Thursday, August 30, 2012

piCture pOlishes!!!

Ahhhh I can't even believe that I officially own some piCture pOlishes! Thanks to my new job I have told myself that I can splurge alittle and treat myself to some new lovelies that I would have never bought if I had my old job. I hope you all had the chance to grab some of these polishes during there sale of buy 6 get 2 free!!
Here are the eight I choose!
I asked on Facebook which one I should try first and the winner was honey dew. Here it is in three coats. Top coat of Out the Door.
It is sooo gorgeous! Perfect spring color application was amazing I don't think my nails have ever looked so nicely polished, either I am getting better at painting my own nails or the formula and brush are amazing!
Do you have a favorite piCture pOlish?

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Stamping over Holos (pic heavy)

This mani is one of my new favorite design for nails. Since I was able to stamp with Orly on my last mani I wanted to try out other colors that would work with stamping. Than I thought about stamping over holo's, and since I don't own many holo's I used spectraflair to create my own holo.
I started with one coat China Glaze: Mediterranean Charm, than I added one coat of spectraflair. Stamping with Mediterranean Charm I used plate BM-323. Top coat of Out the Door.
I got many pictures to try and capture all the angles of the sun hitting it and show how the stamp pops off of the background.


This is how it looks in the shade/normal lightning
I love this effect! It is subtle since it is the exact same color on top of each other with only spectraflair in between and it doesn't warp the base color.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Purple Floral

Well I said I would and I did :) Here is the same colors from last mani in a different design!
Color Club: Take me to Your Chateau two coats for the base and stamped with Orly: Plum Noir, stamping plate is BM-211. Top coat of Out the Door.
This was also my first time stamping with Plum Noir, I was pleasantly surprised with how well it did. I may need to try out some other colors and see how well they stamped, I like the idea of stamping with colors that aren't just black and white :)

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Alternating Gradients

Fun mani today! I wanted to change up my 'normal' gradients that you see and got inspired by some other blogs to do an alternating pattern. I also used different colors instead of normally staying in the same color group. This is one of my favorite color combos.
Colors I used to gradient with are Color Club: Take me to Your Chateau and Orly: Plum Noir. Top coat was Northern Lights to add some sparkle!
This turned out WAY above my expectations. I LOVE this mani soooo much, I am defiantly going to think of more design to do with these two colors together :)
What are your favorite color combos?

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Silver Zebra

I have a quick post today, as I am trying to type this before I have to leave for work! I started my full time job this week so I am hoping to start doing some more mani's at night, which is the complete opposite of when I would usually do them. I am still getting use to being home by 530 and working 40 hr weeks, not that its bad, it is going great really :)
So to start I did two coats of Zoya: Feifei, this is a really sparkly blue/purple. I wanted to add a stamp on top so I used Sally Hansen: Silver Sweep with stamping plate BM-223. Top coat of Out the Door.
I am sure you also noticed my stubs I had two nails break on the sides so I trimmed them down :( I am seeing a great improvement in my nails strengths since I have been taking Biotin for almost 2 months I think this batch will grow out beautifully!
Also quick note I may be posting every other day instead of my daily posting for a while. I have alot of adjusting to do which may affect when I do my nails, but give me a week or so and I am sure I'll get back to daily postings :)
Enjoy this beautiful Tuesday!!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Stamping over Twiggie

Today I am featuring another new polish from my nail mail. I was most excited about getting this color, I seen a swatch post from Rebecca Likes Nails and have wanted it since. I also tried out some more stamping gosh it's so easy now, in love Konad.
I did two coats of Color Club: Twiggie, perfect formula! Used Konad special black and plate BM-214. Top coat of Out the Door.
Besides a couple small smudges I like how this mani turned out :) I wanted a psychedelic look with this muted neon lime green. The color on its own is very pretty also! Should of swatch it before I did the stamp, but I was just to excited.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Blue Fishtail/Braid Nails

