Today I have a very easy look that I found on a new app I installed on my phone, it looks like frost and it's awesome!
I simply used China Glaze Frostbite, topped it with Essie Matte About You for the matte effect, then I used a thin brush to add the white, and while it was still wet I pressed loose white glitter on top to make it spark!
Today I found the prettiest blue I have ever seen, China Glaze Frostbite.
This, among some others I'll show you some other time, is my first China Glaze ever.
Up until this point, I've been trying to stick to cheap nail polishes, I have had no problems with some drugstores brands like Sinful Colors and Kleancolor has been a good partner from the start, but when you see all the other beauties you're missing out, it's hard to resist, and these were impossible to.
Thankfully they came in Holiday sets and were cheaper by the bottle, and so far totally worth it.
So here it is by itself
I took this picture in sunlight so you could see the metallic-ish effect it has and to show true color.
You don't have to know me for too long to know that I'm a huge fan of the Baltimore Ravens!
A few years ago I didn't know anything about Football, I always thought it was very stupid to sit and watch 20 seconds of action and 20 minutes of commercials over and over again and I just never really got "it".
And oh how wrong I was and how much of a difference it makes to actually understand what's happening, then you can see how those 20 minutes of commercials are sooo worthy when you get the 20 seconds of super exciting action...
So back to nails, the is another of the MUYF Glitter Bombs I got a couple of days ago. It's supposed to be a holiday nail polish, but it turns out that when you mix it with a purple base color like this, it's the perfect Ravens combo!
Up until now I have only own one indie nail polish. Don't get me wrong, they look amazing! But to be honest, they're not the cheapest, and I can't help but think how many regular nail polishes I can get for what one indie costs.
But today I made an exception, I just really wanted to get some of those amazing glitter bombs that I'm seeing everywhere now. So when Make Up Your Face offered a mystery grab bag for a much more affordable prize, I just couldn't resist, it was a sign!
The downside of buying these is that you don't get to choose what you get, so I was just hoping for the best, and I have to confess I was not disappointed.
Here's what I got
From left to right: Ornaments, Wreaths, & Christmas Treats; Pastel Lover's Paradise; Snow Angel; Girls Rock Your Boys; Funfetti.
It is really very easy to put together a cool Halloween Mani. There are so many options out there, and lots of tutorials for different looks can be found online, that it would be a waste not to at least give it a try.
Actually, it was so hard to decide which one I wanted to try that I just combined them (almost) all!
So here's the breakdown for each nail and what I used:
This was my first time trying on double dots and it wasn't very successful, if I learned anything was that you need to use a pretty opaque nail polish when dotting to make them look nice, and this wasn't the case.
For these I used Kleancolor Pastel Purple and Sinful Colors Let's Talk
This needs no introduction, here's my stash as of August 2012. It looks so small now. I think it's nearly impossible to take a picture now that I'm sure I'm over 600 polishes. But back then I was around 160. The last picture also includes my nail art stash.
You people loooooved this look on Instagram when I did a blue version.
I think a lot of people didn't know about this technique, but I actually found a YouTube tutorial a whileee before that and did this combo of matte black and green.
I used China Glaze Black Mesh (I don't know what I was thinking using a crackle nail polish), Kleancolor Neon Green, the tool is from this Mash nail art brush set and Essie Matte About You.
I think this one was one of my favorite manis for a long time, I loved everything about it!
For these I used some nail guides I got from eBay, I have only seen these on eBay from this UK seller and they come in some many different shapes, it's a must have.
However, I wish they were a little thinner and beware! The glue is sooo strong, more often than not they will come off with your base color and all, so if you want to get them, make sure you use a bonding base and that your base color is really really really dry, like paint the base the night before or something, I'm not exaggerating!
This is, by far, my favorite technique! I just love how unique watermarble is and how awesome they look is for those who don't know what watermarble is. I have to confess it took me a looooong time to get a hang of this, but I have gotten pretty decent.
But back to a year ago, I had no idea what I was doing, but I followed some tutorials on YouTube and this is what it came out, which I have to say it was pretty good for a first time... the second, third, forth and so on weren't nearly as good as this one.
Another trend people hates on that I still like. Magnetic polishes are really cool when using the right set of magnets that is NOT the China Glaze one. However, when I got this first one it was the only one out there and it wasn't too bad, but it was really expensive. Later on I found some cheap Chinese ones I found on eBay that were way cooler, but this first time this is what I got.
Even thought the burgundy color is too serious for me, it was the one I liked the most in this collection. It is China Glaze Instant Chemistry.
This is the only time in my life I have used nail strips. I don't like them, I feel they look fake, they wrinkle and they don't last long. As a matter of fact, these lasted just long enough to take the pictures.
On the bright side, you can't beat the designs! I don't think I have ever seen perfect checkered nails like these, EVER. But the coolest thing about these particular ones is that they glowed in the dark! I was super excited about that feature. Keep in mind this was way before Serum No. 5 Day Glow which was my first glow-in-the-dark nail polish. Now they are so common, they are not even that exciting anymore.
Another trend I early adopted was the stripping tape, I found a set of 10 different colors on eBay for a very good price and I went for it.
When I received them I had nothing to compare them to, so I thought they were the bomb. But in reality they were really bad quality. I think the glue was too strong so when I pulled it out of the roll, the color would peel off :(
This is just a simple swatch of a couple of those Kleancolors that started my addiction.
I can't say enough how good this brand is for starters and even not so newbies. I'm still loving the chuky holo ones and here's Holo Chrome over Pearl Silver.
Around the time I bought the stamping plates, I also got a set of nail art polishes, commonly know as stripers, from Shany that I still use to this day. These strippers are very convenient for nail art and this particular set is very inexpensive and has every color you need and more. The first time I tried I was just playing around with no particular design in mind and this came up, some said it looked like the Pepsi logo so I call them Pepsi nails, even though that's not what I was trying to achieve. I used a red base and did the blue and silver stripe with the Shany set. Also, the nails were growing! :)
I saw a picture of this look on Pinterest and I immediately knew I had to try it. I'm a huge fan of converse shoes and I own many many pairs, including ones in every color of this mani.
For these ones I practiced a lot and had to re do them several times, by the time I was done, my cuticles hated me more than ever, and you know how neons are not very friendly and you have to learn how to deal with them. At the end I was crazy proud of them and kept them for as long as I could. You can tell I was excited because for the first time ever I actually took several pictures of the process.
As I have mentioned before, I totally hate animal print and I'm probably the only person in the world who has never had leopard or zebra print on my nails or anything I own for that matters. However I once did Giraffe nails, inspired by a trip my family took (without me) to Costa Rica where they fed and hung out with giraffes and zebras, among other animals in a Safari.
I don't remember much about the inspiration behind these ones, but it's not only stamping, but the first time I used glitter. Also, my nails start to look longer and overall better now, but not my stamping, not at all.
The first nail art obsession I developed was stamping. I went to Amazon and bought this set of plates.
I learned about stamping on a trip to Las Vegas when walking down the Strip some guy tried to sell us a big plate of them for like $100 and during his speech he let us try a design.
A couple of days later, my sister bought the pink Konad set that everybody have at CVS but I wasn't super sold yet. Eventually I found those Shany ones and I liked the designs so I got them.