Thursday, May 31, 2012

Water Marble Wednesday: Sunset Inspired

 Zoya Lo, China Glaze Fuchsia Fanatic, China Glaze Gothic Lolita, Essie Braziliant

Hey everyone!  For our water marbles this week Danielle and I took our inspiration from sunsets.  I didn't have a picture of a sunset that I used, I just knew I wanted to used pinks and orange, and a bit of purple.  I did a white base for this marble, then used Zoya Lo, China Glaze Fuchsia Fanatic, China Glaze Gothic Lolita, and Essie Braziliant.  Don't forget to check out the link to Danielle's marble at the bottom of my post!

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Sunday, May 27, 2012

Cult Nails Toxic Seaweed with Rhinestones

Cult Nails Toxic Seaweed
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Hey guys!!  Here is the last of my Cult Nails designs.  I tried to save the best for last... this is an AWESOME polish.  I am sooo glad I was able to get my hands on it.  I didn't want to cover up the gorgeousness that is this polish, so I did a few copper rhinestones at my cuticle to just accent the coppery flakies that are in there.  Be sure to enlarge the macro at the end of the post!

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I hope you all enjoyed my Cult Nails nail art designs!  I will probably periodically have more for you, since I've got lots more rhinestones to use up. :)

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Cult Nails Gradient

Cult Nails Bad Devious Nature and Time Traveler

Hi guys!!!  Here is another one of the Cult Nails designs I did.  I think I only have this one and then one more to post.  I did this gradient with one coat of Cult Nails Bad Devious Nature as my base, and then I sponged on Cult Nails Time Traveler using this method I saw on Makeup Withdrawal.  Finally, I added on the single rhinestone at my cuticle.

I think next time I try a gradient I will try the method from The Nailasaurus and see if it works any better.  I liked how this one turned out but it was definitely not as smooth of a transition as the photos on the tutorial I used.  Hers looked almost airbrushed!

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What method do you like to use for your gradients?

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Water Marble Wednesday: Water Inspired!

OPI Funny Bunny, Essie Greenport, Essie Shelter Island, China Glaze Sea Spray

Hey everyone!!  Its that time of the week again!  This week's theme was water inspired.  I went for a foaming wave look... I think it turned out well, and the color I used were super easy to work with.

I used a base coat of OPI Funny Bunny, then I marbled with Funny Bunny, Essie Greenport, Essie Shelter Island, and China Glaze Sea Spray.  I thought about adding some glitter to this, which I tried after I took these, but it was too much.  Oh well!

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I will be hosting a marbling contest soon, so get ready for that in the next week or two!!

EDIT: I am so silly and completely forgot to add this, but of course don't forget to see what my friend Danielle did with her water inspired marble!


Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Added a Blog Sale! Including MAC!


Last night I added a blog sale page!  I have polishes listed of course, but also a bunch of MAC and other HE makeup.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Holo Day, featuring ANOTHER Water Marble!

 Hits Apolo, Hestia, Dioniso, Atena
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Wow, this is my third water marble this week!!  A bunch of blogger friends and I decided to declare today Holo Day, and all rock them together.  There are links at the bottom of my post to the other who are participating, so be sure to check out what they came up with!

Just in time for this group effort, an awesome swap I did with a pal arrived from Brazil.  It was FULL of Hits  polishes, I received 8 of the polishes from the No Olimpo collection.  I did my marble using 4 colors, Hits Apolo, Hestia, Dioniso, and Atena.  On my thumb I just used a white base coat and one coat of the Hits holo top coat, Hefesto.  Check out the macro shot I included of that at the end!  I was in love with how the holo looked over white.

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Friday, May 18, 2012

Cult Nails Water Marble, plus Rhinestones!



Hi guys!  Here is another one of my Cult Nails looks... I hope you aren't getting sick of these yet because I still have a few more left to post. :)

I decided pretty early on that I wanted to do a water marble.  I feel like they are becoming my signature look.  I love doing them, and I love wearing them, so I'm ok with that.  And I always seem to get the best feedback from you guys, so I guess you enjoy them just as much as I do!

For this marble I used some Cult Nails polishes that I borrowed from my lovely friend, Gina! (Thanks Gina!!!)  I used Time Traveler, Manipulative, and Bad Devious Nature.  My base was one coat of Manipulative.

After I finished the marble I added some silver rhinestones to the centers of my "flowers", and then flat silver studs to the "petal" area.

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Mr. Sparkles says this was his favorite marble that I have done yet, and I thought that was a pretty good compliment!  Hope you all like it as much as he did!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Water Marble Wednesday: "Grab Bag"

 Zoya Kieko, China Glaze Concrete Catwalk, China Glaze Electric Beat, Sephora by OPI Tempted by Teal

Welcome back to Water Marble Wednesday!  Today my partner in crime, Danielle from Polish. Glitter. Rock & Roll!, had the idea to do a grab bag to choose the polishes for marbling.  I thought the idea of having a random selection of polishes sounded really fun... It had the potential to be awesome or a total fail! My biggest problem was that since I have all my polishes on shelves and racks, not in drawers or boxes, it would be difficult for me to truly randomly choose.  So, I came up with the idea to ask some friends for assistance.  I asked several people to look through my stash list and choose one polish for me to use in a marble.  That was all the info I provided them.

These are the polishes that were selected!  Zoya Kieko, China Glaze Concrete Catwalk, China Glaze Electric Beat, and Sephora by OPI Tempted by Teal.  There was one polish that was chosen that I ended up omitting from my marble since it wasn't playing nicely in the water, and that was OPI Dutch Ya Just Love OPI?  The color actually coordinated well with everything else, so I wanted it to work, but it was just drying too fast and being a pain.  (In an interesting turn of events, out of the 7 people who I asked to choose colors for me, 3 of them picked Kieko!  What are the odds?!)


