Friday, February 27, 2015

Fishbowl Friday *017*

It's the last Fishbowl Friday of February and the prompt for today? SPONGING...... and before I get into all the goodness that is today's mani, (and trust me, there's lots of goodness going on!) I've got to give credit where credit is due, and there's a lot of that, too!

Despite the fact that I posted the prompt yesterday right before I started painting... I actually pulled the prompt earlier in the morning. Rather than do another sponged gradient or something I've already done before, I thought I would tackle a new-to-me manicure called a Seriotype that originated with Joy Serio on Instagram, and then Nichole from Pretty Girl Science blogged about it here. And here. And this one is definitely my fave!

And then while shopping yesterday at Target, I saw this print...

I already had SinfulColors Sail La Vie on my nails, so I picked colors that would go with that, rather than starting over from scratch. My SPONGING turned into a Seriotype with dabbing, painting, sponging, and dry brushing all rolled into one.

...and looking at that post again? Still haven't tried Ruffle. Not currently sure where Ruffle is located in my gigantic mess of a stash. But alas, I digress... Behold!

Seriotype Mani

Sponging Manicure

Abstract Manicure

Seriotype Sponging Manicure

Abstract Mani Macro

Seriotype Manicure Macro

Polishes Used:

1 Coat Beauty Secrets Ridge Filler
4 Coats SinfulColors Sail La Vie
1 Coat SinfulColors Clear Coat
1 Coat Seche Vite

1 Day of Wear

SinfulColors Black on Black
SinfulColors Blue La La
SinfulColors Island Coral
SinfulColors My Buoyfriend
SinfulColors Thimbleberry
Zoya Severine
Zoya Tomoko

I'm seriously in love with how this manicure turned out. The fun thing about painting abstractly like this? Each nail is different than the last, with varying textures and unique blends of colors. I really don't want to take this off after just one day of wearing it... but I do have a package coming with a long-time lemming, and I'm not sure that I can resist the pull of its shimmery sparkle........... O.o


State of the Sparkle *010*

February is almost completely down for the count, and I'm ready for Winter to be OVER. How about you?  It's not even that I really care about the snow so much, I mean, I don't like it when plans are all interrupted, especially FUN plans, but big girl panties, right? Mainly, I'm just really over the cold. the wind, and all. of. the. germs. I'm not sure how, but Peanut is attracting germs and getting colds practically every 2 weeks. Everyone at our Doctor's office knows her by name. (and golashes.)

While facetiming Mr. Sparkle, I turned around to find Peanut wearing my black strapless bra. Normally she wears it as a necklace, but this time she's got it over her eyes like a bug.
Me: That's cute sweetie.
Peanut: These my sunglasses.

While snuggling the other night...
Peanut: (In the sweetest voice imaginable...) You're my best fwiend!
Me: (absolutely beaming...) Awww... thank you doodlebug! You're my best friend too!!!
Biiiiiiiig Hugs... Kisses... Lots of snuggles...

While dropping her off at Daycare the next day...
Peanut: (In that same super sweet voice...) Cooper's my best fwiend!
Me: O.o (Cooper is a dog.)

And over in the nail polish world... I haven't seen anyone blog about it or confirm it for sure, but word is... Max Factor changed the formula of Fantasy Fire. I read about it last Thursday, and finally bit the bullet and bought a bottle on Saturday night. Thankfully, I had been looking at it recently, so I knew that the price was decent. ($13.95 for a .034mL bottle) I didn't even think about it before I purchased it, but I'm really hoping that the bottle I purchased is the original version. Definitely crossing my fingers about that! Aaaand I'm pretty sure that I won't be able to resist painting my nails with it the second it comes inside the Sparkle Lab!

This is really the only photo I could find that does Fantasy Fire justice, and it happens to come from the blogger who is totally responsible for my love of layering manicures... the wonderful Jeanette a.k.a. The Swatchaholic. I've been drooling over this photo for a loooooong time! 

c/o The Swatchaholic (NOT MY PHOTO!)

