I was organizing my polishes a bit today (I have them sorted by brand, usually, but they always get disorganized over time.) and I came across Sally Hansen Slick Slate. I haven't used it in ages but I don't know why because I love it so much! It was just sitting there next to Sally Hansen Pat on the Black and I thought, "Wouldn't those just make a lovely gradient?"
MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! It's Christmas morning and I'm hanging out at the in-laws' and I thought I would do a quick post with some amazingly sparkly Christmas nails. I did this and couldn't stop staring at my hands because the shine and sparkle was so hypnotizing! The best part was, it was super simple and it only took a few minutes!
I don't have a whole lot of textured nail polishes (maybe seven or eight) but I love them so much. I forget about them for a while here and there but eventually I remember and then all I want to do is wear textured polish for days. I knew I wanted to do at least one textured Christmas manicure and, when I decided what to do, I knew exactly which color I wanted to use.
It's almost here; are you excited? I'm not as into Christmas as a lot of people are but there are some things I love about it. One thing the gift-giving. I don't care so much about receiving them but I love giving them. Mostly because I think I'm great at it. I don't ask people what they want for Christmas. I like to find that perfect gift all on my own and I DO NOT give gift cards. I'm especially excited about the gifts I got my friends and family this year. I think I've really nailed it. I also LOVE wrapping presents. Today's Christmas design is something simple and sparkly and it reminds me of pretty Christmas wrapping.
Today's design is a little something for those who aren't necessarily fans of the holiday season. Not everyone likes this time of year weather it be Christmas itself, or the cheer, or the decorations, or what have you. Still want something seasonally appropriate on your nails without the Christmas trees and reindeer? This may be for you...
I've decided to finally start with the Christmas nail art. I didn't want to start too early because I'm one of those people who gets burned out on Christmas pretty quickly. It's most people's favorite holiday, I know, but not mine. Give me Halloween, anytime! But, I love being festive, no matter what the holiday, so I have to do SOME Christmas nail art... I wanted to start simple and do something fairly minimalist. What I came up with was very easy and took maybe ten minutes to complete!
Sometimes, I don't know quite what I want to do with my nails. Sometimes, I have no clue whatsoever. When this happens, I like to slowly go through my stash and see if any colors jump out at me. Every once in a while, a single color will inspire an entire design, right off the bat! That was the case with this design. When I was looking through my polishes, I came across one that I hadn't used yet! And I bought it months ago! Funky Fingers Hip City Jack was just sitting at the back of a drawer in all of its frosty, sparkly glory.
I had TWO nails break in the last two days. BOTH of them broke straight across. I took that as a sign to switch back to a square nail shape. I also had to go super short, thanks to those breaks.
To take my mind off of how stumpy my nails are, I wanted something fun and bright on them. Bright colors make me happy and octopuses are my favorite animal. So I grabbed my stamping plates, a couple of happy colored nail polishes, and created some simple nail art with an octopus theme.
It's been about two weeks since I've posted anything and I feel terrible. So many things happened. To start, I had family from out of town staying with me for a few days over the holiday. I only get to see them once or twice a year so my focus was definitely not on my nails. And when I say that, I mean that I neglected my nails completely. They were in seriously rough shape by the time they left. On top of that, near the end of their visit, we had a pipe burst under our house, so we had no running water for a few days. Once family was gone and the pipe situation was taken care of, my nails were in need of some TLC. I wanted to get them back in shape before I posted any pictures for the public to see. I chopped them down, gave them lots of pampering for a few days, and now I think they're ready. They're short, but presentable. I didn't want to start posting Christmas designs yet. In my opinion, it's too early for that. I'm thinking maybe the twelve days leading up to Christmas. (Get it?!) Instead, I went with something girly but with a little edge.
So, I actually did these nails a few days ago when many of us, in the US, were getting snowed on. It definitely snowed in Michigan but we didn't get nearly the amount that some places did. 50-70 inches?! I love snow, don't get me wrong, but that's excessive. Ha ha! (The snow has since melted and we've got 50 degree rainy weather now.) Anyway, I had just picked up some fun new Funky Fingers polishes that just screamed for a snow-themed mani!
It had been far too long since I had done my best friend, Heather's, nails. So we got together for a little mani time yesterday. Now, I love Heather but she's a bit indecisive. (If you're reading this, love, know that I mean that in the nicest way.) ;) While she was pondering on what she wanted me to do, I took the reins. She had picked out a gold and a blue and I know she has a love for the nautical. I picked a few more colors and went to town. Well, I ended up loving the design so much that I did the exact same thing with my nails! So we matched!
