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Purple Bridesmaid

Bridal Party Nail Art

I recently was in a wedding that was using purple as the color, and did I match that ish or what?  LOL

OPI Color Paints Purple Perspective

I began by painting all of my nails with Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Celeb City.  This is hands down, my favorite silver polish.  I actually like it underneath the Color Paints much better than the polish that OPI released with them.  After the silver base dried, I painted all of my nails with one coat of OPI Color Paints Purple Perspective.

Bundle Monster Plate H16

After that dried, I used a Bundle Monster plate, Konad stamper and scraper, and white stamping polish from the Born Pretty Store.  I chose the rose type of image and stamped all of the nails with white.

Originally, I was going to leave my nails purple and white to match the bouquet, but I thought it was too much, and that’s where the OPI Sheer Tints Don’t Violet Me Down (pictured above) came into play.  One coat of that over all of the nails toned down the white perfectly.  And, as a subtle accent, I used a heart rhinestone on each of my ring fingers.

Purple Nail Art

 

OPI Sheer Tints Don't Violet Me Down

 

Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Celeb City

 

Konad Stamper and Scraper

 

Bridesmaid Nail Art

 

Purple Nail Stamping

 

Rhinestone Nail Accent

I was honestly very happy with how these turned out.  They matched, and were actually pretty easy to do.  It makes me want to match other Color Paints with Sheer Tints.  🙂

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Zoya Pixie Dust

Zoya Pixie Dust

I wanted a quick look for a couple of family get togethers, and this polish came through!  One, it is sparkly, yet subtle.  Two, any nicks from preparing food and washing dishes were easily remedied because this polish is so textured.

Sally Hansen Golden-I

I began with one coat of Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Golden-I, because the Zoya is so sheer.  After that, I topped it off with a coat of Zoya Pixie Dust Bar.  It is a neutral, golden, holographic polish that dries sort of matte and textured.  The outdoor pics don’t show much of the shine because it has been cloudy here.

Zoya Bar

Zoya Pixie Dust Bar

Easy Holiday Nails

To get a better look at the polish, head on over to my Instagram.  There is a video posted.  🙂  @dontjudgemeokaynails

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New Job!

Black and Gold Nail Polish

So, this summer has been full of ups and downs, and super inconsistent posting.  But, I am proud to announce a shift in my career.  Last Friday I was hired, started on Monday, and I feel it is going to be a really positive move in my life.  Because of the time crunch and the hard work, a simple paint job for my nails was necessary.  I decided to go with the colors of the new school I am at, with some black and gold.

Sally Hansen

These were the only two polishes needed for this simple, shiny mani.  I began with two coats of Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Golden-I on all of my nails.  This is the most beautiful gold polish I have ever used!  It goes on easily and is very metallic.  Then, to get the black (and a touch of white) on there, I topped off my nails with Maybelline Color Show Polka Dots Clearly Spotted.  This is another fave of mine.  It’s hard to tell in the pic, but the bottle is half empty, and when it is all gone, I will be sad.

Maybelline Color Show

Maybelline Polka Dots Clearly Spotted

Sally Hansen Golden-I

Metallic Mani

The finished product was fast and I liked it.  It was a good way to sport some new school spirit on the job for the first week, too.

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Jurassic World Theme

Jurassic World Nail Art

I am an embarrassingly huge fan of all things Jurassic Park!  The first one is great, the second one is watchable, the third one is junk, but I still watch it.  I got to go see Jurassic World when it opened this weekend, and had a great time!  I am not going to try and act like it is a brilliant piece of cinema…I can tell you that it isn’t.  But if you are going to jurassic thrills, you will not be disappointed!

Naturally, I wanted to theme my polish for the movie.  The Hubs and I rarely go to the theatre, so I was all out for this date night.  🙂  (On a scale of one to nerd, I’m pretty sure I am closer to the nerd end at this point.)

I searched a few images for inspiration before I began.

Jurassic World

Not my image.

Dinosaur Skin

Not my image.

Dinosaur Skin

Not my image.

I did not want to go with the red, yellow, and black colors from the original movie.  I liked the blue, black, silver theme for the new one.  And, the fossilized dinosaur skin inspired the accent nails.  After this, the work began.  Get ready, because this is going to be quite the post.

Jurassic World

Not my image.

I used all kinds of supplies for this mani.  I will begin with the ones that are not nail polish.

Nail Art Supplies

I used a bath scrunchie (new), cosmetic sponges, glue, and a paintbrush.  I used the sponges to do the gradient and accent nail, the scrunchie for the accent nail, and the paintbrush to paint the glue all around my nails to make clean up easier.

Gradient Nail Polish

For the gradient on my nails I used these polishes.  From left to right: OPI Dining Al Frisco, Essie Blue Rhapsody, Sally Hansen Insta Dri Silver Sweep, Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Gunmetal, and Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Black Out.  Before I sponged on any paint, I did one coat of the Insta Dri on all ten of my nails.  Then, I cut a sponge to be about the size of my nails, painted it in the order that you see, and dabbed away.  Because I was going for the Jurassic World theme, I was not overly concerned with perfection.  It was okay to see it get a little rough in texture and to not have all of the gradients have the exact same amount of blue or black.

