Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Day 20 - Water Marbled

Oh man, this was really hard. I watched a lot of Youtube videos and thought I had a handle on how to do this. I heard that this works best with cremes which I have very little of. I have a ton of glitter and shimmers though! I don't have a lot of cremes that match each other but I did have a dark purple, grey, and navy blue. These did not want to show up on the picture, they are just too dark and blend in the photo I think. You can really see it on my pinky so just look at that finger. =) This is my second attempt. My first attempt was worse than this one and I didn't want to take pictures of it. ;p The next time (if there is a next time) I do this I will use brighter colors so it shows up better. Alright, here is the picture!


Remember, just look at the pinky. =)

Thanks for reading! See you next time!

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Sorry about my lack of posting lately. I'm hoping to feel well enough to attempt the water marble mani soon. I did do it once but it was really bad. lol I thought about posting it to get it over with but it was just too bad. I scrubbed it off and will start over soon. I did some research and think I know what the problem was. Hopefully I'll have better luck with it! Thanks for your patience and thanks for reading!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Day 19 - Galaxy Nails

Galaxy Nails is a manicure that looks intimidating but it's surprisingly simple. I enjoyed making this mani for today's challenge. I know it's not the best galaxy nail art out there but it's my first try and I'm quite pleased with how it turned out. I have some ideas on how to make it better next time which is always what I want to get out of these challenges. Learn and improve right? I watched a tutorial in preparation for this challenge because I wasn't sure how to go about this design. I watched this tutorial from Cute Polish: http://www.youtube.com/user/cutepolish#p/search/0/3EMgt4_jW5U  I basically followed her instructions step by step. Mine isn't as awesome as hers but I like it!

Here are the pics, supply list will be underneath the last picture. 




Supplies:

OPI Envy - Base Coat
NOPI - Razzle Dazzle for black base color (2 coats)
Zoya - Snow White
China Glaze - Happy Go Lucky
China Glaze - Peachy Keen
Cult Nails - Time Traveler
Small dotting tool for stars (used with Zoya Snow White)
China Glaze - Fairy Dust for top coat (bottle shown in pictures)
Makeup Sponge (wedges) for sponging 

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Day 18 - Half Moon Mani

This is another challenge that I have been looking forward to do. This is the first time trying this manicure. I love how many options there are for this. The day I planned on making my half moon manicure, my package from Cult Nails arrived with Clairvoyant/Unicorn Puke and three other polishes! One of the other polishes that came in the package is called Time Traveler. It is a beautiful navy blue creme. I immediately thought about how beautiful it would be to layer Clairvoyant on top of Time Traveler. If you aren't familiar with Unicorn Puke/Clairvoyant it is a flaky polish in a blue base. It looks best layered on top of a dark colors in my opinion. It's a must have for anyone who loves polish but it can be hard to get.





How I did it: I put on two coats of Time Traveler over my whole nail and then a fast drying top coat (Seche Vite). When this was completely dry, I put on the paper hole reinforcement stickers on each nail. Then I put on a thick coat of Clairvoyant/Unicorn Puke above the sticker. I took the sticker off immediately. After I finished this step, I put another coat of Seche Vite. 

On one hand I put small black rhinestones along the line of the half moon. I think it distracts the eye away from the star which is Clairvoyant/U.P. So the hand without the rhinestones is my favorite. 

What do you think? Do you like half moon manis? Do you like this look with or without the black rhinestones? Let me know by leaving a comment! 

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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Day 17 - Glitter

I have been waiting for this one, glitter is my absolute favorite. This isn't the traditional glitter you'd expect in nail polish. It's a holo of course! Holos are my ultimate favorite but I only have a few so far. This one is one of my favorites but the bottle is so darn small I have only worn it twice. Glitter Gal Lizard Belly is a gorgeous deep green (maybe hunter green?) with holographic particles. It's hard to stop looking at your nails when this is on. Driving would probably be dangerous with Lizard Belly on your nails. Here are the pictures!




