Sunday, August 14, 2011

Zebra/Cheetah combo copy & Plug Yourself Sunday

 I copied this nail art from Red Hair and Black Polish ( her's is prettier ) I am trying to use orange nail polish at least once a month - but it hard to be enthusiastic about it.... Orange and baby/ pastel pinks are two polish colours I very rarely reach for....

I started with a base of an orange sherbert franken, then used a striping brush to make the zebra stripes with Wet n Wild Sunny Side up leaving a triangular area where I sponged Nicole Fresh Squeezed, then used a small brush to make the cheetah spots with Mavala Nice in the triangular area......

I wanted to draw a black rose in the triangular area but played it safe and chose cheetah stripes instead. I have tried the zebra/cheetah combo before and it did not work out as well as this.

As always please leave your nail blog link in the comments and I will add you to my blogroll


stuff i used, franken, WnW Sunny Side Up, Nicole Fresh Squeezed, Mavala Nice


Saturday, August 13, 2011

Sally Hansen Nail Prisms Pearly Pinkk & fake crackle/shatter nails

Sally Hansen Nial Prisms Pearly Pink layered over 3 thin coats of Wet n Wild Frosted Fuschia

  I found this older SH polish for $1.50, a few months ago and never got around to wearing it. Someone else in my town scooped up most of the older Sally Hansen Nail Prisms that were delivered, so I only grabbed this and another one that I already had. This is the Canadian exclusive (lol) called Pearly Pink. It is a sheer pink with heavy teal and blue flash.  Here is Lextard's photo,   I am pretty sure its the same polish.

below is Wet n Wild Frosted Fuchsia - which is not a frost at all! It is a very bright shimmery polish that took 3 thin coats to get to opacity. This is another polish that I picked up a few times and put doen at least 4 times over the years.

Wet n Wild Frosted Fuchsia - 2 coats.

.....and finally for shatter-day ( lolololollooolllll!!!!!!! ) - my fake shatter crackle/nails. I am not loving the shatter look, it is cool and i appreciate it on other peoples nails but I don't really like it. I am surprised that it is so popular - every display in department stores in my town are sold out, with the exception of a few bottles of gold from Sally Hansen and Nicole by OPI ~ I guess gold shatter isn't popular.

So here is my 'fake' crackle polish. I started with a base of a greyed out lavender franken, then painted on black jagged shattered pieces, and topped it off with a coat of Pure Ice Rio. This is as close to crackle nail polish as I will get.

black water-based acrylic paint and a little brush................

I did this immediately before taking my polish off, so I didn't bother adding top coat.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Purple holo glitter sprinkle & NEW BLOGS & my 700th post

wow - my 700th post!

Here are a few new blogs I have come across, and added to my blogroll. I am trying to do a 'plug yourself' post as often as I can, but have been a busy gal as well as having some major computer issues, so please plug your nail blog in the comments, I will list your nail blog in a post and add you to my blog roll.

nails & jjjustii

 esmalte pouco e  bobagem 

 polish and charms

 painting rainbows 

 purple fairy dust

 lovin nailz

the polish diary

 crystal's truecolors 


 beautifully chaotic

in love with lacquer

Bonnie Binnacle

 the khromazone

 chosen nail files 

AE Make-up


hopefully, I got the proper name of everyone's blog in this list......

A glitter sprinkle mani is when you apply polish and sprinkle loose glitter onto the wet polish. Then add a coat or two or top coat; I usually add a coat of clear first; then a coat of real top coat. Glitter sprinkle mani's are messy - so I do this over the sink and wash away any glitter that did not adhere to my wet nails.

Most of the time, the glitter sucks up multiple coats of TC and it never has that smoothe shiny finish - but the holographic effect usually makes up for a lack of a high shine. One of the best top oats I have tried for thick glitter effects such as this has been China Glaze Fast Forward, it smells terrible but it does dry fast and it does level out an un-even surface such as this.

This glitter sprinkle mani is over Wet n Wild Eggplant frost except my thumbs. I applied a very thick coat of Nailene Top Coat, lightly sprinkled on the purple holographic glitter and waited 5 minutes then gently pressed down on  the glitter to have all the glitter pieces laying flat, then added another coat of TC, and another coat when that was dry.





