Thursday, November 27, 2014

Fall-ing For Nail Art Challenge: Traditional Thanksgiving Images

Happy Thanksgiving!  Today is the final day of the Fall-ing for Nail Art Challenge as part of the Challenge Your Nail Art group.  I have had a great time participating this week, and look forward to joining the group again in the future!  I hope you've enjoyed seeing some additional posts from me as well!

Today's prompt was traditional Thanksgiving images.  I decided to try my hand at a turkey for my mani.  I attempted to draw his gobbler and beak, but instead it just looks like a big orange blob...  The polishes I used for this mani are:

Zoya Rue (base)
Ulta Taupe on a Rope
Ulta Sun-Sational
Covergirl Go-Go Mango

For my other nails, attempted the waterfall technique, which I have never been great at.  Now that I have a thin nail art brush, I think this is better than previous attempts, but I still need to work on this technique.  I will keep this short since you should go spend time with your family and friends and share thanks.  I know I'm thankful for my readers who keep me motivated to keep posting a improving at my nail art.  Hope you have a great Thanksgiving and (hopefully) long weekend!

As always, be sure to check out the other Thanksgiving manis in the linkup below!


Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Fall-ing For Nail Art Challenge: Fall Inspired Colors

Hello!  Today's prompt for Challenge Your Nail Art is fall inspired colors.  I originally saw this pin from Wondrously Polished (I can't find the original post) and loved the chevron design that carried across multiple nails.  I decided to use this as my inspiration for my fall colors.  If you know me or have followed this blog for any period of time, you will know why I cannot do a maroon and gold mani this week.  I decided to think of some other fall colors and decided on oxblood and grey!

For this mani I used Nails Inc. Old Compton Street and Hot Topic Blood.  Apparently, I really like dark grey nail shades, as this leather-textured polish from Nails Inc. is the only light grey I own!  I started with a base of Old Compton Street and then added topcoat to smooth out the texture.  Once dry, I added striping tape in the chevron pattern across each nail and added a thick coat of Blood (sounds like a Halloween mani to me!) over top.

I have been spoiled by nail vinyls!  As you can see, the striping tape did not adhere to the nail as perfectly as the vinyls do, so some of my lines aren't perfect (e.g. my ring finger).  Otherwise, I am super happy with how this turned out!  Be sure to check out the other fall colored manis below and check back tomorrow for our traditional Thanksgiving inspired designs!


Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Fall-ing For Nail Art Challenge: Fall Food

Hello!  I am back again today with the next installment of the Challenge Your Nail Art Fall-ing For Nail Art Challenge - fall food!  Since I've never done an apple mani, I decided to do that!  I suppose apples are thought of as a fall food since people eat apple pie this time of year?  We've always just had pumpkin and pecan pies and peach cobbler!  I come from the orange state, so I don't know much about apples (besides what I get at the grocery store).

These apples nails are super easy!  I used a small nail art brush to outline the apple on each nail and then filled in using the polish brush.  The polish I used was Zoya Sarah.  I ended up doing two coats for full opacity.  I then added stems using Sinful Colors Black on Black and the leaves using Sally Hansen Limestone.

I love these apples and how sparkly Sarah is.  And yes, I totally bought Zoya Sarah since it's my namesake polish.  Though I am still on the lookout for Julep Sarah!  Be sure to check out the other yummy looking fall food manis below!


Monday, November 24, 2014

Fall-ing For Nail Art Challenge: Fall Leaves

Hello!  Today is my first post with the Challenge Your Nail Art group on Facebook!  For the month of November, we are doing a four-day challenge this week.  I will include the graphic at the bottom of the post.  If you're interested in joining this month or next month, be sure to join the Facebook group!  There is a longer challenge for the month of December, but I haven't decided if I'm joining yet!

Today's prompt is fall leaves and/or trees.  I decided to go with fall leaves in varying shades of brown and gold for my mani.  I started with a base of Revlon French Roast.  I wish I had been able to use flash and show you how gorgeous this color is!  There are pink, gold, and teal glitter that sparkle in direct light - so gorgeous!  I then added a glitter gradient of Sephora by OPI Only Gold for Me at the base of each nail.

