Tuesday Nail Art - Flowers of Poodleskirt Pink and White

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Have you ever looked forward to something so much that your almost giddy with excitement? I have a reunion with my brother (yes, one brother) and sisters on the 29th-31st so I am writing ahead for those days. I haven't seen some of them since last year at this reunion so I can't wait. I am the only one who lives far away so I don't get to see everybody very often. I hope it meets all of my expectations!

Anyway...on with the tutorial. Today we are doing pink and white dot flowers on a very dark red background. It is something that I think all of you can do regardless of your skill level. I did them on ABS nails again. (Next week I'll do something on my own hands.)

First you apply a base coat and then two coats of the color you have chosen for the design. I chose a dark red called Heart of Africa. It is almost burgundy but not quite.

This color makes the pastel pink and white flowers pop off the nail. I used acrylic paint for the flowers this time.

I put the center on first and dotted the pedals on around them. For the buds I dotted three-four white dots close together and then a pink dot on top of them.

I used China Glaze's Strong Adhesion Base Coat and OPI's Top Coat. For the foundation color I used China Glaze's Heart of Africa. For the flowers I used Americana's Poodleskirt Pink and Delta Ceramcoat's White. I also used a dotting tool.

They are simple flowers, but they are pretty.

I'll let you know how everybody is doing and if the reunion was fun.

Would you like to see flowers done with a brush or a rainbow next week?

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Gold 'n Peach Nail Design

Monday, July 30, 2012

Where do you get a lot of your inspiration for nail designs? I like to surf the net for ideas. They are never the same nail, but the idea is there, buried beneath the "Lisaness" of it. Today I decided to try the idea of moons showing again because I wanted a little less showing. I also want to try one of the other polishes I got from Julep Maven because I wanted to see if it was thick and sticky like the last one.

This is the nail design we are going to do today...


I don't wear gold that often; I like silver, but these turned out nice. The color is called Hayden by Julep Maven and it's a peach colored creme polish. I like how it went on a lot better than the last polish I tried by Julep Maven. It went on smooth, although the first coat was a little streaky.

To get this look first you put on the base coat and a coat of clear polish so that the moons will be shiney. When that is dry you put the guides on every finger but the ringer finger.

Polish two coats of the peach polish from the guides to the free edge...

...and two coats of gold polish on the ring finger.

Take the guides off and with a gold stiper, or gold paint and a stiping brush, paint gold strips along the edge of the peach color. It is a simple design. I had never used a striper with my left hand before and it went well, so if you want to I think you can do it!

I used OPI's Original Nail Envy as a base coat and their Top Coat. I also used Orly's Clear, OPI's Bling Dynasty, Julep Maven's Hayden, and Pecision's stiper Gold Rush. I also used Nailene's French Polish Guides (not pictured).

For a primarily gold design I think it's rather pretty.

Do you like gold or silver designs best when it comes to metallics? Or maybe you like copper...

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Beauty Blogazons Weekly Roudup - 7/28

