Monday, July 27, 2015

Birthday Nails!!!

Hey guys! The nail art I'll be showing you today is a mani I did a few days ago for my brother's fourth birthday. Even though he didn't really seem to care when I showed him, I still thought they were super cute!

To start my mani, I first applied a layer of base coat. I really should have used a peel off base coat since I used glitter polish, but I forgot here and paid for it later. After my base coat dried, I applied a thick, messy French tip on my middle and ring nails to act as the cupcake liner. While those nails were drying, I painted a white base on my index and pinky nails. Going back to my middle and ring nails, I used a striping brush and light teal acrylic paint to paint on some evenly spaced lines over the messy French tip. As I waited for that to dry, I used liquid latex around my cuticles on my index and pinky fingers to minimize cleanup.
After the latex dried, I used two different teal colors and a makeup sponge to create a gradient. I then applied a thin layer of top coat to smooth the gradient and peel off the latex. On my middle and ring fingers, I used white polish and a large dotting tool to create the top of the cupcake. When that dried, I took a small detailing brush and a picked small pieces of glitter out of a glitter polish to make sprinkles. I used the same polish on top of the gradient. Lastly, I painted a small heart on top of the cupcakes and applied fast dry top coat to smooth seal the design.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Tropical Floral Nails

Today's nails were inspired by Lindsey from @wondrouslypolished. I loved the print that she did and decided to recreate it. I loved how these nails turned out and I hope you do too!

To start this gorgeous mani, I applied a base coat and two coats of a royal blue polish. I then took teal acrylic paint with a detailing brush and painted on some large leaf shapes. After that dried, I used dark orange and magenta polished to draw on some flower shapes. When the flower shapes dried, I used bright orange and red polish to add some dimension. I added some white dots to the centers when the detailing was dry. I then added some neon green leaves for a pop of color. After everything completely dried I added a fast dry top coat to seal the design.

Products Used:
Revlon Urban
Teal acrylic paint

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

OPI Princess's Rule

No nail art today because I couldn't get anything to turn out well, but I do have a beautiful swatch for you guys! This is my swatch of OPI Princess's Rule. On the first coat it is a beautiful shimmery pink that is sheer. When I was applying the first coat, there were no visible brush strokes. Although it took three coats to build up the semi opacity, one coat would be gorgeous for a French Tip with a sparkly base. Overall, the formula is great and in three to four coats you'll get a beautiful shimmery pink color.

Products Used:

Monday, July 13, 2015

Ice Cream Drips

Today I was inspired by @cutepolish and her ice cream drip nails. These were so fun and simple to do! Instructions will be below. :)

To start this easy mani I applied base coat to protect my nails from staining. I then applied two coats of a baby pink polish. 

When my pink base dried, I used a large dotting tool and brown polish to create large spots as the base of the drips. While I waited for those to dry, I used the polish brush to swipe a strip of brown across the tip of my nail. I then used a small brush to connect and fill in the drips.

When the drips dried, I used blue, purple, pink, and yellow acrylic paint with my detailing brush to draw sprinkles randomly all over the drips. After everything completely dried, I applied a fast dry top coat to smooth and seal the design. 

Products Used:
Pure Ice: Love
Pure Ice: Scandal
Various Acrylic Paints
Pure Ice: Top Coat
Loreal: One Stop Base

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Donut Half Moon Mani

Today's manicure is a half moon mani with donuts inspired by the talented @dutchnailss on Instagram! This nail design was so cute, I wanted to recreate right away but had to get some new brushes first because my last detailing brush succumbed to death by acetone.

To start this mani I applied base coat like always. When that dried, I applied two thin coats of a sheer pink polish. After waiting for my base color to completely dry, I took my new detailing brush with tan polish and drew a half donut shape at the base of  my nail. After filling that in and letting it dry, I used a pink polish to go over that but leaving the edges of the tan visible. I also added drips to fill in the empty nail space. When the pink dried I used my detailing brush again with light pink,blue and yellow acrylic paint to create sprinkles all over the frosting. After everything completely dried I applied a top coat to smooth and seal the design.

