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!


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!


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!


Thursday, May 18, 2017

Zombie Claw Polish Victorious Collection - Part II

Hello!  I am finally back today with part two of Zombie Claw Polish's Victorious Collection! Today, I will be sharing swatches of Taste Like Magic, Bubble Disco Queen, and Victorious.

Taste Like Magic is a purple-gray scattered holo.  I love the unconventional color of this polish and the holo finish is absolutely gorgeous.  It is definitely a favorite of mine from the collection.

Next up is Bubble Disco Queen.  In case you are not familiar with the lyrics to this song (which is where all the names come from), the line is "Double Bubble disco queen, headed to the guillotine." I love Panic! because their lyrics are always interesting!  Bubble Disco Queen has more of a shimmer finish but is a gorgeous pastel pink holo.

Finally, I have another favorite from the collection, Victorious!  This polish can be built up to nearly opaque in three coats, as I've shown here, or it can be used as a topper.  Victorious has a shimmery, white base and is packed full of silver and holo glitters.  I look forward to trying it out over various polishes!

Overall, I am extremely pleased with my purchase of this collection.  Unfortunately, as I mentioned in my previous post, these polishes are no longer available, but I highly recommend checking out what else Zombie Claw Polish has available.  I love their cuticle oil and they recently started offering wax melts!


Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Subtle Glitter + Stamping Nails

Hello!  Today, I have the mani I created for last week's #AZnailartchallenge prompt: glitter!  While my mani came out a lot more subtle than I had planned, there is still glitter, so it fits the bill!

I started with a base of Zoya Rue, a beautiful mauve-toned nude.  I then added two coats of OPI Polka.com.  Polka.com is made up of blue, pink, and teal metallic glitters in two sizes: small and microglitter.  To finish the mani off, I stamped using Formula X Memorable and UberChic Beauty stamping plate 1-01.  Memorable is a gorgeous dusty blue, which I have previously used in this nail art look from 2014, which is still a favorite of mine! 

While the stamping is a bit sheer, I still really like the overall look of this nail art.  I wish with a prompt like "glitter" I had done something a bit bolder, but I still love how this turned out.  I'm excited for our next prompt - holo!  If you want to join us, be sure to search the #AZnailartchallenge hashtag on Instagram and join us on our bi-weekly prompts!


Thursday, May 11, 2017

Silver and Mint Chevron Skittles

Hello!  I am back today with my contribution to the last #maniswapcircle!  Our prompt this month was mint, and I was charged with recreating a mani by @life_of_agnes.  I love all of Agnes' creative nails, so it has hard to narrow down a favorite.  I ended up choosing this navy and silver skittle mani.

I dug deep in my collection to find a silver polish I had not used in a while, and decided to use Sally Hansen Color Foil Sterling Silver.  I've been making an effort to try and use polishes I don't use often, or haven't used in a long time, so that I can determine if they need to be weeded out or not!  I think Sterling Silver and my other Color Foils are safe for now, even if they do show the ridges of your nails...

Pure Ice Homerun is my favorite mint polish, so I paired it with Sterling Silver and chevron nail vinyls to create my skittle design.  Overall, I am very happy with how this mani turned out!  It's definitely one my more-recent favorites for #maniswapcircle!


Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Twinsie Tuesday: Inspired by Toys

Hello!  As I mentioned in last week's post, I apologize for missing the last Twinsie Tuesday prompt!  But I am back today with our manis inspired by toys.  I know one of my favorite things to do as a kid was play with Playdoh, so I decided to recreate the jars on my nails!

For this mani, I started with a base of Ulta Sun-sational.  I then used stamping polish from Born Pretty Store and straight nail vinyls to create the lids on each nail.  I went with the stamping polish because I knew it would be opaque in one coat.  After everything was dry, I went back with red acrylic paint and drew on the outline of the logo.  I don't have a paint brush fine enough (or the skill!) to be able to write "Playdoh" on each nail.

Overall, I am happy with how this turned out.  I think it is fairly obvious what these nails are supposed to be and they were fun to create!  I can't wait to see the other toy-inspired manis from the Twinsies!


Friday, May 5, 2017

Dry Brush Cupcake Nails

Hello!  I apologize for my absence!  As I've mentioned before, I work at the University of Florida, and the end of the semester is our busiest time of year - getting in grades and prepping for the summer and fall terms!  I've gotten lax on posting (and I'm sorry to my fellow Twinsies for missing our prompt last week!), but rest assured, I have plenty of manis to post and catch up on!  Some you've seen on Instagram, such as today's post, and others have not yet been shared!

Today, I have my "food" nails from last week's #AZnailartchallenge prompt.  I don't have too many food stamping images, so I decided to use this stamping plate I received from Born Pretty Store.  There are several adorable cake and cupcake images on this plate.  I had actually considered doing an Andy Warhol inspired mani using the same cupcake image, but decided to go with the dry brush design instead.

I started with a base of Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Game of Chromes.  This has quickly become my new favorite gold polish.  I also find myself reaching for it as a neutral when I'm in between nail art.  the formula is excellent and goes on with two coats.  I then used the following polishes to create the drush brush pattern: Nicole by OPI How Fairy Nice of You! and Tink's in the Pink, and Finger Paints Dye-ing to Know.  I also used Dye-ing to Know to fill in the reverse-stamped cupcake image.

Overall, I love how this mani turned out!  I will hopefully be back with two posts next week and then back on a regular schedule going forward.  Thanks for sticking it out with me!

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