Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Red and White Roses - Wedding Guest Nails

Hello!  I am back today with a mani that is definitely in my top five of all time - and yet it is super simple!  One of my best friends from high school got married last month, so these are the nails I did to match the dress I wore to the wedding.  The dress was navy with large coral/red/orange flowers all over it.  I wanted to do nails that matched, while still being summery, so I decided to pull the red-orange shade from the flowers for my nails.

For this mani, I started with a base of Sinful Colors Energetic Red.  I love this color - it is the perfect red-orange shade.  I then stamped white roses using Born Pretty Store stamping polish and BP-L024.  This floral plate is seriously one my favorite stamping plates I own - I use it all the time!  To finish everything off and make the mani last through the weekend, I added a coat of Seche Vite.

I absolutely loved my nails for the wedding, which was also awesome and beautiful!  And we are totally stealing the idea of doing a Snapchat geofilter for our wedding - so cool!  It was definitely a great celebration and I'm so glad we could be a part of it.


Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Pastel Pink and Gold Stamping

Hello!  I've been on a stamping kick this summer, so you'll see a lot of stamping manis over the next few weeks as I catch up on some posts.  All of these will be manis I actually wore for a day or two.  It's been refreshing to do nail art, just because I want to and not because of a challenge.  Though I immediately fall back to stamping since I've finally gotten the hang of it!  I think I may need to invest in a see-through stamper next!

Today I have a pastel pink and gold look to share with you.  For this mani, I started with a base of Nails Inc. Chiltern Street, a lovely pastel pink cream polish.  I then stamped using China Glaze Passion and an image from BP-L-003 from the Born Pretty Store.

Overall, I loved this simply, girly look.  I am also still brainstorming ideas for my wedding nails, and I think this image might be a contender, though I would use a different color scheme than I did here.  Hope you have a great rest of your week!


Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Lilac Gradient with Inverse Gradient Stamping

Happy Tuesday!  I apologize for being absent so far this month - work has been crazy busy!  The Twinsies are also on break this month, so I haven't had a post for you.  Today I have my contribution to this week's #maniswapcircle.  Our theme was lilac and I recreated a design by @glitterglossfun.

As you can see in my comparison post on Instagram, the design I chose to recreate a gradient manicure with inverted gradient stamping.  I've actually never done a mani like this.  I have only recently attempted stamping with more than one color at a time.  Since lilac was the color theme for this week, I decided to create a purple and white gradient using Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Lacey Lilac and Essie Blanc.  Once dry, I used BP-L001 and purple and white stamping polishes from Born Pretty Store.

Overall, I'm very happy with how this mani turned out, and look forward to trying out this technique using other colors.  Things will probably continue to be a bit slow during the month of August, but rest assured, things will pick up in September with the start of college of football.  I will be starting my fifth consecutive season of Gator manis!  In case you are unfamiliar with this series, I do an orange and blue mani each weekend of football season to support my Florida Gators.  You can see past manis in the tabs at the top of the page.


Thursday, July 28, 2016

Coral Leopard Print

Hello!  Today I have my first post as a part of the new Instagram prompt #ManiSwapCircle.  It is organized by @glacewing and @natasha_dauncey.  If you're interested in joining, they will have a a sign up link on each of their accounts for our next prompt.  The point of the challenge is to make a circle out of all the sign ups, so the person above you on the list recreates one of your designs and you recreate a mani by the person below you on the list.  The challenge is is that there is a specific color for each week that you must use that color in your mani.

Last week I had to recreate a mani by IG'er @plgnailss.  Since our prompt was coral, I decided to recreate her pink leopard mani.  For my mani, I started with a base of Avon Cruisin' Coral.  For my accent nail, I started with a base of China Glaze White on White and created the leopard print using Cruisin' Coral and black acrylic paint.

I think the coolest part of this challenge is that someone else also recreates one of your manis.  @lookingsharpdesign recreated my braided fishtail mani!  Make sure you follow me on Instagram, so you don't miss anything!  We are headed to my cousin's soccer tournament in Orlando this weekend - they qualified for nationals!  Fortunately, the Twinsies are off for the next few weeks, so I won't be late with my mani. ;)  Hope everyone has a great weekend!


Thursday, July 21, 2016

Deborah Lippmann Dirty Little Secret

Hello!  Today I am back with some more potential wedding nails/nail art!  One of my favorite bloggers and fellow Twinsie, Amandalandish, featured Deborah Lippmann's spring collection on her blog back in April and I absolutely fell in love with one of the polishes - Dirty Little Secret!  Normally WAY out of my price range, I happened to have a giftcard to Sephora and so I ordered Dirty Little Secret that afternoon.  This is totally unlike me, so you can understand how much I loved this polish without even seeing it in person!

Dirty Little Secret is a beautiful nude, scattered holo.  I love a good nude polish with a little something extra to make it unique!  It applied a little streaky on the first coat, but was perfectly opaque in two.  I then stamped using white stamping polish and plate BP-L005, both from Born Pretty Store.  I'm not sure if this is necessarily the image I would use for my wedding nails, but I do love the look of this!  I think I need to invest in stamping plates that have more delicate, lacy images.

In my mind for my wedding nails, I see my self wearing either a nude or pinky-nude shade with subtle stamping.  I'm not sure yet if Dirty Little Secret is that polish, but I know it's definitely a contender.  This polish will also get a lot of wear in general because it is such a gorgeous shade!


Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Twinsie Tuesday: Someone else does your nails

Hello!  The Twinsies are back today with nails that aren't done by us!  After some serious arm-twisting, I was able to convince my fiance to do my nails.  He has taken part in my polishing hobby in years past when I participated in the #HePicksMyPolish challenges.  However, this is the first time he's actually done my nails!

In order to make it easier for him, I suggested a one-coater polish, so he went with China Glaze Passion.  When I asked him if he wanted to attempt any nail art he asked to use "those little balls" that I never use - which translate into caviar beads.  I have an assorted set of caviar beads from Ciate that I picked up at Burlington a long time ago and have never used.  He picked out the pink colored micro-beads.  I then added a coat of topcoat and let him pour the beads out over each nail.

The micro-bead mixture also had pink glitter in it, which resulted in the sparkle on each nail...as well as all the glitter all over everything and my hands.  I had the hardest time getting it off.  I also wanted to finish this post up with a pre-cleanup picture so that you can really see his painting skills. ;)  I appreciate him taking the time to participate in this prompt with me!  Check out the other Twinsies below!

Alaina at The Little Canvas
Amanda at Fashion Footing
Amber at NailsLikeLace
Claire at Kerruticles
Marisa at Polish Obsession
Sharon at Behind Green Eyes 


Friday, July 15, 2016

Glitter Starburst Nails

Happy Friday!  Today's post will be a short one.  For this mani, I started with a base of Nails Inc. Chiltern Street, a pastel pink that I previously used in this watermarble mani.  Once Chiltern Street was dry, I applied Formula X Fine Like Einstein to a cosmetic sponge and sponged the glitter polish directly onto the nail for an opaque glitter look.  I then added a thick coat of Seche Vite before stamping using a red Born Pretty Store stamping polish.  

Unfortunately, I did these nails about a month ago and have since forgotten which stamping plate this image has come from.  I will try to figure it out and update this post.  I believe the image was of a flower, but because my nails were so short at this time, it ended up looking more like a starburst to me.  Overall, I really love the look of the stamping over the sparkly glitter polish.  I hope everyone has a great weekend and the Twinsies will be back next week with nails done by someone else!

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