Rewind Wednesday – Matte Magic and Basic Shapes

Found a post that never actually got posted! Happy first day of Spring!

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This is one of my simpler manicures, but I didn’t have any tools with me (not even any tape!) so I’m pretty happy with the result šŸ™‚

I originally wanted to try a look I’d seen around earlier this year, kind of theĀ precursorĀ to border manicure, but I couldn’t even find the original pictures! In the end, I kind of just decided to do a tape mani minus the tape.

Using OPI’s Meet Me On The Starferry, I painted all of my nails. Then, using China Glaze’s Dress Me Up, I did random shapes on my left hand and mirrored them on my right. I’m getting better at straight lines! The above picture is the original look (please excuse the messiness around the cuticles) before I decided it wasn’t cool enough and I needed to make it a matte mani!

What do you think? Did you like it better shiny or matte?

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone! I hope you’re all having a wonderful day so far šŸ™‚

I’ve had this mani on since this past weekend, but obviously had to keep it on for today. I’ve gotten so many compliments on it and I can’t get over the gorgeous red rhinestones. I also got to use one of my birthday presents from a friend of mine, China Glaze’sĀ Ruby Pumps,Ā which has been on my lust list for a really long time!

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Mani Monday – Rhinestones!

I started at least attempting to get into a Valentine’s mood, but I don’t actually have very many pink polishes at school with me šŸ˜¦

So what else to do but use pink and red rhinestones! I wanted to try making a heart shape with the rhinestones, but it was only my second time using them and my placement method needs work.

Here’s how they turned out instead! (And I apologize for the pictures, for some reason it was really difficult to keep the camera focused on the rhinestones!)

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Products Used:

China GlazeĀ Dress Me Up

Mineral FusionĀ Shimmering Shale

MASH Rhinestone Wheel

Independence Day Nails!

Hello all! I hope you’re having a wonderful 4th of July so far.

This is the first time I’ve tried Independence Day nails, so bear with me. At first, I just wanted to do a simple red, white, and blue gradient. However, I messed up on my very first nail (my thumb) and there was no white to be seen!

After successfully completing my pointer finger, I couldn’t figure out how to make the rest of my mani work…

So, I kinda just went for it and this is how it turned out!

And each finger, one by one:

My failed red, white and blue gradient turned into a red and blue gradient with a firework!

The gradient I was actually going for…

A red and blue stripe gradient with white crackle on top! My boyfriend thought it looked like icing (:

My ring finger is usually my favorite…I’m undecided about this one. I sponged the red on and used China Glaze’s Luxe and Lush on top.

I think my pinky may be my favorite (though I’ve grown to love the design on my thumb too!).

I love how they look when put together! I usually like the uniform nail look, perhaps with one accent nail, but I think these are so much fun!

And I did the same thing but switched the colors on my right hand!

Even though I freehanded the “fireworks” on my thumbs, they both looked exactly the same! I’m pretty impressed with myself.

 

That’s all for now! I’m sure you’re all sporting wonderful Independence Day nails too, and I hope you have a fabulous day!

Colors Used:

A England – Order of the Garter

China Glaze – Luxe and Lush, Ruby Pumps

No name white nail art polish

 

OPI – White Shatter

Sally Hansen Insta-Dri – Whirlwind White

 

Leopard Print Manicure

Hello all!

So, I just realized that I’m way behind on posting my recent manicures. When it comes time to transfer pictures to my computer I just get so lazy ):

Anyway, as Wednesday is Independence Day, I will be holding off on posting some of my recent manis until after. But for today I have what may be my new favorite look!

I have been obsessed with all things leopard print since kindergarten. I distinctly remember another girl in my kindergarten class telling me she liked my “cheetah” print shirt and I responded with “IT’S LEOPARD PRINT.” So, yeah. This is definitely a look I should have tried at the very beginning of my adventures into Nail Art Land, but I just never got around to it until now.

Without further ado, I present to you my leopard print nails:

(These first few were taken under florescent lighting.)

And because I couldn’t get enough of this manicure, I had to take more pictures under natural lighting too (:

The first thing everyone asked my after seeing these nails was “who did this?!” closely followed by “how did you do this?”

So, in case you haven’t seen any of the wonderful tutorials out there on the interwebs yet, here’s how I did it:

I painted two coats of China Glaze’s Fast Track over my base coat. Then, using OPI’s Warm and Fozzi, I added little dabs to form the spots. The hardest part for me was outlining the spots with a black nail art brush. I really need to investigate more helpful brushes, the one I use is way to long for me to handle comfortably. But, I managed just fine I think!

My entire ballroom studio was in love with this look (partially because it matched the carpet…) and I have a feeling I’ll be trying a purple version of this very soon!

