Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Minty Chevron

Hi everyone!  I hope all of you had an amazing weekend!  I know I did!!!!


Since I missed Stamp Sunday, I thought I'd make up for it today!


I started off with two coats of Wet n' Wild I Need a Refresh-Mint.  It's a beautiful minty creme, with a bit of an almost aqua feel to it.  


I like the formula, but I'm really not wild about the wide angled brush.  They're just not my thing.


I used Sally Hansen Mint Sprint with Bundle Monster plate BM-201 for the chevron design.


This is actually the first time I have done a chevron pattern, and I really like it!!  I'm also really pleased with the newest plate set from Bundle Monster.  Most of the designs are really fun and different.  I'm also so happy they added a backing to the plates!  I didn't slice my finger open on any of them!!!

I hope you all enjoy my minty mani!  Happy Painting!!!


Saturday, February 25, 2012

My Hubby's Dirty Thirty!

My husband, Sean, turned thirty on Wednesday!!  But, since our week was so hectic, we weren't really able to celebrate that day.  So, we're having his birthday hoopla tomorrow!  Believe it or not, this is the first birthday mani I have ever done!


I started off with two coats of Nubar Indigo Illusion.


It's a fantastic multi-chrome that shifts from purple to green to shimmery grey.


The formula is a dream!  Amazing smooth application, and a really nice finish.


I wanted something semi-festive that would also go with the material of the dress I'll be wearing tomorrow evening ...


I grabbed my Konad Special Black Pearl, and Cheeky plate CH26, and stamped the image down the sides of my nails.  (Sorry about the slightly blurry pic here.  I had already moved on to the next step on my left hand, but forgot to take the first picture.  Apparently I can paint with my left hand, I just can't take good pics with it!)


I used Konad Special White with the same image, and stamped over the original one, just in a slightly different spot.


To create the cupcake, I first painted the lower half of my nail with one coat of Zoya Tru.  I used my striping brush with Milani Orchidia to create the cupcake wrapper lines.


Next, I painted a triangular section on the upper half with OPI Alpine Snow Matte.  (I chose the matte because of it's thicker formula.  I really wanted the frosting to puff out a bit from the rest of my nail!!!)  I used my dotting tool with the Alpine Snow Matte around the frosting edges.  After that, I added a coat of Confetti Ice Ice Baby for some fun frosting glitters.


I used my dotting tool again with Konad Special Red for the cherry, and with Milani Orchidia, Sally Hansen Mint Sprint, and Sally Hansen Brisk Blue to create the sprinkles!  One final coat of SV, and my work was done!!!


So there you have it!  My fun birthday mani, that still matches my outfit!!  I had a lot of fun creating this one!  I hope you enjoy it ladies!!!!

Happy Painting!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Alpha-Nerd

Believe it or not, I am still up to my eye balls in Elixir glitters!  So here's my swatch of the day ... and it's drool worthy!!!


Nerd Lacquer - Nebula


Okay, this polish is the visual example of why I am IN LOVE with indie polish lines.  


Look at all of that glitter!  I have never had to fish glitter out of the bottle with an indie brand.  


The almost wine colored jelly in Nebula has such a great formula!  It goes on beautifully, and demands attention!!!


This is just two coats of Nebula, followed by a coat of SV.


Busy or not, I honestly wouldn't have added any nail art to this.  I mean, seriously, could I have possibly topped this look???  It really is dazzling.  If you don't have your own bottle of this, you're missing out ... so be sure to check out the Nerd Lacquer store ASAP!!!

As special photo request from Bunny!  She wanted to see what this looked like from a bit further away!


So, to sum up, this polish clearly looks awesome up close, or far away.  I'm kinda convinced it can be seen from space!!!!

Happy Painting!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Feelin Nerdy

Okay - wow!  Monday's Elixir Lacquers sale was completely MAD!!!  I cannot believe how many orders poured in from all around the globe!  Thank you all so much!  I was floored, to say the least.

Since I'm mixing polishes like crazy right now, I don't have a ton of time for my usual nail art at the moment .... But I can't stand not posting!  So here's a sample of one of my most recent additions to my arsenal!


Nerd Lacquer - All of Time and Space
An amazingly different frosty green, with an almost iced teal feel to it!  It's full of shimmer, and is a complete glitter bomb!!


I love the way the purple micro hex glitter stands out in this!


The formula was great!  Not too thick, not too thin!  


I used three coats of All of Time and Space for this mani.  The tips of my nails were still just a bit light with two coats.


I finished it off with a coat of Cult Nails Wicked Fast.

I am in love with this polish!  I've never seen anything quite like it before, which is always a huge deal for me!!!!  Now that I've had this quick break, I'm back to mixing Elixir's as fast as I can!!!  

Happy Painting!

Color: Nerd Lacquer All of Time and Space

Friday, February 17, 2012

Interlocking

Hi ladies!  I guess I'm on a bit of a dotting kick lately - but just for fun, let's throw some tape in there too!


I started off with two coats of Nubar Reclaim, a supremely eye catching green holo.


My husband said it really reminded him of A England's Dragon.  Hmm.  I might have to do a dupe comparison post!


I taped off my nails diagonally and used one coat of Color Club Worth the Risque, a gorgeous silver holo.  I reversed the color block on my ring finger because, well, it's me!


I used my large dotting tool with Worth the Risque and dotted along the tape line, making sure to leave space in between the dots.


Next, I used the same dotting tool with Reclaim and placed the dots in the empty spaces along the tape line.


Once the interlock look was in place, I used my small dotting tool with Reclaim and placed rows of dots over Worth the Risque.


I repeated this step with Worth the Risque over Reclaim.


I finished off the mani with one coat of Cult Nails Wicked Fast.


This was a fun and easy mani to work with.  I hope you enjoy it!  Happy Painting!

Colors: Nubar Reclaim, Color Club Worth the Risque

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Eyelet Love You!!!

Happy Valentine's Day everyone!!!!  I wanted to do a mani that was fun, bright, and delicate all at the same time!  So, instead of the usual hearts and flowers, I thought so eyelet lace trim would do the trick!


I started with one coat of China Glaze Gothic Lolita.  It's a great purple creme with a soft purple shimmer.


Next I chose my newest Dollish Polish Aurora Borealis, a fabulous shimmer coat that flashes from blue to purple. I used one coat ...


And I loved it, but I really wanted this to shine, so I used one more coat of Aurora Borealis.


I used my striping brush with Kiss White to create the lace lines.


Then I used my large dotting tool to create the first part of the eyelets.


Finally, I used my small dotting tool with Gothic Lolita to complete the eyelet loop look!


I finished with one coat of SV.


I love the way that this turned out!  It's fun and girly, without the traditional Valentine's Day look!  Have a great Valentine's Day and Happy Painting!!!

Nail Break? No Problem!

Well, I guess an awesome weekend leads to a not so awesome nail break!!  I know, it's so tragic.


This was actually one of those painfully high breaks, so cutting it down really wasn't a comfortable option.  So I thought I'd try Orly Nail Rescue.  I snagged mine from Sally Beauty for $7.99.


You start by painting the affected area with the nail glue.  I really like this nail glue actually.  It goes on neatly and easily, without immediately turning into that white mess.


Next, dip your nail into the powder pot.  It will come out looking like this ...


Use a paper towel to remove the excess powder, and then use the buffing file provided to smooth out the nail.  And then .....


No more troubles!  A perfectly strong nail!!  The next time you break a nail, keep Orly Nail Rescue in mind before you cut them down!!
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