Monday, May 13, 2013
So it's been about 2 weeks since May 4th (Star Wars Days)...ugh.
The past couple of weeks have been crazy...it happens...I'm sorry for being absent.
Even though it is late I thought I would show you the galaxy nails I did in honor of Star Wars Day.
Not the best galaxy ever, but seeing as though I did it in under an hour (on both hands) I'm pretty impressed. I also stamped the Jedi (Imperial Era) seal on my ring finger from my MJ XIV plate. You can't really tell from the pictures but the purple (Sinful Colors) is much darker and metallic, so it had a really interesting depth. The yellow I used (Pure Ice) was also metallic, enough to show through the neon green jelly (Spoiled) I sponged over it. I used a dotting tool for the large stars and for the finer "stars/space dust" I used an old toothbrush dipped in slightly watered down white acrylic paint and splattered my nails (you run your finger across the bristles), but it was a little too watered down....they dried a little transparent.
Overall I think they turned out great! I really need to practice my galaxy skillz. For a good tutorial head over to Coewless' YouTube channel for her awesome videos!
I hope to get back to regular posting asap. Happy Monday y'all.
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
It's been about a week since I blogged last....life is crazy...sorry.
Today is my husbands birthday and to commemorate the day I used one of my new MJ nail plates from (MyOnlineShop) to stamp the logo of his favorite video game....Zelda!
I didn't take as many pictures of my nails as normal mainly for time reasons, but you get the idea. Just a plain and simple mani with a small stamp. I used 2 coats of China Glaze Running in Circles (best green foil fleck ever!!) and stamped with Revlon 24k and MJ plate XIV.
This post isn't really a review post (I will do a more thorough one later) but I did want to show you the plates I picked up from the new MJ plate release. If you would like to see what the other plates in the collection look like head on over to Spellbinding Nails (Sarah always has the word on new plates - both indie and commercial).
The special edition plate is full of Disney and many more popular characters!!
XIX has some really neat full nail images plus a bunch of great text for all occations. Soo much on this plate to love. The text images are small and can be hard to read, but they have to fit on your nail afterall.
XIV is popular logo central!!
Im not going to lie. I wanted this plate mainly for the Doctor Who and Mario images, but there are some other really cool ones as well.
All plates are backed, however, if you try hard you could cut yourself, but why would you try to?
Like I said before, I'll do a proper review soon. For now I would like to wish my wonderful husband a Happy Happy Birthday!
Saturday, April 20, 2013
When I found the China Glaze Texture polishes I showed you yesterday I also spied Orly's FX texture collection. I had no idea they were coming out with a texture line...I haven't seen anything about it in the blogosphere...have you?
Anywho, I was intrigued to see how Orly's textures compare to China Glaze.
Black Pixel is a black texture polish with micro silver glitter mixed in for added sparkle.
This is 2 coats of Black Pixel. I found this polish to be a little more on the runny side than the China Glaze Textures, but still manageable. The texture is pretty fine and not "sharp." The only issue I had with application/clean up is that if you need to clean up your lines it doesn't want to come off. It doesn't necessarily stain your skin, rather it turns "gooey" and just sticks there...along with little gritty pieces. Not bad just weird. Those little gritty pieces stick in your cuticles and don't want to budge. I will say that this polish is very prone to chipping. In less than 12 hours my corners were already worn/chipped. Removal for all the texture polishes I have tried are on par to removing glitter...I might recommend using a soak off method so you don't have as much left over grit to contend with.
Overall I like this one. I kinda reminds me of skateboard deck tape...ha! The rest of the collection is really nice. I need to go back and get the sandy/champagne color for some future beach nail art mani's. Orly is available at Sally's for about $9.
Hope you are having a great weekend!!
Friday, April 19, 2013
This is going to be a long and picture heavy post....FYI
I only bought 2 polishes from this collection...mainly because I'm not completely sold on the texture trend.
First up is Bump & Grind - a semi matte fuchsia/rose texture polish.
This is 2 coats of Bump & Grind. This was the first time I'd used a texture polish and I wasn't sure what to expect, but I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to apply and control. It went on very even and dried pretty quick - it is kind of hard to tell when it is "dry." I was concerned about the wearing power since I didn't use a top coat, but after moving boxes and digging in files at work all day I had no chips! Surprisingly durable.
In the Rough is a light green semi matte texture polish that leans more towards yellow (not neon or lime green).
