Thursday, November 20, 2014

Thanksgiving Turkey Nails Using Acrylic Paint

Goodness, it's been almost a week since I posted last. It's not that I forget about it, I've just been in a slump lately. I have 4 other posts started just not finished. Terrible habit to have, let me tell you!
 I absolutely had to share my latest mani with you guys because it came out so cute and I tried out a new medium I'm excited to share!
All the holiday gift sets are showing up in stores and I found this big pack of acrylic paints at Walmart for just $9.98. I have been wanting to try acrylic paint for my nail art for several months now but I just never got around to picking out colors. Usually these sell for $0.60-$1.00 per bottle so this was too good of a deal to pass up. Even if you aren't using them for nail art, they are great for crafts of all sorts. I even picked up a few canvases to paint.
 These were the first things I did while playing around with the paint. On all nails (above and below) the base color is nail polish but the rest is acrylic paint from the set. All nails are topped with Seche Vite. The paint dries matte and will wash right off with water so a top coat is a must if you want to save your design.
The acrylic paint was so much easier to work with than polish. It doesn't dry up so quickly so you have a lot more time to work with and you can add a few drops of water if it does start to dry and it comes right back to life. I came back to paint that sat for an hour and it was still workable. It slides on way smoother, blends better, and if you make a mistake, you can wipe it right off with water! Another thing I loved (and that is kind of surprising) is that although the paint doesn't dry up fast on your palette, it does dry fast on the nail. No more 20 minute waits between steps so I can complete a design in much less time. If you want to know more about using acrylic paint for nails I'd suggest (this post) over on tillynailart's blog. 

You can expect to see me using acrylic paint in a lot more of my designs!
 (These products were not sent to me by their maker, brand, or a sponsor to review.I purchased the products myself or acquired them on my own.As always,the views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely my own. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer, provider or party in question.)

Friday, November 14, 2014

Retro Owl Inspired Nails

So, by now most people know I'm obsessed with two things... nails and owls. I've only used owls in my nail designs once before which is really surprising since I love them so much. Even then, it was just a stamp which you can see in (THIS) post.
I knew I wanted to freehand some owls this time but I didn't have any specific design or colors in mind. I had also just got some awesome new chevron nail vinyls from NailVinyls.com owned by my pal, Linda that I was itching to use.
Last week I found this adorable retro owl place mat from Kmart.com I just had to have for my nail desk. I'm especially fond of the dark brown owl with the orange and teal accents so I decided to use it as my inspiration.
I always practice on a few swatch sticks to make sure everything looks as good together on the nails as it does in my head. Seeing how cute they looked got me even more excited to try it out on  my nails.
 The owls came out pretty cute and I think the chevrons came out just perfect. I've used cheaper brands of nail sticker guides before and they worked alright but these vinyls worked so much better. During application they hugged right to the nail, stayed stuck down during polishing, and pulled off super smoothly. I didn't have any spots where polish got under the vinyl on any of my nails like I usually do with the cheaper ones. Now I wish I had got more during her recent sale!
The polishes I used in this mani are:

Sinful Colors - Nirvana
Bonita - No name but it's from the Essence Collection
Sinful Colors - Feel The Vibe
Milani - Quick Teal
Avon - Sunshine
Seche Vite
 (These products were not sent to me by their maker, brand, or a sponsor to review.I purchased the products myself or acquired them on my own.As always,the views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely my own. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer, provider or party in question.)

Monday, November 10, 2014

Simple Scallop Nail Art Over Color Club Halo Hues

Color Club holo's pretty much speak for themselves. They are packed with shimmery, sparkly, rainbowy, holographic magic. If I had to use only one kind of polish for the rest of my life, it would be these! I've had these three colors for about 2 years now and have used them again and again. I've found myself returning to these more often than any other polishes in my collection of about 450.
 Pictured above is 2 coats each of Over The Moon, Miss Bliss, and Eternal Beauty topped with Seche Vite. I wore this mani for a couple of days before I did the scallop art on top of it. I always get so many compliments on these and people always ask where they can find them. I got mine on Amazon, by the way. The holo's are so stunning on their own I almost left them alone. I didn't get bored with the mani or anything but I was just bored in general over the weekend so I had to play some more. ;-)
Scallop art is one of my favorite simpler techniques because it looks so soft and it's a lot of fun to do. I used Sinful Shine 'Wisp' which is a white cream in between the Color Club holo's to give the nails a bit of dimension.
Typical me forgot to take a photo during the process but here's a great tutorial I found over on A.M. Polishes!
    (These products were not sent to me by their maker, brand, or a sponsor to review.I purchased the products myself or acquired them on my own.As always,the views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely my own. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer, provider or party in question.)

