Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Green Gradient with Golden Shamrock

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I’m not Irish and I don’t even like to get sloshed, but I enjoy Saint Patrick’s Day because

1.  My favorite color is Green and Rainbows (yes, that’s the answer I give, don’t judge me)

2.  I LOVE GOLD

3.  I love clovers (today I wore my real 4 leaf clover necklace)

4.  I’ve always secretly wished I was red headed and green eyed

5.  I love me some cabbage and potatoes

6.  I don’t like to get hammered, but I do still love a good beer

7.  Did I mention rainbows?

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The real big deal about today’s manicure is that it’s actually the first time I’ve ever attempted a gradient.  I followed the basic process of painting white on all my nails, then painting 3 shades of green onto a cosmetic sponge and dabbing each nail.

I did between 2 and 3 layers per nail with the sponge.  Then I added green glitter on the tips.  For my ring finger I painted a coat of China Glaze Angel Wings over the entire nail, then added a shamrock.

The shamrock is 3 metal studs, which I painted over and then painted on the stem.

And yes, for St. Paddy’s day it should be 3 leaves because St. Patrick used the shamrock to teach about the holy trinity.  Overall I like how it turned out, but I know I can do better.  I have the excuse that I was on a time schedule because I did these right before heading out to a St. Paddy’s party!

To all my Irish friends, I hope you had some luck today, or at least some cabbage.

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Polishes and Supplies Used:

  1. Sally Hansen Double Duty Base and Top Coat
  2. 2 Coats Sally Hansen Xtremewear White On
  3. Cosmetic Sponge for gradient
  4. Nailite Mint Green
  5. Maybelline GoGo Green
  6. Ulta The Jungle Look
  7. Pure Ice I’ll Behave
  8. 1 Coat INM Out The Door Top Coat
  9. Revlon Fall Mood
  10. China Glaze Angel Wings
  11. Studs from BornPrettyStore
  12. Poshe Top Coat

 

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The After Party Nails – Zoya Payton Burgundy Sparkle

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So as my previous article stated, I just had a super fun dance performance this past weekend.  After my Sunday performance my family took me out for an early birthday dinner.  We were headed to a nicer restaurant so I quickly swiped off my neon nails, but didn’t get to repaint them until later that evening.

Some members of my dance group invited me to a get together at one of the local clubs to celebrate the same night.  I opted for the opposite of neon stamped nails and went for dark and sparkly with Zoya’s Payton.  The best part about this polish (other than the amazing color-changing flecks) is the price I got it for.  It was on clearance at Ulta for half price ($3.99), but I also had a coupon and points so I effectively paid about $1.50!

The photos show two coats of Payton with INM Out The Door top coat.  I put the top coat after each layer of color because it can extend the wear of the polish.  This color is fabulous with one coat, a nice magenta, but two coats gives a dimensionality to the sparkly flecks that is drool-worthy.

I decided to get all fancy with my photos and use the rose I received as a performance gift from mom :).

The polish seems to be holding up well, only 1 chip after 3 days, but I have noticed that the color comes off when I rub my nails on something; guess if I misplace my pen I can just write with my nail.

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On a side note, I realized that my accent nail is basically a Tesla Logo; which I’m completely okay with because I think they are the sexiest cars on the road.

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Polishes Used:

  1. Sally Hansen Double Duty Base and Top Coat
  2. 1 Coat Zoya Payton
  3. 1 Coat INM Out The Door Top Coat
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  5. 1 Coat INM Out The Door Top Coat
  6.  BornPrettyStore Studs and mini rhinestone

Groove Is In The Heart Neon Nails with Stamping

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Where to begin?  You may have noticed that I haven’t posted in about 3 months and that my last post was something to the extent of “I don’t feel like writing, here are pictures”.  Well, when it rains it pours and unfortunately my father passed away from cancer along with another close family friend within a month of each other.  To top it off, these sad events happened during the holidays (I hosted Thanksgiving too)…oh yes, and I got a horrible full body rash (from stress I’m sure) that was unbearably itchy and horrendous and I would never wish it on my worst enemy!  I’m hopeful that the scarring will go away :\.

