Thursday, August 25, 2011

Ethnic Print nails - clothing inspired

Last Monday was my first day of class and my 3rd semester in university. I was nervous about taking new classes and meeting new classmates. I'm a shy girl, so, the start of a semester is stressing time for me.
I had little time to make a detailed nail art design, so, I opted for a simple, full nail stamp. When I'm out of creative juices, I look at my closet for inspiration. This time a tank top from H&M, which has an ethnic print, was my source of inspiration.

For the base color I used Sally Hansen Complete Manicure nail polish in "Pink slip" it is supposed to be a sheer pale pink, but it looks more like a light beige to me. I applied two coats because it is very sheer and streaky formula. Then, using Kleancolor in black I used a nail stamp design from Magnonails XL - A plate which has a zigzag pattern.

Here is the result:

What do you think of the result?

Thanks for reading ^ ^

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

OPI DS Coronation

Hello! Two weeks ago, I bought the a bottle of OPI DS Coronation. I finally got to try a holographic nail polish! Well, I think the holo effect is not as stunning as China Glaze OMG or Nfu oh holos but there are no many holographic nail polishes out there in stores and could not waste the opportunity to wear a holo ^ ^

The application was easy, not streaky at all, but it was very sheer, I had to put 3 coats for it to be opaque. I'm a bit disappointed that it chipped in 2 days. I always put a base coat and most of my manicures last me almost two weeks without chipping, so this was a bit of bummer. Nevertheless, I will still wear this color because the effect is gorgeous. Next time I will put some nail stamp and see how it looks.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Trip to San José and some nail art

First of all, thank you for following my blog. I really appreciate that there are girls out there who are reading my posts. My mom thinks I'm a bit crazy about nail art, so, to have someone who understands and appreciates my hobby makes me very happy.

Last Saturday, I went to visit my friend who has recently moved to San José, CA. Her new place is gorgeously decorated. I have been decorating false nails as a present for her. This visit was an opportunity to give them in person and explain how I did it.

She said they were so pretty that she wants to put them on display ^ ^ I'm glad that she liked them. She advised me that I should sell nails like these online. I was thinking about it for some time, but I'm not sure yet...

She lives nearby a mall, so we went there for some window shopping. The mall was huge compared to the ones in the Central Valley. There were stores like Forever 21, H&M, Charlotte Russe, etc... I mean, the place was so big and I was impressed that they have so much cool stores all in one place. Unfortunately, I was too tired to see the entire mall. I went to this store called Tokyo Lifestyle and there were lots of kawaii things from japan, but I think they were overpriced and carry similar products, or the same as Daiso Japan. Despite the high priced items, I'm a sucker for kawaii stuff, I could not resist the temptation and bought some stickers and a cellphone strap.
I bought the stickers because they are so cute and small enough that I want to use them for some 3D nail art ^ ^

What do you think of the false nails I decorated for my friend? Do you think the stickers would work for nail art?

Thank you very much for reading!

Saturday, August 13, 2011

More experimenting...

I played a bit more with my pendant-stamp I showed you on my previous post, now I'm using a contrast of pink-black.

I used Kleancolor "pastel pink" for the base and Kleancolor "black" for stamping.

Here, you can clearly see how the design from the pendant transfers to the stamper...

And the final result:

This is how the nails look on me:
I know the result does not look as neat as nail stamps, but I like the rough look of it. As I said before, it looks like those woodblock printings.

What do you think of this look? Should I keep stamping my nails like this?

Have a nice weekend.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Experimenting with other kind of nail stamp...

Hello again. Yesterday, I was cleaning up my room and found a pendant that I bought long time ago, but never got to wear it. I was about to throw it away but then I noticed how the engraved design was very similar to nail stamps...

and so, I started to experiment with it. I put some kleancolor "metallic yellow" nail polish and scraped it.

