Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Criss Cross

Halloween's just around the corner! I have so many school-related things to get done that I haven't even been able to finalize my costume. I'm planning to be a Pocahontas type so expect either some tribal or feather nails to match.
Anyway, here's another simple mani that has nothing to do with Halloween. I was worried that the crisscross pattern would be difficult to keep even but it ended up pretty symmetrical.

I used a base of Essie Topless and Barefoot with an Art Club striping polish for the design.

I just realized how long my nails are! It may be short for some but it's really long for me. I've been using a new nail treatment and now my nails are stronger and I haven't had a break/split in awhile! *knock on wood*

Hope you're all having a nice week!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Dipped in Glitter

I've just been doing really simple things lately. I at least wanted to try something new so I went for a glitter gradient. I'm pretty happy with the results. I think that these purples are so pretty. I wore this glitter polish alone before and I wasn't too impressed. It was super thick and goopy with a rough texture. Using it this way was so much better. Justin Bieber, you have redeemed yourself.

I started off with a few coats of Love & Beauty Orchid with Nicole by OPI One Less Lonely Glitter sponged on top. It's difficult to see but I also added a thin coat of Sephora by OPI Only Gold For Me on top of the gradient part.

I'm slowly warming up to glitter polishes. I hate the involved removal but it hasn't seemed as bad lately. What are your favourite glitter polishes? (:

Saturday, October 15, 2011

TUTORIAL: Halloween Town

I've been really hesitant about video tutorials lately. I'm extremely self-conscious about them and I can't stand watching my own videos or seeing someone else watch them. This whole time I've been debating continuing with videos because I have this deep, dark fear about more of my friends/family finding them. But for now I decided that I'll continue because it really makes me happy to see others enjoying them. However, if I suddenly drop off of the face of the planet it's because I died of embarrassment :|

Anyway, here's a treat for you all: Halloween nails! I'm not the type to get too festive ahead of time so I took these off right after I photographed them :P Still, I think that they are somewhat cute. The design is inspired by this cute Walmart gift card I saw. I resisted taking a snap of it though because I didn't want to look like a weirdo haha :P By the way, those things on the index and little fingers are supposed to be giant bats ):

I used China Glaze Breakin' as a base with OPI OPI Ink sponged on the tips. I added a layer of China Glaze Temptation Carnation to blend it all together. I used a black striping polish for the design and China Glaze Liquid Leather to fill in the houses. Finally I added Love & Beauty Gold Dust Glitter on the background parts.

And here's the matching video tutorial! Hope you like it!

How are you all gearing up for Halloween? What are your costume ideas? (:

PS. Feel free to leave any ideas for more Halloween tutorials that you would like to see. They don't have to be strictly Halloween-related either; I'll gladly do looks to match any of your costumes (:

Friday, October 07, 2011

Indian Summer

I'm sounding a bit repetitive but I truly am sorry for being so MIA lately. I'm having a really hard time keeping up with blogging, school and extracurriculars. On top of that, I'm going to visit a medical lab next week to discuss working on a mentorship project! I'm really excited about it and I'm crossing my fingers that it all works out.

Back to what you're here for, here's my latest manicure. While I wasn't blog a tried a few quick experimental looks but hated all of them. Yesterday I finally got to sit down and spend a good amount of time working on something. I've done a lot of vertical tribal looks so I figured I'd go for something horizontal. It seemed pretty daunting at first but it wasn't too difficult! It was a good idea to start off with only three patterned nails on each hand because I was way too tired to do the other two :P The colours on these are so lovely- perfect for the last stretch of summer we've been seeing.

I painted my thumbs, middle and little fingers with Sally Hansen Whirlwind White. The orange is China Glaze Breakin' and the blue is China Glaze For Audrey. I added details with black and white striping polishes and finished off my index and ring fingers with China Glaze For Audrey.
Also, happy Thanksgiving weekend to my fellow Canadians! <3 Enjoy your holiday and eat some delicious food! And I hope my international friends have a lovely weekend as well (:

Saturday, October 01, 2011

Something Old, Something Blue

Back when I started my blog around February of this year I basically just dumped all of my photos onto it. Those old posts contain pretty low-quality photos of past manicures I've done. Unless you've backtracked to the very beginning of my blog you probably have never seen them. What does this have to do with anything? Well, despite the horrible quality of the photos I still have a soft spot for some of my older designs. This is one of them: a duochrome shimmer base with zebra stripes! It's definitely a crowd pleaser and oh-so-easy. Funnily, my mother loves this one- she's asked for it at least twice! :P (If you want to see the first version of this, continue here: Duochrome Safari)

I started off with Sally Hansen Blue-Away and sponged American Apparel L'esprit on the free edges. Topped it off with a couple coats of Sally Hansen DVD and a black striping polish for the zebra stripes. I also added some black holographic glitter on select stripes but it's a bit difficult to see.

Are there any old manicure designs that you continue to love? Something that never gets old? Feel free to link me! (: