Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice! Beetle......

Beetlejuice is one of my all time favorite movies!!! I do realize that his actual name is spelled something like Betelgeuse but that is just pretty strange and since the title of the movie is actually
Beetlejuice I am just going to go with that. Anyways...I'm pretty sure most people are very familiar with this movie since it is pretty much a classic at this point. I recently got a Mundo de Unas plate with images from the Beetlejuice cartoon on it and decided I just needed to do something with it immediately. I tried to keep it pretty simple but I am still loving how it turned out. I started off with a base of white using Cult Nails Tempest on all my nails. On every nail but the ring finger I stamped stripes using Bundle Monster 411 in black using Cult Nails Nevermore. I wanted to make those nails a little distressed so I did a rough scrape and let the image sit a little longer so parts wouldn't transfer. I also added matte top coat right after stamping know that it would help smear the polish. I wanted to create a contrast with the matte so I added Cult Nails Deal With It in drips on the tips and left them gloss. On my ring finger I sponged some of Deal With It on the tip and then I stamped the Beetlejuice logo using Mundo de Unas Handy plate H2.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Nail Art for Nubs Monday: Seahorse

This weekend I had so much fun playing around with all my new toys aka polish and plates. Whenever I get a new Cult Nails collection I am always super excited and I also got my first Messy Mansion plates this week. I already had on Cult Nails Intriguing and when I asked my friend what I should stamp she said something ocean themed. The first thing that came to mind was the waves pattern on Messy Mansion MM29. I chose Cult Nails Wack Slacks to stamp the waves with. For my accent finger I wanted to use the seahorse image. I decided to make a stamping decal that I filled in with Cult Nails Casual Elegance. I topped it off with Seche Vite and then I decided to matte it with Butter London matte top coat.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

The Walking Dead

Today I want to share my nails that I did for the season finale of The Walking Dead. OMG was that an intense season finale or what!!!! I'm already going through some zombie withdrawal and October is sooooo far away! It's a good thing the unofficial start to the summer movie season kicked off this weekend with Captain America 2 being released. Starting now I will pretty much be living at the movies for the next four months. Gotta love a good distraction!

On my thumb I started with a base of Cult Nails Grunge and then created a gradient with Grunge, Zoya Normani, and Zoya Noot. I added a skyline using Bundle Monster 414 and then some blood spatter with Cult Nails Kiss.

On the index and middle finger I used a base of Zoya Normani and then did the saran wrap method with Zoya Kelly. Next I added some blood spatter using Cult Nails Kiss and Vivid Lacquer plate VL018. On my index finger I wanted zombies but the only image I had with people was disco people from Winstonia 216. I had to improvise a little so wiped away and pointed up hands in that classic disco pose and some of the bellbottoms. I then roughed them up a little more with some black acrylic paint and then some blood spatter.

On my middle finger I wanted something Daryl Dixon since he was a huge part of the show for the second part of the season. The only guy I had with a bow was a native American Indian from Winstonia 213 so again I had to improvise. I colored in the headband and stripe down his pants with black and removed the feathered headdress. I smudged it some more with black acrylic and added some more blood spatter.

My ring finger I did a base of Pretty Serious Gruesome Groom and added some zombie hands with Bundle Monster H08. My pinky was a reference to one of the most shocking episodes of the season and Carol telling Lizzie to just look at the flowers. I used a base of Zoya Caitlin and added spatter again using VL018. I then stamped a flower using Winstonia 212 and finished with just a few more dots of red from Cult Nails Kiss.

I started off shiny by adding a top coat of Seche Vite but in the end went matte because it just added to the gritty feel of The Walking Dead.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Cult Nails - Intriguing

The Casual Elegance collection was originally intended to be released in February but ended up coming out in March. I actually won my set in a nail contest from Cult Nails and just received it this weekend so thank you so much Cult Nails!!!!! I actually think this is the perfect collection for March/April. The color I had to try first just completely embodies April showers perfectly! We have been having rain pretty much all week which I love but I am so glad the sun decided to cooperate for me to get this amazing polish out in the sun. Just take a look at this bottle shot!!