I have a fun new nail art design to share today. The tutorial for how to do this design can be found at Lucy's Stash. The fistail/braid design has been shown around some blogs and Pinterest so I decided to try it out. It is a pretty easy design as well.
Base coat is Color Club: Take me to Your Chateau. The colors for the braid is Color Club: Otherworldy, Take me to Your Chateau, Sally Hansen: Silver Sweep, and Glitter Gal: Silver 3D Holo. Once completed I used Out the Door for Top Coat.
This design was so easy I was able to do it on both hands, and I may even like the left hand better :) I was also able to use two of my new polishes again, Take me to Your Chateau is the perfect light blue creme! You could easily get away with one thicker coat and it dries so fast! I decided to put Glitter Gal over Silver Sweep to add the holo effect that Otherworldy has, but it Otherworldy doesn't show much of the holo glitters, I am excited to see how it will look on its own.
Have you tried this nail art yet? What do you think of it?

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Gradients

Today I have the Gradient that I did for my review for Into the Blue.
Sorry for the blurriness
For the green gradients I used China Glaze: Re-fresh Mint and Zoya: Wednesday. Than for the blue gradients I used China Glaze: Shower Together and Color Club: Take me to Your Chateau. Top coat of Out the Door.
I love the pastel colors and green and blue together so cute! Into the Blue by Pretty Polish looked great over it as well, make sure to check out that post here.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Check me Out at Sweet Sugar!

Gwenn from Sweet Sugar asked us bloggers to complete a survey/interview so she could fill her blog this month while she is on holiday. She is posting my survey/interview today, go check it out here.

Thanks Gwenn for letting us bloggers dominate your blog for the month, and hope you are enjoying your holiday in Spain!!!

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Hard Candy-Pretty Polish, Review

I am sad to say that today is my last review for Pretty Polish Glitters, but don't worry I am leaving you off with a great polish! This one was a surprise when I opened my package and such a nice surprise it was!
Hard Candy- "Is made up of so many different glitters in various shapes and sizes that I lost count." This is so true, I could barely make out what all the different colors and shapes are, which in turn makes it lovely.

When I first saw this polish I immediately thought of sprinkle's on frosting, this is why I did a cupcake :). I used a white base underneath with one coat of Hard Candy. On her etsy page she has a picture of the polish done is three coats for best opacity. I really like how the multi colors pop off the white. You can see all the small glitters alot better this way to. Once again there was no problems applying the glitters, she has really nailed the formulas for this collection.

To get this amazing polish for only $8 full size bottle, follow this link, and to see the rest of her glitter collection visit her etsy shop here.

*The products in this review were given/sent to me by Pretty Polish in exchange for my honest opinion. The opinions within this review are completely my own.*

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Into The Blue- Pretty Polish, Review

The polish I have today is the last of the 4 that I choose to sample, I wanted this one because I don't have any blue sparkle and I know my sister will love this one as well. I also tried to envision what I could create with this one, I am excited to show you how it looks over my idea :)

Into The Blue- "Is made up of 8 different matte and holo glitters in various shapes and sizes in a clear base." I like the mint green hex glitters with all the blue very gorgeous bottle shot.
My base are two different gradients (I will post the colors for that later this week). The obvious colors to do with this is blue but I wanted to incorporate the mint green also. This one is the most glitter pack from the other 2, no fishing or placing needed, one coat worked perfectly. This one might end up being my favorite :)

To get this amazing polish for only $8 full size bottle, follow this link, and to see the rest of her glitter collection visit her etsy shop here.

*The products in this review were given/sent to me by Pretty Polish in exchange for my honest opinion. The opinions within this review are completely my own.*

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Liberty- Pretty Polish, Review

Here is another glitter that I choose to review for Pretty Polish, I wanted this color because I needed to out span my collection to have more Patriotic colors, this past 4th of July I couldn't believe that I only had one red polish. This glitter also has alot of shine to it, sadly it was a cloudy day so the pictures do misrepresent the shine.
Liberty- "Is made up of 11 different glitters in various shapes and sizes in a clear base." These glitters are shiny not matte finished like the Parties Over.