The other day, I re-watched Wreck it Ralph. Today, I was looking for something to watch and there it was. Instead of looking harder and deciding on something else, I just watched it again. I tell you, every time I watch that movie, I love it more and more. And my favorite character has to be Vanellope Von Schweetz. She's so fun and spunky and SHE'S COVERED IN CANDY!!! So, when the movie started I decided to do some nail art inspired by Vanellope. While I watched the movie, I kept an eye out for Vanellope inspirations. By the time the movie ended, I knew exactly what I was going to do.
I've had this queued up to post for days now. But the last week has been SO insane that I haven't had the energy to even blog. Today, I figured I might as well catch up on my blogging since it's been a few days and I already had this ready. A little while ago I got a new pink nail polish; Sally Hansen Flashy Fuchsia. I thought it would look good with some holographic polish. And it does!
I got some nail foils from the Born Pretty Store a little while back and recently tried my hand at them the other day. It was super fun and way easier than I thought it would be! Not only that, but the sparkle and shine was unbelievable!
A few weeks ago, I came across something called Fuse Gelnamel at the store and it caught my eye. It's a diy all-in-one gel manicure system. That means that there is no base coat and no top coat. So, last week, I picked up the Fuse Starter Kit. I was very excited to try it out.
I have been gearing up for Halloween. I've been watching all of my scary and Halloween themed movies to really get myself in the spirit. I don't even really know what it is about Halloween that I love so much. I just get so excited about the decorations and the costumes. People make fun of me but I don't care. I couldn't do Halloween manis without including at least one Jack-o-Lantern, right? Well, here you go!
I was digging through my polishes looking for an orange and a green to use for today's design. Then, it occurred to me that Julep's Wanderlust collection came with amazing shades of both! I pulled them out and knew they'd be perfect for today's Halloween manicure! Initially, I wanted to do stripes. When I opened my drawer to get my striping tape, I saw my dotting tools sitting there. So, I changed my mind. But I knew my striping tape was looking at me longingly, So I decided to do both stripes and polka dots! Isn't compromise the best answer?
Halloween is about scary, bloody, gory things. So, what would two weeks of Halloween nail art be without something a little bloody? Two colors, a dotting tool, and a nail art brush and in just a few minutes, you've got yourself a gruesome little manicure.
I asked hubby what he thought I should do for today's Halloween design and he suggested ghosts. I liked the idea and decided to do a cute, minimalist ghost manicure. I thought about making them glow in the dark. But I preferred a stark white background to my ghosts.
One of my favorite Halloween decorations is this cardboard skeleton that I hang on the wall. He has hinged joints so you can pose him. There's something both creepy and fun about skeletons. Considering how much I love monochromatic manicures, I thought it would be fun to do a bone themed design!
I love Halloween. It is, by far, my favorite holiday. Actually, it's really the only one that hubby and I really get into. For the rest of the month, I want to do nothing but Halloween designs. I have some really fun designs planned but I want to start out with something simple. I know that some people don't care for jelly polishes. I like them, though, and every once in a while, I get a hankering to use them.
Well, today was the final day of my week-long personal water marble challenge. I had so much fun and I feel that my water marbling skills have seriously improved. I'm sad to see this week end but, being that Halloween is my favorite holiday, I'm excited to start with the Halloween nail art!
Since these last two days have coincided with my planned two weeks of Halloween designs, I've also made today's water marble a holiday one.
It's after midnight so, technically, this should be day 7. But I started before the stroke of 12 so I'm still counting it as day 6. So, I'm still on track! I wanted to try something a little different with this marble. Since we are exactly two weeks away from Halloween, I wanted to start posting holiday nails. With my marbling challenge coinciding with that plan, I figured I might as well make my last two marbles a bit Halloween-y!
Welcome to day five of my personal water marble challenge. I wanted to involve glitter in today's water marble and I just happened to get a new one yesterday. Essence Glitz and Glam. It also happens to be my first Essence nail polish. I was walking through Ulta a week ago and it caught my eye instantly. I didn't buy it then but when I went back yesterday, I headed straight for it. I thought it would be pretty under some simple black marbling.
It's day four and I am LOVING Water Marble Week. I feel like I've personally challenged myself and I can see myself improving!
