Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Twinsie Tuesday: Inspired by My Phone Case

Hello!  Today the Twinsies are back with manis inspired by our phone cases.  Many of you won't be surprised to find out I have a Florida Gator phone case.  My case has seen better days, but I'm hoping to get a new phone soon, so then I can get a new case.  In the meantime, here are my Gator nails!

For this mani, I started with a base of China Glaze Stoked to be Soaked.  I then used Gator water decals I found at CVS several years ago for my accent nail.  I knew I was no way talented enough to try and draw Albert on my nails!  I then finished everything off with my new topcoat from Zombie Claw Polish.

These were also supposed to be my Gator nails for last weekend's game against LSU, however since the game has been postponed indefinitely thanks to Hurricane Matthew, they are just Twinsie Tuesday.  I also want to take a moment congratulate Amanda on her marriage!  I wish you and your husband all the best! <3


Friday, October 7, 2016

Florida Gator Nails - UF vs. Vandy

Hello!  I had planned on having this post up yesterday, but Hurricane Matthew had other plans!  Because the University of Florida was closed today, we had to do two days worth of work yesterday.  Luckily, all of my friends and family across Florida, including us here in Gainesville, all made it through the storm unscathed.  Today's post is my Gator Nails from last week's game against Vanderbilt.

For this mani, I started with Essie Blanc.  I then used orange and blue stamping polish from Born Pretty Store and UberChic stamping plate 1-03 to create the double-stamped polka dot nails.  I then applied straight nail vinyls from Nails Redesigned to my accent nails.  I used the same stamping polishes to create the orange and blue stripes.

Overall, the game against Vandy went relatively well and we won 13-6.  This weekend's game against LSU has been cancelled due to Hurricane Matthew.  So, there won't be any Gator Nails from me this weekend. They're not sure if they'll be able to reschedule the game for later in the season, so we will just have to see!


Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Parallax Polish Bryant + Stamping

This week's #maniswapcircle colors were blue and white. These colors were chosen to honor Liam Kowal and fight against drunk driving and for organ donation.  I had the honor of recreating a mani by @nails_by_ps.  Since we had several stamping plates in common, I decided to go with a stamping mani.

I started with a base of Parallax Polish Bryant, a deep blue with orange shimmer.  I then stamped using white stamping polish and BP-L-003 from Born Pretty Store.  Overall a simple mani that I really loved!

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Florida Gator Nails - UF vs Tennessee

Hello!  Today will be a short post, just because I'm working on a headache...  These are the nails I did for last weekend's game against Tennessee.  Unfortunately, we lost the game, but it is still early in the season.  On to the nails!

For this mani, I started with a base of China Glaze I Sea the Point.  Once dry, I applied single chevron nail vinyls to my middle and ring finger nails and filled in using China Glaze Stoked to be Soaked.  Once dry, I applied triangle studs I received in a Julep Maven box to the accent nails.

Overall, this was a super simple look that I really loved.  Since Tennessee's primary color is orange, I always try and do a predominately blue mani.  Same with my Kentucky mani - I went primarly orange, since their colors include blue.  This weekend we play Vandy, so hopefully the boys can get back in the swing of things.


Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Twinsie Tuesday: Pantone 2016 Colors - Rose Quartz and Serenity

Hello!  The Twinsies are back today with manis inspired by the Pantone colors of the year!  Each year Pantone releases a color of year - this year they have two colors of the year - Rose Quartz and Serenity.  Even though we are now moving into fall, and Pantone also releases seasonal colors - I decided I wanted to use the 2016 Colors of the Year for my mani.

For my Serenity base color, I chose Sinful Colors Sail La Vie and Nails Inc. Chlitern Street for Rose Quartz.  To bring in the Rose Quartz shade again, I stamped using Sally Hansen Color Foil Rose Copper on each nail and stamping plate BP-L024 from the Born Pretty Store.

Overall, I love the cohesive look of these two shades together, especially using the metallic pink shade to tie them in together.  Be sure to check out the other Pantone color-inspired manis from the other Twinsies!

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, 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!


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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