Monday, April 30, 2012

Double Hearts

Well hello again!  Hope you all are doing spectacular.  This post is a little different than other posts I have done since it is a SHARED POST!  That's right, the lovely Gabi (@RubyStein79) is posting along with me!  Gabi has become my official manicure inspector, especially after my Meh Manicure incident.  I send her cruddy webcam pictures, messy edges and all, and she gives me her feedback.  She has yet to give a negative response (and I doubt she ever will).

This heart manicure though she absolutely loved and she said she was going to copy it.  This made me beyond ecstatic, because as I have said in the past, I created this blog in hopes to inspire some people to start painting and do nail art.  I told her to send me pictures when she was done and I would post them along with my manicure since she does not have her own nail blog......yet.

Are you ready for some nail action????  Doing a fancy smansy "read more" cut for suspense.  Here we go.....

Friday, April 27, 2012

Black & Tan


I've been having the toughest time coming up with a manicure that I've been truly happy with.  When I sat down to do this manicure, I literally took off 3 before I settled with this.  I was about to quit, throw my hands up in the air, and just go to bed & work the next day with naked nails.  A true nail addict blogger though does not give up.  At midnight, I sat down, gave my collection an evil glare, grabbed my bottle of Zoya Avery, and started painting.

Here's what I came up with....



Sun Shots where you can see some of the Flakie Goodness:




Colors Used:
  • Zoya - Avery
  • Essie - Shine of the Times
  • Sinful Colors - Black on Black
Now, Avery freaks the hell out of me because when on, it makes my nails look like there is some form of concealer on them.  The only time I used it previously was on my leprechaun manicure for the guys lil faces.  I originally was going to just swatch some on and deal with the freakiness of them just to avoid having naked nails at work.

When I looked over and saw my bottle of Shine of the Times, I grabbed it and painted.  I figured the worst thing that could happen was I would just have to take it off again and have naked nails.  Instead, Avery became something brand new, something amazing.  I was in love!  I really wish that the pictures captured how awesome the flakies made it look.

I needed more though, something simple but more.  When I first was researching Avery, I remember seeing that someone added black french tips to the polish and it went so well.  So, why not add some dots?

After three failed manicures, and compliments from my mani inspector Gabi (@RubyStein79) & customers at work, I'm loving my nails....what do you think??

Also, my blog title makes me think of this scene from one of my favorite shows Psych.  Now when I look at my manicure, I snicker a little.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

The Meh Manicure

Welcome to this lovely post to discuss the manicure I have disliked for the past 48 hours and have slowly chipped away during my 8 hour work shift.  Thursday night was the manicure night from hell.  I did three different things and hated them all.

First I attempted a chevron design with Revlon Charming, Sally Hansen Celeb City, and some flakies.  The silver and lavender looked horrible together.  I then tried doing the Charming with a dark purple, and again, horrible.  

So instead of doing a simple manicure, I decided to revert to some nail art.  Grabbed my sky blue and decided to do an easy sky manicure.

Photo time...




Colors Used:
  • Base
    • Color Club - Blue Light - but it might be Factory Girl, I'm still not 100% positive ever since the stupid sticker fell off
  • Clouds
    • New York Color - French Tip White
  • Flowers
    • Funky Fingers -Riot!
    • Sinful Colors - Cream Pink
    • Revlon - Sassy
  • Top
    • New York Color -- White Lights Glitter

It was an easy manicure which was created 100% with the dotting tool.

I'm not sure why these nails were so "meh" to me.  I mainly think it was because I was expecting the Chevrons to kick butt and then they turned into a huge disappointment.  I also kind of wish I didn't do the flower accent nails and just did clouds on all my nails.  Oh well, lessons learned.

I want to attempt the Chevrons again, next time with a dark purple and the silver.  Thoughts?  Does anyone have a good idea of what colors would look amazing with one another??  

:)

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Cupcakes? On a Nail Blog?

Yup, you're seeing right.  I'm posting a recipe on my nail blog.  Why?  Well, these are the most amazing cupcakes I've ever tasted in my life, and the best part is, they're vegan!!  Sure, they aren't the healthiest for you, but they're healthier than the cinnabun cake I was going to make which called for 2 and 1/2 sticks of butter.  The only thing that makes this recipe vegan is that instead of using buttermilk, they use a mixture of rice milk/vinegar to make an equivalent of buttermilk.  See the note in the recipe if you want more info on this.

