9.30.2011

Borghese in "Tangelo Sherbert"

This is a very pretty light pinkish coral shimmer polish. I goes on smooth and streak free. It has a white glass flecked shimmer. It's frosty so you can see the brush strokes a little bit, but not really. It's not a frost so it's very smooth. The Borghese polishes all have big brushes and they hold a lot of product. You can see the photo of the brush on my Brushes page above. This is two coats. One coat gives almost full coverage.

9.26.2011

L.A. Color "Craze in Circuits"

(Two Coats. No Base. No Top.)
This is a very cool color because of it's finish. It's a solid opaque black. One coat give good coverage and two is the finisher. It has a thicker consistancy and I caught a few bubbles, but the polish is about $2 so whatever. Now the finish is what I like. It's a creme, but instead of having the more "typical" finish it has a very plastic PVC finish to it which I really like.

9.25.2011

Brucci in "Max's Punkin''"

This is  a nice slightly deep non-neon orange creme. It went on flawless with no bubbles or streaks. Great color for fall and for Halloween/Thanksgiving based nail designs. Very true to a pumpkin color.

9.16.2011

Tape Mani Wheel






Many of these are inspired by Chloe from Chloe's Nails of course. She is the master of tape and I hope I did her justice here. The tape mani's are a lot of fun and for the most part the really don't take as much time as you think. My favorites are 6, 7, 11, 12 and 18. how about you guys any favorites? How about some good color combinations? That's always where I have trouble. I'm not very good at choosing great color combinations.

9.13.2011

Free Hand Sampler Wheel





Just some freehand nail art designs. Some of these I've done as full manicures already. If you check through the nail art tags you'll definitely come across them. The wheel I'm currently working on finishing is a Halloween/Thanksgiving wheel. So stay tuned. If you have any questions about any techniques used or polish colors just ask in a comment and I'll let you know.  Hope you guys enjoy these as much as I do. My favorites are definitely 5, 9, 16. I'll have more free hand wheels in the future.

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9.12.2011

Salon Effects in "Wicked Bamboo"


This is Sally Hansen’s Salon Effects in Wicked Bamboo. I really didn't care for this look too much when it was in the box, but I figured hey let's try it. At first I was like eh... not liking it. It reminded me more of floorboards and wallpaper than bamboo. Then it began to wear on me and I actually have to say I like this look. It’s very subtle and neutral looking because it does have the nude-ish tone to it, but since it’s bicolored it keeps it from being too plain. This isn’t a jazzy look at all, but it’s a nice played down subtle design. One girl at work told me that she loved it and that it reminded her of caramel. I got a few compliments and people wanting to know what it was. This was definitely one of those things that look much better on the nail than in the box. I didn’t do the best job at applying these this time because I rushed it, boo me. However, since winter is setting in and I’m in work boots most of the week, I don’t see a reason to keep my toes updated with my nail polish color. So… I managed to save one of the foil packages. Now I get a second round out of the one box! The joy of short nails.

9.08.2011

1st Attempt At Water Marbling

So this was my first attempt at water marbling and I did for my cousin. I always do her nails for special occasions and for her birthday she wanted water marbling. I told her I never did it before, but she let me use her as a lab rat and I have to say it came out pretty decent. There was a lot of trouble throughout the process though. Sometimes the polish drips wouldn't spread out into rings. Some of the rings were awkward and uneven. I got the hang of it after a while. She loved it so as long as she was happy that was all that mattered. I did cover the surrounding skin with tape and that was a HUGE help in the clean up. I don't see a lot of water marbling in my future, but I'll have to change that and try and get some skills.


9.07.2011

EMS and Patchwork!

So for being neglectful everyone, but forgive me. I traveled to Florida, again, but this time with my boyfriend for vacation and then two days after I got back I started my new job... as an Emergency Medical Technician!!! My first week I did 90 hours!! Almost 40 of them were in one weekend doing stand by at a concert called "The Electric Zoo"... sheer chaos, as if the name doesn’t give that away. I’m very proud of my new career. I've wanted this for a long time and I've just been waiting for the timing to be right and I've found it.
While I may have been studying and preparing in my new career, I haven’t been completely gone lovies. I’ve been working on creating nail wheels. I have a bunch started, but the first one that’s been completed is my Patchwork Wheel. In hindsight I don’t think I needed a whole wheel of it because some of these combos I think are bleh. My favorites are definitely 1, 11, 12, 15 and 17. My least favorite is probably 4. What do you guys think? As always, click the photos for full size  views.