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.