Cute Polka Dotted Red Bow Tie Ribbon

Friday, August 30, 2013

Freehand Giraffe Print

So these were pretty easy to do, just took a lot of drying time. I wanted to do something with neutral tones and after having purchased some polishes from (e.l.f.), I went with these giraffe nails! I was originally going to try to the wood-grain stamp from my Winstonia nail plates, but after a few tests with it, my polishes didn't really stamp well with it. I guess the formula isn't suited for it. Normally my silvers are best for stamping.

 Pictured is two coats of Kalahari Kiss by China Glaze, with freehand giraffe spots painted on with a dotting tool using e.l.f.'s Chocolate.
 Also including my right hand because it turned out so well! Also, my top coat (Out the Door) is never this shiny. Maybe it's because I used a lot more than I usually do? I didn't want it to smudge my giraffe spots, so I used more than I usually would...but it turned out a lot more shiny for these!

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Nail Care Routine Video

Just posted a video of my nail care routine and how I paint my nails:
This is also posted in my "Nail Care" tab :).

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Rimmel London - Caramel Cupcake

Bought this at Walmart for $1.50 when I was shopping around for another black and white polish since mine are getting goopy. I just wanted a basic black, so I ended up getting the one by Rimmel. It's cheap and small, but it'll get the job done. Anyway, the small but lovely collection caught my eye and now I have four polishes from this line and this is the one I tried first.

The application is pretty good! Formula isn't runny or goopy, everything went on smoothly, except one or two streaks, but that was because I was applying the brush too hard. The brush on these took a little to get used to. They're similar to the wet n' wild ones, where the brushes are wide.

As for the they really dry in 60 seconds? I'm going to go with no, but I didn't really time myself. The only polish I have that does that is my base coat. Even my top coat doesn't dry in 60 seconds! So I really doubt they dry that fast. It may be tacky in 60 seconds, but definitely not solid dry.

This is two coats of Caramel Cupcake. It's such a nice nude color, and I don't own many neutrals/nudes! This color also makes a nice base color for a giraffe design, which I plan on doing once I get a proper brown color for the spots.

Have you tried Rimmel London's 60 Second Nail Color? Have any favorites from this collection?

Sunday, August 25, 2013

New YouTube Channel!

I now have a public youtube channel for my nail art designs, techniques, and tutorials! Check it out at I wanted to use a different nail than my blog because to me, The Cuticle Canvas sounds like a better name for a blog whereas Sprinkle of Polish sounds better for my video account. Right now there is only one video up and it is a tutorial. I will upload more videos of reviews, nail care (to finally have something on my "nail care" page!), designs, and techniques, all having to do with nail art. I'm just getting started with youtube and no experience in recording myself painting nails, nor being that close to something to record while keeping my camera in focus. Let me know what you think about it once I get more videos uploaded!

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Galaxy Nails

I've been wanting to paint these for awhile and now I've got around to doing them! I found a super simple tutorial that I used and will post it at the end of this post. They were not incredibly time consuming either! And I love how they turned out.

Basically, you just paint your nails black, then gently sponge on the galaxy colors, one by one, so they overlay enough to create a milky way effect. The big white dots are supposed to represent bigger stars, but this is not necessary. In fact, I think it looked a lot better BEFORE I added the dots. The smaller stars are displayed thanks to China Glaze's Fairy Dust, but really any micro glitter should work for this.

Here is a link to the tutorial I used: Galaxy Nail Tutorial
The only polish I used that was the exact same was Fairy Dust. I improvised my colors to match hers.
The colors I used were Sally Hansen's Black Out for the base color, Blue It, The Real Teal, and Plum Power, Pure Ice's Not Now and Fairy Godmother for the galaxy effect, Sinful Color's Snow Me White for the stars, and China Glaze's Fairy Dust to top it with.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Mini Haul from eBay

I window shop on eBay wayyy too much, but this was a pretty good offer. Normally Nicole by O.P.I's are $7.99 each at my retail and department stores, but these were $3.99 each plus $2.00 shipping. Not a huge discount, but hey, saved a few dollars. Anyway, I picked these up from the Selena Gomez collection. I bought two, and one I already had. I picked up "Inner Sparkle" and "Kissed at Midnight." They are such lovely glitters, must try them out soon. I had "Selena" already, which is a pink-peach with light shimmer. If I can pick up more from this collection, it would be "Sweet Dreams" and "Confetti Fun."

There are a lot of polishes in this collection, but I feel like I may have dupes, or at least close dupes of most of them. For example:

Hit the Lights, a bright yellow creme - I have NYC New York Color's Midtown Mimosa although Hit the Lights may be darker.

Naturally, a bubblegum pink creme - Pure Ice's Love, but it Love has more shimmer in it. Any bubblegum pink would dupe Naturally.

Pretty in Plum: A reddish purple with high shine - Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear's Plum Power or Posh Plum, both of these are so close to being a 100% dupe for Pretty in Plum.

Love Song: A purple creme - I have more purples than any other color in my collection, and you'd think I'd at least have one in this particular shade, but I don't! It's a deep lilac, similar to Pure Ice's Fairy Godmother, and even that one isn't the correct shade. It's darker. So this is one purple I do not have a dupe for, but it is worth mentioning.

These photos are in artificial light, natural light photos will be posted later - along with swatches!

The quality is bad. My camera would not focus, even in super macro mode which is what I use to take a good majority of the photos I post here. New photos will be posted later.