Isn't is stunning? The sun is out this morning so I was able to take these pictures with natural light. I love this polish as you can tell :). Application was smooth. You can get away with one coat but I put on two. I do not have a top coat on, it seems to interrupt the effect. On the downside it shortens wear time so I'd probably put on a top coat.

I'm going to get ready for the next challenge now. I've had this on for a couple of days but I still may cry a little when I take this off.

Thanks for reading!

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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Welcome!

Wow, I logged on to find such a wonderful surprise! 9 more followers!! Thank you for following my little blog, I'm so excited about this new adventure. Thank you to The Trace Face Philes for featuring me. I'm seriously not worthy. lol I've been admiring her beautiful work for a while now so I'm just thrilled.

I'm working on editing my pictures for my next challenge which is glitter. I used one of my beloved holos and have been hoping for the sun to come out so I can get a picture with natural light. I did take pictures tonight with the flash on my camera just in case it's still overcast tomorrow. 

Here is a preview: 

Can anyone guess what it is? ;)

Thanks for reading!!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Day 16 - Tribal Print

Ok, I admit this is a Nail Fail. I also admit that I'm looking forward to tomorrow's challenge sooo much that I don't care. I hope that doesn't make me a terrible blogger. <:/ I used my black striper to draw the black lines and my dotting tool to make the dots. I'm not very good with either tool yet so this is pretty crooked.

Here is my sad little picture:
Supplies:
OPI Envy for base coat
OPI - Skull & Glossbones
Black Striper
Seche Vete Top Coat

Ahhh, glitter is next. Thanks for reading!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Day 15 - Delicate Print & Spontaneous Burt's Bees Review

I'm not sure if the pattern I stamped is considered delicate or not. I like it so I'm going to use it. =) I wanted to stamp with a gold polish for this mani but didn't have one yet. I was worried that it would be hard to find a gold that is good for stamping. I purchased the thickest one I could find (China Glaze - Passion) and it worked out really well!

I filed my nails down a little. I want to keep growing them out and eventually file them into a square tip. I've only rounded my nails so it should be interesting if I can get the look I'm going for. I will be watching Youtube videos to learn how to file your nails into different shapes before I attempt anything. =)

Here are the pictures for today's challenge:


Supplies:
OPI Envy Base Coat
OPI DS Extravagance
China Glaze Passion (stamping)
Bundle Monster Plate 201 (Image found on Google Images)
Seche Vite Top Coat

Do my cuticles look happier to you today? They feel happier. After this manicure I put on Burt's Bees - Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream (picture from Google Images). I've only used it once and I don't know if it's supposed to go on after you've finished a manicure. It may work best if you put it on before painting your nails. Does anyone know? I put it on before I took my pictures because I was sooooo dry. I've noticed a lot of nail bloggers use this so I picked it up at Ulta today. Just in one use I've noticed a difference. It isn't overly greasy. My skin absorbed it well, and my fingers felt really soft. It has a nice soft scent that doesn't overpower which is a huge plus for me. It's really small, it fits in the palm of my hand and holds .6 oz. of product. I think it will last a long time because a little went a long way. I'm going to keep putting it on throughout the day because my skin gets really dry in the winter and the acetone doesn't help. ;) I'll let you know how it works out for me over time. 


Has anyone used this product? Do you love it? I wasn't planning on going on and on about this but I really like it. This is probably going to be something I will always need around to keep my cuticles happy. =) 

I hope you liked today's manicure and unplanned review. Thanks for reading!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Day 14 - Flowers

I've been slacking on this challenge! It's been a tough week so I imagine I'll be slacking for a little while longer. I'll try to get a post up at least every other day. When I start feeling better I'll shoot for every day again. 

