Cute Polka Dotted Red Bow Tie Ribbon

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Thanksgiving Dotticure

Happy Thanksgiving Americans! Yes, today I cooked and cleaned and stuffed my belly full of food to the point that I didn't want to move at all unless it was painting my nails. SO, I decided to just do a simple dotticure inspired by an instagram post by @nailstorming (she's amazing and her nails are always super shiny and uniform and I'm forever jealous).

I used a sheer creme base (OPI - You Callin' Me A Lyre?) to smooth out my smile line and then applied the dots using China Glaze - Seas The Day and If In Doubt, Surf It Out (both 2014 summer collection) and Sally Hansen - Mellow Yellow and Golden-I (both in the core X-treme Wear collection).

I can never get my nails the same shape across my entire hand and it frustrates me! >_<

Anyway, it is Thanksgiving and I am thankful for my family, my fiance, my health, my ability to be able to afford and attend classes for nursing, and my home. I am also very thankful that I didn't have to work today because I know there are a bunch of people who did - and not just in retail. There are people in emergency services, hospitals, and over seas that don't get the pleasure of having a day off. It upsets me that these people probably didn't make it home for dinner with their families because of the necessity of their jobs. So I am thankful for my day off, but I am also thankful for the people who could not take the day off because they are saving lives or serving the country. And thank you to my followers who read my blog, instagram posts, or support my nail art journey. Happy Thanksgiving.

- Candace

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Matte Navy Flakies

Greetings! My mani is brought to you by the lovely but cold fall season here in North Carolina, AND the fact that Pokemon Alpha Sapphire/Omega Ruby will be released this week!

I used China Glaze - One Track Mind from their 2014 fall line and topped it with Color Club - Snow Flakes, then mattified it with NYC Matte Me Crazy. This blue is amazing! The formula is a one coater! I also picked up a few (actually 9.......) of the China Glaze Twinkle (holiday 2014) collection as well, so swatches of those will be up eventually. The ones I picked up were:

Feeling Twinkly
Pine-ing for Glitter
I'd Melt For You
Chillin' With My Snow-mies
No Peeking!
Meet Me Under the Stars
Dancing and Prancing
December to Remember

I still want to get Out Like a Light but my Sally's didn't have it and said they may not be restocking them...I will not be purchasing the 2 reds from this collection, I have enough reds. Also for OPI I will be getting Snow Globetrotter and Comet In the Sky, but those are the only 2 that stand out for me from their holiday collection. 

Saturday, October 18, 2014

City Skyline - Full Manicure

I'm going to be honest, this design on a single stub on a swatch wheel felt like nothing. But when you have to do it 10 times in a row? It gets tedious. I considered scrapping it halfway through, but I think it turned out pretty okay. You just have to make sure that each layer is dry before moving on to the next step.

The gradient was made using China Glaze - All Aboard, I Sea the Point and topped off with Fairy Dust. Once that was dry, I added the water decals over the nails and sealed with top coat. The marbling is a result of the polish still being tacky and the water affecting it. Still looks pretty cool, right?

I also filmed a tutorial for this which can be found below:

And it will also be added to my "tutorials" page.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

City Skyline

Thought I'd get some creative juices flowing by playing around with my practice wheels (which I now need to purchase more of). I thought about this for a few days after purchasing some Maybelline water decals from my dollar store. Yep, the dollar store (tree, not general) sells water decals by Maybelline! They only had about 4 sets though. I should have picked up more of these, everything is $1.00. The set includes 20 images of a skyline from towers to the statue of liberty, to the Golden Gate bridge. All you do is wait for your polish to dry - in this case I did a simple sponge gradient using China Glaze's All Aboard (fall 2014), I Sea the Point (summer 2014) and topped it off with Fairy Dust (core collection) as stars. Once dry, I used the decal, which just requires you to peel off the protective sheet, much like a temporary tattoo, place it on the nail, hold a cotton ball soaked in water on it for about 10 - 15 seconds, then carefully peel off the paper, revealing the design. It came out so crisp and lovely, it's going to look great on actual nails. I considered adding some yellow dots to the towers to look like the lights were on, but I scrapped it. Can't see the stars with the lights on, amiright?! Anyway, when I do a full set, I am going to make it so some fingers are a sky blue to blue gradient, leading to a blue to purple gradient, leading into this one, so it looks like there is a full on sunset going across the nails. How cool is that!

