Monday, October 20, 2014

Miami Hand Jobs Nail Vinyls Mani


I have a pretty cool mani to show you today. I decided to go through my nail vinyls stash and put one of them to good use. After playing around with a nail wheel for a bit, I figured out the color combination I wanted. Check out the pics below! I used the "Medium Tetris" nail vinyls from Miami Hand Jobs to create the pattern.

I love how this came out! I first painted on two coats of a French manicure pink, because I feel like my nails might be a bit stained. The next morning, I placed the nail vinyls on each nail and one by one, painted Essie's "On A Silver Platter" above and Island Girl "Aloha Magic" below, pulling the tape off right away. Then I sealed it all in with my favorite top coat, "Out the Door".

Nail vinyls are a big thing right now in the nail art world, mainly because they make creating cool designs a lot easier. So what do you think? Have you given nail vinyls a try yet? I can't wait to use the other shapes I picked up a while back. See ya next time :) 

- Tiff

Thursday, October 16, 2014

SpaRitual "Kindness" with "Wicked Bamboo" accent

Hello, everyone!

The weather in Miami is just fantastic today! There is just the perfect breeze going outside, and it is sunny without it being blazing, like the norm here. I am loving it, and can't wait to go for a long jog this weekend!

To match the amazing mood outside, I have a color to show you that just screams Fall to me, even though it is from a Summer collection. In the bottle (which I picked up at a local Marshall's store), SpaRitual's "Kindness" looks like a bright sparkly orange. That kept me from wanting to use it right away because it definitely looked more sunny to me, and here we are in October, needing more rustic colors than summery. When I painted the polish on a nail wheel, I realized that it actually comes out more pumpkin-colored, and I ended up really loving it against my skin tone after I painted the mani you'll see in the pics below. I added an accent using some leftover nail polish strips from Sally Hansen (in "Wicked Bamboo") to add a nice little touch. I hope you like it as much as I do!


Like I said above, I absolutely ended up loving this nail polish! I will consider this SpaRitual polish another great Marshall's find! This brand normally retails for $10 a bottle, but I found mine at Marshalls for $3.99. I would definitely check out a Marshall's or TJ Maxx first if you're wanting to try these.

So, what do you think about this look? I'm glad I was able to put the last of my very old SH nail strips to good use here! See ya next time!

- Tiff

Monday, October 13, 2014

Floral Water Decals Mani #2

Hello, there!

After watching more tutorial videos on how to apply full coverage water decals, I decided to give the look another try. Even though I feel they're much harder to apply than nail polish appliqu├ęs, I did learn a little trick this time around to make it easier. I then drew on some linear art with a nail art pen from Sally Hansen, because I love the print on floral idea from Nina (of Nina Nailed It). Check out the pics below! 

The number one thing that gave me trouble the last time I used these were how they kept sliding off before the water dried. I learned from watching the videos I found yesterday that what really helps with that is painting on topcoat right away, so that it melts the decal to your nail. That made a huge difference. 

I found these at Daily Charme, but there's lots of places where you can find something like this, including the Born Pretty Store. I like how these turned out, but I'm honestly not in a hurry to do something like this again. I'm just so used to nail polish strips and how much quicker they are to apply. We'll see... Maybe I'll give them another go in the future. So, what do you think? Have you used water slide decals for a full mani before? See ya next time!

- Tiff 

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Ciate Paint Pots Nail Polish in "Pinkalilly"

Hello, everyone! 

Today I have a quick post featuring a Ciate nail polish that I picked up at a Marshall's the other day. "Pinkalilly" is a super cute pink shade with gold shimmer. It looks great in person, but it was a bit hard to capture the shimmer in photos. Hopefully you can see it at least a little in the pics below. I also added some pink ribbon nail art for breast cancer awareness month, using my handy Sally Hansen nail art pens. Enjoy!

