Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Seche Magnifique from Live Love Polish

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Good evening everyone! How are you all doing? Things are good here, but I'm already feeling the holiday craziness! I'll probably be taking a bit of a break from the blog this month, but I'll still be posting on Instagram, be sure to follow me there!

Tonight I have a swatch for you. I was contacted a couple of weeks ago by Laura with Live Love Polish asking if I would like to review a nail color from Seche. This is my first Seche color so I was really excited to try it out. 

This is Seche Magnifique

3 coats with no topcoat. 


3 coats with 1 coat of Seche Vite topcoat. 


First off let me say that I smudged my pinkie when I applied the topcoat, sorry about that. Live Love Polish provided me with a bottle of SecheVite as well. It was the first topcoat that I tried when I first really got into nail polish and nail art. I love how quickly it dries and that it doesn't smudge. (as long as you "float" it on the nail) It does have a tendency to shrink after you've had it for a while. You can remedy this with a few drops of Seche Restore thinner, I think it may have something to do with the fact that it gets kind of goopy over time. But for those just starting out with nails Seche Vite is a great topcoat to try. 

So first let me tell you about Live Love Polish. It is a new online store that gets polish directly from the brands, so you don't have to worry about counterfeits! It might seem strange to some but that's actually a big concern for me! They carry brands like Seche, China Glaze, NCLA, and others. They say their shipping is fast, I haven't ordered from them yet, but I can say that my interactions with them so far have been super fast, professional, and friendly. 

Now, on to the polish! I would describe Magnifique as a bright fuchsia with a bit of blue shimmer. Overall this is a lovely polish. It has the typical formula issues for polishes with this finish, somewhat tricky to work with, thin, uneven, and a little streaky at first. But it evens out nicely with topcoat. This is one I will reach for again in the future.  

If you'd like to buy this polish from Live Love Polish you can buy it here. I'm definitely going to be shopping there very soon!

Thank you all for reading!

~caseylane

**The polishes in this post were provided to me in exchange for an honest review. Please see my disclosure policy for details**

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Twinsie Tuesday, Your Least Favorite Polish

Good morning everyone! Today's Twinsie Tuesday prompt is your least favorite polish. This was pretty easy for me, Color Club Kismet is this awesome holo that I like in theory but hate on my nails. I can't seem to part with it though...



I think maybe part of the reason that I can't let it go is the awesome holo in this. Unpopular opinion here, but holos aren't my favorite. But something about them always draws me in.... They have a strange power!

Be sure to check out the other Twinsies blogs linked below to see their least favorite polishes! 

Thanks for reading! 

~casey 

Alaina at The Little Canvas
Amanda at Amandalandish
Amber at Nails Like Lace
Bridget at A Painted Nail
Chelsea at Nailed Blog
Cordia at Seriously Swatched
Elizabeth at Did My Nails
Jessica at Blue Velvet Lacquer
Kelly at Tuxarina
Lakeisha at Refined and Polished
​ Marisa at Polish Obsession
Róisín at Cuti-CLUE-les
Stephanie at A Little Polish
Tiffany at Polished To Precision



Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Twinsie Tuesday, Minimalistic

Good morning friends! Happy Tuesday! Today's theme is minimalistic. When I first thought about what to do for this theme a simple accent nail is what popped in my head. So here is what I came up with.


For my accent nails I used Pipe Dream Polish. 2 coats of Cha-Ching and 1 coat Champagne Kisses. On my other fingers I used 3 coats of Zoya Kitridge, a birthday gift from my lovely fellow Twinsie Cordial! (Thank you Cordia!!!!!) I topped it all off with HK Girl, using 2 coats on my glitter nails. 

So what do you think? I'm not sure this much sparkle is "minimalistic", but this technique is an easy way to get big nail art impact. 

Be sure to check out the other blogs linked below! Have a great week everyone, and thanks for reading!