Friday, November 7, 2014

Foxy Nail Art (Step-by-Step)

A couple of weeks ago I got a great deal on a big lot of 68 bottles of polish. There are so many I have lined up just waiting to be tried but one of the first ones I was drawn to was the orange shimmer by Revlon (Top Speed) called 'Charmed' I used as the base for this mani. I'm usually not a big orange fan but the shimmer in it is so pretty. And of course, it's even sparklier in person. It's also perfect for fall!
Although owls do own my heart, I have a love for foxes as well. I picked up this mug ($2.98 at Walmart) a month or so ago I just adore. I also seen a similar nail design done by @WinnasNails that inspired me to give this mani a try.
I started with 2 coats on Revlon (Top Speed) 'Charmed' and let it dry really well. Man, that's a gorgeous color!
After the base color was fully dry I used single chevron nail guides (Purchased on Amazon) in the center of each nail. When using guides or tape, be sure the edges are pushed down all the way especially near the cuticle. Smooth out any bumps or air bubbles to ensure no polish gets under the guide.
When working with tape or guides it is best to use a polish that is opaque in one coat so you can remove the guide right away while the polish is still wet. I used Sinful Colors 'Snow Me White' which did require 2 coats so I had to let the first coat dry before painting on the second coat. I did remove the guides immediately after painting on the second coat while it was still wet so it still came out okay but the lines would have been a little smoother had I used a one-coater polish and pulled the guide off right away.
Once the white tips were completely dry I used Sinful Colors 'Black on Black' for the faces. I used dotting tools (Purchased on Amazon) for the eyes and nose but bobby pins & toothpicks work great too. For the whiskers I used a thin detail brush (Purchased on Amazon).
The last step was the ears which I had a really hard time with. They were a lot harder to get straight than I expected. How hard could triangles really be, right? I used Sinful Colors 'Snow Me White' with the detail brush mentioned above. The photo below is my non-dominant hand which is usually my better hand but I feel like I messed the ears up on them. They were smaller at first but a little lop-sided so I added more white to try to even them out and that became too much in my opinion.
This was one of the rare occasions when my dominant (right) hand actually turned out better than my non-dominant hand. The photo at the top of this post is my dominant hand and I prefer the ears smaller like that. Once the details had fully dried (to prevent smearing) I topped the nails with a coat of Seche Vite.
    (These products were not sent to me by their maker, brand, or a sponsor to review.I purchased the products myself or acquired them on my own.As always,the views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely my own. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer, provider or party in question.)

