30 July 2014

Bohemian Flowers

I have a manicure "to do" list that's fast approaching five miles long. Complicating matters, I have a Pinterest board of nail art inspiration pics that are constantly cutting the queue. Most recent line-cutter? This adorable "Funky Bohemian" floral, with tutorial, courtesy of The Lacquerologist!

dotted flower nail art

What a cute idea for a pattern, honestly! Dotting and some swooshes here and there, but the sum total is bright and bold, modern, retro, delicate, funky, and awesome. If this print is not on a fabric somewhere, it needs to be.

dotted floral nail art

I tried not to stray too far from the original colours, but there are a few differences (there would have been fewer if I'd sat and read the whole tutorial instead of going, "Ooh, yes! Dotting flower fun time pretty yaaaaaay!" and then spun off into action without planning first, but I'm afraid that will always be how I roll). My lineup includes OPI My Vampire Is Buff, OPI Cajun Shrimp, Sinful Colors Black On Black, Skinfood BL003 Green Bean Milk, Skinfood PK006 Pink Milk, and my Orly Jet Black striper.

I will most definitely be trying this pattern again--thanks so much to The Lacquerologist for such a fun tutorial!

29 July 2014

Twinsie Tuesday: Interlocking Designs

I had this whole fancy puzzle design in mind for today's Twinsie Tuesday theme, but then I smacked myself upside my own head and said, "Oi, genius! You have to get on a plane in, like, 36 hours, you still have a dozen posts to schedule, and you haven't even thought about packing yet." Also, there's the part where I've never, ever even tried something like this before, so yeah, let's maybe try walking for today. (Is that what sensible people act like all the time? It feels weird.)

interlocking dots nail art

And this is exactly why I enjoy having these TT prompts, because while I've literally had this technique on my to-do list for years, other stuff kept jumping the queue--but design this was legitimately fun to do, and I'm pleasantly surprised with the enormously gloopy mess that it somehow managed not to turn into.

Before I started, I thought it would look awesome to have these two similar shades but with the different finishes (China Glaze Recycle and Color Club Beyond). Then I got into the dotting bit and thought that what would look really awesome would be the ability to see what I was doing while I was doing a brand new thing where I still wasn't entirely sure what I was doing. So, note for next time, better lighting and/or a little more colour contrast will make it bunches easier on the eyes. I have to admit, though, I kinda like the greys.

interlocking dot nail art

For more interlocking manicure designs, please check out some of my fellow Twinsies' blogs!


Alaina at The Little Canvas
Amanda at Amandalandish
Amber at Nails Like Lace
Anna at Going to the Showing
Bridget at A Painted Nail
Casey at Casey Lane Loves Polish
Chelsea at Nailed Blog
ChiChi at I'm Just Me...ChiChi
Cordia at Seriously Swatched
Elizabeth at Did My Nails
Erin at Paint Those Piggies
Jessica at Blue Velvet Lacquer
Kelly at Tuxarina
Lakeisha at Refined & Polished
Lisa at The Polish Playground
Marisa at Polish Obsession
Róisín at Cuti-CLUE-les
Stephanie at A Little Polish
Tiffany at Polished to Precision

27 July 2014

Wayback Nails: Splatter Manicure

This is exactly why I'm glad I started this monthly Wayback feature. Last July all about how I was totally going to start doing more splatter manicures because ZOMG-LOVE!! Aaand now suddenly it's a whole year later and I'm looking at last July's manicures and smacking my forehead all, "Hey, I was gonna do a jillion of those!"

Sadly, I'm never gonna catch up with that goal, but as of today I have doubled my previous total.

splatter nail art

For this second splatter manicure I wanted to try a different background, so I chose NYC Sidewalkers (because grey is sooooo much more daring than white, you know). I picked out my other colours and was about to start, but then all of a sudden my mood swung in a totally different direction, and instead of neon pink I veered towards teals instead. Specifically, toward Sation RV There Yet? and Color Club Blue-Ming, with a splash of Sinful Colors Snow Me White, some barely visible OPI Uh-Oh Roll Down the Window, and Revlon Colorstay Fall Mood (I have GOT to remember to wear it this actual fall!) for those shimmering, copper highlights.

splatter manicure

So this is me, falling in love with splatter manis all over again, and I can't wait to try them over some other colours as well! Hopefully it won't take me until next year's Wayback to do it this time.

