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Sexy Red

Miracle GelSo what the title really should have been is “Slutty Red” since that is what The Hubs calls any really red nail polish. ¬†ūüôā ¬†I do think there is something to be said though about that. ¬†I don’t know about you, but red can make you have that little feeling of sexy. ¬†Whether it is red lips, nails, an outfit, whatever, red is a powerful color.

I have been wearing this all week, so you can see a little bit of wear and tear, but overall, it looks good still.  This is because I used Sally Hansen Miracle Gel.

Sally Hansen Miracle GelI am not trying to sound like a cheese-tastic commercial here, but seriously. ¬†This stuff if worth a try if you haven’t already. ¬†You really do get a manicure that lasts through dishes, etc. ¬†And that top coat gives some SERIOUS SHINE! ¬†I am wondering about being able to use it as a top coat on its own. ¬† Have any of you done this? ¬†Does it need the Miracle Gel underneath it to work its magic? ¬†Anyway….back on track….The Miracle Gel red that is underneath is called Red Eye. ¬†It is a brilliant red, that really could work with just one coat, but two makes it perfect.

For the accent, I used a dried flower.

Dried Flower Nail ArtWhile the picture is a little fuzzy, it is a dark, dark blue flower, that I consider to be black. ¬†I pressed it into the red polish and painted the gel top coat over it. ¬†It worked just fine. ¬†I really like that black and red combo. ¬†Just like red is a powerful color, I think black is too. ¬†And then together…boom!

This was a simple, yet beautiful look to wear this week, and I was really happy with it.

Red ManiNail ArtThanks for reading. ¬†I hope you have a great weekend! ¬†And if you are somewhere cold right now, stay warm. ¬†I have to hit the grocery for a few things before we get slammed later tonight. ¬†ūüôā

Dried Flowers

Dried Flower Nail Art

 

I finally sat down and tried the dried flowers that I had recently acquired. ¬†The pictures truly don’t do these nails justice, because they were really a lot of fun, and much more vibrant than I seemed to ever be able to capture.¬†

Dried Flower Nail ArtDried Flower Nail ArtI tried to capture these in a few different types of lighting, but….meh. ¬†Hopefully you can catch the drift of what was up with these.

For the nail color, I used Butter London Wellies. ¬†(Note: ¬†I recently got a handful of Butter London, Ciate, Sephora Formula X, Essie, and OPI polishes from TJ Maxx. ¬†I never would have thought to look there, but I will now. ¬†Each polish I bought was no more than $2. ¬†Previous to that, I did not own any Butter London, Ciate, Sephora, or Essie, simply because I didn’t want to pay those prices for colors that I could get in my ever trusty drugstore brands.)

I had already posted about the dried flowers in one of my Amazon Hauls.  I used a turquoise colored flower on the accent nails, and purple small flowers on all of the nails.  At first this seemed like it might be too weird of a color combo, but it worked!

IMG_1829This was one of the more painstaking designs I have done recently.  I am finding it difficult to put into words.  The flowers were definitely fragile, but could take more of a beating than I had anticipated.  I mainly worked with tweezers to apply the flowers. 

For the small purple ones, I used nail scissors to cut them up and make the small little flowers.  These small ones are the ones that almost drove me bonkers!  I quickly realized that I was not going to have enough patience to make any kind of consistent pattern, so I just let them fall where they fell.

I wish I could have captured some of the really neat details, like the tiny yellow stamens on the blue flowers, and that the stems for the purple flowers were green, not just a completely dyed flower.

I would like to comment on the nail color. ¬†This is the first time I have used Butter London. ¬†Four coats later the color was decent. ¬†I am just a little baffled as to why a polish that takes that many coats would have originally cost almost $20. ¬†Have any of you run into this with Butter London polish? ¬†Should I not judge the brand yet? ¬†I know that light colors aren’t always the best to work with, even in brands you know and love.

This stayed on until I removed it after a week. ¬†I did all the standard stuff like, dishes, housework, etc. ¬†I only sealed it with a normal top coat, so it’s not like any extra effort was put into that.

Have you tried any dried flower designs?  Let me know!

Talk later!

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!

 

Amazon Haul Part One

Okay folks. ¬†I admit, that I am not a big online shopper, but the Amazon bug bit me. ¬†I found all kinds of deals, free shipping, add ons, and what not, and I couldn’t resist. ¬†I wanted to boost my nail art collection, but doing it through a beauty supply store is pricey! ¬†And since I only do this for me, I couldn’t justify spending that kind of cash on a hobby. ¬†That’s where Amazon came in. ¬†You can get all kinds of stuff on there for pennies. ¬†Not all of it is American made, though, so if that is a big thing for you, you will pay a little more. ¬†(Still less than a beauty supply store.)

Have I rambled enough yet?

Here is what I have gotten so far.  (I apologize for the picture quality.)


DRIED FLOWERS

Dried Flowers

Dried Flowers

 These are some dried flowers that I ordered.  I have dried my own flowers from home and used them in my nail art, but I wanted some really vibrant colors.

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IMG_1660  I hope you can see these.  They are just teeny flowers.  You cut off the pieces you want to use and attach them to polish that is still a little wet.


FIMO SLICES

IMG_1663  I really enjoy using fimo slices now and then.  I think they are a nice pop of color and variety.  This set did not disappoint.  It is from Cheeky Beauty. I got ten wheels filled with all sorts of images.  

*Note: ¬†This set is a little flower heavy, but that was my choice. ¬†IMG_1664IMG_1665¬† I tried to get a little closer so you could see that the pictures are easy to make out and very bright. ¬†(The lighting just isn’t working for me!)


FIMO FLOP

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This wheel was NOT part of the set above.  I ordered this separately, because in the Amazon pic, it was full of bright, recognizable fruits.  That is not the case in reality.  These are strange colored, fairly unrecognizable things.  I will be able to use some, but overall, I was not impressed with this set.


PLATE STORAGE

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This is a nice little carrier for nail stamping plates from Pueen. ¬†It reminds me of a little CD case. ¬†You just slide your plates in and there is no more worry about scratches. ¬†I also like that I can see all of the images without having to finger each and every plate…just turn the page.


NAIL STAMPING PLATES

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I got two sets of stamping plates. ¬†The Pueen set came in a storage case, while the Mash set came individually packaged. ¬†Obviously, I have yet to dive into these and do some tests. ¬†(I will post when I do.) ¬†At first glance, I am super happy with them. ¬†The images have lots of variety and potential for creativity. ¬†I can’t wait to get started with them!


The last thing that came was some loose glitter. ¬†I didn’t feel a big need to post about it though. ¬†It’s glitter. ¬†

If you have questions or comments, I would love to know!  Look for coming posts as things arrive and I test them out!

Thanks for reading!  Ta-ta!


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