Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Teal Gradient With Dot Accents

Yay! I'm so happy to show this to you! This is my first post for Teal Tuesdays and I had a lot of fun doing it, it was sort of a surprise favourite. I had initially just done the gradient to play with a couple new teals I had, and once it was on I wanted to do something a little more fancy with it.
I was staring into my nail supply stuff and thought, okay well dots are always nice, and they are, but what I like is that the lightest colour and the darkest colour look so much lighter or darker respectively when contrasted like they are. It ties things together nicely too if I do say so myself.

Anyways, picture spam! Here you go.

Woo! If I were to do this again I'd wait a couple seconds more before top coating, I smudged a couple dots and it bothered me, but what can you do? Hope you liked it!

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Saturday, October 27, 2012

Orange with Black Glitter

Halloween is great and I haven't posted anything particularly festive yet, so here you are. I used some black glitter flakes so get the gradient and added a bit of black polish to the tips of my nails first so that they would be totally black. Not sure what I'm intending with my accent finger but I liked doing it.

I don't have much to say about this, orange and black are certainly strong colours though, I kept noticing this one.
Pictures pictures!

Would you like to see more halloween designs? I think I'd like doing something more complicated, I'm loving what I see other people doing!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Dollish Polish Spank You Very Much

I adore this polish, absolutely adore it. This is Dollish Polish Spank You Very Much over Sally Hansen Blue It and I can't even say how much I love it.
This glitter applies really well and has a great range of cool colours in it. I wore it for a long time since I used it right after I broke my pinky nail and was worried about how well my patch would hold. You might be able to tell since I feel like my pinky nail looks a little more bulky than usual but hopefully not, in person no one looks long enough to be able to tell at least.
I've got a bunch of pictures here, really I can't say how much I love this, it's so shimmery and multihued. I got it from llarowe by the way, they have a great site.
Before I removed it I played with a couple things over top, first a matte top coat here:
And then a dark water marble over the other hand here, it is really subtle, not sure if I'd do it for a proper design, what do you think?
Oh, and I tried out lining up some glitter pieces along my pointer finger as well, whoa does that ever take a long time! It was fun so I figured I'd let you see that too since I'm including the other silly things I tried out.
Thanks for reading!

Friday, October 19, 2012

Anniversary Nails

I did this nail design on Wednesday since my boyfriend and I had our 6th year anniversary then. I was just feeling in the mood for something hearts and sweetness so here it is.

I used Essie Fiji for the light pink background and Sally Hansen Hot Magenta for the gradient and the hearts. The hearts were free-handed over top of the gradient, followed by a coat of Claires Glow in the Dark polish over that for a bit of glitter in the light and to make the light pink glow in the dark, because how fun is that?

Wish I could have gotten a good photo of the glow in the dark effect for you all, but it wasn't working out for me. Still, I'm pretty happy with what I ended up with.

I used two coats of Seche Vite for my top coat to smooth out the roughness of the glitter, and I recently found some 100% acetone at Wal-Mart so I got to touch up my polish without trying to use my regular remover to do it.

What do you think of this design? I'd love to hear from you!

Friday, October 12, 2012

Pink Holo

Oh gosh, I just want to apologize first for the paint on my nails! I had just finished painting and I could have sworn it was all gone until I got a look at these pictures. Good news though, I can say first hand that paint comes right off of your polish, even dry, so these nails aren't like this because it wouldn't come off or anything.

This is a beautiful holo pink by Jade called Deja Vu.
I got it from llarowe, and I'm very happy I did. Shipping across the border is always a slow process and this got held up in customs for a while and was still pretty timely. Plus their selection is just magnificent. I want to buy all the nail polish, really I do.
I chose my photos for lack of paint, so again sorry for not having a bunch for you. But you can see the shimmer of the holo pretty well in them anyways. It was the only rainy day all week when I wore this so I'll have to use it again soon to really get the full impact, I'm glad it is still so pretty out of direct sunlight.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Magnetic Polish

I'm totally starting to understand why swatches are awesome. Whenever I get a new polish I just really want to show it to you all! Well, here I am doing that, this time with a magnetic polish.
Magnetic polish is incredibly neat, I just love the whole concept of it. So the fact that I've only gotten my hands on one this past week is practically criminal! Yes, criminal. Anyways, I also don't have enough green, so that was how I justified buying Sally Hansen Electric Emerald for myself.
I wasn't at all disappointed with my purchase, application was easy and the magnet worked really well and quickly. It was a little short though, especially on my thumb and ring fingers, which seem to be longer than my other nails. I don't really know what to do about that, so I just let the magnet be too short after failing at shifting it forward in any way a couple times.
The waves look like they are moving when you move your hand in my opinion, above and below are a couple pictures that almost get that across. If you haven't tried magnetic polish I highly recommend it, tons of fun.
Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Polish Days - Sentimental

So here it is, my submission for Polish Days. The category this month is Sentimental, and for that theme I've chosen to post a water marble design for you all.
Right hand
Left hand
Water marbling is what got me back into nail art after a long time of not doing it at all. You can see my first ever water marble at the end of this post, and it wasn't amazing but it really got me geared up to grow my nails and improve my designs as well as start this blog.

Right hand
To do this water marble I used a base coat of Revlon LilyChrome, which was interesting since I still have a patch on my right pinky and chrome polishes show every bump and imperfection. Because of that I worked hard to get a pattern on my pinky that would make the patch as unnoticeable as possible. How did I do?
Left hand
I used Wet n Wild Lady Luck and Wet n Wild for the colours and interspersed OPI Don't Touch My Tutu in order to really let the silver show through, since it is a very sheer white. Then I dotted in curving lines to compliment the water marble and add a bit more orange to the design (and to cover any bubbles or flaws in the water marble, but shhh). I used orange gems to do an accent nail on each hand as well.
Right hand
Did you notice? On my right hand I ended up with two very different fingers, but I just had to keep them, I absolutely adore the way they turned out. Anyways, thanks for reading! Click below the line to see my old water marble design, and be sure to take a look at all of these other bloggers to see what they came up with for Sentimental!

And here is my first ever water marble! Click to see it.

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