Wednesday, October 26, 2011

2 kinda boring orange mani's


My heart isn't into Halloween this year; last year I had all my interior decorations up by Oct 1st and I am just starting to decorate this evening! 

Also, any time I am way for a few days and come back to add posts to my blog - there seems to be problems with blogger. I think this is the 4th time that I have gone away, then sat down to post and blogger is fudged up. Or maybe it's just my blog. sigh. It took 20 minutes to get photos into a post = whats up with that?

Anyhoo - I love the finish of Nicole Fresh Squeezed, but hate that it is streaky and needs like, 4 coats. Here I have layered it over Avon's Bare Necessity which is a pinky mauve.

 This is a better photo of the actual colour.....

 The base was Avon Bare Necessity, 2 coats of Nicole by OPI in Fresh Squeezed

 Scotch tape manis are a fine art - I tried to do an orange/green scotch tape look but it turned out terrible - even glitter wouldn't fix it.  I used Avon Olive Green ( USA version )

 ....... and here is how I make good use out of polish with a nasty frost finish...... Sponge! I started with a base of Wet n Wild Sunny Side up - 3 coats - then sponged on Nail Fetish Clash, then added a coat of Love My Nails Dazzling. No TC in these photos.

Bright oranges and pinks always mess with my camera..... I'll have to hunt around on the Internet to figure out what I can do to counteract that problem.

 Wet n Wild Sunny Side Up, Nail Fetish Clash, and Love my Nails Dazzling


Friday, October 21, 2011

Purple/Orange Funky French Mani

 The polishes I used for this are NYC Spring Street for the Orange Base, Then NYC Prince Street for the Purple chevron tips. I added Stripe Rite copper nail striping polish, then LA Colors 24K Gold Glitter stripe polish on top of that.

I like the stark contrast between these two colours  - but just for Halloween, because purple and Orange look terrible any other time of the year.............

And here is a bunch of nail bogs I have to add to my blog roll..... Its awesome that there is so many nail blogs. I could easily spend 2 to 4 hours a day catching up on everyones blogs.

 discover my nails

 nail art epicness

 the lacquer lounge

 Dragonfly Nails


 giblets nails

 365 days of Nails 

 omg noodles 
 abc nails

 polish drop

nailin it (-ashes blog )

 gems in a bottle

 stuff i used: NYC Spring Street, NYC prince Street, Stripe Rite Copper, LA Colors 24K Gold

I used a copper base on my french tip line..... I think that my gold glitter would have disappeared without the copper base. I actually don't own a plain gold stripe polish...... Why? 

LA Colors Glitter Stripes - $1 at the dollar Tree - $3 @ cherry culture shipped.


Thursday, October 20, 2011

Mummy nail art

I really like the look of this! I smeared the polish when I applied clear over the nail art = I should have waited a little longer = This was not hard to do, but I think that I let my black nail art polish dry out and so I had some polish strings and lumpiness......

The base of my mummy nails is 3 coats of Claire's Grey Matte, I used black and white nail art polish from The Bargain Shop! ( Canada )

I think I am going to try this look again without the eyes, possibly in a different colour combination. I surprised myself with making my lines so straight - see; practice makes 'sorta' perfect.

stuff I used Claire's Grey Matte, Nail art polish from the Bargain Shop!


Tuesday, October 18, 2011

New blogs and a silver glitter mani

Todays mani is 2 coats of Wet n Wild Fast Dry - Silvivor, followed by LA Colors Nail Art Ice Breaker applied over entire nail with that tiny, skinny brush, then a coat of LA Colors Color Craze Sparkling Diamonds. NO TC!

  Here are a few blogs people submitted, then a few I found during the week. For some reason ( again ) blogger will not let me add new blogs to my blog roll, or do a bunch of other stuff, so before I pull my hair out I will quit for the evening and try again tomorrow. In the meantime - please check out these links to some new blogs!

 polished not put together

 chalk board nails

 pretty and adorable

 food and lacquer too

 adventures in acetone 

 candy glaze

 my wet nails

 nails and stuff 

 funky monkey nails 

 un po di colore 


 blue tape and nails 

 Konad Kolata 

 butterfly in a jar 

 ya gotta hand it to me 

diavas lacquer box

 2 coats of Wet n Wild Fast Dry Silvivor 

 Stuff I used......
Wet n Wild Silvivor,  LA Colors Nail Art polish Ice Breaker, LA Colors Color Craze Sparkling Diamonds

Left; 1 coat LA Colors Color Craze Sparkling Diamonds
Right: LA Colors Ice Breaker stripe applied over entire nail

I was hoping the color craze polish would have much more hex glitter, so I was a little dis-appointed to  find that the hex glitter was pretty sparse. So I whipped out the stripe polish and used that instead.... I added a coat of Sparkling Diamonds over the stripe polish just in case it was too lumpy = but it was surprisingly smoothe.

indoor flourescent



Monday, October 17, 2011

9021Orange Crackle post & run

This is a coat of Sally Hansen Amber Chrome ( discontinued old skool polish ) , 2 coats of Wet n Wild 9021Orange, and a coat of Ardene ( Canada ) black crackle...... I thought that 9021Orange would be very sheer and so I layered it over a chrome polish, just to save myself from needed 3 or 4 coats.

