Saturday, May 25, 2013

T: Tape Mani with Re-fresh Mint by China Glaze

Hey there! For the letter "T", I did a tape mani inspired by mint chocolate candy canes. I used Re-fresh Mint and Call of the Wild, both by China Glaze.

Below is the striping tape I used.  It's foil tape, I ordered this from eBay a while back, they're super cheap.  I got 8 rolls for $2.

I still had paint seepage under the tape, but it is hard to find thin strips of tape to use for nail art so I don't know of any other kind of tape to buy. Cutting scotch tape into skinny little uniform strips is a pain in the butt!

In order to get thicker lines I just place two or three strips of tape side by side.  The pattern of thickness the I used here, is one stripe, then three, then one, then two, then one.  Much easier than cutting tape.

This mani requires a lot of time and patience... something I'm a bit short on these days, so it will be a while before I do another one of these.  Or I'll just do one accent nail next time.

I also found it a bit annoying, after pulling the tape off, the tape kept sticking to my other hand, arm, sleeve... and they had brown nail polish on them so I got brown specks of polish everywhere.... what am I saying?  Have a large area set aside (and time) to work in and designate a spot to place the used stripes.

Overall though, the effect is nice, my husband was excited to see the finished nails.  He said they looked like candy.

Well, that is it for today.  I hope everyone is having a nice weekend!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Razzle Me Dazzle Me - China Glaze, Glitter Tips w/ Fresh Paint Coconut

I have to say I've been loving this manicure.  

This is Razzle Me Dazzle Me, just on the tips and accent nail.

Below is a bottle shot.  Various black and light gold glitters.

Below is my right hand, with glitter on all the tips, no accent nail.

AND..... a simple swatch of Fresh Paint's Coconut.   Two easy coats, very nice formula, thick and pigmented. Coconut is an off white with peach undertones.  This makes my skin look really tan and the polish looks really bright, stark almost.

Fresh Paint can be found at Five Below, a junk store where everything is $5 or below. Color Club, or Forsynthe Cosmetics is the maker of Fresh Paint.  These are cheap around $2 a bottle, technically they are 3 for $5.


Sunday, May 19, 2013

S: Skittle French

Hey guys!  For this week's ABC challenge for "S" I did a skittle French manicure.  Check out the various pastels with matching tips.

The polishes I used were:

Thumb: base: Revlon, Sunshine Sparkle
Tip: Revlon, Make Mine Mango

Index: base: China Glaze, Kinetic Candy
Tip: ChG, First Mate

Middle: base: ChG, Go Go Pink
Tip Kiko #362

Ring: base: ChG, Refresh Mint
Tip: Revlon, Posh

Pinky: base: Sinful Colors, Mauve
Tip: Cult Nails, Viscous

Of course you could replicate this with polishes of similar colors.  That 's it for today. Please check out other "S" manicures this week.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Leibster questionaire

I am honored to be nominated for a Liester award by Becacine from  Becacine started blogging last year and we welcome her!  This is my third nomination and I was going to do something special but don't see my schedule easing up until fall, so this will be quick and simple.

11 Random facts about me:

1. Right now, I'm 37.
2. I have brown eyes and brown hair.
3. I have a younger brother.
4. I'm right handed.
5. I am very near sighted. I wear contacts during the day and glasses at night.
6. I watch TV via the internet on my laptop.  I do not have a physical/actual TV in my house.
7. Most numerous possession in my house aside from nail polish, my husband and I have about 80 pairs of shoes and maybe 200 books.
8. English is the only language I speak fluently and I think that is sad.
9. One of my greatest fears is becoming a single mother.
10. My highest hope is to retire early with no debt.
11. I feel one the most challenging parts of life is "finding happiness" that... and growing old.  There's a saying that growing old is not for the weak or weary?  I think this is true.

Q&A, asked by becacine:

1. What is your favorite brand of nail polish?

China Glaze

2. What is the best nail related on line tutorial you have ever seen?

How to paint nails, by Michele at  After I started painting my nails like this, my cuticle clean up sessions are very short.  Here's the link.

