Friday, September 23, 2016

Florida Gator Nails - UF vs North Texas

Happy Friday!  Today I have my Gator nails from last weekend's game against the North Texas Mean Green!  Overall, while there isn't anything "wrong" with these nails, I just wasn't a fan of how they turned out.  The orange stamping wasn't as vibrant over the blue as I had hoped.  I may have to look into investing in a neon orange stamping polish to get my desired shade of Gator Orange.



As far as nail art goes, I do like this mani a lot!  The image stamped cleanly and the color do work well together.  I started with a base of China Glaze I Sea the Point.  At the beginning of the season I ordered backups of I Sea the Point and Stoked to be Soaked, since they seem to be the perfect shades of orange and blue and have great creme formulas.  I added a coat of CG Fairy Dust and then stamped using BP-L008 and orange stamping polish, both from Born Pretty Store.




The game was a shutout, 32-0 victory over North Texas.  We didn't play our best, and our starting quarterback is hurt and out for the time being, but it was fun taking my mom to her first Gator game!  We're hoping to go to at least one more game before the season is over, but I'm actually looking forward to watching the next few on tv!  Go Gators!

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Sarah

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Silver and Gray Leopard Print

Hello!  A bit later in the day, but I am back today with my most recent contribution to the #maniswapcircle.  Our color theme this week was silver/gray.  I had the honor of recreating a mani by @aaaratednails.  This was hard, because she is a master at doing simple, yet beautiful manis.  I ended up deciding to go with a nude/gold leopard print mani, as I loved the contrast between the metallic and the creme polishes, and knew I could recreate it in our assigned color.



For this mani, I started with a base of Zoya Tove.  Tove is a dove gray with a satin finish.  I used Sally Hansen Pumping Iron for my accent nail and to create the leopard print on the other nails.  I also used black acrylic paint.  When it was dry, I added a coat of Seche Vite.



Overall, I'm pleased with how this turned out.  I love the pop of the metallic, but wish my leopard print was a little more sharp.  I know with practice it will get better, but that is the main reason I wasn't completely sold on this mani.  Overall, I love these #maniswapcircle challenges and look forward to completing them!

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Sarah

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Florida Gator Nails - UF vs Kentucky

Hello!  I am back again today with my next installment of Gator nails - a chevron stamped mani for the #UFvsUK game!  My fiance and I traveled to Kentucky for this game last year, so we wanted to attend it at home again this year.



For this mani I started with a base of Wet N Wild Fastdry 9.0.2.1.Orange, which ironically enough, I also used for a #UFvsUK mani back in 2013.  I then stamped using blue stamping polish and BP-L005 from Born Pretty Store.  I really think I need to invest in a clear stamper since some of these chevrons were not straight on the nail!  It isn't super noticeable in pictures, but it bothered me, lol.



The game was great and we won 45-7.  It was really hot though (you really get the true meaning of why its called "The Swamp"), so we ended up leaving during the fourth quarter - and we NEVER leave.  This weekend I'm taking my mom to her first Gator game, but we'll see if I can talk her into some Gator nails too!

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Sarah

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Twinsie Tuesday: Bright

Happy Tuesday!  Today the Twinsies are back from our brief hiatus in August with today's prompt: bright.  Since we are moving towards the end of summer I wanted to get my brights and neons another use.  I typically don't follow seasonal color trends, and while I love neons, I really don't wear them very often so I knew I wanted to use them for this prompt.



I decided to do a squishy mani for this prompt.  I started with a base of Essie Blanc.  I then used Julep Tomi and Broadway Nails Sunshine Disco to create the base.  I wish I had taken a picture before I stamped of the base - it was so bright!  Especially in direct sunlight.  I then stamped using Born Pretty Store white stamping polish and an image from UberChic plate 1-03.  To emphasize the holo sparkle in Tomi, I decided to add a coat of China Glaze Fairy Dust to finish it off.



I'm glad I have finally been able to use my UberChic stamping plates a bit more!  When I first purchased them I could not pick up ANY images.  But now I seem to have a good combination of stamping polish and stamper that works for me and the image plates.  Overall, this was a fun mani, and not one I would typically wear to work.  But boy did my nails cause some double-takes that day!  Be sure to check the bright nails from the other Twinsies!
 
Sharon at Behind Green Eyes
Marisa at Polish Obsession
Claire at Kerruticles
Amber at NailsLikeLace
Amanda at Fashion Footing
Alaina at The Little Canvas

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Sarah

Friday, September 9, 2016

Florida Gator Nails - UF vs UMass

Hello and welcome to the fifth annual installment of my Gator Nails series!  As anyone who has followed the blog for awhile knows, I am a huge Florida Gator sports fan (and not just football!) and every fall I do orange and blue nails in support of the Gators for each football game.  Today, I have the nails I did for the first game of the season against UMass.



For this mani, I started with a base of Essie Blanc.  Once dry, I used chevron nail vinyls from Nails Redesigned (now out of business) and applied them at an angle near the tip.  Everyone was encouraged to wear blue to the UMass game, so I decided my nails should be predominately blue.  I used my Florida Game Day Duo by Color Club to add the orange and blue.




Once dry, I applied a coat of Seche Vite.  Overall, I loved these nails and got a ton of compliments on them throughout the weekend.  The game was a bit messy (including the weather) but we pulled out a 24-7 victory.  This weekend we start SEC play against Kentucky.  My fiance and I traveled to Kentucky last year to attend this game and will be in the Swamp to cheer on the Gators this weekend.  Hope everyone has a great weekend and Go Gators!

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Sarah

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Louboutin Rouge Red with Black and White Accents

Hello!  I hope everyone had a good long weekend, mine was extra long since we had Friday off from work due to Hurricane Hermine.  Luckily, here in Gainesville the damage was very minor - mostly trees falling and taking out power lines.  We were out of power for about eight hours, so I'm glad I didn't have to go to work that morning!  Because of the long weekend, my days are totally off - I actually had intended for this post to go live on Tuesday, but obviously that didn't happen!  So you'll hopefully get a second post from me tomorrow.



Today's mani is the newest installment of the #maniswapcircle prompt on Instagram.  This week I had to recreate a mani by Gina of @nonsmudjnails.  The design I went with was a bright blue nail with black and white double stamped dots with a black and white glitter accent nail.  Since our prompt color was red, I recreated this design over a base of Louboutin Rouge Red.



I stamped with black and white stamping polish from Born Pretty Store and a polka dot image from UberChic plate 1-03.  I then used Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Strobe Flash on my accent nail.  Gina used a black and white square glitter for her accent nail.  I didn't have a square glitter, but used the mixed hex and bar glitter I do own. 


Overall, I love how this turned out!  It was simple, but I really like the double stamped dots.  I'll hopefully be back tomorrow with my Gator nails from the first week of college football!

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Sarah

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Pastel Blue and Gold Stamping

Today will be another quick post.  For this mani I started with a base of Nails Inc. Chelsea Physic Garden.  I then stamped using China Glaze Passion and BP-L-003 from Born Pretty Store.



I love these nails and I really feel like they speak for themselves.  I received several compliments on these while working at my office's retreat a few weeks ago. 



Also, in case you're new to the blog, this weekend is the start of the college football season.  We are big Florida Gator fans in my household and for the last four years I have done orange and blue manis for each Gator football game during the season.  To check out past orange and blue nails, be sure to visit the tabs at the top of the page.  I will be updating those sometime next week to include my first Gator nails of the season for the game against UMass, which I will be going to!

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Sarah
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