Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Way-Cool Mani Wednesday: Aquarius Weaver

I've been really enjoying the metallic flakie polishes from the KBShimmer Summer 2015 collection. I think I've used them in almost every mani I've done for the past 3 weeks! This is one of the recent manis I did using Green Weaver.


Polishes Used: Color Club Age of Aquarius and KBShimmer Green Weaver

I love these polishes together so much. I love how some of the hints of green in Green Weaver match the green shade in Age of Aquarius. These colors really compliment each other well and made for a fun mani. 

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Monday, May 25, 2015

L.A. Colors Spring Flirt

I think I just found the best nail polish find of 2015. The reason it's a the best find is because of the price which was only $1, the type of polish it is, and the quality. I spotted this little gem at Dollar Tree last week, and I was skeptical. This polish blew me away for $1. I'm very impressed.

Spring Flirt
 Spring Flirt is a baby blue crelly with small and larger hot pink, purple, and sky blue matte glitters.

Collection: L.A. Color Craze Core

Color: This is the type of nail polish color you'd easily pay $8+ for from an indie brand. This is an indie type glitter polish for sure. I love the baby blue crelly base with the playful bright glitters. This is great nail polish as far as color goes. It's fun and very inventive for such low cost brand.

Formula: This is where my skepticism came in. I was convinced this would either be too sheer, really thick, or the glitters would be a pain to get out. This applied like a dream. This wasn't just a average, or even good formula, this formula was excellent. The glitters applied to nail and stayed on the nail with no effort. The formula was smooth, leveled easily, and easy to apply. I used 3 coats here.

Price: $1 at Dollar Tree.

Overall: Go out and get this polish, you will not be disappointed. This is a winning polish all around. The color is great and comparable to indie type polishes. The formula is excellent and better than mainstream polishes of this type and some indies I've tried. The polish is also one freaking dollar. Must have. Awesome, L.A. Colors. I'm impressed.

My Rating: 5 out of 5 *Golden* Paint Splatters
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Sunday, May 24, 2015

Blogging Thoughts and Changes

Thoughts

I feel like ever since August I've been in a blogging funk that I couldn't ever really snap out of. I think it was an accumulation of a few things First, my cat got really sick in August and needed life saving surgery. That kicked in my anxiety and depression big time and it took me a good 2 months to mostly snap out of that.

Secondly, I feel I became overwhelmed with nail polish. I used to have swatch-a-thons swatching 20-30 polishes in one go. I couldn't do that anymore. I used to find this relaxing, but now I HATED it. Not only was it time consuming and tiresome it was giving me headaches and the jitters breathing in nail polishes fumes for 7 hours at a time. Also, I couldn't keep up with all the nail polish out there. I can't keep up with all the indie brands, nor can I afford to purchase a ton of indies. It's too hard to be involved in all the indie groups or FB fan pages out there to know what's going on and who has what. Not to mention, there is so much drama with some indie brands I would rather just remain ignorant.

Mainstream brands haven't been peaking my interest lately either as I feel the interest in nail polish in the general public has gone down. Mainstream brands are where I find majority of my nail polish. Mainstream brands are not producing original or fun colors like they did 1-2 years ago. I already have 1,000+ of polish, it's hard for me to find something that sparks my interest these days.

That all being said, I'm probably only buying 15%-25% of what I used to buy. I don't have a ton to blog about. It's not because I do not like nail polish anymore. You wouldn't catch me dead without nail polish on my nails! I love painting my nails still and always have fun picking out colors to wear.

It's just I'm running out of material and when I accumulate 10-15 nail polishes the idea of swatching all of them is daunting. I also do not have the patience for nail art at all, so that's out of the question (sorry!).  I used to have 4-5 posts a week. When I set up a routine, and don't feel I can live up to it I beat myself up over it. I've felt like a failure for the past 10 months because the blogging process I used to have no longer is working for me. What happens? I either overdo it or under do it.  Hence why some weeks I have 5 posts up and others I may only 2. I felt a need to try to keep up my momentum when I had the material while burning myself out in the process and not having the desire to really keep it up.

I really thought about throwing in the towel a few times, the past few weeks especially. The thing is, while swatching may not be my favorite activity, writing and reviewing is what I love. Every time I go to write up a post I'm energized and full of things to say and share with you all. I love that aspect of blogging. I do also know that you can't have a nail blog without swatch pictures. That's when I gog to thinking about how can I re-work my routine to make it work for my lifestyle and interests now.

Changes

The first thing I had to come to terms with was that I would not fail as a person and a blogger if I decided to reduce my number of posts per week and set a posting schedule. So, instead of shooting for 5 nail polish posts a week I'm going to shoot for 3. This way I only have to swatch 2-3 polishes a week instead of worrying about doing some enormous number and feel pressure to have posts up all the time.