Yesterday was my first "me only" vacation day that I've taken in a very, very long time! I mean... we're talking probably before Peanut was born and she's like almost 2 and a half! I managed a six hour shopping trip, and it was seriously the best thing ever. I really just needed to be out and about and doing my own thing. Didn't stop me from missing Peanut when I saw other parents with their kids in tow... but I was able to spend 4 hours in Target. My little Sparklegirl loves to shop, but that never would've happened with her along. Jamba Juice smoothies and Popcorn get me about 2 hours tops.

It was a weird time of the year to be shopping. Target was definitely in the process of putting a lot of new Spring stuff out, and getting rid of a lot of Winter stuff, but it was like the dregs of Winter clearance. You know, the stuff no one really wants?!? But I did make out pretty well...

Got this tunic in the bluish/gray stripe. It's got a little texture to it, and it's longer, so I'll be able to wear leggings with it. I'm not sure why, but the photos on the site make it look like it's regular button down length. Hmmm... I also got the exact same shirt in white with black polka dots. I also picked up a floral tank and this cute longer tank...

I wasn't sure how this was going to look on me, given the whole cream and negative space thing. But it works... it looks awesome, and the sides are a little bit open, so you can see what you're wearing underneath from the sides, too. You know, in addition to seeing it through the sheer parts of the design! I love shirts like this, because in addition to loving layering polish on my nails, I love layering my clothes. With sheer designs like this, you can really switch it up and make it look different depending on what you have on underneath!

Then I found some cute stuff for Peanut...

I picked up the striped shirt on clearance, but it's not coming up that way on the website...? Weird. Also weird, is the fact that I found a chambray dress that I really liked, and needed a different size, but they didn't have it in stock. It was S/M/L sized in the store, but the one on the website features a darker chambray and number sizes...... Exactly how am I supposed to work that one out?!? Here's the dress...

Cute, huh? On one hand, I'd love to grab it, but on the other hand, I'm thinking that Spring and warmer weather are really, really close... so I'll probably just pass.

Surprisingly, it was a little bit of a miss for me with polish shopping... I hit up a new-to-me Walgreens, and I've gotta say, I like my normal Wags a lot better. This one was definitely new, and they barely had any LE polish displays. Boo. But I did pick up 2 SinfulColors polishes and a wind-up bunny rabbit that Peanut giggles over, but refuses to touch while it's moving. (Two year olds are fickle, man!)

Ulta wasn't much better... I picked up 2 Essence polishes and a philosophy gloss, but I really didn't see anything that leapt out at me. Their clearance section was pretty wiped out, too.

So... the sparklestash is just a complete and total mess right now. So, I'm really hoping that I'll be able to get that organized this weekend. I got a couple of bins from Target's Dollar Spot, so I'm hoping I can organize all my favorites and untried polishes, because right now, I just have bottles and bottles of polish everywhere. I've had new liners for my Helmer waiting to go in for over a month now! So sad... and such a mess!

After all of that shopping, I think I'm good for a little while. I'm putting myself on a tentative No-Buy for as long as I can manage... you know, barring that new Wet n Wild Silve Lake Collection G from Nouveau Cheap blogged about the other day. Oh, and a la Patisserie collection from Rainbow Honey.

Ummmm... I think that's about it. Last week's visit from my sister was a BUST thanks to the weather. They're not calling for anything like that this weekend, so hopefully this thing is a GO! We've got a tea party scheduled, and a copy of Princess and the Frog featuring Peanut's fave princess... Tiana! In short... it's gonna be a good one! Hope it is for your and your fam, too!!!


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

PLL: "Pretty Isn't the Point" (5x20)

In the latest twist of things on PLL, we've been focusing our attention on Mike, and so far, he's been a compelling candidate for A. Last week, the girls were convinced that Aria's little brother was scheming to steal their blood, but this is Rosewood, and nothing is as it seems...

Mike's necklace for Mona PLL 5x20
c/o PLL Wiki

The episode opened with all the Liars in Mike's room. Spencer found a morse code necklace that spelled out, "I'm With You..." The girls were unsure if this was a gift he got for Mona that only just came in the mail, or possibly something for Alison?

