Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Plaid Gift Wrap Nails & Burnt Gift Wrap

Hey everyone! 

Merry Christmas Eve Eve. 

Have you got all your holiday shopping done? 

It's a madhouse out there. I hope to NOT go to any dept. stores from now until after Christmas! One of my guilty pleasures is to hit the after-Christmas sales. C'mon $5 body butter! 

Anyway, here's some green plaid gift wrap nails I did last weekend: 


Colors used: 
Wet n Wild Emerald Rock City 
OPI Electric Eel 
Stripe Rite Gold, White and Black stripers 
Konad White 
Black Bow 

I started off with stamping the plaid pattern from the MDU plate using Konad white to make the fine lines.  The base color was this nice emerald green from Wet n Wild and I added more green shimmer from OPI Electric Eel.  I then used my striper nail art polishes over the pattern to add depth and more detail to the plaid.  I thought I had a white bow but I didn't!  The black bow worked fine.  A white bow would have work better! *curses*

Then I decided to "burn" it! Oftentimes, used gift wrap ends up in the fireplace right?


I was inspired by the "burnt love letters" nail art that popped up around Valentines day. I used a sponge to lightly dab some brown and black polish over the design. I erased some of the design using my cleanup brush and a Q-tip dipped in acetone.  It did take some effort to erase through the design but not completely erasing it.  I added a coat of China Glaze Matte Magic to make it matte and give it a distressed look.  Overall, I liked how it turned out and it was definitely what I was going for. 

I hope you enjoyed this look! 

More Christmas nail art to come. 

Thanks for reading! 

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Illamasqua Melange + Unicorns

I purchased Illasmaqua's Melange off of eBay a couple of months ago.  I never got around to wearing it because it was the Halloween/fall season and I wanted to do Halloween nail art.

This color is from their fall 2014 collection and unfortunately is no longer sold in US stores. Illamasqua pulled its US distribution earlier this year for reasons unknown. ::sad pandas:: 

Lightbox shot

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Born Pretty Store: Sailor Moon Stamp Image Plate Review

Hey everyone! 

I am very excited to review today this Sailor Moon stamping plate from Born Pretty Store

This is perfect to create Sailor Moon or celestial inspired nail art

Let's take a look! 



Item No. # 16853

There are two versions of this stamping plate. I received the earlier version.

Current version:


Peppermint Swirl: Water Marble Decals

Hi everyone! 

How's your weekend going? 

Yesterday, I decided to try to make a peppermint swirl water marble using the water marble decals technique. 

Let's take a look! 


Colors Used: 

Zoya Tamsen
Sally Hansen White On

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Monday, December 1, 2014

Loki's Nails Vinyls: Review

Hello everyone! 

I hope you all had a relaxing holiday weekend! 

I was sent for review some lovely nail vinyls from Tara of Loki's Nail Vinyls

This is my first time using nail vinyls so let's take a look! 


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Halloween Nail Art Ideas

Hi! 

Like I said yesterday, Halloween is my favorite time of year for nail art! 

Here's all my Halloween nail art looks completed thus far. I meant to post them individually but time caught up to me. So here they are in one post! 

Enjoy! 

I'll list colors and stamping plates used. I mostly used my Bundle Monster and FUN plates. 

First up: 


Glitter gradient 

Colors used: 
Sinful Colors Black on Black 
China Glaze It's Alive 

This was my first manicure with my newly shaped almond nails. It was new territory for me. 


Cobweb nails with a french tip 

Colors used:

Essie Fill the Gap (base coat)
Essie Pure Pearlfection 
Sinful Colors Black on Black 
Konad Special White (stamping)
Black striper polish 
Silver glitter striper polish  

Stamping Plates: 
DRK-A 
BM013
Fauxnad Plate T13H


I did this as a full manicure. 

How do you paint a french tip with your non-dominate hand? Practice! Lots and lot of practice. 

 

Holographic cobwebs 

Colors used:

China Glaze Grape Pop 
Urban Outfitters Silver Holographic (stamping) 

Stamping Plate: DRK-A 


I added rhinestones from Born Pretty Store but I didn't like this look so I took them off. 