I was doing a quick inventory of some of my most commonly used nail polishes today; I wanted to see if I needed to stock up on anything. When I opened my Sally Hansen drawer, I saw two colors sitting together and knew, instantly, that I wanted to use them for today's water marble.
Due to the success I had with my Funky Fingers polishes yesterday, I decided to use them again. This time, though, I wanted to use my Funky Fingers neons. It may be rainy and cool but I'm always up for a fun, neon manicure.
So far, I'm loving water marble week. I'm learning so much! I'm also figuring out that a lot more of my nail polishes work great for water marbling. I used to think that the less expensive polishes would not work but I've started trying them out and some of them have worked like a charm. I decided to use a couple of those cheaper polishes to created today's marble. I am just thrilled with the results.
Today is the first day of my personal challenge to do a week of water marble nail art. Already, just in this first day, I've improved my technique. I've almost completely eliminated bubbles! Those always annoy me most. Also, I've cut down on the time it takes by marbling more than one finger at a time. Yay! Anyway, for today's marble, I wanted a darker color scheme that screams fall. I love fall and the weather has been just perfect.
Recently, I've become a little bit obsessed with My Simple Little Pleasures YouTube channel. Colette posts these nail art tutorial videos and, oh, the things she can do with water marbles! Amazing. I've always just hoped for the best when I do a water marble but she has actual technique and knows how to coax some beautiful designs out of the polish. Thanks to her videos, I've decided to challenge myself to become better at water marbling. Starting tomorrow, I'm going to do an entire week of water marble designs. I've always loved water marbling so I'm excited. Also, with her tips and tricks, I'm hoping that it won't be quite so tedious a process and I'll have a lot more successes than failures! Because I've been thinking about water marbling so much, but I don't want to start Water Marble Week until tomorrow, I chose another water based design for today. I went with some water spotting. I used both of my Anise colors for it because they're lovely and look great together.
There are some really weird and obscure holidays and celebrations out there. So many, that I decided to dedicate one post a month to my favorite! Today is Moldy Cheese Day! I don't know why there is a Moldy Cheese Day. I, for one, do not deal well with moldy foods. But I thought it would make for some interesting nail art.
Today was such a crazy, insane, never ending day. I almost didn't have the energy to even do my nails. But I mustered the strength and got to it. I wanted to play with something holographic and decided to see how a holo polish would do in a dry spotted design. Well, it did great and it looks amazing.
It's here. The final day of the 31 day challenge. Such bittersweet feelings to have it come to an end... The final prompt is to honor nails you love. One blog I've been really digging lately is Drama Queen Nails. I chose this design to recreate and I love how it turned out.
I've been really excited about this prompt for a while now because I had decided quite early on what I was going to do. When I was brainstorming, I thought of all of the usual supernatural suspects (ghosts, vampires, werewolves, unicorns, mermaids, etc.). But I wanted to do something different. So, I chose a "supernatural" being from one of my (and hubby's) favorite shows, Game of Thrones. I picked White Walkers to base my design on. For those of you who aren't familiar with the show, they look like this...,
I'm not going to lie. When I was looking for a flag to base this design on, I was looking for two things; I wanted something REALLY easy, but colorful. It didn't take me long to find what I was looking for!
This is the flag of Seychelles. See what I mean? Easy, yet colorful!
There is a cafe downtown called the Dessert Oasis that I just adore. It's one of those coffee shops that actually does the poured "latte art" on each coffee. (They make a fantastic Mexican Mocha.) Whenever I see it, I think of water marbling. I thought that it would be the perfect inspiration for today's prompt, inspired by art.
We are officially in the final week of the 31 day challenge and, I have to say, I'm going to be sad when it's over. I've had a lot of fun and ended up with some designs that I've really loved. And I've done really well keeping up with posting. I only fell behind once and caught up the very next day. I hope I can keep the streak going for the home stretch of the challenge. Today's prompt is inspired by fashion. I didn't plan this but I ended up doing another Betsey Johnson inspired design. I stumbled across her Fall 2014 and fell in love. She is by far my favorite designer and I just adore her. I love her use of colors, patterns, textures, and accessories.
For today's prompt, I chose to do nail art based on my favorite book of all time; Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. Call it a children's book, if you want (it technically is), but I love it. I can't tell you how many time's I've read it. The only reason I haven't done Alice nail art before (other than my fuzzy Cheshire cat stripes) it seems a bit overdone. I see Alice nails EVERYWHERE. It seems a crime, though, not to use my favorite book as inspiration for the 31 day challenge.
