Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Return Of The Tribal

So sorry for the lack of activity lately. We're nearing that final month of the school year so it's crunch time for me! I'm -still- in a bit of a rut so I thought I would go back to what I know best: lines! I did a quick tribal-esque look and by quick, I mean quick. So quick, in fact, that smudged a lot of the white parts when I topcoated too early ): I almost didn't post this because it bothered me so much but I figured that I owe you guys something :P

I don't think I've done a look exactly like this one but I do have some very similar ones. If you like this style, check out the 'tribal' tag in the labels section to the left for more (: I also have a video tutorial featuring two tribal nail designs, one of which is similar to this one. Check it out here (:

I started with China Glaze Kinetic Candy. I then painted a thick stripe down the middle of the nail with China Glaze Love's A Beach. Then I used a white striping polish for the design.

Oh! I also wanted to show you some photos, just for fun! Last week I did a 'bungee jumping' type thing with some friends.


On the left is us, that dot at the top of the right tower thing. On the right is us flying through the air. I'm the one grinning like an idiot haha :P

So thanks for stopping by! The next time I'll talk to you will be in June! :D

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Mixed Metals

Hi all, quick post for tonight. I'm still in a bit of a rut so I did another gradient. I decided to go with a 'mixed metals' look using gold, silver and copper glitter fading into a clear base. This look is very versatile since it's simple, edgy and pretty all in one. As an added bonus for the lazy like myself, a clear base calls for minimal cuticle clean up! ;)

I started off with a clear base coat. Then I used a makeup sponge to sponge on Sally Hansen Gilty Pleasure on half of the nail and Jessica Smoky Feather on the bottom third. Then I layered Sephora by OPI Don't Be Eggnog-ious, a silver glitter by Love & Beauty and Sephora by OPI Only Gold For Me.

So what do you think of the mixed metals look? Is it just for nails or do you like to mix your jewellery too? (:

Monday, May 21, 2012

All American - Hoodie Allen Nail Art

Happy Victoria Day to my fellow Canadians! Here's some American-themed nail art to celebrate! (Haha just kidding... Not really)
So tonight I'm going to a concert to see Hoodie Allen! If you don't know him, he's a really cool rapper with some great tunes. Please check out his song #WhiteGirlProblems. If that song title doesn't entice you then take it from me: it's great, really. On to the nails, Hoodie's tour is called The All American Tour so of course I did a matching manicure with his logo on the thumb.

I used OPI Alpine Snow as a base colour on all nails except for the little finger where I used American Apparel Mount Royal. I did all the details with dotting tools and a small brush, except the red parts which were just a red striping polish.

I know this kind of stuff isn't everyone's cup of tea but I'm satisfied with it. Hopefully I'll be back with my usual type of nail art later in the week! (:

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Out Of This World

I hope the week has been well to you so far! School has been the same old thing for me but tomorrow I'll be going to a university for a French contest. I have to read a passage and then have a discussion about it with some judges in French. I initially didn't really care about it but now I'm worried about sounding like an idiot haha :P

Anyway I've been pretty uninspired lately. I sit by my Helmer for ages staring at polishes, trying to think of something to do. Then I saw a picture of galaxy nails on Tumblr and I had a Eureka! moment. This trend has been going on for ages but I'm finally hopping on the bandwagon now. Better late than never, right?

My base was China Glaze Liquid Leather followed by Orly Royal Velvet. Using a makeup sponge I randomly sponged on OPI On Stranger Tides. In smaller areas I sponged on Sally Hansen Lavender Cloud, China Glaze Kinetic Candy and China Glaze Flip Flop Fantasy. I used a dotting tool to add some 'stars' and topped it off with Essie Pure Pearlflection.

It didn't come out exactly like how I envisioned but I'm satisfied! It's definitely one of those manicures that looks better from afar :P Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Optimistic Organic

Hi all! Sorry for the absence and the silly title! (The colours in this manicure make me happy!) Would you believe that I wore my "Pastel Paradise" manicure for almost a week? Surprisingly there was zero tip wear and only a small chip on one finger! Incredible, I say! Anyway, here's a quick post as I must get back to work. Thanks for your comments on my previous post, I'll try to reply to them this weekend! (:

 The colour you see at the base of each nail is the first colour I put on. For the middle and little fingers I sponged on a regular gradient with a makeup sponge. Then I added some lines with a white striping polish and dots with a dotting tool. For the thumb and ring finger I created an outline of a shape in white, then sponged on a gradient contained in the shape. Added more white lines and some dots and finished it off with a rhinestone. For the index finger I used a solid base, no gradient. The two colours I used were American Apparel Manila and American Apparel The Valley.

Ugh, that explanation took longer than expected. It's an abstract look that was very difficult to photograph and a bit inspired by my "Koi Pond" nails.

For more updates and nail art sneak peeks (sometimes days before I actually post them here), follow me on twitter: @preciouspolish. Tweet me, I very much enjoy talking to you all on there! (:

Friday, May 04, 2012

Pastel Paradise

Salutations! If you've been reading this blog for awhile you may know that I'm a big fan of a nice gradient. I'm partial to glitter (like over here) but I like coloured ones too (like over here). This week the colour gradient trend took over and, naturally, I was pretty ecstatic. I jumped on the band wagon and produced a cotton candy trio with a fine silver shimmer (perfect for a bit of added colour blending).

I first started with American Apparel Coney Island. Using a makeup sponge I sponged on China Glaze Sweet Hook, followed by China Glaze Kinetic Candy. To blend it all together I added a coat of Essie Pure Pearlfection.

Usually I have to do some transition blending of the colours on a piece of foil but these pastel shades blended into each other without a fuss.

I hope you've all had a superb Friday and an even better weekend! I'm out to a party tonight and then I've got some projects to finish (and start haha). What are you up to? (:

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Koi Pond

Hello ladies! I have a bizarre manicure for you today. I had this beautiful orange hex glitter that flashed iridescent green and pink. It reminded me a lot of fish scales so my weird imagination came up with this abstract koi look. The end result isn't exactly what I was expecting but the glitter served its purpose quite nicely (:

I painted all of my nails with OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls. Then I sponged China Glaze Riveting in a gradient on my thumb and ring finger, and in random places on the rest of my nails. I proceeded with a black striping polish and made random swirls on my nails. Then I used a dotting tool and China Glaze Riveting to add some dots. On all of my nails I added a coat of Essie Shine of the Times. On the accent nails I sprinkled some extra glitter and used the black striping polish to make the outline of a fish.

The glitter ended up being quite gritty but combined with Essie Shine of the Times, these nails had a beautiful, almost duochrome sparkle.

I also wanted to say thank you for the feedback on my new layouts! I'm glad you like them as much as I do (: Have an incredible day!