Wednesday, May 16, 2012

My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic!

So, before I got rushed into a huge move I signed up for this great contest being held by Rainbow Honey! It was my first contest being held by an indie polish company and I was really excited. And it was My Little Pony themed! I love the new series, the animation is so cute and its full of humor. I wanted a unique entry and I know I've seen people do cutie mark manicures before.

I got inspired by Megasweet's mane six wallpapers. They were simplistic and beautiful. I wanted to paint all of them, but I'd have four nails left blank! So I wanted to include Princess Celestia, Princess Luna, Spike and Derpy. I started the process by drawing smaller versions of all the characters on paper. Then used the Ziplock bag technique, placed it over the drawings and painted over the drawings.

This is the result and the entry I sent in to Rainbow Honey! Voting is open from the 16th to the 27th, I'd love your votes! You can vote here by liking my photo! I know there are little mistakes here and there, but all in all I love these nails! It was really tough getting the Ziplock pieces to lay flat on the nails, but eventually I got it to work. I'd have to say out of all the nails that Princess Celestia and Luna are my favorites! 

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Saturday, May 12, 2012

Small Hiatus.

So I know I've been absent for a few days and its going to continue for awhile. I do have a post planned on the 16th! But after that I'm going to have to take a small break. I'm in the process of moving to a new city and also have a little vacation coming up.

But I will be up and running by next month, once I get back and settled into my new place. And I can assure you, unless some emergency happens that I'll be back on track to post once every other day!

I hope you can understand and stick with me while I'm gone. Thank you for being understanding.

See you on the 16th!

Monday, May 7, 2012

Sharing My Workspace

I was trying to think of a good post that would be big enough to make up for my missed day. I was so busy trying to get my nails done for the reception and get everything ready to go that I didn't have time to write up a quick blog. I know, I probably should've written one earlier so I could just post it then. I'm definitely going to keep that in mind for next time. Before I share my workspace with you, here is the manicure I wore to the reception.

I used Sally Hansen X-Treme Wear in Blue Me Away! as a base color. The glitter was a pain to place, one by one and line them up. I had to cut pieces in half so I could put them around the edges and sides. There wasn't any spot that didn't have a piece of glitter covering my nails. I took a quick picture in the car before we got there, so that I didn't look odd taking a picture of my nails at a wedding reception. I really love this full nail armor look, but if I ever do it again...I'll have to clear a whole day to get both hands done!

On to my workspace! Right now my computer desk is surrounded by polish drawers, bottles and accessories. I'd love to have a separate desk for my manicures, racks on the walls or even a nice room of my own. But right now my desk is in the living room, since my apartment is a small one bedroom. I'm hoping to move soon and upgrade to a two bedroom! So first of all, let me show you the polish collection I had before this turned into a passion.

Here was my poor little collection, which consisted of: a Color Club collection I got from Ross, some Sally Hansens, a few Sinful Colors, Wet 'N Wilds, an Essie, a China Glaze and two Finger Paints that were clearance. But my collection grew and grew and...grew! Now I have almost three hundred bottles and am running out of space to put them!

These are the drawers that I have placed under my desk. There are two big drawers where I keep most of my polish and nail art accessories. There are bottles of remover to the left, for some reason my HS diploma is on the right and on top are books, boxes and...deodorant? Heh. I have a bunch of small boxes and bubble wrap on top for swaps or gifts that come up. I also keep two notebooks up there: One is my wishlist and the other has swatches from my Disney Inspiration collection.

This is the bottom drawer, where I keep most of my polish. I organize by color, but not so much as to organize light to dark colors. And then on the right are all of my glitters, flakies and other special effect coats. I cannot tell you how many times I've had to shove bottles and remove bottles just to fit most of the polish in there now. The only reason all of these fit is because I made a drawer specifically for Color Club polish and then I have a platter on my desk with other brands I like.

