Friday, November 30, 2012

Pretty Perennials

Hello! It's the last day of November, can you believe it? I went out the door in flats today before I realized that it's basically winter. Two hours later I came home with numb toes and banished the flats to the closet for the rest of the season :P The upside to the beginning of December is that Movember is finally over. I'm all for the cause but I've seen way too many unruly, scraggly beards this month :P

This manicure is one that I'm particularly fond of. I wanted to try out one of my recent purchases, American Apparel Imperial Purple. It's a beautiful deep, purple-blue shade that was opaque in an easy two coats. On top of that I did some bright ditsy floral accent nails. 

I painted American Apparel Imperial Purple on all of my nails. I used dotting tools in various sizes to make the flowers and polka dots with American Apparel Poppy, American Apparel The Valley, American Apparel Manila and American Apparel T-Shirt. I used a striping brush to draw on the leaves and the white parts of the petals.

So now that December's here I think it's time to start doing some holiday nail art. Stay tuned!


Sunday, November 25, 2012

Watercolour Wonder

Hi all! I'm really sorry for basically disappearing this month- my last post was on Halloween! My first year at university is proving to be killer and I finally finished all of my midterms (nine of them!) I think I made some poor decisions with my academic planning but we live and we learn, right? I'm counting down the days until winter break so that I can get everything back in order. I say this way too often but I truly mean it: thank you, thank you, thank you for sticking around! 

After my last midterm I was finally able to treat myself with some real nail art. Here I took another try at the watercolour technique. My first attempt was this floral design, where I explain the technique in-depth. Basically, it uses nail polish remover to disperse the pigment in the nail polish, creating this cool effect. 

I started off with American Apparel Summer Peach. On my thumb and ring finger I used scotch tape to section off the triangles. Then I used American Apparel Rose Bowl, American Apparel L'Esprit and American Apparel Cameo Blue for the watercolour.

Thanks for looking and I hope to post again soon!