Base colors are Sally Hansen: Silver Sweep, China Glaze: Red Pearl, White on White, and Frostbite. I did two coats of the glitter to get a good variance of the shapes, they applied greatly and formula was very easy to work with.
Here is a quick design I did with all four polishes, I wanted another way to show how it looks on all the colors right next to each other. The glitters did settle more on this one than Parties Over but it mixed back up very quickly. I am very excited to use this polish in my next patriotic mani.

To get this amazing polish for only $8 full size bottle, follow this link, and to see the rest of her glitter collection visit her etsy shop here.

*The products in this review were given/sent to me by Pretty Polish in exchange for my honest opinion. The opinions within this review are completely my own.*

Side note: I just got a new job, you are now looking at an intern/design assistant!! This is a huge accomplishment for me, with the way the market is for Interior Design I am very lucky to have found this opportunity 5 min away from where I live :) This week will be hard I have to work both jobs so that will be 11hrs days, I will try very hard to post everyday I do have some post in the archives :)

Monday, August 13, 2012

Parties Over- Pretty Polish, Review

Today I have my first review post! Jeannette from Etsy store Pretty Polish sent me 4 samples of her new glitter polishes! I original bought the Spectrafliar top coat from her and loved it so much, after seeing my Holo Purple Gradient mani I did she asked for me to review some of her new glitters.
In her etsy store she has 9 new glitter polishes! She asked me to choose ones I like and was surprise to get them all plus an extra! There is a only two set of colors that are similar otherwise there is a great variety for you to choose from.
I am starting off with the one that I was most excited to try- Parties Over- "Is made up of 11 different matte glitters in various shapes and sizes in a clear base." A bottle of confetti is my description! I was really interested in the shape of the glitters, they aren't just circles more like shard's of glitter, you see triangles, rectangles with squares and circles I feel like the base isn't just clear but has some micro glitter also!
I swatch this glitter over 4 coats of Color Club: Pardon my French. You could really get away with any base color for this glitter, I choose a more pale base color to have the glitter shapes and colors show better. Since this polish is packed full of glitter you don't have to try and place glitter you get an even coat for the entire nail, this is always a plus!
Than for a more fun twist I decided to layer Pardon my French over it to create a "jelly sandwich" but with a very thin creme polish. I love how this turned out as well! It reminds me of frosting, which is close to the finish of one of her other glitters that I will have a review for this week.

To get this amazing polish for only $8 full size bottle, follow this link, and to see the rest of her glitter collection visit her etsy shop here.

*The products in this review were given/sent to me by Pretty Polish in exchange for my honest opinion. The opinions within this review are completely my own.*

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Stamping Over Gradient

I have yet another nail stamping post today, I hope they aren't getting old. I have been going throught the Bundle Monster Plates and finding ones I haven;t used to try out with my Konad Stamper. Using the gradient from yesterday I did a quick stamp over.
Plate used was BM-223 and used Konad Special Black to stamp with.
This was a fun design, I think I may use this one alot, i like how its more geometric and having bright colors under makes it pop! I hope you are hanging in there with me and gradients/stamping recently, guess once you find something you like and is so simple you do it over and over!
Tomorrow will start my Review of 4 samples of Pretty Polish n Things Glitter Collection!!

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Nail Mail/Yellow-Orange Gradient


I got some great nail mail few days ago and now that I am caught up on my posting I can share with you my new goodies. Look at all the Color Clubs!! There is no store near me that sells this brand and yet it is my favorite! :( I got one color there that is for a coworker she wanted China Glaze: For Audrey, than I was searching for a yellow and green. One color that I am disappointed in is the China Glaze: Refresh-Mint, hopefully the color will turn out better in a mani.
To start with showing off the colors I have a fire like gradient. I Start with one coat of Color Club: Most Famous, with make up sponge apply Most Famous and Color Club: Lava Lamp. Top coat of Out the Door
I like how this color pops alot, the Lava Lamp is a neon orange/red so bright! I cold totally do a sweet fire mani with these colors!

