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.

Wicked Sweet Nail Splatter

Hi Everyone, it's been a while because I had so many things happening in April and sitting down to update wasn't easy to do.

I scored this little set of neon polishes at TJ Maxx during the winter for less than $6! This is the Color Club wicked sweet collection and it's called that because each polish smells incredibly sweet - like raspberries.  There were four colors at 1/4 ounces each in the set:

"Wicked Sweet" - neon blue
"Raspberry Rush" - neon magenta
"Yum Gum" - neon pink
"Lem-on" - neon yellow

So as I wanted to use all four colors I chose to "Ombre" and "Nail Splatter".  The base of my splatter nails were Sinful Colors White.

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Happy Easter

Today I felt that with such great sunny weather in NYC I have to do a light and Easter set of colors. I tend to gravitate towards my darker marine colors, but I had purchased a lilac shade from American Apparel that I needed an excuse to try out. As usual, I can not decide on one uniform design for all my nails so I did a couple.


So here is the list of what I used:
Base Coat Essie Millionaire
Top Coat Seche Vite
OPI Oz Collection "Lights of Emerald City"
American Apparel "L'Esprit"
Gap "Pale Coral"
Ruby Wing "Birdie" color changing polish
Essie "Mint Apple Candy"
I ended up not using the Astral Lights Glow in the dark nail paint because it came out the same as the pale coral
And not pictured here is Hurricaine Nail Art paint in glitter green

Excuse that I haven't had a chance to clean up the yellow around my cuticles. I saw some light come into the apartment and wanted to capture it.

I did a free hand flower using the colors in my other nails, and the green glitter grass was from the nail art bottle with the thin brush. The bunny was a stamp from the Pueen 2013 collection "Pueen 11".  I layered two coats of "Lights of Emerald City" on two coats of "Pale Coral". 

In doing this, my favorite formula was the American Apparel polish.  It's 3 free but it was so easy to put on that you probably could have gotten away with one coat.  It wasn't streaky at all.  As for the yellow shade which is a color changer.  Only changes color in UV light, so I briefly stepped outside this morning and it started to turn orange.  Supposedly it would turn red.

My Mint Green middle finger is suppose to be a painted easter egg.  Textured nails are the current trend so I wanted to add more depth to the style on my nail and what I did was used tape to keep the polish clean and painted on the stripes with Lights of Emerald City and dipped my finger in a bowl of glitter. I tapped my finger loose and pressed it down slightly.  To secure the glitter, I brushed it not with my top coat but again with Lights of Emerald because I didn't want the loose glitter to get stuck on my Seche Vite top coat - which to my disappointment is beginning to solidify. After it fully dried, I added the top coat and be careful so you get glitter stuck on your brushes. 

So why the cuticle conditioners? Because I have to stress how easy it is to remove excess polish if you moisturized well before you embark on drawing and also because my cuticles are probably one of the worst out there.  I work with lots of papers and you see I have a bad paper cut on my middle finger.  Also I work in property management so I'm out and about using my hands when I'm out with the maintenance crew.  Moisturizing is IMPORTANT! Nothing tells your age more ladies than the hands! You can botox your face but can't hide your hands :)

Overall, not my favorite designs, but it helped put me in the mood for the holiday. Also, I gave my camera to my brother so I couldn't macro the detail of the grass and the bunny for you all as well as capture the lights of the glitter. But I think you all get the hint.  So this is Iphoned up pics.  Now off to go eat Sunday night dinner in good old Manhattan. Hopefully I'll get the full color change effect and update this post with the result. 

Happy easter all!

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Theming Tuesday

I was overjoyed yesterday when in the mail came my latest haul

Yep, that's a lot of packages. I think my boss thinks I'm insane.

So I open them up and thrilled to see I finally got my latest KB Shimmer "Band Geek" and China Glaze "I herd that"

But I most excited about the OPI Disney Oz Great and Powerful collection. I thought well, everyone has done a swatch review already so we know how bubbly the colors are. But I wanted to take it back a notch and do a Theme for Tuesday and do the Wizard of Oz.

There are so many ways we can do the characters and I still wanted to use at least one of my new purchases, specifically from the Oz collection. So with that in mind, I decided on the following characters: Dorothy (of course), the Wicked Witch of the West, Tin Man, and Glinda the good witch.  I threw in a Yellow Brick road as well.

For Glinda I used the color "I Theodora You" and to add that sparkle - fan brushed on some loose glitter I have laying around. However, you can not leave out the iconic ruby red slippers.  As I love China Glaze's Ruby Pumps, I dedicated a whole nail to it.

But who can forget about the best character the Witch of the West who I hope to see in Wicked soon enough. 

So there you have it, the Wizard of Oz! Here are all the colors I used (which was alot!):

Hope I did the movie justice. I had other ways to represent Dorothy, like striping or Marbling the blue and white. But I really liked the gingham. Anyway, I can't wait to try the other colors. I also got the new Spring 2013 Pueen Nail Plates so stay tuned. Because Easter is around the corner and I am in mind to do bunnies and pastel eggs.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Artful Sunday March Marble Morning

Hello All!

So excited to decide to finally start sharing my thoughts and efforts on my personal obsession of nail polish and nail art. How befitting that my first post is about my first attempt today on marbling.  I have spent several hours over a period of time on my youtubing watching Colette on her channel "My Simple Little Pleasures".  She makes it look so easy! So thank you to her awesome tutorials!

Yesterday I received my latest shipment from Llarowe of Naild'it "Confetti Falls" and "Lego No Way"

The other two polishes are American Apparel's L'Esprit and Jupiter (Glow in the Dark) which I found on the $1 clearance rack! How awesome is that! I'll do some splatter with Jupiter in the future.  I was on the hunt for the perfect lavender for my soon to come Cadbury Easter egg themed creation for Easter Sunday.  Anyway, I was pretty psyched to use Lego No Way like asap and considering it was 1:00am last night, I couldn't go crazy doing art so I painted my base with 2 coats Sinful Colors "Snow Me White" and then 2 coats of Lego No Way.  Of course I just added an accent nail because I just received on Friday my OPI Mariah Carey collection of Liquid Sand so I wanted to try out "The Impossible"

Went to sleep and woke up with a thought that the white looked lonely. So decided to marble it out. Definitely filtered luke warm water helped. So I used the following for my marbles:
-OPI Swimsuit Nailed it
-OPI Strawberry Margarita
-OPI Jade is the New Black
-Sally Hansen Tough Love
-Sinful Colors Snow Me White

It took me definitely 5 attempts to get the right design to come through and clean up was kind of annoying (even with tape and lotion on my cuticles) but I just love how the blue came out!

It's obvious I can never settle on just one uniform look for all the nails - I like variety. I love the geometric shapes of the lego blocks in the Lego No Way.  There are white glitter pieces too but they get lost in the white base. Of course you have to put a coat of Seche Vite to top it off to bring out the shine.

But tell me if you like how it came out! :)