Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Nail Art for the Beach

This is for the Popular summer challenge.  The prompt is "day at the beach".  I had plan...water washing up on a sandy shore.  Every day I would think about how best to accomplish it, without ever doing it.  The day came to post and I still had not done anything.  Creative block or something.  I had just woken up from a nap and thinking about it again....thinking about the beach and how you get sand everywhere and ...BOOM.  Knew what I was going to do.  

Yep, sand down the cleavage of the yellow polka dot bikinis (tee hee).

I started with two coats of Barielle Cream 'N Sugar.  On the tips I used the following:
  • Thumb - LVX Cliquot
  • Index - Essie Parka Perfect
  • Middle - LVX Legendaire
  • Ring - Orly Coachella Dweller
  • Pinkie - NOPI Ladies In the Spotlight

Next I dotted with Zoya Piaf for the polka dots and added Zoya Godiva for the sand.

What can I say?  This one just makes me tee hee.  Will have to save the sandy beach for another day :)  Thanks for stopping by!

A Sherlock Revisit

When I saw that the theme this month of The Nail Challenge Collaborative was music/movies/TV, I knew I was going to revisit a mani I did previously and wasn't happy with.  Well, I was happy with it, just not my execution and photos.  So, here again, is Sherlock at Buckingham Palace.

If you want to see the original, you can see it HERE.  In case you don't want to, here is the inspiration for this mani.

Don't recognize this?  Then you need to run to Netflix and watch one of the best TV shows ever made, Sherlock.  Smart, funny and brilliant.

Index represents John's jacket with it's leather shoulder patch.  Middle is the pillow.  Index is Sherlock's sheet.  Thumb and pinkie is the couch.

I still love this, and although I wasn't quite sure if I should revisit it so soon, I am happy I did.  I am ambivalent about not creating something new for Sherlock, but I have two other chances for new ideas this month.  Just a one more pic because....well, I love it!

Do you have some love for Sherlock?  Understand why I redid it?  Want to check out the other inspired manis?  Thanks for looking (even though you may have already seen the original).

Monday, April 14, 2014

Ginger + Liz I'll Toast to That Frosty Goodness?

Another untried for The Never Ending Pile challenge.  Actually, three untrieds!  The prompt for today is frost.  I really thought about doing frost nail art, but decided against it :)

I have heard a lot of complaints in the polish world about frosts.  I will admit it, there are some frosts that are just not worth the trouble.  I like brush strokes just as little as the next person.  However, most peoples complaints are that they give a "grandma" vibe.  Well, maybe I am not old enough to be a grandma, but I know a good frost when I see one.  I consider this one of those.

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Artificial Ligh

This is two coats of Ginger + Liz I'll Toast to That.  There is a couple things I like about this frost.  First, it is one of my favorite colors....copper.  I have a huge weakness for anything copper colored.  In addition, it has silver micro glitter that detracts from the frost aspect of this polish, making the brush strokes not quite as noticeable. 

I wanted something that wouldn't take away from this lovely copper, so I added hearts using Julep Love.  This is another frost, this time white filled with red glitter.  I just wasn't happy with the hearts because they hardly showed up, so I added Julep Goldie (pictured above), a yellow gold foil.

Although I like this polish, it may just be that it is showing my age.  What do you think?  Is it a "grandma" polish, or is it worth keeping in my stash.  Let me know in the comments!  Don't forget to check out what everyone else chose for their frosts.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

AIS Nail Stamping Over Green

Hoping onto Adventures in Stamping today with stamping over green.  Please forgive my short post, but I have tons to do!

Not my best stamping.  I should have done decals for the french tips.  Oh well.

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Artificial Light

I started with four coats of LynBDesigns The Credible Hulk.  Yes, four coats.  Such a pretty grass green holo, but it is a jelly holo, which means it is thin and needs a lot for full coverage.  I would suggest undies and a couple coats of The Credible Hulk for depth.  I love this green though, so I think it is well worth the extra coats.

Next I stamped with PUEEN 15 on ring and thumb and some french tips with Messy Mansion MM19.  Here comes the spam!

Despite my sloppy stamping, I ended up really liking this.  It surprises me how often I am doing accent nails recently.  They go against my "orderly and balanced" preferences, but this really does go together well...I think?  Let me know what you think!  Do you like accent nails?  Speak to me people!  See you soon!.

Friday, April 11, 2014

A Random for the Neverending Pile

Quick post because I have to work tomorrow and it is past my bedtime.  Prompt for today's Never Ending Pile is random.

I decided to knock a couple out of the pile.

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Artificial Light

I started with two coats of OPI French Quarter.  I received this in a mystery OPI box from an online clearance house.  I was lucky in that every one was new to my stash.  Have I used any of the five I received?  Only one.  This makes two.

Next I added two cots of Essie Carnival.  Another mystery package.  Another 5 new randoms added.  I am not sure I like Carnival.  It is a clear base with holo micro glitters.  The problem is that the micro glitters just don't blend well.  They drag a bit with applications and they seem to "float" on the nail.  I may use it to franken a jelly/glitter mix.

Next I made some stamping decals with moYou UK (not to be confused with moYou London).  I did decals because I wanted to make sure that I had them lined up nicely along my cuticles.  Still wasn't fully successful.

I really like this stamp.  Detailed and delicate.  Not my usual thing, but with the grey....well I like it.  Still think I could have done without Carnival.  Not quite a fail, but not my favorite.  Let me know what you think.

Gotta run....thanks for looking!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Zoya Willow - Is It Coral?