Saturday, July 28, 2012

  • Pinked Polish: Wanna see a fabulous Glitter Gradient look no further!!!!
  • Makeup Chronicles:Take advantage of some great deals that ULTA has on Chi Irons, Philosophy, and Bare Minerals...oh and you can save 20% on your entire order!
  • Baking Beauty:Does Maybelline's SuperStay Stain gloss really last 10 hours? Click to find out!
  • Mama Fashionista: Mama Fashionista shares some great lines from Sally Hansen that will make your nails and your wallet happy!
  • Shades Of Beauty, Inc.: PREVIEW: Dickinson's Witch Hazel Skin Care Line
  • adore-a-polish: A neat little trick to get more out of your next bath bomb purchase.
  • My Newest Addiction Beauty Blog: Laura talks about another one of her favorite products on Taupe-tastic Tuesdays. Cargo Yukon is the definition of taupe.
  • GlitterPukee: Glitterpukee reviews one of the more interestingly named hair care brands. The sexually charged name of LAID hair care uses Phero-attract technology to keep you on the top of your game and seem more attractive to men. Six pheronomes are at work but..does it work?
  • Midnight Manicures: Join Midnight Manicures as Jeanie brings you the latest collections and products through the Tweezerman Ambassador program!
  • A Little Polish: Stephanie shows off her Thirst Quenching Pink Lemonade inspried Mani, a great way to cool off this summer!
  • Beauty Product Review: Getting tired of having a messy looking Makeup/skincare area? Clean it up with some beauty do-it-yourself tricks and beautify your beauty counter!
  • A Frugal Beauty: A Frugal Beauty shows you just how BOLD the I *heart* matte palette from Wet N Wild can be in her The Bold and Beautiful Series: The Bold Look
  • Sincerely Stephanie: Wanting to get your hands on Clarins 230 but don't want to pay the price? Check out Darling Diva Polish Ringer instead!
  • Très Beau Glamour: Did you know that Piña Coladas are great way to obtain beautiful skin? Nay Denise shares a new beauty secret of hers that will give your complexion a glow, give you a boost of energy and deliver a ton of hydration.
  • Confessions of a Sarcastic Mom: Want a sneak peak of Color Club's upcoming collections? Confessions of a Sarcastic Mom has a preview from Cosmoprof North America 2012!
  • Beauty Info Zone: Here's a chance to win two of the great products from Reviva Labs - Light Skin Peel and Seaweed Soap. Learn all about them and enter to win if you are in the US.
  • Mani Curiously: Dom tries to go On Safari with China Glaze's newest collection with these beautiful swatches and review!
  • Spontaneous Chick: If you're looking for a fuller pout check out my Jane Iredale review to see if her plumper is right for you.
  • Lola's Secret Beauty Blog: Lola's Secret Beauty Blog has finally found the perfect must-have nude lipstick! True Love from Susan Thompson Cosmetics is gorgeous with a remarkable formula, and it's Cruelty Free.
  • Beauty by Miss L: Miss L from Beauty by Miss L has reached to 1000+ followers on her blog and to celebrate that she did a small "Thank you giveaway" to all her lovely old & new followers.
  • Beauty Binge: Beauty Binge Highlights her Top 5 Drugstore Skincare Buys!
  • Beauty Professor: The Beauty Professor tries Illamasqua's Skin Base Foundation...will it pass the test?
  • The Glossy Pages: A Beautiful World, Changemakers in Beauty | Meet Joshua Onysko, Founder of Pangea Organics
  • Emily Hudspeth, hair design and makeup artist: So grateful to have been chosen to receive the Influenster's Summer Beauty Voxbox. Check out what I got!
  • Captivating Claws: Captivating Claws has some gorgeous polishes from Enkelini to share with you.. plus a sweet GIVEAWAY!
  • Lacquered Lover: Lacquered Lover had the chance to check out Layla's ENTIRE new line of polishes including Hologram, Magnetic, Soft Touch and a Christmas Collection!
  • Lisa's Nail Obsession: I love the new Robin's Egg Nail Design. You will to...come and see it!
  • Gorgeousskin: Loving Giorgio Armani's Rusted Gold #25. See it in action here on my FOTD!
  • Cosmetics Aficionado: Cling wrap isn't just for the kitchen. Try this cute cling wrap manicure with my step by step tutorial.
  • Geniabeme Beauty Blog: Gradient nails are so pretty and easy! Take a look at Genia's pink and blue graident nails!
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Steps to a DIY Manicure

Friday, July 27, 2012

Do you take care of the skin on your hands like you do your face? They can show age too, especially if we do a lot of manually labor. I have ordered some products that we will try together in the coming weeks to slow aging of the hands.