~casey 

Alaina at The Little Canvas
Amanda at Amandalandish
Amber at Nails Like Lace
Bridget at A Painted Nail
Chelsea at Nailed Blog
Cordia at Seriously Swatched
Elizabeth at Did My Nails
Jessica at Blue Velvet Lacquer
Kelly at Tuxarina
Lakeisha at Refined and Polished
​ Marisa at Polish Obsession
Róisín at Cuti-CLUE-les
Stephanie at A Little Polish
Tiffany at Polished To Precision







Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Twinsie Tuesday... Halloween!

Good morning everyone! Happy Tuesday! And happy Halloween! I don't really get into holidays much, including Halloween. I've never really been interested in it, even as a kid. But I do love Halloween nail art and cute kids (and puppies) in costumes.

For this weeks nails I went pretty simple just using "Halloween" colors.


For this look I started with OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls. Then using the dry brush (or grunge) technique I added OPI Funky Dunkey, You're So Outta Lime, A Good Man-Darin is Hard to Find, Black Onyx, and This Gown Needs a Crown. Then I Topped it off with HK Girl quick dry top coat by Glisten and Glow, once it was dry I added NOPI Matte Topcoat. 

I love this look! Dry brush is a favorite technique, have you tried it? If not, you should!!! 

Be sure to check out the other Twinsie blogs linked below! Have a safe and happy Halloween! 

~casey 


Alaina at The Little Canvas
Amanda at Amandalandish
Amber at Nails Like Lace
Bridget at A Painted Nail
Chelsea at Nailed Blog
Cordia at Seriously Swatched
Elizabeth at Did My Nails
Jessica at Blue Velvet Lacquer
Kelly at Tuxarina
Lakeisha at Refined and Polished
​ Marisa at Polish Obsession
Róisín at Cuti-CLUE-les
Stephanie at A Little Polish
Tiffany at Polished To Precision





Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Twinsie Tuesday: I've Been Meaning To....

Hey everyone!!! Long time no see! I took a hiatus for vacation, then when we got home life got kind of crazy. But now I'm back and hopefully I can get back into posting more frequently. For now, Twinsie Tuesday!!!

This weeks prompt is I've Been Meaning To.... Basically anything we've been meaning to do. For me that was easy, I've been meaning to do anything with my nails! For a long time I've wanted to try ikat nails and I figured this was perfect excuse. :) There are a lot of tutorials for this design online, I followed one on The Budget Babe


For my base I used OPI My Dogsled is a Hybrid. (Thank you Bridget!) I then painted the design with acrylic paint. 

Overall I'm pretty happy with these. I see some things I would like to fix, but it's my first nail art in ages and my first time trying ikat, so I think I did pretty good!

Thank you all for reading! Be sure to check out the other Twinsies blogs linked below!

~casey 

Alaina at The Little Canvas
Amanda at Amandalandish
Amber at Nails Like Lace
Bridget at A Painted Nail
Chelsea at Nailed Blog
Cordia at Seriously Swatched
Elizabeth at Did My Nails
Jessica at Blue Velvet Lacquer
Kelly at Tuxarina
Lakeisha at Refined and Polished
​ Marisa at Polish Obsession
Róisín at Cuti-CLUE-les
Stephanie at A Little Polish
Tiffany at Polished To Precision



Monday, September 8, 2014

Twinsie Tuesday, Teal Nails for Cervical Cancer Awarenesd

Good morning everyone. Today's Twinsie Tuesday prompt is Teal Nails for Cervical Cancer Awareness. This disease has not affected me directly, but awareness for all diseases is a good idea. 

For this mani I have another Gelish polish. This is You Rub Me The Sarong Way. 


For this mani I used my Gelish base coat, 3 coats of color, and topcoat; curing each following the Gelish instructions. 

This is only the 2nd Gelish mani I've given myself and I'm completely in love! 

I hope you are all doing well today. Be sure to check out the links to the other Twinsie blogs linked below!

Talk to you soon! 