Wednesday, August 10, 2011

subtle cosmos glitter and Wet n Wild Eggplant Frost

My placement of nail gems and holo hex glitter pieces is very outer-space like, so I'll call this a cosmos mani.... I started with the same greyed out lilac base of artificial nails, then sponged on Sally Hansen Chrome polish is moonbeam, then China Glaze Grape Juice, then applied the larger purple/pink nail gem that I peeled off from my dollar store stickers post ( HERE ). I applied a coat of Claire's Hollywood and set larger holographic hex glitter into it. 

stuff i used, Claire's Hollywood, Sally Hansen Moon Beam Chrome and ChG Grape Juice

Wet n Wild Eggplant Frost - 3 coats

OMG!!!! This is a beautiful polish!!! 1 dollar CAD? Strangely I did not already own this and picked it up during the last week of Walmart special sale price. It seems the last for 3 July's,  Wet n Wild polish's have been $1. and they actually restocked them 4 or 5 times..... I didnt go crazy but I did pick up some for frankens. Even at regular price Wet n Wild Wild Shine polish is well worth having. ( they are usually $1.57 to $2.00-ish CAD)

This is deep purple shimmer with somewhat subtle blue flash. In bright lighting and in the sun the blue flash is very evident.

I used 3 coats here, and have already incorporated it into some of my previous nail art.  These Wild Shine polish's from Wet n Wild have been very satisfactory - even though it says 'frost' it is not a frosty streaky polish at all!

This is another must have, I am looking forward to whipping up frankens with this one.

indoors pretty

Monday, August 8, 2011

purple 3 stripe mani

( mini rant ) I feel like computers should be like the remote control for the television... you just click the buttons and everything does what you want. However, its way more complicated then that......

Here is a lovely 3 stripe mani, my base is the same greyed-out pale lavender artificial nails I had been wearing all last week, I applied a piece of painters tape diagonally across my nails, and filled the un-taped area with Billie Purple Rain, and Billie Mauve.

Before my polish was dry I removed the tape and 'squished' down any prominent polish ridges, then applied 2 coats of Nailene TC. I added the LA Colors glitter stripe polish on top of my TC.

This is striking, but easy nail look. I stuck a piece of blue painters tape to a cutting mat, then sliced 1/4 pieces for these nail guides using a utility knife.

apply tape over base colour, fill in with 2 other polish colours

remove tape, gently squish ridge and apply TC

see.... all those ridges and polish oops get covered up by the glitter

... I keep reminding myself to pick up more of these glitter stripe polish's......


Thursday, August 4, 2011

purple zebra stripes

I am still wearing those old skool Nial Fetish artificial nails, I added a coat of China Glaze Grape Juice which is a lovely light purple glass flecked polish, then painted zebra striped with the nail striping polish from Klean Color, then added a coat of Pure Ice Busted, a translucent lilac shade with gold purple and hot pink flecks of..... flecks.

I like that the Pure Ice polish smoothes out any wonky zebra stripes, I did a fast, careless polish job because this was my third try with nail art yesterday evening.... hopefully I'll get back on track.

.....and - I fixed my camera battery issue, I guess the little things were not connecting when I placed it in the battery charger - I was really worried about that! And also none of my photos have TC today its way easier to get a clear non-fuzzy photo without TC.


stuff I used; China Glaze Grape Juice, Klean Color stripe polish Duo, Pure Ice Busted

middle nail is w/ klean color nail stripes without Pure Ice busted

...... and one more

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

some purple under the sea nail art

 purple sea-weed?

The base is the same artificial nails I have been wearing all week, I used a striping brush for the Wet n' Wild Eggplant Frost 'sea-weed' then added a coat of clear polish and set deep purple hexagon glitter into the wet polish. Since I couldn't imagine spending the day without some shimmer I added Pure Ice Busted in the area towards the base of my nails.

