Thursday, April 17, 2014

30 Day Challenge, Day 17: Brand Challenge

Hi everyone! Today's 30 Day Challenge prompt required us to use 3-4 polishes from the same brand in one mani. I did it better...I used an entire collection from one brand in one mani. I know that you guys have seen me go on and on about OPI's Brazil Collection lately so I really thought about using those polishes, but instead I reached back to another OPI Collection that I love just as much. OPI Pirates of the Caribbean Collection from Spring/Summer 2011 was probably the first complete collection that I ever owned (even the Silver Shatter, which I did not use in this mani). They are still some of my go-to cremes today.

For my mani, I utilized the Waterfall Nail Art Technique by The Nailasaurus and I think I might have used a skinnier brush than she uses in her tutorial. It was a long, skinny striping brush from a nail brush set. Since all of the colors are pastels, this was a very subtle effect, but absolutely lovely. I will definitely be doing more Waterfall Manis in the future with brighter and darker colors. I used Skull & Glossbones as my base color, and then striped with all of the other colors from the collection. I thought it was subtly springy.

T-B, L-R: OPI Sparrow Me the Drama, Planks a Lot, Stranger Tides, Steady as She Rose, Skull and Glossbones, Mermaid Tears 

Be sure to check out what the other ladies are up to today! Thanks for looking everyone!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Dance Legend Hysteria

Hi everyone! Today I have a polish from the Dance Legend Wow Prisms line called Hysteria. It is a purply pink jelly base filled with holo shards.   From pictures I've seen of this polish, I expected it to be more of a lilac color, but on me it leaned really pink. The formula on it was thinner, so I used 3 coats for full coverage. It's a lovely polish, just not as purple as I was expecting (or maybe it is just my skintone?).

Dance Legend polishes originate from Russia and you can order direct from their website (shipping took 2 months to get to me in the US from Russia, and I've heard that is about average). They are also available from LlaroweColor4Nails, and Ninja Polish which all ship to the US and internationally. Thanks for looking everyone!

30 Day Challenge, Day 16: Food

Hi everyone! Today's 30 Day Challenge prompt was Food. I decided to do a multicolored citrus mani. I used mostly polishes from OPI's Brazil Collection for my base colors (can you tell I'm obsessed with this collection?) and Wet n Wild Stand the Test of Lime for the lime green. Then I stamped over it with Konad White and Bundle Monster Plate BM308. This is probably more of a summer mani, but I don't care.

(L-R) OPI Where Did Suzi's Man-go?, Wet n Wild Stand the Test of Lime, OPI Kiss Me I'm Brazilian, OPI I Just Can't Cope-acabana, and OPI Toucan Do It If You Try (on thumb, not pictured)

My inspiration came from pictures like these that I've seen all over Pinterest of lemon slices photoshopped to appear all different colors. I've seen several versions of this picture, and I think they have a very Pop Art/Warhol vibe. 

Be sure to check out what everyone else is doing today! And...if you haven't gotten it from all of my previous posts...GO BUY THE OPI BRAZIL COLLECTION! NOW! :)

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

30 Day Challenge, Day 15: Splatter Mani

Hi everyone! Today's 30 Day Challenge prompt was Splatter Mani. Now I'm going to be honest with you...I tried to do a splatter mani the regular way. It was such a mess! There was polish EVERYWHERE! I think, in the end, the straws I had were too big and thus instead of a niced splattered effect on my nails it was globs of polish. I will try again someday, but for today...we have the cheater's version of a splatter mani.

When Bundle Monster released their recent Create Your Own stamping plates, one genius person submitted a splatter image and it is on plate BM-416. I never thought this was such a big deal until I actually TRIED to do a splatter mani and saw what a huge mess it makes, so this image is perfect for a hassle-free splattered look. I used Zoya Blu (baby blue) for the base of my mani and then the stamping colors were Barry M Cyan Blue (bright blue), Barry M Blackberry (navy), and American Apparel African Violet (purple) (which is showing some signs of the original splatter mani carnage on its bottle). I stamped first with the purple, then the bright blue, then the navy, rotating my image and moving it around on the nail each time so that the patterns looked random. I feel like pictures made this look a little weird, but it looked awesome in real life!

Be sure to check out what everyone else is doing today! They probably did the real thing, but I still like my cheater's version. ;) Thanks for looking everyone!

