Friday, March 29, 2013

Spring Floral Nail Art

Its finally spring time here the Pacific Northwest! So, I just had to celebrate in one of the only ways I know how. Floral Nail Art! Floral everything is super hot right now. I see floral prints everywhere I look.
I got  inspiration for this design from my table cloth. I just love the color combination here.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

e.l.f. Spring 2013 Essential 14-Piece Nail Cube - Limited Edition Swatches

You may remember my swatches of 2012 winter e.l.f. polish cube I previously posted. For those swatches click HERE.
Well, e.l.f. recently released there 2013 spring cube.
I love all of these colors! Some are new,others are not. But still a very good collection.
I was however disappointed in the bottles. Most had dried polish on the rim when opening the bottle. 4 of the polishes I had to trim off some of the brush, Whoever put it together wasn't careful to make sure all the bristles were down.
Also, the brushes were not consistent. Some were thin while others super thick.
The color "Sunflower" had black on the rim when I opened it. I would have ruined the polish if I hadn't noticed it and cleaned it right away.
I kind of felt as if these had been used before. Now,I realize that's not the case. But, these looked like some polishes you would find in a drug store that has been tested over and over.
Now, that been said,I do love all these colors very much. And I happened to purchase this cube when it was on sale for $10. I also received free shipping. I'm not sure complains or reaching out to e.l.f. will do any good. It seems like a design flaw to me.
Anyway,I would still purchase these beauties.
Update! I went ahead and sent them an email in regards to my bottles. My cousin Krystal from suggested doing so. She has very good feed back about e.l.f. customer service.Well, not only did they send me another Spring Cube,they sent me 2!!! So, if you have any problems with your order thru e.l.f., don't hesitate to let them know.

Ethyl Acetate, Butyl Acetate, Isopropyl Alcohol, Acetyl Tributyl Citrate, Nitrocellulose, Phthalic Anhydride/Trimellitic Anhydride/Glycols Copolymer, Tocopheryl Acetate, Stearalkonium Bentonite, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891) Iron Oxides(CI 77491 , CI 77492 , CI 77499), Red No.6 Lake (CI 15850), Red No.27 Lake (CI 45410), Blue No.1 Lake (CI 42090)

Colors Include
Brights includes: Metallic Elegance, Sunflower, Lavendar Mist, Fairy Dust, Dream Maker, Gold Star, Chic Confetti, Mint Cream, Nude, Flirty Fuchsia, Mango Madness, Electric Fuchsia, Smokin' Hot, Skinny Jeans

Lets get on to the swatches shall we? All swatches are 2 coats with the exception of glitter top coat.

                                                                         Mint Cream

Lavender Mist

Skinny Jeans


Metallic Elegance


Electric Fuchsia

Flirty Fuchsia

Mango Madness

Smoken Hot

Gold Star over Flirty Fuchsia

Chic Confetti over Electric Fuchsia

Dream Maker over Mango Madness

I had swatched the Fairy Cream but some how it was deleted =(
Its basically like Fairy Dust but finer and smaller flakes.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Peeps Nail Art

Weather you love or hate Peeps, you have to admit, they are pretty cute! Well, I love eating peeps. But, also glad its just once a year. Even my sweet tooth can only handle a couple.
Here is a very easy video pictorial on how to create Peep Nail art.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

"That One Nail Polish" Swatch and Review

I will say right off the bat, that I have nothing bad to say about these glitter bombs. And when I say glitter bombs, I mean GLITTER BOMBS!
These polishes are jammed packed with glitter! Allowing you to only need one coat if you wish. Or do glitter placement very easily. To visit "That One Nail Polish" shop go HERE
These swatches are of one coat of Orly in Snowcone as base. And one coat of That One Nail Polish glitter top coat.
Left to right.
Wipe Out and All Shook Up

Wipeout is a mix of blue, neon blue, and black hex
 glitter in a clear base.

All Shook Up consists of white hearts and pink, red, and black glitter in a clear base.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Golden Rainbow Water Marbling

These were so fun to create! I haven't done marbling in a while. It was good to get back in to it.
I went thru my collection and picked out the basic colors in the rainbow.
I painted all my nails one coat of white polish. Then marbled each finger with two of the colors that are next in line of the other in the rainbow. To watch my how to marbling video click HERE.
My thumb is blue and green. The pointer is green and yellow. Middle is yellow and orange. Ring is orange and red. And the pinkie is red and purple.
I then went back and added a gradient gold glitter.
Its a fun nail design for St Patrick day.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Easter Egg Hunt Mani

Base is Orly in Snowcone. Eggs are Sinful Colors from the Sugar Rush collection. The grass and white details on the eggs is acrylic paint. All sealed in with Sech Vite.

I first painted my nail with the blue.
I then created the grass with a fine art brush and acrylic green paint.
Next I made the the egg shapes.
Once dry I went back with my art brush and white acrylic paint do add the detail to the eggs.
Then added just a few more strands of grass.
Then added a top coat.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Easter Egg Nail Art

This manicure looks harder then it is. Yes,it is time consuming. But,not hard.

For this manicure I used colors from the Sugar Rush collection by Color Club. Some beautiful pastels at affordable prices.
Start by prepping your tape. I used nail tape,but painters tape or scotch tape work great too.
Make sure your base colors are completely dry before taping off.
Then grab a pallet,fine art brush and a tooth pick or dotting tool.
Place a small amount of polish on your pallet and begin placing color where you wish.

The wonderful thing about this design is that anything goes! Mix and match however you wish!

Once your happy with the color placement,remove the tape. Then add all the small details with your art brush and dotting tool. I found different ideas from pictures of decorated eggs online.Dots,flowers,squiggle lines and stripes.
Yes, I redid my pinkie finger. I did not like so much white.