Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Halloween is Just Around the Corner!!!

Hello everyone!  I'm super excited since it is almost October, which means Halloween! I love Halloween and all of the fun nail art possibilities that go with it!  

I don't care that it isn't October yet, I'm doing Halloween themed nails from now until Halloween! ...not that it's that far away, but anyways...  My 1st Halloween mani this year is a neon purple and bright green gradient with cobwebs on the accent nails!  

The polishes I used for this mani are LA Colors Mint and Funky Fingers Riot.  I dabbed on about 3 coats using a makeup sponge then sealed it with a top coat of Seche Vite.  The cobwebs are painted using Riot and a stripper brush, then a smaller stripper brush and Sinful Colors Snow Me White. 

I am still using the Sinful Colors base coat and haven't had any issues but I'll let you know how I feel once the bottle runs out.  I'm still open to suggestions if anyone has any base coat recommendations.

Thank you for looking and Happy Holidays!!!!

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Neutral Glitter Gradient

Hello my dear readers!  Today I'm sharing with you a glitter gradient mani I did using Zoya Ziv (gold) and Revlon French Roast (brown).

I started with a base coat of Sinful Colors base coat.  So far I've actually had really good luck with it, no lifting and it's been great at stain blocking.  For now I'm gonna keep using it unless anyone has any other suggestions for an in-expensive base coat.  After my base coat it was actually a pretty quick and easy process to complete this mani.  I did two coats of French Roast then used a make up sponge to dab on Ziv and sealed it with a top coat of Seche Vite.

Please forgive my tip wear as I type all day at my job and forgot to take pics before I left for work!  Other than the tip wear I think they look great.  Grandma even likes them and she's pretty conservative when it comes to nail polish! 

Thanks for stopping by and as always please share it if you like it!

Friday, September 25, 2015

Fall Leaves

Hello everyone!  It's finally fall!!!!!  The temperatures are dropping and I can feel the fresh cool air on it's way!  If you can't tell I'm super excited!!!  I'm practically bouncing off the walls so I decided to do something time consuming to keep me occupied and hand painted tiny leaves on my nails!

 I used Sinful Colors Anchors Away for the orange and CoverGirl Lemon Drop for the yellow.  The leaf outlines are done with Zoya Louise and Zoya Flynn.

I top coated it with Seche Vite as usual.  

My thumb actually turned out to be one of my favorite nails!  

Above is my right hand and I'm thrilled with how both turned out!  Thanks for stopping by and please share it if you like it!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Fall Glitter Mani

Hello my dear readers!  Today I'm sharing with you a fall-ish design. 

I did two coats of L'oreal New Money then added Pure Ice Take Me Now in a glitter gradient by just brushing it on.

I actually did not top coat this and just left it as is to show the texture of the glitter.

It's not quite all the way fall but this glitter and color combo reminds me of Halloween so I'm counting this as a fall mani, lol!

Thanks for looking and please remember to share it if you like it!

Monday, September 21, 2015

Pueen Squishy Stamper Review

Good morning everyone ... or afternoon, or evening depending on when you read this :) I got my Pueen squishy stamper in and it works just as well as the Winstonia one!  

It has one yellow end and one pink end which makes using lighter colors such as white much easier!  Just like the white Winstonia one from my last post this is also a squishy stamper.

The pink end is square and the yellow end is round.  They pick up and transfer well as you can see below!

The blue is Revlon Fashionista and the white is Sinful Colors Snow Me White.

The stamping plate I used was Bundle Monster plate # BM-S105.

This definitely makes stamping sooooo much easier!  Both Winstonia and Pueen seem to make great stampers so if you have a chance to buy one or would like to try stamping I highly recommend these!

Just for fun I thought I'd include a pic of the box it came in!
 Thanks for looking and please remember to share it if you like it!

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Winstonia Squishy Stamper Review

Hello my fellow nail art enthusiasts!  I got my new squishy stamper in the mail and I love it!  I really really love it! 

The lines transferred so well!  It was so much easier than using a rubber stamper!  I'm converted!
For those of you wondering why it's a squishy stamper it's because it's made from a gel like material that literally squishes.

So here are 3 tips that I read in reviews before I purchased and I'm so glad I did!  

1.  NEVER NEVER NEVER use acetone to clean it, you only need some spare tape. After you stamp your nail you stamp the excess on the sticky side of the tape.   Acetone will eat through this like it does most other things!

2. It is meant to come out of the stamper and uses suction to hold it in place. This is also a bonus as it can stretch your design out for you if you have a large nail. I have tiny nails but like to grow them longer so the small designs don't always give me full coverage but now that doesn't matter!

3. You really really need to use a light touch. If you are used to a rubber stamper then you know you have to press fairly hard sometimes on the plate and on your nail to get a clean transfer but that just doesn't work for this kind of stamper. It actually doesn't pick up the polish from the plate if you push too hard. I thought I was doing something wrong since I was using about 1/2 the pressure I would with a rubber stamper but it really takes even less than that. I'd say a 1/3 to even a 1/4 of the pressure is all that is needed.

I splurged when I bought the stamper and also ordered a plate from Bundle Monster (BX-SL154). I used Fergie Glowstick for the stamping.  It is actually a vibrant green with gold sparkles but it seems more of the gold than the green actually transferred.

