China Glaze

The One With The Neon Green Spider Webs

9:00:00 AM


Good morning polished world and Happy Halloween!!!  After days of preparing a group costume of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, I am ready for today.  Sure, I'm probably going to look super stupid, but I'm excited and I know that my co-workers and resident's are going to love it.  I can't wait to see what my other co-workers costumes.  We should have had a contest....

Anyways, to match my costume, and have still Halloween nails, I decided to re-create a spiderweb design by OhMyGoshPolish.  I pinned this design last year since I had all of the polishes, but I never got around to doing it.  I'm kind of mad that I haven't used any of my glitters like this in a while.  I need to go through my glitter collection and force myself to use them.

Let's take a look at the last Halloween design!


Colors Used:
  • China Glaze - Drink Up Witches
  • China Glaze - Something's Brewing
  • ORLY - Liquid Vinyl
Isn't it cute??  Drink Up Witches is such a bright, fluorescent green polish.  I put a base of white underneath because when I tried it alone on the naked nail, it was kind of a thin jelly which probably would have taken three coats to get opaque.  It has a similar consistency to ORLY Glowstick.  Super bright, super thin, but super amazing.

Somethings Brewing is a mixture of green and black hex glitters.  You can't see the black glitters that much due to the black base, but you can kind of see them over the green glitters.  It applied nicely with little to no need to dab or place glitters.

What do you think?  Like this final Halloween manicure??

Until next time, <3. 


Halloween

The One With the Ghost Nail Art

9:00:00 AM


Good morning polished world and Happy Sunday!  How are you all doing today??  I need to carve my pumpkin and make a few more tutus for my group costume at work.  I cannot wait to show you guys this costume.  It's been forever since I dressed up so I am beyond excited.  It's all coming together so nicely!!

Today's Halloween manicure is a re-creation of last years ghost design.  It popped up on my Facebook Memories the other day and I decided I had to re-create it.  Of course this seems to be the trend this year.  Probably a good thing I didn't post any of these to my Facebook because next year I'd just be re-creating everything again.

Let's take a look at today's re-creation!


Colors Used:
  • Sally Hansen - Blacky O
  • Sally Hansen - Electra-cute
  • ORLY - Mirrorball
Super cute, right??  I think my little ghosts last year were cuter, but whatever they still are cute this year.  I forgot what a pain in the behind they were to paint.  I couldn't space them out on my nail right so I had to re-do them like five times before I was happy with this final design.

What do you think?  Like this design?  Have you ever tried to paint itty bitty ghosts and frustrate your self?

One more design coming on Tuesday!!!

Until next time, <3.


Halloween

The One With the Halloween Patchwork Manicure

9:00:00 AM


Good morning polished world and Happy Friday!!!  Super excited that it's Friday, and super excited that Halloween is almost here.  I finally have my costume picked out and it's a group costume with some of my amazingly lovely co-workers.  I haven't dressed up in ages, let alone have a group costume!!!  Cannot wait to show you all!

Bringing you yet another Halloween manicure.  I'm having mixed feelings about Halloween being around the corner.  I'm happy because I'm kind of getting tired of the Halloween designs, but I'm sad because I still have so many ideas that I want to try but not enough time.  Such is life, right?  Never can be happy.

Today's design is a simple Halloween patchwork.  I usually create this design every year in one way shape or form.  This year I opted for simple, and somewhat neon.

Let's take a look! 


Colors Used:
  • ORLY - Thrill Seeker
  • ORLY - Frolic
  • Serendipity Polish - Orange County Girl
Super fun look, but I kind of wish I went for a more traditional Halloween green.  Yes, Thrill Seeker is amazing, but it just leans more yellow than I would have liked.  Actually, it looked greener in person, I think my camera couldn't fully handle the neon and made it look weird.

Easy look to re-create.  First I started off with a base of white polish.  When that was dried, I went through and added the color blocks using a dotting tool.  It didn't have to be done neatly because I knew the black lines would be covering over the spots where the colors met.  When my patches dried, I added the black using a nail art brush.  Top coated, and called it a night.

What do you think?  Fan of this manicure?  Something you'd try??

I should have two more Halloween designs for you before Tuesday!!!

Until next time, <3.


