Today I’m sharing a gorgeous hand made nail polish that was gifted to me by Brijit. One of the cool things about being friends with the owner of Brijits Digits Boutique? Sometimes I get to try out the goods! Thanks girl! I love this nail polish. Check it out….
This is a gorgeous raspberry color called Rasbie Cosmo. It has a deep sangria tint to it, but when the light hits it you see flashes of blue shimmer. Shown in these pics is one base coat, three coats of Rasbie Cosmo and one coat of seche vite. It looks very luxurious and shiny to me. I have received many compliments on it so far at the office.
As you know, I love wearing nail art. But what you may not know, is that I oftentimes forgo the crazy designs and pick one beautiful polish to wear on its own for a good chunk of my work week. Rasbie Cosmo fits the bill perfectly for that. Raspberry is a nice traditional color for nails, so I won’t get sideways glances in the elevator at work (like if I wore green or blue nails). But the shiny glassy finish and blue shimmer make this shade seem special somehow. It’s office-appropriate, but it’s anything but boring! Here’s her Etsy listing for Rasbie Cosmo if you are interested.
Brijit really has a knack for making classy and sophisticated indies. Oh and did you see her pointy fake nails with leopard print (listing is here)? They look just like my nails!! I’d like to think I was the inspiration for these pointies. Hehe. Was I, Brij???
Week one of the February N.A.I.L. Linkup is all about RED. Well, I have a gorgeous red indie from Brijits Digits Boutique! This one is called Yowl and it’s a semi-matte. You may have seen it before when I wore it with topcoat to make it high gloss (here on my facebook page), but this time I’m wearing Yowl in all it’s glorious semi-matteness….
Shown here is three coats of Yowl without topcoat. It has a semi-matte finish so you can see how silky it is. I love how the light just skims over the surface of the polish and gives it a softened glow. It dries fast too!
Yowl would be described as brick or burnt red but it also has a secret shimmer which is so pretty up close….
Now on to the nail art segment of this post 😉 !! I went for something super simple since I haven’t been groovin’ on complicated nail art lately. I wanna keep it quick and easy today. So for this next design I used a black skinny striper polish from L.A. Colors to make little hearts. I also did some tiny dots on my accent nail which look so 3D & textured against the smooth finish of the polish.
Yowl is such a great polish…. it’s actually part of Brijit’s semi-matte collection. She has 4 in total listed here-
Catcall cool pink with slight blue shimmer
Stone Circle dark blue-ish grey cream
Soft Grey pale grey cream
I’m loving red nails for February! Are you?
I hope I see more red for the NAIL LINKUP. Here are the inlinkz…
Please stop by Brijits Digits to see the guest post I did: Winter Blues by Craftynail.
Did you see the solar eclipse this morning? I missed it! We had daylight savings in the U.S. this morning too, which gave me an excuse to sleep in wayyy later than normal. 🙂
After deciding to make SOLAR ECLIPSE one of our themes for the November NAIL Linkup– this idea came to me rather quickly! It’s an easy design too, which is always nice when you’re trying to squeeze nail challenges into your busy life schedule.
Each nail shows the different phases of the sun during an eclipse! I did imagine the design different in my head though. I’m surprised I was only able to fit 3 suns on each nail. I imagined it with at least four suns, but oh well. I need to face the fact that I don’t have long nails anymore! lol
This manicure was simple simple simple! I started with 2 coats of Brigits Digits called Witching Hour, a nice dark vampy holographic maroon color. I just tried it out recently, but I’ve really been itching to wear it again since 1-Fall is great for deep mysterious colors like this and 2- now that my nails are shaped different I’m finding that I love to play with darker colors! After my Witching Hour was in place I did 3 orange dots on each nail using AVON Creamsicle. You may have noticed that I use that orange all the time, but for reals–AVON cream polishes are perfect for nail art! To make the orange dots look like eclipses I just overlapped another dot over top using Witching Hour to partially cover the suns. So basically, each nail has five dots on it. How easy is that?
I enjoyed this look for a day, then I wanted to try mattifying it. Matte topcoat makes holos look cool! It brings out all the little flecks hidden in there!
Brijits Digits Witching Hour with MASH Matte Topcoat
I hope to see some fun SOLAR ECLIPSE manis as part of the Nail Art Ideas Linkup. There’s so much room for interpretation with this one. You could do suns, moons, galaxies, skies… whatever strikes your fancy! Here are the other SOLAR ECLIPSE manis in the collection:
Solar Eclipse :
Hey ya’ll- I’m over here having fun with my new MoYou plates! I reviewed one of their plates and stampers in my last post, and I had to pull them out again for more stamping fun. This time, I had double fun! Have you ever tried stamping the same image onto your nails TWICE? Well, that’s what I did and the results look wicked! Check it out!
