Thursday, February 28, 2013

Hard candy peach pop

Hello!

I just found out that Hard Candy has a new nail polish line and I want about half of them! This is peach pop from the candy sprinkles collection, and I just love it!


This is an orange crème base with red, silver, orange, and yellow glitters. This is just two coats, it builds up really fast and dries pretty quickly too.




Usually I feel the need to add nail art or my nails feel plain, but that's not the case with these, they kind of look like a jelly sandwich without all the layers.


And I'm eyeballing a few other polishes from the candy sprinkles line so keep an eye out for them later on!

Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Seashell wind chimes

Hello!

I have something non-polish related for a change today! Yesterday's 365 prompt was to make wind chimes out of what ever you want. I had a ton and a half of shells in a shoe box that were leftover from a trip to the coast a couple months ago and some leather cord lying around, so I made this!



I used hot glue to attach the shells to the cord, and I think I did about five strings.


It does make nice clinky-clattery sounds, I wasn't sure if it would work very well.


Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Skinny reverse chevrons

Hello!

I've been seeing all sorts of chevron nail art floating around the internet lately so I decided to put my own spin on it! I started with a sheer pink and freehanded a super skinny reverse chevron in a peachy shade of polish. Then I added some gold dots down the center of the triangle with a dotting tool.


I finally got a sunny day where I live so I got some great pictures of these, the colors came out great.

 
 

Here's the polishes I used:

L.A colors basecoat/topcoat,
Wet n wild megalast sugar coat,
Nina ultra pro gladiator,
The color workshop unnamed peach,
a striping brush,
a dotting tool,
and N.Y.C extra shiny top coat.

Thanks for reading!

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Jigsaw puzzle nails

Hello!

Today's nail art is jigsaw puzzle pieces! I grabbed the first two polishes I saw out of my polish box so there wasn't much thought in this color combination. But half way through painting these I realized they look sort of hufflepuff-ey or at least the colors do.


I started with a base of purple and used a striping brush to layer yellow over it. I used a dotting tool for the circles.



Here's the polishes I used:

L.A colors basecoat/topcoat,
Essence colour & go little miss sunrise,
L.A colors color craze tropical breeze,
a striping brush,
a dotting tool,
and N.Y.C extra shiny top coat.

Thanks for reading!

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Weekly wrap up

Hi!

Here's what I've been doing lately:

Reading: A long long sleep by Anna Sheehan,
Listening to: Knee deep by the Zac brown band,
Watching: Wreck-It-Ralph, Vampire knight, Animaniacs,
Making: a new earring holder and wind chimes,
Playing: The Sims Social,
Liking: that google featured Edward Gorey's birthday,
Eating: Chinese takeout and strawberry yogurt,
Drinking: water,
Wearing: more necklaces and bracelets lately,
Disliking: the pouring rain,
Finding: this cool knitting pattern,
Wanting: this awesome new camera coming out this summer,
Making: chocolate butterflies,
Buying:-------

Thanks for reading!

Friday, February 22, 2013

Nancy drew nail art

Hello!

I have some exciting nail art for you guys today! My mom has been an avid reader of the Nancy Drew series since she was little, and Moda recently came out with a line of Nancy drew inspired fabrics. She made a quilt, and I did her nails to go with it! You can check out her quilt here on her blog Michelle's Romantic Tangle.

I painting a silhouette of Nancy going up the staircase from The Hidden Staircase on her thumb,


and the crosshatching and spirals from the book spines on the rest of her nails.


Nancy was made by a combination of using a striping brush, a dotting tool, and a sewing pin dipped in polish.

And the crosshatching and spirals were all done with a striping brush. I did each nail a different shade of blue because I've seen covers in all sorts of shades.



Here's the polishes I used:

L.A colors basecoat/topcoat,
EN-VY blue my mind,
L.A colors color craze static electricity,
Wet n wild fast dry ebony hates chris,
Pure ice French kiss,
N.Y.C in a new York minute Lexington yellow,
L.A colors color craze unnamed blue,
a striping brush,
a dotting tool,
a pin,
and N.Y.C extra shiny top coat.

Thanks for reading!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Lizard skin nail art

Hello!

Today's 365 prompt is to make something inspired by the world of reptiles. I've been seeing manis using bathroom poufs for a while and I decided to try using them to get a scaly design. Painting over the mesh just made a mess, so I used it to dab on top of the nail kind of like the syran wrap technique.


It made this kind of textured flaky look, I think if I used higher contrasting polishes the texture would stand out more.


I started with a base of green and let it dry a bit, then I put a light coat of gold over it and pressed/dabbed the mesh over it.


Here's the polishes I used:

L.A colors basecoat/topcoat,
CQ golden green,
Lakme fast and fabulous 40" gold caramel,
a bathroom pouf,
and N.Y.C extra shiny top coat.

Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Sailor boy pilot bread nail art

Hello!

I have some obscure nail art for you today! When my dad was little he used to eat Sailor boy pilot bread, and recently we found some at the grocery store. Today's 365 prompt is to make something inspired by packaged food and I wanted to do some nail art my dad would appreciate so I painted the sailor boy on my ring finger and did a french tip design with the rest of the colors that were on the box.

