Friday, January 31, 2014

Let It Snow Challenge | Day 19 | Half Moons

The Let It Snow challenge is almost over. I'm a little sad. This has been super fun! Day 19 is Half Moons. I've never done half moons before so this was rather interesting. I know that most people use circle stickers to get the perfect half moon shape. I don't have any circle stickers so I just hand painted my half moons and I added a little extra to them. Hope you like!



Polishes Used:
Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear- Razz-Berry
Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear-Berry Juicy
LA Girl Metal-Pink Steel
Hard Candy-Glamour Girl
China Glaze-Fairy Dust (which you cant really see, Its over the accent)
Topped with Nail Tek Quicken

Tools Used:
Dotting Tools
Nail Art Brush


To see the other half moon designs check out the links below.


Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Valentine Nail Art | Guest Post

Today's post is a little different and not necessarily what the title reads. Yes, Its valentines art and yes its a guest post, in a sense. I have for you some valentines nail art that my best friend, Heather did. Heather has been doing nail art with me for about 2 months now and has finally decided to let me share it with you. So here is her first official nail art.



I added my watermark with her name added because Heather is not a blogger and doesnt have a watermark....YET! I will convert her eventually. I did get her into loving nail polish the way that I do.

Polishes Heather Used:
Pure Ice-Black Out
Sinful Colors-Snow Me White
Topped with Sally Hanson Triple Strong 3 in 1 Gel Protection

Tools Used:
Dotting Tools
Rhinestones

Let her know in the comments below what you think of her cute valentines nail art. Please remember that she is still new to this and that everyone starts somewhere. So please keep any negativity to yourselves, However you can share any advice or tips with her.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Let It Snow Challenge | Day 18 | Tribal | With Tutorial

Today's Let It Snow challenge post is tribal. This was my first attempt at tribal nail art and I went a little simple. I also did a tutorial on how I did this tribal art. I will add what polishes I used at the end of the post. Hope you like.



Start of with a base coat to protect your nails.

Paint your base color and let that dry.

With a gold polish (or color of your choice) and a nail art brush, make two lines down the center of your nail and fill that in.

Take a black striping polish or black acrylic paint and a striping brush and make diagonal line down the center of your gold stripe.

Using a dotting tool or a toothpick, make a dot in between each triangle you just created.

Again, with your black striping polish or acrylic paint and striping brush, make a black line on either side of the gold polish.

Clean up if needed and apply a top coat and your finished!



 Polishes Used:

Fingerpaints- You Yacht To Know Better
Pure Ice- Get Low
Topped with Nail Tek Quicken

Black acrylic paint

Tools Used:
Nail art brush
Dotting Tool

If you decide to create this design feel free to share it with me on my Facebook Page.

See what others did for their tribal design by following the links below.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Let It Snow Challenge | Day 17 | Igloos

Wow, 17 days into the Let It Snow Challenge. This has definitely been an experience. This is my second challenge I've done, however, the first was a complete fail. I was still learning things and was going through a lot and making excuses for why each post wasn't making being posted. I was in a funk. Well that funk is well over and I'm proud to say that I've made it this far into the challenge. This will not be my last, as this has been so much fun and I already cant wait for the next one.

With that being said, lets get on to Day 17 with Igloos. When I saw this I said to myself. How does one paint igloos on their nails. So I did just that. I painted an igloo on my nails. Hope you like.



Polishes Used:

Wet N Wild Wild Shine- French White Creme
Sinful Colors- Sugar Rush

Acrylic Paints used:
White 
Black
Bimini Blue

Tools Used:
Nail Art Brushes



I've also switched from a white backdrop to a black backdrop for taking my pictures. I think it made a difference on how the pictures turn out. What do you think compared to other recent pictures of mine? Can you see a difference?

I cant wait to see what others have done for igloos in this challenge, and you can view those by using the links below.


Monday, January 20, 2014

Let It Snow Challenge | Day 16 | Dots

Todays post is Day 16 of the Let It Snow Challenge. The theme was Dots. I'm super happy with how these turned out. Hope you like them.



Polishes Used:

Wet N Wild Wild Shine: French White Creme
Wet N Wild Wild Shine: Teal Slowly and See
Wet n Wild Wild Shine: Listening to Blue Reed
New York Color (NYC): Boat Basin
No Top Coat

Tools Used:
Dotting Tools

You may have noticed I did NOT use a top coat. I luckily took pictures before top coat. I let these dry for over an hour, put top coat and of course they smeared. Anyone have any suggestion on not getting the smear. 



Check out what others did by using the links below.


Sunday, January 19, 2014

2014 Mega Giveaway!


 Its finally here. The 2014 Mega Giveaway hosted by The Nail Files By Lynda is now open for your entries. I'm so excited to be a part of this. You can see my prize right here.

My prize Includes:

China Glaze-Red Satin
Wet N Wild Wild Shine-Bijou Blue
Wet N Wild Color Icon-Diamond in the Rough
Pure Ice-Drive Me Crazy
Pure Ice-Showstopper
5 Pack of Dotting Tools
Package of 8 containers of glitter
10 pack of stripping tape

This prize is for US fans only, However there are a few that are international. There are so many people contributing to this giveaway. This giveaway starts today (January 20th) and runs through February 10th.

