3 Pink Polishes for Valentine’s Day

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I’m not ashamed to say that I love the color pink…a lot.*

Truthfully though, I pretty much love some shade of all the colors of the rainbow. There are so many great hues out there, and my favorites are constantly shifting. BUT! it’s almost Cupid’s Birthday and there really isn’t another time of the year when pink is more appropriate…plus, you can mix it with red, which is always a winning combo with me. Below are just 3 of my favorite pink polishes. These have been in heavy rotation the last few weeks and I know I love ‘em because I keep putting them back on and just staaaaring at my nails. Keep reading for where to find them and why I love them.

This color makes me think of cherry-cream soda-fountain drinks and sweet, sweet love. It’s a bright, medium pink cream that is more on the red side. I love this color and turn to it all year, but I especially love to sport it during the weeks leading up to Valentine’s day. I also like the brush and the formula is pretty nice and doesn’t streak as much as a lot of cream polishes. {Venique-Brighten Your Day! (3 coats) the link has the worst photo ever and doesn’t do the color justice, fair warning}.

Oh, this color, it really does make me crazy. I’ve had it for a few years and bought it as a summer color, but have never managed to actually wear it before now. It’s a really shimmery, purple-pink magenta that kind of comes across malibu-barbie-esque most of the year. BUT! recently, I’ve been loving it. It totally fulfills all of my girly, valentine’s days demands of bright jewel tones and glitter and shimmer, PLUS it brings a nice spot of excitement and boldness in the late winter months. {ESSIE-Jamaica Me Crazy (2 coats),  I love it paired with the ESSIE color Splash of Grenadine

This fruit-punchy pink cream is another all-year fave. It was actually a gift from my good friend and fellow pink-polish aficionado, Megan. It’s a favorite for sandal-clad toes in the summer, but makes equal sense for Valentine’s Day. This color is super bright and super pink. It screams it and I love it…even if the AA bottles are awkward and the brush kind of sucks, the formula is nice and some even claim it’s a one-coater, but I always do 3 coats with creams to achieve maximum opacity. This color looks even better, almost juicy, with a super shiny, quality top coat (I like Seche Vite or Out the Door). {American Apparel-Angeline (3 coats)}**

*In the first photo, I am wearing AA-Angeline,  Venique-Brighten Your Day! on my ring and pointer fingers with AA-Meteor Shower on top, and Seche Vite top coat over everything.

**This is not a promotional post. All products were purchased by myself or (as noted above) friends.  All opinions above are my own and born from my crazy-nuts love of nail polish and home manicures.

Five Fall Nail Colors

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Though I love the brights and pastels I reach for in the Spring and Summer, the dark and moody colors of Fall and Winter are my jam. You might notice that there aren’t any warm, bronzed, or ruddy colors here. I do wear a lot of reds this time of year (my favorite being Big Apple Red by OPI), but I wanted to show you guys some of the other colors I wear on the regular during this season. I also didn’t include any Essie colors, though I am a fan, since I haven’t added many Fall/Winter colors to my hoard. I should note that none of these colors come from any 2012 nail color collections, these are just a select few of tried and true colors I love for these cooler months.

Anyway, about the polishes!

Left to right: Raven-Zoya, Russian Navy-OPI, Casey-Zoya, Deep Sea-M.A.C., Dree-Zoya

Raven is a slightly shimmery black. It’s not quite inky, due to the very subtle, silvery shimmer. I love this color worn alone, or layered with a gold glitter like INM Northern Lights Gold Holo Topcoat–which, together, looks like starry night skies. I like to do 3 thin coats of this color. This is, incidentally, what I have on my nails currently. I think it’s perfect for October and Halloween.

Russian Navy is a shimmery, deep navy with a purple iridescence. The color comes across more purple in the bottle and is quite navy on the nail. In my opinion OPI has the best brush and I like their formula as well. This color is opaque with two coats. It also comes in matte (which I have seen all over Pinterest) and as a gel color as well. I almost always wear this color alone with a shiny topcoat  (I like Seche Vite and Out the Door), sometimes I make it matte it with Essie’s Matte About You. Mattifying does subdue the purple tones. I could get lost in this color, it is so pretty and interesting.

Casey is one of my favorite colors of all time. It reminds me a bit of Lincoln Park After Dark and After Midnight. It’s a deep purple-red that appears nearly black (Sean says it’s just black, but he don’t know nothin’ about nails). You could call it vampy, I would call it witchy. It’s a little creamy and a little jelly. I like to do 3 thin coats of this color for ultimate opacity and I always wear it alone with a super shiny topcoat. I think that it is classic and classy while being a touch edgy.