Mani's for my Readers

I have come up with a new idea to have you my readers inspire me and get involved in my mani's.

All you need to do is Like my Facebook page Nail Polish Creations, and post a picture of something you want me to base a mani on. It can be a picture of a piece of clothing you like, phone case, an everyday item that has a fun pattern, piece of artwork (ex. background on your comp, google picture, etc) Also explain to me what the picture is of and why you choose it.

I will go thru them in order that I receive them and you will be tagged in my post.

Lets start a round of Mani's for my Readers!! Can't wait to see what you give me to work with.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Gold Stamping

Thanks to heartNATs guest post I decided to try out stamping with mirror metallics as well. I also recently bought a new stamper. I started out with the one from salon express and was sick of the problems so I bought a Konad one.
My base color is two coats of NYC: Manhattan, I stamped with was Essie: Gold as Gold, stamping plate used was BM-221. Top coat of Out the Door.
Natalie was right the mirror metallic's are great to work with! I feel like this mani is so sophisticated, burgundy and gold defiantly a new favorite color combination! Konad stamper is THE BEST! I finally can get some better results with my nail stamping, supper excited for mani's to come.
Whats your thoughts?

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Pink Gradient for Mom

Today's mani is one I did. for my mom, she wanted one to go with the dress she wore for my friends wedding. She isn't one to wear to bright of colors so its usually hard figure out what to do, but thanks to  her dress I got to use some brighter pinks :)
First did a base coat of Orly: Flirty Girl. Colors I used for the gradient was Flirty Girl, Zoya: Shelby, OPI: La Paz-itively hot. Top coat of Out the Door,
Doesn't it look so pretty next to her dress?  I think this gradient was a great way to have something subtle but at the same time bright!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Liebster Award

Beck from Glamfiend also gave me the Liebster Award, which to us Americans means Sweetheart! Thanks so much! Now this is my second award and you get to learn more about me :)


So here are the rules:

1.  Each person tagged must post 11 things about themselves.
2.  They must also answer the 11 questions that the "tagger" has set for them.
3.  They must create 11 more questions to ask bloggers they have decided to tag.
4.  They must then choose 11 bloggers with less than 200 followers and tag them in their post.
5.  These lucky bloggers must then be told.
6.  There's no tag backs.

So here are 11 things about me...

1. I like to paint, not artsy kind, but houses.
2. I love to revamp items, buy old and make it look new
3. I hardly ever wear dresses
4. I prefer to dress in casual work attire than jeans and tshirts
5. I drink a glass of wine almost every night
6. I am going to be a bridesmaid in October 2013 for the first time
7. I want two kids, girl and boy.
8. I want to design and build my future house
9. I love coupons!
10. I grew up in a small small town
11. I love to watch movies and spend lots of time on netflix.

11 Questions Becky sent me to answer

1. What is your all time favorite comedy movie?
Date Night
2. Choose a movie title for the story of your life.
Miss Pettigrew Lives For a Day, live day by day
3. What song always makes you happy when you hear it?
Its my Life: Bon Jovi
4. Do you like the smell of nail polish?
No way, but I do believe I am used to it now.
5. What do you do on your off time?
Paint my nails, or relax watching a movie
6. Do you ever leave the house without makeup?
VERY rarely, depends where I am going
7. What is your favorite polish?
Brand would be Color Club
8. What is your favorite holiday?
Christmas
9. What is your favorite mani?
My purple holo gradient
10. Do you have any pets?
At my parents yes cats and dogs
11. Do you prefer to be outside or stay at home?
Outside on a nice day, otherwise home.


