Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Green Argyle

Hey kids!!  Hope everyone's doing well! I haven't had much time on my hands lately. Here's my newest concoction...

I used two coats of China Glaze Four Leaf Clover. It's a nice medium green cream with a pretty thin formula, but it is very easy to apply.  It definitely needs at least two coats for opacity.  I used two, but could probably have used three coats for full opacity.  On my pointer and ring fingers I made an argyle design and on the others a deep V-shaped french tip.  The black is Wet n Wild's Black Creme, one coat, nice and easy black to use.  The silver glitter is Kiss Nail Art Paint Silver Glitter.  Two of my standard nail art polishes.  After a really quick clean up, here's what I got!!  Love them! :)

Off to work!! Have a great day!


Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Simple Silver Batman

Hola!! I had something a little fancier planned for my next post, but it didn't work out the way I wanted it to... :( So, I just had a little fun and did a simple nail art.

I did a base coat and then used 2 layers of Sally Hansen Insta-Dri 230 Silver Sweep. I really didn't need two coats of this, it was a BEAUTIFUL, opaque, foil-like silver in one coat. I just figured I'd put an extra coat on to see if it boosted the shimmer... it didn't.  So, only one coat was really needed!  I really love this color. the formula is awesome and the application was as smooth as it could be with the brush they give you!

On top of the silver I added one coat of Revlon 370 Smoldering, a duo-chrome from Revlon.  It is pretty sheer, but applies smoothly.  I'm definitely going to try this one on its own soon. I only used one coat because I just wanted a little of the blue-green and purple shift.  This one is super hard to get on my camera, but looks pretty nice in person. The picture is kind of blurry, but because I'm still using my iPhone, this is the only picture that I could get that shows the colors at all.

I had a fun nail art with taping and layering thing planned.  However, I have big ideas that rarely end up looking good, so, I'll have to try that one again from a different approach.  Since this one flopped, I decided to just try some simple art and try out the Sally Hansen Nail Art Pen in black that my friend gave me for Christmas.  I find that the pen is really easy to use with my dominant hand, but when I try it the other way, ugh. It's as if I'm trying to write my name with my left hand and it is just miserable.  The formula isn't the greatest because it actually rubs off without a top coat, but its a cute idea. Here's my little Batman :)

I hope you enjoyed today's simple post!  Hopefully I'll have something a little more intricate for ya next time!


Saturday, January 14, 2012

Stamped and Scented

Hey guys!  Let's get this show on the road, shall we??

My husband made me an offer I couldn't refuse.  He said he'd buy me a new nail polish if I promised I would use it for my first post - what an attention hog!  Well, I can't turn down nail polish!!!  I decided to try a few things I haven't for this post.

First, I picked a fun nail polish by Revlon.  They have a line out that isn't quite new, but it's new to me; scented nail enamel.  I'm a lover of mango, so I chose #355 Mad About Mango. I partially expected a not-so-hot formula and application being that it is a scented polish.  I was pleasantly surprised with the formula.  However, I wish it would have come with a softer brush.  The brush included was relatively stiff and caused a bit of streaking, but nothing that a few coats couldn't mask.  I applied 2 layers of a base coat then 3 coats of the Mad about Mango.  I love the color!  It is so bright and fun - a nice bright, tropical orange cream enamel.  I wouldn't say it REALLY smelled like mango, but it had a sweet, fruity smell.  I had people smelling my nails all day at work! Haha.

I loved how it came out, but I wanted something a little more fun. My mom bought me the knock-off stamping kit called "Salon Express" at a local drug store that has an "As Seen on TV" area.  I'm pretty easy to please, but I think stamping is so fun.  Also, I have never stamped my nails before, so what you see here is my first try.  I needed a little (a lot) of guidance and figured the best way for me to start the stamping adventure would be to just try to mimic a photo I found online.  The problem is that while actually stamping, my computer shut down and I lost the page.  :(  I tried to find it, but couldn't find it anywhere!!  [ I apologize to whoever I totally copied off of! I'm more than happy to give credit where credit is due! ] I used my Sinful Colors standard white, Snow Me White for the stamp.

I'm surprised at how nice it turned out for my first try!  (I'm also dealing with just my iPhone camera right now until I find my digital camera or snag up a new one.  Bear with me!!)

I threw two top coats over the design and I can still smell the mango 2 days later!  I'm really pleased with how this manicure turned out!!  I'd love to hear what everyone thinks!  Thanks for reading!! :)

Until next time,


Thursday, January 12, 2012

Here we go!

Alright guys! Here it is - the beginning of my nail blog. I suppose I should introduce myself for any of you who don't know me. My name is Kaitlin and I am a 24 year-old bartender at Buffalo Wild Wings. I married my college boyfriend, Jason, in May of 2011.

I am very much into all kinds of all things art related. I paint canvases, my fingernails, my house. So, this blog will mostly be nails, but will once in a while have some different posts. If you have any other questions, please, ask!! I'm a beginner, so, PLEASE be gentle!!!

Thanks everyone for your support! :)