I haven’t done much nail art in what seems like forever… and even if I did do nail art before, what I can do is pretty limited to a small amount of creativity. lol Watercolor nails are fun to do and a technique I have always loved. Yesterday while getting ready to paint my nails, I was stumped as to what nail polish I wanted to choose… so I ended up choosing them all. Now – I’m not “nail art” designer… and I’m constantly learning new techniques if I have the chance, but I always love how these turn out and since it’s summer – I know I’ll be having some fun with my nail polish utilizing this technique.
To create this nail look I started off with Rainbow Honey’s All Your Base as my base coat and then topped Zoya’s Adel over that – using two coats so that it was a bit more opaque then one coat would offer. I then took Zoya’s Perrie and dropped a few drops of polish on each nail. To create the marbleized / water color look, I dipped my nail brush into my nail polish remover and painted over Perrie (the purple shade) so that it kind of mixed in and blended in till I wanted it to be. Then I dropped on Wet n Wild’s I need a Refresh-mint over the purple, doing the same technique with the nail brush and nail polish remover. Once I finished with that – I then did the same technique with Cameo from Rainbow Honey. Once I got it to the look I wanted, I topped my nails with Ciate’s Speed Coat Pro fast dry top coat and let my nails dry.
I will be having a nail polish tutorial coming up with this design on my YouTube channel It is much easier than people think it is and faster too.
Left to Right: Rainbow Honey All My Base – Base Coat, Zoya Adel (white), Zoya Perrie (purple), Wet n Wild Megalast polish I Need a Refresh-Mint (turquoise), Rainbow Honey Cameo (neon pink), Ciate Speed Coat Pro (top coat).
If you are looking for ways to add a little color to your nails but certain colors may not mesh well with your skin tone or your liking, this is also a great way to be able to use those colors.
Spring time is one of my favorite times of year… not only for the beautiful weather and the gorgeous flora that grace us but also because I am a huge Sakura lover and look forward to Cherry Blossoms that bloom during that time. You don’t find Cherry Blossoms in Hawaii, not the original ones that you would find in Japan or in Washington D.C. – so I always look forward to reading about the annual Sakura Matsuri Festival or Hanami which takes place in Japan.
Recently, I had the opportunity to place an order with Rainbow Honey and immediately fell in love with the Sakura Matsuri Collection that is available for sale. After getting my hands on it – I knew that I wanted to use the Sakura Matsuri Namesake Glitter Polish in my look this week.
I used the following products to create my nail look that I’ll be rocking out this week:
Base – All Your Base from Rainbow Honey (part of the April Mystery Bag)
I have had this nail polish mani for a few days before I had the opportunity to take the photos, so that is why I have that little crack in my index finger. I thought this was a very cute combination and I think it will be one I will enjoy rocking out year long, but especially during this time when the Sakura are in bloom.
I am a purple addict! Yes – commit me if you must… but it is true and if you have been following my blog at all – you already know this. lol I have loved purple most of my life, though my mom said my favorite color when I was a little girl was brown – oi… brown. She said I colored everything in color books brown so she assumed it was my favorite. Nonetheless, I digress and moved on to bigger and better things. lol In this weeks mani I wanted to rock out a super simple nail look that was both show stopping but wearable and I needed it to dry swiftly because I was impatient to wait for it set. So read on for what I used to create my nails of the week.
The two purple shades I chose are probably two of my favorites in my entire nail polish collection. I picked up my first bottle of Paradise (by Nubar) before I even had my twins (over 4 years ago) and the bottle I’m holding in my photo is my third of this shade. This Duo chrome is absolutely gorgeous and I found that topping it with Maybelline Color Show’s Diamond in the Rough made a great combination. Of course, anyone that is close to me knows that China Glaze’s IDK is a Holy Grail for me. I haven’t been seeing it in my local beauty supply stores and I’m a bit worried that it may be only available on Amazon – but I have back ups just in case… because it is my FAVORITE Purple EVER.
Flakey Topper – Maybelline Color Show Diamond in the Rough
Base Coat – Julep Nail Therapy
Top Coat – Ciate London Speed Coat Pro Fast Dry top coat
I know I’m a purple addict – but purple and gold seriously has stolen my heart. I can’t help it – I know I’ll be rocking out these nails all spring and summer as I do all year round. lol What colors will be your favorites for the season?
The last few days had me rummaging through my nail polish stash looking for a nice Orange shade that I knew I wanted to wear – especially now that it is spring. Considering I have a reasonably large collection of polishes, I assumed I would find a shade that fit my fancy – but I guess that wasn’t the case. Luckily – I came across the shade Pretty In Peach by Maybelline Color Show Collection at my local CVS and since the polish was under $4.00 – it was my first choice over other brands like Essie and Sally Hansen which was a good $5.00 more in price.
I have been pretty impressed with the Maybelline Color Show Nail polishes lately. I now have 4 of them, 3 of which are toppers – but still… I’m pretty happy with their color payoff as well as their price point. I’m excited to pick up a few more shades and test them out.
To achieve this nail look I used Pretty in Peach (Maybelline Color Show – 115) as my base polish – 2 coats total and topped it off with Ciate London’s Speed Coat Pro fast dry top coat. Of course, I used my Ciate London Flower Mani kit to add the little flowers as my accent nail. The Pretty in Peach shade was pretty opaque with two coats – which is awesome.
Have you tried any polishes from Maybelline Color Show? Are any of them going to be a favorite for Spring?
If you know anything about me, it’s that Christmas is my favorite Holiday of the year. While I am a busy mom – I try my best to get in the festive spirit as much as possible, even if it means that I only have time for a quick makeup look or holiday inspired nails. A few days ago I saw a post on Ipsy’s Facebook Page of gorgeous nails done by another person and I fell in love with the look. After recreating it myself on my own nails today – I decided I would look up her blog/website and now I am a fan of her work. You can find her blog here: http://winkandblush.com/glitter-ombre-tutorial-quick-nails/. I wish I took the time to find her blog earlier because I would have gotten a step by step of how she created the look, but regardless, it was fairly simple and a design I have done before using other colors – so I was pretty happy with the outcome.
Cuticle Oil and Quick Dry: Sally Hansen’s Dry Kwik Nail Color Dryer
As I mentioned in previous nail posts with glitter… I absolutely love Gold glitter or tinsel in any shape. This time of year during the Christmas Holidays – gold glitter really adds that extra sparkle and gives any color you use an added Holiday-ish look.
I took the photo above in natural lighting a few hours after the other photos to see how the colors transitioned in the light. What I love so much about ELF’s Gold Star glitter is that it has those cool Hexagon shaped glitters that really reflect different tones depending on the light. Those hex glitters caught the light shining on the sky and the grass around me and it really reflected back onto the glitter giving the image a cool effect.
Everyone knows that IDK from China Glaze is quite possibly one of my most favorite nail polishes – EVER. I have a huge love for purple… and have my fair share of purple polishes, but this one just catches my fancy and it’s been a favorite of mine for quite a few years.
I have tried quite a bit of color combination and design combinations with IDK, but never really anything with black or white I am ashamed to say. After picking up my Maybelline Clear Spotted Polka Dot polish from the Color Collection… I decided that I wanted to really do something fun with it. This nail polish look was quick and I did enjoy doing it. It’s fun and definitely something I will rock in different colors using the same type of design.
China Glaze IDK
Maybelline Color Show Polka Dot polish in Clearly Spotted
Sinful Colors Clear Top Coat
*no base coat used this time.