Friday, March 28, 2014

Rainbow Stampers!

It's Friday!  Although that means the first of the month is next week, which makes a stressy April.

I saw this technique of stamping somewhere on Instagram I think. Instead of painting 2 or 3 colors on the sponge and fade them one into the other, you put more colors on there and it makes a swirly, rainbow tie dye thing going on.

I used 6 colors here, and all bright ones. Over top I stamped using my Pueen plates and finished it off with a sparkly holo glitter top coat, which it was cloudy and you can't see the awesomeness of the sparkles.  =(

I liked this, it was fun, but it was too much going on. I always dislike it when I stamp or do all my nails the same. I don't know why I haven't learned from that! Regardless,  it was springy and sunshiney.

Happy Friday and have a great weekend!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Latte Nails

Good morning everyone!

I am LOVING this week! Gotta love months that have an extra week in them, so I have a free week without meetings and events. I love it. And bonus for the two of you that read this, you get more posts, lol.

Here's a look that I put together and I can't recall why I chose this color combination.  I wanted to use the new circle glitter polish that I got, and then I needed to pair it with something so I went with a tan to nude to white gradient. I think it looks like a latte with foam on top!

The accent nail is a base of Essie Turquoise and Caicos, topped with this glitter. I tried to Google this polish and I've come up empty.  I've been told that the maker is Bear Polish, and the name of it is Absolem. If anyone knows more about this indie, please let me know because this girl loves some circle glitter! !!

The other nails are a gradient of Zoya Flynn, Taylor and OPI Alpine Snow.  I in finished them off with a light blue rhinestone because it seemed like too harsh of a contrast between the light and the blue.

Ps, how cute is my new midi ring?? I've been wanting one for a long time, and found a set that had this cutie in it. Here's the thing: my hands are so small that the dang rings come down too far!  #smallhandproblems.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day

Monday, March 24, 2014

Plum and Gold

Hey, happy Monday!

Did you have a good weekend? Mine was great- we had an awards banquet for an organization that I'm a member of on Friday,  and the DH's birthday was this weekend too, so, shocking- we visited a new brewery about 40 minutes away.  (It was awesome).

I did this nail look for the awards banquet for Friday.  I didn't want to be too crazy, so I stumbled upon a similar look on Pinterest.  I tried to find the original source of this, but the links are dead. If anyone knows, comment below so I can give proper credit.

Their look was black and gold, but I love, love, LOVE OPI'S Do You Vant to Bite My Neck, and I wanted to do something less harsh. The gold I used a dotting tool and my favorite accent gold polish, Maybelline Bold Gold.  I swear by that polish. It's fantastic.  I did do a few dots of a lighter purple on my left hand, and I didn't really care for it, but it wasn't too noticeable.

Classy, but with a punch. Kind of like me.  =)

Have a great day ladies!

Friday, March 21, 2014

I'm the Worst Blogger Ever

No excuses here, I know. It's been way too long since my last post, and it's not like I haven't been painting my nails. I have. I have been always updating on Instagram,  so if you don't follow me there, you can do so here. It's so easy to upload there, when I'm on the run, I just go there.

Enough of that,  let's get back to what's important.  What have I done in the past week?

First off, I have my mani from St. Paddy's Day. Like everyone else in the US, we celebrate and party hardy on the Saturday before. Luckily,  that was also a cue on the March Nail Art Challenge for Flakes. I just assumed that she meant flakies, so I went with it.

This is Sinful Colors Exotic Green, topped with Zoya Opal for the green nails, and then Essie's Fear or Desire topped with Zoya Maria Louisa. Little white shamrocks topped this one later, but I wanted to keep it simple for that daily cue. This pic is weird because I wanted to show the color shift that Opal did on the green.  So pretty!

Side note,  did you notice how far I cut my nails down? When I go out, for a long day of drinking and other festivities,  I always break a nail. Not this time, lol! Also, I've given up on the March challenge.  If something looks interesting I'll do it, but I'm halfway out.