I don't know where it came from but, just as I sat down to start doing my nails, my movie inspiration popped right into my head. Drop Dead Fred! What a great movie! I loved it as a kid! Hubby and I rediscovered it a year or so ago and I still love it so much! It's just so fun and, as obnoxious as Fred is, he is just the greatest. I was more than excited to create a fun manicure inspired by Fred.
I went through a laundry list of song choices before I settled on what to do for today's prompt. It's tough to decide which direction you want to go in once you choose a song. Do you use the lyrics, music, or maybe even the music video as inspiration? I was looking through some playlists and, suddenly, it came to me. I knew what song I wanted.
Then, it happened. I put off doing my nails like I always do and... I BROKE A NAIL! Bad! My nails are just getting to a respectable length! UGH! I am so sick of cutting my nails down. So, I patched my nail, instead. I hate nail patches. You always have to redo them and it's just a pain. By the time I was ready to do my nails, I was tired, and annoyed, and almost ready to skip it. But it's the 31 day challenge and part of that challenge is posting daily, right? So, I did it anyway. The song I chose is Bullet With Butterfly Wings by The Smashing Pumpkins.
I wasn't sure, at first, how to interpret today's prompt. I noticed that a few bloggers were using the name of a specific nail polish as their inspiration. That seems like a fun way to go with it, so that's what I did!
Let me start by saying that this is my favorite water marble EVER! I spent an absurd amount of time at my nail station doing a ton of trial runs and experiments but what I ended up with is awesome! I love combining nail art techniques together. For instance, my water marble color block manicure. For today's prompt, I wanted to combine water marbling with yet another nail art technique; gradients! The idea was to marble with a clear nail polish to let the gradient peek through.
I've done several galaxy designs in the past so I really wanted to do something different this time around. So, I figured I could give pastel galaxies a try. I've seen them around the blogiverse but never tried them out for myself. What's a 31 day challenge for if not to make you try new things?
I love glitter so much. If I could cover everything I own in glitter, I would. Hubby would never go for that, though. My initial design plan for today was going to be way over the top. Glitter galore. I chose, instead, to keep it simple and let the nail polish do all of the work.
We're halfway through the 31 day challenge! Today is the day I was dreading simply because this is the only prompt for which I did not have a single clue as to what I was going to do. Seriously, though, what the hell does delicate print mean? I struggled with this prompt last year and this year was no different. I started and scrapped three different designs before I got to this one. And, frankly, I am only posting this one because I didn't have time to remove it and do something else. Call it cheating, if you want, but I ended up using stamping for this design. I really could not come up with an idea that I liked and this was a sort of last resort. It still came out pretty, though.
Since I used my favorite animal as inspiration for yesterday's post, I thought it appropriate to use my favorite flower for today's. I love lilies; specifically Tiger Lilies. I also love Stargazer Lilies. But I've seen so many lily nail art designs out there, I decided to find another kind of flower. I browsed a flower glossary website for a while and, as you can imagine, there were TONS of flowers to choose from. I was looking at all of the gorgeous, intricate flowers when suddenly...
...THIS beauty jumped out at me! Instantly, I knew this was the one. It's such a simple bloom. But that, in combination with the gorgeous foliage, was what drew me in. It's called Purple Shamrock!
I knew from the get-go that I wanted to do something different for this day of the 31 day challenge. No zebra or leopard here. I did some research for a while but couldn't come up with an animal print to do. Then it hit me. Why not do my favorite animal? Enter the Blue Ringed Octopus.
My favorite day of the 31 day challenge is here! I love polka dots so so so so much! When I was planning out my designs for the challenge, this was one of the first that I came up with. Also, I am SO pleased with the way this design turned out! I would wear this one every single day. It doesn't hurt that I used my favorite color. ;)
Today's prompt is gradient. Luckily, gradients are one of my go-to techniques.
I debated whether or not I should do something more than just a simple gradient. Maybe some stamping, or rhinestones, or polka dots... I wasn't sure so I started by choosing my colors . Once I finished the gradient, I was so thrilled with it, I just wanted to leave it alone and enjoy all of its simplistic glory.
I was very excited for this day of the 31 day challenge because my original plan was to do tie dye nails. The more I planned it out, though, the harder it seemed it might be to do. I knew I would use dry marbling to create the effect. But to have the amount of colors I wanted, on top of the already large amount of polish you need on your nails to get a good marbling, I knew that the drying time would be ridiculous. Then, an idea popped into my head! Why not DIY rainbow dry marble nail stickers?! BRILLIANT! The final product is pretty killer...