Dino Skin Nail Polish

For the accent nails I used brown and gold colored polish.  From left to right: OPI Satin Love.Angel.Music.Baby., Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Branch Out, and OPI Liquid Sand What Wizardry is This.  First, I put on two coats of the satin finish polish.  I purposely chose that so I wouldn’t have too much of a shine.  Then, using a cut off piece of the bath scrunchie, I held in on my nail as I sponged on the other two colors.  Before I lifted the netting of the scrunchie off, I pulled on in a little to get a rough, textured look.  The liquid sand polish also helped with the texturing.

Gradient Sponge

Here are the sponges and piece of scrunchie that I used.  These items are easily found for under a dollar and last forever when you only need a little at a time.

Gradient Before Clean Up

YIKES!  Before clean up, this is how it looked.  Remember, I painted glue on all of my fingers ahead of time, so I waited for the polish to dry and then plucked off the glue.

Glue to Clean Up Nail Polish

Here are some of the glue bits.  They all peeled off easily, and the next pictures I am going to show you are without any acetone clean up at all.  While there are some spots that could benefit from a little tlc, overall I think you will agree that the glue was effective.

Nail Art Gradient

Jurassic World

Dinosaur Skin Nail Art

Metallic Gradient

Textured Nail Art

OPI

Sally Hansen

Each hand is different, and honestly, each nail is different.  I was pleased with how this turned out.  I think it stayed true to the Jurassic World color scheme and I think the dino skin accent nail isn’t too bad.  If you are looking for an easy way to clean up after gradient nail art, the glue thing works.

Thanks for reading and indulging in my nerd of the week moment!

Electrifying Summer Nails

Bright Summer NailsThis was the last week of school and I wanted something bright, borderline tacky, and easy to apply.

Neon Nail Polish

Pink Lemonade, Blue Me Away, Lemonade, Techno

To make this look, I began with painting all of my nails with Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Blue Me Away.  This is a bright, basically neon, blue.  One coat would probably do it, but I did two since I knew I would be moving furniture and stuff during the week.  Next, I painted my middle fingers with Funky Fingers Lemonade.  This is a yellow matte glitter coat, and it is scented.  It is supposed to smell like lemonade, but I honestly just thought it stunk.  On my index finger and pinky I painted Funky Fingers Pink Lemonade, which is also a matter glitter coat and scented.  While it is mildly better than the yellow, it isn’t something I would whiff on purpose.  Finally, I used China Glaze Techno on my thumb and ring finger.  This is a holographic silver hex glitter with small glitter mixed in.  While the yellow, pink, and blue are all neon and play off of each other, the holo added a touch of shiny bling.

Funky Fingers Scented Polish

China Glaze Holographic Glitter Polish

The end result was a mani that I was a little like WHOA toward, but actually got a lot of positive feedback from.  It makes me want to experiment with other color combos for summer.

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Antique Tootsies

Antique Nail Polish

For this, I was trying to achieve a look of tarnished, antique metal.  Sometimes I look at it and think, NAILED IT!  Other times I look at it and just think it looks like two polishes together.  Either way, I am not offended by it.  🙂

Sally Hansen, China Glaze, OPI

For this look I began with painting all of my nails in Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Golden-I.  It took two coats to make it opaque enough to move on.  Then, I let that dry completely.  Next, I crumpled up some plastic and painted China Glaze Turned Up Turquoise onto the plastic.  I then took the plastic and dabbed it all over my nails.  This was certainly a mess and required plenty of clean up afterwards.  Finally, I felt like the green had taken over, but I liked the antique look I was getting, so I crumpled plastic again and this time painted it with OPI Love.Angel.Music.Baby which has a satin finish, so it wouldn’t be as metallic as the Sally.  I think that helped to balance out the colors and achieve what I was going for.

Saran Wrap Nails

Plastic Wrap Nails

Plastic Wrap Nail Art

Whether or not I fully achieved the antique look, I am not sure.  I do think it is neat though, and would be interested in trying the plastic crumpling with other color combos.  What combos have you tried?  Any suggestions?

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Easter Spots

Easter Nail Art

Tomorrow is Easter, so I did my nails in some fun spring colors.  Please excuse and remaining sloppy edges, since I wanted to get some pics in the daylight.  🙂

Pastel Polish

I did each nail in a different spring shade.  From left to right I used: Sally Girl Simple, Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Mellow Yellow, Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Breezy Blue, Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Tickled Pink, and Fresh Paint Honeydew.  Since all of these are light colors, I needed about three coats of each to feel good about them.

Polka Dots

I topped off all of the nails with a coat of Maybelline Color Show Polka Dots Clearly Spotted.  This polish is made of of different sizes of black and white dots, and I wish I had another bottle, because I can’t find it anywhere now.

Robin Egg Nails

I thought these colors looked really fun together, and they will make a cute look for Easter.  The remind of me the Robin Egg candies.

Easy Easter Nail Art

Polka Dot Nail Polish

Spring Nail Polish

This was easy, quick, colorful, and perfect for a sunny day!  And, it will match whatever I pull out of my closet.  🙂

Have a very blessed Easter!  Thanks for reading!

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