Friday, September 26, 2014

Nude With Sparkles..

After using nude colors a few times, I wanted to spice them up and give them more pazaz.

For this mani, I started with two coats of Nina Ultra Pro – Spun Sugar, a mildly dark nude color. Two coats worked wonderfully.

After letting it dry, I may have been overly excessive with the top coat because there’s a layer of it between the base color and the sparkle. Oopsy!

I’ve never done this method before but tried it on my accent nail. I cut thin strips of tape and layered them on top of the nail and then painted two coats of Finger Paints – Laugh My Art Off.  

It was interesting taking the tape off because it turned into a guessing game as to which one I put on first....

Anywhoo, on the other nails I used a makeup sponge to create a gradient with the same blue sparkle on the tips.

I think it all worked out pretty well, however I wouldn’t use such drastically different colors next time, I feel that a lighter or warmer color for the sparkle would have been better. Oh well. I’ll just have to do this again. :)

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Watermelon Ice Swatch

By the husbands prompting, I did a spur of the moment painting and it ended up liking the color a lot.  So we’ve got a swatch to do!

Obviously, you have your base coat.

This color is a sheer one so instead of trying to wait for four or five coats to dry, I started off with Sinful Colors Snow Me White so that the pink would show well. One coat of that and two of the pink.

Pure Ice Watermelon Ice is the color and it went on very well, not very streaky and it’s new enough that there was no clump-age. (Yes, I do use made up words)

Finish that with a coat of Seche Vite and we’re good to go! 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Bowling and Nails Are A No-No

Ever had those moments where you’re wondering if something really happened? Did I really just find twenty bucks in my jacket? Did I really just fart in public?

My most recent question was when I was bowling with some friends recently. Did that flipping bowling ball really just take off half my nail?

Yes. It really did.

Apparently when you have longer thumb nails, they tend to scrape against the inside of the hole and it just grinds them down.

After one game, your nail will look like this.

Irritatingbut I’m glad it only took that just off and no farther down. 

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Date Night Sparkles

Hey Lovelies!

So the other day, my Hubby and I went on a date and I figured "Why not try something new with my nails?". So...I did and I ended up using 8 polishes total. 0.o

I've never really done the whole "most-fingers-one-way-and-one-accent-nail" thing and I was really curious to try it. So I looked at my dress that I was gonna be wearing and figured something off that. It's a real cute burgundy color that's A-line and ends above the knee. It has kind of a rectangle/triangle-ish design in it so I looked for something similar in my nail plate. (Yes, this involved nail plates.Yay!)

So I started out with a new base coat, Pure Ice - Bottom Line Base Coat, and did a base color of E.L.F.'s Metal Madness which is a charcoal black with holographic sparkles in it. I really only had to use one layer of this because it covers so nicely so that was wonderful.

Now for the nail plate. I stamped Bundle Monster 210 in Sinful Colors - Snow Me White on every finger BUT my ring fingers.

The top middle is the lucky design today...

Once that was stamped and dried, I used Revlon's 730 Valentine, Pure Ice Jamaica Me Crazy and Pure Ice Watermelon Ice(Which there will be more on this color soon...) in a gradient over the stamp. This obviously didn't effect the base color with it being so dark.

On the ring fingers, I used an un-named Melissa polish that has pink and silver flecks in it. It's old..So I had to wait forever on it to dry as well as re-do one because I smudged it.. This is a brand that's no longer in production unfortunately. :/ 

Finished up with a coat of Seche Vite Top Coat as always and there you have it! Loved them and they're now in my favorites list! 

Ta ta for now!