Ribbon Candy manicure

Pinky: Peppermint; Ring finger: Cinnamon Chocolate; Middle finger: Lemon Lime; Index finger: Peppermint again; Thumb: Red-Hot Cinnamon

 I really enjoyed making this design and am actually quite proud of how it came out. I had originally planned to only do a striping design on 1 nail per hand in peppermint colors. After doing the base colors on each nail and striping the peppermint one I found that I really loved the way the striping came out! I started out going from pinky to thumb I used Winter Wonderland by ORLY with a coat of Snowflakes by Color Club over top and Blood Red by Klean Color hand striped on it. For my next finger I did several coats of Glitter Goblin by China Glaze with a coat of Snowflakes by Color Club over top and stripes of The Parking Meteor Expired by Spoiled and Winter Wonderland by ORLY. Next I did Ho Ho Holly with stripes of Lux by ORLY and Winter Wonderland by ORLY. I repeated the design on my pinky for my index finger. And finally for my thumb I did several coats of Glitter Goblin by China Glaze with a coat of Snowflakes by Color Club over top and stripes of Blood Red by Klean Color and Winter Wonderland by ORLY. 

I really hope you enjoy this manicure as I am quite proud of how it turned out and it may actually be my last artistic manicure for a while if my job hunt turns me toward waitressing as that will be taxing on my nails. So wish me luck!


Autumn Sunset manicure

I really had fun with this look. I’ll admit that they tree limbs could be thinner and now I have the new brushes that can allow me to achieve that. But in the meantime I really love the background color for this look. It was a fairly simply made gradient and yet I really enjoy the end result. I used from base to tip Winter Wonderland by ORLY, Torrid Shimmer by Sephora, Harvest Moon by China Glaze and finally Blood Red by Klean Color. I used Liquid leather for the trees and Luxe by ORLY for dotting on the leaves and Watch It Glitter by ORLY for the other leaves.

By the way oh lovely readers of mine, I really appreciate you guys that are still reading as I know I haven’t been regularly posting as I should. Things have been rather stressful lately and I really haven’t had the energy to post my art. Hopefully things will get better soon.

Falling into Moonlight

 I am in love with this (my current) look, it was really fun to do and hides a cool little secret. I started out with 3 good coats of my loooovely Glow In The Dark polish by China Glaze after doing my base coat. Then I took my secret weapon polish that I hadn’t had a chance to try yet Date in The Moonlight by Essence and painted a good thick bit at the base near my cuticle and painted it around halfway up the nail. I then took Winter Wonderland by ORLY and put a generous amount from the rest of the nail up and took my makeup brush and carefully brushed the colors up to create a faded gradient. When the colors had dried enough I took Love Each Other by ORLY and put a nice coating of it overtop the gradient. I then took my dotting tool with a brush at the other end and then carefully using combinations of Blood Red by Klean Color and Harvest Moon by China Glaze, Lux by Orly and Blood Red by Klean Color and Blood Red by Klean Color with Harvest Moon by China Glaze. It was very difficult to paint these leaves and I had to do a bit of googling to get them right but I am overall pretty happy with the results! I would have used my nicer camera to take the pictures but yet again my cell captures the colors the best, especially in combination with my lamp for my Kindle Touch 3g.

My journey to the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow

 This manicure was so much fun! At first I was desperately scouring the internet for inspiration trying to find something to paint that I would fall in love with.. When finally after looking at my colors I saw that I finally have a flawless rainbow so I thought what the heck? But to make it interesting I ended my rainbow with the perfect twist.  I started with Blood Red by Klean Color and then went to Harvest Moon by China Glaze, then Metallic Yellow by Klean Color, Agro by China Glaze, Up All Night by China Glaze, Deviantly Daring by China Glaze, No Plain Jane by China Glaze, Pearl Silver by Klean Color, Charcoal by Klean Color and finally my pot of gold Tart With A Heart by Butter London. Now to keep it interesting I sponged the transition of colors on each nail to make a seamless gradient like transition, and to make it more beautiful than just a clean line I took scissors to a makeup sponge and put grooves into the sponge to get a nice flickering line of color for the sponging. Then I finished my look off with my extra holo powdered Northern Lights top coat and Seche Ultra V. This was also my first time cleaning up my mani with q-tips and non acetone nail polish remover and I don’t think I did half a bad job.

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

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.