Tuesday, April 24, 2012

ASBMF #3: Glitter Sammy

This post is going to be short and sweet!

This was my first real attempt at a glitter sammy (aka jelly sandwich). I used Essie Sugar Daddy (I think?) and CG (China Glaze) Snow Globe.

ASBMF #2: Ladybugs and Giveaway Update!

Ok so I know it's been a while since I posted and I am sorry for that!! I HAVE been doing the manis, I am just behind in posting! So I want to tell you all first and foremost THANK YOU for following me!! Second, I am on my phone because I am visiting my family and I don't have access to my comp so pics will be on the small side for now. Thirdly, as soon as I get on my moms computer (hopefully tomorrow or Wednesday) I will announce the winners of my 100 follower giveaway!

Now that I got those things out of the way I will get to my mani! I have done ladybugs before but this time I did something a little different! I put eyes on them and switched up the colors! The names of the colors escape me for now, but I'll update this when I get home. Here are my spring ladybugs!!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

April Showers Bring May Flowers (ASBMF) #1: Spring Pastels/Tutorial

I recently joined a FB group that is doing a Spring Challenge. It's called April Showers Bring May Flowers Challenge started by the lovely Hannah over at Polished Prisms. There are 14 different mani's to do that I can do at my own pace. I love that I can do it whenever I want. Makes life easier LOL. With 2 kids running around and my wifely duties (house cleaning etc... especially since husband is gone for 3 weeks for work) a woman can get pretty busy and tired!! So my own pace is good! Here is the challenge!

Ok, so the first challenge was for a simple pastel mani. I was at Target with my kids and I went down the Easter aisle and it had Easter jelly beans. As soon as I saw them I was inspired to do a mani that looked like those jelly beans! As soon as I was done I posted the pic and I had a few people ask me how I did it! For the life of me I cannot remember the video I watched that I got this idea from, but let it be known that this type of mani was not "invented" by me!

So now, I will make my FIRST EVER tutorial!! This is my jelly bean mani!

Ok, to start off you need to choose the colors you want. You don't have to have pastels. I chose pastels for 2 reasons. 1.) It was part of my challenge, and 2.) It's Spring/Easter time! Pastels are a must during spring! Anyway, choose your colors. You will want slightly darker shades of the colors (or different is you so choose) you chose to use for the speckled part. Now paint your base color in which ever order you want them to be in. Here are the colors I used:

The bottom half of the picture are the colors used for the speckles

For this part you will need a paint palette or something similar that won't "melt" from acetone/polish remover. I have a cheap $.99 paint palette from Michaels. I usually tape my fingers as shown. Helps minimize the clean up! Next what you want to do is just put a drop or two of the darker shade polish and mix in a bit of acetone to make it thinner. Not too watery or it won't work!
Please excuse the nails. I needed a fill, but I took my acrylics off instead.

Ok, get ready for the messy part! Take a brush (I use a cheapo eye shadow brush and trimmed it down a bit) and dip it in the nail polish mixture. Then hold the brush as shown below. Please excuse the dry thumb. I had used acetone to clean my finger before the picture. Once you are doing this, just lets the bristles slide off your thumb to "fling" the polish at your finger. Make sure you keep your finger close to the brush and at the correct angle. This does get quite messy so be aware.
I had dinged my index finger so the finished product looks different

Once you "fling" the polish onto your nail the way you like it then do your normal clean up, top coat and moisturizing then move on to the next and follow the same steps with the mixture and brush! Then you're done!
As you can see the left is before clean up and top coat. The right is the finished product.

If anyone ends up trying this let me know!! I'd love to see your take on this mani!!

Sunday, April 8, 2012

100 Follower Giveaway!!!

Wow!! 100 followers!! So exciting!! Hannah over at Polished Prisms was my 100th follower! Thanks Hannah!!

Ok followers! Another giveaway! Lets get the boring stuff outta the way shall we? Rules: Have fun! Ok done with the boring stuff! Onto the giveaway!

For the first prize we have here a BN, never used, only taken out of the box for photos OPI DS Ruby! That's right DS Ruby!! With the awesome DS is Poshe Fast Drying Basecoat and Beyond Belief Apple Crisp Lotion!

For the second prize, we have AGAIN, a BN, never used, only taken out of the box for photos OPI DS Vintage!! Along with the DS Vintage you get Pixel Oh GOLY GEE!, and Out the Door Fast Drying Top Coat Mini!

Good luck to those of you who enter my giveaway! Can't wait to see who the winners will be!! Thank you to my wonderful followers for making this giveaway happen!!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

The Diva Loves Max!

Hello my wonderful polish addicts, lovers, and obsessors!! Today I have for you a GORGEOUS duo that I happened to figure out by accident!

I was just sitting at my nail station, which is also my computer desk, and I was swatching some new colors I purchased today. One of the purchases I made was OPI Diva of Geneva. Oh this color is spectacular!! It's like a purple based red shimmer polish! Oh it's beautiful. I'll have swatches of that beau by itself later on!

There is another color that I purchased a while ago that I just received in the mail around March 28th. Another gorgeous color! It's Max Factor Fantasy Fire (aka the Clarins 230 dupe). This baby is awesome!! Purple jelly case with color morphing glitter/shimmer. What would you call that? Anyway, it changes from red to yellow to green. It's wonderful!

Ok so as I was swatching DoG (Diva of Geneva), I had an epiphany! Layer Fantasy Fire over DoG!! Lordy I am so glad I did too! It's hard to explain the look so why don't you all take a look at the pics. We all know that's why you're really here anyway right? ;-)