Wednesday, July 23, 2014


Another day, another mani.  Today is for Nails Magazine again.  This time it is Disney.

Nothing like a little Mickey french tips.  The base looks a little...mottled?...because I put my french tip guides on too soon and messed up the base a bit.

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I started with three coats of Julep Jennifer.  See, nice and smooth.  Then I added the guides and messed it all up.  Oh well.

After some white tips, I added red and yellow stripes.

Then I added some stamping decals with SH219.

Like the idea of this, just not my execution.  Thanks for looking and commenting!

#31Nails2014 Favorite Song

Favorite song?  Seriously?  That is like trying to pick a favorite movie or a favorite child.  Sorry, can't be done, love them all for different reasons.  Well maybe not all.  I have seen some horrid movies and heard some crappy songs.  But I digress.  I decided just to go for music in general.

Kinda love this!

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I started with two coats of Finger Paints Sea Temptress.  I have seen some nasty things said about this.  I can honestly tell you that this is one of those polishes that DOES NOT benefit from macro shots.  In real life, though, it is beautiful!  It is iridescent with a green shimmer.  It truly looks like mother of pearl, which is why I chose it.  The buttons on a clarinet, the pic guard on a guitar, saxophones banjos tuning keys and Egyptian Oud.  Musical instruments and mother of pearl just go together in my mind.

I stamped with random parts of PUEEN 62, PUEEN 67 and Finger Paints Black Expressionism.

I top coated with Seche Vite and it looked even more like mother of pearl.

Do I like it?  Just ask the mood stone!

In this pic you can get an idea of the iridescence of Sea Temptress.  It is so much stronger in real life!  It really looks like the inside of a shell.  Love it!  And even in the DMPs, it looks better top coated.

Thanks for looking and commenting!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Recreate #3

I am really enjoying this recreate theme!  Another fall mani switched to summer!

Must admit that, besides the image being upside down, I like the old one better.

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I started with two coats of Zoya Kristen...

added a gradient with Orly Pixy Dust...

and then covered it all up!

I stamped with BM03, BM-003 and Konad Special green.  You can see, from these images, the slight difference in size of some of the images on these plates.

I then sponged on some China Glaze In the Rough and Winter Holly for the "grass".

Not too bad, but not my favorite.  Seems I have been going for these sky blues recently.  Maybe that is the problem, too many similar looks.  As always, thanks for looking and commenting!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Finger Food's Fabric Nail Art

Are you hungry for some Finger Food's Theme Buffet?  Me too!  The theme today is fabric.  I went with a rug I Pinned from Rue La La.

Love it when a plan comes together!

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I started with two coats of Julep Kai.  This has a subtle sand texture, which is nice, but it is a horrible stainer.  I know blues are notorious for staining, but I have never had a light blue stain before.  Don't quite know how I feel about that.....

I used the top branch of the small owl image on DRK-B for all the stamping.

I stamped with Finger Paints Pass the Picasso and Black Expressionism.  I stamped over these two with Sally Hansen White On, because I was looking for a slightly translucent white.

I am generally pleased with this....just wish I would have stamped a bit more....not happy with the empty area around some of the cuticles.  Oh well.

As always, thanks for looking, commenting and don't forget to check out the other Finger Foods!

Art Inspired Moon Nails for #31Nails2014

Being so wrapped up in the Never Ending Pile Challenge means that I have been unaware of other challenges going on.  Now that it is on hiatus, I went looking, because I feel a little lost without a good challenge.  The first one I found is Nails Magazine 31 Day Challenge.  I am not crazy enough to hop right in and do every day, but there are some prompts I just cannot today's....Moon!  I mean, really, look all over this blog and you will find....moons!  Welcome another one!

I have a Pinterest board fully devoted to moons.  Whenever I find a moon image I think is unique, I Pin it here for later reference.  This is inspired by this antique Japanese print by Kawase Hasui.

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Isn't it gorgeous?  I didn't want to exactly recreate it, just use it as inspiration.

I started with two coats of OPI My Vampire Is Buff, then added a gradient of (top to bottom) Butter London Victoriana, Butter London Two Fingered Salute and a little dot of Sally Hansen White On.   I recently purchased some natural sponges at a local craft store and this is the first time I used them.  I LOVE the effect I get from these and think it will become my go to for gradients.  I have used kitchen, paint and makeup sponges, but none of them gave me the messy randomness that the natural does.  I learned, though, that it should be damp rather than dry as it soaks up the polish better for a smoother gradient.

Now comes the moon.  I started with NOPI Yoga-Then-Yogurt to make the arc of the moon and sponged on the following colors to give it depth and interest:  Finger Paints Sea Temptress (this one is going to be featured in an upcoming mani soon) and OPI I Don't Give A Rotterdam!. 

I stamped across my nails with Vivid Lacquer VL 022 and Mentality Prim.

Finally I dotted the blooms with LynBDesigns Tesalecta's Kiss and Spa Ritual Rusted Lux.

Kinda love this!  Although I used a stamp, this would be totally doable all freehand.  And although it looks complicated, it really isn't.  Dotting those little tiny flowers was the hardest thing about this!  I recommend some really strong reading glasses.  I have some with little led lights attached for these small details.

My thumb is my favorite!  What do you think?  Was justice served?  One more pic before you go!

Thanks for looking and commenting!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Second Recreate for NCC

For my second recreate for The Nail Challenge Collaborative, I stuck to the color scheme, despite it being "fallish".  When I read my original post (which you can find HERE) I remarked that this would look cute with some tree trunks growing up out of the glitter "leaves".  That's what I went for here.

I really like how these turned out, just the kind of thing I had in mind with the first post.

I started with two coats of Dollish Polish Bonnie (the partner of Jindie Nails Clyde).  It is a tan with gold flakies with a nice thick formula, which might be good for stamping.  Haven't tried it yet, so who knows.

I stamped randomly with Messy Mansion MM38.  Can I just say something about these Messy Mansion plates?  They squeeze more images onto one plate than I could ever imagine.  Seriously!  The full nail images are huge, plus you get all these little detail images.  No wasted space here!  The plates are larger than your typical round at 7mm diameter, compared to the average 5.5 mm of plates like Bundle Monster and PUEEN.  I cannot begin to recommend the Messy Mansion plates enough.  Plus, they now are distributing from the states.  They can be found on Etsy HERE or Amazon HERE in addition to their website HERE.  You can watch for restock info in their FB group HERE, where they often show the new designs they are working on.  Just sayin' favorite plates ever!  We now return you to your regular programing.

After stamping, I added some OPI Fresh Frog of Belaire to the tips and a little in the branches.

Did the same with LynBDesigns Imperial Topaz, an orange and yellow full full coverage glitter that seems to be discontinued.  As an aside, while searching for this polish at Jenna's Etsy shop, I noticed that two of my favorite LBD's are in the "retirement home" at a reduced price.  If you don't already own them, I would seriously consider picking up You Are the Brute Squad and Don't Torture Me, both of which can currently be found HERE.  Back to the original programing, blah, blah, blah.

Finally, I added Orly So Go-Diva, a LARGE metallic brown glitter.  All of the glitter was applied with a tiny bit of sponge.

I love how this ended up looking, all sparse fall trees.  Who's got the rake?!?

Know it is not seasonally appropriate, but when did that ever stop me?  Fall is my favorite season, after all and will soon be upon us!

Here is old vs new.  Can I just say, what is up with that thumb nail?!?  Thanks for looking and commenting!  Don't forget to check out the other recreates by our lovely ladies!