Thursday, August 30, 2012

A Little Inspi-ray-tion

Hi everyone!!  On my vacation last weekend I found the most amazing sterling silver & opal stingray earrings from a little shop called The Sterling Sun.  (You can check them out on Facebook here and their online store here!)
I knew I had to do a mani to match!!!

I started off with two coats of Sally Hansen Pacific Blue, which is actually one of my all time favorite blues.  It's so vibrant and clear!  Shown below is two coats with no top coat - and look at all that shine!

Next, for the opal effect, I applied one coat of Finger Paints Flecked, a clear coat loaded with flakes that shift from green to aqua.

For a deeper opal look, I applied one coat of Finger Paints Motley, a clear coat loaded with flakes that shift from green to blue to purple.

I then added one coat of SV to protect before the next step, shown below.

I paired Bundle Monster plate BM-316 with Barry M Silver Foil for the line effect to mimic that on the stingray, and followed with a final coat of SV.

I absolutely love the final result of this paired with the ray earrings.

My birthstone is an opal, so I'm always so excited to see opals used in non-traditional ways like this.

I hope you all love this as much as I do!

Happy Painting!!!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Matte Glitter Madness

Hi everyone!!!  I am so glad to be back from my vacation, but I really miss being at the beach!
I recently snagged a new indie that I just couldn't wait to show you!

I started off with two coats of Zoya Monica, an amazing deep purple creme.

This really is a must own purple.  The application is smooth and easy, and the color pops so perfectly.

Next, I added two coats of Rainbow Polish Taffy, a clear coat packed with matte light blue, aqua, pink, lime green, and white square and hex glitters.

Application for this was great for such a glitter bomb.  Some of the glitters were a little too eager to come out of the bottle, but it was super easy to smooth them out on the nail.

I really adore the color palette in this one.  It's eye catching and delicate at the same time.

To finish, I added two coats of SV to ensure a smooth finish, but one would have done the trick.  
I know, I'm such and overachiever.

I hope you all enjoy!

Happy Painting!

Monday, August 27, 2012

Soft Water Marble

Hi everyone!!  I'm still on vacation, but I wouldn't leave ya high and dry!!  
Before I settled on my mani before I left, I had a little fun with two of my Luduranas.

I started with two coats of OPI Alpine Snow for my base, and then used Ludurana Supremo and Maravilhosa for a water marble.

The marbling was really interesting to do with these, because for the first several rings in the water, the colors appear identical.  Also, after dipping your fingers in the water, the holographic particles spread a great deal, so it may seem as if you will not be able to completely clean the surface of the water.  An easy trick for this is to lightly blow on the top of the water, and then clean the excess.

I hope you all enjoy - and I'll be back tomorrow!!!

Happy Painting!

Friday, August 24, 2012

Stars & Sparkles

Hi everyone!  As many of you know I am FINALLY on vacation!  WHOOOO!!!!!!
But, while I am beach bound and loving it - I could never bear the thought of leaving my blog without manis!!!  So let's go!!!

Since I'll be out in the sun, I really wanted a color that would pop in the light!  So I went for Ludurana Supremo, one of my favorite purple holos, and applied three coats.  Two would have done the trick, but I'm a big fan of three base coats for added thickness.

Supremo is so good as catching the light, I knew it would be the perfect choice for the beach.

After applying one coat of SV for protection, I used my Mash-49 plate with Konad Special Black for the star design.  

I thought about adding a little extra something, maybe for an accent nail, but I stopped myself.

I liked the simplicity of this so much that I left it the way that it is.

I finished off with one last coat of SV.

I hope you all enjoy it!!

Happy Painting!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Oh My Squiggles!

Hey everyone!!  I'm super busy getting everything ready for our vacation!  (Our first in five years if you can believe it!!!)  So with limited time, I went for something quick but fun today!

I recently squashed some major lemmings, and scored six more bottles from the China Glaze OMG Collection!

I knew I had to use the name sake, OMG, immediately!  I started off with three coats, followed by one coat of SV.

I loved it so much I had to take a few extras pics!

Next, I grabbed China Glaze DV8 and paired it with Cheeky plate CH16 for the squiggly line design.  

To take it one step further, I used China Glaze TMI and repeated the same stamp image.

I finished with one coat of SV.

I think the reason I like this so much is because when I showed it to Evan, my three year old, he asked me if I drew it with his crayons!  I think it is adorable that this random design reminded him of the cute little drawings he makes for us!!!

I hope you enjoy it!

Happy Painting!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Fiery Fingers

Hi everyone!!  My husband was asking me if I wanted to watch The Hunger Games last night, and it occurred to me that I never did any fire manis when it was released in theaters.

Since I had so much fun with last week's water marble, I felt like having another go at it!

I started off with two coats of Sally Hansen Mellow Yellow 360.

For the marbling, I went with OPI Red Lights Ahead ... Where?, Zoya Arizona, and Wet n' Wild Ebony Hates Chris.

I decided to use finer lines as opposed to the looping look for a tighter fitting design.

I followed with one coat of SV.

I had a lot of fun creating this!  I hope you enjoy it!!

Happy Painting!

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Lime Crime Marble Style

Hello again everyone!!  I was so excited by the amazing Lime Crime Les Desserts d'Antoinette Collection I just shared with you that I knew I had to come up with something awesome for them!!!

So I decided to go with the form of nail art that I am by far the worst at: Water Marbling!  I guess I like a challenge!!

This is, without a doubt, the most successful water marble I have ever done, and I am convinced that it is all due to Lime Crime!!!

This set of polish was born to water marble!  I had absolutely no problems whatsoever with it! There were no air bubbles, and the water dragging was perfectly smooth!

I am absolutely crazy about the end result here!!!  It is so light and delicate, but eye catching as well!

I hope you all enjoy this as much as I do!!!

Happy Painting!!

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