Whoops! I apparently forgot to write this post until this moment! So it’s going to be a bit short (and forgive me if it is disjointed, I am very sleep deprived).
The art here is inspired by urban nail art…but for some reason I didn’t copy over the link? I don’t even know. Tired Eva makes bad decisions about planing and the like. Either way, urban nail art had a pink shimmery gradient and black flames, and I decided I wanted the same! But then I went and picked the WRONG base polish…
So, my background color here is the second lightest of the pinks (the absolute lightest is really more of a pale orange so I went with the medium one for the base under the gradient), and that was a crucial error. It is a polish called Peony by Ruby Wing, and I hate it. Really, I do. It is both scented AND filled with undissolved chunks of something. This polish makes me tear my hair out! I meed to find a buy a dupe so I can get rid of it.
~ Pastel peach: Maybelline – Bleached in Peach
~ Light coral: Ruby Wing – Peony
~ Bright coral: Essie – Sunday Funday
~ Bright pink: Zoya – Kelsey
~ Shimmer: ILNP – The Magician
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
What’s even worse is that I forgot one other crucial fact about Peony: it is a solar-active polish that changes color in sunlight. When I was going through the photos I started getting upset…all the ones taken outside in the sun looked like there was no gradient! And then I realized Peony’s color range is coral pink to bright pink-red. So my gradient disappeared to just bright red in the sun. :-(. I give up! The indoor photos are good, the single outdoor one is just sad.
I wanted to use gold and pink glitter, and I figured grey pairs nicely with gold and pink. That is really the only explanation I have for this mani.
I did, however, forget that the Ruby Wing polish I grabbed (the grey) turns brown in the sun, so most of my sunlight photos are slightly confused! Since I take them indoors in windows, the color doesn’t fully change, but does shift slightly. Hence, my grey nails look…brownish-grey-confused. Yay!
~ Pink: Wet n’ Wild – Tickled Pink
~ Grey: Ruby Wing – Zen Garden
~ Gold: Salon Perfect – Gold Leaf
~ Glitter: Cult Nails – Center of Attention
I enjoy doing skittle nails, because I get to try out a bunch of different designs in one mani. Then again, I need to remember to stamp using non-glitter polish. Oy.
Hope you enjoyed! There have been a rash of pink manis recently on this blog…and unfortunately thats going to continue for a little while longer!
This is what I was wearing on my right hand nubbins for my trip to Thailand. Unfortunately, since this was pretty thick from all the glitter, it actually only lasted about 3 days before falling off in sheets!
I wanted to use my solar-color-changing gold polish (over a gold base) but I forgot that adding top coat really messes with the color shift. Especially multiple coats of top coat. So I got very little color shift (you can see it a tiny bit in the sunlight photo below…but really, it wasn’t much. It usually turns a bright red).
I just went ahead and stamped and added some gold dots. The whole point was that when the polish changed color, the dots would stand out as still-gold. It didn’t work!
~ Gold: Salon Perfect – Gold Leaf
~ Gold glitter: Ruby Wing – Strawberry Shortcake
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
I wanted to play around with one of my solar-activated nail polishes, but I didn’t want to spend a lot of time on a manicure. So I grabbed my polish, a glitter topper (why not?) and some flower stickers from the Born Pretty Store. The result was not particularly pretty
Honestly, this looks like something 8-year-old me would have loved. Glitter, flowers, colors, stickers…but 26-year-old-me cringes. Ooops! I like the stickers but not with everything else.
Maybe if I just hadn’t used the glitter on top of my peach polish, or if I had picked a less childish base color…who knows. The color-changing base is Peony by Ruby Wing and the glitter on top is Ski Slope Sweetie by OPI.
The stickers can be found at the Born Pretty Store for $4.73. Don’t forget to use my 10% off code if you order (LY5X31)! The stickers stick out a bit, but they are ridiculously easy to use and quite pretty.
Half moon designs are growing on me. At first I thought they were silly, but I just seem to keep using them! Next thing you know, I’ll actually find a ruffian design that I like! (…But seriously, I doubt that).
