Black and Blue Broken Heart Manicure

Are you guys sick of seeing pink and red colors all month?  Now that Valentine’s Day is over, here’s the opposite of all those lovesick manicures: black and blue broken hearts!  This was for a nail art collaboration put together by @nailcraftaddict on Instagram.

I started by picking a pretty jelly polish from Pretty & Polished called Heart of the Ocean to be my base color.

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I’ll never let go of this pretty jelly polish!

I used plate BP-61 from Born Pretty Store to do some stamping.

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I picked black polish from Ya Qin An to do a background of tied up hearts using the image from the top center of BP-61.

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Don’t pull on my heartstrings!

I tried to do double stamping with Konad Special Nail Polish in Silver along with the black stamping polish from Ya Qin An, but my broken heart design didn’t stand out as well as I thought it would.

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I used the image from the bottom left corner of the plate in its entirety on my middle finger and separated the pieces of the heart for the neighboring fingers.

Although I was trying to avoid doing this, I ended up taking a detail brush with craft smart acrylic paint in white to outline the heart shapes by hand.  At least the design wasn’t too complicated!

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Another layer of top coat finished off the look.

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Good thing it’s only the heart and not my nails that are broken!

As for the fab collab, check out our lovely collage!

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Here's a fun black and blue heart collab that I participated in with a bunch of talented ladies. Thanks so much for including me! 💙 My solo shot will be posted soon. … The Ladies of Color proudly present our non-pink, non-red, beautiful, Blue and Black hearts for February. A great turnout from a lot of wonderful ladies. We hope you enjoy our non-traditional Valentines!💙♥💙♥ You can visit #ladiesofcolorbnbhearts2017 to see everyone's manis. Please check out all the participant's pages and art! They are listed here: @miss_chonails @dwooleybooger @cre8tive_nails_obsession @jamjams_96 @nailcraftaddict @nail.dazed @fyreblossomnails @damningeden @finepolish @mimi35c @susie_polish @painteddigits @nail_amazed @funnailsrandom @iampepperfan @busybee_nails @ttluvsnails @yayis_nails @gridqueen @theworldofcos @nailsover50 @nailsnartbyme @s._nailart 💙♥💙 #nailswithfriends #manicollage #manicollab #blueandblackvalentines #finepolish #manicure #mani #notd #nailart #nails #nailstagram #nailsofinstagram #nailpolish #cutepolish #nailsoftheday #nailspo #unhas #ongles #nailartclub #nailporn #instanails #prettynails #nailedit #nailspotting #💅 #nailsonfleek #nailswag #bbloggers

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It’s a cheeky manicure and all in fun.  See you soon for the next post!

Happy polishing!

Conversation Hearts Manicure

Happy February, everyone!  It’s going to be a month of fun and romantic manicures because I’ve decided to join the February GlamNailsChallenge whenever I can.  I’m not convinced that I can get myself to change my polish often enough to keep up, but I’m going to try because the prompts look like a lot of fun!

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Are you ready for the next month? 😃 We chose 8 themes based on Valentines Day. ❤🌹🎂💋💌🍫💑💔 we hope you like the themes, and you will enjoy making designs for them. If you joining please repost this photo, when you posting your designs use the #glamnailschallengefeb so we can see each others work. Invite some friends if you want to. Also follow us for a chance being featured here. Please tag us @glamnailschallenge on your photos because the hastag doesnt show up all the pictures! We hope lot of you joining, cant wait to see everyones creations! Thank you ❤️ #nail #nails #notd #nailpolish #instanails #körmök #nailartwow #nailswag #nails2inspire #nailartlove #nailitdaily #nailartdiary #nailgasm #nailsoftheday #nailartchallenge #naillove #nailfashion #nailaddict #nailartoohlala #nailsofinstagram #nailart #nailartclub #nailartcrazy #cutenails #💅🏻 #vdaynails

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For Feb. 1, the challenge was to come up with a heart themed manicure.  I tried to think a little more outside the box and decided to do conversation hearts on my nails.  I never liked eating them, but they’re pretty!

To start, I picked polishes in pastel pink, yellow, green, purple, and white that would match the candy’s colors.

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From the far left, the colors used are as follows: Ulta- Encore Pink, Sephora by OPI- Read My Palm, OPI- Rumple’s Wiggin’, essence the gel nail polish- wild white ways, and Sephora by OPI- IM Beauty.

I chose a random layout of the colors, but I purposefully did not want to put pink and purple next to each other because they look a little too similar.

A plate from Bundle Monster has a lot of the classic sayings from the candy, so I was able to save some time by stamping some of these onto my nails.

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Plate BM-425 from Bundle Monster.

Some care had to be taken to make sure the words would fit the nail I was stamping.  My nails aren’t very big, so I made sure to use the narrowest design on my pinky.

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Stamping was done with Konad Special Nail Polish in Red.

