Saturday, May 7, 2016

40 Great Nail Art Ideas- floral

Good evening and happy Saturday! I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend :) Mine's rather busy, with one day down and one to go lol. Today was my niece's second birthday party, then tomorrow is Mother's Day.

This week's 40gnai prompt was floral. I used the gorgeous ILNP Peace and Atlantis for my base, with stamping from UberChic 1-02 in MdU copper.

Floral Inlinkz-

Saturday, April 30, 2016

40 Great Nail Art Ideas- 3 shades of red/orange

Good morning and happy Saturday!

Here is this week's 40GNAI mani. The main prompt was using 3 shades of red/orange; my personal prompt was fan brush nail art. This is my second attempt at using a fan brush for nail art. My first attempt was 2 and a half years ago, and rather disasterous.

For the 3 shades of red/orange, I used the following China Glaze colors-

None of Your Risky Business
Red-y to Rave
Hot Flash
White on White (base color for the fan brush)

Let just say this, the photo IS NOT color accurate. I think the colors freaked out my phone's camera, especially Risky Business. It's much more orange than it appears to be.

3 shade of red/orange Inlinkz-

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Happy Saturday

Good evening and happy Saturday!

Let's get down to the manis! Yesterday's mani was already posted, so on to Thursday's, it was one for Earth Day. I did a gradient of blue and green, using Colors by Llarowe Bananas and Krispy Kremes are Better than HBO and KP.

For #watermarblepracticewed, that prompt was also Earth Day. Again, I used blue and green, even if it doesn't look like. The colors nearly blended together lol. I used Fair Maiden Bisous and Santorini Bikini, over China Glaze White on White.

Tuesday's mani was a combined prompt mani. One prompt was green, the other is gold stars. The green is DIFFERENT dimensions Accept Understand Love from this month's The Holo Hookup box. The gold stars are actually bronze and are from DRK A3.

Monday's mani was inspired by some beautiful tulips my hubs bought for me last weekend. It fit the prompt for an IG challenge. The base was Saran Wrap mani of China Glaze White on White, Red-y to Rave, and Hot Flash. The tulips are from FUN 14, stamped in MdU black. Matted with China Glaze Matte Magic.

Another flower prompt mani! This was created with Lilypad Lacquer Lemony, which is a lovely yellow with a subtle linear holo, and UberChic 1-02 in MdU white.

That previous week's #watermarblepracticewed prompt was April showers. I drew inspiration from wind currents, storm churned waters, and dark skies. The base was ILNP Blue Steel, with Zoya Lake and OPI Nail Envy for the water marble.

That Tuesday's mani wasn't a challenge prompt one, so I kept it simple. The base color was Different Not Less from Bliss Polish, my first from that indie. It's such a beautiful blue. I stamped little kitties over it from Mo You London Kitty 15, in MdU white.

I did that week's PAA Mani Monday prompt, shades of grey, combined with a birds challenge prompts. The grey base was Colors by Llarowe Beat It. I don't have many birds images, oddly enough; the only one I have is on Bundle Monster 614. I stamped it in MdU light grey.

Almost done! That Sunday's mani was a combined prompt mani, too. Prompts were neon and floating hearts. Colors used were China Glaze White on White, and DIFFERENT dimension Boogie, Psyche, and Full Spectral. The hearts are from DRK A3, stamped in MdU black.

Last one! It was for a mint green prompt, and I couldn't resist using this color again. It's so beautiful, I just love it. It's Cirque Colors Mint Chip.

Friday, April 22, 2016

40 Great Nail Art Ideas- animals

Good evening!

I hope everyone is enjoying their Friday evening, and is looking forward to the weekend :)  Me, I'm just glad the week is over; it was nothing but a comedy of errors lol.

So, on to today's mani. This week's theme for 40gnai was animals. In the wake of the death of an incredibly talented musician, I couldn't not honor him in some way, although I plan on doing so again in the very near future. So, I combined both things and ended up with this mani.

The two colors I used were Colors by Llarowe When Doves Cry and Ghouls Just Wanna Have Fun. I don't Purple Rain..... yet, so went with Ghouls. The colors themselves were to honor Prince. The stamping was for 40gnai. It was from UberChic Furry Best Friends, stamped in MdU black.

Animals Inlinkz-

Sunday, April 17, 2016

40 Great Nail Art Ideas- pink and lilac

Good evening!

Yes, I know, I'm a few days late with this. I really debated on posting this, because I was not happy with how it turn out. I think I should have done something different, because my colors blended together too much in the water marble. All the colors I used were China Glaze- White on White, Let's Jam, and I'll Pink to That. My personal prompt was 3d/embellished. I don't really care for embellishments or 3d art on myself; my nails are too curvy for most to lay right. The studs I used were from Born Pretty.

