Cute Polka Dotted Red Bow Tie Ribbon

Thursday, November 8, 2012

November Update!

I know I have not posted in awhile, but that is because I have not really done any designs lately. But I do have some swatches to show!

Anyway, here are my Halloween nails for this year:

They are freehand, so the lines are not perfect. This was also my first use of a matte top coat! All of the colors are from Sally Hansen's X-treme Wear line: White On, Sunkissed, Mellow Yellow. The top coat is NYC New York Color's Matte Me Crazy.

On to the swacthes!

This is Pure Ice: Not Now, a deep blue-green with a shimmer finish. Definitely one of my favorite fall colors.

 Another Pure Ice, this one is Iced Copper. I thought I had a picture of my nails with it on them, but I guess I don't. Here it is in the bottle! The image makes it look more orange, but it really a light brown with a lot of shimmer. Another lovely color.

Which brings me to my current color, Sally Hansen's Flirt. It is a deep red-purple with a shimmer finish. I like to look at is as a deep cranberry. In regular lighting, the color looks creme and deep brownish-black, but in the sunlight, you can see the flecks of shimmer and the red-purple tones. It is a really pretty color.

I've had it on for a few days, so the color is not fresh.

One more thing, this:

The Fun Size nail polish collection! It comes with seven colors: an opaque white, a creme black, a silver shimmer, a creme red, an orange shimmer, a green shimmer, and a creme purple. I threw in the base coat I use as well.

I know the green and orange are very sheer and need multiple coats, but other than that, I have  not used these on a set of nails.

Close-ups of the colors:

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Two new designs!

Sorry for the delay in posts, but I have not really painted my nails in any post-worthy designs. Until now that is. I recently tried "Pokeball" nails a few weeks ago and today I just finished up my Legend of Zelda nails.

Here they are! The came out better than expected, and I did not take any photos of my opposite hand because they essentially came out looking the same. I like how they turned out!
Used the following:
Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in: White On
Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in: Cherry Red
Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in: Black Out
Base coat/Top coat as needed.

And my Legend of Zelda nails!

Painted a Hylian Shield on my thumb. This is probably the most time consuming because you have to allow each layer of colors to dry.
Colors used:
Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in: Celeb City (base color and shield decor)
Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in: Blue It (shield base color)
Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in: Golden-I (triforce and decor)
Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in: Cherry Red (emblem)
Base coat/top coat as needed.

For my other nails, I used Xtreme Wear in Emerald City and Golden-I for the triforce.
For my other hand, I used Emerald City as a base for all nails and painted a Navi design.

For the words "HEY" on my thumb, I just used White On and Blue Me Away to make a light blue color, then painted the letters with a dotting tool.

For Navi and her trail of glitter, I used the same White On/Blue Me Away combination. For added glitter, I used Pure Ice: Splash. For the glitter trail, I used NYC Nail Enamel in Starry Silver Giltter.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Dotting Tools and More

I recently bought myself some dotting tools and they make nail art SO MUCH EASIER. They are also inexpensive. I bought mine on eBay, but some people have said that you can purchase them from a beauty supply store if there is one in your area. Note that if you choose to purchase from eBay, a lot of the prices claim to be from $0.01 to $1.00. This is because they are shipped from China and will take 10-14 days to arrive if you live in the United States. Because of this, I filtered my search results to show me dotting tools that are sold by the closest person around my area. The price was around $4.00, but it had free shipping and arrived in the mail within a day. So it is about preference. Also, make sure you buy from a reputable seller (if you buy online).

After discovering dotting tools, I found out that there are a lot of items you need in order to create cute designs. For example, I did not know that you need a base coat. I thought it was just to help the lacquer stick to the nail better, but also to protect your natural nails from stains. Base coats are about the same price of a polish. Top coats are used to protect your design from chipping and use of your nails. Some companies offer a formula that provides a base and top coat in one.

I am also learning to take care of my cuticles. From what I have read, I am going to need cuticle cream (moisturize?) and a good cuticle pusher.

