Stained Glass

Inspired by Kamsamnida’s Mosaic design, which I thought was beautiful.

I treated myself to China Glaze’s “Anchors Away Collection” this past weekend.  It was the perfect collection for this design.

Lighthouse – yellow {jelly shimmer}
Ahoy! – dark pink (magenta) {jelly shimmer}
Hey Sailor – red
First Mate – blue
Starboard – green
Life Preserver – orange
outlined with Sinful Colors “Black on Black”

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On my left hand I used larger blocks of color, but I think I like the detail of my right hand with the smaller blocks.  Of course, it takes longer, but I think it’s worth it.


Using all jelly glitter/shimmer polishes would make this truly shine like a real stained glass window!

VIDEO TUTORIAL!! (Especially for KP! )

Sinful Colors–“Dancing Nails”

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I want to cut off my nails.

I am also just really sleepy.  Not just sleepy, but really tired.  I definitely need more rest.

They say never make big decisions when you’re really tired.  So I have tabled my thoughts on chopping my nails off for the time being.

This Sinful Colors “Dancing Nails” is such a soothing shimmer frost.  It has some vibrancy and depth, but it feels like a neutral polish. Lets you know it’s there without being ostentatious or forceful.

My best description of this color:

Redwood.

There is a bronze-ish feel with hints of magenta.  I love these colors.  I might be in the mood for some neutrals.

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Red Light, Green Light

IMG_2727I hate driving.  But I think I hate public transportation in Chicago more.

Last week I was greeted by mail with a Red Light Enforcement Camera Ticket.

FOR ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS?!?!?!?  O_O

Now, TECHNICALLY, I didn’t run a red light.  I made a right turn.  On red.  At a permitted right turn on red light. 

So, you KNOW I was ready to contest this ticket….. until I watched the video.  Then realized that I never really came to a complete stop before the light turned red before I turned.  BUT IT WAS BECAUSE THE LIGHT WAS YELLOW WHEN I REALLY STARTED MY TURN!!!!! 

I don’t feel like fighting the ticket though.  And since I still hate public transportation more than driving right now…. I’m never driving that route to work anymore ever again. Never. 
I’m still mad about this stupid ticket!

base – OPI “ Suzi Takes the Wheel”Sinful Colors “Black on Black”

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I used Orly Matte Top Coat on the gray based nails to allow the “lights” to stand out, and topped just the acrylic paint dots with a dot of Seche Vite for shine.  Did it work?

for a more neutral Viv

I still decidedly HATE the Kiss Nail Art Stencils.  Either that, or I just really don’t know how to use them yet. 

After the last fiasco with the stencils, Viv encouraged me to try them again with a more neutral base.  The results this time?  Better than that horrible blue, but still needs marked improvement.  

Since I altered the regular French manicure on this one, I’ll have to try another stencil with a “standard” French manicure and see if there is any redemption for these wack little “almost sticker” contraptions which do an incredible job of leading you to believe your nails will look amazing once you have these tiny nail art design tools.  ALL LIES.

Nope, I’m still completely unimpressed…. so on to the photos:

Sinful Colors “Easy Going”   tips &
OPI “Malaysian Mist
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I could have kept this French manicure variation for a little while.  It was a nice little deviation from my “all bright everything” preference in polish these days.  But the stencil and the silver wrecked it for me.

So, Viv??  do you still like these stupid stencils??  lol

…..snow….. continued

I really do love snow…. Smile and I wanted to give my right hand some air time.

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IMG_2714the only down side to this snow thing is that it is FREEZING outside….. and windy. The wind chill is killing me.  And since they have cleared out a lot of the snow,  now it’s just blah.          

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SNOW!!!! ……finally

I couldn’t wait to get snow again…. like REAL snow…. so-I-can’t-drive-to-work snow; need snowplows and boots snow; may have to leave work early snow!!!

And even though they aren’t forecasting a blizzard or a very large accumulation…. I’m still crossing my freshly manicured fingers – well, nails – in the hopes of the forecast just being WRONG, and flakes blanketing this place into halting.

Snow is so calming to me.  And at the same time, excites me.  I might even like it more than sunny days…. but that race is definitely neck & neck.

There was obviously no question about what theme would cover my nails…. it was more a query of how the interpretation would play out….

I went with the typical, and with shimmery silver….. but I tried my first “gradient” and “sponging” manicure.  There. will. be. repeats.  TRUST. ME.

It turned out to be much easier than I expected and I love the look.

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Then sponged on:

Color Club “Sheer Disguise”
OPI “What’s With The Cattitude”
Essie “Coat Azure”
China Glaze “Sky High-Top”
Sinful Colors “Midnight Blue”

I used a white nail art striper (and a silver glitter one to add to one snowflake on my ring fingernail) to create my snowflakes.  White polish with a tiny dotting tool for random dots of snow falling, and  Sinful Colors “Queen of Beauty” for some shimmer over the snowflakes.

Sounds like a lot, and I definitely didn’t need to use that many blues…but it was still faster than some of my “regular” manicures!!

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Pucci-licious

I need a new camera.  Clearly. 

This is the prettiest PURPLE!  But all my camera seems to pick up these days is blue Sad smile.  I’m not even a real “blue” fan…. I mean, I checked my polish stash and I have PLENTY of blues there…. but when I’m polishing PURPLE, I want PURPLE to be seen… SMH. 

I have to get a new camera SOON!  I thought my Nikon was good too.  oh well. On to the polish….

Color Club “Pucci-licious”
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Smooth pretty creamy luscious purple.  Set off by little yellow dots….my favorite.  Soon I will have to do a “polka dot month” of manicures.  I’m certain of it.

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Just to brag some more on my Automatic Nail Polish Remover Machine….. it removes bright red like a miracle!

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Sincerest Flattery

Even in this short two months that I’ve been posting, the support and positive energy I have received has truly been overwhelming.

You all make me smile! THANK YOU so much for sharing in my hobby (& extreme distraction).  luv u all!!!

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On Saturday my roomie, Renée  (from undergrad) surprised me with the most wonderful text:

You Inspire Me!!!:-)
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I couldn’t have been happier to see this manicure again…..
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Then, that evening, one of my closest friends, Aisha, sent me an email with this beautiful OPI gel manicure… she said I inspired her to get color (she’s more into the neutrals)!!  yayyy!!

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a beautiful choice!

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Changing hands, one nail at a time. Smile

I love you guys!

****Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. – Charles Caleb Colton***

 

To Shine or Not To Shine . . . . that is the question?!

 

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I first saw Erika’s “Chloe’s Nail’s” & PolishHoarder’s Valentine Nails.  By the time I saw Rachel’s TopCoatIt post (which is insanely gorgeous)…..  I had to get in on the “UNshining” process!!!  Smile 

They made matte gorgeous.  And they inspired my current manicure.  My previous hatred for matte has dissolved… I don’t know that I’m ready to go all the way matte…. but this is a definite start in that direction.

Revlon “FireFox” Matte Suede
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This is a very cheery (no, not cherry, though I guess it could also be classified as such) red with a glittery shimmer that gives the color a bit more dimension.  It was thinner than I expected, so I used three coats to get my desired coverage.  It doesn’t look like suede to me, but I do like it.

Definitely now going to purchase a mattifying topcoat and will be on the lookout for more matte polish to experiment with!!

Sinful Colors–Feeling Great

& Essie “We Can Do It Pink”

I started here:

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just couldn’t make a decision…. Hannah chose the stripes…. Nikki chose the polka dots.
After a trial…. Nikki’s choice looked better on… and then, I do still have that affection for polka dots. LOL.

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I feel like I’m in a strawberry patch. Smile