Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!  Today, I'll be bringing you my second of three Halloween manicures I did this week.  Tomorrow, I'll show you my current, Halloween-day mani.  Spoiler alert, it's candy corn!

As I mentioned in yesterday's post, I don't have any Halloween themed nail art products, so my designs tend to be more abstract.  This is my first take at the Nailasaurus' Waterfall nail art tutorial.  I have been wanting to try this design for awhile, and realized that striping polishes would work great since I don't have a nail art brush fine enough to do the lines.



I did get some of the inspiration from this mani I saw on Pinterest, but I made it my own. :)  I started with two coats of Color Club You Got Soul-ar, which I also used as the base in yesterday's Halloween mani.  I then used three striping polishes to create the lines.  I used LA Colors Art Deco striper for the black and Milani stripers for the white and gold.  I wanted to add purple too...but I was afraid it would just look black over the orange polish.  So that was when I pulled out the gold to add a little sparkle instead.  Not a traditional Halloween color, but I like it!


I did not add a layer of topcoat at the end, because I wanted to keep the 3D, slightly textured look the stripes had.  The black stripes are actually really textured because unbeknownst to me, my black striper is drying up!  Luckily, it's only a dollar and I can get a new one at the dollar store. :)



In this bottle shot, you can see how the glitter looks more silver and slightly holographic compared to how it actually appears on the nail.  In the macro shot, you can see the glitter appears white in the orange base of You Got Soul-ar. 


I do really like how the gold added to the stark black and white to make it pop and sparkle.  The formula on the Milani stripers is EXCELLENT!  I picked both of them up on clearance at CVS either late last year, or earlier this year.  Now I want more of them!


I hope everyone has a safe and fantastic holiday!  I'm not doing anything this year for Halloween - other than painting my nails! 

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Sarah

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Freehand Halloween Nail Art

Hello!  First off, I would like to forewarn everyone that this is the first time I've attempted to free hand any "complex" designs on my nails.  I've done lines and dashes, but no actual drawing was involved.  So I apologize in advance because I don't pretend to be good at drawing!


I started with a base of Color Club You Got Soul-ar, from the Starry Temptress collection.  I picked up this seven piece collection at Bealls Outlet last year for only $10!  I have actually used this polish once before, in my glitter-loaded mani, from the February Nail Art Challenge.  This is two coats of You Got Soul-ar without topcoat.  Like a true neon, it dried to a semi-matte finish.  The holo glitter also appears more white or silver once it's on the nail.


I really like some of the spiderweb and spider stamping manis that are out there and since none of my stamping plates have any Halloween images, I decided to take a stab at drawing them.  I had planned on using a black fine-point Sharpie to draw, but unfortunately, I cannot find any of my Sharpies since our move!  So I settled on a gel pen, since my sister in law recently wrote on her nails with success using a gel pen.  However, I didn't have quite as much success!  I smeared one nail while taking pictures, so I had to stop down and redo it.



This is just the first of two, perhaps three, Halloween nail art styles I will be posting this week.  I'm just hoping to get them up on the blog by Halloween! 

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Sarah

Friday, October 25, 2013

Pink Friday Collaboration - Week 4

Happy Friday everyone!  As you read this I will actually be on vacation, but I will be back on Monday and hopefully have a post up by mid-week.  Today, I bring you the final installment of the Pink Friday Manicure Collaboration for Breast Cancer Awareness month!  For this mani, I went simple and just used one of my untried polishes.



This is three coats of Sinful Colors Pinky Glitter.  For some reason, my swatches came out looking much more coral than pastel pink in most other swatches I've seen.  I did use a base coat of Seche Clear, and one coat of Out the Door topcoat.  And, even though I used three coats, I probably could have used four since there is still VNL.  It wasn't as noticeable in person as it is in the pictures.




Pinky Glitter is full of iridescent and slightly holographic glitter.  It was so sparkly, yet subtle at the same time...again...keep in mind it was not this neon in real life.  Overall, I don't know why I waited so long to wait to use this polish.  The formula was great, though there was a bit of dragging due to the sheer quantity of glitter.  It did dry to a textured finish, and it was top-coat hungry, so even after one coat, it wasn't smooth.


I hope you've enjoyed my contribution to pink manis in the month of October to support breast cancer awareness.  Everyone needs to regular monthly self-breast exams, no matter what!  Have a great weekend!