Not only is baking vegan healthier, to me, it's ten times easier than cracking open the eggs and all that jazz.  Plus, they're free of the most common allergens of dairy, peanuts, tree nuts, and eggs, which is an added plus for those with allergies.  Everyone who I have ever baked a vegan recipe for before has NEVER known the difference until I told them.  I always wait to see the reaction, then go "So, can you tell those are vegan?"  My chocolate chip cookies are the bomb, just saying.

Please excuse the photo, it is a webcam shot since my camera is dead as a doorknob and I was too lazy to charge it.  Plus, by the time it's charged, I think these will be gone :).  I credit Pinterest with this recipe.  Sadly, the link which the recipe led me to had no author or anything, but whoever originally made them, you're awesome.


Recipe this way....

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Sweet as a Rose

Well hello everyone!  It's been about a week since I updated with a new manicure.  Thank you to the lovely Ryan over at Dream a Little Dream of Polish for her awesome guest post.  The butterflies were amazing!!!! <3

Spring time is officially here and I'm about 99% positive that there will be no more snow.  I have been seeing numerous gorgeous pastel polishes and have been rather jealous since I only own two.  Miss Gabi (@RubyStein79) got an amazing Revlon Mint green which I was extremely jealous of.  You should ask to see her Mint Chevron nails she painted, they're awesome.

I looked everywhere for the polish, and of course the only bottle I could find was all crusted up like someone used it and returned it.  Right when I was about to cave and purchase an expensive Orly Mint, I hit the polish jackpot.  Funky Fingers Nail Polishes, three for five dollars, and best part, they're Color Club.  Both are made by Forsythe and if you compare the bottles side by side, the colors are IDENTICAL.

I purchased three and had to use two of them right away on a design I have never successfully done since I did not own the right colors.  This design was an adorable vintage rose design which I saw on Pinterest.

Time for the mani!  Please excuse my cuticles and wrinkly hands lol.

Sun Shot 1
Sun Shot 2
Sun Shot 3
 Shade Shot 1
Shade Shot 2

Colors Used:

  • Rose Nails
    • Base 
      • Funky Fingers - Mrs. Mint
    • Roses
      • Funky Fingers - Queen Cupcake
      • Sinful Colors - Luminary
      • Sinful Colors - HD Nails
  • Striped Nails
    • Base
      • Funky Fingers - Queen Cupcake
    • Stripes
      • Color Club White Striper
This was my first time using my striper.  I've had it for awhile now, but I never really understood how to use it.  It was such a thin brush and every time I tried it, I could never get the polish to evenly spread out on the nail.  I think this is my best attempt at it, and you know what, kind of love that thing.  It was so much easier than toothpicking on the lines.  A few swipes, and bam, done.  Thanks to all the youtube nail art tutorials I've watched that have shown me how to properly use one.

The roses were rather easy to apply.  I watched how CutePolish did hers and did a similar technique.  I dotted on the pink, then with a toothpick added the little circular designs, then the leaves.

I am in love with these nails and can't stop looking at them.  They're so girly, springy, and vintage all in the same mani.  I will be attempting more rose nail art designs in the near future (thank you Pinterest), so be prepared.

What do all you lovelies think?? Do you have a favorite vintage manicure or favorite pastel polish?

Friday, April 13, 2012

Tiger Tutorial

I have always wanted to create tutorials for my nail designs.  When I first started this blog, I wanted to not only share my nail art but inspire others to attempt some as well!  As my blog is growing and I'm gaining more followers, I thought now would be a great time to start.  So here goes nothing!

Here is how I am going to lay out the posts: first will be the manicure I'm doing the tutorial for, then the tutorial picture, with directions following.

For my first tutorial, I decided to do my  tiger manicure.  The tiger mani I feel is one that everyone knows me for since it is my TwitterFacebook, and Google Friend Connect picture.  If you don't know which manicure I'm talking about, here is the picture from the mani when I first posted it back in February.  In total, this manicure took me about 45 minutes for both hands.


And now for my little photoshopped clip arted tutorial!


