Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Gradient Shrooms

This evening, to my horror, I realized I have yet to use some of my Nailtini Lacquer Cabinet nail polishes!! *gasp*! So, I decided to fix that!! 

I started with a base coat, then I did one coat of Nailtini Absinthe (designed by Amber Norell). When dry, I used a makeup sponge and painted a strip of Zoya's Rocky, a strip of Nailtini Legitimint (designed by Nail Art 101), and a strip of Absinthe. I dabbed this on each nail, and did two coats of this. Then I painted a coat of glitter polish (I used Pure Ice's Don't You Wish). I added a coat of Seche Vite. When dry, I used a Winstonia nail art plate to stamp these cute little mushrooms on my ring finger nails. 😊 I went over those with another coat of Seche Vite. 

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Fishbones, Suns, and Squares

It's been awhile since I've posted! I've been working on a nail art collab with a group on Instagram and have been busy with some other things (being sick being one of them 😫) so I haven't done much! Anyway, I really like this mani; I think it looks really bold and classic.

I used Zoya's Raven on nails 1, 3, & 4, and Zoya's PixieDust in Solange on 2 & 5. Then I glued a fishbone charm and a sun charm from Hex Nail Jewelry to nails 1 & 4  using nail glue. I applied gold square charms to nail 3--I got these at Claire's. I'm so glad I found them there--the only other place I've seen them is on Amazon and they ship clear from freakin China and I really didn't want to have to wait 3 months for them to get here. 

I did NOT use a topcoat on this; Zoya recommends not using one for the PixieDust so I was just lazy and didn't do it on any of them! Ha!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Dandelions in the Wind

I saw this idea on polyvore.com about 2 years ago and I'm just now getting around to doing it! I used Zoya's Dove, Essie's Licorice, and Zoya's Purity. I used various nail stamping plates with the dandelion seeds to create the nail art. If anyone is interested in knowing what those were, leave a comment below and I'll go back and dig them out; otherwise I'm going to be lazy and stay sitting on the couch 😉

Can you believe it's already the middle of July?? Is your guys' summer flying by as fast as mine??

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Fourth of July Stamped Nails #2!!

Yes, my lovelies, I really did just redo my freakin nails!! Haha!! I was just SOOOOO disappointed with how the last ones turned out--half the stamps didn't work, and half of them were crooked, and there was nail glue everywhere...! 

So...the fake nails got ripped off (yes, I know that is completely terrible for your natural nail), and the mani got re-done.

I used Winstonia stamp plate W107, Zoya polish in Yummy, and Nailtini polish in Bloody Mary. My gosh, Yummy stamped SO MUCH EASIER than Blue Blazer!!! Anyway, I decided to use only the one stamp that I really really loved from the last mani, and then flip flop colors on each hand. I'm loving this one! :) hooray for re-do's!! 

Fourth of July Stamped Nails

So some of these did NOT turn out like I had hoped, but oh well I guess! 

Polishes used: Zoya's Purity (white), Nailtini Bloody Mary (red), Nailtini Blue Blazer (blue), Nailtini Bottle Green (green), Nailtini Absinthe (green), Zoya Raven (black), Zoya Arizona (orange), Zoya Pippa (yellow). I'll also edit the post to include the numbers of the stamping plates I used. 

If you noticed my nails are a little different than usual, it's because they're fake nails! Haha! I just got the inkling to put some on so there you have it! 

I started with a base of white. When dry, I stamped a full-nail stamp of grills, spatulas, a meat mallet, and a ketchup/mustard bottle with blue on the left/red on the right. Then I stamped a bigger grill with black and fireworks with yellow and orange (this one didn't turn out like I hoped). For the pointer finger, I stamped a star full-nail stamp that alternates with negative and positive space; I used blue on the left, red on right. On the middle finger, I used a swirly patterned full-nail stamp (red on left, blue on right). Then using Absinthe on the left, I stamped a Statue of Liberty. That one obviously didn't turn out because it was too light, so I tried Bottle Green on the right. On the ring fingers, I used a sporadic star full-nail stamp (blue left, red right). On the pinkies, I used a full-nail stars-with-stripes stamp (red left, blue right).

So the Blue Blazer was SO HARD to get to stamp! Some polishes are just not good for stamping and this was one of them. I love the color but it just refused to transfer to the stamping tool :( That's why a lot of the images aren't quite complete on the blue fingers. I really love the pinky fingers--which is your favorite?