Downtown at the Brew, Emily was worried to learn that Talia had been talking to her mother, but it turned out that Pam Fields just wanted a recipe. Mike then came in for 2 cups of coffee, claiming that both of them were for him, and it had been a long night. When Emily got a little too Aria-ish for him, Mike told her he didn't need another older sister.

Over at Hollis, Johnny and Spencer were talking about Oxford and traveling abroad, and Toby spotted them. There was still evident tension between Spencer and Toby, and Johnny didn't help matters by making a pretentious comment in Italian. When Spencer and Toby finished their coffee, they took a walk on campus only to find an art gallery had framed their vandalism and was selling it. Spencer and Johnny confronted the gallery owner, and he told them that he had saved it from a dumpster, so it now belonged to him.

Jonny's graffiti in the gallery PLL 5x20
c/o PLL Wiki

Hanna told Caleb about the Glass Slipper Pageant. Caleb was supportive, but tried to remind Hanna that she wasn't exactly cookie-cutter squeaky-clean pageant material. Hanna didn't care, considering that top prize would give her twenty grand for college.

At Chez Montgomery, Andrew tried to tutor Aria, but she was clearly distracted. Mike came in while the two were working, and discovered that Aria had been in his room. He angrily confronted Aria about it, flipping over a coffee table and telling his sister to stay away from his things, or she would "live to regret it."  Andrew came in immediately after the commotion, with a shocked look on his face.

PLL 5x20 Hanna's Pageant Coach
c/o PLL Wiki

Hanna met with her pageant coach, who was less than impressed with her newest candidate. When Hanna didn't have the answers to her practice pageant questions, the coach switched over to talents. Hanna claimed that she could dance, perking the interest of her coach.

Back at the Brew, Emily received a text from Hanna telling her to cancel her weekend. She needed Emily to teach her how to dance. Seconds later, a man walked up to the counter and asked about Talia, and Emily told him that she had just left. He introduced himself as Eric, Talia's husband. Eric told Emily that Talia talked about her all the time, and that she shouldn't feel weird about the whole situation. He then told Emily that he loved Talia, and he planned on loving Talia for a very long time. He was supportive of her need for experimenting or having a one-time thing, seemingly assuring Emily that Talia would never commit to leaving him for her.

On the other side of Rosewood, Mike took a walk into the woods and put a package into the hollow of a tree. He looked around to make sure he hadn't been followed, but he didn't see that Andrew Campbell had been watching him. Later, Andrew told Aria about what he saw, asking if she wanted Andrew to go along with her to find what Mike had stashed. Aria declined the offer. When Andrew mentioned that she shouldn't be home alone with Mike, she told him that her father would be back soon.

PLL 5x20 Andrew and Aria talk
c/o PLL Wiki

Before rehearsing with Hanna, Emily and Ashley had a chat about relationships. Emily claimed that she was having fun with Talia, but didn't see the relationship going anywhere. Ashley told her that everyone gets a little hurt in a relationship, but that no one should actually go into a relationship knowing full well that it's not going to end well or that they're going to get hurt. Emily and Hanna began rehearsing for the pageant.

Spencer and Johnny made plans to break into the art gallery and steal back their artwork. Johnny was clearly more talk than action, considering that Spencer practically masterminded the whole operation. While working on removing the last piece of artwork, Johnny tripped the gallery's alarm. He hastily made it out with the painting, threw it in the van, and the two thought they had made a clean getaway. When they stopped at a gas station, a police car pulled up, and Officer Toby Cavanaugh stepped out. He had gotten the call for the robbery and was there to arrest Johnny. Spencer tried to get him to back off, again, not understanding his position on the force. Toby told Spencer very plainly, that Tanner was still watching her and her friends, and that she needed to walk away.