Halloween

The One With the Halloween Smoosh Manicure

9:00:00 AM


Good morning polished people! How are you all doing on this fine Tuesday?  Can you believe Tuesday is already here?  I feel like Monday just came and went.  Actually yesterday was just an odd day.  Work was okay, but when I came home from work, my relaxing night of making dinner and lounging turned into chaos.  It was kind of windy here, so the trees across the street started to hit the power lines, causing the tree to catch fire, which then in turn brought the fire department to the neighborhood.  The fire department brought the electric company who threw the power for the whole street while they fixed it.  Of course, they threw the power off 10 minutes after I started dinner, so everything stopped cooking and just sat.  About an hour or so later the power went back on, I was able to finish dinner, but it just threw my whole night off.  Oh well.

Thankfully I had my nails painted so I didn't have to worry or even consider painting by candlelight which I have done in the past.  Today's design is yet another Halloween one.  It is a recreation of last year's smoosh manicure.  I love the smoosh designs, and rarely do them.  I"m not sure why, especially when they produce such amazing results like this one.

Let's take a look!


Colors Used:
  • Serendipity Polish - Building My Empire
  • Serendipity Polish - Orange County Girl
  • Serendipity Polish - #GoalDigger
I'm finding it hard to believe that I have yet to use Orange County Girl from my Serendipity Polish line.  Still feeling the pains of this company closing.  I seriously love their polish and miss them terribly.  Roxie did begin a new company which is really awesome raising awareness for causes, but I'm selfishly missing these pretty collections.

This manicure is super easy to create. First you start off with a base of white polish.  Then with a stamper, I drip a few drips of white, black, and orange, then smoosh it onto a paper plate, then onto the nail.  Added a little top coat, and called it a day.  Seriously love how each nail looks so differently!

What do you think?  Fan of this look??  Something you've done before??

Until next time, <3.


Gradient Mani

The One With the Halloween Splatter Manicure

9:00:00 AM


Good morning polished world!  How are you all doing on this fine Saturday?  I am planning on laying in bed for 90% of the day ignoring the world.  Okay, maybe I won't.  It's my father's birthday this weekend so I need to get some stuff done for that.  Most importantly, I need to bake a cake.  I guess I could lay in bed while the cake bakes....right?

I'm so proud of myself that I'm still painting and posting Halloween manicures.  I think that I have more ideas than I do time to post them.  We will see what happens.  Today's design is a different take on the candy corn gradient I usually do.  Every year I do that same white, to orange, to yellow gradient.  I admire it but then about a few hours after completing it I kind of hate them.

After searching around, I came across a white, to yellow, to orange gradient which had that candy corn feel, but wasn't your typical candy corn manicure.  I painted that on my nail, and enjoyed it much more, but there was something that was missing.  I came to the conclusion, it was a splatter.

Let's take a look....


Colors Used:
  • OPI - Alpine Snow
  • OPI - Exotic Birds Do Not Tweet
  • OPI - No Tan Lines
Isn't it cool??  I really love this manicure!  I don't think I've ever hated a splatter manicure because each nail looks so different and unique.  Some people avoid them because of the mess, but I don't find them to be much messier than doing a gradient.

When doing a gradient, I always put painters tape around my nails.  I prefer tape over the liquid latex or peel off base coat because I feel like those require much more clean up.  Also, there's that dry time which I don't have time for when it's 10pm and I want to be asleep by 11pm.  So after the nail is taped off, I will add the gradient, then right after the gradient is done, while the tape is still around my nail, I'll add the splatter.  It baffles me when I watch tutorials that people remove the latex or the glue before finishing the full design. Eh, to each their own.

What do you think?  Like this look?  Think it's a Halloween-ish manicure?

Until next time, <3.


Halloween

The One With the Halloween Paint Drip

9:00:00 AM


Good morning polished world!  How are you all doing on this fine Wednesday?  Midweek is upon us.  I honestly don't know where the past two days went.  Work has been busy, life has kind of been blah, so everything is just blurring into the next.  Oh well.

Today's manicure is yet another Halloween design!  After surfing Pinterest, I found a bunch of green nails with black paint drips.  I loved the look and it had been forever since I had created a paint drip look, so I decided to re-create one of them.  Especially since I had a new green polish from INM which I have been dying to use!

