Friday, May 31, 2013

Rainy Nails, Jamberry Accent

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Happy Friday lovelies, I hope everyone had a wonderful short work week! Today my nails are for the weekend weather. Here in Michigan we are suppose to have more thunder storms, this week we have had lots of rain and even tornado's. Since I received an umbrella Jamberry Nail Shield design I thought it would be perfect to wear for the weekend.


L'oreal: After Hours
Zoya: Bevin
NYC: Orange Traffic Jam
China Glaze: VII
BM-312 and W113
Jamberry Nail Shield: Middle Finger


This mani makes me so excited for if it rains, my nails will match the weather :D I should of took a picture of the sides of my nails for this shield since I finally got a size that fit perfectly! I think since my nails curve more I had to choose a size that looked to large.

I received these wraps from nail consultant Shea Caithaml, here is a link to preview designs and order the nail shields on her webpage. There are 250 designs to choose from and they have a great deal buy 3 you get 1 free!!!  Also for questions or to order you can e-mail her at sheabrenegan@me.com.
Hope you enjoy your weekend!

 

P.S. I have a giveaway starting Monday!!

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Fail Marble/Crackle Attempt

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Today Lovelies I have a bit of a fail post for you. Earlier this month Lucy from Lucy's Stash used crackle with stripping tape to create a marble effect she has a tutorial for this technique. I was inspired to give crackle another attempt with the same concept, but I am not a huge fan of this mani at all!


Color Club: Wink, Wink, Twinkle
Tip Top Nails: U Crack me Up
Sinful Colors: Black on Black


Do you see how horrible this mani is, or is it just me? This design really makes me think of jail bars for some reason. I think since I did horizontal lined instead of scattered lines it didn't turn out as good. I wanted to share this design even though I hate it, maybe this is your style? I guess crackle polish will still be in my vault.




Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Blue Braided Mani

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Morning all and happy Wednesday! Who is happy that we are already half way thru the work week!?! I think my mind is still in vacation mode since I have been feeling uninspired lately. I decided that I haven't done a braid mani in a long time so I would bring it out of the vault and whip one up.


Color Club: Blue Heaven and Take me To Your Chateau
L'oreal: Jet set to Paris


I totally forgot how easy these braid mani's are and you end up with a gorgeous look! Also this L'oreal blue is plain out gorgeous, I almost never wear blue but I LOVE this one. Hope you all enjoy your hump day!!




Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Mint Green and Black Geometric Texture

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I hope everyone had a great Memorial Weekend with hopefully great weather to get out and enjoy. I certainly loved having three days off. Back to a normal week of posting for me, and a giveaway coming next week! Today I have two of the new Sally Hansen Sugar Coat polishes to share, it seems even department store brands are getting on the texture wagon. 



Sally Hansen: Sour Apple and Lick-O-Rich
Sinful Colors: Black on Black
Cheeky: Jumbo Happy Nails


I only picked up these two colors since the mint green is gorgeous and I believe it is the only textured mint green right now, also I didn't grab a black from the Milani Texture collection so I knew I had to get this one.  The formula for these is very much like the Milani Textures which has a more defined texture feel. I really love mint green and black combo ever since my guest post from Sincerely Stephanie.

Did you pick up any of these Sugar Coat polishes from Sally Hansen?


Friday, May 24, 2013

Accent Orange Damask, Jamberry Nails

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It's Friday lovelies, plus it's Memorial Weekend which means 3 days off!  I know I just had 5 days off but I am ready for some more :D If you remember last week I reviewed one of the Jamberry Nail Shields I received and today I have another to share. When I received the shields I immediately loved the orange damask pattern and am obsessed with the mani I came up with!


Zoya: Cho
NYC: Orange Traffic Jam
Jamberry Nail Shield: Ring Finger


My second time around using these nail shields I did better with not having any air bubbles. I still had some gap on both sides of my nails, so I may not have the correct sizes. I still love the concepts of this product, especially for a fun accent nail. To check out a full review with how to apply these view this post.

I received these wraps from nail consultant Shea Caithaml, here is a link to preview designs and order the nail shields on her webpage. There are 250 designs to choose from and they have a great deal buy 3 you get 1 free!!!  Also for questions or to order you can e-mail her at sheabrenegan@me.com.

Hope everyone has a great weekend!

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Back from NY, with a LIPPMANN!

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I'm back from New York and have a super exciting post for you today. First off my vacation was amazing, New York is a totally different environment. We had amazing weather for two days and two other days it was rainy, but we stuck it out! I hope if you haven't already got to visit NY that someday you do.

