Friday, October 30, 2015

Fishbowl Friday 052 // Opal

Happy, Happy Friday... Happy Friday to you! Today is actually an extra special Friday because Fishbowl Friday is officially one year old! It's really hard to believe that I've been bringing you this series every Friday for an entire year!!! The prompt I drew for today was OPAL...

Opalescent Layering Manicure

Opalescent Glitter Manicure

Opalescent Glitter Manicure

Opalescent Nails

Polishes Used: 

1 Coat Fingerpaints Smooth Over Ridge Filler
2 Coats Essie No More Film
2 Coats OPI Last Friday Night
2 Coats Frankenflaky
1 Coat OPI Last Friday Night
1 Coats SinfulColors Clear Coat
1 Coat Seche Vite

When I think of OPAL, I try not to think of the sheen on the bathroom sink at Chez Sparkle. That's not the kind of OPAL I, or really anyone else for that matter, likes. We all know that I love glitter and sparkles, and when its of the opalescent variety, it can be a seriously magical thing. Since I truly believe in overdoing glitter and sparkles 103% of the time, I went with a mix of opalescent glitter and opalescent color-shifting flakies to create this look. 

First off... I started with a base coat of Essie No More Film. It's a slightly purple leaning blue that isn't too dark, but isn't too light either. Perfect for showing off allllll that flaky goodness. Next, I added two coats of Last Friday Night. I chose Last Friday Night specifically for the cooler blend of opalescent glitter. There's mainly blue and green hex glitter with a few random coppery gold hexes and blue shimmer. 

I could've stopped there, but I thought it would be fun to add a little more color and sparkle. I added 2 coats of my Frankenflaky, which is basically every flaky polish from my collection mixed into one bottle. That added the warmer colors and flakies you see in the layering. I ended up warming it up a little too much and added another coat of Last Friday Night to tone it down. 

Normally, I finish all my manicures off with a coat of clear followed by a coat of Seche Vite. This time around, I used 2 coats of SinfulColors Clear Coat because I thought my end result looked a little dull. I'm so glad I did, because the end result is gorgeous and so shiny! Is it bad that I'm thinking about mattifying it?!? So weird, right?

Speaking of weird... I kind of can't believe that Fishbowl Friday has been going on for a year! 52 weeks of Fishbowl Fridays and I still really enjoy this series!!! It's turned into a comforting sort of constant here at Seize the Sparkle... and that's never a bad thing! 

So, another Friday is here, and no, Peanut is nawt potty trained yet. But we're going to work on that this weekend, along with cleaning out our garage. Woo-hoo! Fall cleaning really is a thing, and I'm determined to find my mixer so I can stop borrowing my mom's already! Who knows what else we'll find!!!

#FF2015






Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Pahlish October 2015 Duo // A Rare Month: Autumn People & Stopped Watch

Ever so slowly, I'm dipping my toes into the waters of indie nail polish. And I do mean slowly. Pahlish is the 3rd indie polish brand I've tried so far. The purchase of these two polishes actually marks the first time that I've ever decided to order a polish online so quickly. As soon as I saw the swatch of Autumn People, I knew it had to be in my collection. Stop The Clock and Autumn People came as a pair, so it only seemed natural to layer them together...

Pahlish October 2015 Duo

Pahlish Stopped Watch & Autumn People

Pahlish A Rare Month October 2015 Duo

Layering Pahlish Autumn People over Stopped Watch

Pahlish Stopped Watch & Autumn People

Polishes Used:

1 Coat Fingerpaints Smooth Over Ridge Filler
4 Coats Pahlish Stopped Watch
2 Coats Pahlish Autumn People
2 Coats SinfulColors Clear Coat
1 Coat Seche Vite

I'm not even sure where to begin with the two of these polishes. They've both got a lot going on, and when they're layered together? So. Much. Gorgeousness!