3. Do you like warm weather or cold?

I prefer warm weather over cold.  I don't like hot weather. I especially hate hot and humid climates and I live in one (Mid-Atlantic, US). I do have to say I love fall and winter clothing. I get excited over new fall clothing collections. I own several winter coats and jackets (like 15, I need to clean out my closet!). I love spring trench coats and I own five of them. I don't spend much money on summer clothing. I tend to slob out in the summers like the rest of America i.e. flip flops and t shirts...

4. What is your favorite perfume or scent?

I don't have a favorite... but add sandalwood to a floral, and I tend to like it.  I do like herbal-scents like clary sage and lavender around the house.  I do like to clean dishes and the kitchen area with citrus scents, they smell "clean" to me.  However, I don't like to wear perfume, though.  I prefer unscented lotions to scented ones.

5. What would you do with $100 if you could spend it freely?

Go to Ulta and buy nail polish!

6. What is your favorite face cream?

Good question. I don't have a favorite and have been hopping from face cream to face cream for years. I need a recommendation! Right now I'm using "Simple" for sensitive skin, face cream.  Green and white jar from Walgreens, cheap, about $10.... So far it's okay, I like that it is unscented and not greasy.

I will say this.  I do have a favorite face cleanser and it is Cetaphil for normal skin.  I've been using this for more than 15 years. I've strayed a few times by using other cleansers, but I always come back to this one. My husband uses Cetaphil too.

7. Do you have any pets?

Yes I have a dog, and 2 cats.  One of the cats is mine, and the other is my brother's, which I am taking care of while he is away travelling. We refer to them as the gang of toddlers. They are needy. They play together. They fight among each other. They make messes and have accidents. They are helpless and depend on us for food. Their defiant...yep, just like toddlers, except they can be left home alone for a few hours.

8. What are your top three favorite movies?

Lincoln, (Steven Spielberg) the whole thing.
Joe vs the Volcano, my favorite parts are his shopping spree, scenes with Angelica and Mr. Whaooo Watori.
Marie Antionette (Sophia Coppola) the whole tragic thing!

This list will change, but I do want to mention I have really been enjoying Judd Apatow movies lately! See below.

9. What is your favorite magazine?

Just one???  Time magazine for events.Vogue for fashion. House Beautiful for home.

10. What is your go-to base coat?

Right now it is Gelous, from American Classics.  I don't think there's anything special about it except you can actually wear it alone as a clear coat and it is fast drying.

11. Coffee or tea?

Both. I start every morning with a cup of coffee. Then move through the rest of the day with tea, any kind. My favorite is just plain black tea. I drink green tea sometimes. I love a good cup of coffee as an after dinner dessert. Oh wait, I love Earl Grey as ice tea, too.

So that is it!  Feel free to share your answer to any of the questions above in the comments section. I'd love to hear from you!

Thursday, May 9, 2013

R: Rock Solid - Orly - layered glitter

Hey guys!  This week is letter "R" and I did a glitter sandwich with Orly's Rock Solid and Finger Paints, Fall of Surprises... check it out.

I'm a bit tired this week, so I'll just let the pictures do the talking.

Please check out the other R manis this week!

Friday, May 3, 2013

Q: Queen Cupcake, Funky Fingers

This week's ABC challenge is "Q", a difficult letter, I would think.  I only have one polish that starts with the letter Q, and it is Queen Cupcake, from Funky Fingers.

Queen Cupcake is a pastel pink with gold shimmer.  I don't know if the formula is going bad, (one year old) but this was difficult and streaky on application.  Below is three coats to even everything out.

I also did a funky french with a pastel coral color, so as not to bore you.  I used one coat of Sunkissed by Mineral Fusion, on the tips.  You can find Mineral Fusion nail polish and makeup at Whole Foods grocery stores.

I usually free hand my french manicures because I'm too lazy to use tape or guides and I don't want to wait for the main color to dry.  I lay the brush flat, parallel to the edge of the nail, starting at very edge and swipe across. Go to the other side and swipe across again until the stripe meets in the middle.  I use the entire length of the brush to make a straight and crisp line.  It usually comes out straight.

So that is it for today. It is absolutely beautiful outside this time of the year.  If you are experiencing nice weather, please go outside!