Free Hand Tiger Design:
  1. Start with a base coat of your favorite orange polish.  For mine, I used Zoya Lianne.
  2. With a toothpick, start stippling on black wavy lines with a black polish.  I start at the base of the nail and work my way towards the tip.  I also start from the outer edge and move my way in.
  3. Add little connecting lines from the other lines to fill in the gaps and create more of a animal look.
  4. Let dry and finish with a top coat.
Free Hand Tiger Faces:
  1. Start with a base coat of your favorite orange polish.
  2. With your favorite white polish, paint on the circular head.  If you do not feel comfortable paiting on the head, you can use the dotting tool to outline and fill the rest in.  The head goes at the tip of the nail.
  3. With a dotting tool, add the eyes with a white polish.  If you do not have a dotting tool, a tooth pick will work the same.
  4. With the dotting tool (or tooth pick), add the black on the eyes, nose, and whiskers.  With a tooth pick, stipple on the mouth.
  5. With a tooth pick, add tiger lines as you did for the tiger design on the other nails.
  6. Let dry, and finish with a top coat.


Alright, I want your opinions. Should I do more tutorials like this? Was I clear? Are there more things I should include direction wise?? What other tutorials would you like to see?

<3

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

"...for you have become a Butterfly"

Hey there y'all! Ryan here from the blog Dream A Little Dream Of Polish (Now Nail'd in the South)!!! I am so honored to be doing a guest post here for Alaina and her amazing nail art blog! I hope I don't let her and you, her readers, down!  I've been wanting to try butterfly wing nail art ever since 1st seeing it on Pinterest.  And even more special and exciting for me to do my 1st really intricate nail art attempt as a guest post for my AARM sister! **inside joke** between some other good blogger girlfriends & I who are about to do a 7 day challenge together.  Anywho, here's some of the original pics I pinned that inspired me:




I loved both of the colors these nail artists used and especially loved the gradual ombre gradient of colors on the right: from pink to purple.  For my butterfly wings nails, I chose to use Orly "Lollipop" & Zoya "Charisma" for the ombre base colors and Revlon ColorStay "Stiletto" for the black lines & OPI "Alpine Snow for the white dots.  I'm not super happy with the results...I don't have precision artist painting skills, so mine don't like anything these others :( I tried my very best to make good clean fine lines, but it's no joke you need hands of a brain surgeon to do these.  They were also extremely time-consuming! They took about 3.5 hours while watching some True Blood Season 4...this was also my first time to use my new dotting tool! So without further ado, on with the show!

 I'm a little disappointed with the application/formula of Zoya "Charisma" and it dried a lot darker than the bottle.  I am really sad about that because in the bottle it looks like a neon magenta.







"Butterfly", by Mariah Carey
One of the anthems of my pre-teen years in the 90's (1997)

This is really not my best mani and maybe I should give up on intricate freehand nail art....proof that i need some stamping plates already & maybe just stick with stuff like that ;D Anyways, I can't thank the lovely sweet Alaina for letting me do a guest post on her awesome blog! What do y'all think of this? Do you think you would want to try nail art like this??  If you're a neurosurgeon, I say GO FOR IT! :D Thanks for checking it out! Follow me on my blog, on My Pinterest, on Instagram: RyCoBra and also on Twitter!  Until next time! Stay classy....

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Mint Apple Dots

Easter is over, and it's time to return to non-holiday themed manicures.  When I sat down to paint my nails, I had no idea what to do.  As usual, I sat starring at my tiny stash thinking "What color do I want?"  After a good half hour of sitting glaring at my collection, I took to Twitter asking for mani ideas.

My girl Megan from Let There Be Lacquer answered right away with a few awesome ideas.  She suggested a half moon but I don't have any of those fancy shmansy binder stickers so whatever I would have attempted would have looked horrid.   I also don't have a stamper to mimic her awesome Half Moon Tribal mani which you can see here. Then she suggested needle pull, but I was tired and didn't want to wait up forever for my nails to dry.  In the end I took so long deciding that I ended up being awake forever anyways.  After suggesting I do teal and realizing I do not own a teal, I grabbed the next best thing....my go to favorite color: Sinful Colors - Mint Apple.

