04 Nov

Kleancolor Chunky Holo Purple over San San Red Gleam

Hello all!

I’m sorry I haven’t posted much this week. Everyone has been extremely busy around these here parts and that leaves little time for my nails. It’s a sad story I know. But it’s all for a good cause and I did actually get to do my nails a couple of times. I went with simple but pretty looks. I just haven’t had the time to sit down and get them up on the blog. This next week promises to be a bit less hectic so hopefully I’ll be back to my old routine. (Fingers and toes crossed!)

Kleancolor Chunky Holo Purple over San San Red Gleam with bow charm accent

I started off with two coats of San San Red Gleam. I don’t really get why they named it Red Gleam since it really looks just like the shade in the picture. More like Dark Pink Gleam. Ha! Anyway, I was kind of dissapointed in the formula for Red Gleam . It applied easily enough and I had high hopes for it’s opacity. But even with this being a dark color that passed the “brush test”, I still had a few thin spots after the second coat. It’s only really noticeable in certain lighting. I went ahead and stuck with two coats as I topped it off with two coats of Kleancolor Chunky Holo Purple which was easy as pie to apply. Come to think of it, I have made my fair share of pies and it was actually MUCH easier than pie. Just sayin’!

As you can see, for a finishing touch I added a bow to the accent nail. I’m still not too crazy about 3D nail art so the bow will have to grow on me a bit. But my 4 year old loves it. According to him, “The one without the bow is not good at all. But the bow is great!” So we’re going to go with the recommendation of my 4 year old… this time.

Kleancolor Chunky Holo Purple over San San Red Gleam

What do you think? This was so easy to photograph and It’s very pretty and shiny.

By the way, my joint giveaway with Blooming Nail Cebu ends in 12 hours. If you haven’t joined yet, you really need to. Just look at all these goodies up for grabs. And it’s open internationally! Good luck! I can’t wait to see who wins!

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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!


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)

18 May

Whimsical Gift

I have had Revlon’s Whimsical on my lemming list for over a year and The Shutterbug surprised me with it as my birthday gift. Needless to say I was excited! I may have done a happy dance. 🙂
I thought about how I wanted to wear it and decided to go with Sansan Sea Green as the base color and layer Whimsical over that. I love it! What do you think? I included swatches of Sea Green by itself too.

Have a great weekend y’all!
San San Green Tea Swatch
Sansan Sea Green in natural light
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. 🙂

Saran wrap mani with nude and brown. Indoor lighting
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