What I love about the stamping here is that it doesn’t have to look totally perfect.  The candy often has faded letters in some places, and the words are not always placed in the center of the heart.  If you decide to recreate this manicure, you will find that to be a very convenient excuse if things don’t work according to plan!

The last step was to paint a heart shape around the words.  Again, because my nails aren’t very wide, I couldn’t fit an entire heart onto the nail.  This allowed me to focus on just painting the top and bottom halves of the heart.  I used a detail brush with craft smart acrylic paint to do this, and I decided to outline each nail with a darker shade of its base color.  You can put a dot of color at the lowest and highest points of the curves of the heart and connect them in order to keep the outline more symmetrical as you initially paint the shape.

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Some of my paint pots are getting old, so the formula is more lumpy on some nails compared to others. Oops.

Add some top coat, and you’re all set!

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These hearts have a lot to say!

Part of me wants to do a cynical version of the hearts for an anti-Valentine’s Day theme, but that would require me to paint the letters by hand.  It’s definitely a fun take on this mani, so I’ll have to make this happen at some point!

Happy polishing!

 

 

Icy Winter Flower Manicure

Good morning, everyone!  It’s a cold winter day here in NYC as we have just had our first major snowfall of the season.  What better way to spend the day than painting nails?

Today’s manicure consists of cool tones to reflect the season.

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From left to right: Konad Special Nail Polish in Flash Black, Regina by Julep, and Need for Speed by Formula X for Sephora.

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I first painted all my nails silver with Need for Speed.

I wanted to reverse stamp some flowers onto my base color, so I used the plate below from Born Pretty to do the job.

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Plate BP-L046 from Born Pretty Store.

After stamping the image (I used the one from the top row, 3rd from the right) with Konad Special Nail Polish in Flash Black, I used a dotting tool to fill in the flower petals with Regina by Julep.

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Reverse stamping.

I waited a little bit for the polish to dry on the stamper before transferring the image to my nails.  I repeated this process until all my nails were stamped.  This particular image was so wide that I was able to stamp two nails at a time without a problem.  Then again, my nails are pretty short right now.

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All done!

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I love how the pink polish shimmers just the right amount.

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Reverse stamping can be a little time consuming, but thanks to the width of the image and my stamper, I completed the manicure in half the normal amount of time.  Yay!

Stay warm, and be safe out there!  Happy polishing!

Green and Gold Oriental Dressing Screen Manicure

With all the holiday activities going on lately, I have hardly had any time to do my nails.  In the interest of getting things done quickly, I resorted to stamping to get me through this busy period.

People most commonly think of doing red manicures around this time, so I decided to buck the trend and do green and gold for something different.  There are some gorgeous emerald green shades out there that don’t get enough of a shout out, and Emer from Julep is a fine example of one.

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I began by painting Emer from Julep on all my nails except for my ring finger, on which I used Masked Beauty from Finger Paints.

For the stamping, I used plated BP-L046 from Born Pretty Store.  It’s more of a springtime plate, but I wanted to do a dressing screen type of theme, so this suited my purpose perfectly.

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BP-L046 from Born Pretty Store.

The stamping was done with Konad Special Nail Polishes in Black and Gold.  The patterns that I used are from the bottom left hand corner of the plate.

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It’s easy to see the Oriental influence with the pattern and color scheme here.

While understated, it still feels festive for the season but classy.

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Hope you enjoyed this simple look.  Happy polishing!

 

Election Day Voter Nails

It has been a crazy couple of weeks, not just for me, but for the nation.  I went to the polls immediately after I finished doing these nails, but I didn’t have time to post the tutorial until today.

I wanted an almost graffiti like look, so I went for a splatter technique in classic red, white, and blue colors.  Go USA!  This method was done with coffee stirrers that I cut in half so that the small opening could fill with nail polish easily (see the bottom right photo below for the size).  Simply brush the end of the straw with the color that you want to use and then blow through the other end to splatter the paint all over the place.  Things will get super messy, so make sure you protect all surrounding surfaces before starting!  Keep in mind that thin polish formulas work best for the actual splattering, and the farther away you hold your hand from the straw, the finer the splatter will be.

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  1. Paint your nails white.  I used wild white ways from Essence Cosmetics.
  2. Brush some red polish (And A Cherry On Top from Sephora by OPI) onto the end of a small straw or coffee stirrer and quickly blow through the other end to splatter the color onto your nails.  Repeat until you are satisfied with the coverage.
  3. Repeat the splatter technique with blue (royal blue from b.m.c. nail lacquer) and white (White Hot by Sephora by OPI) polish.  Obviously, white does not show up much, but it does look good when sprayed over large patches of red and blue.
  4. Be prepared for an intense clean up session!  I painted liquid latex around my cuticles, but I also washed my hands with a pumice scrub to get some of the polish off before wiping up the rest with acetone and a cotton pad.
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All cleaned up! Red, white, and blue patriotic speckled effect.

