Saturday, 28 September 2013

Barbie Pink Nails

These nails totally make me think of Barbie pink and Barbie doll stuff. My Avon lady Teresa, had asked me to do my nails using the Opal Top Coat from Avon that she gave me, so she can see it in person. I decided to try it on top of Avon's Viva Pink to see how it would look. It's nice, but it totally makes me think of Barbie. lol

Thursday, 26 September 2013

Avon Cuticle Conditioner

Well, I don't normally do this, but I would like to recommend this product. (I do not work for Avon, nor am I receiving any benefit from plugging this product.) I simply find this conditioner works well for me, so I wanted to share it.
The instructions say to apply the conditioner and then rub it in, but I just leave it to dry and found that works best for me. I am really happy with the results of this product. I have dry skin to begin with and with doing all the nail art and removing stray polish from around my nail bed with nail polish remover, it gets extra dry. I have found this conditioner really helps to moisturize my finger tips, so they look much better for photographing especially on the macro setting (which doesn't hide anything). lol
Here I have just freshly brushed the conditioner around my cuticle and the sides of my nail bed. I just leave it to soak in naturally and let it do it's thing. So, if you are looking for a product like this, then I would suggest giving this one a try.

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Nail Art Decal Transfers -Tutorial

Okay, my batteries in my camera died while I was photographing this, so some pictures didn't happen at all and others are not the best quality. It turns out I don't have any extra batteries, so I can't retake the photos. I'll have to head out today and get more batteries, sorry for the quality, I hope they aren't too bad.
So, start off with parchment paper and you might want to draw lines to help you keep things sorted. For the tutorial where I learned this please check out Nail Nerd's site:

So using clear polish create work areas for your decals. Here I have made four clear polish areas. Let this dry completely.
I started off using a dotting tool to put down the start of the shapes and then used a brush to complete the look. I decided to do the playing card symbols to put over my current holographic polish. I am doing this because it is the weekly challenge of the Nail Polish Queens community.

Here are the red card symbols, a heart and diamond done using Avon's Real Red polish (not photographed). You can see in this picture how I have done the decal on top of the dried clear polish I put on earlier.
Black dots to start off these symbols.
And here is a work in progress of these shapes. I used Avon's Licorice for these two (again not photographed).
Here we are with the four shapes complete. You can see that the spade is not perfect, but that's okay because I can cut the transfer with scissors later to remove any errors. I let these dry completely.
 So here they are dry and ready to be put on the nails. I am using just a clear polish to apply them so they will stick to the nail.
Using a pair of tweezers, find the edge of the clear polish base of the decal and work it until it comes loose. Then grab a hold of the transfer with the tweezers and carefully pull it off the parchment paper. I find this comes off beautifully.
As you can see it is coming off with ease, but I am still using caution and being careful not to rip the decal.
Here it is pulled completely off the parchment paper in one piece. 
Apply the clear polish to your nail where you want the decal to be and then place the transfer over it.
Carefully press down the transfer onto your nail and then trim it with scissors to fit.
And here it is on the nail with a little bit of overlap from the transfer, but that will wear off in time. The macro setting on the camera sees more than the naked eye. ;-)
So here again, we have the spade which didn't turn out exactly perfect and that's okay.
Not the best focus on this picture, sorry, but I just wanted to illustrate that I trimmed the spade symbol with the scissor to remove the error. I just simply cut it off.
Here it is applied to my thumb nail.
The diamond on my other hand pinky.
The club on the other thumb. You can put top coat over your transfer to help seal it in place, I did not do this with these particular decals because the top coat would ruin the holographic effect of the polish under them.
Not the best focus, but this is when my camera died and I had just enough juice left in the batteries to upload these photos to the computer. I didn't get a shot of my other hand. :-(

So go ahead and try this method. I find it works great!

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Layla's Mercury Twilight -Hologram

Another absolutely gorgeous polish! I put three thin coats of this on. Apply gently because if you brush it on too much it takes the polish under it off.
I love this effect! I can't stop looking at it and playing with it in the light. :-)

Monday, 23 September 2013

Layla Ultra Violet Hologram -No Top Coat

It finally got sunny enough today to photograph these, so I did a quick swatch. It's a little messy around the edges, I tried to clean it up, sorry. Without any top coat this polish is gorgeous and just what I wanted in a holo-type polish!
A bit of a different angle so you can see some of the effects. This polish doesn't look like much when it's wet, but when it dries POW!! It's awesome! :-D
And yet another view of this. I did three thin coats of this. I recommend being very gentle and light with the brush to coat the polish on smoothly as I found it had a tendency to remove the polish underneath and cause a bare patch if I brushed on the next layer to vigorously.
Here in Thunder Bay I could only get this polish online at Nail Polish Canada, so if you can't find it in the stores, you can order it through them. I was very pleased with their service, although I have only ordered from them once so far.

