Friday, April 29, 2016

Native War Paints My Favorite Sweater HDF + Nail Art

TGIF!  Can you believe April is almost over?  I can't believe this year is already a third of the way through!  Today's post is one I thought was going to go live last Thursday, but I apparently never wrote the blog post.  Back around Christmas I purchased several Native War Paints polishes from the original two "sweater collections," including My Favorite Sweater HDF.  My Favorite Sweater has appeared on the blog once before, as the base for this past Twinsie Tuesday mani.



Since I've been making a point to go through some of my older polishes that don't receive the same amount of love as many of my new or higher end brands, I pulled out Sinful Colors Nail Junkie and layered one coat over My Favorite Sweater.  Nail Junkie added an extra layer of depth to this mani, since this glitter topper is very similar in color to the teal base of My Favorite Sweater.




To finish things I off, I stamped using China Glaze Mingle with Kringle.  Unfortunately, for the life of me I can't remember what stamping plate I used.  More than likely it is from Born Pretty Store, I just don't know which plate it's from!  Overall, I loved this color combination and this mani.  The gold stamping really pulled out the gold shimmer from My Favorite Sweater, with gorgeous results.

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Sarah

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Twinsie Tuesday: Monochrome

Happy Tuesday!  This week the Twinsies are doing monochrome nail art!  I have been trying to go through my collection to find polishes I've either never used or haven't used in a long time to try and incorporate into manis and then decide if I want to keep them.  The base polish, Finger Paints Crystal Springs, is an untried that I pulled from the depths.  To be honest, I don't even remember when I bought this polish!



Crystal Springs is made up of pastel blue and green micro glitter and holographic shards in a clear base.  Each nail has two coats if Crystal Springs.  While not fully opaque, I liked the look with a bit of bare nail peaking through.  I then stamped using BP-L-006 and pastel blue stamping polish, both from Born Pretty Store.




Overall, I really like how this turned out!  It was fun and something a little different from my norm.  Be sure to check out the other monochromatic the Twinsies came up with!





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Sarah

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Twinsie Tuesday - Tulips

Happy Tuesday!  This week's prompt is tulips!  I used this mani by Newlypolished as my inspiration.  For my mani, I started with a nude base of Nails Inc. Colville Mews as the base.  Colville Mews is from the Nails Inc. spring collection, which I also used in my pastel watermarble mani.



Colville Mews is nearly a one coater and a gorgeous nude for my skintone.  I then used acrylic paint to paint the tulips on each nail.  I started with the lighter pink and purple for the base and then went back and did the detail work with the darker shades of pink and purple.  I then layered a coat of Seche over top to finish everything off.



I received so many compliments at work on these nails.  Everyone thought they were decals and didn't believe me that I painted them myself.  I really need to remember to do more acrylic work since I love how it turns out, especially since my fiance got me a huge assorted package of acrylic paints for Christmas...that I finally just broke into to do this mani...  Be sure to check out the tulip manis from the other Twinsies below!


Sharon at Behind Green Eyes
Savannah at Addicted to Polish
Sara at The Call of Beauty
Róisín at Cuti-CLUE-les
Marisa at Polish Those Nails
Marisa at Polish Obsession
Claire at Kerruticles
Chelsea at Nailed Blog
Amber at Nails Like Lace
Amanda at Fashion Footing
Amanda at Amandalandish
Alaina at The Little Canvas
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Sarah

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Orly Mirrorball with Double Stamping

Hello!  I finally have a post up other than Twinsie Tuesday!  I did these nails for a mini-vacation my fiance and I took a few weeks ago.  Since we were going to the beach, I knew I wanted something sparkly!




For this mani, I started with a base of Orly Mirrorball.  I really do love this polish - it's so unique with the small holo glitters in the silver holographic base.  I decided to do the double stamping technique since I haven't used all of the colors of stamping polish I ordered from Born Pretty Store.  For this mani I decided to use pastel blue and purple stamping polishes.  I stamped using an image from BP-L004, also from Born Pretty Store.



The images were crisp and picked up cleanly every time.  I'm so glad I kept practicing stamping an invested in a good stamper and stamping polishes so that I could finally be successful, because I love this look!  Overall, this mani lasted me through the weekend, even with many hours spent in the sun, sand, and sea!

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Sarah

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Twinsie Tuesday: Gradient + Stamping

Happy Tuesday!  I was feeling quite undecided when trying to decide on a color scheme for this mani, so I decided to have my fiance pick.  He suggested pink and purple, so I went with it!  I started with Nicole by OPI Tink's in the Pink, bubblegum pink that has appeared on the blog a number of times over the years.  I then created a gradient using Tink and Avon Bon Voyage Violet, a dusty purple creme.  To finish things off I decided to add a coat of China Glaze Fairy Dust.




For my stamping I used white stamping polish from Born Pretty Store and a daisy image from BPL-024.  BPL-024 is probably my favorite and most used stamping plate from BPS.  Overall, I am absolutely in love with how this turned out and received quite a few compliments.  Be sure to check out the other gradient+stamping manis from the rest of the Twinsies!





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Sarah

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Twinsie Tuesday: Glitter Placement

Hello!  For once I had my mani done in advance, but then because we went on a mini vacation this past weekend I almost forgot about the post!  This week's prompt is glitter placement.  I decided to do use some blue diamond glitter I had lying around!




For this mani, I started with Nails Inc. Regents Place, which I previously used in this pastel watermarble.  I then added a layer of clear coat and carefully placed the glitter on each nail.  Once everything was dry, I used NYC Color Matte Me Crazy to mattify the mani!




Be sure to check out the glitter placement manis the other Twinsies came up with!


Sharon at Behind Green Eyes
Savannah at Addicted to Polish
Sara at The Call of Beauty
Róisín at Cuti-CLUE-les
Marisa at Polish Those Nails
Marisa at Polish Obsession
Claire at Kerruticles
Chelsea at Nailed Blog
Amber at Nails Like Lace
Amanda at Fashion Footing
Amanda at Amandalandish
Alaina at The Little Canvas

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Sarah
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