Point being, I fell off the bloggy wagon (even though I did continue to paint and photograph my nails) and so now I’m hopping back on, full speed ahead!

I’m jumping back in with a super bright manicure I did to match my dance performance costume.  I have been taking an adult hip hop class and this past weekend we had our performance – we danced to the song “Groove is in the Heart” by Deelite so I went for 60’s style bubbles with a heart on the accent finger.

I did my nails on Monday so they’d be ready for both dress rehearsals (plus group photos) and figured I’d have to do them again before the performance.  Well guess what?  I didn’t, because they lasted for the whole week.  Look at how they held up, the photo below was taken on Sunday.

Not only do I give credit to my Making Your Mani Last techniques, but I’ve also been doing a newer process which makes a big difference.  Do a layer of topcoat in between each layer of color for extra wear time!  This mani was done with cheap LA Colors and Sally Hansen polishes, so it’s not that I was using some amazing expensive magic polish.  I will give credit to Poshe Top Coat, though, because I used a super thick layer on top, so I’m sure that helped too.

The process was one layer base coat, one layer white, two layers neon colors, one layer INM Out the Door top coat, stamping with black, glitter on accent nail, dotting tools for pink and white circles, 1 layer Black Tie Optional on thumb and then a thick layer of Poshe Top Coat.

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Sunday nails that were painted at the beginning of the week, look how they held up!

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I shared my neon polishes with some of my dancing buddies 🙂

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Shout out to everyone Studio Gray for an amazing show!  I had so much fun and maybe I’ll post some action dance shots when I get them.

Polishes and Supplies Used:

  1. Sally Hansen Double Duty Base and Top Coat
  2. 1 Coat Sally Hansen Xtremewear White On
  3. 2 Coats generic LA Colors neon pink and yellow (got a mini set from Ross, no color names)
  4. 1 Coat INM Out The Door Top Coat
  5. Wet n Wild Black Creme for stamping
  6. Salon Express stamping plate for the heart and Konad M85 stamping plate for the bubbles (I have a knock off konad plate from BornPrettyStore, but they are no longer selling it, same design)
  7. LA Splash Baby Octopus for the holographic silver glitter on the accent nail
  8. 1 Coat Hard Candy Black Tie Optional on the thumb
  9. Poshe Top Coat

Boil Boil Toil and Trouble Ultra Purple Witch Nails

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I don’t want to type much today.  Here are my purple witch nails.  I put loose glitter on the non-accent nails that make me think of mermaids.  Usually I match my right and left hand, but in this case I only did a witch on my right.  I love the purple color by Ulta, but I was having some trouble with the brush and also this color responds strangely to topcoats.  Enjoy!

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Polishes Used:

  1. Seche Vite Base Coat
  2. Ulta Ultra Violet Femme for the purple background
  3. Sally Hansen Xtremewear Black Out for the black witch’s hat and eye dots
  4. Sally Hansen Xtremewear Perfect Pear-ing for the witch’s face
  5. Sinful Color’s Summer Peach for the witch’s hair
  6. Ulta High Roller for the gold buckle
  7. Sally Hansen Xtremewear Wet Cement for hat accent
  8. Loose glitter that I got from the Dollar Tree, woot!
  9. Poshe Top Coat

Rainbow Fuzzy Nails – Contest Winnings Arrived!

Fuzzy Coat PolishesSo, I’m a little back-logged on posts, but better late than never!  A while back I did a small post about winning a contest from Janella at boldnbeautifulmakeup.blogspot.com.  She did follow through on sending the prizes (all the way from Canada!) and I was so excited that I wanted to use most of the colors all in one mani.

What does that mean?  Rainbows of course!  This was my last summer manicure before my Fall/Halloween transition (also look for a massive post coming up about Fall nails).