I swept it on my nails on an angle and very lightly to get this effect..... while there is still some big chunks of black, most of my nails ended up having very fine lines which I think looks cool.

stuff i used; Sally Hansen Amber Chrome, WnW 9021Orange and Ardene Black Crackle

top 1 coat of Sally Hansen Amber Chrome with 2 coats of Wet n Wild 9021Orange
bottom, just 1 coat of Sally Hansen Amber Chrome

Even though it is sheer, this is a very pretty polish - there is much better photos out there, so google it - I think the chrome base was messing with my camera but the gorgeous gold flecks showed up in photos.....
 2 coats of Wet n Wild 9021Orange layered over Sally Hansen Amber Chrome


Sunday, October 16, 2011

It's Fall, Ya'll & plug yourself sunday

 okay - I have to resort to the fact that winter is actually going to happen, even though we are having weather that is amazing; sunny skies and mild breezes, when usually this time of year it is bitterly cold and windy. So this will be my first real Fall Time manicure.

These 3 stripe manis are a good nail look to master - they get easier and easier every time I try one.... The addition of a glitter stripe polish to hide any wonky lines or lumpy-ness make this a fast, easy fool-proof mani.

Warm browns and gold say 'fall-time' for me. I started with a base of 2 coats of Sally Hansen Insta Dri Co-Co a Go-Go ~ wore that for an entire day ~ then did this look for today. I drew faint lines with a shimmery stripe polish, then filled in the areas with Sinful Colors Rich in Heart, and NYC Backstage Brown. I traced the lines with 2 coats of LA Colors 24K Gold, then added a coat of TC.

If you have a new Nail Blog, or you aren't already on my nail blog list, I will add you to it! Just leave me    your blog address in the comments and I will add you to my Nail Blog roll and have a new blogs list on Monday ( or Tuesday....... )

stuff i used; Sally Hansen Co-Co a Go-Go, Sinful Colors Rich in Heart, NYC Backstage Brown, LA Colors 24K Gold

Sally Hansen Insta Dri @ 2 coats

this was surprisingly dense with gold glitter..... love these LA Colors Stripe polishes


Friday, October 14, 2011

whew! Where did my week go?

this is 2 coats of Sinful Colors Nirvana, with Kiss Dark Purple and Kiss Pink Glitter layered over LA Colors Metallic Pink, followed by a coat of TC. If some of these photos are posted 'fuzzy' I wont fix it till tomorrow - so hopefully they post properly..... sometimes I am too impatient to sit here and fiddle around with blogger and wait for things to work out - but sometimes blogger is just wonky.... still love it!

Have an awesome weekend!

Below is a crude outline of the shape I wanted for my funky french...... 

I filled in the outlined are, then added LA Colors Metallic Pink

then the Kiss Pink Glitter on top of that

I am certain that it would have looked just as pretty without the base of LA Colors Metallic Pink, but I didn't want to have any sparsely glittered areas

I added another coat of the glitter on top of my top coat......

Monday, October 10, 2011

2 Autumn mani's

 I started with the same artificial nails as my last mani -  then applied 1 coat of Wet n Wild The Gold and the Beautiful across the tips of my nails, then added Stripe Rite metallic copper and Stripe Rite copper glitter stripe polish.

I am so not ready for the cooler weather and eventually winter. The weather has been so lovely ~ it's hard to wear these dark vampy shades and coppers & oranges that I normally associate with cooler weather, falling leaves and autumn.


Wet n Wild The Gold and the Beautiful, Stripe Rite metallic copper, and Stripe Rite copper glitter

... and another fall color mani

I tried this exact same look with gold stripe polish and gold glitter stripe polish but there was barely any contrast, so I covered everything up with the same copper polishes I used in my previous mani.

Stripe Rite metallic copper stripe polish, copper glitter polish and NYC Backstage Brown


Saturday, October 8, 2011

3 stripe mani and get your bunz to the DollarRama Canadians.....

Yesterday's Mani, I started with Old School Nail Fetish artificial nails that I picked up at the dollar store, then used LA Colors stripe polish in Metallic Pink for the middle stripes, then filled in the tips of my nails with;

1 coat of Wet n Wild Hanna Pinktanna
1 coat of Icing no-name magenta micro-glitter
1 coat of Sinful Colors I Love You.

I have already tried out LA Colors Metallic Pink over a lighter base polish, and I wanted to see what it looks like over a darker colour..... It is surprisingly opaque.

 I went over this twice with the stripe polish, I did this free-hand and eye-balled it for uniformity.

I found these at the Dollar Rama..... I didn't realize they had french tip guides in them until I got home..... There is chevron french tips as well as the curved regular french tips. I was surprised to see these at the Dollar Rama because they are $11 to $13 bucks for these sets in stores, and the single Kiss nail art stripe polish's are 5 bucks at Walmart. Kiss, I find, is the most pricey nail accessory company - but they have MANY  awesome nail art products and artificial nail products.

 ... and I found these at Winners for $4.99 - normally the nail polish section is picked over, or they only have O.P.I. polish's so I was happy to spot this.

so; here is what I started with............ These are a deep vampy red.

.... and this is what I used; LA Colors Metallic Pink Stripe polish, Wet n Wild Hanna PinkTanna, Icing no-name magenta micro-glitter, and Sinful Colors I Love You

This is 2 'coats' of the stripe polish

Icing no-name polish