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Special thanks to my helpers, Jacki, Ashley, Marnie, Sheila, Michelle, Gina, and Laurie!

Don't forget to check out what Danielle did!

Monday, May 14, 2012

Cult Nails My Kind Of Cool Aid with Checkered Rhinestone Accent

Cult Nails My Kind of Cool Aid

Hey guys!  Here we go again, more Cult Nails art!!  I did this design a couple days ago... my designs all need to be submitted by tomorrow so I am trying to squeeze in a couple last minute ideas today while I have time.

I originally had all of my nails painted with Cult Nails Iconic for this look, but decided to change them after I added the accent nail.  Iconic is a gorgeous color, but I thought it was competing a bit too much with the rhinestones.

I have 2 coats of Cult Nails My Kind of Cool Aid on my nails for this look.  I really like this color!  It is a nice purpley grey, with a subtle shimmer.  I borrowed this from my friend Jacki from Adventures in Acetone, and I think I need to add this to my own collection now!

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Did everyone get some Cult polishes from the $5 sale yesterday?  What colors did you pick?

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Cult Nails Vicious and My Kind Of Cool Aid, V Gap with rhinestone

 Cult Nails Vicious, My Kind Of Cool Aid

Hello everyone!  More Cult Nails art for you today!

For these I used 1 coat of Cult Nails Vicious, then I taped off the V shape at my cuticle and painted one coat of Cult Nails My Kind Of Cool Aid.  I then placed the square black rhinestone at the tip of the V.  It wasn't until after I finished that Mr. Sparkles suggested adding the line down the middle, so I did that freehand with a striping brush.  If I had planned on adding it I likely would have done so before the rhinestone in order to get a more neat line, but oh well!  I am still really happy with how this turned out.  I hope you guys like it too. :)

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These rhinestones and other nail art goodies will be available for purchase at shop.cultnails.com beginning June 1st.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Cult Nails Let Me Fly and Power Thief with rhinestones

 Cult Nails Let Me Fly, Power Thief
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Hi guys!  This is my next design with my Cult Nails goodies.  I used 2 coats of Cult Nails Let Me Fly on my index, middle, and pinky, and 2 coats of Cult Nails Power Thief on my accent nail.  I then placed the square rhinestones onto my still wet nails in this diagonal pattern.  I finished my design with a coat of Wicked Fast top coat.

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These rhinestones and other nail art goodies will be available for purchase at shop.cultnails.com beginning June 1st.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Water Marble Wednesday: Significant Other's Choice

China Glaze Liquid Leather, China Glaze Icicle, CND Gold Chrome

Hey guys, this is going to be a quick post tonight... I am not feeling so hot today, so I want to keep it short.

This week for our water marble we decided to let our Mr.'s choose what we used.  Mr. Sparkles decided that he would like me to use black, gold, and silver, and make a swirl pattern that looked something like a galaxy.  I don't know how much these look like galaxies but I did my best!

I used one coat of China Glaze Liquid Leather as a base and used LL, China Glaze Icicle, and CND Gold Chrome to marble with.

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Hope everyone has a great night, I'm off to have some soup and rest up!

Monday, May 7, 2012

Cult Nails Mind Control with Rhinestones

 Cult Nails Mind Control
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Hi everyone!  Here is the first look I came up with using my new Cult Nails goodies.  For those of you who do not follow me on Facebook, I was chosen by Maria to do some designs using the nail art products they will soon be selling on their site.  She asked for volunteers on their Facebook page, and chose 8 people from the submissions.  I am so honored to be one of those people!  Everyone who was chosen will have their designs on the Cult Nails website.  The nail art accessories will be available beginning June 1st.


Here are all the goodies I received!  Cult polishes in Toxic Seaweed and Mind Control, Wicked Fast Top Coat, a wheel of multi-colored square rhinestones, a wheel of multi-sized silver rhinestones, a wheel of multi-sized copper rhinestones, some flat, round silver studs, and some gold pyramid studs.  These are my first Cult Nails polishes, and I am definitely going to be needing more.  These are both fabulous.  Since I am required to use CN polishes with my designs, I have a few friends who volunteered to let me borrow more colors so I can come up with more looks to share with you guys!  (Special thanks to Jacki from Adventures in Acetone, Ashley from Ashley is PolishAddicted, and Gina from My Dirty Little Obsessions)


Also, a note from Maria with this adorable Cult Nails wax seal on it!!  How cool!!!!


These are the stones I used for my first design.  As you can see, they are multi-colored, square stones, all the same size.

I did this design by first polishing all my nails with one coat of Mind Control, a blackened purple base with magenta micro-shimmer, which also has a green shift at some angles.  You can see the shift in the next photo.


Next I applied my second coat of Mind Control, but I did this only one finger at a time.  I gave the second coat a few seconds to set up a bit, but didn't let it dry completely.  At this point I added the rhinestones to my nail, using a toothpick with a bit of top coat on the end to pick them up and place them.  I alternated the deeper purple stone with the light green stone in an off center line.  Once I had done this process for all my nails I allowed them to dry a bit and added a coat of Wicked Fast to finish everything off and seal my design.

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This was my first time using rhinestones, and these were quite easy to use!  I did not use any glue, but these feel plenty secure just from setting them in the wet polish and covering with top coat.

I hope you guys like this, and I have lots more ideas that I can't wait to show you!!

*The products in this post were provided to me in exchange for the use of my photos*