Spring!

Hey guys! It’s been a while, so I decided to share a spring nail design with you. A few weeks ago I did this Cath Kidston inspired nail design:

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I had lots of fun with this one, and I think I even got better a polka dots 🙂

Elleandish New Years Nails

I love Elleandish‘s nail tutorials, so when I saw she had posted a New Years design, I just had to try it out.

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This is how my left hand turned out. Not bad, but I learned that my glitter polish just wasn’t dense enough for the star on the middle finger, so i tried a different technique on my right hand:

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The star on this hand turned out much better. I used a metallic gold polish to make the star and then went over the lines, once, with my glitter polish.

That’s all for now. Have a great New Year, and be sure to check out the rest of Elleandish’s designs and tutorials at her Youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/elleandish!

Shimmer + Matte = Gorgeous

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I decided to try something a little different today and go matte, and I’m glad that I did! I used a purple shimmer polish from e.l.f. and the Butter London matte finish top coat. I love the way it turned out. I was going to add a bit more to the design, but with the shimmer from the polish still showing through, I thought it looked perfect just like this. And why mess with perfect?

Dots

Dots

I did these a few days ago. Nothing too exciting…

Neon Stripes!

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So, here it is! Did you guess right? Originally, these stripes were only meant for one finger on each hand, but they turned out so cute, I just had to do them on the rest.

I used scotch tape cut into small little slivers to create the stripes. I just placed them over my white nails with some spaces in between and painted the stripes into the spaces. Then I just peeled the tape off and wah lah! Beautiful stripes! (If I had a striping brush, this would have been much easier.)

Here are some tips for success for anyone who is looking to recreate these gorgeous stripes:

1. Peeling the tape off when the polish is still wet results in cleaner lines!
2. When taping, start from the middle. This helps get the tape straight because, if your nails are like mine, the sides of the nail are slanted and make it hard to tell how straight the tape is until you get to the middle.
3. When painting, start on the side and paint each stripe in order until you get to the other side. This way you can get polish over the tape and into the next unpolished area with no worries because you will be painting over that area next anyway.
4. If you mess up, just use a toothpick with some polish on it to fix your mistake. I did this in several places, can you tell where?
5. Use polishes that cover well with one coat. It is difficult to do more than one coat when using tape because of tip 1.
6. (If you are using striping tape instead of scotch tape, you can ignore this tip.) When cutting your tape, once you’ve got it lined up right, stick the sticky side of the tape down on the scissor blade. This will keep the tape in place while you cut and reduce the number of pieces of tape you lose when you open the scissors up again.

That’s all for now! I hope you have a wonderful rest of your Monday! 🙂

Nails, Nails and More Nails :)

I’m getting started on my next manicure! Anyone want to try and guess what it’s going to be?

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Nails Today: Black and White Stamping

Todays nails are pretty simple. I didn’t want to spend a ton of time on them, and I really wanted to get some more practice at stamping. Both of the images are from the m60 plate. I bought my image plates and stamper and scraper set from the Born Pretty Store. So far I have had no real issues with the plates or stamper; however, the scraper isn’t very useful, so I’ve been using an old gift card instead. The gift card is great for scraping! It is much better than the scraper that came with my set lol. Anyway this is how it turned out:

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Polish used:

Black – Candies: “Back to Black”

White – Sinful Colors: “Snow Me White”

ASL Final DONE!

I just finished my ASL final, and it went great! (Thanks to those of you who wished me luck. I really appreciate it. 🙂 )  This means new nails are coming soon! Is there anything you guys want to see? Let me know!

Stamping Over Julep Rose

I attempted (did I succeed?) to stamp some polka dots using the m79 plate over my Julep Rose manicure from yesterday. The dots kept smudging :/ so this is how it turned out:

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The white is Sinful Colors – “Snow Me White.” My right hand turned out much better than the left, (usually it’s the opposite lol) but I just started stamping, I’m sure I will get better in no time! 🙂 Well, that’s all for today. I’ve got to go study for my ASL final. Wish me luck!

Loving Julep Rose!!! <3

I recently won Leviosaa’s giveaway on subblime for a free Julep nail polish of my choice. I, of course, chose Rose. Since I wasn’t loving the “green” manicure I did yesterday, I decided to try out Rose today, and boy am I in love! I can’t even begin to describe how pretty it is! It is definitely red, but it has a subtle hint of pink in it as well.

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This is after two coats. It was still a little see through after one coat. I will most likely be stamping over it later, but for right now, I am just enjoying this beautiful candy like color. 🙂

New nails!

New nails!

I created todays new look based on Elleandish‘s “Tiffany Blue & Silver Nail Tutorial (Konad Stamping)” tutorial on youtube. I’m kinda bummed that my turquoise turned into a dark green when it dried, but other than that, it looks great! This was my first time stamping, and although all I did was the bow, I think it turned out pretty good for my first time. I’m happy 🙂

Gradient Nails for Summer

Gradient Nails for Summer

My first attempt at sponge gradients. It didn’t go so well. I got told it looked like candy corn when I was going for summer sunset. Anyways, this is what really got me into nail art. I came across a tutorial on gradient nails while scrolling through tumblr and I’ve been hooked ever since 🙂

First Post!

Blue/Gold Candie's nailsIf you don’t know already, I have recently become addicted to nail art, so, of course, my first post on my new blog would be about that. This is what my nails currently look like. This look reminds me of mermaids 🙂Blue/Gold nails

What I used:

Ring finger: Candie’s (available at Kohl’s) – “Stay Golden” & Candie’s – “Gimme Gold”

All other fingers: Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear – “Marine Scene” #23