I usually buy Sally Hansen polishes because they are affordable, but I would really like to buy O.P.I. polishes. They do not sell them at my local Walmart :-/. They only sell the Nicole by OPI line, and the selection is limited. I do not know where my closest salon is to purchase them.

My dotting tools!

Rubber Duckie Bath Time Nails

My most current manicure decoration. This decoration was really fun to make. I used the tutorial from CutePolish. In her tutorial, she uses a gray-blue base color, but I used pink instead. This design is much easier if you have your own dotting tools (store bought or home made). Creating the bubbles is probably the most fun of this design. All you need to make them are two shades of blue (preferably light and dark) and a white. I use wax paper instead of paper plates as my mixing palette. Just put a few drops of each color on your wax paper, swirl them around on your dotting tool, and place the bubbles on random parts of your nail. Don't forget to put some under and around your duck! Add a little sparkly glitter to your bubbles, put on a top coat, and you're good to go.

I apologize if my cuticles look terrible, I'm still new to taking care of them.

Products used:
Pure Ice in: Love (base)
Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in: Mellow Yellow (duck body)
Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in: Crushed (beak)
Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in: Black Out (eye)
Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in: White On (eye) (bubbles)
Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in: The Real Teal, Blue Me Away (bubbles)
Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in: Disco Ball (glitter)
Sally Hansen Strengthening Top Coat

CutePolish's tutorial

Newspaper Nails - First Attempt

During my search for new nail art ideas, I often came across "newspaper" nails. I wanted to try it, but didn't know how it was done, and it was not until recently that I discovered how easy it is. Using a tutorial from CutePolish (CutePolish). It is really simple! Generally the color used for the newspaper is an opaque gray, but I did not have a gray at the time, so I used a nice lilac. Any pale colors will go great with the print. The only problem I really had was on my left hand. My ring and pinky finger would not transfer the print, so I had to re-paint them and apply the newspaper while the polish was wet. Anyway, all you have to do is cut up strips of newspaper big enough to cover each nail, paint your nails the base color, take the strips and wrap around the nail, and apply rubbing alcohol until the print has come off. Finish with a top coat. It is similar to applying a temporary tattoo (minus the rubbing alcohol). Speaking of which, these are not real tattoos on my wrists.

Products used:
Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in: Lacey Lilac
Sally Hansen Strengthening Top Coat
Rubbing Alcohol

Sneaker Nails

I thought it would be neat to have little shoes on my nails, so I attempted to re-create the look of Converse shoes. I was browsing YouTube and came across the account titled "CutePolish" and saw that she has a tutorial on Converse nails that looks more defined, and I will attempt her tutorial at some point. This is my first time using a nail art pen. The color would not come out much at all when I first opened it, but it works similar to the Tide bleach pen. You have to push the pen down until the color comes out. You also need a really good top coat for nail pens (I did not have one at this time) because as soon as I washed my hands, all of the white came off, so I was left with purple nails.

Products used:
Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in: Deep Purple
Sally Hansen Nail Art Pen in: White

Visit CutePolish for tutorials! CutePolish

First Attempt at Watermelon Nails

Another one from last year and this was before I knew dotting tools and stripers even existed. I am aware they are messy. I started out by painting all of my nails a hot pink and then let it dry. After that, I applied a lime green color to the tips to create a watermelon rind. To create the seeds, I use the end of a thin piece of wood.

Products used:
Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in: Fuchsia Power
Maybelline Express Finish Nail Enamel in: Go Go Green
Nicole by O.P.I. in: Razzle Dazzler

Nails to Match My Wallet

This is one of my first creations (from last year). I have learned a lot about how to take care of my nails since then so the first few posts I create will not be recent. I bought a Legend of Zelda wallet at Gamestop and paited my nails to match it.
Products used:
Nicole by O.P.I. in: Razzle Dazzler
CoverGirl in: Gold Standard

This is actually the back of the wallet. The front has the triforce, but the image is of the back because it shows off the gold glitter more than the front does.

Just Starting Up

Hello internet! I am in the process of starting up a little blog about nail art, which is one of my hobbies. I will post pictures of my nail designs and offer tutorials. I will also provide links to blogs that I get tips and tricks from that help me create colorful nails.