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.

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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.

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

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.

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.