Thursday, March 14, 2013

Digit-al Dozen geek week day 4 - pi nail art!

Hey loves, happy pi day! I'm going to be brief today - I don't know if I'm getting sick or having a massive allergy attack but I feel awful and all I want to do is watch TV or sleep right now. :(

I don't know if you guys have ever been to Reddit Laqueristas, but it's a great subreddit full of great people who love nails! One of the users on there (lemonbee) suggested a couple days ago that I do pi nails for today, and it matched up so perfectly with this week's theme that I couldn't resist!

Dressed Up Nails - pi symbol nail art

I started these with three coats of OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls, which I regret not getting a backup of more and more every time I use it. Then I used my small detailing brush and my striping brush to paint the pi symbols in some of my favorite colors - China Glaze Rich & Famous, Color Club Wild Cactus, China Glaze Mimosas Before Manis, China Glaze Hanging in the Balance, and Sephora by OPI Domestic Goddess.

These took a little longer than I originally anticipated but I think they turned out pretty cute!

Dressed Up Nails - pi symbol nail art

Dressed Up Nails - pi symbol nail art

Dressed Up Nails - pi symbol nail art

That's all for today! What do y'all think of these?

Don't forget to check out the other ladies' manis for today!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Digit-al Dozen geek week day 3 - robot nails!

Hey guys! This post is going up RIGHT before the cutoff for day 3 of geek week but I made it! I didn't have time to do my nails last night so I had to wait until tonight but I finally made it.

I have this cute robot necklace that my sister gave me and I've always thought about doing nails based on it, so I decided that this week would be a good time to do it!

Dressed Up Nails - robot and rhinestone nail art

These started with a base of China Glaze Tart-y for the Party, a beautiful pastel lavender with a perfect 2-coat formula.

Dressed Up Nails - robot and rhinestone nail art

I used my mid-length striper brush to paint the robot shapes in China Glaze Icicle. These were pretty easy because they were just a rectangle and semicircle with cute arms!

Dressed Up Nails - robot and rhinestone nail art

After the silver was on, I used my tiny detailing brush to do the outlines in American Apparel Hassid. I wasn't going to do the outlines at first, but the silver definitely needed a little more detail and I think the black finished it nicely.

Dressed Up Nails - robot and rhinestone nail art

Finally I attached all the rhinestones with a little bit of topcoat and then topcoated the whole thing.

Dressed Up Nails - robot and rhinestone nail art

I think these turned out pretty cute and I love the colors together! What do you guys think?

Don't forget to check out what the other ladies did for today (and posted on time haha)!

Wednesday

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Digit-al Dozen geek week day 2 - holographic binary nail art with Color Club Halo Hues!

Hey guys! Today I have some nails to show you using two colors from the new Color Club Halo Hues collection from spring 2013 - Beyond and Over the Moon. I did these a couple days ago when it was super sunny because I wanted to get some good swatch pics, but literally as soon as I finished painting for the first swatch the sun was gone haha. UGH. Luckily I have a daylight bulb in my desk lamp so I was still able to get some good holo pics!

The formula on both of these is impeccable. I wore them without top or base coat and they were both opaque in 2 perfect, easy coats. I only wore the nail art for an afternoon so I can't speak to the longevity of these without a topcoat, but I can say that I spent the afternoon cleaning the house and then I took a shower and my nails were still perfect afterward - which is definitely saying something! They also dry crazy fast, which is AWESOME.

Dressed Up Nails - Color Club Beyond, Halo Hues Spring 2013

Color Club Beyond is a black linear holo. OMG JUST LOOK AT THIS YOU GUYS. This is the first holo polish I've ever worn and I think my eyeballs popped out of my head when I put it on.

Dressed Up Nails - Color Club Beyond, Halo Hues Spring 2013

Dressed Up Nails - Color Club Over the Moon, Halo Hues Spring 2013

Color Club Over the Moon is a bright blue linear holo. This one was more holo in real life than it's showing up in pictures - I LOVE it.

