GOT Polish Challenge: Yellow/Peach with Scofflaw Nail Varnish Insert Lemon Pun Here

This week’s theme for the Golden Oldie Thursday Challenge (details about the challenge can be found in my original blog post about it) is yellow/peach!  I don’t have many yellow polishes, and most of the ones I do have aren’t really that old, but I did find one in my collection that I purchased almost exactly one year ago.  And she’s a beauty!  This week’s challenge will feature Scofflaw Nail Varnish in Insert Lemon Pun Here.

Insert Lemon Pun Here has a bright, shimmery yellow base.  In that base are medium-sized green hex glitter as well as small green, orange, and gold glitter.  The combination is gorgeous and so eye-catching.  This was the first Scofflaw Nail Varnish I ever purchased, and I remember that it was one of the only colors still available in their online shop when I was looking, but I’m not sure why.  It is such a beautiful and unique polish!

The application for this one was easy peasy.  It dried quickly between coats, and the glitter was evenly distributed in the polish as it applied.  I used 3 medium coats for the photos over a glitter base.  I also used my regular top coat for the photos.

Scofflaw Nail Varnish Insert Lemon Pun Here

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Scofflaw Nail Varnish Insert Lemon Pun Here

Scofflaw Nail Varnish Insert Lemon Pun Here

Don’t you just love this polish?!  I really couldn’t get enough of it.  I got so many compliments on it while I was wearing it, too.  I tend not to buy yellow polishes because I assume they won’t work well with my very pink coloring, but every time I wear one I love it.  I’m going to have to rethink my attitude toward yellow.  It’s been so good to me. 🙂

I purchased this polish from the Scofflaw Nail Varnish Etsy shop for $8.50.  They have since moved to a new online shop.

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GOT Polish Challenge: Ruffle Mani with Hard Candy Vibe, Trailer Trash, and Angel

Oh hai!  I’m back again after another extremely busy week.  I’m really hoping things die down enough that I’m able to post more than once a week soon.  As awful as it is, I just haven’t been able to make my nails my top priority lately. :-p

This week’s Golden Oldie Thursday Challenge (details about the challenge can be found on my original blog post about it) theme is ruffle manis!  I hadn’t done a ruffle mani before, so I was really looking forward to trying it out.  It ended up taking so long that I only did it on two accent nails, but it looks great!  I decided to use some Hard Candy mini polishes that I purchased ages ago for this one.

Vibe is a one-coat black creme polish, Trailer Trash is a metallic silver, and Angel is a metallic gold polish.  Despite being very old, all of these applied easily and dried quickly.  They also all had excellent coverage; I only used one coat of the black on the ‘plain’ nails, and it covered beautifully.  And these lasted forever.  I wasn’t able to change my polish all week (and yes, it drove me nuts), and most of my nails only had mild tip wear at the end of the week.  I was very impressed with the durability of these polishes.

The ruffle mani accent nails worked out pretty well, but they took a really long time to do.  I ended up adding to it a little at a time during the day and then trying to do other things in the interim.  I do like how it turned out, but I doubt that this is a design that I’ll do that often for that reason.  I used my normal base and top coat for this mani, and the top coat did smear the ruffle mani a little bit.  There was no way I was going to do it over again, so I apologize for this imperfect mani, but that’s the way it goes sometimes, isn’t it?

GOT Polish Ruffle Mani

GOT Polish Ruffle Mani

GOT Polish Ruffle Mani

Have you ever tried the ruffle mani look before?  Do you have any time-saving tips for doing one?  I do like the way it turned out, and if you average the time that it took to do over the amount of time that I wore it, maybe the time it took can be justified a little…

I purchased these mini Hard Candy polishes several years ago as part of a set.  They are no longer available for purchase at this time.

GOT Polish Challenge: Purple with China Glaze CG in the City

First, let me apologize for the lateness of this post!  A lot has been going on in my life lately, and it is all generally really positive, but the result is that I have practically no free time.  I haven’t been able to do my nails as much as I used to do, and I didn’t have a chance to photograph/blog about them even when I did.  In truth, things probably won’t slow down for some time, but I am going to try to continue writing blog posts when I am able because I enjoy it so much.   And to top it all off, I broke 4 nails this week!  I realize that I’m going to have to keep my nails shorter now.  But I can work with that!  So my GOT Polish nails are late this week. They may be late again next week.  I hope eventually to figure out a schedule so that I can start posting them on time again soon.

