Friday, November 13, 2015

Friday the 13th Inspiration

Today's mani is another one that didn't turn out like I pictured it, but I don't think it was a total fail either:
I started off with a base coat & then two coats of Zoya Chantal since I wanted a light "skin toned" color (even though it's still darker than my actual skin tone) & topped it with a coat of Glisten & Glow HK Girl top coat.  Then I used a dark purple BIC Mark-It permanent marker, colored all over the bottom of a shot glass with it & poured in a couple drops of rubbing alcohol, mixed it together & splattered it on my nails with a small paint brush.  I repeated that with a dark blue & dark green marker.  I topped the splatters with another coat of HK Girl top coat.  For the owl I used the Born Pretty Store BP-L019 plate & made a small decal on my stamper (I need to practice stamping directly on my nails) & then topped it with another coat of HK Girl top coat.
I don't think this design is terrible, but I didn't factor in the marker/alcohol mix flooding my cuticles & getting all over my fingers & being a pain to get off--thankfully none of my fingers or nails got stained.
And as for this being "Friday the 13th inspired"?  Well, my 13th tattoo got finished yesterday & it was the inspiration for the nails:

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Friday, October 9, 2015

Not trying to be too negative, but...

I think my first (?) attempt at negative space nails was a complete fail.  I had an idea in my head, but it just didn't translate to my nails:
I started off with Nina Ultra Pro Matte topcoat as a base coat & then used masking tape cut in half width-wise with just a sliver cut off of that (the half pieces were still a bit wide) & tried to lay those straight across the middle of my nails.  I used all Zoya polishes (Sooki, Sharon, Josie, Breezi & Mira) to paint near my cuticles & the tips & then lifted the tape off, cleaned up what leaked under the tape & touched up the spots I needed to.  I added a coat of Nina Ultra Pro Matte topcoat to top it all off.
Okay, so maybe this wasn't a *complete* fail, but it didn't look the way I wanted.  Maybe if I had shorter nails or the tape was straighter (I'm looking at you Sharon on my middle nail) & it would probably also help if my nails didn't curve so much.  Funny, I used to like that my nails curve, but not I wish they were just a bit more flat.
What do you think of these nails?  Do you like negative space nails?

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Simple holographic mani & a small issue...

Just a simple mani using two of the 2012 Color Club Halo Hues--Angel Kiss & Blue Heaven.
Color Club Angel Kiss & Blue Heaven
Can you tell which color is on which nails?  It's hard since these two polishes look so much alike. Angel Kiss is on my thumb, index & pinkie nails & Blue Heaven in on my middle & ring nails.  I used a base coat & then two coats of each polish--these went on like a dream & covered amazingly. Angel Kiss was a bit thicker than Blue Heaven, but neither gave me any trouble.  I added a coat of Glisten & Glow HK Girl top coat & it didn't dull the holo at all.

I love both of these polishes & I just ordered them along with the rest of the 2012 Halo Hues collection from Color Club's website when then had their buy one get one 50% off sale.  Ordering was easy & all & shipping was decent, but I did/do have a couple of issues.  First off the cap on Blue Heaven is different than the other five bottles--it's a satin finish silver cap without the CC logo on top (the other five are shiny silver & have the CC logo).  This really isn't that big of a deal, but when you order straight from a company you expect consistency.  The other issue I have is the bigger one--when I ordered the six polishes I got an email conformation & then an email when the polishes where shipped.  I also got another shipping email from the company they ship through.  When I received my polishes I was only sent five of them so I had to contact Color Club to ask about Cherubic & finally got an email saying that the formula was being bottled & that my polish would be sent the next day.  I just don't understand why I didn't get any sort of email or even a note on the packing slip letting me know about Cherubic being on some sort of back order--this just isn't the greatest business practice in my eyes.  Color Club has amazing polishes, but I think that the company needs to work on some of the other aspects of their business.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Nail stamping is bananas!

