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Robin Moses Inspired Nail Art; Pink with Roses.

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!

Inspired by Robin Moses

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!

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Nail Art; Russian Nesting Dolls ♥Matryoshka Dolls♥

Lately I’ve been losing my feelings for nail polish. I haven’t been as excited about it much.  So I decided that it was time to get back to the whole reason why I started. I believe my very first posts were strictly nail art! How in the world did I get so far from what I love?

What I have to show today is something that I’ve wanted to do since before I started this blog, but I never really believed that I could do it well enough to even like it myself. So here they are. I could have made these again on a plastic bag and transferred the  design so that both hands had it- which I would have loved- but it had taken quite some time- about an hour. Cranky babies can’t wait forever you know?

Matryoshka Dolls

Matryoshka Dolls

Matryoshka Doll

I know they don’t look like they’d all fit into each other but that wasn’t the point of this. I love these little dolls and have two small sets of my own that I received (one of them later on by accident) from the largest Christmas store I’ve ever seen located in Frankenmuth, Michigan. The whole town is too cute and the hand painted ornaments at the store are to die for! The actual name of the store is Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland.

Oh and my accidental set was purchased at the same time mine was except it was for my niece that I grew up with since the time she was a baby. We were most likely 7 and 12 (me being older) at the time we got these and it was one of the best family vacations we went on. When my mother passed away almost two years ago these dolls were in her knick knack cabinet and both were given to me. After contacting my niece she said I could just keep it, as long as she knew I had it  it was fine.

ALSO! I will do these again sometime and I will try to be smart and make sure I have my dolls with my pictures! *They don’t look like the nails I did here*

 

Maybelline Color Show, Limited Editions, Avante Green and Auburn Ablaze

This one was another that I promised to show! Getting pretty good on keeping my word huh? Anyways I’ve recently been on a no buy and decided stepping into the stores was a bad idea. I did very good for over a month and then decided I should see what kind of displays are up. And lo- and behold there was a Maybelline Color Show LIMITED EDITION display! I pretty much wanted all of them, but decided Avante Green was my #1 must have of all of them and for SOME REASON I’m not sure why- I bought Auburn Ablaze instead. So I kept thinking about Avante Green dreading that I made a mistake. I had to wait a whole week before I could go back and the display was GONE! But I go to Walgreens quite often and knew that the left overs from displays are on the counter by the register in the beauty department and was over joyed to see the last bottle sitting there. Like it was waiting for me. Psychotic,  I know. Anyways enough babble.

Maybelline Color Show- Avante Green

Maybelline Avante Green is in 3 coats, and probably could have used another one…maybe two.  It’s very thin but not a super runny formula its almost painful to work with however. If you have a good base color to go underneath- go for it. I’m sadly disappointed that this didn’t have any real color shift (kinda blue-ish) to it outside of the bottle. What can I say? Lesson learned.

 

Maybelline Color Show- Auburn Ablaze

Maybelline Auburn Ablaze is in 2 coats. This ended up being a big win for me. I don’t have a lot of colors like this (none since I try to keep my collection simple) but this picture is bringing out a lot more of its wine colored hidden shimmer. In indoor lighting this is a bit more brown with the shimmer leaning a tiny bit more towards purple. Dry time is pretty good- my first coat was thin and my second was thicker then it needed to be-  I could have gotten away with it being thinner and still full coverage (and dry a bit faster, too).

P.S. Sorry about the sloppy slop paint job! I try to do it right the first time, if I can’t I try to at least clean up after myself. Children needed attention so I took a picture before I scuffed them, and I really did ding them bad afterwards.

So far I’m pleased with the polishes that Maybelline keeps coming out with- whether its core line or limited edition like these two. It’s brands like these that make me afraid to waste money trying a new brand I’m not sure I will like!

Green-ish Nail Art for Depression Awareness Month

Here’s my little contribution to Depression Awareness Month! I’m just going to include a great link from the National Institute of Mental Health since according to me- it seem very in depth and covers a lot of questions even family member of those depressed might have.

