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!

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I’m Turning Japanese, I think I’m Turning Japanese

…wait a minute. I am Japanese.

So I’m sure I’ve left you all hanging, wondering about my “Japanese Nail Art” manicure. Well today is the day. I didn’t do anything super crazy, but I did spend a lot of time and hard work on this. I don’t think it’s perfect, but here it is.

Left Hand

Right Hand

I started out painting a neutral color, OPI Hearts & Tarts. H&T is a super cute color. It’s a sheer shimmery pink and is ultra shiny on it’s own.

OPI Hearts & Tarts

Next I prepared my nails for the reverse french tip design using Nailene Perfect Tips Strips. Always make sure your nail lacquer is completely dry before applying any tape or nail strips.

Using my guides I used OPI Funny Bunny as my tip color.  Funny Bunny is actually a funny white, oddly enough. It reminds me of glue. The consistency and the color at first is like Elmer’s glue. It’s slightly sheer, so if you guys are looking for a white nail polish that isn’t as bold as OPI Alpine Snow, I would recommend Funny Bunny.If you plan on painting the edges of the tip color then you don’t have to worry about the edges being perfect.

I ended up using OPI Gift of Gold to line the edges of my tips and for the tip of my thumb. You can try to use a toothpick for this part, but any brush that is super thin would be best. I really loved the way the gold complimented the white.On my right hand I used OPI Let Me Entertain You. I love this color, but what color don’t I love?  Let Me Entertain you is a bold, glittery fuchsia. On my left middle finger and my right index finger I painted a tiny heart with a small dotting tool. Here’s how.Pick your color, here I have OPI Let Me Entertain You. Place a drop of your nail lacquer on a piece of paper. Using your dotting tool (You don’t have to go out at buy a dotting tool. Others have used the ends of bobby pins or sewing pins.) dip the end into your drop of nail lacquer. With your dotting tool make one dot, dip again and make another dot within close vicinity of your first dot.Dip your dotting tool one more time in your drop of nail lacquer and connect the two dots, starting at one dot, making a V shape to connect to the next dot. And voila, a heart.

On my right nail finger I actually used the Hello Kitty nail art stickers from Sephora. I placed the rhinestones in the center of my nail before I applied the nail decals.

I think that’s it. It wasn’t exactly what I was imagining and it was a lot harder than I thought. Most of the time I didn’t know how I was going to do it or what I was doing exactly . All I can say is that I’m happy that I tried it at least once and that I didn’t give up. Here are a couple more pictures.

Happy polishing.

I Won’t Give Up On You Just Yet!!

Just as the title reads, don’t give up on you’re favorite colors just yet.  They may have gotten pretty thick over time, but there is still hope.  For St. Patty’s Day I planned on doing gold tips, but when it came to it, my OPI Gift of Gold was way too thick!  In the end I took of my decorated nails and the next morning I swiped them quickly with Jade is the New Black. I’m not ready to throw out my beautiful sparkly nail polish just because it’s too thick, so I convinced my bf to drive me around in the storm to get me some nail polish thinner. What a sweetheart <3. Anyways, I remembered I wanted to use one of my favorite purples, OPI Lourve Me Lourve Me Not but it looked way disgusting so I screwed the top on and threw it back in my box.  Sad, but not anymore. Here is a picture of what it looked like before I added the thinner.

OPI Lourve Me Lourve Me Not before adding thinner

It was so thick.  I didn’t have much trouble getting this shot without flash because that drop of polish sat there for at least a minute. So gross.

The instructions say to add a couple of drops of thinner in, cap, and shake well.  If it isn’t at your desired consistency then add more.  I added two, rolled it around, gave it a good shake, not enough.  I added two more, still not enough, but close.  Two more and voila! It was like new again. Make sure you test it out on a nail or swatch to make sure it is the perfect consistency. Notice this droplet is thinner and ready to drop. Suh-weet!

OPI Lourve Me Lourve Me Not after thinner

Here is what my glitter nail polish looked like before I added the thinner.  The same problem as with the purple, big, sticky bulge of polish that was determined to stay on the brush.

OPI Gift of Gold before adding thinner

Yuck. Looking at this picture makes me sick.  Before it was advised NOT to add thinner to glitter polishes, but last week OPI had announced that it is OK.  Hope no one threw away any of their polishes.  I was getting so mad using it I almost did. This one took quite a bit more thinner than the purple. I didn’t even count how many drops. I just kept adding and adding because it was so thick!  Eventually the polish thinned out and the result, a nice, smooth droplet.

OPI Gift of Gold after thinner

Hope you guys haven’t thrown out any of your polishes yet.  Have faith in the thinner.  It could be your new best friend too.

Happy polishing!