Tuesday, September 25, 2012

I don't even know what to say about these other than RAINBOW AND LIGHTNING PUKE

Hey everybunny! Sorry I haven't been posting much lately, I've been busy at work and busy after work getting ready for a festival I'm going to this weekend so unfortunately my blogging has fallen by the wayside :( I'm hoping to get another post or two up this week before I leave, though, and to resume semi-regular posting again next week!

What have you guys been up to? Me, I've just been, I don't know, painting sunshines puking rainbows and rainclouds puking lightning bolts on my nails.

I had the idea for these nails a few weeks ago but every time I decided to do them it felt like too much work, or I had something else I wanted to do more, or I just couldn't decide whether to do sunshines and rainclouds all one one hand or do all sunshines or all rainclouds or I don't know this is why I'm crazy.

Finally last night I was like okay dummy you're really excited about this idea so just do it already. So I just did it. And I'm really pumped that I did because I think they are so funny. I giggle every time I look at them. Look how happy those sunshines are to be puking rainbows.

The background of the sunshine nails is Zoya Robyn, probably my favorite blue polish I own and one of my favorite polishes in general. It's gorgeous and saturated and perfect and lovely and just such a pretty shade of blue. The sunshines are China Glaze Happy Go Lucky and the rainbow is (from red to purple) OPI Red Lights Ahead, Where?, Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Sun Kissed, China Glaze Happy Go Lucky, Essie Mojito Madness, Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Pacific Blue, and OPI Funky Dunkey.

These nails actually weren't as difficult as I thought they would be and they wouldn't have even been very time-consuming except for the fact that I had to do 3 coats of Happy Go Lucky for the sunshines and they got all lumpy and gloppy and I had to spend a lot of time smoothing them out/making them opaque. The rainbows were also a little tricky and time-consuming, partially due to all the bottles I had to open, haha! I freehanded everything on my left hand with my mid-length striper brush.

Luckily the design I have on righty here was much easier to accomplish with my non-dominant painting hand!

I painted the base color (Zoya Kristen, I bet you guys can guess that I love this polish/color/formula since it's a Zoya and I love ALL ZOYAS), then used a really small square-ish brush to sort of dab on the cloudy shapes using Essence Movie Star. After that had dried I used the same brush to dab on China Glaze Pelican Gray kind of haphazardly to add some depth to the clouds.

I used my mid-length striper to paint the faces, lightning bolt and rain drops. The drops are China Glaze Secret Peri-wink-le. LOOK AT THOSE ANGRY STORM CLOUD FACES LOL.


Here is a special bonus shot of my thumbs together so you can fully appreciate the dichotomy of this weather vomit.

Okay. Phew! That was a big post. What do you guys think of these nails? Do they make you giggle too?

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Girly little gradient flowers

Hey lovers! Happy Wednesday! How's everyone's week going? Mine's been pretty cool, just you know, painting my nails and hanging out with friends and working a lot. Going running. Avoiding things like showering, grocery shopping and other boring grown-up tasks. The usual.

Last night I did these girly little gradient flowers and I kinda love them.

I had no idea what I was going to do when I started painting my nails. Actually, that's a lie. I picked two different designs from my lightbox on Shutterstock, started picking out colors for each of them in turn, and then gave up on each because it just seemed TOO HARD. Then I decided to do a design I've been thinking about for a while so I picked out all the colors for that design and laid them all out and got all ready. Then right as I was about to start painting, I blacked out, and when I came to I was inexplicably painting my nails with Zoya - Breezi, which had nothing to do with the design I planned. Oops.

I guess last night I just didn't have it in me to do a complex design. Some nights are just like that, you know? Sometimes you just gotta pick a really pretty color, paint it on your nails, and then sit around watching tv while you decide what else to paint IF YOU EVEN WANT TO PAINT ANYTHING. I actually almost just left my nails a solid color because Breezi is so ridiculously pretty, sort of a dusty very slightly teal-ish blue. The formula was perfect as always. I'm so in love with Zoya cremes it's almost embarrassing at this point.

Anyway, I had the idea to do simple little gradient flowers in shades of pink and I got really pumped about it. At first I tried them using my little mid-length striper brush and drawing simple petals one inside the other, but I didn't like that design as much as I thought I would. So I tried it this way, et voila! I was really happy with how they came out.

This design is so cute to me and it was so simple! All I did was a ring of dots in my lightest pink (China Glaze - Something Sweet), a smaller ring of dots overlapping the first one on the inside (Zoya - Shelby), and finally one big dark pink dot in the very center (China Glaze - Rich & Famous). I love the gradient effect and I really love how my nails look with a full pattern like this.

I extra like these nails because they were easy enough to do on both hands without much stress. I love when my hands match! It makes me feel like I'm wearing nail wraps or something. I also like this further-away shot of my hands because the flowers look more gradient-y than in the closer shots!

Okay, that's all for today! What do y'all think of these little gradient flowers?

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Neon stars pooping rainbows? Puking rainbows?

Hai guys! I have a backlog of posts from over the weekend but I did these last night and I COULDN'T WAIT TO SHOW YOU.

