Friday, May 29, 2015

#WNAC2015 - Neon Watermarble

TGIF!  Today I have the final installment of #WNAC2015 for May and the prompt is watermarble.  Like many other nail enthusiasts, I can't watermarble to save my life.  This is only the third watermarble to ever grace this blog (to see my fails, click here!).  I have spent a ton of time in the last three years doing research, and can definitely say my technique has improved, but is obviously not great.  Practice makes perfect, but I hate practicing watermarbles!  So I "practice" by watching tutorials and not actually executing the marble.

For this mani, I started with a base of China Glaze White on White.  I then marbled using China Glaze Turned up Turquoise and Purple Panic.  The only two nails in my opinion that weren't complete fails were the thumb and middle finger.  I do kind of link how on the index and pinkie finger the colors blended to create a purple shade, but its harder to see the marbled pattern.

Overall, I am pretty satisfied with how this turned out.  I would say its by far the most successful watermarble I have completed.  Also, this past Tuesday was my three year anniversary of blogging!  I'm glad that all y'all are here to share this journey with me whether you started following yesterday or three years ago.  I love the people I've met through this community, and still love doing my nails, even if it isn't as often as I would like it to be!  No word yet on #WNAC2015 prompts for June, but I hope there are!  It's been fun doing a challenge again. :)


Friday, May 22, 2015

#WNAC2015 - Neon Gradient

Happy Friday!  I am super excited for the weekend since it's a three-day weekend with Memorial Day on Monday.  We're having a cook out on Sunday with family, but otherwise no big plans, which is always nice.  Today I have this week's installment of #WNAC2015 with the prompt of neon gradient.  Since I also did a gradient in my tribal mani for week two, so I wanted to be sure to do something a little more involved than just a plain gradient.

For this mani, I started with a base of China Glaze Flip Flop Fantasy.  Flip Flop Fantasy is probably my favorite neon polish that I own, and also the first China Glaze polish that I purchased.  I then did a gradient of Flip Flop Fantasy with elf Mango Madness.  Even though it appears more red in these pictures, Mango Madness is definitely orange.  I currently have Mango Madness on my toes, and once I did the gradient on my nails, you never would've guessed they were the same color.  Must be something about Mango Madness being layered over Flip Flop Fantasy.

I actually wore the gradient on its own to work yesterday, where I accidentally matched my outfit to my nails.  I wore a coral shirt that was definitely almost the same shade (except less neon) as Flip Flop Fantasy.  So last night, I added the finishing touch by stamping using Born Pretty Store plate QA88 and Sinful Colors Black on Black.

I really love this mani.  It might possibly now be beating my tribal mani as my favorite from the challenge.  Next week's prompt is water marble, which will definitely be a challenge.  There has only ever been one water marble on the blog, since I have yet to master the skill.  Anywho, I hope everyone has a great weekend, and be sure to take a moment to be thankful for those that gave their lives for our freedom.


Wednesday, May 20, 2015

#WNAC2015 May - Neon Fishtail Braid

Happy Hump Day!  This week is a short week for me since I took Monday off to take my cat to the vet.  She had been licking a few spots on her belly bald in the last few months, but the vet said it must be stress because she is 100% healthy.  So we're trying Feliway to see if that will help reduce her stress.  Today I have last week's #WNAC2015 prompt: neon fishtail or braided nails.  I went with the more traditional interpretation of this mani, and did not do a herringbone style design as I saw many others do.  I hindsight, I now wish I had tried that technique out since I've never done it before.

For this mani I started with a base of China Glaze White on White.  On my thumb, index, and pinkie nails I added one coat of Broadway Nail Sunshine Disco.  For my two accent nails I created the fishtail design using Sunshine Disco, Sinful Colors Black on Black, and Pure Ice Home Run.  I did use a coat of White on White before each coat of Sunshine Disco so that it would pop over the darker colors.

I do like how this mani came out, but I wish that I had had a neon, or at least a brighter shade of mint for the green.  If you follow me on Instagram, you will have seen the shirt that inspired this color combination.  Hope everyone has a good rest of their week and I will hopefully be back on Friday with this week's #WNAC2015 prompt: gradient!


Thursday, May 14, 2015

Mother's Day Skittles

I can't believe it took until Thursday for me to finally get this mani posted!  I edited the pictures Monday, but have simply been too busy to sit down and write a blog post.  Not sure yet whether this week's #WNAC2015 nails will make it to the blog tomorrow or not.  I did them last night but not sure if I can get them edited and a post written.  They will for sure be on Instagram though, so make sure to look for them!

Today's mani is the look I put together for Mother's Day!  My mom loves subtle colors (not sure if she's even done nude nails though - she isn't a big polisher), so I knew she would appreciate this mani.  My inspiration was this mani by @sandrasparkles of Instagram.  I tweaked the colors a little bit and opted for a textured gold, but I definitely want to give credit where credit is due!  One funny thing that Sandra and I have in common is we go to the same dentist!  Well, she goes to the dentist I went to when I lived in the Orlando area!  Funny how Instagram can create such a small world!

