Wednesday, October 26, 2016

The One With the Ghosts

Good morning polished world!  How are you all doing today??  It's Wednesday so that means we are halfway through the week!  I feel like it's already Thursday.  Oh well.

Halloween is almost here, and as you are well aware, my nails have been ready.  After receiving the Sally Hansen colors for Halloween, you know I became more inspired to create different designs.  As I said in my previous post, I'm trying to create new designs that I've never done before.  It's been challenging, but I keep finding inspiration all over the place!  Today's nails are loosely inspired by a ghost design melcisme on Instagram.

Let's take a look!

Colors Used:
  • Orly - Mirrorball
  • Sally Hansen - OMGhost
  • Sally Hansen - Blacky-O
  • Sally Hansen - Tribal Sun
Isn't this the cutest thing ever?  I absolutely love the little ghosts!  I'll be completely honest with you the ghosts were a pain in the booty to position properly on my nails.  I had to re-do my ring finger three times before I got it to look how I wanted it to.  I'm sure the other attempts were okay, but my OCD was not having it.  Practice made perfect though, because by the time I did my ring finger on my right hand, I had it down to a science.

Be still my heart, there is now a black Sally Hansen Miracle Gel.  If you've been a reader of the blog for awhile, then you know my love for the Miracle Gel polishes.  These polishes do not chip, they apply smoothly, and they're a reasonable price!  Now I just need to get my hands on a Miracle Gel in white and my life would be complete.  Blacky-O (a play on the name Jackie-O I assume), is wonderful.  Applies evenly in two coats.  Really thought it was going to be 3 coats because the first was so watery, but 2 coats and it was PERFECT.

Tribal Sun is a gorgeous orange polish.  Not your typical bright Halloween orange, but a perfect Fall toned orange.  Two coats and full coverage.  Beautiful shade which I can see myself using a lot, especially around Thanksgiving.

What do you think?  Love the little ghosts?  Have you used any of the Miracle Gel polishes?

Two more Halloween manicures in store for you all!  Any guesses for what I'm going to do??

I just realized I don't think I'll have a Monthly Mani Favs post this month....maybe I'll do it in the beginning of November!

Until next time, <3.

Monday, October 24, 2016

The One With the Halloween Smoosh Manicure

Good morning polished world!  How are you all doing today?  Monday is here and it's time to start another work week.  We are also officially one week away from Halloween!  Are your nails ready??  If you need inspiration, then check out my Halloween Nail Art Wheel and Tutorial Post!

This year, I have tried to stay away from re-creating designs on my nail art wheel, and try different things.  Today's manicure is for sure different and something that I have never done before!  Have you all heard of a smoosh manicure?  I first started to see smoosh manicures pop up on Instagram a few months ago when some bloggers started collaborating for #smooshsunday.  It's where you literally smoosh the colors on your nail and get a cool marbled look!  Kind of similar to a saran wrap manicure.

After seeing Jessica's (Lalalovenailart) awesome Halloween smoosh manicure, I decided to give it a go!  Let's take a look!

Colors Used:
  • Jessica Cosmetics - Black Lustre
  • FingerPaints - Paper Mache
  • FingerPaints - Tie Dye Tangerine

Isn't this the coolest looking thing ever?  I have to say, this is hands down one of my favorite techniques and I really can see myself doing this a lot more now that I figured out how to do it!  Dianna, also known as Dsetterfield74 on Instagram, told me that she achieved her smoosh manicures by dabbing the polish on a stamper then stamping it on her nail.  I was very leery that this would work, but I gave it a shot anyways. I dabbed a few drips of each color on the stamper, stamped it first on a paper plate because I thought it was too much, then stamped it on my nail.  I was amazed when I saw that this was the end result!!!  So cool!!!

I love the color combination.  So happy I saw Jessica's smoosh design, otherwise I wouldn't have ever thought of making one with these Halloween colors.  Hmmm, I wonder if anyone has done one with the purple and green Halloween colors.  Maybe using the China Glaze Halloween polishes from last year??  I wish I wasn't already planned out until the end of the month, otherwise I would have tried it!  I bet you anything that Dianna has one already on her page using those colors.  That lovely is the queen of smoosh manis!

My suggestion if you are going to do this, make sure you are using opaque, close to one coat polishes.  The first orange I was using was too sheer and it did not blend at all with the other colors.  It actually disappeared and looked more like just a black and white marble with a random orange huge in the white.  I'd have to say that all the FingerPaints creams I've ever used would be perfect candidates for this design.