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Sarah

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Florida Gator Nails - Week 6

I know I'm a few weeks behind on getting my Gator manis up on the blog, but I just have to start off saying thank you to everyone who reads my blog!  My week five Gator nails have now set an all-time record for  number of views by a single post (excluding the giveaway post from last year)!  So thank you!

Here are my week six nails from when we played LSU.  Unfortunately, we lost the game 6-17, but in all kinds of weather, we will stick together!


After searching for months...and years...I believe I may have finally found the perfect Gator Orange - Covergirl Outlast in Go-Go Mango.  Now I just need to find a cream blue and I'll be good to go!  Go-Go Mango has great formula and was opaque in two coats.  There was little to no streaking with the first coat and the second evened everything out.  I would classify Go-Go Mango as a crelly due to its jelly-like finish.



For this mani I used Pure Ice Celestial on all nails but my ring, where I used Go-Go Mango, and then added dots of varying sizes along the side of each nail in the opposite color.  This style dotticure, is definitely one of my favorites to do.  I just wish I had a full set of dotting tools to really add a few contrasting size dots.  And as you can see on my ring finger, I didn't wait long enough for the dots to dry before adding topcoat so they smeared. :(  I'm just too impatient sometimes!



Overall, I did really like this manicure.  It was fun and had just enough of a pop of color without being crazy.  I worked the registration desk for a conference at work that day, so I wanted to definitely represent, but without doing anything too in your face.

I'm going to try and get another post up (or schedule one) for the end of the week, but my boyfriend and I are going on vacation starting tomorrow night so I won't be around much this weekend.  I did finally join the smart phone generation this week, so I may post occasionally that way.

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Sarah

Friday, October 18, 2013

Pink Friday Collaboration - Week 3

Good morning!  Today I bring you the third installment of the Pink Friday Collaboration!  I'm going to try and have one more pink mani for you next Friday, but I'll actually be on vacation Friday-Sunday next week.  My boyfriend and I celebrated our three year anniversary this week, so we're going on a little vacation next weekend.  He's taking me to see Luke Bryan, and I'm taking him to Halloween Horror Nights!

Onto the mani!  So, I really, really like this manicure...from a distance.  I really like how it turned out, but I wish I had executed it differently, so that there weren't so many flaws when you look closely.


I got my inspiration from this picture I found on Pinterest.  I started out with two coats of L'Oreal I Pink I'm in Love, which is a frosty pastel pink.  I then used Pretty and Polished Heist over the upper two-thirds of my nail.  This is what I wish I had done differently.  Perhaps sponging on Heist wouldn't have created the lines of clear polish where I ended the "gradient."  Even with multiple layers of topcoat, you could still see the lines created by Heist.


I then dabbed on roughly two coats of Sephora by OPI Only Gold for Me and the base of the nail.  Some nails definitely came out better than others.  For some reason, I really struggle with gradients, including glitter gradients.  I've been trying to do more of each lately, to gain some additional practice.  I then finished the whole thing off with NYC Color Matte Me Crazy matte topcoat.


From far away this was the cutest mani!  It was so sparkly and eye-catching!  I love having the extra bling at the top of my nail, I thought it looked really classy and professional.  It was great for work - blingy and fun without being gawdy.



My thumb nail had been my favorite gradient...unfortunately I nicked it right after I got to work.  Darn matte topcoat that wasn't quite dry! You can see the awesomeness of the two gold glitter polishes together here.  Heist is an awesome flakie glitter, and Only Gold for Me has small and medium size hex glitter.  It was such a cool combination in my opinion. :)


I would also like to dedicate this mani to my great aunt, a breast cancer survivor, who passed away from leukemia this week.  I love you Aunt Mary!

I hope y'all have a great weekend and Go Gators!

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Sarah

Friday, October 11, 2013

Pink Friday Collaboration - Week 2

Let me just start out by saying this: this mani is a hot mess.  It turned out NOTHING like I expected.  Luckily, I was able to save it and still wore it for three days to work.  Yes, I wore Flip Flop Fantasy (layered over white) to my office three days in a row...talk about bright!  I love this polish...but over white it probably was no longer work appropriate.  I think once I added the nail art, it toned down the brightness of the pink a little bit...that or I just got used to having neon nails!