Intriguing is a periwinkle blue holograhpic that reminds me of an April sky right before the downpour. I mean come on it even has a rainbow just like an April shower! The color of this polish really does vary though depending on the lighting. So far I have seen it range from a greyish blue to baby blue and then to periwinkle. The holographic effect is not as strong on the nail as it is in the bottle. It is much more subtle on the nail but I actually like that about this. The formula on Intriguing was great and I only needed two coats. Clean up was a breeze because of the formula I didn't have any flooding of the cuticles. I topped it off with one coat of Cult Nails Wicked Fast top coat.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Watercolor Sugar Skulls

So I have been seeing manis everywhere of people making stamping decals with jelly type polishes or the new OPI Sheer Tints that just look amazing. They look like watercolor paintings on your nails. I was about two seconds from buying the Sheer Tints when someone said they would just make their own if they wanted them. This seriously intrigued me and I had to try making my own too.

 I started off with just my thumb because I had no confidence that I could get it to work. I have just barely got the hang of stamping decals so I felt like this was a little beyond my reach. To my shock it worked like a charm and I had created I think my favorite nail of all time!

The technique I used to create the sheer tints was to put down a large drop of top coat onto a nail plate and then mix it with a tiny dot of any polish color you want. Then you just have to mix it up and paint it inside your image. I just used an OPI topcoat I had sitting around that wasn't being loved and that I got for free. Yeah, I will end up using all of it now!! You could use any topcoat though. To mix and apply the polish to the image on the stamper I just used a dotting tool.

So with the sweet taste of success I went on to the other nails and created what I think just may be my favorite mani of all time!! If not my favorite easily top three. I used the same sugar skull on all my nails that came from Cheeky jumbo plate Viva Mexico.

This mani was a great way to test out a bunch of polish I haven't tried yet and the list is super long so bare with me!! There are a few in here that I have used like Cult Nails Tempest as my base but the majority were untried. Polishes used are: Pop Beauty Mint Magic, China Glaze What a Pansy, Grass is Lime Greener, Metro Pollen-tin, Zoya Yummy, Pippa, and Darcy, OPI Hey Baby, Color Club London Calling and Pardon My French, Cult Nails Party Time and Sinful Shine Mardis Gras and 24/7. I think that is all but my desk is literally covered in polish so sorry if I missed one!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Nail Art For Nubs: Blue Daisies

It's spring!! It's Spring! It's finally Spring!!! With a 50% chance of snow tonight and freezing temperatures. *womp* *womp* *womp* I did get to wear flip flops one day this week though so it's getting there just super slowly. This week I decided I wanted to put one of my favorite flowers that reminds me of spring on my nails. Daisies!!! More specifically I really really love blue daisies. Not sure if that is a real color they come in but I see them everywhere so that's what I'm going with. I also decided to push my comfort zone a little and actually paint the daisies and not stamp. I am so happy with the way they came out!!! I used two coats of OPI 4 In the Morning and then painted on the daisies using acrylic paints. Of course I had to try it out both shiny and matte. This one I definitely love matte more but both ways just make me so happy and even more excited for the rest of spring to finally show up.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Vivid Lacquer VL022

Today I thought I would do a little review on Vivid Lacquer plate VL022. Plate 22 is an Asian themed plate with Japanese cherry blossoms, ninja throwing stars, daggers, and nun-chucks, and dragons. One of my favorite things about Vivid Lacquer plates are all of the great variations of designs and sizes. The throwing stars come in multiple sizes and designs and the dragons also come in three different sizes from a small one to one that can span the size of several nails. There are also a couple of full size nail designs such as the dragon scale design.

For the mani I did using this plate I started with two coats of Smitten Polish Mintmallow. Next using Sinful Shine My Kyrptonite I stamped the dragon scales on all of my nails. I decided to use the largest dragon stamp and placed it across three nails from my index to ring finger using Mash black stamping polish. On my pinky I stamped a few throwing stars in black. Next I worked on my thumb and placed the smallest dragon in the middle. I decided to add cherry blossoms to the top and bottom as accents. I wanted to integrate more cherry blossoms into the design to tie it all together so I added some to my middle and index fingers. I topped everything with a coat of Seche Vite. Like always I had to add some matte top coat too. I really love it both ways!!!

VL022 is another amazing plate from Vivid Lacquer! This plate was super easy to use and I had zero issues picking up the image. Vivid Lacquer plates can be purchased from her Etsy store HERE.