Archive | May, 2012

Framed, Again!

25 May

I think I might be developing a bit of a problem.  I’m constantly thinking of different combinations for a framed mani.  I’ve got an endless stream of ideas.

I love a bright and teal-y blue and red combination.  Red goes with just about everything, doesn’t it?  It’s my favorite color.  While I love these two polishes together, I get a slight superhero vibe from it.

Have you tried a framed mani yet?  They’re actually pretty easy.  Paint the “frame” color, once it’s dry, tape off your tip then paint your center color.  Act like you’re polishing your nail, but keep a small buffer around all the edges.  Ta Da!  Easy, right?

The colors I used are Color Club Reddy or Not and Dollish Polish We’re Gonna Need a Bigger Boat.

Julep Nessa

24 May

I’m not sure how I feel about Nessa.  I got it in my May Maven box.  It’s a pretty yellow foil.  I’m just not sure I’m in love with it.

This is two coats and I still felt like I could see visible nail line.  The cruddy part is that the brush was all frayed out at the end.  It was shaped like a bell.  The other foil that came with it also had a frayed brush so I wondered if for some strange reason they were supposed to look like that.  I emailed Julep and they promptly sent me replacement brushes.

I initially put this on to do a cool design on top of it, but failed miserably so Nessa is all you get.

Mickey Mouse Clubhouse

23 May

Mickey Mouse Clubhouse is on each and every morning at my house.  The little one loves it!  My good buddy Kyrsten is headed to Disneyland soon and asked what I would wear on my nails.  Definitely Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.

This is a bit abstract, yes, but all five main characters are there.  Just in case you’re as well versed in Disney Junior shows as I, let me tell you what you’re looking at.  Feel free to google images of these characters for reference. 😉  On my index finger we have Daisy Duck with her purple shirt and matching bow.  I used OPI Do You Lilac It and sponged on some China Glaze White on White.  The darker detail work on the bow is Milani Rad Purple.  I like how the gradient is a little rough.  It reminds me of her feathers.  On my middle finger, as if it’s not obvious, is Mickey himself.  Mickey wears red pants with yellow shoes, then of course I added his silhouettes.  The yellow is Sinful Colors Pull Over, the red is Color Club Reddy or Not and the black is China Glaze Liquid Leather.  My ring finger is Minnie with her pink dress and bow with white polka dots.  This fading polka dot design came from Chalkboard Nails.  The pink is OPI Pink Friday and the white is China Glaze White on White.  My pinkie is Donald Duck who wears a blue sailor’s top with yellow trim and a red bow tie.  The blue is Jordana Smooth Blue, the yellow is Sinful Colors Pull Over and the red is Color Club Reddy or Not.

On my thumb, we have a very abstract Goofy.  Goofy wears an orange shirt with a brown vest and a green hat.  I had a hard time deciding what to do with this one.  I actually did one thing, hated it and started over.  I went with a orange and brown ruffian then added a portion of his green hat.  My orange is Julep Parker, the brown is Finger Paints Sketchy Character, the light green is Orly Green Apple and the darker green is China Glaze Starboard.  Everything is finished off with Poshé.

I love it.  It’s a very happy mani and makes me want to go to Disneyland again.  I haven’t been for about five years.  It’s time to go again.  What do you think?  Is it too abstract or can you tell what it is?

Twinsie Tuesday: Ombre

22 May

This is my first Ombre!  Believe it or not, my stash is pretty small compared to many others.  I like to play and experiment with nail art more than I like to collect polishes.  I might have 200 polishes.  I haven’t counted in a long time.  For my ombre, I chose pink because that was really my only option.  I have tons of blues and greens and lots of other stuff, but none that really worked well together or were all the same finish.  Pink it is!

You know me, I can’t just leave it with plain old polish.  I had to play with it.  I started with a framed ombre, but wasn’t all that happy with it.  I like my pinkie, ring and middle fingers, but the index and thumb colors are just too close.  You can’t really see the framing.  So I started over on my other hand.

Again, I couldn’t leave well enough alone and went with a gradient ombre.  I got the idea from The Swatchaholic.  Her illustrations look much better than my nails do.  I actually really like all but my middle finger.  The colors are just too contrasting so it doesn’t make for a good transition.  To be honest, I liked each mani better before I went all nail art on them.  While I do like both results, I should’ve stopped white I was ahead.

The polishes I used are: Sinful Colors Easy Going, OPI Pink Friday, Milani Pink Hottie, LA Splash Blowfish Purple, Sally Hansen Berry Tantalizing Creme, Color Club Reddy or Not and China Glaze Velvet Bow.  I finished everything off with Poshé top coat.

Be sure the check out all the ombres today:

Amanda of Amandalandish
Anna of Going to the Showing
Anne of Grape Fizz Nails
Ashley of Art Evolve
Brandi of The Collegiate Nail
Chelsea of Nailed Blog
ChiChi of I’m Just Me…ChiChi
Cordia of Srsly Swatched
Jenn of All That is Gorgeous
Jenna of I’m Still Thinking
Katherine of Haul of Fame
Marisa of Polish Obsession
Meredith of Polish and Charms
Nory of Fierce Make Up and Nails
Sarah of See Sarah Swatch
Tara of Polishy of Truth


21 May

I loved the color combination of my Slices of Color mani from Saturday, so I stuck with those polishes and tried out a gradient.

I’ve done gradients before, but this time around I tried a slightly different technique.  Rather than ripping off little pieces of sponge and doing each color one at a time, I applied all the colors to a full make up sponge and did them all at once.  I actually really liked this technique.  I would say the only issue I had with doing it this way is that it can be hard to paint the stripes on the sponge to line up on your nail the way you want.  Two colors would have been easier to do this with than four.  I love how they bleed together with this technique.

I don’t feel like it photographed as well as it actually looked.  My colors were China Glaze White on White, Revlon Peachy, Julep Selena and NYX Sepia.  I purposely used a top coat that I knew would smear the colors a bit to help with the blending effect, Jordana Quick Dry.  For the extra shine I finished it off with Poshé.

This is definitely a sponging technique I will be using in the future.

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