Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Sugar Skulls

Happy Halloween! These are the nails I'm sporting for the occassion- a fun mix of sugar skulls and gingham. That yellow colour is actually a lot more orange in real life. It's a neon so evidently it went crazy on camera. 

Recently I've seen a lot of sugar skull nails and I really love the style. I figured that now was a great time to try them out and they were surprisingly simple to do :) I got the gingham idea from these cute Halloween nails by Pink Poodle

I used OPI Alpine Snow on all of my nails to start. The purple is Essie Play Date and the orange is American Apparel Neon Orange. I used a black striping polish, striping brushes and dotting tools for the sugar skulls. The gingham was free-handed with a striping brush.

I'm very pleased with how these turned out and I hope you like them too! 

What are your plans for tonight? Again, happy Halloween and stay safe! 


Sunday, October 28, 2012

Modern Mermaid

Hello! I don't have too much to say today (shocking, yes) so here's a quick post. I hope the weekend treated you well and I hope you're well-rested for the work week ahead :)

I originally did this to match my Halloween costume but I didn't actually end up wearing them at the same time, oops. I went as Ariel from The Little Mermaid as my friends and I decided to be Disney princesses with a modern twist. I pulled colours from her tail and her bikini top for a purple-aqua gradient with glitter.

The purple polish is Essie Nice is Nice and the aqua is China Glaze For Audrey. For the glitter gradient I used Sinful Colors Nail Junkie and Sephora by OPI Only Gold For Me.

What are you dressing up as for Halloween, and how are you painting your nails to match? ;)


Saturday, October 20, 2012

Fall Filigree

Greetings! How's the weekend treating you so far? I should be studying for calculus, but I'm not, go figure. I have one more midterm on Monday and then I'm done with tests until November (cue rejoicing). 

I was going to bore you with yet another tribal manicure but I'll save that for another time ;) Instead I tried something pretty different. I went for a classic black and gold combination with filigree accent nails. The rest of the nails are a gold gradient with black glitter on top. 

I'm really liking this look. It's quite refreshing from all of those tribal prints and a lot more chic and on trend for autumn :)

I painted all nails with China Glaze Liquid Leather. I used a striping brush and Sally Hansen Gilty Pleasure for the filigree and I sponged it on for the gradient. I topped the gradient nails off with LA Girls Uninhibited.

In other news, I completely revamped my blog last night. I went from three columns to two and changed things up for a more minimal look. I'm liking it so far, how about you? :) You can check out my tumblr and twitter to see the matching layouts :')


Monday, October 15, 2012

American Dreams

Hi! Sorry for the small absence last week- it was a busy one! I ended up wearing plain full-colour manicures all week. I finally had the chance to play around on Friday and this unintentionally American-looking manicure is the result. It consists of a dreamy pink-purple-blue gradient, typical tribal prints, and some cute stars thrown in for a little variety.

The colours I used are Essie Van D'Go, Essie Nice is Nice, and China Glaze Kinetic Candy. The tribal print and stars were done with a white striping polish.

That's all for today! Thank you for looking and have a lovely work week :)

- brittney xo

Saturday, October 06, 2012

Window To The Stars

Hi friends! I hope you're enjoying a fine weekend. Here in Canada it's Thanksgiving weekend so Monday's a holiday for us. Everyone's come back home from university so I'm excited to reunite with my friends. Even though I complain about school a lot, I truly am thankful for everything I have right now. I'm in such a lucky position and I'm very happy where I am. Whether you're celebrating Thanksgiving or not, what are you thankful for? :)

The other day I saw this incredibly amazing manicure by Candice of MrCandiipants. She combined tribal with galaxy nails and it just blew my mind. Seriously, if you haven't already seen it, go click that link and check it out now! :) Upon seeing it I was struck by inspiration. I wanted to do some sort of galaxy combination too so I mashed it together with a framed nail (is that still a thing?) and because I was feeling super hipster I did a triangular window too ;)

I painted all of my nails with China Glaze Liquid Leather. I used a makeup sponge for the galaxies, first sponging on a layer of Nails Inc Baker Street. I then sponged on a bit of OPI Alpine Snow, then Nails Inc Baker Street again for depth. I added small bits of China Glaze Sweet Hook, American Apparel Office, and American Apparel The Valley. Finally I added some white dots of varying sizes for stars and a bit of Sinful Colors Hottie for sparkle. I used a black striping polish to outline all of the shapes and filled them in accordingly. I then used a white striping polish for some additional borders.

I'm super happy with how these turned out, I can't stop looking at those triangles! I want to try out similar looks with a pink/purple galaxy next :)

- brittney xo

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Mint On My Mind

Hello there! It's the middle of the week and I hope you're all faring well so far (: I had my first university midterm yesterday and it was pretty much a nightmare. It was one of those times where it went slightly better than I thought but I had already gone into it with super low expectations (ie. it was slightly less horrible than completely horrible). At least it's finished now and I can go back to putting physics on the back burner until the next test ;)

I have a simple manicure for you today. Looking at my unruly collection of polishes, I kept being drawn back to this minty shade. Once I had it on I couldn't bare to cover it up completely so I did a very subtle white tribal gradient.

For the accent nails I started with OPI Alpine Snow. I sponged on American Apparel Office for the gradient and applied it to the rest of my nails. For the tribal print I used a white striping polish.

Thanks for looking, much love!

- brittney xo