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!

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!

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!

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!

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! Use code MIXTAPE20 to get 20% off your order! Hurry, this code expires 8/31/14!
Talk to you soon!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

SinfulColors Silk + Satin Swatches

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

Today I have 3 of the 6 polishes from the Sumer 2014 Silk + Satin Collection from SinfulColors.

"This new demi-matte silk texture in summer brights is a must have fashion accessory. In rich matte shades and lustrous textures, they're guaranteed to add a little sunshine to your summer style."

All of these were fairly sheer, I used three coats with each polish to build up opacity but they built up quite easily from the second to third coats.

First, Solar Flux, a subtle yellow.

Prime Purple, a lilac purple.

Pipaya, a soft coral. This was more of an orange leaning red. Very pretty!

SinfulColors has been quite consistent with their releases and formulas lately and at $1.99, you cannot beat the price!

These are available at Walgreens and mass retailers now!

Check out SinfulColors on Facebook and Twitter!

Talk to you soon!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Nail Polish Canada Great Polish Giveaway of 2014!

Hey guys!

Nail Polish Canada is hosting a giveaway of up to 200 bottles of nail polish for one lucky winner! This giveaway is sponsored by Cirque Color, NCLA, and Picture Polish so you can imagine the awesome prize! What is fun is that the prizes are determined by bloggers, so the more bloggers involved, the larger the prize, up to 200 bottles of nail polish for the winner! Wow!

I was contacted by Nail Polish Canada to nominate a prize and of course I said yes! I nominated NCLA Prize Possession!

Check out the Rafflecopter form to enter!
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Talk to you soon!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

SinfulColors Full Throttle Swatches

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

Today I have 3 of the 5 polishes from the SinfulColors Summer 2014 Full Throttle Collection. These polishes are rubberized textures.

The formula on all 3 of these polishes was very nice. It was not thin and very easy to work with; almost no cleanup was needed! The colors available are very race car-ish, as well!

First up, Rain Rubber. This "brilliant burnout blue" is my kind of color (but you know this, if you have read my blog at all... I love my blues!)

The other two polishes were worn together, Rubber Ball and Race Rubber (pink and red, respectively).

If you are not a fan of textures, have no fear: the texture on these polishes is very minimal and I don't think it would be offensive to those who don't love texture on their nails.

These polishes are available at Rite Aid and Walgreens for summer 2014.

Check out SinfulColors on Facebook and on Twitter.

Talk to you soon!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Operation: Helmer June Results

Hey guys!

Honestly, I don't even know what drawer I was supposed to be working on this month, so I mainly focused on my untrieds bin, lol.

Liquid Sky Lacquer Twilight Hummingbird
(Pictures do not do this justice, it was gorgeous!)

A gradient using the CND Vinyl Lux
Sun Bleached, Desert Poppy, and Sage Scarf, topped with
China Glaze Fairy Dust

Bestie Twin Nails with The Little Canvas using
OPI My Vampire Is Buff
Bettina Resort Starfish
Essie Butler Please
Sation Abracadazzle
China Glaze Fairy Dust

Wet n Wild Coast to Coast with
Pretty & Polished Ocean View 
Rimmel Gold Save The Queen

I actually have no idea what I used here! LOL 
I think it was Sinful Colors Why Not and an orange?? 

Gradient using Sinful Colors Why Not
KBshimmer Touch of Glass
Essie Tart Deco
and my beloved China Glaze Fairy Dust

Orly Ablaze, which is ohmygoshamazing!

KBShimmer A Touch of Glass with Candy Lacquer Pink Flamingo

Jelly sandwich using
Sation Of Corset I'll Call You with Love Angeline Dancing Fireflies

So those were my mani's this month! What did you think? Which was your favorite??

Talk to you soon!