Monday, January 31, 2011

Zig-Zag Shredded Mani

Last week's flakie design was rather... well... flaky. It didn't last too long, and I wasn't really in the mood to re-do my nails, so I played the role of copycat again. Once more, I borrowed from Chloe's Nails and did a Shredded Mani. I wanted to think of a cool new name for it... but she's just so great and hit it right on the nose with "shredded."

But first, I just have to show you the beautiful color that was my base... China Glaze Secret Peri-wink-le:

I just love it so much. It's a beautiful purple-y gray cream and it applies really well. I had to show the picture of the polish by itself because it always looks different in natural vs. indoor light. And now, here's a look at the purple combo Shredded Mani:

Isn't that crazy how Secret Peri-wink-le looks so much more vibrant here? I started with 2 coats of Secret Peri-wink-le as my base. Second, I added a coat of Seche Vite over top. I then cut up 10 little strips of Scotch Tape in a little zig-zag pattern. When my nails were dry, I laid the zig-zagged tape down on the inside portion of the nail so I could paint on the outside half. I then applied 2 quick coats of China Glaze's Tempest right over the tape. I immediately removed the tape and the shredded design was there and rockin'. I continued to do that to each nail (2 at a time) and followed with 2 coats of Seche Vite. If that was confusing at all, which it probably was, check out the Chloe's Nails picture tutorial here. It makes it a LOT easier to understand.

My Hunk says this is his favorite design yet. He says it won't be long until I'm like Erika from Chloe's and doing my nails more than once a day and wanting a huge book case put into our living room to hold all my nail polish. Hehe... that would be awesome.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Flakie Copycat

Last night I decided I needed to redo my nails (since my others had lasted a full week), but I didn't want it to take forever. So I was a HUGE copycat and borrowed from Enamel Girl and Chloe's Nails (thank you girls for your inspiration) to create a fun flakie look with a neon accent nail.

I wish I could've gotten the flakie to show up better with my iPhone. But I had no such luck. Anyway, I began with China Glaze's Liquid Leather on all fingers but my ring finger. After 2 coats of Liquid Leather, I layered 3 coats of Sinful Color's Green Ocean on top to give it that cool sparkly look. I really wish you could see how awesome it looks in real life.

For the ring finger, I applied one coat of China Glaze's White on White as a base. Then I added 2 thin coats of China Glaze's In the Lime Light followed by a quick coat of Seche Vite. I borrowed Erika's (author of Chloe's Nails) method of a "Scotch Tape Mani" and taped off sections of my nail. I painted over that with the Liquid Leather. I immediately pulled the tape off and voila- green stripes (though not as cool as hers)! I added a coat of Green Ocean over the top to keep it consistent and finished the whole thing with 2 coats of Seche Vite.

Sorry for my laziness and unoriginality this week. I'm not so great at the Scotch Tape mani's, so I think I'll stick to more freehand work... but I just LOVE the flakie look... it's so fun and spunky!

By the way... help a sister out... is it flakie or flaky when referring to nail polish??

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Thus the need for a base coat...

Dang. Should've used a base coat, huh? Last week's nails may have looked pretty... but I'm sure paying the price now...


Sunday, January 23, 2011

Stylish Blogger Award

Wow! What a fun weekend. Not one, but two awesome nail bloggers awarded me with The Stylish Blogger Award:

What an honor, ladies! Thank you so much. Those awesome two bloggers are Ali at More Polish Plz and Cre8tiveKtina at Nail Art Designs, Tutorials and Random Information.

There are some rules that go along with this award:

1. Thank and link back to who gave you the award (check out their blogs above)
2. Share 7 things about yourself
3. Award it to 15 recently discovered great bloggers
4. Contact these bloggers to tell them about this award

Here are the 7 sweet things about myself:
  1. I am engaged to The Hunk of my dreams (to be married in June) and we have 2 fuzzy kids, a border collie/pitbull mix and a long-haired chihuahua. 
  2. I have trichotillomania. It's a compulsive disorder that triggers you to pull out your hair. I pull out my eyelashes and eyebrows. I hate it and it's super embarrassing for me. I began blogging about my difficulties to hold myself accountable and it's helped me immensely! Check out my other blog LastLash. I'm also obsessed with mascara, funny enough, so I talk a LOT about makeup on that blog.
  3. I have a Bachelor of Science in Health Education & Promotion from Boise State University. I'm a big-time Bronco and I bleed blue and orange through and through...
  4. ... In fact, I used to be a cheerleader for Boise State. I still consider myself a cheerleader (and probably always will). I cheered for 12 years, and I can still do a standing back-tuck (back flip) to this day.
  5. I work for a non-profit diabetes center that is part of a large local hospital in Boise, Idaho. I assist with a statewide Weight Loss Challenge, I am working on a study with the National Institutes of Health for a pilot program for young adults with diabetes, and I also do fundraising!
  6. I really enjoy doing crossword puzzles. Crossword books from Barnes & Noble are my favorite.
  7. I have a massive collection of bouncy balls. Seriously. I have over 800. You may feel free to donate to the B-Ball Cause at anytime :)
Here are 10 b'awesome bloggers that you should check out that are also recipients, as deemed by myself, of the Stylish Blogger Award:

  1. StopShop
  2. Color Me Bella
  3. A Place and A Space
  4. Obsessed
  5. Living in the Happiest Place on Earth
  6. The Daily Nail
  7. Enamel Girl
  8. Nail Polish Obsession
  9. Glaze Craze
  10. All Nail and Cosmetics
... and I know I'm supposed to award this to 15 people... but I'm so new to blogging that I only follow a few blogs, and everyone else I follow has already been awarded this!!!

