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Birthday Cupcakes

Cupcake Nails

Today is my birthday, so this weekend I have been wearing cupcakes.  (Or at least my attempt at cupcakes.)

Here is everything I used to make this happen:

Nail Art ToolsSix (good grief) polishes, a small brush, a dotting tool, some rhinestones, and caviar beads.

First, I began with a layer of Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Mauve Over on all of my nails.  This is for two reasons.  One, it seems fairly neutral, and two I just got it from their new collection and was itching to try it.  Like other Xtreme Wear polishes, it is easy to use and was opaque in two coats.  Then, since I knew I would be spicing up two nails on each hand, I felt like the others needed something, but I didn’t want to get crazy with it since the mauve color was so neutral.  That’s where Sally Hansen Diamond Strength Glass Slipper came into play.

Sally Hansen

Glass Slipper is made up of these very sheer, flaky glitter pieces.  Honestly, the two worked together nicely.  The glitter gave the mauve a little pop, but let it keep its neutrality.

Okay, so then that dried and I chose my colors for the cupcakes.  I almost went with pinks and purples, but I wanted them to pop, so I went in the complete opposite direction with some blues and green.

Blue and Green Polish

On my thumb and ring finger, I began with the Sally Hansen Velvet Texture Plush.  I painted about a third of my nail.  I used two coats of this to make sure the mauve was covered up.  This was a nice one to use because when it dries it is textured, so it was very easy to tell when I could move on to the next coat.  Then, I used the small brush to paint some slightly lighter blue lines with Covergirl Outlast Glosstini Blue Hawaiian.  The color difference was very subtle, but enough to give a small highlight.  In addition, it was nice to have that glossy finish, where the velvet wasn’t.  After that I went back in with the small brush and made stripes of the Fresh Paint Honeydew.  This is a really bright, beautiful green that worked with the blue well and brought a lot of pop!  That took care of the cupcake wrappers.

Next, it was time to frost those bad boys!  I put a glob of Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear White On above the wrapper part of the design and used the fat end of the dotting tool to spread it around.  I liked that for the ease and the thick, frosting look it achieved.  I do think you could get a cuter, more precise look if you just used the dotting tool the way you are supposed to.

Nail Art

While the white was wet, I sprinkled on the caviar beads.  Ahead of time, I had dropped a little of each color in a dish and mixed them up.  I had considered placing each piece to get a more precise look, but I was running out of time and patience, so sprinkling was the chosen method.  Here is a question though…do your caviar beads smear all of the time?  I purposely chose to use these because they aren’t coated (or so I thought) and I figured the color wouldn’t bleed, but I still ended up with a little smearing.

Then, finally, I used a little clear coat and a red rhinestone to put the cherry on top!

I did both of my hands this way, and yes, one looks better than the other.  🙂

Cupcake Nails

Birthday Nail Art

Birthday Nails

Overall, I am happy with it and I thought it was a fun way to celebrate.

Thanks for reading!

Shooting Stars

Nail Studs

I wanted something kind of fun for my toes this week.  I went with a shooting star look, that I am not totally in love with, but I also am not totally offended by it.  Please excuse any messy edges on my toes.  I don’t really think anyones feet are that great, but I swear I have particularly gnarly ones, and no amount of clean up seems to work.  If you have found the answer to this problem, please share.  The only thing I can find to do is clean up as best as I can, and then wear them around.  It wears off in a day or two.

Star PedicureI began with two coats of OPI I Sing in Color.  It looks really dark in the pictures, and it is…but it is more of a deep plum than black or brown.

OPI I Sing in Color

Then, on my big toe, I put a gold star stud, and trailed it with some holographic gold glitter.  On the teeny toes I put gold microbeads (caviar).  The end result is a decent look.

Microbead Pedi

I am wondering how long the microbeads will stay in place once I put socks and shoes on.  I guess time will tell.  🙂

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My Nail Obsession

I am not a professional nail tech.  I am just someone that likes to sit at home and do her nails.  Sometimes they turn out really well, and other times…let’s just say that it’s a good thing the nail polish remover was near by.

Recently, I placed an order on Amazon for all kinds of nail art stuff.  It is trickling in, and I am stoked. I mean, I have jewels, real dried flowers, new stamping plates, and more!

I would love to post some thoughts on these products as I use them.  I recently had a mini nail polish haul too.  I went to Target and found tons on clearance for under a dollar, same at Ulta (and they were brands like OPI, China Glaze, etc.) and Sally’s.  I love, love, love a deal!  It is extremely rare that I will pay full price for nail polish (or anything really) because it feels so good to me to feel like I snagged something on the cheap.

Here are a few photos of nails I have done for myself in the past.

Caviar Mani

Microbead Manicure

Here is a pic of a caviar manicure I did.  (Remember how I posted that disclaimer about not being a nail tech?  Well, I’m not a photographer either.)

Water Marbled Nails

Water Marbling

Here is a pic from my very first attempt at water marbling.  I still needed to go back and clean up the edges.

Ombre Sponging

Sunset Sponge

Here was some ombre sponging, with a little glitter on top.

Fourth of July Pedi

Patriotic Piggies

Fourth of July toes.  (I really should wait to snap the pics until I clean up the edges, huh?)

Fimo Fruit Nails

Fimo Fruit Slices

Fimo fruit nails, with some glitter on the others.

Rhinestone Flower

Teardrop and Round Rhinestones

Rhinestone toes…

Heart Rhinestones and Glitter

Heart Rhinestone and Glitter Pieces

…with rhinestone and glitter piece nails.

I do everything on my natural nails.  I do not go to a salon.  All of this was done at home.  I think the little flaws make it homey.  🙂

Let me know what you think!  I can’t wait to get more up here!

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