Next up is in conjunction with a nail group on Facebook that I belong to, and every Monday we go through the alphabet and everyone posts a mani with the letter of the week. This week is R, so I used Zoya Rocky. I bought this gem on clearance at Ulta awhile ago and never used it. OMG. I love it. It's bright without being too bright, and is a super lovely shade. I'm so mad I never used it before.  I added an accent of a new indie I bought with an Etsy gift card I stashed away, and this is Oopsie Daisies Blueberry Muffins.  I love this one too!!! It's a white milky crelly base, so I did give it a white undie base. There are lilac, brown and copper glitters in there and I just adore it.

Finally,  I have two more new polishes that I received in a swap this last month. The base is OPI Road House Blues, and is topped with Jindie Nails Purple Universary. I die. Literally.  The circle glitters in this, I couldn't keep my eyes off of it. They were all different sizes and each caught a different spectrum of holo fantabulousness. (I'm making that a word for this, it's that awesome).

These pics don't even capture how purdy this is. It's just.... ahh. Pretty.

Now we're caught up. I promise to do better. I've gotten some super awesome new polishes lately,  and if nothing else I will swatch them and post that. I've finally gotten into the world of indie polishes... I'm not a big online shopper-I like to touch, see, feel things, and you can't do that online. I freak out when I order my tea online because I hate to be disappointed.  Well indie world, bring it. I'm officially obsessed.

Cheers everyone.  Have a great weekend

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Day 11 of March Nail Art Challenge

Hey guys, I'm so sorry for the lack of posts. You know how my first week of the month is a nightmare?  It completely took over my life this time and I had no time to even paint my nails let alone do nail art.

I participated in the day prior, the prompt was Candy. Candy? Well that was weird. At first I tried to do kind of a Whopper candy look but it was bizarre. So I said screw it, because it was already so late at night. I instead put on a few colors of sparkly textred polishes and called it gumdrops, lol. I know, I kind of cheated there. It wasn't worth posting here, but it is on my Instagram.

This prompt was Neon. I honestly don't have a lot of neon colors. That's something I need to acquire.  I used three really bright polishes and did a gradient,  and then topped with a black splatter. I added hot pink on my ring finger.

Lemme tell you the blue was a you-know-what to clean up. It completely stained my cuticles. I taped off my fingers to avoid the black staining, but it still got everywhere.  If you've never done splatter before,  it gets pretty messy.  =)

I did like wearing this though. It actually was quite warm yesterday,  and so this was a bright punch that I totally needed. I'm sad I have to remove it right away because I have a conference to go to on Wednesday and I'm not sure that they would appreciate this, lol!

So that's it chickies! Do you like this bright mani?

Monday, March 3, 2014

Two Looks, One Post!

So I'm doing the March Nail Art Challenge.  Ha, I know. But there aren't any outings planned this month,  so I should make everything on time!

I posted this already on my Instagram,  so you might have seen this already if you follow me there. If you don't,  go here and give me a follow.   :)

Day 1 was Dotticure. I wanted to do a pattern with my dots, and so I did sort of a mosaic look to this. I was super excited to finally use my Catlin from Zoya that I ordered back during the 3 free sale. I do love purple polish.

Kind of bummed where my dots got wacky from when I top coated this. Oh well. So I goes the life of a dot.

Then for day 4 is gradient. I'm early on this because I double whammied this mani. Another polish group I am a part of goes through the alphabet for mani Mondays. Today is P. I had a ton of P polishes. I took them all out and sat in front of me. Shocker, most were pink or purple. So, being the over achiever that I am, I used 4 different P polishes. Boom!

Base was Pink Friday by OPI, then I did a vertical gradient using OPI'S Pamplona Purple and Planks A Lot. I cut zig zag pieces of scotch tape and did the gradient on my bare nail, and then topped it with Ciate's Pepperminty.

I actually really like both of these looks. I especially love the zig zag. I need to do more of these.

Hope your week goes well. Happy Monday!