Last week I got the urge to try my hand at making a nail stamp decal--pretty sure this was my first try at a full nail image (I may have tried a single, small image before?) so please be nice when you see it.
For my main nails I used two coats of Color Club Miss Bliss & topped it with Glisten & Glow HK Girl top coat.  For my accent nail I used two coats of Pure Ice Platinum Magic Base Coat & topped it with HK Girl top coat so it would dry.  For the decal I used the banana image from Cheeky plate CH42 (reminds me of Andy Warhol's banana on the The Velvet Underground & Nico record cover--hence the pink main nails).  I stamped with Wet n Wild Black Creme with didn't turn out perfect, but I was okay with it.  I filled in the bananas with FingerPaints Yellow Out Man & then used a top coat over the whole thing.  For some reason I was in a hurry to get my nails done (seems like I'm always in a rush to do my nails even when I don't have to be) & added a layer of HK Girl top coat in hopes of having the decal dry faster--& then I removed it from the stamper before it was fully dry & I got a bit of a wrinkle in it when I put it on my nail.  I added another layer of HK Girl top coat which smeared the black polish a bit & the nail did feel thick after I added the decal, but overall I do like how it turned out & I can't wait to stamp more (*just* got some stamping stuff I ordered from Born Pretty Store which took over a month).  I really do hope I get better at it because I think it's a very fun way to make your nails more unique.
Like this design?  Have you tried nail stamping/making your own decals?  What are your thoughts?
**I did wear this as a full mani for a little less than a week, but had to take it off since the thickness of the accent nails kind of bothered me.**

Monday, August 17, 2015

FingerPaints Rainbow Water Marble

I bought some new FingerPaints polishes a couple of months ago from Sally Beauty Supply (the only place you can buy them) & I've wanted to try to do a water marble with them ever since.
left hand FingerPaints Far Out Fuchsia; Tie Dye Tangerine; Yellow Out Man; Peace, Love & Green; Be Hippy; & First Edition 

right hand FingerPaints Far Out Fuchsia; Tie Dye Tangerine; Yellow Out Man; Peace, Love & Green; Be Hippy; & First Edition 
I used a white polish for a base coat & then used FingerPaints Far Out Fuchsia; Tie Dye Tangerine; Yellow Out Man; Peace, Love & Green; Be Hippy; & First Edition & added Seche Vite to top everything off.  All of the polishes except First Edition were from the Tie Dye Revolution collection. I think these polishes worked well for water marbling except Be Hippy (the blue) which didn't want to spread out.  I like how my right hand ended up looking more because I used the polishes in pink, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple order instead of the opposite way like I did on my left hand & that let the polishes spread more since the blue was next to last.  *These polishes are brighter in person than the pictures make them look.*
I know these aren't the greatest water marble nails, but I do like how they turned out, especially since I've tried water marbling less than 10 times.
My right thumb nail is my favorite:

Friday, August 7, 2015

Simple mani

Quick post to show my mani I'm wearing:
China Glaze What A Pansy & Gaga For Green & ILNP Mega (S)
I used a base coat & applied two coats of China Glaze What A Pansy on my thumb & pinkie nails, three coats of China Glaze Gaga For Green on my index & middle nails & two coats of ILNP Mega (S) on my ring finger nail & topped everything with a coat of Glisten & Glow HK Girl top coat. What A Pansy & Mega (S) both went on like a dream, but Gaga For Green was a bit thin.
I've been a bit obsessed with manis like this for a couple of months now--Mega (S) as an accent nail & then two cream colors for the other nails.  It seems like creams are all I want to wear lately.
Not sure if I've ever worn either China Glaze polish & I really like them both & I love the combo of green & purple together.
What do you think of this mani?  Love/like/hate?  Do you ever fall into wearing one sort of mani or one finish of polish for stretches at a time?

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Zoya Island Fun sponging

Just a quick post showing the nails I did the other night while watching "How To Train Your Dragon":
Zoya Nana, Demetria, Jace, Talia & Serenity
I used five of the colors from Zoya's Island Fun collection (I had planned on also using Cecilia, but I thought it wouldn't be enough of a contrast to Talia).  I just used a makeup sponge & painted the two colors on it & sponged my nails straight over a base coat.  Most of the polishes covered well, but Demetria (orange) & Jace (green) were a little thinner & took a bit more polish to cover.  I added Glisten & Glow HK Girl top coat to finish.  This is only the second or third time I've done sponged nails & I think these turned out well, I really like them.
What's your favorite color combo from these?  Mine's the pinky nail with Talia & Serenity.