Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Incoco Nail Polish Strips in "Spring Fling"


Hi! 


I had a great, relaxing week at my grandparents' house, and now it's back to my usual Miami city life. I put on these super cute floral nail polish strips from Incoco, one of my favorite nail appliques brands. Check out the photos below of the design called "Spring Fling". 






As usual, I start out with my favorite base coat (Top 2 Bottom by Orly) and finish off with Out The Door from INM; which you see me holding in the photos. This combo has been working for me for so long, and it keeps my manis together long enough while I'm in between looks. 

So, I know it's still super cold in quite a few of the states right now, and we've been in what we consider cold weather here in Miami too! LOL...  ;) ... Anyways, flowers always brighten up any mood brought on by chilly or cold temps, hence the reason for me applying these "Spring Fling" nail appliques. How do you feel about these? Are you as big of an Incoco fan as I am? See ya next time! Maybe I'll be able to pull off a Valentine's Day look before the week is over :) 

- Tiff C 


Tuesday, February 3, 2015

OMG Nail Strips "Kapowski" with pictorial

Hi!

I'm away for the week at my grandparents' house, and decided to put together a new post featuring a little how-to. The folks over at OMG Nail Strips were kind enough to send me a couple of nail strips designs to review for you guys, so here we go...

I am pretty much following the instructions that are given on the back of each pack of nail strips, with a bit of the techniques I've become accustomed to over the years on my own. This is only my second pictorial so I hope it is easy to follow along. Check out the how-to below, and the super cute design called "Kapowski".








I like to use a base coat every time I give myself a manicure, even with nail trips. As you see in step 1, I am applying my favorite (Orly top 2 bottom), and letting it dry before I continue.
 
 As far as the tools I use, I always feel that an orange stick and cuticle nippers are your best friends when applying nail strips. The orange stick helps to flatten out any wrinkles you have (as you see me doing in step 3). The instructions on the back of the package suggest trimming the nail strip down to size if needed. I love cuticle cutters like the one you see above because they allow for an easy grip and a non obstructed view to your nail while you're working with them. I like to trim them down on both sides of the nail wall after I've used an orange stick to flatten it out as best as possible (skip ahead to step 4 if this isn't needed for you). I also like to trim the free end down  bit before filing off the excess on the edge to better ensure that I won't file off too much. Make sure you're filing in a downward motion, and gently! ;)
 
Step 5 might seem  little off, but I wanted to try something that the guys from OMG used to suggest from the beginning, and that's going over the nail strip with a bit of acetone. I used to stay away from this step when I used these nail strips previously, because I was worried about wiping off some of the color. I decided to try it by using regular everyday nail polish remover (not the pure acetone type), and using a q-tip to swipe a little bit over the nail strip. It is believed that this will help the nail strip flatten out and adhere to the nail better, and from what I can see, it does help. I don't think this step is a must, as I use nail strips all the time, and never do this. I'll just say that it's completely up to you! Finish off your mani with your favorite top coat to seal everything in.
 
 



So, what do you think? I love the color combinations and this geometric pattern. I plan on keeping this on for the rest of my trip!
 
If you like what you saw today, check out OMG Nail Strips here. They are currently offering a 5 for $25 promotion with the code "5pack", and a 10 for $45 with the code "10pack". OMG Nail Strips are also on Etsy too! I recommend you check them out, as this is my second time using their product, and I really am pleased. See ya when I get back to Miami next week! :)
 
- Tiff


Thursday, January 22, 2015

Haim Nails

Hi!

Today I have a quick post to show you. Yesterday I quickly thought up an idea for a colorful mani using some Haim nail decals by Sara M Lyons for Emerging Thoughts. I did a somewhat tie dye effect by sponging on some pastel colors over white. I thought the hippie feel would go great with the Haim decals! Check out the pics below :) 








This might not be the neatest sponging job, but I do still like how it came out overall. I really need to get on the liquid palisade bandwagon... I hear that stuff saves lives when it comes to nail art! Haha ;) 

So what do you think about this look? Do you like any songs from the Haim sisters? See ya next time! 