Dressed Up Nails - Color Club Over the Moon, Halo Hues Spring 2013

When I was brainstorming ideas for geek week, I asked my boyfriend for his input and he suggested binary nails! I really liked the idea and I decided to do them with these holo polishes so they'd look sort of futuristic/computer-y (don't judge me).

Dressed Up Nails - holographic binary nail art with Color Club Over the Moon and Beyond

I seriously LOVE the way these came out. I wasn't sure if I'd be able to pull them off at first but I think I managed to do okay!

Dressed Up Nails - holographic binary nail art with Color Club Over the Moon and Beyond

I started with a base of two coats of Over the Moon and then used my tiny detailing brush to freehand the ones and zeroes in Beyond. FUN FACT: the binary says "nails"! I found a binary translator online and I thought it'd be fun if my nails actually said nails... IN BINARY. The first two nails say "nails" together, and the second two say "nai" I think... I ran out of room haha.

Dressed Up Nails - holographic binary nail art with Color Club Over the Moon and Beyond

The sun came out literally just in time for me to take these pictures and then went away as soon as I was done - thanks, sunshine! I was really happy because just LOOK at this holo in full sun.

Dressed Up Nails - holographic binary nail art with Color Club Over the Moon and Beyond

Dressed Up Nails - holographic binary nail art with Color Club Over the Moon and Beyond

All in all I'm happy with how these came out and I think they were such a cool idea! Props to my neat boyfriend for coming up with it. What do you guys think?

Color Club polishes can be found on their website and you can also follow them on Facebook and Twitter!

Don't forget to check out the other ladies' manis for today! :)




Products in this post were provided for review.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Digit-al Dozen geek week day 1 - golden ratio nail art

Hey guys! It's time for another Digit-al Dozen theme week and this week's theme is geek! I had a lot of ideas for this theme and I'm pretty excited about this week.

Today I have some color block nails based on the golden ratio!

Dressed Up Nails - golden ratio color block pastel nail art

The golden ratio is a principle of good proportions in math and art. It's basically a rectangle divided into a square and another rectangle that's divided into a square and another rectangle etc. I loved the idea of doing nails based off the golden ratio - it's pleasing to look at and I definitely think it's a sufficiently geeky concept for a manicure this week haha.

Dressed Up Nails - golden ratio color block pastel nail art

I started this design with a base of China Glaze I'm Not Lion, still one of my all-time favorites. When I first started working on it, my base was China Glaze Dandy Lyin' Around... but then when I started the art portion I messed it up really bad so I had to start alllll over. If you follow me on Instagram you saw the picture I posted of DLA... basically I hate it haha. Worst formula EVER and a total pain to apply, so I didn't want to have to do it AGAIN.

So anyway, when I started over I decided to go for a nice glitter with a good formula instead and I'm super glad I did!

Dressed Up Nails - golden ratio color block pastel nail art

I freehanded the design using my mid-length striper brush. I started by painting a large rectangle on each nail extending from almost the base to the tip of my nails. Then I painted smaller rectangles on top of the first, forming a square and a rectangle. I repeated that until I had used 5 colors on each nail.

Dressed Up Nails - golden ratio color block pastel nail art

The colors I used are all from the China Glaze spring collection - Fancy Pants, Tart-y for the Party, Mimosas Before Manis, Life is Rosy, and Keep Calm, Paint On.

Dressed Up Nails - golden ratio color block pastel nail art

I love color blocking, so I really like the way this turned out! I'm especially happy that I ended up using a glitter base. What do you guys think?

Don't forget to check out what the other ladies have for today!

Friday, March 8, 2013

Money Smart Nail Art: matte stripes and roses tutorial!

Hey everybunny, happy Friday!! About a week or so ago I found out about the Money Smart Nail Art competition at MoneySupermarket. Basically for this competition the idea is to create a tutorial for nails that can be created inexpensively and make you feel awesome and pretty without spending a lot of money on a profesh manicure or lots of new clothes and jewelry and whatnot. I really liked the idea of doing a tutorial like that, but I've been so busy I was sure I wouldn't be able to pull it off in time.

