Archive | October 2012

This look is great, and packs a beautiful punch with only and offset partial-nail second color and some dots! HAVE to try this one!

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Another day, another tutorial for Julep week! This time we wanted to use a different colour combination. It’s hard branching out and finding didn’t shades that both look good & are different from the other tutorials we do. Today’s tutorial is very simple & has a geometric vibe.

Step 1: After applying a base coat, paint nails with Julep – Jessica. This is such a beautiful Spring shade, a soft robin’s egg pale blue. The polish only needed two coats for full opacity & dried with a smooth finish, perfect for our base colour.

Step 2: From about half way up one side of the nail create a diagonal line across to the opposite side. We used Julep – Rose, a bright true red shade. If you do not feel comfortable free-handing this step, tape off the area you would like painted for nice straight lines.

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My Pink Wednesday

How lucky that I actually bought pink polish recently!  Not only that, but I wore it and captured the moment for posterity!  The pink polish in question is Daytripper by Deborah Lippmann.  The color is described on the website as a pink melon melange and, since I had to look it up to come with an accurate description, I will stick with that. They had a WONDERFUL sale on these at Nordstrom’s a couple months ago and I had to get a couple.  🙂  The second polish in this manicure is Happy Birthday by Deborah Lippmann, a clear base strewn with multicolored glitter.  The website describes it as ‘party in a bottle’.  I’d have to agree.

I started with two layers of Daytripper, then added a layer of Happy Birthday and another layer of Daytripper.  I am thinking maybe two more layers on top next time?  We’ll see, the polish is a bit sheer, so it could work.  Finally, a butter LONDON’s Hardwear on top.

Deborah Lippmann Jelly Sandwich

Deborah Lippmann’s Pink Jelly Sandwich

I even got fancier and threw on a butter LONDON matte topcoat, the first time I’ve ever used one of these.  For some reason I assumed that, since the polish wasn’t shiny, that it must somehow be rough.  That is absolutely not the case.  The topcoat is as smooth as any shiny one I’ve used, and I actually liked the look of it!

Deborah Lippmann Pink Jelly Sandwich matte

Deborah Lippmann Pink Jelly Sandwich matte

This manicure looked really cool, I will definitely be trying this one again with different colors.  Have any of you tried a ‘sandwich’ manicure and, if so what colors did you use? I would love to see your version.

Thanks for reading and happy hump day!!

Leslie (*^_^*)

Rainbow Accent Nail

This manicure started with a couple designs I created on a wheel, here is one of them.  Since I have exactly ZERO limited drawing skills, my nail art tool of choice is my set of Mash 5×2 tool set.  I think these tools pack a good bang for the buck.  It’s amazing to see what can be done with just dots, seriously.  When looking for images/ideas of things to do with them I was amazed by the creativity and variety of designs that can be created with these simple tools.

Rainbow Accent on the wheel

Rainbow Accent on the wheel

Here are the colors I used.

  • Delaunay by Julep (Trina Turk Fall ’12 Collection) – chili pepper red crème
  • Riveting by China Glaze (Hunger Games Collection) – vibrant orange with a gold shimmer
  • Alma by Julep (Trina Turk Fall ’12 Collection – dijon yellow crème
  • Feelin’ Froggy by Cult Nails – muted kelly green crème with a bright green shimmer
  • Taylor by Julep – a deep, sky blue crème
Rainbow Accent Colors

Rainbow Accent Colors

Rainbow Accent Colors

Rainbow Accent Colors

My nails are a bit shorter than the nails on the wheel, so I adjusted the design a bit.

Full Mani with rainbow accent

Full Mani with rainbow accent

Here is a close up of the accent nail.

Accent Nail

Accent Nail

I would have done the entire manicure with these dots (and should have made the base red dot smaller), but I was short on time as that day I was heading to a birthday dinner at Shady Maple Smorgasbord and didn’t leave enough time for my nails.  I know, I know <smacking own hand>.  I will try and not let it happen again.  But it’s Shady Maple!  A cornucopia of PA Dutch delights mixed in with just about every other mouth-wateringly delicious thing you can think of.  And all you can eat of them all!  I wasn’t thinking clearly.

Thanks for reading – I hope you all are having a great week!
Leslie  (*^_^*)

Green Halloween

This manicure started with me wanting to use a color I haven’t recently: green.  To that end, I selected Finger Paint’s Sketch N Etch.  It’s a nice bright green shimmer, with some small green glitter here and there.  It’s basically a green version of Champagne Bubbles from China Glaze.  It really is a pick-me-up to see this bright color on my fingernails!  🙂

Finger Paints Sketch N Etch

Finger Paints Sketch N Etch

Finger Paints Sketch N Etch Label

Finger Paints Sketch N Etch Label

Then I decided to dress it up a bit for Halloween so I pulled out my Bundle Monster plates, BM-305 specifically, since this one has several great Halloween images.  Once again I couldn’t decide on which to use, so I used all of them!  At first I tried to stamp with a black polish (Sally Hansen Salon in Black Patent), but that wasn’t showing very well.  Then I tried to use a white color instead (Wet & Wild French White Creme), but to my shock an dismay that was as weak as the last color!  Then I decided to try a metallic polish and I grabbed my Harley by Julep, a silver chrome polish.  This one had much better results and I stuck with it.

Bundle Monster 2012 BM-305

Bundle Monster 2012 BM-305

 

Finger Paints Sketch N Etch and Julep Harley

Finger Paints Sketch N Etch and Julep Harley

The left hand was a series of do-overs with multiple color stamps, so that one will stay hidden this time.  Here’s a shot of what I managed to get done on my right hand.  I figured it was about time ol’ righty got some blog love for a change!  She works so hard to keep lefty looking her best, after all.

Green Halloween Stamp Manicure

Green Halloween Stamp Manicure

Here’s the only finger on the left that was worthy of posting.  I did a stamp with multiple silver arrows (or are those devil tails? hmm).  It didn’t come out as the beautiful fan I was hoping for, but I am glad I at least got them to line up in some semblance of order.  What do you think?

Green Halloween Thumb

Green Halloween Thumb

OK, time for me to pick my classes for Fall semester.  I have had the last couple months off school to help hubby through some neck surgeries, but it’s time to get my butt back in gear!  Between work, school and life in general, the blog posts may be fewer, but I will not let the blog to completely stagnant. 

As always, thanks for reading!  Hope you all have a great day!

Leslie  (*^_^*)

Zoya Nail Polish Giveaway c/o The Crumpet

Another giveaway!  This time it is from Debbie at The Crumpet.  She is offering the following six colors from Zoya: Toni, Noot, Ray, Rekha, Elisa and Natty.  There will be two winners in this contest.  Winner 1 gets to pick three and winner 2 gets the three that are left.  I know that I would be happy with either half of these colors, so you know I am all in!

Zoya Giveaway from The Crumpet!

Zoya’s Toni, Noot, Ray, Rekha, Elisa and Natty

Visit her blog and enter here!!

Good luck!

Leslie (*^_^*)