SO this design was originated from Robin Moses on Youtube.com. She is the mastermind of Robinmosesnailart and I have attempted a design by her before. I’ve been learning a lot from her over a year. So this is my attempt and I decided to do the original gold roses on my ring finger and change up the rest with some blue!
Here’s the original video first so you don’t have to look for it.
And here’s my art!
Whether or not anyone else likes this- I absolutely love how it turned out. I wore it for awhile. I love how acrylic paint keeps polish on my nails longer! I need to practice more on my leaves, I can’t seem to get those down yet! Gr!
Things ended up taking a little longer then expected AND I’m easily distracted lately. So since the time of me saying I had Sally Hansens new Lustre Chrome “Lava”, I had been drooling over pictures of “Scarab” and went to Walmart (since it was a whole $1 cheaper then Walgreens) and bought it. Since I did that I might as well show them both on the same post. With out further ado…….
Sally Hansen Lustre Chrome Lava, is named perfectly, I do believe! This orange-pink duo-chrome is such a beautiful glowy polish with an awesome shift! Seems very micro flecked and really benefits from a top coat. I used Sally Hansen Insta Dri. SH recommends using one of their own as a top coat- but in my opinion any should work. **Just as a note, it isn’t very dull- top coat just makes it feel and look a bit more glassy.** Application- cake, a little sheer but build-able. Dry time- decent. From index to pinkie (L-R) are 3 coats. 3 coats, 2-3 over black, 2-3 over black. Sorry I can’t remember if it’s 2 or 3, I meant to write it down. I really do love this and have gotten compliments on it- which is pretty rare for me. Haha.
Sally Hansen Lustre Chrome Scarab, is a pretty blue green duo-chrome polish. This isn’t as big of a shift as Lava was but it’s still quite beautiful. Another difference between these two is that Scarab is much more pigmented then Lava. Also I feel that Scarab was more of a true chrome since you can make out my outline (mainly the camera) in some of these pictures. Application- cake. Dry time- excellent. Also could use top coat to gloss it up. From index to pinkie (L-R) 2 coats, 2 coats, 1 over black, 1 over black.
So in summary, I love these! Thay’re non-problematic and could use a top coat to make them look and feel glassy, but still looks absolutely stellar without it.
I’m sooo glad duo-chromes are trending right now because even though this isn’t a completely new concept, I like that it’s becoming more readily available to the masses. Unlike crackles and magnetic’s I think that this will be popular for a long time, since it pretty much already has been very popular among nail polish junkies for years. I only have a few other duo chromes but I’m hoping to expand this part of my collection as more of the big brand companies decide to make entire duo-chrome collections.
Wow…looking at that title is just seems like something nasty! But whatever! My NOTD is for both HANDS because they’re different. For some reasone I very very very very very rarely, and purposefully try not to, have matching hands. For some reason it drives me nuts. It doesn’t bother me at all on other people- just me. It’s literally like *looks at left hand* ‘Ohhh pretty.” *Looks at right* “WHAT THE HECK?!?! O.O” All surprised and stuff like the world is coming to an end. Loose screws- I know.
Also I’m getting pretty good at picturing my right hand because I am a righty!
So yea sorry about my purple thumb I have this ongoing split and I can’t stop picking at it and the nail polish did no want to cover that with 3 coats. I know the ombre effect is now a old trend but I’m trying to catch up and I still like the looks of them. I also could have did better I think color wise but surprisingly this is all that would work with certain colors being a must have together and then wedging in a few “odd” colors IMO. I don’t think index purple is in place. Too bright. And alot of the blues dried very similar…shaded yes but almost “too close”. I will try this again with different colors!
So this is the only thing I have been permitted to buy since my super strict “no buy” rule I’m on right now. I know it’s not new but I knew I had to have it. So I did a skittles swatch because I’ve already seen it on blues….lots. So here are some I thought might have interesting results. without futher ado- Pure Ice Heartbreaker
So HOPEFULLY I can remember what all of these where. And yes I know I might have made it seem like I was doing very different stuff but that phase is still alittle experimental right now. From left to right. Wnw Black Creme, Sation Oh My Oceania, Sinful Colors Lavender, Sally Hansen Blue It, all with one coat of Pure Ice Heartbreaker. I love this, it really makes things pop. My favorite combo is over the purple, it fills a void for a purple with blue/green shimmer. There’s really not much to say about this because as you can clearly see- it’s awesome. Barely noticable over some of the already shimmery polishes, but I think any creme will dazzle with this over it. Makes OMO look more like I was hoping it would be.
Another Sation for you! Its a beautiful light sea green…yes that is my best description. Also has a VERY subtle sheer blue shimmer.
Sation Oh My Oceania is in 3 coats no top coat. The formula is good, a little runny and dries a little slow. As you can see I stuck my fingers in my hair for a second and was too lazy to start over. Okay so a tip for those of you out there who have runny polishes that pool up on the side edge of the nail and finger- watch robinmosesnailart- seriously she does this thing where she puts her finger on the edge of it and lifts it off(like rolling your finger away). Definitely helps with the evenness and drying time. If its not a big pool of polish it dries faster. Its a method I use a lot with runny polishes and makes life easier lol.