Also: spoiler alert, I took a ton of pictures of this mani. :)



First off, Flip Flop Fantasy is definitely in my top ten favorite polishes that I own.  I've only used it a few times (I think it's only been on the blog once...here...I lied...I also used it in a failed water marble, that I won't even link to lol).  This was the first time I've layered it over white though.  I know neons pop more over white, but WOW!  In the shade, these nails seem to glow!


Have I mentioned I love Pinterest?  I pinned this image to my "Nail Art Inspiration" board last week.  I decided to use it as my inspiration for this mani.  However, because I ran out of time the first night (I sometimes do nail art in stages over a couple nights), I ended up just painting over the white base with Flip Flip Fantasy.  Then, the second night I taped off the V's and used NYC Color French Tip White to fill them in.  At this point, it is simply a reverse of the colors from my inspiration mani.  But...it all started to go down hill when I pulled out my LA Colors Art Deco silver striper (Ice Breaker).  The glitter was no where near as dense as the one used in the picture...and I ended up making a mess all over the pink on my thumb...so I decided to just go with it.



I'm so disappointed this macro shot is blurry!  I wish I had realized it when I was taking pictures!  Luckily, while this mani doesn't look perfect by any means, from a distance it looks pretty awesome...and kind of tribal-ish.  At least, that's what it reminds me of.


Feel free to join us for the last two Pink Fridays for Breast Cancer Awareness in October.  You can get the Inlinkz information at this link.  Make sure to check out everyone else's pink manicures below!

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Sarah

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Florida Gator Nails - Week 5

Holy crap!  I can't believe we're already five weeks (technically six since we had a by-week) into college football season!  I really liked this week's mani, even though it did not end up anything like I had planned!  The design I had planned on doing I knew would take to long when I sat down to do my nails...so I went to work with just the orange base coat and then added the nail art Saturday morning before the game. :)


I started this mani with a base of Wet 'N Wild Fastdry in 9.0.2.1.Orange.  I then taped off the tips with scotch tape and used one coat of Pure Ice Celestial.  Then, to hide my not-so-perfect lines, I used a white Milani striper polish (I forget the name), to put a dividing line between the orange and blue. (Is it bad that I just went through "Orange and Blue" in my head right now because of my previous sentence?).


My only problem with this mani was the fact that I applied top coat too quickly and smeared the white polish on my middle and pinky fingers.  Luckily, it was not noticeable from afar, so I wasn't worried.



This is quite possibly my second favorite Florida Gator orange and blue nails of the season.  I'm not sure I'll be able to top that flower design I did for week two.  I got SO many compliments on that mani.  I'm sure if I had had this one done in time to wear to work I would've gotten compliments on it as well. :)



All in all, it was a good game - we went to the game and had a lot of fun!  The Gators pulled off the win over Arkansas, 30-10.  This weekend we play at LSU, which could be our toughest game so far this season.  Go Gators!

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Sarah

Friday, October 4, 2013

Pink Friday Manicure Collaboration - Week 1

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month.  Each Friday this month have been named "Pink Friday" by Crazy Polishes, who is hosting the Pink Friday Manicure Collaboration.  Each Friday this month everyone will be posting their pink manicures.  If you want to link your pink manis to the group.  Visit the link above for the Pink Friday Manicure Collaboration to get the Inlinkz code.

Today's mani features two more Sally Hansen Sugar Coat polishes that I picked up on clearance at Target a few weeks ago, Cotton Candies (pink) and Sour Apple (green).  You can see my post about Sugar Coat polishes Razzleberry and Candy Corn here.  I love the formula on these Sugar Coat polishes!  Seriously awesome dry time, and easy application!  I'll start with a picture of the finished product:


I wasn't sure if I was going to like Sour Apple layered over Cotton Candies, so I took pictures before and after I added the nail art, but I ended up loving it!  After one coat of Cotton Candies, I added dots of Sour Apple down the center of each nail.  I then added smaller dots on either side of the green dots in NYC Color French Tip White.



My inspiration for this mani came from this picture, which I pinned on Pinterest earlier this week.  Which, if you haven't already, you should follow me on Pinterest, it's my new obsession!  Click here to visit my page on Pinterest!  Here are a couple additional pictures of Cotton Candies on its own, including a macro!





Cotton Candies really is the perfect bubble gum pink!  I hope you'll join me the next three weeks posting your pink manicures on Fridays!  Feel free to share any and all pictures on my Facebook page as well.  Have a great weekend and Go Gators!

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Sarah
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