Pink and lilac Inlinkz-

Monday, April 11, 2016

40 Great Nail Art Ideas- kids' TV

Good morning!

Last week's 40gnai prompt was kids' TV. I almost skipped out on this because I was drawing an absolute blank on it. We don't have kids, so I don't really pay attention to that sort of thing, and I don't have much in the of stamping plates for I used to watch as a child. I had to kind of wing it lol.

I settled on being inspired by Barbie Fairytopia and Tinkerbell, which were both either shows or direct-to-DVD movies. I didn't do everything I wanted to for this mani, but I ran out of time that night ad I was tired. The base color is ILNP Skyscraper, which is just gorgeous. All the stamping images are from Marianne Nails 11, 58, and 59, stamped in MdU.

Kids' TV Inlinkz-

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

So damn busy!!

Good afternoon, and happy hump day!

Ugh, so, yeah, been pretty busy lately. I was sick the week before last, then trying to play catch after that. This week, things seem to be settling down a little bit, finally. Lots of catching up to do! Let's get started!

First is today's mani, which I am so proud of. It's for this week's #watermarblepracticewed prompt, over a gradient base. This is the first time I have done this, and I really like how it turned out. I only did accent fingers, because I just didn't have enough time last night to make a whole mani out of it. Here's what I used-

China Glaze-
      White on White
      Splish Splash
      Hang Ten-toes
      Orange You Hot?
      Matte Magic

OPI- Nail Envy

Wet 'N Wild- Black Creme

Yesterday's mani was for #clairestelle8april water prompt. I chose to do a sunlight on water look, and CbL Amoebas Contain Tiny Spacemen was the perfect base for it. The stamping came from Sugar Bubbles 021, stamped in MdU sky blue.

Monday's mani was for three different challenges, PAA Mani Monday and two other IG challenges. The prompts were mint/pink, pastels, and dandelions. In last week's nail mail, I got the color I used for my base. I absolutely had to have when I saw the name. It's called Mint Chip, from Cirque Colors, which is my favorite kind of ice cream, as well mint/chocolate candy. I had to really scramble to find a dandelion image; turns out, I only have one lol, and it's one Nailz Craze 01. Stamped it in MdU barbie, then matted with Wet 'N Wild matte topcoat.

On Sunday, we went to see the replicas of Columbus' ships, the Nina and Pinta. It was so cool, I love doing this sort of thing. The weather was beautiful, and it was just a great day :) On my nails was the beautiful Cyngus Loop from ILNP. I could not capture all the colors it shifts through, but I managed a few.

Last Friday's mani is already posted, so on to last Thursday. I did an IG challenge prompt that day, which turned out more subtle than I intended. My base color outshone my stamping lol. The prompt I did was cherry blossoms, so for my base, I used ILNP Dream Girl. Such a beautiful color! The cherry blossoms that don't show up very well, are from Bundle Monster 716, stamped in MdU chocolate.

I flubbed last week's #watermarblepracticewed prompt. I was supposed to use a charm or gems or some 3d stuff for it, but totally spaced it when I topcoated. Here's what I used, it was all OPI-

Alpine Snow
I Manicure for Beads
Spare me a French Quarter?
Suzi Skis in the Pyrenees

This also came out darker than I was planning, but I kinda liked it :)

Last Tuesday, I had an impulse to used one of my beloved Crackles over a neon base. I know, I know, not everyone likes them, but I do, so deal :P I started with a gradient, neon base, then added the Crackle once it was dry. I used the following China Glaze colors-

White on White
You Drive me Coconuts
That's Shore Bright
Lightning Bolt

For last week's PAA Mani Monday, I did the prompt black, and took some liberty with it. For my base, I used the super bright, ultra glowy Pink! Rock Candy by Glisten & Glow from the March 2016 Holo Hookup box. This pink is ridiculously gorgeous! I stamped black butterflies over it from Lesly 120 in MdU black.

That Sunday was Easter, so I had to egg nails, of course, and this fit with all the Easter themed challenges I had that day. The base was DIFFERENT dimension Blue Raspberry Airhead, and I stamped over that with Messy Mansion 08 in MdU barbie.

The previous Friday's mani has been posted, so on to that Thursday. That was a challenge prompt day, prompt being chicks. That was the weeks I was sick, so I didn't do many fancy manis. OPI Show us Your Tips for the base, with the chicks stamped in MdU yellow, from Messy Mansion 08.

I skipped out on that week's #watermarblepracticewed prompt, and chose to do an Easter bunny one from a different challenge. I bought the new Winstonia plate, A Very Bunny Day, and got it the week before that one. This gave me the chance to try out the fine, bunny images. The blue bases were OPI Rich Girls and Po-Boys and China Glaze Don't Shallow. I used MdU navy for the stamping.