Jonny gets arrested Pretty Isn't the Point
c/o PLL Wiki

Pageant rehearsal was going well for Hanna. She was just about to do a run-through for her coach when she saw Kate's name on the pageant sign-up sheet. Her anger towards Kate came through in her dancing loudly and clearly, sabotaging her performance. The coach told her that she wasn't pageant material, and Hanna angrily left the room. While outside, she overheard her pageant coach tell Emily that she would be a perfect candidate. Hanna stormed off before she could hear Emily tell the woman off for being rude to her friend. When Emily left the building, she found that Hanna had left without her. Talia was there and tried to talk to Emily, but she angrily told Talia that she wasn't gay because it was trendy, and that perhaps the two of them should just forget it, because Talia was in a relationship with two other people and she was lying to everyone, including herself. She ended the conversation telling Talia that Hanna needed her, so she was going to be with her friend.

Aria went off into the woods on her own to find the package her brother had hidden. It turned out to be an envelope with a vial of blood in it, and Aria thought it belonged to her, Spencer, or Hanna. Mike told her it was Mona's blood, and when he went to snatch it back, Aria dropped it on the rock, smashing it. Mike was devastated, and Aria ran back to the car and drove home.

Emily offers to help Hanna PLL 5x20
c/o PLL Wiki

Back at the Marin homestead, Emily found Hanna and explained what happened. Ashley walked in to tell the girls that she just got off the phone with Hanna's father, and not only had Kate not signed up for the pageant, she wasn't even in PA that weekend. When Ashley left the room, Emily told Hanna that she would participate in the pageant for her, in order to win the scholarship money for her.

Over at the Hastings Estate, Spencer was relieved to see Johnny had gotten out on bail, but realized what that meant when she learned who had bailed him out. Veronica had posted bail for him, while simultaneously evicting him from the barn. Johnny had just come to borrow packing tape. Spencer apologized for everything that happened, and how Toby treated him, but Johnny claimed everything was fine, and he'd just live in his van for a while. Before leaving, Johnny kissed Spencer.

Mona and Mike flashback Pretty Isn't the Point
c/o PLL Wiki

Aria rushed into the Montgomery household, yelling for her father, her encounter in the woods with Mike still fresh in her mind. Mike flew through the door behind her and told her that he could explain. Mike told Aria that he went to surprise Mona a few nights before Thanksgiving, and found out that she was hatching a huge scheme. She was drawing her own blood, storing it in a refrigerator that looked like a CPU tower. Mona claimed that she had been offered a part in a brilliant plan that A had come up with. Mona's plan was to fake her death, get Alison and the Liars arrested for her murder, bring A down and come back and show that Ali and the girls were innocent the entire time, thus making Mona the hero of Rosewood.

Mike told Aria that the two had plans to meet up several times after everything went down, but Mona never showed. Mike went to visit Alison because he wanted to see what she knew about A, and Ali told him that Cyrus lured her out of town, just as she had told Hanna. Mike had been holding onto hope that Mona was alive, but he didn't think that she was alive anymore. The vial of blood was her promise to come back to him, and it was all he had left of her.

The Liars realize Ali isn't A PLL 5x20
c/o PLL Wiki

Aria told Spencer, Hanna, and Emily what Mike told her. The girls realized that Alison probably wasn't A, and didn't kill Mona, and that they had not only accused her of that openly, but helped send her off to jail. They discussed how they had destroyed a lot of evidence that would have proven her innocence because of their pigheadedness. Ultimately, they decide they've got to face Alison, apologize, and try to find a way to get her out of prison.

In the last scene, black gloves picked up one of Mike's dumbells, did a few curls, and placed it back on the stand. The episode ended with A pulling out a wrench.

A loosens the bolts in Mike's room PLL 5x20
c/o PLL Wiki

My Thoughts:

Hanna's dance was the best comedy relief this show has seen in a long time. I love that they took this turn, rather than have Hannakins totally kill it. Because believe me, Ashley Benson can totally kill it dancing. Her smile at the end, and that little shhhhyeshhhh movement with her hand? Ugh... the gifs are still making me chuckle out loud, and probably will continue to do so for a while!

Can Talia go away already? I'm not feeling her storyline at all. I don't like when we're fed filler, and I feel like that's all she is. I think Emily just needs to chill for a little bit, and not need to date someone. Why does she always need to be potentially dating someone?

