Sunday, December 16, 2012

Winter Mani

Here's a crazy winter stampfest manicure for you. I used four polishes, Sinful Colors: black, white,  and a metallic-blue (which leans grey on the nail and looks grey with the black and white stamps), and Sally Hansen Glass Slipper over the thumbnail and ring finger nail to look like snow. I don't normally go for crazy-but-coordinated looks like this, but I wanted to try something new. :)


Sunday, December 2, 2012

Snowy Winter Waves Nails

Snowy nails using a dusty dark blue polish, silver wave stamp, and small glitter dust with larger glitter pieces. 

Below: Sinful Colors Rainstorm

Below: The supplies I used

Friday, November 30, 2012

Winterberry Gradient With Stamp

 Okay, today I've got seasonal manicure in cool colors. I did a two-toned gradient using Sinful Colors Winterberry and Revlon Color Stay in Provence. Then I did a stamp using Sinful Color Black on Black.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Gilded Funky French

This is a manicure I've been meaning to do for a while. I think it's a nice look for late fall. The almost-black purple is OPI Lincoln Park After Dark, and the gold tips are China Glaze. You can do this manicure using tape for the tips. I used a french manicure stamping plate, just because for me the results tend to be a little neater. LPAD is one of my perennial favorites, by the way. It's also one of those polishes that I see dupes of from other brands, but OPI just really got it right-- the formula is great, the finish, and the build of opacity are all just flawless.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Blood Splatter Nails!

Happy Halloween, everyone! Here is my take on blood-splatter nails. I mixed a burgundy with a few drops of Essie's Little Brown Dress to get the blood color. I have to say, it's actually a little gross-looking, so I think I got a pretty accurate color. Blech. The background color is Orly Porcelain. 

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Make Your Own Decals

So, I read this post on make-your-own decals, and voila! Decals that work! Cool things about making decals: if you're not great doing nail art with your non-dominant hand, this is a good solution. Also, doing a water marble decal uses a lot less product that going finger-by-finger. I admit that none of the nail art below is that great, but I'm showing it because I'm just so pleased that it worked so well! 

Sunday, October 7, 2012

China Glaze: Riding the Waves

Okay, I admit it, I prepped these photos over the summer and totally forgot to post them. This is China Glaze Riding the Waves from their summer neons collection. Since it's a jelly, and I'm not a huge fan of VNL, I put it over a quick-dry silver. I kind of like the effect. This is a very pretty polish, and if you're a fan of jellies, this was a nice one is application, color, and opacity. 

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Mod Reeses Nails

I wanted to do some warm tones for fall, and to try a little 70s color scheme. For this one, I did a base of Finger Paints Catwalk Queen. The brown is China Glaze Mahogany Magic from the Hunger Games collection. I used scotch tape to make the rounded-edged square design. It came out kinda cool, I think. The color scheme reminds me of Reeses Peanut Butter cups and also my parent's couch from the 70s. Not the most appealing combination of images, but there it is. 

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Fall Challenge: Day Four, Cozy and Warm

I interpreted "Cozy and Warm" with argyle. Argyle socks, argyle sweaters, definitely cozy and warm :) I did different color schemes on each hand over a base of American Apparel Poppy. (And in case you're curious, I did not leave the house with a different argyle manicures on each hand! I did this for the blog, then took it off.) I used scotch tape for the background squares, and I freehanded the lines. The freehanded lines looks super-sloppy up close, but they looked all right from a distance. I haven't done much freehand, because I like the crisper lines that come from taping and stamping, but I think this is a respectable effort. 

Above: base: American Apparel Poppy. OPI Suzi Skis in the Pyrenees and Kiss Striper in White

Above: Base, American Apparel Poppy, Sally Hansen Pacific, and Kiss Striper in Black

Monday, September 10, 2012

Fall Challenge: Day 1, Metallic

You know, I'm not really an animal print girl, but I like this manicure. I'm a fan of monochromes, and I like the subtly of this. The base color is China Glaze Kalahari Kiss. The stamping color is Sally Hansen  Gilty Pleasure, and the plate is Mash 43. Below are photos of the manicure in sun and shade. 

Make sure to check out I'm Obsessed With Nails, who is doing this challenge, too! :)

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Fall Challenge: Day Three, Fall Gradient

I'm doing the Fall Challenge out of order. Day one is day three. Logical? More or less. Welcome to my brain. Really, I was just feeling the gradient more than the metallic, so I thought why be hampered with numerical order? It's my blog, and I can flout order if I so choose. Anyway, I love the way it turned out! The base polish is Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Bronze Ablaze. I sponged on Wet n' Wild black with a piece of a makeup wedge. I like that the black almost looks like a variation in the color of the base polish rather than a gradient. 

