Monday, April 30, 2012

French Cheetah Mani

Today I decided to do a full nail stamping mani, the only problem I have with doing these is that my stencil for full nail images are not wide or long enough to cover my whole thumb and middle finger. So I actually had to repeat the design on the side of my middle finger with my nail pen, and to cover where the stencil stops at the top of my nail I added french tips.
Base color is Revlon Fast Dry: Varnished, two coats. Used Konad Special Nail Art Black for the stamping. Sinful Colors: Black on Black for the tips.
My nails are finally getting to the length where french tips look good, which makes me very excited! I do want to know how others are able to get full image nails stencils to cover the entire nail when having long fingernails??

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Full Water Marble Mani

Well I have finally completed a full Water Marble Mani. For my first time doing one I only did an accent finger. This time around it was easier since I bought OPI colors which we like heaven to work with.
Base coat was Wet n Wild: French White Creme. I used OPI: La Paz-itively Hot, Pamplona Purple and Zoya: Kendal for the water marble. Top coat of Northern Lights to add some sparkle.
I am a huge fan of this one, instead of tapping them off like last time I used Petroleum Jelly around the nail. I found that it was harder than the tape.
Which method do you prefer to use for doing your water marble mani's?

Friday, April 27, 2012

Lines and Dots

I got a bottle of part of the hunger games collection from China Glaze a while back and decided to finally use it. Guess I have been in the mood for gray scale nails.
One coat of China Glaze: Stone Cold, than tapped of the sides of my nails and used Sally Hansen: Silver Sweep, to finish the mani I used my pen from Art Club Nail Art: White to draw circles, and top coat of Out the Door.
I LOVE the matte finish of the Stone Cold, unfortunately my top coat gives it a shine finish in the photo. The polish alone dried extremely fast I was very impressed.
I surprisingly like how this mani turned out, does anyone else find them self suddenly turning away from colors?

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Zebra Hologram

I decided to play with my hologram mani from yesterday, wasn't ready to just remove the beauty. This design is totally Rock N Roll!
I first tapped off the diagonal to do the zebra stamp onto the tip, than I taped it off again to do the black bottoms with Sinful Colors: Black on Black. This was very simple, I like how I was able to incorporate my old mani into this one. It makes it alot easier since you don't need to wait for your base color to dry.
Do you dig the rock n roll?

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Hologram!!

I AM SO EXCITED ABOUT THIS POST! I have wanted a hologram for months, kept debating about just buying one online and so glad that I didn't have to resort to it. Everyone needs atleast one hologram in their nail polish stash! This one was $15.50 and the bottle is smaller than regular bottles but it is SO worth it!
For a base coat I used Sally Hansen: Silver Sweep, than 3 coats of Layla Hologram Effect: Mercury Twilight. Top coat Out the Door. I could have pasted with using 2 coats but I went all out :D.
How do you feel about Holograms? To expensive, not worth it?

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Purple Stripes

So I added some design to my butter LONDON nails from yesterday. The hard part was finding colors that went well with the Knackered since it is chrome. The funny thing is that the Zoya I bought on my shopping trip to Ulta ended up matching great with it, even though at the time I wasn't even trying to match them, funny how things work out :D
I hand drew the stripes with the Zoya: Kendal and used my Art Club Nail Art Duo Stripper for the White.
Simple Design just something to add to my butter LONDON from yesterday since I wanted to wear it more than one day having to have applied the 5 coats. It also makes the purple chrome show more than just silver, even though my picture doesn't show it.
You can always spruce up an old mani by throwing on some stripes!

Monday, April 23, 2012

butter LONDON!

Yes you have all read the title right, I finally found a store with Butter London and so much more!  All thanks to a coworker of mine I found another nail polish store close to me :D You can't imagine how excited I was, when I first walked in it felt like heaven. Ulta is the name of my new found love and what brands it had that made me really excited was butter LONDON, Zoya, and Layla Holograms. I see so many blogs with awesome brands and colors that I wish were sold at a store near me since I refuse to pay shipping on nail polish.
Now about my mani I choose Butter London Knackered because of the sweet chore color with hologram specs. For $14 a bottle I wasn't choosing any old color. I have read a post about this color so I knew it was going to apply very sheer, I applied Sally Hansen Insta Dri Silver Sweep as base color. I figured the silver wouldn't over power but add to the chrome. Sadly I was wrong, I still had to apply about 5! coats of the polish to get it to a color I liked. Top coat with Out the Door.
The color is really pretty in the light, but the chrome doesn't show much usually just looks silver with specs, but this could also be because of my base coat silver. I wasn't to impress with the brush and how sheer the formula was, especially since it was costly. This will probably be my only butter LONDON, but I will continue to find a color that it will look amazing on!

