Thursday, March 29, 2012

Pink & Grey Mix

Thank you for all your kind words on my recent posts and on tumblr! Life is crazy right now so I'll have to reply to comments and catch up on your blogs at another time. But thank you so much for your support!

I really liked my last manicure, Neon On Neutral, so I recreated it again with different colours. This time I changed it up a bit with a purple-tinged pink, grey and white.
I also filed down my nails to a shorter length. After seeing so many versions of Madeline Poole's fantastic framed manicure for short nails I decided to bite the bullet and try it out. I found out that she does the frame first and then fills it in but I did it the other way :P I think it turned out quite well though and it was surprisingly simple. I might have to try a full manicure with it!


On the thumb and ring finger I started with OPI Alpine Snow. On the middle finger I used China Glaze Recycle. The pink details and the colour on my index and little finger are an Art Club striping polish. (Yes, I painted entire nails with a striping brush :P)

Thank you again and take care!

Monday, March 26, 2012

Neon On Neutral

I have some exciting news to share with you! You may or may not have noticed but last week I purchased my own domain name! This means that you can now visit this blog directly at http://preciouspolish.com! Yay (:

Now for what you came here for: the nails! I'm really into pairing neons with neutrals for spring. The pop of bright colour is so fun (: This design is an adaptation of the popular fishtail manicure. I didn't use the same method for it though so there are less layers of polish, I think. I really like the look on my thumbs especially so I think I'm going to give it another go with some different colours.


To start I used a base of American Apparel California Trooper on all nails. I used a black striping polish to map out the design and filled in the spaces accordingly with China Glaze Flip Flop Fantasy and China Glaze Liquid Leather. I did the arrow pattern on top of the pick with the black striping polish and did the french tips with the same method.

Have a fantastic work week and see you soon!

 

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

A Taste of Turquoise

Happy spring! The weather is so beautiful here, I cannot stress it enough. In fact, it feels like summer! Tomorrow is going to feel like 30 degrees Celsius which is hot. So to punch it up a bit and welcome the weather I strayed away from the soft pastels I've been gravitating toward. You can't tell much in this picture but the turquoise-ish polish is actually supposed to be a neon :P It came out subtler than I thought but that accent nail is pretty glittery :D


I used Essie Sand Tropez on all nails except for the ring finger where I used China Glaze Turned Up Turquoise. Then I used a dotting tool to make diagonal lines of dots with OPI San Tan-Tonio, going over every other line with China Glaze Turned Up Turqouise. For the ringer finger I layered two coats of Sinful Colors Nail Junkie and one coat of Sephora by OPI Only Gold For Me.

I was really tempted to make this one matte but I was scared to ruin it :P Maybe I'll try it later on in the week. If I do, I'll tweet a picture :)

Thanks for visiting on this lovely first day of spring!

Saturday, March 17, 2012

St. Patrick's Day!

Happy St. Patrick's Day! I couldn't pass up a free pass to wear green so I did this last minute manicure last night. I had all of my rich, verdant greens ready for some nail art but then I realized something. I have a week's worth of homework to complete in two days ): This means that I won't have time to change my manicure before school starts again on Monday. Since I'm not willing to sport over-the-top nails past a holiday I went with something a little low-key.


I used Essie Navigate Her to start and sponged on Nubar Meadow Sparkle and Sephora by OPI Only Gold For Me on the tips.

I also want to thank everyone for your lovely comments and support! I'm going to try to reply to comments by the end of the weekend as well as look at all of your new blog posts (: Have a lovely St. Patrick's Day and a great weekend!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Vintage Roses

Hi there! I hope your week has been nice so far. The weather here has been so nice- very warm and sunny. I love being outside right now but it worries me that it's only still March. I hope this doesn't mean that summer is going to be a scorcher ): I do not do well in heat.
So here's a simple spring manicure; almost verging on summer with that peachy-coral base. This design was featured in my post "18 Spring Nail Art Designs!" but it's not mine. I saw it on Tumblr first but I can't find the photo now. In any case I'm pretty sure it's a Cath Kidston pattern. I like that it's really easy to do but still a very effective crowd-pleaser.