Monday, April 14, 2014

30 Day Challenge, Day 14: Studs/Loose Glitter

Hi everyone! Today's 30 Day Challenge prompt was to use either studs or loose glitter, so I chose studs. I used The Nailasaurus's Nimbus Nail Art Tutorial for my base using Sinful GelShine Wisp (white base), KBShimmer Honeydew List (green), China Glaze Sugar High (warm medium pink), and China Glaze Dance Baby (cool lighter pink). These colors together really gave an impressionist rose garden vibe. This is a really simple nail art look that anyone can do from beginners to experts, so be sure to check it out if you are wanting to try your hand at nail art.

I just so happened to have recently received some assorted pastel studs (Item #7218) from Born Pretty Store for review. This is a 400 piece set that has a mixture of round and square 2 mm studs in a variety of pastel shades (pink, blue, purple, peach, mint, and honeydew green). For my mani, I used the square honeydew green studs at the base of each nail. This was my very first time trying studs of any kind and they were very easy to use. I placed a dot of clear nail polish where I wanted the stud to go on my nail and then used that dotting tool to pick up the stud and place it. The dotting tool still had a bit of clear polish on the end, so it picked up the studs easily. Then I used two coats of quick dry topcoat over the whole thing to seal the studs in place. I thought them sticking up a bit off of the nail would bother me and make me want to pick at them, but I think adding the second layer of topcoat made the edges smoother and caused them not to bother me at all.

As you can see, there are 12 slots for the 12 assorted colors/shapes, but mine must have gotten jostled aroud in shipping because they were a bit mixed up. There are tons of studs here so this will allow you to do studded manis to your heart's content! There is a set of neon studs that I have my eye on next!

Be sure to check out Born Pretty Store for all of your nail art supply needs (you can use my coupon code JCX31 for 10% off your order).  I've always had great experiences with ordering from them at very reasonable prices. Also, you can't beat free worldwide shipping! You can also follow Born Pretty Store on Facebook and Instagram.  

KBShimmer polishes are available from their website as well as from Harlow & Co. (Canada). Be sure to follow them on Facebook and Instagram for updates on new collections and to see swatches of all of their polishes.

Both of these China Glaze polishes are from past spring collections, and I recently purchased them from Cherry Culture during a recent sale. 
*Studs were sent for my honest review, polishes were purchased by me* 

Be sure to check out what everyone else is doing today! Thanks for looking everyone!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

30 Day Challenge, Day 13: Negative Space

Hi everyone! Today's 30 Day Challenge prompt was Negative Space. This prompt gave me a lot of anxiety because I NEVER let my nails go bare since they are a bit stained at the tips. They have been looking pretty nice lately due to frequent oiling, so I just buffed them a little (which I NEVER do), and I thought they looked pretty nice! My take on a "negative space" mani was a little un-traditional, but I really liked the way it turned out. I used Ulta3 Mojito on my index and pinky nails, and then on the other nails I free-handed flowers/leaves with acrylic paint over my base coat with a dotting tool and a fine art brush. I actually thought the effect was pretty neat with the bare nail showing through. I then promptly broke my middle nail while loading up stuff for a garage sale. *sad panda*

Be sure to check out what everyone else is up to today! Thanks for looking everyone!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

30 Day Challenge, Day 12: Ruffian, Half Moon, or Tips

Hi everyone! Today's 30 Day Challenge mani had to be a ruffian mani, half moon mani, or tips. I chose to do tips and decided to take a cue from one of my favorite nail bloggers ever, Erika from Chloe's Nails, and do a funky french. Erika would always do the neatest funky french manis, and very often she would do black tips. I looked back through her blog at her funky french manis, and she did black tips with holos and duo/multichromes a lot. I did a really simple funky french and used Different Dimension Tulips Are Better Than One with American Apparel Hassid on the tips. Tulips Are Better Than One is SO PRETTY but my photographs just don't do it justice. It has a purple base with shimmer that shifts from aqua/teal/pink. I used 3 coats for full coverage because it is a little on the thinner side, but it is totally worth it for that glowy shimmer. Check out these swatches by Cosmetic Sanctuary, Plump and Polished, and The Polishaholic to see all of the sides of this beauty (I can admit when a polish defeats me!).

Different Dimension polishes are available from their Etsy Shop as well as Llarowe (US), Mei Mei' Signatures (Singapore), and Rainbow Connection (UK). Follow them on Facebook and Instagram to see updates on restocks and new collections as well as to see lots of swatches.

Be sure to check out what the other ladies are doing for the challenge today! Thanks for looking everyone!