Thursday, September 25, 2014

FingerFood's Theme Buffet Week 38 - Fruits and/or Veggies

Hello!  Happy Thursday - Friday and the weekend are almost here!  I'm so excited for this weekend, I have absolutely NOTHING going on.  It'll be awesome to just relax for once!  This week's prompt was fruits and/or veggies.  I've not done a lot of fruit nail art, the only one that comes to mind is my lemon/orange mani from back in the spring, and I don't think I've ever done any veggies.  Since there are a ton of cute cherry manis out there, I decided to try my hand at them, since they aren't too difficult of a fruit to draw!

I started with a base of OPI MY Vampire is Buff.  I then added a coat of China Glaze Fairy Dust on each nail. (Sidenote: this is the very first time I've used Fairy Dust, believe it or not!).  I ended up wearing my nails like that for a day before adding the cherry nail art on top.  For the cherries I used elf Smokin' Hot and LA Colors Art Deco striping polish in Bright Green.

These nails were super easy to do, and super cute!  I love how my first cherries turned out!  While I'm sad that next week is the last FingerFood's Theme Buffet challenge before we go into hiatus for the fall, I have seriously enjoyed doing this challenge.  I have loved all of our prompts and having the opportunity to interpret them our own way and having a full week to get the post up.  No matter how hard I try, I struggle with daily and even every-other-day challenges.  Hopefully, I can find a fun challenge to do this fall, so I don't completely fall off the grid again!


Monday, September 22, 2014

Florida Gator Nails - UF vs. Alabama

So this mani was kind of a fail, but luckily I recovered it!  I tried my hand at using decorative cut scissors in a lace-like design and blue painters tape.  However, the scissors didn't seem to be sharp enough to make crisp lines, so the design was not obvious.  It looked like I couldn't paint a straight line!  So then I used the straight edge of the tape and painted over the awful lines!  And decided that I would do the sideways french tip type mani.

I thought about adding something more to this mani, but I actually really liked the simplicity of this look.  The polishes I used are all China Glaze: White on White, Stoked to be Soaked, and I Sea the Point.

The game didn't go so well, we lost 21-42, but I was happy we did score and at least hung in there for most of the first half.  This week is a bye-week, so no Gator mani, but our next game is October 4 against Tennessee.  That will be our first true test to determine if we've improved any over last week.


Friday, September 19, 2014

FingerFood's Theme Buffet Week 37 - Art Deco

Good morning!  This will likely be a quick post today.  In case you missed yesterday's post, it was my "makeup post" for Week 36 of the FingerFood Theme Buffet, which was dry/water marbling.  My internet was down all of last week, and even though I had these nails done, I've been unable to post them!  Anywho, this week's prompt is art deco, and I love what I came up with.

I started with a base of China Glaze Mingle with Kringle, then added striping tape, and finished with a coat of Sinful Colors Black on Black.  A super easy mani!  I just hate how long it takes to cut a million tiny pieces of striping tape!

After the next two prompts, FingerFood's Theme Buffet will be going on hiatus until the start of the new year, due to the craziness of the holidays.  And because of the upcoming holidays, there will be plenty of opportunities to create nail art!  Though I'm said to see us go into hiatus, I'm hoping to get my mojo back soon so I can bring y'all some new material!  Have a great weekend!


Thursday, September 18, 2014

Florida Gator Nails - UF vs. Kentucky

Hello!  A bit of a late night post today, but I wanted to share my Gator nails from last weekend with you before this weekend's game against Alabama!  I apologizing for disappearing for the last week, but internet issues and life have gotten in the way.  I will have my FingerFood Theme Buffet mani up tomorrow, and hopefully a few more posts next week.  Thank you for bearing with me!

This mani had originally been planned to be a combination mani of last week's theme buffet prompt (dry marble) and my Gator nails.  Unfortunately, thanks to my internet issues I was unable to post it until today.  For this mani, I started with a base of China Glaze Stoked to be Soaked.  After the first coat dried, I added a coat of Seche Vite to be sure I wouldn't mess up the base when doing the needle drag.  Then, working one nail at a time, added another coat of Stoked to be Soaked, and a swipe of China Glaze I Sea the Point diagonally across the nail.  I then used a needle to pull the polish towards the bottom left corner of each nail.

