Friday, July 25, 2014

Beauty Bloggers of Central Florida Black and White Linkup!


Hello, Fireflies!

I have a special place in my heart for black & white manicures.  There's something so clean and striking about them.  So when the Beauty Bloggers of Central Florida suggested a Black & White roundup, I was excited.

I started with a new-to-me Indie, Glitzkrieg War Paint.  This off-white/dove grey with a subtle holo is called Purity. 

Glitzkrieg War Paint Purity, an off-white/dove grey with a subtle holo.

I used Cult Nails Ignite to freehand a chevron tip.  This is an interestingly textured polish - the black is very jelly, but is opaque in two coats.  It really allows the tiny silver sparkles to shine through!

Removal wasn't hard, either.  The black polish comes off first, leaving a smattering of silver, but they just wiped off with a little pressure and a felt pad.  No scrubbing required.

I used Cult Nails Ignite to freehand a chevron tip

A white striper helped clean up the lines and give a little contrast, and then a textured square silver stud finishes the look!


All the points actually help visually elongate my nubbins. Science!



Bottle shot:  Glitzkrieg War Paint Purity, Cult Nails Ignite, and a white striper. 

Bottle shot:  Glitzkrieg War Paint Purity, Cult Nails Ignite, and a white striper.

I love wearing black and white nails and outfits, and want to experiment with black and white makeup looks, too.  How do you like your black and white?


Thursday, July 24, 2014

Updating a Tape Mani With an Old Holo

Hello, Fireflies!

I'm updating one of my first recorded nail art looks, but using a Golden Oldie holo to do it!  This original is A England Avalon.. and maybe Camelot. A England polishes are what sucked me into the online world of polish!


I didn't get into polish when it was still easy to get the OPI DS holos, but I have managed to collect a few in the after market.  I lusted after OPI DS Original for a while, and was so happy when I got it.
 
OPI DS Original

Ah, OPI DS Original.  You are so pretty.  But you stink to high heaven.  That old formula is probably why OPI hasn't redone these amazing holos.  Pee-ew!

Pretty, but stinky, OPI DS Original

I discovered this tape in the clearance scrapbooking stuff at Target.  I don't think it's Washi tape.  It's got a rubbery feel to it, and is thicker than clear tape.  I find it works really well for tape manis.

I took cuticle scissors and cut a few different spiky patterns in the tape, applied it to one nail at a time, and painted over the nail with black.

 took cuticle scissors and cut a few different spiky patterns in the tape

Don't wait too long to remove the tape, or all of the polish will come off.  Also, it's helpful to stick the tape to your hand first to remove some of the stickiness.  You don't want the tape to pull off the base color.


I love that you can create any kind of spiky look with tape and scissors!


Bottle shot:   OPI DS Original, and Wet 'n Wild Black Creme.

Bottle shot:   OPI DS Original, and Wet 'n Wild Black Creme.

What do you think about the update?




Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Swirls in Purple and Gold

Hello, Fireflies!

When I saw this nail art from Les Ongles de Lucie, I loved it immediately, and knew I'd have to try it, even if I couldn't do it justice.

I started with Koco Plum's The Word, an orchid color with a lovely subtle gold shimmer.

Koco Plum's The Word, an orchid color with a lovely subtle gold shimmer

A black striping brush, a steady hand, and stopping constantly to check Lucie's original art is what I needed for this step!

A black striping brush, and a steady hand

I filled in the gaps with a white striper for two reasons:  1) to help clean up some of the black lines, and 2) to make the gold glitter in the next step show up better.  I was not doing all this work and not have the glitter show up.

I do love it at this stage, too.  I could have just put on some topcoat.

I filled in the gaps with a white striper

Gold glitter and a gold stud complete the look.


I lurve this.  Someone told me that it reminded them of The Nightmare Before Christmas, and I totally see that, but of course I had no idea when I was painting it.


Swirls and swirls and swirls!


Bottle shot:  Koco Plum's The Word, and nail art stripers in black, white, and gold glitter.

Bottle shot:  Koco Plum's The Word, and nail art stripers in black, white, and gold glitter.

I'm so grateful for the creative folks out there who inspire my nail art.  Do you take inspiration from what others have created, or do you look at raw colors and materials and get your ideas from that?

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

TRI a little Laser Light Show!


Hello, Fireflies!
Last week, for Tri-Polish Tuesday, I created this look with some metallics:


I'd like to show you how to take this look to a whole different level using black polish and striping tape.  First, take a few pieces of tiny striping tape, and lay them across the nail.  It works better if you try and make sure you're getting different colors with each piece of tape.

EEek! SPIDER!  Oh, wait.  phew.

take a few pieces of tiny striping tape, and lay them across the nail

Cover the whole nail with a generous (thick, but not drippy) coat of black polish.  This technique works best if you paint one coat, wait only a very few seconds, and then pull off the tape, so the more opaque the polish, the better.

If you wait too long to pull off the tape, the polish will dry and pull off in sheets, rather than just where the tape was.


This is when having a a one-coat wonder like Cult Nails Nevermore comes in handy.  I don't have to worry about the colors bleeding through the black, and the polish stays where I put it, rather than pooling under the tape as much as a thinner polish might.


