Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Twinsie Tuesday - Holiday Mani

Hello! I know I haven't been around much this month, but we're back with one final Twinsie Tuesday prompt inspired by the holiday season.  Last year I picked up Sinful Colors Holiday Rebel, a glitter topper made up of metallic red and green glitter, and holographic silver glitter.  I decided to do a glitter gradient on bare nails, a look I've never tried out before.



I started with a coat of base coat.  I then used the sponge technique to create the glitter gradient on each nail.  I then finished it off with two coats of Seche Vite to seal it in and smooth out the glitter.



I really, really love this look!  I will definitely have to try it out again with other glitters.  I never expected to be a fan of the negative space look.  As you may have seen on Instagram yesterday, this mani only lasted two days, but I did really love it while it lasted!  I hope everyone has a happy holiday season!

Alaina at The Little Canvas
Amanda at Amandalandish
Amanda at Fashion Footing
Amber at Nails Like Lace
Bridget at A Painted Nail
Chelsea at Nailed Blog
Claire at Kerruticles
Jessica at Blue Velvet Lacquer
Marisa at Polish Obsession
Marisa at Polish Those Nails
Róisín at Cuti-CLUE-les
Savannah at Addicted to Polish
Sharon at Behind Green Eyes

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Sarah

Monday, December 14, 2015

Florida Gator Nails - UF vs FSU

Hello!  I am back again today with my Gator nails for the Florida-Florida State game.  We ended up losing this game, our second for the season, and it was pretty ugly.  We celebrated Thanksgiving with my in-laws the evening of the game, so fortunately that made the evening bearable.  I even did my 7-year old cousin's nails to match mine!



For these nails I started with a base of China Glaze White on White.  I then used orange and blue acrylic paint to create the dots and chevrons, along with nail vinyls from Nails Redesigned.




Even though this was the last Gator game of the regular season, we won the Eastern Division of the SEC and also played in the championship game against Alabama.  We were out of town at a wedding the weekend of that game (which we also lost), so I wasn't able to do Gator nails.  I will likely do make-up nails for the game sometime soon since we still regularly attend Gator sporting events!

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Sarah

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Florida Gator Nails - UF vs FAU

Hello!  Sorry for falling off the face of the earth last week!  We were out of town attending a wedding Thursday-Saturday, so I haven't had a chance to get any posts written up!  I'm behind on my Gator nails, so slowly but surely I will be posting them in the next week.  Today I have the nails I wore to the UF vs. FAU game.  This was third game I attended this year, and as per usual we tried our hardest to lose, but did eventually beat them in overtime.



For these nails, I started with a base of OPI My Vampire is Buff on my index and middle fingers, and China Glaze White on White on the other three nails.  Then using my Color Club orange and blue Gator polishes, I painted overtop the white.  While this dried I started making my stamping decals using Sinful Colors Black on Black and the Color Club polishes.  Once the decals appeared to be dried, I added a layer of topcoat to make them easier to pick up off the stamper and applied them to the nail.




I actually wore these nails when we went out with friends as well, and received a bunch of compliments!  This is definitely one of the few successful attempts at nail decals I've had.  I look forward to trying this technique more!

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Sarah

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Pearl Nails for Lung Health Awareness

Meet Heather Von St. James.  

As she approaches her 10 year anniversary of being cancer free after having her left lung removed, she reached out and asked to help spread the word about bringing awareness towards the very preventable disease of mesothelioma.

What is mesothelioma?

A rare form of cancer, mesothelioma occurs in the thin lining of the body's internal organs and in roughly 70% of all cases, is found in the pleural lining of the lungs.  Approximately 3,000 people are diagnosed with mesothelioma each year in the US alone and while early detection leads to higher rates of remission, the US suffers 2,500 mesothelioma-based deaths a year.

So how do we beat the odds and bring awareness towards such a preventable and treatable disease?