I then used Sephora by OPI S-age is Just a Number to stamp the leaf image from one of the Salon Express stamping plates.  Due to the metallic nature of S-age is Just a Number, it was hard to photograph in my usual setup, so my picture quality is a little off.

Overall, this was a pretty simple mani to execute.  Be sure to check out all the other gorgeous manis below!  Again, if you're interested, we're doing a holiday challenge for most of the month of December, so join soon to start planning!


Friday, November 21, 2014

Floral Stamping

I have to start by saying this is probably in my top five favorite manis - EVER!  And this came entirely from my mind - no inspiration!  I'm sure I'd seen similar manis before, but I did not find an image and go "ooo I want to do my own take on that look," as I usually do.  While is JCPenney a few week's ago, I was waiting in line to check out while my boyfriend went into the tiny Sephora section.  Next thing I know he has come back with polishes he wants me to buy!  Luckily, he knows me and only picked ones that were on sale/clearance.  Today's mani features one of those polishes, Formula X Memorable.

I started with a base of Memorable.  This is a gorgeous blue-gray.  In the bottle it appeared more gray, but on the nail it was definitely a blue-gray and sometimes looked teal in certain lights.  Such a pretty color!  Then, using the saran wrap method, I sponged on an unnamed white LA Girls polish.  I then added a coat of China Glaze Fairy Dust.

After drying I used Sinful Colors Black on Black to stamp using Born Pretty Store plate QA88.  I love this plate so much - it is so versatile!  Once dry, I added another coat of Seche Vite and was good to go!

I seriously had so many compliments on this mani.  Several girls in my office actually thought I was wearing nail stickers.  I even had to explain the process to several people who couldn't believe I had done it myself.  Even our waitress that night at Chuy's was impressed.  I seriously love these nails.  I love when I actually come up with something I love all on my own, and other people complimenting me certainly doesn't hurt either!


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Florida Gator Nails - UF vs. South Carolina

Hello!  I've got another quick post for you today.  I've got my Gator nails from last weekend when we played South Carolina.  It was a decent game, but ended up loosing in overtime 23-20.  Unfortunately, it was also the straw that broke the camel's back and they've decided to fire our coach at the end of the season.  But onto the nails!

This week I did another funky french type manicure.  As most of you know by now, Zoya is my favorite brand.  So when they came out with their Pixie Dust polishes in colors very close to Gator Orange and Gator Blue, I knew I had to snatch them up.  Both Dhara and Sunshine have both appeared on the blog before, but this is the first time in a Gator mani!

I started with China Glaze Stoked to be Soaked on my middle and ring fingers and CG I Sea the Point on the other three nails.  I then used Nails Redesigned single chevron nail vinyls to tape off a french tip on each nail.  I then layered Dhara and Sunshine over the color-coordinated bases.  I really love the subtle sparkle that the Pixies add to the mani.

The Pixie Dusts are my absolute favorite textures because they are so smooth and don't catch on clothing and other materials.  Dhara was a perfect match for Stoked to be Soaked, whereas Sunshine was a slightly darker shade of blue compared to I Sea the Point.  Either way, I loved this mani and I love my Gators win or lose!  We're going to the game this weekend, so I'll have to do something awesome for my nails!  Go Gators!


Thursday, November 13, 2014

Purple and Gold Leopard Print

Good morning!  Today's mani is inspired by one I saw on @lifeisbetterpolished's Instragram account a few weeks ago.  I decided to do something similar using polishes I had in my stash.  Since my beloved Zoyas have been collecting dust the last few weeks, I decided to pull our Zoya Aurora and Storm, both from last year's Ornate collection.  For my gold accent, I used China Glaze Mingle with Kringle.