Let's take a look!


Colors Used:
  • INM - Survival of Earth
  • INM - Northern Lights
  • Acrylics
Isn't Survival of Earth fabulous!?  It's such a pretty green shimmer polish!!!!  I couldn't help myself and had to add a top coat of INM Northern Lights and I'm beyond happy I did.  It is just beyond gorgeous and I cannot stop looking at them.  Actually, before I put the design on, I debated on just wearing the green polish alone....which if you know me that is shocking since I NEVER wear polish without a design.  That tells you how much I love this shade.

The design on top though really made for a neat looking manicure.  I don't think I would have liked this design as much if I would have used a flat cream polish.  So happy I went with the shimmer.  It made the black drips look like they were stickers.

What do you think?  Fan of this look?  Have you ever used any INM polishes?  Are you not in love with this green??

Until next time, <3.


Halloween

The One With the Googly Eye Nail Art

9:00:00 AM


Good morning polished world!  How are you all doing today??  Welcome to yet another Sunday.  The weather here is mad crazy.  It's going to be 80 degrees today.  So yesterday when I put up my Halloween decorations, it was abnormally warm, the mosquitos were buzzing, and it did not feel like October at all.  I saw though that it's supposed to be 55 on Monday, so that means I'll end up sick or something.  Or we will have a horrid storm.  Either way, no fun.

Continuing on with the Halloween manicures!  Today I re-created a googly eye design which I usually do every Halloween, but for some reason didn't last year.  I think I was going to and then ran out of time.  Well, after seeing Sarah from 25 Sweet Pea's re-creation of one of my past designs using colored pupils, I decided to do the same.

Let's take a look!


Colors Used:
  • ORLY - Liquid Vinyl
  • ORLY - White Tips
  • A bunch of ORLY neons
I don't know how I feel about the photo of this manicure.  Love the manicure, but kind of hate the photo.  Well, I like it because it looks more like the eyes are disappearing into the blackness of the bottle, but then I kind of hate it because you can't see the edge of my nails.  Honestly this is probably just a mind over matter thing that no one would have noticed unless I pointed it out, which I just did.  Oh well.

Easy as heck to re-create this look.  First start off with a base coat of black polish.  When dried, go through with a white polish and a dotting tool and add the white part of the eyes.  When that was dried, you add the colored cornea, then go through with a tiny tiny dotting tool and add the pupils.  Top coat and you have some spooky cute nails.

What do you think?  Like this design?  Something you would do for Halloween??

Until next time, <3.

Gradient Mani

The One With the Orange and Black Gradient

9:00:00 AM


Good morning polished world!  How are you all doing on this Thursday??  It was a super cold rainy day yesterday, and today it's supposed to be a tad warmer.  I hope it does warm up a bit because I feel like I'm starting to get a cold, and if the weather evens out, I think that the cold will go away.  Maybe?  Who knows.

Continuing on with another Halloween manicure today!  Last year Jessica from LaLaLoveNailArt on Instagram created the most perfect PixieDust gradient using Dhara and Dahlia.  I wanted to re-create it last year but never got around to doing so.  Of course that meant that I needed to do it right away.  Sadly though I don't like the look on my nails as much as I did on Jessica, but it's still an awesome manicure.

Let's take a look!


Colors Used:
  • Zoya - Dhara
  • Zoya - Dahlia
I mean, it is a cool looking design.  Now, Jessica kept hers matte, but I made mine shiny because the matte texture was kind of driving me insane.  At first I regretted adding the top coat, but they turned out to be so sparkly.  Literally my nails looked like black to orange gems.

I think the reason I wasn't a complete fan of this manicure was because it really was not easy to do.  I have done a gradient in the past with Pixie Dusts, and I forgot how difficult they are to do.  Maybe it's just me, but it takes forever for the colors to turn out how you want them to.  I also found it hard to get it evenly distributed.

What do you think?  Like this gradient?  Think I should have kept it matte?

Until next time, <3.


Halloween

The One With the Spider Web Re-Creation

9:00:00 AM


Good morning polished world!  Happy Sunday everyone!  How are you all doing today?  The weather is kind of weird here.  Yesterday it looked like a cold, Fall day, but instead it was so humid.  I'm pretty sure I'm going to end up with a pretty nasty sinus infection.  Sigh.