Enjoy and I hope you’ll check back on Wednesday for my first ever 4th of July nail art!

Acid Wash (Grunge Effect)

It’s been a while! Sorry about that. Today, I present you with my attempt at an acid wash, also known as the grunge effect, manicure. This trend has been on my mind since NailsAdored made a tutorial on March. Two weeks ago, I tried it out for my self and I am so happy with the result!

For my base, I used Sally Hansen’s Plum Luck. I then layered the following colors in order to prepare for the grunge effect.

China Glaze – Dress Me Up

OPI – Rumple’s Wiggin’, Suzi Says Feng Shui, and Dim Sum Plum

Revlon – Minted

This lighting makes the polish seem a bit more brown-tinted than the overall look actually was. But I still love the effect!

I was a little scared a couple times while rubbing off the layers, thinking I had gone all the way down to my bare nail, but it ended up just being the layer of DMU.

And here we have more accurate lighting. You can see the wear at the tips, but this is after a couple days of heavy wear already.

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed another look at the acid wash or grunge effect. I definitely encourage you artsy types to try it out. It took quite a bit of time but was so much fun!

 

As Posted Under Giveaways…

Glam Polish is holding another generous giveaway!

This time the winner gets to pick six colors from China Glaze’s Summer Neon Collection. I don’t know about you guys, but I’m most looking forward to the purples and blues in this collection. I’m not usually a wearer of neon colors, but these definitely caught my attention!.

Good luck!

The last of my Capitol Colors polishes, Agro had to wait a bit to be worn. I’m not typically a fan of greens, which may be why it took me so long. But the weather last week was so sunny and nice that I couldn’t bring myself to wear such a dark color. What a fool I am.

Agro completely changed how I feel about greens. I’ve gotten numerous compliments on the color so far (I’ve been wearing it for a couple days now) and I absolutely love how it looks with my skin tone.

China Glaze describes the color as a “moss green with gold shimmer,” and shimmer it does! It definitely does its duty of representing District 11 (Agriculture) well!

Something I loved about this polish was its application. It was opaque with one coat (one!) and didn’t look streaky at all (as Hook and Line did).

Here it is with one coat:

And with two coats:

Of course I had to try Luxe and Lush with Agro, but I didn’t want to cover all of its beauty. I did accent nails on both of my ring fingers and am glad that’s all I did! Luxe and Lush does look mesmerizing over Agro, but I love Agro just as much by itself.

That’s it for my Hunger Games polishes. I loved all of the ones I ended up purchasing, even the few I was initially uncertain about.

Zoya’s Tiffany

To get me in the mood for Spring, I decided to change up my darker colors for one more fitting. I chose Zoya’s Tiffany, which the company describes as “Pink, peach and light copper toned foil particles accented by flecks of gold foil.”

Zoya was already creeping up my list of favorite brands, and now I have to admit it. Tiffany was everything i wanted it to be and more. I absolutely love what Zoya does with its foils and this feminine color perfectly captured how I was feeling about the beginning of Spring.

With one coat:

With two coats:

(Please excuse the messy cuticles /: )

And, as it was the week leading up to the hunger games, I couldn’t resist adding a coat of China Glaze’s Luxe and Lush on top!

And there you have it!

I loved Tiffany by itself, but Luxe and Lush made this girl even prettier!

I Am As Radiant As The Sun

Though China Glaze describes Fast Track as a “soft sandy brown with a gold metallic shimmer,” I can really only focus so much on the brown without being absolutely stunned by the gold. I knew when I was ordering my Hunger Games polishes that Fast Track would be my absolute favorite and, though I discovered how lovely Dress Me Up is, I was definitely right.

Meant to represent District 6 (Transportation), I see Fast Track as being slightly representative of Katniss herself. No, it does not quite fit her “girl on fire” side, however, when Katniss sees herself for the first time in Cinna’s interview dress, she thinks “I am not pretty. I am not beautiful. I am as radiant as the sun.” That is the quote that this polish reminds me of.

Application-wise, I wasn’t impressed. This was a lot like applying Hook and Line because of it’s wateryĀ consistency, though I didn’t need to worry about streaks this time. The above picture is of one coat of Fast Track. It definitely was not opaque enough for my liking, but at two coats I was more than convinced.

I think that Fast Track may be my new favorite “nude” because it almost looks like a sparkly extension of my fingers! What’s not to love about a natural but slightly glamorous polish?

I’ve had it on for about 3 days now, but I haven’t even noticed it’s been that long. There is little to no wear except for on one of my ring fingers (but that was entirely my fault) and I just won’t ever get bored of this color!

I did not try this color with Luxe and Lush because I’m so in love with it as it is. Maybe I’ll try it later just to see what happens. First I’ll be trying Agro in the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day!