To see all of the people contributing and rules for this giveaway, please visit the link right below.
Lynda's Random Ramblings

You can enter below but make sure you have visited the link right above here for other prizes and rules.

 Good Luck!


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Let It Snow Challenge | Day 15 | Winter Hats, Mittens and Scarfs

Day 15 of the Let it Snow Challenge theme is Winter Hats, Mittens and Scarfs. I sat on this idea for a while and was going to try and incorporate all 3 into my nail art. Nope, didn't happen. I chose to go with mittens. This turned out horrible. I have one that looks sort of like a mitten and the other looks like an oven mitt. Oh well, that's the point of a challenge. Right? I challenged myself to something I hadn't done, and failed. Which means this will be a try again mani. Well hope you like it more than I do.

I forgot to mention that as soon as I top coated it smeared in areas. The one time I don't use my acrylic paints and this happens. 


Polishes Used:
Wet N Wild Wild Shine: Who is Ultra Violet
Wet N Wild Megalast: On a Trip
Wet N Wild Megalast: Tahitian Pearl
Pure Ice: Black Out
Sinful Colors: Stardust
Topped with Nail Tek Quicken

Tools Used:
Nail Art Brushes

I will at some point be redoing this mani. It has great potential.

To see what others did, use the links below.



Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Black and Silver Glitter Gradient with Pure Ice

I decided to try one of the things on my Upcoming 2014 list, which you can find at the top of my blog. I went with Glitter Gradient. I love how simple this was and I think it turned out great.

 


I used Pure Ice polishes in Black Out and Dazzle Me.


What do you think of my first try at a glitter gradient? Let me know in the comments below and if you decide to try it go ahead and show me what you did on my facebook page.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Let It Snow Challenge | Day 14 | Stripes

Day 14 of the Let It Snow Challenge was actually inspired by a mani I had seen on Instagram by user @peaceloveandpolish. It didn't turn out the way I had expected and I think the reason for that is at the time of me doing these, my nails were longer than hers. With that being said, here they are. Hope you like.



Polishes Used:
Above the Curve- Arrivederci
Topped with Glossy Glam

Acrylics Used:
White
Bright Magenta

Tools Used:
Nail Art Brushes



Use the links below to see other stripes



Sunday, January 12, 2014

Finger Paints A Pair Affair Collection Swatches

Today I have the Finger Paints A Pair Affair Collection for you. There are 6 polishes to this collection and they are gorgeous. I actually won these in an Instagram giveaway.



First up we have Bare No Secrets which is a nude shimmer. This is by far my favorite nude polish as of now.


The second polish we have is Sarong So Right which is an orange shimmer. This one was a bit on the thick side.


Next up we have Sage It Ain't So. This one is a green shimmer. I absolutely love this shade of green.


This polish is You Yacht To Know Better which is a blue shimmer. Such a gorgeous color.


A Grape Catch is a purple shimmer which almost looks metallic, However its not quite as dark as it shows here but its very close.


The last polish in this collection is Our Tips Are Tealed, which is a teal shimmer. This is probably my favorite of the bunch.



Overall I really like this collection. I love all the colors and the shimmer to each of them make them pop. The only complaint I would have is 3 out of the 6 of these came with wonky brushes making application a bit hard. Which of these are your favorite. Tell me in the comments below.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Let It Snow Challenge | Day 13 | Snow Leopard

Today's Let It Snow Challenge theme is Snow Leopards. I was stumped on this one from the beginning because I didn't want to do just leopard print. So I added just a little something to it. Hope you like.



Polishes Used:
Wet N Wild- French White Creme
China Glaze- Fairy Dust
Pure Ice- Silver Mercedes
Topped with Glossy Glam by Rica

Acrylics Used:
White
Black
Bimini Blue

Tools Used:
Dotting Tools
Nail Art Brushes


You can see other snow leopards for this challenge by using the links below


Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Let It Snow Challenge | Day 12 | Snowman

Today is the start of the second half of the Let it Snow Challenge. Day 12's theme is Snowman. I I had a hard time choosing what blue I wanted to use as my base under the glitter. So I took to my nail wheels. I think I painted about 7 different blues before choosing. Find out below what blue I choose. Hope you like them as much as I do.


I think these may be my favorite of the challenge so far. I love them!


Polishes Used:
Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear- Pacific Blue
Hard Candy- Candy Coated
Topped with Glossy Glam by Rica

Acrylic Paints Used:
Black
White
Flag Red
Jack O Lantern

Tools Used:
Dotting Tools
Nail Art Brushes

Check out the other Snowman designs by using the links below.



Friday, January 3, 2014

Let It Snow Challenge | Day 11 | Snowflakes

I have officially made it halfway through this challenge and I couldnt be happier. Today is Day 11 with the theme of snowflakes. Hope you enjoy!


Accent snowflake was hand painted.



Polishes Used:

Sinful Colors-Cinderella
Sinful Colors- After Party
Wet N Wild- French White Creme
Topped with Glossy Glam By Rica
Acrylic Paints:

White

Tools Used:

Gals Stamping Plate-GA41
Nail Art Brushes
Make-up Sponge


Check out other snowflake designs by using the links below.