Friday, June 29, 2012

My 1st Floral Mani

Good afternoon!  I did something outside my comfort zone!  I am not much for floral.  I don't really even care if my beau gets me flowers (I'd rather have nail polish instead!).  But I thought I'd give it a whirl. 

I used Decades of Dysfunction (Orly) as the background.  I used my dotting tools to do all the art with Greenwich Village (NYC), Beautiful Girl (Sinful Colors), Art Nouv-Yellow (Finger Paints), and Four Leaf Clover (China Glaze).

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

My First Try it on Tuesday!

Inspired by all the ladies who are doing the whole "Try it on Tuesday" thing.  As I'm sure many of my fellow polish addicts do, I have a ton of nail polish I have never used, but love all the same.  So why not... Yesterday I decided to try out Ingenue (Orly).  Originally from a holiday line I believe it is now part of the core display in most stores that carry the brand.  It's really a lovely color and so damn sparkly.  I did decide to take it a bit further and did some taping with a black crackle on the tips.  Check it out...

The black crackle I used was Black Mesh (China Glaze) and I did some striping by hand in Gold Rush (Revlon).

As far as the upcoming giveaway, I still haven't gotten much feedback as far as what sorts of prizes would be best.  Do you think one large prize or a bunch of smaller prizes would be better? 

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Neon on Neon Action!

Hello, hello good people.  I have been slacking on my posts, and I apologize for that.  I broke a nail last week, but was able to fix it with Orly Nail Rescue, which is great but it is kind of a pain, so my nails haven't been seeing the usual amount of change.  I wanted something bright and fun, and for me that means one thing.  Neons.  I love neons.  I love the pop of fluorescent color.  I love the drying time.  Neons make me smile. 

I used pretty much every neon in my arsenal.  The remind me of clowns or a ball pit.  I wish I had waited to clean up the edges before snapping the picture, but you can handle a little polish on my fingers right?  I thought so.  You guys are great.  For this mani I used (in no particular order) China Glaze in Flying Dragon, Purple Panic, Rose Among Thorns, and Celtic Sun, Sinful Colors in Summer Peach, Studio M in Neon Greenlight, and Nina Pro in Blu Blaze.  Oh yeah I also used Pure Ice in Super Star to make the colors really pop. 

In other news I did finally set up a facebook page for my blog.  I'm still figuring this all out as I go, which is why I consider it an adventure.  I'm sure when I do my first giveaway here before too long it will be a requirement to "like" the facebook page.  So go ahead and get a jump on that HERE!

Speaking of giveaway, we are getting pretty close to the 10,000 views milestone, and I have a few things saved back for the prize but I kind of want to get something kind of special.  Hit me up with your suggestions/ideas for this or really anything.  I can always use some inspiration!

Monday, June 18, 2012

Neon Disaster

Hey there lovelies! The other day a dear friend to my family was lost in a tragic accident.  I have felt so down I just haven't been feeling up to much of anything.  I tried to do a bright happy mani, and while I probably would have liked it most days I decided I didn't like it and changed it.  The update was even worse (for some reason my gradients are always not so great looking). I figured you guys might appreciate the bright neon nails I was sporting for about an hour.

I used China Glaze in Celtic Sun for the base with a coat of white underneath.  I dotted with China Glaze in Rose Among Thorns and Sinful Colors in Summer Peach.

So I decided to change my nails.  I stripped the polish off my ring finger, repainted it in Celtic Sun and tried a sponge gradient with Rose Among Thorns.  I hated everything about this.  The stamping looks messy and It reminded me of candy corn.  One of these days I will actually like a sponge gradient I do.  Maybe I am missing something?

Thursday, June 14, 2012

What a Beach!

Hey guys! Today I have some beach inspired nails to show you.  It didn't turn out quite as well as it hoped, but that just gives me an excuse to paint my nails again later, right?

For the sky/base color I used Gumdrop (Orly), The sandy beach color is Savana (TokiDoki), Fly Away (Sinful Colors) was used for the water.  Other colors used were Stormy (Revlon), Super Star (Pure Ice), and Super Nature (Revlon).

On another note only a little more than 2,000 views before I hit my goal for my first giveaway.  I'm going to try to get some awesome prizes lined up, but what sorts of prizes would you guys like?

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Pink Polka Dots and Silver Grass

Hello Folks!  After spending nearly 2 days with naked nails I couldn't take it anymore.  The only problem was I was at my mother's house and she only had a couple bottles of pink.  I have more pink polish than probably any other color, but I don't wear much of it, but I decided to give it a go anyway.

I ended up using Revlon in Sweet Tart for the base color,  Sinful Colors in Forget Now for the dots and Savvy Femme Couture in Chrome for the "grass"  

Saturday, June 9, 2012

My First Jelly Sandwich

Recently I've seen some really lovely jelly sandwiches on reddit lacqueristas.  I had never done one before, so I decided to try it out with some of my favorite jelly polish.

I used 3 coats of Sinful Colors in Irish Green, then 1 coat of Orly's Mermaid Tale, then topped off with another coat of Irish Green.

Friday, June 8, 2012

My Attempt At a DIY Magnet For Magnetic Polish

Well I must say the original inspiration turned out more uniform than mine did, but I plan on playing around with it some more.  The tutorial I followed is here.  I decided to use what I had sitting near my regular workstation

The area I have designated for doing my nails also happens to be my sewing table, and sitting there next to my machine was a roll of magnetic strip with a sticky back.  I use it to stick pins in as I'm sewing.  So I cut a small square off and found that it worked pretty nicely even though the magnet is quite a bit thicker than the ones used in the tutorial.  I cut up some pieces and peeled off the back

I then arranged them on a piece of paper and taped them down for added security.  

It's not very pretty, but since it's just a test run I figured this is no time to be a perfectionist.  I tried it out with one of my favorite magnetic polishes, Cop An Attitude from Finger Paints.  
The end result isn't nearly as nice as the tutorial, but I see some more DIY magnet making in my future. 


Glitter obsession is having a giveaway, which includes some truly fantastic polish such as Essie, Sally Hansen Gem Crush, Julep, Revlon, and MORE 


Thursday, June 7, 2012

Purple Pinwheels

Hey there.  I have been busy busy busy and haven't had the chance to post any of my nails lately.  Mostly they have just been kind of boring and not blogworthy.  After my huge birthday haul I have mostly just been trying to update my swatch book and try out some of my new polish.  A few days back I tried out my first Illamasqua!  I love it!  I did this pinwheel type design on a few nails as an accent. 

I used Illamasqua in Jo'mina and did taping on the accent nails with Revlon in Cloud and Gold Rush

I have decided to do a giveaway when I reach 10,000 views.  I'll be there before I know it as long as you guys keep it up.  I wanna give a shout out to my fellow lacqueristas on reddit!  I know most of my views come from there and I want to say a million times over THANK YOU for all the feedback, praise, and ENDLESS inspiration.  You guys are the best!