I picked up the design with magnonails big nail stamper...
and because my nails are short at this time, I stamped on a set of false nails.
And here my final result:

In my opinion, I loved the result. The stamped design looks more like a woodblock print. I never thought that a piece of jewelry could be that useful to me ^ ^ I will keep using this "stamp". It has become an addition to my nail stamp collection.

What do you think of the final result?

Monday, August 1, 2011

Nail polish finds

Here are my nail polish finds from the past week until last Sunday, July 31.
Most of them were purchased at 2 of my local flea markets and a few of them at a nail supply.

I will indicate the names of the nail polish and the prices too.

Kleancolor nail polishes $1 each
Colors listed from left to right:
228 Chunky holo candy, 232 Chunky holo clover, 229 Chunky holo poppy, 162 Metallic yellow, 167 Metallic purple, 160 Metallic orange, 164 Metallic aqua, 216 Sparkling mulberry.

Comments: there are 9 colors from the kleancolor chunky holo collection, I have 6 of them, i have yet to find chunky holo scarlet, teal and black. I really want to try the chunky holo black, I guess I have too look for it again at the flea market (they are only 1 buck each!). The metallic ones, I really recommend for stamping because they are very pigmented.

Nabi nail polishes $1 each, all crackle polishes $2 each
Colors from left to right: Nabi- 50 Rock mania, 8 White, 118 New gold pearl. Nabi Crackle - 9 Baby lavender. Bonita crackle - 01 Black. Cherimoya 2012 crackle- 39 Pontious pilate, 18 Eternity, 17 Innocence and 19 Apocalypse

Comments: There are many affordable nail polish brands that are coming out with their line of crackle polishes. I wasn't sure whether to buy them or not because of the bad experience I had with the Kleancolor Crackle polish which are an absolute fail. When I saw brands such as Cherimoya, Nabi or Bonita collections of crackle polish I was skeptical about spending my money on polishes that would not work.
After trying them, I must say that I am impressed. These three brands are not only affordable but also offer a wide arrange of colors of crackle polish and what it is most important, they are quality polishes that do what they promise, crack! Yes, I love the crackle effect on them. I will try to post some swatches very soon.

Last but not least

Colors listed from left to right: Essie - Nice is nice, Sand tropez, French affair ($1 each). OPI My private jet ($6). China Glaze GR8 ($4), Gold hologram top coat ($3.99). 5 stars silver holographic glitter ($1.50). CM Disco Flares ($1.50).

Comments: Yes! I'm happy that I could find some Essie nail polishes and only a buck each. They were the only three available at a flea market stand and I just had to buy them, hehe. My family says that I'm a nail polish addict, maybe they are right. the other polishes were purchased at a nail supply. I'm glad I went there because I could find the only OPI My private jet and GR8 from China Glaze OMG collection. The rest are glitter nail polishes that I found while browsing the store. I love glitter nail polishes but I'm very lazy when it comes to remove them, they are such a pain, a glittery pain. The last one on the right which is called Disco flares is a lovely fuchsia jelly with glitter and applies wonderfully with only one coat. I will swatch it later.

Konad tutorial - Pink & black lolita nails

Hello. Here is a nail design I made a few days ago. Sometimes I'm too lazy to decorate my nails and since my manicures usually last 2-3 weeks, I decided to show you some nail art using false nails and konad nail stamps. Konad carries assorted designs, some are small and other are full nail patterns. Here, I made a combination of both. I'm going to show you how you can make a design using a combination of small objects.

First, I painted a set of false nails using a light pink color.

Then I decorated the thumb nail by stamping a round lace from Konad plate m77

I used the pearl necklace stamp from the same plate, but while the design was on the stamper, I erased the rest of the design to leave a single chain of pearls. I positioned the pearls under the lace.
I finished the nail by adding a bow from Konad plate m59
I stamped the rest of the nails by using a variation of full nail images and combination of lace and bows.

Here is the final product:
I hope this short tutorial can serve you as an inspiration to make more original nail designs.

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