Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Take Me To The Sea

The weather is starting to get warmer here in Southern Ontario, and after a total of 2 days warm enough for shorts wearing, I am wishing for summer more than ever. And that's what inspired this design.




The base is Pool Party from China Glaze, then I painted on the anchor and words with white acrylic. So this colour is actually more of a neon pink, but for some reason, no matter what I did, the camera picked it up more as an orange. Oh well. It's bright and summery, and that's all that matters.

Anyways, I hope you guys enjoy, and I also hope the weather is warmer where you are!!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Project Semicolon

Hey guys! So today is Semicolon Day. For those of you who don't know, Semicolon Day (and the Semicolon Project/Project Semicolon) is a day that is supposed to bring awareness and acceptance to mental illness. The basic idea is that whether you personally have suffered from a mental illness/self-harm, you know someone who has, or just want to show support, you draw a semicolon on your wrist. It's supposed to mean that you are not giving up; that your sentence or story isn't finished. So in honour of Semicolon Day, I not only drew on my wrist, but also my nail.


The base is White On from Sally Hansen and the semicolon is black acrylic.

Hope you guys enjoy! 

Break the stigma. #ProjectSemicolon

Friday, April 11, 2014

Smile!

We all need to remember to smile a little more sometimes, and that's exactly what my current manicure is all about. I decided to find a bunch of famous smiley faces and paint them all over my nails.

So this was supposed to be a full, 10 nail manicure, but the yellow nail polish I bought (Lightening from Sally Hansen) which was on most of my nails chipped off. Like chipped off after one day to the point I didn't even want to try fixing it. Anyways, here are the 3 nails that survived. They just so happen to be my favourite anyways.





My ring finger is the Nirvana logo (which comes as a good time as it was just the 20th anniversary of Kurt Cobain's death. The base is Black Satin from Rimmel, and the logo is yellow acrylic. On my middle finger, I painted the Red John smiley face from the show The Mentalist. The base is White On, and I painted the smiley face with watered down red acrylic. My pointer finger is the Blink-182 logo, and the base is also White On. Then I added a stroke of Plum Seduction from Revlon and Club Prive from L'Oréal, and painted the logo with black acrylic. My thumb said smile, but you couldn't tell if I showed you, because it chipped off after a day.

Hope you guys enjoy! And remember: Smile. Your enemies hate it.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Got My Suit On

Suits (one of my favourite shows) has its season finale tonight, and while some people may be wearing actual suits while watching, I chose something a little different. And obviously, it has to do with my nails. So, I give you, the nail suit.


Suit and tuxedo nails are some of my favourite designs, but I never paint them, so I took this as an opportunity to paint some. The base is White On from Sally Hansen, then I painted the suit with black acrylic and the tie with red acrylic. Super quick, super simple and seriously cute! 

Anyways, I've got less than 3 hours to prepare myself for the season 3 finale! Talk to you guys later! 

P.S. If you haven't seen Suits, I suggest you check it out. It's AH-MAY-ZING! :)

*Update: The official Suits Twitter (@Suits_USA) retweeted my nails! :)


Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Let's Do The Time Warp...

I was looking through all my nail art photos, and I found a manicure from Halloween that I never posted. And I can't figure out why I never posted it either...

Anyways, the nail art.


It's the lips from Rocky Horror Picture Show, which I have to say is one of the weirdest movies ever, but I still love it. The base for all the nails was Reveal Everything Red by ASP. Then I painted the black acrylic around where I wanted the lips to be, and added white acrylic highlights and teeth. 



Well, that's all for this post. I think I need to go watch Rocky Horror now. And do the Time Warp. 

Monday, April 7, 2014

I Love It

So I completely forgot I did this manicure! It's from a couple weeks ago, and I've seen so many heart french manicures that I really wanted to do one myself. And it paid off! I love how it looks, plus I got a ton of compliments on it!


I used French Rose from Rimmel as the base for all my nails. On my pinkie, I made the heart with St. James Park from Nails Inc. and then striped on L.O.L from Essence. My ring finger is a heart of Black Satin from Rimmel, and my middle finger is L.O.L. with polka dots of Let's Get Lost by Essence. My pointer finger is Let's Get Lost, and the criss-crossing is St. James Park. My thumb (seen below) is The Living Daylights by OPI, with a few dots of St. James Park. Finally, I outlined all the hearts with black acrylic. 





I hope you guys enjoy this manicure as much as I did. Super simple, but it's pretty awesome looking!


Saturday, March 22, 2014

So Punk Rock

After a minor internet hiccup (and by minor hiccup I mean NO INTERNET!!!) I am back and blogging. :D So anyways, I watched School Of Rock the other day, and then I listened to some punk rock music... and I felt pretty punk rock. :p And here is the punk rock nail design.





My pinkie and ring finger are a base of Black Satin from Rimmel, and the skull is white acrylic. My ring finger and thumb are a base of Spirit by Revlon, then I used a Sally Hansen nail art pen to write on them. My middle finger is a base of Die Another Day by OPI, then dry brushed black acrylic over it. I topped it all of with Sally Hansen's Big Matte Top Coat and BAM! punk rock nails.


Sunday, March 9, 2014

Out of This World

I LOVE galaxy nails. Ever since I first tried them, I have. I don't really paint galaxy nails that often though, so I thought it was about time for some more. As well as an updated galaxy tutorial.



1. Start with a black base. I used Black Satin from Rimmel.

2. Choose two colours at this point that work well together. For example, green and blue or blue and purple. In my case, I chose blue and purple, which are generally seen it actually galaxies. Starting with the first colour (blue, Frostbite by China Glaze), sponge onto the nail. Make the colour more concentrated in certain areas. 

3. Using your second colour (purple, Back in My Gloria Days by Nicole (OPI) and ... by OPI), sponge onto the nail. Overlap with the other colour in certain spots. 

4. [Optional] Taking a lighter shade of your first colour (Let's Get Lost by Essence), sponge onto spots of the galaxy that you want to be lighter. At this point, take a white polish or white acrylic, and lighten certain spots of the galaxy. 

5. Now that you have the white on the nail, take this time to add any more of the colours you chose, overlapping some of the white. 

6. Add stars using white. And add lots of them. Focus on clustering the stars. Wherever the galaxy is the lightest, that's where you should put more stars. Finally, top coat.

And here are some of my old tips, and some new ones. 

Tips:

i) Rip the makeup sponge; don't cut it, for a more natural, organic and realistic look when sponging. 

ii) Reference photos of galaxies to produce a more realistic design. I can't stress this enough. Looking at photos will really help you to get a more realistic look. 

iii) Don't be perfect. Galaxies are irregular in shape since they naturally occur. 

iv) Each nail doesn't need to be the same, since once again, galaxies are natural and don't all look the same. Make each galaxy unique!! Remember, there are spiral, elliptical and irregular shaped galaxies (plus more).

v) Wherever you make the galaxy the brightest should be where you put the most stars. 

vi) Make stars of various sizes for a more realistic look. 

vii) By using mainly metallic or glittery polishes, you'll achieve more of a space feel with your design.

Alright guys, I hope you enjoy and good luck!

But wait! There's more! A ton of underwater photos to capture the colours of the galaxy!









Alright, spamming of underwater photos done. I'll be posting again soon. Probably tomorrow... :D