Monday, October 24, 2011

OPI - DS Mystery

It has been a while and that is to be expected because I am back at school.  The summer is officially over.  I recently picked up OPI DS Mystery.  I know it is an older polish, but I was in the mood for a dark color this Halloween season and I cannot resist the OPI Designer Series.  It goes on so smoothly and has gold sparkles, but they are hard to see in this picture.  I also used a some new Big Ruby tatoos purchased by none other than my sister for my birthday.  I just noticed that Big Ruby has some new tatoos and they are worth checking out.  Anyway, I am going to try to post more frequently, but I cannot make any promises.  My sister and I have been experimenting with Konad plates and we will be posting them soon.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Chanel - Peridot

Can you say "paradise in a bottle"?  This polish goes on like a dream and sparkles like you would not believe.  Every girl should have this one in their collection.  I dare you to try it and you won't be able to stop staring at your nails.  ♥

Zoya - Caitlin

Hello Ulta!  Yesterday my sister and I went to Ulta and we picked up some awesome polishes.  We were overwhelmed with all of the polishes:  Butter London, Zoya, DS OPI, Essie (new), and Orly.  Here is the first swatch of many to come from our excellent shopping trip.  I used (Zoya) Caitlin and (Orly) Fowl Play as an accent nail.  The flecks on the accent nail are fabulous.  I may need to get a better picture so you can see them later.  Stay tuned for more swatches.  I would recommend Ulta in a heartbeat. 

Friday, July 15, 2011

Orly - Flirty

I just love this bright pink color for summer.   I decided I wanted to try the gradual sparkly tips.  It went okay, but I had to do them a couple of times and still think they did not turn out perfect.  I guess they went okay for my first time with the sponge.  I used Orly - Flirty and KatyPerry - Teenage Dream.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

CND Shellac French Tips

This is a post from our good friend Becky.  She is our guest blogger for the week and we would like to share the manicure she did at her salon - Reagan and Ruby on Brady St. in Milwaukee, WI.  You will be seeing more of her in the future.  Enjoy!!!!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Gel Nails - Pink tips

My sister and I had our nails done at Bella Nail and Spa for my sister's wedding.  I know this is cheating because we did not paint them, but we wanted to share the picture anyway.  The nails were painted with a with a gel coating.  They should last 14 days.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Pretty in Pink

After much deliberation and a phone call to my sister, I decided to purchase OPI Rally Pretty Pink & Red Shatter.  These colors came together and are part of the Serena Glam Slam collection.  I wanted the Rallly Pretty Pink and Katie wanted the Red Shatter, so it worked out perfect.  Here is the Rally Pretty Pink and Red Shatter.  I just love the pink with gold sparkles and it reminds me of Zoya Faye, which I considered ordering online until I found this.

I ended up changing the pictures because my mom came over and took some fabulous pictures with her camera.  They turned out much better than mine.

My mom's beautiful hand.  (The Photographer)

Friday, June 24, 2011

Newspaper Print Mani

I was inspired to try a Newspaper Print Mani after seeing it "repinned" about a million times on Pinterest.  If you aren't familiar with Pinterest it's site where people "pin" pictures of beautiful things.  I could spend hours on it looking at anything from cupcakes to furniture to fabulous couture gowns!  If you haven't checked it out, you must.  Soon.  I mean it.   I digress.....the newspaper manicure is pretty easy, just takes a little time to get it right.  All you need is newspaper and alcohol.  I used Rubbing Alcohol, but I've read people use vodka as well.  So ladies, mix up a dirty martini and save a few shots for this mani!  First, I cut out the desired section of newspaper print.  I used the classified ads of our local newspaper for this manicure.   Then, I painted my nails with Revlon's Siren lent to me by my sister.   It's not my favorite formula to work with, but it made me feel like a fabulous 1960's housewife drinking cocktails in the afternoon.   Once the nails are completely dry (this is crucial otherwise when you press the paper on to the nail it will smudge), dip one finger in to desired alcohol for 5-10 seconds.  As soon as you pull it out be ready to press the cut newspaper on to the finger.   If the nail is not completely soaked from the paper, just cover it with a little more alcohol and hold down.   After about 10 seconds peel away slowly and behold the beauty of what you have created!   I recommend a high shine top coat such as SV or Essie's Good To Go - it really makes the print pop!   There is a lot of room for creativity.  I have done these manis with the Sunday Cartoons and it's super cute!  I will post some more soon.  Give it a try!

Water Marbling

This was my second attempt at water marbling.  I checked out a few blogs and youtube videos, then attempted to try it on my own.  I used OPI Alpine Snow, Sinful Midnight Blue, and China Glaze Unplugged.  It turned out okay for my second try.

Scotch Tape Manicure

Good evening!   This is a Scotch Tape Mani, which I in no way take credit for coming up with!  My favorite Nail Polish Blogger - Chloe @ is the Queen of Scotch Tape Manis - she is magical and inspired me to attempt this fun idea!  Scotch Tape is fun and makes nice clean lines.  The possibilities are endless.  I'm still pretty new to this technique, but I gave it a shot here.  For my base color I chose OPI Show it and Glow it from their 2010 Holiday collection and for the tips Chanel Khaki Braun.   The color contrast is pretty ferosh in person and Khaki Braun is one of my favorite Chanel colors of all time.   Have you tried a Scotch Tape Mani?  I'd love to see your creations!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Smooth Sailing

Here is the first swatch for Polish Sisters!  This is Essie Smooth Sailing.  The blue has a light sparkle to it.  There will be many more to come.