Well, last night I was getting ready to do my nails and I was like, you know what? I'm gonna do it. I'm goin for it. IT'S TUTORIAL TIME. So I did some springy, pretty matte stripes with roses and then I made a tutorial!!

Dressed Up Nails - matte stripes with roses, spring/Easter nail art

I did this design first on my friend Brittony last weekend and she loved it, and I think it's really good for nail art on a budget because you only need a few things - some polish, a striping brush, and matte topcoat.

The polishes I used are all Sinful Colors, which are not only $2 each regularly, but also go on sale all the time. Right now they're actually on sale at Walgreens for 4/$5! You can buy a striping brush for only a couple dollars on eBay, Amazon, or Born Pretty Store. The matte topcoat I used is from MASH and is currently on sale for $4 - you can't beat that!

Dressed Up Nails - matte stripes with roses, spring/Easter nail art tutorial
LOOK AT THAT! Baby's first picture tutorial. This took me wayyy too long but I'm proud of how it came out, and next time it'll be a lot easier since I kind of have all the formatting and sizing down! You can also enlarge it to see the steps better. :)

1. Start with your base color. I used three coats of Sinful Colors Easy Going, a gorgeous suuuuper light pink that pulls almost neutral on me.

2. Using your striping brush and a second color, add stripes to your nails. I used Sinful Colors Sweet Tooth. The striping brush makes this so easy because all you have to do is sort of lay the brush on your nail and drag it. The stripes almost make themselves!

3. Using just the brushes from the polish bottles, make blobs of color at your cuticles. I used Sinful Colors Sweet Nothing (dark blue) and Sugar Rush (light blue). These can be as irregular and imperfect as you want.

4. Using your striping brush, add curved detail lines in opposing colors on the blobs. This doesn't have to be perfect either! Just picture the petals of a rose and paint curved lines haphazardly until it looks like you want.

5. Using your striping brush, add little leaves. I used Sinful Colors Mint Apple for my leaves. All you want to do is basically just touch the tip of your brush to the nail, which will make a nice little leaf shape.

6. Wait a few minutes, add your matte topcoat, and you're done!

Dressed Up Nails - matte stripes with roses, spring/Easter nail art

I like this design a lot because it's super cute and doesn't require a lot of effort or perfection. Doing stripes takes a little bit of practice, but it's amazing how fast you can get the hang of it. And if stripes seem too daunting, these would be just as cute without them!

Dressed Up Nails - matte stripes with roses, spring/Easter nail art

Dressed Up Nails - matte stripes with roses, spring/Easter nail art

When I first finished these I left them shiny and liked them okay, but once I added the matte topcoat I fell in love with them. This is the first time I've used the MASH matte top coat and it surprisingly ended up being my favorite that I own. I like it because it doesn't give a super dry matte finish - it's just the tiiiiniest bit shiny still, which I absolutely love the look of. It reminds me a bit of the Illamasqua rubber finish polishes. It also doesn't change the color of the polish as much as other matte topcoats!

I did a quick nail wheel comparison of this matte topcoat with the other two that I own. On the left is the MASH topcoat, middle is Essie Matte About You, and right is Butter London Matte Finish. They're all over China Glaze Fancy Pants (which is GORGEOUS) and I included Fancy Pants on its own at the top so you can see how each topcoat affects the color.

Dressed Up Nails - matte topcoat comparison with China Glaze Fancy Pants: Butter London, Essie, MASH

See what I mean about the MASH topcoat not being quite as matte as the others? I love it.

Whew, that was a BIG post! What do you guys think of my first tutorial? I'm really happy with the way it came out and it makes me excited to do more tutorials (including VIDEO tutorials) in the future!

