Blurple

What is blurple?  It is a color.  Now, I read about nail polish that was a “blurple” color and thought, “Okay, purple with a blue tinge to it.   That would be fun to see.”

A few weeks ago I had a discount code for Llarowe.com, so I went and ordered a couple new polishes in different shades, from companies I haven’t tried before.  One of them was from Elevation Polish and was called “The Walker”.  I love the name, as our family really enjoys, “The Walking Dead” show.  Tuesday evening, I cleaned my nails, the put on my base coat and added 1 layer of The Walker.  My layers are probably thicker than average, but I was amazed that there didn’t appear to be any see through spots.  That doesn’t happen very often.  Anyway, I put another much thinner layer on, just to be sure.  I’ve been doing one hand at a time recently, so I put the top coat on my left hand and started the base coat and first layer on my right.  It was then that I noticed my left hand had a much more purple look to it than the very silvery look of the right.  So, not using top coat would definitely make a difference in the color.  However, I use top coat to make it last longer and also so it doesn’t leave marks on my papers at work.

Now, I did my nails on Tuesday evening.  It is Friday morning, when I normally would have a lot of wear at the ends and some chips.  This has more to do with my nails, which are very weak, thin and peel (partly hereditary and partly medical issues).  Anyway, there is a bit of wear at the ends, but so far, no chips.  Yes!

Can I tell you, the color has been amazing me the past couple of days.  Sometimes my nails look blue.  Other times they look purple.  Sometimes they look like a bluish purple and others a purplish blue.  Then, I go out in the sunlight, or see my nails under a really bright light and the holo kicks in.  Wow!  I was driving to an appointment earlier today and noticed my nails looked dark purple with this amazing dark blue holo shimmer.  I totally get the “blurple”, now.  It’s not blue, it’s not purple, it’s blurple!

When I started wearing nail polish in December 2013, I wanted it to be fun.  Not that my nails were decorated to the nines, or anything, but I just wanted fun polish.  So, I have mostly holos, or wear glitter or some other top coat over a creme polish.  Plain creme polish bores me.  I do have some, which is useful for under other things, or for blending, or stamping, etc.  The Walker by Elevation Polish is a new favorite, as it is oh, so very fun.

3-25-15 Elevation Polish Indoors

This first picture is indoors.  You can see a bit of the holo from the sunlight, but not much.  it is still very pretty.

3-25-15 Elevation Polish The Walker

This is in direct sunlight.  Wow!  And this picture doesn’t even begin to do it justice.  It also looks almost completely purple, when it really isn’t.

Now, how to get blurple in my cards.  Maybe I’ll have to add just a touch of the nail polish.

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Disney Princess Ombre Nails

Okay, I saw someone’s nails that were done in a Disney Princess (their name) ombre and I figured I had to try.  So, I grabbed 3 Zoya polishes that I thought would work (no yellow for Beauty, but I picked a pink, purple and blue) and my China Glaze Fairy Dust to give it some sparkle.

1-14-15 Polish Bottles

Not exactly the perfect shades, but close enough.

1-14-15 Polish Names

 

Kitridge (Sleeping Beauty), Hudson (Rapunzel), Robyn (Cinderella) and Fairy Dust.

1-14-15 Disney Princess Ombre

I messed up around the cuticles, but I love the sparkle and the overlapping colors.

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ILNP Supernova Flakie

This is another nail polish post.  My daughter sent me a link when ILNP (I Love Nail Polish) first announced their pre-sale for their new Flakie collection as she thought they were amazing.  I figured it was a hint for a Christmas present, so I asked her which was her favorite.  She really liked Luna.  Now, I’m not a complete cheapskate, but I HATE to pay shipping prices and $24 for a single bottle of nail polish was a bit much.  So, as you only had to spend a bit more to get free shipping, I started looking at what they had.  The description of Supernova was pretty amazing, so, I decided to get that.  As I love holographic nail polishes, I also purchased their Mega (L).  Hey, I now got free shipping and I got to try a new brand of nail polish (though it’s more than I would normally spend on a bottle) and a new type.

When they finally arrived (remind me not to shop pre-sales as I tend to fret when I have to wait and wait and wait), in the bottle, the Supernova only showed green and magenta.  Well, I wanted to try it, so I picked Zoya Margo to put it over as that looked similar to the magenta in it.  Apparently, it was a bit too close to it as the only shift I could see was those 2 colors, none of the blues and teals that were supposed to be in Supernova.  It was neat, but I was starting to regret spending all that money.  Yesterday, I determined I needed to change polish again and as my daughter had just tried hers out over a black polish, I decided to try it again.  This time, I thought it might be fun to put it over a blue polish, so I used Zoya Ling underneath.  Here is what I got:

ILNP Supernova Shade 1   Shade, obviously.

ILNP Supernova Sun 1  And in the sun.

Now, with the bottle in the sunlight, you can see a bit of the blue in it, but inside, that really doesn’t show.  However, today, I was loving all the different colors that were showing in different lights.  The pictures really don’t do it justice.  However, here are a couple more.

ILNP Supernova Sun 2   Milo loves it when I go out back, so he had to go outside, too.  Sorry about the angle.ILNP Supernova Shade 2

So, if you have any flakie polish (it’s all the rage now and out by several companies), try layering it over different colors and see the difference it makes.

I know the first one in the sun looks like you are seeing straight through to the bottom layer, but you really aren’t.  There are so many shades of light and dark blue, magenta/violet, and green that show up in low light, as well as bright.  This is such a fun polish!

ILNP Supernova and Layers

The Margo on the right was the first bottom layer I used, which mainly pulled the magenta and green.  The Ling on the left is what pulled all the blues.  Hmm, what to try it over next?  No, I’m going to see how long I can get it to last.