*2 posts per week will be newer polish reviews
*1 post a week will be either a "Way-Cool Mani Wednesday" or "Throwback Thursday" post

The other issue is my new buying habits. I'm not purchasing the same number of nail polish I was in the past. I'm not going to have constant new material. What I do have is 1,000+ bottles of nail polishes I love who rarely see the light of day anymore. This is where Third Week Throwbacks comes in to play.

*The 3rd week of every month I'll be doing a week of throwback nail polishes. I'll be swatching and reviewing polishes that are 2+ years older. It will be like Throwback Thursday, just extended :). 

Finally, some flexibility. I love reviewing products in general. I'm always trying out new beauty, bath, hair, and so forth products from the drugstore or other stores. Same goes for food items, candles, and other odds and ends. I always have an opinion about them of course. Also sometimes I have some thoughts/opinions on blogging and nail polish topics. I want to share these opinion and thoughts with someone. Why not you guys?

*Saturday and/or Sundays I'll be either posting either reviews of some non-nail polish products or be discussing some blogging/nail polish topic. 

For the fist time in a long time I feel organized, confident, and good about what I'm doing blog wise. I will admit perfectionism was seeping into Imperfectly Painted, and it really caused me to lose my blog mojo. I allow myself to get overwhelmed so easily that's hard for me to sit down, break things down, and come up with a solution.

I found a solution, it took a LONG time, but I did! I want to thank you all for sticking with me. I know I'm not your traditional nail blog. This blog has always been a personal experiment, journey, and escape for me from the stresses of real life. I want to keep my blog this way, and I needed to stop getting in my own way.

Thank you for listening!

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Throwback Thursday: Orly Gumdrop

I have another Orly throwback to share with you today. One thing I've noticed since doing my throwback posts is how spoiled I am now with nail polish formulas. I have to thank indies for that. Mainstream polish formulas then and even now are very average to below average especially when it comes to pastels or neons. What's interesting is 5 years ago I would consider these older mainstream formulas and even current ones good, but now they're average to below average. This older Orly pastel really reminded me how thankful I am for amazing indie pastel cremes!

Gumdrop
 Gumdrop is a soft aqua/mint creme.

Collection: Orly Sweet Collection Spring 2010

Color: This is a beautiful colors. I like the softness of this color and that is has a touch more blue to it than other mint/aqua shades. I want to say this color was the beginning of the mint green craze back when I started getting into nail polish. The color is a beautiful pastel that isn't stark or too contrasting with my skin tone.

Formula: I don't think this formula is bad. It's really not, but compared to other pastel cremes I have today from KBShimmer and other indies it's lacking. The formula was OK by today's standards. I did find it did not level or smooth out evenly on my nail well. I used 2 coats above.

Price: I'm pretty sure this is part of the core line of Orly. I see it listed on Sally's and Ulta's website. You can also find this on other e-tailers in the $5-$8 range.

Overall: I love the softness and beauty of Gumdrop. It's a fun and perfectly spring-like color. The formula isn't my favorite, but it wasn't bad either. I have definite feelings of nostalgia with this one, but also would be more likely to use a similar color with a better formula.

My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Paint Splatters
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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

HPB Presents: May Flowers aka My Fail Mani

It's time for another Hobby Polish Bloggers link-up post. This month's theme was May Flowers. Oh joy. This theme really stumped me. I don't do nail art. I don't own a stamper. I don't own nail art supplies. I don't have any nail polish with flower shaped glitter. The past themes I could do some layering or other non overly artsy technique and get away with it. This month's theme was tricky. May flowers is pretty literal.

My first thought was I can get some of those Sally Hansen Salon Nail Polish Strips and create a fun mani using that as an accent nail. I know they had ones with floral designs. I scoured drugstores, Walmart, and Target, and didn't find a single one with a floral design. I know they have them online, but I guess they're not in stores now. I had to resort to using some really shoddy nail stickers. I suck at nail stickers. This mani sucks. May Flowers wasn't my month, but I tried!

Here was my pitiful result.

Polishes Used: Black Cat Lacquer Demeter, Lumina Lacquer Soleil, and Kiss Nail Art stickers.

This is why I should never do nail art, stamping, water decals, or anything of the sort. I have absolutely zero patience to let things dry. I ain't got time for that. I thought my polish was dry when I applied the stickers, but nope. The stickers also never laid flat, so fail there too. This is just a big giant mani fail of the century for me. No more floral themes please! I do like my color scheme though.....

Check out the more beautiful manis from my HPB friends below. They did a spectacular job, unlike myself!

   

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