30 Sep

L. A. Girl Teal Dimension with Decals

Hey girls!
I hope everyone is having a great start to the week. I have been having so much fun with my new polishes that my sister (The Shutterbug) brought back with her from Texas.

I’ve got a cool look for you today that was so easy to do. I started with 3 thin coats of L. A. Girl Teal Dimension. I’ve added some water decals I purchased from Blooming Nail Cebu. This whole sheet (Hot-010) cost me 15 pesos (about 35 cents USD) and has a variety of decals on it to choose from! They have some great stuff available for very affordable prices and they ship internationally for the best price available.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again… I LOVE these L.A. Girl polishes. The base for their 3D Effects line is a tinted jelly but when you remove the polish there is absolutely no glitter nightmare left behind like a typical glitter polish. So I’m not sure exactly what makes up the holo glittery magic they have got going on. But I appreciate not having a difficult time cleaning up after wearing it. In addition to that, it is so easy to apply and is extremely forgiving. It dries quick too! Win win win! If live outside of the US, you can order these from Cherry Culture as they ship internationally (Philippines included! Whoop!).

I hope you have a great week!

26 Sep

Argyle Nail Art

I’ve got a short and sweet post for y’all today.

Day 26 of the 31 Day Challenge is “Inspired by a pattern”. I’ve chosen to go with an Argyle pattern. I saw a tutorial by Cute Polish for this nail art way back when I was just getting into nail art and I tried it out on a nail wheel right away and it looked very nice. So when I saw it on a nail wheel the other day I thought it was time to try it out on my nails. I learned that doing my nails while watching episodes of the Doris Day Show makes for some wobbly stripes. Definitely not my neatest work. :/ Whatever! I still think they turned out cute. Don’t you?

The colors I used are San San Cloudy Gray, Caronia First Crush (purple), China Glaze For Audrey (green) and Jocarste White.

If you are just starting out with nail art I strongly suggest you check out Cute Polish on You Tube. She has some pretty cute designs that are really easy to achieve. Have a great day!


25 Sep

Doctor Who Nail Art

Before I get to the nails  I want to take a moment and thank you all for the wonderful comments and for liking my photos on FB and Instagram. Y’all make this so exciting. I even got a couple of award nominations over the weekend! Yay! I’ll have to get to that soon. I have been so bad about keeping up with those. :O oopsie!

Great news girls!
I’m officially out of the nail art funk! (and the crowd goes wild)

My submission for the 31 day challenge today would be considered a stretch for many but not so much for me. The theme is “Inspired by a book”. While Doctor Who is obviously a TV series, I have never seen the show. The Shutterbug, on the other hand, is an avid fan and I happened upon a collectors item book at a used book store and flipped through it to familiarize myself a bit. So you see how this qualifies as “inspired by a book” for me. The Shutterbug has been aching for Doctor Who nail art and she came up with what she wanted and told me the ten nail designs she wanted and we went from there. I have never watched Doctor Who so she had to explain most of them and show pictures.

Doctor Who nail art: fez, blue suit, dalek, 3d glasses, two hearts, TARDIS, Cyberman, andipose

From left to right we have The Doctor’s (Matt Smith) fez, The Doctor’s (David Tennant) blue suit, a gold Dalek, The Doctor (Tennant) and his 3D glasses, two hearts representing The Doctor’s two hearts, the TARDIS, a Cyberman and a little andipose guy. On the thumbs below we have tally marks from the episode with The Silence and a galaxy nail.

Doctor Who nail art: tally marks from "The Silence" and galaxy nail

Do you like them? My favorite is the gold Dalek. I think they all look cool and The Shutterbug keeps saying they are the most awesome nails ever so I think I executed her dream look well. Hopefully those of you who are Whovians (????) like them too.

This is my first time photographing someone else’s nails in the lightbox so the pictures are a bit different. I think you get the picture.

I used a ton of supplies to do these and I’m not going to list them all but here’s a picture…

doctor who nail art supplies

I hope you are all having a great day. Today was our day off and we got to go out and run some errands and play with the kids. Good times!


22 Sep

Roses on Mint Apple by Sinful Colors

Hello ladies!
I hope everyone is having a great weekend. I have had a very busy Saturday but a restful evening here at home.

Day 21 of the 31 day challenge is “Inspired by a color”. I attended an event today which required me to wear something green so I wanted to come up with some nails to go with my shirt and I think that totally falls under the “inspired by a color” category. Don’t you?

Aren’t they pretty? I’ve done a few floral looks with the same technique but this is the first time I’ve actually used red for the roses. I think I’m getting better at it too now that I’ve got leaves and everything. Check out similar looks here , here and here.

I started with two coats of Sinful Colors Mint Apple (LOVE!). Then I used my dotting tool and Caronia Tea Rose for the red blobs that would become roses. Then I added swirls on the roses with Caronia Baby Pink. I mixed black and dark green together for the leaves and finally added some dots of Caronia Crystal to finish it off. These pictures are without topcoat as my topcoat killed my design the night before with more bubbles than a fizzy drink. 🙁

Well, that’s it for me. Thanks for reading.

18 Sep

L.A. Girl Brilliant Blue

It’s going to be another short post today, ladies, as I’m not really feeling well. I’m hoping that I’ll pull out of this funk soon and be back to doing some super fun designs in the near future. The Shutterbug is wanting a Dr. Who design so I’ll probably be busy with that in the next couple of days.

In the meantime… Day 17 of the 31 day challenge is Glitter and I’m popping in again to submit a glittery design as an entry. 🙂 I can’t get enough of these L.A. Girl 3D Effect polishes. First off is the swatch!

This is two easy coats of Brilliant Blue with no topcoat. Just look at it! This first caught my eye when the lovely Jacqui of Craftynail made this post. So so so pretty! I had to have it! When I saw Jacqui’s post, my jaw dropped because this looked to me like a dupe for my ultimate lemming at the time, Picture Polish Cosmos. I don’t own Cosmos but from the swatches I’ve seen and the way this polish looks, I am absolutely satisfied! It’s the more affordable and accessible solution. I have nothing bad to say about this polish at all except that it’s not available in the Philippines. Perhaps soon? If not, it would make a great pasalubong from the US. (Pasalubong is what those of us in the Philippines call a gift for someone that you bring home from a trip somewhere.)

I’ve added some stamping with Color Club Harp On It. Yeah, you guys can tell I’ve been having fun with my new polishes I ordered from the US.I think what I ended up with looks like snowflakes. What do you think?
I hope everyone is doing well and having a great week.

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