Thursday, January 22, 2015

It's been a while...How are you!?

Wow has it been a minute?? It's been well over a year since I've posted anything and I sure do apologize. This last while has been super rough on me. Last winter, I broke up with a boyfriend of 5 years. That is still getting to me from time to time, but I have someone amazing in my life who helps out so much. 
Aside from the break up, I moved as well. Not that that's anything new or dramatic, but it has definitely been the most challenging move of my adult life. I'm living my my current man in his parent's basement, so needless to say, I miss my own place. And I especially miss my own kitchen! I have been here for quite some time now, and my polish is all still thrown in a box in the closet. That, and I sold about 300 bottles of it. My collection has DRAMATICALLY been cut in half. But life called for a downsize, so I needed to oblige. I still have my beautiful baby kitties, and they will never go anywhere no matter how hard life gets!!

Here is a shoutout to Masha!! She was on a pretty long hiatus as well it seemed, and got back to blogging recently. This inspired me to break it out again, and I am grateful for her! Did I mention, my wonderful boyfriend is her big brother?? =D

My facebook page has recently had a huge surge of likes. The amount has nearly tripled in just the last few weeks. It's incredible! I love it and am glad to see it, but I feel terrible they've all liked an inactive page! I've got to fix that with some posts!!! So stick around... While I've been rough with my nails the past year, I've been babying them the past week or so, so they'll be in tip top shape soon with some pretty polish on them. 


Monday, September 30, 2013

My home made pretty!

Hey everyone! Whew, painting the nails is one thing, but actually posting about it is another. Maybe with the colder weather approaching, I'll have less time for outdoor things and be inside all day polishing away!

I'd like to show you a polish that I made all by myself! Not from a premade bottle with eyeshadow or anything, but from scratch! My very first and I love it! I made it a few months ago, but I'm just now getting around to showing you.

This is a bright pink, with hints of blue/purple duochrome. This goes on super well with just one coat, but I had to do two just because.

This pic was taken with flash. The rest were just in my lightbox. This shows the holo effect the best. Obviously nothing will compare to how this looks in the sunlight. It's just sooo pretty in that natural bright light!

 You can see a bit of the color shift in this picture, as well as a bit of the holo effect.

I posted this picture because you can see the color in the bottle pretty well. The blueish tone really shines through in this shot.

I wish these pics showed the slight color shift better, but it's so slight that I'm not surprised one bit that you can't see it very well. Really, you can hardly see it in person when you know what you're looking for.
I love this polish so much! I've been finding myself wearing it constantly. I haven't named it, but I do think it needs one. What do you think? Any good name ideas for this lovely polish??

Thank you so much for reading, and especially thank you for putting up with my few-and-far-between posts!! I hope you enjoyed this lovely indie by yours truly!

♥ Jono

Friday, August 30, 2013

Almost frosty gradient...

This mani reminds me of frost. Which isn't really that great! I'm not ready for the cold! Summer feels like it just started. I'm sure for all of you attending school, you feel the summer has already ended. It has, though, right?

I almost didnt post this. I did this mani about 3 weeks ago but was NOT thrilled with how the pictures turned out. The lighting made me sad, but I like the mani far too much to not share it. So here it finally is!

Hopefully on one of these angles you can see the colors well enough!! I think you should be ok. =)
Here we have Zoya Neely and OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls. Neely is the base color, and the OPI is doing the gradient. I found that this OPI isn't the best to gradient with, because it required just a few coats too many. It certainly worked well, however!!

The hearts that are incredibly subtle are from a silver holo that I made. Yay, I made a pretty! =D It stamped very well with BM 317.

I am super in love with this manicure! I can't believe how something so simple can be so lovely.

So I'm headed out to go camping this weekend. Hopefully the nails don't break too much. If they are in decent shape when I return, I'll get something nice for you.

Lastly, I want to give a shout out to one of my best friends and favorite bbygrl, Masha at Lost In Lacquer. She is such a doll and I love her sooooo much! I had to give her a goodbye hug this week. She is moving away from me. =( So I wanted to make sure that ALL of you know how amazing this woman is!!! ♥♥♥
Masha, I'll miss you sooooo much! Good luck in everything ahead!!


Saturday, July 27, 2013

Simple and Daring

Hey friends,
I often see ladies with these massive acrylics with a lot going on. Lot's of color, lots of dots, lots of lines and stripes. My thought process is usually something like, "Pretty! Well, kinda. It's a little too much... No I take that back, it's pretty!" Nail art is pretty cool regardless how it's done, or who does it. I can't judge acrylics at all, because I have done them myself and it takes skill! Don't let anyone say it's not art!

Anyway, this mani is kind of inspired by all of the liney-dotty acrylic manis you see here and there. Simple, easy, yet stunning and eye catching! And not nearly as much going on. This is mostly because the lack of long acrylic!

Also I got sunshine shots! YAY for not doing nails at midnight!

This is a Ginger, a holo by Julep. As with most holos, the pictures don't do a bit of justice to the amazing effect! I love holographic polishes!
I was speaking with someone who had made a few polishes and she said something like "I don't like to take away from the quality of my polishes by adding holographic." I mostly understand, but you can always make two! That and, holo is in. Right? I don't folow trends very well, but it is still a pretty hard to get look, so I think it's still in!

