Meow Mani

The last time I dressed up for Halloween I think was probably 5-6 years ago. I dressed up for work and that was about it. I don’t know why. I think dressing up is fun, I just don’t do it. The last time I went trick-or-treating was when I was like… 12. Haha, yes I went trick-or-treating when I was in 7th grade. Now that my daughter is 3, can walk, and say, “trick or treat,” I think it’s about time to take her out to collect candy from random people all while wearing a cute costume. When my parents came home from their trip to Germany earlier in the year, they came home with this uber cute dirndl which was a gift from my aunt and uncle to my daughter:

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Very well made, straight from Germany, and not one of those cheap, low quality, costume kinds. And it’s just about ready to not fit my daughter. So, she’s wearing this as one of her Halloween costumes this year and I figured since I’m taking her out, why not have a little fun myself? Maybe. I’m thinking of going the cheap, barely dressed up but it still counts as dressing up route… with cat ears, black and animal print, and face makeup hahaha.

And, hey, might as well do my nails to match, right?

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Sinful Colors in Black on Black, Sinful Colors in Nirvana, JLB in Gold Dust, and Nina gold holographic topcoat.

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It’s been a while since I’ve done any kind of design so I figured I’d give it a try. I’ve created this skittlette which is a term by Marta at ChitChatNails that describes this type of mani. (She is queen of the skittlette so be sure to check out her blog!) I did two nails with plain black, one black and brown animal print design, and one glittery nail. I also did it late at night while watching the Lakers game so, yes, it is half assed. No shame.

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It’ll go perfect with my cat “costume” if I do decide to dress up and if not then at least my nails look cute.

Soooo with that, whatever your plans may be for tomorrow, hope you all have a safe and happy Halloween!

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Mani Revamp – Purple Snow Globe

When life give you lemons, make lemonade right? My purple snow globe mani started chipping at the tips (*and play sad violin music here*). I was so in love with it and I didn’t have enough time to re-do a full mani that I did what any normal person would do– touched up the chips with more nail polish. This time around, instead of using Sally Hansen’s Snow Globe (because it doesn’t give much, if any, coverage) I broke out my Nicole by OPI Inner Sparkle from the Selena Gomez Collection.

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I do have to say, I think I love this mani even more now.

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I work with my hands a lot (cooking, jewelry making, working with clay, other crafts with my daughter) and the last time I used this glitter polish for a mani it didn’t show any signs of wear by the time I took it off so this one is definitely lasting me until the weekend.

What do you think? Do you prefer the original mani or the revamp?

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Monday Mani – Purple Snow Globe

I swoon whenever I see beautifully done gradient/ombre manis. I tried once using the sponge method but it looked terrible and used way too much nail polish. Instead, I just brush on my colors that I want to use for a “gradient” look then cover it all up with glitter hoping to hide some of the harsh lines. Tricky, huh?

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Today’s Monday Mani uses three different purple nail polishes and one glitter nailpolish. From my cuticle to tip of my nail, they are Revlon Enchanting, Sinful Colors Sweet Tooth, and Sinful Colors Candy Coated. The glitter I used is Sally Hansen Snow Globe that I just recently picked up. Sally Hansen’s Snow Globe is from the Complete Salon Manicure line. It’s a clear base with beautiful medium hex and tiny iridescent glitter. I’ve been dying to find one! It’s really beautiful in the bottle. Unfortunately, I didn’t look at swatches online before making the purchase though. While it’s absolutely breathtaking in the bottle, the glitter is sparse and I had to do a whole lot of fishing for the larger glitter just to get what you see on my nails. It’s a thicker formula than others that I’ve used but it applies quite beautifully and doesn’t take too long to dry. So my main gripe with it is just the amount of glitter. This is TWO coats of it.

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I’m pretty pleased with my non-gradient gradient mani. I’ve been wearing my nails pink and/or mint so often that it’s nice to have a different color on my nails right now. Here’s a closer look at it:

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I swoon!

This week, I’m linking up to:

DIY “Liquid Sand” Texture Nails

Ever since I saw a swatch of OPI’s Pussy Galore Liquid Sand from the Bond girls collection on someone’s Instagram, and I can’t for the life of me remember who it was, I’ve been on the hunt for it and I haven’t been able to find it in stores anywhere! Soooo, just like I did before I found my “perfect polish,” I made my own.

I searched the web for DIY tutorials and found one that used dryer sheets but it wasn’t the texture I was looking for. The Daily Varnish has a tutorial but it used embossing powder which I didn’t have on hand. It would have required a trip to my local Michaels Arts & Crafts store which can end up being dangerous because there is so much other stuff I could end up buying. I finally found this tutorial from Spektor’s Nails which was perfect because I had everything on hand already.

Here’s what I used:

IMG_5096Sinful Colors Starfish, Recollections extra fine glitter in Blush, and NYC Matte Me Crazy mattifying topcoat

I bought the glitter about a year ago in a pack of I think 20 or 24 from Michaels. It came with lots of pretty colors. Regular price is either $19.99 or $29.99 but at the time I used a 50% off coupon so I paid a reeeeally good price for the amount, colors, and quality of the glitter I bought. I’d definitely recommend Recollections glitter if you don’t want to splurge on Martha Stewart glitter which are also really great but also more expensive.