I really like how this mani turned out. I'm really not happy about taking it off but I'm going to do it! I've also been experimenting with the settings on my camera and I really like how my pictures turned out this time. They are looking a little closer to what I want! Now to figure out what I did so I can do it again. 





What do you think? I hand painted the roses myself...ok ok it's a stamp. As you can see I used Zoya again. This is Zoya Breezi, I love this polish! I only needed two coats for full coverage. It applied very smoothly and dried pretty fast. What more can a girl ask for besides holo? ;) I used Konad Special Polish in white for the stamp which was from Bundle Monster plate #14. Seche Vite for the top and OPI Envy for the base. 

Now for a delicate print...what does that mean....

Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

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Day 13 - Animal Print

I had a lot of fun doing this design. It reminds me of the Lisa Frank school supplies I used to love when I was a little girl. Remember Lisa Frank? I had a bunch of her erasers, pencils, folders, etc. back in the day.

I just googled Lisa Frank and had a walk through memory lane. Ahh, the 80s. 

Please excuse my dry nails. I put lotion on before I took the pictures but it didn't help too much. This challenge is killing my cuticles and skin! I will be soaking my nails in cuticle oil today, sheesh!


Ok, I used a discontinued color for my base. I know, naughty. It's China Glaze - Tickle My Triangle and then I used Zoya - Trixie for the animal print stamp which is Bundle Monster plate #221. I used Seche Vite for my top coat and OPI Envy for by base coat as usual! 

How do you like my black background? Is it better or worse? I'm trying to improve my pictures and will take any tips you can throw my way. I'm really bummed that today was overcast because Tickle My Triangle is a holo. =*(

Thanks for reading!

Monday, November 14, 2011

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Sunday, November 13, 2011

Day 12 - Stripes

I can't believe I finally did a successful (well almost) tape mani! I really really wanted to do a candy corn manicure last month. I ordered my yellow and orange polish and broke out my scotch tape and it was a huge disaster. I kept ripping off my polish from putting the tape on too soon. When the challenge for stripes got close I started to get nervous. I recently read that the trick is to put Seche Vite on after each color and wait for it to dry (of course) before putting down tape for the next layer. I was using a top coat before but not Seche Vite. For those of you who don't know, Seche Vite is a super fast top coat. I love to use it on top of glitter to smooth out the rough texture. I should have known it would make the difference in a tape mani for me. I may have been a little more patient this time too. =) Here is a picture of Seche Vite I got from Google Images.


There are other products from this company including Seche Restore which I highly recommend.  Seche tends to get really thick and stringy when it starts to get low. Putting a few drops of Seche Restore makes it usable again and saves money.

Ok, back to the stripes! 


I really liked how this turned out. The tape lifted a bit on my ring finger and allowed the polish to seep underneath. Make sure to double check that all of the little air bubbles are smoothed out before applying any polish. I could have avoided this mistake easily had I been more careful. 

Supplies used: 
 OPI: Nail Envy (Sensitive & Peeling) for base coat
Color Club: Worth the Risque (light grey) & Revvvolution (dark grey/black)
Seche Vite for Top Coat
Scotch Tape


Thanks for reading!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Day 11 - Polka Dots

I wanted to do something fun for today's challenge. I need more practice with my dotting tool so I used a stamp. ;) I didn't want to use the same polka dot stamp I used for one of my Halloween looks so I did something different from your typical polka dot design. I like how this turned out, what do you think?



Inside, no flash.

This is the best my camera can do with it's macro setting. At least I think it is, I need to fiddle around with it more. 

Supplies: 
OPI - Steady as She Rose
Zoya -  Snow White
Konad -  Special Polish (White)
Konad Plate M79
Small and medium dotting tool
Rose colored rhinestone
Seche Vite Top Coat
OPI -  Envy Base Coat

Here is a picture of the plate I used:


As you can see, the rose on the bottom left image isn't filled in. I used my smallest dotting tool to fill in the petals with OPI - Steady As She Rose and then added a rhinestone to the center for more interest. I also use my medium sized dotting tool to go over the bigger dots in the same image so it would show up more. It stamped on pretty light and I wanted it to be more bold. The design on the upper left side is completely made up of dots. I use this plate often and have really scratched it up from the metal scraper. I suggest using an old credit card instead to protect the plate which is what I'm going to start doing. You can just cut the card in half (it's easier to use when smaller). 

