It was a beautiful green that I couldn’t help but wanting to bring home, despite having…a Helmer and a half full of polish. oTL
I honestly love using Ryan’s balloon face. So fun to use in these shots xD
Again, not a post to protest Valentine’s Day (though, yes I am spending it single), more so that it isn’t along the colours of red, white, or pink that we typically see. You can see the first one HERE.
I had COMPLETELY forgotten that I had these nail art stickers. I had bought them YEARS ago…seriously…5 years? Maybe more. In any case, since I have been back, I have been tossing and reorganizing my room at my parents. Since I came across the stickers, I figured I should put them to use. Upclose, you can see that they have greenish glitter. Not very pretty. But, thankfully you can’t see them in the pictures xD
I really had no proper thought for a title. So, Anti Valentine’s it is! lol
Not that I am really anti, I guess the anti part would be the fact that it isn’t the typically red, white, or pink polish you would normally see.
Honestly, I just missed using my nail polish. Having been in Korea for 2 years, I know I could have bought cheap polish. But, with the things that I do, I couldn’t maintain unchipped for very long. Nor did I want to wait patiently until they dried.
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…
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.
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.
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*
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.
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.
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*
Been a little busy with school again. These papers are kicking my butt. It doesn’t help that the Superstars in my program have all been getting A’s…then complaining it wasn’t an A+ -___-
In any case, I wanted to post something…I actually have a few things I need to post, or rather wanted to share…however I don’t have the pictures done yet.
So instead, I wanted to share a little picture that I put together a few weeks back.
1 Polish on to freezer paper, ziplock, or silicone (as I do, as I have issues trying to peel it off the former two).
2 Carefully peel off after a few hours, and punch way
3 Arrange shapes in whatever way you want
4 Apply a top coat and place the decals on the nail
Trim out edges if necessary (you can see I didn’t, as a little piece is sticking out)
Slap on a top coat, and BAM!
It was a fun way to make a rather dark and boring nail more interesting.
Anyway, I’m checking out Catching Fire in Theatres today, thanks to #BeautyUnited xD I’m not a HUGE fan of the books, but still excited to see the movie. I heard that it was better than the first, which makes me more excited^__^
Are you planning on seeing Catching Fire??