Tuesday, June 20, 2017

The One With the Cracked Stone Looking Manicure

Good morning polished world!  How are you all doing today?  I apologize for not posting yesterday, but I have some awesome news....I finally edited the photos in all 7 posts that need to be posted, soooo I should have consistant posting for the next two weeks.  Hopefully.  All I have to do now is just write all the posts.  I feel like that is the easier part.  Maybe it isn't because as I'm writing this, I just went and watched YouTube videos for 20 minutes.

Anyways, today's manicure is inspired by this cracked stone look by NBNailArt on Instagram.  I fell in love with this design as soon as I saw it.  Bianka used a stamp to get her look, but I figured it would be something that I could freehand with some acrylics and a small nail art brush.

Let's take a look.

Colors Used:
  • OPI - My Boyfriend Scales Walls
  • Zoya - Maria Luisa
  • Acrylic
Isn't it a neat looking manicure?  It is one of those where I couldn't stop looking at my nails.  I think I did a decent job re-creating the design without the stamp.  At first I thought that the black lines looked a bit like tree branches, so I started to give them more of a jagged look to represent the cracks.

Maria Luisa is one of my favorite polishes which I always forget that I own.  One coat and and you get this gorgeous gold foil looking flecks all on the nail.  Over the white, I did just did one coat and as you can see, it's pretty dense.  This polish always separates on me, but with one shake it's back to normal.  I think it's just because the flecks are heavier than the base?  I don't know the logistics of polish.

What do you think?  Like this look?  Something you'd try??

Until next time, <3.

Friday, June 16, 2017

The One With the ORLY Gradient and Daisies

Good morning polished world!!  How are you all doing today??  It's Friday, so you know I'm having a great day.  Work has been so busy due to numerous renovations, so my mind is just spinning constantly.  The other night I woke up at 2am and was planning out things that needed to be done for the next day at work.  I'm probably going to develop an ulcer or something, but in the end the building is going to look nice so I guess it's going to be worth it.

Warmer, summer weather is finally here, so that means I'm going to be gravitating towards my neon polishes all the time.  As I've said in the past few posts featuring ORLY neon polishes, I'm absolutely obsessed with them.  They have such great formulas and are bright and eye catching.  Just what you want from a neon.

Let's take a look at today's fun, bright, flower-rific manicure....

Colors Used:
  • ORLY - Put the Top Down
  • ORLY - See You Soon
  • ORLY - Liquid Vinyl
  • ORLY - White Tips
  • INM - Northern Lights
Isn't this gradient gorgeous??  I love the pink, purple, to blue look.  It's one of my favorites and go to gradients.  Probably because it's also easy to achieve by using only two polishes.  On the make up sponge, I paint a swatch of pink, then overlap it with some blue and sponge away.  The blue blends with the pink creating the gorgeous purple color.

As always, which you can't really see here, I added a top coat of INM Northern Lights over the top of the gradient.  I love that little micro holo top coat.  It really helps blend the gradient together, while adding a little something with the sparkle.

Of course, since I'm in a daisy/dot flower mode, you know I had to add some daisies on top.  It looked a little naked so I went through and added dots throughout as well.

What do you think?  Like this look?  Been obsessed with ORLY polishes like I have been lately??

Until next time, <3.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

The One With the OPI Tape Manicure

Hello polished world!  It's a Tuesday, yes I know,  I failed at doing a Monday, Wednesday, and Friday post this week.  I have a good excuse though....work is super busy.  Okay, it's not the greatest excuse, but my mind was kind of pre-occupied with a renovation that we are doing that I forgot about the blog.  And then I went into work and one of the kitties that we have needs to be put down.  So you know, it's all around a busy, mind filled time.

Today I'm sharing a fun tape gradient manicure that I did a few weeks ago.  I don't know what it is, but I love when I have blue nails.  I always end up starring at them and honestly, I can't explain it, I just can't ever stop looking at them.  This manicure was no exception.

Let's take a look!

Colors Used:
  • OPI - My Pal Joey
  • OPI - I Believe in Manicures
OPI makes such wonderful blue polishes.  Every time they have a blue in their collection, I run out and grab it because I have yet to have a bad one.  I really didn't need I Believe in Manicures since I have about 10 different blues in that light pastel shade, but since it was an OPI one, I told myself I needed it.  I'm honestly kicking myself that I didn't grab another bottle because it really is quite gorgeous.  On it's own it covers in two coats.  I was a little nervous that it wasn't going to sponge or show up well on top of My Pal Joey, but it did a great job.  No problems, easy peasy, pretty mani.

My Pal Joey is one of my all time favorite blue polishes.  I do have back ups of this pretty, yet I still don't wear it because I don't think that two bottles is enough.  It's a great pedicure polish in the summer with a holo top coat. Covers perfectly in two coats.  And dries super fast so I was able to do this fun tape design.

You know, the fun tape design that took me forever to do.  A lot of bloggers are now using nail vinyl stencils which you just place this design over the nail, but I don't own any of those so I had to go the old fashioned route....nail art tape.  That's right, each line was done using a strand of tape.  My OCD needed them to be perfect, and I think I did a pretty dang good job.

What do you think?  Like this manicure?  Think I should do it with other colors??

Until next time, <3.

Friday, June 9, 2017

The One With the 90s-ish Nail Art

Nothing to Disclose

Happy Friday polished world!  How are you all doing today?  Look at me, actually keeping to this Monday, Wednesday, and Friday posting schedule.  Do we think it will last more than a week??  I'm going to say yes....I'm an optimist after all.

Today's design is inspired by this abstract design that I saw on Nail It! magazine's Instagram page.  The manicure by monanneevernis is a lot more subtle and less bright than mine is.  Just wait until you see how amazingly bright this new ORLY polish is.  It's going to be my go to pedicure polish this year!

Let's take a look!

Colors Used:
  • ORLY - No Regrets
  • ORLY - White Tips
  • ORLY - Mirrorball
  • ORLY - Glowstick
  • ORLY - Vintage
  • ORLY - Liquid Vinyl
Guys, do you see No Regrets???  This polish is from the Coastal Crush collection for Summer 2017.  Two coats and full coverage.  It's somewhere in between a red and pink polish.  So unique to my collection and honestly a must have for any neon polish lover.  I didn't think that I was going to like this one when I first saw it, but it's beyond amazing.

I am happy that I accented this manicure with Mirrorball.  The holo really picked up all the colors on the ring finger, while bringing some subtleness to a bright fun design.  

What do you think?  Like this design?  Does it remind you of the 90s also?  I feel like it has a Saved by the Bell vibe to it....

Until next time, <3.