Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Newspaper Nails

I just have to say, newspaper nails are the easiest nail art technique I have ever attempted.  The tutorial I followed was by Beautylish, which can be found here.  It was really simple.



I started out with two coats of LA Colors Energy Source.  Then cut out the pieces of newspaper.  The tutorial suggested 2" by 1" squares, but since my nails are smaller, I just cut then to be about 1" squares.  Then I poured rubbing alcohol into a shallow dish and dipped my thumb nail into it to completely cover the nail.  Then I picked a piece of newspaper and dropped it in the alcohol.  I then fished it out, and ink down placed it on my nail.  I then took a folded paper towel and pressed the newspaper piece against my nail for about 15 seconds.  I then peeled the newspaper off carefully, and let it dry for awhile before finishing it off with topcoat.  I did each nail individually.

Left hand

Right hand

The only thing I would do differently, would be to hold the newspaper on the nail for a little longer. I smudged the pinky on my left hand, which you can see above.  Other than that I have NO complaints.  I look forward to trying this out with different colored polishes and different types of newspaper clippings!




If you are interested in trying nail art, but don't know where to start, I DEFINITELY recommend trying out this technique as its unique and simple!

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Sarah

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Jessica + A Million Sparkles

This is quite possibly my favorite manicure I've ever done.  I actually came up with the design for this manicure while blogging the other night about my July haul.  I had a coupon and bought my first Nicole by OPI polish last month.  I fell in love with A Million Sparkles and just KNEW that was the NOPI I had been holding onto the coupon for for so long for.  And without further ado, here's the manicure:


I used two coats of Julep Jessica that I received in my first Julep Maven box back in June.  I have used Jessica before and I love her!  She's a beautiful pastel creme that just glides on.  It's quickly becoming one of my go-to colors.


A Million Sparkles is quite an interesting, variety-filled glitter polish.  There are tiny blue/teal hex and bar glitter, small gold hex glitter, and short pink bar glitter, all suspended in a clear base.  The tony blue hex and bar glitter are packed in there and incredibly dense.


I didn't really have to place any the glitter, though I didn't get a little bit peeved at the pink bar glitter and tried to move it to keep from hanging off the end of my nail.  This is currently my only polish with bar glitter...and I've heard about people have difficulties, but luckily it didn't give me too much trouble.  It was just out of personal preference.


You can see on the thumb in this above picture how all the glitter kind of clumped together in the middle of the nail.  It wouldn't have been so bad if I could have gotten it to look like that on all the nails.  Honestly, I preferred it on the other nails.


Anyway, so it was two coats of Jessica, followed by two coats of A Million Sparkles, and topped off with one coat of Sally Hansen Hard As Nails Topcoat.  The polish was smooth with just one coat of topcoat.




LOVE IT!!! This mani is so pretty and sparkly I still love it even though it's pretty badly chipped now.  I can't wait to try A Million Sparkles out layered over other polishes.

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Sarah

Monday, August 13, 2012

July Haul!

We're only two weeks into August!  So I'm not too late getting my July haul pics together.  My boyfriend and I have been going through some financial difficulties because we both got sick more than once in June, so I bought much less in July.  Up first are my two indie polishes from Polished Perfection.


I actually ordered these back in May, but due to the rusty mixing ball controversy, I didn't get them until July.  I love the look of both, but so far I have only used Grapefruit Sorbet.  You can see my post about these indie polishes here.


Next is my July Julep It Girl Box featuring America, Kate, Mila, Daphne.  I found out the hard way that you have to be prompt if you plan on skipping a month with the Julep Maven box.  Luckily I was really lusting after America and in the end I'm glad I got the July box.


Unfortunately, I didn't get my July box until after the Fourth, so I didn't get to use America in my patriotic mani.  I actually haven't used any of these polishes yet...lol.  I LOVE the sparkle of Mila though.  I can't wait to use her.


Next up is my first Nicole by OPI polish, A Million Sparkles.  I had a $2 off coupon for a NOPI I had been holding onto for a few months, and I finally saw all the glitter in this polish while browsing at Target, and knew I had finally found the one I wanted.



It's got a lot of small blue glitter, thin blue bar glitter, small gold hex glitter, and pink short bar glitter.  I haven't used this in a manicure yet, my boyfriend's younger sister swatched it.  I think with a couple coats it could look really awesome.  In fact, as I'm writing this, I've decided I'm going to add it to my current manicure as soon as I finish this post.


I also got my first two Revlon polishes!  On the left is Popular (formally named Starry Pink) and on the right is Cherries in the Snow.  I had $1 off coupons that I used on each of them.  So far I've only worn Cherries in the Snow, which will be featured in an upcoming post.


I just LOVE how Popular looks!!  Such a pretty pastel lilac color with silver glitter!  I can't wait to use it.


I even got my first Sonia Kashuk polish (on accident!) at Target.  After picking out Cherries in the Snow, I was walking out of the cosemetics area and spotted the clearance sticker and had to grab it!  I only paid $3.35 for this polish, Hot Pursuit (I also love the name!).


And my first Color Club polishes!!!  I knew from seeing other bloggers' hauls that Bealls, TJ Maxx, and Ross were great places to search for polishes.  After hitting TJ Maxx and Ross earlier in the day and having no luck, we ended up in the Bealls Outlet and they had four different Color Club sets.  I'll have to go back for the rest at some point!  I ended up picking out the Starry Temptress set.  They're all neon polishes with glitter in them.  I didn't have a good set of neons, so that was the selling point for me.

