Throwback Thursday: Pink Heart Stamping

Still working on trying to perfect stamping, it’s harder than you would think to get everything perfect! I think I’m going to try getting one of those mats that you stamp onto then pick the design up from. These nails sure are perfect for valentines day though!

pink hearts

Rockin’ silver and black nails

I have been obsessed with the Color Club Halo Hues collection for a while, and I finally bought my first! I got Harp On It, a gorgeous silver holographic polish. I love that they sell their gels in packs with the regular polish as well!

color club

Gel Polishes Used:

Color Club “Harp On It”
ASP “Black Beauty”

Kleancolor “Love for Pudding”

Pudding scented nail polish, really,  pudding scented. Vanilla pudding maybe? It definitely smells like desert. If only all polish had delicious scents! “Love for Pudding” is a really pretty creamy light pink that makes you think of frosting.

love for puddng

Shown is two coats with no top coat, the polish has a nice glossy finish by itself.

Incoco Nail Wraps “Royal Flush”

Another winner from Incoco in the nail wraps department. I’m still working on my stash they sent me, it’s super convenient when I have an outfit I want to match for some occasion last minute. Classic red nails go great with a black and grey outfit, and I love the lace detail on the “Royal Flush” set.

royal flush

The red is very transparent, and painting your nails white underneath (making absolutely sure the white is dry before applying the wraps!) would make them pop much more but I like the darker red very much. These have been probably the easiest/smoothest apply out of the few I’ve tried, possibly because it has no glitter. Still loving these wraps from Incoco!

Kleancolor “Green Grass”

A polish true to  it’s name, “Green Grass” is the color of your lawn on a perfect summer day. I love bold colors, and this shade of green is beautiful.

Green Grass wm

This creamy polish applied like a dream- opaque in two coats as shown in the photo. I didn’t use a top coat, or more importantly, any base coat. Greens have a tendency to stain your nail if you don’t use a base coat, and this one didn’t leave any stain on my nails or cuticles after removing it. As you can see, it’s a pretty high gloss even without the top coat. I’ll be bringing this one back around for St. Patty’s day for sure!

Kleancolor “Diamond Pink”

Back to going through my Kleancolor collection! Here we have “Diamond Pink”:

Diamond Pink wm

“Pink”… Maybe it was pink? I don’t ever remember it being very pink. I feel like maybe at some point in time, the glitter was more of a pink color, and the clear base ate away at it and turned it more of a rose gold/flesh tone color. This one has a pretty strong abrasive smell to it, so maybe there’s some chemical difference that caused it. I’ve had this polish for about two years, so you never know. Shown in the photo is two coats with no top coat; and it would probably take four or more coats to not have any negative space between the glitter showing.

NCLA Nudes Volume IV

Slight break in posts here due to just having a busy week! This past Sunday was my birthday (woohoo!) and Monday was my boyfriend’s, so I took a four day weekend (I had forgotten what those feel like!) off of work to celebrate. He managed to get our birthdays off as well, and this was the first birthday in quite a few years we’ve both been able to have the time off and get everyone together! We went to a nearby tiki bar which I loved; I always prefer a big fruity drink with an umbrella over a plain beer. Had some other exciting things go on this weekend that I won’t post about until I know things are set in stone and what I can/can’t post about, but everyone keep your fingers crossed and send your good energy my way!

So back to business here, I broke away from the Kleancolor swatches since I needed some professional nails for a day. Perfect opportunity to try out NCLA Nudes collection “Volume IV” that my neighbor Amber gave me! At $16 a bottle (plus shipping, since I’ve never seen them at any store near me) NCLA isn’t a brand I buy. Since this is just a hobby for me and I’m by no means rich, that’s a bit out of my price range! I considered one of their special seasonal ones this December that looked like crushed peppermints… and then I spent all my money on presents so that was probably better anyway… I only own two bottles of their polish, this one, and a valentine’s day heart glitter called “Heart Attack” which I’ll post about in February… and Amber gave me both of them. Pretty sure she got them in an Ipsy bag too!

Nudes Volume IV

Here’s my confession which I know most don’t agree with: I HATE nude nails. They’re just so boring! Why bother painting your nails, taking the effort/time/money when they just blend in even more with the rest of your nails? The longer they are the worse they look to me too, so at least my nails are short right now. They also make me feel like I have the hands of a Barbie doll.

hand

Just sayin’

Whatever your view on nude nails are, this is a pretty nice shade. It’s a bit darker than my skin tone, more olive toned as well, but didn’t look awful on me. The nice thing about the NCLA nudes collection is that they have a good range of tones from dark to light; but as I said before since this was a gift it’s just what I’ve got! I’d probably go with Volume I since I’m very used to not being able to find makeup light enough. It is a pretty shiny polish, but I wanted them to be super glossy so I used a gel top coat shown in the photo once the polish was dried. They dried decently quickly which made using a gel top coat not a huge hassle. As usual, I used two coats of the polish, and it was opaque without any more.