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.

Bohemian Wonderland

 Well I really enjoyed this mani while it lasted.. but sadly I think that between my inspiration funk I’ve been in and my index finger that is infamous for being the first to chip.. this manicure didn’t even survive a week. But no worries as I had fun making it! I used No Plain Jane by China Glaze as my base color which sadly took several coats to get full coverage but I still enjoyed the final color.. although I have to say this is probably the most feminine color I’ve worn so far. I then took Party All Night by China Glaze, Agro by China Glaze and Deviantly Daring by China Glaze to handpaint the flowers then took Stroke Of Brilliance by Essie and Tart With a Heart by Butter London on the tips at an angle. Please forgive the air bubbles guys.. my Seche Ultra V caused them.. Btw as some of you may wonder, why the name I felt that it reminded me of Alice in Wonderland because of the wimsy but Bohemian because of the colors, also hope you enjoy Captain America’s cameo in this 🙂

I set fire to the rain! And painted my nails with it.


So laqueristas.. I’ve been in a creative slump lately and this was kind of an emergency mani. I used Bluey by Butter London as the base which let me tell you was NO EASY JOB! It took 3 coats to get it completely covered and it refused to dry! After nearly 2 hours under my UV Lamp it still wasn’t even tacky! I don’t know what caused it.. it wasn’t even that hot out! Well after finally getting Bluey to dry I used Chunky Holo Poppy by Klean Color and my dotting tool to get little dots of my favorite to date holo jelly color, its beautiful little orange holographic bits of chunky glitter suspended in a orange transparent base, it shimmers like living flames. I tried to capture the color changing properties of the dots in my pics. Enjoy 🙂

So followers.. what do YOU do when you need an emergency mani (your current one flakes past repair) and inspiration is missing?


Blue Moon Butterfly mani

This was so messy but so worth it! This was my first succssesfull watermarbeling! I made this beautiful look with the following colors Deviantly Daring by China Glaze, Bluey by Butter London, Up All Night by China Glaze with added holo powder, Agro by China Glaze with added holo powder and No Plain Jane by China Glaze. I also to add to the look used Stroke Of Brilliance by Essie at the tips and Tart With A Heart by Butter London overtop that and finally a healthy coat of Seche Ultra V. I really love the different swirls that I ended up with and after the cleanup the look turned out quite beautiful! Plus I finally had a reason to use my Tart With a Heart by Butter London! T

Blue Morpho butterfly wings mani

I had a lot of fun doing this look especially since it was my first time doing the butterfly wing design. I love the base color, it was my first time doing marbling with the polish already on my nails. I started out with one coat of China Glaze’s Deviantly Daring and adding a drop of Party In The Penthouse by Nicole and Bluey by Butter London and used my dotting tool to marble the colors. I then did the lines with Charcoal by Klean Color and instead of white dots I used Stroke of Brilliance by Essie. Now when I completed the lines and accents I found that the lines didn’t show so I used Chunky Holo Poppy to accent the lines and of course a generous helping of Seche Ultra V to finish off the rest!

Now confession time.. I wont say that this is my best look and it didn’t really feel like it came out the exact way I wanted it and plan to try the monarch wing design again at a later time with some tweaks.

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

 

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.