18 April 2014

Cherry Roses on Julie G

Deciding to wear a polish longer by adding some flower nail art? No way! What a totally revolutionary idea that I absolutely did not just do in the post right before this one!

vintage rose nail art

Yes, I showed Julie G Shark's Cove a little while ago (link? no link? previous post strikes again!), and yes, I wanted to keep wearing it just a little longer. Also yes, my favourite way to extend a polish's stay is to plant a garden on it. This time, though, I did the flowers in nail polish.

Since I was hoping for the vintage rose nail art look with these, I went with probably the most vintage nail polish I own, Revlon Cherries in the Snow...and then I used the decidedly less vintage Skinfood PK006 (Pink Milk) for the petal highlights. The leaves are a couple of teal-ish greens I mixed up for the occasion.

nail art roses

Wow, is it physically possible that I might get all these posts scheduled before I leave town in the morning? When this post goes up I'll still have a couple of weeks before I'll be back and posting "live" again, so I'm knocking on so much wood that these are appearing as planned... and that I can get this one more manicure done and photographed before I pass out from exhaustion tonight. You'll never guess what I'm doing... it's FLOWERS!

16 April 2014

Flowers on Zoya Dream

After I wore Zoya Dream and got lost in its amazing shimmer I decided to extend its stay by dressing it up with some flower nail art in orange and blue. If there's a link in that previous sentence to Zoya Dream, then hooray for me, for figuring out how to update these scheduled posts with my iPad! And if there isn't, then hooray for having such a great time with my grandparents that I completely spaced on looking into that. Hey, flowers!

floral nails

The idea with these was to keep the flowers clustered around the edges of the nails so that the shimmering blue could still show through. Ideally I'd have made them a little bit smaller, but this is about as small as I can see and still pretend to be in charge of where those little petal lines wind up. (>_<)

flower nail art

nail art flowers

One thing I'm trying to do more often is mixing my acrylic paints without fully blending them together. I think it gives you some nice texture, like I managed to get with some of these leaves, and in a nutshell that's one of the things I'm continuing to enjoy so much about nail art. I've done a kajillion manicures with flowers, using both polish and paints, and while I'm able to get results I'm very happy with, there's still so much room to keep improving. Not every idea I try works out for the best, but when I manage to pull off something big, like succeeding at a brand new technique, or even something much smaller...like thinking the leaves look kinda cool when they're not totally blended...I get all excited to see what else I might be able to do.

And when I don't feel like getting all Deep Thoughts with Jack Handey about nail art, I can just enjoy the flowers and the sparkly, blue fingernails.

15 April 2014

Twinsie Tuesday: Gift Polish

This week's TT theme is gift polishes, and I was so giddy and grateful to receive China Glaze Strawberry Fields as a gift from the wonderful Amanda!

China Glaze Strawberry Fields swatch

China Glaze Strawberry Fields is a cool-toned pink packed to bursting with a warm, golden, glassflecky shimmer. The first coat was slightly patchy, a little bit watery, but the second was awesomeness. Many could probably stop right there, but I needed that third coat for opacity. And also for maximum fabulousness, which it possesses in abundance.

China Glaze Strawberry Fields swatch

It really is the best feeling when a wish list polish lives up, and I'm so happy with Strawberry Fields! It reminds me very much of Deborah Lippmann Sweet Dreams, which is one of my favourites in history of ever. No idea which might be the chicken or the egg, but it puts them both in damn good company. Thank you so much, Amanda!



Alaina at The Little Canvas
Amanda at Amandalandish
Amber at Nails Like Lace
Anna at Going to the Showing
Anne at Grape Fizz Nails
Casey at Casey Lane Loves Polish
Chelsea at Nailed Blog
ChiChi at I'm Just Me...ChiChi
Elizabeth at Did My Nails
Erin at Paint Those Piggies
Heather at Peace, Love and Polish
Kelly at Tuxarina
Lakeisha at Refined & Polished
Maribeth at Obsessive Cosmetic Hoarders Unite
Marisa at Polish Obsession
Rachel at Top Coat It
Róisín at Cuti-CLUE-les
Stephanie at A Little Polish
Tiffany at Polished to Precision
Traci at DrinkCitra

13 April 2014

Watercolour Nail Art in Neon

The first time I tried to do watercolour nail art the results were... No, let us not speak of it. Here, for the very first time ever and don't listen to any talk of other times, I finally tried my hand at watercolour nail art, and it was so much more fun than I expected!

watercolour nail art neons

With a solid base of white under a well dried coat of SV, I started applying my polishes one nail at a time, one colour at a time, and just a couple of tiny dots at a time. Without giving those dots time to start drying I dipped a paintbrush (bigger than those I use for any nail art) into some acetone and then dabbed the acetoned brush onto the dots. This has the effect of both lifting paint on to the brush and diluting the dot with acetone. Further dabbing spread the "watery" mixture around the nail, and by the time I'd applied all the colours I wanted to use, the white background was covered in watercolour neon.

