Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Florida Gator Nails - UF vs LSU

Hello!  I am back today with Gator nails post round two!  I have my fingers crossed that I will get the third installment up tomorrow!  These nails are from the LSU game two weeks ago, which was actually a rescheduled game from earlier this season - thanks Hurricane Matthew.  Because of the reschedule, the game was now to be played at LSU, instead of being a home game for us.  This basically set everyone up to believe that there was absolutely no way we would win this game.  But, by some miracle we did!  I didn't get to see much of the game because my bridal shower was that afternoon, but I definitely interrupted the shower with excited exclamations when I received texts from both my fiance and father telling me we won!

For my mani, I started with a base of China Glaze I Sea the Point.  I then stamped using white stamping polish and BP-L024 from Born Pretty Store.  I then colored in each rose while the image was on the stamper using China Glaze Stoked to be Soaked.  Once the orange had dried a little bit, I then stamped the images onto each nail.  It was a tedious process, but I love the end result - definitely one of my favorite manis of the season.

Basically winning the LSU game, guaranteed us a shot to play Alabama in the SEC Championship game (even though we'll probably lose).  It's just nice to make it this far two years in a row!


Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Florida Gators Nails - UF vs. South Carolina

Hello!  I am super behind at blogging!  I have a bunch of manis that need to get posted here!  Today I have my Gator nails from the game against South Carolina back on November 12.

For this mani, I started China Glaze Stoked to be Soaked (orange) and I Sea the Point (blue) as my base colors.  I then double stamped on my index and middle finger with a repeating star pattern, which I believe was from an UberChic collection one stamping plate.  I used blue and white stamping polish from Born Pretty Store.

I unfortunately found out the hard way that Zombie Claw Polish topcoat does smear stamping, as you can see on my index finger.  Other than that, I love this topcoat - I just have to remember to not use it on stamped manis.  As for the game, the Gators were able to pull it out with a 20-7 win.  I will try to get my other two Gator nails posts from the LSU and FSU games up on the blog later this week!


Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Twinsie Tuesday: Share Your Polish Collection

Hello!  Today the Twinsies are back with a different kind of post - we're sharing our nail polish collection with you!  For those not aware, my stash list can be found at the top of the page, or at this link.  I love seeing how other polish addicts organize their collections, so I'm excited to finally share this with you!  I know I don't have the most organized system, but it works for me.

Per my stash list, I currently have 492 polishes, though there may be a few that haven't made it to the list let's just call it 500 😉.  I currently organize my polishes by brand, though I occasionally think I should switch it up and sort by color, but that's a task I'm not prepared to take on at this time.  All my polishes are in plastic boxes from Target.  We purchased a bunch on clearance several years ago (hence the pink and green lids), but you can buy them in white here.  I use sticky notes to label each box, as it is simple and as my collection has grown, I can easily write on a new sticky note which brands are in each box.  The black bookshelf everything is stacked on is also from Target.

A look inside the Zoya box!
On top of the bookshelf I have the sewing chest my grandmother gave me when I was 10 with miscellaneous sewing and other crafting supplies within.  On top of this, I place polishes that I'm currently using or have set out for upcoming manis.  Most of my topcoats and cuticle oils also live here.  Any new purchases also sit here until I can add them to the stash list.  In the background, I have a photo collage my fiance made me for Valentine's Day 2016 with pictures we took while on vacation in 2015.

Hanging on the wall above is a spice rack I found at Hobby Lobby.  In the spice rack I hold all of my favorite polishes and others that I use regularly.  I have some of my favorite indies including Native War Paints, Zombie Claw Polish, and Jindie Nails, as well as my favorite Orlys and Zoyas.  I also have the piece de resistance, Christian Louboutin Rouge Red.  Also on the shelf are the polishes I use my Gator nails, and prospective polishes for my wedding.  Finally, on the bottom row, I have my other Valentine's Day gift, the polishes my fiance made me.  Of course the glitters have bled, but they're too cute not to keep (he even named them)!  He's also going to kill me if he ever reads this.

The sideways boxes and several of the other boxes on the bottom shelf are all nail art supplies.  My most often used nail art supplies are in the blue shoebox on the top shelf.  Next to the bookshelf is the blue organizer which has some nail art accoutrements and other beauty supplies (curling irons, etc.).  The white organizer on top holds all of my makeup.  I have my camera in its case also on top for easy access.  On top of the white organizer is a box for polishes that need to be filed back into their appropriate boxes.  The basket is mostly a catch all, but the cup inside of the basic holds my makeup brushes.