For my mani, I started with Zoya Rue on my thumb, index, and pinkie nails; OPI My Vampire is Buff on my middle nail, and Zoya Tomoko on the my ring finger.  I then created a leopard print using Rue and Tomoko on my middle nail, and added the "double dot" using Tomoko as an accent on each of my other nails.

Overall, I love the cohesiveness of this mani!  I struggle with skittle nails, because I never know what colors to put together or what designs should go on which nails, but as soon as I saw Sandra's mani I fell in love and knew I had to recreate it!  Leopard print isn't something I've done a lot of, but I like to see my skills improving and you definitely can from my previous leopard print manis.  My mom and grandmother both loved my nails on Sunday, and I'm glad I was able to spend time with both of them on Mother's Day.


Friday, May 8, 2015

#WNAC2015 May - Neon Tribal

Happy Friday!  I am so ready for the weekend - this week has been crazy stressful.  Today, I have the second prompt for the Weekly Nail Art Challenge: tribal (search #WNAC2015 on Instagram to see more!).  Since the theme for May is neon, we have to do a neon tribal design.  I think mine turned out a little more Easter egg than tribal, but I still LOVE how it turned out.  Also, please pardon the boo-boo on my index finger - I've covered it with a heart in the pictures. :)

I started this mani with a base of China Glaze White on White.  Once that was dry, I added straight and chevron nail vinyls from Nails Redesigned to each nail to create my tribal design.  I then applied my new Jolie Polish Nooks and Crannies liquid latex to the skin around each nail.  Working one nail at a time, I created a gradient using Broadway Sunshine Disco and China Glaze Turned Up Turquoise and then carefully peeled the nail vinyls and the liquid latex off together.

I absolutely love how this turned out.  The shimmer in Turned Up Turquoise really makes this mani pop.  Sunshine Disco was also crazy neon in natural light - so gorgeous!  I am really loving these prompts.  I know the next couple will push my limits a little bit, but I'm looking forward to the challenge.  I hope all the moms out there have a great Mother's Day weekend!  I will be going down south to visit my mother and grandmother on Sunday.


Thursday, May 7, 2015

#WNAC2015 May - Neon Half Moons

Good morning!  I was hoping to get this post to you earlier in the week, but as you can see, that didn't happen!  I am participating in an Instagram nail art challenge: the Weekly Nail Art Challenge, or #WNAC2015.  The theme for the month of May is neons, and then we are given weekly prompts within that theme.  For last Friday, May 1, the prompt was half moon.  So I pulled out my neon polishes and got to work!

I love the look of neon and nude together, so I decided to go that route with this mani.  I started with a base of OPI My Vampire Looks Buff.  Once dry, I added french tip nail vinyls from Nails Redesigned to create the half moons using China Glaze Sun Worshiper.  I wanted to add a bit of a color pop, so I dotted Sun Worshiper around the edge of the half moon and then added smaller dots of China Glaze Turned Up Turquoise and Purple Panic on top of the yellow.

I really love how this mani turned out!  And it was so crazy neon in natural light.  I tried to get a few pictures on my phone, but even then it wouldn't show how much Sun Worshiper glows in direct sunlight.  This mani also has a tribal feel to it, which is ironic since this week's prompt is tribal (which you will see on Instagram and the blog tomorrow).  If you want to follow the #WNAC2015 prompts, just search the on Instagram, or you can always follow me there as well at @partlycloudylacquer.


Friday, May 1, 2015

Nude Swirls Using UberChic Stamping Plates

Happy Friday!  I am so glad today is Friday, I am in desperate need of a weekend.  I just want it to be 5:00pm now!  Today, I have the first mani I created using the UberChic stamping plates I ordered last month.  I purchased Collection 1, since I love the varied images on each plate and can we just acknowledge how gorgeous all these images are!

For this mani, I started with a base of Zoya Rue, one of my favorite nudes.  I then used Sinful Colors Black on Black to stamp the image from plate 1-03 onto each nail.  I then finished with NYC Matte Me Crazy.

I do have a few comments I feel I need to make about these plates.  I'm not sure if its my inability at stamping, my technique, the fact that I'm not using a polish designed for stamping, my stamper(s), etc. but I have been struggling to use these plates.  I primarily use what I consider a firm Konad stamper (the standard Konad stamper) and a credit card for scraping, though I do also have the Salon Express stamper (which did even worse).  I do most of my nail art sitting on the couch using a box lid as my table and it could be that I'm not getting the best scrape.  I'm really not sure what my issue is, but I have tried several other images from all three plates and have not been able to pick up a clean image.  I have ordered stamping polish and will try again once it arrives, but at this point, I'm kind of at a loss.  I love these plates, and had little to no trouble doing this mani, but have been unsuccessful on every other attempt.  I will update this post once I'm able to try again with a special stamping polish.

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