Monday, January 28, 2013

Teal/Green Water Marble

The process of the water marble was really easy and clean, which really surprised me.  If you have tried water marbling you know what I am talking about.  I guess practice helps!  Lets just hope its the same for stamping...still have not mastered that.

On my other hand, I decided to be lazy and do my first ombre!  For that I used all three colors in the water marble plus China Glaze For Audrey, and on my thumb (not pictured) I used Sally Hansen Sea.  I have to say Sea really surprised me, in the bottle it looks like it would be opaque.  But really it is quite translucent.  I really like it, and want to find a way to use it again.

A co-worker of mine told me her daughter likes to do her nails, YAY!   She has tried the water marble, but has a tough time with it.  So, I told her I would post a tutorial on how to water marble.  However, I decided it would be better to share a link to the blog that really helped me learn how to water marble.  That would be Chloe's Nails.  I referred to her tutorial over and over until I got it down!

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Whimsical Ideas by Pam: Seuss!

Ooooo!  I am so excited to share this polish with you today!  It is Whimsical Ideas by Pam: Seuss!  I have actually had this polish for a few months.  Every time I would go to pick my color to paint my nails, I would browse my shelves, see Seuss, admire it, and put it back.  It never felt like it was the right time to wear it.  I started seeing everyone wearing Seuss, and started thinking I needed to find a way to wear it and not blend in with everyone else.  Then it hit me!  I found my inspiration, I would do all my nails with Seuss, except my middle nail.  I would do that one as an accent nail; with solid red and a french tip of Seuss!  Its brilliant!  I love it!  I also love exclamation marks!  Hahaha!

To conserve my Seuss I used Sally Hansen Blinding Blue as my base color, followed by two coats of Seuss.  I love for my glitter polish to have a layered look.  The polish itself it awesome!  I love all the glitter, especially the tiny blue ones.   For the red I used Juelp January.  At first I tried to do the french tip without the silver strip, but as careful as I was, I could not keep the colors from bleeding together.  So, I got the idea to paint a piece of tape silver and cut out a little strip of it to make a clean straight line.  I really love it!  

Of all my polishes, I only own 13 Indie polishes from 3 makers.  11 of them are minis, and 2 are full size.  Those two full sizers would be my Whimsies, I have Seuss, as you can see, and I Love NY.  Trust me I want more!  Just the other night I was eyeballing Whimsical Ideas by Pam Peacock Park, and Magical Mystery Tour.  I think I will be getting those sooner than latter...hehehe!  There is no doubt that my Indie polish collection will continue to grow, but Whimsical Ideas by Pam Seuss and I Love NY will always have a special place in my heart as my first Indie purchases.   :)

Thursday, January 24, 2013

First Photos in Light Box using Julep Madison!

Check it out!  My first photos in my new light box!   I have been playing around, getting used to it.  I can already see the quality of photos I am taking improving by leaps and bounds.  Yay!    I really wanted to use a color that would photograph well.  So I chose to use a solid, bright color that I knew would be photogenic.  The color I used is Julep Madison.  I got it in my most recent Julep Maven box, and originally was not all that excited about it.  But when I got it on, that was a different story.  I am obsessed with this color!  I love 1940's styling; makeup, hair, and clothing.  This polish looks like it would be from that time, I could totally see a woman from back then wearing it.  I would describe it as a red with a bit of a coral color to it.  I have had it on for days because it looks so timeless, and makes me happy every time I look at it.   If there had to be a down side, it would be the finish.  I don't know if it is supposed to be like this, but the finish without a top coat is very flat and plastic-y looking.  But with a great top coat it is killer!  I cant wait to use it again!

DIY Lightbox

Here it is!  My light box!  I love it, and it is great!  It was really easy to assemble, I actaully had almost everything I needed right at home.  I only had to buy the poster board, and the fabric for the sides.  I figure I will just do a caption for each photo, I think it will be easier that way.  I used this website for guidance on how to do this:  How to Make An Inexpensive Light Tent - DIY

Here is what I used.  Sharpie for marking where the cutouts will be,  a ruler to measure the cutouts, fabric to cover the cutouts, and masking tape.  O yea, and the box, you can kinda see it there!

The Box!  Any box will work I suppose, however I have already tried this once with a small box and tissue paper.  That one did not last longer than a few days... :(

The box after I cut out the sections on the top, and both sides
Ta-da!  If there could be music playing, it would be!!! Hehe!  The finished product.  It took less than an hour, and because I already had most of what I needed it cost less than $7.00!  Woot!

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Zoya Edyta

Today I am wearing my first Zoya polish purchase!  Trust me it is not going to be my last.  In the past 48 hours I have acquired 6 more Zoya polishes!  3 from the Zoya promotion, and 3 more earlier today at Ulta, all on sale.  Todays Zoya is Edyta, and it is awesome!  Purple my be my favorite color, but when it comes to nail polish, greens and golds are where my heart is.  This polish happens to be an awesome dark green with tiny gold glitter, and when the light hits this polish you can see small colorful glitter all mixed in there too.   I decided to do an accent nail with this one, and for that I used Orly Luxe.  I am not talented with art what so ever, so I am very proud of that little arrow I made!  In my last post I mentioned that I was building a light box.  Well, I did it!  I used it for the first time for the photos below.  I am still trying to figure out the lighting, exposure, and whatnot.  I am very pleased with how it came out, and will share some construction pictures soon!  In the meantime, please enjoy these photos taken in my new light box.

This is probably my favorite shot, I love how soft it all looks.  

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Layla Cosmetics CE-52 AKA "The Butterfly Effect"

Hi everyone, how are you doing?  It has been so miserably cloudy here in "Sunny Florida" for the past few weeks, which is especially depressing when you happen to need the sun to capture beautiful photos of nail polish...But fortunately yesterday we got sun for a few hours and I was able to get some lovely shots of this awesome polish from Layla Cosmetics.  I saw this in Ulta sitting all by its lonesome, and knew I had to have it!   Purple is my absolute favorite color, and I go wild for anything with a rainbow effect, which makes this polish the bomb.  I have never heard of this brand, so I tried to research it some more.  I guess because it is a foreign brand, there isn't much on it out there.  I was able to find only a couple reviews of this polish.  Now on to mine!

Okay, so technically I wrote the top paragraph a few days ago...and got distracted by wanting to build a light box again, which I will hopefully talk about after I finish it tonight!
I have never owned a "Jelly" polish, until now.  I didn't know it was a jelly until I started painting, and noticed the thinness of it.  Instead of using a base color, I applied 3 coats of the polish.  I really love it.   The purple is amazing, the flakies are rainbow-tastic, and there is tiny pink glitter all over the place!  What more could a girl ask for?

Its amazing what using a top coat will do, I am not so tedious with caring for my non photographed hand.  I have had this polish on for about 5 days, due to the lack of sunlight, and my photo hand is doing great!  However, the non photo hand is looking a bit ragged...

Well, the forecast says sunny everyday for the next week or so, and I am beyond excited to paint my nails!  Sorry if this post has been a bit frantic!  Enjoy the photos!  :)

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

OPI Its My Year

Happy New Year everyone!!!  I bought this purple polish from OPI a while back, but it never felt like the right time to use it.  Until now!  Recently I got these nail art glitter/rhinestone wheels from Bundle Monster, and thought I might try to use some.  It was actually pretty easy to get these little guys on.  Unfortunately it is overcast today, and I had to use artificial light.  I think it worked out though!   Normally I don't look at the name of the polish I am using until I sit down to write a post, and today when I looked at the bottom of the bottle I saw "Its My Year", and thought it was perfect!  Hopefully it will be my year, and everyone else's too!