Sunday, April 29, 2012

String Of Pearls

This manicure was inspired by an upcoming trip to the bead store.  It's one of those manicures that I am surprised that I hadn't done before and really like now that it's on my fingers.  The vision in my mind coming to life on the nail.  That's always gratifying.

I painted three coats of Zoya Jolene for the base pink color.  The pearl beads are made from a mix of China Glaze White On White and Orly Au Champagne and use of a dotting tool.  I added silver detail with China Glaze Icicle.  I painted Seche Vite for the top coat.

Pink Is The New Gradient

I bought two new Zoya pink-colored glitters recently and thought they would be perfect for a gradient manicure.

I painted a base of Zoya Gilda, then layered Zoya Alegra and Valerie.  I then added flowers with Konad Image Disk m64 with Konad Special Stamping Polish in Violet.  Seche Vite was used for my topcoat.


I really enjoyed this manicure even if I envisioned the stars more yellow than green, but I still think the combination is great.  My only problem?  This manicure didn't last long enough!  I got chips within 24 hours.  So sad, I want my pretty manicures to last as long as possible.  This was just a one hit wonder.

I painted four coats of China Glaze Blue Sparrow with Bundle Monster plate BM202 with Special Stamping Polish in Yellow.  Seche Vite was my topcoat.

Spring Brings Out The Sparkle In Me

Glitter has been a theme in my manicure the past few weeks; sparkles make me happy.  Here's a look at all the various sparkles that have been blinging out my nails.

Brighten My Day:

I'm in love with this orange (really one of the best colors from the Capitol Colors Collection) and this manicure really did make my days brighter.  So pretty, so multidimensional and all around wonderful.  I was painted with a base of three coats of China Glaze Riveting adding orange, gold and copper glitter from Esther's Nail Center.  Over the entire manicure and glitter, I painted one coat of China Glaze Celtic Sun.  Seche Vite was used for the top coat.

Pink On Peach; Peach On Pink:

It might be hard to tell, but on the peach, the glitter is actually pink, but the end result was not a clear as the design was intended.  But pretty all the same.  I painted three coats of China Glaze Peachy Keen on all fingers but ring.  On my ring finger I painted three coats of Zoya Areej.  Glitter flakes (orange and pink) were from Esther's Nail Center.  Top coat was Seche Vite.

Dragon Scales:

Named for a fiction book I'm reading about dragons.  This manicure got a lot of compliments from onlookers.  I painted three coats of Zoya Apple and I added green and aqua glitter flakes from Esther's Nail Center.  I used Seche Vite for the top coat.

Blue/Green Sparkle:

I painted three coats of China Glaze Up All Night adding Yofi Glitter in Caribbean Crush and green glitter flakes from Esther's Nail Center.  Seche Vite was the top coat.

R-G-B Bling:

I wanted monster sparkle and shine and this was my fix (hence all the pics).  I painted a base of China Glaze Dress Me Up and added red, green and blue glitter flakes from Esther's Nail Center and then filled in with LA Splash Cosmetics glitter in Silver Torpedo.  I topped the manicure with Seche Vite.

Yellow Highlights

I'm going to combine a few manicures in interest of time.  I went through a yellow phase a few weeks back.  I love the bright, sunny and happy feelings I get when I paint with yellow.

Yellow Polka Dot:

Yellow Polka Dot is painted with three coats of China Glaze Electric Pineapple and I added blue glitter flakes from Esther's Nail Center.  Seche Vite was my top coat.


I painted three coats of OPI Miami Beet on all fingers but ring, and added LA Splash Glitter in Midnight Star.  My ring finger was a base two coats of China Glaze Electric Pineapple, an addition of China Glaze Lighthouse and a final top fo China Glaze Celtic Sun.  Seche Vite was used for the top coat.

Flower Power

Immediately after my Easter Manicure, I continued with the theme of Easter bringing new things and spring bringing flowers.  I garden and have kind of been shocked with how early things started to come up here this year due to our unseasonably warm winter.  Of course, flowers aren't safe with frosts coming still and we always seem to be guaranteed a snow in April (we did have freezing rain yesterday).  But manicure flowers are always in bloom!

I painted three coats of China Glaze Dance Baby.  Using Bundle Monster Plate BM205, BM217 and Konad Image Disk m60 with Konad Special stamping polishes in Yellow, Apple Green, Coral Blue and Violet.  Other colors used for the Hand Painting were China Glaze In The Limelight, Mistletoe Me!, and Full Spectrum.

China Glaze Prismatic Collection

I just posted to my iPolished Swatches blog (click on swatches tab) the entire Prismatic Collection from China Glaze.  I recently featured these colors in my Easter Manicure:

I add swatches of various polishes to that site and you should make sure to follow if you want more information and reviews on polishes I use for my manicure and nail art.

Check it out HERE!

I am hoping to get a whole bunch of posts uploaded to iPolished by the end of Sunday and catch you all up on manicures I've done recently. So stay tuned!

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Easter Swirl

Just putting pics up of my Easter manicure with China Glaze's Prismatic Chroma Glitters.  Formal post to follow.  But Happy Easter (for those who celebrate)!

Left Hand:

 Right Hand:

INFO EDIT:  I used all colors from the China Glaze Prismatic Collection line: Prism, Liquid Crystal, Ray-Diant, Optical Illusion, Full Spectrum and Polarized.   For added opacity, I painted two coats of China Glaze Icicle with two coats Polarized atop and I painted two coats of China Glaze Digital Dawn before adding two coats Full Spectrum.  The marble was done with China Glaze White On White and a clear polish.  Seche Vite was the top coat.


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