- Tiff 


Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Sara M Lyons Tv Party Nail prints


Hello, everyone!

I managed to squeeze in one more manicure before my long work week takes off. Given that I love Sara M Lyons nail art decals, and needed something that would last on my nails for a bit, I thought going with her full coverage nail prints would work the best. I know you guys just saw some of her decals in my post from Monday, but there's something about her quirky designs that just make me happy to look at my nails constantly, and show them off to others...lol ;) So, I have some "TV Party" nails to show you. Check out the pics below.











As recommended, I painted my nails with a coat of white polish before hand, so that the decals could pop more once applied. You put these on just as you would apply any water slide decals. The only difference is that they are full coverage, like nail wraps.Once you've applied the nail prints, just seal with your favorite top coat, and you're good to go! I absolutely love how these came out!

Take a look at Sara's fun and quirky nail art goodies here, if you're wanting to try out her nail decals your self. I'll see you guys next week after I make it through this week at work. When I get a chance, I'll be thinking about what I'm going to show you next! See ya :)

- Tiff C

Monday, January 12, 2015

Totally 90's nail decals manicure

Hello, everyone!


Today I have this super fun manicure to show you. I loved the Spice Girls growing up (what 90s kid didn't?), and freaked when I saw these nail art decals from Emerging Thoughts and Sara M Lyons (Remember my Britney and Justin post?) I imagined the look in my head for a bit, and felt it would be cute to add the MTV and Yin Yang decals together for this look. Check out the pics below! 







The polish you see underneath the decals is Sinful Colors "Skylark". I feel like it looks much lighter in the bottle than it does on the nail, but that's ok. Decals work best over white nail polish, as suggested, but any light pastel shade will do. The stripes were done with some Sally Hansen striper polishes from their I Heart Nail Art line. I'm trying to get more comfortable with striper brushes, so I think basic stripes are a good place to start. I've been an artist my whole life (acrylic paint and drawing), but there's something about illustrating on nails that I'm still trying to work on...I'll get there! ;)

So, fellow 90s kids... what do you think? I always love how people pay tribute to what I feel was one of the best decades ever, and these "Totally 90s" decals definitely do that. I try to remember those good old days as much as possible, and I got so many compliments on this look. I hope you like it too!I'll have a new post up soon, once I get through this very busy work week I have ahead of me. Wish me luck!

- Tiff


Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Nail art stripes mani

Hi, everyone!

This is my first post of 2015!

I was inspired by another nail blogger I follow on Instagram (Lovelymugglenails) to recreate a stripes mani in a different color combination. Check out the pics below... I really like how it turned out :) 







The beautiful grey polish is "Intelligence, Integrity, & Courage" from China Glaze's The Giver collection, and the stripes were free-handed by using all five of the colors included in The New Black's "Digital Underground" set (I was lucky enough to find this set on clearance for only $7 at TJ Maxx!). 

So, what do you think? I actually made a New Years resolution this time, and I decided that I will work more on my free-handed nail art skills. It's going to be a challenge, but I'm looking forward to it! I'll see you later with a new look :) Happy New Year! 

- Tiff




Monday, December 29, 2014

Britney and Justin nail decals mani

Hi!


You may not have seen me here for a while, but I have been posting some manis on my Instagram and facebook page so... I wasn't completely away! 

Today I have a super cute mani featuring some more nail decals from one of my faves, Sara M Lyons, that she made for the online shop Emerging Thoughts. She did a 90s themed set of decals which has illustrations of many memorable moments from that decade. Being a 90s kid myself, I had to order these, and combine the Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake ones together for this mani you're about to see... It only makes sense, right? 





I absolutely love how this came out! I decided to try to work on my free-handed nail art skills on my thumb nail, and pull the whole look together. In case you want to order these nail decals, the Britney and Justin ones are part of the "Totally 90s" nail decal set sold on Emerging Thoughts, and the hearts are from the "3 Bad Kitties" pack found on Sara's website.  

So, what do you think about this look? Does it take you down memory lane a bit? It did for me! See ya next time! 

- Tiff