Due to my super strict “no buy” I’m trying to get creative. But honestly this started out with my daughter. First she wanted dark blue *check*…with dots…I opened the box and she picked gold. Then she wanted hearts. So there was one on the thumb and then I asked her if she wanted the dots in a row…After she reviewed my handy work she agreed. Did I mention shes 5??? Quite picky and particular about what she wants. I liked how it turned out so I did mine the same. Her great news for the day is that she got excepted to the out of district school down the road to start kindergarten! woo hoo! Therer’s 9 kids inthe class, how great is that?
Here we are!
I just love the thumbs. The blue is Wet n Wild Blue Moon and the gold is Maybelline Bold Gold. Also as you canseeshe takes after her dad more in skin tone but she does tan rather well…not that I encourage it. I’ve been telling all these beautifully white people around me all the time that it’s perfectly fine to NOT be as tan as I am. I knowthat sounds rude a selfish,but I don’t tan on purpose and I wouldn’t care if I was sheet white! People in other countries are obsessed with being white (symbolism for purity and cleanliness I’m sure) , for some reason Americans aren’t!
As promised I’m attempting more nail art. So to me there’s something super familiar about these stripes….Maybe it’s something everyone has seen or maybe it’s just something I’ve encountered in my personal life but either way I can’t put my finger on it. So I put it on my finger HA!…Not funny? Bleh…
So base color is OPI- Did You Ear about Van Gogh? and the stripes are all acrylic paints that I bought either at the craft store or Wally’s. REMEMBER: Top coat! Or it will wash off! I wanted the base this very grey/beige color. Because the night before I was practicing these same colors of stripes with my striping brushes on bare nails and decided I needed to seal the deal and make it a mani. So what do you think? I actually enjoyed doing this with absolutely no frustrations. Although I think I might go in and cut some ghost hairs off some of my striping brushes. My lines could be straighter but really this is my second time using them so I’m quite happy.
Oh so you know how I always say I’m super hard on my nails and polish doesn’t stay on for very long? Like it seriously depends but sometimes I don’t get past 24 hrs without a chip (worse case I’ve had was like less the 6 hrs!). But when I wore these stripes they lasted entirely un-chipped for……………..(wait for it)…………………3 days!!! And then minor chipping the next few days! So I also mentioned this to my sister-in-law and she said that her mani I did awhile back stayed on long too. SO for you girls out there who are like me and don’t feel like putting on gloves to do dishes and all that jazz, I recommend doing a quick nail art with acrylic paints and a top coat over it to make you mani last!
I bought this pack of polishes from T.J. Maxx averaging to be about $1 a piece. I hate that these do not have any names anywhere. I’ve even searched online and the only one I may have a name for is the yellow one “Sea shell”??? Something like that. So here are the pictures all just titled L.A. Colors. All with 3 coats.
So just quick side notes on each (click them for a better look) the pink is a jelly!! Green is a cremey-jelly. Blue, purple are cremes. Orange, yellow and grey are sheer and shimmery, the grey being more metallic. These are all pretty good formula wise but the blue seemed to drag a little. Still wish these had names Oh well.
Also on my own personal news- I’m sure nobody really reads this- I’ve been put of a very strict no buy for….possibly indefinitely. So I’m sorry that I will most likely NOT show anything new in the future. I am really sorry considering there are 2 from the OPI collection that I want (German-incure by OPI & Every Month Is Oktoberfest) and a very cheap Pure Ice “Heart breaker” that is really awesome and a must have to complete a collection. Some other blogger already have pictures of it so if you wanna see what I’m tlaking about…just google it I surely have more then enough to keep showing stuff- swatch wise that is. I guess this is just an extra push for me to really get back into the nail art. I have lots of ideas just lacking motivation right now- so I guess I will use the “no buy” as motivation.
Oh how I loathe and ♥ this polish. So beautiful in the bottle yet so very difficult to deal with! ALSO IT’S A FAKE! As in it’s labeled as “Splish Splash” from the summer 2012 collection but alas its not, I have been fooled.
China Glaze Blue Sparrow looks pretty cool in the bottle but it the biggest pain to apply. I did it out doors so maybe that’s a factor, but it dragged a lot and clumped up and dried out fast. Which is why this looks so bumpy. 3 coats and a top coat very pretty but maybe not worth the hassle. If I do put this on again I will do it indoors and I will update this post! It might make a slight difference- but until then- this is all ya get. -.0
Oh hi! So this was my number one most wanted the second I laid my eyes on it. It’s from Zoya’s Summer Beach & Surf collection. Loooooove it!
Aw man what a dream color, I freaking loveitr! I also love that its a very shimmer shade! Zuza is 3 coats, no topper. A little tricky to apply, you really need to make sure coats are dry before adding another. Lately I can’t get enough of these colors.