Saturday, February 27, 2016

Fishbowl Friday 065 // Zoya

Hey there! No, it's not Friday and I know it's been forever. I'm still getting into the swing of a new schedule and all that. This particular prompt was actually pulled by Peanut last week, but I didn't get around to actually doing a mani for it until this week. So, here we have ZOYA nails...

Zoya Jelly Glitter Sandwich

Zoya Muse Jelly Glitter Sandwich

Zoya Muse Layering

Zoya Binx Layering

Polishes Used:

1 Coat Fingerpaints Ridge Filler
2 Coats Zoya Paloma
1 Coat Zoya Muse
1 Coat Zoya Binx
1 Coat Zoya Paloma
1 Coat Zoya Muse
1 Coat Zoya Paloma
1 Coat SinfulColors Clear Coat
1 Coat Seche Vite

When I ordered Zoya Muse, I was well aware that she was the blue sister to Binx. But I can't really say that I thought much about layering the two of them together. Or creating a jelly glitter sandwich with Paloma. But that's what this turned into!

And I really like it!

Both Muse and Binx contain translucent and opalescent hexagonal glitter. The shades of glitter vary slightly between the two because of the different base coats. Layer a coat of Zoya Paloma on top and that glitter turns a smidge warmer. All in all, I'm really pleased with how this turned out. It makes we want to try a similar layering with some of the other Zoya jellies in my collection!

So far, everything is going awesome with the new job, and don't worry, it's not like I haven't been painting my nails. My problem has been figuring out when and where to take pictures. But I'm working on it! So, when I have that all settled and I'm a little more used to my schedule, the posting will probably return to normal!

For now... it's been a good weekend so far. Got a little cleaning done today, more cleaning for tomorrow, and hopefully we'll be able to get outside if the weather is nice. All in all, I'm so ready for Spring. And I know I can't be the only one!!!


Friday, February 12, 2016

Fishbowl Friday 064 // Opal

Friday is just about over, and what a Friday it has been! For today's prompt, I pulled OPAL. I guess the biggest thing I normally think of when I think of nails and OPAL... flakies. But, I didn't really want to go that route this time around. So, I chose an opalescent glitter, put it over a dark teal glass-fleck duochrome, and then topped that with flakies...

China Glaze Moonlight the Night Layering

Opal Layering Manicure

Opal Layering Mani

China Glaze Moonlight the Night Mani

Polishes Used:

1 Coat Fingerpaints Smooth Over Ridge Filler
3 Coats China Glaze Don't Get Elfed Up
1 Coat China Glaze Moonlight the Night
1 Coat Color Club The Uptown
1 Coat SinfulColors Clear Coat
1 Coat Seche Vite

If you haven't already noticed, I'm a big believer in layering my glitter with sparkles and topping all of that with flakies. Because more is more, right? Well, at least as far as I'm concerned, it is!

Don't Get Elfed Up is a gorgeous glass-fleck polish from China Glaze's Cheers! Holiday Collection. It's a dark teal that flashes blue with a glint of purple at extreme angles. I wish the purple flash was more visible in person, but sadly, it's stronger in the bottle. The formula on this was great. Three easy coats and done, great application!

Moonlight the Night is one of two glitters in the China Glaze House of Colour Collection for Spring 2016. It's an opalescent glitter in teal with translucent glitter in coralish pink and purple. There's a good range of glitter colors in here, and I really love the bright flash of the coral.

To finish off that layering, I used one coat of The Uptown by Color Club. It's a purple jelly with flakies that flash through the rainbow. The red and green flashes are the most brilliant, making this a really fun shade to wear. One coat of clear followed by a coat of Seche Vite, and this mani was good to go. And I'm definitely wearing it for another day!

Fishbowl Friday 064 Opal Nails

Monday, February 8, 2016

My Resolutions for 2016

It might seem a little odd to be posting this in February, but there's a pretty good reason behind that, I promise. I actually sat down to write this post a few times and recent events have actually allowed it all to flow a little bit better!