26 July 2014

OPI Glitter Off Base Coat

I'm a big fan of the foil method of glitter polish removal, but the idea of a peel-able base coat is a total game changer! I've heard of a couple different ones, and even of just brushing on some good ol' Elmer's, and I kept saying, "Yeah, I'm totally gonna try one of those soon..." Then OPI introduced their own, and the time for procrastination was over--let the time for product testing begin!

OPI Glitter Off Base Coat
I wear glue on my nails; I look incredible.

OPI Glitter Off Base Coat comes with a little slip of instructions around the neck, instructions that say you should use thin coats. Easier said than done because it went on thick, like glue...which, duh, since that's pretty much what it is. It needs a little longer to dry than most base coats, and the instructions do say to let it dry completely. It's easy enough to see what that's done, though; the opaque, milky white dries nice and clear.

My first test was with Pure Ice Private Show, a finely milled glitter that was a perfect candidate. Application over this base didn't present any problems, and once the polish was dry, the wear test was on! Unfortunately, my right hand was chipping like mad inside of a day.


Suddenly a wild Cinderella hand appears!

I wouldn't want to generalise based on just this one trial with this one polish. The other hand, which got a second helping of top coat for the camera, didn't have the same chipping problem. But, I read more than one review of OPI Glitter Off Base Coat that reported an entire nail of polish just randomly falling off, and sure enough, my right index disappeared after about 18 hours (which I noticed while I was eating a piece of the spinach pizza I made us for dinner; I can only hope I didn't swallow the thing...). A second, from non-chipping Lefty, popped off whole at a little over a day, around 30 hours in.

So I can't really rave about the wear, but the removal? Wonderfully, gorgeously, ridiculously easy. I just pushed/slid an orange stick under an edge of the polish, and the polish pretty much fell away in a sheet. A couple of nails needed more...it's way too light to call it scraping, just a little extra encouragement, and then I went over all the nails with some polish remover to get any traces of whatever might be left over. Done and dusted. A total breeze.


My next couple of trials went a little differently. For this composite manicure, I used OPI Glitter Off Base Coat under a Liquid Sand, wondering how it might work, and while it held well--no chipping or popping off in the 2 days I wore the manicure--I was unable to peel the polish off the way I did when I used it under actual glitter. It came off super easy with remover, but it just wasn't having any part of the peeling protocol. I had a similar result with the fine, full-coverage glitter I used on my middle nail with this manicure. After the base coat, 2-3 coats of finely milled glitter, then 2-3 top coats, a simple peel-off just wasn't gonna happen; however, I was able to peel and push it up with an orange stick (without any worry that I was going to damage the actual nail) and then remover away the residue.

peel off base coat
Peel-age and the Gluey-Glue (children's book or 80s band?)

Some of my mixed results seem to stem from the "use thin coats" part of the instructions. It's hard to get a nice, thin coat of what's essentially Elmer's on your nails, but I did get it a little thinner after a couple of tries. Thing is, I suspect there's a fairly narrow window of optimal thickness where adhesion and durability really intersect.

Until and unless I can get better at hitting that hold/peel butter zone, here's my conclusion: I think OPI Glitter Off Base Coat is a great choice for those evenings you want to go big & glittery for a party or something, assuming you don't need the manicure to last a very long time. Considering the chipping, I'll probably save it for those occasions--and for swatching glitters, which it should be a huge help for!--and stick with a regular base + the foil method for normal/daily wear.

24 July 2014

Orange Blossoms Nail Art

I mean, they're not so much "orange blossoms" as they are "blossoms that are orange," but I had a soft, light teal polish on. Compulsion demanded that I do a flower thing.

orange nail art flowers

I don't think I'll ever stop loving little flowery branches like this, but I'm not sure how successful this colour combination is--I don't know if the orange acrylic paints bled, or maybe they're just not the right shades to go with the pale, minty teal...or maybe I'm just going cross-eyed from trying to schedule a month of posts at once and need to relax about it. Relax and possibly even get some sleep. Oh my gosh, I remember sleep...

orange floral nail art

Is it weird that I tried to mix the brown of the branches on the purple side so they'd kinda match the bottle cap? I know it's weird that I can't think of more to say about these, given how much I love little blossom-y flowers like these--and over a minty teal like SpaRitual Delight, I should be swooning like mad! Unfortunately, I think full-on panic has set in over my impending travel schedule, causing a sort of white noise feedback loop in my head that's not gonna go away until my bags are safely packed.

