Friday, November 21, 2014

Minimalist Plaid Nail Art

It's always fun to re-discover colors that you forgot you had. This week I re-discovered Revlon Timeless., a gorgeous dove gray. I bought this polish on a whim a long while ago and then completely forgot about it. The moment I put it one I thought of how great it would look with gold. Since I am currently obsessed with plaid -like I always am around this time of year - I decided to do a soft minimalist pattern.


Tools:
Medium Striping Brush
Small Detailing Brush

Colors used:
Revlon Timeless
Revlon Gold Coin
Sinful Colors Snow Me White

Steps:
I started with two coats of Timeless. The formula is pretty thin, but built up nicely in just two coats. Once dry I used my striping brush to apply my plaid pattern with Gold Coin. I added the "stitching" detail with my small detailing brush and Snow Me White.





Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Black Rose Nail Art

A sad but true fact: black roses don't actually exist in nature. Most roses that are mistaken for black are actually just a really dark red or maroon. This bums me out to no end. I would love  to be able to buy a dozen black roses. Instead I will have to settle for painting them on my nails. 



Tools:
Medium striping brush
Small detailing brush

Colors used:
Elevation Polish Limestone (base color)
Sinful Colors Black on Black
Zoya Geneviev (mixed with white polish)
American Apparel MacArthur Park (leaves)

Steps:
I began with two coats of Limestone. I then used my medium striping brush to apply my black polish in small non-uniform blobs for the roses. I added dimension the roses using Zoya Geneviev mixed with some white polish and nail polish thinner. I used my small detailing brush and MacArthur Park to create the leaves.



Monday, November 17, 2014

Mani Monday: Esmaltes da Kelly Bruna and Leaf Nail Art

Since I am currently on a low buy I decided now would be the perfect opportunity to go through my untrieds. I got Esmaltes da Kelly Bruna a few months ago and then promptly forgot about it. Last night while deciding what color to wear it caught my eye.


Bruna is a soft pink crelly with red and pink small and micro-glitter. The formula is on the thick side which I was surprised by, but applied nicely. I used two coats for full opacity. I was originally going to just wear Bruna by itself but felt like it needed a little something extra. I decided to freehand some black and white leaves.

Tools:
Small detailing brush

Colors used:
Sinful Colors Black on Black
Sinful Colors Snow Me White




I realized when I was done with my nails that they matched the bottle. Aren't the Esmaltes da Kelly bottles utterly adorable?

Friday, November 14, 2014

7 Deadly Nail Sins

We all have them. Those habits that we know are bad for our us. Mine tend to be centered around sugar. Today's post are about those bad habits some of us have when it comes to our nails.


Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Nail Art Quickie: Golden Vine Stamping

I was at a complete loss when I sat down to do my nails last night. I did what I normally do when I and went through my stamping plates and colors on my desk to create a hodgepodge of things slapped together. A nail art chili if you will. 


Tools used:
Bundle Monster Plate 510

Colors used:
China Glaze Don't Get Derailed
NY & Co. Millionaire

Top Coat: 
KB Shimmer Clearly on Top