Thursday, February 28, 2013

Springtime Flowers

My lastest mani!  I love how this turned out!  I need a little practice with the dotting tool and dry time of the polishes.  I was trying to achieve the "shaded petal" effect by using the dotting tool to remove a little bit of paint from the middle of the petal in a light scraping motion.  I think it worked but sometimes the polish was a little too dry.

These are the tools I used. 
* Essence Colour and Go in Ulitmate Pink
* Essence Colour and Go in Oh My Glitter
* Maybelline Salon Expert in French Tip White
* Essie Tart Deco
* Standard Dotting Tool
* Rhinestones bought from Michaels.

This was the last attempt at Water marbling that I never uploaded to the previous post.  My mom told me she couldn't really see the color difference so I made this one!  These 4 fingers turned out really well and I can't wait to find the time to try again!

My Coach glasses I picked up at Nordstroms Rack.  LOVE! (Not nail related, but I love them!!)

And this is me!  Shine on!

Monday, February 25, 2013

Water Marbling Day

I am sick today so I had some time to work on water marbling (until the medicine wore off).  I had varying levels of success.

Attempt #1:

These weren't the colors that I wanted to use at all but they did seem to work well to at least get the design technique down.
Attempt #2:
These two nails turned out perfect.  Bad news is, only these 2! These colors were impossible to work with  I guess they were too thick?
 Attempt #3:
These still didn't turn out quite the way I wanted them to because the pinks look to similar from far away.  I had a hard time getting all the mess from the previous manicures off my nails as well.  I'll have to try this technique again!

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Dripping in Gold!

Today I decided to dedicate my mani to the Oscars.  It doesn't matter if I win or not, it was a pleasure being nominated! What? :)

This was done using a dotting tool. The colors I used were Orly 'Liquid Vinyl' and Julep 'Felicity.' I also added a little but of glitter to the gold with ELF 'Golden Goddess'

Friday, February 22, 2013

My Previous (VERY MESSY) Manicures

Hey guys,  I wanted to post some of my manicures that I did before I started this blog.  Instead of saving them for a later date, I wanted to post them now.  A lot of them are in bad condition but I am learning and still wanted to share!  If you have any tips for me, comment below! 
** Galaxy Manicure**
This is with a right hand/left hand comparison.  I put holographic topcoat on the picture on the right.  I actually liked the nails on the left better but consensus from people at work etc. was that they preferred the hand on the right.

** Nude/Black/Silver **
My mom saw a picture that I had liked on my facebook page of a nude polish with silver design so I did this one.. for my mommy!
** Half Moon **

This is my first attempt at a half moon manicure.  I also put a holographic top coat on this one.  I really like how it turned out.
** Watercolor w/ sponge technique **

Yeah no, this is just a hot mess.  I had good intentions!  I did the sponging technique with the base coat and then hand painted hearts on top. :)
** OPI Sand French tip **

Originally I only painted my nails with the OPI Sand.  My mom's friend recommended that I make it a French with black tips.   DONE!  This one didn't turn out half bad.
** Animal Print **

Holy Acetone dried out hands Batman! I liked how this one turned out as well.
** Vintage Rose attempt 2 **

I really like this color scheme.  I will for sure be doing more roses later.
** Vintage Rose Attempt #1 **

Above was my first attempt at the roses.  I don't think they turned out too bad but my sister said they just look like purple splotches with weird green things.  She didn't know they were roses until I'd said so.  FAIL!
** Freehand New Year's Manicure **

This was my first attempt with my nail art brushes that I got for Christmas.  For it being my first attempt, I'm pretty happy with how it had turned out!