♥♥ Depression Awareness ♥♥

So I’m guessing this color is green? Kind of a mint? Maybe too dark for that? ANYWAYS- I don’t know the name of this Color Club because it came from Ross and a 7 pack and I have never gotten a pack with names on the bottles- but I believe this set is mismatched. Box says one thing- everything else on the interest shows that SOME of the colors might go- but I might as well assume none of them do. Alter ego Reveal Your Mystery set didn’t include an orange either… This color might be Twiggie but I’m not 100% on it. So yea…whatever…

Sally Hansen Lustre Chromes; Lava and Scarab

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

Sally Hanse Lustre Chrome; Lava

Sally Hanse Lustre Chrome; Lava

Sally Hanse Lustre Chrome; Lava

Sally Hanse Lustre Chrome; Lava

Sally Hanse Lustre Chrome; Lava

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 Hanse Lustre Chrome; Scarab

Sally Hanse Lustre Chrome; Scarab

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.

Quick Update!

I don’t rant about everything going on in my life online- usually. I believe it’s been close to or over a month now, but my laptop decided it hated me and died. Maybe I mention this already. BUT That’s the main reason I haven’t been posting lately. Second reason is that I ran out of space on my camera. I did use my friends super nice camera for my last post…(Did I post that pic???) BUT Now he is out of town! More like out of the country. Even if he DID leave it home I wouldn’t dare touch it because if I broke it I’d be paying on it for forever. So right now I’m working on clearing out memory cards and making backups which I estimate will take me 2-3 days because the battery doesn’t last long enough to clear out one memory card. But just to keep you all hanging on I promise the next post will be 2! Right now I’m wearing one of Sally Hansen’s duo chrome from a new line called Lustre Shine, called Lava *drool*. And the other (which of course is on my other hand) is a Maybelline New York Color Show Limited Edition polish called Avante Green. Avante Green is one of those polishes I nearly lost sleep over because I knew the displays wouldn’t be there for long. I’ll give more about that story with the pictures posted! So dearies please hang in there, the wait is going to be worth it. 

Nail Art: Monster nails!

So I recently bought my 1 and 1/2 year old son some super cute pajama’s at Costco with adorable monsters on them! So here are nail inspired by toddler p.j.’s!

Matte Version

I used acrylic paint for the characters so I wasn’t sure how a regular matte top coat would work. I had planned form the beginning to wear it as matte because that’s how the p.j.’s look- fuzzy! But I didn’t feel like that was the time for experimenting and did SH Insta Dri and then Hard Candy Matte-ly In Love. IMO the matte does look best!

Hard Candy Beetle

Lately I’ve been really wanting to get some polishes from Orly. Probably because I’m not supposed to be buying anything still and also because I don’t own even ONE! Sad I know. SO I started looking at lots of Orly’s that I thought I might like to buy…someday. And Space Cadet was one I was like “OOooooo Ahhhh!” and then found out it has a 100% dupe- that I already own. I hate kicking myself later when I realize I bought something that technically is just a different bottle with a different name and brand.  So I giddily pulled it out and put it on like I just bought it- because I’ve never worn it before then! I told my hubby about this “shopping in my own stash” and he looked at me like I was nuts…Ha…ha…ha. Anyways onto the swatches- I doubt anybody reads this part anyways.

So here is Hard Candy Beetle dupe for Orly Space Cadet.

Hard Candy Beetle

Hard Candy Beetle

Hard Candy Beetle, is in two coats over black polish on index and middle and over metallic green on ring and pinky. I don’t think I could be happier with how these pictures turned out. Most color shifting polishes are a PITA to picture, but this one apparently loves me. To me I usually see the colors yellow and red with this, and I believe there is some orange and gold maybe some purple to it. You can build it up even more if you desire. I did the green because this polish has a deep murky green base to it. you can barely notice the difference and if I did a coat or two more I don’t think you’d be able to tell at all.

 

NOTD: Blue & Purple Ombre {Double Fistin’}

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!

Pure Ice Heartbreaker Skittle Swatch

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

Pure Ice Heartbreaker

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.