Thursday, June 18, 2015

Galaxy Nails Tutorial

Hello my dear readers!  Today I'm actually doing a tutorial for you!!!!  I'm super excited since this is my 1st tutorial since I've started this blog!  I know it's an oldie but it seems to be a goodie and it never hurts to have more than one reference for doing mani's so here's the finished mani followed by how I did my Galaxy Nails.

Finished pic 1st since internet....
Ok, so here is how I did my mani:

Start with a base coat, this is a must if you don't want stained nails!

I then did a coat of Zoya Storm and cleaned the edges with an angled eye liner brush and 100% pure acetone.  Storm is a black with silver micro glitter that makes a perfect backdrop for a Galaxy Mani!

I then painted Sinful Colors Snow Me White nail polish onto a make up sponge.

And dabbed it on.

Tadah!  The start of a galaxy!!

I then repeated the painting and dabbing with KleanColor Lavenbaby on top of the white.

and then with Sinful Colors Cold Leather...

then a light blue by Sally Hansen called Hard Bitten...

then some more Lavenbaby...

and a yellow... This one was acrylic paint since I wanted a very opaque yellow and that's hard to find with a nail polish.

Since acrylic paint is so much thinner and easier to load onto the sponge I dabbed some yellow off of the sponge before applying to the nail...


like such...

Now it's ready to put on the nail...

and on it goes...

adding some more Cold Leather...

and dabbing away...

Now for the stars!  As you can see I use an old plastic lid as my palette but aluminum foil also works well.

I used a dotting tool to start the stars using Sinful Colors Snow Me White.

I dotted randomly with no real pattern in mind.

I then used a super fine stripper brush to drag lines over some of the dots I had made.  (I cut a regular stripper brush down until I had a super fine brush.)

I then cleaned up the mess again with an angled eyeliner brush and 100% pure acetone...

and of course sealed it all with a top coat of Seche Vite!

Here are a couple more pics of the finished mani.  

I hope you liked this tutorial and please feel free to share it!  Let me know how you liked it and if you have any questions in the comments below!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

3d Nail Art using Caviar Beads and lots of Glitter

Hello my dear readers!  I'm hoping today finds you polished and pretty!  I'm sharing with you a mani that took way too many hours to do considering I only wore it for one day!

I started out with my usual Pro-FX base coat then did one coat of Milano Ink Spot.  It's a very dark blue that appears black unless light is directly on it.  

I then used L A Color Craze glitter for my pinky and ring finger.  It doesn't seem to have a name but the number on the bottom of the bottle is BCC557.  I then used Fresh Paint Sugar Crush on my index and middle fingers.  I missed out on getting ahold of Essie's Shine of the Times but this is a dupe that I'm thrilled to have come across.  They carry the Fresh Paint brand at Five Below stores if anyone wants to snag a bottle.

I used rhinestones and hand placed the tiny caviar beads on two fingers using a toothpick and a dollar store clear coat.  It took FOREVER!  I then painted the chains on the other two fingers using Revlon Copper Penny and a tiny detail brush.  I found Copper Penny at Big Lots and they tend to have tons of two pack Revlon polishes for two bucks anytime I go.

I sealed it like usual with a top coat of Seche Vite once I was done. I like how this mani turned out but my back hurt from bending over so long placing those caviar beads. Well, art does take time and even with a sore back I'm loving this bling!  Please share it if you like it and check back soon for more nail art!

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Cherry Blossom Nail Art

Hello my fellow nail art fans!  I am sharing with you a cherry blossom mani I did on a green background.  I think it turned out really excellent and am quite pleased with my new nail shape.  I definitely feel girly-er wearing nails with pointed tips.

I started with a base coat of Pro-FX then did one coat of Sinful Colors Curry Up on each nail.  After that I used a makeup sponge to sponge on a darker green and a yellow to give the background some depth to it.  The colors are Sinful Colors Beau Khaki (green) and On the Bright Side (yellow).

The branches are done with Sinful Colors Coffee and a striping brush. I then used a dotting tool to make the flowers using Sinful Colors Snow Me White, Sinful Colors Cotton Candy, Zoya Livingston and Zoya Kirtridge.

I sealed it all with my usual top coat of Seche Vite.  I really like how this turned out especially the background.  It takes time to do layers but the payoff is worth it!

I haven't poked my eye out yet and have only stabbed my love a few times.  He says the back scratches make up for it so I'm keeping them for awhile at least.  Thanks for looking and share it if you like it!

Monday, June 15, 2015

Milano Enchanted Swatch / Review

Hello my fellow polish addicts!  I'm sorry I have been absent but I'm back and ready to share with you my new nail shape as promised!

Filing down to a stiletto shape after years of a square tip was time consuming and I'm still not happy with it but it's getting there.  I did my best to file in only one direction creating the new shape since I was worried about breakage but I did cheat on a few strokes out of frustration.

It's a work in progress....but I'm loving this Milano Enchanting.  When I bought it I thought it was more of a brown color in the store but it's more a deep red that's almost black.

It took two to three coats to get full coverage and like all reds it was a beast to clean up on the nails where I flooded the cuticle.

I used a base coat of Pro FX and sealed it with a top coat of Seche Vite. I'm not a big fan of reds but this isn't a bad color.  The formula was a little goopy but thinner does fix that.  Overall I'm still not too happy with any of the new Milano's but I'm willing to keep giving them a shot since I like their colors. 

Thanks for reading and check back soon to see some new nail art and I even have tutorials planned!