Since we had so much to see in New York I didn't get to go to as many polish stores as I wanted, plus my siblings were very uninterested in stopping at any. In the end I got the one that I really wanted which is Deborah Lippmann: Do the Mermaid!! Today I have my first mani with my first Lippmann, I figured this was the best way to get back into posting after my vacation :)


Deborah Lippmann: Do the Mermaid
China Glaze: Tart-y for the Party
Color Club: Eternal Beauty
Mash-39


Isn't Do the Mermaid GORGEOUS! I am in love with the gold shimmer and metallic purple glitters. I added the "mermaid" stamp obviously because its Do the Mermaid! I wish Lippmanns weren't so expensive, I really want the pink and orange from this collection!! Do you have any Lippmanns? If so which ones?


Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Guest Post: Polish. Glitter. Rock and Roll!

Happy Wednesday Lovelies! Although I am now back in Michigan and my Vacation is over, I have one last guest post to share. The more time I have to get back in the swing of life after a vacation the less stress I will be so I am super excited to have an extra day off the blog. Danielle from Polish. Glitter. Rock and Roll has a shiny mani to show you today!

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Hi Everyone!

First of all I want to thank Lisa for letting me do a guest post on her amazing blog while she is away.  When she asked me, I was a little side-tracked and, honestly, I forgot.  I sound like a terrible blogger and friend.  lol But really I just pulled myself together and busted out a great mani.  Secondly, I just want to say how excited I am to show you all so I hope you like it.  It's definitely one of my faves.  Let's go!
So I knew that I wanted to do an ombre nail, but I couldn't just leave it at that.  I also wanted to put something amazing over the top of it all.  What better over an ombre mani than a super strong holo gradient?!
I started with two coats of each blue creme polish.  From pinky to thumb I used F21 Love & Beauty Navy Blue, OPI Dating a Royal (which is actually a smidge darker than it shows), Ulta Blue Streak, Orly Snowcone, and Color Club Hydrangea Kiss.  The holo I used for the gradient is Color Club Over the Moon.  This is for sure an amazing holo polish that everyone should own.
For my top coat I always use essence Gel-Look and Seche Vite for a super high gloss mani.  I hope you all enjoyed this "blue-tiful" mani...get it?!  Blue-tiful!!  (:

Thank you again to Lisa for having me!  If you enjoyed this look, you can see more like at my blog, Polish. Glitter. Rock & Roll!  While you're there, you can use the social media buttons at the top-right of my page to follow me on other platforms like Facebook and Pinterest.  See ya! (:

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I absolutely love how this is such a simple mani but by adding that holo gradient it makes it stunning. I agree 100% with Danielle that everyone should own Over the Moon, I even have a back up bottle!! Thanks so much Danielle for this gorgeous mani and make sure you all check out her blog for more amazing nail art designs!!

I'll be back with a post for you all tomorrow, with details on how my vacation went!



Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Guest Post: Beautrometry

The day has come that my vacation is ending, I will be back home sometime today but I have one last guest post after today's.  I have a blogger today that I met in a Facebook group and I am very glad she decided to help me fill the blog for my vacation.

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Thank you for letting me do a guest post on your blog!
I participated in the Adventures in Stamping Challenge from Facebook for this week which is inspired by a Fairy Tale. The Fairy Tale that I am inspired by is The Jungle Book. The Jungle Book is a collection of various stories that are used to teach lessons to children. One of the most famous story from that book is about a boy who is raised by wolves in the jungle. Another well-known story from the book is "Rikki Tikki Tavi" about a mongoose. Perhaps you have read some of these stories?

To start, I painted my nails with OPI Suzi Loves Cowboys, a great chocolate brown color. I then took OPI A-Taupe the Space Needle and used Cheeky Jumbo Nail Art Plate D to stamp the wood-grain image on each nail. Doesn't the wood-grain look awesome?



 Next, I wanted to try a new technique so I used Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in Emerald City and FingerPaints Chrysanteh-Mum's the Word to create some sugar-spun vines across each nail. This was my first time trying the sugar-spun look and I really like the vine-y results!



You can check out past manicures and follow me for future ones at Beautrometry.

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This is such a creative mani, I love how the sugar spun looks like vines on the wood! I have to give her credit for doing sugar spun technique since I haven't done this myself yet. Make sure to go check out Beautrometry to see some other great mani's!


Saturday, May 18, 2013

Sat-ART-Day, Amethyst Pattern Skittle

Welcome back to Sat-Art-Days! Last month it was put on hold for a 31 Day Challenge that I choose not to take part in. What better way to start this series off than a purple pattern skittle mani!!! We choose Amethyst since it's the birth stone for February, what a coincident my birthday is in this month ;)


My colors are Zoya: Mira, Lime Crime: Lavendairy, Color Club: Glitter Wonderland, plate BM-223, and top coat of Out the Door.

