Monday, April 30, 2012

Fingerpaints Flakies: Flashy & Motley

Earlier this year Fingerpaints released a set of flake top coats which I was lucky enough to obtain through a few swaps with some nice fans.  Thank you ladies, you know who you are.  Unfortunately, these were an in-store Sally's exclusive and only a few locations were able to get them.

Fingerpaints Flashy over black.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Sinful Colors Neons *Charitable Donation to a Lucky Fan*

It's been a tough month while I've been away studying for my real estate exam. I'd like to thank those of you who stuck around and for sending me kind words of encouragement.

For those of you that unsubscribed, you're probably not reading a thank you to all of you that stuck around, I picked up some neons for a giveaway. 

Everyone must have a set of neons in their collection!

Sinful Colors: Snow Me White, Neon Melon, Summer Peach, Pink, Dream On and Irish Green.

I've included a white to layer these over to make these colors pop! 

Please enter through Rafflecopter below:

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Artsy Wednesday: Shoes

The theme this week is inspired by shoes!  The shoes I chose for this challenge are my favorite canvas shoes by Punkrose.  Mind you, these shoes are over 4 years old!

Here's a shot of the shoes:

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Artsy Wednesday: Flowers

I'm still busy studying. My nails are naked now! Awww! The theme this week is flowers.  Here's an old photo from my pre-blog days.

Base: Nubar Moire
Stamping: Bundle Monster BM12

I think those are chrysanthemums. Ever try chrysanthemum tea? It's yummy,

Nubar Moire is a ruddy rose pink.  It did not work for me and my skin tone. It's the color of terracotta planters.  That's why it's covered with flowers. 

Here are the other bloggers participating in this challenge, please check out their (better) posts: 

Michelle - Lab Muffin
Holly - Hooked
Sofie - Swaafie
Melanie - Nail & Polish
Jessica - Beauty Gnome
Catrine - Unnaked Nails

Sorry I don't have anything more substantial.  I've been taking practice tests every night.  I think I've reviewed over 1,000 practice questions.


This Lizard says, "Study Harder!"

Thank you all for your kind words! 

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Artsy Wednesday: Stripes

I'll admit this isn't my best work but sometimes you have to learn from your failures like I'm doing with all my practice tests! :/

I had envisioned something springy & bumble bees with yellow. 


Saturday, April 7, 2012

Excuse me I have to study...NBML Vacation Mode

I will be on a short hiatus from the nail world.  I have to study for a very important licensure exam for work which has a very high first time fail rate.  Since I don't want to fail; this will be my last post for awhile.  I'll still participate in Artsy Wednesday.

This will give me time to evaluate what direction I'd like to take my nail blog.  I feel like I've been buying colors out of control lately, swatching, posting then forgetting about them.  To be quite frank, that's not a good use of my money.  It's now become an issue of quantity vs. quality.  

Once I return, I'd like to host a sale/purge/swap of some of my colors in my collection then I think I'd feel better.  

In the meantime, I feel I've posted enough content to formulate the basics for general nail care and basic nail art, please click through the following links: 

General nail care:
Nail art basics:
I've used many basic nail art techniques in my videos for my channel.  Some tutorials may be out of season but the techniques covered can still be used with any color scheme. 
Again don't feel intimated by nail art! Try it! It just takes practice and a steady hand, you'll get there.  My foray into nail art started with buying a pack of $2 flower nail stickers from Walgreens and then it took from there. 

The biggest complaint I get from fans is that, "I'm not good at nail art," or "I can't"...yes you can!  It just takes practice! 

Well, now I am off to go take a bunch of practice tests over and over again. :/ 

My cat cat-blocking my study guides. 

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Arsy Wednesday: Easter + Bunny Rant!

Easter is this Sunday and this week's challenge is to create an Easter inspired mani.  I'm trying to cram for my state licensure exam so the mani I had planned will be on back burner.  I wanted to do a stained glass nail design to represent church.  I drew it out. It's in my mani notebook.

Here are my Easter nails.  I was trying to make a decorative egg design. 

Purple version

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Sinful Colors Cinderella + Revlon's Whimsical frankendupe

With Easter approaching, Sinful Colors Cinderella is great for any festive manis that you may be planning.   It's soft, baby blue & glittery.  Let's take a look!

Regular lighting

Monday, April 2, 2012

OPI NYC Ballet Softshades Spring 2012 Collection: Swatches and Review

This year's OPI softshades release is inspired by the NYC ballet.  I picked up the mini set!  There's five shades total that are all a sheer jelly finish plus a glitter top coat.  The mini set has three of the colors as well as a mini of the glitter top coat, Pirouette my Whistle.

Now onto the swatches! 

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Absolute color perfection and possible end of NBML?

Now, I told myself if I ever found a color I that could wear forever it may be the end of my blog!  I think I may have found it in this lovely little square bottle!

I may need backups!