~caseylane

 Alaina at The Little Canvas
Amanda at Amandalandish
Amber at Nails Like Lace
Bridget at A Painted Nail
Chelsea at Nailed Blog
Elizabeth at Did My Nails
Kelly at Tuxarina
​ Marisa at Polish Obsession
Róisín at Cuti-CLUE-les
Stephanie at A Little Polish
Tiffany at Polished To Precision
Traci at DrinkCitra



 

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Twinsie Tuesday, Summer to Fall Transitional Polish

Hello polish loving friends!!! My Twinsie Tuesday post is a little late today, I've been frantically planning a yard sale. Frantic. Not because it's last minute, just because I'm a bit frantic at times. :) 

Today's prompt is Summer to Fall Transitional polish. I have to say I don't really follow seasonal rules with polish. But seasonal colors do call to me with the weather changes. 

Nothing really stands out to me as a transitional color for summer to fall, but a great color for any season in my book is gray. 

Here is Gelish Clean Slate.

This is my first gel polish and my first gel manicure (done by me on me) and I'm pretty pleased with the result. 

This is 3 thin coats, and the final result is a dusty gray cream that sometimes leans a little blue/purple. 

I've had this on for almost a week and I love it! I'm still getting the hang of gel manis but hopefully I'll keep improving! 

Thanks for reading! Be sure to check out the other Twinsie blogs linked below! 

~casey

Amanda at Amandalandish
Amber at Nails Like Lace
Bridget at A Painted Nail
Chelsea at Nailed Blog
Elizabeth at Did My Nails
Kelly at Tuxarina
​ Marisa at Polish Obsession
Róisín at Cuti-CLUE-les
Stephanie at A Little Polish
Tiffany at Polished To Precision
Traci at DrinkCitra



Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Twinsie Tuesday, Sideways French

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Good morning everyone! Today's Twinsie Tuesday prompt is Sideways French.



For this mani I used Pipe Dream Polish 110 Degrees and All In. I started with 2 coats of 110 Degrees and let that dry, then added 2 coats of All In, leaving just the edge of 110 Degrees showing. Then I topped it off with HK Girl by Glisten & Glow. I highly recommend all of these polishes, they are fantastic.

This was my first time trying this technique and I really like it. I was actually able to do it freehand which always excites me. :)

What do you think of the sideways french? Have you tried this technique? You definitely should!

Thanks for reading! Be sure to check out the Twinsie Tuesday bloggers linked below!

~casey
Amanda at Amandalandish
Amber at Nails Like Lace
Bridget at A Painted Nail
Chelsea at Nailed Blog
Elizabeth at Did My Nails
Kelly at Tuxarina
​ Marisa at Polish Obsession
Róisín at Cuti-CLUE-les
Stephanie at A Little Polish
Tiffany at Polished To Precision
Traci at DrinkCitra



Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Twinsie Tuesday, Classic

Good morning everyone! Happy Tuesday!

Today's theme is Classic... I thought about going with a classic French Tip, or a nice neutral Mauve, but the more I thought about it the more I kept thinking RED. Red is a classic nail polish color, I think it was one of the first colors worn on nails. Plus, I have a very "classic" red to share.

This is OPI Coca-Cola Red.


To me, this is a true "classic red". It's a really true red, doesn't lean orange or show any blue undertones (to me). It's just straight up red. Awesome red. Red based on the best soft drink ever invented, Coca-Cola. It's my weakness and I'm not ashamed of it. Judge me all you want, but please don't try and chastize me or lecture me about it. I know it's bad for me, I'm almost 34, I'll drink it if I want to. ;) haha :)

This mani is 2 smooth coats of Coca-Cola Red topped with HK Girl by Glisten and Glow. Truth be told this was on day 3 of my mani, I forgot to snap pics on day 1, and it held up so well I went with it. I wish I would've moisturized a little before I snapped the pic, but what can you do. 

I'm not a fan of red nails on myself, it's my husbands favorite polish color. Go figure. But I do love this one, even on me. Maybe it's just my love for Coke, who knows. 

So what do you all think? What do you consider a "classic" mani? 

