I used Essie Turquoise & Caicos, SinfulColors Nirvana, Essie Blanc, and Ulta 14 Carat.
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
I used OPI Lincoln Park After Dark for the polka dots and then added little mouse ears here and there.
|Right: Using a dotting tool, make dots 2/3 up the nail. Left: Use the dotting tool again to create the ears on a few of the dots you already made. This makes the Minnie or Mickey Mouse ears.|
|Right Hand: Sunlight|
|Left Hand: Sunlight|
I used Essie Turquoise & Caicos, Sephora by OPI A-ha! Moment, and Orly Instant Artist Jet Black.
I used Ulta Duty Free Shopping Spree, Essie Lapiz of Luxury and Shine of the Times. I called this a funny little design because I have never seen it before and I don't know what to call it. It was inspired by one of the dresses Ariel from Little Mermaid 2 wore and I entered it for a Mermaid contest on Instagram hosted by nic_tchelly.
|I decided to show my entry picture as well.|
OPI I'm Not Really a Waitress and Lincoln Park After Dark. I used Scotch tape as a guide for the chevron.
|1. Two coats of I'm Not Really a Waitress. 2. I applied the corner of a piece of tape at the base of my nail. 3. I painted the nail (over the tape as well) using Lincoln Park After Dark. 4. Immediately but slowly pull off the tape.|
Mint Apple is a cream teal color with silver shimmer. This color is very similar to Essie's Turquoise & Caicos. It is opaque in two coats and was smooth in application. Note: I was enjoying my grandma's homemade chocolate chip cookies at the time of this picture.
|Two Coats |
This is the best white cream polish I have at the moment. It was a little disappointing because after two coats it looked at bit streaky. A third coat would probably be needed for full coverage. However, I found it to be a best cream white I have yet tried. (My Essie Marshmallow doesn't count in my opinion because I consider it a jelly or sheer white.)
Rise and Shine is a medium green that has a light shimmer. I really like the SinfulColors' formula because the polishes I have from that brand are creamy with smooth application and are opaque with two coats. This polish (much like the other ones from this brand) dried slightly matte.
|Two Coats. Left: Indoor light. Right: Sunlight. |
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Tried out a different technique to do a Gradient Manicure. I painted my base first using OPI Pedal Faster Suzi! Then used OPI I'm Not Really a Waitress for the tips.
|The finished product|
Saturday, June 16, 2012
I did this cloud manicure (my first one) back in April for the one-year anniversary of dating my now fiancé and I celebrated. *Sigh* Happy Times! Made with OPI Sit Under the Tree and Pedal Faster Suzi!, Essie Lapiz of Luxury, and Ulta Duty Free Shopping Spree.
|Annnddddd the gorgeous pearl and diamond ring my fiance gave me!|
I've been wanting to do little hearts for a long time but this was my first and practice manicure. My sister requested this. Base was OPI I'm Not Really a Waitress. The hearts were made with a dotting tool, but I don't remember which white polish.
I think my taste leans more toward pastels with this style. Created with OPI Purple With a Purpose, Orly Sweet Peacock and Instant Artist Jet Black, Ulta Silver Lining, SinfulColors Hazard.
|Lighting in my room|
This was inspired by "Lisa_beth" on Instagram. For the gradients, I used Essie Blanc and SinfulColors Mint Apple and Rise and Shine. The glitter is on a base of Rise and Shine with Milani Teal as the glitter.
My very first gradient manicure with OPI Pink-ing of You and Essie Lapiz of Luxury. I painted Pink-ing of You as the base and then sponged on Lapiz of Luxury. I used Chelsea King's tutorial on YouTube under the username "getnailedd."
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
I was inspired by a Jelly Sandwich manicure that used Essie Marshmallow and A Cut Above. I loved the pink and white together but wanted to try something I had not seen yet. So here's what happens when Essie Marshmallow and Milani Teal sandwich up.
|Two coats of Essie Marshmallow and two coats of Milani Teal. I also loved this look but had to proceed with the marshmallow and jelly sandwich I was envisioning.|
|Step-by-Step. 1. Two coats of Essie Marshmallow. 2. One coat of Milani Teal (just to see how it looks). 3. Another coat of Milani Teal (two coats total of the glitter). 4. One thin coat of Essie Marshmallow.|
|The finished Marshmallow and Jelly Sandwich. Love, love, love!|
This Jelly Sandwich Manicure was created with Essie Secret Story and Nicole by OPI Rainbow in the S-Kylie.
|Two coats of Secret Story and one coat of Rainbow in the S-Kylie.|
|The next step for the jelly sandwich: I added one thin coat of Secret Story to top it off.|
|Step-by-Step. Top: Two coats of Secret Story. Middle: Add one coat of Rainbow in the S-Kylie. Bottom: Finish with one coat of Secret Story.|
Thursday, June 7, 2012
I added black polka dots with Orly Instant Artist in Jet Black by just dabbing a little puddle of polish onto my work surface and dipping my dotting tool into that to create the dots. I was inspired by a talented girl named Chelsea King. Miss Chelsea used glitter instead of polka dots though. She has an Instagram account, Facebook page, and YouTube channel. Her amazing work really got me into doing my nails!
Apparently I have a little bit of a double stripe look going on here. I created the stripes with Orly Instant Artist in Jet Black. Orly Instant Artist is a water based paint and the paintbrush is thin and long to make designs like this.
White Dots: Sephora by OPI A-ha! Moment. Caution: Make sure your dots are relatively dry before you apply a top coat. You don't want you dots to drag like mine did. Also, I discovered that white polish is a pain to get off of dry cuticles.
This was my last manicure using Essie Mint Candy Apple. It is all thick now. I've heard about polish thinners but I haven't been able to purchase any yet. To complete this manicure though, I paired it with OPI Brisbane Bronze as the polka dot color.
This was my very first time using Essie Matte About You. I painted two coats of OPI Lincoln Park After Dark, one coat of Matte About You, and then, using a dotting tool, used Lincoln Park After Dark again to make the dots on top.