Friday, November 23, 2012

Something simple and classy for Black Friday.

After I indulged in all the Thanksgiving goodies at my grandma's house, I went home to nurture my food baby and take the turkeys off my nails because turkeys after Thanksgiving is just silly. SILLY! So, I decided to a reeeeally simple manicure for Black Friday. That, and my friend at work showed me these on his instagram and I've been thinking about them since. Since being only a couple days.

On a side note, I love matte top coats. But they crack and the tips wear so fast I don't wear it as often as I do my Seche`. ;(

Then again, I do feel pretty classy with these nails...

For this mani I used:

  • China Glaze Strong Adhesion Base Coat
  • Sally Hansen Insta-dri 'Silver Sweep'
  • China Glaze 'Liquid Leather'
  • Butter London Matte Finish
I did these last night and they're kind of chipping and the tips are wearing pretty bad. Especially after me taking a shower and washing my hair furiously.

Also, both of my thumbs are split. My picture hand's thumb is worse than my dominant hand's thumb. And it's chipping and cracking where the splits are. So sad. ;(

Happy Thanksgiving! (Late to post)

 Yeah, as the title says I was too late to upload these to my blog. I uploaded them everywhere else, but neglected to upload them here because I didn't feel like typing all the polishes I used. I was just being a lazy bum.


Happy Thanksgiving everyone. I hope it was a good one! :D

For this mani I used: 

  • China Glaze Strong Adhesion Base Coat
  • ULTA 'Set the Nude'
  • Zoya 'Arizona'
  • Butter London 'West End Wonderland'
  • ORLY 'Grave Mistake'
  • Maybelline Color Show 'Fierce n Tangy'
  • Sinful Colors 'Last Chance'
  • Stripe Rite: Red, Yellow, Green, Black
  • Acrylic Paint: Orange
  • ULTA 'Taupe on a Rope'
  • Maybelline Color Show 'Porcelain Party'
  • Seche` Vite
Whew. That was crazy. D:

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Dreamcatchers and feathers.

Lately I've been seeing a lot of winter themed manicures around, and while I live in Texas, I can't seem to get into the winter spirit. That and Thanksgiving is right around the corner, so I feel compelled to stick to neutrals and fall colors and themes.

I was also waiting for my feathers to arrive in the mail so I could do a mani with real feathers. I'll save that one for Turkey day. c:

*Also, a lot of editing went into my cuticles because:
  1. I do a messy top coat job.
  2. I didn't take a picture until the next day so the top coat dried all over my fingers and looked like nasty clumpy bleh.

(Ignore my bad photoshop job)

I used for this mani:

  • China Glaze Strong Adhesion Base Coat
  • OPI 'Don't Pretzel My Buttons!'
  • Stripe Rite: White
  • Red + Green = Brown Acrylic Paint
  • Hand placed glitter
  • Seche` Vite
A word of advice:
Don't try to do hand placed glitter with Seche` Vite. ;(

Thursday, November 1, 2012

My go at the galaxy drip!

I saw these by the lovely Coewless and just couldn't resist doing them myself. ;3

How fun, right?

These took a while.. Also because I was watching TV and eating during the whole process. And as I write presently, I haven't painted my dominant hand's nails. There won't be enough time tonight if I want to shower. Especially since freshly painted nails before a shower is never a good idea. I'm already risking it with my left hand.

For this mani I used:

  • China Glaze Strong Adhesion Base Coat
  • Maybelline Color Show 'Porcelain Party'
  • Butter London 'Slapper'
  • ORLY 'Halley's Comet'
  • Wet n Wild fast dry 'Teal or no Teal'
  • Sinful Colors 'Midnight Blue'
  • China Glaze 'For Audrey'
  • China Glaze 'Kinetic Candy'
  • China Glaze 'Fairy Dust'
  • Stripe Rite: White
  • Seche`Vite

The much anticipated gradient graveyard tutorial. (Well, just the gradient part)

I'm a bit lazy.. But I did show my gradient process. c:

On a side note, I won first place in 'It's So Easy''s Halloween themed polish contest. Thank you, gradient graveyard. You will always be remembered. <3
And thank you again, gradient graveyard, for the 70+ followers and 6000+ notes received on Tumblr.

I never thought people would enjoy gradient graveyard so much.

Step 1: Lay down your base coat.

Step 2: Using a make-up wedge, blotch your second polish color to your desired spot. I recommend closer to the top. And for the bottom half, I do a second coat to make it seem darker on its own.

Step 3: Sponge your base color over the second polish color for a better blending.

Step 4: Sponge your third polish color over the second polish color. Then if you want, sponge the second color back over the third color to yet again, blend it better. (I don't think I did because my second and third color are relatively similar)

Step 5: Sponge your fourth polish color. 

Step 6: Yuck! That didn't look good, huh? Well, grab your second polish color and sponge over the fourth color. Then, sponge your first polish color over the second, third, and fourth ever so slightly.

Step 7: Yay, that looks nice. Now, FAIRY DUST!

Step 8: The rest of creating gradient graveyard is all thanks to these bad boys right here. And a steady hand. And my ever-growing ambidexterity.

Also, the removing of gradient graveyard. (I don't like cotton balls, so I avoid them as much as possible)

Bonus cat: