Monday, August 31, 2015

Green and Gold Mani... or... Dots or No Dots?

Hello my dear readers and fellow nail art enthusiasts!  Today I've got a green and gold mani to share with you and I need to know....Dots or No Dots!?!

I started off using 3 coats of L.A. Colors Lime Life then placed faux gold foil pieces on top of that before it dried.  I then sealed it all with a top coat of Seche Vite and placed the rhinestones using tweezers before the top coat dried. 

I only wore them for a few hours before I added more to them...

I used a dotting tool and Sinful Colors Cold Leather for the dark blue dots then dotted smaller white dots on top of the blue dots using Sinful Colors Snow Me White.  

So what do you think, do you like them better with or without the dots?  Let me know in the comments below and please share it if you like it!

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Ombre Stamping Mani

Hello everyone!  How are you doing today?  I hope you are feeling as cheerful as I am wearing these cute nails!

I used a makeup sponge to create this ombre.  Fresh Paint's Passion Fruit is the light purple and Color Club's Mrs Robinson is the darker purple.

The stamping is done with Sinful Colors Snow Me White.  I use this brand for white so often I have friends comment on!  Honestly for the price point, great formula, good opacity and shade it's my all time favorite white.  I have at least 3 bottles of it currently and I go through it super fast so I will be stocking back up again in just another few months if not less!

The stamping plates used are Pueen, SE03B is the plate # in particular.  The stamper I used was my Konad one but I do have a squishy stamper on the way!  I can't wait to see what if any difference there will be.  I sealed this mani with a top coat of Seche Vite.  I hope you enjoyed this, please share it if you like and check back soon!

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Swirl Stamping

Hello my dear readers!  Today I'm sharing with you a quick stamping mani I did.

I used Sinful Colors Coffee for the base color and then used Fresh Paint Coconut for the stamping.  The image didn't transfer as well as I'd hoped, as you can see there are a few gaps, but I was crunched for time so I just went with it. 

The stamping plates are from Pueen and I like the stamping plates but I think it's about time I switched to a squishy stamper instead of always relying on the rubber Konad one I normally use.  Don't get me wrong, I still like my Konad stamper but I've heard the new squishy stampers transfer better and I want to give them a try. 

 I've looked at a few and think I'm going to go with a Winstonia one.  Once it gets here expect a full review!

In the mean time stay tuned for more art coming your way!  As always please share it if you like it!

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Milano Sugar Rim - Swatch/Review

Hello my lovelies!  Today I'm sharing with you textured glittery awesomeness! It's Milano Sugar Rim and I like it!  It has random shaped chunks and tiny circle glitter in blue, silver, black and tan. It's pretty densely packed and does leave your nails textured if you don't top coat it (which I did not for this one.)

I used 3 to 4 coats to get full coverage and almost feel like it could have used one more coat.  The formula required a little fishing to load the brush but not much.  I did have to be patient and make sure each coat had dried before adding another to avoid dragging off what I had already painted on.

It did dry fairly fast between layers, but it did take a some time to fully dry before it was smudge proof.  I've had some Milano glitter polishes that just seemed to never dry but this formula is much better and I'll be keeping an eye out for other textured polishes from Milano.

Please share it if you like it and stay tuned for more nail art coming up next!

Friday, August 14, 2015

Laser Mani

 Hello all!  I hope your day is starting off bright and cheery!  Today I'm sharing with you my Laser Nails.  My last post is the background for this mani.

I did my background then put down stripping tape and painted black over the top then pulled the tape off to leave these stripes showing the neon color underneath.

The black is Wet n' Wild Black Creme.  I wish I had my cuticle line cleaner but overall these are pretty neat.  My family really liked these but I miss the in your face of the neon underneath!

I will have to try these again with greens and blues but I think glitter is calling my name for my next mani.

Please share it if you life it and stay tuned for some glittery maddness coming up next!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Neon Waves!!!

Hello my dear readers and fellow polish lovers!  Today I'm sharing with you a very bright mani!

It's even brighter and more neon in person! I love it!!!!

I stated with a base coat of Sinful Colors Snow Me White.  The neon orange is a polish line I picked up at a grocery store...I can't remember which :(...  The brand is Heaven and it's named Hawaiian Surf and the neon yellow is also by Heaven and named Big Wave.  The neon pink/purple is L.A. Colors and is named Electra. 

 Of course it is top coated with Seche Vite.

These are actually the background for a mani I will be sharing with you next but I loved this background so much I wore it as is for a day!

Thank you for reading and please share it if you like it!

Monday, August 10, 2015

Fishing Lure Nails

Hello my fellow nail art enthusiasts!  Today I'm sharing with you my fishing lure nails! This is not what I intended them to be but after you hear my story it'll make sense!

I couldn't decide on a design so I caved and went with what's super quick and easy...which is to use a fan brush to create the above pattern.  Now on to why I'm calling this my fishing lure nails!  I went on an impromptu camping trip with my love for a much needed break to play in the woods and while camping we went swimming in the lake by our you see where this is going yet? after a few minutes we see a tiny silver something jump up in front of us (we were about chest deep at this point) and was like "was that a fish?"...then another two jumped...then nothing for a few minutes...then several started bumping into both of us at the same time nibbling at anything they could reach!  They were too tiny to hurt but it sure did startle us!  Then it dawned on me that in the muddy water my nails have the same pattern as several lures I've used before!

The actual color I used is L.A. Colors Lime Life and a dark gray I mixed at home using old black and white polishes I had laying around.

Please excuse the tip wear as these were taken once I got back from camping!

And I have to admit that I got compliments on my nails even while camping!  The lady at the camp site gate really like them!  It just reinforces to me that this is the industry I need to be in!

Thanks for stopping by and share it if you like it!

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Sandstone Mani

Good Morning!  I hope your day is off to an excellent start!  Today I'm sharing with you a very neutral mani (at least color wise).

I started out with a nudish base color by China Glaze named Sunset Sail.  I then used a fan brush to paint stripes in green (Revlon Muse), a red brown (KleanColor Brown), and a gray that I mixed together using some old black and white polish I had laying around.

The accent nail is done with Revlon Muse and done by swirling together the the two colors while still wet on the nail using a toothpick.  I used the same technique in a previous mani you can find here.

I've really been wanting some China Glaze polishes for a while and my local Sally Beauty had them on clearance so I picked up a few and so far have been impressed.  Other bloggers/diy nail art enthusiasts seem to love them and now I see why.  I of course sealed it all with a top coat of Seche Vite.

It's very muted compared to what I normally wear so I wasn't digging this one as much as I think I might have in a diff color combo.  What do you think?  Leave me a comment below and please share it if you like it!

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Flower Print Nails

Hello my lovely readers! Today I'm sharing with you a mani that took me 4 hours to complete!  Now if that isn't dedication to your nails I don't know what is!

Ok, so a big part of the four hours was mixing my own colors to get that perfect neon green, orange and pink....still totally worth it!

I did start with Wet n' Wild Black Creme and the white is Sinful Colors Snow Me White but all the rest including the grays are several polishes I mixed together on a piece of foil until I had the colors I wanted.  I then top coated them with a matte top coat by Wet n Wild. My favorite parts of this are the white peaking around the flowers and grass giving it that offset feel like you see on print artwork sometimes

My thumb is the only one I could squeeze the awesome blue flower on so I had to include a pic :)

This was a suggested pattern in the July issue of NailPro that I thought I'd try out.  In the magazine it's actually done with gel polishes which with LED cure times would take WAY less time to do than waiting for regular polish to dry like I did. 

What do you think...did I get close?

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Princess Nails

Hello my fellow nail polish lovers!  Today I'm sharing with you my take on princess nails.  They have a very Disney princess / Power Ranger / Sailor Moon feel to them.  I was just going for uber girly when I started but wound up with Princess Nails!

I stated out with a light pink color by Sinful Colors named Easy Going then did the tips in a purple by NYC named Lexington Lilac.  My accent nail is a textured polish made by Zoya named Tomoko from their Pixie Dust line.

The nail studs came from Claire's at the mall.  I like these but they seemed soooo young I didn't even wear them out of the house and changed them only a few hours later,  It is a design I will keep in mind for any future young clients I might have but not one I will wear again.

What do you think?  Would you rock these in the real world if you were pushing 30(ish....)?  Leave me a comment below and stayed tuned for more nail art!

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Dinosaur Eggs!!

Hello my fellow nail art enthusiasts!  Today I have my take on Dinosaur Eggs to share with you!  I doubt their eggs were ever actually this color (other than in Flintstones cartoons) but I still love them!

I used L.A. Colors Mint for the green and L.A. Colors Wired for the blue.  I only needed one coat of the green then used a wedged makeup sponge to sponge about 4 thin coats of the blue.  My ring finger (accent nail) is done with a blue base and the green sponged on top. I actually did not top coat this with Seche Vite, I used a new quick dry top coat from the Dollar Store.  It did dry very fast but it just can't hold a candle to the shine of Seche Vite,

 I've actually been pretty impressed with the colors by L.A. Colors lately and they have great opacity!  They aren't 3 free but their website does state the following -  "Our toluene & formaldehyde free nail polishes come in a chip resistant, high gloss formula that is sure to strengthen & harden nails."  

So if 3 or 5 free is a deal breaker for you then I'd avoid this brand but if it's not you can't go wrong for only 99¢!

Please share this if you like it and stay tuned for more nail art!