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Summer Nails (Color Club Lady Holiday and Apollo Star)

4 Jul

Didn’t want you all the think I abandoned you again — I’ve been traveling, but my nails are painted and I’m going to show them off. I haven’t got too many tools or options with me for going all out and fancy with my nails (gave 99% of my polishes to my mom when I ran off on a road trip) but I make due. Right now, I’m sort of in love with these Color Club polishes my friend gave me in a Vegan Cuts beauty box.

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Apologies, photo taken at a hotel!

So this is Color Club Lady Holiday on my thumb, index, middle and pinkie then Apollo Star on my ring finger/accent. I love both colors, especially Apollo Star though I find it chips a little easier than the rest of the Color Club line. It’s a lovely almost-textured gold glitter, and it covers extremely well with just one coat. Lady Holiday is an almost-grey with a hint of green. I love my grey polish, so no complaints here. The above is 2 coats.

So that’s it for now, I’m still on my journey across the US. You can always track my journey and my nails on instagram. Oh and… Happy 4th of July!

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Someone Else’s Nails!

29 Apr

Hi friends, sorry I’ve been kinda flakey. I’ve been totally nuts planning a vegan, gluten-and-nut-free masquerade party this past Saturday! Luckily, I had a bunch of awesome friends who came to help me and it came together great! Though I have enough left over Ethiopian food to feed a medium sized army lol.

I had a fabulous idea to make a photo booth using my Macbook and I’m going to share some pics with you so you can see the kind of night we had:

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Me and my friend, Alastair (whose nails you can see here!) Yes, I am wearing a tiara. And yes my mask is FABULOUS

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Chelsea in her super elegant forest goddess handmade mask (see Chelsea’s nails below!)

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Almost everyone in this pic is a practicing vegan!! And of course we all have the most fabulous masks

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Me, my mom (see her nails below!) and my sister. Aren’t we adorable?

What a night! So glad we all had fun, but I’m sorry to have shirked my blogging duties!

Now I’m back but I don’t have any of my own nail art to show you! I’ve been far too busy to do anything spectacular or creative on my own nails, BUT I did sponsor a nail art contest at my work the past two weeks! Three of the girls I work with submitted nail art, and I’ll show them to you (and judge them) now 🙂

The first entry is from Chelsea, our day time graphic designer/all around copy shop person. (She’s the one posing in the second masquerade photo.) This manicure was made using all Wet N Wild polishes and done just before Easter:

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The second entry is from my mom, Linda (the person in the middle of the bottom picture from the masquerade), who is the co-owner of the copy shop where I do graphic design. My mom is probably the only person I know irl who is more obsessed with nail art and nail polish than I am! For this competition, she did some fabulous galaxy nail art using a combination of LA Colors, Wet N Wild and Diamond Costmetics:

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The third and final contestant for my nail art contest is Jenna aka my minion (yes, that’s what we call her, though my mom did try to promote her to “grasshopper”but that nickname never stuck). She did some nice patriotic nail art for us using Wet N Wild and E.L.F. polish:

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Everyone had the opportunity to submit twice, but no one did, so those are our entries! I’m the judge, obviously, so I have to pick one and I picked……

Chelsea! Congratulations! (She doesn’t actually read this blog, so I’ll have to tell her when I see her at work today lol).  I love everyone’s art, but I had to pick just one and I loved the cute little bunny art work on Chelsea’s nails! The prize for my contest is 2 bottles of vegan friend polish, which I’ll probably be picking up today if I have some time haha. Maybe I’ll pick up some mini polishes as consolation prizes for our other submissions.

What do you all think, did I make a good choice? Let me know in the comments 😉

 

 

 

 

Try it on T’Wednesday: Square Hue Passport Collection – Amsterdam

17 Apr

(Better late than never, right?)

So last week, I received my eagerly-anticipated nail polish subscription box from Square Hue! I wanted to try Square Hue the moment I heard of it (because I have a subscription addiction), but I didn’t make the commitment because I couldn’t find any official proof that their polishes were vegan. After a quick twitter exchange, however, I confirmed the vegan-ness of their polishes and off we go!

Disclaimer: Polish purchased by me. All opinions are my own.

Each month Square Hue puts together a collection of 3 polish colors and sends them out. April’s colors are part of the “Passport Collection” and were inspired by Amsterdam.

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From left to right: beethoven straat, kalver straat, p.c. hooft straat

This collection included 2 high gloss cremes (Beethoven Straat and Kalverstraat) and 1 duochrome (P.C. Hooft Straat). All of the names basically mean nothing to me (other than Beethoven), but the colors are definitely worth talking about. I’ll admit readily that I opened this box and was like… what did I get myself into? Because the green is basically lime and I couldn’t imagine how that would work out in my favor, haha. Turns out, though, this box is in the top 10 best investments of my polish career.

