Monday, July 14, 2014

Hiatus Explained!

Hey guys! Long time, no see. I'm sorry for my unexplained absence, but I'm back at least briefly. Back in May, I met the man of my dreams and I've been caught up in a whirlwind romance ever since. So that's pretty much occupied by every waking moment, and nail art has taken a back seat. I still paint my nails faithfully, but normally just a solid color, or something very simple that isn't really worth blogging about.
He is a great man that totally supports my nail polish interests and hasn't been freaked out by the number that I own. I would like to continue blogging, and show you guys some interesting nail art when I can. I just imagine that it will be less frequent than before. I hope you can understand. :)

These are some water decals from the last batch that the Born Pretty Store sent me to review. 

I used them over 2 coats of Rimmel I Lilac You.
They applied really easily, just like most water decals do. I put them on just as soon as the base polish was dry, and so that didn't leave me much room for error if they were slightly off center. :( But that isn't a flaw of the decal, that was a user error. These are really pretty and simple, the image is just a bit pixelated, but you can't really tell that under normal circumstances.

Decals can be found here for $2.45 Pictured is set #1620

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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Ice Cream Nails

These are a design I wore when I participated in my local "Walk From Obesity." I'm a nurse and one of the physicians I work with performs gastric bypass / gastric sleeves / lap bands and was running the event, so that's what get me involved. The Walk is to benefit the treatment and prevention of obesity. A lot of the ones involved are people that have had bariatric weight loss surgeries and are now more exercise-oriented.

I couldn't figure out anything silly to wear about weight loss, but I thought some zero calorie nail art would be fun. So ice cream it is. :)
The sprinkles are Polish Me Silly (formerly Lush Lacquer) Clowning Around. I forget all the other colors I used but I think the pink is Sephora by OPI Seeing Pink Elephants, the green is China Glaze Highlight of My Summer, and the purple is Zoya Malia.

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Monday, May 12, 2014

Chevron Coral, Yellow, & Teal

Chevron yet again. I got this color combination from a Pinterest find, but have since lost that pin. So sorry to the original artist.

I used OPI Cajun Shrimp, Sephora by OPI Why Yellow There..., & Orly Gumdrop. I used pinking shears from the craft store to mask off the stripes.

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Monday, April 28, 2014

Plants Vs Zombies

I was mainly inspired by the app icon image for the game Plants Vs Zombies. It's not a game I've played or gotten into.

Here is the best I could break it down into a tutorial. I started with a base of China Glaze Too Yacht Too Handle, then stamped the image from BM 301 with China Glaze Sunday Funday. I used black acrylic paints to get the basic outline done. Then Precision Sage, more black acrylic paint, and they eyeballs and teeth were done using OPI Skull and Glossbones. Top coat with Seche Vite.

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Friday, April 25, 2014

Coral Tips

Hi guys. My blog here has sure been neglected lately, and for that I'm sorry. I've just had a lot of changes in my life lately and nail polish has become less of a hobby. I still keep my nails painted nearly everyday, but I just don't have the same interest in intricate nail art anymore. :( Now when I paint my nails, it's a simple color swatch, or some very basic nail art that I don't feel is worthy of sharing on here. I don't know if part of it is me getting older, but I just feel less enthusiastic about wacky nail art. 

Here I used Sinful Colors Thimbleberry for french tips, and then a freehanded skinny line of China Glaze Flip Flop Fantasy.

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Poshinality - Tomboy

Poshinality offered me this polish to review for you guys. I chose the shade Tomboy. 
 Found HERE for $9.50

"Tomboy isn't the typical blue. It's a beautiful blue jean hue with a smooth creme finish, perfect for the laid back and relaxed individual."

The closest polish I have in my collection is Zoya Skylar, so I featured 3 coats of that on my ring finger as an accent. Tomboy is on all the other nails. The polish went on smoothly, was nearly even with just one coat but I applied a second just for safe measure. It dries to an incredibly shiny finish, but I did also apply a topcoat out of habit. 

*Products were provided for review*
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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Gold Half Moons

First I applied my Rejuvacote basecoat and allowed it to fully dry. 
Then I used the round hole reinforcement stickers, that I had cut in half, to mask off the half moon area. 
I then painted two coats of L'Oreal The Palace Life and peeled off the half moon stickers before it was fully dried.
I used a small paintbrush to fill in the half moons with Zoya Ziv.
The topped it off with Lacquistry Amazeballz for some extra metallic shine.
Finished off the whole manicure with Seche Vite top coat.

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Friday, March 21, 2014

Neon pink flowers

The weather is warming up, so I was in the mood for some bright nail art!
Color Club Poptastic, Sally Hansen Lavender Cloud, & Sinful Colors Black on Black.

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Pink and Purple Holographic Gradient

Here is a quick and easy gradient that I did the other day.

I first did 2 coats of OPI Sparrow Me The Drama for a solid base. Then applied a gradient of the pink and purple Born Pretty store holographic polishes.

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Feather Water Decals

Here is another look using feather water decals from Born Pretty Store. 
Found HERE for $0.99; design 1715.

Dusty pink in color with a gold stripe down the spine. I placed them over OPI Skull & Glossbones. Then added some small dots of gold using Zoya Ziv.

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