Saturday, March 29, 2014

50 Shades of Purple

Ok, so it's only two shades, not 50. Don't spoil it for me!! So I saw these on Nails 2 Die For on Facebook--once again, the artist was not credited so that's as much info as I can give you all. Mine aren't quite as sharp and neat as the person's, but I still really like them!

Colors:  White--Zoya's Purity
              Black--Essie's Licorice
              Gray--Rimmel London's Gray Matter
              Light Purple--Essie's Play Date
              Dark Purple--Zoya's Mira

Left pinky: White base, two diagonal stripes of dark purple, and I used Shany nail striper #16 (dark gray) to outline each side of the stripe.

Left ring finger: White base, black dots with a dotting tool

Left middle finger: Light purple base, various sized dotting tools using gray and dark purple. Then I placed rose gold nail beads around in a circle along the outside of the nail.

Left pointer: Dark purple base. Using Mash stamp plate #38 and black, I stamped a checkerboard. Then I placed rhinestones at a few of the corners.

Left thumb: Light purple base, dark purple moon on the cuticle. When it dried, I used Sally Hansen nail art pen in Periwinkle to draw uneven lines out from the edge of the moon.

Right thumb: Half white/half light purple base. Using the nail art pen I drew uneven lines along the midline.

Right pointer: White base. Stamp the checkerboard with gray. Fill in some of the white squares with dark purple using a dotting tool. Place rose gold nail beads at each of the corners.

Right middle finger: Black base, white dots with a dotting tool.

Right ring finger: Dark purple base, light purple and gray dots with various sized dotting tools.

Right pinky: Light purple base. Used the Shany nail striper to make three diagonal lines. Used a dotting tool and white to make dots between the lines.

I finished everything off with a coat of Seche Vite.

Lacquer Legion March--Lucky

This month's Lacquer Legion prompt was "lucky". I know, I know...these look like they should have been a part of last month's prompt. Well, let me explain...these are showing why I'm lucky--almost 5 years ago now I was LUCKY enough to marry my best friend!

Soooo, on with the post! I painted all but my ring finger with Zoya's Purity. The ring finger is painted with Zoya's Dot.

For the thumb: I used a thin nail art brush and Essie's Licorice to paint an infinity symbol. Then with Dot and Shany's XL nail plate #2, I stamped "Love" below the symbol.

Pointer finger: I used the same nail art brush and Sinful Color's This Is It to paint two ovals representing rings. On one of the rings, I placed a silver rhinestone.

Middle finger: Using Licorice, I painted the "lapels" of the tuxedo, then made a bow and buttons with a dotting tool.

Ring finger: I painted the front of the "wedding dress" with Purity. Using a dotting tool, I placed dots halfway on the white and halfway on the pink. Then, with a smaller dotting tool and Dot, I placed dots in the middle of those white dots--this will make it look like lace. I added 4 nail art pearls near the cuticle to represent a necklace. I added a rhinestone at the bottom for some bling.

Pinky: I used Nailtini's Bloody Mary, Valentini, and Pink Clover Club with a dotting tool to make hearts. I topped everything off with a coat of Seche Vite.

Why are YOU lucky?

Monday, March 24, 2014

February Lacquer Cabinet

I was one of the lucky winners to receive a 6 month subscription to 'Tini Beauty's Nailtini Lacquer Cabinet! It includes 3 full sized polishes plus 2 mini bottles so you can mix your own colors!
This ^^ was February's! I just got it today - I guess they were having some problems receiving some of the things that were supposed to be included in the boxes. Anyway, I was super excited to get mine! The dark pinky-purple color is Valentini; the glitter is called Head Over Heels; and the light pink is Pink Clover Club. 

I used the purple on pinky and pointers, the pink on the ring and middle fingers. I used a dotting tool to create the dots at the nail beds. On the thumb, I created a gradient with the purple and the pink, then did a sort of gradient with the glitter also. Then, using Essie's licorice and Mash nail plate #35, I stamped a flower on the ring fingers. I topped it with a coat of Seche Vite.

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Saturday, March 22, 2014

Coral and Gray with Polka Dots

I saw this mani on Nails 2 Die For on Facebook. I changed it slightly but it's the same basic idea.

I used Essie's Sunday Funday on nails 1, 3, & 5, and Rimmel London's Gray Matter on 2 & 4. I used a fan brush and gray matter and made stripes on the pinkies. I used a dotting tool and opposite colors to make dots on the middle and ring fingers. On the pointer fingers, I used two different sized dotting tools to make dots running vertically with Sunday funday. Then using the smaller dotting tool, I made a dot with gray matter in the bigger dot. I used a plastic bow and stuck it to my thumb with clear polish. I topped it with a coat of Seche Vite.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

I ❤️ Mustaches!

So, I'm a little obsessed with mustache things. I've got a couple of mustache shirts, scarves, earrings, etc. So I decided it was high time to do mustache nails! I used Zoya's Pippa (yellow), Arizona (orange), and Ali (pink). I started by painting a thin coat of yellow, then when it was dry, I used a makeup sponge to dab the pink, orange, and yellow in a gradient. I did two coats of this. Then I used Essie's licorice and a Winstonia plate to stamp all the images on my nails. On the ring finger I used a white plastic bow to make the whole thing a little bit girly ;) Finished with a top coat of Seche Vite! 👨

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Pinch-Free Nails

A couple of sisters-in-law and I decided to have a little girls night tonight and paint our nails. One of them bought some Jamberry nail wraps and we all brought some polish and off we went! 

I used a nail wrap on my ring fingers (if you want to know more about nail wraps, let me know in the comments and I'll do a post if there's enough interest), and I used Essie's Mojito Madness on the rest of the nails. When I got home, I felt like there was just a little something missing so since St Patricks Day is on Monday, I decided to add a four-leaf clover on the thumbs with Zoya's Purity and a mash nail art stamp (#30). 

Here's to not getting pinched on Monday! ;)

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Shades of Black

I'm feeling a bit down so this mani kind of reflects that I guess. I used a matte black from Zoya (Dovima), a shiny black from Zoya (Raven), and a sparkly PixieDust from Zoya (Dahlia). No top coat or base coat (that defeats the purpose of the matte). I painted all but the ring finger with Dovima. Using a dotting tool, I made different sized dots using Raven. I painted the ring fingers with Dahlia.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Polynesian Nails

I had NO idea what to call these so I asked hubby what he thought they looked like - he said Polynesian art so I went with that haha! 

These have been my favorite nails I've done for awhile and they are also the simplest I've done in awhile!

I used Zoya's Odette on all but the ring finger for a base. On the ring finger I used Zoya's Dot. Then, using Winstonia nail art plate #W111, I stamped the opposite color on the nails (Odette on Dot and Dot on Odette!). I thought the result was beautiful!