Monday, September 29, 2014

My Left Hand's Free!

Alt-J's new album came out last week and I've been listening to it a lot.  I noticed the album art and thought it would be awesome to recreate this in nail art.. I was definitely right. :)
Because I wasn't at home this weekend, I used what I could find from my mom's collection.  Base color in Sinful Colors' Snow Me White.
Using a dry brush technique, I used the China Glaze colors, Tree Hugger, Hanging in the Balance, Solar Power, Salsa, and Spontaneous.  Even if you don't like Alt-J or have no idea what I'm talking about right now.. they look pretty damn cool! Enjoy!!!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The Toothpick Drag

Base color in OPI's Black Onyx from the Tuxedo Collection.  I painted one coat of the black then quickly painted a strip each of the pink and silver polish.
I used Suzi Has a Swede Tooth from the Nordic Collection and DS Radiance from the Designer Series.  I got this idea from one of CutePolish's videos on Youtube.  After you have painted on the two strips of the other colors, you drag a tooth pick through to create that design.  Seal it off with a top coat and surprisingly, you can't really feel the ridges!  Looks cool right?!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Manchester Orchestra Nails!

One of my favorite bands, Manchester Orchestra, just announced their HOPE tour which I'm definitely psyched for!  Chicago on December 3rd anyone?  As for my excitement, I did what every other fan does... nail art. Okay.. maybe I'm just weird.  Here they are!

Base color in OPI's Black Onyx from the Tuxedo Collection.
For the design, I used white acrylic paint and a steady hand.

Now below I have one of my favorite songs off the album that's called Choose You.  Enjoy! :)

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Skating on Thin Ice-Land!

Base color in OPI's Alpine Snow from the Tuxedo Collection.  The design was done in Skating on Thin Ice-Land from the Nordic Collection
I got the idea for this design from the Nail It! Magazine cover.  They had this on each nail but in gold and black.  I'm more for the simpler things, so I changed the colors and just made it the feature nail.  Hope you like! :)

St. Louis Cardinals!

Base colors in OPI's Alpine Snow from the Tuxedo Collection and China Glaze's With Love from the Holiday Collection
Baseballs were painted on with red acrylic paints and the logos were painted with white acrylic paints.

Apparently, about half of everyone that lives in Illinois absolutely LOVES the Cardinals.  Tons of coworkers, random friends.. it's crazy!  I thought everyone was a Cubs fan (gross..sorry not sorry).  I'm a (EDIT. Was..) Brewers fan but I give what the public asks. :)  I would have done these a while ago, but now seems more of a perfect time.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Suzi Has a Swede Tooth

Base color in OPI's Suzi Has a Swede Tooth from the Nordic Collection.  I used a new technique for the gradient this time which made it look AWESOME.  For the gradient, I used Alpine Snow from the Tuxedo Collection.  
On the feature nail, I used the Cheeky Tropical Holiday jumbo plate.  I stamped it on in opposite gradient fashion using the same pink and a white Konad stamping polish.  Hope you like! :)

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Jamberry Seven Day Challenge: Day 7

I realize I didn't really follow through with showing you every day... but let's be real.  Unless I had a major break in my nails or crazy chip, it would be totally boring.  So here's day seven and I won't lie to you.. I think my nail lacquer held up better than Jamberry..
In this picture you can definitely see the wear on the tips which is inevitable with nail lacquer.  On the Jamberry wrap, you can see the bubbling up on the side near the cuticles.
This is just a side shot.. mainly showing how my nails have grown out and the bubbling near the cuticles.
This is an overall picture of how they looked by the end of the week.  On the Jamberry nail, you can see the corner came up and the crinkling I had before wore out and looks chipped.
Again, you can see the wearing on the tips and the chips out of the Jamberry wrap.  You can also really see the outgrowth of the nail polish which is the only downside to nail lacquer.  The wrap kind of started under the cuticle in a way so when my nails grew out, you couldn't really tell on that nail.
Finally, you can really really see how worn out the Jamberry nail got.  See this is where I'm drawn on these wraps.  I feel like you really need the equipment to make your Jam-icure last as long as they say.  I didn't have their heater which could have led to the bubbling.. or maybe I didn't clean them to specification.  Or maybe I'm just very rough on that finger.  Who knows!