What do you think?  Something you would try?  Don't you love how every nail is different?!

I cannot wait to do more smoosh manicures now that I figured out how to do them!  I think they look cooler than water marble, and honestly, it's easier than doing a marble.  Clean up was not bad either.  Make sure you tape or liquid latex your nails before doing it!

Until next time, <3.

Friday, October 21, 2016

The One With the Candy Corn Nails

Good morning polished world!  How are you all doing today?  It's a rainy, dreary Friday, but at least it is Friday!  So weird that two days ago it was 80 degrees and now it's in the 50s and going to be in the 40s tomorrow.  That's Fall for you!

Halloween is coming up, so I'm still bringing you Halloween manicures!  Today's design is a good old candy corn gradient!  Every year I need to some form of a candy corn manicure.  I wasn't feeling the idea of having the design on all my nails, so I grabbed my favorite black polish to break up the design.

Let's take a look!

Colors Used:
  • Zoya - Storm 
  • FingerPaints - Paper Mache
  • Fingerpaints - Tie Dye Orange
  • FingerPaints - Yellow Out Man
I think this is my second favorite candy corn design that I've ever created.  The first is last year's candy corn dot gradient.  I think my favorite part about this manicure is how the color pops next to the scattered holo black polish.  

My second favorite part of this manicure, my gradient.  Hands down, this has to be the best candy corn gradient that I have ever created.  It really shows that practice does make perfect.  Over four years I've created dozens of gradients, and finally after four years, I think I have mastered the technique.  It just hit me, it's going to be my five year anniversary of this blog coming up in February.  I should probably start planning the giveaway because it will be here before we know it!!

Zoya Storm, how I love thee.  My favorite black polish ever.  The scattered holo is just gorgeous.  Two coats and you have full coverage of this beauty.  Zoya came out with a Holo-Ween promotion where you get three of their new scattered holos for free with a purchase of $22.  I'm beyond excited to add those new ones to my collection, along with Blaze which I am shocked I never owned before. May or may not have grabbed myself two Pixie Dusts also.  Super excited for this order, it was an awesome promotion!

What do you think of this manicure?  Fan of the scattered holo and the cream candy corns?  Did you take part in the Zoya promo??  Rumor has it they're selling out fast so I don't know if they will have them much longer!

Until next time, <3.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

The One With the Vampy Spider Webs and Jessica Cosmetics Fruit of Temptation

Good morning polished world!!  It's Tuesday, and a very warm one at that!  It's expected to be somewhere between 81 and 86 degrees today.  It is for sure an Indian Summer.  Usually by this time of year we have had a few frosts, and we've only had one.  Hopefully this means we will have a mild winter.  I doubt it, but here's to hoping.

As promised, I'm continuing on with the Halloween manicures!  Today's design is inspired by BadGirlNails.  Totally not a design I would typically go for, but after seeing it pop up on my feed and on Pinterest, it really grew on me and I wanted to try it.  I'm so happy I did, because I absolutely LOVE this manicure!

Let's take a look!

Colors Used:
  • Jessica Cosmetics - Black Lustre
  • Jessica Cosmetics - Fruit of Temptation
  • Zoya - Dahlia
  • Black Sheer
Amazing, right?  I was so sad when I removed this manicure because as I said, I absolutely loved it.  I think my favorite part was the black sheer polish I made.  For ages, I've wanted to make my own sheer polishes but never really got around to do it.  I had an half empty bottle of INM Out the Door and a close to empty bottle of ORLY Liquid Vinyl.  I poured out a little of the Liquid Vinyl into the INM bottle and shook it around.  I swatched it and it wasn't quite dark enough, so I added some more, and viola!  A black sheer polish was created!!!  I used one coat for my base of the spider web.  Originally, I used two, but it was too dark and you couldn't see the spider web on top.  I learned the sheerer the better when it comes to using it as a base for nail art.

I did pull it out the bottle a few days later after I mixed it and found that it separated quite a bit, but when I shook it up it came right back together.

I love the color combination.  Fruit of Temptation is absolutely gorgeous and the perfect shade for this vampy manicure.  You can get away with one coat of this polish, which I did since I sponged more over the top to create the gradient.

I decided to keep the manicure shiny because I loved the end result.  Sonia put a matte top coat on hers.  I'm not against it, I just think that matte looks odd on me.  I should have tried a matte on it the the last day I wore the mani and compared which looked better.  Oh well, live and learn.

What do you think?  Like this vampy look?  Something you would try?

Until next time, <3.