First of all, understand that 80% of all mesothelioma cases can be attributed to asbestos exposure.  Shockingly, neither the US nor Canada have any such bans on asbestos exposure which put as estimated 20 million people in the US at risk for developing this disease.  Given that the latency period between the first exposure to asbestos and developing mesothelioma is typically between 20 to 40 years, this is truly a long term problem affecting many people at potentially the weakest times in their lives.

Countries with Bans on Asbestos


In addition to educating ourselves of the laws in our own backyard, we can also educate ourselves on our own body health.  While focused on our lung health, we can also "double dip"; there are many charities that both give back while helping us keep our lungs healthy in the process.  For example, with Miles for Meso, you can can sponsor and partake in charitable 5Ks with proceeds going to the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation

There are simply so many options for us when attempting to spread lung health awareness!


Another way to bring awareness to this campaign is by wearing PEARL, so in honor of #pearlylungs #healthylungs, a number of bloggers and Instagrammers will be posting pearl manis.


For my pearl mani, I started with a base of LA Colors Color Craze Frozen, a sparkly, icy blue.  I then added pearl studs from Born Pretty Store to each nail, using three different sizes.  I previously reviewed these studs here.



I am really pleased with how this mani turned out and I hope you will join us in sharing a pearl mani in December to support lung health awareness.  If you or any family members have been exposed to asbestos, please be sure to get checked out and know the facts about mesotheliomaAlso, a shout out to Amanda for helping to organize this nail art campaign!







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Sarah

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Twinsie Tuesday - Favorite Food

Since this week is Thanksgiving here in the U.S., I decided to create a mani based on my favorite Thanksgiving food.  Not to toot my own horn, but I make a mean sweet potato casserole as my contribution to my family's feast.  It is sweet and I'm constantly told it could almost be considered a dessert!



The topping for my casserole is a combination of crushed corn flakes, pecans, and brown sugar (no marshmallows involved in this casserole!).  For my nails, I decided to do an interpretation of my sweet potato casserole.  I started with a base of Orly Ginger Lily.  To represent the topping, I added some crunched up corn flakes at the cuticle on each nail.




This was definitely a fun mani, and not a for real one.  I hope everyone in the U.S. has a great long holiday weekend and remember what you're thankful for this time of year.  And don't forget to check out the favorite foods of the other Twinsies!


Alaina at The Little Canvas
Amanda at Amandalandish
Amanda at Fashion Footing
Amber at Nails Like Lace
Bridget at A Painted Nail
Chelsea at Nailed Blog
Claire at Kerruticles
Jessica at Blue Velvet Lacquer
Marisa at Polish Obsession
Marisa at Polish Those Nails
Róisín at Cuti-CLUE-les
Savannah at Addicted to Polish
Sharon at Behind Green Eyes
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Sarah

Friday, November 20, 2015

#WNAC2015 - Shattered Glass

Happy Friday!  Today's #WNAC2015 prompt is shattered glass.  This is a new nail art trend that I've seen popping up everywhere in the last month or so, and I like that it was included in this month's prompts.  For the most part, everyone has used opalescent nail foils to create this look.  Since I knew I would not be able to find any in time to do this prompt, I got creative.  I saw on Instagram where someone found tissue paper at Dollar Tree with an opalescent finish.  So, much to the dismay of my fiance, we searched high and low at the Dollar Trees in town, only to come up empty handed.  Instead I ended up with this crazy holo paper instead and decided to go with it!



Since the paper was silver, and I tend to have a difficult time photographing silver, I didn't want to layer it over silver polish.  I decided a dark base color would make the silver paper pop, and went with Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Navy Baby.  I then cut the holo paper into tiny pieces and applied them haphazardly on my nails trying to fill as much of the blank space as possible.




Yes, this mani is pretty much a hot mess.  It looked cool in real life, and I would definitely wear this to a concert, but not for everyday.  My fiance said it was my "Michael Jackson hand," since it was reminiscent of his sparkly glove.  I would really like to try this technique again some day, but preferably with opalescent paper, since I really like the look of those manis.  Have a great weekend!

