Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Metallic Splatter - Free Hand Nail Art Tutorial

It's been so long  since I've posted a tutorial.  This is one that I designed a couple months ago.  I like the sharpness of the design.  I'm unsure about the red stripe, as many of my youtube viewers have also voiced dislike for, but still, I like the design in general.  
What do you think?

Materials Used:
Seche Clear - Base Coat
Color Club - Magic Attraction
Sally Hansen - Xtreme Wear - Blue It
China Glaze - Millennium
American Painter Spotter Brush - size 5/0 (you can get this from your local art store in the acrylic pain brush section.)
China Glaze - Ruby Pumps
Sally Hansen - Insta Dry Anti Chip Top Coat

Oh YEAH! I finally decided to get a twitter account for my nail art!
You can follow me at: https://twitter.com/miss80million

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Argyle-ish Free Hand Nail Art Tutorial

Here's a simplistic free hand nail art design for you today!
The design can totally vary depending on where you decide you want your diamonds to go, so just use your own creativity and imagination and have fun re-creating this design. 
Video tutorial is after the jump.


Saturday, January 7, 2012

Teal Foil Abstract Nail Art Tutorial

Here's a gorgeous abstract tutorial for you using nail foils.  
The application technique I use in this tutorial is exactly the same as how I applied the Imperial Purple foil in my Imperial Glitter and Glam posts.  So if you wanted to know how I created the graffiti look in that nail, just watch the video below.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Holiday Nail Fails

Well, the new year has begun.

And there's nothing like a few nail fails to bring out a chuckle or two.

For those of you unfamiliar with this series:
     Nail Fails are posts that I publish with no particular regularity.  I only post updates to this series when I attempt to create a nail design which didn't remotely resemble my intended aesthetic, or for some other reason simply falls short of my expectations.  It certainly doesn't mean that it's necessarily an 'ugly' design.  But for some reason or other, I decided to ditch the tutorial and not post it to my Youtube channel.
     So instead, as my blog followers, you get to see the reality of my nail art trials and tribulations and the reality of my craft: not every design is a winner.  

I really wanted to create more Holiday or Winter themed nail designs.  I had quite a few ideas in mind.  However, many of them just didn't turn out as nice as I had hoped.  

So, without further ado...

I tried to do a general nail design with a Christmas 
undertone.       ...meh...
The polka dot one is my fave of the three designs here.
Colours Used: China Glaze - Ruby Pumps, China Glaze -
White On White, Color Club - Sex Symbol, Color Club - 
Holiday Splendor

Well, this one definitely didn't turn out.  The glitter polish
behind the santa hat ended up being way more distracting
than festive.
Colours Used: China Glaze - Ruby Pumps, China Glaze - 
White On White, Color Club - Wish Upon A Rockstar

I think it's obvious what this one was supposed to be.  I 
ended up doing a similar french tip with a white tree instead
with smaller snowflakes and a white background.  That 
turned out much better than this one.
Colours Used: China Glaze - Bahamian Escape, China Glaze
- White On White, American Apparel - Hassid, Color Club -
Wham Pow!, Colur Club - Positively Posh

Thursday, January 5, 2012

NOTD: Imperial Glitter and Glam Redux

Okay.  My last NOTD was so awesome I couldn't help but think about making it even more awesome.

So I took my original Imperial Glitter and Glam manicure and applied a duochrome glitter polish on top of it.  I used Kiko's sparkle polish in 270.


Imperial Glitter and Glam Redux Manicure
It's a subtle change but I think it looks great!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

NOTD: Imperial Glitter and Glam

Imperial Glitter and Glam
(for a closer look, you can click on the image.)                
and yes, i know.  my cuticles are dry.  ;P
Hi Everyone!
Here's my first Nails of the Day [NOTD] of the year!
It uses a couple of my new polishes that I bought over the holidays as well as a foil.  I'll be posting a tutorial on how I used the foil on my You Tube channel soon.  So subscribe to be updated with my newest tutorials :)
For this manicure I used:
Sally Hansen - Thicken Up
OPI - Natural Nail Base Coat
American Apparel - Imperial Purple
Nail Foils - Imperial Iris (from www.dollarnailart.com) which I adhered with the foil glue from the same website.
OPI - Getting Miss Piggy With It
OPI - Top Coat

(Note: Normally I don't use two base coats, but because my nails are in such horrific shape from some nail stickers that I tested, I decided to use one base coat to help thicken up my nail base and the second one to attempt to smooth out the surface of my nail.)

I'm loving this foil technique.  I think it may be a big thing with me in 2012.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Holiday Haul

Hope everyone had a great holiday!

I spent my Christmas in Vancouver visiting friends.  We had lots of great food (thank YOU, Christine!) and lots of great time with friends who I don't get to see nearly often enough.  --and that means you: Christine, Aveline, Andrew, Rachel, Eddie, Erin. Jeremy, Robb.
Also, while I was in Vancouver I told a few of the aforementioned kids about my blog and youtube channel.  It was pretty interesting seeing their reactions.  My blog and youtube channel aren't really something I advertise to my friends.  I think I don't tell a lot of people about it because I already feel so obsessed with nail polish.  And telling people that I have a blog and youtube channel that both focus on this obsession makes me feel even more obsessed.  :S  lol.  oh well.  Now they know.

also, Aveline.  If you're reading this by any chance, email me your blog and etsy info!

Okay, so now on to the meat of this blog post.
Yes, I did some boxing day shopping (or for those of you not in Canada, I did some after Christmas shopping.   Don't ask me where the term "boxing day" came from.  I don't know and am definitely too lazy to google it right now.  If you know, let me know in a comment.  ;)

I picked up a few OPI polishes and some American Apparel polishes.  Some dark colours, some bright colours, all great deals.  :D

Video to follow.  Full list of purchases below that.

I know I'm eager to start 2012 with some great new Nails of the Day (NOTD) and some sweet nail art tutorials. :D
So stay tuned, and Happy New Year!


OPI Polishes:
Houston We Have A Purple
Getting Miss Piggy With It
Natural Nail Base Coat
Top Coat

American Apparel Polishes:
Imperial Purple
Crescent Heights
Sunset Boulevard
The Valley
Available in stores and online at http://americanapparel.net/