For the lettering, I cheated and used a stamping plate.  I seriously wish that companies would offer a full alphabetic plate, but I managed to make BM-426 from Bundle Monster work for this mani.

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Plate BM-426 from Bundle Monster. Vote can spelled from love and hate. How appropriate.

Because the letters have negative space, I filled in these parts with silver glitter polish (Silver Bells from Finger Paints) and did some reverse stamping.

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I used a clear stamper with Konad Special Nail Polish in Black to first pick up the letter from the plate, then I colored in the empty part with silver glitter nail polish and let it dry completely before transferring it to my nail.

Optional: Use a detail brush with black acrylic paint to correct and/or thicken up any lines as necessary.  I touched up some of the lettering after the stamping was done to make sure the word was visible enough even though most of the stamping came out perfectly.

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Repeat these steps until you spell out the word you want.  Then go out and vote!

I know that there are quite a few people disappointed in the results of the election.  I’m not going to voice my opinion here because this is a nail blog, not a political forum, so if you want to know my views, please talk to me in person.  It is our responsibility as a nation to try to get along with each other and accept the results instead of insulting people and their choices for supporting the “wrong” candidate.  Our voting system is the way it is for a reason, and all we can do is have faith that our president elect will make good decisions in the best interest for the country.  If not, we will have another chance to elect someone else in four years.

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People fought hard for the right to vote, so go out and register if you are able to do so.  It may not seem like one vote matters, but you never know how things might have turned out if everyone who could vote cast a ballot!

Take care, and happy polishing!

 

Vampire Inspired Halloween Nails

Halloween is on a Monday this year, so all the parties happened on Saturday (yesterday).  I had at least two different ones that I could attend, so I needed matching nails!

I’m not sure what you would call my planned costume, seeing as it was a mix of different things and not just a pre-packaged store bought item.  I do love dressing up!  Let’s just say that it involved a lot of red and black stripes.

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The color palette from left to right: Ring In the Red by China Glaze, Dark Matter by Formula X for Sephora, Curve-aceous by Sephora by OPI, and Konad Special Nail Polish in Black.

I wanted to freehand glittery red blood dripping from the tips of some nails and stamp the pattern of my bodice for the other nails.  The stamping was done with plate BP-L020 from Born Pretty Store.

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Lots of lace on BP-L020 from Born Pretty Store.

The steps for this one are pretty simple.

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  1. Paint the index finger, pinky, and thumb with black polish (Dark Matter) and the middle and ring fingers with red polish (Curve-aceous).
  2. Stamp the lined pattern onto the red nails.  Other methods of achieving this are simply freehanding the lines with a striping brush or using striping tape as a stencil, but stamping is the quickest way to go for most people.
  3. Finish off the stamping by adding a lacey border along the cuticle line.  I used the pattern from the bottom row of the plate, 2nd image from the left.  Add blood droplets to the black nails with a dotting tool by forming a large dot where you want the drop to fall and dragging the top of the drop up to the tip of your nail.
  4. Paint red glitter polish along the tips of your nails to connect the drips together and add top coat.  Done!
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I think they match my costume pretty well, no?

The saddest thing was that after taking a disco nap on Saturday night, I woke up with a horrible headache complete with nausea, so I ended up not going to either party.  Boo.  How’s that for a trick?  I plan to make up for this by eating a lot of chocolate on Halloween.

Happy polishing to all you ghouls out there!  Be safe and enjoy!

Spooky October Nails

It wouldn’t be October unless I had at least one Halloween themed manicure!  I’ve been dying to be able to paint, but I haven’t had the time, so I did some stamping instead.

To begin, I painted my nails with Funky by Formula X.  It’s a metallic chrome blue that has slight color shifting abilities where it turns more gold at different angles.

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Funky by Formula X.

I went old school this time and pulled out my original Bundle Monster Series 1 plate collection for the patterns.  These were some of the first plates that I purchased on Amazon years ago.

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BM 13 plate by Bundle Monster has some creepy crawly stuff on it, perfect for an October mani.

The stamping polishes used were gold and silver colors by Ya Qin An and Konad Special Nail Polish in Black.  I used a double layer technique to make sure the images could be seen over the blue base color.

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I stamped my chosen designs with silver polish first. I stamped an extra bat on my middle nail to fill in the space. To make the spiders contrast with the web, I used gold polish. Using a clear stamper and black polish, I staggered the patterns just enough to form a highlight behind each image.

The truth is that if you try to stamp black polish directly onto the blue, you can’t really see the design, which defeats the purpose.  Double stamping is a great way to make the images really pop.

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I can’t say that this was quick to do, but the results came out nicely!

Hope you enjoy the rest of your October, and if you celebrate, have a Happy Halloween!  Happy polishing!