Thursday, October 22, 2009

NOTD: Purple+Teal Art

Hi All!

Here's a little look that I did on my nails today!
Tell me what you think!

Products used:
OPI - Done Out in Deco
LA Colors Art Deco - Sky Blue
Nicole by OPI - Global Beauty
Sally Hansen - All The White Stuff
LA Colors Art Deco - silver glitter

Friday, October 16, 2009

NOTD: Purple Zebra

Nails of the Day!

Virtuous Violet: Nicole by OPI
Black: Wet'n'Wild
Konad Image plate: m57

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

NOTD: Red+White Flower Tutorial

Nails of the Day - Red+White Flower - Konad Stamping With Regular Polish + Tips for Choosing Good Polishes for Stamping

I had a request on YouTube to do the stamping with other brands of nail polishes.  
The ones I used this time were the red and white from LA Colors Art Deco Nail Art Lacquer.
The base color was the same as in my last NOTD (I think it was a pale pinkish by Rimmel.)  The stamping was generally successful.  

Basically you can use any kind, but there are certain key things to keep in mind that will determine the success/failure of the stamping:

1. The polish should be relatively opaque. If you're not sure how opaque it is (when you're in the store) make a little test swatch on your nails, or (if you're already wearing polish) make a test swatch on a white piece of paper. If the paper is still fairly visible behind the steak of polish, it may be less successful for stamping especially when used over a dark base color.

2. The polish should be preferably on the thicker side for consistency rather than thinner and runny. Thicker polishes will mimic the dense quality of the "special polish" that Konad sells. If you have any old polishes that are almost empty and/or are getting really goopy and thick from lots of use, these are perfect. the repeated use and exposure to air has made these old goopy nail polishes perfect for stamping! So don't throw them out!

3. Polishes that are matte with minimal shimmer tend to be better. Particularly stay away from ones with larger glitter pieces in them. The glitter will not work well with the delicate fine lines that are often found in the image plates. 

4.  Metallics also work really well because the polish generally need to be opaque in nature to be a metallic/or chrome.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Nails of the Day - Natural Pink with Gold Glitter

Here's my rebellion against the mod red/white/black nails. 
I needed something neutral because the colored stripes and all the stamping that i've been doing lately was kinda getting a bit much for me.
So this is my rebellion with a neutral pink nail with just a touch of gold sparkle.  
It's very wearable for every day.
The two polishes I used are at the bottom.  :)

i felt like making the line into a star

the polishes I used:

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Nails of the Day - White/Red/Black Art Deco Nail Polish

Okay.  I need real harsh honest opinions.  I like the idea of this design, but find it kind of distracting to see a diagonal black line across my nails. 

Is this design great or tacky?

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Friday, October 2, 2009

Friends for Christmas

Had a good chat with my best friend, Christine while I was on the bus on my way to the doctor [about an eye infection... ewwwww] 

She's in Hamburg, Germany doing her PhD.  We chatted recently for a bit.  Man, I miss this girl.  I don't really think about her too much these days because we've been in different countries for almost 2 years, and in different cities for over 4 years, so it's not unusual for us to go months without communicating at all.  [and unfortunately when we do communicate it's usually via facebook]  

We just caught up a bit today.  We had chatted just a week or so ago, before she left for a symposium where she was giving a lecture.  She was really nervous about not being prepared and concerned about questions that people would ask about here presentation, which was her research, but only in the aspect that she was told to research someone else's method, so she did.  

As expected, it went really well.  

She also got a new roommate who's very clean.  This has her very excited because one of her old roommates who just moved out was not clean at all.  yay for clean roommates.  [in the past month, my roommate has only cleaned the toilet, once.  Other than that, i've been doing all the cleaning]

Well, Christine has booked her flight home for christmas!  She's going to be in Canada for almost three whole weeks!  I'm pretty excited.  I expect to be flying home for Christmas also.  Can't wait.  Haven't seen this girl since last christmas!

Nails of the Day - Dots with corner frame [preview]

Still LOVING the Konad Stamping method!  
I also purchased some nail art nail polishes in my 'i'm-sick' justification for getting more nail polishes.

Tutorial will be posted on YouTube and ABB soon!
yay nails!