Monday, October 27, 2014

One Last Halloween Hurrah!

I'm so excited for Halloween, but I will miss all the Halloween themed and spooky manicures. So I decided to share one last manicure and tutorial with you. I recently tried water spotting and found it to be pretty fun and fairly easy, so lets get to it!

I wanted to share this simple splatter look I did for the holiday. I used Essie Cocktails And Coconuts as the base and found a perfect blood red with Color Club Red-ical Gypsy.

You're going to need: 
A perfume or spray that contains alcohol
A bowl or cup filled with room temperature water. Make sure its a bowl or cup that you're okay with getting polish in.
A base color and a color you want spotted.
Some toothpicks or an orange stick to clear polish from the water.

After you've applied your base color and let it dry, drop your spotting polish on top of the water. It should spread out into a clear, thin layer on top of the water. Don't mind my messy polish experiment bowl, haha.

Now take your perfume or spray. Holding it a few inches from the water, spray once. This should create holes in the layer of polish, making it spotted!

You'll want to do this next step a little quickly, otherwise your polish will get distorted and won't be spotted anymore. Make sure your nail hits the water flat, so that the layer of polish connects with your nail. Once your finger tip is submerged, use your toothpick or orange stick to clear the extra polish away from your finger and remove it from the water.

I highly suggest protecting the area around your nails, otherwise you end up with a mess like this. Here's the effect all finished! 

I decided to layer another spotted coat on my index, middle and ring. The second layer really added more coverage! I would love to experiment with multiple layers and colors. 

 Here is the finished look, I think it turned out pretty neat. A fun way to get he spotted effect and just in time for Halloween!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Quick Post: Halloween Glitter Gradient Tutorial

What kind of Halloween would it be without a black and orange manicure?

To start, you'll need a base color, glitter and a creme color similar to your glitter. I went with Beautifully Disney Celtic Fire as my base, Sally Hansen Midnight Glitz and Sinful Colors Dark Room. Don't forget your make-up wedge!

Once your base color is dry, take the creme color that is a similar color to your glitter and sponge it on. Since Midnight Glitz has black glitters, I used Dark Room.

Keep on sponging until its mostly opaque. I use this technique so that your glitter will blend in and you won't have to sponge on a bunch of layers of glitter to fill in space. Its okay if the creme color isn't straight or perfect, because you'll be layering glitter over it!

Now you can start sponging on your glitter to create the gradient effect. You can sponge on as little or as much as you want! You can see after sponging on some glitter that the creme color really helps it look opaque.

Here is the finished look! I really love doing glitter gradients, they're always so easy and since there's no order or design to go by its hard to mess it up.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Calling All Spirits!

With Halloween coming up, its time to break out the sinister themed manicures! I was invited to enter a Halloween nail art contest by Julep and it only took a second to decide to use Ouija as my inspiration. Whether you believe in the Ouija board or not, it can still be pretty spooky and it was fun always wondering if your friends were pushing the planchette or not.

Now I almost went with molding Ouija planchettes out of acrylic, but then I thought what if the nails themselves were shaped like planchettes? Then I took it a step further and wondered if there was a way to make a hole in the nail to reveal the Ouija letters. The answer is yes, if you have a hole punch and some fake nails! I used Zoya Godiva as a sparkly base for my Ouija board and hand painted the letters. 

In order for my tan base to pop, I went with Sinful Colors Dark Room for the overlay nails. After cutting and placing some decorative confetti, I layered some top coat to make the holes look like they contained glass. And for a final touch, I added a golden sun and moon charm to bring in some imagery from the board itself. I spent most of the night working on this look, but I really love it. Its something I've never done before and I had a ton of fun putting it together and seeing my idea come to life!

Thanks to Julep for bringing out the Halloween inspiration!

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Ultimate Villainess, Evil Is Beautiful Giveaway!

Once again Halloween is fast approaching and what better way to celebrate than to giveaway some gorgeous prizes fit for a villainess.