Since it's October, I said I would start sharing some Halloween themed manicures!  Halloween is no where near my favorite holiday, but for some reason I love doing nail art for it.  I have so many ideas and I hope to get through them all.

The first one I'm sharing with you is a re-creation of a last years vampy spider web design.  I loved this look and really wanted to give it a try again this year.  I of course broke a nail right before painting so my nails were shorter than I would have liked them, but I still got it all to work out.

Let's take a look.


Colors Used:
  • Morgan Taylor - Fruit of Temptation
  • ORLY - Liquid Vinyl
  • Zoya - Dahlia
Last year I used a Jessica polish which was more red tinged, where this year I used a more pink/burgundy shaded polish.  I think I like the color better.  Sure, it's not vastly different, but it's different enough for me.

The base behind the spider web is my own concoction.  I mixed some black polish into an old bottle of Out the Door making a sheer black jelly polish.  Actually, I used the same bottle that I mixed last year, which I was surprised I was able to do.  I honestly thought that it was going to be dried up.  Took some shaking, but it came together perfectly.

What do you think?  Like this design?

Until next time, <3.


Dot Mani

The One With the Pink Holo Tape Manicure

9:00:00 AM


Good morning polished world!  How are you all doing today?? It's Thursday meaning our week is almost over and Saturday is right around the corner.  I've started doing some Halloween manicures, but I won't have them up on the blog until probably this weekend.  Every year I try to challenge myself to do new designs, and so far I've recreated one that I did last year.  We will see how many new ones I end up coming up with.

Today instead of sharing that Halloween design, I thought I would share a pink holo tape manicure I did using some of my Serendipity Polish.  Since October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I thought it was fitting to share a pink manicure right from the beginning.  Sure, I probably should have posted it on Monday, but I wasn't thinking and ended up sharing the yellow flowers.  Oh well.

Let's take a look!


Colors Used:
  • Serendipity Polish - I Close Deals in Heels
  • Serendipity Polish - Girl Pwr
Two beautiful polishes from the Selfmade Babe collection which I didn't get when it originally came out.  Kind of kicking myself that I waited until the store was closing to buy them because they truly are amazing polishes.  I Close Deals in Heels (totally something I can relate to) is a gorgeous dusty pink polish which covers in one coat.  I used two coats because I tend to do that regardless.  Super fast drying with no bubbles.

Girl Pwr is by far one of the best holographic polishes I own.  Two coats for full coverage.  Worked amazing for nail art as you can see by the dots and the tape design.  The holo effect was strong in every type of lighting.  Truly an amazing polish and I kind of hate gushing about it because you guys can't get your hands on it.  I'm actually kind of mad that I can't get a back up bottle.

What do you think?  Like this taped holo look? 

Until next time, <3.


Dot Mani

The One With the Yellow Flowers

9:00:00 AM


Good morning polished world!  How are you all doing today on this fine Monday?  Can you believe Monday is already here?  And can you believe it is already October??  That means I need to start doing some Halloween manicures.  This is going to be that weird month where my Monthly Mani Fav collage is going to be half normal designs, and half Halloween designs.  That kind of bugs the old OCD.

Today's design is a fall-like floral manicure.  I tried to make tiny sunflowers on my nails, but instead they turned into looking more like yellow daisies.  Regardless, I got the idea from a pin I saw on Pinterest where instead of using a nude base, the girl had a naked nail.  I don't like doing that much of a negative space design, so I decided to grab one of my favorite OPI nude polishes and get to work.

Let's take a look!


Colors Used:
  • OPI - Pale To the Chief
  • ORLY - White Tips
  • Acrylics
Pale to the Chief is one of my favorite OPI nude polishes.  Actually, all the nudes that I own from OPI are my favorite.  I was debating on getting this one because I have so many OPI nude polishes, but I'm beyond happy I did.  This polish has a very, very subtle shimmer to it which sets it aside from the others I own.  Two coats and full coverage.

The design was super simple to do.  Once my base was dry, I went through and added the polka dots on the nude nails.  I then added all the flowers, then the green leaves.  Super cute, super easy.

What do you think? Like this look? Wish they looked more like sunflowers like I do?

Until next time, <3.