Thursday, April 13, 2017

Easter Chick "Peep-Inspired" Nails

Today, I have my Easter-inspired nails for the letter E of the #AZNailArtChallenge.  Every year, the Easter bunny would fill my brother and my Easter baskets with goodies and then hide them somewhere in our house.  This was a unique and fun tradition, that I'm sure was instigated by my dad. :)  One of my favorite things in my Easter basket was the Peeps.  (And I mean the traditional yellow chick ones!)  So I decided to use my favorite childhood Easter candy as my inspiration.

For my mani, I started with a base of Rimmel Sherbet Sweetheart from the Sweetie Crush line of textured polishes from a few years ago.  I thought this sparkly textured polish was very reminiscent of the yellow sugar-coated chicks.  To show that these were chick nails, I added eyes and beak to my accent nail.

I hope everyone has a happy Easter weekend!


Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Twinsie Tuesday: Inspired by a Movie

Hello!  The Twinsies are back today with nail art inspired by movies.  We've previously done nail art inspired by our favorite movie, in my case, O Brother Where Art Thou?  This time, I had planned on doing nail art based on my second favorite move, The Emperor's New Groove, however I had trouble executing the design I imagined, so I went back to the drawing board.  I ended up deciding on the movie Up as my inspiration.

I purchased Orly Turn It Up on a recent trip to Sally's, and this polish packed full of matte rainbow glitter reminded me of the balloons that carry the house in Up.  For this mani, I started with base of Essie Blanc.  I then added two coats of Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Breezy Blue.  I again used Blanc and a small dotting tool to create the clouds on each nail.  I used a black striper polish and then sponged on Turn It Up.

Overall, I think my favorite part of this mani is the clouds.  I don't think I've ever attempted cloud before, and I love how they turned out!  Be sure to check out the other manis from the Twinsies!


Thursday, April 6, 2017

Zombie Claw Polish Victorious Collection - Part I

Hello!  Today I have swatches from Zombie Claw Polish's Victorious Collection!  This collection is inspired by the song "Victorious" by Panic! at the Disco.  I am a huge P!ATD fan (and will be seeing them in concert next weekend!) and knew I had to have this colleciont as soon as it was announced.  Each polish is named for various lyrics within the song, so today I have Champagne Pouring Over Us, Punch Drunk Kiss, and Killer King.

First up is my favorite of the collection, Champagne Pouring Over Us.  This is a taupe colored polish with lots of holo particles and flakies!  I love how much depth the flakies give this polish!  Please ignore the blue smudges on this polish and at my cuticle, I had previously worn a dark blue polish that stained my nails badly, and somehow it was absorbed by the polish...

Next up is Punch Drunk Kiss, another favorite from the collection.  This strawberry colored jelly polish full of holographic particles, resulting in this lovely scattered polish.  This formula by far has the best formula of the three polishes I am showing in today's post.

Finally, I have Killer King.  This polish, like Punch Drunk Kiss, is a jelly polish with a holographic finish.  For me, this polish had a poor formula.  This is three coats, and as you can see the polish was very thin and there is still VNL.  I would like to give this polish another try and see if perhaps there had been some settling, so I will update this post once I do that.  The holo finish is also not as strong as in the other polishes.

Unfortunately, these polishes are no longer available, but Zombie Claw Polish is about to release an awesome looking collection of neons, the "Radioactive Zombies." I will hopefully be back with Part II of this collection soon!


Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Blue and Teal Puzzle Piece Nail Art

Hello!  Last Saturday was the most recent installment of #maniswapcircle!  This month we had to create manis in teal and royal blue.  I was charged with recreating a mani by @Nail.It.Polish. I decided to go with this fun, interlocking dotticure, which reminded me of puzzle pieces.  Since she used a creme and a metallic in her mani, I decided to go the same route with mine!

For this mani, I started with a base of OPI Teal the Cows Come Home.  While I wouldn't really call this polish teal, it is a green-leaning blue polish that reminds me of a tropical ocean.  But, it has teal in the name, so I went with it!  I then used straight nail vinyls to paint half of each nail blue using China Glaze I Sea the Point.  Once dry, I added the interlocking dots along the edge of the two colors, and added the additional dots in opposing colors across the rest of the nail.

I LOVE how this mani turned out!  I wish my pictures came out, better, but this was such a fun, eye-catching mani.  The shimmer of Teal the Cows Come Home really seemed to catch the eye, as I had several people comment on my nails.  All in all, another successful #maniswapcircle completed!


Thursday, March 30, 2017

Azature Blue Diamond + Stamping

Hello!  Today, I am back with the letter D for the #AZnailartchallenge - diamonds!  I scoured my stamping plates and unfortunately discovered I did not have a single diamond image.  Since I was trying to recover from my freehand, one-stroke flower disaster, I decided to play it safe and use an Azature polish, since there is supposed to be "a black diamond in every bottle."

