Friday, August 28, 2015

Sandy Beaches

Hi everyone!  I went with this mani just before heading off to the beach.  This one actually took a little bit of time.

Beach Nails

I started off with two coats of Color Club Macaroon Swoon, followed by one coat of SV.  Using a damp wedge sponge, I applied a gradient using Color Club Macaroon Swoon, Color Club In De-Nile, and KBShimmer Sky Jinks, followed by one coat of SV.

Beach Nails

To add some depth and detail, I added some splotches with a light and medium blue Sharpie, and blotted it with a flat detail brush dipped in alcohol.  For some water ripples and sea foam, I used my calligraphy pen with a soft white art ink.  To finish off the sand, I lightly dabbed on some colorless micro glitter.  I finished with one coat of SV.

Beach Nails

I love the end result!  It was nice to be able to spend a good bit of time on a mani for a change!
I hope you enjoyed!  Happy Painting!


Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Petals in the Water

Hi everyone!  I have another Sharpie look up today - this technique is so much fun to do!

Petal Nails

I started off with two coats of OPI Glints of Glinda, followed by one coat of SV.

Petal Nails

I created some floral shaped patches on my nails with light purple and magenta Sharpies, and filled in the open space with light blue and mint Sharpies.  I used a flat detail brush dipped in alcohol and blotted the nail.  I finished with one coat of SV.

Petal Nails

I really love the end result!!
I hope you enjoyed!  Happy Painting!


Monday, August 24, 2015

Constellation Gradient

Hi everyone!  Today I had some fun with the OPI Color Paints Collection!

Constellation Nails

I started off with two coats of OPI Silver Canvas, followed by one coat of SV.

Constellation Nails

Using a damp wedge sponge, I added a full spectrum gradient using all of the Color Paints shades in order: Magenta Muse, Chromatic Orange, Primarily Yellow, Landscape Artist, Turquoise Aesthetic, Indigo Motif, Purple Perspective, and Pen & Pink.  For something extra, I paired my Messy Mansion Plate MM33 with A England Excalibur Renaissance to add the constellation pattern.  I finished with one coat of SV. 

Constellation Nails

I love how well the colors paints work for gradients!
I hope you enjoyed!  Happy Painting!


Friday, August 21, 2015

Tortoise Shells

Hi everyone! I have my take on a tortoise shell look today!

Tortoise Shell Nails

I started with two coats of OPI Bubble Bath, followed by one coat of SV.

Tortoise Shell Nails

Next, I used Sharpies to colors splotches all over my nail.  The colors I picked were yellow, black, brown, and grey.  After coloring the entire nail, I used a detail brush dipped in alcohol and lightly blotted it across the nail to bleed the colors.  I finished with one coat of SV.

Tortoise Shell Nails

I love the end result!  I may be a little addicted to the Sharpie technique now!!
I hope you enjoyed!  Happy Painting!


Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Smoke in the Air

Hi everyone!  I have no idea why I put off doing smoke nails for so long!  I just love them!

Smoke Nails

I started off with two coats of KBShimmer Eclipse, followed by one coat of SV.

Smoke Nails

Using a small detail brush, I added a few small random stripes of OPI Damone Roberts 1968.  While the stripes were still fresh, I used a flat detail brush dipped in acetone and lightly dabbed the stripes.  I finished with one coat of SV.

Smoke Nails

Thanks so much to the awesome Sarah at Chalkboard Nails for her tutorial on this!!
I hope you enjoyed!  Happy Painting!

Monday, August 17, 2015

Moon Jellyfish

Hi everyone! Today I have my own take on the nimbus technique!

Jellfish Nails

I started with two coats of Color Club In De-Nile, followed by one coat of SV.

Jellyfish Nails

Next, I lightly watered down a few drops of white acrylic paint and then added a drop of red alcohol ink and mixed it together.  Using a small detail brush, I picked up a bit of the paint and ink mixture and placed thick dots of it onto the nail.  Once I had all the dots on one nail, I used a separate detail brush to pick up the excess moisture.  I repeated this step with my other inks to add different colors.  I finished with one coat of SV.

Jellyfish Nails

I just loved creating this mani!  It was so much fun finding a new way to utilize the alcohol inks!
I hope you enjoyed!  Happy Painting!


Friday, August 14, 2015

I'm Back!!!

Hi everyone!!!  Wow - what a crazy summer it has been!  I'm so sorry to have taken such a long break, but it had to be done.  I was so busy finishing school, and had a few vacations thrown into the mix as well.  I graduated in the end of July - YAY! - and took my state board exams in the beginning of August, and passed with flying colors - double YAY!  So now I'm officially a licensed nail tech, which is just awesome!

Moving forward, Nail Polish Wars will continue, but things will be a little bit different.  I can't guarantee that I'll still be able to post Monday through Saturday which was the norm for quiiiiiiite some time.  Swatch requests will only be reserved for select brands, but the nail art will of course continue!  The reasoning behind that is this: I'm currently looking for a full time position in a salon!  Crazy awesome, right?!  Additionally, I'll be able to go back to school part time in six months to obtain my instructor's license.  So, with that filling a good bit of my time, my full devotion to Nail Polish Wars will take a bit of a backseat - but you know I'm not walking out of my house without full nail art, so I'll always have plenty of that for you!  

I have oodles of manis just begging to be posted from the past few months, so I'll start getting those up lickity split for you!  I'm so excited to be back and for you to see some of the mani fun I've had this summer.  I've missed blogging so much!  And thank you so much to the tons of emails and messages I've received from so many of you checking on me and begging to know when I'd be back with new manis!  Y'all are amazing!!!

Happy Painting!!


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