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Showing posts with label Art Deco. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Art Deco. Show all posts

6/14/11

Text Talk

I want to mention that my internet connection is totally jacked up. Sometimes it wants to work and sometimes it refuses so if I go a long time without posting it's because of my Internet connection, not because I have abandoned my blog. I'm pretty sure the connection itself is fine, but I think it may be a problem with our router. Anyway, just remember that I have not left this blog.

Today's mani is this, different sized bubbles filled with "text talk". This did not wear well at all. I took a picture one day after and already the index is cracking and the middle and thumb have tip wear. Probably because I didn't wrap my tips with topcoat. Oh well...


For this manicure I started off with the base of China Glaze Pelican Gray. Then I created the bubbles with Zoya Lolly, Ulta Bam-Blue-Zled, China Glaze Starboard, China Glaze Hey Sailor, and Zoya Creamy. The letters are written with Art Deco Black Sparkles. I finished off with topcoat to smooth everything out.

5/22/11

Peacock Accents

 Last night I was feeling really indesicive about what I wanted to do with my nails. I was mainly stuck on skittles, Peacock feathers, penguins, or color blocking. After a while I finally decided on Peacock accents. The idea for this manicure came from this picture. I found it floating around the blogosphere so I'm not sure who to credit for it.

I gave this two tries. The first time was nice, but still wasn't doing it for me:


Excuse my nubbin (index finger) and cuticles in these pictures. I was forced to trim my nails short and acetone really doesn't like my cuticles.

For this manicure I used Zoya Breezi as the base of the accent fingers and Art Deco Gold Glitter on the index, middle, and pinky. I don't own a glittery gold so I had to compromise and use an Art Deco polish as a regular polish. Anyway, I drew the feather in Art Deco Black and went back and traced it with China Glaze First Mate. I filled in the ends of the feather with Art Deco Gold Glitter and added a blue rhinestone from Born Pretty.

I didn't really like how yellow toned the gold was so I removed the gold fingers and did a color block pattern instead. I couldn't help myself. I've been wanting to try color block for ages:

With top coat to smooth things out...

For this manicure I again used Zoya Breezi as the base of the accent fingers. For the feathers, I followed the same steps as the first manicure, except instead of using gold on the end of the feather I used Zoya Charla. For the color blocking I used Wet n Wild French White as the base. I went in with my Art Deco Black and created random lines to form different sized squares/rectangles. I used China Glaze Pelican Gray, Zoya Breezi, and China Glaze First Mate to fill them in. After it dried completely I applied top coat.

The second one's probably my favorite, It's also the manicure I'm wearing now. (;

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5/8/11

Monarch Butterfly

Good morning everyone! Today I have for you a Monarch Butterfly inspired manicure. I know this has been done many times before but since this is my first time trying it, I thought I'd post it. I am IN LOVE with this manicure! It's probably one of my favorite manis that I've done so far. I have always thought Monarch Butterflies were beautiful but I love them even more now.

Sorry for all the pictures. I tried to control myself for this post but the butterfly is so pretty, it deserves not one--but five pictures:


For this manicure I used...
China Glaze Lighthouse- golden yellow base
Zoya Rica- orange-y coral sponged in the center
Zoya Reva- raspberry red sponged on tips and into center
Art Deco White and Black- used for black lines and white dots

When I first saw this manicure on other blogs I really wanted to try it. I had no idea how easy it would be! Mine could have come out flawless but my Art Deco polishes are so thick and goopy! It made drawing the lines 10x harder than it had to be. I think I'll try the Kiss nail art polishes next because these were such bad quality.

4/21/11

A Twist on the Half Moon Manicure

I woke up this morning feeling very uninspired. I tried SO many different ideas and manicures but nothing felt right. I didn't really want anything insane, but I definitely wanted something more than just a plain color.

I tried and I tried and I just couldn't get anything right! After about two hours of no success I gave up. There was just no way I was going to get anything done with how frustrated I was.

Luckily I found myself scanning though pictures of nail art and it inspired me to try one last time and do something with my nails. Anything--as long as they weren't bare!

The outcome was better than I expected:


Here's Set The Nude all on it's own.



For this manicure I used Ulta Set The Nude as the creamy nude base and Art Deco Black as the black moon and lines. Both polishes were easy to apply and dried quick. Which made this manicure 100% frustration free.  

I applied my base then I added the moon and the lines. I didn't wait for it to completely dry and the black kind of dragged when I applied my topcoat but it didn't bother me too much so I didn't redo any nails.

Oh, and can I just say that Set The Nude is the best nude I have ever come across? Maybe I'm speaking too soon since I do not own that many, but I'm not sure anything will top this anytime soon. (Unless Orly Country Club Khaki magically appears at my doorstep.)

What's your favorite nude polish? I'm always looking for more.

4/3/11

Got Room For Dessert?

As soon as I saw Kiss My Acetone's "Cupcakes and Icing" mani, I knew I had to recreate it!

The idea is so creative and adorable! And the combination of all the creams makes it look more animated.

I seriously got a ton of compliments on this manicure, some people asked me how I did it and others went as far as asking me to do this manicure for them.
 




