Friday, October 14, 2016

26 Great Nail Art Ideas ~ Blue & Silver

Hello Dahlings!

My nail life has obviously been derailed for the last 6 months,
but I'm hoping to get it back on track by participating in the
NEW Crumpet's Nail Art Tarts 26 Great Nail Art Ideas challenge.

This new challenge is the 2016-17 version
of the 40 Great Nail Art Ideas challenge
that I failed to complete earlier this year.

Our 1st prompt is Blue & Silver, so I did this:

Quaint Paints is a new to me brand & me likey! 
This is 2 thin coats of Quantum Fizz-ics
over my usual franken base.
I added funky French tips using
Stripe Rite from Sally's Beauty Supply.
I then sealed it all up with 2 coats of
Seche Vite Instant Gel Effect Top Coat.
I added the 2nd top coat layer
due to the points on the stars being a wee bit pokey.

Oh yeah...Quantum Fizz-ics does this...

Glow-in-the-dark is my fav polish type
& it's not just for Halloween!

>^. .^<

You didn't think I'd forget to include a kitty pic, did you?

Yeah, Ciri is still His Royal Tininess of Cute-i-tude.

I'll be back next week with a review
of some uber fun Cuttin' Edge polishes!

Thanks for stopping by
& please share the luvs with the other Tarts!
~ Inky

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Anonymous Lacquer ~ The Customs Colors Trio!

Hello Dahlings!

No, nothing catastrophic has happened to me.
I've just been buried under real life.
Lots of work plus dejunking around the house
have sucked up the majority of my waking hours
& left me with little energy to paint my nails,
let alone take pics & write blog posts.
I've been managing one simple mani a week.
Pathetic, I know.

Anywho, back in March, Anonymous Lacquer held a contest
in the FB group Adorably Anonymous. 
Those of us who've had Mildred make us custom polishes,
posted pics of said polishes & the group voted for their favorites.

My Impossible Dreams WON!
It was close and the 2nd & 3rd place polishes are also gorgeous.
Once that was all decided, Mil put our customs together in a trio
& sent them to us for swatching in early April. I got that done.
What I didn't get done before falling off the face of the blog-o-sphere
was my blog post. Good thing Mil still has them available!

On to the pics...
All swatch pics show 2 perfectly butterlicious coats
over liquid latex with a coat of FDTC.
The bejeweled masks are an ordering goodie from Mil.

I'm pleased to present...Perez Pink!
This nigh on neon linear pink holo 
is the love child of my bootiful friend Nicole.

If you love pink like Nicole does,
you want this for your stash!


Next in this luscious line up is...701 Fahrenheit!
Anita dreamed up this bright coral linear creation
that plays chameleon both with lighting & skin tones.
On Anita & Nicole it looks bright neon.
On my pale skin it takes on a darker hue.
On any skin tone it will shift between pinkish orange
& orangish pink depending on the light.

I have a secret passion for orangey polishes.
This one feeds the need!


And last, but certainly not least...My very own Impossible Dreams!
This custom came about after I putzed about for over a year
trying to create a neon purple linear holo.
I couldn't quite manage it, but Mildred is the BEST 
at making impossible polish dreams come true.

Just look at all that pinky purply holo goodness!!!


I attempted a radial gradient with these 3 amigos.
I failed at getting the circular part done correctly,
but it didn't matter as the polishes were perfect!

All three of these must have beauties are available at Anonymous Lacquer
as singles or in a moola saving Customs Colors Trio.
You know you want them...admit it!

 >^. .^<

To make up for my depriving y'all of your regular doses of Ciri,
I give you...

Sleeping Toes of Cuteness!!!

I hope to start posting regularly again soon, at least weekly.
I've a few pics in the vault to tide us over
until I can get my act together.
Thanks for hanging in there with me!
~ Inky

Friday, April 22, 2016

Carpe Noctem Cosmetics ~ NoSleep Collection Swatch-o-rama!

Hello Dahlings!

Yes, I fell off Planet Polish into a black hole of reality,
but I came back just to show you this
FANTABULOUS collection of polish perfection from

All the beauties I have to show you today were sent to me
to be swatched & honestly reviewed.
All swatches are 2 butterlicious coats with fast dry top coat.

Emily fell in love with several NoSleep on Reddit authors
& was inspired to create a collection that one can't help but adore.

Let's get this drool-fest started !

Inspired by the writings of C.M. Scandreth
This rich white crelly with a subtle gold shimmer
is chock full of ultrachrome metallic flakies
that capture the eye as they reflect the light.


Inspired by the writings of Manen Lyset
You know you want this deep vampy metallic red
jam packed with linear holo & ultrachome flakie goodness!