Emily is honestly just the sweetest, best friend. She really cares so much about her friends, and I love the idea of her entering the pageant to help Hanna. I'm just not sure if she's going to make it, because as was stated in the promos, it's a biiiiiig time commitment! 

You know... I've been thinking about Toby as such a candidate for A lately, and this episode made me think a little differently. Not that it clears him or anything, but why warn Spencer that Tanner is still watching her and the Liars? Does that really need saying? Shouldn't Spencer already being thinking along those lines?

In case you were wondering about Mona's confession to Mike, I wanted a little clarification of what she actually admitted to. Here's the transcript of that scene with my thoughts (in red) added. If you're ever in need of clarification or quotes... definitely check here!

Mona: I've been offered a chance to make things right for your sister and her friends.
Okay... someone has reached out to Mona, but is it A? She makes it sounds like it's A, but A would never want to make things right for Aria and her friends. So, if that's the case, the chance to make things right didn't come from A... where else would it have come from?
Mike: Mona, what are you talking about?
Mona: I'm talking about exposing "A" and finally bringing that person down.
A would definitely not be okay with this.
Mike: Is that your blood?
Mona: Yes. And soon it's going to be smeared all over this house. And Alison DiLaurentis is gonna look responsible for killing me. Because "A" wants to see her locked up.
At this point, it's conceivable that this could have been A's plan. No hiding that A is not the biggest Ali D. fan.
Mike: Why would you want to be involved in all this?
Mona: Because "A" came up with this plan, Mike, and it's brilliant.
Still claiming that this is all A's plan. The wonderful, masterful plan of A. 
Mike: Wait, wait, wait. Stop. You've been talking to "A"?
Mona: Not directly. But I will eventually. I have to earn it. And to do that, I have to commit to this 100%. That means I go away. And when I find out who "A" is, I come back. Alison gets out of jail and your sister and her friends are finally safe. And I'm everyone's hero.  
Wait, wait, wait... what? She hasn't been talking to A directly, so she's just acting on the orders of someone that she thinks is A. She'll eventually meet with them, and find out their identity, but she has to earn it. To earn it, she has to commit to faking her death 100%. When she finds out who A is, she comes back, outs A and everyone is safe again.
Mike: What do you mean "go away"? For how long?
Mona: You have to look at the big picture, Mike. It's only temporary. 

I guess the thing I don't understand, is why Mona would agree to any part of this, other than what Mike said about her being too smart. She thought she was smarter than A and one step ahead, and she just wasn't. What exactly was the point of Mona faking her death for A? Would she join A in the game, trying to get the other Liars incarcerated/killed? Is that really what Mona thought?

One thing I do like about Mona's plan, is that it is similar to one of the plot points from the books where a Liar pulls an Alison to show everyone exactly what a teenage girl is capable of. Oh, and then she brings down A and everyone goes free.

One thing I've gotta point out, and I don't even remember how far it went back, but there was a point that I felt like Tanner was setting the girls up for a sting operation that they didn't know about, but would identify A and enable the girls to move on with their lives. She's just always given me that impression that she knows waaaaay more than she says.

That being said, could that be what Mona was talking about with Mike? Maybe her faked death was orchestrated by Rosewood PD in order to flesh out the monster that's A and bring all the secrets to light? You know, in exchange for not prosecuting Mona for all the crimes she committed by A? Maybe that was the idea, and it all went horribly wrong, and someone killed/tried to kill Mona?

Who else would put an idea/offer like that out there on the table?

So... we're basically right back where we were in Through A Glass, Darkly. Is Mona really dead? Is she alive somewhere? And if Mona isn't in the barrel... who or what is?

And then there's those spoilers... The Reddit board ones that have been making their way around. I read them, and I'm just not sure about what I read. Spoilers are difficult to process without all the other elements of the show. Plus, you're relying on what someone is telling you the end result of one episode is, and that might not be the point. So. Yeah.

I have to wonder if we're going to be so twisted and pulled around in circles and such by the end of all this, that we'll be entirely too confused to put it all together. Although, there is a claim from producers that by the end of 5x25, we should be able to do it. You know, if we're clever and all.  