** First Stamping Attempt **

I am still trying to figure stamping out.  Don't get discouraged.. there is a learning curve!  I'll be trying again soon! :)

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Watercolor Technique

To do this, I started out with a 2 coats of Revlon Guava and 2 coats of top coat.  Then I took the other colors I used (ask if interested) and put them on a plastic bag in their own designated area.  I then filled the cap of my acetone nail polish remover about half way.  I took a small dollop of the first color that I wanted to use and then dipped the nail art brush into the acetone to water the polish down. I made random splotches all over the nail.  I wasn't happy with how distinct each color looked so I then dipped the brush in acetone and just worked on each nail until I was happy with how it turned out.  You want to be careful because too much acetone and you get to your base color.  You can see that happened on a few nails but it wasn't so bad that it ruined the look.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Everything's Coming Up Rainbows

Hello again!  I've been under the weather which makes this nail design a little ironic since it's blue skies and rainbows!  I am not happy with how the rainbow turned out but I am SO happy with how the clouds came out that to me, it makes up for it!

I used a dotting tool for the clouds and a small nail art brush for the rainbow.  Again, I wish the rainbow had turned out differently but I guess that only means I'll have to try again!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Valentines Day & Julep's Cupid Mystery Box!


Today I have a picture of the hearts I put in my hair.  Just too little braids twisted into hearts.  I know it isn't nail polish related but since I have hearts on my hands and hearts in my hair, I thought it relevent!  I got the idea from HairRomance on Facebook.. Like them!

In Nail Polish news:

I got my Julep Cupid Mystery Box today!  I was a little disappointed I didn't get a bigger box but we can't all be winners!  I will say that I didn't get the promised holographic nail polish or voucher for a color of my choice (which I have a wish list for!) so I had to contact customer service about that but it seems to have been a common problem.

At the top is a Lip Vernis called Poppy.  It's a bright coral which I am not used to.  I was shocked when I put it on and immediately layered some pink shimmer gloss on top to calm it down.  It could be because I am wearing red today but it just did not go with my complexion!

Next is Jane (Bombshell) which is a copper glitter.  I expect the application to be similar to Barbara which was 2-3 coats to get it opaque with no base color.

Susie (Classic with a Twist):  Pale Mint.  Looks really pretty and I might use it for a vintage rose mani soon.

Alfie:  Metallic Purple.  I am worried this one could get streaky but I really like the shade.

Audrey (Classic with a Twist):  A pale pink shimmer.  I would love if the color on the nail mimics that of what it looks like in the bottle.  That cotton candy pink is gorgeous.  I have a feeling this is going to turn out a lot less opaque than I am hoping for.

That's it for today.  I hope you all have a wonderful Valentines day.  If you don't have a date, just stay home and do your nails. In fact, I might use that as an excuse to get out of a chore or 2 myself!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Valentines Day Mani

This is the mani I am currently wearing.  I just became a Julep Maven (which you can also do at!  The first box was free with the discount code FREEBOX).  They ask you a few questions and assign you a profile.  I got assigned to "Classic with a Twist"!  The colors given to me in the box were Meryl (Creme gray) and Barbara (Magenta glitter).  I loved the gray so much and wore it in a mani yesterday that I promptley ruined.  I will upload pictures of my previous horrible manis in a bit.  It's a learning curve and I'm not too shy to share my mistakes!  Anyways..... I wanted to use the gray again so I paired it with Barbara to make the ultimate "Classic with a Twist"-starter-box-Valentines-Day mani!  I used a heart shaped hole punch for the hearts.  I punched the heart out of masking tape, stuck the heart I punched out on my ring finger and "left overs" on my thumb.  That is why the heart is gray on the thumb and glittery on the ring finger!  I then used some sequins I picked up at a 99 cent market to make the heart pop out a bit more.  

Again, I am new to this blogging thing, so any feedback would be greatly appreciated!!

Hello World

Ha!  See what I did there?  Programming joke right off the bat!  I'm not sure this is even going to be the thing for me but I thought I would give it a shot!  I have recently found a love for all things nail polish related.  I will be posting my manicures here as often as I can.  Being that I am new to the polish world, my designs are anything but perfect, but I have nothing to hide!  Let's see where this new venture takes me!

*EDIT* I haven't even told my friends or family about this site yet because I am so nervous!