Firepower at my fingertips

 I had so much fun designing this look! I am truly proud of how it came out and it kinda represents how my life is right now. I started out sitting there and staring at polish completely unable to decide where to start. I couldn’t decide what pattern and what look to go with, the only thing I could decide on was my colors. I knew I wanted something warm, fall like and full of color. I thought of doing the feather like look that’s been a fad lately but it just didn’t click for me. I finally decided on a gradient and trying to use a sponge to get my perfect look. Unfortunately the gradient was just missing something… it didn’t have that fiery autumn feel. So I finally got an idea to cut and trim bits and pieces away and then painted the colors on. I started out with Charcoal by Klean Color and painted a layer of Blood Red by Klean Color and a layer of Metallic Orange by Klean Color and a layer of Harvest Moon by China Glaze and finally some Metallic Yellow at the tips, now the whole time I was building this in an arch and flame shape and finally the sponged look was these beautiful flames. Now I tried stamping some critters in the flames for symbolism.. such as a Salamander or a Hummingbird for flying or walking through flames but the stamps didn’t like the sponged texture and just didn’t fit. So I finally decided to try a coat of Chunky Holo Poppy by Klean Color and that REALLY made the flames roar! I am in love of this look! Now with all the sponging it took a few coats of Seche Ultra V to get the shine and smooth texture but I am truly in love with the final look. 
Now to finish off this post I have a question for my lovely followers.. when do you finally decide that its time to change your polish? Is it one big chip? Or is it when one whole nail of polish peels off? What is your final straw that makes you change it up?

Taken under LED light and while holding the main 3 polishes involved Harvest Moon by China Glaze, Blood Red by Klean Color and Chunky Holo Poppy by Klean Color
Taken with a sunlight filter on my camera

Taken under LED light

Taken with florescent light

Added tips to Starry Mosaic~

 So as you all know I just got 2 lovely colors by Butter London yesterday Bluey and Tart With A Heart and I have been just ITCHING to try them out, especially since they were 14$ a bottle! So after much tinkering around with my stamping plates and a piece of art paper to test out possibilities before actually applying them to my manicure, I decided to just do a thin french tip on each nail with Bluey by Butter London. I adore the look, it provides a nice contrast to the holographic topcoat shimmering over the rest of the nail while the color works perfectly with the blue and silver shimmering mosaic pattern. So with no further ado here are some pictures

Also just a reminder I am still running that contest to win 1 free bottle of nail polish  please don’t miss out!

My first Ulta visit and latest haul!

from left to right Tart With A Heart, Harvest Moon by China Glaze(got from Sally’s) Bluey

 So I finally went to Ulta for a little treat and OH MY GOODNESS I have never been more overwhelmed with joy and excitement, especially in a store! Its crazy especially since I used to be a tomboy for the longest, if it wasn’t for my obsession with hair, that led to eye makeup and finally my nails I would still be shying away from any feminine obsessions. I just couldn’t believe the variety that they had at Ulta.. the brands, the makeup and nail polish.. it was just beautiful! I just wanted to buy it all! I was so tortured though when I found the Essie polishes.. since I had never had the joy of owning any Essie and I desperately wanted the infamous Shine Of The Times polish but sadly as the salesperson had explained to me they were out of most of their Essie polishes because of a shipment problem. I didn’t let this setback get me down for long as soon as I drooled my way to the Butter London polishes and oh the JOY. I finally understand why all you lovely laquerista’s shell out the big bucks for this lovely brand! I finally decided on Bluey and Tart With A Heart and they are gorgeous, especially layered together!

I also got as you can see some beautiful eye makeup by NYX that looks and feels gorgeous and didn’t cost an arm and a leg! You can also see my beautiful stamping plates that I ordered off of Amazon combined with the ones that came with my set from Sally’s. As a bonus you can see a lovely pic of this beautiful butterfly that allowed me to pick it up off the pavement outside and the picture shows my current lovely manicure 🙂 
Well keep painting readers and please don’t forget my amazing little contest 
its an amazing way to get a free bottle of polish! 
More pics after the cut

 

Starry Mosaic nails and Stamping Tips! **Contest Inside** **1 week extension on contest!**

So this post is very picture heavy as you can see. I had quite a bit of fun with this design as it was my first time playing with stamping plates.  I used 2 good coats of Pearl Silver by Klean Color as a base color and then carefully stamped the starry pattern over my nails using Party All Night by China Glaze with holographic powder added in. Now my first tries with stamping came with quite a bit of issues, namely with the patterns made to fully cover the nail rather than those that are just one object. The patterns for full coverage were very difficult to get to come off of the stamping plate all in one piece let alone trying to get them on the nail all in one shot. So what I found worked was doing several placements using a technique similar to sponging to get the effect and get most of the stars intact. I really love the look as it reminds me of a mosaic of stars and the look became even more beautiful when I added my Northern Lights holographic topcoat as it truly gave the appearance of the nights sky. Now as you may also see in my pictures I decided to feature my Luke Skywalker’s Force Effects Lightsabre as holding it just added a bit of nerd to my look. I just couldn’t help myself as I am most definitely a nerd at heart! 
Also on a side-note in case anyone like myself has yet to have the opportunity to enjoy lovely stamping plates you can get a starter kit at your local Sally’s Beauty for around 10$ and if your like me you will want more variety in the plate selection and you can find some real steals on Amazon for stamping plates under 15$1 I managed to get 25 plates and next day shipping for 14$ I can’t wait for my other stamps as I’m hoping there will be one that allows me to do a snakeskin look or even some leaves for an Autumn style. 

