Tuesday, July 26, 2016

The One with the DIY Star Decals and Some Lovely ORLYs!

Good morning polished world!  How are you all doing today??

So, ever since I posted that Press Release for the new ORLY Breathable Treatment + Color polishes, ORLY has been on my mind.  I wanted to wait and share a manicure using the Breathable polishes with you, but unfortunately, the polishes did not survive the shipping.  Sigh.  New ones are on the way though!  That doesn't mean that I can't use my regular ORLY polishes in the meantime!

HannahRoxNails on YouTube posted this tutorial for DIY polish decals using hole punches.  Back when I started blogging, there weren't any fancy vinyls like there are nowadays, so I had to make my own "vinyls" using star or heart hole punches and painters tape.  The process was tedious but it was well worth it in the end.  My most popular manicure using this technique was my Pixie Dust Star mani.  I did the same thing a few times after that, but since it was so tedious, I kind of gave up, leaving my hole punches in the Melmer untouched.

After I saw Hannah's tutorial, I decided to brush the dust off the hole punches and try it out!  I grabbed a plastic bag, painted it with a whole bunch of ORLY Liquid Vinyl.  Let's take a look at what I created!

Colors Used:
  • Orly - Indie
  • Orly - Purple Crush
  • Orly - Push the Limit
  • Orly - Glowstick
  • Orly - Mirrorball
  • Orly - Liquid Vinyl
Oh, my amazing!  Am I right?!  Honestly, by far one of my all time FAVORITE designs I've ever created!  It's like my star manicure of the past beyond upgraded!!!  When I first saw the video, I for sure did not think that it was going to be as easy as Hannah made it out to be.  I painted the plastic baggie with streaks of Liquid Vinyl.  I let the bag dry for about two to three hours.  I then peeled the paint off the bag and started punching holes in it.  I started by doing one at a time, but I couldn't get the stars to come out of the little collecting tray.  So I tried to do 3 or more and they began to just fall out.  

I put all the little stars on a paper plate and then painted the base on my nails.  I really had no plan at that point, I just knew that I had star decals and needed to do something with them.  I decided to go for a fun gradient using Indie, Purple Crush, Push the Limit, and Glowstick.  I thought the colors together looked like a beautiful, dusky sunset.  Perfect backdrop for stars.  Also the perfect polishes to make a gradient with.  Opaque and bright...the key to a nail artists heart.

After my gradient was on, I went through with some INM Northern Lights and added a quick top coat.  While the topper was still wet, I used a toothpick to pick up the stars and placed them on my nails.  A few of them I cut in half to fit around the cuticle.  It seemed a little bare, so I added some black dots using my smallest dotting tool.  Then I just added a top coat over the top to seal in the stars.

It seems complicated and time consuming, but it's really not as bad as you would think.  I think if I had a clear plan as to what I was going to do when I started this design, it would have gone a lot faster.  I've also learned little tips and tricks with the stars so next time it will go faster as well.  For instance, I will paint the baggie the night before so they can set over night making the peeling/cut out time go a lot faster.

What do you think?  Fan of this design?  Love how bright the ORLYs are??  

If you're going to try the DIY decals, I HIGHLY recommend using opaque polishes.  ORLY Liquid Vinyl is almost a one coat black polish, so it was perfect for this.

I really think the ORLY polishes made this manicure.  Mirroball, ugh, love it.  So happy I have about five bottles.

Well, I should stop babbling on and on.  Until next time, <3.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

The One with the Best Pineapple Manicure Ever

Good morning polished world!  Happy Saturday to you all!  I will be sleeping most of today in the cold air conditioning since it is a sauna outside.  It's expected to be hot and humid.  Last night at midnight it was in the 80s.  This is the part of the summer that I hate.  Although, I hope it does stay warm through next week since I have lawn seats at a concert.

Since it's super hot, it's only fitting that I share a fun, bright, summer manicure.  What's more summery than pineapples!?  Okay, maybe there is something more summery than pineapples, but whenever I think of a pineapple, I think of a warm, tropical island.  And, that's what it feels like where I live.

Let's take a look!

Colors Used:
  • China Glaze - Treble Maker
  • FingerPaints - Frosty Lemonade
  • FingerPaints - Paper Mache
  • Serendipity Polish - Sunshine Rainbow
Okay, guys, I think this is my all time favorite pineapple manicure!  Alongside of my love of florals, I have a huge love for all things pineapple.  Earlier this year I bought a pineapple shirt from NYandCo and a pair of green capris to match.  Of course when I wore it the first time I had to paint a manicure to match.  After looking around the internet at dozens of different designs, I came up with this lovely design.

I just realized I haven't shared Serendipity Polish in Sunshine Rainbow with all of you yet!  I really do not know what has taken me so long since this polish is absolutely GORGEOUS.  It is a gold hex glitter with holo microglitter throughout.  I used two coats over one coat of a gold metallic polish.  You could use it on it's own in three coats.  With two like this, you have a dense topper, and one it's a light perfect topper.  Absolutely gorgeous.  It reminds me of China Glaze Bring on the Bubbly, but with a lot more holo!

I'm so proud of my little free hand pineapple.  It's not perfectly circular, but neither are pineapples!  I used dotting tools and toothpicks for all the details.  I tried to use brushes but I couldn't get everything to look how I wanted it to.

What do you think?  Fan of this look?  Something you would try?  Love Sunshine Rainbow as much as I do??

Now I want a pineapple smoothie.

Until next time, <3.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

NEW: ORLY Breathable Treatment + Color - Press Release

Guys....stop what you're doing and read this post!  ORLY is coming out with a new nail polish!  I just got information regarding ORLY Breathable Treatment + Color.  This new line is an all-in-one polish where you don't need a base coat or top coat.  Just two coats and you have your treatment and your color polish.  How convenient is that??

