Monday, April 25, 2011

Spring has Sprung!

I needed a REALLY quick nail art design and this one had been floating around in my head for a while.  Spring has sprung....on my fingernails!!

I started with a single coat of Pure Ice Splash Blue (which dried really quickly!).  Then I used a thin brush to do the stems and leaves with Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Emerald City.  I used a sponge to add New York Color Fifth Avenue for the dirt.  For the flower petals I used: (thumbs) Pure Ice Splash Pink, (index) Pure Ice Celestial, (middle) Pure Ice Crimson, (ring) Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Purple Potion, (pinkies) Pure Ice Hot Tamale.  The centers of the flowers are Pure Ice Excuse Me.  

From start to dry, this one took probably 15-20 minutes tops.  Quick, cute.  What more could you want?  

Paschal Pastels

This is the first of two Nail Art Designs I've done in the last few days, but haven't had time to post...sorry!

This one is Paschal (as in Easter) Pastels.  These first pictures are the nails that turned out okay.  I used Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Mint Sorbet and Lacey Lilac.  (Sorry they're not the cleanest around the edges!)

I was originally trying to use those two colors with Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Mellow Yellow and Bubblegum Pink, but they did NOT work out so well.

I chose to share these "Junk Nails" to share a lesson I learned...
I usually try to do water-marbling with polishes that are the same brand.  They tend to work together better and behave in similar ways.  Well, with this one I did use polishes by Sally Hansen, but the lavender and mint were newer while the pink and yellow were older, and therefore thicker.  What ended up happening was the lavender and mint spread out well to create the tin layer needed for this to work, but the pink and yellow were so thick that they didn't spread out well at all.  Instead, the pink and yellow were much thicker layers on the top of the water.  So when I swirled the colors and then put my nails into the water, that pressure caused the pink and yellow to spread out on the nail.  Instead of the neat swirl pattern they ended up really mucky.   the ring finger above is a prime example of how this did NOT turn out well!

Lesson Learned: thick polishes don't work well.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Blue Dots French

I was trying for another classier design with this one, so I started with a French white-tipped manicure, and added blue dots in two different sizes.  Each fingernail had one large dot toward the thumb-side and smaller blue dots surrounding it.  Pretty, simple, and classy!

I used Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear White Out and Blue It with clear topcoat.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Classy Teal

Without any doubt, teal is my favorite color!  I wanted to do a "classy" design after the more whimsical swirls I did last time.  See for yourself....

I used Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear "The Real Teal" and "Black Out" then the silver is Kiss Nail Art Paint.

Oh, and just for's a picture of my "stash".....
please don't count the bottles!!!

Friday, April 8, 2011

Spring-y Spirals

Spring is springing!  And here is some nail art to celebrate!

I used Pure Ice Flirt Alert for the base coat with Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Green with Envy for the swirls.  A fun, springy manicure!!