Hubby took me to a Detroit Tigers game last night. As per usual, I did some special nail art just for the occasion! I've done several Tigers inspired designs in the past (like this, and this, for instance), but I never get tired of them and it's fun trying to do something different every time. This time I wanted something with some bling to it.
Again, I was supposed to post this design yesterday. This time, I have and even better excuse than last time. Hubby surprised me with tickets to a Tigers game! So, we got to spend the afternoon in Detroit with another couple. It was so much fun, and the Tigers won! Woo hoo! Seriously, I love baseball sooooo much! So, yesterday's prompt was black and white. The design I ended up with was not at all what I planned but I LOVE IT!!!
I was at a loss for what do to for today's prompt. Hubby suggested, "...that thing where you spray alcohol in water and dip your finger in it!" Ha ha. So, water spotting it is! I thought this was an opportune time to use my newest Blurple, OPI Do You Have This Color in Stockholm.
I know, I know, I was supposed to post this yesterday. I have a good excuse, though. A friend of mine, whom I haven't seen in months, was in town and spent the evening with us. Dinner, dessert, movies, and games occurred so there was no time for blogging. The prompt was blue and I already knew that I wanted to do a cling wrap marble. I've been trying not to use techniques that I will be using later in the challenge. I always want to default to polka dots or gradients. I want to keep it varied, though. So far, so good.
Fun fact: THIS IS MY 300th POST!!!!!! Wahoo!!! Not so fun fact: I had a nasty break today so I'm down to suuuuper shorties. So, I went into this day of the challenge knowing exactly what I wanted to do. I had this whole plan laid down and my tools set out and my colors chosen. Yeah, I didn't do any of it. Initially, I was going to do a Spongebob Squarepants inspired manicure. Bright yellow nails with green spots and Spongebob's face as an accent. At the last minute, I decided to use a lighter shade of yellow. I slapped that on and thought, "I've already done Spongebob nail art. Maybe I should do something different." In the end I decided to just go simple and pretty.
Orange is my favorite color so I always love wearing my orange polishes. I already knew which orange I wanted to use for this prompt. Fall is fast approaching and the weather is changing accordingly. I have the perfect orange nail polish for this time of year.
Aaaannnd we're off! It's finally here! The 31 day challenge has arrived! I'm ready for it, too. I've been brainstorming ideas for over a week and getting myself mentally prepared. The only thing that could possibly get in my way now is feeling too tired/lazy to do my nails. I'm not letting that happen, though. The challenge prompt for day one is red. The prompts for colors are always the hardest for me just because there are a near infinite amount of things you can do with a prompt that vague. So, my plan of attack is this; pull out every polish in the color (red, in this case) and pick a few that I like together. Narrowing down the colors makes it easier to decide what, exactly, I want to do! For today, I went with a patchwork mani!
I had a plan. I was going to do some nail art inspired by Doctor Who since the new season started on Saturday. I got to work and midway through the manicure, I got an idea to try something new. (I'm not going into a lot of detail because, frankly, I'm still peeved.) Long story short, I spent about an hour trying to make my vision a reality and it just didn't work. The end result looked muddy and just not good. Oh, I forgot to mention that it involved A TON of glitter and I forgot to use my peel-off base coat. So, with the time spent on my nail fail and the time spent getting everything off of my nails, I was so frustrated by the end of it all! At that point, I just wanted to do something quick and be done with it.
I snatched up a bottle of Sally Hansen Green Tea yesterday. I have a few mint green polishes already but none of them are that perfect shade that I've been looking for. Some are too blue, some are too green, and some are WAY too sheer. Well, Green Tea is the one. I knew after seeing swatches and reviews on other blogs that I needed to buy it one day and when I saw it at CVS yesterday, I jumped at the chance. I knew I wanted to use Green Tea today but I couldn't decide what color(s) I wanted to pair it with. I went back and forth between something in the mauve family and something purple. Eventually, I did what I usually do and picked the color of the shirt I will be wearing tomorrow. (It's a weird system, I know, but it works for me.) So, navy blue it was!
It's almost that time again! Time for the 31 Day Challenge! Sarah over at Chalkboard Nails has issued the challenge to the bloggerverse once again. I can't wait. I did it last year and it was definitely not easy but it was a blast. It made me really dig deep for creative ideas and practice lots of different techniques. Just like last year, submissions for each prompt will be hashtagged with #31DC2014 on various social media sites.
