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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  (*^_^*)

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Lost In Wonderland

Here are the colors I used for this manicure (left to right):

  • China Glaze Fairy Dust
  • Finger Paints Get Real-Ism
  • Finger Paints Black Expressionism
Lost In Wonderland Colors

Lost In Wonderland Colors

Two Coats Get Real-ism and one coat of Fairy Dust

Two Coats Get Real-ism and one coat of Fairy Dust

For the design, I used a pattern from Bundle Monster plate BM-311 with Black Expressionism.  The numbers in the design made me think of the Mad Hatter’s hat in Alice in Wonderland, hence the name of the manicure.  Why do I have to name it?  Don’t know.  I just do.  🙂

Lost In Wonderland Mani

Lost In Wonderland Mani

Here is a close up of my thumb, I still need to work on my pictures, but I think you get the idea.  I can’t wait until I get to be an ‘old pro’ at this…

Close Up

Close Up

That’s it for now.   Hope you all enjoyed your weekend and have a nice week!

Thanks for reading!

Leslie 🙂

To-Teally Hot Manicure

Hello, again! Thought I would share another manicure I managed to get done.  It’s another one using stamping, which I think is just about the neatest thing EVER!!!  I’ve got the new 2012 Bundle Monster plates in my mailbox as I type, so this one might not last too long.  We’ll see, there are some really great images on these plates.  Check them out here, if you like.

First here are the colors I used: Finger Paints To-Teally Hot and Orly Decades of Dysfunction.  I’ve managed to use this Orly color a couple times, but this is the first use of To-Teally Hot.  Very nice color, opaque and not at all streaky.  Same with the Orly color too, actually.  Excellent, even coverage with 2 coats.

To-Teally Hot Manicure - Colors

Orly’s Decades of Dysfunction and Finger Paints To-teally Hot

To-teally Hot Bottle

Finger Paints To-Teally hot

Orly Decades of Dysfunction

Orly Decades of Dysfunction

First, I start with a base of To-Teally Hot.  This is a nice, bold summer color. 

To-teally Hot base

To-teally Hot base

Then I stamped a pattern (again with my Cheeky plate) with Decades of Dysfunction.  This stamping thing is really addicting.  So many options, so many more that can be bought.  Can you say DANGER!!!  Put the credit card down and step away from the laptop.  But I digress….

To-Teally Hot Manicure

To-Teally Hot Manicure

Here’s a close-up of the design.  I’m not sure how to describe it, maybe a reverse giraffe print?  Or a regular giraffe print?  haha  Feel free to let me know if you have any better ideas as to what kind of pattern this is.  🙂

In spite of my trying to use new and exciting nail treatments to help my nails get stronger, they seem to be constantly breaking.  With any luck this phase won’t last too long.  If anyone has any tips on a product that they use that has given them good results, I am open to suggestions.  I am using OPI’s Nail Envy Nail Strengthener, but it doesn’t seem to be doing the trick. 

To-Teally Hot Close-up

To-Teally Hot Close-up

Thanks for reading – hope you are all having a great weekend.

Leslie  🙂

PS  Today is my mom’s 70th birthday, and we had a nice afternoon together capped off with my mom’s famous Breaded Steak, made by me this time.  I got a thumbs up!!  🙂
PPS   I think I am finally getting a hang of these pictures.  I hope to get better and better with practice, as with anything else.  Enjoy the ride!

Neutral Stamped Manicure

Hello!!  Here’s a more subdued manicure that I tried out using a base of Finger Paints Blank Canvas Cream and a stamp color of China Glaze Harvest Moon.  The image I used is from a big Cheeky plate I got (not sure which) and the pattern is either wood grain or feather. I really like the colors, but together they seem to blend into my skin tone.  It’s nice, but will be using a darker stamp color with this base in the future.

Creamy Stamped Manicure

Another view

Here is a close up of the pattern.  I really like it and will definitely be using it again with different colors.  The idea of full nail pattern stamps didn’t appeal to me at first, but now that I have done a few I think I get it lol.  Although now that I do, my nails seem to be constantly breaking.  GRRRRR

Close up of Stamp

Close up of Stamp

Thanks for reading.  Hope you have a nice weekend!
Leslie 🙂

Some recent manicures

Scene Steel-er & Shine of the Times

Scene Steel-er & Shine of the Times under a stamped image in Black Impressionism

Scene Steel-er & Shine of the Times - Close up

Close up view

Nessa By Julep

Nessa By Julep

Here are a couple manicures that I’ve done in the last week.  The first look uses Ulta Scene Steel-er  and Essie’s Shine of the Times over it.  The stamping is done with Finger Paint’s Black Impressionism.  That is currently my go-to color for stamping.  The Nessa came in my Julep Maven box for April.  There were 3 great colors, will post some pics of all of them eventually lol.

I’ve got some new stamping plates that I will be trying out this weekend.  The family and I are going to an all-day concert on Sunday, so I will be trying some funky new styles.  The only problem will be deciding on the final look.  Have a great weekend!!

Leslie  🙂