Sunset Gradient

sunset Gradient

For some reason of another, the week I did this, I was wanting to do a gradient nail. In the past year, I don’t dabble too much in to the fancy nail…but I did.

sunset Gradient
I applied a coat of Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear White On. Then I applied American Apparel Butter to the upper half of the nail. Once I let that dry, I swiped American Apparel Butter, Jacob Retro Chic, and Loreal Orange You Jealous? on to the piece of sponge. I like keeping the sponge on the narrow side so that I don’t get nail polish all over my finger. You can use the glue and sponge method though.

sunset Gradient
I sponged the stripes on the nails, adding more polish once I run out. With this sponge, it is a bit of a pain. I have to work fast or little bits pull off and stick to the nail.

sunset Gradient
I sealed it all in with a top coat, and voila. All done.

It was a little rough on the index finger, but I still liked how it turned out :)

Sunset Gradient

Polka Dots

It took me a really long time in my youth…to realize it was polka, and not poka.

I still laugh at how silly that was.

Anyway, I was supposed to have a Cover Girl review up today…but I got super lazy in editing the pictures. My bad.

So today I will share a NOTD from a little while back.

I don’t usually do dots on the nails…but had this odd craving to do so.

So I pulled out my American Apparel nail polish and went to work (I used Sunset Blvd and Poppy).

And yes, that is a bit of settling in the polish. Not cool…but the colour is still pretty…when I could capture it…

Also, my nails aren’t as pointy any more. It was too long for me to type properly…or text properly. But I did have fun with them :)

I picked these up awhile back, which I shared HERE

Sunset Blvd isnt as orange as I capture it to be. Hence I added the cooler picture which makes my skintone look off.

Polka Dots

Polka Dots

Polka Dots

 

Polka Dots

Just can’t get the hang of it…

I love seeing all the great marble manicures on Instagram and blogposts. The thing is, I don’t seem to get them right at all. At first, I was using water that was too cold, so it would harden before I could play around with it. Another time the polishes just kept separating in the little container. Another polish would push through the other rings of polish, and rip the design up…The latter is what happened again to me for this one…

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One of the other reasons I don’t attempt them as often, is because of the clean up. Luckily all nail bloggers have been utilizing the liquid glue method…and it is just great for my purposes of marbling.

Smear it around the nail bed, and voila. Protected. Unless you are like me and forget how far up you applied it…and dip your finger even deeper.

Oh, I also use a Soju-Jjan (or a shot glass), which I wrapped in plastic wrap. I didn’t want to ruin it, and found this is one way I can avoid it.

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Anyway, the nail bed is a mess as I kept screwing up. So reapply, reapply, and reapply…

Even when I look at the pattern…it looks too…gross. Like polish that was thrown up. Yes…unfortunately that is the only way I can think of putting it at the moment.

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(Finally started using felt for removal, and LOVE IT)

Anyway, is there a polish method that you just can’t get the hang of?? I can’t be the only one right?! OTL

Just can’t get the hang of it…

Holiday Nails Gradient Up!

HOliday Nails Gradient Up

I like gradients a lot. But it seems I do better when I work with glitters. I guess its just easier

HOliday Nails Gradient Up
I used
China Glaze Party Hearty
American Apparel Smoke Dazzle

Party Hearty is not as dense as I would have liked it to be, so I used Smoke Dazzle to help fill in the gaps. I applied Smoke Dazzle to the tip of the nail first, then applied Party Hearty. To have it look more sparse, wipe the bush in the bottle a few times, to get off as much excess as possible. Then kind of dab the nail. Then move further down and apply a another coat. One tip for glitter gradients is that it does get a tad thick, so when it is a little dry, press down on it with your finger. Lightly. That will help to flatten the glitter, and to get rid of bubbles or whatever.

HOliday Nails Gradient Up

Previous Posts on Holiday Nails
Holiday Nails 1 Lipstick & The Art of Seduction
Holiday Nails 2 Silver & Baubles
Holiday Nails 3 Just Be-Claus, why not?
Holiday Nails 4 Rich Evergreen Greens
Holiday Nails 5 Red Green Somewhere in Between
Holiday Nails 6 Ornaments
Holiday Nails 7 Gingerbread Man
Holiday Nails 8 Starry Night
Holiday Nails 9
Holiday Nails 10

Holiday Nails 11 Glittery Green Gradient
Holiday Nails 12 Oh Christmas Tree
Holiday Nails 13 A dash of silver and red…
Holiday Nails 14 Stamp Happy
Holiday Nails 15 Shimmer & Shine

You can also check out the series from last year.

*This post contains products I have purchased with my own funds, and ones I have received for review purposes(noted with *)*

Holiday Nails Gradient Up!

Holiday Nails: A dash of silver and red…

Holiday Nails

So technically today should be day 15 of the series, but since I skipped Wednesday and Thursday, I figured I would label this 13, and do the next two on the weekend.

Anyway my exams are finally done, and I have rested up a bit today…so there shouldn’t be any more delays! *fingers crossed*

Holiday Nails
I used
China Glaze Ruby Pumps
AA Silver Jazz
Claires Chunky Silver

I applied Ruby Pumps to two nails, and Chunky Silver to the other two (I went back to Chunky Silver for the thumb). I then applied tape to the pinky and index, and painted a coat of the opposite colour. After peeling it off, I added the rhinestones.

