Thursday, January 18, 2018

Nail Challenge Collaborative: January 2018 - Blue


Hey there!  Today I have my first post for The Nail Challenge Collaborative January theme which is blue.  All manis for this month should have blue as the main color, but can use other colors as accents. 


For this look I decided to do a pond mani.  The way a pond mani works is that you start with a jelly polish then you stamp or use a dotting tool to create the next layer, then you polish over it with the jelly polish, then stamp, then polish, etc. etc. etc.!  I never realized how time consuming this nail art can be!


I started with 2 coats of Rica Squishy Blueberry.  This is a really sheer jelly so that's why I decided to do two coats.  Then I stamped the snowflakes using MoYou London Festive 03 plate and Rica Whiteout.  I repeated this process two more times with two coats of Squishy Blueberry then stamping and finished up with two more coats of Squishy Blueberry.  I don't want to tell you how long it took me to do this. 


I am really happy with how it turned out though.  It's a cool look just very time consuming to create.  I hope you like it!

Please check out the other bloggers below.  Thank for reading! 
 

Friday, January 12, 2018

Nail Crazies Unite - Gold Snowflakes


Hey there!  I'm doing a new nail art challenge this year with Nail Crazies Unite.  Challenges are every other Friday and have a different theme.  The first prompt of the month is Gold Snowflakes. 


As you may already know, I don't love true gold so I don't own many gold nail polishes.  I had to get a little creative with this theme and selected more of a rose gold polish to do my snowflakes.  I started with a base of Rica Silent Night which is a white crelly with tiny holographic sparkles and pale blue shimmer.  I used What's Up Nails Snowfall Stencils and Colors by Llarowe Frohe Feiertage! from December's Polish Pickup to create the snowflakes. 


I honestly couldn't be happier with how this turned out.  I didn't want to take this mani off once I did it, but sadly cannot wear nail art to work so had to.  I hope you like it as much as I do. 

Please check out the other participants below.  Thanks for reading!


Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Nail Challenge Collaborative: December 2017 - Winter/Christmas


Hey there!  Today I have my second post for The Nail Challenge Collaborative Winter/Christmas theme.  I went with a snowflake look for this one. 


I started with a base of Lynnderella Making MerriMint which is a gorgeous mint polish with shimmers.  I love all polishes in this color family! 


I used What's Up Nails Snowfall Stencils to create this look.  Sometimes I have a hard time with the stencils, but they were so easy to use, and I love how this turned out.  I used a Lynnderella mystery to create the snowflakes. 


I really love this color combo.  The blurple is a great color and even though it's not white for snowflakes it reminds me of winter with the aqua base. 


I hope you like this look as much as I do.  It's snowing here while I write this so I think this mani is fitting for this time of year. Happy Holidays!

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Friday, December 22, 2017

Nail Challenge Collaborative: December 2017 - Winter/Christmas


Hey there!  I'm trying to get back into my nail art challenges now that the busy season at work has ended.  Today I have my first post for The Nail Challenge Collaborative December Winter/Christmas theme.  Since it's been a couple of months since I've done nail art I had to ease back into it! 


I started with a base of Lynnderella 12-19-16 PresentiMint.  This color is beautiful.  I love the mint base with aqua shimmer and turquoise glitters.  This is a total me color.  I did three coats plus topcoat. 


I decided to use some vinyl nail stencils from What's Up Nails to create my wintry look.  I used the Mittens Stencil and Lollipop Posse Lacquer Telephone Ice Cream and Polish My Life Fae Fever to create the mittens, and I used the Jolly Snowflakes Stencil and Telephone Ice Cream to create the snowflakes.  This look is so cute!  I love the mittens. 


I hope you like my first look back from my hiatus.  I will have at least one more look to share with you before the end of the year.  Happy Holidays! 

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Sunday, October 15, 2017

The Color Box - Rainbow Edition

 
Hey there!  I was very excited when I was asked to be a blogger for The Color Box and when I found out the color was rainbow I was even more excited.  The way The Color Box works is that once a quarter the group votes on a color and 5 bloggers partner up with 5 makers to create a color for that box.  This one was a little different since it was rainbow we had 6 bloggers and 6 makers.  Make sure you read all the way through this post for a chance to enter to win this box. 
 
 
I was very happy to be paired up with Shaneka from Polish My Life.  This is a rather new to me brand so it was fun working with her and coming up with a color together.  Shimmers have quickly become my favorite finish so I knew that I wanted a yellow with shimmer.  The photo above was the inspiration photo I selected, and Shaneka created a beauty.  You'll have to keep reading though to see the photos. 
 
Warning: this post will be photo heavy since I decided to do three pics of each color to show you the color in different lighting or with different top coats.  I will be posting in color order, and I'll give a description of the color and let you know who created it.
 