I hope you liked today's design, thanks for reading!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Day 10 - Gradient

I seriously need to practice this skill, but that's what this challenge is about right? Most of the techniques I will be posting will be of my first try so please forgive the ones that suck. Like today's for example! I thought this would be easy. It's pretty tricky. I tried this twice (one look on each hand). I thought I liked my second try better but was on the fence. Tonight I caught my sweet little niece eyeing my second try with a weird look on her face. I asked her if she thought they were ugly and she nodded her head and said, "yep!" I love how honest kids are. I'm going to post my first and less ugly try and move on to polka dots. lol


The only gradient you can detect is of the glitter but I promise, there are two blues on my nails. I used Zoya Ibiza on my entire nail and then sponged on OPI Cuckoo for this Color which is what you can see in the picture. The glitter is China Glaze Atlantis (gorgeous). I just got Atlantis from Transdesign.com and I love it!!!

Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Day 9 - Rainbow

Yesterday The Muppets Collection (OPI) finally came to Ulta. I have found some of them at other places but had yet to see the collection in it's entirety (until yesterday). I picked up a few of my favorites and can't wait to swatch them all for you. Rainbow Connection is one of the polishes I purchased and I just had to use it for today's challenge. I put one coat on top of two coats of black (Nicole By OPI - Razzle Dazzle). It is very similar to Deborah Lippmann's Happy Birthday (from what I've seen online) but isn't as pricey. It has bigger pieces of hex glitter and it looks like there may be different colors. I haven't seen Happy Birthday in person so I can't say that for sure. In addition to taking pictures of it on on top of black, I layered it over several other colors on a wheel. Many people have reported that the glitter is hard to apply but I didn't have any problems with it. I didn't have to use my brush to push the glitter around, it went on pretty evenly on it's own. I used Seche Vite as a top coat. I only used one coat but could have used another to get rid of the bumpiness. If you love glitter as much as I do, I'd pick this one up. My Ulta had every color but I've heard that they are disappearing quickly. Enjoy the pictures!!!

 Inside, no flash.



 Left to right: One, two, three, and four coats (four is way tooooo much I think).
 Left to right: My Address is Hollywood (OPI), Play the Peonies (OPI), For Audrey (China Glaze), Happy Go Lucky (China Glaze) and Snow White (Zoya). Each swatch has two coats of the base color and one coat of Rainbow Connection.
Left to right: Happy Go Lucky (China Glaze), Snow White (Zoya), and Meep, Meep, Meep (OPI).

I think it works on all of the base colors. My favorite is black, what is your favorite? 

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Monday, November 7, 2011

Day 8 - Metalic

I've been saving my favorite silver polish for this day. I want you to see how amazing it is so I kept it to a swatch. I took some pictures in the sun (yay it came out) and inside. Here is Zoya's Trixie:




Outside, no flash. Please excuse my scratch. My kitty doesn't know that he can only scratch up my other hand. We had a big talk about it. ;)

Outside, no flash. 

Outside, no flash. 

Inside, with flash. 

Isn't it stunning? It works well for stamping too. In fact it picked up the images a lot better than Konad Special Polish Silver did (that did not work for me at all). 

Application was very easy, it's runnier than my other Zoyas so I had to take care to make my coats nice and thin. Other than that, it went on smoothly and I only needed two coats for full opacity. I used Poshe for my top coat so drying time was very quick. Don't you love how shiny it is? This is a must have, in my opinion! Anything Zoya is a must have, you know how much I love Zoya! 