MASH matte topcoat provided for review.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Pink and green geometric nail art with Color Club spring 2013 colors

Hey everybunny! A few weeks ago I was asked to be part of the Color Club bloggers network and I was immediately like YES because I've been loving what Color Club has been doing lately! A couple days ago I got some nail mail from them and part of it was two colors from the spring 2013 Fiesta collection: Flamingo and Wild Cactus. I had had other ideas in mind for nail art that I wanted to do that day, but as soon as I saw these colors I got so excited about how pretty they were that I decided to use them immediately.

Before we move on to pictures - both of these colors are so bright and rich and vibrant that my camera had trouble capturing them properly. A LOT of trouble. I got the pictures as color-accurate as I could, but rest assured that these are even more amazing in person. The most color-accurate picture by far is the one of both my hands at the end of this post!

Dressed Up Nails - Color Club Spring 2013 Fiesta collection - Flamingo

Color Club Flamingo is a super bright, rich, vibrant pink. It's not quite neon but it's about as close as you can get without actually BEING neon. It covered in three coats and the formula was great - a little streaky on the first coat but perfect and pretty after three.

Dressed Up Nails - Color Club Spring 2013 Fiesta collection - Flamingo

I have a lot of bright and neon pinks in my collection and nothing quite compares to this one!

Dressed Up Nails - Color Club Spring 2013 Fiesta collection - Wild Cactus

Color Club Wild Cactus is a deep, super vibrant teal color. I am seriously IN LOVE with this polish, pictures don't do it justice at all - it's so much richer and brighter in real life! It was opaque in ONE coat, but I did two for the photos to add some extra depth. So. Pretty.

Dressed Up Nails - Color Club Spring 2013 Fiesta collection - Wild Cactus

I kept looking at these side-by-side and I loved them so much I had to combine them into nail art!

Dressed Up Nails - freehand geometric studded nail art with Color Club Flamingo and Wild Cactus

I knew I wanted to do some bold angular patterns but really didn't have any ideas, so I sat down and drew some out and then just painted them on!

Dressed Up Nails - freehand geometric studded nail art with Color Club Flamingo and Wild Cactus

I used my mid-length striper brush to freehand all of these patterns. One nail at a time, I just painted the patterns and lines and then filled them in.

Dressed Up Nails - freehand geometric studded nail art with Color Club Flamingo and Wild Cactus

After my polish was dry, I used a drop of nail glue to stick on some star studs that came from this mixed stud set from Born Pretty Store. The star studs were the perfect finishing touch for these - I liked them okay before I added the stars, but after the stars I ended up LOVING them. The studs have rounded backs that make them sit nicely on my nails - I didn't have any pokey or sticky-up parts. I have to say that I seriously LOVE this stud set - I've already used studs from it for 2 other manis that I'll post later this week, and the variety of the studs is so perfect.

Dressed Up Nails - freehand geometric studded nail art with Color Club Flamingo and Wild Cactus

I've been on an always-do-both-hands kick, so I did both hands! I'm so proud of the way my dominant hand came out for these nails.

Dressed Up Nails - freehand geometric studded nail art with Color Club Flamingo and Wild Cactus

What do you guys think of these? I'm pretty sure I love them a whole lot. They're so bright and contrasty and eye-catching!

You can find Color Club polishes on their website and other online retailers. They're only $6 each on the Color Club website! The listing on Born Pretty Store for the studs I used is here and you can use my code CLJ61 for 10% off your order!

Monday, March 4, 2013

Pastel drips and dots nail art

Hey lovahs! I have some more PASTEL nail art to show you guys today! I can't stop using (and buying) pastel polish, I think I may have a real problem.

Dressed Up Nalis - pastel drips and dots nail art

This design wasn't my original idea... originally the drips were going to be dotted too but I did the first couple nails and it looked really weird and busy and not like I pictured in my head, so I painted over those dots and just left them as drips on dots! I'm kind of bummed that the idea I had didn't work out like I wanted it to, but I think these still turned out cute.

