Friday, January 29, 2016

Owl Shay the Night

(...I'll Stay the Night)

Base color in Julep's Shay.  I used black Bundle Monster stamping polish for the stamps and the Fuzzy & Ferocious 2 stamping set.  The two middle nails were done using the decal making technique on my new LOTUSSSS MAT!!  I filled it in with Laree, and OPI's My Twin Mimmy from the Hello Kitty Collection and You are So Outta Lime! from the Go Neon or Go Nude Collection.

So I just have to have a little review for Shay now, because I had nothing but issues with it!  It's a beautiful color and goes on very smoothly, however, very sheer.  In two coats it was very opaque but you can see the tips are still a little sheer.  I waited almost an hour to do my stamping and it was still wet!! I know old base coats can make your nail polish dry slowerrrrrrr if they dry at all, but I have a rather new base coat, so that can't be it.  2-3 hours later, they were dry to the touch, but the polish SLID. DOWN. MY. NAIL.  How?!?!  I emailed the company to see what they could do about this because I would hope it is just a defective bottle.  I will keep you updated if/when anything happens...  I do like the Julep brand and will continue receiving my monthly box, but it just makes me sad that such a beautiful color is being so difficult!  </rant>

Friday, January 22, 2016

Double Scaled Gradient

So I've been watching a LOT of Simply Nailogical videos on YouTube and have finallllly gotten the hang of her famous scaled gradient.  I used wavy nail vinyls, Simply Peel (like no big deal) around my cuticles (I think I still need to master the Simply Peel), and UNT peel off base coat (for the first time!).  She's taught me well.

I used China Glaze's Don't Be a Luna-Tic from the Hologlam Collection for the base of the gradient.  I then sponged on a gradient of Infra Red, Get Outta My Space, and Don't Be a Luna-Tic.  I used a wavy nail vinyl to mark off the gradient.  I hope you enjoy this because I know I'm keeping it on my nails forevvvvvverrrrr (or whenever it chips) ;)

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Holo Chevron Gradient

Base color in OPI's Never Have Too Mani Friends from the Hello Kitty Collection.  I used cobalt blue, purple, and silver holo glitters I bought from Joann Fabrics for the gradient.  Over the top, I stamped black chevrons with Konad stamping polish and sealed it all in with Essie's Gel Setter top coat to give it a great shine.

Not gonna lie, it's really hard to capture the gorgeous HOLOOOOO and shine with my iPhone camera but this will have to do!  In person, this design is amazing and I really can't stop looking at it.  Enjoy! :)

Friday, January 15, 2016

After All This Time...

I decided to do some nail art in honor of one of my favorite actors, Alan Rickman.  He was in a bunch of my favorite movies including Dogma, Sweeny Todd, and the Harry Potter series.  But my favorite role he played was Severus Snape in Harry Potter.. so here's to you! You will be greatly missed.

Base color in OPI's Let's Be Friends! from the Hello Kitty Collection.  I used my new Bundle Monster Lotus Mat to make the "always" and "Deathly Hallows" decals.  I love this simple design and will wear it proudly on my nails as long as I can.

Enjoy! :)

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Geometric Striping Tape Masterpiece

Base color in OPI's Alpine Snow from the Tuxedo Collection.  I used striping tape and random patterns to block of squares on my nails.  I then filled in the blocks with Small + Cute = <3 and My Twin Mimmy from the Hello Kitty Collection, Love. Angel. Music. Baby. from the Gwen Stefani Collection, and Feelin' Hot Hot Hot from the South Beach Collection.

I think this is some of my best work yet!  Enjoy! :)

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Unintentional Stormtrooper Nails

Base color in OPI's Alpine Snow from the Tuxedo Collection.  I used Baby It's Coal Outside from the Holiday in Toyland Collection for the gradient.  It was supposed to be a tiered gradient in Simply Nailogical fashion, but I screwed it up.  So I added some black stripes to it and made it into something else!  Looks pretty cool still, eh?
THEN!!! I noticed as I was going into work the next day, that when flipped like this (above) they kind of look like abstract Stormtroopers!  Nail fail --> SUCCESS.  

Monday, January 11, 2016

Julep Icicle Wraps

Base color in OPI's Small + Cute = <3 from the Hello Kitty Collection.  I think this is my favorite color from the entire collection.. It looks so good and creamy!  It's up there with Pink Friday from the Nicki Minaj Collection.

I recently started doing the Julep Maven subscription box (Click here for a free box!) 
and really enjoy that brand as well.  This past month, I added on their icicle nail wraps to try out (along with their chevrons and tribal nail stickers).  

Pros:  They are super easy to use, stick to the nail very well, I haven't had a problem with peeling up, and they are super shiny and metallic.  Love the outcome.
Cons:  They are very thick and give that "rhinestones protruding off your nails" vibe that I'm not fond of, to achieve a completely glossy and even surface, you will need a LOT of top coat.  But that list is only because I'm nitpicking and particular!

All in all, these are great nail wraps.  WAY better than Jamberry, so I would LOVE to try any other wrap they come out with.  Hope you enjoy this review and cute nail art! :) 

Thursday, January 7, 2016

My Pal Joey

Base color in OPI's My Pal Joey from the Hello Kitty Collection.  I used light blue Konad stamping polish and a Bundle Monster plate for the design.

It's been a while since I just stamped a design on my nails and nothing else.  In person, this color is super electrifying and I got sooooooo many compliments on this manicure.  Loved it and I hope you do too! :)

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Happy New Year 2016!

Base color in OPI's Never Have Too Mani Friends from the Hello Kitty Collection.  I used multicolor hexagonal glitter to write out 2016 across all four nails.  I also had multicolor star glitters for a cute little addition.

I know this is a slightly late post, but it's already been a busy year!!  I hope you've started out 2016 well and enjoy this festive nail art!