Monday, September 8, 2014

Shaping Up For Fall!

While Summer was heating up, I was getting ready for the next season. Fall has always been my favorite time of year, its when the leaves turn and the wind picks up. Not to mention its the time of year for all the dark, rich colors to come out to play!

I had seen spikes used in nail art before and just had to get some of my own! I may have gone a little overboard with this look, but I still like it. I used Zoya Pinta for a decadent base and sponged Rainbow Honey Gilded and Costa Del Sol for some shimmering gold. That's about when the spikes took over, heh.

This one has to be my favorite of the two, especially the butterflies. I used Nails Inc Kensington High Street and used Zoya Tomoko as a beautiful glitter gradient. I had these gorgeous butterfly confetti pieces that I bent, so that they look like they're fluttering on my nails. 

I've been thinking for awhile now that I wanted to try a new shape on my nails. I finally decided last month and just went for it. I actually really love how it turned out and am definitely keeping this shape from now on! I went with a simple manicure this week with Beautifully Disney Diva Of The Deep and some silver pyramid studs.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Quick Post: Paper Garden

A new craft store opened near me recently, so I decided to pop in and see if I could find any inspiration! I came across a display of tiny paper flowers that struck me right away, so I grabbed a bag and hurried home to get started.

I wanted to keep the nail simple to let the flowers bring the manicure to life, so I used Sally Hansen Mint Sorbet. I noticed there were three different colors, I wanted to get an even amount of each so I carefully glued them on and even added one onto my pinky finger. Then I added a few confetti butterflies that I had bent so they'd appear to be fluttering among the flowers. Although the flowers look a little large, I really liked how this manicure came out! 

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Inspiration From Nailpolis!

Awhile back I got an e-mail invite to a new site that was launching called Nailpolis, it was said to be a place to post your nail art and connect with other nail artists. Once I signed up, I started uploaded my art immediately and found they had really great features! You can input what polishes you used, link all your social media on your galley page and they even have badges!

What I love about the badges is it gets me to try new things, get new ideas and inspiration. They also hold nail art contests constantly. I've gotten to really love Nailpolis, so when they started their one million follower contest, I just had to join in the fun!

My entry was inspired by the banner they had up advertising the contest. I started with Sinful Colors Enchanted as a base color. For the pennant flags I painted gold studs with Sinful Colors Savage, Revlon Sunlit Grass and China Glaze Under The Boardwalk. You know I love my 3D effects, so I took some thin yarn to string the pennants. To finish off the look I dotted confetti on the base color!

Nailpolis has had a Paris themed badge for awhile now and it inspired me! I went in search of some charms to use and found a perfect travel set with an Eiffel tower. I wanted to work off of the pastel purple of the suitcase, so I chose Zoya Gei Gei. I also painted and cut a decorative confetti piece for above my accent nail. The only problem I have with this manicure is that my striping tape left purple spots on the white stripes, other than that I think its too cute.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Disney Inspiration: Maleficent

Quick note: If you haven't seen Maleficent, there are spoilers ahead.

As far as Disney villains go, Maleficent has got to be my favorite! I was worried how the movie would be at first, but I thought it ended up fantastic. Being the nail lover I am, I noticed Maleficent's manicure immediately. What started as a simple tan stiletto, turned into a devilish Louboutin manicure once the spell was cast. Immediately I got inspiration and decided to create a manicure based on the magnificent villainess!

First I filed and shaped a set of fakes, because I'm not edgy enough and far too clumsy to rock such sharp nails. I used Essie Cocktails And Coconuts as a shimmery nude base and sponged Illamasqua Omen near the base of the nails. I wanted to show her struggle between good and evil, so I hand placed glass glitter to symbolize her evil side crumbling. The unfortunate part was that the glass glitter wasn't originally opaque, so I had to hand paint each piece with black acrylic paint after placing. For the accent, I decided to sponge on Sinful Colors Dark Room and place chains across the nail. The chains represent not only the chains she's caught with, but the fact that faeries are burnt if they come in contact with iron. 

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Fresh 'N Fruity!

I've been seeing delicious fruit themed manicures all over the place this Summer! Everyone is getting so creative and trying different fruits. I wanted to try my hand at some fruity manicures and join in the fun. 

I tried my hand at a dragon fruit manicure, using Deborah Lippmann Polka Dots And Moonbeams and pink acrylic paint. I've never even tried dragon fruit before, what does it taste like? This manicure came out a little odd, but it grew on me. I couldn't quite figure out how to get the outline perfect with tape, so I free hand painted it.

Now I know what you're thinking, are those actual leaves? They are! I wanted to take my strawberry manicure up a notch and used actual strawberry leaves. I used Color Club Mamba as a nice juicy red and pressed holes in it with a dotting tool. Don't worry though, I took this manicure off as soon as I had taken photos.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Glass Glitter, Who Knew?

A few weeks ago I decided to head over to Michael's craft store and try to get some nail art inspiration. I came across this pack of glass glitter in little vials that looked really interesting, so I decided to give them a try! I found out the hard way that the process was really tedious, but the pay off was totally worth it.

The silver glass glitter reminded me so much of a shattered mirror. I hand placed them over Sinful Colors Dark Room, which took quite a bit of time. It was absolutely worth it because they turned out really awesome looking! I wore this manicure for about a week before one of the nails popped off, but I would definitely do this again.

The black glass glitter immediately had me thinking of rock over lava. Beautifully Disney Celtic Fire and Rainbow Honey Fire Spring together made a great glowing orange. After I hand placed the glass glitter I realized that it wasn't opaque and didn't quite look right. So I went back in with black acrylic paint and hand painted each tiny piece. The brush strokes make the pieces look that much more like charred rock and brought out the orange perfectly! I left off top coat because I thought the shine would ruin the effect. 

Although the task of placing the glass glitter takes awhile to get the hang of and every time I'm working on a manicure I want to quit, in the end its always worth it. If you have patience for manicures I highly suggest checking out glass glitter! 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Practicing With Acrylic Paint!

Last Christmas I was pretty ecstatic to be gifted a huge set of acrylic paints. Previously I had purchased a small professional nail art brush from Japan with the idea of using it for painting. I'd seen a lot of nail artists getting into using acrylic paint for amazingly detailed and beautiful art on their nails. I decided I wanted to try it out and although I'm not on the same level they are, I think my art is improving!

On the right is Princess Bubblegum, the first I had ever painted with the acrylic paint. My lines were shaky and the detail on the face wasn't great, but I don't think she turned out too bad. Next up I tried Lumpy Space Princess, although my lines were improving I still have trouble with such tiny details like the face. 

This is my first full manicure that is done mainly with acrylic paint, minus the background color. I decided to file the sides of the free edge to make the shape more similar to a cupcake wrapper. There's most definitely room for improvement still, but I really love how this turned out! I'm excited to keep practicing and have a lot of fun painting with acrylics!