This week I promised to teach you the correct steps to a manicure as I learned them in Nail Technician school...so here we go.
  1. Wash and sanitize hands. If there is someone giving the manicure they should do it too. It prevents you from passing infections or anything else to your instruments and then back while doing your manicure. (This is assuming you start with clean instruments.)
  2. Fill the finger bowl with warm water.
  3. Analyze your hands and arms for cuts and bruises. This is for the massage. You don't want to rub hard on tender parts of the arm or hand.
  4. Remove polish on the left hand.
  5. Clip the nails (if they need it).
  6. Shape the nails with a file.
  7.  Repeat steps 4-6 for the right hand.
  8. Place the left hand in the finger bowl if somebody is doing the manicure for you. Put both hands in the finger bowl if you are are doing a manicure on yourself.
  9. Remove the left hand from the finger bowl after about 5-10 minutes and dry well if somebody is doing the manicure for you. If you are doing a manicure on yourself take both hands out and dry them well.
  10. Apply the cuticle oil to each finger's cuticle.
  11. Push back the cuticles.
  12. Clip the cuticles, if needed.
  13. Brush the fingers with water to remove the cuticle oil.
  14. Dry your hand(s) and wrap with a towel. (If you are doing this to yourself you won't be able to wrap your hand and set it aside while the other one is getting done...obviously.)
  15. Repeat steps 10-14 on the right hand.
  16. Massage oil or lotion into left arm and hand.
  17. Repeat on the right arm and hand.
  18. Cleanse nails with nail polish remover to remove oil and lotion from nail. You do this so the polish will stick better and longer.
  19. Apply the polish. (One coat of base coat, two coats of color, and one of top coat.)
That's it! We will be changing this up and adding products, like soaks, lotions, and peels to see how they work with these basic steps. I am excited to try some of the products!

Do you give yourself manicures or do get them at a salon? Do you do full manicures? How often?

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Affectionately Called the Cow Collection - A Review

Thursday, July 26, 2012

I am going to do a review of the summer collection by OPI, Teal the Cows Come Home. I know it's late, but I love this collection and I've only been blogging seriously for a short time. Most nail bloggers only reviewed the blue one and called it good too.

The collection has four polishes in it. Teal the Cows Come Home, Pompeii Purple, Mod About You, and Charged Up Cherry.

Charged Up Cherry, Pompeii Purple, Mod About You, Teal the Cows Come Home

Teal the Cows Come Home is a shimmery aqua with micro-glitter. It is a little watery going on and I had to do three coats to get good coverage on both the nail tip and my fingers.

Pompeii Purple almost looks like it could be a duochrome but it is a shimmer. In the light you can see the flashes of blue and purple though. It is a hot fuchsia so the name is kind of confusing. I like this color in the bottle. I'll have to try a design with it to see if it is as good on as in the bottle.

Mod About You is a light pink on the lavender end of the spectrum. It is a creme polish and shows every imperfection in the nail. For a pink, I didn't like as much as I thought I would. (I usually love all pink polishes.) 

Charged Up Cherry is also a creme polish. It is dark pink, almost red, but not quite. I am enamored with this color. You may have noticed that I did my first Pink Wednesday with this color. 

As a whole I love this collection! It has lots of pinks, which I love. Teal the Cows Come Home, which the collection is named for, is a pretty blue too.

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Pink Wednesday - Candy!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Have you ever wanted candy nails? Well that is what we are doing today! It's Wednesday and time for another pink design. Today we are going to be doing candy pink nails with a baby blue accent nail and lots of little dots.

This is a really easy design. In fact, I had another design using Nothin' Mousie 'Bout It (in the Vintage Minnie Mouse Collection) planned, but I got frustrated getting the little hearts out of the bottle and it was getting late. This one turned out really cute though!

First you put on the base coat and two coats of pink polish except for the ring finger, it gets blue.