First of all, I'd be lying if I didn't say that Autumn People totally drew me in. It's such a unique and fun mix of flakies and glitter, with a lot of great colors representing. But then I noticed that Stopped Watch wasn't a black polish. But it wasn't your typical blackened green, either. Nope. It's an almost-blackened olive jelly with super fine fuchsia, copper, and gold glitter running through it.

Autumn People is described by Paholish PR as a "clear topper with a mix of red ultrachrome flakes, gold flakes, and multicolored chameleon flakes with neon purple shimmer. Exploded Halloween in a bottle!" It's a really warm mix of colors with red, gold, copper, and pink all representing. Then, the little bit of purple and flashes of blue and green really make it unique.

Stopped Watch did require 4 coats before I felt like it was completely even on me. I had a couple of visible patches down by my cuticles after just three coats, so for me, the 4th coat was neccessary. But I'm used to painting at least 3 coats, so, no big deal. Autumn People went on like a breeze. I listed 2 coats above, but it was one normal coat followed by a thinnish coat to amp up the sparkle factor a little. Glitter payoff is really good, and 2 regular coats would block out too much of Stopped Watch.

As far as ordering and everything goes, turn around time was pretty amazing with Pahlish! I placed my order on Friday, October 20th and received my package on Monday, October 26th. So, yay for that! Waiting has never been my strong suit!

There's a good chance that I'm in love with Autumn People. I can't wait to try it over some other colors, and definitely in a Seriotype at some point. I've seen it over taupe and while that looks really pretty, I'm still brainstorming what I want to use it with next!

-S

Monday, October 26, 2015

Layering: Eternal Uptown Fire

So remember last week when I wondered what The Uptown would look like layered over Eternal Beauty? Well, I did just that and added a coat of Fantasy Fire on top for good measure to create this ah-mazingly sparkly layering...

Color Club Eternal Beauty, The Uptown, and Max Factor Fantasy Fire
natural light

Layering The Uptown over Eternal Beauty
sunlight

Color Club Eternal Beauty, The Uptown, and Max Factor Fantasy Fire
sunlight

Color Club Eternal Beauty, The Uptown, and Max Factor Fantasy Fire
natural light

Max Factor Fantasy Fire over Color Club The Uptown & Eternal Beauty
sunlight

Purple Sparkly, Shimmery, Holographic Nails
sunlight

Color Club Eternal Beauty, The Uptown, and Max Factor Fantasy Fire
natural light

Color Club Eternal Beauty, The Uptown, and Max Factor Fantasy Fire
natural light

Purple Rainbow Sparkly Nails
natural light

Polishes Used: 

1 Coat Fingerpaints Smooth Over Ridge Filler
2 Coats Color Club Eternal Beauty
2 Coats Color Club The Uptown
1 Coat Max Factor Fantasy Fire
1 Coat SinfulColors Clear Coat
1 Coat Seche Vite

This is one seriously magical layering! I am definitely in love! The Uptown adds a fun splash of color to the holo in Eternal Beauty. Fantasy Fire adds a splash of sparkle overtop to really give depth and dimension to this layering without covering up the gorgeous shifting flakies of The Uptown. 

Sigh. 

I'm pretty sure that I would buy versions of The Uptown in every color of the rainbow. Fantasy Fire, too. And thanks to this layering, I might not be able to use The Uptown without Fantasy Fire. Really wishing I would've bought backups of both. 

I tried my best to show all the different angles of this incredible layering. There's so many different things going on here, shifting flakies, holo flash, shimmer, and then there's the difference between sunlight and shade...

Sunlight vs. Natural Light Purple Rainbow Layering
natural light v. sunlight

Yep. I'm really loving this one. Part of me wants to keep it on longer, and the other part of me is seriously eyeballing my first Pahlish order. Definite first world problems going on right now. Maybe I'll figure out what I'm wearing tomorrow and go from there... Stay tuned!

-S

Friday, October 23, 2015

Fishbowl Friday 051 // Favorite

Happy Fri-Yay! We've made it through to another weekend. That's worth a pat on the back and a celebratory something, right? Some weeks, I'll tell ya. So, I picked FAVORITE for my prompt last night and ran with it in like 8 different ways...

