Saturday, September 15, 2012

Purple Nails: 31 Day Challenge and Acetone DISASTER!

I wanted to do something with glitter and this is what happened. I did purple and not violet nails but oh well. Now this color looks very purple in the bottle and very purple in certain lighting and then very blue in other lighting as you can see in the coming up pictures but I went with it as purple. On top is a lovely goldish bronze glitter from Sinful Colors.

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Outdoors: Looking Blue

These were done with Sinful Colors “Lets Talk” and Sinful Colors “All about You”

So another foot note here:

I use pure acetone for clean up and when I stamp.  I use an acetone/glycerin mix to take polish off so that it is not so dry on my hands.  Jeff got me a shot glass a long time ago to use for acetone when I do my nails.  Well on this day I had my acetone/glycerin mix in the shot glass because I was in the process of taking off my nail color.   I knew that I would be doing some stamping so I asked Jeff to get me the acetone.  He got the bottle and told me to grab a containter, so I grabbed one that was close to me.  Now this container was one that I use when I do watermarbling and it works fine… It is not for acetone.  It is not for acetone because it’s PLASTIC.  So not thinking I hand him the container and he pours acetone in it and… nothing happened.  So I went about my merry way until I went to do clean up on my new mani.  I dipped my brush in the pure acetone and it didn’t feel the same.  A big ole glob of goopy plastic come up with the brush.  I went to pour it out and this is what happened, lol.  Needless to say I had to get a new container and I was so upset my man cleaned up my brush for me, lol. 

Nail Life Lesson: Acetone and Plastic = NO GO!
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Yes that is melted plastic, lol

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Friday, September 14, 2012

Holographic Blue Water: 31 Day Challenge

So the story behind these nails… I had a job interview and did not want really crazy nails so I did a classic French manicure.  After the interview I had the next four days off due to the Labor Day holiday here in the US and we had planned to go the Lake.  Well I can’t stand to have the same manicure for more than about three days.  Halfway through the Lake trip I got antsy.  We had gone to the Mall and I visited Sephora.  I got three new polishes.  I got Sephora by OPI “opalescent blasted”, Sephora by OPI “Cartwheels on the Catwalk” and Nails, Inc Holographic topcoat. 

I have a horrible habit of picking at my nail polish if it starts to chip.  Usually it doesn’t happen because I am at home and can just take off a peeling polish but stuck up at the Lake I didn’t have any of my things.  So when the color began to peel I started to take it off.  The next day… dun dun dun… I broke a nail.  So I decided to take them all shorter and start over. 

I did a coat of the lovely dusty blue that makes me think of robin’s eggs.  It says it’s supposed to be a green but I didn’t see green at all.  I then put the holographic topcoat on top of it.  When I got home at the end of the trip I stamped on it with my new Red Angel plates.  (I love these plates, really cute full nail designs.) 
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Side Note:
I absolutely love the Nails, Inc holographic top coat.  It is not a linear holographic it is a scatter but what it lacks in linear it makes up in shine.  This holographic shows up in almost all lighting; Indoors, shade, outdoors, the Sun. It is so pretty.  I love holographic nail polishes but I get disappointed when they are only really sparkly in the sunlight.  I work indoors and I want some glitter at work too.  So I must say this was a good buy. 
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Glitter indoors

These were done with Sephora by OPI “Cartwheels on the Catwalk”, Nails, Inc Holographic topcoat, Pure Ice “Celestial”, and RA 106

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Green Geometric Nails: 31 Day Challenge

I love green it is such a great color.  My man, Jeff’s, favorite color is green and I’m pretty sure he loves China Glaze’s “Cha cha cha” due to an inside joke.  So when it came to green I knew what color I wanted to use.  I stamped a geometric print on them and wore them like that for a while.  After a few days I wanted to change them but still liked the green and the green geometric French happened.  I really like taking a full manicure design into a French.  It is so super easy and I think the results are usually always really great. 

How do you guys change a manicure design? 
Sorry for the blurry image but this is the only full green picture that I took.
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These were done with China Glaze “Cha Cha Cha”, Konad Black, and BM 203

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Yellow Nails: 31 Day Challenge

I love yellow I really do but when I came to Yellow nails on the 31 day challenge I had nothing.  I was uninspired again. Sad day let me tell you.  So I went with a bright and shiny yellow as a base coat and sat on it for a little bit.  We had a dinner to go to with some friends and I didn’t want to just have yellow nails so I thought I’d stamp something on them.  Here is the result. 
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I rushed the stamping which you can obviously see and the blue mixed with yellow to make a strange green tinge…Which being an art minor and an artist I should have anticpated but I’m ashamed to say that I didn’t. When we went to dinner my friend asked why I put yellowish green on my nails…. Lol. I just told her wait until tomorrow and the next time you see me they will be different as always, lol.

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These were done with Barielle “Lemondrops”, Pure Ice “Celestial”, and BM 213

Liebster Award

Liebster Award!


