Day 63

Day 63: Last day of the instagram nail art challenge–theme pastels

pastel aztec nail artHere is another nail art that I have been putting off as well. Sometimes I’m not very patient, but the series finale of The Walking Dead was on so I sat down and painted my nails while I studied as well (life of a student).

The colors I used for the three base colors were:

pink: essie Fiji

green: OPI Gargantuan Green Grape

Purple: Sinful Colors Candy coated

The accent white is the good ol’ trusty OPI Alpine snow.

The aztec design itself that I created has no rhyme or reason. It’s more about doodling on your nail. I don’t know how much I enjoy this aztec design so I might try this again. I used two tools: a dotting tool & a small brush. This manicure just takes a little more time and a steady hand more than anything.

Happy polishing & happy easter everyone!

Day 33

Day 33–My beautiful mess.

Last night I was unsure what I wanted to do. I had just come home with new polishes, way more than I should have had, and I didn’t know what to do with them. One thing led to another and this is what happened.

day 33I don’t know about you guys, but I kinda really like it! First I started with a base of OPI My Vampire Is Buff. As soon as the base color dried I placed random splotches (for lack of a better word) of essie Madison Ave-hue, OPI Can’t Find My Czechbook, OPI My Paprika Is Hotter Than Yours, and Sinful Colors Unicorn. After I placed my random “splotches” I used a thin short brush to blend the colors together. As the build-up became too much to bare, I wiped the excess off with a paper towel and kept blending. Sorry I don’t have pictures for this tutorial, but it was pretty simple. I like that it’s not messy at all and it’s super girly. I thought about adding a little bit of glitter, but then I kinda like it the way it is.

If I were to do it again, I think I would skip the OPI My Paprika Is Hotter Than Yours. It’s a nice bold color, don’t get me wrong, but I think it might be a little to bold for the color scheme.

What do you guys think? (Is anyone out there? Sometimes I feel like I’m talking to myself. LoL)

Happy Polishing!


Day 22

Day 22—GALAXY NAILS tutorial

I have been sittin on this mani idea for some time now. I finally decided to sit my butt down to do it. Here are the following items you will need.

day 22I have a watch glass here that somehow came home with me from one of my chemistry labs and I always forgot to bring it back. You don’t necessarily need a glass dish. I only like using these because I can keep using it without wasting paper. Either way a piece of paper works just fine.
IMG_7898I use vaseline to help remove excess nail polish on the skin especially when I know the polish can get everywhere.
IMG_7905Tweezers and makeup sponges. I usually like to tear up the sponge in to smaller pieces and the tweezers are to hold the sponge. not really necessary, but nice to have. Now for the tutorial. There are many takes on this manicure of course, this is just one interpretation of the galaxy in the tutorial. 
IMG_7907First i started with a base color of OPI Black Satin. I really like this color because it is a black, but it has a nice strong shimmer to the polish to add a little depth to the galaxy.

IMG_7910To get a little more depth out of the galaxy background I used OPI My Private Jet. It is a black polish with brown undertones and nice holo flakes in it to complete the starry galaxy.

IMG_7916For the galaxy dust effect I used OPI Oh, Waiter!, Sinful Colors Mint Apple (left), and OPI La Paz-itively Hot!

IMG_7917When using vaseline to help remove excess nail polish I usually like to apply it just below the cuticle and just outside the skin around the nail. Because it is an oily base it tends to spread after you apply it. So if you plan on applying vaseline I would recommend you do it after your base coat. If you get the oily base under all of your polish, it won’t stay on as long.
IMG_7920Using one drop of OPI Oh, Waiter! dab your piece of sponge with a little bit of polish. You don’t have to have a lot on it. The smaller amount can sometimes be better. It’s always easier to add more than it is to remove it. After you have the small amount on your sponge dab it lightly on your dry base coat. IMG_7922Here is my thumb. You can dab your lightest color in any way that you want. It helps to add a background, to give the other colors more pop and depth to the overall effect. IMG_7928

With your next color you use the same technique. Drip a droplet of polish on your glass, dab the sponge in the polish, then dab the sponge on your nail.

Finish with your last color in random spots around your nail just to give it a little more color. And then top it off with a couple of glitter top coats. IMG_7931

Here I used essie Carnival and OPI Pirouette My Whistle for the large white hexagon glitters.

galaxy nails

To infinity, AND BEYOND!!

Happy polishing!