Thursday, August 23, 2012

Flirty French

Hey ladies! Although the name seems to imply it I promise there's no sloppy tongue in this post LOL. For this manicure I wanted to do a french manicure because I haven't sported one in forever and for some reason my boyfriend loves them. Of course you know I couldn't just leave it as a simple french so I had to keep adding things until I was satisfactorily bedazzled. LOL Probably a bit much, but the girly girl in me couldn't help but LOVE it! 

I started with a simple french using a new light lavender/ pink OPI I bought on clearance called Panda-monium Pink. It only took 2 coats for it to be relatively  opaque and went on really smooth and evenly.

Then I added a few coats of Spoiled polish in Jewelry Heist. It is a clear polish with a mix of gold, pink, purple, and green pastel glitter. I haven't tried too many polishes by Spoiled before. I ended up really liking the wide nail brush it had. I think I read somewhere that this brand is by the same company as Wet n' Wild, but I really couldn't tell you if that is true or not.

I had just gotten some new sparkly nail striping tape in various colors that I won on Ebay for literally a penny that I was dying to try. I went with the magenta pink so as to stick with my girly theme. It was a bit harder to work with that I imagined it to be, but about a million times easier than if I would have had to cut scotch tape to make a similar design. Then I attached a couple pink Fimo flowers to the middle fingers and finally topped it off with pink rhinestones for the center of the flowers. Hope you like it, I don't think I could have possibly put anything else on LOL!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Flirty Tankini Fun

Hey all! I was a little bored and wanted to try out some magnetic polish this week! But to have every nail the same seemed a little over board.

For this look I borrowed Flirty Tankini by China Glaze from one of my BFF's, Kristine D. who is pretty much also in love with painting her nails. She was also kind enough to let me borrow Trafakgar Square by Nails, Inc. I then used a little clear polish and sprinkled some loose glitter from TJ Maxx.  I loved this magnetic polish. The design came out the best of any other magnetic polish I have tried so far. I will definitely have to get my hands on some more soon! The glitter got a bit messy, but I didn't really take any time to clean it up before the photos either... Whoops! Hope you guys are enjoying your week! 

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Reinforcement Sticker Mani

So I kept seeing the idea to use a Binder reinforcement sticker to block the top half moon manicure shape off on Pinterest. No longer being in school I of course did not have any of these on hand. I really wanted to try this but could NEVER remember to actually buy the stickers LOL. Well finally that day has come. 

I started with 3 coats of Cayman Islands by Funky Fingers.

I was really surprised by how transparent this polish was. If I had to do it over again I would definitely make sure to have a white base coat underneath. It did have a kind of pearly sheen to it that was really pretty, but overall not my favorite polish to work with.

This is kind of dark but it gives you and idea of the pearl.
 After a coat of Seche Vite and some waiting time it was dry enough not to leave any imprints on the polish. I am soooooo impatient! I put one of the reinforcement stickers on and then had to do a little mashing to make sure it was stuck well enough on the sides of my nail. 

Kinda looks like a duck LOL

Then I used one coat of Funky Finger 220 Volts.

I definitely should have used 2 coats of the blue, but it was really late and I was getting TIRED. Over all the sticker worked pretty well. I am thinking that I would like to maybe try using the stickers for a better smile like with some french manicures???? 

Monday, August 6, 2012

Neon on Gray

I don't know about you but I am totally loving the color gray lately, and well, the books too I guess! I am especially loving it with a bright pop of neon. 

This was a fairly quick and easy manicure. I started with 2 coats of gray. The gray polish I picked up at Urban Outfitters a couple of summers ago called Matte Grey.

For the dots, I used three different sized dotting tools, although, they all ended up being fairly similar in size somehow... The top, hot pink, dot is Funky Fingers in Pop Artist, the middle orange dot is an HD polish by Ruby Kisses called Orange U Jealous, and the bottom, yellow dot is from Sinful colors called Neon Melon. I had to do each dot a couple of times to get them to really stand out against the gray, but they dried really quick. Then I put on a coat of Seche Vite.

I couldn't resist seeing what this would look like with a matte top coat also. I used Essie's Matte About You for the middle, ring, and pinky finger. I ended up loving it in matte even more than with the shiny top coat! What do you guys think? 

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Pretty In Pink

Wow I can't believe it is August already! Summer has really flown by. On the plus side I have been doing a lot people's nails but on the minus side it doesn't really leave me much time to do my own, let alone photograph and blog them anymore. So now instead of re-doing my polish every couple of days it seems to be more like once a week. I will say it is definitely hard to keep your nails looking nice when you are working on other peoples. Gloves have definitely helped, but it is an uphill battle LOL.

I was inspired to do today's nail look by my Goddaughter Kelsie. So she gets a special shout out today. :) For her birthday she wanted to get her toe nails and gel nails done. I was more than happy to oblige. Being the girly girl that she is, she picked out a couple of gorgeous light pinks. I don't normally wear a whole lot of pinks on my nails, but hers looked so adorable it made me grab for a pink the next time I needed a polish change too. Plus, since I had a wedding that weekend, it worked out really great for that too, even though my dress was a very royal blue.

This is two coats of Milani nail polish in En Vie La Rose. I then put 2 coats of Kleancolor, Pinky Moon just on the ring finger for a bit of sparkly accent. On the pointer finger I had some flower stickers that I got as a free gift with my polish purchase on Ebay, so I threw that on too! 

Overall I liked it. The Milani polish went on really great. It was very Opaque and dried nicely. I really almost could have went with just one coat. The Pinky Moon polish was also pretty nice, but the glitter was pretty faint when compared to what it looked like in the bottle. What do you guys think?