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!


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Sugerplum Dreamscape manicure

 Well let me start with saying thank you to all that are still reading my lovely blog after my long hiatus. It has been really tough for me lately and while Ive been doing my nails I haven’t really had the energy or oomph to post them. But now I’m back and it should be for good.

Now about this lovely manicure, I had quite a bit of trouble coming up with an idea and the only thing I really knew was that I wanted something with a bit of my as of yet unused Matt Me Crazy polish. So after much tinkering around with my art paper (I test all nail designs on art paper before ever painting my nails) I was using my dotting tool and accidentally made a firework type design on the paper with Christmas colors! It was then that my idea struck, and I began painting my nails. 
 I started out with 2 coats of Winter Wonderland by ORLY on each nail, completely covering my nails and when that had dried I applied Fast Dry topcoat by China Glaze to each nail. Then I carefully applied a nice amount of Liquid Leather by China Glaze from the middle of my nail to the tips being careful to keep the edges where the white and black meet nice and jagged to symbolize a horizon between snowy ground and dark sky and when that had dried I took my Matt Me Crazy polish and applied it only over the black. I then took my Bite Me by Klean Color and did a nice dot on each nail, following out in a firework like pattern with Lux by ORLY and finally Ho Ho Holly by Color Club.  Now unfortunately as the paper and my nails are quite differently sized canvases my pattern did not turn out quite as firework like as I would have hoped I am in love with my nails nonetheless 🙂

By the way what does everyone think about the pictures? I took these with my new phone that has a 5.0 megapixel camera 🙂

Golden Midnight manicure

 I really love how this mani turned out. I started out with my new favorite non shimmery polish Liquid Leather by China Glaze and then did a coat of Love Each Other by ORLY and finished off with Watch It Glitter at the tips. This has to have been my most simple manicure that I’ve done in a LONG time but I really love the end result!

Please forgive the chip wear on this one guys..I love how it came out and everything but it does have a fair bit of tip wear.

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.

Snow Dragon

This manicure was one of my favorite looks that I’ve done so far. My only regret is that the photo’s don’t show the beautiful fade of colors that I worked on. I started out with Winter Wonderland by ORLY and did SEVERAL good coats of it because it was fairly translucent. Then I took Lux by ORLY and placed a couple of decent sized drops midway up the nail and did the same with a few drops of Winter Wonderland at the base and took a makeup brush and carefully brushed the colors forward to get a good gradient going. Once this was mostly dry I took Sheer Brilliance by Essie and did a good coating of it on my nails and then a good couple of coats (its so thin it takes a few) of Love Each Other by ORLY and finished off with my current favorite topcoat by China Glaze.

Wishing Well manicure

 I’m terribly sorry everyone for vanishing off of the face of the earth. I’ve been completely scatterbrained and while I’ve been doing nail art on the regular I have not had the focus to create art blog post for you lovely readers. I had quite a bit of fun with this sponged look, I tested out the technique of soaking your makeup sponge in water, wringing it out and then using it for sponging and found it did help with the sponge eating all the lacquer! I layered my polishes in a flame like pattern on the sponge starting from base to tip with: (my first non glittery polish I’ve bought since becoming a lacquerista) Liquid Leather by China Glaze, Watch It Glitter By ORLY (love this color, found a similar color by Essie but this was 1.50 less and had more polish!), finally Lux (not only my first ORLY color but my first gold polish) by ORLY. It took several coats of sponging to get an opaque look but I really love how it turned out. I then did a coat of my new favorite color that I plan to NEVER run out of (even though I hate the chosen name) Love Each Other by ORLY it looks like a bottle of rainbow moonstone!  Btw I apologize for the blur in the camera but at the time of the manicure I didn’t have a working card reader for my normal camera so I used my cell and honestly, the cell caught the colors better in my opinion!

Also a side-note, I will be re-running my contest and revamping it a bit next week since I was unable to reach the winner. So stay tuned so you can have a chance to win and current entries will be allowed to be modified to be entered in this contest.

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 🙂

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

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.