Coral and White Striped Mani

Welcome to the hot days of summer!  One of my favorite warm weather color combos is coral and white, so I wanted to do a fun little manicure with that palette.

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Polishes used from left to right: Sweet Daisy by Nicole by OPI, Born Pretty Stamping Nail Polish in #4 and #8, Planks A Lot from OPI, and Meet Me At the Disco by Sephora by OPI.

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I began by painting all my nails with Sweet Daisy.

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Using plate Qgirl-046 from Ya Qin An and white stamping polish, I applied the striped pattern pictured on the right side of the plate to my nails. For the horizontal stripes, I only used the bottom half of the striped pattern and tilted my stamper accordingly.

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I did some reverse stamping using the flowers from Qgirl-046 and some purple polishes. To make it look more sparkly, I applied Meet Me At the Disco to the image first before coloring it in with lavender polish.

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I stamped the flowers directly onto my nails, and after applying Seche Vite top coat, I applied a drop of Kiss Nail Art Glue and added a rhinestone to the center of each flower.

It’s a very simple manicure, but it screams summertime!  If you don’t have the plate, you can opt to handpaint the lines with a striping brush or use some striping tape.  I’m sure the results will look just as fabulous.

Happy polishing!

Elegant Purple and White Mani

After so many fun hand painted manicures, I felt like stamping something elegant.  I was still pretty strapped for time, so after my last manicure peeled off unexpectedly, I needed to whip something together in a hurry.

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I started by painting my nails with this shimmery purple/blue chameleon polish MS03 from Ators.

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I used plate BPL-007 from Born Pretty Store to do the stamping. For this mani, I used the design in the top row, 2nd from the left for my middle two nails and thumb and part of the design from the middle row, 2nd from the left for my index finger and pinky.

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I used Born Pretty Stamping Nail Polish #4 (white) and a clear stamper to transfer my selected designs. For the index finger and pinky, I isolated the 3 leaves from the rest of the pattern by stamping the whole image first and removing the excess parts with a piece of Scotch tape.

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I glued a few rhinestones to the bottom center of the patterns to finish the look.

The ironic thing is that this Ators polish is water based and a peel off polish, so this design also started falling off in under 2 days!

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I got some souvenirs from this manicure!

I should have just used a regular purple polish, but it’s onto the next mani for me!

Happy polishing!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1,000 Followers on Instagram!

This month I finally hit 1,000 followers on Instagram.  It has taken almost a full year to hit that number, and I’m very thankful that anyone even notices me!  If you’re an aspiring blogger, don’t give up!

I’ve been awfully short on free time this month.  Ask me what I’ve been doing, and I can’t even tell you because my brain is so fried!  I turned to my favorite brand for one step nail art in a bottle to help me out for this one: Pretty & Polished.

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Party on My Yacht by Pretty & Polished. Just look at that gorgeous crelly goodness!

All the multicolored glitter reminds me of confetti, so what an appropriate way to celebrate my little milestone.

I used a peel off base coat underneath this, so of course my polish started falling off after 2 days.  At least I’ve got some incentive to do my nails again!

Happy polishing!

 

Emoji Nail Art

Nothing is so loved in social media as the emoji.  Being an Android user, I didn’t get into using them until I started using Instagram.  It seems like no one knows how to comment on a post there without adding emoji to it, so I ended up adding an emoji keyboard to my phone as a result!

The real reason why I did emoji nails was because my 9-year-old student had been begging me for weeks to paint them.  She loves following nail art, so she must have seen someone else do this theme before.  When I asked her why she didn’t try painting them herself, she said, “Mommy doesn’t let me wear nail polish!”  I guess she has to live vicariously through me instead.

My girl really wanted me to do a white background, but I preferred to use blue because it contrasts against yellow really well.  Why not go for blue holographic polish then?

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Born Pretty Holo Polish in #10 gives you the rainbow shine you crave.

Because of the intricacy involved in painting this design, I used blends of different colors of craft smart Acrylic Paint for the emoji faces.  It was difficult to choose which faces I wanted to do, but my student insisted that I had to at least include the one with the sunglasses and the one with the hearts for eyes.

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All the faces have the same contouring done to them.