Below: A lovely process photo. I use painter's tape, although many bloggers like to use scotch tape. I find that painter's tape is easier to remove. I do cuticle clean-up with a brush dipped in acetone. 

Here are the polishes I used: Wet n' Wild Black and Sally Hansen Bronze Ablaze. 

Another awesome nail blog is doing this challenge is I'm Obsessed With Nails

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Fall Nail Art Challenge

I came up with this fun, seven-day nail art challenge for the fall. If you have a nail blog and want to do this, too, please let me know, and I'll link you! I'm going to stretch this out over the coming weeks, but you can do them at whatever speed you want! Also, readers who don't have a blog, if you do any of these and take photos, feel free to send me pix for posting! 

Another awesome nail blog doing this challenge is I'm Obsessed With Nails

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Sinful Colors Cross My Heart Review and Nail Art

Red: Sinful Colors Cross My Heart (swatch below)
Blue: Sinful Colors Oceanside
Black: Kiss nail striper
White: Kiss nail striper
Tan: Revlon Color Stay in Bare Bones

I got the idea and color scheme for this from this blog. I used tape to make the stripes, where the original is done freehand. 

Below: Sinful Colors Cross My Heart by itself. CMH is a technicolor-red (almost orange-red, although that's not as obvious in this pic). This polish is now among my favorite pin-up reds. So pretty! 

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Checkers Manicure

For this manicure, I used a base of American Apparel Cotton with Sinful Colors Black on Black for the stamp, which is the new Mash plate number 38. The black polish was so thick and gooey that I practically spread it on the plate with the brush. I have to say that it made a difference-- this stamp came out pretty crisp. I used Cotton, which is a cream as opposed to a white, because I thought it gave this a little bit more a vintage look than plain white would have. 

Friday, August 17, 2012

Variegated Hydrangea Gradient Manicure

I moonlight as a florist, and sometimes I get some ideas for color schemes from the flowers that we get in the store. Case in point: this cool, variegated hydrangea. I did a gradient using two colors: Revlon Muse (that's the green), and Ulta Vintage Violet. Top coat is seche vite. I almost added a little bit of blue, but I didn't, at the last minute. I did this manicure at night and photographed it next day. You can see the blue clearly in the petals. Colors are never as clear under synthetic light as they are in daylight. Oh well, I'm happy with it anyway! 

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Khaki Glitter Sandwich

I like this one. It's subdued with soft, warm colors. Summery and beachy. 

Base coat: Revlon Color Stay Bare Bones 
Glitter: Spoiled Jewelry Heist
Top Glaze: Revlon Calla Lilly

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Kelly-Green Jelly Stripes

I'm kind of loving this manicure. The base polish if Exotic Green from Sinful Colors (swatch and review below). The stamping polish is White by Milani. The plate is from the new Mash collection, plate 43. 

And here is Sinful Colors Exotic Green by itself. It's a little brighter and yellower than this in real life. I couldn't quite capture the color. It's more accurate in the stripes photos above, although those are even a little dark. Anyway, it's nice kelly-green jelly (rhymed!) that goes opaque in three coats. Preeeeeetty.  

Monday, July 30, 2012

OPI Design Series: Classic

OPI Design Series Classic is a gorgeous, holographic, caramel-colored polish. It has a good formula that goes opaque in two coats. I really like this polish. It's subtle and ladylike, but is also textured and interesting without making your nails scream, "LOOK AT US! HEY! DOWN HERE! WE'RE BLUE WITH PURPLE SEAHORSE-SHAPED GLITTER!" Which is all well and good, but as awesome as seahorse nails are, they are a little hard to explain at work. This polish is more like, "Hey there, we're a warm, toasty beige color, and if you look at us a moment longer, you'll see that we're shimmery and almost incandescent, but not in a gaudy way." 

Yes, I realize I just made my nail polish speak. It's been a busy week at work and apparently it's making me a little slap-happy. :) 

Sunday, July 22, 2012

China Glaze Ahoy

China Glaze Ahoy is a bright pink with tiny glass-gold flecks. So pretty and bright! Good formula: two coats for coverage. This polish is from China Glaze's 2011 summer collection, a collection that has produced more than a few of my current favorite polishes (First Mate, a blue cream; Hey Sailor, a super-bright pin-up red with my favorite polish name ever; Sea Spray, a pale, subtle, silvery grey-blue). 


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