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! :)