If you don’t remember, I just started wearing nail polish a little over a year ago (December 2013), so I’m still not great at it, especially as it took a while to get used to wearing it.  My nails are incredibly thin and peel (health issues), too.  But, I am really loving the fun of wearing nail polish, which is one of the reasons I love holos so much.

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OPI Mini Nordic Collection

I’ve never tried OPI nail polish before, that I know of.  Granted, as I’ve only been painting my nails for less than a year, that probably isn’t all that unusual.  A few weeks ago, I was able to get the OPI Nordic mini collection with a coupon.  Last night, I tried some of it.

10-12-14 OPI

Now, I wasn’t overly impressed with it.  I absolutely love the color of the second bottle in from the left, the mint green color, so I decided to use that and the brown with the glitter on top.

I did a thin-ish layer first of the brown, and green on every other finger, which went on fairly smoothly, but was definitely see through.  So, I did a second thicker layer.  However, it didn’t really level out well.  I had a couple of fingers that had weird ridges/patches.  I let that dry for a bit and put the glitter over it.  The glitter hid the messiness, but it is very thick and bumpy.  I’m not one that likes texture, I really like smooth nails, so it’s a bit irritating.

Now, I always start with basecoat.  Lately I’ve been using Orly Bonder. I always end with a topcoat, too.  Now, I used Seche Vite for about 1/2 a bottle, then it got all stringy and gloppy.  After trying a nail polish thinner, which did not work, I tried a new top coat.  What I’ve been using is HK Girl.  I’m about 1/3 to 1/2 way through the bottle and it is still in good condition, which is a definite plus.  It smooths things out quite well and dries very quickly.

Except for a couple of times, I do my nails in the evening and let them dry before going to bed.  In the morning, I use my bath scrubbie with soap and water and rub the excess of my fingers.  It works pretty well.

Here is what my hands looked like before this morning’s shower.  The left isn’t nearly as bad as the right.  I am right-handed.

10-12-14 OPI Left Before10-12-14 OPI Right Before

Here is what they looked like after the shower.  They may have bits of ridges around the edge, but I much prefer nail polish that completely covers my nail.

10-12-14 OPI Left After

10-12-14 OPI Right After

These are tiny bottles of nail polish, but I only wanted to try them, so it worked out pretty well.

10-12-14 OPI All

I probably won’t go out of my way to purchase more OPI polish, but, as with all polishes, I’m sure some are better than others.  For me, I’ve only had one polish that went on with as many problems (fortunately that one is a tiny bottle that I got on clearance), so I’ll probably stick with others that apply better.

Oh, I did want to say that though the 3rd bottle from the left looks brown in the bottle and pretty much looked brown in the dim lighting last night, it seems to have a bit of gray or black to it, which gives it an interesting color.  I do really like the colors.  The purple is definitely on my try soon list.

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I have to tell you, at the beginning of day 5, I have a bit of wear at the tips, which is normal as I am not easy on my nails and use my hands for everything, all the time.  However, I only have one tiny chip, which is definitely not usual.  So, this polish really holds up well.  I am quite impressed.

Ombre Nails along with Paper

These were my nails for the weekend:

8-1-14 Nails Nails 8-1-14 Left

I used Essie Barbados Blue all over with Zoya Muse going 2/3 of the way up, then the top 1/3 I did another layer.

Nails 8-1-14 Bottles Nails 8-1-14 Labels

Unfortunately, the tips were wearing in a day and that was using gloves and being careful.  Oh well, gives me an excuse to put on something new.

Here is a card I made this weekend, along with some paper flowers.  Working on the flowers really did a number on my nails.

8-2-14 SZ Not a Card (400x318) 8-2-14 SZ STV Watercolor (400x260)

 

Used 2 different gold embossing powders, then watercolor painted the flowers with the same paint, on the same paper, with the same application.  It amazes me how the different colors of the embossing made the flowers look such different colors.

Thanks for spending some time with me!  Now, I’m off to spend some time with my husband.  Have a wonderful week.

Shimmer Nails

Okay, I know my blog says it is about cards and candles, but we’re going to add colorful nails to that as right now, they intrigue me.

7-26-14 Totally Tubular Bottle 7-26-14 Totally Tubular Label

This fun glitter nail polish is made by KB Shimmer and is called Totally Tubular.  This is such a fun nail polish, though, when trying to remove it, the polish comes off and you’re left with lots of big and little glitter on your nails, which takes a bit to get off.

Here are my nails with it on and this is after 3 days of doing everything.  (I have pretty weak and brittle nails, that are quite short.)

7-26-14 Totally Tubular Left 7-26-14 Totally Tubular Right

In the bottle, the polish looks a bit lighter of a blue, but it’s a pretty dark teal when on fingers.

This is what I put on last night:

7-27-14 Perfect Holographic

Don’t remember where I got it from, but you really have to shake and shake and shake to get the holographic glitter to mix in.  You can see it is already starting to separate and that is just within a couple of minutes.  Putting it on was awful, too.  It took 3 coats and I still had a couple of places where it didn’t stick to the basecoat at all and I had to go back to patch a couple of “holes”.  However, it is so beautiful on.

7-27-14 Perfect Holographic Left

You can’t really see the holographic effect here very well, but it is gorgeous with just a little bit of natural light on it.  Even though it isn’t very even (patching holes), when the light hits it, you can’t tell at all because of the holo.  The bottle is like a half bottle, too.

Anyway, I am loving fun polishes that keep my interest.  So, you’ll be seeing shade shifters and holos, as well as fun glitters.  However, I think I’ll avoid purchasing many glitters as they are difficult to get off.  Acetone remover gets it off, but my nails tend to flake apart afterwards, too.

Thanks for spending some time with me today!  If you don’t like nail polish, just skip these posts.  I’m just having fun with them and wanted to share.