Bottle shot:  Ruffian Rosary, Wet n Wild Chrome I Got A New Com-Pewter, and Wet n Wild Chrome Hog-Quartz School, Cult Nails Nevermore, and a tape dispenser with my striping tape.

Bottle shot:  Ruffian Rosary, Wet n Wild Chrome I Got A New Com-Pewter, and Wet n Wild Chrome Hog-Quartz School, Cult Nails Nevermore, and a tape dispenser with my striping tape.

So, when your preppy plaid mani starts to show a little wear, put on some striping tape, apply a little black polish, and have yourself a laser light show!

Can you believe the transformation? How do you refresh a manicure you want to make last just a little longer?


Monday, July 21, 2014

Green Shimmer and Suede

Hello, Fireflies!

When NYX had their 25% off sale, I went looking on their site and saw this palette I'd not heard of.  So, I'm not sure if it's just new-to-me, or new, but I had to have it.  Suede!

NYX Suede Collection

These are shimmery colors with a rather unique texture.  I guess they're like cream-to-powder? They're not full-on creamy, but they're not a powdery texture, either.  They're very soft, and moderately pigmented.  They don't have names, only numbers, and I've swatched them in order on my arm (without primer, but apparently over my arm hair.  How embarrassing.)

NYX Suede Collection swatched without primer

The first two weren't that pigmented on my arm, but they showed up just fine over Urban Decay primer on my lids and under the brow.  I used the greenish ones in the crease.  
I decided to revisit some of the makeup I'd used in the past, like this bottle of Olay CC Cream (check it out, I almost finished it?!) I was using before I got the Cover FX. 

Um, I don't like that Olay any more.  Felt like it didn't cover *anything*. Basically, it's a tinted moisturizer.


I finally got to try the DHC Premium Lipstick GE, and I really like them! This is RD109.  I believe it's also known as Velvet Red? It's a very soft red, muted, but still pigmented.  Totally worth trying if you love lippies!


The stable of makeup: IT Cosmetics Radiance Palette, NYX Suedes Collection, Olay CC Cream, Rimmel ScandalEyes, Tarte Maracuja concealer in light, IT Cosmetics brow pencil, UD primer, the DHC RD109, and Ulta liner in Dublin.


I love shimmer on my eyes and nails!  Look as this awesome copper shimmer in the olive green goodness that is Rescue Beauty Lounge Turn It Around.


Ermagerd! Shimmer!

Rescue Beauty Lounge Turn It Around

 Have you tried these NYX Suedes?  What do you think of a cream-to-powder formulation?

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Sunday Stamping - Based On My Phone Case


Hello, Fireflies!

Today's stamping challenge was to stamp a mani based on your phone case.  My phone case is a custom that my brother had made for me with 3 of my pups on it - Banjo, the Rottie/Boxer cross, when he was a young pup, enjoying his first rawhide; Goliath the Rottweiler, my heart dog (who passed away a few years ago from Lymphoma) wearing my husband's tie (and a bad photoshop job on his eyes! lol;) and then Lena, the Italian Greyhound mix who looks like she's talking on the phone, too.  Really, we caught her right before foot-eating time.


As they are all dogs with some variation of black and tan, I wanted to play off that with a gorgeous holo I can't get enough of  - KBShimmer Run, It's the Coppers!

KBShimmers Run, It's the Coppers!

I used three different stamping plates for this mani.  The paw prints came from QA4, which also has Transformers on it.  How random is that?  The puppy face is on Mash 27.  The dog collage is on DRK-C.  I used Revlon Spirit and Wet 'n Wild Black Creme for the stamps.
I miss Goliath a lot, and it's comforting to have his picture so close at hand.  I wish I could have pix of all my dogs, past and present, on my phone case!


Puppies!


Bottle shot:  KBShimmer Run, It's the Coppers!, Revlon Spirit, and Wet 'n Wild Black Creme.

Bottle shot:  KBShimmer Run, It's the Coppers!, Revlon Spirit, and Wet 'n Wild Black Creme

I also have one other phone case from Julep that says, "Keep Calm and Paint Your Nails."  What do you have on your phone case?

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Glitter can change the WORLD!

Hello, Fireflies!

Just having a glitter-splosion today on the blog.  First, I'll show you the undies, then with the glitter on top!

OPI Kermit Me To Speak, and OPI Gaining Mole-Mentum.  There's just something about that shredded gold glitter with the duochrome that I like!
OPI Kermit Me To Speak, and OPI Gaining Mole-Mentum
 Orly Cheeky and LA Colors Flash Pop Flaunt It.  Gold and coral will always be beautiful.
Orly Cheeky and LA Colors Flash Pop Flaunt It
Pupa 305 Red-Violet and Ooh La Lacquer Matte-terial Girl.  The matte glitter totally changes the look.
Pupa 305 Red-Violet and Ooh La Lacquer Matte-terial Girl
Different Dimension Garden Goddess and Different Dimension Petal'd.  They're from the same collection, and they do look like they were meant to go together!
Different Dimension Garden Goddess and Different Dimension Petal'd
 Loved this combo so much, I did both hands.  That circle glitter..oh, how I love it!


But, glitter isn't always the answer...


Do you have a favorite glitter combo?