Here are the questions I have for you
1.  What is your favorite method of nail art design?
2. How did you get started in blogging?
3. What is your favorite guilty pleasure?
4. What is your favorite thing to do when you're not polishing/blogging?
5. What's one place in the world that you really want to visit?
6. Are you a fruits and veggie person?
7. Close your eyes. What are the first three things you pull out of your purse?
8. Do you prefer the weather to be really hot or really cold?
9. Do you have a job, if so do you like it?
10. What is your favorite quote?
11. What polish brand do you spend the most on?

Blogs I am nominating...

http://gorgeois.blogspot.com/
http://myprettypaints.blogspot.com/
http://simplejoyofpolish.blogspot.com/
http://toothandnails.blogspot.com/
http://secretarysnailart.blogspot.no/
http://polished-prisms.blogspot.com/
http://liesllovesprettythings.blogspot.com/
http://almabunny.blogspot.com/

Versatile Blog Award

I have been awarded the Versatile Blogger Award by Becky at Glamfiend. Thank you so much Becky!! This is my first blog award, which is exciting to me :)


Here are the rules for this award:

1. Nominate 15 fellow bloggers who are relatively new to blogging.
2. Let them know that you have nominated them.
3. Share 7 random facts about yourself.
4. Thank the bloggers who have nominated you.
5. Add the Versatile Blogger Award picture to your post.


Seven random facts about myself:
  1. I love the color purple, we all my know that already.
  2. I have a strawberry tattoo behind my right ear
  3. I don't read books
  4. I am a very crafty person
  5. I adore kittens and small dogs
  6. Candy and chips are my enemy food
  7. I love playing volleyball
Blogs that I have nominated:
1. http://nailsbyaklutz.blogspot.com/
2 http://fabfingertips.blogspot.com/
3 http://glitteronmynails.blogspot.com/
4 http://jindienails.blogspot.com/
5 http://imanailaholic.blogspot.com/
6 http://nailsong.blogspot.com/
7 http://vicerimus.blogspot.com/
8 http://demetriasnailbiz.blogspot.com/
9 http://nubbinnails.blogspot.com/
10 http://thecollegiatenail.blogspot.com/
11 http://simplejoyofpolish.blogspot.com/
12 http://primpandpolished.blogspot.com/
13 http://globeandnail.blogspot.com/
14 http://www.agirlandherpolish.com/
15 http://thelovelyinc.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Neon Cheetah

I had the pleasure of doing one of my sisters friends nails this weekend, she was inspired by a design on pinterest. I love doing my sisters and her friends nails they always want fun mani's.
To start base coat is Wet N Wild: French Creme, colors used for cheetah was Nina Ultra: Punki Purple, Solar Flare, China Glaze: I'm With the Lifeguard, Orange Knockout. Black for the print was Sinful Colors: Black on Black, Top coat of Out the Door.
Besides the smearing on the pointer finger the mani turned out very well. She loved it, her comment was that they look like the Sally Hansen Sticker, this is the true sign that I am a professional :)

Monday, August 6, 2012

Dots with Spectraflair

Today I have a quick mani to show you. Using spectraflair once again :)
My base color is Orly: Plum Noir, used my dotting tool with Spectraflair Top Coat to place dots on vertical to the side of the nail, and top coat of Out the Door.
Very simple mani that anyone can do, the dots in the holo looked like rainbows in the sun was gorgeous.
I went shopping later in the day and came home with a Nicole by OPI Texture:Opal Texture I found on clearance, I couldn't wait to try it out and thought "hey it might look good over this mani" Sadly it didn't crackle at all, but it turned into a matte like finish with sparkles. Check it out.
I think what may have caused it not to shatter was that it had a top coat applied, but I will have to try the shatter on it's own soon to find out if that was my problem. I still love the effect that it did give this mani.
Do you prefer to see more simple designs?

