Golden Moss Garden manicure and Sephora Christmas Presents!

I had quite a bit of fun making this design and it all started with the strangest bit of inspiration and an amazing Christmas present. I saw a beautiful teal gradient in the hair of this drawing and it gave me the perfect opportunity to use my new colors. I started this look out with a base color of Llamasqua’s Viridian which looked lovely by itself I must say! I then sponged The Parking Meteor Expired by Spoiled around the tip and the cuticle leaving the center untouched and alternating a top bottom and a diagonal pattern. I then sponged Ho Ho Holly by Color Club in the center of the nails. I then used a color of my own creation called Jade which is a nice jelly type of green polish with no real shimmer in the dead center. I then took Melon Green by Klean Color to add a highlight in the center and topped it all of with a thin coat of 18k Gold flake topcoat by Sephora! My haul from Sephora is a the bottom of the post so please make sure to take a look and please forgive my dry skin.. I know it doesn’t compliment my nails. 
 

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French Wrapped Christmas Present nails

I really am enjoying this look, its probably my simplest one to date and my first manicure where half of my nail was virtually colorless! I found the inspiration on a Google image search for holiday manicures and decided to make it my own. I started out the look with a coat of Snowflakes by Color Club to get a nice subtle shimmer as the base. I then used alternating Ho Ho Holly by Color Club and Bite Me by Klean Color for the tips and used Pearl Silver by Klean Color and Winter Wonderland by ORLY for the swirl of silver accent. 



Snowfall on Red Velvet

 I really love how these turned out! This is the first time I’ve really utilized the Matt Me Crazy by NCY and really allowed Bite Me by Klean Color to shine, well without a shine of course. I used my snowflake stamping plate with Lux by ORLY and little dots of Winter Wonderland by ORLY to add an accent of sparkle. Hope you guys love it!

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!


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 🙂

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.

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 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.

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.