I’m sorry this post is a little rushed but I have SO much to work on right now, I’m working hard on moving my blog over to a REAL website so that I can integrate everything (blog, shop, whatever) into one place.
Today’s NOTD is another entry into a nail art contest. I love nail art contests, they give me the inspiration I’m often lacking! This theme was color blocking and it gave me an excellent opportunity to use my striping tape for the first time. I did the different colors freehand then covered the dividing line with striping tape, it left me with a very neat finished product!
I’m sorry the picture isn’t very good, I just took a quick shot with my camera phone and my new phone doesn’t seem to have as good of a camera as my old one–which is really weird because this one’s an iPhone 4S, the other one was just an iPhone 4! I’m going to try to start taking pictures with my fancy-pants camera more often so you can actually get an accurate idea of what the colors look like 🙂
I am so in love with my nail crystals. I was really happy with my manicure last night but I still wanted to add an accent nail. By the time I finished the base colors it was almost bedtime so I had to wait until today to add my bling.
I am a huge fan of this gradient crystal look. I used three small crystals (about 1.3mm) in a slightly curved pattern along the bed of my nail, one medium (2mm) crystal along a more drastic curve a the corner, and then one larger (3 or 4mm) crystal right near the tip.
Sorry for the blurry photo, it was so hard to get a semi-accurate picture so I had to settle for a bit of blurriness. Enjoy!
Yes, even more nail jewelry!! I found a set of rings at JoAnn’s–Plaid Ring Bling–that was actually stackable! It had two simple rings and one that you can attach gems to. I absolutely love stacking rings–two of my three everyday rings are stackable, though I wear them individually most of the time–so of course I had to pick this up. I had a coupon which made it about $4 for the set!! sadly they didn’t have my exact ring size so I got a size larger and it should work just fine.
This is my first ring I’ve been able to make since I’ve been having difficulty finding ring blanks. I’m just not a fan of adjustable rings, they always seem to pinch me and they corrode and crack too quickly for my liking, so finding the ring blanks at JoAnn’s was perfect. My wardrobe is generally on the dark side–I love black, dark blues, and dark purples–so I knew I had to do a darker theme for my ring. And since my favorite colors are blue and purple I knew I had to use Sally Hansen Laser as the topmost color. I used Dorothy Who? to add a bit more glitter, then two coats of Denim Dash for opacity and two coats of Silver Sweep to make the backing look silver. Finally I added a coat of Seche Vite to seal the back and after letting it dry for a little while I used some contact cement to glue it to my ring base. Next time I’ll be sure to let the finished gem dry a while longer as pressing the two pieces together caused some very minor warping but overall it looks fantastic!
And I couldn’t possibly show this ring off for the first time without doing my nails to match 🙂 (Also, I love the moment when I realize I already written up a blog post while I was doing my mani so by the time I finished and took pictures I just had to put them into the post!!)
To match my solar system nails I had to do galaxy nails! I’d never done them before but just my second try (on my left big toe) turned out better than my first. I had dense makeup sponges but I didn’t like the way it looked so I picked up some face buffing sponges instead and it worked so much better! I did my right toe first and as you can see the colors I used kind of got lost in one another. I used a glittery topcoat as well and it made it even harder to see. My left toe turned out much better, though!
So I’ve been seeing a lot of people doing nail polish jewelry recently by painting cabochons and setting them but, well, I don’t have any cabochons or settings. What I do have are a few little plastic charm things I found on the ground 😉 So last night I got some of my nail stickers and two of my favorite nail polishes together and I went to work. A couple hours later I had a very pretty charm! I let it sit overnight before putting it on and I’m really happy with it 🙂
If you try this yourself remember to work BACKWARDS since you want it to look nice on the outside. For example, if you want glitter as the “top” color, add the glitter first. I had a tiny issue of the stickers starting to warp so I just waited until it was dry and smooshed them back into place with a piece of plastic. One of my smooshings tore up a teensy bit of the polish and sticker so…be careful!
Overall, I absolutely love this, and I can’t wait to see how nicely it sparkles in the sunlight!
Broadway Nails floral stickers
3 coats Sally Hansen Laser
1 coat Maybelline Denim Dash
1 coat clear topcoat, extended onto the sides slightly