Products Used:
China Glaze: Dance Baby
Pure Ice: Shore Bet
Various Acrylic Paints
Loreal: One Stop Base
Pure Ice: Top Coat

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Cartoon Zombie Nails

Today's post has a load of groaning cuteness! By that I mean cartoon zombie nail art! I was once again inspired by the talented @jauntyjuli. When I saw these I knew I had to recreate them, they were so cute! 

To start this adorable manicure I applied base coat as always. I then used a neon green polish and applied two thin coats. After the base color completely dried, I used a small brush and pink acrylic paint to draw and fill in a lumpy shape in the upper right-hand corner of my nail. While that was drying, I used black acrylic paint and a large dotting tool to create two oval eyes and a lopsided mouth shape. The pink was dry by this point, so I used a detailing brush and red and black acrylic paint to give texture to and outline the brain shape. I then used brown acrylic paint to draw some random scuffs and bruises on the zombie. Lastly, I used a dotting tool, a detailing brush, and white acrylic paint to finish the eyes and draw some jagged teeth. Once everything was dried completely, I applied a layer of fast dry top coat to seal the design.

Products Used:
L.A. Colors Color Craze in Mint
Loreal: One Stop Base
Pure Ice: Top Coat
Pink Acrylic Paint
Black Acrylic Paint
White Acrylic Paint
Red Acrylic Paint
Brown Acrylic Paint

Friday, July 10, 2015

Floral Leopard Print

The nails of the day are a floral leopard print! For this mani, I was 100% inspired by @jauntyjuli.
The blue color that a used as my base color was Sally Hansen's Blue Me Away! stained my entire nail bed. I would recommend using two coats of base coat when using this color to prevent any staining that could get through. Now onto the topic of this post, the nail art!

I'm not going to do an entire walk through of how I did this mani because it took forever, but I'll give you guys an outline of how I did it.
To start I applied base coat to protect my nails from staining (which obviously didn't work) and then applied two thin coats of Sally Hansen's Blue Me Away!. When that had dried, I took a small detailing brush with black and light blue acrylic paint and created a leopard print towards the tip of my nail. I applied a fast dry top coat when that had dried to smooth out the surface for more nail art.
After letting the top coat completely dry, I used a medium dotting tool, a detailing brush, white, purple, black, and mustard colored acrylic paint to create several flowers on each nail, varying the placement. To create the thin lines on the daisies, I used watered down black paint and a thin striping brush to draw thin, wavy lines. When everything was completely dry, I applied a fast dry topcoat to smooth the surface and seal the design.

Products Used:
Sally Hansen: Blue Me Away!
Variety of acrylic paints
Loreal: One Stop Base
Pure Ice: Top Coat

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Dragon Scale Nail Art

Today's nails are dragon scales!! These particular nails were inspired by Game of Thrones: House of Targaryen. I don't personally watch Game of Thrones but I loved the way that these turned out. 

To start this manicure, I first applied base coat to protect my natural nails from staining. I then applied ONE coat of a blood red polish, I used Revlon Red from Revlon. After my base color completely dried, I used a makeup sponge and two red polishes to create a gradient effect. The polishes I used were my base color from before and a darker red called Bewitching from Revlon. I also used liquid latex from Amazon for easy cleanup.
When my gradient was done, I put on a thin coat of quick dry top coat and waited until it was dry. After my topcoat was dry, I took a small detailing brush with black acrylic paint and drew small scale shapes starting from the free edge of the nail bed. When all five nails were completed, I took a small dotting tool with a red glitter polish and placed glitter polish randomly into the points of the scales. After everything was dry, I applied two coats of quick dry top coat to smooth out the glitter and seal my design.

Products Used:
Revlon: Revlon Red
Revlon: Bewitching
Cinapro Nail Sugar: Cherry Cola
Pure Ice: Top Coat
Black Acrylic Paint