Friday, February 14, 2014

Foxy Paws - Shady Love

Hi guys! Hope you all had a great week! We just had our second winter storm here in North Carolina (Our first time seing more than an inch of snow in over a decade), so I'm playing with polish and practicing some nail art this week, while being cooped up in the house, lol. 

I figured since Valentine's Day is coming up, I would share a "love-themed" polish with you guys.

This is Foxy Paws "Shady Love." This is a black jelly polish with different sized hot pink, matte hex glitters. *I won this polish in a giveaway on Foxy Paws' Instagram a few months ago.*

This polish is opaque in two coats, but I always add an extra coat, just for good measure.

As always, I topped it off with one coat of HK Girl topcoat. *Seriously, it's the best topcoat around!*

I'm wearing two coats of OPI "Kiss Me On My Tulips" on my accent nail.

I added a little black heart using acrylic paint. Although, it looks more like a Mickey Mouse, but I swear it's not, lol. That little heart might look simple, but it took me eight tries to get it to look this good! Thank God I used acrylic paint, because I was able to just wipe it off and try again until I had it looking like I wanted it to.

*I love how I can see my reflection in my manicure, lol. Thanks, HK Girl!*

I am a huge fan of pink and black together, and Foxy Paws really made it work well in this polish. I'm so glad that I won it, otherwise I might not have known the awesomeness that is Foxy Paws Polish!

Hope you all have a great Valentine's Day, and get all the chocolate & flowers you deserve! My Valentine's are my little girls, so I will be enjoying my day with them. I'd like to think that my husband would surprise me, but the likelihood of that happening is pretty slim, so all of you better eat an extra piece of chocolate just for me!

Monday, February 10, 2014

Salon Perfect Holographic - Pixel Pink

Hi guys! I have another Salon Perfect Holographic polish to show you. This one is called "Pixel Pink."

Again, I won the entire collection from an Instagram giveaway held by Salon Perfect last year. And again, I was a little disappointed that the holo effect just isn't that strong in these. But the formula is great. I only had to use two coats, and I do love me a "two-coater"!

*HK Girl topcoat is sold HERE*

I was also a little surprised by how strongly it smelled! Polish smells usually don't bother me much, but this one was a little harder to tolerate.

I had a slight accident and smudged my middle nail a little, so please try to overlook that, lol

Remember the bad break I had on my index finger a couple of weeks ago? Yeah, I finally broke down and filed the others down to match. In doing that, I decided to go back to square nails. 

I decided to use some Color Club "Harp On It" to show you guys the stark contrast in the holographic effect between Salon Perfect and Color Club. *Even though it was late and all I had was my crappy indoor lighting* It also gave me an opportunity to finally use my chevron nail vinyls that I bought from (@teismom on Instagram) a few months ago, when I had a little money in my PayPal account. *Which are simply AH-MAZING!*

"Harp On It" is the only Color Club holo that I own, since I haven't been able to find any places near me that sell the brand *yet*. (I got this one in another Instagram giveaway last year) I personally consider Color Club to be the only "mainstream" brand that could ever really compete with a lot of the Indie brand holos out there. I mean, daaaamn, lookit dat holoooooo!

Of course, I couldn't just leave this manicure alone! Since I'm still on a "glitter placement trip," I added a little more sparkle...

So, what do you all think? Does the Salon Perfect Holographic polish have enough holo for you? Or are you like me, and wish it was at least a little bit stronger?

Hope you guys enjoyed this post! Happy polishing! :)

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Salon Perfect Holographic - Silver Screen

Hi guys! I hope you're all having a great week so far!

Today, I'd like to show you all a Salon Perfect Holographic polish. I won the entire collection in an Instagram giveaway held by Salon Perfect last year, and decided to pull them out since I hadn't really used them much yet.

This one is called "Silver Screen." I love the color choices in this collection, but I have to say, the holographic *or lack thereof* effect was a little disappointing! Of course, I haven't really found a mainstream brand whose holographic could stand against a lot of the Indie polishes out there.

Either way, though, this polish is very pretty...

I decided to pull out some of my glitters, since I've been on a glitter placement trip, lately. Maybe it was because it was around 3am when I was adding the glitters, or maybe I'm just a little crooked *hehe*, because you can clearly see that my lines aren't straight, lol

But, I still really like how the accent nail turned out! 

There wasn't much sun around, since we had just gotten an inch of snow the night before, and it was still very overcast, but I tried to get some shots to show the holographic effect.

This is two coats, with one coat of HK Girl Glisten & Glow topcoat.

As I said before, the holo effect in this polish really isn't the strongest I've ever seen.

All-in-all, I like this polish. I just wish the holo was a bit stronger because, well, who doesn't love a good holographic polish? At least the formula was pretty awesome. That kinda made up for the lack of holo. *For me, anyway lol*

Hope you all are having an awesome week, so far! 

Happy polishing, and I'll see y'all again soon! <3
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