Saturday, June 30, 2012

Summer Challenge: Under the Stars

Hello and Happy Weekend!

I hope that everyone is staying cool!  It is about 100 degrees here so Charlie and I are running the A/C all day with the blinds closed! 

For (yesterday's...oops!) Summer Challenge, I made my first attempt at galaxy nails!


 The blobby things are supposed to be nebulas!  I think next time I will try to make my blobby nebulas look a little more nebula-like, lol. 


I think galaxy nails look soo cool so I was surprised at how simple the steps are!  I used the Cute Polish tutorial from Youtube.com.  


Thansk for reading and have a great weekend!
Emily

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Summer Challenge: Blue, Aqua, and Green

Hello!

Today's Summer Challenge is a blue, aqua, and green.  I did an easy color swatch today of one of my very favorite colors, Sephora by OPI's Mermaid to Order. 


I have had this polish for years and I love it because every time I wear it because of the way the color changes in the light.  Also, The Little Mermaid is definitely my favorite Disney movie...coincidence or not??

Thanks for reading and have a great day!
Emily 

Summer Challenge: Wimbledon

Hello!

I have been taking grad classes this week and pretending to philosophize (lol) so I have been a little behind on the Summer Challenge but hopefully after today I will be all caught up!

I don't know much about tennis but apparently Wimbledon's colors are teal and purple.  I use Sephora by OPI Iris I was Thinner and Sally Hansen Mint Sprint to do a simple French manicure.


This is my first attempt at a French mani and I had a hard time because the Sally Hansen polish came with a ginormous brush but I do like the colors together!


Thanks for reading!
Emily

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

 Summer Challenge: Picnic

Hi, everybody!

I am a little behind on the Summer Challenge because of summer grad classes but here is my picnic mani!  I did stamping and a watermelon, like everybody else lol. 





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Thanks for reading!
Emily

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Summer Challenge--Ice Cream Sundae


Hello!

I hope everyone is having a great summer so far!  I am a little behind on the Summer Challenge but hopefully I will catch-up today!  Here is the "Ice Cream Sundae" mani I did a couple days ago...I actually did popsicles because I thought it might be a little easier and I have been eating SO MANY popsicles lately to stay cool!

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Thanks for reading and have a great day!
Emily

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Summer Challenge: Balloons or Kites


Hello!

For today's challenge, I attempted to do balloons in a cloudy sky.  I made the clouds with a dotting tool and added China Glaze Techno glitter.


Then I added some balloons....which sort of look like balloons....


This didn't turn out exactly as I had hoped but it was good practice with the dotting tools! 

Thanks for reading!
Emily


Saturday, June 16, 2012

Summer Challenge: Hippie/Retro/Summer of Love

Hello!

For today's Summer Challenge theme, I took the retro route.  There is a super cute manicure on Hello Giggles.com that I have been wanting to try AND I got to use my new dotting tools, woot!  I hope you like it!


 


For the colors, Charlie picked China Glaze White on White, Finger Paints Artist's Inspiration, Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Black Out for the mustaches, and Sally Hansen Mint Sprint.


Here are the other ladies doing the summer challenge:



Debbie @ The Crumpet - http://thecrumpet.blogspot.co.uk/
 Alyssa at Fancy Phalanges - http://fancyphalanges.blogspot.com/
 Lucie @ Lucy's Stash www.lucysstash.com
 Vic @ Glowstars http://glowstars.net
Rychelle @ Colorsplash Nails- http://colorsplashnails.blogspot.com/
 Missy the Manicured Maniac @ http://melissahenderson95.blogspot.com/


Thanks for reading!
Emily
oxox



Friday, June 15, 2012

Summer Challenge Day 16: Ladybirds

Hello!

Today I went to the Jersey shore with two lovely ladies and it was soo wonderful.  Unfortunately, my SPF 50 failed me and I am soo burnt--humph.  BUT then I got home and my dotting tools had just arrived in the mail!  WOOO.  I think this is going to be the beginning of a beautiful relationship. 

After going to the store to buy aloe and black nail polish, here is what I came up with for the ladybirds theme...it is a little messy!



My cuticles are a bit disastrous but hopefully you can look beyond that to my sheer brilliance...haha, JK!  I think I would have liked to use a brighter red for the ladybug but I really couldn't justify buying any more polish this week...


I used...China Glaze White on White, Sally Jansen Xtreme Wear Black Out (thank you, CVS!), Sally Hansen Diamond Strength Honeymoon Red, and Sally Hansen Insta-Dry Mint Spring (which turns yellow when I use a topcoat, I don't recommend it!).


Thanks for reading!
Emily
oxox




Wednesday, June 13, 2012

 Hello!

Today is the first day I did a manicure for the Summer Challenge and the theme is Hot Pink--Freestyle.  I am so nervous to post because there are some really good manicures out there!  I used China Glaze's Love's a Beach with Zoya's Maisie for the flaky glitter.  On my other hand, I reused China Glaze's Orange Knock-Out because I looove it!  Hope you enjoy!








I love the Maisie on the orange because it reminds me of sunshine!


Thanks for reading!
Emily
oxox



Monday, June 11, 2012

Hello!

Today I busted out the neons to try my first tape mani.  For the base coat, I used China Glaze's Orange Knockout, which is a true neon.  It is not part of their new neon summer collection but I love the brightness.  My husband said, "Wow...that looks like...a radiation protection suit," if that gives you any idea of just how bright it actually is!  I used two coats and probably could have used three to hide the nail line but overall I just love the brightness.




I think this pictures best shows the highlighter-ish color.




For the second color, I used China Glaze's Under the Boardwalk, part of their Summer Neons collection.  It is a deep, purple berry jelly shade.   



If I were to do this again, I would probably pick two different colors...these two combined remind me of Halloween...and it is June...oh well!!    



I think next time I need to wait for the polish to dry just a little bit more before I pull the tape off. 


This is Halloween, This is Halloween... :)

Somebody is worn out...nappie time!



Thanks for reading!

Bye!
Emily
oxox



Sunday, June 10, 2012

Hello!

Thank you for visiting!  This is my very first post--so exciting!  After spending excessive amounts of time over months and months browsing lots and lots of fantastic nail art blogs, I decided to finally start my own.  I am definitely a beginner so please bear with me as I hope to chronicle my adventures (and probably misadventures!) on exploring the great nail art out there!

Nailslide is one of my absolute favorite nail blogs!  She has a lot of great tape manis as well as numerous tutorials, such as this cloud mani design.  In celebration of the first shore trip of the season, I tried to make it look like ocean waves.

For the base, I used Essie's Turquoise & Caicos and another Essie, Mesmerized.  
I love these two colors together!







Oh no!  It looks like my co-blogger, Charlie, liked Turquoise & Caicos so much that he stole it for himself!




Here is the finished product!  I used China Glaze's "White on White."  Next time I will need to even the brush strokes on the "waves" and work on those gross cuticles
but I am very happy with the first attempt!



Thanks for reading! 
Emily