Inspired by the writings of Elias Witherow
Luscious ultrachrome indigo with linear holo,
ultrachrome flakies & a subtle coppery shift?
Yes, please! *SWOON*
While every polish Emily makes is Most Excellent,
Midnight Violence is easily my fav in this collection


Inspired by the writings of Henry Double Door Bastard
My 2nd fav of this literary soiree!
Rich royal blue linear holo with ultrachrome flakies
& as an added bonus...NO STAINING!!!
My recent debacle with a dark blue polish had left me leary,
but The Kingdom goes on perfectly
& leaves no trace upon removal.


Inspired by the writing of Ashley As For Class
Not too dark, not too light...just right!
This nude ultrachrome with linear holo & ultrachrome flakies
is perfect for work nails with it's subtle pink shift
& sparkly peek-a-boo flakies. 


Not a member of the NoSleep Collection,
but awesome in it's own right.
This playful linear holo nude with ultrachrome flakies
was inspired by Shin Chan & makes Emily laugh.
That's good enough for me!

All of these inspired beauties went on perfectly.
I'm not just hyping here, they really are perfect
& are available NOW!
You know you want these pretties on YOUR claws!

>^. .^<

Me no likey when you not have time to pets my cuteness!

Thanks for stopping by!
Now go show Emily some polish love at
~ Inky

Monday, April 4, 2016

Indie Inlinkz Blog Swap feat Polished Pathology!

Hello Dahlings!

When it was time for the Indie Inlinkz FB group
 to post their March manis,
only Jenne from Polished Pathology (our intrepid admin)
& I showed up for the party.
So we decided to swap blogs for a day!

Here's what Jenne did for our prompt of Layered Shots...

  You might be asking what exactly is a layered shot. Well, it's an alcoholic shot made up of different colored liquors of different densities, so that they 'lay' on top of each other for a unique and fun look. The shot I chose to model my nails after is from a blog that created a shot to commemorate Quantum Leap, a really great (and cheesy) show from the late 80's, early 90's. It's called the Starbright: Photo from Knuckle Salad blog by Kristina Ackerman (
Photo from Knuckle Salad Blog by Kristina Ackerman. Isn't it fun? I searched a TON of my indies and I couldn't find any that I liked that were thin enough to give me the look I I went off the 'indie' part and used my trusty China Glaze polishes, cause I know those are thin--and cuticle flooders. BUT! I still used my favorite indie topcoat AND a shot glass for nail art from an it sort of counts! :) group-full Polishes Used: China Glaze High Hopes, Glistening Snow, Sun Worshiper, License and Registration Pls, and New Birth Shot glass from Different Dimensions Top Coat: Darling Diva Pryzmatic PETC To get my look, I used two coats of New Birth, then let dry. I decided I didn't want to use striping tape, because the lines aren't entirely straight, they're a bit blurred. I chose not to use a sponge gradient either, because I knew I would mess it up and get mad and frustrated. I decided just to use the brush and cross my fingers (mentally) to get them straight enough. And it worked! shots-full Not too shabby, eh? I know the nail world darling is CG Fairy Dust, but I prefer Glistening Snow. I like that it's more dense. shots-match-full shots-glass-fulljpg
Shots for everyone! What do you guys think? Think they turned out ok?
A HUGE thank you to Jenna for letting me blog hop to you today!

I think they turned out just dandy fine, Jenne!
See what a lil teamwork can accomplish?
Especially, when Jenne comes up with a great idea
& I get Mr Inky to help with the tech stuff.
Thank you Jenne for letting me play on your blog today!

Thanks for stopping by!
~ Jenna aka Inky

Friday, April 1, 2016

40 Great Nail Art Ideas ~ Violet

Hello Dahlings!

This week the Tarts are sharing ideas for manis using the color violet
& boy, did we discuss what color violet actually is in our FB group!

When I was in art school last century,
violet was the color between blue & red on the standard color wheel.

These days you'll find color wheels with that color labeled purple.

Our beloved Debbie Crumpet defined it as:

"it should ideally be violet - think more neon. NOT pink, not purple,
but somewhere in between. A blue-toned hot pink"

So I used 3 colors that can all be labeled violet, just to cover my bases,
along with my assigned technique of reciprocal gradient to do this...

 I did this mani last Saturday & am STILL wearing it!
Kristen out did her self with her Color Kids Collection!

The Line Up ~ Cotton Granny Panties franken,

Indigo is a blue-violet,
Stormy is a straight up violet (purple),
& Shy Violet is a NEON red-violet that is almost fuchsia,
but not quite & is my fav all time color EVER!

While these shimmery crellies don't really need undies to POP or glow,
I put on my Cotton Granny Panties for this technique cuz I was worried
that the thin layers of sponged polish would muddy the glow.

No mud here!
I'm also happy to report that my new LG Nexus phone
takes decent gitd pics & with practice will get better.
My Samsung G6 could be iffy when it came to focusing in the dark.
The Color Kids Collection comes with the option
of making them all glow-in-the-dark for an additional $2 each.
So of course I got the whole 15 color set in gitd!