Fuzzy Rainbow Nails 3For this manicure I used Color Club’s Take Wing as the base, two coats each, then coordinated the fuzzy coat colors on each finger.

Polishes Used:

  1. Seche Vite Base Coat
  2. Pink – Color Club Wing Fling with Wool Lite
  3. Orange – Sparkle and Soar with Peach Fuzz
  4. Yellow – Daisy Does It with Fuzzy Fantasy
  5. Green – Fly With Me with Fuzz-Sea
  6. Blue-Green – Metamorphosis with Tight Knit
  7. Purple – Milani Totally Cool with Tweedy
  8. Poshe Top Coat

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Spooky Spiders and Wicked Webs – Halloween Nails

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All weekend I was thinking about doing some kind of witch theme on my nails, but come Sunday evening I flip-flopped into designing a black widow spider and webs.

The spider is hand painted – first I made two dots to form the body and head, then used a fine paintbrush to do the legs and the distinctive red mark.  The web design is from my stamping Cheeky Jumbo Plate A – it was initially a pattern  I didn’t think I would use, but it is actually one that I gravitate towards the most and it was perfect to give the spider web vibe.  I think a cute alternative to doing webs on each nail would be to do black and white stripes; still very Halloweeny.

This was my first time using a mint Nailite polish that I got on clearance for a whopping 42 cents (directly from their website).  It took two coats to be opaque, and although it seemed a little streaky when applying, the color became even after drying.  The brush is pretty thin so you can’t cover your whole nail in one swipe, but nonetheless it turned out well.

Now all I need is a Spider WOman costume :).

Polishes Used:

  1. Seche Vite Base Coat
  2. Sally Hansen Xtremewear Black Out for the black base
  3. Nailite Polish Mint Green for the accent finger green base
  4. Sally Hansen Xtremewear White On for the spider web stamping
  5. Sinful Colors Under 18 for the red marking on the spider
  6. China Glaze Fairy Dust over spider web nails
  7. Poshe Top Coat

Removing Glitter Polish Like A Pro

In many cultures and civilizations there exist rights of passage where, upon completion, a member moves from one rank to another or is considered a more integral part of the group. I feel like in The Naildom (The Domain of Nails) having your first rage inducing hour-long session of removing glitter polish is a right of passage.

The problem is I don’t think this is a right of passage anyone should really endure, no matter how masochistic one may be.  I don’t think you need to have shreds of cotton balls stuck to all your sparkle coated fingers while you’re spewing profanities (totally not speaking from personal experience).Rainbow Glitter

I’m here to tell you there’s a better way.  I’m here to help you transcend from your lowly nail scrubbing practice to the magical world of tinfoil finger hats (<—what?).

Steps To Removing You Sparkle Nails

  1. Gather supplies – cotton balls or pads, tinfoil, scissors, polish remover (acetone works best, but is strong).IMG_0497

  2. Use scissors to cut tinfoil into 5 squares somewhere around 3×3″ – play around with the size that fits your fingers best.
  3. Put some polish remover on a cotton ball, place cotton ball on fingernail, then wrap tinfoil over fingertip and cotton ball together.
  4. Repeat with four other fingers and let sit for 2-3 minutes.  I like to do one hand at a time, but you can do all 10 fingers at once if you have the skill.  If you only do one hand at a time then you can reuse the foil and cotton balls on the opposite hand.IMG_0502
  5. Remove the foil/cotton ball from each finger, then reuse the cotton balls to EASILY swipe of the softened glitter polish.
  6. Repeat on other hand.
  7. I follow up this removal by scrubbing my hands/nails with a homemade coconut sugar scrub (mix sugar and coconut oil) which helps remove most of those leftover little glitter bits and also gives your nails/hands a punch of moisture and softness after soaking with the polish remover.
  8. Bask in the glory that you just took off your glitter polish in a few minutes versus a few hours.IMG_0510