Cute Polka Dotted Red Bow Tie Ribbon

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.