Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Coral Paisley Nails

Happy Tuesday!  Today I have a fun, summery mani, which was also my latest contribution to #maniswapcircle!  This month I was paired with the lovely Faby of @tunynails, who has many gorgeous designs!  I ended up choosing this pastel blue mani to recreate. 



For June, our theme was "coral ombre," so I chose two shades of coral (one on the pink/red spectrum, and one more on the orange spectrum) for my mani.  I started with a base of elf Flirty Fuschia.  I've had this polish for four-ish years now and it is really getting thick and difficult to work with, so I will likely be retiring it after this blog post.



I then stamped using the paisley image on BP-L024 and white stamping polish from Born Pretty Store.  I used the reverse stamping technique and filled in each paisley image using the peachy shade of Avon Coral Reef while it was on the head of the stamper.  I then stamped this onto each nail. 



I seriously love this nails so much!  I wore them for several days and hated to take them off!  I'm excited for July's #maniswapcircle prompt - we're doing pastels!

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Sarah

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Jungle Nails

Today is the next installment of the #AZnailartchallenge!  Our prompt for the letter J is "jungle."  Since I had some vaguely jungle-like images, I decided to do a simple stamping mani.



I started with a base of Sephora by OPI Thyme for a Mani, a brown-grey nude color.  This color on it's own did not look great with my skintone.  Once I stamped, however, it wasn't so bad.  The green stamping pulled out the green hue of the polish and made it a little more wearable, in my opinion.



I then stamped using green stamping polish and plate BP-L001, both from Born Pretty Store.  For my thumb, I used the large leaf image.  I then had trouble picking the image up, so I decided to go with the fern-like image for the other nails.  I then finished everything off with matte topcoat.



This is a super simple mani, but I think it definitely fits within the jungle theme.  If you want to join us for the letter K, be sure to follow @AZnailartchallenge on Instagram.

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Sarah

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Twinsie Tuesday: Inspired by My Job

Happy Tuesday!  The Twinsies are back with nails inspired by our jobs!  I know I have mentioned that I work at the University of Florida, but I'm not sure if I've ever specified what I actually do!  I am the academic coordinator for the Department of Neuroscience.  While I don't work directly with the science and my background is not in biology or neuroscience, I still wanted to do something neuroscience-inspired.



Several of our faculty do research on neurotransmitters.  One neurotransmitter you may have heard of is dopamine, which is often associated with happiness.  So, for my mani, I decided to draw the chemical compound of dopamine!  While it technically isn't 100% accurate, I wanted to do it in orange and blue like my other Gator manis!


For this mani I used China Glaze Stoked to be Soaked for the base and then freehanded the dopamine using acrylic paint.  I can't wait to see what the other Twinsies come up with!

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Sarah


Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Silver and White Lace Stamped Nails

Hello!  I am hoping to get back on board with blogging this week after going on vacation last week!  We took my cousins (11 and 9) to SeaWorld for their first time.  While in Orlando, we also rode the Orlando Eye, which I highly recommend doing!  I'm originally from the Orlando area, so I loved the bird's eye view.  The kids really enjoyed the Eye and SeaWorld!



Today, I have some nails I created a few weeks ago, just for the heck of it!  As much as I like looking at other manis for inspiration, sometimes it's the ones you create on your own that really speak to you!  After using elf Liquid Metal for these two manis (here and here), I knew I wanted to create something using this metallic polish as the base.



I thought contrasting the metallic color with a delicate lace pattern would be a different look, so that is what I have created here.  I stamped using white stamping polish and this stamping plate, both from Born Pretty Store.



Overall, I am very pleased with how this mani turned out!  It isn't a very summery mani, but I really love how the silver and white look together!

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Sarah


Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Twinsie Tuesday: Zig Zags

Hello!  Today's Twinsie Tuesday prompt is zig zags!  I'm sure most people's thoughts were of chevrons, but I wanted to do something more unique!  After browsing Pinterest, I decided to use this mani as inspiration and create my zig zags using striping tape.




I have been seeing pastel blue and red being paired together a lot lately, and decided it would be a fun summer color combination. I started with a base of Sinful Colors Cinderella on all nails.  Cinderella was one of those highly sought after polishes 4-5 years ago because of its unique pink shimmer, which you can see in a few of my photos.  I then applied striping tape in random zig zag patterns across each nail and added a coat of Sinful Colors Energetic Red over top.  I then finished everything off with a coat of Seche Vite.



Energetic Red is definitely one of my favorite reds in my collection.  It's such a bright and fun color, and it's blue-toned base looks great on my skintone.  It also doesn't hurt that it is virtually a one-coater!  I only used one coat for this mani.


