Category Archives: nail polish

Lazy Drip Marble Tutorial

Welp, this project took me three whole days to complete due to fatigue issues. For the average person it should actually take about a half day or whole day. There’s a bit of waiting time, but if you have the patience this is a really cool design and 100% worth it in the end.

To start off you need:
Scissors
Cuticle pusher or orange stick
Polish; 2 or more (obvious, but worth mentioning)
Acetone (or remover, it’ll just take a bit longer for clean up)
A yogurt lid or similar surface/Silicone mat
Top coat
Base coat
Cleanup Brush
Pen or other poking item (for bubbles)

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Okay, so. This is what you do. Pick a few colors you think would look nice together. Start off by making 2 to 3 rows of 3 of 4 drops of polish, almost touching. Continue to drop each color on top of the last drops you made. When you’re done start rotating the lid/surface. Continue to move the lid around until you have a pattern you like or until the polish starts to dry and is no longer mobile. Pop any bubble that have come to the surface.

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Now, wait. I left mine overnight and then put them into a plastic bag to try to ensure it didn’t over dry. You want the polish decal to be dry, but still flexible. If you wait too long it will start to get crispy around the edges. When I originally tried to move them it had been about 2-3 hours and though 2 of them were dry, I ruined part of one that was a little too thick that it hadn’t dried. Personally, I’d wait overnight or about 8 hours the next time I try this. That way they’ll be dry, but fresh enough that they aren’t flaking.

PS These are the colors I used. Zoya Saint, China Glaze Let’s Jam, China Glaze Eat, Pink, Be Merry, OPI Chiffon My Mind, and Orly Pretty Ugly.

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Once the decals are all dry find the bits you like and cut them out to scale for each of your nails. Make sure to leave a bit of room around the edges. When you have those all situated you can move on to your foundation polish. If you want you can use base coat prior to this step, then move on to either clear nail polish or something like white to help the colors pop if they’re a bit sheer. I meant to use OPI Alpine Snow, but as I do, I misplaced it somewhere in this process because… typical. Instead, I used OPI I Cannoli Use OPI and it worked fine.

I painted the nail and then placed the decal onto the nail, ensuring that it was flat across the nail bed and adhered well. Use a gentle touch to ensure that you don’t smoosh the wet polish under the decal around too much. Using my thumbnail I gently left indents into where I planned to remove the excess polish. Then I moved onto the next finger and repeated the process.

Once all the nails were done they were still a bit wet so it was easy to go around the edges and use my thumbnail and an orange stick to separate the unwanted polish at the edges of the nail. Be very careful at this stage and try not to pull off the excess if it still appears to be connected. If the polish is still wet it can pull the decal off or rip it.

Use nail polish remover or acetone to clean up around the edges and add top coat.

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Ya done. Give yourself a big ol’ back pat. Sorry if this isn’t very cohesive, I’m exhausted. It’s taken me longer than I would have liked to get this up, but here it is. Apologies for any grammatical or spelling errors, as I said, I’m not functioning on high today… Or ever for that matter if you want me to be truthful.

Be well, children. Big love. I’m going to night nap. 3rd nap of the day is the most nutritious!
Jenn

Untried Nail Polish No.16 FINISHED!!

I DID IT!!! I completed a whole thing! This challenge was invented by Justaddpolish.com so I’d like to thank them for giving me something to do with my time. Thanks for making me feel moderately accomplished and for giving me a way to breathe life back into an old blog.

My fings are a bit ouchy so this post is probably going to be a bit short. Today I’m going to show you a polish that was a gift… Although, almost all of my polishes were gifts so I chose a real pretty one to share.

This is China Glaze Cabin Fever. Cabin Fever is a flaming red-orange with a great green and gold shift. This is now one of my all time favorite duochromes/multichromes.

I tried to get a bunch of different shots to show just how much this polish has to offer. It is truly gorgeous. The formula was a bit thin for my preference and I would pick up a lot more polish than I intended to which led to a mad dash to try to keep it from pooling into the sides. The photos show two coats, the coats on the pointer and middle fingers being a bit thicker than on the rest. It seemed to work out just fine though and I’m happy with the results. 10348% Recommend this polish.

Is there anything you’d like to see from this blog? Feel free to let me know! Thanks for sticking with me through this challenge. It’s been fun!