Okay, so had a color......now what.  The lovely Ryan from Dream a Little Dream of Polish sent a link to her Pinterest page where she has loads of amazing pins.  Seriously, head on over to her blog and take a look at her Pinterest, it's amazing.  Nail ideas, awesome clothes, and not to mention her own awesome swatches.  Take a look at her Franken Nightlock here.  Loves it.

I came across this pin on Ryan's pinterest, and I had to re-create it, especially since I was going to use Mint Apple.  Enough of my babbling...onto my nails!  I again took my pictures outside because I loved how my last ones turned out.  Please excuse my random cuticles, but I refuse to do anything to them because I"m a bit freaked out by cutting/pushing back....*shiver*.  


 Sun Shot
 Shade Shot
Side Shot (had to do it because I'm obsessed with Mint Apple)

Colors Used:
  • Base
    • Sinful Colors - Mint Apple
  • Diagonal French
    • Sinful Colors - Black on Black
    • New York Color - French Tip White
    • Sally Hansen - Celeb City
I'm not sure why Mint Apple is my favorite color, but it is.  It's a pretty mint color with a lovely subtle shimmer.  The shimmer in Sinful Colors Luminary reminds me of the shimmer that is in Mint Apple.

The mani was extremely easy.  Typically when doing diagonal tips such as these, I use tape to make them even, but last night I was lazy and did them free hand with the brush.  When dried I took the dotting tool and added the dots.  Last but not least, with a toothpick, I added some celeb city for the silver divider.  I controlled myself from adding any glitter or flakies to top these off, and I'm beyond happy that I did.

What did you think?? If you have any ideas for what I should do for my next mani, feel free to tweet me, or leave a comment on the "Mani Idea!" page.  



Saturday, April 7, 2012

Bunnies & Flowers

It is time for my fourth, and final Easter Manicure.  I had something different in mind, but because I cut my nails short, and got some new polishes, I changed my plan and did something more simple.

I also decided to take my pictures outside today since it was so sunny and gorgeous.  I'm rather happy how the pictures turned out.  I think I like the first two pictures the best, but hey posting all four that came out decent.  First are more of a "shade" picture, and the second is when the "direct sun" was on them.






Colors Used:
  • Base
    • Sinful Colors - Luminary
  • Bunnies and Flowers
    • New York Color - French Tip White
    • Sinful Colors - Cream Pink
    • Sinful Colors - Black on Black
  • Top Coat (Only on the Flower Nails)
    • Essie - Shine of the Times
Luminary is from Sinful Colors new Sheer Shimmer collection.  I absolutely LOVE this new polish. It's so shimmery, but sheer, not so much.  Two coats and I had full color, for this mani though, I did three coats.  It went on so smooth and was not streaky at all.  It's a perfect Spring/Summer color, and definitely a must have if you like light shimmer polishes.

The bunnies were a super easy nail art design.  I used a dotting tool to dot on the head and ears.  Then, I took a tooth pick and added the details of the eyes, whiskers, and pink ears and nose.  The flowers were super easy as well.  Just a few dots with the dotting tool and they were done!

I topped the flowered nails off with my new Flakies, Essie Shine of the Times.  You cannot see it in the picutre, but it is the most amazing polish ever.  It is my first flakie top coat, and I think it's going to be one of my new "go-to" simple manis.  If you do not own this, go out and buy a bottle, you will not be sorry.  I was putting the bottle down next to different colored polishes and it was picking up the other colors and just looked amazing.

What do you think?  Like the pictures outside better than my old, inside pictures?  Have you done any Easter nail art that you have yet to post?  Let me know!

For those who celebrate Easter, I hope you have the greatest Easter!!!  For those of you celebrating Passover, Happy Passover!!!  And for those of you who celebrate neither, have a GREAT weekend!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Hatching Chicks

Easter is fast approaching and I have done yet another Easter manicure.  Originally, I was planning on only doing three manicures for the holiday, but due to the Peeps tragedy, I was able to make time for one more mani.  This means after these little guys, I'll have one more for you!  It actually works out quite well because I had so many ideas in my head and didn't know how to do them all at once.  Originally this design was going to be part of my Easter Egg mani with the chicks on the ring finger and thumb, but with the extra time, I made them their own manicure.

