20 Feb

Fun and Funky Pink and Black Skittles

Hello ladies!

I hope everyone is doing fine. I am just now entering my third trimester and the baby is doing great. I can complain of aches and pains but that sounds rather boring. Don’t you think? Instead, I just wanted to pop in with a quick post to share a quick skittle mani I came up with. I was in the mood for something a bit bold and funky and this is what I came up with. I have some swatch posts coming up but I wanted to share this fun nail art first.

Fun and Funky pink and black skittles

Fun and funky, right? I’ve used several different polishes including Medusa from Nails To Go on my ring finger and Decadent by Sinful Colors on my middle finger.  I also tried out the craft scissors and ziplock bag technique for the first time. I painted a couple of coats of black nail polish onto a clean ziplock bag. After the polish dried, I peeled it off the plastic and used some zigzag craft scissors and cut some strips. I polished my pinky nail with two coats of Rendezvous by Seche and, while it was still a little bit tacky, I carefully placed the black zigzags and applied topcoat to bring it all together.  The glitter bits on my pointer and middle fingers were added using a tiny dot of nail glue to keep them in place. I recommend using an orange wood stick to apply the glue in the exact place you want it. Then seal with top coat.

Well, that’s all for now. Like i said, I’ve got some swatches coming up next. I hope you enjoyed seeing these fun nails and that perhaps it inspires you to think out of the box a bit and have some fun with your next mani. I hope you have a wonderful week and that you get to make someone smile today.

Hugs,
Rach

07 Jan

Guest Post by Simply Rins

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Howdy!

I’m so excited to have the very talented Rina of Simply Rins stop by for a guest post today. Rina is the very first Filipina nail artist I discovered when I began getting into my hobby obsession and I’ve been stalking her ever since. She has great tutorials and tips and tricks for nail art and always has something creative to share. The tip that still comes to mind for me is to cut out caffeine before you plan to paint to minimize shakiness. It really makes a big difference. Please go check out her blog if you haven’t already. I even recreated her dripping rainbow manicure when I first started my blog. I’ll let her say hello now. :)

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First of all, I’d like to say “Hello” to all the readers of The Nailinator! It seems timely that I mark the new year with something that I haven’t done before — to guest post! This is definitely the first for Simply Rins. I deeply appreciate the invitation and I hope that this nail art design I came up with will not disappoint.

Now where to begin? How about starting with the fact that we have entered 2014! The past year was full of challenges for me as a blogger. But every turn of the year calls for a celebration. Don’t you think so? No matter what happened the previous year, a new year represents another chance to be better. And so folks, I think my first nail design for 2014 should be a celebration. Only one idea came to mind before I sat down to do this — confetti.

I simply called this nail art, Welcoming 2014:

Welcoming 2014 Nail Art Design by Simply Rins

The idea is to paint colorful confetti on all my nails on a dark background so that the colors would pop. I was imagining confetti being showered on the streets during the new year countdown. I love the effect of contrasts at night.

Welcoming 2014 Nail Art Design on Seche Nouveau

For base, I used 2 coats of Seche Nouveau. I found Seche lacquers being sold in one of the bazaars I went to last October 2013 and I bought a few bottles. I have been meaning to try these ever since the news came out that Seche was launching 45 polish shades into the market. I am a huge fan of Seche Vite fast drying top coat and I am curious how the brand will fair with polishes. With the 3 colors that I have, I must admit it didn’t disappoint!

Nouveau appears charcoal gray on the nails and I love eeeet! I personally feel it is a great alternative to black. Consistency is good that makes application really manageable. Can be a one coater with a generous coat. But I still prefer 2 thin layers for complete coverage. I can’t wait to try the other shades.

Welcoming 2014 Nail Art Design

This is a freehand nail art using acrylic paints and a dotting tool. I find it easier to draw swirls using a dotting tool instead of a nail art brush because I can control the strokes better. A brush can result to a more defined edges or lines. But for this design, I don’t think you really need much precision.

Welcoming 2014 Nail Art

I decided to use pastel colors for the confetti. I particularly used 5 different shades for each nail on both hand. I used the same colors for adding a few dots to fill in awkward spaces. Initially, I thought that neons would look better but I didn’t have any. Are there neon acrylic paints? I think that would be a great addition to my nail art tools. I can also imagine how this would look if they are glowing in the dark!

Welcoming 2014 Nail Art Design by Rina Alcantara

Well, there you have it! A nail art design to celebrate 2014! The concept is simple and it is not so hard to do as well. I had fun painting my nails with this design and quite happy with how it turned out. What do you think?

Thank you again to the wonderful author of this blog for this opportunity to share with you, her dear readers, one of my nail art creations. It is a pleasure to start the year with a chance to reach out to fellow nail art enthusiasts. Happy New Year to everyone! :)

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Aren’t they adorable? The design is so festive and the colors are great. What a great idea to use a dotting tool for the swirls. Don’t forget to check out Rina’s blog to see more great nail art.
Rins, thank you so much for dropping by! I’m honored that you agreed to do a design and have your first guest post be on my blog! I love what you came up with. It was definitely worth the wait! 😉 Happy New Year to you too! I hope 2014 turns out to be your best yet!
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