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For anyone wondering, the two nails on each side are China Glaze - Bat My Eyes (Halloween 2013). I just used that to cover up the messy gradient spots I had made.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

China Glaze - All Aboard Collection (Fall 2014)

Yes, I have finally obtained the fall collection I have been lusting after for months. This is China Glaze's fall 2014 collection, and I have to say it's pretty impressive. Looky looky!

All aboard is a dusty purple. No application problems, just a standard creme. 

Oh my goodness, this red. It's such a beautiful red, and you don't even know it until you're in direct sunlight. This is Conduct Yourself and it is an oxblood red with the most subtle shimmer ever. It is seriously blood red when applying. So gorgeous. Be advised: this stains - especially the side skin of the nail.

Well Trained is a creme teal. It's a lovely color, but if you already have a nice teal, you probably don't need this one. This also stains pretty bad.

Nice Caboose! I don't know how to describe this color. It's a shimmery magenta? I like nonetheless. The shimmer in it really makes it pop.

Lug Your Designer Baggage. It's slightly more brown than pictured, but the glitter flecks in it make it unique. It just has a nice effect to it.

One Track Mind. Award for easiest application goes to this. One coat and you're good to go. This is ONE COAT. The Off Shore summer collection has a red - Seas the Day - in in that would pair so nicely with this. Also, this has to look wonderful in matte.

Mind the Gap. This was a little too sheer when first applied, and this is 3 coats. It's super shimmery and has a bit of a gold to olive green color shift to it.

Don't Get Derailed is probably one of the most unique greens I own. It's the perfect base color for camouflage print. It also reminds me of the color of military/utility jackets used for fashion.

What Are You A-Freight Of? To me, this color is almost identical to last year's Charmed, I'm Sure from the fall collection. It's a deep eggplant creme.

Stop That Train! This one stands out the most because of it's doesn't go along with the other color scheme. But, it's an almost frosty orange. Application was smooth.

I Choo-Choo Choose You. This one is continuously being sold out everywhere. I can see why - it's pretty different from the others in the collection and it has a color shifting shimmer in it. I like it a lot, even if it is hard to photograph.

Overall, I am digging these shades. When the seasons change, it just puts me in a mood for colors suitable for that season. In the spring, I am definitely feeling pastels, summer - neons, fall - vampy, dark shades, and winter is usually a transition from deep shades to seasonal colors and mainly glitters of red, green, and gold.

The only color I did not include was "Loco Motive." I will have it in a separate post.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

China Glaze - Howl You Doin'

This color is from the Halloween 2013 collection. I have a "Bat My Eyes" swatch from that collection on here as well, but this is a full manicure using "Howl You Doin'." I don't know if it was just mine, but the brush in this bottle did not want to cooperate. The glitter is also in a deep purple jelly base, making the 2nd and 3rd (and for some nails 4th...) coat go on unevenly and creating bald patches. It also dries to an almost matte finish, but my top coat (INM - Out the Door) fixed. The glitter is shredded in a bunch of irregular shapes and is orange, black, and some shades of purple.

Out of focus glittery goodness

Golden Dotticure

Did a little dotticure with more fall colors. It turned out a bit Christmassy looking, but I liked it nonetheless. Dented my index finger closing the cap to the polish bottle...

Base color is China Glaze - Don't Make Me Wine and the dots are Sally Hansen - Golden-I using a dotting tool.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Golden Filigree

Originally I wanted to do an argyle design using Charmed, I'm Sure by China Glaze and Kiss Me Here by Pure Ice, but as I was doing it it just wasn't looking nice and I scrapped the idea. Instead, I just painted all my nails Tongue & Chic by China Glaze and then called it a day. Two days later they started to chip (thank you, cashiering job) and I didn't want to remove the color but I also didn't want to repaint I did what any other lacquerista would do...I BROUGHT OUT THE STAMPING KIT. First time I've used it in a lonnnng time, but that's mainly because I don't have the patience to wait an hour or two for the base color to COMPLETELY dry before stamping and then it's just a mess. But this time I did since they were already solid and dry which just made the whole process super easy. Anywho, I used Sally Hansen's Golden-I for the stamping color and it was a tad too light once it was stamped on, so afterwards I just used a small pointed dotting tool and stippled over the design to make it more opaque.

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I used Winstonia's W203 plate for the filigree and the leaf is from a gift set stamping kit that I can't think of the name came with like a "stamping contraption" where it was more like a mini machine to stamp with, but I just do it by hand instead.

And this is my left (cinderella) hand. The leaft came out a lot crisper on this one.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Matte Navy Dots

Hello everyone! I apologize for the lack of posts, but here's one! It was inspired by @glittr over on Instagram. I used her design, but tweaked it a bit by mattifying it and adding an accent nail.

