Thursday, July 24, 2014

Scratch Nail Wraps in "Daisy Days" with a gradient

Hello, everyone.

I have an attempt at the gradient to show you today, and I call it an attempt because I'm not too in love with how it came When I got my Monthly Mani Box from Scratch in collaboration with Joy The Baker, I knew that I wanted to layer the super cute and clear "Daisy Days" nail wraps over a gradient. I was going for a garden-y, green, flower child look, and ended up with what you'll see in the pics below. Again, not my best, but maybe it's not too bad either? You be the judge! ;) 

So, the Ruby Wing nail polish came with the MMB, and without me even knowing, it's a color-changer. It is actually a light green polish that changes to dark green in the sun light. I guess I just saw a green nail polish and went with it! I painted two coats of this one first, then I sponged on teal and brown holographic nail polishes (both from Hits). I've done better holo gradients before, so this one just isn't my favorite. Meh...

What'd you guys think about this look? I'll see ya with a new post soon, hopefully...I've been a little under the weather lately (sinus, allergies...yuck). See ya later! :)


Monday, July 14, 2014

OPI Nail Polish in "Muppets World Tour"

Hi, everyone :)

I wanted to show you all a nice and simple mani that I wore the other day. I just happened to be in the mood for something basic (not in a bad, yet pretty, and even a little sparkly. A few days prior, I had stumbled upon some blogger swatches of the OPI collection inspired by the latest Muppets movie, and the beautiful glitter "Muppets World Tour" really stood out to me. Before I knew it, this particular glitter made its way into my collection and right onto my nails without even thinking much about it. I knew right away that I wanted to layer it over a delicate pink, so I chose Sation's "Of Corset I'll Call You" as my base. I hope you like it! 

The only thing I would have changed about this mani is the amount of coats I used of "World Tour". I definitely could have packed on the glitter a bit more, but I was worried you wouldn't be able to see the Sation polish underneath very well. I think two coats would have been perfect, as the glitter covers well, but not too much. 

If you like this glitter as much as I do, be sure to check out your local beauty supply stores that carry OPI nail polishes, and see if any from the "Muppets Most Wanted" collection are in stock. They are priced at around $9 each, unless you can find them at a nail supply store that sells them for less. 

So, what do you think? I like to give myself a subtle mani every once in a while, after all the designs from the nail wraps I wear every week. See ya next time :) 

- Tiff 

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

China Glaze Sea Goddess nail polishes

Hello, everyone!

It's halfway through the week, and I have a new post for you today. I noticed that I haven't worn any textured polishes in awhile, so I thought it would be a good time to do so. What I like most about textured polishes is the dry time... I can paint my nails with a textured polish right before I go to bed and not worry about waking up with any dents or dings. They also seem to last a bit longer on me than regular polishes do, for some reason. Anyways, I stopped by a Sally's beauty supply store one day and took a look at their clearance section. I happened to walk in at a time when all of the sale stuff was discounted by an extra 50%, so I decided to grab a few of the China Glaze Sea Goddess polishes. Check out "Wish On A Starfish" and "Seahorsin' Around" in the pics below. I used two easy coats for each. 

I loved how "Starfish" looked in the bottle, but I'm not so sure this color works with my skin tone. I really wanted it work, though! The other pink in the collection, "Shell We Dance",  which is a bit darker, probably would have worked better on me but that one was not available at the store. Teal polishes always seem to work well on my skin tone so I really like how "Seahorsin'"looks on me (just wish the sun cooperated more with me when I was taking the pics!). So, I might be a little late to the party with this collection, but I think if you decide to grab these now they could definitely still work for the remainder of the summer. 

What do you think about these? Are you still liking the textured trend, or are you ready ready for something new to come around? Or maybe some more textures in a different color scheme? See ya next time :)

- Tiff 

Friday, July 4, 2014

Compulsive Nails "Tribal American Flag" Nail Polish Strips

Hello, everyone!

Happy Fourth of July! 

Today I have some super cute and festive nail polish strips from Compulsive Nails. I ordered these a while back, and knew they would be perfect for today. Let's get to the pics, shall we?

Cute, right? I love how Alex (founder of Compulsive Nails) combined the tribal look with the American flag. I don't think if ever seen a look like this before. :)

Even though this is my second time using Compulsive Nails polish strips, I had a bit of trouble choosing the correct size for some of my nails; especially for my index nails that seem to be a bit narrower than the rest. Luckily each set of nail strips comes with plenty of sizes to choose from, just in case you make a mistake. They also peel off easily if you need to reapply them. In the end, it was worth the little trouble because I got lots of compliments on these when I was out and about,and I love looking at them myself! As usual, I start off with a base coat , then finish them off with top coat for some shine. 

