Purple Mosaic Manicure

I noticed this morning that my last three manicures have been purple of various shades…can you tell it’s my favorite color? Purple also makes up about a third of my 100+ polish collection (:

Here’s a mani I did about two weeks back. I saw a picture of a Crackle mosaic manicure (I’ll link back to it later if I can find it /: ) but didn’t feel like using Crackle polishes so soon after my blue and silver manicure.

As stated above, I have a lot of purple polishes of varying shades and textures, so it was easiest to pick out a couple of those that would work well for a mosaic.

I used A-England’s Princess Tears (my new favorite, also featured in my current manicure which you can see next week), OPI’s Lucky Lucky Lavendar, and an old bottle of N.Y.C. (I have no idea what the name is).

 

I started by using each color and painting different sections of each nail. It didn’t really matter if they overlapped a bit or there were some small bald spots in between, as I knew I would be covering them up with the white striper.

 

Look at Princess Tears sparkle! This may even be a more accurate picture of her true color than some of the swatches I did previously.

 

 

I even snapped a pic of my right hand for you guys!

 

And of course a detail pic. Please excuse the smears, the white striper paint takes FOREVER to dry and I’m not as patient as I’d like to think.

Overall, I was pretty proud of my mani. I liked the colors I ended up using and how their textures worked well together. Yeah, I wish I’d been more patient with the striper when applying my topcoat, but I just couldn’t wait!

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Playing with Crackles!

Hello all! Welcome to all the new visitors, it always makes me so happy to see someone has found my little corner of the internet.

Once again, I have been lazy with posting ): I’m so sorry guys. But I will redeem myself!

A couple weeks ago I decided to revisit my many crackle polishes and have a little fun with them. My nails ended up looking kinda like blue skys with clouds, which I wasn’t really going for, but I decided it made for a great summer look.

I used Sally Hansen’s Insta-Dri in Whirlwind White as my base and then used three OPI Shatters (Silver, Blue, and Turquoise) for the fun stuff.

About half-way through, I realized how much I love the Silver Shatter, and I almost wished I had just used that instead of getting all fancy. However, after a while, the blues grew on me too and I really had a lot of fun using them together.

So, that’s it for crackles/shatters ¬†for now.

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Until next time (:

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

 

Dragon Scales

Another guest manicure by my lovely boyfriend. This time he used OPI’s The One That Got Away from the Katy Perry collection and OPI’s Turquoise shatter. This is not a color combination I would normally pick out myself, but I really like the end result! It’s very attention-grabbing and people seem to think it looks cool!