Monday, May 28, 2012

Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Lacey Lilac

Hey everyone!

Today, I’m going to show you a mani that I did for some choir performances that I was involved in a month ago. It took me a total of three days to complete it and here’s why. We were super busy, I didn’t have much time in the evenings to do the entire thing, and it was my first tape mani. I am, however, really digging the whole tape mani idea. Very simple, very easy.

For the base, I used China Glaze Spontaneous and I let that dry completely. Aka, a day. :) Then, I used Sally Hansen’s Xtreme Wear Lacey Lilac with the tape. Jane at Nailside, does some *amazing* work with the tape and I’m hopefully going to be doing some more of these types’ of mani’s.  First time I did it, however, was a complete fail. :P  I can’t stress enough, *wait for the paint to dry all the way!!!* And making the tape not so sticky is a good idea too. Like putting it between you’re fingers a couple times. If that makes sense….

Finally, after the third day, I used Art Deco’s Silver glitter stripper pen. Brush, but they call it a pen. ^^ I thought it looked really good, and I apologize for the terrible pic. I am still working on what to do with the lighting to make an accurate photo. I don’t quite have room to make a light box, but hopefully, when I move out, I will. :)

So. Have you ever done a tape mani? Was it a success? Was it a miserable fail like my first time?

In Christ,

Monday, May 21, 2012

Gradient Using Sally Hansen Insta-Dry Lightening

Hey y’all!

As most of you know, there’s a popular trend going on lately called “gradient” nails.  I tried doing this earlier but I couldn’t do it without making a serious line in the nail where you dab it on.  Like so..

BUT! The wonderful Sam from Nailasaurus did an eye-opening tutorial here on how to do it and it was SO helpful! My second one was alot better.

I used Sally Hansen Insta-Dry Lightening for the base and did the gradient effect with Revlon’s 730 Valentine. Using the sponges for these mani’s are really easy and it gives it a really cool texture. You can use pretty much any combination of colors, like same color/different shades or contrasting colors or whatever. Very cool and I’m wanting to try out a multi-colored animal print with this technic sometime.

 What’s a technic you’d like to try sometime?

In Christ,

Monday, May 14, 2012

Rimmel London Lasting Finish Pro Rags To Rich!

A while back, I found out how amazing CVS is. They have the best polish selection *ever*! I had gone in there expecting to see the same selection of SH and Essie at Wal-Mart and Wal-Greens, but oh, no! That’s not what I saw! I saw Orly, Sally Hansen, Confetti, Revlon, Rimmel, Spoiled, Loreal, Wet n’ Wild, and Seche! It was like Christmas for me again! :D I guess you could say that I was just a little excited. :)

So anyways, I’d been looking for a nice deep green and while in CVS, I spotted their Rimmel London Lasting Finish Pro Nail Polish Rags To Rich! It’s a shimmery forest-y green and I was really stoked! That was also close to my birthday when I got a SH No Chip Acrylic Top Coat. So around the time of my birthday, I used the Rimmel polish and the top coat together and it was terrible! The polish wrinkled when I touched it and then after it actually dryed, it started cracking!! CRACKING!  Then, I tried it again with my regular top coat, Orly’s Polishield Three-In-One Top Coat, and it worked just fine. No wrinkles, so cracking, no nothing. So…I have decided to only use that Sally Hansen top coat for my toes. :) And that’s my rant for the day. Heehee!




Anyhooo….I did this mani with the Rags To Rich  and Red Angel’s 109 stamping plate with a white polish. I really liked that one. The stamping is really easy once you get used to it and I’d recommend it to anyone who wants to do their own nail without having to go to a salon and pay twenty buck on a mani.  It’s really fun too. :)


Have you ever done any stamping? How do you like it?


In Christ,


Thursday, May 10, 2012

Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Glazed Sand

Last week was our city wide garage sale day, and if you don’t know me, I LVE garage saling!! So my mom and I were out doing that and we stopped by a feed store parking lot that had a garage sale hosted by an FFA group, and what did I find?? 25 cent bottles of new polish!!! They were mostly pink colors, but hey, I wasn’t gonna pass up 25c polishes! 

Sally Hansen Hard as Nails 28 Chocolate, 16 Glazed Sand and Platinum, and Sally Hansen Maximun Growth Plus 25 Copper Glamour.  I was trying my hardest to stay cool when I found these, cuz I didn’t want the people hiking up the price after seeing that I was excited. ^^ 

Sally Hansen Insta-Dry 06 Rose-a-go-go, CoverGirl Boundless Color 520 Pink Taffy, and Wet ‘n Wild Shiver.  The W’nW was at a different sale, but it’s soooo pretty! I’m looking forward to using it.

Alrighty.  On to the mani. :)

Last night, I had planned on just doing a plain color. In fact, I was almost depressed at the thought of just a plain color and especially since it was such a pale color. But, once I got the second layer on and really saw what an amazing color it was (and the fact that one of my nails had an ugly bump in it….), I just had to add *something* and I’ve really been digging the wacky French tip.  And that’s what I did. 

I was looking thought my plates and I was thinking that I wanted some sort of lacey or tribal stamp and I found Bundle Monster plate number 202 and it looked nice, so I thought “what the heck?”.  I just used the top half of the design and on a couple of them, I was able to get two nails out of one stamp.  So in the end, I got an unintentional lingerie type mani. ^^ I showed them to Mom and she thought that’s what it looked like. Oh well. :)

Have a great week!
In Christ,