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.