Friday, July 31, 2015

Dotticure Mani

Hello my lovelies!  Today I'm sharing with you a dotticure (a dot mani)!  

I used the Revelon Parfumerie line of products to do this mani.  That's their fancy way of saying these nail polishes smell like perfume not nail polish.  I was doubtful until I used them but they do have a nice smell to them!

The brown is called Autumn Spice and the silver is Sugar Plum.  I used a dotting tool to create the spots.  It was super easy and quick to do plus it got me lots of compliments!  I did of course seal it with a top coat of Seche Vite as usual.

I did this mani about two months ago and while my nails were no longer stubs they still don't have quite the length I wanted.  They are growing out nicely now but I have a few more back logged mani's to share with you before I show you my new length.  So what do you think?  Leave me a comment below and share it if you like it.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Dipped in Merlot Nails - or - Sponged Gradient Nail Art

 Hello my fellow lacquer addicts!  I'm sharing with you today a mani I did right after I moved this past April.  My nails were stubs since packing boxes with a quickness isn't conducive to long nails.  I couldn't think what to name these and my love came up with Dipped in Merlot which is perfect for how these look!

I of course started with a base coat then sponged on the colors using a makeup sponge.  The white is Sinful Colors Snow Me White, the black is Sinful Colors Black on Black and the pink is CND Smoochie.  

I have been touring schools in my new state and the CND polish was a gift from one of the schools I toured!  I actually was most impressed with them, and not just for the free polish, but that they use articulating hands for practice (not wooden dowl rods which is standard for lower budget schools). They do have a higher tuition cost but I'm impressed with their knowledge and equipment and think I have found the school I want to attend, now I just need the tuition costs and I'm golden!

I did top coat them with Seche Vite.  I really should just buy stock in that company with how much I use their products!

I love how these turned out, what do you think?  Leave me a comment below and share it if you like it!

Monday, July 27, 2015

Swirl Nails

 Hello my lovelies and my fellow polish addicts!  I'm sorry I haven't been posting more often but life has gotten in the way and I've had to move...AGAIN...(I had just moved in August of 2014) grrrrr. More on that later but for now on to the important things and the reason you read my blog,   SWIRLY NAIL ART!!!!

I used L.A. Colors Electra for the pink and Sinful Colors Beaches and Cream for the cream color.  I did one thin coat of Beaches and Cream, then another thick coat then dripped Electra on top of that and swirled it using a toothpick.  It was a thick mess but once it was dry enough I sealed it with a top coat of Seche Vite.

If you have trouble getting a water marble to work I would suggest doing this technique in it's place.  The trick is to work quickly before your thick base color dries so that you can swirl your second color in.

As far as why life has gotten in the way...well...I was going to announce my entrance into school...which I had already achieved 75 hours towards my manicure license while I was still living in Texas...but for my safety (thanks to my crazy ex...) I had to leave the state and am now saving again to go back to school in my new state.  My student loans will not transfer (to my disappointment) but I just landed a sweet accounting position so I should be able to save quickly and keep pursuing my goal of professionally being in the nail art industry.  One day I hope to own my own salon and will be working on my blog and other nail art related projects in the mean time to keep my skills sharp while I save for school.  My friends, my love, and my family have been super supportive of this transition in life, from me moving, to me saving for school, to dealing with everything else that goes with starting over.

So all in all...I love this mani and it's a great alternative to water marble nails and while it's been crazy starting over I'm safe and happy which is what is important!  I have many new designs coming to you soon and will be posting more often from now on so check back soon and thanks for looking!