Pink & Purple Seriotype

Favorites Manicure

Pink & Purple Seriotype Manicure

Pink & Purple Seriotype Manicure

Pink & Purple Seriotype Manicure

Polishes Used:

1 Coat Fingerpaints Smooth Over Ridge Filler
2 Coats OPI Hey Baby!
China Glaze Mingle with Kringle
L'Oreal Sexy in Sequins
Orly Space Cadet
SinfulColors Smokin'
Wet n Wild A Latte Love
1 Coat SinfulColors Clear Coat
1 Coat Seche Vite

This prompt could easily be interpreted about a hundred different ways. FAVORITE color, brand, finish, mani, etc. As I was making the list in my mind, I knew it had to be a seriotype. How could it not? So here's my favorite kind of manicure with all my favorite things.

Starting out, I knew that I had to use pink as my basecoat. Originally, I thought Zoya Ali would be perfect, but it just did nawt want to cooperate. That and poor application of latex coupled with late removal. So, that attempt got cleaned up and I started again. Enter OPI Hey, Baby! It was part of the Gwen Stefani OPI collaberation, and it's one of my favorite pink shades. Plus, after using Ali, I realized that I would do better with an opaque pink, and Hey, Baby is just that.

Once I had my pink base, I added purple sparkle with Sexy in Sequins and darkened things up with Space Cadet. I blotted on Wet n Wild A Latte Love to make sure the gray in Smokin' would show up. Then I added more sparkle with additional splashes of Sexy in Sequins, Space Cadet, and of course, Mingle with Kringle, my favorite gold glitter for layering!

How did I apply the polishes in my Seriotype? I'm glad you asked! I tend to favor the saran wrap method a little bit more than sponging. For me, sponging works best if I want more concentrated color in a concentrated area. Saran Wrap can give you concentrated color, but as you dab, the color gets distributed a little more randomly on the nail. After dabbing with saran wrap, clear nail polish melds the shades underneath it together in a really cool way.

Pink, Purple, Gray, Glitter, and Sparkles alllllll together in a Seriotype. Total favorite! I only wish that this mani would've photographed a little bit better. Also, I totally forgot that Sexy in Sequins was textured, so I probably should've done 1-2 more coats of clear before Seche!

As far as my weekend goes, we are celebrating Peanut's birthday... I really cannot believe that my little girl is three. Guys, I have a threenager! It's totally surreal and a little bittersweet, but also really cool watching her become this amazing, smart, independent little person. Other than festivities, we just have plans to relax and clean a little bit. Typical weekendy stuff. Maybe a trip to the grocery store, but that's about it. Here's to hoping that you and your fam have a great weekend too!

#ff2015


Thursday, October 22, 2015

Color Club Eternal Beauty

Color Club Halo Hues Eternal Beauty
Natural Light

Color Club Eternal Beauty
Natural Light

Color Club Halo Hues Eternal Beauty
Sunlight

Color Club Halo Hues Eternal Beauty
Natural Light

Color Club Halo Hues Eternal Beauty
Sunlight

Polishes Used:

1 Coat Fingerpaints Smooth Over Ridge Filler
3 Coats Color Club Eternal Beauty
1 Coat SinfulColors Clear Coat
1 Coat Seche Vite

Here's another holographic beauty from the Original Halo Hues Collection from Color Club. This is the purple of the bunch, a nice mid-toned orchidy/violet shade. Add holo sparkle and just like Beyond... total rainbow explosion on your nails!

I am seriously not kidding when I say that I love this formula and the brush. That combination makes for seriously flawless application. I used three easy coats to get the look you see in the swatches, but most people would only need two.

You know, as I'm looking at these swatches, there's something really magical about rainbows and the color purple! I'm really curious what The Uptown, also by Color Club, would look layered over Eternal Beauty. It's a purple jelly that's loaded with flakies that shift through the rainbow. I mean, some people might think it's overkill, but I think these two polishes might look ah-mazing layered together!