The first prize pack will include: The E.L.F  Disney Villain 12 polish cube from last year! It was a hot item last year, so I grabbed it to giveaway. I apologize for the little wear and tear on the top of the box. You will also receive Color Club Snow-Flakes, Revlon Enthrall, and Sephora X Hypochondriac and Control Freak.

The second prize pack will include: KISS Disney Good Vs Evil nail art kit in Hedge Of Thorns and Sinful Colors polishes Pumpkin Spice, Mystery Moonshine, Splatter Spell, Cauldron Couture and Glow In The Dark. All prize packs are brand new and unused!

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Friday, October 3, 2014

Tutorial: 3D Dots

Since I'm still pretty busy with school, I decided I'd post a quick and easy 3D dots tutorial! Its one of my favorite manicures to do if I want to add some pop to what could be a plain color.

What you'll need to do the two-tone look I did is Scotch tape, a dotting tool (the tip of a pin or a bobby pin may work), two base colors, a black creme color and a white creme color.

For my two-tone look I paint my thumb, index and middle one color. Then I paint my pinky and ring finger. Once the middle finger is completely dry, you place a line of Scotch tape down the center and paint your second color and peel. A tip I always use it to place the tape on the back of your hand a few times to get any extra glue off, which prevents your tape from taking the polish with it once you pull it up!

The next step is to place black polka dots across your nails, giving them time to dry completely. Patience may be hard, but it beats getting a grey blob if you try to place your white over your wet black dots. 

Once your black dots are dry, you can place your white dots over them. The trick here is to place your white polka dots slightly to the right and up, which creates the 3D effect!

Here is the finished look! If you're adventurous enough, you can experiment with colors instead of black and white. I also think smaller dots would look just as cute!

Monday, September 29, 2014

What Is This Class Again?!

So recently I've been journeying to become a licensed nail technician and classes have been going a bit slow. I'm currently in a required class that actually has little to nothing to do with nails, but of course I'm determined to pass! Not to mention a very...eccentric instructor, so its a little hard to keep on track.

One of my first feelings in this class was "Um..." because it can go quite fast and is mainly centered around cosmetologists in general and estheticians. I used Sinful Colors Dream On as a totally rad base color, layering Butter London Cake-Hole and Slapper. Practicing more with acrylic paint, I decided on 3D looking letters and used dot glitters for the ellipsis.

 Occasionally I look around the room with a "Wtf" expression on my face, only because the instructor can get off topic easily and I end up feeling like I'm in space. Topics can include, but are not limited to: babies, personal experiences, jokes and all around insanity. Sinful Colors Dark Room was a nice base to start and I added Rainbow Honey Diamond Dust for some sparkle. I also sponged on Color Club Trippie Hippie, Rev'd Up and Sinful Colors Snow Me White. I hand painted a few stars with acrylic paint and "Wtf" lettering.

Lastly, the expression shared throughout the entire class is usually "Huh?". As said before the instructor can go quite quickly from one lesson to another and a few times can even get lost herself. I decided to go for more of a feminine look this time, starting with Orly Coachella Dweller and added some dried flowers. After hand painting the "Huh?" I decided to add some silver butterflies.

This class can be tough at times, but you can be sure that I'm not going to sit on my butt and fail!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Throw Back Thursday!

Oh wow, it has been so long since I've posted! I've been so busy with school lately that its hard to get any time at all to do multiple manicures for posting purposes. I have been working to get back on track lately though. So here's a fun little manicure based off one of my favorite Game Boy Color games: Pokemon Pinball!

I always loved my trusty Game Boy Color, I couldn't even tell you how many hours I've spent playing Pokemon Pinball alone. Unfortunately this wasn't my original Game Boy Color, I used to have the translucent purple one, heck yeah! 

Of course I had to find a teal to match and O.P.I Fly was a near perfect match. I hand painted some gold circle studs to resemble Pokeballs! I really think this is a cute and subtle manicure with a nerdy touch.

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.