Hi everyone! Sorry for not posting lately, I kind of abandoned this blog out of no where. I've just realized that running a tumblr and a "real' blog is too much for me and I'm just gonna stick with Tumblr.
If you want to keep up with my nails you can find me on Tumblr, Facebook, and Pinterest :)
Thursday, July 5, 2012
These were done as an entry for Daring Digit’s Beach Day nail art contest. I'm posting these on here kind of after the fact, but I won third place! I never win anything so it made my day when I found out! My ideas for what I would do changed about a hundred times, but I’m pretty happy with how they turned out. :) I think the umbrella nail is kind of awkward color-wise but I really love all of my other nails, especially the starfish! The starfish were really easy too, I just used my favorite tiny paintbrush to make the arms, making sure to start at the middle so the tips would be thinner.
Fun Fact: My boyfriend thought the bikini was a smiley face made out of bananas before he expanded the picture.
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Monday, June 11, 2012
Blue + Glitter = my weakness. I ordered China Glaze Dorothy Who? somewhat on a whim, and I am so glad that I did! It’s a blue jelly filled with blue and silver glitter, and it’s just so pretty! There is one coat on my thumb and ring finger over two coats of Zoya Petra, so I can’t say how many coats it would take before there was no visible nail line, but my guess would be not too many. On my other fingers is a matte glitter gradient with Dorothy Who? and Petra.
Saturday, June 9, 2012
I've already raved about Pretty and Polished Valentino before, but for whatever reason I haven't used it since I got it! Well.. the reason could be because I only bought a mini and I never want to run out! So I've decided if I'm gonna use my indies I have to at least do some sort of nail art with them!
On my right hand I made stripes using striping tape and on my left I did polka dots! For the polka dots I just used a bobby pin an acrylic paint.
Overall I think that using black and white glitter over a black and white design just gives a really cool look and I really love these. :)
I'm really happy with how these turned out! I like that everything else is faint except for 'human', which is nice and bold. :) For these I used the newspaper technique. What you do is take something with print on it (usually newspaper, hence the name), cut it into smallish pieces, then dip it in alcohol (I use rubbing, but some will just use vodka) then place it on your nail and apply pressure. When you peel it off the ink should have transferred to your nail. Some may say to just dip your nail into the alcohol. I actually find that doing both gets the best results.
A lot of people have asked me how I got the words to not be backwards, and all you have to do is reverse the text before your print it out. :) So if you want to do something like this for yourself make sure you either have an image or you have your text done as word art!
Thursday, May 31, 2012
I successfully water marbled! Generally when I go to water marble it goes something like “I’m going to water marble and it’s gonna work and it will turn out beautiful like all of the pictures I see and my colors will all look nice and everything will be amazing!” and then two minutes later it’s “Aw screw it water marbling sucks I hate it why did I think this would be a good idea I’m done.”
This time I was determined though! Unfortunately my original color combo didn’t work out even though it was perfect, but after playing around with it for a bit I came up with these three and after that it was super easy (because I just did the same design over and over!).
No idea why my ring finger is green instead of yellow. I get that the blue and yellow mixed but I don't know why on this finger and none of the others. It's not as obvious in the photos but in person it's clearly very green.
So I kinda suck at blogger and I usually just copy whatever I wrote from tumblr on here (sorry, lazy) but for the first time in a long while I'm writing more here! Mainly because I want to talk about things I learned with water marbling (which isn't much) and tumblr isn't the place for a lot of words.
Okay so my original color combo was China Glaze High Hopes, China Glaze Electric Pineapple, and SInful Colors Dream On. In the bottles they all looked really amazing together. It didn't work out, and I'm actually kind of glad because in the bottle Electric Pineapple looks green but came out yellow in water marbling. They all spread at first but as I kept adding drops of polish they just did not want to spread. I figured if I just kept adding it would be fine. Nope. All the colors just mixed together. I figured out that it was Dream On that just blended with the other polishes instead of staying defined from the others. Then I swapped it for Sally Hansen Blue Me Away and that is what you see in the final result! So moral of the story, even if you find a polish that will spread nicely for water marbling, it may just want to mix with other polishes instead. I think it mainly mixed with High Hopes because you can see on my middle finger on the top picture that the line between High Hopes and Blue Me Away isn't as defined - the two started to mix. Thankfully it all turned out well in the end. :)
Friday, May 25, 2012
I don’t know if I’ve mentioned it before, but florals absolutely terrify me. There are many things that I just can’t draw well no matter how hard I try, flowers are one of them. I just.. can’t. So as much as I love how they look, I’ve never attempted them until now. The design is based off of a shirt that I have:
Monday, May 21, 2012
With all the gradients going around I figured I’d add my own to the mix. They were inspired by this fun drip dye t shirt tutorial. First I did a sponge gradient using China Glaze Go Go Pink and OPI Big Hair…Big Nails over Wet n Wild French White Creme. Then I stippled over that with China Glaze High Hopes. Unfortunately the gradient underneath doesn’t come out too much in the picture, but I still really like they way turned out!