As much as I would like to try that layering out... tomorrow is Fishbowl Friday and I haven't pulled my prompt yet. I can't wait to see what No. 51 will be. That's the great thing about the randomness of Fishbowl Friday... anything can happen!

-S

Color Club Beyond

Hey guys! I know it's been a little while, but fear not... I'm not going anywhere! In fact, I'm dipping my toes into some very foreign waters today. Foreign, sparkly, and... Holographic?!?!?!? ( I know!) 

Color Club Halo Hues Beyond
Natural Light

Color Club Beyond
Natural Light

Color Club Halo Hues Beyond
Sunlight

Color Club Halo Hues Beyond
Sunlight

Color Club Beyond
Sunlight

Polishes Used:

1 Coat Fingerpaints Smooth Over Ridge Filler
3 Coats Color Club Beyond
1 Coat SinfulColors Clear Coat
1 Coat Seche Vite

I'm pretty sure that I swore multiple times that it wasn't going to happen, but... it kinda happened. I mean, I wasn't really expecting it to happen, I was just watching a few videos online and before you know it... I'm ordering 5 of the OG Halo Hues from Color Club because that's clearly what dipping your toes in holographic waters means. Since I'm soooooo incredibly zerotoninetylikerightnow, I dove straight off the high dive, bikini and all.

Color Club Beyond is the holo to blame for all the other holos that are inevitably going to make their way into my collection now. It's a black linear holo with really strong flash. For those of you new to holos like me... holographic polish can either be linear or scattered. Linear means that you'll see the rainbow flame in a line on your nails. Scattered means that you'll see a rainbow of sparkles that changes every time you move your fingers. Flash refers to the vividness of the holographic sparkle.

In my swatches, I'm wearing 3 coats, but most people could comfortably get away with 2. I knew I was going to wear this for more than a day, though, so I went for that extra coat. And honestly, most of the time 3 coats just feels right.

The formula on Beyond is amazing, and I really like Color Club's brush. I don't have too many of their polishes, but it was soooo easy to get a super clean line by my cuticles. I can see me buying many, many more of their polishes in the future. I bought mine through HB Beauty Bar when they were having a 20% off sale, so that brought down the price a little bit. That's always cause for a happy dance!

One thing that I really love about Beyond is the difference in looks from Sunlight to Natural Light. In the shade, Beyond is an unassuming charcoal gray shimmer with a faint rainbow sparkle. Sunlight just makes the holographic sparkle explode against the charcoal gray. I probably should've bought a backup, because I can see myself reaching for this a LOT!

Now, the main reason I purchased Beyond was not to simply swatch it and throw it in my Helmer. First of all, my Helmers are both full and in need of reorganization. I thought classifying by color would work, and I just don't like it. Pretty sure what I really need are shelves. But anyway... back to Beyond, Angel's Kiss, Eternal Beauty, Harp On It, and Blue Heaven... I needed them to up my seriotype game. And honestly, it's been such a long time since I really tried out a new finish.

So.

There you have it. Seize the Sparkle has finally gone Holo. Sparklists, rejoice!

-S

Friday, October 16, 2015

Fishbowl Friday 050 // Sparkles

Happy Friday! Today marks the Golden Anniversary of my Fishbowl Friday series. While it's hard to believe that I'm at the big five-oh... It's even harder to believe that in just 2 weeks, Fishbowl Friday turns a year old! Bellinis for everyone! I honestly can't think of a better way to mark this Seize the Sparkle milestone than with SPARKLES...