You might not know this, but Seize the Sparkle was actually started as part of my New Year's resolution back in 2013. And here we are, just a few weeks into the year 2016. Seize the Sparkle turned three halfway through January, and I'm still working on digesting it! Oh, and you didn't miss any Anniversary or Blogiversary post, because there wasn't one. (Good reasons for that too!) 

No, I was busy working on making my biggest Resolution come to fruition. It was a search that actually started out in late September of last year, and got put on hold a little during the holidays, then slammed into full force at the beginning of the year.

The job search. (duh, duh, duuuuuuh...)

I've worked at my current job for almost ten years, and it was just time to start looking. Really actively looking. Any of you that have had to do this recently know just how much work goes into it! But I put my little nose to the grindstone and I start my new job the day after Valentine's Day.

And I'm sooooo excited!

You know, when I started out with this blog, I just wanted to see if I could do it for an entire year. That year turned into two, and now we're past the three year mark with no plans for quitting anytime soon. No worries about that. I'm sure it will take a little while for me to adjust to a new schedule and a commute and everything, but I'll figure out a way to make it work.

That's the thing about change. You adapt. It doesn't matter if you don't want to or you're not prepared. When circumstances around you change, you change with them.

When I started this blog in 2013, I was incredibly lost. I'll admit that. Fear and negativity had really crept into my life and changed me. Hardened me. To a point that I didn't recognize myself and neither did anyone else around me. I knew that writing had always been a form of expression for me, and I had a short-lived nail blog prior to Seize the Sparkle. So, I took a big leap of faith and started this blog.

Seize the Sparkle was a way to combat the negativity and turn it around. I wanted to get back to myself and find a way to reconnect with everyone and everything around me. All fears aside. I wanted to be brave and have courage.

That was three years ago, and I really haven't looked back since, or had any regrets at all. I've come to embrace change and see it as an opportunity, rather than something to be afraid of. With my head in a better place, the more I looked around, the more I started to see chances and opportunities all around me. Ways to be better. Think better. Act better.

So, for the first time in a long time, I finally have a direction. And on top of that, I have ideas, goals, and plans that feel like they might actually go somewhere now. It's exciting and refreshing at the same time!

Why am I sharing all of this? Well, I guess because if you're reading and feeling the way I felt, I just want you to know that you're not alone. I've been there too. There's nothing wrong with trying to improve yourself. There's no shame in starting over from scratch. And there's no shame in doing it a bunch of times before you get it right!

I've tried to define Seize the Sparkle as so many different things over the years, but the truth is, it's the process. They say that life is about the journey, not the destination. Well, Seize the Sparkle is really my way of capturing that journey. My journey.

Thomas Edison once said that "I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work." I've always loved that quote, but I think I have a better understanding of it now. He also said, "Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time."

If I could wish anything for you in 2016... it would be to keep trying. Even just one more time. And then one more after that. Challenge yourself to actively try. Even if it's something small. I promise, you won't regret it!

Are there more things on my Resolutions list? Absolutely! I always make it a goal to do something new and different with the Blog, even if I have no idea what that might be right now. I'd like to win NaNoWriMo 2016. I'd love to get better at planning meals during the week. I also need to organize my 3rd Helmer.

The list definitely doesn't stop there for me, and I don't find that I really confine goals or resolutions to the beginning of the year. Do you? I'm curious... What are some of your resolutions? How are they going? Let me know in the comments!


Friday, February 5, 2016

Fishbowl Friday 063 // Silver

Let's all do a little ohmygoshthankthelordthatitisfriday dance, shall we? Oh, it's not just me?!? Even better! I'm sooooooo beyond ready to have a weekend to catch my breath and just relax a little bit! Today's prompt is a pretty simple one. SILVER could be translated and done about a thousand different ways. But since I'm wearing black, white, and grey, I thought I'd combine charcoal grey nails with sparkly textured silver polish on my accent nails...

