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Fishbowl Friday *039*

Bonjour and Happy Friday! I've had a little bit of a crazy week and am definitely ready to just reeeelax! Anyone else feeling the same? I've been sick since Monday, and I'm fiiiiinally coming out on the other side. Yesterday, I pulled my prompt and got FLAKY. Here's a mani topped with a little something I very originally dubbed Franken Flaky... (I know!) 







Polishes Used:

1 Coat Fingerpaints Smooth Over Ridge Filler
3 Coats SinfulColors Mesmerize
2 Coats Franken Flaky
1 Coat SinfulColors Clear Coat
1 Coat Seche Vite

In December of last year, I mixed together a bunch of my flaky polishes to create Franken Flaky. I layered it over black back then, but I've gotta say, I like it over a deep purple much, much better! Not gonna lie, I was trying to emulate Unicorn Puke from Cult Nails by creating this.

I'm not sure if giving this a little time to settle made everything mesh together a little better, but I feel like the flakes are better spread out here. I also used one…

SinfulColors Fig

Polishes Used:

1 Coat Fingerpaints Smooth Over Ridge Filler
3 Coats SinfulColors Fig
1 Coat SinfulColors Clear Coat
1 Coat Seche Vite

I don't remember where I first saw SinfulColors Fig... but the moment I saw it blogged, it was added to my wishlist. So, when PR contacted me about choosing shades from the new collection? I was thrilled to see that Fig was being brought back for the All Nighter Collection!

Out of all the shades that I requested, Fig is by far the most Fall of the bunch. Not gonna lie, it was a little weird to paint such a deep, vampy shade on my nails when it's not even August! But the more I wear it, the more I don't really want to take it off. I'm by no means ready for cooler weather anytime soon. But Fall colors? I think I might be transitioning!

So... why is Fig so special? It's a really warm and bright purple berry. There's a super fine pink shimmer that runs through it that gives it a warm, shiny glow. Application was great, too. Three ea…

Fishbowl Friday *038*

Hooray! It's Friday, and that means it's time for another installment of Fishbowl Friday here at Studio Sparkle... We're keeping it really simple this week. BLUE nails...





Polishes Used:

1 Coat Fingerpaints Smooth Over Ridge Filler
3 Coats Wet n Wild Sky Me Mine
1 Coat SinfulColors Clear Coat
1 Coat Seche Vite

After a very long time searching for the California Dreaming collection from Wet n Wild, I finally found this shade, Re: Incarnation, and Bee-U-tiful at Walgreens the other week. Sadly, there were no more bottles of Sun Settle Down or Green Tease. While I could probably live without Sun Settle Down, (it's orange) I am still looking for Green Tease. But I haven't seen this collection anywhere other than at Walgreens. Boo.

Formula-wise, I've always like the mega-last line. This particular polish is a little thicker than the average. I'm not sure if that's because it's pastel? It self-leveled out well enough, but the problem wasn't streakiness…

Gilded Galaxies Seriotype

I almost hesitate to call this a "galaxy" manicure. Sure, it's got the navy blue, and I do get a celestial, outer-space vibe when I look at it... But that wasn't exactly what I was going for. However, I do really love the way my nails turned out, and could probably wear this for a while...





Polishes Used:

1 Coat Fingerpaints Smooth Over Ridge Filler
2 Coats OPI Indigo Motif
China Glaze Mingle with Kringle
Morgan Taylor Watch Your Step, Sister!
Rainbow Honey Costa Dorada
SinfulColors Energetic Red
SinfulColors Jolt
1 Coat SinfulColors Clear Coat
1 Coat Seche Vite

While I'd love to claim that these were a deliberate attempt to create deep-space galaxies on my nails, they were actually inspired from something completely different. It was inspired by the colors in a really cool abstract painting I pinned a couple of days ago...


It was a re-pin from my feed that I tracked back to the blog SF Girl By Bay and then to Tumblr user Tulonski. I looooove the color choices in…

Layering: Feel the Treble 24/7

Polishes Used:

1 Coat Fingerpaints Smooth Over Ridge Filler
China Glaze Treble Maker
SinfulColors 24/7
SinfulColors Feel The Vibe
SinfulColors Pink Happy Thoughts
1 Coat SinfulColors Clear Coat
1 Coat Seche Vite

So, I can't exactly say that this manicure turned out the same as it looked in my head. But that doesn't mean I don't like it. The look was inspired from a graphic at Church on Sunday. It was one of those moving on-screen graphics with a really pretty mix of glowing coral, pink, and aqua.

I started out with Feel The Vibe as my base. Two easy coats and I was ready for random smatterings followed by saran wrap. Am i addicted to this type of manicure? Yes. I feel like it's safe to admit that here. I really can't get enough of how the colors mesh and meld together.