Next on my to-do list: pack some bags! And think about some sleep.

22 July 2014

Twinsie Tuesday: Inspired by Nature

For this week's "Inspired by Nature" Twinsie theme, I finally tackled a tutorial that's been on my to-do list since...well, since December 2, 2012, because that's exactly when I commented that it was going straight to said list. It took me a while to work up the guts, but this is my attempt at Treesponge's aurora borealis nail art design.

aurora borealis nail art

Not quite up the original but sooo much better than I thought they'd be! I'll take it! And while I didn't do a full mani this time, it surprisingly is something I could actually manage with both hands too. For my polishes I ended up staying relatively close to the original script. My base is Color Club Baldwin Blues, with some CrowsToes Merope and Color Club Wild At Heart sponged across the tips (and by the way, in contrast to the terrible time I had with Baldwin Blues last time out, after some thinner and some time for it to sit and think about what it did, this beautiful blue behaved so much better this time around!).

Other culprits include some sponged Revlon Colorstay Blue Slate, Sally Hansen CSM Please Sea Me, and Revlon Colorstay Coastal Surf. There's a generous bit of Jessica Silver Holographic Top Coat for extra stars, plus Sinful Colors Snow Me White for extra-extra dotted stars on that. Water marble swirl is China Glaze For Audrey (and some clear OPI Top Coat), and the light show is China Glaze I'm With the Lifeguard with highlights of Illamasqua Rare. The squiggly trees (and attempted inlet/lake on my index finger) are China Glaze Liquid Leather.

aurora borealis nail art

Thanks so much to Treesponge for a well-written and really fun tutorial--I hope my fellow Twinsies had as good a time with their nature-inspired manicures this week!

PS: Husband saw these half-finished, so I told him I was doing aurora borealis. He said, "Wasn't he that guy on Buffy?"



Alaina at The Little Canvas
Amanda at Amandalandish
Amber at Nails Like Lace
Anna at Going to the Showing
Bridget at A Painted Nail
Casey at Casey Lane Loves Polish
Chelsea at Nailed Blog
ChiChi at I'm Just Me...ChiChi
Cordia at Seriously Swatched
Elizabeth at Did My Nails
Erin at Paint Those Piggies
Jessica at Blue Velvet Lacquer
Kelly at Tuxarina
Lakeisha at Refined & Polished
Lisa at The Polish Playground
Marisa at Polish Obsession
Róisín at Cuti-CLUE-les
Stephanie at A Little Polish
Tiffany at Polished to Precision

21 July 2014

OPI This Gown Needs a Crown

From the 2013 Miss Universe Collection, this is OPI This Gown Needs a Crown...

OPI This Gown Needs a Crown swatch

A couple of weeks ago, because someone referred to this polish as the greatest silver ever and because I'm exactly that hard to manipulate, I shouted, "I'll be the judge of that!" and marched out to buy a bottle. (It's all part of that same "You're not the boss of me!" instinct that makes me physically itch to barge through any door marked No Entry. Sadly, Husband has yet to master the art of using this trait to his advantage without giving the game away, thus planting me on the "You can't make me!" side of whatever he's trying to accomplish. Crap, where was I? Right, the nail polish!)

OPI This Gown Needs a Crown is a beautiful silver foil that dries to suede, matte finish. Or if you prefer, satin (since that's what it says on the bottle cap). And by foil, I'm not only referring to its classification--I also mean that it literally looks like you've covered your nails with delicate, silver foil paper.

source

The surface doesn't reflect like a mirror-chrome; instead, the fine particles give off a glow that's soft and diffused. Just two coats of this great formula will be perfect for most, for daily wear. I hit mine with three for the camera and then basically sat back and breathed in the awesome.

OPI This Gown Needs a Crown swatch

OPI This Gown Needs a Grown's finish is so gorgeously suede that I didn't even think about top coating until I was finishing off some comparison pics (oops, spoiler alert! comparison post on the way...) and then OHSWEETMERFICUL, I 'bout fell out of my seat. On a scale of 1-10, the sparkle was insane. I will absolutely be wearing this polish again in the ludicrously near future.

Is it the greatest silver of all time? I'm not quite prepared to commit to as bold a statement as that, but as pathologically contrary as I am, I'm perfectly content to let that claim stand unchallenged. This is a damn fine silver polish.