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
I ordered this color somewhat on a whim, I had found a great amazon store that sold china glaze really cheap with shipping that wasn’t so high that I wasn’t actually saving money. I wanted to order at least two polishes to get the most bang for my buck so I got Riveting and High Hopes. I own very few warm colors, especially in the red/pink department, so this was a great addition to my collection.
High Hopes is a bright pinkish red-orange creme. Or kinda like a really bright color. I’m clearly really good at describing colors. All I know is that it’s really pretty and I’m glad I own it. High Hopes is a part of the 2010 Spring Up and Away collection. Application was okay. This is the third China Glaze creme that I own and I’ve noticed that they all have a thinner formula than other brands that I’ve tried. Shown is two coats but I could have used a third because there is some visible nail line on some of my fingers.
Overall I really love this color, it’s great for spring and summer. It’s also great on toes! I’ve been wearing it on my toes for a few weeks now and it looks great :) China Glaze generally retails for $7 at stores such as Ulta and Sally Beauty Supply.
Hi sorry I suck at posting. And I want to apologize for the sloppy cuticles but I was sick when I did these (still am) so that wasn’t exactly top priority.
Anyways this is Beauty Without Cruelty Deepest Mulberry. As the name suggests it is a deep mulberry creme. Pictured is two coats. Application was so-so. The brush is wide, although not as wide as OPI, and the formula is a bit thin so I found it hard to get a good amount of polish on the brush so I wouldn’t have too much/too little. This is definitely more of a fall color but I still think it’s pretty. It wasn’t my first choice but I got it for free so I’m not complaining! This actually reminds me a bit of Sally Hansen Wholesome Earth which I really liked but ran out of a few months ago.
Beauty Without Cruelty Deepest Mulberry retails for $16.95 and can be found here.
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
So Jamberry is kind like Avon with how they have representatives that sell the products, and we have a representative in my town who worked with my school to give out samples to people who bought post prom tickets, and these were the ones that I chose!
I love birds and florals and both are things that I’m scared of even attempting on my nails so I chose the Spring Flower design, which has both! To put these on you warm them up with a hair dryer for 15 seconds then apply to your nail. Then you file off the excess and use the hair dryer again to seal them. It was pretty easy, although I had some problems getting the tips to stay completely smooth on my index fingers. It’s nothing too horrible though, and these feel very secure on my nails instead of feeling like foreign objects.
Also shown is three coats of Sinful Colors Dream On.
Monday, April 9, 2012
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Sunday, April 1, 2012
Before I picked this up I owned approximately one pink polish, so I figured it was about time to get another (it helped that this came with a bottle of Seche Vite and was on clearance for $7). Go Go Pink is a warm-toned sheer baby pink creme. Pictured is three coats, and I would have definitely done another if I wasn’t going to go over it with something else anyways. I had some problems with it being streaky, but it wasn’t anything too horrible. It was thin, but not so thin that I couldn’t do thick coats, which was nice. AND even though I did semi thick coats and didn’t wait very long in between coats, I had no bubbles! I have the worst luck with getting bubbles so me = happy.
I’m not much of a pink person but I do really like this color. I’m not sure how I feel about it with my skin tone, but oh well. Its a nice springy color and I’m sure I’ll be able to use it a lot with nail art.
This is the part where I tell you how much it retails for and where to get it, but I’m fairly certain it only comes in the set I mentioned above, which looks like this:
Because it was on clearance I don’t even know how much the original set costs. I got this at Sally Beauty Supply, and there was another one there, so it would be worth checking if you live near a Sally’s. You can definitely find this on Amazon though, and the set itself can be found on eBay.
Oh my gosh I’m obsessed with black and white glitter. Lynnderella Connect the Dots is something I’ve wanted since I first saw it, but of course the availability of it is low and the demand is high. I’m a pretty passive person so I’m not going to fight my way to it, I’ll stick to heavily hinting to my boyfriend about it. He can deal with the nail polish crazed ladies :)
ANYWAYS, Valentino is awesome! It has large, medium, small, and fine black glitter as well as medium, small, and fine white glitter. The white isn’t flat white, it’s more pearly, and I find that the small and fine white glitter gets kind of lost, but that could also be because my base color is so light. Also I didn’t get any of the large black glitter :( I still love this though! It has satisfied all of my black and white glitter needs! My only regret is buying the mini instead of the full size, but alas, jobless student.
Oh, and this is one coat, I should probably have mentioned that.
Pretty and Polished Valentino Mini (7ml) sells for $4.75 here. I forget how much the full sized costs or I’d include that too. The shop is currently on vacation, but it will be fully restocked on Wednesday April 4th.