The weather here in good ol' Georgia has been cloudy/rainy for days now and it's depressing the shit out of me, so yesterday I decided that neon was the cure. Specifically, ALL OF THE NEON. 

I was going to do multicolor skittles and replicate the little dotted heart tips I did sometime last week, but then I got an image of neon stars pooping rainbows (um... puking rainbows? trailing rainbows because they're stars and they don't poop? or puke? WHATEVER) and I couldn't get the image out of my head so I just had to go ahead and do it.

The base color pink is Orly - Beach Cruiser, which, as well all know, is my favorite neon pink EVER. That awesome sparkly-ish neon purple is China Glaze - Flying Dragon, one of my other favorite neons even though it's kind of dark for a neon. The green is China Glaze - In the Lime Light and the blue is Orly - Skinny Dip, and they both have this pretty little shimmer that makes them that much more awesome. The coral is China Glaze - Pool Party, and though it looks extremely similar to Beach Cruiser in most of these pics, they are really easy to tell apart IRL.

I wish that neons weren't effing impossible to photograph because these pictures seriously do NO justice to how bright these are in real life. SO BRIGHT. I wish it was sunny so I could see how extra-bright they'd be in the sun but I'm also afraid they would literally blind me.

It was already late when I started these nails and they took me way longer than I expected, so I kept it simple on righty with a coat of China Glaze - Fairy Dust over Beach Cruiser. These are like sparkly Barbie princess nails on crack. I love them.

These nails have definitely had the intended effect of cheering me up! I think if I ever do them again I'll do a white/neutral base so all the neons pop more. I love how ridiculous these are, though. What do you guys think?

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Zoya Malia with nail art and GLITTER

Hay y'all! So this week I've been in a pretty hardcore paint-my-nails-every-day mood, but a couple nights ago I put on Zoya - Malia, another Zoya from my BOGO haul, and I couldn't bear the thought of taking it off the next day. I don't think I've ever loved a creme polish like I love this color.

My camera has a really hard time with purples (like a lot of cameras). Malia is a little more red-leaning and less blue than these pictures show, but man, you can still tell how EFFING PRETTY it is. The accent nail is China Glaze - Fairy Dust, another all-time favorite of mine. Just look at those teeny holographic sparkles.

Last night I was ready to do something new to my nails, but as I mentioned, just could not bring myself to take this color off. So I decided to combine the best of both worlds, and did some new designs on top of my day-old manicure!

I started with some teeny little flowers but I didn't like the way they were coming out so I quickly removed them (a perk of having a thick layer of topcoat on already - you can take off designs... to an extent anyway) and started over.

I didn't really know what I wanted to do. I only knew the colors I wanted to use, and then I started thinking about a funky sort of half-frame and this is what resulted!

I did this design using only, as usual, my trusty little mid-length striper brush with half its little bristles cut off. I don't think I would even know how to use anything else at this point. The pink is Zoya - Shelby, which is ANOTHER polish from my Zoya BOGO haul (are you guys getting tired of me saying that yet? I still have four I HAVEN'T EVEN POSTED ABOUT YET HAHAHA!). The turquoise is OPI - Mermaid's Tears

I considered doing the same design on the Fairy Dust accent nail, but then I was like, you know what would make this glitter better? More glitter.

The gradient is done with Spoiled by Wet n' Wild - Trust Fund Baby. SQUARE glitter, be still my heart.

Alrighty, that's all for today! Special announcement: all manicures henceforth shall prominently feature Zoya Malia. Forever. And ever.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Dotted heart tips!

Hi everyone! Usually I post my nails the day after I paint them because I'm way too pumped to hold them in a queue for later, but I've been neglecting to post as much as I've been painting so I finally have a nice backlog of pictures to get to. They're mostly just NOTD creme/glitter combos but I did these cute little dotted heart tips on Sunday night and for some reason didn't post them on Monday, so here they are!

I spent the day at a creek on Sunday and so by the time I was home and done eating dinner, etc. I was sleepy and relaxed but still really wanted to paint my nails. I sat and gazed at all my new Zoyas for a while (I do a lot of gazing at my polish, can you guys tell? Do y'all do this too? it's all just so pretty!) before finally just settling on the combo that kept jumping out at me for some reason.

The blue is Zoya - Natty, from the new fall 2012 collection. The neutral is Zoya - Kennedy, and it's a dupe for OPI's My Very First Knockwurst from their fall 2012 collection. I wanted MVFK because let's face it, I'm a hoarder of neutral polishes, but when I found out that Kennedy was a dupe I decided to get that in the Zoya BOGO sale instead :)

Natty is the most delightful dusty navy blue color and the formula is perfection, almost a one-coater but I did two to make it look perfect. I don't know what it is about navy blue polish, but all the ones I own have the best formulas. Kennedy is a nude with pink undertones which come out pretty strongly on me because my skin is olive-toned. I really, really like it. I did 3 coats, the formula was a little thick but it self-leveled nicely so I'm happy.