Sunday, 22 September 2013

Avon Brushed Metals Swatches

Today I thought I would do swatches of the Brushed Metal polishes I bought from Avon. These are gorgeous with a diamond shine finish and some texture to them.

This is just one coat of the Brushed Gold, and as you can see it is rather sheer and a little blotchy. I found all of them except maybe the Dusky Copper to be like this, so I recommend putting on two coats. However, I was thinking that this could be an interesting look over another colour of polish. I thought if I used a black polish and then put one coat of the Brushed Gold over it, it might give off a slight crackling effect. I may try that sometime to see if it will work.
Here we have two coats of the Brushed Gold. These pictures do not do justice to the pretty shimmer these polishes have.
Here is the Lilac Quartz again with two coats.

This is the Burnished Copper. I apologize that these are a bit messy, but I was rushing a bit to get them done this morning before I lost the direct sunlight.
The Platinum is a gorgeous blue colour and shines beautifully.
The last of the colours I have is the Dusky Copper, sorry it's a bit messy, but I think you can see the texture of the polish nicely in this photo.

Friday, 20 September 2013

Decal Roses

This is my first attempt at doing the roses as decals. I plan to make a bijillion of these in all different colours, so there will be plenty of variety for buyers at the craft sale to choose from.
I would love to be able to do white roses, but I still haven't figured out how to make them look good. I'll keep trying.

Thursday, 19 September 2013

Little Heart Transfers

Another very simple nail art design for transfers. As you can see I'm not very good at making hearts, they never turn out symmetrical. The nice thing about doing these one at a time is that they can be overlapped or left as is when being applied to the nails.

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Dots Dots Everywhere

A bit of a backward french tip with the black for the tip and the white for the main colour. I added a thin french tip and tiny white dots and then put on black dots over the white main area. I think my thumb turned out the best, and the pinky finger is pretty good too.
The colours I used for this were Avon's French White Tip and Essence's Chic Reloaded. In certain lighting conditions the black looks purple on these nails.

Sunday, 15 September 2013

Flower Transfers

Again, I have made more simple nail art transfers. I will be making a lot of these, so you have been warned. lol

I just used a dotting tool to create the flowers. These are very easy to make, so great for a beginner.

Saturday, 14 September 2013

DIY Easy Butterfly Nail Decals

So, I am planning to do a craft sale at the beginning of November to see if I can sell any of the nail art creations I have made, as I don't wear fake nails. As that is all I had to sell, I figured it might not go so good if no one attending the sale wears them either. I tried to think of something else I could make that might sell and then I remembered about nail transfers!
I tried doing some simple butterfly designs to start out. I used parchment paper, as Nail Nerd says she tested out all kinds of things and found this works best. Here is her tutorial:

Anyone can do this to make their own nail art without doing it directly on their nails. So this is great for people that aren't ambidextrous. Hopefully, I can at least sell some nail decals. I am going to try to do a variety of nail art, so that it can be used by girls of all ages.

Thursday, 12 September 2013

Water Spotted Accent

Well just having one nail polish on made me feel nude, so I did an accent nail with the water spotted method. I used Licorice from Avon over the Ultra Violet Layla polish.

I found this method here:

I only used one drop of polish and then +Margriet Sijperda from 365 days of nail art let me know I could use a cheap perfume to get the same effect, so that's what I used. It worked great.

If you would like to check out Margriet's awesome nail art you can find it here:

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Layla Ultra Violet Hologram

This polish is gorgeous and has a great hologram effect. It does go on rather sheer, I found. I made a mistake though and put a top coat over it, which dulled down the effect quite a bit actually. :-(
Of course it has to be a cloudy day, but I hope you can see some of the effect in these photos.
I'll have to re-do these without the top coat and on a sunny day, so you can see the full effect. It's funny but I kind of feel like my nails are naked with just one colour of polish on them and no nail art stuff. lol

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Grafitti Glitter on Silver

I bought this chunky glitter from China Glaze called Grafitti Glitter and thought it would look great over top of silver polish. I love it! I have this thing for chunky glitter lately and I'm so happy I got some. I used Sally Hansen's Celeb City for the silver base colour. I'll be rocking this look at class tomorrow night. hehe

Monday, 2 September 2013

Turquoise Half Moons

Well, I am back after taking some time off to spend with my son, who has now flown back to Ottawa to continue his University education. Now I am trying to get back to my usual routine.

I did these nails to match the clothes I wore to my orientation, as I am taking a night course at University myself this semester. You are never too old to go back to school, in my opinion anyway.

For this look, I used Sally Hansen's The Real Teal, and Avon's Crystal Calm which is a nice bronze. Unfortunately, I used the Essence gel look top coat, which bubbles everytime I use it. The more strokes I make the more bubbles I get. I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong or if it's just the product itself. :-(