Sunday, August 21, 2016

The One with the Nude and Neon Leopard

Good morning polished world!  How are you all doing today?  It's supposed to rain today so I'm super thrilled!  Especially since yesterday we had a picnic at work and the rain held off until today.  So me and my sunburn from yesterday are going to relax all day long.

Today I am sharing with you a manicure inspired by Paulina's Passion.  Remember Wednesday how I shared with you a swatch of OPI's Do You Take Lei-Away?  Well after using it once, I had to use it again and did so with this manicure.

Let's take a look!

Colors Used:
  • OPI - Do You Take Lei-Away?
  • China Glaze - Flip Flop Fantasy
  • ORLY - Liquid Vinyl
I love how this manicure turned out so so so so SOOO much!  When I saw it on Pinterest right away I knew it was something I had to re-create.  I never in a million years would have thought to create a nude to neon gradient.  I'm obsessed now and I think I might have to do this with all my neon polishes.  Ooo, I just had a thought for a different gradient, but that's a secret.

Flip Flop Fantasy, an oldie but a goodie from China Glaze.  One of my all time favorite neon polishes.  Actually, I believe it was the first one I ever purchased.  Funny enough, this is the first ever bottle too that I"m holding.  I shook it up tons for this photo because it's half empty.  I have a new bottle but the color changed a tad.  It looks a bit more orange, but regardless, it's still gorgeous!

What do you think?  Fan of this manicure?  Like the black accent nail?  I think really adds a lot to this manicure!

Until next time, <3.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

The One With the Dry Brush Daisies

Good morning polished world!  Happy Thursday to you all!!  Yesterday I shared with you a swatch of the beautiful Do You Take Lei-Away? by OPI, and as promised, here is the nail art that I created on top of it!

A long while ago on Pinterest, I stumbled across this gorgeous daisy manicure by @lieve91 on Instagram.  The dry brush base made it look the daisies were on canvas.  I just loved them so much.  I waned to re-create them but knew I would not be able to come anywhere close to the original.  After months of procrastinating, I finally attempted them.

So let's take a look at my attempt at them!

Colors Used:
  • OPI - Do You Take Lei-Away?
  • Various Acrylics
So yesterday you saw my post about how much I love Do You Take Lei-Away? so I'm not going to go into detail here about it again other than it is one of the best nude bases for nail art!  As soon as it was dry, I took a dark brown polish and did a dry brush design over it to give it that dirty canvas look.  I then applied a quick dry top coat and hesitated for a good 20 minutes before I started the flowers.

I really had no idea about how I was going to accomplish such intricate looking flowers.  I thought about putting white down first then adding the color over, but I just wasn't happy with the idea because I wasn't going to get the look I wanted.  Then it hit me, blend the colors before adding them to the nail!

Side by side, I poured out a little colored acrylic and white.  With my nail art brush, I swiped right down the middle where the two paints were touching, then swiped it on the nail.  In the darker areas, I added a little more color.  I guess you can say I did a one stroke sort of thing?  Maybe?  I don't know because I'm way too scared to ever try one stroke flowers.  These things took a couple of different swipes across the nail and a few fixing pieces here or there once everything was dried.

When the flowers were done to my liking, I went through with a toothpick and added the black centers.  Grabbed a fast dry top coat, and called it a day.

What do you think?  Successful attempt at trying to re-create the manicure which inspired me?  Something you think I should do again??

Well I have quite the busy day ahead of me so I am off!  Until next time, <3.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

OPI Do You Take Lei-Away? Swatch and Review

Good morning polished world!  How are you all doing today??  Remember how I told you I'm going to start sharing more swatches?  Well here's yet another!  I think what I want to start doing is sharing the base of my manicures the day before I share the nail art?  Maybe?  It might be a ton of work, but for today that is what we are doing.

Today's swatch is of OPI's Do You Take Lei-Away? from last year's Hawaii collection.  I absolutely love OPI's nude polishes, so whenever I see one that I think will look good on my skin tone, I snag it.  This one I purchased last year from Sally Beauty during a BOGO sale and really am kicking myself that I didn't grab another bottle.

Let's take a look.

It's such a gorgeous nude polish which I think goes well with my skin tone.  Two coats for my swatch and I had full coverage.  It's not patchy and dries super fast unlike My Vampire is Buff.  Weirdly enough despite my complaints about My Vampire is Buff, it is one of my favorites.

What do you think of this shade?  Something you own and rarely use?  Highly suggest you pull it out and re-visit it if you do own it!

Can't wait to show you the nail art I created on top of this swatch!  Actually my next two posts will use this color!!!!  Really think you're going to like them!

Until next time, <3.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Happy Birthday @christinails_it!

Good morning polished world!  How are you all doing today?  We have arrived to yet another Monday.  This is going to be a super busy week for me, but I'm excited for it!  The busier the week, the quicker it moves.

Today I am collaborating with a bunch of lovely ladies on Instagram to wish Christina from christinails_it a Happy Birthday!  Some of you may know Christina as @nails_and_wax.  For her birthday, we have re-created one of her manicures, some of the ladies re-created them using her favorite colors.  There are so many beautiful designs on Christina's Instagram that it was hard to pick what I was going to re-create.  I finally decided on this striping tape manicure.  I loved the color scheme so instead of switching it up, I did a similar color scheme using some of the new FingerPaints Fast Dry polishes.

Let's take a look!

Colors Used:
  • FingerPaints - Champagne Toast
  • FingerPaints - Cool Coral
Isn't it a beautiful manicure?  I haven't done a simple striping tape manicure like this in a long time.  It's like I almost forgot that I can do a tape manicure with two colors and not have to do a white base with a gradient all the time.  

Now I did my best to put the tape in the exact same spots that Christina did.  To do this, I found myself constantly placing the tape, posing my hand like she did in her photo, then re-placing the tape because it was wrong, and re-posing until it was right.  I think I did it almost perfectly.

For my base, I used Champagne Toast.  If you read my swatch post about this collection then you know that this polish requires only one coat!  It dries super fast so I was able to apply the tape without waiting a super long time and without having to add a coat of fast dry top coat.

Once the tape was placed where I wanted it, I added two thin coats of Cool Coral over the top.  I did one nail at a time since the polish does dry super fast, I feared that I would have tape stuck under the coral if I did them all at once.  I topped it all off with a coat of the FingerPaints Fast Dry Top Coat, which just as the polishes dried super fast.  Super super shiny.  Honestly might be a go to top coat for me now!

What do you think?  Fan of the striping tape manicure?  Think I should do more again??

I hope you have a super Happy Birthday, Christina!!!!

Head on over to Christina's Instagram to wish her a Happy Birthday!!!!  Also check out my Instagram to see the collaboration collage!

Until next time, <3.