Popples

It’s been a while since I’ve bought or swatched an indie polish.  But I couldn’t resist Pretty & Polished’s 50% off Daylight Savings sale a few weeks ago.  I got my first ever color changing polishes, a couple glitters, and this gem.  Popples is a white jelly with pink, blue, and green neon glitter.  I actually don’t own anything like this, and I really love it!

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It probably would have taken about three coats to be fully opaque, but I did two over a coat of OPI Angel with a Lead Foot.  I have this thing about conserving “special” polish, so I usually use them with undies.

popples

Pretty & Polished polishes (including Popples) can be purchased here.  Pretty & Polished is just one of those brands that is consistently good quality and is coming out with different things all the time.  I’ve been a fan since I purchased Valentino (probably discontinued) back in 2012.  Let me know what you think in the comments below!

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Neon Ikat

I’ve been adding more neons to my collection lately.  I’m not really one for wearing bright colors on a regular basis, but I like to use neon colors as accents.  My sister, on the other hand, has used up about half my bottle of Nina Ultra Pro Solar Flare, which is pretty much a highlighter yellow color that almost glows in the dark.  I thought it might be fun to incorporate some neon and tone in down with a few different gray colors.  The result is kind of grungy looking, to be honest, but I like it.  It definitely shows off the neon polishes in a unique way.

neon ikat

I used some grays from OPI’s 50 Shades collection (I can’t pass up a good gray no matter how much I dislike the inspiration).  The base is Embrace the gray, and the darker gray on top is Dark Side of the Mood.  The black and white polishes are both from Cult Cosmetics – definitely my new favorite black and white polishes!  The white is El Porto and the black is DTLA (all the polishes are named after places in Los Angeles).  The neon yellow is China Glaze Celtic Sun and the orange is Orly Tropical Pop.  This shade of orange is one of my favorite neon colors, but it does not mesh well with my skintone on its own.

neon ikat

I know a lot of you are probably still buried under snow, but we’ve hit the 90s this week in the OC.  I hate the heat, and I’m just getting over a bout of the flu, so it’s been pretty miserable.  I’d trade this weather for snow any day of the week!  Still, the warm weather is putting me in the mood for bright colors, so I thought the neon was pretty fitting.  Hope you liked it!

P.S. Sorry about the condition of my cuticles!  I did these a few weeks ago, and didn’t notice until I was editing the pictures.  I have no idea what is up with my hands, but I wanted to share them anyway.

Neon Rose

I don’t wear neon all that often, but I really love it as an accent to more muted colors.  I think its a really cool trend, and there is a lot you can do with those highlighter-bright colors.  I picked up a few of the Color Club neons on Amazon recently (Color Club doesn’t seem to be sold in stores near me), and I am really loving them!

neon rose

The neon pink is Color Club Warhol.  The other two polishes are from another brand I’ve been getting into recently: Cult Cosmetics.  The gray is Marina del Rey and the gold glitter is Whisky a Go Go.  All of the polishes are named after locations in Los Angeles, which is pretty cool.

neon rose

This mani is definitely something that seems a bit out of my comfort zone, what with the pink and glitter, but I think the gray and the neon keep it a little more edgy than girly.  I really like how the abstract rose turned out. I’ve seen a bunch of designs like this around, and my first few attempts weren’t that great.

neon rose

I know Color Club is a relatively well-known brand, but if you haven’t tried them, I would definitely recommend them.  I am loving their neons and holographic polishes, and some of their cremes are really unique and beautiful (Wild Cactus and Artsy Crafty are my favorites so far).  I’ve been getting all of mine on Amazon. Cult Cosmetics (not to be confused with Cult Nails) are available on their website.  I highly recommend their black and white if you’re looking for some staples.

Neon Pineapples

After I did my strawberry nails, I wanted to come up with some creative ways to do more fruit nail art.  These popped into my head one day on the way to work, and they needed to happen.  They didn’t quite turn out how I’d envisioned them, but I think they are so fun!  Definitely some of my favorite summer nail art so far.

neon pineapples

I started out with a base of OPI Black Onyx.  Then I used Sally Hansen White On to paint the pineapple shapes (to make the neon brighter over the black).  I used Nina Ultra Pro Solar Flare and Sinful Colors Irish Green to color in the pineapples, and then outlined them in Essie Fierce, No Fear.  They took forever, but I think it was totally worth it!

neon pineapples

What do you think – should I do neon watermelons next?

Blue Aztec

I’ve been wanting to do a design like this for forever, but I honestly just couldn’t get it right.  After I bought some professional art brushes to replaces some of my nail art brushes (and then trimmed them into nearly nothing), I decided to give it another go.  And I kind of love it.  New brushes for the win!

blue aztec

The blue on most of my nails is Sonia Kashuk Rain Check.  On my index finger, I used OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls as a base, with Rain Check, Sinful Colors Blue La La, Orly Frisky, and Nina Ultra Pro Solar Flare for the design.

blue aztec

If you’re really into DIY nail art, I would definitely recommend investing in some nice brushes.  I’ve had my Mash set for over a year – and actually just bought a replacement – and while they’re definitely great brushes, these new ones definitely made a huge difference.

 

 

Neon Tribal

Most of the time, the polishes I use in my nail art are the ones on my desk – which pretty much means they’re my go-to black and white (Sinful Colors) and my most recent purchases.  I got both of these polishes last week at the Sally’s buy two get one sale, and thought they would look great together as a summery tribal design.

neon tribal

I used China Glaze Metro Pollen-Tin and Rose Among Thorns (which is a cool dark pink neon).  The white is Sally Hansen White On.

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I feel like florals and triangles are becoming my default nail designs.  But that’s totally ok, because I love them!

Vel-awesome Raptor

Yes, I bought this one for the name.  I have a problem, ok?  At least I like this one.  And yes, I have bought ugly polishes that may or may not have awful formulas just because I liked the name and/or had (yes, had) to complete the collection (cough – OPI Who the Shrek Are You? – cough).  But Vel-awesome Raptor is actually pretty “awesome.

vel-awesome raptor

Vel-awesome Raptor is from an indie brand called Two Birds (their Etsy shop is called Two Birds, One Store – how cute is that?).  And it is a glitter topcoat – though you might be able to get it opaque eventually – made up of matte neon green and black micro glitter.  I layered it over OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls.  From a distance, it pretty much just looks like pale neon green polish with black flecks, but I kind of love the effect!  The green glitter is a bit sheer, so it’s hard to see over darker colors.

vel-awesome raptor

You can purchase Two Birds nail polishes from their Etsy store.  I’m (not so) patiently waiting for a restock of Sandcastles in the Sand – I love a good neutral holo!