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I'm really liking this base color. It's "Queen B" by China Glaze and it's from their fall 2013 collection. I know it's technically not fall yet, but dang it I like fall colors so much that I had to start early. It's my favorite season! Speaking of which, have you seen the wonderful 2014 fall collection for China Glaze? Drooling rainbows over here; I must get my polished fingers on them. Anyway, I'm much more active over on my instagram account: @pockettemonster post wise - mainly swatches and designs that I think are too "meh" to be on my blog, just like basic stuff, ya know? I like to put my intricate things on here and then swatches or things like that on instagram. Not that I won't be posting swatches here, but I like to blog swatched collections, not just solo polishes. Anyway, bring on the fall colors! Maroons, browns, navies, wines, emeralds, eggplants, purples, eeeep. So many color choices.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

2nd Glitter Gradient

I tried this design in an earlier post where I used Tongue & Chic by China Glaze and Kissed At Midnight by Nicole by OPI. The images I took didn't look flattering and the overall look I was disappointed in. So I gave it another go when I received Techno by China Glaze in the mail. It was part of the Electropop collection but I think they're re-releasing it for a mini collection of glitters called Pop Tops or something like that, so you can buy it in stores again. But I got mine off of eBay. I had been wanting to do a solo mani with just At Vase Value because it's such a nice light blue so I paired it with Techno and got this:
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I'm liking this one a lot better. These were taken indoors under incandescent lighting, better images will taken in natural lighting - I always end up painting before bed! I used the sponging technique to apply the glitter rather than painting it directly on because it was much easier to spread it around and the sponge soaked up the excess clear polish.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Neon Flowers

Today's mani is inspired by YouTuber The Crafty Ninja. I liked this color combo so much I had to recreate it! The base color is Pure Ice - Kiss Me Here and the flowers are China Glaze - Flip Flop Fantasy. I've had Flip Flop Fantasy for months and I'm pretty sure this is my first time using it. It's super bright! In The Crafty Ninja's tutorial she also used Kiss Me Here but used Salon Perfect - Flamingo Flair as her flower color; this color is totally a dupe for Flip Flop Fantasy if you can't find it or want to save a few dollars.

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I used the largest (I think) sized dotting tool I had to create the petals and middle f the flowers. A pin needle, toothpick, or bobby pin will also work. Going to have to get another bottle of Kiss Me Here can see in the image where the bottle cap is a bit messed up. I'm not sure what happened to it. It was during the transition of keeping my bottles in a small contained to a 3-drawer Sterilite box. I guess it just exploded open due to heat or the cap wasn't screwed on tight enough, but it ended up leaking quite a bit. The bottle is down to about halfway and it is so thick now. A few drops of thinner can fix that, but I would like a backup bottle. It's just a nice gray.

Also: follow me on instagram! Looking for new followers all the time :). I do NOT just post nail art. It's mainly nail art and swatches with bits and pieces of miscellaneous things thrown in. The Crafty Ninja herself even favorited my recreation! The official China Glaze instagram page did too!

Thursday, July 3, 2014


The 4th of July is almost here and my nails are well prepared for it! For this look I used China Glaze Seas the Day and I Sea the Point, both from the Off Shore collection, Dandy-Lyin Around, and topped with Pure Ice Freedom. First time using a sticker decal that came in a little set from Wal-Mart. I think it was called "Around the World" or something, but it was by Kiss.

I just can't get enough of this oh my gosh you guys. If you ever had to use ONE red for the rest of your nail painting career...make it this one. It's such a good formula and the color payoff is amazing. Also I know there is a bit of a fuss over the reformulated Sally Hansen X-treme wear classic color "Pacific Blue," but this blue may ease your pain. It's actually super close.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Watermelon Nails Revisited

I originally did this design back in 2011, I'm pretty sure I was inspired by CutePolish at the time but I don't really remember because that was when I didn't have internet at my I'm not really sure where the inspiration came from. But just look at that comparison! It goes to show you that practice and patience help when it comes to painting. I had no idea about base coats, top coats, cuticle care, nail tools, etc. But now I have so many different tools and colors for so many different things! So don't be discouraged if your nail art doesn't look as good as the ones on your instagram feed. They had to start somewhere, just like you did. Just like I did. I'm no where near perfect nor am I at a nail technicians level. I am just continuing my hobby through this.

