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Comet Tails

6 Dec

Sometimes I see a pattern that just really jumps out at me. I recently saw a nail wrap that was a similar design to this and thought, I can do that (or something like it at least.)  And here we are.CometTails (3) WLcopyI was using white on my other hand for the Jonqal design I posted on Tuesday, so I just carried it over to my right hand for this one.  I’m not very good at putting polishes away after I’ve used them.  I generally have a bit of a collection lining my workspace.  When I started brainstorming colors for this design, I just looked at what was already out in front of me.

CometTails (10) WLcopyOne of my favorites, Essie Alligator Purse was the first one I picked.  The grey is Sally Hansen Wet Cement.  I was initially thinking of using a chartreuse-ish green, but decided Milani Fresh Teal was the better way to go.

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I love the way this turned out.  I just used the small detail brush that I already had out and started brushing it on.  Using my non-dominant hand to create this made it really easy to have far less than perfect lines.  In hindsight, I wish I’d added a little black in to the mix to give it that extra pop, but still, I think it looks fabulous.


V-Gap Dotticure

28 Nov

I’m really loving the polka dots lately.  Maybe it’s just because I’ve been busy and am too lazy to try anything else.  I do love the retro look that polka dots create.

I love the designs you can create with tape, but I sure do hate the drying time.  I usually try to stick the tape on too early and end up messing up my polish in the process.  I’m impatient and don’t like to use layers of top coat to dry things in between.  I had to do some touch up work, but once the top coat goes on, you can hardly even tell.

I love this color combination.  I love grey.  This is Sally Hansen Wet Cement and Essie Alligator Purse.  Here Alligator Purse reads as red, but it’s actually a burnt orange.  It’s a fabulous color!

Autumn Chevron and Stripes

23 Nov

I had a great Thanksgiving and I hope you all did as well.

I just love this color combination.  It’s very autumnal.  I had grand plans to do one of Nailside’s explosion manis but evidently I’m explosion mani handicapped.  Her tutorial makes it look easy peasy.  Not so, for me at least.  I’ll keep trying to master it.

But in the meantime, I had to figure out something else to do with the two accent nails that I had messed up already.  Chevrons and polka dots.  My base polish is OPI Uh-Oh Roll Down the Window.  My brown is Essie Chocolate Cakes and the fantastic orange is OPI DS Luxurious.  After messing up the explosion more than once already, I was too impatient to wait for the polish to be dry enough to tape off the chevrons, so I freehanded them.

Off topic, how many of you are black Friday shoppers?  I am not!  I would rather spend the extra money to avoid the crowds.  I may take advantage of cyber Monday though.  I like the peace and quiet of shopping from my own home.

Twinsie Tuesday: Thanksgiving

20 Nov

In the good old U.S. of A. we are celebrating Thanksgiving this Thursday.  My favorite thing about Thanksgiving is the pumpkin pie.  I probably should have said something a bit more meaningful, but man, I LOVE pumpkin desserts.  Mmm… pumpkin ice cream mixed with some Heath candy bar from Coldstone Creamery.  Holy crud.  Heaven.

That said, I did a turkey mani today.  I’m sure all that talk about pumpkin made it sound like I’d some some kind of pumpkin something.  Nope.  Isn’t this little guy cute?

Not too far from my house is a petting farm of sorts where we occasionally like to go to see the animals.  You can pet and feed them.  I love the beauty of the horses, the small town feel of the cows, the crazy sounds the goats make and oh yeah, teasing the turkeys.  I love to tease the turkeys.  It’s seriously my favorite thing about visiting this farm.

My husband gets a kick out of it.  I’m easily amused I guess.  My daughter tries to join in the fun too.  Last time we went she and I both ran back and forth dragging a dried up leaf or something across the front of their pen and they all followed.  Good times.

Anyway, like my post yesterday, this mani was done in all Julep polishes.  It just happened that way.  It just so happened that all of the colors I wanted to use were available in the Julep section of my Helmer.  My base is Julep Blake (light yellow).  The rest are Vera ( soft brown), Alyson (nude), Stella (mustard-ish yellow), Parker (orange), Whitney (mauve-ish), Alma (green-ish), Brandt (black), Brigitte (white) and Molly (red).

What’s your favorite Thanksgiving food?  I could eat the appetizers and dessert and skip the meal all together.  The best parts are the beginning and the end.

Be sure the check out all the other manis 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 Seriously Swatched
Elizabeth of Did My Nails
Jenn of All That is Gorgeous
Jenna of I’m Still Thinking
Katherine of Haul of Fame
Maribeth of Obsessive Cosmetic Hoarders Unite!
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

Random Fall-ish

15 Nov

Sometimes I just don’t know what to do.  I sit down with a polish or two and just start messing around.  Sometimes I like what comes out of it and sometimes I really don’t.  Today is a not so much.

I started with Essie Alligator Purse which is a perfect fall color.  It’s a reddish burnt orange.  Beautiful color.

Then I added stripes with Essie Chocolate Cakes.  I didn’t intend for the stripes to go diagonally, but I guess doing stripes with my non-dominant hand equals crooked stripes.  Oh well.  Then I added fish food flakies aka Finger Paints Asylum.  Totally reminds me of fish food.

I’m not at all in love with this mani.  At all.  For me, the flakies killed it.

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