19 July 2014

Lilac and Roses

Hey, do you know what it just this second occurred to me I could have done for nail art with Barielle Lilac Jelly Bean? Lilacs. Or possibly some sort of jelly beans. But I didn't do those; I did swishy, white roses. Like so!

white flower nail art

Starting with Barielle Lilac Jelly Bean, I did a quick and easy saran wrap application of it, Zoya Normani, Essie Bangle Jangle, and Essie Smokin' Hot. The roses and leaves are simple swirls of acrylic paint, and I topped it all off with Wet n Wild Wild Shine Matte (and I'm still giggling about the name "Wild Shine" matte because I'm just that hard to amuse).

rose nail art

Like the purple flowers I posted a few weeks ago, these nails go out to my grandmother, whose birthday it is today. Happy Birthday, Gam! Who Loves Ya', Baby?! (^_^)

18 July 2014

SpaRitual Delight

When it comes to minty, teal polishes, too many is nowhere near enough. Even if it looks like one I already have...just how similar is it? What, you mean it's not different at all? Awesome, I found a dupe! So yeah, I can talk myself into just about any of these shades that happens to cross my path. SpaRitual Delight, though, took little to no justification at all; my eyeballs just locked onto it and informed the brain directly, "You need this. Like, now."

SpaRitual Delight swatch

The first coat of SpaRitual Delight pulled and streaked and had me pretty worried. But the second went on creamysmooth, and steadier/thicker polishers than I am will be good to go right there. I hit mine with a third and fell hard in love. Head over heels. I mean, I'm always on about this or that soft, mint teal, but SpaRitual Delight is full-on, flipping gorgeous. Italic, boldface, underscore, capslock gorgeous.

SpaRitual Delight swatch

Rave, rave, love, what else can I say? SpaRitual Delight is made of luminous, antique jade and presents from Tiffany and peppermint toothpaste and the soft sighs of a beautiful baby unicorn.

17 July 2014

Barielle Lilac Jelly Bean

Barielle Lilac Jelly Bean is the last of the five-piece spring 2013 Sweet Treats collection that I was so psyched to find discounted at Bonjour. I've been trying them in totally random order, but I think I really did end up saving the best for last...

Barielle Lilac Jelly Bean swatch

I love the pinch of dust in this macaron-pretty lilac shade! Of all the Sweet Treats, this is the dessert-iest of the bunch--and happily, the formula was easy to work with too. It applied smoothly, with great pigmentation; for people with steadier hands and/or fewer compulsions, this is an easy two-coater polish.


If lavenders like OPI Planks a Lot or Essie Bangle Jangle feature anywhere among your likes or wants, I definitely recommend keeping an eye out for Barielle Lilac Jelly Bean!

15 July 2014

Twinsie Tuesday: One-Stroke Flowers

This week's TT theme is one-stroke flowers, which I've been both dreading and really looking forward to. Looking forward for the challenge of the thing and dreading because of my expectations. But I am shocked, I tell you--shocked!--to report that things actually turned out okay!

one-stroke flower nail art

The base for these is Zoya Taylor, which I super, super LOVE. I've been hoping for a long time to find a nude beige that would give me the same tingly feelings I get from Deborah Lippmann Human Nature. Taylor doesn't have that same mushroom/taupe edge as HN, but it's just that little bit darker than my crazypale skin and doesn't lean too warm or too cold. It may not recapture that exact same DL spark, but I would totally take Taylor out to dinner and invite her in for drinks. I plan to cover her with nail art and glitter, pretty much every chance I get.

one-stroke flower nail art

Other than a half-hearted attempt about a year ago that wasn't even allowed to dry on the first nail, this was my first go at one-stroke flowers, and I gotta say it went much better than I expected. Especially after that didn't-really-count first time because wow, that was just...wow. Let us never speak of it. But something about it just kinda clicked today, for which I have to thank LOVE4NAILS and her tutorials. I definitely need a little more practice, especially with turning the corner to round off that last petal instead of just running into the end of the nail, but that sense of foreboding I had about one-stroke flowers is all calmed down. I'm even looking forward to doing them again soon!

Hope my fellow Twinsies had this much fun with their one-stroke flower nails!




