Sunday, March 31, 2013

Happy Easter: Pastel Nail Art

Happy Easter everyone! 

I thought I'd include some other pastel nail art I've done in the past week! 

I saw Pretty Purple Polish's tutorial on how she made pastel stripes.  I really liked it and thought I would try it. I started off with some larger pastel stripes using China Glaze Lemon Fizz (yellow), Icing's Rosie Posie (pink), Sinful Colors Candy Coated (lavender) and Wet n Wild's I need a Re-freshmint (Tiffany's blue). 

Then using striping tape, I placed a strip of tape over the middle and sponged white over it.  It took three coats of the white to become fully opaque.  I then added a coat of Matte About You.  Since it took so many coats, the final result looks a little bulky. 

Claw pose to show off my thumb 

Here's a colorful dotticure:

The base color is Sinful Colors Candy Coated and a coat of China Glaze Fairy Dust.  I then added some dots at a diagonal using Sally Hansen Blue-Away, Icing's Rosie Posie, and Wet n Wild's I Need a Refreshmint.  The trick is with making dots is to use a polish that's really opaque in the first coat.  The Sally Hansen Insta-Dri line works really well for dot nail art. 

Up next, purple gradients!

Colors used: American Apparel L'Esprit and Essie No More Film.  L'Esprit is the perfect lavender cream, almost a one-coater! No streaking, flawless application.  I did this sponging with a craft foam brush like what you use in stencil projects.  It gives a more stippled effect. 

The same colors were used for this gradient but I used a makeup foundation sponge.  This gradient is more smooth and blended looking. I did have to clean up more around my cuticles.  I might have missed some spots. Those usually come off in the shower. 

I then added bunnies! 

I stamped these cute bunnies from Bundle Monster plate 302 using Konad s/p white.  The ring finger bunny came out the most crisp! 

I hope everyone has an enjoyable restful day today surrounded by loved ones! 

Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Monday, March 25, 2013

Born Pretty Store Review: Heart Square Elliptic Round Hollow Stud Rhinestone

I have for review today some metallic 3D nail art pieces from Born Pretty Store.  There's 12 different types of pieces ranging in different sizes and are either gold, silver or black.

Item No. 4993

Sunday, March 24, 2013

New Hard Candy polishes (only 3)

I picked up some of the Hard Candy polishes from Wal-mart after seeing some swatches pop up on other nail pages. I don't live near a Wal-mart, in fact I despise that place...but I made a special trip for the sake of polish.


Sunday, March 17, 2013

Happy St. Patrick's Day

Happy St. Patrick's Day.  Here's some random green polish swatch spam!  I hope everyone has a fun and festive day today!

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Clover nail art

Omigosh, St. Patrick's day is Sunday and I have no St. Patrick's day nail art to showcase.  I love St. Patrick's day mainly because I get to wear green and drink beers.  That's beside the point...

Here's some St. Patrick's nail art:

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

TIOT: Max Factor polishes

Last week, I wrote about Max Factor Fantasy Fire being a possible dupe for Clarin's 230 (aka unicorn pee).  I received a couple more Max Factor polishes in an international swap.  All I know about this brand is that it's no longer sold in the US but sold overseas.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Zebra print nails

Quick post today. I have a bunch of polishes swatched and some unposted nail art; just got to find the time and motivation to post them!  I wanted to do some zebra print nails over the weekend.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

My quest for unicorn pee

Ah, Clarins 230 aka the infamous unicorn pee. Extremely hard to find and sells for $50 - $200 on Ebay. I'm not sure when it was released but it is definitely the number one wishlist item for most nail addicts.  If you are unaware, Clarin's 230 is a multichrome shimmer that shifted to red to gold to green in a purple base.  Very beautiful and highly sought after in the nail world.

Luckily, there's a few substitutes (not dupes) out there to satiate anyone's lemming for unicorn pee.