That Tuesday's prompt was Easter eggs. I chose to a gradient with Easter egg-like designs stamped over them. The gradient was nice. I used China Glaze colors for it-

Sweet Hook
White on White
Girls Just Wanna Have Sun
Don't be Shallow 

And Zoya Tiana

The stamping could have been straighter, but I dealt with that. No, what pissed me off what MdU Mexican pink smearing, as usual -_- Not that they looked horrible but I knew. Oh, the plate I used was the new Winstonia.

And, finally, that Monday's mani. It was a combined challenge mani, one of them being Easter. This had a gradient base, using CbL High School was Rough Man and Fair Maiden Now & Later. The stamped images were from Winstonia 212, stamped in MdU silver.

Saturday, April 2, 2016

40 Great Nail Art Ideas- violet

Good morning and happy Saturday!

I hope y'all are enjoying your weekend :) I don't have too much planned today, just some work around the house to be done, but tomorrow the hubs and I are going to replicas of Columbus' Nina and Pinta. I'm a little excited, as I find this kind of thing fascinating.

Alright, so, this week's 40gnai prompt was violet, and my personal prompt was to use dotting tools. What I ended up with, is similar to a mani I did quite some time ago, but I think this one turned out better. The base color is Now & Later from Fair Maiden Polish, a new to me brand that came in this month's The Holo Hookup box. Colors used for the dots were Zoya Julie and OPI Suz Skis in the Pyrenees.

Violet Inlinkz-

Monday, March 28, 2016

40 Great Nail Art Ideas- spring

Good morning!

Sorry for the lateness of this post. I spent most of last week fighting off a cold that literally everyone around has had for the last two months. I thought I was safe, in that I hadn't gotten it. Well, with our last cold front, it finally did. Nowhere near as bad as everyone else, but it made me very tired. 

Last week's prompt for 40gnai was spring. My mani turned out more Easter-y than spring, but I really like what I did. The base was a beautiful gradient of China Glaze colors-

White on White
Sweet Hook
Dance Baby
Lemon Fizz
Fairy Dust

The stamped images were from Winstonia A Very Bunny Day, stamped in MdU black. Everything was matted with Wet 'N Wild's matte topcoat.

Spring Inlinkz-

Monday, March 21, 2016

Happy Monday!

Good morning!

So, I have plenty to show y'all this morning. I've been dealing with an old shoulder injury from a car accident 11 years ago, that makes it painful to sit and blog, among other things, but I wanted to get this done. Here goes!

Let's start with last Thursday, St. Patrick's Day. I had bigger plans for this mani, but didn't have enough time for them lol. I ended up with just a super bright, green mani. Polishes used were China Glaze I'm With the Lifeguard and Can I get an Untz Untz?.

Last week was full of green manis :P I totally bailed on last Wednesday's #watermarblepracticewed prompt, clovers, because I just couldn't get it to work. Not sure what my problem was, because I tried to stamp after that, and that wasn't working for me either! I said fuck it, and left my beautiful green base as it. It was nine zero lacquer's March 2016 PotM. 

How beautiful is that polish?! That maker makes some gorgeous colors!

For last Tuesday's mani, I used a more teal base than a true green, China Glaze Keepin' it Teal. I stamped over it used an image from Bundle Monster H04 in MdU gold.

Last Monday's PAA Mani Monday prompts were St. Patrick's day and/or make it sparkle; I did both, and loved what I did. I used Zoya Tomoko for the make it sparkle prompt. Morgan Taylor Later Alligator was stamped with Messy Mansion mm04 in MdU light gold for the St. Patrick's prompt.

Last Sunday's mani was another that I impressed myself with. It was a combo mani for two IG challenge prompts, shamrocks and mosaic. This is what I came up with. The mosaic base was created with OPI Color Paints-

Landscape Artist
Indigo Motif
Purple Perspective
Turquoise Aesthetic

I sponged those over KBShimmer Pt. Young Thing. I used the full nail shamrock image from Messy Mansion mm04 in MdU black.

The previous Friday's 40 Great Nail Art Ideas mani was post, so on that Thursday's mani. It was another IG challenge, favorite animal. My camera freaked over how bright my base was. Like, it shows it lighter than it really is, but I didn't want to try to adjust the color. If you love neons, you need to grab Morgan Taylor's neons from 2 summers ago, because they are fab!

Okay, so my base color was Don't Worry, Be Brilliant, with no white undie. My favorite animal/s are cats. I love cats <3 All the images I used are from the Furry Best Friends plate from UberChic in MdU black, then matted with Matte's a Wrap.

The #watermarblepracticewed prompt that week was green diagonal stripes. OPI Alpine Snow for the white base, and My Twin Mimmy and I'm Sooo Swamped for the water marble.

And, last but not least, another IG challenge prompt. This one was clothes inspired. I've seen bold, geometric prints and jewel tones used quite a bit lately, so that was my inspiration. The base color is Colors by Llarowe High School was Rough, Man. Stamping was from Sugar Bubbles 021, in MdU white and neon blue.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

40 Great Nail Art Ideas- 3 shades of green

Good afternoon and happy Saturday!