Spiral Nails 

Colors used: 

Layla Mercury Twilight 
Sinful Colors Black on Black 
Urban Outfitters Silver Holographic (stamping) 
Daiso Black (stamping) 
China Glaze Fairy Dust

Stamping Plate: DRK-A 

I'm not sure if this counts as Halloween nails but I read "Uzumaki" (The Sprial) and that was the most frightening thing I ever read. It still terrifies me even thinking about it even though I read it over 5 years ago. 


Happy Halloween from Snoopy and Hello Kitty

Colors used: 

Sally Hansen Insta Dri Dreamsicle
Essie As Gold as it Gets
Daiso Black (stamping) 

Stamping Plates: 

Fauxnad plate CF01 (Snoppy & Hello Kitty) 
Fauxnad plate T13H (cobwebs)
Bundle Monster BM424 (pawprints), BMH07 (Trick or Treat) 


Hello Kitty Pumpkin 

Colors used: 
Zoya Mimi 
Avon Purple Chrome (stamping)

Plates Used: 
FUN Plate 9 (Bows & Bones) 
FUN Plate 10 (Hello Kitty in a Pumpkin)
Fauxnad M17 (Hello Kitty Face)
Bundle Monster BM209 (Witch's Hat) 

I put a witch's hat on the Hello Kitty. The camera didn't really pick it up and the base color was a little too dark. I wanted to put the witch's hat on Snoppy but it didn't fit. This is probably my favorite manicure.

 


 

Purple Kitty Moon 

Colors Used: 

OPI Do You Have This Color In Stock-Holm?
OPI Rumples Wiggin'
Konad Special White (stamping) 

Plates Used: 

Fauxnad plate T13H (cobwebs)
Bundle Monster BM424 (pawprints)
BM14 (stars)
BM04 (kitty)
FUN 10 (moon)

The trees were freehand. 


Blue Kitty Moon

Colors Used: 

OPI DS Magic 
China Glaze Happy go Lucky 
Holographic Glitter 


Skulls & Studs 

Colors used: 

Wet n Wild Roadwork 
Borghese Chroma (sponging) 

Square Studs are from a nail art wheel I bought from Walgreens. 
Skulls I bought off eBay.
The camera and lighting couldn't pick up the silver sponging. 

 

Candy Corn Gradient 

It looks a little textured here because I didn't a topcoat at this point. I wanted to add nail art. 

Colors Used: 

BYS French White 
Sally Hansen Insta Dri Dreamsicle 
Sally Hansen Mellow Yellow
Daiso Black (stamping)


Plate used: Bundle Monster BM405

I wanted melted candy corn but it looks more like flames. 


Plates used: Bundle Monster BM306

Useful Links

How to color in your nail stamps - see Spellbinding Nails stamping decals tutorial 


Stamper? I use the XL squishy stamper. I bought it from Ninja Polish which has since closed. Try this one; I think it's the same but ask the seller.

Well that was fun! 

I might create one more Halloween nail art look but I think I've done all I wanted to do for this year.

Which one was your favorite? 

If you have any further questions regarding these manicures, please email me. I posted links above to where I bought all my plates.  

Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Julep: Halloween Nail Art Contest

Hello everyone! 

Halloween is fast approaching! 

Halloween is my favorite holiday of the year and my all time favorite nail art season. So many great ideas with much creative freedom! 

I was contacted by a representative from Julep to create spooky Halloween inspired nail art to share with all of you. 

Let's take a look! 


Pick of the Litter - A Nail Look with Cat-titude

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Born Pretty Store: Mini Colorful Rhinestones Nail Art Decoration

Hello everyone! 

How is your week going? 

My final review this time around from Born Pretty Store are these Mini Colorful Rhinestone Round Flat Back Acrylic UV Gel Nail Art Decoration.  These are great for any blingy nail art or accent nail.

Let's check it out. 


2mm/3mm/4mm/5mm Mini Colorful Rhinestone Round Flat Back Acrylic UV Gel Nail Art Decoration

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Born Pretty Store: Neon Star Studs

Hello again! 

My next review for Born Pretty Store are these super cute neon star studs. 
These are great for any colorful neon nail art

Let's take a look! 


300Pcs 2mm Shiny Colorful Star Shaped Stud Rhinestone Nail Art Decoration

Item No. # 14437

Colors included: gold, neon green, neon orange, neon yellow, neon purple, silver, neon blue and neon pink. The neon star studs are matte like most neon polishes. 

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Born Pretty Store: QA88 Plate Review

Hello everyone! 