Yup this is a totally me mani, obviously! I am starting to get a hang of skittle mani's, it's alot of fun combining patterns.  Make sure to check out all the other Amethyst Skittle Pattern mani's below, I can't wait to see what we all come up with!



Thursday, May 16, 2013

Jamberry Nail Shields, Custom Designs!

Hello Lovelies, I wanted to quickly share with you some more info about Jamberry Nail Shields that I was recently informed. I was chatting with Shea and she told me about how you can customize your own nail shields! I really thought this was a great feature for nail wraps. Here is a quick example Shea shared with me of a set she made for herself.



Here are the two pictures she used to create the above set.


Isn't this a sweet idea! Ok so right away I imagine how I could do pictures of family, friends, pets, places you visit, etc. As long as you own the rights to the picture you can make it into nail wraps! I know we are all very creative so I am sure you could think of something awesome. 

The software to do this also seems very user friendly, to do this yourself visit this webpage. Make sure you read the FAQ to get a better idea of images that are accepted and it is very informative. Let me know if you give this a try, I would love to see your design!!


Jamberry Nail Review/ New York Vacation Nails

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Today I am overly excited for two reasons, I have some Jamberry Nail Shields for a review and I am leaving for New York tonight at 9!!! We are going to drive thru the night and shall arrive at our hotel 9am tomorrow, I will be back in Michigan Tuesday the 21st. Although it will be a quick vacation I am still super excited. I mentioned this vacation last post and just a reminder I have guest post lined up till Wednesday.

Back to nails, first I will show you my finished product with the Jamberry Shields and after mani pics I have my review. Below you can see the five different designs I received, I choose just one of the five for an accent nail. 


I do love all these designs and already have ideas for a couple more of them. I choose to use one of these with this mani because I want to test out the wear of them. They are suppose to last up to two weeks, so after five days I will have a better understanding how well this product works.


Sally Hansen: S-teal a Base
Lime Crime: Lavendairy
Zoya: Thandie
Jamberry Nail Shield: Middle Finger


Well let's just say I totally love this whole mani, the color combination is one I would of never thought of if it wasn't for the multi chevron pattern. Also want to mention the Sally Hansen: S-teal a Base is the most gorgeous turquoise colour I have ever seen, can you see the gorgeous shimmer! Now for my review of the Jamberry Nail Shields.

First step is to choose the size that fits your nail best, remove all polish and oils around the nail. Then you peel them off the plastic and you warm them with a blow dryer for 10-15 seconds to break the glue. Start at the base and apply pressure to adhere it to the nail. Trim close to the nail and file with a downward motion to remove the excess. Since these are curved at both ends you can get two nails out of one, unless you have massively long nails, for my length I would say there was a good 1/4in leftover.


Here is a close up of the two nails I used the Jamberry Nail Shields on. Left picture is left hand and right picture is right hand. You can see on my right hand I got it to apply perfectly, this is most likely because I am left handed and it is much easier for me to work on my right hand. The left hand is not terribly bad at all, I have a little gather of the shield on the tip and air bubble on the left side. Although I have those defects I have not noticed it catching on objects or making the sticker uplift.


Here is my right hand pictured from both sides of the nail. You can see that this shield was perfect fit for my cuticle but on the sides it didn't cover my entire nail. This is simply because everyone has different nail shapes, it is hard to get the perfect match with any nail wrap (my opinion). Personally this also doesn't bother me, from arm width away you can't see it and it also makes my nail look shaped better :) In the end this process was very easy to achieve this look and I have high hopes with the tip wear so I hope I won't be dissapointed.

I received these wraps from nail consultant Shea Caithaml, here is a link to preview designs and order the nail shields on her webpage. There are 250 designs to choose from and they have a great deal buy 3 you get 1 free!!!  Also for questions or to order you can e-mail her at sheabrenegan@me.com.

Well Ladies this is farwell till next Thursday, I will most likely still be checking in on Facebook and post some pics of the polish stores I visit there. I will have e-mail access so I will still be around if needed :) Enjoy the guest posts, there are some awesome mani's to see!!






Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Guest Post: Pearly Swirl

Today is my last full day in New York :( I am already sad to see it go, and have to get back to work soon. For those who are already starting thier work week today, hopefully this mani from Emily at Pearly Swirl cheer's you up!

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 I used L'OrĂ©al New Money as the base and a thin nail art brush to draw lines of Essie Bond With Whomever and Barielle Love. I drew the black lines with Orly Instant Artist in Jet Black. To top it off, I used a dotting tool to make Essie Bond With Whomever dots.



I was going for a fun/quirky/modern look.

Enjoy your vacation!

Emily from PearlySwirl

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Thanks so much Emily! This is such a cute design, and I love the color combination.  I think stripes and dots are always a win when doing nail art. Make sure you check out PearlySwirl for more cute design like this one!