This design was 100% copied from a beautiful post I found on pinterest by @iChristabell. She used mint/white/silver, and I went with coral/white/silver, but it is the same design. I loved it. It looks like an epic chandelier!
What makes mine even color is…the solar color change! The coral polish is a color changing polish by Ruby Wing. I have had trouble with this polish in the past, and this time was no exception. There are bits of undissolved pigment in the polish that come out as little rocks. To avoid them, I had to use REALLY thin coats, so my pinky and pointer took 4 coats each (yikes). That being said, watching my nails change to pinkish red in the sunlight is really fun!
- White: Zoya – Purity
- Silver: Color Club – Harp On It
- Coral/red: Ruby Wing – Peony
This manicure took quite some time, what with all the dots! But I think it was worth it. My nails are both bright and elegant! Well, somewhat elegant. More than normal 😀
Now then, back to perusing pinterest pins for my next target…bwhahaha!
A while ago, I saw what appeared to be fishnet nail art. Red with black. I thought to myself “that is to risqué, I would never wear that!” I was wrong. I went to New York city for a weekend with some friends, and decided to really jazz up my nails. Not only that, but I wanted to impress them…so I had to grab glitter AND throw in some color change.
The star of this show is without a doubt Strawberry Shortcake. I have shown you this polish before, but I think this mani does it more justice. Strawberry Shortcake is a solar active polish by Ruby Wing, it goes from gold holographic glitter particles in a clear base to deep ruby red in the sunlight. I think this polish is meant to be worn as a topper, but I can’t bring myself to not have ALL THE GLITTER. So this is 4 coats. Of course, my base coat here is glue so this peeled off SO EASY.
I stamped over it with a pattern from BM 209 and added a black tip (both with Black on Black by Sinful Colors) before top coating. And just…woah. The gold version of this mani had me mesmerized the whole bus ride to NYC!
And the red version…wow. Unfortunately, it was cloudy most of the weekend. Enough UV light came in to change the whole mani to a pretty pink color, but I wanted to show you the full spectrum. Thus, I got out my UV light for curing gel polish and stuck my nails under for ~15 seconds.
I loved wearing this. I somehow felt both childish (wheee glitter) and sexy. And it was a lot of fun to watch the boys in the group figure out why my nails kept changing from gold to pink!
Today I have for your viewing pleasure, the final (and favorite) of my new color changing polishes: Strawberry Shortcake by Ruby Wing. This is a beautiful glittery gold that changes from a clear to red base in sunlight! So, I paired it with red.
Strawberry Shortcake took 3 somewhat thin coats to be fully opaque on its own. It is a bit thick (I blame all the glitter) but was easy to work with once I took that into account. It is packed with gold and holographic glitter, with a smattering of pink and green. It is truly beautiful. In the sunlight, the clear base turns cranberry red! This polish is also scented…like cake 🙂
Unfortunately, it is a bit hard to know where to clean! I tried to get all the glitter that had wandered, but I did this at night and so didn’t know what the distribution of the base was. It came out ok, but a few fingers look a tad odd by sunlight! I recommend using this one during the day so you can check where it is in the sun before top coat 🙂
I added chevrons and dotted highlights using my darkest true red, Valentine (Revlon). I had forgotten that Valentine usually takes 3 coats to be opaque. As such, the polish did not sit particularly flat when I tried to add two coats to my tips! Moreover, it is STILL somewhat transparent! Oh well.
I also added dots and some 3D bits because I was feeling adventurous. This is not the best manicure I have ever done, but it was done quickly and it is super glittery.
My favorite is indoors (both because the gold is just stunning and because I get the best contrast between the colors) but it looks like a cool ombre outside too!
- Red: Revlon – Valentine
- Gold-to-red: Ruby Wing – Strawberry Shortcake
- Gold: Petites Color Fever – 24 kt Gold
Hope you enjoyed!
Strawberry Shortcake can be purchased for $10 over at Ruby Wing!