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Sarah

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Black Glitter and Red Crackle

So this is my most recent foray into nail art.  I am still kind of on the fence about this manicure.  I liked how it looked, but because it wasn't how I anticipated it looking...I wasn't completely sold.  I wore it for a day and then took it off.


The below image was my inspiration.  I got it from Daphne Does Nails' Facebook page.  I really liked the combination of the glitter, black, and the hot pink crackle.  


I had what I thought was pink crackle that I picked up at the flea market back in May, which you can read about here.  It wasn't until I started applying it last night did I realize it's red.  But I mean, look at the bottle, it looks kinda pink to me!


Not really the same shade of pink that Stephanie used, but still I thought it would be like a neon/coral pink.  It's KR brand polish, which I think came from Asia.  I also used Spoiled's Shaken Snow Globe, and LA Colors Circuits.



Overall, I really like how it looked, it just wasn't what I expected.  Stephanie also had the crackle polish covering more of the nail, which I had intended to do, but after I did the thumbnail and it didn't cover the whole nail...it ended up turning more into a funky french nail.  I used two coats of Circuits, followed by one coat of Shaken Snow Globe.  Then I used tape to tape off the tips and painted on the unnamed red crackle polish.  I then finished it off with topcoat.



I just love the Shaken Snow Globe glitter.  This is actually the first time I had used it even though it is my boyfriend's younger sister's favorite polish.  She uses it almost every time she does her nails!  It is mostly opalescent blue and green glitter in a clear base.  So I suppose this sort of qualified as a Try It On Tuesday manicure since I used two polishes I've had since May and never used (and I did the manicure on a Tuesday,  even though I'm posting about it on Wednesday).  



You can definitely see in the above picture how sparkly the glitter is.  And the fact that the crackle polish is definitely more of a cherry red.  I just love the lid on the crackle polish because of the crackle textured design.  


Overall, I liked this mani, but it just wasn't summery and fun enough.  So I opted to take it off after just one day.  I will definitely keep this design in mind and could see it making a come back using different colors.

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Sarah

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

The Liebster Award

Sorry that it has been forever since I last posted!  I was out of town for a week attending a conference for work (and totally going through polish withdrawal!).  But I was pleasantly surprised on Sunday evening to find out that I had been nominated for the Liebster Award from Apple Lacquer!


The Liebster Award is "all about discovering new blogs and helping those with less than 200 followers to get recognized."  And I truly appreciate it. <3  I love how friendly and welcoming the nail polish community has been as I grow and wish to share my new passion with the world.

Here are the rules:
1. Each person tagged must post 11 things about themselves.
2. They must also answer the 11 questions the "tagger" has set for them.
3. They must create 11 more questions to ask bloggers they have decided to tag.
4. They must then choose 11 bloggers with less than 200 followers and tag them in their post.
5. These lucky bloggers must then be told.
6. There's no tag backs.

11 Things About Me
1. I have a bachelor's degree in meteorology.
2. My favorite sport is NASCAR.
3. I am a HUGE Florida Gators fan.
4. I have a car named Addy.
5. I grew up on a cattle ranch in Central Florida.
6. I am a big American history buff.
7. I'm really impatient when it comes to painting my nails.
8. I like all genres of music, though my favorite bands are Muse, Collective Soul, and Train.
9. None of my friends or family know about my blog or Facebook page because they'd think it was silly.
10. My parents recently got a new puppy...and I want to steal her.
11. My favorite color is green.

Apple Lacquer's 11 Questions for Me
1. How did you get started with blogging?
I had attempted a weather blog about two years ago, but because of school it fell by the wayside.  Then in April and May I got really into nail art and reading other people's blogs and got really excited thinking that I could do something similar.
2. What is the landscape like where you live?
Mostly swampy.  I do live in Gainesville, FL after all. ;)
3. What is your favorite type of pants?
I prefer a bootleg cut.
4. What are your pet's names?
I have a cat named Addy and two fished named Spot and Noname
5. What is your dream job?
I would like to be the official meteorologist for NASCAR and get to travel to the races every week.
6. What is your least favorite polish?
I don't have one specific one that I don't like...but I'm not a big fan of most browns and yellows against my skin tone.
7. What is your dream date?
Go to a nice place for dinner and walk on the beach at sunset (my boyfriend and I have attempted this on several occasions and have managed to fail every time lol)
8. What is your least favorite TV show?
Any of the "original" stereotypical reality shows like Survivor, The Bachelor/Bachelorette, Big Brother, etc.
9. What was your biggest nail polish fail?
All three times I've attempted to water marble.  I was successful with one nail the last time I did it, but I had already messed up the other four on that hand and I was too lazy to start all over essentially.
10. What was your first boyfriend or girlfriend like?
Still with him today, and he is amazing. <3
11. What's your favorite color for toe nail polish?
Something bright - probably like a neon pink or orange.

11 Questions for My Nominees
1. What was your favorite vacation?
2. Long or short hair?
3. Have you ever had a blog before your current one that just received this award?
4. What was your first concert?
5. Have you ever ridden a horse?
6. What is your favorite nail art technique?
7. If you could change your name, what would you change it to?
8. Do you have any other hobbies besides nail polish?
9. What is your favorite season?
10. What is your favorite wild animal?
11. What kind of phone do you have?

My Nominees

Thank you again to Apple Lacquer for the nomination and the entire fantastic polish community!  I promise I'll have a new post up later this week.

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Sarah
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