I was nominated for the Liebster Award by the wonderful Shelby from Shelby’s Swatches,  Lariesa from Me, Myself, and Polish; and Laura from Pictures and Polish!

Thank you guys so much!


The rules are as follows:

1.                  Each person tagged must post 11 things about themselves.

2.                  They must also answer the 11 questions the 'tagger' has set for them.

3.                  They must create 11 more questions to ask bloggers they have decided to tag.

4.                  They must then choose 11 bloggers with less than 200 followers and tag them

            in their post.

5.                  These lucky bloggers must then be told.

6.                  There are no tag backs.


11 Random things about me!


1. I love horses.  My favorite breed is Arabians.

2. My favorite color is red, and it’s so weird but that is the color I have the least of in nail polish.

3. I have a niece that is 4 and she always has to have animal print on her nails when she comes to my house. 

4. I have to sleep with a fan on.  Not really to keep cool but to circulate air.

5. I wish I could have rainbow hair like Melanie Dawn Harter (Wisely-Chosen on Flickr).

6. I have a giant container of fluffy pens on my desk and my clients play with them all the time.

7.  I am a Taurus and can be extremely stubborn at times.

8.  I majored in Anthropology in school because I love people and culture. 

9.  I am currently in the process of trying to learn Italian. (Any Italian speaking nail art fans out there…. I’d love some advice).

10. I have a ton of jewelry but really only wear two rings religiously.

11.  I absolutely love looking at nail art blogs maybe even more than writing my own blog.


Shelby’s questions:

1. What's your favorite guilty pleasure? I’ve been watching a lot of Vampire Diaries lately… usually when my man is gone because he thinks it’s dumb. 

2. Which store do you visit weekly? Hmmm… I don’t really go out to shop all that often but I do like to visit Sally’s Beauty a lot. 

3. Favorite nail polish brand? I think my favorite brand might be China Glaze.  They are really easy for me to find in my area and I do love the colors.

4. Favorite type of nail art? I think my favorite type of nail art is gradients.

5. What polish are you currently wearing? I am currently wearing China Glaze Flip Flop Fantasy with Piper Polish Spectraflair topcoat.  All the holo and neon goodness!

6. How do you store your polishes? My nail polishes are currently stored in large plastic containers on the floor, though when I do my nails I usually take over the table.

7. What inspired you to not only create your blog, but keep up with it? I guess I started my blog by seeing everyone else’s blogs.  I absolutely loved nail art blogs and wanted to become a part of that lovely group.  I wish I could post every day or even every other day but with everything going on I just try to keep us as best as I can.

8. Who is the last person you called on your cell phone? The last person I called or texted was my man Jeff.  J

9. What's your favorite hobby, besides nail polish? I love to draw and I love to read,  though I rarely have time for hobbies any more. 

10. Best cuticle care and cleanup tips? I use a paint brush dipped in pure acetone for cleanup and I have been using Bert’s Bees Lemon Butter cuticle cream and I think it’s been working. 

11. Favorite breakfast food? I love waffles… :)


Lariesa’s Questions:  

1. What name of a nail polish made you LOL? China Glaze “Cha Cha Cha” due to an inside joke between me and my man.

2. Are you a morning person?
Definitely  not

3. What kind of pets do you have?
I have a miniature dachshund

4. What is the thing that you love the most?
I love books

5. What Nail polish brand is your favorite?
I really do like China Glaze a lot

6. What kind of mani's do you like the most? (Plain, stamping, freehand etc.)
I really like some of the stamping designs and I have seen some amazing freehand designs.

7. What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
My favorite ice cream flavor is chocolate banana with pecans.

8. What would your weapon of choice be in a zombie apocalypse?
My man prefers melee weapons but me I’m a shoot from a distance kind of girl especially when it comes to zombies, lol.

9. Which blog did you follow first?
I think I really started to follow Rebecca likes nails first and Ooh, Shinies these two amazing women have some awesome manis.

10. If you could only have one, which would it be: Facebook or Twitter?
I still don’t understand the thrill of twitter and don’t even have an account so Facebook it is.

11. Which TV series genre do you like to watch most? 
I watch a lot of different tv shows but I love Sci-Fi.  I love Star Trek: TNG and Stargate SG1 and things like that.

Laura’s Questions: 

1. Winter or Summer? Definently summer.  I love the look of snow but I don’t like for it to actually touch me. 

2. What's your favorite nail polish type? I love me some Holographics.

3. What's your favorite nail polish brand? China Glaze

4. What's your favorite nail polish? Hmmm… I’m not sure of my favorite actual polish.  I love blues and teals though.

5. What's your favorite manicure x pedicure combo? I like doing them in complementary colors but not matchy matchy.

6. Do you prefer to do your own nails or go have them done? I only had my nails done one time and that was not a good experience, lol.

7. Do you prefer to do your own toes or go have them done? I would tell you who does them for me sometimes but… he would kill me.

