Monday Manicures

Sneaky back-post for Monday! Since I was sick last week I kept my manicures to a minimum–no one with a head cold needs to inhale that much acetone & nail polish fumes. 😉

First up, that other polish I told you I was craving from Hot Mess Lacquers: Yankee Star!

Yankee Star manicureThis is two coats of NYC Skin-Tight Denim with two coats of Hot Mess Lacquers Yankee Star. Yankee Star is packed with all kinds of holographic glitter–bar, square, small and large hex, stars (!!!) and some holographic shimmer to top it off. I cannot wait to do more galaxy manicures with this polish! Yankee Star has a nice density of glitter, including the coveted star-shapes, even though the formula is a little thicker than I prefer. Nothing a little thinner can’t help!

The only other polish I wore last week was my new color-shifter from Ninja Polish, Color-Changing Garnet:Color-Changing Garnet by Ninja Polish

This is two coats of Ninja Polish Color-Changing Garnet over two coats China Glaze Smoke & Ashes. I tried my best to show the shifty-ness of this polish so that you could appreciate the array of colors! I saw this color shift from deep garnet-red to burnt orange, bright gold, lime green and even turquoise in the dim light of my apartment. The shifts are even more dramatic in full sunlight. The pigment is a little grainier/coarser than I expected but it still has a nice finish on the nail. If you love multichromes/duochromes/all things shimmery, I would highly recommend this one. I want to try layering it over more colors than black, though, to see what kind of effects I can get.

So this week is going to be super super busy!! My department is traveling down south a little tomorrow for a lecture/exhibition by the legendary artist Christo; Thursday we’re having an opening reception for our exhibition of African-inspired Fiber Arts by artists Mary Hark & Nnenna Okore; and Friday I’m participating in a papermaking workshop with Mary Hark to create a collaborative piece to hang alongside her work in our galleries. I’m going to try to take lots of good pictures for ya’ll, so check back later this week!


Monday Manicures

Sorry for the long break in posts! Last week was my first week back to school–and the first week of my senior year!–and it’s been super crazy. But everything’s settled now, so we should be back on schedule. 🙂

Alright ya’ll, this week’s post is pretty simple, since I limited myself to fewer, more elaborate nails. Lots of compliments on these designs!!

First up, I did my current-favorite manicure: Galaxy nails!Galaxy Mani

This is two coats of China Glaze Smoke & Ashes with Revlon Colorstay Marmalade and China Glaze Re-Fresh Mint for the nebula. I sponged them on (mint and then coral) with a makeup sponge and then layered one coat of Revlon Stunning over the top for the starry effect. I love this look so much and it’s such an eye-catcher! I always get good wear out of it, too.

Next up, I followed this tutorial to create a cheerful floral pattern:Floral Mani

This is, again, 2 coats China Glaze Re-Fresh Mint for the background, and the flowers are Revlon Colorstay Marmalade & Zoya Maura, and Sally Hansen Instra-Dri Lightening and Sun-Kissed. The green detailing is from a mini bottle of Sinful Colors with no name–just a nice medium green with a little shimmer. These were such happy nails to have for the first week of school! I need to work on my technique a little more with this style, but it was certainly fun and something I’d like to try in a more muted color palette.

This week in polish is going to be pretty exciting: I managed to get 8 new Zoyas with the BOGO coupon they gave out a few days ago, and I managed to snag a new color-shifting polish from Ninja Polish. I can’t wait for them all to get here!

Monday Manicures

Note: I noticed that apparently my last Monday Manicures didn’t post when it was supposed to, so I added it last night. You can find it here.

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It’s finally time to review my new polishes from Metametics! I was so excited when I got my shipment last Monday after work, I wanted to swatch and post about them all that very second. But, in the name of not-wanting-to-overpost-about-nail-polish, I saved it all for today.

First up, we have Lannister Gold.

Full sun. Look at that shine!

Partial sun/shade.

Lannister is a honey/amber gold polish with a jelly finish, which holds several sizes and shapes of luminous gold glitters. I love the base color here, it reminds me of honey, especially with the finish, and the glitter is so bright and happy. I kept thinking of happy little bees the whole time I wore it. The glitter is nice and dense too, I didn’t have to fish for it to get a decent amount on the nail–I was deliberately fishing for glitter on my ring finger, and you can see how dense that became!

Next up is Fire Nation:

Fire Nation is a glitterbomb of red and gold hex glitters in several sizes and some orange bar glitter (1 coat here over Revlon Bare Bones). The gold glitter in this one is particularly shiny, and I love the addition of the orange bar glitter for  some variety. Definitely no fishing for glitter here! Nicely dense in one coat.

And last but most certainly not least, is Frost Giant:

This is 2 coats Frost Giant over 2 coats Revlon Royal. I love this combination so much, I can hardly tear my eyes from it! Frost Giant has large, bright blue hex glitter, a smattering of smaller holo glitter, and the most gorgeous violet shimmer running throughout. Seriously, Revlon Royal is a dark blue-purple creme with no shimmer–and look at how this shines! I wore this one until it chipped off my nails, I loved it so much.

Now, I did have to fish for the large hex glitters in this one, but it’s not because they’re sparse. I usually have trouble with larger glitter in mini bottles, so this wasn’t really a surprise to me (actually, the other two being so effortless was the surprise!). I love this polish enough that I’ll probably buy a full-size bottle soon, so I’ll report back if I  continue to have to work for the glitter. It’s worth it, for me!

Overall, the formulas on these polishes were quite nice and applied smoothly–no cuticle-flooding here–and as mentioned, the glitter was a breeze to apply in 2/3 cases. Kas from Metametics states in her shop that she offers a 6-month warranty on her products to guarantee their quality, and I really appreciate that kind of peace of mind from an indie seller. She is also incredibly nice in convos and her turnaround time for mailing is superb! I highly recommend her shop, and I already have my heart set on a few more from her collections. 🙂

This past weekend I picked up three new Zoya polishes (Zuza, Wednesday and Ivanka) that I’ve been wishing for, so I’ll be wearing those this week, most likely. More shimmers, hooray!