Pahlish Cupid's Bow

 
 
 
Amanda Loves Polish and Pahlish created the red polish for this box.  This is Cupid's Bow which is a deep oxblood jelly with multichrome red and purple shimmer and holo flakes.  This color is the perfect fall red.  It's vampy and beautiful.  I did two coats plus topcoat.  The first two photos are outdoors in sunlight and the third photo is indoors. 
 
Stella Chroma Autumn Serenity

 
 

The Jedi Wife and Stella Chroma teamed up to create this beautiful orange polish for you.  It is a burnt orange linear holo with teal flakies.  I did two coats plus topcoat.  I'm so in love with this color.  Orange polishes have become a favorite of mine and this one screams fall to me.  The first two photos are outdoors in sunlight and the third is indoors. 
 
Polish My Life Golden Sunsets 
 
 
 
Now onto my creation with Polish My Life.  Golden Sunsets is a vibrant yellow cremely with scattered gold and multi-colored shimmers.  This is three coats with topcoat.  You can still see some VNL, but I like how it looks.  First two photos are outdoors in sunlight and the third is indoors. Shaneka definitely nailed (pun intended) my inspiration, and I really love how you can see the golden shimmers in the indoor lighting.  It was such a pleasure working with Shaneka and I hope we can work together again in the future. 



CbL March of the Titans
 
 



Next up is the green polish which was created by Queen of Nails 83 and Colors by Llarowe.  This color is called March of the Titans and is a deep green jelly base with red to gold shifting flakes, green shimmer, and copper, red, to green unicorn pee pigment shimmer.  This color is so unique to my collection.  I did two coats plus topcoat.  I love the shift in this which you can see really well in the first picture. First photo is outdoors in sunlight, second is outdoors in shade, and third is with matte topcoat. 



Pretty Jelly Manna's Mighty Masterpiece
 
 



The blue polish is one of my favorites in this box, but I'm a big fan of blue polishes, and was created by Manna's Manis and Pretty Jelly.  Manna's Mighty Masterpiece is a bright azure scattered holo with green to blue flakies and purple shimmer.  I love this polish so much.  First photo is outdoors in sunlight, second is outdoors in shade, and the third is in the sun with matte topcoat.  This is two coats plus topcoat.  I really didn't want to take this one off. 



Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer End of the Rainbow
 
 



Finally, we have the purple polish which was created by xoxo, Jen and Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer.  End of the Rainbow is a royal purple with a pink to purple/blue shift, purple metallic flakies, and sparse silver holo microglitters.  I'm not generally a purple polish person, but I really love this one.  This is two coats plus topcoat.  The first two photos are outdoors in sunlight, and the third is indoors. 



I really hope you liked all of these photos and the rainbow theme for The Color Box.  It was a lot of fun working with everyone involved in this box, and I was truly honored to be selected to work with them. 






Manna's Manis is offering one box free HERE so make sure you enter. 


You can purchase The Color Box HERE, and you can join the Facebook fan group HERE!



Thanks for reading this entire post!








Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Nail Challenge Collaborative: September 2017 - Inspired by a Garment


Hey there!  Today I have my second post for the Nail Challenge Collaborative September Inspired by a Garment theme.  For this one I went with an orange and black plaid look based on a top I saw online and love! 


I started with a base of OPI It's a Piazza Cake.  I did two coats and finished it with topcoat.  This color totally screams fall to me.  It's the perfect burnt orange and totally reminds me of pumpkin and falling leaves. 


This is the shirt that inspired this look.  I used MoYou London Black Knight and Hipster 05 plate to create this look.  I wish I had the link to this top to share with you, but I can't find it anymore.  This makes me really sad because I really want to purchase it!


My stamping isn't perfect on this one, but I'm still happy with it.  It totally resembles the top that inspired me, and this look reminds me of fall and Halloween. 

Please check out the other bloggers below.  Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Nail Challenge Collaborative: September 2017 - Inspired by a Garment

 
Hey there!  Today I have my first post for September's Nail Challenge Collaborative Inspired by a Garment theme.  I don't love this prompt to be honest.  For some reason whenever I have this theme my mind draws a blank.  However I do love argyle anything - sweaters, socks, shirts, etc. so I decided to do argyle nails for my first look. 
 
 
I found an argyle sweater that I really love on amazon.com and used that as my inspiration.  You can see the sweater here.  I used Zoya August and Jordan as my main colors and did the lines with an L.A. Colors Art Deco white striper.  I thought this mani would like great with a matte topcoat.  I used Butter London Matte Finish as my topcoat and I love how it turned out.  I will show you what this looks like with a glossy topcoat below. 
 

Here you can see this look with a shiny topcoat.  I used Tonic Topper which is my favorite quick dry topcoat.  I rarely use matte topcoats, but do prefer this look matte compared to glossy.  What do you think?
 

This was my first time ever trying argyle nails which is odd because of how much I love argyle.  I was a big preppy in high school!  I think I will do argyle nails again in the future.  There are so many different color combos you can do!
 
Have your done any manis inspired by a garment?  What garments inspired your nail art? 
 
Please check out the other bloggers below.  Thanks for reading!