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.