Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Fun With Layering Wednesday!

Hey there :)

First of all - THANK YOU to you sweet ladies who commented and started following my blog; I can't tell you how much that means to me! You rule!

Now, onto today's post... I figure that for most people Wednesday is generally a not so fun day at work because Friday seems so far off. So I thought having some different layered polish combinations would give you something fun to try come Friday, or you know, today if you don't have a strict dress code haha. I work from home so I'm lucky in that respect.

The idea of layering wasn't something I was ever into until recently. I'm not very good at imagining how colors would work together. But the wonderful ladies of tPF and MUA post all these great pictures of combinations that have helped inspire me to get creative and try some out! And I would LOVE to hear any suggestions you have for layering ideas. Onto the pictures? Yes, please!

This is 1 coat of Diamond Cosmetics - Don't Teal My Heart Away with 2 coats of Sinful Colors - Nail Junkie on top. Don't Teal My Heart Away is exactly what it sounds like, a teal creme. It's very opaque so you can get away with one coat. Nail Junkie has a sheer green base color with green, gold, and silver glitter densely packed in it. Very pretty but for me I'll probably only ever use it as a layering tool, less glitter to remove that way haha. I'm excited to try this over some other colors too, although I don't know if it will ever look as good as this did!

Oh how I loved this manicure. So very very much. It lasted a week without chipping and wasn't gritty feeling at all after using my Sally Hansen Insta-Dri top coat. And at the end of the week I didn't want to take it off at all haha. My nails were so sparkly and fun looking! This is a manicure I will be wearing again soon for sure! One of the best parts about this manicure? The two colors cost $4.24 total. Pretty good deal right? Diamond Cosmetics are $2.25 and Sinful Colors are $1.99. Both are inexpensive and were great quality; you can't go wrong with that.

Do you have any go-to layering combos? Share them with me in your comments - I'm on the lookout for new ones!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

First Post Deserves A Gorgeous Polish!

Today I have China Glaze - Let's Groove to share with you. This is one of my all-time favorite nail polishes; it's so pretty! It kind of reminds me of grape jelly, expecially indoors. Which then makes me crave a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, haha!

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You can see the red and blue shimmer where the sun hits my nails directly. This was two coats and I probably could've used just one if I were a little more careful. I know Let's Groove isn't a typical summer color, but right now I'm in a darker color phase. What do you think about dark colors in the summer? Do you wear them too or just stick to more usual summer colors like neons?

Now for a little introduction:

My name is Jana and I really got into nail polish when I stumbled upon Essie's North Fork collection (and promptly bought all three). Searching for swatches of the colors before I bought them took me into the wide world of nail polish blogs and Make Up Alley. After that there was no turning back :) I've done a few guest posts over at Babbling Brooke and will still post over there occasionally, in addition to here of course! My first love is sports though. I also write for a hockey website and will be co-hosting a fantasy football show starting in late July.

I've got some great ideas and swatches already together for you all, so keep checking back! I hope to be able to do some giveaways as I get more followers too.

So I showed you one of my favorite polishes, share with me some of yours!

Coming up tomorrow... Fun With Layering Wednesday!