The pink is Venique Kitten Heel Slides as shown in a swatch here. It's such a pretty color, and I know I don't use it enough! The white is Venique Wingtip White.

I used a small spotter brush for the detail. I miss doing detail work. Time for a steady hand again, I think!

 This is from the shady side of the tree. The color of the julep is so pretty with or without the holo effect! For this mani, I originally wanted to use OPI DS Classic, but I apparently gifted that out. =( This Julep works just as well.

What is your opinion on holos? Do you think they are overdone? Or could this world need more?
Let me know!

Thanks for reading!!

Friday, July 26, 2013

Untried Polish Challenge 16: Was a Gift...Also I'm Back!!!

Hey all!!
I've had some incredibly horrible nail breaks these last few months. There was blood. So yeah, I didn't feel up to blogging or even nail art in general!
I did manage to get some Pokémon themed nails in for Comic-Con. No pics, because it's the exact same thing I've done before!
Comic-Con, by the way, was a BLAST! I went with some really good friends and had a wonderful time. Already excited for next year!

Anyhow, here is [Finally!!] the last bit of my untried challenge!!

I don't have many bottles that were gifted to me, so I made use of just one! This will be a bit more of a swatch post, at that point. Oh well!

This is Borghese Marino. Raine at Lacquer Lily gave this to me back in the day. Thanks girl! Just now getting around to using it. And for a challenge! Does that make me less of a friend, or better because I was saving it for a special occasion?!

It needs more...But looking through my stash I realize just how few gift polishes I have, and then trying to find ones I haven't used?! Riiighhht.....

When in doubt...Mattify!

 I'm really down with the mattified look still. Is this look so last year? I don't care. =)

Super sorry about this short short post here! Short and incredibly simple! But now that my nails aren't non-existent (I say that with little to no exaggeration...), I'll be back in action with pretties for you very soon! =D

♥ Jonochi

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Untried Polish Challenge 14 and 15: Glitter and Creme

Double today! That actually catches me up, too. YAY!
I'll keep this short. It's late, I'm tired.

These two untried polishes are glitter and creme!

This is Milani Silver Dazzle one coat glitter. And it was, too! I still did two coats, of course. It was fun because it dried with that glitter texture finish. I'm pretty sure I've had this polish for almost 2 years, so look at them being ahead of the game? Over the Milant, there are a few glitters of Essie Stroke of Brilliance that you can't see very well. I could NOT get a good pic. Oh well, it's decent enough for what it is!

Well, here is a good pic! This is our cremes. Butter London Toff and Julep Millie. Nails are almost too short for tips, but I haven't had tips in so long, I really needed it!

WOW! Just one more challenge in this UPC. We made it, guys! =D I may even have it up on what would have actually been the last day when keeping to the 3 day schedule. We'll see.

Short post? Yeah, maybe kinda I guess. Haha! ♥

Here are the other lovely participants!
Masha at Lost In Lacquer
Raine at Lacquer Lily
Amy at Fancy Side
Amanda at Designer Nail Accents
Sam at Polished Art
Lizajane at Organic Neglect
Blueberry Pie at Blueberry Nails
Kristina at Lacquer Fetish
Missy at Gnarly Gnails
Uni at Acetone FIles
Isabel at Little Fairy
Raux at Raux Polish
Alison at UKNailRunner

FYI - I will be having a blog sale soon! I just have to figure that out and get it running. Should be neato!

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Untried Polish Challenge 13: In Season

Ugh...I've been sick with a cold all weekend. I'm so done with this =(
It's going away now, but I've still got a sinus infection and seriously stuffed up. My ears hurt...
The worst part is the aaallllmost sneezes. The sharp intake of breath, ticked nose and then...nothing. And then my eyes water like crazy. =/

Lighter news!!
This day of the challenge is 'In Season'. Here I picked a nice coraly-pink color. I am not sure about this polish, though.

 This is a Claire's mood changing polish. 3 coats. Can I say it? Im going to: Shitty formula. There is no other adjective that can describe it! (Goodbye, family friendly blog!) It dried with a rubber finish, which is fine, but not what I wanted at all. Even after 3 coats there is still drag. It's just...bad! This is at room temp. Just sitting on my nails a while. Definitely more cold than not.

 Here it is after running it under hot water.

 Cold water. Basically the same as the first pic. I'm really thinking room temp is the same as cold just because I was cold for the first pic. Yeah, probably it!

 I wanted that natural gradient look you see with most mood polishes. I had to cheat and use an ice cube on the tips after hot water. I had to move fast so I couldn't even dry my hands!

This is after a few pats on a towel and a few snaps of the camera. Probably all of 15-20 seconds after the previous pic. As you can tell, the darker is already fading to light. Sitting here typing this i do notice a TINY color difference. My fingers are no longer icy cold, so that helps I'm sure.

Other lovely participants! ♥
Masha at Lost In Lacquer
Raine at Lacquer Lily
Amy at Fancy Side
Amanda at Designer Nail Accents
Sam at Polished Art
Lizajane at Organic Neglect
Blueberry Pie at Blueberry Nails
Kristina at Lacquer Fetish
Missy at Gnarly Gnails
Uni at Acetone FIles
Isabel at Little Fairy
Raux at Raux Polish
Alison at UKNailRunner