15 May

Birthday nails!

Today is my birthday! Woohoo! The hubby and I went to a bookstore and then to get some groceries to make dinner and we got some ice cream too. Life is good! πŸ™‚

For this look I used 3 colors from Chic’s Grainy collection. The Grainy collection consists of 5 beautiful jewel colored polishes with fine silver glitter mixed in which causes them to dry slighty grainy and matte. They are beautiful with or without topcoat. Montana (blue) is a new acquisition for me and is so gorgeous on its own. I applied 2 coats of Montana and paused to bask in the glory of it. πŸ˜‰ Then I used Montana and Amethyst and a sponge for the gradient look. After wearing this gorgeous gradient for a while I took my dotting tool and added Shadow Crystal on the accent nails.

Chic Montana Swatch
Β Montana in direct sunlight

Indoors

Gradient indoors

13 May

Happy Mother’s Day! My first DIY nail decals.

One day a year is not enough to honor the wonderful women who raised us but I do like to take the opportunity to tell my mom I love her and thank her for all the love she has showered on my siblings and I over the years. Love ya Mom!  Becoming a mom myself has been the BEST adventure ever and I love LOVE my babies!

I decided I needed a Mother’s Day themed mani for today and this is the first thing that popped into mind. I’m never going to get a tattoo because that’s just not me but I’m ok with nail tattoos. πŸ™‚
I have wanted to try making nail decals and thought this would be a good time to give it a go.

For the decals I used Chic Tea Rose (red), Regular White, and Black Velvet. In the first picture I used Chic Purple Lustre (frosty red) on all my nails except the accent nail but it was raining when I did my nails and the polish bubbled up so badly I ended up taking it off and using Bobbie Chestnut on all my nails. I think it’s cute. What do you think? Have you ever made your own nail decals?

 

09 May

Emerald

Today I’ve got a pretty glittery polish for you. This is from Oh My Golly’s Crystal Sand collection. This is 3 coats of Emerald. Isn’t it pretty? It dries so fast too!
This polish along with the other polishes in this collection will be up for grabs in my upcoming giveaway. Have a great day!

Natural light
Indoor
03 May

April Showers Bring May Flowers

Is it really May? Where did April go? I had a lot of fun participating in Short and Sweet In Texas’ nail art challenge for April.

I have wanted to do another flower manicure and have been tossing a few ideas around for what I’d like to do. I wanted to try an antiqued look and came up with the idea of doing a Saran Wrap mani with a nude color and a brown and adding flowers to that. The base didn’t quite turn out as I had imagined (see last pic) but I think the end result is still pretty. I think I’ll try different flowers next time.

I used an unnamed dusty nude and Oh My Golly Sunny Tan for the base and Oh My Golly Bikini (dk. pink) and Jocarste #36 (lt. pink) for the roses. I did the leaves with Caronia On the Go (dk. green) and Sansan Sea Green (lt. green). This is the first time I’ve done leaves and I finally got the hang of it while I was working on my right hand.

Outdoor lighting

What do y’all think? I didn’t really like these until I finished them and added top coat.

On another note, my birthday is in May and I’m gearing up to have my first giveaway to celebrate the occasion! Yay!

Here is a picture before I added the flowers. As I was working on it I was discouraged because I thought it looked like a perfect Halloween manicure. Unintentional Zombie manicure take 2! The flowers made me not hate it. πŸ™‚

Saran wrap mani with nude and brown. Indoor lighting
01 May

Atomic

A sweet friend of mine presented me with a bottle of polish this evening. I know, friends that give polish as gifts are awesome!!

Anyway, the polish is L.A. Colors Atomic and it’s so pretty that I decided to incorporate it in my recreate manicure for the final day of Short and Sweet in Texas’ nail challenge. Check out all the links here.

My Adventures in Nail Art did these pretty nails and this is my interpretation. My glitter bits are kind of on the small side so I had some difficulty. As you can see I did the ring finger first so it doesn’t look so great. I started with a dotting tool and learned quickly that an orange wood stick is the way to go. Oh well, there is a first time for everything. I think they are pretty. I love my new polish. πŸ™‚

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