Which brings us to my A candidates for this week, in no particular order...

Toby Cavanaugh - He's consitantly there/not there. He'd definitely have the time to do all the things A does offscreen. I constantly have to remind myself that he spent a year in juvie because of The Jenna Thing.

Ezra Fitz - He's also been out of the area a lot lately, and he still has all that surveillance equipment. He did say something about putting it in his storage unit...

Jenna Marshall - Being blinded by Ali and the Liars is a pretty decent reason to go all A...

Bethany Young - she's still such a big mystery, and we seemed very focused on her for not really knowing much about her, let alone seeing a picture of her.

Someone's Twin - as much as this would satisfy a lot of requirements the producers have set in a cheeky sort of way, it would still be a character that we know nothing about and haven't really properly seen, even if we've seen the actor portraying the twin that we do know. You know? 

In the back of my mind... I keep toying with the identity of A, and the reason behind it, and I'm just not sure. We've been given so many clues and non clues about A and why they play the game they play. We're supposed to feel sorry for them, but it's likely that they're responsible for every corpse in Rosewood, so..........

Then there's always that thought that I've had that they could take everything back to the moment that Mona entered Radley, or when Spencer was in Radley... and we've just been inside someone's headspace this whole time. That would definitely get quite the big reaction. Oh, A is all in so and so's head... If that happened, I pity all the TV screens that would get things thrown at them. 

Only 5 more episodes left until we supposedly learn some really juicy details, and possibly, but probably not... the identity of A... I don't recommend waiting with bated breath. Prior history, and all!


Friday, February 20, 2015

Fishbowl Friday *016*

I can't really think of a more appropriate prompt than the one I pulled for this week's Fishbowl Friday manicure. I mean, other than "sick, barking like a seal, and not sleeping..." or perhaps "incredibly freezing cold," considering that I woke up to a temperature of minus one. COOL is about thee most appropriate prompt at the moment...

Polishes Used:

1 Coat Beauty Secrets Ridge Filler
1 Coat Pure Ice Heartbreaker
1 Coat Pure Ice Blue Hue*
1 Coat Pure Ice Heartbreaker
4 Coats Pure Ice Blue Hue*
1 Coat Pure Ice Heartbreaker
1 Coat Pure Ice Busted
1 Coat Pure Ice Blue Hue*
2 Coats Pure Ice Busted
1 Coat Seche Vite

When I pulled the prompt yesterday, I knew immediately that I was going to include Blue Hue in my layering. You really can't go wrong using a sheer blue opalescent glitter filled jelly polish for a cool/coled themed manicure. And while I'm thinking of it at the moment... I feel like I might've done this prompt before. Really not sure. Checking.......

Phew... I'm good! 

Anyway, after doing all that talking about Pure Ice polishes and layering and then picking this prompt, I thought it would be fun to combine some of the cool-toned layering polishes I have from Pure Ice. I chose Blue Hue, Heartbreaker, and Busted to make the jelly glitter sandwich you see above!

I haven't done a good lots-of-layers manicure like this in a long time. So, it was kind of fun returning to that. Also, I really like the outcome! There's so much going on with all the different sizes of glitter and shimmer at varying depths. I'll definitely have to try one soon in the future and include Poppin' Bottles and maybe Rosy Glow or Purple Haze. I really wanted this one to stay blueish and frozen looking. Kind of like a mix between a stormy winter sky and a frozen pond. Full of glitter. Because that happens.

Pure Ice polishes retail exclusively in Walmart stores and on their website for $1.97/bottle. Pure Ice is a salon-inspired long-wear nail formula that's available in over 96 stunning and on-trend shades. The shade library contains a striking variety of colors and finishes - from iridescent pearls to bright creams, holographic and chunky glitters to mirror-like metallics; every shade is beautiful and unique. Pure Ice nail enamels are free of formaldehyde, toluene, and DBP. Follow Pure Ice on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

P.S. Funny thing about this layering........ it almost didn't happen! We've been battling the cough of the century at Chez Sparkle, and when I say "We" I mean Peanut, and it is honestly ridiculous. It was so impossible to sleep all week with Sparklegirl coughing the minute she tried to sleep in her crib. Last night, I finally found a decent method of propping her mattress up so that the little Princess Queen could get comfortable, and it totally worked! On me too! Completely fell asleep, only to wake up at 1:30 and realize that I still needed to paint my nails...