What do you think about these nail polish strips? Do you have a festive look on your nails today? I hope you have a happy Fourth of July, and I'll see ya with some new posts next week :) 


Friday, June 27, 2014

Scratch "Little Darling Beach Bum" Nail Wraps

Hi, everyone.

I have some super adorable nail wraps to show you today. I have some more wraps from my favorite nail wraps company, Scratch, and their Monthly Mani Box for June was so much fun. The first set I used from this box was designed by Lynette Cenee, a licensed cosmetologist, and she drew inspiration from Beatle's song "Here Comes The Sun". If these wraps had come to me in the mail a couple of weeks ago, it would have been perfect. I choreographed one of my dances for my younger students to that song, and I think they would have gotten a kick out of seeing me wear these at recital! Check out how they look on me in the pics below. 

The cute bikini nail wrap is actually a mostly clear one that allows for the Bikini design to be layered over any color; in case any wearers want match a nail polish closest to their skin tone. I don't have any nudes closer to my skin tone, so I went with a shimmery brown color that I thought would look nice. Also, on my index nail is a palm tree charm that was included as an extra in my MMB. Every box that Scratch sends out includes a special gift or two, one nail art related and one just for fun (this box also cam with a pair of sunglasses!). Once the nail glue used to apply the charm dried, I sealed all of the nail wraps with my favorite top coat, INM "Out The Door". I love how this manicure came out, and I love the song it was inspired by! 

So, what do you think of this look? How are your summer manis coming along? See ya next time! 

- Tiff 

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Scratch Nail Wraps in "Prismatic"

Hello, again.

I'm back with a new Scratch nail wraps post. Here is another amazing design from Scratch's collaboration with nail artist, Chelsea King. This was the last set of nail wraps from the monthly mani box they came in, and I have to admit I was a bit sad when I put them on! Haha! I guess I could always order some backups later, if they haven't sold out by then. This box has got to be one of Scratch's most popular, if I am guessing correctly. The designs definitely speak for themselves! Here's "Prismatic" on my nails from when I wore them the other day. 

Beautiful, right? Keep in mind that these wraps are inspired by what Chelsea normally does by hand... Amazing, colorful, creative. 

If you missed out on the monthly mani box (this one is from May), I believe individual sets of Chelsea's wraps are available for purchase from the Scratch website for $12 a set. 

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Half Moon Mani using Layla Hologram "Ultra Violet" and Polish MyLife "Pumpkin Mashup"

Hello, everyone!

I'm very glad to be blogging again! I want to let you all know that my students' dance shows went very well. It was so great seeing my choreography performed on stage with all the makeup, costumes, and lights! Now I can just focus on teaching technique for the remainder of the summer, to make sure my kids don't get rusty; and I'm glad to see the great turn out of kids tapping with me this summer too! So as you can get an idea about, recital time is hectic; I didn't even have time to ask anyone to make some guest posts for me during my brief time away from here. It's all good though, and it ready to get back into the swing of nails again. 

The other day, a nail buddy of mine, Lakiesha of Refined and Polished blog posted a look using some nail vinyls from Miami Handjobs. Nail vinyls are becoming insanely popular, as they offer an easy way to spice up any nail look. I was really impressed with my nail friend's mani and was looking to try something new in the nail department; so I decided to take a look at Miami Handjobs. Four nail vinyl designs ended up coming my way from them, and chose to use the half moons first. The colors I used are Layla Hologram in "Ultra Violet" and Polish My Life in "Pumpkin Mashup".

The color combo might be a bit odd, but I like how this mani came out. I had originally planned on using a red holo and nude creme combo, but I felt like that's been done quite a few times already... I wanted to take a bit of a different route. I've used the Layla hologram polish many times before, but this was my first time using "Pumpkin Mashup" from PML, a polish had been aiming to get for quite some time. I love the formula, and how the color works with my skin tone. 

As far as the half moon guides go, I thought they were great- not too tacky (sticky), yet adhering enough to ensure a clean line with the polishing. I can't wait to use the other sets I ordered from Miami Handjobs, and being a Miamian, I got my order super fast. I will definitely turn to this company for all of my nail vinyl needs from now on. 

So, what do you think? Not bad for my first mani back as a blogger? Lol! See ya next time with the post I've got lined up next for you guys! :) 

- Tiff