8. Is there a color you would never wear on your nails? I’m pretty adventurous

9. Have you ever spilt nail polish on the carpet? In my younger days yes I have. 

10. What's your least favorite nail polish brand? So far I have not been a fan of Barielle polishes but maybe I just haven’t gotten a good color yet.

11. Can you type with wet nails? I try to do way to much with wet nails… and it always makes me angry when they get messed up, lol.


My nominations:




My Questions:

1.      If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?

2.      What is your favorite color of nail polish?

3.      Do you enjoy 3d nail art, and if you do would you wear it on your nails?

4.      If your house was burning (and all your loved ones were safe) and you would only save one bottle of nail polish which one would you save?

5.      What is your favorite food and can you cook it?

6.      Which manicure that you have done is your favorite?

7.      Which manicure that you have done did not turn out how you wanted?

8.      What is it about nail art that you like the most?

9.      What is a website that you visit almost daily?

10.   When did you really start getting into nail art?

11.  And finally, glass half full or half empty?











Thursday, September 6, 2012

Orange Nails: 31 Day Challenge

Here is a quick post of my second day nails. The color was orange and usually I absolutely love orange but inspiration was not with me that day. I chose a soft orange color that reminds me of creamsicle. I thought the simple stamping would look pretty. So here are my not inspired orange nails. I do not know what was going on but the orange and yellow nails of this challenge were not my friends, lol.

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These were done with Wet N’ Wild “Sunny Side Up”, Konad White and BM 314

Monday, September 3, 2012

Red Nails: 31 Day Challenge "Red Asian Manicure"

Red Nails: 31 Day Challenge

 So I decided to try the 31 day challenge.  I know a lot of other bloggers have done it and are doing right now.  I wanted to partake of the fun too.  I don’t know how anyone could post every single day… I think that is amazing and props to anyone that does.  So I’m just going to take my sweet time with it.  This manicure was done a few days ago but I’ve been so busy with work, interviews, and going away to the Lake for the weekend.

I started with bright red nails and wanted to stamp on them.  I wanted a grey stamp and when my man chose China Glaze “Stone Cold” I thought yeah why not… UM… yeah that didn’t work.  Like most of you know Stone Cold is a matte polish.  Which means it dries in an instant… which equals NO STAMPING.  Yeah don’t even try… super frustrating until I figured out duh it’s a matte. 

So I figured I’d do something different. I used hole protectors to make a kind of half moon mani on both sides of the nail.  My man said, “hey I got an idea.”  He then dug through my image plates and came back with some of the Chinese symbols.  He wanted to do the stamping and viola… really awesome mani design.  I told him that they look like Chinese lanterns. 
Red Asian Manicure

Red Asian Manicure

Red Asian Manicure

 Red Asian Manicure Tutorial

 Red Asian Manicure Tutorial
Hole Protector Magic


These were done with Pure Ice “Siren”, China Glaze “Stone Cold”, Konad “White”, and BM 203 and 221

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Barielle Swatches

Here are some quick swatches of some new Barielle polishes.  I have never tried this brand before and I must say this were super streaky and a mess to apply.  I don’t know if it’s just some of the colors I got or if Barielle applies like this.  But anyway here are four of the six colors that I recently purchased.

The first one is Barielle "Coco Bar", this is desribed as a dark cocoa brown. This color was super streaky and kept pulling up the color from the other coats creating bald spots... super frustrating.  I wanted a nice dark brown but this one is very very dark.  So still need to look for a nice brown.

Barielle Coco Bar
Barielle Coco Bar

This next color is Barielle "Lemondrops", it is described as sunny yellow creme.  It applys not so pretty but it is an interesting yellow. 

Barielle Lemondrops

Barielle Lemondrops

This is Barielle "Coalest Day of the Year", this is described as carbon gray with white pearls.  This was probably my favorite of the colors that I got.  I love stone looking grays. 
Barielle Coalest Day of the Year
Barielle Coalest Day of the Year

The last swatch is Barielle "End of the Rainbow", this is sheer aqua green with shimmer.  This is a super super sheer color.  To get it fully opaque you need around five to six coats, CRAZY... but I think it would be a pretty color to layer. 

Barielle End of the Rainbow
Barielle End of the Rainbow

And just a quick end note:
This video is done by the amazing PlasmaSpeedo... really cute nail designs.  This video is hilarious and thought I would share it.  Again, this is not my video but Plasmaspeedo
ENJOY all you nail polish addicts!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Seashore Nails

I wanted to do some summer nails before summer was actually over...

So here are my Seashore Nails... a homage to my childhood in sunny California.
Seashore Manicure
Seashore Manicure
Seashore Manicure

These were done with Pure Ice “Excuse Me”, Pure Ice “Celestial”, Pure Ice “Splash!”, Pure Ice “Copper”, China Glaze “Desert Sun”, and Finger Paints “Paper Mache”