Friday, January 27, 2012

My First Successful Water Marble... featuring China Glaze Electropop colors

 China Glaze polishes in Dance Baby, Gothic Lolita, Electric Beat, and Fuchsia Fanatic

Hello everyone!!  I am super excited to share this mani with you!  It is my first successful water marbling.  I have tried the technique before but wasn't very happy with how it turned out.  With my previous attempt I had trouble getting the polishes I used to spread well in my cup of water, and they didn't show up like I imagined on my nail.  The colors I used this time worked great though!

I used 4 colors from the China Glaze Electropop collection to marble with, including Dance Baby, Gothic Lolita, Electric Beat, and Fuchsia Fanatic.  To prep my nail for marbling I used my base coat (trying out Zoya Anchor right now), 2 coats of OPI Funny Bunny (a white jelly), and a quick dry top coat (I like Essie Good to Go).

I won't give you a full run down of how to do water marbling, since there are lots of tutorials out there already.  A couple good ones are from Chloe's Nails and Keiko Lynn.  I will share some things that I found helpful though:
  • Use filtered or bottled water.  I don't know why this helps exactly, but it does!
  • Use room temperature water.
  • "Anchor" your bulls-eye by using your orange wood stick to pull a few areas of the outside ring so they are stuck to the walls of your cup or whatever container you choose.  This will keep everything stationary when you drag your pattern in.
  • Make sure you don't have an overhead fan on!  The polishes will dry too fast on top of the water and you won't be able to get them to spread or to swirl your design in.
  • Try to dip your nail in at an angle rather than flat to the water surface.  This will help prevent air bubbles.  I did get a few bubbles under my design.
So, I hope those tips help some people!  And if it doesn't work out again, revisit another time with different polishes.  I'm so glad I did, because this has now become one of my favorite nail designs.

If you have any tips or tricks that make water marbling easier, please share them with me in the comments!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Sequined Half Moons with Zoya Veruschka

 Zoya Veruschka

Hello everyone!!  I'm sorry I haven't posted in a while, Mr. Sparkles and I took a trip to Denver this week, and things have been quite hectic preparing for that.

This is a mani I did last week.  I had an idea in my head that I wanted to do some nails that looked like scales on a dragon, although I don't think it turned out quite like I wanted.  I got some sequins to use from the nail supply store.  This was my first try using anything other than polish to do nail art.

Basically what I did was, polished my nails with 2 coats of Zoya Veruschka, plus top coat.  I applied the top coat to one nail, then added the sequins to that nail while the top coat was still tacky.  After I had sequins placed on each nail, I sealed that with another layer of top coat.  I made the black half moon line with a striping polish to add definition to the shape.  Finally, I went back and finished with one last coat of Veruschka to keep the matte finish.

While this mani didn't quite turned out how I had hoped, I was still fairly happy with it.  I really enjoyed the juxtaposition of the matte polish and shiny sequins.

What are some of your must have nail art supplies?  Rhinestones?  Sequins?

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Pink and Purple Dots

 Base: Finger Paints Black Expressionism
Dots: Spa Ritual Gold Digger, China Glaze Fuchsia Fanatic, China Glaze Gothic Lolita, Zoya Mimi

Hi everyone!  This is a dotticure that I was inspired to do the other day.  I was at the beauty supply store I go to and looked at some Dashing Diva Design FX.  I saw one called Permission to Stare, and decided that I could try to do a similar design myself.

I started with 2 coats of Finger Paints Black Expressionism.  I added gold dots with Spa Ritual Gold Digger.  Then I used China Glaze Fuchsia Fanatic and Gothic Lolita from their new Electropop collection for the pink and purple dots.  I wanted the purple to pop a little more, so I layered Zoya Mimi over Gothic Lolita to add some sparkle.

I was really happy with how this turned out.  I think it is one of my favorite manicures I have done so far!  Hope you like it!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Puccilicious Revvvolution

 Base: Color Club Puccilicious; Stamp: Color Club Revvvolution
Red Angel Plate RA-109

Hi guys!  I did this stamping the other day with my Red Angel plates.  I used Color Club Puccilicious as my base color, and Color Club Revvvolution to stamp.  The pattern was from the RA-109 plate.  I like this pattern, but this wasn't my favorite mani.  The colors didn't have enough contrast for the pattern to be visible from farther away.

These pictures were taken in the lightbox I built.  I have it lit with 2 100w Ott-Lite bulbs in some regular desk lamps.  I'm still trying to work on figuring out the best angles and light positioning.  Anyone have any tips on how they have theirs set up?

Color Club Puccilicious, Color Club Revvvolution; RA-109

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Purple mani and my first Illamasqua polish

Illamasqua Baptiste, China Glaze Marry A Millionare, Color Club Wild at Heart
(direct sunlight)

Hi, guys!  Today I want to show you a mani I did with a few different purple polishes.  Purple is my favorite color, but oddly enough, I don't own too many purple nail polishes.  I was so happy to have some purple nails after all my red, green, and gold holiday manis!

When Sephora sent out their $15 off email to Beauty Insiders back in December, I knew I wanted to get an Illamasqua polish.  I have heard so many raves for these.  I picked Baptiste, which you see 2 coats of on my pointer and middle fingers.  It is a gorgeous rich purple, and comes alive and seems to glow in the sunlight.  I am happy with the application of the polish, and will definitely be getting more polishes from Illamasqua.  

My thumb, ring finger, and pinkie all got 2 coats of Color Club Wild At Heart, a purple scattered holo.  Purple holo, what more could I ask for?  One day maybe I will get my hands on the linear purple holo from the China Glaze OMG collection.

On my ring finger I added one coat of China Glaze Marry A Millionare, a purple and green bar glitter from the Eye Candy collection.  This is my first bar glitter, and I like it, but I'm still unsure on if I am in love with bar glitters or not.

What is your favorite Illamasqua polish?  How do you feel about bar glitter?

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

My NYE nails!

 China Glaze Icicle, China Glaze Techno, China Glaze Nova, OPI Rainbow Connection
(Indoors, artificial light)

Hello, Everyone!!  I hope you are all enjoying your new year so far.  I'm a few days late, but this was my New Year's Eve mani.  I wanted something really sparkly, so I layered some glitters over a silver foil.  Unfortunately I didn't have any direct sunlight for pictures of this.  It was foggy and overcast in Houston all day NYE.  I'm sure it would have looked fabulous in the sun.

I started this off with one coat of China Glaze Icicle.  On my thumb and ring finger I added two coats of OPI Rainbow Connection, one coat of China Glaze Techno, and one coat of China Glaze Nova.  My other nails got two coats of Techno.

(Natural light)

 (Indoors, Flash)

 (Natural light)

 (Indoors, flash, blurred to show sparkles)

One of my first projects of the new year is going to be making a light box so I can have some better photos for you guys.  Another polish goal is to use all of my untried polishes.  (I knocked out 3 with this mani!)

What did you wear on your nails for NYE?  Do you have any polish goals for the new year?