I really like how this turned out and as you can see I didn't even bother with a new base and just used the gradient I had from my last post.  I am highly impressed and as I said above I'm converted.  Now for the only draw back, since it's a white stamper....it makes using white nail polish really, really hard to get placement right.  So I've already ordered some with colored ends from Puenn! 

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

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Dark Gradient

Hi everyone!  I hope today finds you polished and relaxed!  I have a dark gradient to share with you today.  It's simple but it always looks good and is a great background for Halloween designs!  

I can't wait until it cools off and the holidays start!  I'm already planning all the mani's I want to do!  But back to the current mani.  I created this gradient using Fresh Paint Burning Flame (red) and Sinful Colors Rich in Heart (black) with a makeup sponge.  

I then sealed it with my usual top coat of Seche Vite.  It shrank a little on me and I didn't get quite as far back to the cuticle edge as I should have.   

I also think it's time to replace my table lamp bulb with a brighter one and I need to get my lenses prescription updated...the list of things to do never seems to end!  So what would you paint on top of this? 

Leave a comment below and please remember to share it if you like it!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Glitter Cover Up

Hello my dear readers!  Today I'm sharing with you what I will call "The Great Glitter Cover Up!" Lets just say getting to the final look was...an adventure!

So I started with a base coat of Sinful Colors Tempest and then decided to do tiger stripes using KleanColor Brown and a fan brush.  Well....that looked horrible...so I thought I'd do some stamping on top of that using L'oreal Downtown Chic.  I thought with the stripes and base purple color peaking through whatever the stamping didn't cover would look cool...I was wrong...very, very wrong!  It was so bad I didn't even take a pic!

So with the hours dwindling quickly to bed time and my patience wearing thin I decided that glitter was the only way to "save" this mani!  

If you look closely you can kinda see the disaster underneath but Sinful Colors All About You came to the rescue!...sorta...it's definitely not what I was going for and I did take this off the very next day, but All About You did have enough coverage to hid the mess underneath.

I'm not normally a glitter girl and I don't think this experience changes that but I have to admit it's a good back up.  Thanks for looking and please remember to share it if you like it!

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Essie Play Date Water Marble

Hello everyone!  Today I just have a quick water marble to share with you. 

This was after a day at work filing papers and typing so please forgive the cuticles and tip wear!  I used Sinful Colors Snow Me White and Essie Play Date to create this water marble design.  I had a few bubbles but not anything terrible.

  I sealed it all with a top coat of my usual Seche Vite.

Thanks for looking and please share it if you like it!

Monday, September 7, 2015

Orangesicle WaterMarble

Hello my fabulous readers!  Summer is coming to a close and fall is just around the corner, but since it hasn't cooled off just yet I thought I'd do one last summer mani before I dive into fall designs!  So today I have an Orangesicle inspired watermarble to share with you!

I started out with a base coat of Sinful Colors base coat.  I have just recently started using this brand base coat and I haven't had any issues so far but I haven't used any colors that stain yet either so I'll let ya know what I think in a few mani's.  

I then did one coat of Fresh Paint Coconut.  I should have done two since there are a few spots that seem thin, but time crunches sometimes happen...  

Orly Have Courage is the orange and it's from the Color Blast Disney Pocahontas Collection and I actually really love this color.  It was on clearance at Walgreens when I picked it up for under $5.  I try not to buy super expensive polishes due to budget constrictions but I'm glad I splurged on this one.

It is sealed with my usual top coat of Seche Vite.  I did have a few bubbles in my watermarble and meant to put dots in but...time crunch...

Guess who just figured out how to paste images onto images...  ;)

I hope this inspired you to enjoy the last of the warm weather if you have any in your area...but if you don't you should snag an orangesicle anyway!  Thanks for looking and share it if you like it!

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Pink Dots

So this pink mani was completely unplanned....  I actually started out with white nails with the intention of doing a water marble but got tired and went to bed sans top coat. The next morning I hopped in the shower, washed my hair and when I got out realized my hair dye being red and only two days old had totally stained my nails pink!  So I went with it!

It wasn't a uniform staining so I did slap on a coat of Zoya Kirtridge then did the dots using a dotting tool.  The dots are a red by Sinful Colors named Sugar Sugar.  It has gold-ish micro glitter in it that you can't really see in the dots but you can see it in the bottle below.

Then just for fun I thought I'd do a Christian Louboutin to them!

It was my first attempt at doing the underside of my nail and it's not as easy as it looks but I will be practicing this more!  What tips do you have if any to do the Christian Louboutin look?  Leave me a comment below and share it if you like it!

Friday, September 4, 2015

Stamping Mani with Complementary Colors

Hello everyone!  I have a basic stamping mani done with complementary colors to share with you today.

I used Sinful Colors new neon shade called Rays of Bright.  It really doesn't look like a neon color to me even with a top coat of Seche Vite (it does dry matte/satiny).  I like it, it's just not what I'd consider a neon.

I used Sally Hansen Blue Me Away for the stamping with Pueen plate # SE02B.  The accent nail is done with Zoya's Vega from their Pixie Dust line.

I don't think I actually like this mani but it wasn't horrible.  I'm really looking forward to all the new fall colors so I might retry this with some new polishes later.  As always please share it if you like and check back soon!