Be sure to check out the other Twinsie's manis this week, linked below. 

Thanks for reading!

~casey

Amanda at Amandalandish
Amber at Nails Like Lace
Bridget at A Painted Nail
Chelsea at Nailed Blog
Elizabeth at Did My Nails
Kelly at Tuxarina
​ Marisa at Polish Obsession
Róisín at Cuti-CLUE-les
Stephanie at A Little Polish
Tiffany at Polished To Precision
Traci at DrinkCitra


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Twinsie Tuesday, Inspired by a Book

  Hello friends! Happy Tuesday! Slowly but surely I'm starting to feel like myself again thankfully. Hopefully I'll be back to blogging soon. 

Today's prompt is Inspired By a Book. Bet you all thought I would do Harry Potter didn't you... :) I was going to, but then I looked at the cover for the book I'm currently reading and decided I needed to do it. 

This is my mani inspired by City of Heavenly Fire, by Cassandra Clare. 


Oddly enough I liked my right hand more, that never happens. 



I read on a Nook Simple Touch, which means no color.... So here is a color image of the cover from www.cassandraclare.com. 


First just let me say that if you like young adult fiction, fantasy, good vs evil, all that stuff, you should check The Mortal Instruments series out. I'm having trouble reading it because I'm not ready for the series to end! I also read the sister series, Infernal Devices and loved them too. 

Ok back to the nails. For these I started with 2 coats of OPI Black Onyx then topped it with Glisten & Glow HK Girl topcoat to get it dry. 

I used so many colors I had to take this picture so I would remember. I think I'll just post it instead of listing them out. 


I used little pieces of Saran Wrap crumpled up to get this effect. With some colors I painted it on my nail and used dry Saran Wrap to blot some off. For other colors I put a few drops on foil and picked it up with my Saran Wrap and kind of stamped it on. There really wasn't much rhyme or reason, I just did whatever I thought it needed to look like magical fire. 

So I think I did ok, what do you think? Overall I was pleased with them and even wore them all weekend. 

Thanks for reading! Be sure to check out my fellow Twinsies blogs linked below!

~casey

Amanda at Amandalandish
Chelsea at Nailed Blog
Elizabeth at Did My Nails
Kelly at Tuxarina
   Marisa at Polish Obsession
Róisín at Cuti-CLUE-les
Stephanie at A Little Polish
Tiffany at Polished To Precision
Traci at DrinkCitra 



Monday, August 11, 2014

Twinsie Tuesday, Interlocking Dots

Hi everyone! Sorry for the super late post today. Not trying to make excuses, but between my body and life I just didn't get this post written in time. But I did get the mani done!!! 

Interlocking dots was one of the first nail art techniques that I tried and was SUPER impressed with. Not gonna lie I was proud of myself. ;) I remember seeing it online somewhere and being baffled, then saw the breakdown of it and thought "I can do that!!!!!". That's always a great feeling. There are loads of tutorials and videos online for this so I won't go into details. But check it out, it's so easy and has huge impact! 


For this mani I used 2 favorites, OPI Keeping Suzi at Bay and Jade is the New Black. All topped with HK Girl Topcoat. I went all different directions to mix it up. :) 

Hope you like these! And I hope you give this technique a try. 

Thanks for reading! Be sure to check out the other Twinsie blogs linked below!!! 

~casey

Amanda at Amandalandish
Amber at Nails Like Lace
Bridget at A Painted Nail
Chelsea at Nailed Blog
Elizabeth at Did My Nails
Kelly at Tuxarina
​Marisa at Polish Obsession
Róisín at Cuti-CLUE-les
Stephanie at A Little Polish
Tiffany at Polished To Precision

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Twinsie Tuesday, Inspired by Nature

Good morning friends! Happy Twinsie Tuesday! 

Today's prompt is "Inspired by Nature". There were a ton of things rolling around in my head for this prompt, but I decided to go a little more abstract than I usually do. I'm not overly thrilled with how these turned out, but I do love these colors together! 