I initially painted two coats of "Pinkalilly", then thought about it for a bit and added a third for full effect. Ciate Paint Pots (cute name, right?) is a brand from the UK, which can normally be found here in the states at Sephora stores for about $16. I found the ones that I have from Marshall's for only $4 each, so if I were you, I'd check your nearest Marshall's and TJ Maxx stores first! ;)

- Tiff 

Sunday, October 5, 2014

NCLA Nail Wraps in "Caddyshack Cleopatra "


I normally don't post on a Sunday, but given that I'm going to a concert today and did my nails for the occasion, I thought it'd be just fine if I did! 

Some of you might know that I like One Direction (no, I'm not ashamed of that) and that I showed their nail polish collection with Office Depot here on my blog last year. I honestly wasn't planning on going to this show, mainly because thousands of little girls screaming their heads off throughout the show can be annoying at times. Since one of my supervisors who works at the stadium where 1D is performing got me access to a great seat, I couldn't resist! I decided to do my nails using my leftover "Caddy Shack Cleopatra" nail wraps from NCLA, and create a look using two 1D polishes and a Ciate white jelly-ish polish I picked up at Marshall's the other day. I hope you like it! 

I absolutely love the design of the wraps, but hate how they don't wrap tightly around the nail. If you look really close, I have some wrinkles on the sides of each nail, despite trying desperately to flatten them out. Putting on some Seche Vite top coat helped a bit, as that top coat smoothes out most mani mistakes, but they're still a bit visible to me. As I mentioned at the top, these wraps were leftovers, so I did use these before, but not as successfully as I did this time. The wraps are just too thick (like stickers), and don't wrap around the nail like ones made from nail laqcuer. Still, they're ok to wear for a day or two, and the beautiful design definitely makes up for the lack of pliability. 

If you want to give these a try, and wear them over nail polish as I did, make sure you wait a few hours before applying the wraps. Unlike nail laqcuer wraps, wraps that are more like stickers can pull nail polish that isn't completely-completely  dry, hence the fail I had when I first used them. I painted my nails before I went to bed, then applied the wraps sometime in the morning the next day this time around; just to be safe! 

So, what do you think? I really like this look overall, and can't wait to see what other people think when I'm at the show, or out and about. I'm planning on wearing these for a couple of days. Let's see how they hold up! See ya next time :)))) 


Friday, October 3, 2014

Scratch Nail Wraps in "Gilded Serpents"

Hello, everyone!

First off, I'm super sorry for not having posted in what seems to be forever (my last post was on September 22nd). It's been very hectic at work lately, and believe or not, I was actually too tired to even think about doing my nails during that time. I just couldn't dig out the energy or creativity needed for something interesting enough. My nails had something on them, but they just seemed too plain for me. Anyways, I'm glad to be showing you this mani I have up tonight, using some more Scratch nail wraps from their collaboration with Good Girl Jewelry. I hope you like snakes! ;) 

I painted one coat of Essie's "No More Film", followed by the flaky goodness that is SpaRitual "Intuition". I thought the purple would look great with the gold snake print over the mostly clear wraps. 

I like how this look came out overall, but I wish I had more time to get more artsy with it. I should be getting back to posting more regularly in the next few days, and I'll even get on my next mani tomorrow. See ya again next week! Thanks for sticking around! :) 

- Tiff 

Monday, September 22, 2014

Scratch Nail Wraps in "Herkimer Diamonds"

Hello, everyone! 

Today I have a quick post featuring some super unique nail wraps from Scratch, in collaboration with  Good Girl Jewelry for the September Monthly Mani Box. This collection has some really awesome wraps, so I was excited to get one of them on my nails. Here's "Herkimer Diamonds", a diamond and gold glitter design printed over clear, which could be worn alone or over any color you want. I chose to wear them over hunter green. I hope you like it! 

I love how this turned out, and apparently so did quite a few others! Numerous strangers looked at my nails, wondering what I had on them, proceeding to say they liked them. I thought it was so funny. They were definitely eye-catching. 

So, what do you think? I love how the wraps have gold glitter in them, so if you choose to layer them over a dark color, it can really be seen. See ya with a new post in a couple of days! 

- Tiff