For this look I am wearing a basecoat, three coats of Blue Flame from Brijits Digits Boutique and seche vite topcoat. I wore this beautiful blue polish for three days (no chips!) until I decided to spice it up with some double stamping effect! On day number four I stamped a shimmery white polish called Ginessa by Zoya using my MoYou London Pro Plate 5 XL stamping plate. Then I used that same plate but stamped China Glaze Liquid Leather (black) over top of that. The designs didn’t match up, which makes it look cooler I think. I like how they overlap! It sorta looks like the bottom of a swimming pool. 🙂
Wanna see what Brijit’s Blue Flame polish looks like before I stamped over it? It has a lovely jelly quality to it and it’s bluer than blue. I love how blue it is! It took three coats to get to this opacity and so far I am very happy with it’s durability. I’m on day four with no chips yet! Look at what a live wire this polish is! Yowzer!!!!!!
Blue Flame is on clearance now at Brijit’s Etsy shop!
Have you ever tried double stamping? If not, do it to it!
Today I’m showing you another cool indie polish from Brijits Digits Boutique. This one’s a thermal color-changing polish called Orchis des Marais. It’s a special polish with a fancy french name, ooh la la! I hafta say, this is the most fun that I’ve had with a polish in a really long time! Take a look at it and you’ll see what I mean…
Shown here is one basecoat of Sally Hansen Maximum Growth, two coats of Orchis des Marais and one coat of Seche Vite. If you apply thin coats then you may want three coats of the thermal, but two did the trick for me. It appeared violet when I first applied it but shortly after it started turning pink. On the right-hand side of my photo collage you can see all the blue shimmer in there too- just gorgeous! Orchis des Marais dries quickly and has a nice finish. Thermals have a tendency to be matte and dull so I was pleasantly surprised by this one.
Here’s a pic of Orchis des Marais when I first woke up in the morning and my hands were cold as ice. We haven’t turned the heat on yet this season. Brrrrr! ↓
And here’s a shot of my nails after a nice hot shower. They’re bubblegum pink now and the tips are quickly starting to cool off as you can see. ↓
Throughout most of the day my nails were a pretty gradient that started out pink and got more purple towards the tips. They did change very easily too. If you hold a cold drink you’ll see them shift right away. Or if you get a droplet of water on your nail you’ll see a perfect little purple circle appear! So much fun! All day long I kept looking down- ooh I’m cold, oooh now I’m hot! Also, I noticed that my right-hand middle finger was strangely cold and purple most of the time. The weird thing is, that nail breaks all the time too. It’s my one problem nail. Maybe my chi doesn’t flow well in that finger? LOL You can see in the top left photo of my collage that it’s more purple than the rest! What’s up with that?
Overall, I’m thrilled with this polish. I need more. In every color.
If you’re looking for a heat-activated polish you can find Orchis des Marais on Etsy at Brijits Digits Boutique.
What do you think of color-changing polishes like this one?
I’ve come to the realization that I haven’t tried enough indie polishes. It’s like a whole other world that I need to explore more. Nail polish created by extreme nail polish enthusiasts? YES, please! So I recently ordered some indies from Brijits Digits Boutique. She doesn’t franken a lot of over-the-top glitterbombs like a lot of other indie makers. Of course she has some lovely glitters, but right now Brijit’s Digits offers a lot of hand-blended cremes, shimmers, holographics and even thermals. I bought this thermal polish from her shop too and I can’t wait to try it! I’ve also been using her affordable cuticle oil for a few months now and I just love the scent and it’s little roller-ball applicator!
One of the polishes I ordered is a nice deep dark shade that’s perfect for autumn. It’s called Witching Hour and it’s an eggplant aubergine color with a touch of scattered holo added in. Witching Hour is so seductive! To bring out it’s sex appeal I had the bright idea of adding some painted studs. I transformed some gold studs from Claire’s Boutique by painting them with a couple coats of Witching Hour and then I left them to dry. I shoulda done a better job at this, because I see some of the gold poking through on the corners of the studs- oopsy! It still looks hot though! 🙂
Shown here is two coats of Witching Hour. I applied the painted studs on top while my second coat was still tacky. Then I slathered on some seche vite topcoat to smooth down the studs. I did the best I could with my seche topcoat- I am down to the very bottom of my bottle! How scary! My amazon order better come soon- I ordered the big mamma jamma 4 oz salon-sized bottle of seche. Once it comes in the mail I won’t be running out of seche for a long time! It will be good times. Here’s another shot of my monochromatic witchy mani…
I like how the studs look from this side view. I’m really looking forward to wearing this mani out in the real world tomorrow. Today it’s a lazy rainy sunday and I will NOT be leaving the house. Yes, I have hermit tendencies, and i like it.
I love Witching Hour. It only needed two coats and it dries fast. It’s a dark vampy shade but it actually looks good on me. Even though I love dark shades, I feel like they oftentimes make me look pale and pasty. Not this one though. It’s very flattering. It also kinda reminds me of all those holographic A Englands that I’ve been dreaming of for a while now. And even though it shipped all the way from La France… it got here real quick! Plus, now I secretly feel fancy since I’m wearing french nail polish. lol
Hopefully soon I can swatch my thermal from Brijit’s Digits. It’s getting colder here in NY and I expect some serious thermal activity since my nail bed will be much warmer than my chilly nail tips! Oh I love thermal!
‘Til next time 🙂