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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.

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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!

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Autumnal Toes

Nail Art Supplies

I seriously love fall colors, glitter, and toes peaking out of jeans on a nice autumn day.  I combined all of these things for a snazzy fall foot look.

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure

I began with a layer of Sally Hansen’s Complete Salon Manicure in Branch Out on all the toes.  That left a nice brown base to work with.  Then, on the big toe I put a layer of Sally Hansen’s Complete Salon Manicure in Copper Penny.  This polish has copper glitter in circle shapes of all sizes.  It added a nice pop.

Loose Holographic Glitter

On the other toes, I used a dotting tool to place a few of these beautiful, diamond shaped, fall holographic glitters.  I also sprinkled a few onto my big toe.

Fall ToesFall Nail Design  While the pictures are a little meh, the results were great.  A neutral enough look to go with everything, but sparkly enough to catch the sun on those beautiful fall days.

Amazon Haul Part Two

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I got a couple more things, so I figured I would update my Amazon Haul.  I received my Konad stamper and scraper, dried flowers, dotting tools, and brushes.

First, the stamper and scraper.

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I seriously doubt that I ever use the scraper.  I have never understood the whole metal scraper on metal plates thing.  I use an old gift card to scrape the polish off.  I like the two sizes on the stamper, so placing images that are smaller or whole nail are easier.  And, after a few sample stamps, I have decided that even if you don’t want to spend the money on Konad plates, the stamper is worth it.

Next, the dried flowers.

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For the same reason as the other dried flowers, I got these because I wanted something more colorful than how mine dry from my garden.  These are just five petal flowers, where the others were very, very tiny.  The colors are much more fabulous than the picture shows.  In addition, this was supposed to be a 36 piece set, with three of every color.  There are easily five flowers in each slot!  BONUS!  I haven’t tried them on my nails yet, but I don’t see why they wouldn’t be terrific.

Third, the dotting tools.

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The dotting tools and brushes actually came together in one set.  They are going to be fine to use.  They seem like a decent quality, and are easy to hold on to.  My only complaint with these is that five of the heads are the same size, and five are different.  So, instead of the advertised ten heads, it’s more like six.

Finally, the brushes.

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There are fourteen brushes and one dotting tool.  There are striping brushes, and ones with squared off heads.  With these, patterns, designs, and clean up will be a breeze.  I think for the dotting tools and brushes together, it was about $4.  At that price, these cannot be beat!

Do you buy nail stuff on Amazon?  Any must haves?  I’ll keep you posted when the rest of my haul comes in!

Ta-Ta!

 

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