Monday, February 27, 2012

Purple Zebra

 It took me almost 30 minutes to convince my boyfriend that these were
NOT nail stickers.

He's such a stinker.
He kept telling me, "But you said stickers were CHEATING!"

I kept insisting that I didn't cheat... I totally painted them myself.
As you can obviously tell.

I used 2 coats of China Glaze Grape Juice on all nails but the 
pinky, on which I used 2 coats of Sally Hansen Rockstar Pink.
I freehanded the zebra print with black acrylic paint and a dotting tool.

I felt compelled to show 3 photos in different light today... these nails
seem to change color, don't they?
I love them! 


Monday, February 20, 2012

Mardi Gras Beads


Mardi Gras is tomorrow... yay!
I can't say I typically celebrate the holiday,
but this year I thought it'd be fun to do some little Mardi Gras inspired beads.

I kept this look REALLY simple.
I used 2 coats of China Glaze Four Leaf Clover on all nails,
except the accent nail which has 2 coats of China Glaze Medallion.
I added the dots, to represent beads (no... I didn't have to flash anyone!)
with acrylic craft paint and a dotting tool.

I hope you have an awesome Mardi Gras!


Friday, February 17, 2012


In the words of Michelle Tanner, "WHOA, BABY!"
China Glaze Rose Among Thorns is a vibrant, awesome red.
Actually, I really don't like it this much in person...
but it sure does photograph well.

I painted on two coats of Rose Among Thorns,
added hearts with a dotting tool and acrylic craft paint,
and painted 2 coats of Gettin' Miss Piggy With It on the pinky.

Of course, this was my post-Valentine's Day look,
but I still love it!

I'm doing an AWESOME giveaway on Aunie Sauce...
be sure to enter!


Monday, February 13, 2012

Chocolate Valentine

I tend to be a bit un-traditional when it comes to Valentine's Day.
Lately, coral and brown have been calling my name, so I decided on a chocolate themed mani.

This is 2 coats of OPI Suzi Loves Cowboys on each nail, and 2 coats of OPI Glow Up Already on the pinky nail. For the heart and dots, I used dotting and striping tools and acrylic craft paint.

Happy Valentine's Day! (TOMORROW)

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Not Purple Panic

These nails did NOT go as planned.
That being said...


I began with 2 coats of China Glaze Purple Panic.
Yep... that's Purple Panic alright. It's no longer very purple, very neon, or very anything...
It has faded into a version of it's pink sister, Pink Voltage.
I think it's time to toss that little baby.
I did the daisy with acrylic craft paint and a dotting tool.
I hadn't planned on making flowers, in fact, they started out as hearts...
and those dots? Not sure where they came from either.

But once again...



Thursday, February 2, 2012

Opal Nails

This week I wanted to try something new. I've been wearing an opal ring that I've had for ages lately... and I thought it would be really cool to make opal-esque nails. The bonus? They're super simple! I'm sure there are other ways to do this... but I went with the easy one.
  1. Apply 1 coat of CND Stickey base coat
  2. Apply 2 coats of China Glaze For Audrey (I will use a more sky-blue color next time, like China Glaze Carribbean Blue)
  3. Apply 1-2 coats (depending on the opal-ness) of Essie Shine of the Times
  4. Finish with 1 coat of CND Super Shiney top coat
After about four days of having this one, I decided to mix it up a bit and added Essie Matte About You over the top. It really creates a different effect and makes them look a little more like a true opal.

I'd also like to announce my Konad Kit winner! The lucky winner of the Konad Kit (and plate M78)...

Midnight Echo!

( selected #145 out of 149)

... But she didn't tell me if she's international or within the US/Canada... so if she is international I will do another re-draw! ...
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