China Glaze Out Like a Light & Revlon Diamond Texture

Silver Accent Manicure

Silver Accent Nails

Revlon Diamond Texture and China Glaze Out Like a Light

Polishes Used: 

1 Coat Fingerpaints Smooth Over Ridge Filler
3 Coats China Glaze Out Like a Light
3 Coats Revlon Diamond Texture
1 Coat SinfulColors Clear Coat
1 Coat Seche Vite

Diamond Texture from Revlon is about the closest thing I've found to a silvery version of Zoya Tomoko. But it's not exaaaaactly what I'm lemming. Don't get me wrong, it's a bright silver, it's textured, and there's a ton of sparkle! But I just wish that it were a little bit lighter. I'm thinking I need a silver with platinum or white gold vibes. 

But like I said, for now, it's Tomoko's silver... cousin. Application was great... Diamond Texture goes on just as easily as my other texture polishes. The formula is slightly thinner than Tomoko, but you still get great coverage with each coat. Most people would probably only need two coats, but I added a third to be make sure I didn't have any patches. 

On my other nails, I used China Glaze Out Like a Light, a pretty dark charcoal grey. I really like this shade. I tend to reach for black polish when I don't know what else to wear, and this is a nice alternative to that. Black can sometimes be a little stark and cold. While Out Like a Light is definitely dark, there's a softness to it on my nails. 

So, I just realized that this is the first time in a while that I don't have any set plans or expectations for the weekend, and I'm actually okay with that! Whatever your plans may be... I hope you have a great Friday, and a fabulous Saturday and Sunday, too! 

Silver Accent Nails Fishbowl Friday 063

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

OPI Conquistadorable Color Accent Mani

Do you have a particular color that you overbuy? For me, I think raspberry pink cremes definitely fall into that category. I've got a million of them, but Conquistadorable Color by OPI was one of the firsts in my stash. For today's accent mani, I paired it with the multichrome flaky goodness that is Pahlish Gumdrop Rooftop layered over my favorite gold glitter, Zoya Tomoko.

OPI Conquistadorable Color Accent Nails

OPI Conquistadorable Color Accent Mani

OPI Conquistadorable Color Accent Nails

OPI Conquistadorable Color & Gold Accents

OPI Conquistadorable Color, Pahlish Gumdrop Rooftop, Zoya Tomoko

Polishes Used:

1 Coat Fingerpaints Smooth Over Ridge Filler
2 Coats OPI Conquistadorable Color
2 Coats Zoya Tomoko
2 Coats Pahlish Gumdrop Rooftop
1 Coat SinfulColors Clear Coat
1 Coat Seche Vite

If you haven't heard of this color, it's probably because it was part of OPI's Fall 2009 Collection... Coleccion de Espana. Around that time, I was buying a few OPI polishes here and there, but nothing to the extent of what I buy today!

In the photos, you can't really tell that this is a raspberry creme, and it's a true raspberry creme. My camera washed out all hints of blue undertones. Trust me, this is not that red in person! Two easy coats were all I needed, and I didn't have to shake or add thinner to this polish or anything. I can't say for sure that I bought it in 2009, but it was either 2010 or 2011 when I purchased this shade. My point is, that I've owned it for at least 5 years, and I saw no reason to pitch it! Went on smooth, didn't require lots of shaking, brush still works great, cap isn't gummed up, and it's still incredibly pigmented.

For my accents, I'm pretty sure I've done something similar before. Two coats of Gumdrop Rooftop over Zoya Tomoko add a little bit of interest and aid in smoothing out the textured gold glitter. I really need to find something similar in a super bright silver. I'm loving the shade of silver in Takko Lacquer Salient, but I missed the restock. Booooo.

Oddly enough, I haven't really been swooning feverishly over many polishes these days. We're kind of in that lull period between Holiday releases and Spring/Summer collections. I'm getting back into the bright polishes, but I'm also still enjoying vampy shades. 'Tis almost the season for red, pink, white, and hearts all over everything, but I'm a little meh this year when it comes to Valentine's Day. Mostly, I'm just ready for warm weather to come and send the dry skin/hangnail train on its way! I've had so many in the past few weeks, it's like a different finger every day!

What about you... how are you handling the cold? What colors are creeping into your polish routine? Let me know in the comments!