Now comes the time consuming part, putting the dots on. I wanted the dots to match in color exactly, so I used the polish to make them. You put blue dots on the thumb and pink dots on the ring finger. If you want the dots to all be the same size dip in the polish every time you dot, and dot once first on the paper plate or whatever you are using to hold the polish. Start in the middle working diagonally and then do the rows on either side (off center of the first row) in order to get the rows straight. 

I used OPI's Original Nail Envy as a base coat and their Top Coat. For the pink I used OPI's Pedal Faster Suzi (from their Holland Collection) and for the blue I used China Glaze's Kinetic Candy. I also used a dotting tool (but you can use a toothpick if you don't have one).

I love them! Unfortunately, it was late when I finished them and  I went to bed a ruined them. The dotted ones have marks in them. I guess they weren't quite dry yet!

I asked this question before, but nobody commented...so I guess I'll ask it again. What is your favorite color of nail polish to wear? (Mine is in the pink family.)

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Here Comes the Bride - Wedding Nails

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Looking at my blogging schedule again I decided we would do nail art on Tuesdays. We'll start with something simple because that is what I have prepared, but my colleagues in my blogging network say that sometimes I should do a harder nail art for you. Yes? No?

We are doing wedding nails today. (I did them on ABS nails so I could sell them in my Etsy shop.)

The first step is to polish them with a sticky base coat, then two coats of white polish. (I'll apologize right now for all of the polish, paint, and glitter on my towel. It comes with the territory!)

The next step is to dab on glitter nail polish with a make-up sponge about three quarters of the way up the nail. (I use sponges over again. I just cut off the part that has the polish from the last thing I sponged.)

Because this glitter polish is so ruff I put a top coat on before I painted the flowers.

I use acrylic paint to paint the little flower on the ring finger and thumb.

Make five almond shapes in a circle for a flower. Let the brush do the work rather than trying to draw it. I learned by watching videos and practicing...a lot. Practice on paper first before you try it on a nail.

I put a rhinestone in the middle of each flower. I was turned on to this stuff - Embellie Gellie - by Robin Moses (she does YouTube videos). It picks up stones with ease. I love it!

I put a top coat on to finish them off. To keep the stones in place you will want to top coat them everyday or at least every other day and wear gloves when cleaning.

I used China Glaze's Strong Adhesion Base Coat and Polarized (the glitter polish). OPI's Top Coat and Alpine Snow. Delta Ceramcoat in white and two rhinestones.

I have a few more ABS nails that I'm going to do for you, but I'll work on my own hands too. I hope you learned something and you like them. See you next time?

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Robin's Egg Nail Design

Monday, July 23, 2012

It's Monday and I hope I am having a good day. You see, I'm writing this early because I am too eager to try this nail design. I loved the color as soon as it came out of the box! It is so gorgeous! The nails did turn out great if I do say so myself!

I got this polish from Julep Maven in the mail a few days ago and it is called Robin. Between the name and a picture I had seen on Pinterest I designed these nails. They are definitely the color of a robin. I think there a little dark for a robin's egg, but they are still adorable.

Robin is a creme polish and they can sometimes be hard to put on because they can look streaky and show every little imperfection in the nail. I was a little disappointed in this one because it was thick and sticky though. It takes me awhile to polish my nails because my right hand shakes intermittently (a residual symptom of the stoke I had last year). But even without that, it would of taken me awhile. I was worried they weren't going to work out at one coat,...

One coat of polish.

...but my worry lessened at two coats...

Two coats of polish.

Honestly, if I hadn't been planning to put glitter over it, they would have looked horrible! But that is what I was planning, a coat of silver glitter before the top coat to finish this look.

I used OPI's Nail Envy as a based coat and their Top Coat. Julep Maven's Robin and Essie's Set in Stone is the silver glitter. I also used OPI's Drip Dry to dry my nails. (I forgot I had it and it popped its little head up the other day.) Its great! It dries your nails to the touch in a few minutes.

I am usually partial to pink polishes, but this one struck me as really beautiful. What color(s) of polish are your favorite?

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