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Colors used are Pure Ice - Wild Thing (conveniently randomly picked using a number generator and my Polish Collection Spreadsheet) China Glaze - Peonies & Park Ave., NYC New York Color - French Tip White, and Rimmel London - Hot Black to Go.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Just Beachy

Oh my gosh this took so long to do, let me tell you. So I decided to do these at like 11:00pm last night, because nail art, y'know? So anyway, I start gradienting away and then setting up the water marble spotting stuff, and then these weren't done until about 1:00am. I didn't even bother cleaning up until today in the shower. But at least they came out nice! I used the elleandish tutorial off of youtube to get this look.

For the gradient I used China Glaze Kalahari Kiss, Shower Together and I Sea the Point. The sand with the starfish is Bare It All by Pure Ice and China Glaze Petal to the Metal. And the water spotting was done with a simple white (NYC New York Color French White Tip).


That's right!! Happy Birthday to The Cuticle Canvas. Today marks the first day of me starting to blog my nail art diary journey and when I first started getting in to nail art as a hobby. It's nice to be able to share my designs (mine or inspired by others) with you all through social networks. There's many more polishes to add to my ever growing collection (almost 300!) and many more designs to share with you all. Thanks for checking out my blog and supporting it!

Friday, May 30, 2014

China Glaze - Not in This Galaxy

About time I tried one of these out. I have 6 from the hologlam collection and I'm just now using one of them! I plan to collect them all because they look so nice. I picked up Take a Trek (navy), Cosmic Dust (gray) and OMG a UFO (green) from Sally's because they were on clearance and I wanted to see just how holo-y they were. I then bought Infra Red (red), Not in This Galaxy (pink) and When Stars Collide (maroon) from eBay. I bet they're good for stamping.

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The sun isn't out, it's a cloudy day so you can't see the full holo effect, but it's there. Apparently they aren't as shiny as their previous collections but I don't have the money to purchase those since they are discontinued. $40.00 alone for OMG from one of the other holo collections? Thanks but no thanks....

Application was super easy, love this formula. 2 coats!

Monday, May 19, 2014

China Glaze Off Shore Collection

Bought the summer 2014 collection by China Glaze earlier and now to provide the swatches. I only have 3 today because the sun went down before I could get to the others and I want direct sunlight images to show how vibrant the colors are. They are all cremes and the formula is great so far. Here are the 3 that I have already done and I will have more/the rest up soon. The entire collection is made up of 12 cremes.

When In Doubt, Surf it Out
Creamy orange, 2 coats

Medium purple, 2 coats
A bit darker than pictured, also changes to a  blueish hue in different lighting

Wait 'N Sea
Bright teal, much more teal than pictured. My camera doesn't like to capture the true colors of these. 2 coats.
Started out as a jelly, built up to a creme.

Be More Pacific, light green but darker than Grass is Lime Greener from the City Flourish collection. 3 coats. I was worried about this formula because it started drying to that creme-matte finish (boooo) but after adding more coats it was fine. Some of the other polishes are like this too.

I Sea the Point, deep blue-purple. Camera couldn't pick up an accurate color. It's much darker than this. Definitely closer to the color of the bottle. 2 coats. 

Shore Enuff, medium grass green. 3 coats. 2 different lighting, direct sunlight and shade.

Seas the Day. Oh my gosh, best formula ever. ONE COAT of this creamy red. I applied 2 for extra protection though. Man this was such a smooth application. Bright tomato red.

Sun Upon My Skin, 3 coats. Bright sunny yellow. Formula wasn't too bad either.

Feel the Breeze. Light Bubblegum pink. Love this color. 2 coats. Application did that weird matte-creme thing, but fixed itself after another coat.

Dune Our Thing. 2nd best application ever in this set. Deep fuchsia color. One coat is fine, but I used 2. Why can't all the formulas be this easy >__<. 

Float On. Light pink but not to the point that it's pastel. Just a standard pink. Perfect for when you're feeling girly. 2 coats.

Stoked to Be Soaked. Bright medium orange. Darker than When in Doubt, Surf it Out. 2 coats.

Overall, this collection is made up of 12 creme shades. None of these are neon and if that is what they were going None of these are super bright all up in your face neon. Also...there isn't anything super special about these. There's no "exclusive" shades or glitters. Just cremes. So you don't need the entire collection if you already have a drugstore dupe of these colors. If you want to save your money, I'd just pick up some standard rainbow colors from a brand like Sally Hansen or Revlon, etc. Also, ALL THE OCEAN/SEA PUNS.

I purchased these myself.