Sunday, March 17, 2019

St. Patrick's Day 2019

It's time for the green!  There's not much to say about this, really.  It's green and it is an amazing polish!  I am in love with the thermal polish concept! For this manicure, I used:

* Polish: Colores de Carol - Lucky Me (thermal)
* Stamping polish: Mundo de Unas - Dark Green
* Stamping plate: UberChic Beauty - St. Patrick's Day

This is the cold state - a really pretty kelly green.  It is almost pastel!  Forgive the tip wear; my top coat caused a bit more shrinkage than normal.

Here is the natural or warm state of this polish which goes to a creamy mint green to almost yellow.  I have to say that I like the cold better, but I'm not hanging around outside these days just for that!  I have this on my toes too and it really does help to gauge my body temperature.  LOL!

Not the best picture, but here it is in transition.  This is so fun!

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Sunday, February 10, 2019

Pick-A-Pink February Week 1

I've decided to dedicate February to pink.  I have plenty to choose from!  A random draw brought out a lovely by Colores de Carol!

Items used:
     *Colores de Carol Mirage
     *Stamp: Uberchic Beauty Love & Marriage 3

This pink polish has a gorgeous holo effect that I just couldn't capture with my camera.  I missed all of the sunshine while wearing this to take photos outside.

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Sunday, January 27, 2019

January Wheel Spin

I am so glad I set up the wheel of nail art for ideas to get me going.  I have so many polishes that have never been worn that this is a great way to use them.  Anyway, when I spun the wheels this time, I got Teal as my color choice and Gradient as my design.

What I used:
*KB Shimmer - Meet Me At The Barre
*KB Shimmer - A Touch Of Glass
*KB Shimmer - Teal It To My Heart

I'm sorry to say that the pictures don't really do the color justice.  It was really pretty on though!

Thanks for stopping by!

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Monday, January 7, 2019

Little Christmas

I will be honest.  I had no idea what Little Christmas was until a friend of mine said something to me about it when I mentioned I didn't know what to title this blog post.  When I looked into it, it was a fit (color-wise)!

I didn't have much in mind for a theme for this week's look.  I took an idea from another friend about putting ideas into a wheel that you can spin (virtually, of course) to help you along.  So, I created a wheel of colors and one for nail art styles.  Upon spinning, I ended up with "green" and "striping tape".  Here is what I put together:

What I used:
*KB Shimmer Keep Palm and Carry On
*KB Shimmer Flake Expectations
*Striping tape

Can I ask how people keep striping tape on their nails?  I have managed to amass quite the horde of striping tape over the years but don't use it often.  I find it annoyingly complicated to apply nicely and it just doesn't stay on my nails!  I have 2 coats of top coat over this and it is still peeling.  It's pretty though and a sacrifice I am willing to make for the look. (wink, wink)

Just look at those flakies though!  I mean the color shift is gorgeous!

Thanks for stopping by!

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Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Welcome to 2019

It's 2019 and I really want to get back to this blog.  New year, new goals.  My format will be super simple going forward.  If there is anything I don't explain enough, just reach out and I will answer what I can.

For my New Year's nails, I went with a pretty lilac base and some stars for celebration. For the glitter, I sponged it on with concentrations around the cuticle on one side only.  It didn't look how I wanted it to so I did a light coat over the whole nail before adhering the stars.

Here is what I used for this mani:

* Seche Color: Flirt
*Wet 'n Wild: Sparkle & Grey
*Star glitter and embellishments I have had forever

It takes a lot of top coat to get those stars to not snag on everything!  They are firmly in place and should present quite the challenge to remove when I am tired of them.

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope to post again soon!

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Sunday, November 6, 2016

26 Great Nail Art Ideas - Halloween in the Wrong Colors

Ok, I am so late with this that I'm not even going to bother with any kind of intro...

For this look I dabbed all kinds of colors (listed below) onto a makeup sponge and applied to my nails.

