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Wax Picking Tool

Wax Picking Tool

As I have mentioned before, I love trolling eBay for deals and steals.  I got this dude for six cents, free shipping, HOLLA!  It is a picking tool for when you are trying to put on gems, studs, etc.  Typically I do this with a dotting tool, tweezers, or my fingers.  I find though that I don’t always get the placement I want when using those things.  When I found this for literally pennies, I thought I would give it a try.

It is about ten inches long, but did arrive broken…

Broken Picking Tool…so I finished the job.

Wax Picking Tool for Nail ArtVoila!  Two for one!  🙂

Nail Art Tool

I peeled the paper off of one of the pieces, and sharpened it using a regular pencil sharpener.  With the heat of your hands, you can mold the tip if you need too.  Next, I tried picking up a few random things.  The pics are a little blurry, but you can see from fimo to studs to bows, it grabs it all!

Picking Up Nail Art

3D Bow

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Metal Stud

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Pearl

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Fimo Fruit Slice

I have not used this to apply anything to my nails yet, but just from this trial run, I believe I will be pleased.  I will let you know what I think after I use it.

Thanks for reading!

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Brightening the Snowy Days

Holo Neon Nails

The weather has been frightful for a while, and with more impending doom this weekend (which is only worth it if I get a snow day on Monday *wink*) I was ready for some bright colors.

Color Club and Studs

For this look I used a Color Club holographic polish and neon studs.

Color Club Harp On It

Color Club Harp On It is a silver, holographic polish.  It is easy to apply evenly.  With two coats, I was completely covered.  And I tried to get in the sunshine to capture the shine.

Neon Nail Studs

The neon studs came from eBay, and there are circle and square studs.  I went with the circles this time around.

Holographic Nails

This turned out to be a very easy mani, and I like it more than I expected to.  Something about the way the holo catches the light is a big part of it, but the simple studs add just enough to keep it bright in the absence of sunlight.

Nail Studs

To attach the studs, all I needed was a spot of clear coat and a dotting tool to pick them up with.  I sealed the entire look with a clear top coat and was ready to go!  Here’s a couple other shots for you.

Winter Nail Art

Color Club Holographic

Neon Nail Studs

Neon Nail Art

Harp On It

Winter Nail Art

Clearly I was a little photo happy here.  Oh well.  🙂  I hope you liked it!  Thanks for reading!

Lazy Beauty

Salon EffectsSo, I made a very real attempt at something cute.  I was using this dark gray, metallic polish.  I had nail stickers chosen, thinking that those would be a quick, cute accent.  I was wrong in so many ways!  The nail stickers ripped, the polish looked streaky, and when I thought it was dry I touched stuff, and realized I was wrong on that too.  UGH!

After removing the epic fail, I had no more patience to try again.  I reached for something I forgot I had stashed away.  (I don’t know if it is considered cheating in the nail polish world, but for me, it was a way to have cute nails without the stress.)  I used Sally Hansen Salon Effects Nail Polish Strips.  Now that I have dug them out, I am wondering why I forgot about them!!!!

Salon Effects Nail Polish Strips Salon Effects Nail Polish StripsI chose Winter Funderland, which is a black base that has silver and blue glitter in different sizes.  Inside of the package you get everything you need to put them on.

Salon Effects SuppliesThere is a little wooden stick, nail file with three sides (the back is a white, buffing side) and the strips.  Pictured is one package unopened, and one leftover sticker from when I used them.  Inside of the package you get two sealed sets of nail polish strips.  There are eight strips in a package, but since I have shorter nails, I can use one strip to cover two nails most of the the time.  Also, when you open the sealed package, it stinks like nail polish, and they are very flexible.  When Sally says it is real nail polish, I believe her.  (I have tried Jamberry once, and didn’t like it; obviously stickers, hard to place right, and too many materials needed if the environment isn’t perfect.)

The instructions are freakishly simple.  Just make sure your nails are clean.  I do put on a base coat, but you don’t have to.  And, I did not use a top coat.

Salon Effects InstructionsI also like how the box has the “polish” color on it so you can see what you are getting into.  Now, check out this shine!  This is without any top coat at all!

Salon Effects Winter FunderlandThese wear like cast iron.  Without a top coat, at the end of the week there was just minimal tip wear.  Ladies, no joke…if you have these stashed somewhere, get them back out.  No dry time, no worrying about cleanup or having steady enough hands to place little jewels, just gorgeous in no time, and then walk out the door!!!

I do not think these are glaringly stickers.  I could paint my nails black with glitter.  Now, once you get into some patterns, that may be a different story.  Also, there are so many size choices, and the excess is so easily trimmed, that there aren’t awkward gaps on the sides of my nails, like lots of other stickers leave you with.

Salon Effects Nail PolishSorry for the dark pics, but the shine was so great that it was hard to get a shot to see what the actual polish looked like.

Tell me what you think about these!  Are they cheating?  Are they legit?  Do I care when I look that good in no time?  🙂  Thanks for reading!

Nail Art for $1

I love the Dollar Tree.  They have all kinds of stuff, and if you shop carefully, you can get some great deals!  Even better, they accept coupons, so it is possible to get things for free.

Anyway…

I was in a Dollar Tree yesterday, and went down the beauty aisle.  I wasn’t feeling any of the polish they had, but then I stumbled across nail art supplies!  There were rhinestone sets that included a top coat, loose glitter, micro beads (caviar), hex glitter, rectangle shaped glitter, (I don’t know the real name for it…it’s the kind that is like little lines)  ice chip glitter, shaped glitter, like hearts, stars, and more.  Each set comes with multiple colors in small vials.  You don’t get a ton of the product, but for $1, it is great for a few manis, lots of accents nails, or just to try something new without having to invest a ton of money in it.

I chose a few of them to take home with me.  The ones that I didn’t pick aren’t because they looked bad, it’s because I felt like I had enough of that type of thing at home already.

I decided to go with the rectangle glitter, nail caviar, hex glitter, and ice chip glitter.

Rectangle Glitter Nail Art

The rectangle glitter came in bright blue, purple, pearl, red, pink, holographic, yellow, and orange.  To me, that seems like a nice variety to work with.

Nail Caviar

 

The nail caviar came in green, red, white, royal blue, purple, light blue, pink, and gold.  What I liked about these is that the caviar seemed to be the color all the way through, versus just a colored silver ball.  When it is a colored ball, I battle with the color not rubbing off.

Hex Glitter

 

The hexes came in holographic, pink, pearl, blue, green, yellow, light blue, and gold.  

Ice Chip Glitter

 

The ice chip glitter came in gold, green, light blue, pink, dark purple, light purple, blue, and red.  I have never worked with this before, but have seen it on nails.  I am anxious to try it.

Sorry for the picture quality.  Like I said before, you don’t get a ton of product, but it is a great way to try something new without wasting a ton of money.  I hope you give them a try!

Thanks for reading.  Toodles!

 

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!

 

Can’t Decide!

I got a couple more things from Amazon today.  I am not going to make another post on them though, until I have more than two items.  Meanwhile, getting these trinkets here and there are making me want to do one of every kind of nail design!  I have flowers, stamps, jewels, SO MANY OPTIONS!

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Hopefully tomorrow I will have a more meaningful post, and a decision on how to wear my nails for the next week.  

Have a great night everyone!  And thanks for welcoming me so warmly to the blogging circle.  I have only been on here for a few days, and I already have a handful of followers, likes, and comments.  I am really enjoying this community!

Ta-Ta for now!

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