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

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.

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.