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Halloween Nail Art

I finally have a chance to share my Halloween mani's with you guys! I've done two so far this year: a quick & easy dotticure that any beginner can do and a more detailed intermediate freehand design. I'll probably squeeze one more in before Halloween to match my costume but I am LOVING how cute this one turned out.
I wish I had taken photos along the way so I could have showed you guys a step-by-step of how I did it but I didn't think about it until it was too late. I painted the base colors Saturday night and did the art throughout the day on Sunday. It was a lot of fun even though I almost took the whole thing off about 3 times during the process. I over-think everything and it didn't really come together until the very end. I'm so glad I didn't give up on it though because it really is adorable!
I always grab a couple of swatch sticks to practice on before doing a design on my nails. The purple on this stick is different from the purple on my nails because I just had this one laying around already dry. You might also notice I ended up adding a touch of silver to the spider's web on my nails. That helped it look more separate from the spider and gave it that slight shimmer web tends to have.
For this mani I used: 
Bonita 'Lacquer Treats', 'Cocktails & Carving', & 'Wicked Good Time'
Sinful Colors 'Snow Me White' & 'Black on Black'
Sally Hansen - Tripe Shine 'Pink Coconut'
Salon Perfect Striper 'Silver Plated'
L.A. Colors Art Deco Striper 'Black' & 'White'
Seche Vite
Dotting Tools
Also shown: Plastic lid used as a paint pallette & practice nail sticks.
My original inspiration for the mani was Bonita's 'Witches Ball' collection which was new for Halloween this year. I found mine at Rite Aid for $2.50 a bottle. They all have adorable Halloween themed names like 'Dying to Party' & 'Too Cute to Spook'. Each color is a really nicely pigmented opaque cream packed with shimmer. It's rare to find this much shimmer in a polish that's more of a cream so I had to get the whole set. There's also something about the shape of these bottles I find really nice on the eye. Even though these are Halloween polishes I'm already planning a couple of Christmas mani's with the red, white, & green.
 You might recall the design I did on the orange nails from last year around this time. I didn't want a big design on every nail because often times I think it's just too much. After I painted the spider and Frankenstein's bride I found the plain orange nails to be quite boring but I didn't want a lot on them so this simple design I painted last year came to mind. This is a great design for beginners and it can be done with a single striper or striping brush.
Even easier than lines is this quickie dotticure I did a few days ago. I had this on right before I spent the weekend creating the detailed mani above. The color combos are endless and all you need is a dotting tool.

Wishing you all a safe and happy Halloween!
      (These products were not sent to me by their maker, brand, or a sponsor to review.I purchased the products myself or acquired them on my own.As always,the views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely my own. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer, provider or party in question.)

Monday, October 27, 2014

Seche - Snapdragon & L'Oreal Color Riche Nail Lingerie

How gorgeous is this mani!!??
I received this polish and these wraps in swaps with a couple of my awesome polish pals. I absolutely love the fishnet pattern and the little touches of bling here and there. Although I'm a die hard Seche Vite fan, this was actually the first Seche polish I've used and the formula is wonderful. I will definitely be on the lookout for deals on more Seche colors in the future.
For the mani above, I used 2 coats of Seche 'Snapdragon' which is a bright pink creme with a hint of magenta. I topped it with Seche Vite top coat and let dry completely before applying the wraps.
I applied the L'Oreal Color Riche Nail Lingerie wraps in 'Razzle Be Dazzle' as directed on the package and they looked great at first. I did my mani in the evening after dinner and it looked awesome when I went to bed that night but sadly, I woke up the next morning to this...
All peeling up was from the tips. Now, I can't say this is for sure an issue with the quality of the wraps because I don't use wraps often enough to say. It very well could have been something I did wrong or didn't do at all. I was a little bummed but I got a good pic first and they did peel right off without ruining the mani underneath or leaving any stickiness behind so I wasn't that mad.
     (These products were not sent to me to review.I purchased this product myself or acquired it on my own.As always,the views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely my own. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer, provider or party in question.)

Friday, October 24, 2014

Costume SuperCenter - Leg Avenue Women's Plus Size Tulle Petticoat

Halloween is right around the corner!

Costume SuperCenter offers over 8,000 different costumes and accessories in the latest styles and from the hottest licenses including Disney, Marvel, Nickelodeon, Barbie, Star Wars, Superman, Universal, Playboy, and so many others. In addition to a huge selection of full costumes, Costume SuperCenter also has all sorts of accessories to really bring your costume together.
I have been wanting a petticoat to go under the cute costumes I already own for quite a while so when Costume SuperCenter offered to send me a product to review I was excited to see this White Tulle Layered Plus Size Petticoat from Leg Avenue on their website. 
The petticoat instant puffs to life as soon as you take it out of the package. It's made of 100% nylon and is super fluffy which is exactly what I wanted to give my skirts lots of poof.
The elastic waist band is super stretchy and comfortable. This should fit any plus size gal from a 1X-3X quite comfortably. Why would a girl who's already curvy want to wear a petticoat? Check out this fun post from the adorable XOJane, 8 Reasons to Wear a Petticoat (Even If You're Curvy).
I took this shot from underneath using my hand as a reference to show you how awesomely fluffy this petticoat is. I just love it and couldn't have asked for anything better!
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