I started with a base of Aurora on each nail, except for Mingle with Kringle on my ring finger.  I then created cheetah spots using Aurora (ring) and Mingle with Kringle (thumb).  Then, using a small nail art brush I picked up at Sally's, I created the black rings around the spots using Storm.  I actually like how the thumb nail turned out better, even though its harder to see on the darker background (and I didn't get any decent pictures of my thumbnail).  The gold spots tend to pop more.

When I showed my boyfriend my completed nails, he asked if I was doing them in LSU colors since they lost to Alabama last weekend.  In all actuality, I really just liked the color combination, and LSU mascot is the tigers, not the leopards!  That and I really have only done leopard print three times in my life, even though I really like the way it looks.


Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Florida Gator Nails - UF vs. Vandy

Happy Veteran's Day!  I want to take a moment to thank all of our veterans and active duty service men and women for all that they do to keep this country free!  Today I have my nails from last weekend's game against Vanderbilt.  Fortunately it was another win for the Gators, so hopefully we can keep this good mojo going!

For this mani I started with a base of OPI My Boyfriend is a Vampire.  Once dry, I added a coat of Seche Vite so that my nail vinyls didn't pull up the base color.  I then added nail vinyls to each nail and added China Glaze Stoked to be Soaked on all nails, except for my ring finger.  I then layered another vinyl over top and added China Glaze I Sea the Point.  Once that was dry, I went back and added corresponding colored dots on each nail.  I did the inverse design on my ring finger with I Sea the Point on the bottom and Stoked to be Soaked on top.

Overall, this was a super simple mani to create and it looked classy!  I love a colorful play on french tips.  Hope everyone is having a great Tuesday!


Thursday, November 6, 2014

Purple Stamping

How do y'all come up with descriptive names for your posts?  When I do nail art for the heck of it, so to speak, (i.e. today's mani), I never know what to all the post.  I used all purple polishes, and I stamped, so Purple Stamping.  Also, this post is very picture heavy - you have been warned!

I am still very much in love with my Born Pretty Store QA88 stamping plate that I reviewed last month, and am determined to do a ton of manis.  I love these abstract collage style plates - it leaves so much of the creative process up to you.  And you don't have to worry if your stamp is crooked, because it could just be part of the design!

For this mani, I started with a base of Revlon Provence.  It is a dusty pastel purple shade that I love.  Even though pastels are typical fall shades, I am loving this muted pastel shade right now.  Then using QA88 I stamped using Maybelline Color Show Flash of Purple.  Super simple!  Now that I have a stamping plate I love, I am really practicing my stamping and can already see an improvement.

After wearing this mani for a day, I decided to matte it.  I also considered adding China Glaze Fairy Dust, but decided to stick with just mattifying.  I used NYC Matte Me Crazy, my favorite matte topcoat.

Overall, I absolutely love this mani!  It's very me.  I also love simple manis to create and exploring with stamping and finding which of my polishes will stamp and which do not.  This shimmery purple was perfect to stamp with and of course is even more gorgeous with the matte top coat.  We're almost to the weekend!


Monday, November 3, 2014

Florida Gator Nails - UF vs. UGA

Hello!  It's a happy day for Gator Nation!  We beat Georgia (one of our biggest rivals) this past weekend!  It was a great game, but we tried not to cheer or be excited until very late in the fourth quarter because we didn't want to jinx anything!  It was refreshing to see us make fewer mistakes, and hopefully this is a sign of how we will play in the next few weeks.  Due to Halloween being the night before the game, I didn't have much time to do my gameday nails, so they're a little lacking this week.

I had originally wanted to do a mani similar to this one, by Kerruticles, however, I didn't feel like taking the time to cut striping tape for the thinner line.  I attempted it with nail vinyl straights from Nails Redesigned.  But they were a little too wide to compared to the width of my nails to effectively complete this design.  Since I was short on time and already had out the straights, I decided to do an "X" shape on each nail.

As with every Gator mani I seem to do lately, I started with China Glaze Stoked to be Soaked, and then topped it with nail vinyls and CG I Sea the Point.  This is the most well-executed mani, but it'll do!  We play Vanderbilt this weekend, so hopefully we can keep up the momentum from this weekend's win.

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