I started off with a base of Essie Van D'Go. I placed the dots and the flower outlines with dotting tools and a OPI Alpine Snow. I added the rosettes with a small brush and Essie Playdate and Essie Navigate Her for the leaves.

Thanks for reading and I hope you're enjoying some nice weather too! :)

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

18 Spring Nail Art Designs!

Hello! I'm on March Break right now and I found myself a bit bored. Instead of frolicking about in the recent sun or starting on my looming mountain of homework, I decided to paint a nail wheel. I've had a pack of them lying around for a year now so I figured I should get some use out of them. Typically, I decided to go with a spring theme, using pretty brights, florals and organic swirly things. Most of the designs came from my crazy imagination but some are pulled from manicures I've seen on Tumblr.

Enough rambling, on to the pictures! Feel free to click the images to see them in a higher resolution (:




So there you have it! Which ones are your favourites? I'm partial to the heart design, the orange one beside it and the green one with the half moon, but I still like all of them. If you want to know any specific polish names, don't be afraid to ask in the comments below :)

Until next time!

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Cotton Candy Glitter

Happy Sunday! I hope you've all had a great weekend. I'm currently on March Break but it doesn't really change anything. I realized that I still have a ton of work to do in all of my subjects anyway. Boo ):
Here's a not-so-exciting layering manicure. A quick story for you: Back when I bought Deborah Lippmann Across the Universe, I was this close to picking up Deborah Lippman Glitter in the Air as well. Luckily for me it was sold out so I didn't end up with it. At first I was disappointed but not that I've gotten my hands on Revlon Whimsical, a dupe, I'm relieved that I didn't splurge on the DL.
My only complaint is that the glitter pieces are a bit sparse. To remedy that I used a layer of Essie A Cut Above to bring in some more pink glitter. I love the finished effect with a muted cotton candy scheme- buried glitter is so pretty!

I started off with two coats of CND Blueberry Whip. Then I proceeded to layer Essie A Cut Above and two coats of Revlon Whimsical on top.

Oh! I'm in the process of changing up my layouts for a cleaner look. My Tumblr and Twitter match too! Please check them out if you have the chance and tell me what you think :)

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Born To The Purple

I was casually perusing YouTube the other day when I saw this tutorial by Tartofraises. Her channel is one of my favourites on YouTube because of her innovative, sophisticated designs. I've been drawn to organic designs lately so when I saw hers I was instantly inspired. My manicure is quite different but I think the idea is there.
Also, this manicure features a new colour I picked up recently, Essie Play Date. I saw a lovely look by Traci of drinkcitra with this shade and instantly fell in love. And so, upon my next Walmart adventure, this baby became mine :) It applied flawlessly in two coats. It was such a pleasure to polish with and I can't wait to use it again.


I first used Essie Play Date. I freehanded the dark shapes with Sinful Colors Daddy's Girl using the brush that came with the polish. Then I added a thin layer of Essie Shine of the Times on top of the dark parts only. Finally I used a white striping polish and a dotting tool for the outlines and details, finishing off with topaz-coloured gems for an accent.

I really love this manicure- very prom-appropriate! Hope you like it too and have a fantastic rest of the week! (And start of March Break for my fellow Canadian high schoolers! Woo!)

Sunday, March 04, 2012

It's My Birthday!

Hello! I'm officially 18 today! To celebrate I went out to dinner last night with my close friends. We had some delicious teppanyaki and great entertainment (:
I knew I had to do something special for my nails so I combined three of my favourite things: mint green, Ruffian and glitter.

 

I started off with Essie Mint Candy Apple and then I used China Glaze Liquid Leather. Finally, I layered Deborah Lippmann Across the Universe on top of the black.
So that's my birthday manicure for you. I'm off to enjoy some relaxation and hopefully some retail therapy ;)
Hope you're all having a great weekend!