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Happy Halloween

imageHalloween just happens to be one of my favorite holidays. This design is a variation of Frankenstein with a more cheerful tone to it I think.

Blue Skies

It’s been such a gloomy spring so far here in Virginia. I was so frustrated with the rain and cold I decided I’d at least have some blue skies on my nails! Of course the day after Easter its bright and sunny and warm, perfect for these nails! I did get the idea for these nails off of Pinterest.  I used one of my go-to polishes, Sally Hansen’s Model Behavior as the base. With dotting tools, I used China glaze Hook and Line (Hunger Games) silver and made the base for the clouds. Then with the same sized dotting tool, I went over it with Sally’s Hansen Titanium White leaving just a tiny edge of the silver showing.

Enjoy!

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Easter 2013

IMG_1318[1]I am so excited about this design! They turned out so good! It was time consuming but worth it. I used a series of different sized dotting tools. I used the biggest to make the eggs and basically got a big drop and spread it around in an egg shape. There might be an easier way to do it, but this seemed to work out for me with what I had. I used a very fine paint brush to make the bunny ears first and then with the standard brush for the polish made a semi circle for the bunny head. Then when everything was dry, went back with the small dotter white white for the eggs and black and pink for the bunny. The base green is Likety-Split Lime Insta-Dry.

 

 

My Idea of Silver Linings Playbook

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I love this look! I got this idea from Youtube. I used Konad nail plates to get the designs. Both the bowtie and the swirls are on the same plate. I used Hook and Line China Glaze (Hunger Games) as the base. Essie black for the tip stamp, Sally Hansen’s Titanium White for the bowties. Now I bought a pack of 1200 rhinestones on Ebay that I thought would last me forever. I guess they would if you snapped each container lid closed before throwing it in the box…

Anyway, I’ve started using Orly Sec-n-dry top coat, amazing!

Good Tools

You they say “artist is only as good as his tools”. Its true! I see these pins on Pinterest all the time trying to be thrifty saying “you don’t need to buy this, you can make it!” I just recently make my own Laundry detergent and I love it! I’ll never go back to spending $20 a jug again. But while being thrifty may work with some things, its not with everything. And one of those things is nail tools. I actually saw a pin for dotting tools.

No. Do not make your own dotting tools. Buy real dotting tools. They cost like $2 on Ebay. You usually get 5 of them in a pack with an assortment of sizes. I thought I would be cool and use the colored ends of straight pins (used for sewing) for dotting. Did you know that nail polish melts whatever paint they use for those multicolored pins?

 

 

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I do now. Gross. Not to mention, it just doesn’t work that well.  Buy them, seriously.

Same thing goes for cheap nail polish. I actually used to refuse to buy expensive nail polish. I didn’t think I needed it. But there is something so special about getting new $10-$15 nail polish (and this is what I consider expensive nail polish) and the way it glides on your nail so smoothly. Now for the nail plates, there are cheap and expensive polishes that work differently for the plates. I’ll go over that in another blog. But for the most part, buying in the $7-$10 is highly recommended.

Anyway, take my advice and don’t try to be thrifty on nail tools, you will just end up getting frustrated. Trust me.

 

Pink Lady

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I love love love this! I was subbing for a Cosmetology class so I wanted to make sure I have super cute nails that day. I used Wet-n-Wild Sugar Coated and I bought some micro beads at Micheal’s Craft store a while back. They come in four packs of colors. Mine was Pearl, Silver, Black and Bronze. While my nail was still wet, I dipped my nail in the bottle. Then you can very gently tap down on the beads to make sure they are all touching the polish well. When its time to put the top coat on, make sure that you don’t glob it on the beads. You can do a couple of VERY thin coats of top coat. If you put it on thick it will fill in the cracks and they wont look like beads. You just want a tiny bit to hold them in place.

Ho Ho Ho

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These nails were inspired by a post on Pinterest. I got LA Colors 3 pack of skinny nail polishes (silver, white and black) to make these nails. I also used a dotting tool for Santa’s fur hat. Enjoy!

 

 

Jack-o-lanterns!

I got to practice again last night on my friends daughter. She wanted her nails to match her pumpkin sippy cup, lol. So I attempted to copy it the best I could. Using China Glaze as the base, you can never go wrong.

The clawwww

Hey all!

 

Well for this one I was inspired by a post I saw on Pinterest. Mine didn’t turn out that great… I think I shouldn’t have put them on a yellow base. Oh well, I might try to do them again later.

Hunger Games Color Swatch

Here’s my first Hunger Games color swatch! This is called Hook and Line, it’s kind of a silvery green. The Capitol Colors are actually the first China Glaze polishes that I’ve really ever used and its a great brand! It goes on smooth and dries quickly. Try it for yourself!