So here’s the run down:

  • Beethoven Straat: A super bright, lime green with a high gloss finish. I was hesitant about this polish most of all because, well, what really was it going to match with? But then I ended up really liking the color because the consistency of the polish is totally perf (2 thin coats for full coverage) and the color really pops. The only thing I really didn’t like is that it will definitely stain your nails. Luckily, I used like 3 base coats under it and escaped with minimal staining.
  • Kalver Straat: The image above does not do this color justice. It’s basically like a fluorescent pink-orange. Very vibrant, definitely something everyone will notice. Formula is great for this polish, one coat is basically all you need. Don’t stare too long, though, because it’s so bright, it might permanently damage your eyes.
  • P.C. Hooft Straat: Ah, here we are, the absolute gem in this collection. It’s not as densely pigmented as the other and has a definite sheerness at one coat, but two or three layers in and you’ve got a really brilliant color. The duochrome really gives this an extra dimension and makes it stand out. It definitely holds its own in this trio.

So with this collection, I put together three nail art designs using 2 polishes at a time.

Here’s P.C. Hooft Straat and Beethoven Straat:

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I did this mani using just a little striping tape.

And Kalver Straat with P.C. Hooft Straat:

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French tips done by hand using the brush provided.

Anddd Beethoven Straat with Kalver Straat:

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Design made using Scotch tape and striping tape.

Overall, I ended up really liking all of these colors — though I think in the future, I’ll keep the Beethoven Straat and Kalver Straat for “accent” use only. The formula for these polishes does great coverage and the colors certainly make a statement!

I’m out for probably rest of the week for studying, but I’ll try to put together a fab f’Saturday or Sunday for y’all. Thanks for reading 🙂

Fabulous Friday Five

15 Feb

Well, happy Valentine’s day! No doubt you’re all basking the beautiful chaos of the most recent snowstorm to sweep the East Coast.

What’s that, you’re not basking? Your car is buried in 2 feet of snow and all the trees around your  house are covered in ice causing them to break and bend? Pffffttt it’s not so bad is it–

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Oh. Okay then. Perhaps the chaos is *not* so beautiful.

But! It did result in a lot of people (not me) having the day off, and snow days can be fun, right?

Anyway, it’s Friday and let’s get on with our fabulous Friday five!

  1. I think this week’s challenge was my favorite out of the whole bunch because I love the black and white manicures! And I have to show you all Glittery Fingers & Sparkling Toes fabulous black, white and silver ombre. I’m extra jealous because I’m terrible at ombres.
  2. I made a terrible (and belated) attempt at a Valentine’s mani (see the bottom of this post), so I thought I’d show you one I saw and loved from Nail Addicted Sisters because I’m ashamed haha
  3. I’m a little late in showing this to you all, but Vegan Beauty Review put together a cruelty-free fashion guide for Valentine’s day!
  4. Do you have any idea how much the federal government of the United States has spent on marriage promotion???? LIKE A BILLION DOLLARS. Feministing put together a handy list of 5 things on which that money could have been better spent.
  5. You might have heard that Michael Sam, soon-to-be-professional football player has come out publicly! It’s been sad that a lot of football coaches have been reacting negatively, but this one newscaster gets it right.

Alright, and now I’ll show you all my weekend mani aka last-minute Valentine’s manicure

2014-02-14 19.02.21So I originally intended something much more deluxe than this — a “modern art” mani using every shade of pink I own à la Nail Art Novice but then I tried doing the manicure while drunk and… no, just no. Do not paint your nails if you have vodka in your system. JUST DON’T. This has been a public service announcement from Vegan Nail Art, Baby.

Moving on, I decided last minute to paint my nails as you see above. I started with a base coat of OPI A Oui Bit of Red then used Wet N Wild Make Them Boys Go Loco (from their Fergie collection haha) on all but my accent nail. On my ring finger, I painted a misshaped heart in black (to match my own heart).

*BONUS* 

6. Don’t forget Over the Topcoat has a fab giveaway still going, and I’m providing a prize!!

Alright that’s it for me because I have a ton of work left to do!

xoxo Happy Valentine’s Day

Facebook Though

17 Oct

O. My. Gawd. I’ve just made a facebook fan page for my blog. Am I crazy? Or am I perhaps planning something big in the near to month-and-a-half-from-now future?? Like the page to find out 😉

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