In the top left picture, you can see that I painted a yellow circle centered on each nail.  Because painting thin lines is hard, I outlined the top half of each circle with a mix of orange and yellow paint (top right picture) and then painted over that with a mix of white and yellow paint to form a highlight, letting part of the darker color show through along the edge (bottom left picture).  I formed a gradient by dipping my brush into yellow paint, wiping off the excess, and then dragging the color from the bottom half of the circle into the light yellow section (bottom right picture).  I followed up by hand painting all the details of each face.

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I tried to copy the artwork from these cute emoji stickers as closely as possible.

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The kissy face one was my student’s favorite.

This design took me a few hours to paint because I go slow and steady.  You can cheat and paint your entire nail yellow if you want to escape having to paint a circle and eliminate the shading steps to make this a slightly easier mani to copy, but the details really make the emoji look accurate.  I also like having the bragging right of saying that I do NOT have stickers on my nails!

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This mani easily represents all the emotions I had after finishing it.

Hope you enjoyed this one!  Happy polishing!

 

 

Review of Some Bunny To Love by Pretty & Polished Nail Lacquer

While I was taking a break from nail art, I decided to try out a polish I loved but hadn’t had a chance to wear yet.

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Some Bunny To Love from Pretty & Polished

I bought this from Live Love Polish, which is located in the Queens neighborhood of Long Island City.  I love that they’re a local business!  I have fantasies of working there amidst their beautiful nail polish selection.

Some Bunny To Love is an awesome milky white crelly color with 4 different kinds of brushed metallic finish glitters suspended in the base: yellow fine specks and pink, blue, and lavender confetti circles.  It comes in a 15 mL bottle, so it will last quite awhile.

For those who are unfamiliar with crellies, they are a polish hybrid of creme and jelly finishes.  The finish allows any suspended glitter to show through the polish color, although not all crellies contain glitter.

The glitter is a easy way to get one step nail art done for those who don’t think they can handle painting more than just a base color.  People gave me so many compliments on how pretty the polish looked, and they were amazed that the polish and glitter were all done in one step!

As for application, I helped make it go on easier and more opaque by applying a white base coat prior to painting my nails.  I used just 2 coats of Some Bunny To Love to get the look in the pictures.

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I baked a cake 2 days after I did my nails, and there was minimal wear on the tips.

I easily wore this color for just over a week with just wear at the tips and maybe one chip.  I work with my hands a lot, so I think the polish is outstanding in terms of durability.

The most negative part about this polish was that I kept craving vanilla frosting with sprinkles because that’s what my manicure looked like!  Mmm, fingers full of frosting…  And you wondered why I baked a cake!  It wasn’t just for the sake of taking a photo!  😉

Diamond rating: ♦♦♦♦♦ (5/5)

Shop the links below for similar crellies.  You’ll love them all!

Happy polishing!

http://shopprettyandpolished.com/

http://www.livelovepolish.com/

 

Star Wars Nail Art

I’ve never considered myself to be a good painter, so I knew that I was going to be suffering to complete a Star Wars collaboration with my sweet and talented Instagram friend Bev @thehumblebear.  She was inspired by some R2D2 nails that I reposted from Star Wars Day 2015 and suggested that we paint a different character from Star Wars on each nail.  Lucky for me, I insisted that we only paint our left hand nails for this, and she agreed.

My goal was to try to make the characters look as simple as possible yet have them still be recognizable.  The Lego collection was great inspiration as well as the Funko Pop series.

As for which characters I wanted to do, it was a hard choice.  We were thinking of doing the same ones for a twin mani, but the more I searched for inspiration, the more I kept wanting to change it up.  I considered doing the Cantina band (too alien), Boba Fett (crowd favorite), a storm trooper (too cloned), Chewbacca (too furry!) and even joked with Bev about wanting to put Jar Jar in there, just because he was so hated.  What I settled on were the human characters Darth Vader, Han Solo, Leia Organa, and Luke Skywalker… and Yoda.  He was modeled on Albert Einstein, so close enough!

I had to use a ton of different polishes and acrylic paint for this one, most of which are listed in my galaxy nails post.  I did have to use a few other colors as shown below.

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From left to right: What’s A Tire Jack?, Pale is the New Tan, and Read My Palm all by Sephora by OPI.

I did a modified galaxy nail art base on all my nails to provide an interesting backdrop for my characters.

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Step 1: 2 coats of Estelle from Julep.

Because the galaxy is just a backdrop for heads of characters, I modified the layout of the colors.  For a full galaxy nails tutorial, you can reference the post I did for my right hand nails.  I have all the polishes that I used listed there.

