Monday, April 10, 2017

Getting Spongy


In more ways than one? In the spirit of sharing all the boring details of my life I feel compelled to tell you that I'm on a very depressing diet of healthy foods. I've been feeling a little extra around the middle lately and I've finally found the motivation to eat healthier and exercise a bit. It's been almost three whole weeks and not much progress aside from having kickass nails. I'm currently cheating with a delicious beer at my favorite brewery.




These nails were inspired by a cool Instagram pic which I fully intended to link and give credit to until the untimely demise of my beautiful new phone. I haven't been able to find the original picture after losing all my saved files. If you know who did this first let me know. I'm back to using my nearly unbearable iPhone but that's a story for another day. 

I started with a base of Nina Ultra Pro, French Pink. Next I taped off sections of the nail, 4 times for each. Using Seche, Calla Lily, I sponged a light layer so that the white polish built up more at the tip. The effect is subtle but really cool. I want to try this again with different colors.








Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Everyone's Irish on St Patrick's Day

Green nails for St Patrick's Day

Gold nails for St Patrick's Day

St Patrick's is on a Friday this year?!? I'm not sure if I should be excited or scared. I don't usually make plans but this year might have to be an exception.

I had the idea to mix my favorite green and gold polishes for a subtle St Patrick's look.

Gold nails for St Patrick's Day

The golds: Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure- Golden Rule + Victoria's Secret- Runway Angel, Sally Hansen Color Foil- Liquid Gold, Orly- Bling, 24k gold leaf with clear polish, Nina Ultra Pro- Big Spender

Green nails for St Patrick's Day

The greens: Revlon- Tantalize, Seche- Charming, OPI- Plaid About You, China Glaze- Rare and Radient, Zoya- Ivanka

Green nails for St Patrick's Day

Do you have any exciting plans this St Patrick's Day?

Monday, February 13, 2017

Valentine Schmalentine

Valentine's Day nails- Seche Calla Lily, Color Club Snow-Flakes, Bundle Monster stamping

Meh. That about sums up my feelings for the holiday called Valentine's Day. Accordingly, I have half-assed some shimmery nails and slapped some hearts on to make it festive.

Valentine's Day nails- Seche Calla Lily, Color Club Snow-Flakes, Bundle Monster stamping

I started with two coats of Seche, Calla Lily then added three coats of Color Club, Snow-Flakes. It's a very subtle flakey shimmer effect over the white polish. On my thumb I stamped some hearts using Bundle Monster plate BM-317 and Mundo de Unas pink and red stamping polishes dotted on randomly before scraping to give a two-tone look.

Valentine's Day nails- Seche Calla Lily, Color Club Snow-Flakes, Bundle Monster stamping

Monday, January 9, 2017

New Year, New Galaxy Nails

New Year's Galaxy Nails with Swarovski crystals 2017

Look at that... I'm only 9 days late on my New Year's nails. As usual I have no resolutions this year. Either I'll be completely awesome as  intended or the mundane details of adult life will drag me into a comfortable mediocrity. No sense getting all philosophical about it.


New Year's Galaxy Nails with Swarovski crystals 2017

I sponged a galaxy type design using a ton of different polishes. LA Colors- Reckless; EverGlaze- Royal Satin; Sinful Colors- Let's Talk, Dream On; Orly- Saturated; China Glaze- Pool Party, Home Sweet House Music, Fairy Dust. The real reason for this design was to match these fantastic Swarovski crystals. They color shift depending on the angle so I tried to pick up all the colors from the crystals in my galaxy. The cream color on the accent nail is OPI, My Vampire Is Buff.

New Year's Galaxy Nails with Swarovski crystals 2017

What are your predictions/resolutions for 2017?

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Seche Premier Color- Charming

Seche Premier Color Charming Swatch

I've known about Seche Vite top coat for a while, but this is my first time trying out their polish. The line was relatively new to Sally Beauty but it's already being discontinued. I picked up this green shade and 7 others on super discount- about $1.85 each down from $9.99. 

Seche Premier Color Charming Swatch

 This color is called Charming. The shade is nice but the formula could be better. I found it to be a bit thin and had trouble with it dragging. I have two coats on here and still have a little patchiness at the cuticles where the color pulled away as I brushed over it. A third coat or waiting longer between coats probably would have helped a lot. For the sale price I'm ok with it but would have been a lot more irked at full price (funny how that works).

Have you tried these? If so what did you think?


Sunday, December 25, 2016

Christmassy Marble Nails

Marble Christmas nails

I was seriously considering "Marblous Christmas Nails" as my title for this one. So bad! I need to get more sleep for sure. 

Marble Christmas nails

Even the right hand turned out pretty good. 

Marble Christmas nails

These nails were inspired by my latest home renovation project (and the Nailasaurus marble nails tutorial). The red nails are China Glaze, Seeing Red. The marble nails are Sinful Colors, Snow Me White and Black

Bathroom remodel marble countertops

Marble Christmas nails

Happy holidays everyone!

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Am I Too Late For Fall Nail Art?

Acorn fall Thanksgiving nail art

I always have such good intentions and then my Thanksgiving/Fall nail art is two days late. I recently switched out my old iPhone for a shiny new LG hoping that it would make this whole blogging from the phone thing easier. I've discovered that the blogger app is complete trash and the chrome browser is somehow even less cooperative than Safari was. I have to hold on to the hope that this phone is way smarter than me and I'm doing it wrong but maybe I can figure it out someday. 

In other news, we've discovered a fun new game at the house that I've lovingly named "Ant or Hair." Random tickle on my face, neck or arm? Is it an ant or a hair? Hint: it's probably an ant. We've been playing this game far too often lately despite using three different kinds of ant poison. I might enjoy the wet weather but apparently the ants do not.   

Acorn fall Thanksgiving nail art

I've seen a few versions of these cute acorn nails floating around the internets so I can't claim to have invented the idea but I'm a total sucker for cute printed nails and wanted to give it a try myself. Brown = Spoiled, Pumping Gas. Cream = Revlon, Sheer Cotton. This one is true to its name and needed three coats for opacity. Acorns = Spoiled, Only In Creams with white accents. The acorns were hand painted using a small nail art brush. I topped everything off with Wet n Wild Matte Top Coat.  

Acorn fall Thanksgiving nail art

If y'all have any tips on blogging from an android phone or getting rid of horrible ants let me know! Happy late Thanksgiving.