Check out the press release below for more information!!

This fall, ORLY introduces the first ever Professional Treatment + Color. ORLY Breathable Treatment + Color offers the strength-boosting benefits of a nail treatment while eliminating the need to lay off the lacquer.

Hold up. Explain.

  • It’s essential to allow nails to rest and recharge, but for lacquer lovers, bare nails are a big nono.  With Breathable Treatment + Color, it's possible to have the best of both worlds
  • Similar to the technology of a contact lens, Breathable Treatment + Color allows oxygen and hydration to pass through, promoting nail growth, increasing nail thickness and helping heal damaged nails
Let’s talk technology
  • Advanced Oxygen Technology allows air and hydration to penetrate to the nail.
  • This new technology, coupled with a blend of Argan Oil, Vitamins B5 and C help to promote hydration, and heal damaged nails plus stimulating nail growth.
  • An All-in-One product formulation with adhesion promoters and shine additives eliminates the need for a basecoat and topcoat.
Nails by the numbers*
  • 99% of women tested saw a noticeable difference in the overall health and appearance of their nails
  • Felt their nails were STRONGER + HEALTHIER after using Breathable for 1 week
  • Experienced measurably FASTER nail growth
  • Experienced LESS CHIPPING and PEELING
  • 50% of the testers reported that the Breathable formula lasted longer on their nails
  • 10 out of 10 nail technicians felt the formula was easier to apply and control
* When tested against traditional nail polish, 500 women

Apply two coats onto bare nails.

ORLY Breathable Treatment + Color
 will be available online on July 21st, 2016. It will be available in stores August 2016. It retails for $8.99 each. ORLY Breathable Treatment + Color will be available ULTA, JC Penney, salons nationwide and at orlybeauty.com. For more information visit us online at www.orlybeauty.com/breathable .

It all starts with innovation. 2015 marks 40 fabulous years in the nail care industry for ORLY. From the conception of timeless nail looks such as the Original French Manicure®, cutting-edge color, treatments, textures and design, to what’s new and next in nails, it’s all been created by the brains and beauty lovers at ORLY in LA. This year, ORLY celebrates its long-time love affair with Los Angeles with the Made in L.A. campaign, inspired by the people, places and heartbeat of the city of angels.


Super excited to try these out!!!  What do you think?  Something you might try??  I think the colors are just gorgeous, can't wait to see them in person!

Until next time, <3.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

The One with Round 26 of Bestie Twin Nails with Fashion Footing!

Good morning polished world!  How are you all doing on this fine Wednesday?  Yes, you are seeing right, I am posting two days in a row.  Since I posted a swatch yesterday, I thought I should show you what nail art I did on top of the gorgeous Zoya Ling.

Of course, this nail art is in collaboration with Fashion Footing for another round of Bestie Twin Nails.  Round 26 to be exact.  So we've gone 26 months in a row doing this feature, and have snapped each other on SnapChat for close to 200 days.  If you guys are looking for some friend goals, look no further.

Let's take a look at this month's Bestie Twin Nails!

Colors Used:
  • Zoya - Ling
  • Orly - White Tips
  • Orly - Liquid Vinyl
How awesome are these nails?  I saw something similar on Pinterest by Nail Decor (I would link it but my internet is being dumb and won't load Pinterest), and Amanda was really interested in trying them out.  We debated a bit on what color to do because really this manicure would look awesome with any color.  After deliberating for a bit, we settled on Zoya Ling, and I'm really happy that we did.  It's just an awesome color combination!

To get the look, I started off with a base coat of Ling.  Once that was dried, I dry brushed from the edges towards the center of my nail using white and black polish.  Such a simple technique to achieve an amazingly awesome result!

What do you think?  Something you would try?  Think I should do this with more colors??

Make sure to check out Amanda's Post!

Until next time, <3.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Twinsie Tuesday: Someone Else Does Your Nails.....kind of

Oh my gosh I'm back and posting for Twinsie Tuesday.  Can you believe that I didn't forget this week?  Or didn't have something else scheduled?  Hopefully now I can get back on track and back to consistently posting with everyone!

This week we are posting manicures which were painted by someone else.  Well, it's been kind of a crazy week and I had zero time to ask one of my friends to do my nails for me.  I then thought about having my mom paint my nails, but she was just as busy.  Sooooo, I really had no one else to paint my nails for me.

Despite this, I was determined to post today.  I decided to twist the theme a little bit and do a "mani orders" post.  In the end, someone else is doing my nails because I'm doing something I wouldn't have done otherwise.  Yeah, that's a huge stretch, but whatever.

So, here is what Amanda from Fashion Footing has told me to do forever and a day....a plain cream polish swatch.

Colors Used:

  • Zoya - Ling
Gasp!  A post with a plain cream polish on my little nail art blog!  I actually am planning on sharing more swatches with you all in the future.  I figured instead of just sitting and waiting for my base to dry, I might as well snap a few photos of it and include it somewhere in my posts.  Or even do them a day before?  Who knows, I'll figure that all out one of these days.

Anyways, this is Zoya Ling.  A gorgeous blue polish originally released in 2014 as part of the Tickled Collection.  It's such a fun blueberry blue polish.  It applies perfectly in two coats.  You can almost get away with one coat, but I did have a few patchy areas.  Regardless, it's gorgeous.

What do you think?  Like this swatch?  Think I totally failed with this prompt??

Don't forget to check out the other Twinsie's!

Amanda at Fashion Footing
Amber at NailsLikeLace
Claire at Kerruticles
Marisa at Polish Obsession
Sharon at Behind Green Eyes

Stop back tomorrow to see the nail art that I did over the top of this swatch!

Until then, <3.