The prompt for Golden Oldies Thursday is coral.  I went through my stash of corals that I haven't worn in over a year.  There was only one...and I am not even sure it is coral.  It seems very orange in my pics.

Mmmm, I kind of like this!  I did it quite awhile ago and forgot how warm and summery it is!

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Artificial Light

This is three coats of Zoya Willow.  I first went to Zoya's site to find out if they described it as coral.  It must be a discontinued polish as I could not find it.  Then I did a Google search to see how others described it.  Not a whole lot of swatches out there, but I did find one that had Zoya's original description.  Here it is: "Soft pale coral orange with a subtle hint of tan and delicate silver frost."  It says coral right there....although it also says orange.  I have used Willow in the last year for nail art, but it has been over a year since it has been a featured part of a manicure.

"Soft pale coral orange with a subtle hint of tan and delicate silver frost. A light shade that borders on nude and flatters summer skin." - See more at:
Soft pale coral orange with a subtle hint of tan and delicate silver frost. A light shade that borders on nude and flatters summer skin. - See more at:
Soft pale coral orange with a subtle hint of tan and delicate silver frost. A light shade that borders on nude and flatters summer skin. - See more at:
I wanted to add some interest, so I did a saran wrap application with Wet n Wild 9121Orange.  Interesting, but it needed more.

I decided to do a favorite stamp technique and us a french tip image vertically.  Using french tip images this way gives them so much more versatility.  I use my french tip images more for horizontal and half moon applications than for actual french tips!  Maybe because I can never get them straight on my tips!  (tee hee).  I used BM-020 and Maybelline Bold Gold.  I also used BM18 on my pinkie, which is just a thinner version of this same image, because it fit better on my skinny little tip.

You can barely tell it is a different image, but if you look close you can see that it has smaller holes.  This is one of the benefits of having the first and second generation of this Bundle Monster set and why I refuse to sell off the older set.

So, what do you think?  Is it coral?  Do you wish they still had this in stock?  Do you like the vertical application of french tip images?  Speak to me my lovely readers.  And check out the other more corally corals.  Thanks for looking!


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Never Ending Llama Pastel Water Marble

Too. Many. Challenges. Must. Combine!  Wonder nail powers activate!  Form of water marble! Color of pastel!  LOL, I must be tired because that cracked me up!  If you are a child of the late 70's, you may understand that reference.

You may have deduced the themes for this.  If you haven' aren't paying attention!  Llama Nails prompt is water marble and The Never Ending Pile is pastel.  How could I not combine these two?

I am getting more proficient at water marbles, but I still feel like I have a ways to go at getting the really purdy designs.  Practice makes perfect, right?  Here are the colors I used:
  • LVX Legendaire - Untried pastel purple
  • LVX Cliquot - Pastel pink
  • Orly Cochella Dweller - Pastel Green
  • Sinful Colors Just You Wait - Untried shimmery sheer purple/pink/gold shifter

See what I did?  Two untrieds, two...uh, tried...two challenges.  Aren't I brilliant?  Well, maybe not (tee hee).  Thought I would tell you how well these did for water marbling.  
  • Cliquot was the best with good spread and good coverage (how well it showed up in the marbling)
  • Legendaire spread the least, but still did a good job.
  • Just You Wait was a GREAT spreader, but ended up hardly showing up at all.
  • Cochella Dweller spread REALLY well.  Almost too well.  It aided in spreading the other colors, but had it's downfall.  See how it is "balding" a bit in the rings?  When I was making the designs it had a tendency to break up, which meant you couldn't play with the design much without ending up with a mess.  I would definitely use this in a water marble again, just use two or three drops for each ring for more coverage.  Make sense?

When I showed this to Bria she was all like, "Ooooo, Easter eggs!" and I was all like, "Must get egg pic!"  (tee hee)  

Mood rock says I love this.  What do you think?  Take a look at the lots-o-links.  And comment if you want to.  Tell me if I sound as giddy as I feel!  I think I will go make some bacon popcorn now.

Watermelon Nail Art

Somehow I missed that this was supposed to be posted yesterday!  I think it is because last month I didn't have any challenges scheduled for Tuesdays and Fridays, so I could do whatever I wanted on those days.  Not this month!  I have challenge prompts EVERY day of the week!  I may be overdoing it!  (Tee hee)


Today's prompt for Style Your Nails Popular Summer is fruits.  I have been wanting to do a watermelon mani since last spring, so this seemed an appropriate time.


Of course it helped that I recently purchased Funky Fingers Teal Scales from a blog sale!  Although it looks blue in these photos, it looked much more green in real life, so please excuse the weird color.


I started with Sonnetarium Raspberry Sorbet on my pinkie, middle and index finger.  Raspberry Sorbet has been in my stash forever, but this is the first time it has graced my tips.  Another untried vanquished!  It is this gorgeous watermelon color filled with black and iridescent micro glitters and is the perfect polish for watermelon flesh!  It was released spring 2013, but is still available HERE.  


I then did french tips and full coverage on my ring and thumb with Orly Cochella Dweller.  I think this is probably my favorite spring green in my stash as it is a bit greyed and you know how I love me a greyed pastel!


I added Funky Fingers Teal Scales on tips, ring and thumb.  Finally I added a white border on the french tips and topped all with Seche Vite.


I have to admit that I don't really like these as much in the DMP as much as IRL.  In real life, I couldn't stop admiring how these looked.  So summery!


Yep, the mood stone tells the tale, I loved this IRL.  Thanks for looking and commenting.  You can find all the fruit themed manis at Style Your Nails Pinterest board HERE.