So, starting on September 1st, I will be posting a design every single day based on the challenge prompts. Well, I will try my hardest. Ha ha! Who else is participating this year? If you haven't tried it, give it a shot!
I know I've mentioned my pets a few times. One of them is our Corgi puppy, Oswin. He just turned seven months! Anyway, he got neutered yesterday and it's just the saddest thing. He has to wear one of those cone collars and, since his little legs are so short, it makes him so clumsy! He doesn't hold his head high enough so the collar gets caught on the ground and he trips over it. He's also mopes around because he isn't allowed to jump and run around.
Sad puppy! Aww...
Meanwhile, my nails!
I wanted to do some watercolor using neons. All of my Funky Finger neons, specifically. Since they make a nice neon rainbow, I thought I'd do skittles nails to show them off.
Sometimes, when I need nail art inspiration, I try to think of something I haven't done in a while. I have so many favorite techniques, I sometimes end up doing the same three or four things over and over again. While perusing some of my old designs, I realized that it has been ages since I did a galaxy manicure. I don't know why because I adore them. They can take a bit of time but they look amazing and so unique. So I grabbed a few polishes (well, more like seven or eight) and went to work.
Hubby and I had to take an impromptu road trip to Toledo, Ohio yesterday morning. I didn't have very much time to do my nails but I couldn't just leave them naked. So, I grabbed a polish from my stash that I actually hadn't used before; Taffy Tart from Sally Hansen's Sugar Shimmer line. I slapped it on and went on my way. I loved it so much that I just kept staring at my nails almost the entire drive. When I got home, I just had to add something to my nails. Just to make it a little more fun.
The other day, I showed you some of the polishes from Julep's new Wanderlust collection. Well, The rest of the colors are just as amazing, plus there's a glitter that's just to die for. Once again, I chose to use a bunch all at once. Specifically, all four of the remaining polishes from the collection.
As some may notice, I've changed the look of my blog a bit. I wanted a fresh and simpler look. I'm using this revamp as a nudge back into regular blogging. I've been pretty bad about keeping up with my blog but, to be honest, I just haven't been doing my nails as much as I used to. With work, the puppy, and personal stuff, I just haven't been able to do them on a daily basis. This, unfortunately, means that I've also been neglecting my nails a bit, too. I just wasn't caring for them like I should have so they aren't in the best shape. Well, no more of that! Back to pretty pretty nails and blogging and babying my nails! Now, on to the manicure!
I have been a Julep maven for about a year and a half now. If you aren't familiar, it's a monthly beauty box subscription containing nail polishes and other beauty products/tools specially chosen for you based on your style profile. I, personally, am in it for the nail polish. The other products I have received from them have only made me love Julep more but the polishes are where my heart lies. They create a new color collection every month and the colors are almost always stunning. This month's collection may well be my favorite so far. It's called Wanderlust and the colors are to die for. There was no way I could choose which colors I liked best so I asked hubby to make the choice for me. He couldn't decide, either, so he told me to just upgrade and get the whole collection. That's nine colors! Ten if you include the limited edition glitter celebrating Julep's third birthday. My box came in the mail yesterday and I had to do a mani with them today.
...Well, not quite but it sure feels that way. I am cat-sitting for a friend for a couple of days. Her two kitties, my three kitties, and the puppy make for a fur-baby filled house! I love it, though. It is tough, though, to make sure that everyone gets the love and attention that they deserve. Anyway, this manicure started at one point and then went WAY in another direction. So, I was wearing this teal and dark gray striped shirt. It's one of my favorites. I just so happen to have two nail polishes that match it perfectly. I grabbed them and was going to do a striped mani to match the shirt. At the last second, I decided I wanted to match my nails to my work outfit for tomorrow which will be green. I really wanted to use the gray, though (Zoya Kelly) because it's probably my favorite gray nail polish in the whole world. So I perused my green polishes until I found the perfect match!
Yesterday, I wanted to do something that I hadn't done in a while. I sat and thought about it for a while and eventually decided on water marbling. It's one of those things that I love to do but usually, once I consider the mess, the time, and the 99.9% chance that I will screw up several times before I'm done, I decide against it. Well, this time, I had some spare time on my hands and I was feeling patient so I went for it! I was heading to a party so I chose the colors based on my outfit for the night; black and white to match my top and blue to match my jeans! I've always loved the combination of black and white with a pop of color.
