OMG I am an awful blogger. It’s taken me way too long to write a new post. Apologies to my 0.5 followers.
This mani started out a simple v-split paint job with Color Club’s Nomadic in Nude as the base, which I used to paint several coats. When the base dried, I taped the V shapes that I wanted using masking tape then painted on VooDoo You Do to create the dark contrast. I love this look. It went well with everything I wore and I think they were good season color choices during this in-between period as we wait for spring to arrive.
A week later, while I was sitting on my couch watching TV, I looked at my mani during commercials and wondered if I should scrap them and do something new or…? Then suddenly a big wave of laquer inspiration hit me! I remembered that I had purchased a string of ball chains from the Japanese dollar store and decided to trim the V’s with them.
The chain came in one long strand so I had to measure each side of the V’s, cut them, then used a clear top coat to glue them on. I think they look quite beautiful, don’t you? Too bad they lasted about an hour before they all fell off as I changed from sweat pants to jeans. So sad. :(
Does anyone have suggestions on what to use to glue things onto nails? I’m afraid to use nail glue because I feel like it might be too harsh, but a clear top coat is just not strong enough!
Feels like it was only yesterday when I posted my Chinese New Year mani, but I have a few chips on my right hand already so I decided to take them all off. Boooo! I guess that’s what I get for opening a can of Diet Coke and doing dishes without gloves (rookie mistake). It’s really too bad because I have one more family dinner to attend and I was hoping to show off to my aunties. Oh well, they’ll get something else… Leopard!
This is another one of those trends that have already come but hopefully not gone because I am just catching up! I’ve wanted to try leopard nails for a while now. I’ve seen a lot of takes on the design from all the nail blogs so I was super excited to give this a try myself. Also, I’m very happy to tell you that this is the first time I’ve done a nail art mani without having to find a tutorial beforehand! I just Googled some images to make sure I had the right idea and went for it. The base is Cosmetic Art Sweet Spot and the leopard spots are Color Club Earthy Angel although I used my current favorite metallic, Revlon Gold Coin, on my ring fingers so they’re not all the same. Oh and the black lines were drawn with a nail art brush with Rimmel’s Black Satin.
I loooooove how this turned out. From far away they look like stick-on nail decals. :)
I remember telling a friend once to be brave because I had all the confidence in her to overcome her challenge. “Less meow and more rawwr”. This is how I’m feeling these days so maybe I instinctively went for this design tonight. “Nothing to lose, everything to gain.”
One of the more popular nail trends I noticed over the past holidays was the gradient mani. I tried to do it once with just the bottle brushes and two different shades of pink, but it did not work out at all. Like, at all.
I eventually found a really good tutorial, which is actually from 2 years ago (wow, am I late or what) and it shows you how to do a gradient mani using the sponge technique. I dug up some old makeup sponges and seized the opportunity to use my newly purchased American Apparel Metallic Bronze Dash with Color Club Boho Mojo and added dash of glitter with Sephora by OPI Flurry Up!.
Originally I didn’t want to use a glitter, but my sponging wasn’t so great and it left a bumpy texture so I figured adding the glitter would hide the ugliness. I’m really glad I went for it because the larger pieces of glitter made the whole mani pop and the Bronze Dash with the Boho Mojo made the nails look very ethereal, almost universe-like and the glitter resemble the planets. Now I’m just getting too deep about this mani.
In natural light, the Bronze Dash didn’t pick up as much as I had hoped for even though I sponged on a good amount at the tip of the nails to make them more intense, but the photograph and Instagram-ation of the mani made them look really awesome. I received a lot of comments and can’t wait to try out the technique again when my nails are longer and with other color schemes.
What are some nail trends that you think are coming back from back in the day?