(and if none of that made sense, there are tons of tutorials for this technique on YouTube)

neon watercolour nails

These were mostly China Glaze, from the 2012 Summer Neons--Flirty Tankini, Surreal Appeal, Hang-Ten Toes, Splish Splash, and I'm With the Lifeguard--and I mixed in some Illamasqua Rare and Milani Neon Fresh Teal. Next time I do these I'll probably use about half as many colours to keep it less crowded and really let the watercolour consistency of the application show through. As it is, though, I'm quite happy with how these turned out!

11 April 2014

Emily de Molly Flutterby Garden

It's practically criminal how long this one spent waiting in the Big Box o' Untrieds, but I busted it out just as soon as spring was here again--this is Emily de Molly Flutterby Garden.

Emily de Molly Flutterby Garden swatch

One dabbed coat of Emily de Molly Flutterby Garden over CQ Mint Green, and I am officially in love. There are green, silver, lime green, and pink hex glitters; teeny, green bar glitters so small they barely even register to the naked eye; sweet, little, matte pink squares; and of course the star of the show, the butterflies, all holographic and sparkling and so cute I can hardly even stand it. LOVE!

Emily de Molly Flutterby Garden swatch

Can anyone recommend more butterfly glitters? Because I need about a million more of them in my life. Pretty much immediately.

I think Flutterby Garden may have been an LE because it's not currently listed at EmilydeMolly.com or Llarowe, but I did spot it at Norway Nails.

10 April 2014

Zoya Dream

From the Holiday 2013 Zenith Collection, this is the incredible Zoya Dream...

Zoya Dream swatch

Zoya Dream is a brilliant, sapphire blue polish infused with scattered holographic particles...which may or may not be the same thing as the glassfleck-looking shimmer particles that are in there... All's I know is it's an intensely beautiful blue that's chock full of wizardry.

The first coat was a bit patchy and rubbery, not really up to Zoya's usual butter-smooth application, but the second coat was bliss. Can't swear I didn't give it a third, though, because that's how my compulsion rolls.

Zoya Dream swatch

Zoya Dream is so 3-D you could practically fall into it. I didn't get a ton of rainbow from the scattered holographic particles, but even as "just" a shimmer it's all kinds of glassflecked gorgeousness, showing off Dream's beautiful depth and texture and yeesh, it's just so pretty!!

08 April 2014

Twinsie Tuesday: Fave Glitter Topper

Today for TT we're showing our favourite glitter toppers, and for me that's China Glaze Fairy Dust. I use it all the time, especially to finish off gradient manicure, such as here and here, or to add some sparkle to galaxy nails or cherry blossoms. But Fairy Dust also has a lesser-known sister polish, Golden Enchantment, which is gold to Fairy Dust's silver, and that's the one I decided to use today.

gradient nail art

This is such an autumn gradient to be wearing in spring, but these were the colours my eyeballs demanded to see under the golden glitter--from the China Glaze On Safari Collection, I used Kalahari Kiss, Desert Sun, and Exotic Encounters. You can definitely see the warm, golden tint the glitter adds, and this is just one coat of it too. Like Fairy Dust, China Glaze Golden Enchantment has great glitter density and spread. Also like Fairy Dust, its teeny little particles have a holographic sparkle that is fully insane.

gradient nails

In the end I think Fairy Dust might be just a little bit more versatile, and being a silver fan, it's always going to be my favourite. I'm so glad I found about Golden Enchantment, though! I've only used it once before, and both times it has put me in a full-on glitter trance. It's easily making its way up the list of my very favourite glitters!



Alaina at The Little Canvas
Amanda at Amandalandish
Amber at Nails Like Lace
Anna at Going to the Showing
Anne at Grape Fizz Nails
Casey at Casey Lane Loves Polish
Chelsea at Nailed Blog
ChiChi at I'm Just Me...ChiChi
Elizabeth at Did My Nails
Erin at Paint Those Piggies
Heather at Peace, Love and Polish
Kelly at Tuxarina
Lakeisha at Refined & Polished
Maribeth at Obsessive Cosmetic Hoarders Unite
Marisa at Polish Obsession
Rachel at Top Coat It
Róisín at Cuti-CLUE-les
Stephanie at A Little Polish
Tiffany at Polished to Precision
Traci at DrinkCitra
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