My experience taking it off?  Well, they don't really tell you that it leaves a little bit of a sticky residue on your nails.  I followed the tutorials and I still got it.  Plus, I feel like it brought up some of my nail with it.  I needed to buff out some peeled part of my nail.  It was almost as if I picked off my nail polish, and I'm not about that life.

I think the wraps are great for people who can spend a while on a set of nails every two weeks.  Those who can't really do nail art or suck at even staying within the confines of your nails (sometimes, I'm this person).  Those people who want rockin nail art without the salon prices and who have the time to perfect the system and make it last.  I've perfected my system, and I believe Jamberry isn't for me, but that's my opinion!

Maybe I'll give it another chance someday..

Friday, September 5, 2014

Jamberry Seven Day Challenge: Day 2

It's day two and I'm annoyed already...I would really like to take this all off and do a different design and I can't! Booooo.  I also don't think I've said how I do my nails normally (just so you know I'm not a cheater here).  I simply use the Sally Beauty brand of base coat, two coats of OPI, and the Out the Door top coat.  Simple.  I've also grown to unconsciously protect my nail polish so they last a long time.  Hope that's not a problem! ;)

So here you can see both are still doing pretty well.  You can notice a little wear on tip of my fore finger but that's expected.  It's a popular finger...
Here's the tip.  Wear on the tips is pretty clear.  I will be honest with you.. this is the first time I've ever used Jamberry nail wraps and I don't think I did it right.  I followed the video they set up but I don't have their heater or a blow dryer and I don't think I got the wraps flimsy enough at the beginning.  The tips of the nail wraps are crinkling and it's probably the most annoying thing of my life.  BUT.  They are still I guess that's something?

Stay tuned for day three!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Green Bay Packers!

With the start of the 2014-15 football season tonight, I will be celebrating the good 'ole GREEN BAY PACKERS! :)

Base colors in OPI's I Just Can't Cope-acabana from the Brazil Collection, Alpine Snow from the Tuxedo Collection, and China Glaze's Mahogany Magic from the Hunger Games Collection.
The glitter used was Fresh Frog of Bel-Air from the Muppets Collection.  I used a temporary tattoo for the logo, and acrylic paint for the stitches on the football.  GO PACK GO! :)

Jamberry Seven Day Challenge: Day 1

I have always been interested in trying Jamberry nail wraps, but haven't really had a reason to.  One of my friends from high school invited me to a Jamberry group on the Facebook and looking into it, I decided I wanted to give it a try.  They sent me a few samples and I decided I would take a seven day challenge.  The challenge you ask?  Which lasts longer; your nail lacquer or Jamberry wraps?  I mean, let's be real.. they're setting us up for failure, but I'll play into your games.
I used the black and white chevron designed Jamberry nail wrap along with OPI's Red Lights Ahead...Where? from the Holland Collection.  I'll be going to a Cardinals game this weekend so I figured I should have red somewhere!

This was after day one.  Not too shabby.  I didn't have a blow dryer or special Jamberry heater for my I used my oven.  I guess baking it on will keep it on there for a while, eh?  Keep posted to see how the rest of my week fared.  If you know me at all, you'll know it's going to be a challenge to keep the same color on for a week. ;)

Chicago Bears.

The things I do for friends.....

Base colors in OPI's Alpine Snow from the Tuxedo Collection and China Glaze's Mahogany Magic from the Hunger Games Collection.
I used orange and blue acrylic paints for the stripes on the nails, white acrylic paint for the stitches on the football, and a temporary tattoo for the bear.  It's gross, I know, but if you like this kind of thing...there ya go.