But I did it! 

...and then managed to get another 4ish hours of sleep! (I may or may not have dozed through all 7 of my alarms...) So, I'm thinking that tonight, as an ohmygoshwesurvivedtheweek present to Miss Q, we'll watch a movie of her choice and revel in the fact that we (fingers crossed!) should be able to keep this thing going. (toes crossed too!) Also, my big sister and her hubs are coming tomorrow, and I.Can't.Wait. Seriously. It's been entirely too long, but the weather has been beyond dreadful, and they do live a ways away. So in closing... Happy Friday! We hope you have a great weekend!!!

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

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Layering: Pure Ice Flawless & Poppin' Bottles

Pure Ice Flawless & Poppin' Bottles

Pure Ice Poppin' Bottles over Flawless

Pure Ice Flawless & Poppin' Bottles

Pure Ice Poppin' Bottles over Flawless

Polishes Used:

1 Coat Beauty Secrets Ridge Filler
2 Coats Pure Ice Flawless* (painted)
1 Coat Pure Ice Poppin' Bottles*
1 Coat Pure Ice Flawless* (sponged)
2 Coats Pure Ice Poppin' Bottles*
1 Coat Seche Vite

When I first swatched Flawless while going through the entire New Year New Hue collection, I knew I had to try sponging Flawless onto my nails. Metallic shades like Flawless tend to do something completely different when you sponged them on versus painting. With Flawless, you can actually see the mix of supertine gold and silver particles that pigment this shade. As a result, I think the polish has a little more brightness and depth to it.

But why stop there?

After sponging on a coat of Flawless, I added more shimmer and glitter with 2 coats of Poppin' Bottles. I really like the contrast of the silver glitter overtop the metallic gold. For me, that added little bit of texture will never get old!

Oh, and about that layer of Poppin' Bottles in between layers of Flawless? I knew I was only going to sponge 1 coat of Flawless, and I thought it would add depth, but I'm not sure if that worked, or if it got completely lost in the mix? I think it might have added a little shimmer to the sponging, and where glitter is concerned, the more the merrier in my opinion!

I like how this layering turned out. I know I mentioned it before, but I'm really glad I picked up 2 bottles of Poppin' Bottles. Definitely worth it, because I can see myself going through this and adding it to a whooooole lot of layerings.

And speaking of Layerings... In a lot of mine, I keep coming back to Pure Ice polishes to add shimmer or completely transform the look of my manicure. It's really something that Pure Ice does exceedingly well. Poppin' Bottles is in my opinion, right up there with Heartbreaker, Oh Baby, and Busted as far as layering polishes go. If you're into layerings and jelly glitter sandwiches... you seriously need it!

Pure Ice polishes retail exclusively in Walmart stores and on their website for $1.97/bottle. Pure Ice is a salon-inspired long-wear nail formula that's available in over 96 stunning and on-trend shades. The shade library contains a striking variety of colors and finishes - from iridescent pearls to bright creams, holographic and chunky glitters to mirror-like metallics; every shade is beautiful and unique. Pure Ice nail enamels are free of formaldehyde, toluene, and DBP. Follow Pure Ice on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter

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

Layering: Pure Ice Purple Haze & Playful Purple

Pure Ice Purple Haze & Playful Purple

Pure Ice Purple Haze over Playful Purple

Pure Ice Playful Purple with Purple Haze

Pure Ice Purple Haze over Playful Purple

Pure Ice Purple Haze & Playful Purple

Polishes Used:

1 Coat Beauty Secrets Ridge Filler
3 Coats Pure Ice Playful Purple
3 Coats Pure Ice Purple Haze*
1 Coat Seche Vite

So far... I'm really loving this particular layering best out of all the New Year New Hue shades I've tried. It's not just because of how gorgeous this purple sparkling mani turned out... have you seen the way Purple Haze sparkles in my photos? I mean, isn't that reason enough to swoon?!?

