Thursday, July 20, 2017

Double Scales

For this mani I wanted to do something a little bit more elaborate than plain scales. I was initially going to add more design to these, but I realized that my idea would work better in the future on larger scales instead, so I just left these as is. The base is Sinful Colors Cinderella and I topped it with an iridescent shattered glitter, China Glaze Luxe and Lush. The glitter added a cool effect, however it also makes the design look bumpy, despite actually feeling completely smooth.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Stripes and Half Moons

 This is such a random design, so I really don't have anything to say about it. This was entirely freehand, so it's definitely a little bit rough around the edges. I also think this looked way better in person where it's more difficult to really observe all its flaws.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Glittering Bolt

This mani is a bit of an odd one. I really wanted to do some tiny glitter placement and I came up with this design; I'm not really sure if I'm fond of how it turned out though. The base is Xtreme Wear Midnight Sky. For the bolt I used a bunch of silver glitters including China Glaze Some Like It Haute, Xtreme Wear Twinkle Twinkle,  and OPI When Monkeys Fly. The pink glitter that I used to outline the bolt is from China Glaze Be Merry Be Bright.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Interlocking Squares

This design is one that I've done in the past. I love how it turned out then. I actually was recovering from a broken arm at the time I painted that, and I wanted to give it another go, mostly because I think it looks pretty cool. I don't usually gravitate towards dusty colors, so I thought I would give them a shot with this design. I used Zoya Flora, Zoya Megan, Xtreme Wear Orchid Around, and Color Club Kiss My French. Because I was still a little bit unsure about how the colors would look, I added a little bit of glitter using Xtreme Wear Perky Pink and Xtreme Wear Disco Ball. Once everything was said and done, I ended up loving the end results!

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Fun Fourth of July

These are the nails that I am sporting for the Fourth of July! This is one of the first times I've really painted fireworks, so I was nervous about how they would look, but I'm really happy with them! I added a bunch of glitter to and around them, which I think helps with the look a bit as well. For the middle nails I started off with a half moon and filled them in with blue stars. Then, I individually placed each line of glitter to separate the stars from the stripes, which I later added with the help of striping tape. I really love these nails and they're definitely my favorite Independence Day nails that I've ever done. The blue is Zoya Dream and the red is Zoya Blaze. The glitters were pulled from Color Club Wish Upon A Rock Star.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Spacey Chevrons

 Similar to my last chevron mani, this was also inspired by a phone wallpaper I found. This was also done using the same technique of making and applying chevron decals. Because I made the black chevron decals with glitter, they were a little too thick and and made the manicure pretty bumpy. With all the different layers of polish and glitter, these nails were quite thick overall and I just couldn't stand to wear them for very long, although they do look pretty.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Goth Armor

I wanted to do something a little bit different for me with this one; this isn't really an armor design but it was kind of inspired by one. It can be difficult to get the full effect of the design in pictures because of the reflection of the glitters. The base is Zoya Anais, the diamond is Xtreme Wear Midnight Sky and the details are Essie No Place Like Chrome. The glitters that I used are from Orly Atomic Splash and Color Club Orna-Minted.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Arctic Fractals

This was kind of a random design that I put together and I ended up absolutely loving the end result. The base is Essie Hide & Go Chic  and for the glitter I primarily used Color Club Sexy Siren and added a little bit of Color Club Sex Symbol.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Fancy Dry Marble

This manicure was done very similarly to my Dry Marbled Abstract. The vinyls that I used for the decals were a little bigger than I wanted, so rather than just placing the decals directly on my nail, I cut them up and repositioned little sections in order to effectively shrink the design. To fill in the empty space I did some marbled polka dots. I used China Glaze Wait N Sea, China Glaze Plur-Ple and China Glaze Too Yacht Too Handle over a base of  Color Club 'Till The Record Stops.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Floral Split Reattempt

I really liked my Floral Split design, but the execution was not great, so I gave it another shot. One half is a netting design, while the other is filigree. I used China Glaze Frosty and Zoya Gie Gie, and the roses are primarily Color Club Yum Gum. I don't know if I'm still 100 percent happy with this look, but I do think it's a major step up from my last try.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Gradiented Chevrons Skittlette

This mani was inspired by a phone wallpaper I came across a while ago. To do this, I first did the gradient and then I made some chevron decals with vinyls and a silicone mat and applied them individually. My pointer is Essie Mint Candy Apple and my pinky is China Glaze Giver's Theme. On top of the gradient I used Xtreme Wear Disco Ball and Orly Shine On Crazy Diamond

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Splatter Drips

 Since my Splatter Spikes, I've been thinking up even more ways to use the splatter look and this time I decided on drips. I don't know why, but I decided to do a bit of a watermelon look, so I went with green drips and a pink gradient. First I did the gradient, then placed drip vinyls on top and did the splatter. I think this might have been cooler in a different color scheme, but I do think this is cute.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Sparkling Mermaid Scales

I recently felt like painting some scales and I really wanted to go full on mermaid with these. I pretty much used any teals, greens, or aquas that I could find and then sponged them on randomly. In order to increase the mermaid effect, I added some shine with iridescent, holo, and flakie polishes; they are Xtreme Wear Disco Ball, Orly Shine On Crazy Diamond, and Zoya Opal. I never would have put all these different types of toppers together before but I absolutely love the outcome; it shines beautifully in every type of lighting. I freehand painted the scales with black acrylic paint. I kept these on for longer than I normally would because I couldn't stop staring at them.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Rainbow Pattern

Here's a fun bright rainbow design. Basically, I googled "simple pattern" and then this design came up and I figured I could paint it some how. I knew it was never going to look as clean as the source photo, obviously, but I thought it could still be a cool mani. I hand painted each little stripe and because there was no way they would be super neat with doing so, I just decided to roll with that look. I'm very happy with this, but it's definitely one of those mani's that is better from a distance.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Flowers Glitter Placement

 For these nails I decided to do a floral pattern with a glitter placement. I wasn't sure how much I would like this look, so I decided to do a skittlette with single glitter flower accents. The pink is Xtreme Wear Social Butterfly and the cream is Zoya Jacqueline. For the glitters I pulled the green and gold from Spoiled Pet My Peacock, and the pink from China Glaze I'm A Go Glitter. As always with glitter placements using shiny glitter, the design can be difficult to see but looks cool regardless.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Sunset Galaxy

 For some reason I had the urge to do a galaxy using sunset colors. To add a little interest I did a holo sharp chevron down the center. I didn't really like this as I was working on it, but I found that if you add enough stars and holo glitter, you can make any galaxy look good! It's a bit hard to tell, but the chevron is a gradient using Color Club Eternal Beauty, Miss Bliss, Cosmic Fate, and Kismet, and is outlined with Zoya Kiki. The galaxy is mostly China Glaze Mix and Mingle, China Glaze Giver's Theme, China Glaze Dune Our Thing, Zoya Thandie, and Zoya Darcy.