As far as the other decor, my in-laws threw me a surprise party for my birthday a few years ago and the lanterns were part of the decor (I later moved them to my nail polish corner).  The crown atop the larger lantern I had to wear at said birthday party.  Right next to the bookshelf is the desk, where I occasionally do nail art.  For the most part I sit on the couch or at the dining room table, but I will sit at the desk from time to time.  You're seeing it in its most common use: the kitty hangout spot.  The tabby on the left is Addy and the siamese on the right Curie.  And in regards to the bloody hands in the window, we still had our Halloween decorations up when I took the pictures for this post.

So now you've seen the tour of my fairly unorganized organization.  At least I can find things 90% of the time!  Not pictured is my box of acrylic paints and another box of nail art supplies that pretty much live in the dining room.  I hope you've enjoyed the tour of my collection and be sure to check out how the other Twinsies organize their collections!


Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Olive Green and Metallic Dry Brush Mani

Hello!  Today I have a dry brush mani, which was my contribution to the fall colors #maniswapcircle.  Our colors for the last challenge were fall inspired - medium green, mustard, and copper.  As a quickly found out, I do not own any mustard colored polishes and ended up going with gold instead of mustard.

I was tasked with recreating a mani by the lovely ladies behind @magic.polish.  Mimi and Lina are amazing nail artists and it was extremely difficult to find a mani I knew I could recreate using the given colors.  I decided to recreate a stamped mani, that looked similar to the dry brush technique. 

For my mani, I started with a base of Finger Paints Polish Go Van Gogh!  I then used the dry brush technique using China Glaze Magical (gold) and JLB Cosmetics Hot Coco (copper). Unfortunately, because of their metallic formulas, it's hard to tell the difference between the gold and copper colors.  However, in some photos you can see a slight variation.

Have a great rest of your week!


Thursday, November 10, 2016

Florida Gators Nails - UF vs. Arkansas

Hello!  Today I've got my Gator nails from last weekend's devastating loss to Arkansas.  I hate that what I consider my favorite Gator nails for the season so far, were done for a game we lost.  Oh well, let's move on and check out this adorable (if I may say so myself) skittle mani!

For this mani, I started with China Glaze I Sea the Point (blue), China Glaze Stoked to be Soaked (orange) and Essie Blanc as the base color for each nail.  I then used a small dotting tool to add blue dots using I Sea the Point over Blanc.  Then, using heart-shaped vinyls from Nails Redesigned, I added the blue heart on my middle finger nail using Zoya Sunshine, from the textured Pixie Dust line.

I am completely and totally in love with these nails.  I wish my Gator nails every week could be as awesome as this mani, and to be honest it was extremely simple!  This weekend the Gators play South Carolina, which could also be a problem considering the number of injuries we sustained during last weekend's game. 

On a different note, I would like to mention that while I'm extremely disappointed in my country at the moment, I still want to stop and thank all of the Veterans we will be honoring tomorrow.


Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Twinsie Tuesday: Inspired by a Pattern

Hello!  The Twinsies are back today with manis inspired by a pattern.  I went to Pinterest for inspiration and found this pin.  I decided to use acrylic paint instead of polish for ease, even though I didn't have the exact colors from the original image.

I started with a base of OPI Be There is a Prosecco.  I then used sky blue, lime green, and green acrylic paint to paint on the lines and a small dotting tool to add the dots.  Unfortunately, not all of my lines were straight or thin...but overall, I think it is a good representation of my original inspiration.

Make sure to check out the manis from the other Twinsies below!


Thursday, November 3, 2016

Florida Gators Nails - UF vs. Georgia

Hello!  After another crazy busy week I am back today with my Gator Nails from last week's game against Georgia.  Georgia is our biggest rivalry - we even after to play on neutral territory in Jacksonville - so it's always good to get a win!

For this mani, I started with a base of my custom college polish, Albert Alligator, by Zombie Claw Polish.  I ordered the custom college football polish listing and worked with Sabrina to design my polish - it was a great experience!  I will review the polish and topcoat she sent me in an upcoming post!

Once Albert Alligator was dry, I added nail vinyls to create a color block design and filled in the top portion of the nail with China Glaze I Sea the Point.  I then added an orange rhinestone to each nail as accent.

I loved these nails way more than I expected to!  I knew I wanted to use Albert Alligator for the base of this mani, but quickly through together the rest of the design the morning of the game!  This weekend we play Arkansas.  As a bit of a #tbt, I have to share my nails from the last time we played Arkansas (three years ago!), which are surprisingly one of my most popular Gator Nails designs to date!  Go Gators!

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