Color Club The Uptown and China Glaze Choo Choo Choose You

Sparkle Nails

Sparkle Nails

Sparkle Nails

Sparkle Nails

Polishes Used:

1 Coat Fingerpaints Smooth Over Ridge Filler
3 Coats China Glaze Choo Choo Choose You
2 Coats Pure Ice Oh, Baby
1 Coat Color Club The Uptown
2 Coats Pure Ice Oh, Baby
1 Coat SinfulColors Clear Coat
1 Coat Seche Vite

Normally, a prompt like SPARKLES would make me pull out all my glitter and go crazy. And I did that last night. Only, I got a little carried away, and ended up with a hot mess of glitter on my nails. It just wasn't turning out as I'd hoped, so I had to scrap it and regroup.

Then I remembered The Uptown, and thought it would look cool layered over Choo Choo Choose Me. Which it did. Choo Choo Choose You is a blue/gray/purple jelly polish that houses a really fine shimmer that flashes through all the colors. The Uptown features flakies that flash through the rainbow in a purple jelly base. I could've just paired The Uptown and Choo Choo Choose You togther, but I added Oh, Baby for a little bit of extra interest.

I really like the way this layering turned out, but it was definitely different than what I had in mind. When I look at it, I see a bluer version of Orly Fowl Play with more pronounced flakies and shimmer. While painting, I kept thinking I needed to add some pink to this, but I'm trying to get away from always doing the pink/purple/blue/turquoise combo.

In other news, Peanut's 3rd birthday party was a huge success! We had a little party at a local Creamery and the night ended with an awesome hay ride! So much fun, but man has it gotten cold outside! I'm currently typing from underneath a pile of covers with wool socks over a pair of regular socks, and my feet are still freeeeeeezing, I kid you not! I was nawt made for cold weather. Likeatall. Brrrrrrr... But we did have the best time, and we're going to do our best to have a relaxing weekend. So. Happy Friday, and Happy Weekend to you and yours!

#FF2015

Thursday, October 15, 2015

#31DC2015 // Recapping the 31 Day Nail Art Challenge 2015

Woohoo! I've made it out to the other side... #31DC2015 is complete, in the books, finished, whatever you would like to call it!!! This time around, it took me 39 days, a whole 5 days longer than last year, but in my defense, I was dealing with the plague. Let's take a look at my pretty collage...






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There's just something I love about seeing all my #31DC2015 nails together... definitely gives me quite the sense of accomplishment! I love taking part in the challenge, but make no mistakes, the 31 Day Nail Art Challenge is not as easy as it looks! I'm not sure that any daily challenge is, to be honest! It's definitely worth it, though. Not only did I find a lot of great new blogs and feeds to follow, I really did push myself past what I did last year. I might've finished later, but tomaytoes and potaytoes, right?

It's official! I finished #31DC2015 and lived to polish another day! :)

Easiest...
I know I said it last year, but the first couple of prompts really are the easiest. Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Violet... It's not even just because they're colors, for me, it's because they're the first few prompts when the creative juices and ambition are really flowing. Towards the end, it gets harder to stay on track night after night.

Hardest...
Last year it was the Water Marble, but this year? The prize goes to my Flowers manicure. Rather than just stamp some flowers on my nails and be done with it, I decided to take on a Pond Manicure. It takes for-ev-uh-er to do a pond manicure. I wouldn't say that it's really hard, just incredibly complex. Paint, Seche, Stamp, Seche, Paint, Seche... So many coats of nail polish! So much time! But also worth it, because the end results are GORGEOUS!

Most Surprising...
Water Marble. Definitely. I was amazed at how quickly my skills came around after watching a proper tutorial. Soooooo many things that I was doing wrong. The still didn't turn out all that great, but I'm not really planning on practicing, so... O.o

Least Favorite...
I'd probably have to go with my Pattern nails. They'd be closely followed by Black & White and Fashion. I just feel like they could've been better, you know?

Most Favorite...
Oooooh... this is a tough one. There are so many! The Nails You Love prompt tends to always trump the rest, though! I mean, favorites and all, right? But I really love my Tutorial, Book, Glitter, Flowers, Animal Print, Rainbow, and Violet, nails too.

Polishes Used...
In total, 77 polishes were used to create my #31DC2015 nails. 48 were polishes I had tried before, 29 were untried. The difference between tried/untried polishes surprised me. After we moved, I got rid of my untried box, and I'm thinking I need to start it up again!