See ya soon!
Jenn

Untried Nail Polish No.15

Two more to go!! We are now on CREME! Which I like to pronounce as crem. This is an older OPI, but is now officially my favorite ted. It’s deep and vampy while still being red enough to tell that it is indeed red. Reds, unfortunately, can go from classy to messy really quick if your application and clean up aren’t on the fleeks. Mine are not on the fleeks. I’ll make a post on how to do right by red polish since I’m obviously and expert.

This is OPI I’ve Got the Blues for Red. The perfect Adeep blue-based red. It goes great with my pale, cool skin. This was two coats with a coat of top coat. The formula is smooth and easy to use.

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Basecoat is a must. I had some major staining, you can see it where I tried to clean up around the cuticles and it stained the actual nail. It took a little bit of scrubbing with remover to get the polish off the skin. I should have gone straight in with acetone, but I didn’t want to get up to wash my hands after I used it. #Lazygrrlproblems. My fingers start to burn a few seconds after I’ve used acetone so I generally try not to use it.

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I’m really pleased with this polish. I’m sure if I had been sitting up to paint my nails on a flat surface things would have gone smoother. Yet, once again, despite knowing better I chose to paint them while laying in bed in the dark. We can’t always win them all.

Next up we have our final polish, “The Gift”. Technically all of my nail polishes are gifts besides my older ones so I can choose whatever I want!

May your manis be on the fleek with minimal clean up!
Jenn

Untried Polish Challenge No.14

So close to being done! And I may do it again since I didn’t seem to make even the smallest of dents into my untried polish box. I hate myself. I’m not feeling do swell, so let’s get this one over with.

Zoya Ziv is a yellow gold textured polish with holographic glitters scattered through it. I have a weird issue with any kind of texture on my body, be it my nails, skin, whatever. It sends me into a weird shame spiral of NEEDING to pick it off. Top coat is important to me. This was 2 coats of Ziv and 2 coats of Out the Door to make sure I couldn’t feel any of those textured pieces popping through the first coat.

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The polish was kind of thick but super easy to use and to control. Clean up is a bit of a pain as all glitter polishes are a bit harder to take off. I let a cotton ball soaked with remover sit on my nails for about 1 minute and it was easy to just swipe the polish off. It did leave me with some random bits of holo stuck in and around my cuticles. Normal glitter polish shenanigans, as they tend to be a bit of a little scamp upon removal.

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All in all, I loved this polish. I’ve had it since the summer and hadn’t pulled it out yet. It isn’t the best looking color next to my skin tone, but I do like it and will continue to wear it. This one would be great for someone who is looking for a polish that looks like sand for nail art!

I can smell lasagna and it’s making me hangry. It is time to go annoy my bb until he feeds me. As life should be. Find you a dinner butler. That’s what the men folk are for. It’s okay if you aren’t into the men folk, they can still be used for dinner if need be. You can trust me on this one.

Fair the well, my little scrumptions,
Jenn

Untried Polish Challenge No.12

Prettiest! Okay, to be honest, I had no idea what I’d pick here. I have SO many duochromes and iridescents sitting in my unused box. Yes, I have an unused box… OMG, I just realized what I typed. I’m leaving it in. #truetho Lol, I’m dying. I’m way too easily amused. The box is meant to help me remember which ones I haven’t tried yet. It on the end of my bad because I don’t like having to get up to do my nails. Is that lazy?

I eventually picked A England’s Princess Tears and I’m so glad I did.

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Princess Tears is a medium toned, silvered purple with a linear holo. For my swatch pictures, I did two thick coats. Though the first coat seemed a bit thin, it was easy enough to even things out with my second coat. The formula is great and easy to control. Clean up was quick and easy. Top coat is suggested with these kinds of polishes to really bring them to their full potential.

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The polish speaks for itself. Look at that. It’s jaw dropping. I really did not want to take this manicure off at all, but I did it for you, reader. Dearest Reader.

I don’t have much else to say, I’m not feeling so great. My brain is working on “Hella Smard Level” which isn’t very smard at all. See ya for the next one when I shove my hands into a crematorium and sport a nice ashen gray for early spring!

Jenn

Untried Polish Challenge No.13

I’m almost done. I’m honestly so surprised I stuck with something like this for so long that I’m actually almost done. If you know me you know I mean well, but I have zero attention span… Then I realize I dun goofed and never finish anything because of anxiety and shame. Is there a word for that? Shaxiety? Shamxiety? Doesn’t really work.

