicley. These swatches are without topcoat and they did dry semi matte, as most neons do.

You can purchase Polish Addict Nail Color here.


Talk to you soon!
Amanda

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Bestie Twin Nails with The Little Canvas!

Hey Guys!

Alaina of The Little Canvas and I had so much fun doing our last BTN, we thought we would make it a regular occurrence!

This month, we wanted to do something fruity so we choose watermelons! Now, you'll know that I don't do nail art, I'm just not good at it and I'm using this as a way to expand my nail art horizons.

I saw this picture from The Nailasaurus and didn't even know there was a tutorial until just looking up the link right this second, lol. Of course the way she did it is easier :-p

I started with a base of Wet n Wild Contact High and then used a small brush to paint the white. I need to get a better white (mine was just a random bottle), it was quite thick and goopy. Then I used Cupcake Polish It's Not What You Pink and Wet n Wild black for the seeds. I didn't really love these at first but they definitely grew on me and I'm quite pleased with how they turned up!


Now go look at Alaina's post because her nails are awesome!

Talk to you soon!
Amanda

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Rainbow Honey Summer Mix Tape Swatches!

Hey guys!
*polishes provided for free in exchange for my honest opinion*

Today's post is all about Rainbow Honey! I have three polishes from the upcoming Summer Mixtape collection! Oh man, remember mix tapes? Those were the days. I loved making mixes for car trips, or even just to play on the way to work. I still make playlists for road trips, just on my iPhone ;-) One of the first interactions my husband and I had was over a mixed CD he made for me; I swear that was 'his move' to initiate conversation but he denies this :-p

ANYWAY, onto the polishes!

Fall In Love, a cool toned crimson red jelly with sparks of blue iridescence. This looked a little more magenta/berry in person. I used 2 coats. The formula was easy to apply.




Control, a hot shimmering fuchsia. The formula on this was a bit thick but nothing unmanageable. I used two coats. Super bright Barbie pink with shimmer!!




Lanterns, a luminescent blend of iridescent and translucent glitters. I used one coat over Fall in love and Control. I think this will look especially great over darker colors, as well!


With Flash over Fall In Love:

Over Control:


Overall, I loved these polishes. These are perfect "Amanda" colors and I will definitely be using these for the summer! I can't wait to see the rest of the collection!


These polishes along with the rest of the collection are available on July 18 from rainbowhoney.com! Use code MIXTAPE20 to get 20% off your order! Hurry, this code expires 8/31/14!
Talk to you soon!
Amanda