Saturday, March 30, 2013

Hoppy Easter!

I know, I know. The title for this post is a bad pun, but I couldn't resist. Anyways, time for nail art.




Seeing as it's Easter time, I figured it was a good time to paint Thumper from Bambi. The base is Mint Sorbet from Sally Hansen and Thumper is all acrylic.

Happy Easter!

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Art

Not sure if you guys remember, but a while ago I posted some of my non-nail art. I have some more to show you guys, and I also wanted to point out that I have a new art page now on the blog.


I recently drew this one of the hummingbird for a friend.


This one is actually from my grade 10 art class, two years ago. It's done with India ink and has several hidden objects in it. Can you find them all? Post in the comments if you figure them out! *Hint* There are ten hidden objects...



And this one I recently drew for my brother's Mixed Martial Arts teacher, since the studio's logo is a gorilla.

Enjoy!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Something a Little Different...


This is Layla, my Netherland Dwarf rabbit. She's almost 4 years old now, and I've had her since she was two months old. She is named after the song Layla by Derek and the Dominos (Eric Clapton). 


And this is Lucy, my Holland Lop rabbit. She is two months old and I got her last weekend. She is named after the song Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds by the Beatles. 

Now, I'm sure all of you are sitting here, reading this and thinking, what?! This has nothing to do with nail art! And you're right. It doesn't. 

I'd like to think that my blog is generally up beat and calm. But what I want to talk about now is serious. Sure, Layla and Lucy look pretty adorable, right? And they are. The problem is, a lot of people figure that because rabbits are cute, they must be awesome pets. Rabbits do make great pets, but, unlike most small animals, they aren't low maintenance, and they aren't just a cute face. And as the poster below states, Rabbits are not Easter toys. 


Rabbits are a seriously responsibility, and the point of this post was to make you aware of this. If you, or someone you know is considering getting a rabbit this Easter, here are some things to think about:

Do you have the time to dedicate to them?
Rabbits require just as much attention as a dog. If you leave them alone to much, they'll become extremely moody, and are more likely to bite, pounce and growl at you (yes, rabbits growl). They also need to get out and run around for exercise. This not only keeps them healthy, but also lets them bond with you.

Is this rabbit for young kids, or going to be around young kids?
As I mentioned before, a lot of people expect that because rabbits are so cute, and are portrayed as being sweet through the media, they must be really awesome, cuddly pets. In reality, rabbits, like any other animal, can be moody. Layla doesn't like to be around people, other than me. In fact, she often growls or bites other people. Imagine how a little kid would react to this! Rabbits are delicate creatures as well, since they're small, and younger kids tend to be a little rougher, which often leads to injuries for the rabbit. That being said, I'm not saying rabbits are bad pets. They just require love and attention for their whole life to stay happy, just as any animal or even human needs. 



I absolutely love my rabbits, and I think they are great pets. But I spend at least an hour with each of them everyday. Not to mention, I spend time feeding and caring for them as well. Sure they require a lot of work, but then, so does any pet or relationship. They make awesome pets when given the affection needed to reach their full potential. 

So, please remember this Easter, or anytime of year, research a rabbit before you get them. In fact, research any new pet, so that you know what you're getting into. 

Remember, a rabbit is for life, not just for Easter.

*For more information on rabbits, go to rabbitron.com or visit New Moon http://www.newmoonrabbitrescue.ca/.

If you're looking for a rabbit, always consider a rescue. They deserve just as much love and attention as a baby bunny. 



Just a Little Bit of Random

Hey guys. I feel so bad lately. I'm barely painting my nails and blogging, so I am now promising to bring a bunch of new designs and tutorials to you guys starting today. So, without further ado, the nail art.


It's a more summery design, which I seriously needed, since winter has been hitting hard in Ontario lately. My bright design just made me think of the summer (and spring!) that are sort of almost here. :p Anyways, the orange is Sunkissed from Sally Hansen, and the green is Lime Up! from Essence. The dots are Ogre-the-Top Blue from OPI and white acrylic. I used a striper brush to make the pink lines, which is Watermelon from Essie, and then a yellow striper from Stripe Rite.

What do you guys think? Is this a good summer design? And while I'm blogging, I may as well ask. Any spring or Easter tutorials you guys would like to see? Let me know!

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Seeing Dots: Tutorial 3

I know I said that there would be 3 days in a row of dot tutorials, but I've been busy enjoying March Break, so the third day hasn't come until now. I've spent a couple days prom dress shopping, including in the States, and I was also searching for a new pet (which you will learn about later). Anyways, here's the tutorial.



1. Apply your base colour. I used Lime Up! from Essence.

2. Using a dotting tool (I used a pin head stuck in a pencil eraser), make an spiral of dots near the tip of the nail. Make sure the dots gradually get smaller.

3. Repeat step 2, making design near the cuticle this time, and spiraling in the opposite direction.

There it is. The final of the Seeing Dots tutorials.


And a photo of all three designs. I hope you guys enjoyed these!

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Seeing Dots: Tutorial 2

Here's day 2 of the Seeing Dots tutorials.


1. Apply your base colour. I used Watermelon from Essie.

2. Using a mid sized dotting tool (I used a pen tip), make an arc of dots starting at the base of the nail and curving out. Make sure the dots gradually get smaller.

3. Using a second colour, slightly overlap the dots and repeat by making an arc of dots. Once again, make sure that the dots gradually get smaller.

There you go. Another super simple tutorial that gives a really cute look. Enjoy!

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Seeing Spots.... Or Dots

During the next three days, I have some cute and quick nail art tutorials for you guys that are centered around... dots! Here's day one.


1. Apply your base colour. I used Turned Up Turquoise from China Glaze.

2. Using a large dotting tool, make 5 dots at the top of the nail, ensuring they follow a pattern.

3. Using a slightly smaller dotting tool, make three dots.

4. Using another smaller dotting tool, make 5 more dots.

5. Finally, using the smallest dotting tool you have, make 3 dots. Your final design should come to a point towards the cuticle (dots should form a triangle).


Here are the dotting tools I used. A pin stuck into a pencil eraser makes a great large dotter. A pen tip is good for a medium size. And mechanical pencils and flossers are good for tiny dots. Tooth picks work really well too.

Stay tuned for tomorrow's tutorial.

Minnie Mouse Tips

Hey everybody! Here is my manicure of the moment.


As I've mentioned before, I adore Mickey and Minnie Mouse, and Disney in general, so that's why Disney themed designs tend to be on my nails. I started with a base of Designer... de Better from OPI. Then, on my ring fingers, I painted a black half circle at the tip, along with two tiny black circles for ears with Black Satin from Rimmel. I finished it off with a white polka dotted red bow with acrylic. Enjoy!