I used a needle dipped in polish to do the boy since I wanted my lines to be super thin, and I just used the brushes that came with the polish for the french tips.


I think these came out wonderfully, a couple friends recognized what they were without me telling them first; that's one of the qualifications for me to consider my nail art a success.




Here's the polishes I used:

L.A colors basecoat/topcoat,
Wet n wild wild shine blue moon,
Wet n wild wild shine red red,
N.Y.C french white tip,
Wet n wild wild shine french white crème,
a needle,
and N.Y.C extra shiny top coat.

Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Suspension bridges at sunset

Hello!

These bridge nails are the result of one of the weirder 365 prompts, I was supposed to pick a random date in history and make something inspired by something that happened on that day. I picked September 16th 1972 and the only interesting thing that happened that day was a bridge that collapsed in the Philippines.


So I decided to do some suspension bridge at sunset nail art. I started with a gradient of three pinks for the sunset hues and used a striping brush to do the bridge.


They didn't come out as delicate looking as I wanted but I think they're still recognizable as bridges.




Josephine found one of my shoes while I had my camera out so I had to snap a few pictures!


Here's the polishes I used:

L.A colors basecoat/topcoat,
Petites color fever seashell,
N.Y.C in a new York minute MoMa,
Wet n wild megalast candy-licious,
Wet n wild megalast sugar coat,
a sponge,
a striping brush,
and N.Y.C extra shiny top coat.

Thanks for reading!

Monday, February 18, 2013

Teal of fortune and butterflies

Hello!

I got a bunch of Wet n wild polishes 40% off at Rite Aid a couple days ago and this is my favorite of the bunch! This is Wet n Wild fast dry teal of fortune with Wet n Wild wild shine metallica stamped on top. It's way darker and shimmery in real life; my camera flash bleached it out a bit.


This is only two coats and it applied really easily, but it chipped on the second day. I absolutely love this color though so I'll put up with it!




Here's the polishes I used:

L.A colors basecoat/topcoat,
Wet n wild fast dry teal of fortune,
Wet n wild wild shine metallica,
Shany plate SH24,
and N.Y.C extra shiny top coat.

Thanks for reading!

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Sightseeing by the seashore

Hello!

I just got back from a quick trip to Newport, and I managed to remember to bring my camera along with me so I have lots of pictures! The place we were staying at was across from the harbor and bridge so I was able to get some great shots of the bridge and boats.



 
It was gorgeous at night with all the boats and the bridge lit up, and the water was full of reflections.
 



My family and I went walking on the beach near the devil's punch bowl, and there were lots of sea anemones and starfish in the sand and tidepools.


We saw a bunch of hermit crabs too, but they were too small to get any clear pictures of.



 
 

We also saw at least thirty sea lions  lounging on the docks near the shops on the historic bay front.





Thanks for reading!

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Weekly wrap up

Hi!

Here's what I've been doing lately:

Reading: Straw house wood house brick house blow by Daniel Nayeri,
Watching: Xxxholic, Kobato, The lorax, The nightmare before Christmas, and Animaniacs,
Making: a felt totoro,
Eating: salt water taffy, clam chowder, and Mexican pastries,
Drinking: mio in my water,
Wearing: a sundress for the first time in months,
Liking: my new favorite lip balm,
Disliking:-------
Finding: this funny video,
Buying: wet n wild nail polishes 40% off at Rite Aid,
Planning on: riding my bike as soon as it warms up a tad,
Playing: the sims social and with Josephine,
Wanting: to know how to crochet so I could make this,

Thanks for reading!




Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Fruits basket nails

Hello!

I've been thinking about doing Fruits basket nail art for a while but I just recently decided on how to go about painting them. I decided to go with Kyo, Yuki, and Shigure, in animal form, and a rice ball for Tohru.
I finished watching the anime about a year ago and really loved it so I started reading the magna too. I love the characters and story, especially Kyo and Tohru.


My index finger is Shigure, my middle finger Yuki, my ring finger Kyo, and I had to put Tohru's rice ball next to Kyo. I wanted to have Kyo's bracelet incorporated somehow so I made a border of black and white beads around him.

And my thumb is the Fruits basket logo in pink. I used a striping brush for all the details and a dotting tool for the letters and eyes.


Here's the polishes I used:

L.A colors basecoat/topcoat,
Wet n wild wild shine black crème,
Wet n wild wild shine French white crème,
Pure ice scandal,
Wet n wild wild shine sunny side up,
Wet n wild megalast sugar coat,
Wet n wild megalast disturbia,
Petites color fever vintage gray,
Petites color fever seashell,
The color workshop unnamed pink,
The color workshop unnamed sparkly gray,
a striping brush,
a dotting tool,
and N.Y.C extra shiny top coat.

Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Adventures in Washington

Hello!

I got back from a quick trip to Washington last Friday and I've finally gotten around to sorting through some pictures!

I walked around the docks and Pike's market with my family,  and this is one of the many bridges you had to walk under to get to the market.


I didn't get any pictures of Pike's but I got some beautiful ones of the Seattle Great Wheel, the only reason I know it's called that is that I looked at the website :)


This is gift shop near where we were staying, they light up the shark's mouth at night and it looks even cooler with the shadows!


And I had to get a picture of the space needle even if it's from a distance!

Thanks for reading!