Day 49

Day 49: Happy St. Patty’s day everyone!!

St. paty's day mani 2013

 

Gosh, I feel like I used so many colors for this manicure.

I definitely used OPI My Vampire is Buff as the base color. For the light green I used OPI Who The Shrek Are You. The darker green is OPI Your Palapa Or Mine?  (ulta exclusive). The gold is OPI Gift of Gold, and the rainbow I used OPI Dutch Ya Just Love OPI? (purple), OPI Suzi’s Hungary Again (pink), OPI Can’t Find My Czechbook (blue), and Pop Sunny (yellow).

st. patty's day colors

The lines were created with an ultra thin striping brush that I purchased from Sally Beauty supply and the clovers were created with my dotting tool (has to be the ultimate nail artist must have) and the rainbow was created with a small brush.

Oh! I also used Hard Candy Matte-Ly In Love for my ring finger to give OPI Your Palapa Or Mine? a matte finish. I let the hard candy dry for a couple of minutes and then I took a piece of paper folded in half to make quilt dents in my nail. It is a little hard to see in this picture, but you want to be very gentle because you don’t want to slip an rip the paint off of your nail, but you really want to make a dent. If you only slightly make dents then the polish can come back together and you won’t see the quilting for very long. It is important to find that in between time where the lacquer is hardening, but still soft enough to make dents.

Happy polishing!

Day 28

Happy birthday to my babe. Technically his birthday isn’t until tuesday, but we are going out to dinner tonight. I thought today would be a good day to have a little bit of nail art dedicated to him. =)

Today’s manicure of the day utilized OPI Birthday babe, Essie Butler Please, Essie Bikini So teeny, and Alpine snow for the most part, to make a cupcake–for my cupcake!!

cupcake mani 1First start out with your base colors. On my ring finger I used Essie Bikini So Teeny. It is a nice soft blue with slight transparency with one coat and full opaqueness with two coats. The formula is not too thick, making it easy to work with. OPI Birthday babe is a very soft metallic silver, also very easy to work with. The hardest thing about metallic polishes is that you can see stroke lines sometimes, which is a reason why I mostly steer away from them.

cupcake mani 2Second, with a thin striping brush gently make lines on your ring finger to make the lines in the cupcake holder. You can get a striping brush from any beauty supply store. It is the paint brush with long thin hairs. I’m not very good with it mostly because I get really nervous and my lines come out really shaky =/ but practice makes perfect.

cupcake mani 3The following steps are done by the dotting tool. Take your dotting tool and very gently draw 3 half-circles on your nail like so–this makes the edge of your frosting. After you have done so, take your dotting tool again and dot out a “mound of frosting.” Make sure you don’t press down too hard because you may take up some of the dried polish in your layers below messing up the whole manicure. After you are done making your frosting wash the dotting tool off and use different colors for your sprinkles. For my sprinkles I used Essie Mojito Madness, Essie Cute As A Button, and Pop Sunny.

cupcake mani 4Instead of using more nail polish to paint on a cherry I just used a round rhinestone. Applying these is really easy. I used a dotting tool again with clear polish. Dip your dotting tool in clear polish and make a dot on your nail where you want to place the rhinestone. After placing your dot, use your dotting tool with the remnant clear polish to pick up a rhinestone and place the rhinestone on top of your dot of clear polish. And that’s it!

This manicure is very quick and it doesn’t take a lot of skill either.

Happy birthday, babe! <3

Happy polishing.

 

 

 

Happy Valentine’s Day (Day 18)

tokidokie valentines 2013

Happy Valentine’s day fellow friends and readers!! <3 <3 <3
VDay maniI was woken up at 7:50 this morning to my fiance serving me breakfast in bed. He even stopped at Starbucks to grab my favorite drink to enjoy with my Valentine’s day breakfast–I’m such a lucky girl. =)

OPI Charged up CherryOPI My Very First Knockwurst

OPI Charged up Cherry
OPI My Very First Knockwurst

Here is day 18’s manicure. OPI Charged Up Cherry and OPI My Very First Knockwurst. On my accent nail I have OPI Charged Up Cherry polka dots and all my other nails have an adorable little heart in OPI My Very First Knockwurst.

Vday mani 3 Vday mani 4I didn’t do the best job on the hearts. It seems like it has been a while since the last time I attempted them–I’m assuming last Valentine’s day.

I wish everyone a day full of love.

Happy Polishing <3