Wednesday, July 20, 2016

daniPro My Girl

daniPro My Girl

daniPro My Girl

daniPro My Girl

daniPro My Girl

Polishes Used:

1 Coat Fingerpaints Smooth Over Ridge Filler
5 Coats daniPro My Girl*
1 Coat daniPro Clear Top Cover*
1 Coat Seche Vite

This is the last of the daniPro polishes I received to review, and it was definitely my favorite. Pink is by far my favorite color of nail polish, and hot pinks like this... well, I have so many variations and I can't resist adding new ones to my stash.

In case you missed my reviews of First Kiss and Forever Girl, daniPro polishes were created by Manhattan Podiatrist Dr. Gary Evans. The formula is 5-free and the polishes are recognized by the American Podiatric Medical Association to promote good foot health.

Before painting, I thought that My Girl would be pretty opaque, but I was pleasantly surprised to find it was another crelly! Of course, that meant painting a few more coats to get what you see in the photos, but it was definitely worth it. Crelly finishes are probably my second favorite after jellies, but when they're in my favorite shade of hot pink? Swoooooooon! I really love this shade, it's a perfect slightly blue-toned pink that, like the others in this collection, should flatter every skin tone! Gotta love that!!!

daniPro polishes can be purchased at select podiatrist offices around the world, or online here

*provided by PR for review. All thoughts, views, and opinions are my own. 

Monday, July 18, 2016

daniPro Forever Girl

daniPro Forever Girl

daniPro Forever Girl

daniPro Forever Girl

daniPro Forever Girl

Polishes Used:

1 Coat Fingerpaints Smooth Over Ridge Filler
5 Coats daniPro Forever Girl*
1 Coat daniPro Clear Top Cover*
1 Coat Seche Vite

I'm never one to pass up a pink polish and if the name of this doesn't say it all, the color definitely does! This is quite possibly the most perfect shade of light pink I've come across. And you all know how I love the color pink! <3

In case you missed my review of First Kiss, daniPro polishes were created by Manhattan Podiatrist Dr. Gary Evans. The formula is 5-free and the polishes are recognized by the American Podiatric Medical Association to promote good foot health.

Forever Pink is more of a crelly polish, so I had to use 5 coats to build up to the opacity you see in the pictures. Because of the sheer formula, it was a little patchy until about the 4th coat. But once this polish is opaque, it's a really gorgeous shade of pink and the crelly finish really made it shine. I've been into lighter shades on my toes lately, so I could easily see taking this along the next time I go for a pedicure!

daniPro polishes can be purchased at select podiatrist offices around the world, or online here

*provided by PR for review. All thoughts, views, and opinions are my own. 

Saturday, July 16, 2016

daniPro First Kiss

daniPro First Kiss

daniPro First Kiss

daniPro First Kiss

daniPro First Kiss

Polishes Used:

1 Coat Fingerpaints Smooth Over Ridge Filler
3 Coats daniPro First Kiss*
1 Coat daniPro Clear Top Cover*
1 Coat Seche Vite

It's been a little while since I reviewed a polish via press sample here. This brand was a little too interesting to pass up, though! According to the press release I was sent, daniPro polishes were created by Manhattan Podiatrist Dr. Gary Evans. The polish was even recognized by the American Podiatric Medical Association to promote good foot health. 

daniPro polish features a 5-free formula that does NOT contain formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, DBP, TPHP, or Toluene. It is also infused with something called Undecylcenic acid, which is commonly an active ingredient in medications for skin infections, but it hasn't yet been proven to be effective in treating fungus on the nails. 

Chemical analysis aside, this stuff didn't smell nearly as potent as some polishes, which is always refreshing. Formula-wise, it was pretty standard, not too thin and not too thick. 

First Kiss had great pigmentation. I probably could've gotten away with two coats, but three coats is just how I roll. I'm not the biggest red polish fan, but this shade is pretty universal. I imagine it would look great on any skin tone! 

daniPro polishes can be purchased at select podiatrist offices around the world, or online here

*provided by PR for review. All thoughts, views, and opinions are my own. 

Friday, July 1, 2016

Fishbowl Friday 073 // Recreation

Every now and then, I enjoy looking back over past manicures. Creatively, it's just neat to see how far I've come since the days I started. Oddly enough, when I chose this prompt, I knew exactly which manicure I wanted to recreate. Based loosely on Fishbowl Friday 027, today's seriotype nails are a RECREATION... 