I have previously swatched Blue Diamond here on the blog before, so I knew I wanted to add some sort of nail art.  I ended up stamping one of the french tip images from BP-L008 at the cuticle of each nail to mimic a half moon shape, using elf Liquid Metal.

Overall, I really love how this turned out!  The Azature polishes I have really are gorgeous.  If you have the money to drop on them (they're $25 each), I highly recommend trying one out.  The few I have were Christmas gifts from my then-boyfriend, now-husband back in 2014.  Let me know if you have any opinions on the change in lighting in some of my pictures.  I've finally found a decent lighting setup that doesn't require me to use flash in each picture.

Have a great weekend!


Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Twinsie Tuesday: One-Stroke Flowers

Hello!  Today the Twinsies are back with one-stroke flowers.  This is the first time I have ever attempted one stroke flowers.  I watched several tutorials and went to Sally's and picked up the supplies I thought I needed, but I'm still not sure how well I actually executed this nail art.  I like the end result, but I'm not sure they're really one-stroke flowers!

For this mani, I started with a base of Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Game of Chromes.  I love this gold foil and find myself using it as a go-to polish when I don't know what to wear!  It really is beautiful and I get compliments each time I wear it.  For my flowers, I used two shades of acrylic paint, a light pink and a hot pink.  I ended up having to go over each flower multiple times to build up the opacity...the brush I used also didn't really hold up well once it was wet from the polish.  Once dry, I used yellow acrylic paint to fill in the center of each flower.

My hope was to channel gerbera daisies as my inspiration for these flowers...thought I'm not sure how much they look like daisies.  Overall, I do like the end result of this mani, but I definitely don't think they're true "one-stroke" flowers.  Also, as you can see from the last pic, I am trying out some new lightning for my keep in mind my hand poses over the next few posts.


Friday, March 24, 2017

Bridal Shower Nails

Hello!  This post is a long time coming!  I actually did these nails back in November for the bridal shower my co-workers threw for me.  I knew my nail game had to be on point, so I had to do some kind of nail art!

For this mani, I started with a base of Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer Gondolier's Garden, which was from the August 2016 Destination Due box by BEGL.  Upon close examination, it appears this box is still available, so I highly recommend picking it up.  The other polish in the box, Aliquid Lacquer Canal Couture, has been featured on the blog before.  I actually considering using Canal Couture for my wedding nails, but ended up going with Julep Carrie Ann.

I then stamped each nail using China Glaze Magical, a rose-gold metallic.  I used BP-L002 for the image.  I tried to get a different design on each nail.  Hope you enjoyed this throwback post!


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Purple Monochromatic Nail Art

Hello!  I am slowly but surely playing catch up on manis I have completed for various challenges but have yet to post!  Today's mani is my "dark purple" design for March's #maniswapcircle, which is in honor of International Women's Day, which was March 8.

For this month's #maniswapcircle, I was charged with recreating a mani by Michelle of @trendynailsandcraftytales.  I ended up deciding on this sideways french manicure design with rhinestone accent nail.  For my mani, I started with a base of Ulta Ultra Violet Femme.  I then stamped using purple stamping polish and plate BP-L008 from Born Pretty Store.

For the accent nail, I used a french tip nail vinyl to mimic the half moon shape of the stamping on the other nail.  I then used Zoya Aurora over the lefthand side, to add the holographic sparkle.  I then added the purple rhinestones to finish off this monochromatic look.

Overall, I wasn't thrilled with this design.  While it did get compliments, Ultra Violet Femme was hard to photograph, so it ended up looking more blue in most of my photos.  I also didn't make the holo portion of the accent nail large enough, so it is hidden by the oversized rhinestones.


Thursday, March 16, 2017

Mint Candy Swirls

Happy Thursday - I am so glad tomorrow is Friday!  Today the #AZnailartchallenge group is sharing candy inspired nails!  I decided to create some mint swirls, reminiscent of peppermint hard candies.

For my mani, I started with a base of Pure Ice Home Run.  I then applied nail stickers from the L'Oreal Nail Lingerie line to create the swirled pattern.  I don't use nail art stickers or decals very often, so I've actually been holding onto these for awhile.  I previously used them back in 2014 to create this fun rainbow lollipop mani.  Since I had used these before, I had to trim some of the decals down to fit my nails.  They are definitely intended to be used on a variety of nail lengths, because even though by my standards my nails are on the long side at the moment, I had to trim mani down so the design would be on my nail.

After I applied the stickers and filed away the excess, I added a coat of Seche Vite to extend the wear time.  This caused a slight wrinkling of the decal, which you can see in the white portion, but I think it kind of ads to the overall effect.

Overall, I am very happy with how these turned out.  Be sure to search the hashtag #AZnailartchallenge on Instagram to check out the other candy inspired manis and join in on the challenge!

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