What I Used:
* Sephora by OPI - Seeing Pink Elephants
* China Glaze - Friends Forever, Right?
* China Glaze - New Birth
* China Glaze - Spring In My Step
* Bonita - some purple color that has no name on the bottle
* Sephora by OPI - Natural Environ-mint
*Stamping polishes - MDU - Tutti, Neon Blue, Neon Green
*Stamps: BM-S205, Mash-38

I also added a few little pearls to each spider's back on the accent nail.  Not that it is obvious, but the pearls are the color of the opposite spider.  It was a super cute mani for Halloween.  

Thanks for stopping by - even if we are well into November now.  

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Sunday, October 16, 2016

26 Great Nail Art Ideas - Blue & Silver

Hello!  It's been quite a while since I have posted.  It's been really busy in my life, but I am starting the 26 Great Nail Art Ideas with the New Crumpets Nail Tarts.  The first prompt is Blue + Silver so, here we go:

The blue color combo makes me think of a Batman comic or something.  It's October, so I needed a little spookiness in there so I used Bundle Monster BM-S205 for the stamp.

If you've been here much, you know how much I love a gradient!  These colors all blended together nicely.  It's a spooky night manicure to get things started.

One last look.  Stay tuned for the next one!

Thanks for stopping by!

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Saturday, March 19, 2016

40 Great Nail Art Ideas - 3 Shades of Green

Three shades of green and chevrons were my prompt for this week's Crumpets Nail Tarts group.  I had a lot of ideas for this one but I wanted to try something new - decals!  I pre-made these and it really helped with my placement.

I struggle with getting a perfectly aligned stamp and making this ahead of time was a life-saver.  I will be getting my hands on a clear stamper soon though...

As you can tell, I went with an ombre look this time.  I chose 5 different green polishes.  I am always pleasantly surprised by the amount of selection I seem to have.  It pays to be a hoarder!

I also chose to have my chevrons pointing in opposite directions on each nail.  This image is from the UberChic Beauty 1-01 plate.  It is a very military look (to my husband's delight).

It worked out to be a great St. Patrick's Day look too.  :)  I hope you like it as much as I do.  Thanks for stopping by!

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Saturday, March 5, 2016

40 Great Nail Art Ideas - Pastels

Pastels while still in winter is a challenge, but that is the prompt for this week.  :)  I had waterfall as my technique to do.  I haven't done one of these in a really long time!

It was really hard not making this look like an Easter egg, but it came out pretty cute.  Here is what I used for this:

I used 3 coats of The Way Tutu His Heart for the base color of this look.  It was still a bit streaky in the end, which was a disappointment.  I couldn't risk another coat and making the polish too thick so I just left it as is.

I used a fine striping brush that I bought from Bundle Monster to make the lines.  It is all just random and I tried to keep it to a minimum for this look.  I finished this off with a matte top coat.  I am really liking the matte look and it took me forever to find a matte polish I found to be decent.  In case you are wondering, I use the Wet n Wild Matte.  Yeah, the cheap stuff seems to be my favorite.  LOL!  It's a win-win.

 Thanks for stopping by!  Take a look at the other awesome entries for this prompt.

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Sunday, February 28, 2016

Neutral Kitty Mani

It has been so long since I didn't use a prompt for my manicure decision and, I have to say, I was a bit lost.  I love stamping so I was going to just use a plate ending in whatever date it was, but then I remembered that I had a new Bundle Monster set that I hadn't even put away yet.

I knew, up front, that I wanted to do a neutral colored manicure and it was easy enough to find some pretty polish that I haven't tried yet.

Picking a plate to use was also easy - I have a lot of cats so it is always good to represent them.  :)

After my base coat, I used 3 thin layers of the Bone White.  I am really trying to branch out on my stamping colors and since I own all of the MDU colors, this one was a perfect match.

I used my Luxe stamper from UberChic Beauty for this one and I will say that I was utterly impressed with the transfer quality.  I will also say that this is the first time I have been able to successfully use it for stamping.  I didn't do anything differently either.  It just worked this time.  Whatever, I will go with it!

I hope you think this is as cute as I do.  Thanks for stopping by.

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