China Glaze Violet Vibes Seriotype

China Glaze Violet Vibes, SinfulShine Konstellation, Essie Leggy Legend, Pure Ice Get in Line, Pahlish Autumn People

Neon Purple, Gold, and Turquoise Nails

Multiple Finish Seriotype

Polishes Used:
1 Coat Fingerpaints Smooth Over Ridge Filler
3 Coats China Glaze Violet Vibes
Essie Leggy Legend
Pahlish Autumn People
Pure Ice Get in Line
SinfulShine Konstellation
2 Coats SinfulColors Clear Coat
1 Coat Seche Vite

Looking back, I can honestly say that my seriotype game has come far since I first learned the method. One of the things that took me a while to master was the balance of nail polish finishes. While seriotypes made exclusively with creme polishes look cool, those made with a combination of different finishes really pop. There's more depth involved when you layer a metallic over a jelly neon and then add in some shimmer and glitter. 

For these nails, I started out with 3 coats of Violet Vibes on my nails. Oddly enough, when I took these photos, I think I grabbed my bottle of Plu-rple by mistake. On top of that, I dabbed on a coating of Konstellation to darken things up a bit. Then came a coat of Get in Line followed by Leggy Legend. After that, a coating of Autumn People and some more Leggy Legend and Get in Line around the edges of my nails. I finished everything off with 2 coats of clear and a coat of Seche Vite for tons of shine. 

I'm really stuck on copper, turquoise, and glitter in my manicures right now. I've done a bunch of different seriotypes in the past few weeks, but they all seem to fall back on that combination. Thankfully, I did put a bunch of nail polish away today, so hopefully that means a varied color selection as I search through my drawers for shades. 

We. Shall. See. 

At any rate, Happy Friday! Hope you have a great one!!! 

Fishbowl Friday 73 - Recreation



Friday, June 10, 2016

Fishbowl Friday 072 // Hard Candy

We're going to skip that whole part where we talk about how it's been a while, because well, it's been a really long while. I'm still trying to work out how to make room for blogging and juggle everything else, and it's definitely been a challenge. But know that I am working on it, and I do really, really miss it. This place has been my Quantum of Solace for a long time, and I'm not planning on letting it go anytime soon.

That being said... for this week's prompt, I was happily surprised when I pulled HARD CANDY. This is probably one of the most iconic brands of nail polish, and it's certainly gone through it's own number of changes throughout the years. Who didn't want to own a bottle of Sky once they saw it on Alicia Silverstone's nails way back in the 90's?

Last year, Hard Candy celebrated their 20th anniversary by bringing back some of their most iconic shades. The collection was a mix of five original shades and three new ones. I managed to acquire six of them, two of which I used in this seriotype.

Hard Candy Beetle, Coconut, Girlie, and Mr. Wrong
natural light

Hard Candy Beetle, Coconut, Girlie, and Mr. Wrong Seriotype
natural light

Hard Candy Beetle, Coconut, Girlie, and Mr. Wrong
sunlight

Hard Candy Beetle, Coconut, Girlie, and Mr. Wrong Manicure
natural light

Polishes Used:
1 Coat Fingerpaints Smooth Over Ridge Filler
3 Coats Hard Candy Coconut
Hard Candy Beetle
Hard Candy Girlie
Hard Candy Mr. Wrong
2 Coats SinfulColors Clear Coat
1 Coat Seche Vite

Though you wouldn't know it thanks to my lack of posting, I have still been painting my nails on a regular basis. Lately, I've been wearing a lot of bright and bold color combinations, so I decided to switch it up for this one. Softer and lighter was definitely the palette cleanser I needed!

When I went to pull Coconut out of my helmer, I was a bit surprised that the plastic shrink wrap was still on both bottles. (I have backups of the original 5 shades.) I could've sworn that I wore Coconut before. O.o Slightly mystified, I removed the wrapper and painted on three coats. It's a white polish with a very fine pink shimmer. It wasn't the smoothest of formulas, but that's pretty typical for a white polish. I used three coats, letting each one sit for two or three minutes before painting over them.

I used a simple saran wrap blotting technique, my preferred method for seriotyping. First, I painted on a thin coat of Beetle and blotted it with saran wrap. That was followed by one coat of Mr. Wrong, Girlie, and a 2nd coat of Beetle, all followed by a quick blot with the saran wrap. Two coats of clear meshed everything together nicely. One coat of Seche Vite and I was off to bed.

This layering was pretty cool and definitely has me channeling a lot of old school vibes. Makes me a little nostalgic for the days of the Just Nails collection from Hard Candy, when polishes like Beetle and Mr. Wrong were standard fare! While I do like and own some of their newer polishes, the ones in the square bottles (especially the ones with the rings!) will always hold a special place in my heart!

Seize the Sparkle's Fishbowl Friday 072

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