Pat On the Black

This month I received a bottle of Pat on the Black nail polish complimentary from Influenster via their Sally Hansen Vox Box (along with two other colors I will post about separately). There are a couple things I like about the Complete Salon Manicure lacquers. First the large bottle size, it’s easy to hold and the name is right on top of the cap so I don’t have to go hunting for it. The large brush is king, it makes getting polish on before it starts to dry quick and easy. It has a nice rounded tip to give me more control near the cuticle. I am disappointed however that they changed the black rubber band to just plastic — the black rubber makes it significantly easier to open the bottles.

My nails with Sally Hansen's Pat on the Black nail polish from the Complete Salon Manicure collection.

I was able to get opaque color with two coats and it dried really fast — no smudges. It’s super shiny too. I love how the color looks like deep purple-plum in some light and almost black in others. It’s a fun shade.

The plum black nail polish from Sally Hansen.

I had some tiny chips two days later but they were super easy to touch up without telling — I put a little dab on, let it dry, then put a thin coat over the whole nail.

My nails under a bright lamp.

I wore Pat on the Black for four days before I switched it up with some Copper Penny (I know I am addicted to this glitter). You can see the nail edges were starting to wear a bit.

My Pat on the Black nails with a top coat of Sally Hansen Copper Penny.

Sally Hansen’s line of Complete Salon Manicure is available in 49 nail polish colors from most drug stores at prices ranging from 7.99 to 10.99. This line boasts seven benefits in one bottle: base coat (I used a base coat anyway because it is a dark color and I am paranoid), strengthener, growth treatment, color, top coat, chip resistant, and gel shine finish.

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Topic Links
* Check out the colors at Sally Hansen
* Check out my Jaded Nail Polish from my Sally Hansen Vox Box
* Check out my Red My Lips Nail Polish from my Sally Hansen Vox Box
“I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.”

Black Green Nail Polish

One of my favorite colors for fall nail polish right now is Deborah Lippmann’s Billionaire. This black green is super dark.

Deborah Lippmann's Billionaire nail polish under artificial lighting.

This is the first time I have tried Deborah Lippmann nail polish and I love it; although on the first coat I was concerned I wouldn’t. I picked up another DL at the same time so I am looking forward to trying that one too.

Another view of artificial lighting over nails.

According to the package this nail polish is made with Aucoumea, Biotin, and Green Tea — O.o.

Darker room with flash.

It also said to use a base coat and a top coat. I wasn’t going to put one on because it had such an awesome sheen without one.

Showing off my dark green nails in natural light.

It took me three coats to get this opaque look which looks black in some light and dark green in other light; like the sunlight below.

What my nails look like in direction sunlight -- more green.

You can still find this polish at DL’s official site, $17; at Amazon for $16 (plus free shipping if you spend $35–like on a book); or at NailPolishCanada for $13.

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Topic Links
* Get your black green nail polish from Deborah Lippmann
* Get your Deborah Lippmann Billionaire nail lacquer from Amazon
* Get your black green nail polish from Nail Polish Canada

Patchwork Nail Art

When I first saw SandyDandy’s patchwork nail art video I thought, “I can totally do that”. When I finally tried I realized I couldn’t. I don’t know if my nails were too short (that’s what I think it was) or that I just didn’t have enough patience. Anyway, I ended up doing a patchwork of sorts, with only two colors instead of three but here is her video which offers great direction:

I think my final two-color result turned out great on the second attempt. You can see a little residual black on the cuticles in the first few photos from my first attempt. For colors I used a new red from Avon’s Fall colors Nailwear Pro+ in Racy (477-066). I love the color and it went on great with two coats. Super shiny.

Two coats of Racy red nail polish from Avon's nail pro line..

I followed up with Julep’s Black Latex Cleopatra which is my new favorite black. It went on awesome and really does look like latex when it dries. Love this polish. I have used it a few times for nail art accents.

Julep's black latex cleopatra over Avon's nail pro Racy.

Yes, it is essentially similar to the black and red colorblocking but it is a different look and polish. I like it.

My patchwork black and red nails in daylight.

Have you tried patchwork nails yet?

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Topic Links
* Visit SandyDandy’s DandyNails nail art hub on YouTube
* Get the Racy Avon nail polish from Avon
* Get the Cleopatra black Latex from Julep

Chalkboard Nail Art Duo

I picked up one of Revlon’s chalkboard nail art duo which has a matte black polish at one end and a matte coloured polish at the other–one to represent the chalkboard and the other to represent the chalk. There were a few color choices but I ended up with Over Achiever which is a soft pink.

I love the black matte polish. It went on really nice and was opaque with two coats. It’s matte when compared with other polish but still has a bit of sheen to it.

Revlon's chalkboard nail art duo.

The pink “chalk” has a thinner brush to make it easier to draw with but I really did not come up with anything that I like more than the basic black. Honestly I think the brush should have been shorter to allow for more manipulation. Totally hated it. The bottles are a bit wobbly and top heavy. I had a few close calls when I set the brush in the bottle to clean around a cuticle.

Playing with my ABCs with Revlon chalkboard nail polish duo.

This nail polish combo is pretty pricey, I bought this on sale for about $8 and would have been disappointed had I paid full price. The black is nice and will definitely wear again. It stayed on surprisingly well without a top coat and came off super easy with polish remover.

I did not like the ABC’s above so I ended up putting on another coat of the black chalkboard and redoing the pink chalk with patterns which I liked much better — but still liked the plain black the best.

Different patterns on each finger with chalkboard nail base.

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Topic Links
* Get your Revlon chalkboard nail art duo from Amazon

Black and Red Colorblocking

I first saw this design in Nail It! magazine and knew immediately I had to try this black and red color blocking. The original nail art was shown in a China Glaze nail art ad, had I red and black in China Glaze I would have used them but I didn’t.

Photo of nail art from Nail It! magazine.

I love black and red color blocking and this manicure was fun to play with because I was able to use black nail polish without getting the grunge look that can sometimes happen with full on black nails. I think the final results are super sharp looking and I would definitely do it again. This is definitely a look anyone who wears nail polish can pull off.

Black and red color blocking nail art.

I used Julep’s Evie red for the base and drew on the black contrast with LA Colors Art Deco nail art lacquer. I found it super easy to do although I was paranoid I was going to make a mess with the black. Obviously, doing the left hand was harder.

Nails painted with black and red color blocking nail art.

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Topic Links
* Check out Nail It magazine
* Become a Julep Maven like me