Thursday, January 31, 2013

February Nail Art Challenge.

I was scrolling through my feed on Instagram and saw a few posts for a February Nail Art Challenge created by Californails (Instagram user: @californails).

I thought that this looked like fun!  So throughout the month of Febraury I will be using this as inspiration for my manicures.  I hope you enjoy those future posts!

Light and delicate.

A while back I was scrolling through Pinterest and saw a gorgeous manicure that I knew I had to recreate.  The link was bogus and led me to some random site, so I dissected the look based on what I could see in the picture.  It appeared as though the person used a pastel pink jelly nail polish to create the jelly sandwich. On top of the dainty jelly sandwich were hand-drawn feathers.  I thought this was so delicate and girly!

Without knowing what polishes were used, I went searching through my own collection to find similar matches so I could recreate this lovely manicure.  I chose Nubar Lafemme (a delicate baby pink jelly polish) and OPI Pirouette My Whistle.

To begin, I painted to coats of Nubar Lafemme.  This is such a pale pink jelly, I wanted to make sure I established to gorgeous pink color on my nails before adding the glitter.  And in the jelly sandwich fashion, I then painted a layer of OPI Pirouette My Whistle, followed by another layer of Lafemme.  I adore this combo- so light and delicate!  I then used a thin nail art brush and Sally Hansen White On to paint the feathers.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

A soft gradient.

I have been so incredibly sick lately and have not had the energy to do my nails (Oh, the horror!!).  A nasty cold, followed by the flu, followed by a sinus infection has taken over my January.  I have probably taken just about every over-the-counter cough and sinus medication there is this month!  I absolutely hate being sick.

After feeling like I was trapped indoors for days and doing nothing but either lying in bed or on the couch (of course, the few chances I got while taking care of my two toddlers), I finally gathered enough energy to do something that I wanted to do- my nails!  Wanting to use the new Essie Splash of Grenadine polish I purchased off of Amazon (not a new color, but new for me), I decided to do a soft gradient.  I paired this beauty with Deborah Lippmann Naked, a gorgeous nude.  And I always love to top my gradients with China Glaze Fairy Dust.

To create this soft gradient, I painted my nails with my base color using Deborah Lippmann Naked.  Once this dried, I used a makeup sponge striped with both Naked and Splash of Grenadine and applied multiple layers of these colors.  Every time I dabbed my nail with the sponge, I moved the sponge up and down slightly to help the colors blend.  This technique was repeated until the desired opacity was achieved.  Once all nails were finished, I cleaned the excess nail polish off of my skin using an eyebrow makeup brush dipped in acetone.  Last, I completed the look with a coat of Fairy Dust.

slightly blurred to show the holographic glitter in Fairy Dust

What do you all think of this gradient?  I love the transition from nude to magenta-pink.  And of course, the look could not be complete with the gorgeous holographic Fairy Dust.  I plan on making a tutorial on how to do a color gradient using this technique so stay tuned.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Escaping reality.

Welcome to my blog!  Here you will find a collection of my manicures, including nail art tutorials and nail polish reviews.  I hope you all enjoy reading about my slight obsession for nail polish!

I recently made a trip out to Westminster, Ca to Imperial Beauty Supply at the recommendation of a friend on Instagram (thank you, Maria! - @nailsmadesimple).  Let me tell you- this was definitely worth the hour and fifteen minute drive it took to get there (and that is no traffic on the 405!).  The polishes were soooo cheap! I was in nail polish heaven.  I am glad I only took out a certain amount of cash because it could have been bad for my bank account!  They had brands such as OPI, China Glaze, Nubar, Orly, Jessica, Seche Vite, Essie, etc.  So fun!

One of the polishes I picked up was Escaping Reality by China Glaze from their recent Cirque du Soleil Worlds Away collection.  It is a gorgeous bright pink that leans almost neon.  It dries with a wax-like finish, not matte like normal neons, but not shiny like cremes.  Also, it has a semi jelly opacity to it - a crelly!!

I decided to pair this beauty with the simplicity of black, and I chose OPI Black Onyx to use on my other nails.  I also used a small nail art brush to add an angled leopard design to the accent nails.

I am loving this design!  I was in the mood for something fun and bright since the weather here is warming up.  This bright pink definitely adds that touch of flare to brighten up the mani.  What do you all think?  Did you get any polishes from the Cirque du Soleil Worlds Away collection?