Sorry I didn’t take pictures during the process. I’m horrible at it and I started them so late I wanted to just get it over with and go to sleep. So here’s what I did:

  • Apply one coast of base coat on all nails. I use one I got from Ulta. The formula is a transparent green.
  • Apply one coat of my base color on all nails, Sinful Colors Starfish.
  • Working one nail at a time, apply a second coat of color. While the polish is still wet, sprinkle on the glitter all over your nail and gently pat the glitter into the wet polish. Be careful not to press too hard or move it around. Do this for all nails.
  • Apply one coat of matte top coat.

And there you have it!

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So maybe it isn’t exactly like Pussy Galore but overall I am very pleased with the results… you know, if you ignore my ugly cuticles. The process was painless and the tutorial was very easy to follow though I didn’t use the fan brush to apply the glitter. I thought I was going to have to actually mix something into my nail polish which, thankfully, I didn’t have to do. Be sure to check out the tutorial here.

What do you think about the liquid sand nails and/or textured nails in general? Let me know if you have any liquid sand formulas or if you give the tutorial a try– I’d love to see your results!

Monday Mani – pink, tiffany blue, & glitter

In the middle of watching the first episode of season three of Game of Thrones (that show is addicting!), I managed to spruce up my nails. Here’s what I used:IMG_4386

Left to right: Sinful Colors Starfish, Finger Paints Tiffany Imposter, white liner from Kiss, Sally Hansen Strobelight, and Ulta Tink-her-bell

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1st finger (thumb): two coats Starfish
2nd finger: two coats Tiffany Imposter, two coats Starfish for chevron tip, one coat white liner
3rd & 4th fingers: one coat Starfish, two coats Strobelight, one coat Tink-herbell
5th finger (pinky): two coats Starfish, two coats Tiffany Imposter for chevron tip, one coat white liner

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In terms of color and formula, these polishes are some of my faves. The colors are great and I am a fan of anything Tiffany/robin’s egg blue. The Finger Paints polish is actually one of the best formulas I’ve worked with. It is opaque in one coat, though I always use atleast two. It applies very smoothly and evenly and dries to a nice, creamy finish.

Sinful Colors Spring 2013 Collection: Sugar Rush

As I mentioned in my last post, Walgreens had a great deal on Sinful Colors nailpolishes. They are $1.99 regular price but they had a coupon for $1.00 off. I didn’t go wild but I did pick up a few on a couple trips I made last week. I picked up these pretties the first time:

Left to right: Unicorn, Orange Cream, Starfish, Sweet Tooth, and Candy Coated

Walgreens had the displays for their new Spring 2013 Collections, one of them was Sugar Rush which was pastel and bright eyecandy. I basically went pastel crazy =D.  All of these colors (with the exception of Starfish) are part of the Sugar Rush Collection. There were a couple others, Cotton Candy and Sweet Nothing, that I did not purchase because the colors didn’t appeal to me. At the time. Watch, I’ll end up purchasing them in a couple weeks when they’re regular price. Doh.

Here are the colors swatched. Unicorn (which I read on Emi‘s blog is also a core shade) is a really pretty yellow in the bottle but for me it applied horribly. All of the swatches above are three coats and I couldn’t get Unicorn to full opacity with three. Maybe it’s just me but it wasn’t really my cup o’ tea. I wasn’t too crazy about how the color looked on me either. I’ll still keep the color and use it just in my nail designs.

Of the five colors I picked up, my favorites are Orange Cream and Candy Coated. I also have Hazard from Sinful Colors which is a more bold orange/coral color but Orange Cream is just right on me. Candy Coated reminded me of Revlon’s Enchanting when I saw the bottle in the store but I decided to purchase it anyway and I’m really glad that I did. Again, it’s a great formula but it doesn’t have the slight shimmer that Enchanting has and it’s more on the blueish lavender side. To be honest, I actually like Candy Coated better and it helps that it’s cheaper, too ;).

So those are what I picked up on my first trip, I’ll be back later to show you a few I picked up the second time around. Did you take advantage of the $0.99 Sinful Colors polishes at Walgreens last week or do you have any of the Sugar Rush Collection? Which one(s) is your favorite?

Stripes, spots, and flowers

I’ve been obsessing over floral and polka dot nails lately, you know, ever since I learned how to do them. In between scrubbing the heck out of the grout in our master bathroom, watching the Laker game, washing three loads of laundry, and prepping dinners for the week, I managed to sit down and do my nails… right before I washed the dishes. I messed up my tips a little in case you couldn’t tell which I’m sure you can. Note to self: be sure my nails are COMPLETELY dry before doing dishes. 
Left to Right: Kiss in White, Revlon in Eclectic, Finger Paints in Don’t make a Scene, Sinful Colors in Starfish, Sinful Colors in Candy Coated, and Sally Hansen in Golden-I
Last week, Walgreens had a great sale on Sinful Colors nail polish (only 99 cents each!) so I made a couple trips to pick some up, including a few from the Spring 2013 Collections Sugar Rush and Almost Famous. I’ll be back a little later to share which of those I got (one of them was used in this nail look).
Happy Monday!