You can definitely tell as I worked from thumb to pinkie, that I got better with my technique.  My ring and pinkie nails are my two favorites.  This was the first time I had tried a dry marble/needle drag mani.  Though it is definitely a technique I would like to practice some more, it was not too hard to execute.

If you follow Gator football at all, you may have heard that we did win our game against TRIPLE OVERTIME.  Yes, it was a nail biter, but we eventually won, 36-30, in the longest game in school history.  It was seriously over four hours.  We play Alabama this weekend, which will be interesting.  I just hope we don't get shut out - if we at least score, I don't feel as bad about losing.  In All Kinds of Weather!


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Florida Gator Nails - UF vs. Eastern Michigan

Good morning!  Last weekend's game was against Eastern Michigan University (EMU).  After having the previous game against Idaho cancelled due to inclement weather, this was our true first game of the season and the Gators came out with a bang!  We ended up winning the game 65-0 - the highest scoring game I've ever attended!  We also took my Dad to his first Gator game for his birthday, and luckily it was a good showing!  Now onto the nails!

For this mani I used all China Glaze polishes!  I started by painting my index and middle fingers with White on White, ring finger with I Sea the Point, and my thumb and pinkie Stoked to be Soaked.  Once the white nails were dry, I added striping tape and painted a thick coat of I Sea the Point over top, quickly removing the tape.  On my ring finger, I added on coat of Jindie Nails Chomp Chomp, an orange and blue glitter mix that I've used many times over the years.

Fortunately this mani was super easy!  I loved these orange and blue skittlettes, and am excited about what other designs I can come up with this season!  This Saturday is our SEC opener against Kentucky.  I won't be attending the game, but we will be having a watch party at our place.  Go Gators!


Friday, September 5, 2014

FingerFood's Theme Buffet Week 35 - Negative Space

Happy Friday!  I am so ready for the weekend!  Today I have my negative space mani for FingerFood's Theme Buffet.  Negative space was a new nail art technique for me and I struggled with this one!  I had planned on doing another mani involving striping tape, but I the polish colors I picked never looked right and then the striping tape (which is purple) left a purple residue on the base coat, so it just looked like my nails were dirty and not naked.  So then I had to rethink the whole thing!

I then decided to do a straight-line half moon type design.  For this mani I used two Avon polishes: Swift Sherbet and Golden Peach.  I started by taping off three quarters of my nail using striping tape, with the exception of my accent nail, and then painting a coat of Swift Sherbet.  I then removed the striping tape, while the polish was still damp.  I did have to go back and do a second coat on each nail, but was able to eye-ball it without adding more tape.  Meanwhile, I added two coats of Swift Sherbet to my accent nail and topcoated.

Once each nail was dry, I went back and added a coat of Golden Peach, a less-opaque peach color with strong gold shimmer, over each of the halfmoon nails.  I then picked all of the larger golf hex glitters out of Sephora by OPI Only Gold For Me, and applied them along the edge of the polish.  In hindsight, I wish I had added one on my accent nail, because I feel like its a little bit boring, but overall I like how this mani turned out.  Have a great weekend!


Monday, September 1, 2014

Florida Gator Nails - UF vs. Idaho

Hello!  In my opinion, the fall is officially here with the start of college football!  This weekend is the opening week, and I was fortunate to have tickets to the Florida Gators game versus Idaho.  The unfortunate news here is the game was cancelled due to severe weather in the area after being delayed for four hours.  No word yet on whether it will be rescheduled.

In case you're new around here, each year I create a new orange and blue mani each week of the college football season to support my Florida Gators.  Here are recaps of my 2013 and 2012 orange and blue manis.  Without any further delay, here is this week's mani.

For this mani, I used two polishes, China Glaze Stoked to be Soaked from the Off Shore Collection and Sally Hansen Sugar Coat Razzleberry.  My inspiration for this mani came from this mani by OrdinaryMisfit, which she posted a few weeks ago.  I loved her color combination, and never thought about doing it in orange and blue until scrolling through my Pinterest boards for inspiration last week.

This mani was super easy to execute, all I needed was striping tape.  This was also a fun mani because I like doing untraditional accent nails, even though I don't do them very often.  I got a ton of compliments at work, partially because they're orange and blue I'm sure (I work at UF).  I really like how these nails turned out and can't wait to start brainstorming more orange and blue manis for the next four months!

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