I’m on the 13th one, which is In Season. I wanted to choose something that had come out recently, but was also appropriate for the time period and weather. When I wore this manicure it was early March in that pre-Spring area where it’s still cold, rainy, and gross. Essie Gel Couture line is among my favorite polish formulas so Closing Night was a no brainer. This came out for Essie Gel Couture’s Ballet Nudes Collection for Spring 2017. The whole collection is full of great neutral pallet cleansers.

Closing Night is a really great mid dusty blue with a fine, vibrant blue shimmer throughout. I’m getting major OPI I Can Never Hut Up vibes from this polish, but we’ll chat more about that in a moment.

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Closing night was easy in two coats. I did find this formula to be a bit runnier than I’m used to and I had some minor pooling around the edges. Nothing crazy. The pictures also seem to pull out ridges and nail line, both of which were not visible to the naked eye. If I were to do raw macro swatches again I’d do 3 coats, but I am far too lazy for that and honestly, why!? The polish is great. The color is great. I recommend giving these a try if you haven’t yet. Transdesign tends to have them for really great prices if you’re interested.

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So this comes down to Essie Gel Couture Closing Night vs OPI I Can Never Hut Up. Both polishes are great, they are both lovely, BUT do you need both?!?! I’d say yes, but I am a glutton. 1heffer <=== ME. Rocko’s Modern Life when Heffer goes to heck for being a glutton, but still asks for snacks. Back on track. I Can Never is more green and gray toned and may suit warmer skin tones more so than Closing Night. Closing Night has more blue to it and I’d say more cool toned. It all comes down to preference at this point. They are both good formulas that take two coats to opacity.

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My top hand is OPI I Can Never Hut Up and the hand on the bottom is Essie Gel Couture Closing Night.

I hope this was somewhat helpful for anyone who was curious about these two polishes. By the time this is posted there will probably be a lot of comparisons up, but for anyone who stumbles on this blog I hope this helps!

I had to recruit my partner to take the bottom picture… I forgot that I can’t take a picture of both of my hands at one time. Only after I asked him to help did I realize that I could have used the timer. My poor brain is borked. Take me out back and put me down like Ol’ Yeller. Time to put this old cow out to pasture.

Try not to bork your brains!
Jenn

Untried Polish Challenge No. 11

Why you so uggos, tho, bb? JK, you are precious and I want to give you squeezins. My little orange juice babbin. Oh, shit!! I forgot! I received 500 combined likes on my posts. That’s really freaking cool and makes me feel like I made an accomplishment. Thank. Thank kindly. Thank big. Thank far. All THANK.EVERYWHERE THANK!!!!

This one was hard. I originally put on a color from Misa and then because of the issues I talked about in No. 8 Cheapest, I ended up messing up the manicure. Someday I will figure out the secrets of Misa, but today is not that day. The color also turned out to be really pretty before I slobbed it up big time. I ended up finding a mini from OPI’s Winter/Holiday 2015 Starlight collection that I had yet to experiment with.

I ended up finding a mini from OPI’s Winter/Holiday 2015 Starlight collection. I’d like to inform you that minis are the worst. Due to spasticity (possible spinal cord injury) and good old tremors, I have a bit of a handicap when it comes to applying nail polish. Some days are better than others, but minis are always an exercise in not wishing everything else in the universe would die.

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Anywho, this is Is This Star Taken? It’s a silvered metallic base with holographic bar glitter. It’s beautiful in the bottle, but as the coats build up it buries the glitter which leads to an unattractive lumpy mess. I’m not a fan of under glitter at all. The idea is nice, the execution… Should never have been released (I’m so sorry if you liked it, I mean no offense!).

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This polish took me three coats, but I feel like that had something to do with the bottle being a mini. A full-size bottle would be easier to manage and I’m pretty confident you could get the job done in two coats. Another negative here was that even with top coat this chipped within 12 hours of wear. After I did this mani I took a nap, then I got up, cleaned a knife, ate dinner, and went to take pictures. As you can see, I have a small chip. Which is honestly just rude. After everything this polish put me through it had the audacity to chip before I was able to take pics?! SHAME.

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Welp, sorry this one has been so negative. The next post won’t be since it’s Prettiest and we all like Prettiest. Plus, the polish is reeeeal nice. Spicy. Delicious. Yum.

Now, go forth and beat it, ya creep.
<3Jenn