Sunday, August 18, 2013

Water Spotting Turquoise

I've been watching tons of tutorials on water spotting.  There are so many variations with this technique.  You could layer black spotting over some bright neon colors.  Or you could do other styles, like this post I saw on Chalkboard Nails' post.  I got the inspiration from this ring that I have been rocking alot.  Love this ring and have a matching bracelet too, so why not do nails to match!

Colors used:

China Glaze "Bahamian Escape"
China Glaze "Concrete Catwalk"
Julep "Sienna"
OPI "Honey Ryder" (on my pinky)

I'm posting a tutorial I did on the technique soon. I love playing with this technique because it's pretty fun to do.  But I'm planning to do a stone design soon too!  Thanks everyone for reading!  

Peacock'ink around hahaha

There was a crazy heat wave gripping NYC the week I came upon these colors. I was hanging with my bestie in his neighborhood in Kips Bay.  We usually go to drug stores to cool down because of the AC blasting.  Plus we're health and beauty product junkies. He was trying to understand the fascination girls have with nail polish and decided to help me pick out colors.  We came upon the Rite Aid and there was an awesome deal that day that if you spend $25 on nail products, you get a $5 coupon.  I stocked up on tons of colors and supplies.  We saw these cool stickers from Kiss. 

I was browsing on nail art techniques the other night and wanted to try using the dental floss technique. If you don't know what that is, google it or youtube it.  I love the youtube video Cute Polish "Striped Nail Art using Floss".  But you basically take the floss picks and paint polish over it and run it on your nails. So I picked up the 100 pack at Rite Aid too.

Colors used:

Wet n Wild - Fergie - (lime green)
Sinful Color "Snow Me White"
Color Club "neon pink"

I loved the color contrast! I have so many stickers left so I plan to do this again in the future. Thanks everyone for reading!


Red and Gold (Tape Manicure)

A manicure that takes patience is a tape manicure. Why? Because you have to sit there and wait for the polish to dry before you can go on to the next part.  Thankfully I have trusty ol Seche Vite for that to speed things along.  Now some of you wonder how I have the time to fit in a mani when I work till like 6:30 or 7:00 every day and then I head over to the gym to get a few miles in and then commute home to  jolly Brooklyn, NY.

On a typical day, I hit the gym around 7, then I'm outta there at 8:30, grab a bite to eat and then get home around 10ish.  This is like 4 days out the week! By the time I unwind and sit down on the couch, it's already 11pm! Yikes! That's when I get to work on my nails. At first when I started this design journey I was limiting myself to weekends where I could really spend time on basic technique like polishing, cleaning and just basic stuff. I experimented so much since then.  It's been since December that I have been fooling around with nail art.  The only thing that gets me tripped up is photographs.  So I'm apologizing right now for crappy photography but I am just not spending the money on any equipment nor do I have the time to build a light box.  Also I don't have the time to figure out photoshop and all that crap.  What you see is all natural! No photoshopped images of fingers and cuticles smoothed out - this is the real deal peoples!

Enough talking and let's get on with today's post. Ok, to be honest, this was done back in May.  Colors used:

OPI - You only live once
OPI - Golden Age

Also I took the pic two days after I did it so there is already a bit of chipping on the polish and also my cuticles were drying out from the workout.  As you can see I am holding onto the lock on my gym locker.

So, this is the first tape mani and many more to come. Thanks everyone for reading.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Dotticure with KB Shimmer Bandgeek

I love doing dotting.  It's just a fun whimsical way to add nail art.  One of my favorite Franken polishes is by KB Shimmer.  I get mine from Etsy and so today I am going to show you what I did with one of them.

This design used KB Shimmer's "BandGeek", Sally Hansen "Lemonade" as the base coat and dotting with Essie "Little Brown Dress" (Dark Brown), "Baby's Breath" (Creamy White), "Sand Tropez"(Sandy Beige).

I loved how easy BandGeek went on.  It was a dark jelly with lots of gold and copper glitter.  I just used it by itself.  Originally I was going to just keep the base simple and plain.  But I wanted to bring out the glitter in the accent nail so I started dotting. 

What do you think? Whimsical? Love it.

Love OPI Euro Central - Ombre time

I know I'm late on this set.  I bought it back in February and actually this design I did in April.  But I love how the colors blend well as pastels.  

This technique today is a mix of three.  I ombre'd with three colors:

Can't Find My Czechbook (Aqua blue creme)
Suzy's Hungary Again (medium pink)
My Vampire is Buff (Creamy Yellow Nude)

I also added some striping on both the pointer and the middle finger.  But if you look carefully I did a reciprocal stripe on my middle finger.

Shown here is My Vampire is Buff. I loved this color so much I bought two bottles.

This is basic striping

The reciprocal is where the colors are reversed against the stripe.


I ordered a whole bunch of striping tapes from Amazon for $2.99 and I wanted to try my hand at striping. Another exciting set of colors was the OPI Euro central set for 2013.

In this design I used the following:
"You're such a Budapest"
"I Saw... U Saw... We Saw...Warsaw"
"Oy-Another Polish Joke"

My base coat on all my nails was I Saw...U Saw....We Saw...Warsaw except my pointer which I based with You're such a Budapest. Added the stripes - which I have to say you should have some sewing scissors on hand to make cutting more refined. Painted the top coat with Oy-Another Polish Joke and while my polish was still wet, lifted the tape carefully.  I left one blue tape on my thumb just to see what it would look like.  


Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Striping on a french

I am a member of several beauty supply memberships and one of my memberships is Julep.  Some people have noted that the membership is a bit pricey.  But there are so many promotional codes out there that I joined when I got a free one month.  As I get email alerts daily on the latest Julep news and offers, I admit that I can't help but click and order. So the following box arrived at work, but it wasn't the only box that came in that day.

Today's post is not about my Julep membership, it's about my try at striping and also my love of the color OPI's My Vampire is Buff from the Euro Central collection.  Actually the bottle here is my second bottle I own of the color.

I received my striping inventory and decided to create a simple french manicure using the following colors:
"My Vampire is Buff" - OPI
"Lady Muck" - Butter London
"Confetti" - Nail'd it

What the most pain in the ass thing about striping tape is that by the next day, everything curled up and it fell off my nails.  I think I need better glue.