Call me lazy, but most of the time, I just want nail art that takes next to no time but looks really unique. Don't get me wrong; intricate free-handed designs and water marble and stuff are amazing! But hand me some plastic wrap or a dotting tool, and I'm usually a happy girl. Such was the case with this design. I didn't want to spend much time on my nails but I still wanted something fun, flirty, and PINK!
A while back, I bought one of the Sally Hansen I Heart Nail Art Kits. I got the bead kit that came with three tubes of micro beads; one tube of teal, one tube of pink, and one tube of multi-colored. I have had that kit for several months and never used it. I eyed them today and HAD to do something with them. Unfortunately, I was in the mood for something minimal. I came up with the perfect compromise, though!
I think I've discovered a new technique for myself! Well, I was trying to figure out something quick I could do with my nails. I had just grabbed two of the new Funky Fingers Electric Neons (which are amazing!) and thought that they worked very well together. I tried something new and LOVE the end result...
So, I did some awesome nail art a few days ago and I was so proud of it! And then... I lost the photos! :( Terribly upsetting. It was something new and I loved it so much. I'll recreate it soon and post it for all to see. Meanwhile, today it crossed my mind that I haven't done any stamping in a while. I decided to slap some stamped nail art onto my digits.
With my family being in town, things have been so hectic. Every day included some sort of activity so there's been zero time for blogging. :( Sadly, they left this morning. Now, it's time to settle back into a normal routine which includes NAILS! Yesterday was Independence Day and we celebrated with a trip to the Detroit Zoo (and a picnic) and then a nice barbecue dinner. Holiday nails are some of my favorite designs so, albeit a day late, I have to post some pretty patriotic nails!
It's been quite some time since my last post but it's with good reason. I've been preparing for a visit from my family from Tennessee. It's been about a year and a half since I've seen them and I was SOOO excited. Also maybe a little anxious because with hubby and myself plus them and their guest, there are six of us in our little three bedroom house. Luckily, my awesome mother-in-law offered up two beds in her house (she lives right down the street) so everyone has a comfortable place to sleep. During the day, though, everyone hangs out and eats here. So, needless to say, things have been a little hectic. But, thanks to the Germany/Algeria game today, everyone's attention was occupied and I had time to do a little nail art! Today's design is based on one of my favorite cartoons from the 90s! Can you recognize it?
This is a design I've been sitting on for over a week now. I actually wasn't going to post it at all because it's literally just something I doodled one night while I was bored. Heather brought over her Sally Hansen nail art pens (all of the colors I don't own) and I was playing around with them. I like the way that it turned out so much that I decided to share it after all.
A few weeks ago, I ordered these small metal spike studs from The Born Pretty Store and I've been itching to use them. They're so fun and edgy. I just haven't been sure of what I wanted to do with them. Well, while listening to the radio, a Metallica song came on and I knew what I had to do. It couldn't be more perfect! Hubby and I are both big Metallica fans and I knew he would get a kick out of a design inspired by one of his favorite bands.
One show that I am a huge fan of is How I Met Your Mother. There is one specific episode where the characters are all pointing out odd flaws or "gaps in knowledge" in each other. Ted's is his mispronunciation of the word chameleon. He is teaching his architecture class and says "Cham-ah-Leon." That always tickles my funny bone. Every time I see that episode, I think of one of my favorite green polishes, Ulta Chameleon. It's such a fun color and makes a great base for fun designs. Splatter mani, anyone?
Hubby got some free tickets and parking passes for last nights Detroit Tigers game so, of course, we HAD to go. Being the baseball fans that we are, we couldn't miss out on that. Never mind the fact that the stadium is 20 miles away and the game didn't start until 8:00 pm (so it didn't end until about 11:30pm) and I had to get up for work at 3:45 this morning. It was a lot of fun and worth the sleep deprivation! Naturally, I had to do some Tigers nail art to sport at the game. (Get it? "Sport?" HA HA HA!!! I'll pretend everyone laughed.) I ended up doing two different designs because I wasn't thrilled with the first one. I'll share them both, though.
Today is the last day of the Five Below nail art competition so I have one last Funky Fingers design to share with you. I wanted to go over the top girly with this one and I think I have accomplished just that!
Some of you may have noticed a slight trend in my nail art the last couple of posts. I've been using a lot of Funky Fingers nail polishes. Five Below is having an Instagram contest for nail art/manicures. The entries have to use Five Below polishes and Funky Fingers is one of their brands. I thought I may as well share my Five Below manis with you guys, too!