Alaina at The Little Canvas
Amanda at Amandalandish
Amber at Nails Like Lace
Anna at Going to the Showing
Bridget at A Painted Nail
Casey at Casey Lane Loves Polish
Chelsea at Nailed Blog
ChiChi at I'm Just Me...ChiChi
Cordia at Seriously Swatched
Elizabeth at Did My Nails
Erin at Paint Those Piggies
Jessica at Blue Velvet Lacquer
Kelly at Tuxarina
Lakeisha at Refined & Polished
Lisa at The Polish Playground
Marisa at Polish Obsession
Róisín at Cuti-CLUE-les
Stephanie at A Little Polish
Tiffany at Polished to Precision

13 July 2014

Neon Zebra Nail Art

As soon as I spied Amber's awesome rainbow zebra design, these nails went straight to the top of my to-do list, where they've been making faces and tapping their toes at me ever since. Amber clearly possesses gallons more patience and a steadier hand than mine, though, to be able to stripe up her rainbows so nice and neatly. Me, I just went nuts with a sponge and a few of my favourite neons.

neon zebra stripe nail art

I started these with two coats of OPI Put a Coat On base, then sponged on some neons in Milani Awesome Orange, Milani Pink Rocks!, Milani Totally 80's, Milani Fresh Teal, China Glaze I'm With the Lifeguard, and Sation Shock Me Twice Pink. The stripes are my trusty Orly Crisp White striper, to which, as long as I've been using it, I only just this time had to finally add a few drops of thinner. (Seriously, if you're trying to pick a good striper polish, consider this a plug for the Orly.)

neon zebra nail art

How much do I love these?! Lots. I love them lots. And I'm having a 90s flashback, with visions of Lisa Frank notebooks dancing in my head...Ooh, and I'm currently waiting, all kinds of fangirl crazy, for the new Sailor Moon series to start, so yeah, it's back to the 90s all up in here today! I should celebrate by putting on some Pearl Jam and hitting that new Starbucks downstairs. Possibly spend some time gettin' jiggy with it before I bounce.


Omigosh, I just realized that while I'm doing nails early before I leave town...by the time this post goes up, Sailor Moon Crystal should have finally begun! *fangirl swoon of rapture and glee*

11 July 2014

Green Apple Blossoms

After the first three Sweet Treats got nail art on top I figured it was kind of a thing now, so I started thinking about what might work with Barielle Green Apple Chew. I know that flowers are pretty much always my first thought when it comes to nail art, but then I thought, hmm, green apple...apple blossoms? Sure, that sounds like a thing too--let's try that!

apple blossom floral nail art

I didn't actually know what apple blossoms specifically look like, though, so I had to Google them, and I just have this very serious question: How the frilly hell did I manage to spend this much time on the same planet as apple blossoms and now know how ridiculously pretty they are?! I mean, mine look okay, I tried my best, but the real thing is just...

source
Seriously, nature. Well done, you. If I were a bee I would be ALL OVER that action. My painting skills are nowhere near that kind of delicate detail, but I loved the idea of the bright pink highlights against the turbo-green of Green Apple Chew.

apple blossom nail art flowers

Thanking goodness that I went ahead and took these pics soon after top coating because after a few hours I noticed that despite having a previous layer of top coat between polish and paint, the lime green still bled through some of the white...which always happens, but I always seem to forget, for some reason, that it's going to. I did get to wear these out and enjoy them for a while before that happened, though, so I went ahead and moved on to my next manicure without an excessive amount of profanity.

I mean, there was profanity, most definitely. But the amount of it was appropriate. (^_^)

10 July 2014

Barielle Green Apple Chew

Nearing the last of the five-piece Sweet Treats set from last spring, this is Barielle Green Apple Chew...

Barielle Green Apple Chew swatch

I thought my new lamp and I were bickering about colour adjustments before, but that was all just pillow talk. In the face of the bright, nearly but not quite neon and so yellow but still firmly green and "Just what kind of a dessert is this supposed to be?!" intensity of Barielle Green Apple Chew, my lamps, my camera, Photoshop, and I could only offer our best suggestions and let Jesus take the wheel.

The formula was essentially opaque in 2 coats, but I did my reflexive three for the camera, as well as to address a little bit of streaking. I'd have been shocked if there hadn't been some streaking, though, for a polish with this much yellow.


If you like searing lemon-limes like OPI Did It On 'Em, you'll probably love this. It's definitely more Acid Pop than Apple Chew, but companies will insist on naming their own products without consulting me. I wish I could have captured the full complexity of it, though, because while it's all kinds of uglyawesome bright, there's a hint of dust in there too that's really intriguing.