Thankfully this beautiful purple hex glitter did not 'bleed' when clear polish or TC was added = I hate it when that happens, so now I tested all my glitter and made a note of whether it was polish friendly or not but putting a small amount on tin foil and then adding a drop of clear and a drop of top coat on top

I have a weird pattern with my nails art.... if I don't do anything fun and nail arty to my nails for a while - then start doing fun stuff, I fail at least 3 times before I do something I am satisfied with. Does this happen to anyone else? Also do camera batteries loose their ability to charge up fully? I'll have to Google that because the last few times I re-charged it not all the little bars showed up - which resulted in grey fuzzy photos.

Also - Wow! Wet n' Wild Eggplant Frost is a gorgeous polish!  I tried 3 different types of nail art today, 2 were fails and even though this was okay  ( for now ) I almost settled on a plain manicure of Wet n Wild Eggplant Frost.

Wet n Wild Eggplant Frost totally worth the $1.00 Walmart price tag


Tuesday, August 2, 2011

When in doubt - sponge! 2 purple sponge manis

lol - that fluff!

Today, after my blog hiatus, I have two purple sponge mani's. First I frankened Wet n Wild Eggplant Frost with China Glaze Grape Juice. Even though I darkened the China Glaze polish, the glass flecks were still very prominent, so that's a good thing.

I started with a base of older discontinued artificial nails from Nail Fetish that I found at the dollar store. I mixed up WnW Eggplant Frost with China Glaze Grape Juice on a piece of tin foil and sponged it on the last 3/4 of my nail....when it was sorta dry I added a coat of Nailene TC.

ChG Grape Juice, a pretty pale purple glass fleck polish that I don't use enough.

stuff I used; WnW Eggplant Frost, China Glaze Grape Juice Nailene TC

While I do like China Glaze Grape Juice, I think it is a tad too light, so I frankened a small amount with Wet n Wild Eggplant Frost and did a graduated sponge on a lilac base.

this is the base of the above and below manicures,

These are old discontinued Nail Fetish artificial nails that I found at the dollar store, they are a light lilac and have subtle shimmer. I had to cut them down and re-shape them, they were a weird almond shape.... also I glued the wrong one on my index nail, it is waaaaay to big! Whoops.

..... and another purple sponge mani~

stuff I used, XW Purple Potion, Purple stars from Michelas Craft stores, Nailene TC

I did a graduated sponge, then brushed on the Sally Hansen Purple Potion on the last 1/4 of my nail then added the star & a coat of TC

this is an older Sally Hansen X-treme Wear polish I found at a Garage sale for .10 cents
Purple Potion is a medium purple with strong blue flash

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

fingrs nail stickers & New Blogs

2 coats of Billie Aqua with Fingrs nail stickers and Claire's Matte Top Coat

there is some gorgeous nail stickers available out there. these fing'rs brand can be found at Walmart and other department stores. They go a long way and even though i have them on all my nails, I sometimes think that having 1 nail embellished with a sticker is prettier then having all my nails with stickers.

 I sorry this took so long! i am beyond busy and I erased the original post with the new blogs with their proper blog names,... grrrr! Thank you for adding your nail blog to my comments, and thank you for sharing all your photos and ideas.

i beat polish

truth about glitter

 tata-nadaver !

 all the pretty polish

pretty piink stuff

 the nailaholic

 paws to polish

 groupie glam

 ya gotta hand it to me

 polish for the MMASSes

 love bean girl

Deborah's Daily Dish

 polish fixation

if it shines its mines

 martens girls nails

 pallino girl.

 megs manicures


 tiny plastic finger nails

 taras nails



 nail and beauty blog 

.............. back to the nail stickers.....................

to get the stickers off of the paper backing I bend the paper slightly and use a tooth pick to pick them up and place on my nails.

I have had these stickers for a while, as well as several sets of fingers nail stickers that i have sitting in my 'to use' basket. If you look closely at the photo below, the stickers are opposite or mirrors, one for the left one for the right, and i totally spaced on that and had to remove 1 from my nail..... and the size difference is subtle, but there is 4 different sizes in this package of stickers

I applied 1 coat of Claire's Matte Top Coat over my nails and although i like the matte-ness, i might add normal TC.

w/ Claire's Matte Top Coat