11 Aug

Sun and Flowers Nail Art

Hi gals!
Let me start by pointing out that, although this would be more appropriate as a spring time design, we don’t have four seasons over here in the Philippines. All we have are wet and dry versions of hot, very hot and ridiculously hot times of the year. :/ So my”Sun” inspired mani is all about the sun and pretty flowers in bloom. I’ve even got a cute little bee with his tiny wings flying around doin’ his thing. Aren’t these adorable? I am quite pleased with them. My almost 2 year old girl thought they were cute too.

I used a whole bunch of different polishes to do this and don’t particularly want to get my bum off the couch to list them all (it’s been a long day). Sorry. I guess it’s one of those days.

On a more exciting note, I’ve got a great week lined up for you gals. I’m going to be guest posting on not just one but TWO great blogs this week and hopefully I will have my very first guest poster come visit to wow us with her amazing skills! I am excited so stay tuned!

Just in case you missed it, I joined instagram a couple of weeks back and I would love to connect with you there especially if you want to see more pictures than what I share here or on FB. 🙂 Find me @thenailinator (I’ve got a link in the side bar) and let me know you follow my blog too. 🙂

I hope you are having a fantabulous weekend. Talk to you soon!

31 Jul

Copycat Stripes

ORLY Nite Owl was provided to me for my honest review. 
All opinions are my own. 🙂

Today is the last day of the Rather Awesome 31 Day Challenge Giveaway, and we are tasked to recreate a manicure done by someone else. I want to take a moment to thank Brijit of Brijit’s Digits, Jacqui of Crafty Nail and Jemma of Eeeek! Nail Polish! for hosting this challenge. It has been loads of fun!

Now, before I show you what I’ve come up with, I’ve got to tell you about the very first blogger event that I was able to join. Last week, ORLY Philippines had a small get together, and I got to go and meet some of the ladies working with ORLY Philippines along with several other beautiful ladies from Cebu who have beauty and fashion blogs. I was so excited to finally connect with other bloggers in my city, and I hope to get together with them again soon.

At the event, we were given loot bags with samples, and when I saw ORLY Nite Owl, I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it.

With all the great designs I’ve seen during the challenge, I was hard-pressed to pick an absolute favorite. So I decided to recreate the first manicure that I saw that made me think, “I haven’t done a look like that and I’d really like to try that.” And that brings us to this lovely look done by Jacqui of Crafty Nail for the “stripes” theme on day 11. (Please do check out her blog. She has some skills and she is super sweet to boot!) I’ve never done this look before so I had to give it a go, and ORLY Nite Owl was the perfect base for this look. I added somewhat random stripes using a striping brush and Jocarste Silver (26), Oh My Golly First Date, and Sally Hansen Mint Sorbet. My finished product makes me think of ice cream. What do you think?

Here’s a swatch of ORLY Nite Owl. I’ve got 2 1/2 coats on and it’s just gorgeous. I adore the shimmer, and I love how it’s work safe without being boring. Have a great day girls!

Here’s a swatch of ORLY Nite Owl. I’ve got 2 1/2 coats on and it’s just gorgeous. I love the shimmer, and I love how it’s work safe without being boring. Have a great day girls!

30 Jul

Captain America

Some products used were provided to me for honest review. 
All opinions are my own. 

Before I get to the nails I’d like to let you know that I joined Instagram a couple of weeks ago and, while I am still getting the hang of hash tagging and all that crazy stuff, I have been posting some pictures there. I will post my nail art and some other pictures that won’t be on my blog so if you are on Instagram, I’d love to hear from you. Look for @thenailinator  

These are my entry for the Comic Book or Character theme for the Rather Awesome 31 Day Challenge Giveaway.

When I was talking to Mr. Nailinator about what I could possibly do for this theme I had no idea what to do. I’m a bookie for sure but not comic books. Luckily Marvel has several movies out my hubby reminded me that the characters are from comic books. So my son said I should do Captain America nails. And this is what I came up with. I actually wore these a few weeks ago for July 4th. 😉 See how I thought ahead?

As I hope you can see, the pinky is supposed to be the A on his head piece, the ring finger is the red and white on the midsection of his costume and the middle finger is the round shield. The pointer is just going along with the color motif and the thumb has 3 stars like the top of the old school comic book shield. 🙂

Colors used for this look:
San San Blue Sapphire
Oh My golly Salsa (red)
Jocarste White
Jocarste Silver 26
Klik Super Star (glitter topcoat and stars)

22 Jul

Delicate Stamping

Today I’ve got a quick post for you as I’ve got a million things to do before bed. :/ The theme for today is “stamping”. I love me some stamping.

I think this would be a pretty wedding manicure. Don’t you? I started with two coats of Jocarste 28 which is a metallic pink and then stamped with Jocarste White using an image on the MJ plate #8 which was sent to me by the lovely Meann of MyOnline Shop. I think it’s lovely and enjoyed wearing it for the past FIVE days. Yeah, you know I’ve been way too busy when I wear a look for 5 days! Ha!

I hope you ladies had a great weekend!

19 Jul

Montana Glitter

Day 19 of the Rather Awesome 31 Day Nail Challenge Giveaway is here! Glitter! I love glitter so much. I’ve got a very simple but pretty look which has some sparkle. I started with two coats of Chic Montana from their Grainy collection and then Jocarste holographic glitter using the bottle brush to add glitter to the base of my nails. (and forgot to add topcoat before taking pics :O) I had a hard time photographing these and they looked much prettier IRL. I’ve got a fuzzy pic so you can get an idea of the sparkle.

I got word from The Shutterbug that she has started on my wishlist of polishes to buy for me while she is in the US. She found Sally Hansen Golden-I and Sinful Colors Easy Going. 🙂 I’m excited. Does anyone know where she can pick up a couple of LA Girl 3d Effects in a store in Texas? I know I can get them online if she can’t get them but I only wanted Sparkle Ruby and Brilliant Blue.

I hope y’all have a great day!

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