Deep Sea is a deep, moody, green-toned teal. It has a cream finish and I love this color. It enchants me. That may be a little heavy, calling it enchanting, but I couldn’t leave the store without it. It was one of those things–I went in for foundation and left with this color. I had to have it. It reminds me of bottomless seas, wintry lakes, sea monsters, and deep woods. This color covers well enough with 2 coats, but I like to do 3. Even though I don’t always think cream finishes have the most interest (though I LOVE them), this one is interesting and even dynamic. The color sometimes comes across more teal and other times more of a dark forest color. It always looks great with a super shiny topcoat.

Dree is by and large the lightest color here. It’s an olive-y, yellow toned, army green–think camo without the mottling. I love this color because it reminds me of mossy forest floors. It has a cream finish and I like to do 3 coats for opacity. The color comes across more green/grey on the nail and more green/yellow in the bottle. I love this paired with all sorts of metallics–gold, bronze, and silvers.

**As always, all opinions are mine. I was not paid to promote these products, I just share them because I love them and I love you!

DIY: Nail Art–Half Moon Mani and a GIVEAWAY!!

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**This Giveaway Is Closed!! Still feel free to comments :D!!**

 

Hey ya’lls!

I have another nail art tutorial for you!

This one is a Half Moon mani, also known as the Reverse French (I first saw it here).

I have to tell you, people will be impressed with this mani. They will be surprised that you did it yourself. They might even remark that you are a trend setter.

That’s what the lady at the gym told me.

Yeah, I was at the gym.

I don’t really want to talk about it.

I want to talk about these nails and this dang GIVEAWAY!

Oh, yes, I said GIVEAWAY…that will be at the end of the post…

for now, it’s mani time!

To make this easy, as I don’t have the steadiest of hands when it comes to intricate painting, I used those “hole reinforcement” stickers you buy at the office supply. They work like magic and make the perfect half moon shape. I like guides and easiness…especially when the results look like this:

Pretty, right? The colors I used were: Essie-Van D’Go (base), Sonia Kashuk-Smoke&Mirrors (ring-finger bling), and Essie-Chinchilly. Below is how to do it!

Some helpful hints:

After you apply the base coat, be sure to let it dry, dry, dry. It needs to be DRY…or those little stickers will just jack everything up and make your polish peel and you will be sad. Trust me, I know.

I only used the Smoke&Mirrors color on my ring finger. It’s a thing, it’s not just me. I like it, it’s makes this already fun mani EVEN MORE FUN. Wow! if you can imagine that. Another thing you could do is the text-thumb thing, you paint your thumbs the fun metallic or glitter so that when you are texting like a maniac, your thumbs will be flashy and fancy. This too, is a thing…again, not just me.

Some tutorials tell you to wait for coat 2 (numero dos!) to dry all the way before peeling off those stickers. I didn’t do that because I thought the sticker would peel the 2nd coat off with it. This worked out for me and I was pleased.

Use a clear, quick-dry topcoat to finish it off and fill in that tiny ridge between the two colors. Smooth and shiny!

For more tips see my previous post.

Soooo pretty, so fun!

Now, that giveaway I mentioned.

I’m doing this because Joy the Baker and Tracy from Shutterbean mentioned my new found nail prowess on their podcast!

Whaaaa? Yeah, pretty much made my day.

I wanted to share the love.

Also, because I love nail goodies…

…and, most of all…because I love ya’lls, dear readers.

I really, really do.

So here’s what I gots to give:

We have 1 minty-cream green, 1 tropical turquiose, 1 glitter mini (I couldn’t find an adequate gold glitter I liked in full size…dang, dang, double dang!), and 1 salmon-y pink. I hope you like these colors as much as I do AND I hope you enter to win these sweet little laquers!

To enter ONCE, just leave me a comment telling me what your summer obsession is. It can be beauty, food, activity, fashion…whatever you are loving this summer!

To enter TWICE, you can just tweet about this post with a link back to it! Be sure to mention me in it @cindyishungry…so I know ya did it and I can count you twice!

To enter yet another, and possibly THIRD time, “LIKE” Hungry Girl Por Vida on Facebook. If you already “like” me, then just post about this giveaway on your wall :D And come back here to let me know you did…I want to make sure to count you!

This giveaway will close Wednesday, August 3rd at MIDNIGHT. I will not count you if you enter after that, so get on it!

Also, if you enter as ANONYMOUS, I won’t know who you are or how to contact you…so make sure you fill in the comment form with your email :D

Yay! I hope you all like this mani AND giveaway!

For all my baking obsessed pals…I gathering stuff for another giveaway for ya’lls…soon!

***Just a little disclaimer…Essie, Sonia Kashuk, Orly, and SinfulColors don’t know me. All opinions are mine and all purchases were made by me w/ my own dolla bills ya’ll.