When it came to color, purple led the pack this year, followed closely by pink, and then blue. That's typical, considering I tend to gravitate towards pink, purple, blue, teal, and turquoise! As far as finishes go, I used mostly creme polishes this year. Jelly polishes came in second, and glitter and shimmer polishes tied for third. You know what that means, right? I need to up my glitter game next year!

What brands did I reach for the most often? No real surprise, SinfulColors came in first, which makes sense because there's more of them in my stash! OPI came in second, and China Glaze came in third.

What I'd change...
After having completed the challenge for a 2nd year, I would actually change more. Last year, I mentioned nixing the Flag prompt. I'd be happy to veto the Water Marble (ewww) and Half Moons too, (I can never get mine to line up nicely) and maybe merge Delicate Print and Pattern together. My brain always wants to do the same things for both of those prompts. What would I add? Seriotype, Shimmer, Signature Style, and Indie. Vote Seize the Sparkle!

But seriously, coming up in January, I might try and participate in a couple weekly challenges, or even make up my own. For now, I really can't commit to more challenges. This time of year is sooooo busy for me, it's Peanut's Birthday, NaNoWriMo, Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Christmas Shopping, my 12 Days of Christmas Series, and finally, Christmas and New Year's! I usually try to sneak a No-Buy in there too.

Busy, Busy, Busy!

I really do enjoy the camaraderie of nail challenges. Now that I have some free time at night, I'll be researching what weekly challenges are out there. If you know of any really great/different ones, please let me know in the comments!

Meanwhile, it's kind of nice being able to take a breath and know that #31DC2015 is in the rear view. I had a lot of fun participating, and I will probably go back at it for a 3rd time next September. But I'm thinking I might work ahead. It would be nice to finish on time one of these years... O.o

#31DC2015

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Rainbow Honey La Isla Morada

Is there anything better than nail mail? My monthly mystery bag from Rainbow Honey arrived yesterday and it did nawt disappoint! No tricks, just treats all around!!!

October Mystery Bag Rainbow Honey

I'm ignoring the fact that there's so much orange in the packaging. I mean, it is October, after all. I'm loving all the new scents that are coming out of Rainbow Honey right now. Whoever is in charge of putting their scents together does an ah-mazing job. I'm scent-sitive to some pretty random fragrance notes, but I've yet to have an issue with any of Rainbow Honey's scents.

But let's get back to the polish, shall we? La Isla Morada is the lovely purple shade in the lower right hand corner of my first collage using Layout for Instagram. Because I'm fancy and technologically awesome all at the same time. You can't really tell by the photo in the collage just how awesome La Isla Morada really is. But these photos should do the trick...

La Isla Morada by Rainbow Honey

Rainbow Honey La Isla Morada

La Isla Morada by Rainbow Honey

La Isla Morada by Rainbow Honey

La Isla Morada by Rainbow Honey

Polishes Used:

1 Coat Fingerpaints Smooth Over Ridge Filler
3 Coats Rainbow Honey La Isla Morada
2 Coats SinfulColors Clear Coat
2 Coats Seche Vite (with about 30-45 min between coats)

When I opened up my mystery bag from Rainbow Honey and saw La Isla Morada, I though it looked really fun and Halloweenish. Then I noticed the really warm pink sheen that turned the glitters all different colors. It needed to be on my nails tout de suite!

La Isla Morada is a mid-toned sheer purple jelly with a pink sheen and a lot of blue/purple/pink microshimmer. And just those three elements alone would've made a really cool polish. But Rainbow Honey didn't stop there. Medium black matte hex glitter, pearlescent white/silver square glitter, small holographic silver glitter, and pearlescent white/silver glitter shards. With each subsequent coat, the glitter in previous coats of La Isla Morada change from black to brown, and white to purple. This polish is seriously unlike anything in my collection.

And. I. Love. It.

-S

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