Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Firework Nails

To celebrate the 2011 New Year with a bang, I did a firework nail design this week. I went with a glitter french tip and applied a funky firework to the ring finger. Here are my firework nails:



My really great friend Paula gave me some fun stickers and a silver striper for Christmas, so I just had to use them. I started with Orly's French Tip Guides. I DO NOT like them. My nails turned out so much messier than if I hadn't used them and I had to do major repair with some acetone.

Here's a sort-of blurry shot so you can see the glitter tip:


I first applied 2 coats of China Glaze's Blue Paradise. I added a coat of OPI's Sparkle-icious on top. I used Migi Nail Art Pens to create the firework, and topped it off with a Milani sticker and some silver striper sparkles. I finished with 2 coats of Seche Vite.

Yay 2011!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Christmas Water Marbling

Only 5 more days until Christmas! I'm stoked. I had a fun gift wrapping-inspired nail design that I wanted to do, but my hunk suggested I try water marbling because it just looks so cool. And when a guy gives you nail suggestions (like, when he actually cares about your nails), you listen. Well, I do anyway. So here it is, Christmas water marbling:




And here's the left hand nail marble design:



First, I painted on 2 coats of China Glaze's White on White. Then I marbled White on White with China Glaze's Ruby Pumps and Mistletoe Kisses. If you don't know how to do water marbling, it's pretty easy but really messy. Just YouTube "water marbling tutorial" and it will show you step by step. This is only my 2nd attempt so it's not too bad, right?

Merry Christmas & Happy Nail Marbling~

Saturday, December 18, 2010

My First Attempt at Nail Water Marbling

Lately, all I've been doing is reading The Daily Nail archives. She is so so so talented! One design she likes doing a lot is the "marble" look. I've seen lots of people try this... but I've always been too much of a scaredy-cat to give it a shot. It looked too hard for me... But today... I tried it. And did not succeed. I plan on re-doing it tomorrow. 


I experimented with a couple different colors, and here it is, my first water marbling attempt:




YIKES. The pinkie was my first attempt. Since these were my first couple fingers and the first few colors I had picked, I learned the hard way that "quick-dry" colors don't work. Obviously. 


Here's a look at the right hand. I'm getting a little bit better now. And again, there's a lot of different color schemes. So, here's the right hand marble nail polish:




Not so bad... but still needs work. I've picked out my 3 favorite colors and I plan on presenting a new look tomorrow. Wish me luck. It better be more professional than this one. Marbling is NOT easy (well, yes it is... but it's not easy to make it pretty).

Monday, December 13, 2010

Christmas French Tip

This week I decided to create a green french tip. 


And not just any green french tip. A Christmas french tip! Here's a side view so you can see the Christmas colored swoops:


There are so many colors that went into this! I started with China Glaze's Cherish on the tips which is a light metallic green. I used acetone and an eyeshadow brush to sculpt the tip to make it nice and clean looking. I topped off Cherish with China Glaze's Mistletoe Kisses. I love that green sparkle. Then I added 2 swoops each of Stripe Rite's white and red paints. I topped the white with Stripe Rite's silver glitter and the red with China Glaze's Mrs. Claus glitter polish. Last, I added OPI's topcoat. And that completed the Christmas French Tip!



Christmas french tip, green french tip, glitter tip... whatever you want to call it... it's my 2nd week of Christmas and I'm feeling pretty merry now that my nails are all polished and pretty!!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Christmas Ruffian

For my 4th week in a row, I've gone with a ruffian. They're just so fun and I was super excited to do one with silver, like my favorite blogger Brittany with Clumps of Mascara suggested. And I really, really wanted to do a Christmas ruffian.


For this look I started with China Glaze's Devotion. I picked this silvery metallic because it dries really quickly, which is important since it's going to be under the top color and I hate those little bubbles that always seem to pop up (unfortunately, I got the bubbles anyway, but that's because I rushed the topcoat... silly me). After 2 coats of Devotion (on the top half of the nail only), I applied 2 coats of China Glaze's Watermelon Rind. It was originally a summer edition color, but it's so perfectly pine green that I had to use it. After that, I finished with 2 coats of OPI topcoat and voilĂ , it was finished.


If it weren't for those dang little bubbles. Oh well! Until next time :)

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Thanksgiving Nails

A couple weeks ago, my most favorite blogger Brittany with Clumps of Mascara did a post on "ruffian" nails in her Amor De Lacquer series. To describe it, it's basically a reverse french tip. Sort of. Anyway, ever since she blogged about it, I've done 3 looks with it! I just love it too much. I did green & purple (which didn't look so hot), pink, black & sparkles (which rocked my socks) and now, for your viewing pleasure, I've done a Thanksgiving ruffian. It's actually a modified ruffian because I think the normal ones only have one accent color with the main color... but I'll explain the modification later. So here they are ... Thanksgiving nails!


OOh la la! Ruffian! Below are my ruffian nails hard at work. They helped me write a grant that day!


So, fun or what? To be honest... this look was actually harder than it should have been. To do ruffian you pick one color to be your accent, like the orange pictured above, and then you pick a main color. My fav blogger Brittany likes to mix a silver accent with darker colors like blue and maroon. It's awesome and I'm excited to try it next. 

So for this one, my two main colors were going to be orange and brown for Thanksgiving. However... it didn't quite work. I took China Glaze's (my favorite brand) Orange Marmalade and applied 2 coats to the nail. You can put it on the whole nail, but I usually just go about halfway down. Then I applied China Glaze's In Awe Of Amber as the main color. You basically put a drop of polish 2/3 of the way down your nail and then move the polish in an oval shape to the left and right to create the curve. Search Google Images for "ruffian" and you'll see the technique. Anyway, the In Awe Of Amber wasn't quite dark enough, so I had to apply 2 coats of Mary Kay's Chocolate Kiss right on top of it. Then I applied the In Awe Of Amber on top of that because it has cool amber-colored sparkle flecks in it. Ahh finally-- I thought I was finished. I went and watched TV and after about 30 minutes realized that the brown and orange together did NOT work. I didn't want to totally redo my nails, so I fetched my fall-back China Glaze Liquid Leather and applied another color layer to the ruffian. And to top it off, I added a coat of China Glaze's Fortune Teller, which is black with orange glitter. It totally pulled it all together and made me very happy. I then followed that with OPI's top coat. All in all, this nail look has 9 coats. 9 coats. Ridiculous!

No Naked Nails

Hi! I'm so excited to begin this new blog! I already have one called Aunie Sauce (my personal blog) and I've made this one just to have some fun. There won't be any drama. Just my own fun nail designs and creations. Now, let's be upfront here. 
  • I am not a nail tech. 
  • I am not professionally trained. 
  • I consider polishing my nails a hobby.
  • I love to play with polish and designs. 

Speaking of polish, here's my official nail polish collection:


Well, that's all for now! Stay tuned for fun nail stuff!
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