I cannot begin to describe how excited I was when I saw these polishes in my monthly box!  So much sparkle, shine, and color saturation.  When Alex saw these, he suggested that I paint some falling leaves, since the leaves are all changing in Denver right now.  Well, gosh, what an excellent suggestion!

For some reason, I actually like the lines painted with my nondominant hand.  I realized after painting my first hand, that if I angled the brush correctly, I could lighten up the pressure on the tip and have a nice tapered look.  ((Insert Mental Note to try this again later))

Base:  Sephora Formula X, Base coat

Main:  Julep, Tatiana

Leaves:  Julep, Dahlia,  Tatiana, Karmen (Lined with Ledi)

Top:  Sephora Formula X, Hardwear Top coat

Just something simple and quick this time.  Traditional french mani with rhinestone accents.  (Because let’s face it people, bling is important…)
Base:  Sephora Formula X, Base coat
Base:  Dior, Nail Glow
Tips:  hand-painted with Julep’s Brigitte
Top:  Sephora Formula X, Hardwear Top coat

Just something simple and quick this time.  Traditional french mani with rhinestone accents.  (Because let’s face it people, bling is important…)

Base:  Sephora Formula X, Base coat

Base:  Dior, Nail Glow

Tips:  hand-painted with Julep’s Brigitte

Top:  Sephora Formula X, Hardwear Top coat

This design idea came from my boyfriend; he actually drew out his idea for me and walked me through how he thought it would be applied.  He’s seen enough of my techniques to know how this all works; can you believe it?  Alex told me to sponge on some colors and then paint chevrons or basket-weave patterns on.  (He drew out the negative-space chevron designs!)

Base:  Sephora Formula X, Base coat

Base:  glow-in-the-dark polishes by Born Pretty #6,9,11

Main:  hand-painted lines in Julep’s Avni

Top:  Sephora Formula X, Hardwear Top coat

I asked a little while ago about upcoming manicures.  nailpornography posted two ideas: one response was “Disney” and another was “mushrooms.”  So… here are some Disney mushrooms from Fantasia.  

These are hand-painted using mostly Essie polishes.  

Base:  Sephora Formula X, Base coat
Accent:  glitter polish by Sally’s
Main:  sponged on Color Club Halo Hues, Eternal Beauty
Top:  Sephora Formula X, Hardwear Top coat

Base:  Sephora Formula X, Base coat

Accent:  glitter polish by Sally’s

Main:  sponged on Color Club Halo Hues, Eternal Beauty

Top:  Sephora Formula X, Hardwear Top coat

Hello new followers!

I had a huge spike in followers after my post from painting a friend’s nails.  I’ve noticed that any time I post something “cutesy” [i.e. little fox, Miyazaki’s soot sprites, or Natasha Allegri’s Puppycat] that people really seem to enjoy it.  What would you guys like to see next?

So, I had been seeing tons of nautical nail art around the 4th of July, and wanted to give it a try.  With how many compliments I received, I thought to myself, I’d definitely be trying it again.

Lo and behold, attempt 2 did occur!  

For the first version, I tried using scotch tape so my lines would be clean.  Unfortunately, my bottom layer wasn’t entirely dry and started to peel up while the top layer smeared a bit.  For the anchor, I used a thin striping brush.  I like the control for the shape, but it seemed too simplistic.

The second time around, I did things much differently.  I hand painted the lines using a striping brush.  I had to go back in a few places to correct some mistakes, but overall the lines came out super clean.  The process ended up taking the same amount of time as tape and had a cleaner end result.  The anchors, I used a small detailing brush and dotting tools.  I found this harder to control, but liked the end result better.  The bottom could be rounder, but the cartoonish style is much more appealing than the basic outline.

Have you ever gone back and redone a manicure?  What did you do differently?

Painted my friend Tara’s nails again, this time with a little fox!
Main:  China Glaze, For Audrey
Accent:  Essie

Painted my friend Tara’s nails again, this time with a little fox!

Main:  China Glaze, For Audrey

Accent:  Essie

The 31 Day Challenge - 30 a tutorial

I finally reached the last day!  I can’t believe it finally happened… after so many breaks and so many detours, I finished.  I can’t imagine how people complete this list in 30 days; ya’ll are nuts!

I spent a while trying to figure out what tutorial I wanted to do and finally I found this tutorial on Pintrest!  I used the latest Julep colors since I was eager to try them out.  That monthly box thing is sneaking up on me.  It’s hard to keep up!

The formula for Julep’s Katie was very thick and difficult to work with, while Avni was just a dream.  While I could have done very thin lines with Avni, I wound up having to thicken them up to match the lines I managed to make with Katie.  Do I love the dreamy colors of Katie and Avni?  Most definitely.

I got a lot of compliments on how this manicure matched what I was wearing… every day I had it on.  I guess when you throw in enough colors, it’ll work with everything?

Base:  Sephora Formula X, Base coat

Accent:  Julep, Avni [purple], Katie [pink], Lorenzana [nude], Miranda [teal]

Top:  Sephora Formula X, Hardwear Top coat

As a last hurrah for summer, I painted my nails and a friend’s nails with watermelons!  On mine, I painted the pink first, a white line, and then the green over top.  On Tara’s we tried the green first, then the red, then the white.  Still not sure which I like better…

On another note… What is your favorite summer fruit nail art?