When I showed these to Husband, he asked me if they were puce...which I made the horrible mistake of googling because it brought up a jillion pictures of enormously disgusting bugs. Srsly, just ew. It also showed me that puce is a sort of mauvey colour, while this shade of green was specifically cited as the colour that puce is not. So I guess that answers that. This nail polish is exactly not puce.

08 July 2014

Twinsie Tuesday: Stripes

Today's Twinsie Tuesday theme is stripes, and I am physically incapable of drawing a straight line. So I didn't! With a childhood flashback, I went wavy instead with some Fruit Stripe Gum nail art...

Fruit Stripe Gum nail art

Oh, Fruit Stripe, most delicious of gums, whose juicy flavour elevates even the most downtrodden of souls unto rapturous delight...for about eight seconds or so. Then it's just a piece of gum and a tantalizing memory of the heavenly taste that was.

source
I spent way more time than I'd care to admit, trying to pick the right polishes for these Fruit Stripe flavours. The stripes themselves are acrylic paint. The polishes are Jessica Banana Peel (warm yellow), Nfu Oh 150 (pink), and Nubar Lemon Sherbet. The green is a mash of, like, 6 different polishes all sponged together until I thought it was close enough. Seriously, how do I not have a pistachio-lime like this in my stash?

Fruit Stripe Gum nail art

I was just about to top coat when I decided to push my luck. This is usually the point where that little voice reminds me to Leave It Alone, but I noticed that the actual gum's finish looks a little rough--not just matte, but the design is sort of grainy, like it's covered with, I don't know, candy dust or something. So I hit each nail with a little more of its base, sponged very lightly and randomly, hoping to give it a similar look. Then everything got a quick hit of INM Out the Door to seal it up, followed by butter LONDON Matte.

Fruit Stripe Gum nail art


So hey, if everything goes according to plan, I should be waking up in New Orleans when this post goes up! I'm heading to the US for another month with my grandparents (with two weeks of my parents this time too, yay!), so knock wood and cross fingers for me getting the next few WEEKS of posts all scheduled correctly before I go! Someday I might actually remember to invite some of the wonderful bloggers I've met online to guest post during one of these extended trips before I get down to the wire, but for now the "HOLY $@#! IT'S TIME TO PACK, AND I STILL HAVE ABOUT A JILLION MANICURES TO DO!" tradition continues...

Hopefully my fellow Twinsies are getting to spend a much more relaxed time enjoying their stripes!




Alaina at The Little Canvas
Amanda at Amandalandish
Amber at Nails Like Lace
Anna at Going to the Showing
Bridget at A Painted Nail
Casey at Casey Lane Loves Polish
Chelsea at Nailed Blog
ChiChi at I'm Just Me...ChiChi
Cordia at Seriously Swatched
Elizabeth at Did My Nails
Erin at Paint Those Piggies
Jessica at Blue Velvet Lacquer
Kelly at Tuxarina
Lakeisha at Refined & Polished
Lisa at The Polish Playground
Marisa at Polish Obsession
Róisín at Cuti-CLUE-les
Stephanie at A Little Polish
Tiffany at Polished to Precision

06 July 2014

Pink Tweed Nail Art

I love tweed because of Giles, I love pink because of pink, and I've wanted to do a pink, tweed manicure for ages because I love this one of Nory's. Did I come close? No. No, I did not. But tweed is such a fun pattern to do that I ain't even mad.

pink tweed nail art

The base for these is OPI Kiss Me I'm Brazillian. I don't know how well it suits me personally, but it's a welcome addition to the stash. Not too cool or too warm, nice and bright, just an awesome, medium pink with a fantastic formula. Opaque in two coats and creamy smooth.

pink tweed nail art

Given my complete and total inability to draw an actual straight line I knew I'd never keep my stitches to such a nice grid pattern as Nory's, so I stuck with my STITCHES EVERYWHERE! approach from last time...which came out a little messy, all zoomed in close like this, but the effect looks great once you get about half an arm's length away and the pattern can start to blend. For those of you who remember your Clueless, it's kind of a Monet, but like...in a good way. Maybe.

Ugh, I still can't tell if I'm disappointed or if I love them! (>_<)

04 July 2014

Happy Birthday, America!

Hooray for the 4th of July! For Independence Day, fireworks, backyard barbeques, 1812 at the Boston Pops, and uploading that computer virus to the alien mothership! Plans for today included a water marble mani in red, white, and blue, but plans were forced to change. Still, 'Murica!

