Thursday, August 26, 2010

NOTD: Ruffian Winter 2010 NYFW Counterfeit

Hey All!

Here's my Nails Of The Day.

I've been meaning to do this since I got China Glaze's Passion a few months ago.

Here's my Counterfeit Nails of the moon manicure  - that's now ubiquitously being called the "Ruffian" manicure - with a matte black nail with shimmery gold "french" by the cuticle.
(For a refresher, check out All Lacquered Up's blog post on the manicure from New York Fashion Week)
So re-reading her post now makes it clear that they used a gold chrome base with CND's Inkwell, which is a really dark midnight blue.  But apparently I got it into my head that it was a matte black with gold base.
Hopefully it's close enough.  And, realistically, since this is what I imagined it was in my head all this time, it's pretty perfect still for me.  :)

The application of the black by the cuticle is a little rough on a couple nails - and definitely a smidge rougher on my dominant hand - but it's still pretty damn good :)

I'm happy!

Products used:
Barielle - Instant Liquid Nail Hardener (as a base coat)
China Glaze - Passion
Rimmel - Black Satin
Essie - Matte About You (top coat)

Current count
Nail Fails vs My Nails: 6 - 6

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Stripes and Bubbles

Hey All

Here are a couple of nail designs that I tested out on nail tips.  I actually really like them both.
The Candy Stripes one is a really simple yet slightly unexpected mix of colors that made me think of hard candies.

Candy Stripes.
Polishes used (L-R): SH Crushed, Art Deco White, Art 
Deco Yellow, Art Deco Mint Green, Art Deco Red Glitter,
SH Crushed, Art Deco Yellow, Art Deco Sky Blue, SH

I liked it on the artificial nail so I decided to try it out on my own nails... with less success.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Home Sick

I was supposed to do the Grouse Grind today with a friend but my stomach had other plans.  I woke up with a mild stomach ache and a feeling of dread of risking going up a mountain and finding myself needing a rest room mid-hike.

So instead I'm home with my hot water bottle and my cup of hot lemon water (in lieu of herbal tea) sending out some resumes, helping my sister with some Adobe Illustrator stuff for her work and about to do some more nail polish swatches.  <- because I'm too lazy to do another tutorial right now.

Hope everyone else is feeling better than I am today.  :D

A couple of recent NOTDs Here

Hey All!

Here are a couple of the designs that I've had on my nails lately.

This started out as a simple black french tip nail, but
then I decided to spice it up a bit.  The thin white lines
certainly took some concentration, and of course turned
out better on my left hand than they did on my right...
but hey.  I was still pleased with how it turned out.
This NOTD was influenced by one of my favorite nail
bloggers - Michelle Mismas aka. All Lacquered Up.
She recently revisited the gradient manicure - also
known as the Ombre manicure.  It inspired me to do
a toned down barely there Ombre.
Here I started with OPI's Done Out in Deco and graded
all the way over to Sephora by OPI's Under My Trench
The application was a bit uneven - which is a personal
challenge every time I do any major nail polish mixing -
the nail polish always seems to dry too quick.  But in
the end, it evened out nicely especially with a top coat
of Seche Vite layered on top to seal it all.
To see Michelle's recent post on the Ombre Manicure click [HERE]

my fails vs nails count: 5 - 5

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Keri Hilson's Nails at the Grammys 2010 - My Counterfeit

Hi All!

So it's been a while since I did a post on My Counterfeit nails.  And back when I recreated my own versions of Beyonce's nails at the grammy awards I had said that I was also going to try to recreate Keri Hilsons' nails too.

I have finally done what I could, but I gotta say that without a stamping plate or a robot arm, it's pretty impossible to recreate the centered rows of silver on a white manicure like Keri had that night.  [For a refresher, check out All Lacquered Up's post of Rihanna, Beyonce and Keri Hilson's Minx Nails and My Counterfeit of Beyonce's Minx Nails.]

A Day in the Life of Dollface is having her 500 followers giveaway!

Hey All!

If you don't know of her already, Dolly is another nail art blogger.  She's just reached 500 followers and is celebrating by giving away a prize!



Saturday, August 14, 2010

Lacquerized is having a Kiko Nail Polish Giveaway

Michele is having a giveaway of some Kiko nail polishes!

I've never seen this brand but am extremely curious!
Check it out by clicking on the title of this blog post.

It goes til the end of the month!

I Heart the Daily Nail

So recently Melissa |aka. The Daily Nail| posted paint swatch inspired manicure called On The Dot
I thought it was so fun and summery I had to recreate it!

Here's my version of her cute mani!

For more and Larger pics:

Friday, August 13, 2010

OPI & China Glaze Swatches... finally


So quite some time ago after a disastrous hair cut i purchased some nail polish and posted a haul.  with that post i had promised swatches... eventually.  and with a reminder from a reader i have posted those aforementioned swatches... finally!  :)

This post is PIC HEAVY!  :D

Monday, August 9, 2010

Rainbow Zebra Stripes using KONAD

It's been a while since i've posted one of my youtube tutorials on here....
so here's one from a few weeks ago :)

and, as always, for more, check out my YouTube Channel

Monday, August 2, 2010

Nail Fails vs. My Nails v4

Dear Bloggers,

It's been a while.  I've been busy and pseudo lazy.
Still on the job hunt.  I've been putting up videos on YouTube relatively regularly though, and I've got a giveaway for my Youtube subscribers happening now too!  It's part a a series to thank my subbies for reaching over 1000!  It's giveaway #2 right now (out of 3 or 4.. still haven't decided)
So if you follow/find my blog and have a youtube account too, check out my channel, and if you like what you see, subscribe and enter my giveaway :)

So, back to the point of this post.
Here are some of the nails i've designed lately!

For this simple French tip with a twist, I used OPI's Wing It, and 
Art Deco's striper polishes in White and Silver Glitter.