Monday, August 25, 2014

Out of sheer frustration.

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. 

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Mint and Navy Dry Marble

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!

Monday, August 18, 2014

31 Day Challenge, Here I come!

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!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Neon Watercolor Skittles

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.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Just a Quickie : Holographic Shimmers

Thumb, index finger, and pinky: cling wrap marble
Middle and ring fingers: Gradient
Butter London Trustafarian (green)
A England Tess D'urbervilles (blue)

Monday, August 11, 2014

...In a galaxy (manicure) far, far away...

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.

Diamonds (or pearls) in the rough.

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.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

More Julep Wanderlust

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.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Textured Color Block

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!

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Julep Maven Skittles

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.