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! 


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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!

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Friday, February 17, 2012

Va-Va-Voom


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!

PS>
I'm doing an AWESOME giveaway on Aunie Sauce...
be sure to enter!
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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)
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Thursday, February 9, 2012

Not Purple Panic


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

I LOVE THEM.

I began with 2 coats of China Glaze Purple Panic.
Womp.
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...

I LOVE IT.

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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!

(Random.org 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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