While I do in general like how this manicure turned out, I'm not completely loving it. I think Feel The Vibe was a little too orange. I originally wanted to go with a coral and then started feel…

SinfulColors Pink Happy Thoughts

Polishes Used:

1 Coat Fingerpaints Smooth Over Ridge Filler
3 Coats SinfulColors Pink Happy Thoughts
1 Coat SinfulColors Clear Coat
1 Coat Seche Vite

Say hello to my newest favorite neon pink... Pink Happy Thoughts! I recently picked this up, 98% sure that it was from Big Lots, but there's a 2% chance it might have been from KMart. I'm thinking it's probably Big Lots, given that I haven't bought much polish elsewhere since we've been in the new house.

While we're on the subject of the new house, the nail studio is definitely coming around. Just put away my pinks and reds last night. I shouldn't have been so surprised by the fact that my pink polishes no longer fit in one Helmer drawer... but I was! I'm going to have to go back and split them up, probably pales/nudes in one, brights/neons in the other.

But back to Pink Happy Thoughts... it's my new favorite neon pink. I've actually worn it twice in the past week! Like most neon polishes, the for…

Fishbowl Friday *037*

Friday, Friday, Fri-DAY! Anyone else as excited as I am that this week is fiiiinally over? If you follow me on Instagram, you already know that the prompt for this week's Fishbowl Friday was 6 COLORS...






Polishes Used:

1 Coat Fingerpaints Smooth Over Ridge Filler
China Glaze Violet Vibes
Pure Ice Iris
Pure Ice Lucky Charming
Pure Ice Rose
Pure Ice Selfie
Sally Girl Trapeze Artist
SinfulColors A-Crush
SinfulColors Chalk It Up
SinfulColors Navy I Do
SinfulColors RAD-iant
SinfulColors Truth or Lavendare
1 Coat SinfulColors Clear Coat
1 Coat Seche Vite

Did I mention the fact that the prompts for Fishbowl Friday are totally subjective and open to interpretation? The prompt may have read6 COLORS, but that really meant 11 polishes for a lovely seriotype with green, light blue, neon purple, navy blue, pink, lavender, gold, and glitter in at least 4 colors, right? I thought so too!

I started out this layering with a base of SinfulColors Truth or Lavendare and everything just snowballed from…

SinfulColors A-Crush Accent Mani

Polishes Used:

1 Coat Fingerpaints Smooth Over Ridge Filler
3 Coats SinfulColors A-Crush
3 Coats SinfulColors Summer S-Cool
5 Coats SinfulColors Queen of Beauty
1 Coat SinfulColors Clear Coat
1 Coat Seche Vite

It's not often that I stumble upon a nail polish display that I've heard nothing about. But while shopping with Peanut last week at Big Lots, that's exactly what happened. We were on our way to the checkout and found this huuuuuuge display of SinfulColors polishes in one of the aisles...


At first, I figured it was just a collection of re-promotions. Shades from this collection or that collection for back-to-school shoppers. But then I noticed all those little stickers on the lids, usually reserved for Limited Editions. I looked up the collection name and some polish names, but I didn't come up with anything while in the store. Once I got home, I did see that G from Nouveau Cheap had posted about a few new SinfulColors collections. Turns out, in addition to holdi…

Review: Terax Crema Original Moisturizing Daily Conditioner

We're just about smack dab in the middle of the Summer Holiday... and that means it's time to talk about mid-summer hair. If you've been swimming a lot, (chlorine or saltwater) sunning it up, or you've got extra-thirsty bleached hair... you know what I mean. Summer takes a big toll on the health of your hair, and that's where Terax Hair Care comes in!

Terax Crema Original Moisturizing Daily Conditioner is like a tall drink of water for your hair. Just like that first sip, the first time you use it is ah-mazing. Soft, moisturized, clean hair, and it just gets better the more you use it!


Pre-highlights, (April 2015) frizziness and flyaways were my biggest concern. It had been a while since I had colored my hair, so I was in a pretty comfortable routine. I typically washed every other day. My hair was usually a little oily and ready for a good cleansing by that time.

Then came highlights.


I didn't intend to get quite the drastic highlighted look that I've cur…

SinfulColors Neon Splat Nail Appliques

Polishes Used:

1 Coat Fingerpaints Smooth Over Ridge Filler
SinfulColors Black on Black
SinfulColors Neon Splat Neon Appliques*
SinfulColors Queen of Beauty
1 Coat SinfulColors Clear Coat
1 Coat Seche Vite

When I buy polish, I focus mainly on shade, finish, and formula. I don't really worry about dry time thanks to Seche Vite, and I rarely wear a manicure for more than a day or two.

But not all polish enthusiasts are created equal.

Some want a manicure that will last a really long time. So, gel polishes and the 14 day manicure are essentials for this type of lacquer lover.

Others, however, want a manicure that's quick, mess-free, and easy to clean up. That's where Nail Appliques/Wraps come in...


Joining the ranks of other nail wraps and appliques, SinfulColors recently introduced their own line of Nail Appliques with the launch of their summer Street Fusion Collection. Neon Splat is one of 5 Nail Appliques currently available.


SinfulColors Nail Appliques are made from ac…