Today is another Funky Fingers manicure. I seriously love this one. (I say that a lot, don't I?)
Being that it's summery out, I naturally gravitate toward bright colors. Be it my makeup, clothes, jewelry, or nail polish; I can't get enough. So, I was eyeballing my neon Funky Fingers polishes and I HAD to use them. I thought a French manicure would be fun using them but I couldn't do something quite that simple...
It struck me today that I haven't done any stamping in such a long time. I'm not sure why. I love stamping. It's frustrating and I'm not terribly good at it, but it's still fun. So, to make up for it, I thought I'd do some stamped nail art today. For a fun twist, I decided to stamp the same design on each nail...twice!
I felt extra girly today. I took a little extra time on my makeup, left my hair a little curly and wore a big flower in it, and wore my flirtiest earrings (which perfectly matched the cute turquoise top I wore). So, when it came time to do my nails, I wanted something just as girly. And since it's an absolutely GORGEOUS day, I wanted something floral. As it just so happens, I picked up a pack of nail art decals the other day at the grocery store and one of the designs in it were the perfect flowers for what I had in mind.
Once again, my fingers have been inspired by my toes! I originally had a completely different design in mind for my fingers but I loved my pedi so much that I just had to recreate it as a mani to share!
I have been in love with waterfall manis ever since I saw Sammy over at The Nailasaurus do them. I've tried my hand at it a few times (here and here) but they have never looked as good as here. No matter how thin of a nail art brush I use, I can never get the lines thin enough. I guess I just don't have a light enough touch. Well, I thought I would do some dry marbling but I wanted to do something other than just swirling a few colors together. Thus, I have come up with the perfect solution to my waterfall woes!
Sometimes, you're in the mood for a classic. Sometimes, you're also in the mood for something funky. And you are almost always in the mood for sparkles! Right? Maybe it's just me. Those are the moods that struck me when I created this mani. Luckily, I was also in a hurry so this was a breeze to come up with AND to execute!
Ever since I got my new puppy, Oswin, I've been a little obsessed. He's just so darn cute! I have taken a million photos and videos and I show them off to anyone who will let me. I just can't help it! Call me biased, but I think Corgis are just the cutest dogs ever. With their short little legs and their giant ears...and don't even get me started on their butts. If you aren't familiar with them, do a Google image search for Corgi butts and be prepared to squee. Ugh, they're just PRECIOUS!!! Well, what better way is there to express my obsession with Corgis than with my obsession with nail art?
Have you ever had one of those days that just goes so poorly that you know the rest of the week is just going to suck? So have I. But today was not one of those days. Today was a great day. As a matter of fact, yesterday was great, too! I know this is going to be a good week!
I've recently decided to stop letting unimportant people in my life dictate my mood and feelings. Since then, I've been much happier. When I'm not worried about those people, I can focus more on the things that really matter!
My two good days in a row put me in the mood for a fun, girly, sparkly manicure. I couldn't decide on just one girly polish, so I chose three!
One of my favorite things about my marriage is my relationship with my in-laws. I'm glad that I married into a family that I get along with so well. As a matter of fact, one of my favorite people in the whole world is my sister-in-law, Tracy. When she and her husband lived in Michigan I would go to her place and we would sit around and literally do nothing for hours and it was such a great time. I have always been completely comfortable around her and my friendship with her, and her husband, is one I will always treasure. The day that they moved to Nebraska was so sad for us because our closest friends were now living 12 hours away. I've really been missing Tracy lately so I thought I would do some nail art inspired by her. Everyone who knows Tracy knows about her love of frogs. They are pretty awesome, to be honest. And fittingly enough, her favorite color is green! How perfect for a frog inspired manicure?
I knew exactly where I was headed going into this manicure. I just didn't know what to call it. I still don't, for that matter. I did know, however, what colors I wanted to use and that I needed a striping brush...
I've been eyeing my neon polishes for a few days now. I used them a little bit during the winter months to break up the monotony of dark colors but now that it's spring, it's time to put them in the forefront. I was trying to think of something I hadn't yet done with my neons. Dry marbling came to mind. I may be wrong, but I don't think I've ever done an all neon dry marble before. I'm so glad I thought of it, though...
I have a collection of nail decals that I have had for months without using yet. Every time I go to use them, I go in another direction with my nail design. That happened today. One set of the decals is an assortment of gold designs; skulls, lightning, etc. I decided to use them and chose coral and gold (my favorite color combo including gold) with a black accent (to make the decals pop) as my color scheme.