Thanks for reading!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Day 7 - Black and White

I had a bit of frustration with this one which was surprising because I thought it would be easy. I had an idea in my head which is half the battle but I just couldn't get it to come out the way I would have liked. I took some pictures of my first try before I cleaned up around my cuticles just to see if I wanted to post it. I took if off out of frustration and decided to take the easy way out and do a simple shatter. I of course regret that now and wish I would have just tried my idea again. ;) I'm going to include a picture of what I was trying to do and then the easy shatter as a compromise.

Here is the first attempt: 

I was trying to do black and white flowers using a striper brush and black rhinestones. I don't think  they look like flowers and my brush strokes are a bit sloppy. I will get better with practice. I've only used the striper brush a few times. ;) 

Here is my real picture of today's challenge:
 Before I did this look, I alternated black and white on my nails for my base color. Then, I put white shatter on the black base and black shatter on the white base. My white shatter didn't well, shatter! It had a few lines but no separation. Has anyone else experienced this with white shatter (OPI) or do I just have a funky bottle? It didn't look presentable at all so that was removed immediately and here we go! I think it's a really fun look, I just wanted to do something a little more impressive than this.

Supplies: OPI Envy (base coat), Zoya's Snow White, OPI Black Shatter, Poshe (Top Coat)

I do love how easy this look is, there are so many funky combos that you can do now that everyone is making a shatter, crackle, etc. One of my favorite combos is OPI's Rally Pretty Pink with Red Shatter on top. Do you have a favorite combination? Feel free to post pictures to my facebook page, I'd love to see them!

Tomorrow is metallic and then the challenge gets more challenging. Eeep!

Thanks for reading!



Saturday, November 5, 2011

Day 6 - Violet

I've been looking forward to this day. I had my favorite polish reserved for this. It's sadly not available anymore and runs for about $20-$25 on Amazon  & Ebay if you can find it. I checked recently on Amazon and it's not there. They pop up now and then so if you are willing to pay that much for polish, keep checking! It's amazing. I'm going to let the pictures do the talking. The sun has been hiding but this beauty doesn't take much to show it's holo goodness. OPI - Designer Series (DS) Original is my choice for lavender. I'm trying to reserve it so I won't run out. I hate that it's so expensive. I want to get another bottle for a back up. It will be a sad sad day when I run out. The shade is actually called Original. It's the most Holographic polish I own. I don't have a lot of holos (YET), they are too expensive for me. I used two coats. Application was a dream, I did put on a top coat (Poshe) to try to prolong it's wear time. Holos tend to chip easily. Alright, here they are!

 Blurry picture, showing the name of the polish. Even shadowed by the bottle, it's beautiful!


 With flash to show the holo effect. The sun didn't want to come out. It's still gorgeous.


 Love it! 


 My sad bottle is getting low....it's a tragedy!


 You want this now, don't you? ;)


Ok here it is without flash, it's still very pretty. 

This would be a great thing to ask for Christmas if you can find it. These pictures don't do it justice, it's just beautiful. 

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Friday, November 4, 2011

Day 5 - Blue

I am SO sorry that this is late. I hope the wait was worth it, I L O V E this color. I was torn between two blues and let my sister pick her favorite. 


Do you know about Butter London? I just recently discovered it. It's a bit pricey so using a coupon is a must for me. Ulta carries this line and usually has coupons in the Sunday paper. I have a few now and I love them all. I'll swatch them for you sometime. This is called Bluey. It applied so smoothly and only needed two coats for full opacity. I used three because I bumped one of my nails which is a usual occurrence for me. ;) I put two coats of OPI's Gone Gonzo! from the new Muppets collection on my ring finger and thumb. To finish, I used Poshe for my top coat. 

Tomorrow is violet and I have a treat for you. More like a tease...I will just apologize in advance for any lemmings I may create. ;) Any guesses? 

Thanks for reading!