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Sarah

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Florida Gator Nails - UF vs. South Carolina

Hello!  I'm so glad tomorrow is Friday - this has been an extremely long week!  Today I have my Gator Nails from last weekend, when the Gators faced off against the South Carolina Gamecocks.  For this mani, I started with a base of Parallax Polish Bryant, which I reviewed here.  I then used single chevron nail vinyls on each nail to paint a layer of China Glaze Stoked to Be Soaked and then sprinkled orange glitter on top.


I have to say this mani was a mess to make!  Even though I tried to contain the glitter to just my nails and my workspace, I got glitter everywhere.  I am still finding orange glitter on my face occasionally.  These photos really don't do this mani justice - it was crazy sparkly in the sun and I received several compliments while wearing it.



Overall, it was a pretty good game.  We missed most of while attending a cousin's soccer game, but the Gators won 24-14.  This week we play FAU and my fiance and I will be going.  It's out of the ordinary for us to attend so few football games - this will only be my third this season and my fiance's second!

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Sarah

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Twinsie Tuesday - Fall to Winter Transitional

Today will be a quick post since I've been really busy the last few days.  When thinking of shades that really represent both fall and winter I leaned towards jewel tones.  I also wanted to add a bit of sparkle to incorporate a winter/holiday flair.  All I know is now I really want a dress in these colors to wear to a wedding I'm attending next month!




For this mani, I started with a base of Orly Teal Unreal.  Though I did two coats on each nail, I probably could have gotten away with just one.  I then taped off each nail using triangle vinyls from Nails Redesigned and added Azature Platinum Diamond on top.




I had planned on using a sparkly black polish I swore I had, but I couldn't seem to find it!  Luckily, I knew Platinum Diamond would be an easy replacement for a similar look.  Be sure to check out the fall-winter manis that other Twinsies created!


Savannah at Addicted to Polish
Róisín at Cuti-CLUE-les
Marisa at Polish Obsession
Claire at Kerruticles
​ ChiChi at I'm Just Me...ChiChi
Chelsea at Nailed Blog
Bridget at A Painted Nail
Amber at Nails Like Lace
Amanda at Fashion Footing
Amanda at Amandalandish Alice at Nail Art in Wonderland Alaina at The Little Canvas


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Sarah

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Florida Gator Nails - UF vs Vandy

Since I'm a bit behind on my Gator nail posts, here are my nails for last week's game against the Vanderbilt Commodores.  Vandy has liked to play spoiler against us the last few years, but fortunately we were able to get the win, even though it was pretty ugly.



Last weekend I was sick and feeling uninspired, so I went with a simple mani using a few nail vinyls and a dotting tool.  I started with a base of China Glaze White on White on each nail.  I then used the orange and blue Color Club helmet polishes to create this mani.  I taped off my index, middle, and pinkie nails with a straight vinyl and painted one half orange.  I also painted my ring finger blue, and then went back and added contrasting colored dots on each nail.



Overall, this was a super simple nail design, but it works!  I'm also excited, because we're finally having some fall-like weather here in Florida.  Much better than record-setting 90 degree temps we had the first week of November.  Hope everyone has a great rest of the weekend!

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Sarah

Friday, November 13, 2015

#WNAC2015 - Watercolor Nails

Happy Friday!  Let me start by saying having a day off in the middle of the week really threw me off, so I'm especially glad it's Friday!  Today's prompt for #WNAC2015 is watercolor, another technique I've never tried.  While doing some research, I found this tutorial by Nails by Jema on Youtube, and followed it for creating my own watercolor design.



I actually used the lids off 2-liter soda bottles for creating my watercolor paints (who knew being lazy and not taking out the recycling would pay off?).  I only have fine point Sharpies, so it made this slightly more difficult, but I still think it was easy enough to execute.  I started off with a base of OPI Be There in a Prosecco.  I created my watercolors using blue, purple, and green Sharpies and rubbing alcohol.  I then used a small nail art brush to paint the colors on each nail. 




While mine didn't look exactly like Jema's, I was still pleased with the outcome and how easy a technique it is.  It ends up with a really cool marble effect that I've not done before!  I definitely see more water color designs in the future!

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Sarah
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