As you probably noticed, my middle finger has severe streakiness with the base color. That's because I mixed white and dark purple together on my nails and it  just came out wrong on that one finger.

Anyway, for this manicure, I used...
Franken of Sally Girl Dark Purple and Art Deco White- light purple base color
Art Deco White- white frosting
Wet N' Wild 429B- berry pink cupcake liner thingy
Ulta Noel- light pink lines on the cupcake liner thingy
The dots are a mixture of too many polishes to name, but ask if you're interested.

I made sure to add a topcoat after my nails were completely, 100% dry. Otherwise the topcoat would have dragged the polish down.

Next time I'll try the cupcake on all my fingers instead of just the accent nail.

3/25/11

Best Blue Ever

Blue is my absolute favorite color to wear on my nails. If I could own a hundred blue polishes, I'd be the happiest girl alive. I also love Revlon's nail polishes. I mean, really love their polishes. I love the formula, easy application, and fast drying time.

Revlon's Midnight Affair is my favorite polish of theirs. Period. 



(Accent Nail: Art Deco White and a Rhinestone)
Revlon Midnight Affair is a beautiful, shimmery, sapphire blue nail polish. It has a deep black undertone to it as well. In sunlight, you can see the beautiful blue, but in poor lighting, the black comes out. The wear on this polish is absolutely amazing. After about five days there are no chips and only a bit of tip wear. I also have this on my toes because I can't get enough of it!

What's your favorite blue polish?

3/17/11

Happy St. Patty's Day!

Last night I sat down, ready to do a St. Patrick's Day manicure but had no ideas. I knew what colors I wanted to use, I had my brushes set and ready, but I just didn't know what designs to do.

Eventually I started drawing lines here and dots there and came up with this...

Flash
Shade
Daylight (No Sun)
I am absolutely in love with the design and it's simplicity, but apart from the colors, it isn't very St. Patrick's Day-ish. It actually kind of reminds me of some type of tribal design.

I'd love to see what you all came up with for St. Patrick's day. Leave a link in the comments of your own manicure!

Anyway, for this manicure I started off with the base L.A. Colors Serenity. Then for the designs I used Zoya Richelle (bronze gold), Art Deco Gold Glitter (obviously the gold glitter), Art Deco Black (black outlines), and Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in Jumpin Jade (vibrant green).

Hope you all have a wonderful St. Patrick's day!

P.S. Check out the poll in the sidebar, I'm thinking about having a giveaway for 100 followers! But I need your help on what to give away.

3/13/11

Spring Inspired Manicure

It rained all last week which made it almost impossible to take pictures. But finally the sun came out. Spring is about a week away so I decided to make a spring-ish inspired mani!

And in case anyone is wondering, that is writing on my hands (second picture).

Sunlight
Shade

Revlon Buff alone--so pretty:

Sunlight
For this manicure I used...
Revlon Buff as the coral/orange base color and then let it dry. After it was completely dry I drew the lines in Art Deco White and Gold Glitter. I then took Velocity Orange Pop and drew the orange lines on the sides. Just to make it more girly I added some hot pink polka dots along the orange line.I don't know the name of the pink though.

I love this manicure! It was so easy to do, yet it's so fun. I'll have to do this again sometime.

3/4/11

Funky French Nails

I wore Zoya Kelly for a good six days but decided to finally take it off. I spent all of last night trying to do a manicure that I liked. After several attempts of sponging, crackle, and layering, I settled on this simple "funky" french manicure.

I was very impressed that I could even stop shaking for two seconds to get a decent line. But luckily I did and it came out okay, with just a few minor errors.


First I taped off my nails with regular tape so that I could get an even tip. I then used Nicole by OPI Positive Energy (a metallic silver) for the main tip color and then I traced it with Art Deco Black Sparkles. To make it shiny, I added two coats of Sally Hansen Natural Tint. Once everything was completely dry, I sealed it in with a top coat.

Simple. Quick. Easy. Cute. 

2/7/11

Half and Half

I thought I'd do a quick post about the nail polish I'm wearing today.
I quickly did this last night so I didn't really have time to worry about my cuticles or clean up. Please ignore those two issues.

First, I used Nicole by OPI in Light a Candle as a base, then I added L.A. Colors Serenity to the top half of the nail. To conceal the line where the two meet I used L.A. Color's Art Deco in Gold Glitter for the horizontal stripe.
See the bottom of this post for a small review of each polish.



L.A. Colors Serenity- This is a nice taupe color with a hint of pink. It has tiny gold shimmers in it, but I failed to capture it in my pictures. This color is opaque with just one coat.

Nicole by OPI Light a Candle- A metallic lavender purple. It is incredibly opaque with just one coat and it dries super fast. It does leave a little bit of a streaky finish, but it's too pretty to pass up, so I don't mind.


Art Deco Gold Glitter- A glittery gold nail art polish that is a bit closer to yellow than a true gold. I went over the stripe twice to get it opaque.

I'm very happy with this manicure, and can I say that it looks much better in person? The pictures do not do it any justice. In person, the minor mistakes are not nearly as obvious.

Maybe I'll take my pictures in the daytime from now on. I'll probably end up re-taking these pictures in the morning.

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