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The making of the most involved nail art that I have done to date!

First, I sponged on a blue color, focusing on the middle top half of each nail.  I also sponged on some purple to add more of a gradient effect.  I then applied a little bit of a white highlight with a sponge to where I thought the tops of the heads would be.  This was done to make it easier to see the hairlines of the characters with dark colored hair and to give them a halo effect.  It’s Star Wars according to the gospel of finepolish!

I painted a rough outline of each character with white acrylic paint from craft smart.  This made it easier for colors to show up over the dark galaxy base.

I used the brushes straight from the bottles of Pale is the New Tan and Read My Palm to color in the skin tones of each character accordingly.  After the polish dried, I went back with white acrylic paint and fixed the necklines for each character’s clothes.

The hair was added in next along with Yoda’s robe.  I used brown acrylic paint for Han and Leia’s hair and light brown for Luke’s hair.  Conveniently, Yoda’s robe was also done with brown and light brown acrylic paint.

The last part consisted of painting in the facial and clothing details.  You can see subtle wrinkles in the white areas of the shirts of the guys and the cowl of Leia’s gown, achieved by mixing white and gray paints to get a lighter shade.  Yoda of course has a lot of wrinkles and has huge eyes, so that’s why he looks a bit bewildered.  Han came out looking fatter than I intended, too.  Oops.

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I love how top coat makes everything look so smooth in the end!

Where’s Darth Vader, you might ask?  He was outcast to my thumb.

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Darth Vader is too O.G. to be with the other characters.

Darth Vader is so dark that I used gray acrylic paint for his outline rather than white.  It was easier to see than painting with black, and it allowed me to leave a slight outline of him to help him stand out from the background when I painted over it with What’s A Tire, Jack?

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Darth Vader is many shades of gray… and white and black.

Before you start criticizing how crooked my lines are, let me say that the canvas is way smaller than you think, and the macro shot blows it out of proportion.  My detail brush probably needs to be thinned out some more, too.  I also saved Darth Vader for the end because the color palette was so different from those of the other characters, so I was also tired at this point.  That’s the power of the dark side.

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The final look!

While I complain a lot about not having any painting skills, I guess I might have some.  This could have been a total train wreck!  I really pushed myself beyond what I thought my limits were thanks to Bev, but I guess that’s what good friends do!  She believed in me the same way I knew she would rock this collaboration as well.  Speaking of…

Bev’s attention to detail is just insane.  She can legitimately paint, and it shows!

I got pretty burned out on nail art after all the time I put into painting this, so that’s why I had to take a break from the blog.  I’m hoping to get caught up by the end of the week now that my schedule is a bit more calm.  In the meantime, happy polishing!

Galaxy Nail Art

I’ve been slacking terribly on updating the blog!  My apologies for being a month late with this post.  Something about doing a lot of hand painted nail art makes me very burned out.

I did a Star Wars collaboration with @thehumblebear on Instagram, and we both agreed to only paint our left hand nails because of the amount of work that would be required.  That’s all fine and good for a picture, but in real life, I can’t just have one hand done!  My solution was to do galaxy nail art on my right hand and also use the galaxy nails as the background for my Star Wars characters on my left hand.

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For this look, I used a black/blue/purple color scheme. From left to right: Estelle by Julep, Sailor’s Lure by Finger Paints, White Hot by Sephora by OPI, Make A Change by Nicole by OPI, and Indi-go With the Flow by Sephora by OPI.

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I started out by painting all my nails with Estelle by Julep. It has holographic glitter piece embedded into the polish, so it really sparkles.

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Step by step: how to make a galaxy.

The first few steps consist of using a gradient technique.  I used a small make up sponge to apply Sailor’s Lure at a diagonal in the middle of each nail.  I dipped the sponge into White Hot and highlighted various areas.  Then I sponged on Make a Change to add more dimension to my galaxy.

To make stars, I dipped a dotting tool into White Hot and varied the sizes of my dots.  On a few of the points, I used a detail brush to draw in a plus sign.  I finished up by adding Indi-go With the Flow, a chunky multi-glitter top coat, to make it shine some more.

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After some top coat, these nails really look out of this world.

I also tried to take a video to show how the holographic glitter shifted in the light, but Instagram compressed it and ruined the quality.  Trust me, it was full of rainbow sparkles!

Hope you all have a great week!  Happy polishing!