>^. .^<

Ciri approves!

Thanks for stopping by!
Please share the luvs for the other Tarts & The Lady Varnishes!
~ Inky

Monday, March 28, 2016

Pink Polish Comparison feat. Creative Shop Plate 14

Hello Dahlings!

Yes, I know I didn't post last Wednesday.
Yes, I know today is Monday.
Yes, my posting schedule is all kinds of whacked.
This isn't going to change any time soon.
Real life is sucking the fun out of my polish fantasy
& I need to cut back a wee bit for the next month or so.
I'll still be doing my challenges.
I'll just be posting fewer comparisons & me manis.
I can't not do the RL things that need doing,
so my blog will just have to suck it up & take one for the team.
So it goes. Sometimes Adulting sucks!

Anywho, this comparison is all about the pink crèmes
& my fav type of crème polishes are NEONS!!!

So I did this... 

 Boy, was that pinky nail a surprise!

 The line up ~ Sinful Colors Bright B4 UR Eyes, Orly Beach Cruiser,
NK Cerise, Finger Paints Warhol Wannabe & Hit the Bottle Snowed In

 All nails are 2 coats of color over my franken base
with a coat of Orly Sec N' Dry.

Pinky ~ Sinful Colors Bright B4 UR Eyes
Look at the bottle. Look at the color of my pinky nail.
Not only is the bottle painted a misleading neon pink,
the polish color is no where near the color of the bottle.
This was the sheerest of this bunch & could have used a 3rd coat.

 See? I'm not making this shiz up.
Sinful Colors are available in most US drugstores,
but I suggest you skip this one, even if it is on clearance.

Ring (& thumb) ~ Orly Beach Cruiser
This is more like it! 
A bright poke-your-eye-out-with a-neon-stick pink.
It did go on a bit streaky with the 1st coat
& the 2nd coat only helped so much.
Top coat did more to even out the color.
Available at Sally Beauty Supply. 

Middle ~ NK Cerise
The darkest of this bunch.
Almost not a neon, but a decent bright pink
that went on smooth & was almost a one coater.
Look for this brand in your local independent supply shops.

Index ~ Finger Paints
This is one of my all time fav neon pinks!
It's not the lightest or brightest,
but it goes on well & wears well too.
Available at your nearest Sally Beauty Supply.

 This is Creative Shop Stampin Plate 14. I used the HtB Snowed In
I topped these nails with Orly Sec N' Dry
& could have smacked myself when it smeared the stamping polish
on every single nail after waiting at least half an hour before applying it.
In spite of the smearing, I got great detail on every nail!

 Pinky stamping looks perfect!

 Other than missing a bit near my cuticle,
I mostly nailed the image on my ring finger too.

 On man! My middle nail looks SO good before the top cost.

 Look at all those itty bitty lines!
I love the detail possible on these plates!

I missed with my placement again,
but still am pleased with the detail I got.

These plates are truly awesome!
Now to work on my placement of the full nail images
& remember to NOT use the Orly fdtc over my stamped nails.

>^. .^<

Wakes me when you gets it right, K?

Thanks for stopping by!
~ Inky

Friday, March 25, 2016

40 Great Nail Art Ideas ~ Spring

Hello Dahlings!

This week the Crumpet's Nail Tarts
are showcasing Spring themed Manis.

I did this...

 Spring where I live means rain. Who am I trying to kid?
Living where I do means rain. Lots & lots of rain.
We've gotten a bit more than usual this year so far
with 30+ inches since December
& many days in a row where at least some rain fell.
All this rain also means rainbows!

 I started with 2 butterlicious coats of
Whimsical Ideas by Pam Thursday over my franken base.
I then added a coat of FDTC.

I stamped the raining umbrellas from Creative Shop plate 05

 The rainbow line up ~ Whimsical Ideas by Pam Starbucks Holiday Cup
along with Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday
from Pam's Undies of the Week collection.
Yep! Pam finally gave us a set of undies
that are designed to coordinate with her fantabulous glitters!
There's also a Saturday polish
& a FB group exclusive that you'll be seeing soon.

I used some nail vinyls from a now closed indie
to set up my upside down rainbow
then filled in between those colors with an itty bitty dotting tool.

My thumb got the pot o' gold!

POG line up ~ Pam's Yeah Magnets! & Caramellow
plus my franken Silk Boxers.

I mixed a bit of Yeah Magnets! with Caramellow to make my gold.

I'm not so sure about this whole gold at the end of the rainbow theory
as the rainbows I see in my neighborhood
end in the drainage pond at the end of the street.
Ain't nobody got time to slog thru the mud looking for a pot o' gold!

Thanks for stopping by
& please share the luvs
with the other Tarts!
~ Inky