Back to the matter at hand!  (And yes, that pun was intentional.)  This week’s theme for the Golden Oldie Thursday Challenge (details about the challenge can be found in my original blog post about it) is purple!  I love purple, even more than I actually admit to myself.  I have purple accessories, purple clothes, a purple coat, and loads and loads of purple nail polish.  From that heap I chose China Glaze CG in the City for this week’s purple mani.

CG in the City is from China Glaze’s Fall 2011 Metro Collection.  The color of this one is difficult to pin down; it appears to have black, tan, silver, and purple glitter in a clear base.   To me, the overall effect appears lavender on the nail.  I hadn’t worn this one in a long time, and I found the color as hard to describe this time as I did when I purchased it.  It does have a dusty, aged purple look that I find quite pretty.  I also think that it’s not too splashy if one wanted to wear this to the office.

The application for CG in the City is not difficult.  The glitter is quite fine and provides for even coverage.  I used three coats of CG in the City over a glitter base for the photos.  I used my normal quick-dry top coat as well.

China Glaze CG in the City

China Glaze CG in the City

China Glaze CG in the City

Isn’t the glitter combination in this one unique?  Even though it defies description, I do like the look of it.

I purchased this polish a few years ago for around $3.00.

GOT Polish Challenge: Skittle with Black and Red Glitters

Today’s Golden Oldie Thursday Challenge theme (details of the challenge can be found in my original blog post about it) is a skittle mani!  I liked this theme because it allowed me to choose more than one of my older polishes to use again.  I decided to try a few of my old glitters to see if they still suit my fancy.

I used four polishes in this skittle mani to transition it from black on one side to red on the other.  The polishes used are NYX Girls Frizzy Spots, a black jelly base with small and medium-sized silver holographic glitter; Naild’It Unique Polish in Girls Gone Wild in Camo, a multi-colored glitter mix of matte and shiny with red, pink, green, silver, brown, yellow, orange and black in a clear base; Naild’It Unique Polish in Strawberry Whine, a multi-colored matte glitter mix in tones of red, pink, white, green and a hint of purple in a sheer red jelly base; and China Glaze Dynasty, which has a tomato red base with lots of small holographic glitter.  I applied all of these over a glitter base and used a fast-dry top coat for the photos.

GOT Polish Challenge Skittle

GOT Polish Challenge Skittle

GOT Polish Challenge Skittle

GOT Polish Challenge Skittle

Do you ever wear skittle manis?  I don’t often wear a different polish on each nail, but I do sometimes, especially when I’m testing out polishes in a destash.

I purchased all of these polishes from different online stores.  If you’d like to know where I got a particular one, just let me know and I’ll try to figure out where I bought it.

 

Swatch and Review: Yogurt Series No. 4

It’s always difficult for me to choose nail polish when the weather is dreary, and this has been quite a dark weekend here.  I finally settled yesterday on an untried glitter polish that seemed like it would be a bright and cheerful contrast to the darkness outside.

Born Pretty Store Yogurt Series No. 4 has a blue-green jelly base with a few different colors and sizes of glitter.  There are large silver hexes, smaller copper and purple hexes, and some thin silver bars.  It’s an interesting combination and not one I’ve seen before.

This polish is not terribly difficult to apply, but the glitter does have a tendency to ‘bunch up’ on the nail a little bit, so some care does need to be taken when applying.  The base color is quite translucent, which allows great visibility for the glitter, but it also allows for a VNL.  It’s not terribly noticeable because of all the glitter, but it is definitely there.  The bar glitter does have a tendency to curl as well, which is a real bugaboo for me.  I only applied one coat of top coat, so perhaps this could be lessened were one to apply multiple coats (as you know, something I’m not really willing to do).  The polish dried quickly, but it does have a strong ‘nail polish’ scent, which will be off-putting for those with scent sensitivities.  I used a glitter base, three coats of polish, and my normal top coat for the photos.

Yogurt Series No. 4

Yogurt Series No. 4

Yogurt Series No. 4

Yogurt Series No. 4

Yogurt Series No. 4

This polish is definitely a bright contrast to this weekend’s weather.  It’s not quite my cup of tea, though, so I’ll probably be adding this one to my “find me a new home” pile.

I purchased this polish from Born Pretty Store for around $4.00.  Definitely search online for a coupon code if you intend to purchase from there, because there are lots of 10 percent off your purchase coupons for this store floating around the interwebs.