But this mani reminds me of clown pants…not fun ornaments like I had hoped lol

Oh well :P

Let me just say, if you like red, and glitter…it will be in your best interested to give Ruby Pumps a try. It was my go to colour a few years back. And for good reason!

Anyway, I met up with my friends for our annual Christmas drinks. We went to Joey’s at the Eaton Centre. It was my first time at that location…and I can’t say that I enjoyed the service completely. Let me just say this. It is important to be attentive to your customers…but not to the point that you are in their face constantly, and disrupting their flow of conversation. Extremely annoying. Plus, if you want to go, you need a reservation. My friend waited awhile (40 mins) so that we could get our seat…and this was for 8pm O___O. Well the plus side is that I got a lot of nail polish from my friends, so I can’t wait to try them out and share posts on them :D

Hope that you all have your Christmas shopping done, and excited to sit back and relax with family and friends.

Holiday Nails

Previous Posts on Holiday Nails
Holiday Nails 1 Lipstick & The Art of Seduction
Holiday Nails 2 Silver & Baubles
Holiday Nails 3 Just Be-Claus, why not?
Holiday Nails 4 Rich Evergreen Greens
Holiday Nails 5 Red Green Somewhere in Between
Holiday Nails 6 Ornaments
Holiday Nails 7 Gingerbread Man
Holiday Nails 8 Starry Night
Holiday Nails 9
Holiday Nails 10

Holiday Nails 11 Glittery Green Gradient
Holiday Nails 12 Oh Christmas Tree

You can also check out the series from last year.

*all products in this post were purchased with my own funds*

Holiday Nails: A dash of silver and red…

Holiday Nails: Silver & Baubles

Nail art does not have to be difficult. Really. I know when you see some of the experts do their thang…or browse a nail bloggers account for inspiration, it can be daunting.

But you can keep it simple. K.I.S.S! Okay :P

So today we have…

Holiday Nails Silver Baubles
I wanted to do something that was relatively quick, easy, and doesn’t require a lot of materials. Since I liked the effect of the half moon deal from yesterday’s nail, I wanted to use that again for today.

Holiday Nails Silver Baubles
I used American Apparel Metallic polish in Silver Jazz, and applied three coats to my index, middle and pinky. I applied two coats on my thumb and ring finger, by outlining a rather deep half moon. While the polish was still tacky, I used an eraser on the other end of a pencil, and picked up the plastic rhinestones and placed them on the nail. I initially wanted to fill in the entire silver part on the thumb and ring finger with the rhinestones, but will probably do that for another day. After I let it dry just for a little bit, I sealed it all off with one coat of Seche Vite on the nails, and added a second coat for the thumb and ring finger, to make sure those rhinestones stay.

I do like the American Apparel nail polish. I bought mine when they had some awesome deals on Groupon, and ended up being about $3 each (if memory serves me right). I probably wouldn’t pay $9 for them, but then again I don’t pay more than $5 for any of my polish, OPI and Essie included. But you could easily use Sally Hansen Xtreme in Celeb City, or any silver for that matter. Or even any colour. Doesn’t have to be silver. I kept it silver as my rhinestones are silver. Creates texture, but keeping it streamlined at the same time.

Holiday Nails Silver Baubles
The effect of that bare space really appeals to me for some reason. I have a few more Holiday Nails to show you, that utilizes that concept.

Previous Posts on Holiday Nails
Holiday Nails 1 Lipstick & The Art of Seduction

You can also check out the series from last year.

*all products in this post wee purchased with my own funds*

Holiday Nails: Silver & Baubles

Holiday Nails: Lipstick & The Art of Seduction

I did a mini series of holiday nails last year, and well, I figured I would try again this year :)

I should also mention that Nail Polish Canada has their 2nd annual Holiday Nail Art Challenge which you can check out and enter HERE.

Anyway, to start things off…
I wanted to do something red, and with glitter. I think I did okay with what I had planned out.

Holiday Nails 2013

Holiday Nails 2013
I used The Face Shop Lovely Mix Nails PK103, which is similar to another brand…which I posted HERE. I applied two coats to just the upper half of the nail of my middle and ring finger.
I then applied two coats of American Apparel Lipstick on my index and pinky, then applied it to my middle and ring finger in a curved shape. I then applied two coats of Color Club The Art of Seduction to the middle, ring, and thumb. I attached these plastic rhinestones along the curve of the Lipstick polish (so even if the curve wasn’t drawn well, it doesn’t matter too much, as you will be covering it up a bit with the rhinestones). I sealed everything off with a coat of Gelous, and then a coat of Seche Vite.

Holiday Nails 2013
I know the post title doesn’t really fit with the Holiday Theme, but I do like how it turned out in the end. I didn’t want it too over the top, but just enough bling that it stood out. It does seem a bit, Valentines-y, but the red glitter makes me think of Christmas more than Valentines. So I think I’m safe :P (But I may recreate it for Valentines as well…)

Well that is the end of the first post for the Holiday Nails 2013 Series. Can’t wait to show you what else I have in store :)

I will hopefully be posting one a day for every weekday up til Christmas Day. I am trying myself to be creative, but have also relied on Pinterest to help me with inspiration. Seriously. Thank goodness for Pinterest and other fabulous Nail Art Bloggers :D

*all products in this post wee purchased with my own funds*

Holiday Nails: Lipstick & The Art of Seduction