I'm sorry I've been on a sort of hiatus from nail blogging. 

If you want to see more frequent nail updates, please be sure to follow me on Instagram, @misslizards. 

I have for review today the lovely stamping nail art plate, 


Sunday, July 6, 2014

Birthday Nails

Hi everyone! 

Hope you had a wonderful 4th of July! 

Yesterday was my birthday! 

Yay!  

That means birthday nails! 

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

NOTD: Patriotic Glitter Nails

Hi everyone! 

Independence Day is this Friday! 

Thought I'd share some patriotic manicures for you.

First up, patriotic glitter nails! 

Monday, June 16, 2014

Born Pretty Store: 3Pcs/Set Newly Black Handled Nail Art Brush

Hi everyone! 

I have for review today this 3 piece nail art brush set from Born Pretty Store

These high quality detail brushes are a great starter set for anyone looking to learn freehand nail art

Let's take a look! 


3Pcs/Set Newly Black Handled Nail Art Brush For Acrylic Nail Art 

Item No. #12309

Color: Black

Saturday, June 14, 2014

NOTD: Tropical Floral

Hi everyone! 

I hope you are having a splendid weekend! 

I thought I'd share some hibiscus floral nail art I did recently. 

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Born Pretty Store: Punk Metal Chain

Hi everyone! 

I have for review today this cute punk metal chain from Born Pretty Store

This can be used to create any fun punk nail art look!



Item No. 7427 

Color #1 Neon Pink

Price $0.99 USD

Packaged in a resealable bag.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Duochrome French Tip

Hey everyone! 

Quick post today! 

I wanted to wear a Chanel Peridot dupe but thought wearing it was a full manicure would be a little too much for the office but thought I'd try it as a french tip.

I wanted it be more subtle. 

I was inspired by this nail art found through Google image search. 

Saturday, May 17, 2014

More Neon Gradients

Hey everyone! 

On weekends, I like to wear neon because wells it's the weekend! 

Here's a fun neon gradient: 


Indirect outdoor light.


Artificial light


Colors used: 

China Glaze Neon & On On
China Glaze Sun of a Peach 
China Glaze Yellow Polka Dot Bikini 

I first painted my nails white and then sponged on the neon pink, orange and yellow on all nails. I applied a quick dry top coat and added black striping tape in a "V" shape. For the accent nail, I added the tape and sponged over it with black acrylic paint and then removed the tape to create a contrast. I wish I used a more saturated neon orange because it didn't show up too well. Overall, I was happy with it.

This nail art is inspired from my "nail art to try" board on Pinterest: 


It was from this nail art monthly subscription service. I think? It's no longer a site. 


I also like to wear neon shirts. This is me gaming.  If you seen gaming videos pop up on my Youtube channel, that's why.  

Thanks for reading. 

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Born Pretty Store: Shimmer Plaid Water Decals Review

Hello everyone! 

I have for review today some plaid water decals from Born Pretty Store.  Water decals are great if you want quick, no fuss nail art

Let's take a look! 

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Pastel & Studs

Hi everyone! 

I also bought a Japanese nail polish when I bought the Japanese nail art book a few weeks ago. 

I bought Pa A134 a sheer shimmery mint polish. 


Actually it's really sheer so I layered it over Orly's Gumdrop.  

Here's the lovely Gumdrop on its own:


I added some pastel studs from Born Pretty Store. 


For some reason this combination reminded me of Punky Brester.

Thanks for reading! 

**Pastels studs were sent for review from Born Pretty Store. Please see my full post here.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Monday, April 21, 2014

Picture Polish Mask-a-rade + Galaxy nails

Hi everyone! 

I hope you are having a good week! 

Lately, I've been trying to get through some of the untried polishes in my collection. 

I have many untrieds *hangs head in shame*. 

One of my untrieds was Picture Polish Mask-a-rade which I think is now discontinued.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Friday, April 18, 2014

Easter Crosshatch

Hi everyone! 

Easter is around the corner! 

I'm running out time to paint some Easter nail art! 

I thought I would go for something simple and painted this crosshatch design. 

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Seattle Cityscape Nails

Hello everybody! 

Hope your week is going splendid! 

Today, I will be heading to Seattle for some job training and a company meeting. 

What better way to commemorate Seattle than with a cityscape manicure!