Playful Purple was the ideal way to layer Purple Haze. The two were so well matched, that Purple Haze almost appears to be an opalescent topper in a clear base. Allllllmost. The sheer lavender jelly base makes the pink, blue, and purple flashing tones of the glitter really pop. These two polishes were just made to be worn together!

Pure Ice polishes retail exclusively in Walmart stores and on their website for $1.97/bottle. Pure Ice is a salon-inspired long-wear nail formula that's available in over 96 stunning and on-trend shades. The shade library contains a striking variety of colors and finishes - from iridescent pearls to bright creams, holographic and chunky glitters to mirror-like metallics; every shade is beautiful and unique. Pure Ice nail enamels are free of formaldehyde, toluene, and DBP. Follow Pure Ice on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter

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

Layering: Pure Ice What's the Splatter & Wear Red

Pure Ice Wear Red & What's the Splatter

Pure Ice What's the Splatter Layering

Pure Ice What's the Splatter & Wear Red

Pure Ice Wear Red & What's the Splatter

Polishes Used:

1 Coat Beauty Secrets Ridge Filler
3 Coats Pure Ice Wear Red
2 Coats Pure Ice What's the Splatter*
1 Coat Seche Vite

So, last weekend, I finally managed to find a couple of sweaters and pants while out shopping with Sparklegirl and Granny Sparkle...

Lace Sweater by Elle

This sweater was my favorite find. Knowing that I would be wearing it as soon as possible after purchasing, I though about how What's the Splatter would go perfectly with it. Black and white sweater, black leggings, black boots, black and white glitter on my nails... I knew I would need a bright color for layering What's the Splatter!

Enter Pure Ice Wear Red...

Super shiny classic red cream nails topped with black and white glitter were definitely the way to go! I seriously love this combination, and I especially love how my nails not only complimented, but totally completed my outfit. What's the Splatter added just the right amount of edge to my nails. I love the random insta-graffiti look you get from it. Sadly, you can't really see the smaller irridescent glitter in my photos, but it's definitely there, and it really adds to the shine factor of this layering!

Pure Ice polishes retail exclusively in Walmart stores and on their website for $1.97/bottle. Pure Ice is a salon-inspired long-wear nail formula that's available in over 96 stunning and on-trend shades. The shade library contains a striking variety of colors and finishes - from iridescent pearls to bright creams, holographic and chunky glitters to mirror-like metallics; every shade is beautiful and unique. Pure Ice nail enamels are free of formaldehyde, toluene, and DBP. Follow Pure Ice on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter

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

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Layering: Pure Ice Dollface & Rosy Glow

Pure Ice Dollface

Layering with Pure Ice Dollface

Pure Ice Dollface & Rosy Glow

Rosy Glow & Dollface by Pure Ice

Layering Pure Ice Rosy Glow & Dollface

Rosy Glow by Pure Ice over Dollface

Polishes Used:

1 Coat Beauty Secrets Ridge Filler
4 Coats Pure Ice Dollface*
2 Coats Pure Ice Rosy Glow*
1 Coat Seche Vite

When I mentioned in my review of the New Year New Hue collection that these glitter toppers were versatile, I wasn't kidding. Transformative, too. Pure Ice is really good at creating different topcoats that can either subtly or drastically change the look of a mani, depending on what polish you pair it with!

When I painted on Dollface, it was clear that my skintone was nawt going to get along with the peachy cream goodness that was going on. So, naturally, I reached for Rosy Glow to pinken up the peach, and add a little sparkle. I loved the way this layering turned out!

Pure Ice polishes retail exclusively in Walmart stores and on their website for $1.97/bottle. Pure Ice is a salon-inspired long-wear nail formula that's available in over 96 stunning and on-trend shades. The shade library contains a striking variety of colors and finishes - from iridescent pearls to bright creams, holographic and chunky glitters to mirror-like metallics; every shade is beautiful and unique. Pure Ice nail enamels are free of formaldehyde, toluene, and DBP. Follow Pure Ice on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter

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