Yet another week has come and gone — much, much too quickly. I keep thinking things will slow down so that I can sit back and savor life. But that doesn’t seem to be happening. Instead, life continues to come at me at light speed. I think I have mentioned this many times, and I will likely continue to whine about it. Because it boggles my mind. I just don’t get how life ends up working this way.
Anyhoo … Here I am, boggled and confused. But at least I had pretty nails. That’s something, right? Heck, most of the time, this is all I have going for me — ha, ha! I had a pretty good week, mani-wise. I tried out some new things, and I shopped my stash for some older polishes, too. I feel like it was a good mix.
I started out my mani week with China Glaze, Flying Dragon.
This polish (not this particular bottle) is an oldie but a goodie in my collection. I know it’s not for everyone, but I love it. I’ve had this polish in my collection for several years. It was released in 2008. I don’t think I purchased it then, but I might have purchased it in 2010 or 2011. I bought it before I had made the jump to being back “into” nail polish in such a big way. It was an impulse purchase at my local Ulta. Anyhow, I’ve used up almost all of that first bottle. When I happened to see this one in my Rite-Aid a few days ago, I thought, “Oh! Fantastic! I can get a back-up!” They had 3 bottles on the shelf, and I quickly grabbed up one of them.
Here’s where things get CraZy!! This bottle of Flying Dragon is not the same color as my old/original bottle. My original bottle is a deep and dark purple. This one is a brighter pink. Both have that blue-purple glitter running throughout. Both dry down matte. In a way, it’s like I got a completely different polish, as opposed to the back-up that I wanted. Oh well. This one is gorgeous, and I still love it. I may try to get another bottle of the darker one, though. I might be able to find one online.
Orly, Meet Me at Mulholland was my next manicure.
This is an older swatch picture that I already had loaded up onto my computer. I used 2 coats in this picture, but I ended up wearing this with 3 coats in real life. I felt like it had been a while since I last wore an Orly polish, and this is a fantastic one. I’m mentally ready for all things Fall. This polish has so much depth and detail. I love the coppery-golden base and the deeper metallic flecks running throughout it. It can be a bit sheer, but it builds up nicely in the 2-3 coats. Even at 3 coats, this one is totally worth it to me.
Next up was Zoya, FeiFei.
Last week, I had some nail mail from my sweet nail bestie, Jenn W. I was trying one of the polishes out over several colors, including this one. As soon as I saw this lovely on the swatch wheel, I was like, “Hello, FeiFei! Get on mah nailz Right Now! Rawr!!”
I am pretty sure I purchased this one last year during the Black Friday sale madness. I don’t think I’ve worn it in a full manicure yet. Now that I have, I can’t figure out what the heck took me so long. This one is just lovely, with different blue, gray, and golden tones. It has a lot of depth and dimension, and it looks different from every angle, depending on how the light hits it.
For my next manicure, I decided to do a gradient using Sinful Colors, Copper Pot and Colores de Carol, Sapphire Princess. I stamped over it in black with a leaf design from a Born Pretty plate (BP-30).
I’ve been putting together a small series of posts for different Fall polishes I want to wear or revisit this year. I have one list for my older mainstream polishes, and one list for my older indies. Copper Pot and Sapphire Princess are each on their respective lists. So … this means I actually managed to knock out one Fall polish from each list with one manicure. SCORE!!
This was my struggle mani. I rode the struggle bus Hard on this one. My original idea was to do the gradient with Copper Pot on the bottom (near the cuticle) and Sapphire Princess at the top (near the free edge) for my index, pinky, and thumb. For my middle and ring fingers, I wanted to flip it around into reverse, so that Sapphire Princess would be at the bottom and Copper Pot at the top. This was a total no-go. I wasn’t able to keep the spacing set, so the colors bled together a bit more than I would have liked. Also, because I was using the same sponge, I accidentally reversed my reverse … So, yeah. It ended up just being brown. I had to take off the middle and ring fingers to try them again with a fresh sponge. I got the spacing right with the second sponge, but that dark blue was H-E-double-toothpicks at the cuticle line. It did not want to come off. Also, I originally used a white base under the gradient. But this ended up showing through when I did my clean-up. I ended up taking everything off, taking a break for lunch, and then coming back fresh. In the end, I just did my gradient right over my base coat, with no base color. I was so happy with how this ended up. I loved this manicure. I just wish I hadn’t messed up so many times when I was doing it!
And, finally, here is the manicure I’m wearing today. This is with Colores de Carol: The Cuckoo Clock of Doom (yellow), The Scarecrow Walks at Midnight (orange), and Slappy’s Tie (red). Again, I stamped it with black using Born Pretty plate BP-30.
I’ve seen two or three amazing manicures using these three colors together. After seeing swatches of these online, I knew I had to give it a try. These colors are so gorgeously rich and amazing on their own. Together, they are magical and oh-so-FALL. I love how this turned out, although I wish it was a sunny day here. I think this would be amazing in the sunlight. I need to get some more Fall plates, too. This is the only plate I have with a leaf design on it, which is why I used it two times in a row.
And that’s a wrap for this week’s mani madness! As I said, I think it was a pretty good week overall, with a good mix of old and new polishes, as well as some nail art tossed in. I had fun with it, which is what matters the most, right?