Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Fun With Cracks

Hi bloggers!

As I've stated before, I love glitter polishes and I love crackle polishes and the two together is just wonderful but as more and more companies are coming out with crackle/shatter polishes and more and more people are using it, just having a crackle top coat is getting a little boring so I decided to spice it up a bit.

The base coat I used was Sparkle Teal Sunrise by OPI, a absolute beautiful glitter!

Next instead of just covering my whole nail with the crackle polish, I tapped off parts of my nails so I tapped them of diagonally with Fractured Foil Crackle Overcoat by Sally Hansen. I also used Lightning Bolt Crackle by China Glaze on my ring fingers that I tapped off down the middle, so my ring fingers had two different crackles going in two different directions. I wasn't crazy about the color combination once it was on my nails but I think with the right colors it would have turned out a lot better!

Hope you enjoyed!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

How To: Glitter Gradients are Spark-tacular!

Hi lacquer lovers!

Today's post is going to be all about creating a glitter gradient. I know I've seen multiple tutorials on how to create them, so if you've seen them as well, sorry, here's another one but for the ones of you who haven't take a good look!

Things you will need:
  • Q-tips or cosmetic sponge (I use Q-tips, I think they're easier and cheaper)
  • Glitter nail polish (kind of obvious lol) and a regular polish if you want a base coat color
  • water
  • patience
 First step is to start with your base coat color. You don't have to do a base color if you don't want to but I find the glitter stands out more if you do, especially depending on the combination of base color and glitter color you use. The color I used was Time-less is More from OPI which is a shear white color that would be great for doing french manicures.

After your base coat is completely dry, on to the glitter! Take your Q-tip and get the tip of it wet but not dripping wet. If the Q-tip is wet then the glitter won't stick to it as much and will transfer for your nail nicely.

Once your Q-tip is wet, open your bottle of glitter and put some polish on to the tip then start to apply to your nail. I start at the very tip of my nail and pat downward toward the cuticle and keep repeating this process until you get the effect that you like. I used Sephora by OPI's Spark-takular! 

The last step, as always is a good clear top coat! And a great way to remove this mani once you're ready to switch it up, would be to use the foil method which I posted about not too long ago :)

I hope this was helpful to those of you who were wanting to learn!

PS- this is my birthday manicure!! :) 

Monday, August 22, 2011

Girly Pink Glitter

Hi bloggers!

Alright, getting back on track with posting things regularly starts now!

Here is another polish from Forever21's Love & Beauty line that has no name. I grabbed it because it reminded me of Katy Perry's Teenage Dream but sadly, it isn't as glittery or as girly in my opinion as Teenage Dream is but it is still pretty and still very girly. And once again, super cute bottle!! To get this as glittery and girly as I wanted, I would have had to have done at least 3 coats, this is only with 2 coats. 

Just a quick one to ease back into things but we'll be posting more this week!

Saturday, August 13, 2011

OPI Play the Peonies!

Hi Everyone! Ahh!! I have been so busy with work! It is definitely football season again! (I'm the equipment manager for me and Adam's football team!) It is so busy and actually I will be showing you archived pictures for the next two(ish) weeks because as soon as I paint my nails they chip or do not last very long! I am actually bare nailed right now! Gasp!

Play the Peonies (has been mentioned by Lindsey before) IS MY FAVORITE NUDE EVER!

I'm serious. If I had this before my wedding, this would have been my chosen polish!!!!

A light pink frost that looks GORGE on the nail. It is so pretty. Perfect application, perfect consistency, everything! Ahhh! This is my favorite nail polish ever!

Thanks everyone for being so patient and understanding as we get into this football season for me (and work for Lindsey)


Friday, August 12, 2011


Hi guys!

Sorry for the lack of posts lately, we've both been pretty busy with work and our personal lives and what-not. We should have at least one new post up this weekend and then hopefully we'll get back into the swing things!


Thursday, August 4, 2011

Not Like the Movies with Turquoise Shatter

Hi bloggers!

Just a quick and easy one today! I got a few new OPI colors recently and wanted to try two of them out together. I used Not like the Movies from the Katy Perry collection as my base coat. I wasn't so sure about this color in the bottle but I really, really liked it on. It's more purple-y on my nails and more green-ish in the bottle. It's a little hard to photograph though!

Next I wanted to try out the OPI Turquoise shatter on top of it. I've tried OPI's, China Glaze's, Sally Hansen's shatter polishes and I like OPI's the best, followed by Sally Hansen with China Glaze coming in last.
(before the edges got cleaned up a bit)
At first I wasn't sure about the two colors together but it's grown on me and I really like them together now!

Hope you enjoyed :)

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

My First Franken: Glittering Pearls

Hi bloggers!

A while ago I posted about making my own franken polishes and here is my first one! For this one, I used a bottle of Wet N Wild clear nail polish and mixed in four different kinds of Nyx eye shadow pigments. The colors from left to right are: Glitter Mania in Crystal, Ultra Pearl Mania in Fanta Pearl, Ultra Pearl Mania in Mink Pearl, and Ultra Pearl Mania in Lilac Pearl.

I tried to keep an equal amount of the colored pigments in the mix but the Fanta Pearl color seemed to be more pigmented than the others so I put less of it in the mixture. It is kind of sheer but I still really like how it turned out! I plan on making each of the colored pigments into their own polish, not sure but we'll see.

Be on the look out for more and more frankens from me!!