Also I don’t know if this is an across the board sale but you should definitely if you get the chance stop by Sally’s Beauty for they’re 50% all red sticker clearance sale. I managed to get a lovely color called Harvest Moon by China Glaze for $.70 (after my Sally’s card discount). I swear I’m starting to realize there is only one thing to do with my addiction to nail art… feed it!
**On one more note I figured a Q & A would give me an opportunity to get to know my lovely followers so I have a question for you! What is the #1 thing that drives you to do new nail art? What inspires you lovely lacquerista’s to create? What is your muse?
Please type your answers in the comment section below.**
And just to make things interesting the person who gives me the best, most thought out and interesting answer will win 1 bottle of nail polish (priced under 10$ including shipping) shipped directly to them! 
Here is the website that the winner will choose their prize from 
Please try to have 2nd or 3rd choices in mind as the color you choose may have already been sold out.
The winner will be chosen on 8/31/2012


So I have decided as I’ve seen more people becoming followers everyday so in order for more people to have a chance at this lovely prize I am extending this contest. I will no longer be accepting entries as of midnight est on 8/7/12 and will be announcing a winner 8/13/12 The winner will receive an email from me and if I do not receive a response in 48 hours I will go to the second place winner.

Followers

Just wanted to let everyone know that this blog is my secondary blog, its just another way to advertise my blog. Please follow me at my main blog http://www.atouchofpolishbyjennifer.blogspot.com

Thank you to all of my wonderful readers!

Thank you to all that keep up with A Touch Of Polish by Jennifer! We are finally at 800 views! I just can’t wait til we have 800 followers! Lets make it happen!

Siren Song sponge gradient manicure

I am truly happy with this creation. I started out with Party All Night by China Glaze with holo powder as a base color. Then I took a makeup sponge and painted Agro by China Glaze on the sponge and sponged a fair coat in a stripe on my nails, then after doing enough coats to make sure the color was prominent I took Pearl Silver by Klean Color and sponged that onto the tip, finally I took Party All Night by China Glaze again and sponged that carefully on the base near the cuticle to blend the gradient. I really love the colors and how they contrast and blend.

Announcement!

     So it has been brought to my attention that some of my followers would like to make posts of they’re own on my blog as a way to get the message out or just show off works that they’re proud of. 
    So with much thought and consideration I’ve decided that having guest posts is a wonderful idea and I will try to have a guest post once a week. To keep things fun and to encourage more readers I will randomly select guest post ideas from my followers and they will earn the spotlight guest post of the week! Now if no guest posts are received I will send an invitation to one of my lucky followers to come up with a guest post and give them the opportunity for a spotlight. Now please don’t feel that this is all about how lucky and fortunate you are to post in my blog, far from it I want your feedback and would love not only the opportunity to collaborate with other artists by having them post a guest post in my blog but also to give people a chance to be appreciated in they’re own spotlight!
 In order to submit your guest post ideas please either post a comment with a link or the text to the post and I will turn it into your very own blog post on my blog!

My Entire Collection (so far!)

This is my entire nail polish and topcoat collection thus far, some of these polishes are over 10 years old! I have polishes that are Revlon, Sally Henson, Klean Color, Magnetic Polish by Sally Henson and by China Glaze, Del Sol, Nicole by OPI and a few others that the labels have long since worn off. Its pretty amazing to think that my collection was half this size a couple months ago!


A well rounded update

current length, please forgive the pj’s
      Well first off, just wanted to throw a thank you out to all that have stopped by my little corner to view my posts and to those that have joined! 
Also wanted to recommend 2 little goodies that I have tried recently that just make you feel like you’ve died and gone to the spa!

  • L’OrealEverSleek Intense Smoothing Conditioner
  • Revlon Colorstay Aqua Mineral foundation makeup 
       Now the first thing you need to know to understand why I adore these products is I have long hair. Now I don’t mean long hair as in the average long hair that you see in movies and what not, I mean hair that is 5ft long from root to tip, and this wonderful conditioner has really helped to keep my hair strong and soft even with me wearing it half up and half down at work which does puts quite a bit of wear and tear on my hair. 
  
      Now the other product Revlon Colorstay Aqua Mineral foundation feels wonderful on my face, now I’m not normally one to wear powder foundation as it usually just makes my pores look large and doesn’t feel right. But this makeup feels like cool water is splashed on my face and has great coverage.
    Other updates: It has been brought to my attention that people are having issues trying to follow my page the normal way. Hopefully the tinkering that I have done will have made it easier for people to follow my blog as it truly does make my day to have people follow my blog and know that people are reading my updates regularly. Please try to follow my blog using the Join this blog button and then pick a log in that you would like to use, if you have any issues trying to join please comment and let me know! Also please try to follow publicly as it does cheer me up quite a bit to see my followers numbers increase.
Thank you to all my readers and followers please keep reading and have a great rest of the weekend!
A Touch Of Polish by Jennifer

So welcome to my little corner of the internet. This blog will feature my exploration into nail artwork as well as my daily thoughts and ideas including whatever craziness comes to my mind. There will be posts of art, music, books and fanfiction, homeopathic remedies and pampering recipes,crafts and whatever my demented mind thinks of. So feel free to take a seat, grab some popcorn and enjoy the ride.

A Touch Of Polish by Jennifer

So welcome to my little corner of the internet. This blog will feature my exploration into nail artwork as well as my daily thoughts and ideas including whatever craziness comes to my mind. There will be posts of art, music, books and fanfiction, homeopathic remedies and pampering recipes,crafts and whatever my demented mind thinks of. So feel free to take a seat, grab some popcorn and enjoy the ride.