Thursday, October 24, 2013

Bony Bob and Cobwebs

Happy Thursday all! Why happy Thursday you ask? Because today is Thursday and that means tomorrow is Friday. And I don't know about you, but Friday sounds pretty good to me!

Anyway, seeing as it is October 24th, I thought I could squeeze out one last Halloween mani. But I promise, this is my last one for the season. Although I particularly love Halloween nail art, I have to admit, I am getting a little bored seeing the same nail themes over and over again. I have seen so many bloody eyeballs, "bleeding" nails, monsters, and ghouls, and scary movie themed nails (in search of inspiration for my own design) that I almost didn’t do another Halloween design. I felt like they had all been done already!

But then I thought, hey, Halloween only comes once a year. I mean, when else can I draw skeletons on my nails? That being said, I came up with one last Halloween design.

It is definitely not as intricate or as complex as some of the other designs I have seen, but I think there is something really pretty in its simplicity.

(Please ignore my horrible short and stumpy thumb nail which decided to break, literally right before I did this manicure lol)

So this design was pretty easy to do. I did two coats of Sally Hansen's Black Out, and once that dried, used a Mash stamp to stamp the spider webs in various locations on my nail. The random placement of the cobwebs sort of gives you that creepy old mansion filled with spiders, dust, and cobwebs feel. For me, anyway lol

And just for fun, I thought I would show off some jewelry I recently purchased.

So what do you think? ...I would love to hear from some of my readers (if I have any haha) Are there any techniques you would like to see me try? Would you like a tutorial on something? As a nubie blogger, I would love to hear from you and get some suggestions on what you would like to see. If you like my nail art, please subscribe to my blog or like me on facebook. It just takes a quick minute and will let me know my work is appreciated!

The character on this ring, I have affectionately named Bony Bob. Is it just me, or does he bare a striking resemblance to this Jazzy skeleton from Tim Burton's movie, Corpse Bride?


Maybe its the hat, but to me, Bony Bob definitely looks like a Jazz musician. My boyfriend is a musician (trumpet player) so maybe that's why I like this ring so much.

Totally random, I know haha. Anyway, that's it for today!
Hope you have a happy Halloween!

Sally Hansen - Black Out
Konad White
BM 13 - Spiderweb

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Along Came a Spider - Another Halloween Mani!

Another Halloween mani for you guys today, as promised! So whenever anyone thinks of Halloween, they think of black and orange, purple and orange, orange and green etc. I considered most of those colors and originally wanted to do this mani in black and orange, but then I thought of this...

Black and white! A litte untraditional for Halloween, but that's what Halloween is all about!

So to achieve this look, I used Sally Hansen's White On and Juleps, Casper. For my pinky, middle finger, and pointer I did a tape mani first using White On. Over the white, I painted Casper which is a clear shimmer polish during the day, but glows in the dark  at night! (Unfortunately, my camera couldn't pick up the glowing affect, so I just have day time shots). Once those two coats dried, I used a black Konad polish to stamp on the diamond pattern and then using tweezers, added the silver nail tape.

For my ring  finger and thumb, I first painted my nail white, added Casper, and then threw on some glitter and added a creepy crawler from a Mash stamping plate (info below).


And here is casper, while glowing in the dark so you can get a sense of what it looks like.
And more photos!
As always, be sure to check out some of my other pages (pinterest and tumblr) and stay tuned for more nail art! Got a suggestion or something you would like to see? Like me on facebook and leave me a comment! <3

Sally Hansen - White On
Julep - Casper
Color Club - Orna-Minted (glitter)
BM16 - Diamond Checkers
Mash 38 - Spider
Konad Black

Saturday, October 12, 2013

This is Halloween

Good morning and happy Saturday!!! So today I have a mani that I am super proud to show you. In my past couple of posts, I mentioned that I needed more practice free handing. So when I sat down to do my nails this week, I told myself I was not allowed to touch my stamping kit. And because we are in the month associated with ghouls and goblins, I thought I would try some art that pays homage to the sugariest of all holidays, Halloween! Here's what I came up with!

Have you guessed the movie yet?

If you guessed the Nightmare before Christmas, you are absolutely correct!


In doing this manicure, I did not follow anyone's style in particulr, but did look up some mani's for inspiration. These are some of the mani's I used to inspire mine.

Nail Nerd
Catherine Manzanares
Nail it, Agnes

Ultimately, for my design I choose to do an extreme french on my pinkie, ring finger, and middle finger with the pinstripes from Jack's suit. I love how the french design and stripes make my nails look super duper long in these photos, perfect to match with Jack's spindly, elongated llimbs! For the stripes I originally wanted to use tape, but decided to paint the base of the french black, and paint over it with a white striper. All free hand!