Here is my nail art accessory drawer! I have fimo sticks in a container in the back, glitter, hole punches, toe separators, nail files, striping tape. There's also Bundle Monster's nail art brush set, which really comes in handy sometimes. I have cotton rounds for removing polish, I find them easier to use than cotton balls. Tape for taping, nail wheels, a nail buffer, more glitter! My stamper, scraper and magnets for my magnetic polish. In the front right corner are my nail striper polishes, top coats, base coats, white and black polish, some scented minis. And in the front left corner are little tubes of flake glitter and tiny beads that I've seen used for fish egg manicures.

This is one of the smaller drawers where I keep my nail stamping plates and craft scissors for taping. I own both Bundle Monster plate collections, excited to get the third! The only other two plates I have are a free one I got from and a fauxnad plate of Konad's Q1, which is easily my favorite. I keep the plates in gardening foam to keep them standing up, its much easier to see them that way and keeps them from getting scratched.

And here is my Color Club drawer. I never thought I'd own so much Color Club, but I do always pick a collection up from Ross when I see one I don't have yet. I do have four that you can see in the upper right corner, with the flower on top, that didn't come from a collection. Two are from the Christmas collection that was exclusively at Sally's Beauty Supply, one I found hiding at Bed Bath and Beyond and the last one I picked up at Rite Aid. I was really surprised to find it at Rite Aid, but I'm definitely going to check there more often.

And here is what I have on my desk because there's really no where else to keep it. My two tier platter has all my: China Glaze, Revlon, Ulta, Nubar, OPI, my Finger Paints flakies, my only Butter London and an Essie I won from Cosmo. I just received the OPI mini collection of Spider-Man because I couldn't decide on a full size bottle and I love Spider-Man! The Deborah Lippmann/Lady Gaga Edge Of Glory set I was able to purchase from a fellow blogger, two Deborah Lippmann, a Man Glaze, a Layla holo and the Sephora Betsey Johnson scented polish.

Do I have too much? In my head, no way! I'm sure my husband thinks I have enough though. But I really love collecting, being able to blog and share manicures with everyone. I wasn't so sure that having a nail blog was the right path for me, but I really think it is. And I want to thank you all for supporting me, reading my posts and giving me the confidence to keep this blog going. I have some big plans in the works to make this blog even bigger and better! I hope you all stick around!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Disney Inspiration: Miss Lottie!

Miss Charlotte Leboeuf, she's her own princess. A girly girl, who loves pink and is waiting for her prince to sweep her off her feet. I decided to do two simple manicures to represent Miss Lottie and all her sparkly pink-ness.

This first manicure it more reminiscent of her at the ball, when she throws the glitter to complete her royal entrance. I used Wet 'N Wild's Candy-licious as a nice princess pink with Confetti's Pink Confetti to glitter it up! The photo doesn't really do this glitter justice, but its the best I could get.

My second look is what I'd like to call "Mardi Gras Weddin'!", I wanted it to look almost like cake. I went with a lighter pink, Color Club's Bashful, so it almost looked like frosting. And sprinkled Spoiled's Pet My Peacock on top for some Mardi Gras colors. 

I'd have to say the second is my favorite, maybe its because it fits so well or maybe I just like cake related things too much. Just a little note: Saturday's post is going to be a little short, I have a wedding reception to go to. But I will definitely share the manicure I rock at the reception on Monday!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Disney Inspiration: He's A Hero

Hercules! He started out a scrawny nerd with strength and turned himself into a real hero. I took my inspiration from the colors of his outfit and the Grecian era. I also really liked the swirls on his armor, I tried to free hand some and it did not go well. So I decided to get a little help from my stamping plates.

I started with a base of Sinful Color's Pandora, which is a nice terracotta. I stamped some swirls on top in Color Club's Gignerbread Man, but guess what...I bought a new gold today! I know, its amazing. To finish the look I decided to do a deep tip in Color Club's Nouveau Vintage. I liked the end result, I thought the deep tips looked really nice.