Overall, I'm very pleased with how this mani turned out.  While not all of my lines are clean, I just find that is the nature of working with striping tape vs. nail vinyls.  Be sure to check out the other zig zag manis from the Twinsies!


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Sarah


Thursday, June 1, 2017

Pastel Squishy Mani using Zombie Claw Polish

Today, I have a very long awaited post to share with you.  I originally created this fun look back in March, and wanted to wait until I had swatches of the full Victorious Collection on the blog before sharing a nail art look.  For reference, you can see Part I and Part II of Zombie Claw Polish's Victorious Collection (inspired by the Panic! at the Disco song "Victorious") at the respective links.  Unfortunately, these polishes are no longer available, but you could easily create this look with any pastels and a coat of Pixie Dust! 



For today's look I started with a base of Champagne Pouring Over Us, a nude holo.  I then used Punch Drunk Kiss, Killer King, and Taste Like Magic to create the squishy background.  This technique is still relatively new to me, but I typically put drops of each polish on the stamper head of my marshmallow stamper and then sponge it on each nail.  I don't know if it matters, but I've not tried this technique using my silicone stamper (and I just want to keep it nice forever!).




Once everything had dried, I used white stamping polish from Born Pretty Store to stamp the fishtail/chevron type design from Uberchic Plate 1-01.  I then followed it up with a coat of Seche Vite. 



Overall, I am in love with this mani!  I love when you envision an idea and it works out perfectly once you execute it!  While I know this type of mani has been done hundreds of times, I wasn't necessarily looking at another mani for inspiration when I created this one - which makes me happy as well!

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Sarah

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Rose Gold Skittle Nails

Hello!  Today, I have my rose gold nails from May's #maniswapcircle!  This month, I was charged with recreating a mani by @nailsby_kaylav - which proved to be difficult because she had so many gorgeous designs.  I ended up choosing this blue and white skittle mani



For my mani, I used China Glaze Magical, Essie Blanc, and OPI Make Him Mine.  Kayla used a holo polish for her accent nail, but since I knew I had a rose gold colored textured polish, I knew I wanted to use Make Him Mine.  Make Him Mine is from the Mariah Carey liquid sand collection from back in 2014.  I was obsessed with all the textured polishes when they first came out and I picked up minis of this whole collection and swatched them here.

With dots

Without dots

I used the now defunct, Nails Redesigned, nail vinyls and used Magical and Blanc.  Kayla's mani had white dots on her pinky and index finger, however, I couldn't decide whether I liked my recreation better with or without dots!  Let me know what you think!



Overall, I really love this mani.  This is the first mani I've done in several weeks that I've really loved.  I'm really drawn to something about skittle manis, and love when I have executed one well!  Be sure to check out the other rose gold manis on Instgram by searching the hashtag, #maniswapcircle!

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Sarah

Friday, May 26, 2017

Purple Holo Monochromatic Stamping

Hello!  Today I have an exciting mani for you!  For the next installment of the #AZnailartchallenge, our prompt was holo!  I knew I wanted to use a crazy beautiful holo, so I picked this purple holo (#11) from Born Pretty Store.  My husband got it for me for Christmas a few years ago and I previously shared swatches of this polish on the blog, here.




This mani actually uses all items that can be purchased at Born Pretty Store.  The holo polish, stamping polish, stamping plate, and stamper all can found at the associated links.




Overall, I love how bright and cheery this mani is.  The stamping was much more noticable in real life, though you can definitely see it more in my new hand pose with the better lighting.  I also included one picture pre-stamping just so everyone can enjoy the holo goodness!  Be sure to search #AZnailartchallenge on Instagram to see more beautiful manis!

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Sarah

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Twinsie Tuesday: Inspired by a Cartoon Character

Hello and Happy Tuesday!  Today, the Twinsies are back with manis inspired by cartoon characters!  This prompt is easy for me since there is so much inspiration!  My husband wanted me to do Spongebob Squarepants inspired nails, but I ended up deciding on Sully from Monsters Inc.  Monsters Inc. is one of my favorite Pixar movies, and I knew I had a perfect polish to represent Sully.



For my mani, I started with a base of Zoya Wednesday.  While Wednesday is a bit more muted of a green than Sully's bright turquoise fur, I still thought it would work well.  I then used Sally Hansen Fuzzy Coat in "Fuzz-Sea" to add some dimension to Sully's fur.  The Fuzzy Coat polishes came out about four (!) years ago and were briefly popular before textured polish really took off.  I'm not sure if I've even used Fuzz-Sea!  The other Fuzzy Coat polish I own, Peach Fuzz, has been featured on the blog once before.




I then used a dotting tool and Avon Bon Voyage Violet to add Sully's spots.  Overall, I think this is a cute and fun mani!  I can't wait to see what the other Twinsies have come up with!


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Sarah


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