Giraffes!

Taking full advantage of some nice long acrylics and my day off, I did giraffes! I’m doing a step by step on this design on my color wheel that I’ll post soon. I used L.A. Colors “Neon Orange” on my nails, which didn’t turn out as nicely as I had hoped. I’m using Sinful Colors “Cloud 9″ on my design wheel which seems to look better. Oh well.

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Polishes used:

Sinful Colors “Soul Mate”
Brash “Pineapple Party”
L.A. Colors “Neon Orange”
Sinful Colors “Snow Me White”
Sinful Colors “Black on Black”

Salon Review: Glitter Nail Salon in Oak Park, IL

I was referred to Glitter by a friend, and her nails rocked, so I figured I would give this place a shot. It is even super close to my house, so I biked there and enjoyed the gorgeous summer day. I’ve been loving this cool Chicago summer! I tried making an appointment at noon for 2pm, but they didn’t have an opening until 5:30. I should have figured it would be busy on a Saturday afternoon. I only had to wait ten minutes til they finished up with the lady before me, which would have been taken up by picking my polishes but I had one I’d been wanting to use so I brought my own. Pretty sure I’m the first person to ever do that there before by the look the girl gave me when I told her that!

I’m pretty sure the girl who did my nails name was Tiana, but don’t quote me on that. She was very nice, and we chatted about a few things while she did my nails. The atmosphere was very pleasant, with everyone chatting here and there instead of the feeling that the staff was one group and the clients another, barely interacting. People discussed the music that was on and other entertainment. One woman was constantly cleaning up, another was organizing and setting up the polish racks in what seemed to be a strictly enforced color order.

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The acrylics were a little bit thick and uneven in places, and she really globbed the polish on. I brought Sinful Colors “Slick” for a base coat, and that purple is completely opaque in just one coat. She used two, and only one of Milani “Totally Cool” which takes two coats to really¬†pop. As a result, the nails look even thicker than they are.

When asked what design I wanted, I told her she could do whatever she wanted since I follow their facebook page and always see all kinds of cool art from them. She looked through her phone for a minute (I’m assuming at nail pictures) then grabbed her brush and the result was smileys… If they had both been the above face, I might have kept them for a couple days, but I just wasn’t a fan of the girl face.

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I had to mention a big spot she was missing with the base coat of polish on one finger, and you can see how uneven the top coat is even. I was a little disappointed, having seen some really cool art on their page as I said. I’m gonna chalk it up to it was getting late and she just wanted to get out of there, but it still was a good enough experience overall with really good prices that I’ll be back.

Being that I wasn’t super happy with the art… I changed it pretty much right away after dinner. I started out by taking all the polish off, then filing them down completely smooth and thin. Rounded all the rough edges along the sides as well.

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I still wanted to go with purple and gold, but this time I did it the way I wanted it, with one coat of “Slick” and two coats of “Totally Cool”. I added some gold studs to a couple nails, and tried a stamp out on the pinkie. It didn’t turn out as good as I wanted, so I didn’t do the other fingers. With a purple as rich as that, I also needed a deeper gold, and I love the “Top of the World” with “My Rightful Throne” as a top coat combo.

Much better.

Polishes used:

I don’t know the gold used at the salon, sorry.

Sinful Colors “Slick”
Milani “Totally Cool”
Kleancolor “Top of the World”
Kleancolor “My Rightful Throne”

First attempt at stamping!!

So I recently received a nail polish stamping kit, and I’ve been wanting to try that technique for quite a while. I’m getting my nails done later today because I’m feeling too lazy to put my own acrylics on, so I’ll have a salon review coming soon, and that also means I’m trying stamping on my toes. I’ve got an appointment at Glitter nail salon in Oak Park, their facebook has tons of awesome pictures of their work, so I’m pretty excited.

I decided to go with a turtle design from one of the plates, so I picked a turtle-y green, and silver for the design to stand out again the dark green. This Sinful Colors is from the Sinful Shine with Gel Tech line, and dries very quickly. It also applies very smoothly, and this shade at least only requires one coat to be fully opaque. That ended up being a good thing for me, the first turtle went on perfectly with no issue. The second one I tried however, took three tries. I kept smudging one side of it. But, it ended up turning out awesome, and I think I have a new addiction! (To stamping plates!)

Polishes used:

Sinful Colors “Amazonian”
China Glaze “Icicle”

What a busy month!

July has been super busy for me and I haven’t had time to do my nails much, and actually my nail polish was packed away for a good portion of the month while I moved! I’m in such a nicer place now, and now I’ve actually got room to do crafts and have my own little nail nook!

I am also going to have to order another polish rack soon, as a friend of one of my friends gave my a whole bag of nail polish she didn’t want anymore! THANK YOU SO MUCH IF YOU EVER READ THIS BLOG!! The bag also contained a basic stamping set and plates. I am super SUPER excited to try those out for the first time, I have wanted to get into stamping but just hadn’t actually gone out to buy the stuff yet! I feel like these could become their own addiction, needing new plates.

It felt like it was never going to happen, but now I’m posting this from my new couches in the living room of my nice new house. So happy! I’ll be going through all my polishes soon to catalog the new additions, and I’m going to have to buy more swatch sticks as well. I’ll try to start up doing regular swatch posts again too.

I tried out putting them in color order instead of by brand, what do you think?

Midtown Mimosa and Glitter

I recently bought these two chunky looking glitter polishes from Funky Fingers, and couldn’t wait to try them out on their own! The yellow could have been brighter, but I didn’t put a base coat of while on first. Though it does look just like the name suggests, like a mimosa!

 

Polishes used:

Funky Fingers “Glitter Matters”
Funky Fingers “Glitter Explains it All”
NYC Color “Midtown Mimosa”

Amethyst Necklace

I made this a while ago, but haven’t gotten around to posting it. I love making jewelry, and brought a whole ton of craft stuff out to the trailer a few weeks ago with my friend and boyfriend.

I got the amethyst in the shop while we were hiking around Starved Rock, and I used black embroidery thread. There is also purple and black iridescent black beads, as well as silver heart beads.

The clasp:

My first successful water marble!

I have been wanting to figure water marbling out for SO long now, and while I got my hair cut/dyed

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we were talking about nails and water marbling so I decided to try it yet again tonight. I finally found polishes that spread correctly and was able to get the idea of it down. I couldn’t make quite as good looking designs as some of these youtube tutorials, but I’ll get it down. I’m pretty excited with how they turned out:

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I started with two coats of “Snow Flurry” before doing the marbling. In between drops of the red and blue I used drops of the top coat.

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They’re fourth of July themed for the upcoming holiday but I doubt they’ll last that long. We’ll see!

Polishes Used:

China Glaze “Poinsettia”
China Glaze “Blue Year’s Eve”
Salon Perfect “Snow Flurry”
Beauty Secrets Base Coat
Beauty Secrets Hardener Top Coat