Then, for my pointer finger, I choose to depict the mountain where we see Sally and Jack lovingly embrace at the end of the movie. To get the coloring right, I looked at the original image from the movie poster. In most of the nail art I saw, the artists painted their entire nail yellow and then painted the image of the mountain in black. However, in the original image, the sky is black with a yellow moon, the foreground is purple, and the mountain is black so I tried to stick with these colors. I first painted my nail with First Mate from China Glaze, which is a purple/blue creme. Then, using the gradient technique, I sponged black and purple (Wild Orchid, which is a purple sparkly color seen towards the base) onto the same nail, once First Mate had dried. Finally, once everything was dry, I sponged a circular hazy yellow moon in the center of the nail and used that as the main background for the mountain which was free handed using a black striper. Finally, I painted Jack, the pumpkin king onto my thumb, using a regular nail polish brush, and thin black striper. Not so bad I think for my first real free hand nail art attempt. What do you think?

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I would have to say that Halloween is definitely my favorite month for nail art. Be sure to stay tuned for more Halloween nail art to come!

“The farther we've gotten from the magic and mystery of our past, the more we've come to need Halloween.

October Dreams: A celebration of Halloween ― Paula Curan

Sally Hansen - White On
Sally Hansen - Black out
China glaze - First Mate
Wet and Wild - Wild Orchid
Julep - Catrina (yellow moon)
White Striper

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Fall Wedding Mani

Hello lovies! I have to admit I am super excited to share this mani with you today! So you know me...I am all about the back story....

So about a year ago I found out that one of my cousin's was getting married...
A few months later I received the wedding invitation in the mail...
And about 3 weeks ago, I realized the wedding was fast approaching and I had nothing to wear...


Luckily, after some rummaging in my closet I found a dress I had forgotten about...and it turned out to be perfect! It's a form fitting, one shoulder, a little shorter than knee length, black dress made of a sort of satiny material with orangey red  roses/leaves on it. Absolutely perfect for a fall wedding.

So first, here is a swatch of fabric…

...and here are the colors/design I came up with to match. What do you think?

 I think I matched the colors pretty well. Of course the black was the easy part, but the orange did throw me off a bit. Luckily, after digging around in my collection,  I found a shimmery bright orange (L'Oreal The Muse's Inspiration) that matched the dress perfectly. 

And here is my boyfriend "photo bombing"  my picture...

In all honesty, when I first started this mani, I had no idea where I was going to go with it.  I experimented with a few designs and found that I liked all of them so I used them all! Looking back though, I think I might have not used the two leaf patterned nails. If I did this again, I think I would leave my ring finger the way it is, and do the design on my middle finger on all of my other nails. What do you think?

Oh and the wedding was fabulous! There was tons of champage, love, cake, and good music. Both my cousin and the bride are super geeks (I mean that in the BEST way possible) so aside from their normal wedding cake, a friend made them another cake designed like a Pokemon ball. On the very top of the Pokemon ball,  the friend placed custom made character cards with their names, pictures, and abilities on them. Super cute! And apparently my cousin knew he would marry his wife on the first date they had, when she shared her zombie apocalypse survival plan with him. But the best part of the wedding? My cousin's vows to his new wife. Aside from talk about video games, Dr. Who, and love at first site, he ended by saying, "This player 1, has finally found his player 2."

“Two people in love, alone, isolated from the world, that's beautiful.”
― Milan Kundera

Sally Hansen - Black Out
L'Oreal - The Muse's Inspiration
Mash 50 - Leaves
BM14 - Rose
Dotting Tool

Thursday, October 3, 2013

A Simple Manicure - Buried Alive and Bold Gold

So normally when it comes to my nails, I tend to go all out. There’s either tons of glitter, nail stamping, some nail tape or something to give it that extra flair. That being said, today’s manicure may surprise you…

Gasp! I know. If anyone has been following my blog up to this point, the simpleness of this manicure is a bit surprising. Originally I had planned to do a little free handing on each nail but when I paired these two colors together, I thought they looked so lovely on their own, I decided to keep it simple.

The brown from Orly is a shimmer with tiny tiny tiny flecks of gold glitter. This polish has a rich color after only two coats. I love the name of this color, Buried Alive (not to mention it is appropriately named for the upcoming Halloween season). The sparkle in the brown really comes alive when photographed in the sun.The gold I used on my ring finger is from Maybelline and is a metallic polish that literally comes out of the bottle looking like gold in liquid form. Because of the pigment density, this color makes a really good stamping polish.

And finally, because these are perfect fall colors and I am trying to up my free hand skills, I free handed some leaves on my thumb.

So that's it for today! But before I go, I have to admit, I feel like I need some inspiration! Does anyone suggest any new colors I should try or maybe some techniques? I need your help! Leave me a comment in the comments section below or write on my Facebook page!

Orly - Buried Alive
Maybelline Color Show - Bold Gold
Gold Striper
Glitter Gold Striper