Saturday, June 23, 2012

Color Club Metamorphosis and Love and Beauty Blue Turtle Stamp

I did this mani because my boyfriend came home from Best Buy over the weekend with this little set of an "As Seen On TV" stamping kit, and told me "I thought you might want this in case you didn't have these stamps" - Lol! Of course I want them! It was too sweet, but anyway - I was checking them out and there was a cute little turtle on one of the plates that I really wanted to use!

The name brand on these was Salon Express and the plates were pretty good but the scraper that came with it was really awful and didn't cleanly scrape off the polish. After the scraper failed I decided I wasn't even going to attempt the stamper it came with and just used one of my trusty Konad stampers. To do this mani I started with three coats of a Forever 21 Love & Beauty Polish, called Blue/Multi, with a coat of Seche Vite on top - gotta love those descriptive names! This is a really nice polish that is very shear, I needed all 3 coats. It flashed a light pretty gold at different angles. I tried to capture the shift in these two pictures a bit.

Then I wanted to make it look a little bit like an underwater scheme and sponged my nails using a faux sea sponge with Color Club Metamorphosis, below. Metamorphosis looks more turquoise/blue green in real life.

Finally I stamped a turtle and a sea horse from the Salon Express stamping kit using Konad Special Polish in Black. These plates aren't labeled with a plate number, which is a bit annoying, and these designs were on two different plates. I finally remembered to have my stamp facing outward for pictures, and it worked well on my ring finger... but then my sea horse was upside down on my thumb! I'll get it right someday, lol. Thanks for looking!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

China Glaze I'm With The Lifeguard Stamp Mani


I did this mani because I wanted to get some use out of my new China Glaze Summer Neons that I had picked up! I can't seem to get enough of neons lately! For this mani I started with two coats of China Glaze I'm With The Lifeguard, with a coat of Seche Vite on top, below.


I then stamped my nails with this funky looking starry design from Bundle Monster Plate BM-202, using Konad Special Polish in Black.


Outdoor - Shade

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Orly Sweet Peacock and Color Club Lumin-icecent Mani

I saw today's idea on Pinterest, but when I try and find the original poster it goes to a blank tumblr that "no longer exists". If anyone knows who created this design, please let me know so I can give them credit!

This design is much easier than it looks! For this mani I used Orly Sweet Peacock, Color Club Lumin-icecent, Orly Tiara and Sinful Colors Midnight Blue. Both of the stamps came from Konad Plate m83.

Thumb - Two coats of Color Club Lumin-icecent. Stamped with Sinful Colors Midnight Blue with Konad Plate m83.

Index - Two coats of Orly Sweet Peacock. I painted Orly Tiara on half, and then laid down a strip of silver striping tape.

Middle - Two coats of Orly Sweet Peacock. I then painted the top half of my nail with Color Club Lumin-icecent and placed a strip of silver striping tape in between the two colors.

Ring Finger - Two coats of Color Club Lumin-icecent with a coat of Orly Tiara on top.

Pinky - Two coats of Color Club Lumin-icecent, stamped a partial design using Sinful Colors Midnight Blue from Konad Plate m83.

I sealed it all in with Seche Vite. Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

China Glaze Sun-Kissed and Sinful Colors Why Not Dot Mani

Today I have a cute idea and color combination that I saw on Pinterest, but it's from a blog called Brilliant Nail. I am really loving neons so far this Summer!

To do this mani I started with two coats of China Glaze Sun-Kissed, below, a new polish from their Summer Neons collection for Summer 2012. This applied pretty nicely, maybe slightly thick, but I think that helped it be more opaque in less coats. It's a really nice highlighter yellow, but it's packed with a really nice shimmer which makes it less harsh. I am really loving this color. Also, it's pretty true to the color in the first photo that I took in the sunlight.

When this was dry I added various sized dots using a few different dotting tools, in Sinful Colors Why Not. Then on a few of the bigger dots I added a small dot of Sun-Kissed over Why Not. Finally I added a coat of Seche Vite on top to smooth everything out. 

Monday, June 4, 2012

China Glaze Electric Pineapple

Hello! This is two coats of China Glaze Electric Pineapple, with a coat of Seche Vite on top. I actually wore this color a few weeks ago when I was wearing some bright yellow/green capris. The application was pretty good on this one, but after I changed my outfit it seemed like a really intense color to have on. I wasn't the biggest fan of it on it's own. My friend Debby described it as 'garish', haha. It's kind of a good description... but on to the pics.

This is a cell phone picture of my nails with the outfit that matched them. It wasn't this glow-y in real life.