30 Apr


I started feeling better this evening and my husband encouraged me to go ahead and do what I had in mind for my “Inspired by a Song” challenge for today. So I did! One song we like to listen to is Owl City’s Fireflies so I wanted to go with that. I couldn’t think how else to really go about doing fireflies so I went with swirls of them in a night sky. I chose to use two coats of Bobbie Super Nova. (swatch photo included) Then I took my dotting tool and some lemon yellow acrylic paint and dotted away.

What do you think?

Super Nova
27 Apr

Summer Leopard Gradient

The Shutterbug said I could use bright colors as the weekend is upon us so here is the design I came up with for the Gradient challenge. I knew I wanted to do animal print with a gradient background but couldn’t decide on a color scheme until I saw this picture.

These are so cool looking! I would never wear them myself I don’t think, but on my younger sister they work very well. I used Caronia products for this mani. I started with two coats of Sweet Surprise (yellow) and then sponged with Sweet Surprise and Sun Kissed (orange). Then I used Baby Pink and Black Velvet for the spots. Aren’t they neat? We think so!

25 Apr

Metallic Saran Wrap Mani

The prompt for today’s mani is metallic so I pulled out some polishes that had a truly metallic feel (I don’t have many). I came up with this. It doesn’t photograph well but it is really pretty. I used 2 coats of Jocarste #26 Silver and layered one thick coat of Wet N Wild Caribbean Frost over that and used wadded up Saran Wrap for dabbing some off. The accent nails were done with a dotting tool. I was thinking of using black or purple over the silver for a more contrasted look but I’ve used a lot of black and purple lately so I went with this.


24 Apr

Elegant Rays of Holo Goodness

Hello new followers!

Today’s challenge prompt is a tape manicures. I haven’t had much experience with tape manicures in the past but despite difficulties I persevered and came up with this look that I love, love, love!
I started off with two coats of BK Holo #1 and then added some Wet N Wild Kaleidoscope glitter. I went ahead and let that dry overnight and today I cut up some scotch tape and used my Chic Black Velvet to add the black. I think they turned out awesome! I have several pictures for you today including a fuzzy one to let you see the holo glittery goodness! My sweet hubby, who I enlisted to help take pictures this evening, keeps commenting on how great they look.

Let me know what you think in the comments. I know you are jealous! 🙂

22 Apr

Neon abstract

Day 22 of Short and Sweet in Texas’ Nail Challenge is NEON! I’ve never worn neon before so this is a first for me.

This cool design is by Robin Moses. I saw this picture last week and tried my best to make it happen. I guess I could have hunted down her tutorial but I was too busy cleaning and playing with kids today. 🙂

It is definitely not a usual look for me but I do love the bright colors. 🙂 I started out with two coats of Jocarste 28 to make the neons have a metallic flair then, after raiding The Shutterbug’s stash to borrow some neons, I got to sponging. I used Chic – Neon Green, Neon Fushia, Neon Pink and Neon Yellow. Then I added the brush strokes with black, lemon yellow mixed with pastel yellow and blue lake acrylic paints. I hope you like them.

Have you even done any Robin Moses nail art? I did another one on The Shutterbug last year which I really loved how it turned out, but this is the only picture I have of it because I wasn’t really taking pictures of nails I did back then.

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