Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Is This Nail Art a Crime?

Quick post to show you my nail art for Llama Nails.  I spent nine hours walking around the State Fair today.  Not only do my legs and feet ache, my arthritis in my knees means I can barely bend them.  Not that it wasn't worth it though.  Love the fair!  Fine arts building is my favorite.  I could spend hours in there.  The pain, however, means I don't have the attention span for a long post.

The prompt for today is "crime".  Remember, this is a book/movie challenge.  Can you guess?

This is for the Millennium Series by Stieg Larsson.  The series includes The Girl with a Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest.  See what I did there?

This image might explain my pinkie and thumb :)

That's it.  I would expound more, but bed and an icepack is calling me.  Thanks for looking and commenting!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Golden Oldie Over Black

Quick post to catch up!  Golden Oldie Thursday's prompt is (was) over black.  I love wearing black polish, so this was right up my alley!

This is two coats of Zoya Raven stamped with Piggy Polish Make Waves and BM-312.  Not a whole lot of time right now, you just get pic spam.

 I may have to try this combo again with a more interesting stamp.  But right now, I gotta go.  Check out the other golden oldies.

Zoya Sale!

Just wanted to let you know about this Zoya sale that is going on now.  Go quick though, it is ending soon!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Blogger Bragger Dots

Blogger Braggers prompt this week is polka-dots.  Not so great at dots, but I started with a favorite polish, so how can I go wrong?

Don't know that I used the right colors for the dots, but still, its....different?

Started with two coats of Urban Lacquer One Eyed Monster.  I got more compliments on this polish than any other polish I have worn.  It is a green/teal/blue multichrome that is so gorgeous!  You can see from the flash that direct light brings out the blue.  

Here you can see the green to blue shift.  It is beautiful!

I added dots of Maybelline Bold Gold, Urban Lacquer Schlong, LynBDesigns You Are The Brute Squad and a purple that I didn't write down.  It has a Christmas look, don't you think?  Reminds me of a glass ornament.  What do you think?

You can find the other participants HERE.  As always, thanks for looking and commenting!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Barielle Free Shipping

Just a quick little post to remind you of Barielle's current special, available through 8/21/14!


Just use the code above to receive free shipping and a free nail strengthening cream (.05 oz) with every order.  I love the strengthening cream and keep one of these small tubes in my purse.  I can suggest these products also.

I have been using the fortifying nail builder for several months now on my cinderella hand as the nails on my right hand tend to peel and chip easily.  I have seen a marked improvement, especially with my new growth.  I expect, within the next couple months, as my nails continue to grow, to have no peeling at all.  So exciting!

I use this strengthening cream before bed and not only are my hands moisturized, my nails are healthier than they have ever been, despite all that I put them through.

These polish remover pads are essential for travel.  They are effective and smell like sweet tarts!  They do leave a bit of an oiliness on your skin, but I like it because the cuticles end up so moisturized!

My picks for polish?

Hawaiian Sunset, the perfect orange for all your Halloween nail art needs.

Take Me Shopping is so much brighter than my picture shows.  It is what I would consider a neon coral.

Sexy Mood is the perfect purple, not too dark, not too light.

I Got A Headache is the perfect fall toffee brown!

You can find all this and more at the improved Barielle website HERE

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Tea Party Number 3

Today I have the third installation of the Nail Challenge Collaborative's tea party.  This is my inspiration.


Isn't it lovely?  If I was rich, I would collect tea pots, and this would be in my collection!  Here is what I came up with.

Not as lovely as the tea pot, but not too bad.

Started with three coats of China Glaze Keep Calm, Paint On.  Almost spot on for the color of the pot.  Then I double stamped with DRK-B, Julep Daria and Finger Paints Rockin' Gunmetal.

Next came the silver plate.  Cannibalized my jewelry supplies again!  This are some oval jump rings.  After attaching them with top coat, I filled them with Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Silver Sweep. 

It was too silver for me, so I added some Finger Paints Rockin' Gunmetal and added some swirlies around it to try and recreate the look.

It wasn't too bad, but it was hard to distinguse from the stamping, so I added more detail with Julep Daria and a tiny detail brush.