Thursday, April 18, 2013
As I mentioned in my last post - there was a post going around Instagram to paint your nails purple (on Tuesday) in honor of the victims and all around horribleness of the Boston Marathon bombing. I intended to post this yesterday, but I got too busy. If you follow me on Instagram you have already seen this.
I used 2 coats of Color Club's Eternal Beauty and stamped with Konad White using BM-321. Eternal Beauty must have a really strong pigment because it turned the Konad white light purple after about 5 min. The B (my best try at the Boston Red Sox logo) was done with white acrylic paint as well as the big ribbon....is also turned light purple! I accented everything with a sliver glitter striper paint.
I am still in awe that something like this could happen at such a non-political event. It hurts my heart to know that so many where injured and the life of a young boy was lost for no good reason. It will never make sense to me...ever...why people do this kind of thing. Please continue to pray for the city of Boston and the people and families effected.
Also, you might have heard, there was a massive explosion in West, Texas yesterday evening. It devastated the entire city and caused an earthquake felt up to 50 miles away. I live in Houston, southwest Texas, and as a Texan everyone is family. This catastrophe, in the wake of Boston, is just too much. Prayers and positive thoughts to my fellow Texans today as well.
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
This will be my 3rd mani for Autism Awareness month!
For this mani I used China Glaze Hanging in the Balance and Color Club Over the Moon.
I painted one coat of Hanging in the Balance and then used the sponge gradient technique and sponged on a couple coats of Hanging in the Balance and Over the Moon. I was surprised at how well they blended. Unfortunately, I was not able to capture the holo goodness that is Over the Moon, but in real life the subtle depth is very elegant.
On a sad note...the Boston Marathon bombings are weighing heavy on our nation and our hearts. My husband is a runner (sometimes I am too) and we have both participated in the Houston Marathon in the past. I can only imagine what the people of Boston are going through. My prayers and thoughts are going out to all effected either physically or emotionally. Yesterday (late) I saw notices on Instagram to paint your nails purple for Boston today (4/16), but it was too late to do so. So I will paint it purple tonight and share tomorrow.
Please continue to pray for our nation.
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Ok....so I missed Day 1 - Indie Skittle mainly because I honestly don't have enough Indies to do a skittle mani and I flat ran out of time. I know...I know...how is that possible, but really I don't. I plan on fixing that in the near future...promise.
So on to Day 2 - In Bloom
These aren't super impressive (again time is really not on my side this week), but I think they came out ok. I used China Glaze Budding Romance as the base. Budding Romance is a moss green squishy crelly polish (part jelly/ part creme). It took 3 coats to get a good opacity. I decided to do the "blooms" as a pseudo french tip with yellow and white acrylic paint accented with some white swirls and leaves. I really like the idea of this mani, just not happy with my execution...I will give it another go in the future.
Today, Day 3, is Patterns of Fashion. I will do my best to get caught up and post later today. Until then I will leave you with a Louis Vutton mani I did a little while ago, pre-blog, when I only posted to Instagram (explains the weird yellowish filter..ha!)
pardon the bad photo quality and lighting...it was a while ago
Big thank you to Elena from Ecklipsed by Color and Kelly from Tuxarina for putting on this challenge!! Please go check them and the other participants out.
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
I really wish the true vividness of this showed up, but my camera just wouldn't have it. In the pictures it looks like a nice petal pink but in real life its a neon coral gradient...and I mean NEON (much more orangey than showing here). It's bright and happy and I love it.
I used Sally Hansen White On, China Glaze Flip-Flop Fantasy, and Sinful Colors Tambleberry
Monday, April 8, 2013
As I mentioned in my last post, the hubs and I took a mini vacation down to the beach over the weekend and I had to do a beach themed mani to match.
So today, a few days late, I wanted to show you what it looked like.
Love this mani!! Next time I will do my best to remember to make the design face away from me....geez I'm bad at that. I had every intention of doing that until I started sponging the wrong way. I also wish I had used black acrylic paint instead of polish. It was drying to fast and getting sticky...much harder to get fine detail with sticky dragging polish. Despite all the mishaps it turned out great.
The base of this Sunset sponge gradient is Sally Hansen Blue-Away, Revlon Enchanted, China Glaze Flip-Flop Fantasy, Sally Hansen Lightning and INM Northern Lights. The palm trees were done with Wet 'n Wild Black Creme and a striping brush.
Today is the start of Tuxarina's Spring Fling Nail Art Challenge, which I am participating in, but I am already a bit behind...ha! Vacations have a way of doing that to people. Today's challenge is Indie Skittle...which will be difficult because I don't have enough Indie polishes for a skittles mani. I'll see what I can do...be back later.