Dressed Up Nalis - pastel drips and dots nail art

I started with two coats of Orly Lollipop, which I wore for a day on its own before adding stuff to it. This is like the perfect pinky-purple color, I love it so much. In some lights it looks more pink and in some lights it looks more purple, which is AWESOME.

Dressed Up Nalis - pastel drips and dots nail art

I did the dots using my second-tiniest dotting tool and China Glaze Fancy Pants. After all the dots were done, I used China Glaze Keep Calm, Paint On for the drips. I made the ends of the drips with my largest dotting tool and then used my mid-length striper brush to connect them and make them all drippy and stuff.

Dressed Up Nalis - pastel drips and dots nail art

Even though this design wasn't what I originally had in mind, I ended up really liking it! I love the colors together and it's eye-catching and fun to look at. I almost left the dots all by themselves but I couldn't stop myself from adding more stuff!

Dressed Up Nalis - pastel drips and dots nail art

What do you guys think of these? I hope you like pastels as much as I do because I feel like it's probably going to be hard for me to use anything else for a while... I have PASTEL FEEEEEVERRR!

Friday, March 1, 2013

Geometric Challenge day 10 - recreate yo fave

Hey everybunny, happy Friday! Sorry I haven't been around much this week - this post was supposed to happen on Thursday and then I had another post that would go up today, but I had plans on Wednesday night that ran later than I anticipated so I didn't get a chance to do these nails until Thursday night! BAD BLOGGER.

Anyway, today is the FINAL DAY of the Geometric Challenge - recreate!


Pretty much as soon as I saw this mani that Stephanie from Sincerely Stephanie did, I knew it was the one I wanted to recreate. Before I actually did them, I browsed through all the other awesome manis that my challenge buddies did and I pretty much wanted to recreate all of them haha... but this one was just calling my name!

Dressed Up Nails - black and white triangle nail art

Sooo first of all (as I'm sure you noticed) my nails are round now! WOO ROUND NAILS! I've been wanting to make the switch for a while now but was nervous about it and also my sister forbade me to do it haha. But last night we both decided we'd go round and man... as much as I have grown to love my square nails, I am sooo happy they're round again! For now anyway, of course.

Dressed Up Nails - black and white triangle nail art

I started these with 3 coats of OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls, which I REALLY wish I had gotten a backup of because I use it constantly. On my pointer fingers I started with 2 coats of American Apparel Hassid because I gotta have dat accent nail.

After my base colors were down I used my tiny cut-down detailing brush to paint on the patterns using the same black & white polishes. I made the triangles bigger on my thumb and ring fingers because DAT ACCENT NAIL. Then using the same brush and Zoya Ziv I added gold details to each nail. Finally, I went back over the lines around the gold parts so they'd be nice and crisp.

Dressed Up Nails - black and white triangle nail art

I thought about doing a color scheme other than black and white, but since I always love black and white nails when I do them and I hardly ever actually DO them, I thought it'd be fun to stick with Stephanie's original color scheme. She said in her blog post that adding the gold really took it to another level and I have to agree - I already really liked them but when I added the gold I was like O_O <333

Dressed Up Nails - black and white triangle nail art

I'm also FINALLY starting to get better at painting with my non-dominant hand! I'm really proud of the way both hands turned out for this mani. I did a design similar to this a few months ago and I remember it taking me longer than this design took, and this was definitely more complicated! This challenge has also really helped me improve my speed with both hands, which was something I really needed to work on haha.

Dressed Up Nails - black and white triangle nail art

That's all I have for you guys today! I love these nails SO HARD and they're so fun to look at. I think they almost look like nail wraps! What do you guys think of these?

Also, I can't believe the geometric challenge is over! It's been really fun and definitely a challenge. I'm pretty happy with the designs I came up with and my improvement in speed. Don't forget to check out the other ladies' final designs!

Stephanie of Sincerely Stephanie
Victoria of Manicurator
Lindsey of Neverland Nail Blog
Alexis of XOXO Alexis Leigh
Brittney of Precious Polish