Not awesome, but not bad either.  I had fun with it!  Can't wait to show you the next one though!  I swear I could do a another whole month with this theme, but we have something different coming up in September  Thanks for looking and commenting!  Don't forget to go give the others some tea party love!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Not in Love with Yellow

Yellow is the only color I do not like on my tips.  Today the prompt for Adventures in Stamping is "over yellow".  Almost skipped it, but that's what challenges are for, stepping out of your comfort zone.

Yellow tends to make my skin look brown.  On top of that, I got a new cuticle pusher.  It works well...too well.  It is plastic with a sharp edge and my cuticles paid for it.  Please forgive their tortured look!

Not only is this not my favorite color, it is also not my favorite execution.  Should have used white over the whole nail instead of doing a stamp gradient.  Almost didn't post this, but I figure I went to the trouble and I know everyone has a bad nail day.  Might as well show you the bad as well as the good.

I started with a gradient of Cult Nails New Day, NOPI Ladies in the Limelight and Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Lightening over a white base.  I actually like this.

Then I used MoYou Pro 06 and did a stamp gradient with Konad Special White and SH Lightening.  Don't know what a stamping gradient is?  Check THIS post.  Like I said, should have just used white.

You can see the yellow over the gradient a bit better with the flash.  By using the yellow I covered up the purdy (as purdy as yellow can be) gradient.

Despite its downfalls, I still think it was a valiant attempt.  Thanks for looking and commenting!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Tea Cup Inspired Nail Art

July zoomed by, but August is crawling.  I think there is a couple of reasons.  First, is that our 20th anniversary is at the end of the month, and although we don't have distinct plans, I have a whole week off!  We are talking about going to the north shore for a few days.  Kinda playing it by ear since we are not sure what days Scott will be able to take off.  Having something to look forward to is slowing down time and making the days drag by.

The second reason is another "looking forward slows the days down".  In November we will have all of our credit card debt paid off.  We have been chipping away at it for three and a half years and will make our last payment in three short months.  But the days are stretching and making it hard to wait.  With a huge chunk of our income no longer slipping through our hands (more than our mortgage, if I can be honest), it will create such monetary freedom!  Just in time to look at college loans :(  We have some other plans also, doing work to the house that we have been putting off.  A vehicle for the dear son is in the plans too, although he is only getting a junker.  We have even talked about getting me a new car and Devin can have the van, but we are trying to be very careful not to go right back into debt again!

What I am trying to say is that I have a hard time believing that it is only the second week of August and I am already posting my second Nail Challenge Collaborative mani!  I almost saved this for my last one, because you should always save the best for last, right?  I think I may have one coming up that I will like more, though.  Let's take a look.

I really ended up loving this one.  Don't know why.  Not perfectly executed or even that ingenious.  It just ended up looking like exactly like what I imagined, a delicate flowered and gold banded teacup.

I started with three coats of this unknown blue Essie.  I think it is Bikini So Teeny, but, since it came in a grab bag with no label, I can't be sure.  Do you have BST?  Is this it?

I stamped with My Online Shop MJ XX and Konad Special White.  This is an old, flawed version of the plate.  The new one does not have this image, which I think is sad. It is beautifully delicate.  Yes, the roses may not be perfectly etched, but that is fine with me.  You could always add details to them after you stamp.  So glad I have this plate, despite it's flaws.  If you want to see the new version, you can find it HERE.

I wore this as is for a couple of days and decided it was not what I wanted.  I originally was going for a Wedgewood look.  Purdy, but it ended up a bit to busy for me.  I decided I really wanted to  evoke an antique china look.  So I pondered and searched images.  I never found exactly what I was looking for, but all the gilt trimmed pretties inspired me anyways.  Did you know that cups and saucers used to be trimmed in silver and gold because it was believed to kill germs?  Plus it is pretty!

I ended up adding large french tips with the same Essie blue and then adding some gold stripes.  I am much happier with this look and wore it for another two days.  That may be a record! 

I got mixed reactions at work.  Some of them liked the original and some liked this.  Do I listen to what other people say about my nails?  NO!  I wear what I love, regardless of season or opinion!  I can see these as lovely bridal nails!  Anyone for "something blue"?  Thanks for looking and commenting.  I have been lazy with my responses to comments, but I am making a conscious effort to improve!  Believe me, I read and love all that you have to say!  See you next time.