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Softball Nails

I did these nails for watching my sister in her softball tournament yesterday. They were simple and easy, nothing to extreme, but a hit with the fans and the team!
I used Sally Girl white for a base coat, helped the yellow stand out with only one coat. Ulta Pro: Solar Flare, this formula dried really fast. To draw the lines I used  my red Art Club Nail Art Duo Pen.
Only kept them on for the day, alittle to much to wear out and about for me.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Sparks

Here is the design I choose to incorporate with my sparkle creation I did yesterday. I achieved this design by using tape! The color is like a burgundy rather than the brownish it looks now. Orly: Plum Noir.
Hope you all like this one!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Sparkle Creation

I created my own sparkle with this mani. I haven't decided if I want to do a design on top of this one yet. I love how the three polishes work together.
Started with one coat Orly: Plum Noir, than Orly: Winter Wonderland. This is what I originally had planned, but than I wanted more sparkle not just the frosty look. So I added Studio M: Magic Attraction. Top coat Out the Door
This is a really pretty color for all over nails, I'm sure I will think of a design to go with it eventually but for now I like it as is. :D

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Purple Curves

For this mani I started with one coat Wet n Wild Megalast: On a Trip, than I used some scrapbooking scissors to tape off curves and applied, China Glaze: Avalanche, did the same for the last color Ultra Pro: Purple Xing. Top coat of Out the Door.
I love these colors together, I found Purple Xing this weekend on my shopping haul it is by far the best purple sparkle I have. Plus its a one coat glitter and who doesn't love those?

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Water Marbling Experince



So I did it, I tried out water marbling... WOW is this a hard technique. First I had to play around and see which of my nail polishes would spread in the water, than I had to see if they would work together. I found that some didn't spread if it was the second ring. The next problem was that it would dry to fast that I couldn't draw a design, or that my design wouldn't turn out. Once I found out the brands that worked best for me, I went shopping for more colors!! China Glaze, Orly, and Sally Hansen, are the three that I found work the best.
For mine I used China Glaze: Shower Together, Orly: Plum Noir, and Sally Hansen: Silver Sweep. The colors I used for the rest of my nails was Orly: Close Your Eyes. It's a shiny version of the Plum Noir. Top Coat of Out the Door.
I really liked the color combination of this mani, but I do wish I could of captured better parts of the water marble. This technique will take more practice, definitely will be seeing more soon.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Sparkle Gradient

I always love sparkle so I choose to try out sparkle gradient. :D
One coat of Nicole by OPI: Khloe had Alitlle Lam-Lam, than for the sparkle I used a brand that I found in Alabama, Spoiled color: Use Protection. Top coat Out the Door.
The way I did the gradient was a thin layer about 2/3 of the nail, than another sparkle layer on the top 1/3 of the nail.  I thought it was as effective as using a make up sponge, but easier and saved me time.
Hope you all love it!

Monday, April 9, 2012

Magnetic Nail Polish Design

Hope everyone had a great Easter! My nails where a hit at my family party, I almost kept them on for another day cause I loved them so much. Instead I found a way to use my magnetic nail polish in a way I liked it! I could never get a great turn out when I tried to do the whole nail.
I used two coats of Essie: Nice is Nice, than with my Nabi Magnetic Nail Polish in Burgundy I applied a stripe down the middle and used the diagonal magnetic for the design. I added some sparkle with my Art Club Nail Art Duo Stripper: Silver Glitter, on the sides of the magnetic stripe.
To me this design is fancy and love how great the magnetic design appears. I would of liked to have a better base color, but I used what I had. I think since my nail is curved its hard for the magnetic to affect the sides so the design never appears well, this was a great way to get around to it.
How do you feel about the magnetic nail polish?

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Easter Nails!

This was my first nail art by hand, boy was it fun and I can't believe how good they came out!
My base color was Studio M: Whose That Girl, for the grass I used Wet n Wild Megalast: I Need a Refresh-Mint. For the egg colors I used two Essie's: Cute as a Button and Nice is Nice. For the white I used my Art Club Nail Art Duo Pen for the eggs designs and the stripper for the Bunny. Than used the black Art Club Nail Art Duo Pen for the Bunnies eyes whisker and nose. Back with the Essie: Cute as a Button for the inside bunny ear and over the nose. Top coat with Out the Door.
Hope you all have a great Easter and get creative with your nail designs!!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Accent Finger Stamping

Sorry about the picture not being centered, trying to get one to show the shine.
For the red color I used CND: Relay Red, and top coat of Essie LuxEffect. I used Sally Girl: White for under the zebra stamp. Than I taped off the triangle to give it just alittle more design.
I love this idea alot and can see more to come in the future! Hope you enjoy.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Bonus Pics


So here are pictures of nails I have done for my sisters friends. I am not going to describe each cause that's to many. But if you want a tutorial of one let me know and ill do a mani of my own to show you! ENJOY

Bright Abstract Mani


I safely arrived at Orange Beach, Alabama, and boy is it beautiful! Since it is my sisters senior year she brought 4 friends we got a condo with my parents and one of the other girls family. Its a 3 bedroom, 3 full bath one half, a media room, with an open floor plan for dinning room, kitchen, and family room. There is an amazing balcony that wraps around with 3 sliding doors to access it!! I feel like a millionaire!

On to my mani. I started with Orly: Passion Fruit, than tapped off triangles on the base and used Rue, Beatiful Scented: Cotton Candy. I used my Art Club Nail Art Duo White for my plaid and tracing of triangles.
I like the combination of the two designs, usually I see just one design on all nails but wanted to changed things up!
How do like it?