I was just going to paint my nails and leave them as is, but I wanted to do just a little bit of nail art to accent them (of course). I didn't really know what I was doing when I started - I was planning to just do some swirls of dots but then before I knew what was happening they had turned into these little heart tips.

This is the simplest nail art I've done in a loooong time (maybe ever haha) but for some reason I love it SO MUCH. I love the color combo, I love the contrast of the reversed design, I think the hearts are adorable and I love how easy it was to do. They remind me of country cross-stitch or painting or something. I'm filing this one away in the ol' mind-brain for next time I want to do nail art but keep it simple. FOR SURE. Expect to see this one again.

So what do you guys think? Do you like my simple little heart tips or am I experiencing delusions of grandeur with my love for them? I CAN'T HELP MYSELF.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Blue & pink swirls!

Hey lovers! Long time no see! I'm back from a brief hiatus due to a combination of busy-ness and extreme laziness (let's face it, I could have posted SOMETHING over the weekend when I was watching Breaking Bad for six hours straight but I couldn't pull myself away). Anyway, like I said on the ol' Tumblr, expect to see more of me this week because I have lots to show you guys. Let's start with these babies I did last night!

I hit up Ulta yesterday after work for their BOGO sale on butter LONDON and picked up my first two BL polishes I've been lemming basically forever. Of course I couldn't wait to use one of them, so I picked this amazing, saturated, jewel-like blue that is butter LONDON - Blagger. The formula is impeccable, the color is beautiful, and all in all I'm pretty pleased with this defeated lemming.

The berry shade is Zoya - Reagan, part of Zoya's summer 2012 line. I picked Reagan up as part of my Zoya order I placed during THEIR awesome BOGO sale because I've been wanting her for months. I'm fairly certain she is a dupe for OPI Dim Sum Plum AND OPI Ate Berries in the Canaries, so that's 2 OPIs off my wish list too :)

The formula of Reagan, like all of my Zoyas, was a perfect buttery smooth 2-coater. My love for Zoya just keeps growing and growing. I'm finding it hard to contain it, honestly.

The pattern is something that just happened when I started painting. These are (I think) the third set of nails I've done using patterns I doodle all the time, the first set being these neon eye burners and the second being the accidental triangle nail art I did more recently. It's fun doing nails based on patterns I've been doing forever because my hands sort of just do their thing and I don't have to think about it much.

I really can't get enough of blue and pink together (as I'm sure you guys all know) and while usually I prefer to combine my blues and pinks in neon form, I think these pretty, jewel-tone colors are a nice transition to fall (which just started happening here in Georgia... the days are still 80 degrees but the nights are nice and cool!)

Don't be alarmed, though, you guys. I'm still going to use neons whenever I feel like it (aka 75% of all my manicures). All fall, all winter, all spring. I just can't bear to rule them out because it's not summer anymore.

Anyway, that's all for today! I'm pretty pleased with these nails and hope you guys like them too. See y'all again soon!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

OPI Metallic 4 Life + art deco-y accents

Hay y'all! How was everyone's long weekend? Mine was SO nice, I got to hang out with friends, spend a lot of time with my boyfriend, go to the pool, hang out with my family and have a big bonfire in my backyard... oh and do SIX LOADS OF LAUNDRY since our washer was broken for 2 weeks. And watch a whooole lotta Breaking Bad.

I also did these nails last night and honestly I can't figure out if I like them or not so I will let you guys help me decide!

I got a sudden urge to pull out OPI - Metallic 4 Life, a color I loved when I first got it but haven't used in a while. It's still awesome, for anyone who wondered. It's a little thick but so full of glitter that's to be expected and it's not so thick that it's a huge pain to work with. It's also a 2-coater, which is awesome considering the black base is pretty sheer after one coat. I think it looks like extra-sparkly asphalt.

I knew I wanted to do a pattern on top (somewhat like these nails I did months ago) but I didn't really know what. I picked out the other 2 colors pretty quickly and then just started painting. The green is Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear - Green With Envy, and the lilac is Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear - Lacey Lilac. Both of these colors are really nice for nail art, they are soft and pastel-y but nice and opaque. Lovin it.

I don't really know where this design came from, it just started becoming a thing so I let it happen. I really can't decide if I like them or not. Sometimes I glance at them and I'm like yeah girl! Sweet nails! But then other times I'm looking at them and I'm all >_< I JUST WANNA TAKE THESE OFF. My dad loved them when he saw them, he said they look like art deco buildings and after Google imaging that I have to agree with him. It makes me like them a little more because he likes them :)

I definitely like these colors together, though. I think I may have been happier with these nails if I had left the design off at the first layer and not added the second row of lines (if that makes sense). I very rarely manage to adhere to the "less-is-more" principle when I'm painting my nails.

Here is a bonus swatch shot of Metallic 4 Life! Look how great this polish is. So great. Really really great (for real though I really do like it a lot).

Alrighty, that's all for today! What do y'all think of these nails? I'd love to get other opinions! I'll probably be back sooner rather than later since these are definitely coming off tonight one way or the other. :)