Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Illamasqua Speckled Polish in Freckle

Hi All! Today I have an awesome polish to share with  you. I liked it so much in fact I didn't even do any nail art with it. 

This is 2 coats of Illamasqua's Freckle polish from the Speckle collection on all fingers except on my ring. You can purchase this from Sephora stores or online. Freckle is a beige polish with small and large navy matte glitters. It is supposed to resemble the fragile markings of bird eggs. I found the effect awesome. The polish is also extremely pigmented so 2 coats was more than enough. This was my first time using an Illamasqua polish and over all I was extremely pleased. I can't wait to get more!

On my ring finger is two coats of Sinful Colors Rain Storm, to kind of match the glitters. 

Friday, February 22, 2013

Going Pastel-tively dotty with my dotting tool

      Hi all!!! I have one of my favorite and quickest manicures ever to share with you today. Even though it is snowing I just wanted something springy and fun. What says that more than pastels & polka dots!

     For this manicure I used 2 coats of a different color polish on each finger to do a french manicure. 

      Polish used from left to right; it is Dots in Light Green, Sinful Colors' Snow Me White, Zoya Pippa & Yummy, and OPI Love Me Tender. Then I used different sized dotting tools to make the dots in different colors. Finally, I covered it all in 2 coats of Out the Door top coat. In case anyone is wondering I used some Josie Maran Argan oil that I got as gratis from work as the cuticle oil. It works great! 

         I think it all took me maybe 30 mintues tops, most of which was drying time. So if you are looking for something quick and easy that still makes a statement, this is your manicure! I couldn't even decide which of the colors I liked the dots on best. They all kind of reminded me of a Birthday Party LOL.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Orly's Passion Fruit & Nail Studs

Hey bloggers!!! Miss me? I know it's been a couple of weeks since I posted anything, so I apologize. It has been hard to find the time to paint my nails let alone blog about it these days it seems. But I have a few to share so hopefully I can get them all up in the next week :D

 This was a super fun manicure to do. I started with 2 coats of Orly Passion Fruit on all my fingers except the ring. Wow was this a bright neon pink! I love it and I definitely can't wait to use it this summer. On a side note I love it even more because I got it for free from Sally's Beauty Supply after spending $3. Can't beat free LOL! 

For the ring finger I used 2 coats of Kleancolor's Charcoal which was a matte dark gray with a bit of a silver sheen. I love how dark and dramatic it is with out actually being black. 

Then, since I only had a dark blue nail art polish that's what I used to make the zebra print. Not my best zebra print, but also not my worst LOL.

Then I added the black rhinestone bow and three silver metal studs. I got both off of EBAY for right around $2-$3 for a set of them. It just took a lot of patience waiting for them to be mailed. I am loving all the nail stud art I have been seeing around the blogs lately and can't wait to do more with them. Hope everyone has a great Thursday! 

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Butter London's Fairy Cake and Cheetah print

Good morning everyone! Today I am super excited to share a manicure that I saw on Pinterest and couldn't wait to try out for myself.

This is my version. I didn't have the exact colors that the original did and for some reason I don't even have a black nail polish I could find. You can see the original here. For this manicure I used 3 coats of Funky Fingers on all my nails but the middle and ring. For those, I used 3 coats of Butter London's Fairy Cake.

I used a couple coats of Out The Door top coat to speed up the drying polish on the glitter. This also really helped to make it smooth so that the polish I put over it wouldn't look all lumpy. Then I used my dotting tool to make about 3 dots randomly on my nails. Once those dried I used the dark blue nail art polish to draw 2 or 3 little lines around each dot and then a few miscellaneous dots with the blue here or there by themselves and voila, cheetah! Much easier than I thought it would be to execute and my right hand even came out actually resembling my left which is a welcome change from most of my free hand nail art experiences LOL. I liked it so much I took a bunch more pictures so here ya go :D

Friday, February 1, 2013

Bundle Monster Stamping , OPI Unfor-Greta-bly Blue, & Zoya Yummy

Hi All!!! Today I am posting one of the manicures where I finally had a little time to play around with more of my Bundle Monster Stamps I got for Christmas :D Plus I was so excited that my new Zoya polishes I ordered from the Zoya promotion finally arrived. You know I couldn't wait to use those either!

First I started by using 2 coats of a gorgeous dark blue with a bit of metallic qualities by OPI called Unfor-Greta-bly Blue. 

Then on just  my pointer and pinkie finger I used a sponge and a light sky blue by Zoya called Yummy to do a bit of a gradient. (Sorry I somehow I just got so excited for the next step I didn't even take a picture of this LOL)

Next I was on to the stamping my favorite/most infuriating part! I love how they turn out when you can get them just right, but sometimes when you have a bad transfer it is absolutely maddening! Especially because if you aren't careful you have to paint your whole nail all over again which isn't half as bad as just being patient enough for it to all dry all over again. ( Can you tell I was irritated or what?! Ha ha!) 

For the thumb and middle finger I used Bundle Monster Plate 322 for the hounds tooth pattern. 

Then on my pointer finger I used the large owl stamp and the small owl stamp for my pinkie from Bundle Monster Plate 309.

Finally for the finishing touches I added some dark & light blue rhinestones and a blue glitter polish from Urban outfitters that I won as a blog giveaway prize. Phew that was a lot to write and even more to do! Hope you like it :D