Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day and beginning of Spring Challenge

Happy Valentine's Day!!

I've been AWOL, and I apologize.  I'm hoping the Purple Crumpet Fairy Spring Challenge will help me get back in the swing of things!  To start the challenge, here are now one, but TWO Valentine's Day mani's!!  

Hearts Two Ways - Dotted and Dashed!

 (with a rose given to me by my lovely husband!!!)

 and Dashed.....

I think my personal favorite is the "Dashed" version.  I started with Orly Bonder, then French tips using Cover Girl White Nite and Revlon French Manicure Pro in French Lingerie.  After a coat of Seche Vite Fast Dry Top Coat, the hearts are made with Pure Ice Flirt Alert and Essie Fishnet Stockings.  

Here's the upcoming manicure designs for the Spring Challenge:

Monday, January 2, 2012

New Year's Eve Nails!!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!  December turned out to be completely CrAzY!  But I'm back in the saddle again - for real this time!  ;D  Here are the nails I painted to ring in 2012!

Four of the fingers all started with a sponged gradient from e.l.f. Metal Madness at the base, through Orly Fowl Play and Wet n Wild Blue Wants to Be A Millionaire, to Wet n Wild Shield.  This is what thee gradient looked like before I added the details...

And here's each design in detail....

The thumb and pinky are fireworks in Wet n Wild Shield.  I got to try out some new striping brushes I got for Christmas!

The pointer is a representation of "The Ball" in New York's Times Square.  Obviously, mine is not made of Tiffany glass and LED lights....but is sure does *SPARKLE*!  I used two coats of Wet n Wild Metallica, then pressed the square jewels into it while it was still pretty tacky.  I sealed it up with three coats of Sally Hansen Insta-Dri, so it's pretty smooth.

The design on my middle finger is an exploding bottle of champagne!  This one contains tons of little details that took some TIME!  I painted the whole bottlw with Wet n Wild Black Creme first, then added the green glow if the bottle using a combination of Orly Under the Mistletoe with a bit of Wet n Wild Metallica, with the top left side highlighted with a bit more Metallica.  The label is done with Sally Hansen Bubblegum.  with little dots of Wet n Wild Black Creme to give the illusion of words on the label.  Then I used a tiny bit of Wet n Wild French White Creme for highlights to make the bottle look more 3D.  For the top of the bottle, I used Metallica, French White Creme and Shield.  Whew....

The design on my ring fingers is clinking glasses of that champagne!  Yummy!  I used Wet n Wild French Creme and Wet n Wild Shield.  *clink*

I had a fantastic close to 2011 and I'm looking forward to a great 2012!!  HAPPY NEW YEAR, WORLD!!