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
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