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Shatters/Crackle- Fail


Today I tried out some Color Club Shatters, they were on Clearance so I had to pick up a couple. I really wanted to get them all but I restrained myself since I don't wear shatters/crackles much. I choose the lime green and magenta color, these two stood out to me the most!
First off I have Color Club: Living on the Edge. You start with a base coat white, one coat of the shatter and let it dry. as you can see it turned the white into yellow. This disappointed me some, but it does still look amazing!
Than I had this brilliant idea in my head, and it turned into a fail... I added the magenta shatter: Crush on You, on top of the green and I thought I would end up with magenta with green shatter underneath... Instead I got brown crackle with yellow, scroll down to view this manstrasity.
The turn out was very disappointing, I am glad I ended up only getting two of these shatters. I have yet to do just the magenta over white, and now I am not sure if I will for awhile seeing how this turned out...
Have you had good luck with Color Club Shatters?



Saturday, August 4, 2012

Here Comes the Bride!

Theme mani today is for my friends wedding!! I am very excited about this mani aswell as the wedding, going to be so beautiful and fun! There are lots of different designs for doing a bride and groom on your nails, I decided upon this one and added some rings to the flair.


To start my base color is Wet N Wild- French Creme on all the nails and only the dress shape on my middle finger. Than for alittle shine I added Wet n Wild: Break the Ice used Sinful Colors: Black on Black for the  tux shape. Essie: Gold as Gold is used for the rings and monogram draw with a dotting tool. Layla: Mercury Twilight was used for a necklace and underneath 3 Rhinestones for the diamond on the engagement ring. Top coat of Out the Door for all nails.
I love the turn out, it was hard to capture a better picture showing the rings cause of the shine in the sun. They are simply just circles like a wedding band :)
Have you done a wedding themed mani yet?

Friday, August 3, 2012

Spectraflair Diagonal Stripes

Today I have another fun design I did using the Spectraflair Top Coat. I wanted to show how the polish transforms the base color, so I did some peak thru stripes.
To start my base color is Sally Hansen Insta Dri: Snappy Sorbet. Using my striping tape I taped off diagonal stripes, than applied a coat of Spectraflair. Quickly removed the tape and top coat of Out the Door.
I choose a lighter color this time to see how well Spectrafliar would look over and I like how subtle this design is. You can still see the rainbow effect, I think this polish is going to be lots of fun in the future.
I wonder if it would stamp well?? :)

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Inspired by my Swim Suit

I was slightly inspired by the Olympian swimmers on this design. I seen photos of how some have patriotic nails which matches their swimsuits so I wanted to create the same effect :)
My base color on the accent nails is Sinful Colors: Black on Black, and the silver that I used to stamp with as well as my other base color is Sally Hansen Insta Dri: Silver Sweep. To create the gradient effect with stars I used plate BM-14, top coat of Out the Door.

I am totally obsessed with how well this mani turned out! The colors I used where a dream to work with, and the turn out couldn't be more exact! I defiantly think ever girl should have a mani to match her swimsuit when it comes to summer time and being at the beach or pool as much as possible!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Magnetic Gradient

I have a super fun mani today! I am sure by now we have all seen the magnetic polishes, but my thought is what kind of creations can you come up with magnetic polishes? I stumbled upon Laurie from Dressed up Digits post of doing gradients with the magnetic polishes!! Now this is exciting...
To start you do a normal gradient, using make up sponge I used my two magnetic polishes I have. Nabi: burgundy color and Icing: Graphite color. (They don't have names) I applied the gradient twice to make sure I had enough polish on the nail. Than to make the polish wet again so the magnet will attract the pieces you apply a top coat (one that isn't quick drying) and place magnet above nail, hold for 20 sec. You are left with a magnetic gradient!!
I love this idea SO much, i may end up buying a couple more magnetic polishes before they disappear :) The only disappointment I have with the magnetic affect is that the magnets aren't always strong enough to get the sides of my nails since they are more rounded than flat.
Do you know of any techniques to help the cause?