Monday, February 27, 2012

Mardi Gras Themed Water Marble

Hi lovelies! I know Mardi Gras was last week, but with school I didn't have time to do my nails until this weekend. I decided to do a water marble since I haven't done one in awhile. It's not that I haven't tried, I think the times I tried it was way too cold and my polish was drying fast or something. Here I used a base color of Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in Golden-I and marbled using Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Golden-I, Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Deep Purple, and China Glaze Holly Day.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

China Glaze Happy Go Lucky and Konad M50

The weekend is FINALLY here! This was one of the most difficult weeks of school I can remember. I can't wait to do my nails today! Lol. Anyways, here is a mani I did 2 weeks ago for my mother in law. She picked what she wanted me to use. It's a simple design, but she loved them so that's all that matters! I used China Glaze Happy Go Lucky for the base and stamped using Konad M50 in Konad Sky Pearl. And that blue background is the bottom of one of my beloved Konad demo plates <3

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Essie Spring 2012 Navigate Her Collection

Hi everyone! I hope you all are enjoying your extra long weekend. I'm not because I'm working on lots of stuff for nursing school next week, but after this week I will be able to relax a bit. Today I have Essie's Spring 2012 Collection "Navigate Her." I actually don't have that much Essie in my collection because one time I used one and I hated the formula, but I have to say, after getting this collection I think I'm going to be getting a lot more! I probably used that other Essie when I still sucked at painting my nails lol. 

Tour De Finance. Fuchsia shimmer with a purple flash.

Ole Caliente. Red based coral creme.

Orange, It's Obvious. Dark orange creme.

A Crewed Interest. Peach creme.

Navigate Her. The namesake of the collection. Pistachio creme.

To Buy Or Not To Buy. Lilac "shimmer". It basically looks like a lilac creme since the shimmer is very hard to see.

Here's the purple and blue shimmer in To Buy Or Not To Buy in the bottle. This shimmer is pretty much non-existent on the nail.
Like I said, I don't have very many Essie in my collection, but I am glad I have added these to my collection. It would've been nice if the shimmer showed up in To Buy Or Not To Buy. I could live without that one. Ole Caliente and Orange, It's Obvious are a little too close in color for me for a 6 polish collection, but of course I will be wearing both of them! My favorites are Navigate Her, A Crewed Interest, and Tour de Finance. Formula and dry time was great on these. I used 2 coats on all except A Crewed Interest and Tour De Finance, I used 3. Pictures are shown without topcoat.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Valentine's Day Hearts

Ok so this one is a day late. I didn't know how many Vday nails I was doing and I guess I should've started posting them a day earlier. Oh well. For this I used O.P.I. Strawberry Margarita as a base and then added other pinks using a dotting tool. I added China Glaze Dance Baby, China Glaze Sugar High, China Glaze Fuchsia Fanatic, and Essie Tour De Finance. I stamped using Red Angel plate RA-114 in Konad White.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Valentine's Day Nails

So I didn't actually wear these for Valentine's Day because I had clinicals, but I wore these last weekend. I was planning on not seeing my husband for Valentine's because I'm so busy with school and I stay somewhere else during the week, but I was only fooling myself. I decided to pass on my schoolwork, drive an hour to see him, and go watch The Vow =] Hope everyone had a nice Valentine's Day as well. Anyways, onto my nails. I used O.P.I. Animal-istic and stamped using Konad M83 in Konad White. I don't know if my stamping polish is getting too thick, but I did have some trouble with the stamping on this one. Has anyone used polish thinner on stamping polish before? If so, did it help?

Monday, February 13, 2012

OPI Strawberry Margarita and Konad M78

Hi everyone! Here's another Valentine's Day mani. I really wanted to do so many, but there's so little time. I did this one last month to have something for this occasion. I got 2 more coming up so keep an eye out. I used OPI Strawberry Margarita and I actually can't remember the polish I did the gradient with. I usually don't post things after a whole month. Sorry! I stamped using Konad M78 in Konad White. There is a half heart on the image and after stamping, I'm not sure you can tell...but there was a half of a heart so it's still Valentine's themed I promise lol!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Valentine's Conversation Hearts

Hi everyone! I did these a a few weeks back because I knew when school came around I wouldn't have time to do that many different manis for Valentine's Day. I got this idea from Leslie at Polish Art Addiction. I'm pretty sure everyone has eaten this candy at least once for Valentine's Day. I can't remember what I used as a base color (oops!), but I stamped using Nail Art Diva plate From the Heart 1 in China Glaze Lemon Fizz, China Glaze Re-fresh Mint, China Glaze Something Sweet, China Glaze Peachy Keen, and Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in Lively Lilac. I did use a dotting tool to go over the colors and make them more opaque. The red wording is stamped with the same plate using Nail Art Diva polish in Heartfelt Red. I got the Nail Art Diva plate and polish from Rebecca's 600 follower giveaway last year, but waited until the right occasion to use it =] I mattified them after with Essie Matte About You because the candies are actually matte and chalk like.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Nicki Minaj Inspired Nails #4

Hey everyone! Short post tonight. I wanted to get this up earlier this week, but OMG this second semester of nursing school is literally kicking my boootay and I have had no time and I should really be studying now. Anyways, here's my 4th and final Nicki Minaj inspired mani. I actually wanted to do more because I was so inspired, but the contest ended and I only had time to do 4. For this mani I used a base coat of China Glaze White Out and then used a dotting tool to add Color Club: Feelin' Groovy, Koo-Koo Cachoo, Chelsea Girl, Pucci-Licious, Almost Famous, and Poptastic. I stamped in Konad M57 in Konad Black.

Out of the four, one of my final entries was submitted for voting. The moderator chose this one, but personally I liked my #1 with the fish scale look. Funny thing, every time I enter a contest, the moderator never chooses my favorite! Sucks, but a win is a win and I had fun participating =] Anyone interested can follow me on Instagram @heartnat24

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Nicki Minaj Inspired Nails #3

Hi everyone! Hope you're enjoying your weekend. Today's mani may look familiar to you. It's because I got this idea from Rebecca Likes Nails. She did this last year and of course while I was doing Nicki Minaj outfit inspired nails I couldn't stop thinking about doing the one she did because it is so awesome. I used China Glaze White Out for the base and stamped using BM 215 with Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in Presto Pink. For my ring finger I used China Glaze Sunshine Pop. The outfit that inspired this is one that Nicki wore in her "Super Bass" music video.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Nicki Minaj Inspired Nails #2

Hi my lovelies! Like I mentioned in my last post, I did a few Nicki Minaj outfit inspired manis for this little contest on Instagram. Here's the second one I did. First I did 2 coats of Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in Black Out. Then with the binder hole reinforcements applied, I did 2 coats of Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in White On. Lastly I stamped using BM 21 in Konad Black. I've always wanted to use this stamp and I've always seen it just stamped over yellow, so I'm glad my first time using it I was able to be creative! I don't know if anyone can tell, but O.P.I. Fly stained the crap out of my nails!! Has anyone else had the same problem?