I hope you're enjoying your weekend :) I have some cleaning planned and a bit of decluttering to do, and of course, nails. Nothing horribly exciting this weekend.

This week's 40GNAI prompt for everyone was three shades of green; my personal prompt was dots. I chose to do a reciprocal gradient type mani, and here's what I came up with. I created a beautiful gradient base with Zoya Neely, Wednesday, and Cecilia. I love how that turned out! I'm not to happy with the dots, they look a little sloppy to me -_- I used the full nail dot image on UberChic 1-03, stamped with MdU white, mint, and fiji.

Three shades of green Inlinkz-

Friday, March 11, 2016

40 Great Nail Art Ideas- food

Yay for posting the 40 Great Nail Art Ideas on the right day!!

Good evening!

As the title says, this week's prompt is food. I chose to do something that I hadn't done, but have admired on others- drippy ice cream nails. I started with a base of China Glaze Boho Blues. This is such a pretty color. The drippy chocolate is OPI Suzi Loves Cowboys, the sprinkles are China Glaze Point me to the Party.

Food Inlinkz-

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Time to catch up again!

Good morning!

Boy, I'll be happy when summer comes around, and things start slowing down enough at work so I'm not so exhausted on my evenings and weekends. This snowbird season has been insane :P Because of it, I have some catching up do again, so here we go!

Yesterday was PAA Mani Monday, and the one prompt I chose to do was orange. I combined it with an IG challenge that I'm taking part in. The orange is DIFFERENT dimension Witch and Famous, which I had been wanting since I first saw it. The IG challenge prompt I combined with dotticure. I didn't do a true dotticure, but stamped it with an image from UberChic 1-03 and MdU lime. At least I kept it from looking Halloweeny or fallish!

Nothing for the weekend, and that was a good thing because I put my second Helmer together and managed to bang up my hands in doing so XD. Friday's mani has been posted already, so one to last Thursday's! 

I made a decision recently to seriously work on my gradients. I have had a few turn out spectacular, but most don't. This one falls under those that don't, lol, mostly because one of my colors didn't want to build nicely. Colors used were all China Glaze- White on White, In the Near Fuchsia, and My Way or the Highway.

If My Way or the Highway had covered better, I think this would have looked nicer.

For last week's #watermarblepracticewed prompt, the prompt was incorporate dots. Easy peasy. I started with a base of China Glaze White on White. My marble was created with China Glaze colors also- Secret Peri-Wink-Le and Bahamian Escape. The dots were Boho Blues.

Okay, last Tuesday's mani combined two challenge prompt, blue and emoji, and here's what I came up with. The yellow base is Morgan Taylor Doo Wop, which wasn't too bad to work with. I only needed three coats of it for this mani. Now, the only plate I could find I have with anything close to emoji was Bundle Monster plate 304. I stamped the image in MdU sky blue.

I skipped out on doing last Monday's PAA Mani Monday prompt, and did an IG challenge prompt, in love with pink. Another gradient, this one using OPI colors- Mod About You, Suzi has a Swede Tooth, and Spare me a French Quarter?. Unfortunately, SV decided to smear or pick up color on a few nails -_-

Stamping Sunday's mani also had a gradient base that I should have left as is, because the stamping didn't show up very well. Colors used were also OPI- That's Hula-rious! and I'm sooo Swamped. The stamping image came from Loja BBF 19, stamped in MdU bones.

That Friday's mani was posted already, so on to that Thurday's! This was a combined challenge mani, prompts being magic and unicorn. The gradient I created for the base was pretty damn magical, in my opinion lol. I think it was my first time doing a holo gradient, too. The holos I used were ILNP Pixie Dust and You're my Boy, Blue. The stamped images were from Nail Ways A-NW00012 and Vivid Lacquer 019, stamped in MdU white.

The #watermarblepracticewed prompt for that week was water spotting, something I haven't been real successful with, but I decided to give it another go. That gorgeous periwinkle base is ninezero February 2016. For the spotting, I used Wet 'N Wild Black Creme.

That Tuesday, the challenge prompt I did was food I love. I love food in general, lol, but especially desserts. Specifically, my husband's cookies, so that was the inspiration for this mani. Colors used were Zoya Spencer, Taylor, and Emilia, in a Saran Wrap mani and dotting.

And, finally, something a little racy! PAA Mani Monday for that week had a dry brush prompt as one of the choices. I combined that with an IG challenge prompt of hot and spicy. My dry brush mani was created using all OPI colors- 

Alpine Snow
I'm sooo Swamped
Rich Girls and Po-Boys
I Manicure for Beads
Black Onyx

The stamped images are from the naughty plate that MdU sells, stamped in MdU white.