Thanks for everyone's support! You are awesome and I'm so happy to get this award! Keep it rockin' ladies!

Friday, January 21, 2011

Yellow Swirls

Short nails are not my favorite. But what's done is done, right? I was struggling with an idea for this week so I just started freehand painting some swirls and dots to create a nail swirl design.

I began with 2 coats of China Glaze's Sexy in the City. I added a coat of China Glaze Blue Sparrow on top to give that blue some glitz. I then painted on the swirls with yellow Stripe Rite and finished them off with some white dots done with Migi Nail Art Pens. Next, I swirled on some glitter Stripe Rite over the yellow swirls for some added sparkle. Last, I added 2 coats of Seche Vite, and the yellow swirl nails were complete (that rhymed)!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Seche Vite?

OK, don't get me wrong here, but I have a question. People just rave about Seche Vite topcoat. Almost every nail blogger I follow just loves this stuff...

Does anyone else have a problem of peeling with Seche Vite fast-dry topcoat? I don't know if it's just me, or if I'm not using a base coat... but this stuff just peels like crazy. It is not long-lasting by any means. I really like it because it doesn't give my nails the little bubbles since it's not too thick, but man, does it peel easily. My nails also seem to chip more often with this stuff.

Maybe it's just me. But I hope not. Please help. Any Seche Vite lovers in the house? Any better topcoats out there? Help!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Zebra Nail Wraps

I have to admit. I killed my nails this week. In a bad way. I was at the gym 5 days this week and I broke numerous nails getting back into some heavy lifting. Needless to say, my nails are really short right now because I totally destroyed them and bit them off.

So, as I was passing through Walgreens, I couldn't help but pick up these little guys, Broadway Stick-On Wraps:

I've seen lots of people trying foils and nail wraps and I hadn't had a chance to try them out yet. Since my nails were so short and I wasn't motivated to paint them, I said, "Why not?" 

When I brought them home, my Hunk said, "What? This is cheating!" It was really amusing. I explained it wasn't cheating, just easier! And trust me, it's not cheating when these are a pain in the butt to put on. Yep, I said it. These are cheap-o and lame. They're terrible with the application and they're coming up already. 

I began by applying a coat of Looks Wet clear polish topcoat first to help keep these on (it didn't help). I then applied the wraps one at a time and filed off the tips. I finished with 2 coats of Seche Vite topcoat to try to harden them up and keep them on. And that was it! Here are the pink zebra nail wraps:

These were super easy to put on, but they creased terribly. And they're all coming up by the cuticle. I don't recommend using them. But they sure are very cute!

Monday, January 10, 2011

Green Machine

I have realized lately that I've sure been doing a lot of nail work in green. Call me the green machine. Also, after last week's "just OK" first attempt at a gradient, I figured I needed to give it another shot. And how better to do it than in green?

Here's this week's green glitter sponged gradient:

Well, it turned out much better than last week's gradient, don't you think? This look was actually very simple. I began by sponging on China Glaze's Tree Hugger, leaving a little room away from the cuticle to give it that "french tip gradient" look. I then sponged China Glaze's Turned Up Turquoise over it, leaving a little of Tree Hugger showing. I repeated the same process with China Glaze's Watermelon Rind. Since that wasn't glitzy enough, I added China Glaze's Atlantis over the Watermelon Rind just for the glitter effect. I wasn't super happy with the french tip gradient, so to spice it up I used Stripe Rite's black and white stripers to create starbursts on each nail. I topped it off with 2 coats of Seche Vite topcoat. 

I love green. Almost as much as I love purple. Now if I can only decide how to paint my nails next week...

Monday, January 3, 2011

Pink Sparkle Sponge Gradient

HAPPY NEW YEAR! What's a better way to bring in 2011 than with some  sparkly, glitzy, bright nails? Well, I can name more than a few... but for now, just go with it!

Here's my pink sponged gradient:

Now, this is my first attempt at a sponged gradient. It's OK... not as much of a fading gradient as I would have liked. I used China Glaze's Pink Voltage for the base, sponged Essie's Big Spender to the tip (you can't see it because it's covered with glitter), and sponged over that with Sally Hansen's Rockstar Pink, slowly trying to make it fade as I sponged toward the cuticle. I finished with 2 coats of Seche Vite topcoat.

I had seen so many nail bloggers featuring the sponged gradient look and I just had to try it, so I used my best nail resource, YouTube, and learned from "sponged gradient" nail tutorial videos. YouTube is how I learn everything about nails. I wanted to learn nail stripes... so I YouTubed it. I really wanted to learn marbling. YouTube... Alas, my professional nail tutor :)

Here's another look at my gradient nails:

Happy 2011 :)
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