July 4th nail art

I so wanted to do a water marble to celebrate July 4th, but any bit of water marble mojo I might possess deserted me completely. Some days, despite picking good polishes and room temp water and blah blah blah, for whatever reason, it just doesn't wanna work. So, I grabbed some acrylic paints and faked it over Sinful Colors Snow Me White.

It's not exactly a water marble look, but it does have a similar retro, lava lamp kinda feel. I also think it looks like it wants to be an airline logo when it grows up.

4th of July nail art

Speaking of... I've actually had a lifelong dream to "play" the cannon in the 1812 Overture. Doesn't seem likely to happen, but that's why they call it a dream, right?

Stay safe out there, and whether it's a holiday for you or not, have a Happy 4th of July!

03 July 2014

Baby Steps in Stamping

I miss my long nails like crazy, but they've definitely grown since I took these pics a couple of weeks ago. Unfortunately tradition dictates that they're about to shatter into a jillion pieces again, since I'll be traveling in just a couple of days. However! When they're short like this, I get really into dark, smexy shades. Plus the patterns on my Konad plates fit nice and comfortably, which means it's stamping time!

Konad plate m73

This rich, brown base is the totally-out-of-season-and-look-at-all-the-figs-I-give OPI Warm Me Up from this past year's Holiday Collection. The pattern is from Konad plate m73, and the holo polish I stamped with is one of my precioussss--sorry, precious--Halo Hues, Color Club Angel Kiss.

Despite how much I enjoy it, I haven't stamped much, and I'm still kind of abysmal at it. So, I wanted to go with a basic stamp that--and here's the important part--that doesn't have to be lined up perfectly and won't be painfully obvious about the part where I had to go back and smoosh that little bit that was left over on the stamper that I didn't quite get transferred cleanly onto the side of my nail, but it's close enough, and yeah, I think I like it, and honestly nobody can see that without squinting, and I'm certainly not gonna tell, so shhhhhhhh.

You know, that part.


holographic stamping

Really, though, I keep forgetting how much I enjoy stamping! The only reason I don't do more is my lack of big-enough plate designs, but that's shouldn't be too hard to remedy... Looks like it's time for me to order some MoYou!

Any other recommendations for larger stamping plate images? I'd love to hear 'em!

01 July 2014

Twinsie Tuesday: Skittles

Today's TT theme is Skittles, so that's exactly what I did. In the midst of an extravagantly lousy time last week, I kind of squeaked by on the "food inspired" theme, so this week, I decided to go the full Skittle and adapted this adorable m&m design by Robin Moses.

Skittles nail art

It's been literally years since I tried a fun, French-adjacent design like this, and I loved it!

Feeling crazy happy that I finally seem to have a handle on the whole yellow nails thing, I started with 2 coats of OPI Barre My Soul. The rounded off tips are China Glaze Liquid Leather with candy colours in acrylic paint (though... the next time I try something like this, somebody please remind me to put down some white or something first because it took a ridiculous number of coats to get these colours to look candy-bright over the black).

Anyway, after that, I touched up those black lines a little and squinted myself silly adding some Ss (some esses?) for the Skittles.

Skittles nail art

So bummed I couldn't find an actual bag of Skittles to pose with, like I did waaaaay back with my m&m nails...or the corn (snerk!)... but it's a disappointment I think I can live with.

Touching all the wood in sight, but things seem to be looking up again, and I want to be sure to say thanks to my Twinsies and to everyone who left a word or two of encouragement over the last couple of craptastic weeks. It really has meant a lot! I have a terrifying mountain of to-do work looming because I'm about to leave town for another month, but I'm so excited to be actually in the mood to do it again.

First, though, imma go see what my other Twinsies did for their skittle manicures...


Alaina at The Little Canvas
Amanda at Amandalandish
Amber at Nails Like Lace
Anna at Going to the Showing
Bridget at A Painted Nail
Casey at Casey Lane Loves Polish
Chelsea at Nailed Blog
ChiChi at I'm Just Me...ChiChi
Cordia at Seriously Swatched
Elizabeth at Did My Nails
Erin at Paint Those Piggies
Jessica at Blue Velvet Lacquer
Kelly at Tuxarina
Lakeisha at Refined & Polished
Lisa at The Polish Playground
Marisa at Polish Obsession
Róisín at Cuti-CLUE-les
Stephanie at A Little Polish
Tiffany at Polished to Precision

Related Posts by LinkWithin