I was going for a "sunset inspired" look... I don't think I really achieved it, other than the colors. They're pretty sunset-ty right? :) 

For this mani I used all OPI colors: Where Did Suzi's Man-go, Can't Find My Czeckbook, and Keeping Suzi at Bay. All topped with Glisten & Glow HK Girl topcoat. 

I used dotting tools for the layers, for some reason in my head I thought it would look neat. But I think I should've opted for a gradient. There's always next time!

So what do you think? They're kind of growing on me, but not what I wanted. 

Be sure to check out the other Twinsie's blogs (linked below) to see what they came up with!

Thanks for reading!

~casey

Amanda at Amandalandish
Amber at Nails Like Lace
Bridget at A Painted Nail
Chelsea at Nailed Blog
Elizabeth at Did My Nails
Kelly at Tuxarina
​Marisa at Polish Obsession
Róisín at Cuti-CLUE-les
Stephanie at A Little Polish
Tiffany at Polished To Precision



**All polishes in this post were purchased by me for my own personal use.**

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Twinsie Tuesday, One Stroke Flowers

Hi everyone! Sorry for the late post. Things have been tough lately. But I'll be fine! 

Today's prompt was One Stroke Flowers. I'm not sure how to explain this technique. But if you google it or get in YouTube you'll see explanations. Basically you use acrylic paint, putting 2 colors on the same brush, then use one stroke to paint. Looks and sounds much easier than it is! But I think it turned out ok for my first try! 



This mani has a base of OPI 4 In The Morning and acrylic paint for the flowers. All topped with HK Girl topcoat. 

What to you think? Have you tried this technique? I want to practice more and maybe get really good at it someday! 

Be sure to check out the other Twinsies blogs linked below! 

Thanks for reading! 

~casey

Amanda at Amandalandish
Amber at Nails Like Lace
Bridget at A Painted Nail
Chelsea at Nailed Blog
Elizabeth at Did My Nails
Kelly at Tuxarina
​Marisa at Polish Obsession
Róisín at Cuti-CLUE-les
Stephanie at A Little Polish
Tiffany at Polished To Precision


Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Twinsie Tuesday, Stripes

Good evening everyone and happy Tuesday! Sorry I'm late posting today, I just haven't been feeling 100% lately and needed sleep last night. 

For today's prompt we were supposed to do a mani with stripes. I wracked my brain over this one and couldn't come up with anything that interested me except for a mani I did a few months ago but never posted. 



This is the mani that I did for our anniversary weekend back in March. Just over 12 years we've been married, I can't believe how lucky I am sometimes! Mike's favorite polish color is red, so I started with Zoya Sooki. Then I decided to try my hand at the famous "amkuch" mani. (She made this design famous, you should definitely check her out on Instagram, her nails are AMAZING!) On my middle finger I did 2 coats of OPI This Gown Needs a Crown and added In True Stefani Fasion. On my ring finger I used 2 coats of This Gown Needs a Crown and added 1 coat of HK Girl topcoat by Glisten & Glow. Once that was fully dry I used my straight Nail Vinyls from www.nailvinyls.com to add stripes in OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls. Then I freehanded a little heart in Sooki. After everything was dry I gave all of my nails another coat of HK Girl and I was good to go!

I loved this mani so much that I've been saving it in my phone for months waiting for the perfect time to post. This was the perfect time! 

I hope you like this mani! I definitely need to try this again once my poor little teeny ring finger nail is back to a normal length! 

Thanks for reading! Be sure to check out the other Twinsie's blogs linked below to see their stripes!!!

~casey

Amanda at Amandalandish
Amber at Nails Like Lace
Bridget at A Painted Nail
Chelsea at Nailed Blog
Elizabeth at Did My Nails
Kelly at Tuxarina
​Marisa at Polish Obsession
Róisín at Cuti-CLUE-les
Stephanie at A Little Polish
Tiffany at Polished To Precision


**The products in this post were purchased by me for my own personal use.**