For the life of me, I cannot remember who suggested hatching chicks.  I loved the idea, so cute, so springy, so Eastery.  I had to do it.  Plus, I love having little animals on my nails.  If you don't believe me, let me direct you back to my Pigs and Tigers.  I've also done penguins but never got a decent picture of them.  Can't wait for my fourth Easter mani and....well I'm not going to spoil it but I'm sure you can guess what animal will be gracing my nails along with some other Eastery things.



Colors Used:

  • Accent Nails (Ring and Thumb)
    • Base
      • Sinful Colors - Snow Me White
    • Chicks
      • Sinful Colors - Let's Meet - yellow bodies
      • Zoya - Lianne - Orange Beak
      • Sinful Colors - Black on Black - eyes
  • Polka Dot Nails
    • Base
      • Revlon - Charming - the pretty lavender
    • Polka Dots 
      • Sinful Colors - Mint Apple
      • Color Club - Blue Light
Messy edges, I know, but for some reason I had the hardest time doing these nails and by the time I was done I didn't care to clean them up.  Still haven't either lol.  I had a hard time doing these because I was being extremely OCD.  The white was too thick, then the white was too thin, the purple looked streaky.  Then of course when everything seemed perfect, the top coat decided to lock some air bubbles into my design.  That ring finger I think was done 4 different times lol.

It is a super easy design though to do.  First, I painted on a base coat of the white.  When that was perfect and dried, I tooth picked on a cracked line with the yellow, and filled in the upper part of my nail with a dotting tool.  Then with the dotting tool I added the eyes and the little beaks.  For the other nails, I simply used the dotting tool to dot on some polka dots.  I didn't go overboard with the polka dots and opted for a "flower" looking design to keep with a Spring look.  Finished with a top coat (shockingly this time I did not put on any glitter), and I was done.

What do you think?  Cute?  What has been your favorite design so far?  Are any of you planning Easter manicures with nail art??

Love you all and can't wait to show you my last Easter design!  I'm praying that it looks as good on my nails as it does in my head and on my post-its :)

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Easter Eggs

My poor Peeps only lasted about two days in total.  I had painted the base coat on and wore that for a day before I painted on the nail art.  Probably not the best idea because the base wasn't in the best condition when I started adding the Peeps.  Then a day and a half after I had those lil guys on, they were murdered at my job.  Poor guys never stood a chance =(.  I miss the bright colors on my nails, not  going to lie.  I may have to do it one more time before Easter because it seems at the rate I'm going, I will have four Easter mani's in total.

For my second Easter manicure, I decided to do Easter Eggs.  I'm not too sure how I feel about this manicure. Part of me likes it, part of me hates it.  I think the hate part is taking over, but I'm going to keep them on until Monday night (painted them Friday night and tonight touched up some of the chips).  I don't know what it is about it, maybe it's my designs, but I feel they look weird lol.  I like the "gradient" background I attempted.  They looked really pretty, then I was putting designs on and my opinions started to change.

What do you think?



This is where I normally do my "Colors Used" section, but there were a lot.  I think in total I used 14 nail polishes. 3 purples, 3 blues, 3 greens, 2 yellows, 1 white, 1 glitter, 1 base.  That seems right, and I just realized how crazy it seems using that many polishes to do this mani.

All were painted a base coat of French Tip White by New York Color to resemble a white egg shell.  Next came my experimenting in dabbing/gradient.  I do not own any of those triangular make up sponge things, so I used a napkin for my dabbing.  I wish I had pictures of what the nails looked like along the way. Maybe next time.

I started dabbing the blue ring finger first.  I figured if my accent finger looked horrible, I could just keep it on one hand and leave the rest white.  I attempted a gradient by dabbing on lighter blue, then a darker blue towards the bottom.  To get the color blended I added a medium shade of blue in between so the colors weren't so harshly divided. I loved what it looked like on my ring finger, so I went color crazy on all my other nails.  In my opinion, the napkin worked perfectly.  It gave each of the nails an egg dyed look which I thought was really cool.  

Then came my designs, which I added with tooth picks and dotting tools.  I don't know if it was the colors I picked or what not, but I think my designs are not what I like.

So, do you think they resemble Easter eggs??

Another post either Monday or Tuesday :) Hope you all are having a great weekend!