Wednesday, February 29, 2012

The Finger

Get it?  Besides this manicure highlighting a particular finger on my hand, I really enjoyed the look.  The contrast between super sparkly and matte was really fun.

I painted three coats of OPI I Have A Herring Problem.  I added LA Splash Cosmetics Nail Glitter in Golden Egg to all fingers, save one, with one coat of Seche Vite to top.  And to that delightful middle finger, I added on coat of Essie Matte About You.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012


I have mixed feelings about this manicure.  It was a bit of a let down when I finished (I think I removed the tape to soon) because I wanted the lines to be more crisp.  However, this manicure totally got noticed by everyone.  It really was a spotlight to my nails.  For some reason, probably because I am recently re-obsessed, this manicure reminded me of The Hunger Games.  Its a spotlight to the Girl on Fire!

I first painted a base one coat of Zoya Pippa and sponged Zoya Ali on top.  I taped off once dry with small strips of masking tape and sponged until opaque China Glaze Liquid Leather.  Seche Vite was my topcoat.


I hate these pictures.  I never got a good one.  But the actual, in person look, was very pretty and near holographic.

I painted four total coats for this layered effect: two coats China Glaze First Mate with one coat on top of Orly Royal Navy, finishing with one coat of Finger Paints Flecked.  Seche Vite was my top coat.

Valentine's Day, Part 2

I meant to post this earlier, but alas, I did not.  I am turning out to be a terrible blogger.  But all I can do is fess up and give you some updates.

Crystal Hearts is made up of China Glaze Icicle and Zoya Sarahboth three coats.  I added the various hearts I had in my gemstone collections.  Seche Vite was my top coat.

Valentine's Marble was made up of a base coat of Orly Au Champagne, three coats.  I used China Glaze Princess Grace and City Siren, with Color Club Peppermint Twist.  I used Seche Vite as a top coat.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Valentine's Day, Part 1

Officially I have started my Valentine's Day manicures.  Here are a few.  I will have a few more for you before or on the day (promise).

Sparkle Hearts:
I painted three coats of both Zoya Ali and China Glaze Salsa.  Once fully dried, I hand painted the hearts on each nail and added glitters from LA Splash Cosmetics in Fashionista and Hazardous.  Seche Vite was my top coat.

Love, Love, Love:
Was three coats of Orly Au Champagne and images from Bundle Monster plates BM202, BM09, Konad plate m59 with Konad Special Polishes Violet, Black and Psyche Pink.  A few words were handpainted with China Glaze Liquid Leather.  I completed the look with one coat of Seche Vite.


My Girlie Girl manicure started me on the pastel/glitter band wagon.  (I think it's because Valentine's Day is on its way).  But OMG, I loved this manicure.  I fact I loved it so much, I did something I haven't done in years.....I painted it twice.  The first version only had a day to show itself off before it died in a pool, so I felt it deserved a 2.0.  It was a surprise in it's multi-dimensional qualities.  It had several different looks--hence the numerous pictures.

I painted three coats of Zoya Marley and added a blue iridescent glitter (I don't have a brand) with larger bright pink hex glitter from Esther's Nail Center.  To finish the look, I used one coat of Seche Vite on top.

Girlie Girl

A few cute toddler girls that have birthdays in January inspired this manicure.  It was so pink and girlie, I fit right in at one of their princess parties.  It was hard to capture the iridescence, but you can pick it up in some of the reflections.

I painted three coats of OPI Mod About You and added holo purple and iridescent blue large hex glitter and LA Splash Cosmetic nail glitter in Red Heart Spangle (minus the hearts).  Seche Vite was used as the top coat.

Purple Opal

I don't have the right name for this manicure, but it is the first installment in my step towards Valentine's day nails.

I painted three coats of Zoya Mira and added Bundle Monster image disk BM218 with Konad Special Polish in Violet.  I painted one coat of Finger Paints Flecked with one coat of Seche Vite.

Outer Space

I'm doing a 2-4-1 with this post.  These two manicures seem to go together and I loved them both.

Celestial: This is three coats of China Glaze Up All Night and LA Splash cosmetic glitter in Silver Wave with larger hex glitter from my collection from Esther's Nail Center (a mutil-colored copper mix).  I added one coat of Seche Vite to finish the look.

Nebulous: This manicure was inspired by the flakie glitter showed in this manicure.  I just pictured a space theme with the colored flecks and loved this final look.  I painted three coats of China Glaze Liquid Leather.  For the nebulous, I dotted the center with Orly Glitz & Glamour and China Glaze Iciclehand painted accents with China Glaze Cyberspace.  Over the entirety I painted two coats of Finger Paints Asylum and added one coat of Seche Vite for the top coat.

Odd Couple

I was really feeling the ugly/pretty vibe and nothing is more ugly/pretty than this China Glaze color, a hot pink accent and glitter flakies.

I painted three coats of China Glaze Trendsetter and added a Bundle Monster image from disc BM222 with Special Konad Polish in Psyche Pink.  I added one coat of Essie Shine of the Times and one coat of Seche Vite to finish the look.

Purple Swish

In an effort to get caught up, I'm posting this manicure quickly and concisely (as well as the rest of my posts).  I got some MAC sample nail polishes for Christmas and this color was a feature.  I really liked the simplicity of this manicure.

I had to paint four coats for this purple to be fully opaque.  It's MAC Dark Angel.  I added a swish of China Glaze Icicle and Ulta Material Girl.  One coat of Seche Vite was used for the finishing touch.


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