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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Crossing my fingers

Tip samples are boxed up and ready to be sent to Nails Magazine and might end up in one of the upcoming issues. Here's hoping they like them :) .



Even if none end up being chosen, I think this was worth it. I got to be creative with a purpose in mind, and had a fantastic excuse to go ahead and buy a bunch of tips to have around. Now I can start keeping my designs, and they'll last longer on display somewhere than they ever can when they're actually on someone's fingers.

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Got an e-mail back from the magazine editor, and she's planning on putting my designs into upcoming issues! Look for the Fall Foliage in November, the Holly in December, the snowflake in January and the icicles in February. I'm pumped! :D

Monday, August 29, 2011

Improvise!

In need of a display rack type stand to let your nail designs dry, but unwilling to drop the $25-$50 to buy a small one? Rice to the Rescue!

(Who bothers with a special glass to drink their whiskey, anyway? Or any glass at all, for that matter. The bottle works just fine.)


So I'm thinking this might just open up a whole new world of design fun, for me. These are being put together to send to Nails Magazine, where I may end up in an issue of this winter :D   But now that I've worked out the how-to-paint-on-nails that aren't attached to anyone, the possibilities are just ... well maybe not endless, but vastly increased!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Playing with Polish

Played nails today with my sister in law (to be) and her bff - with my brother looking on. He was very helpful grabbing the acetone and such. :)

We did some cute designs. The pictures weren't exactly fantastic.
Ok let's be honest, they weren't even close to fantastic. They're pretty much horrible pictures. But we had fun, and they're actually pretty darn cute.


I think these turned out the best of the lot. Blue skies with fluffy white clouds, and a solitary red balloon. What a happy summer scene!



Fun french manicure with a swoop of dots running down each nail. 


Gotta have stripes to offset all those spots. So we went zebra, of course. And it needed to match, also of course - so pink zebra it is!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Thank a Soldier

Dedicated to my military friends and family, both present and past. I love you all.

Thank you.


Friday, August 19, 2011

More gradients

More and more, gradients seem to be my go-to polish/application style of choice, when I'm fresh out of ideas or energy. It's just cool.

I think perhaps I shall henceforth be known as Gradient Girl!

Ok so that's a really stupid idea. I still like 'em, though.


Monday, August 15, 2011

What Is this Color?!?

I saw this color in on a page with just a ton of other pictures of nail art, and I *love* it. And I have no clue on earth who makes it, or what it's called. If anyone has any idea what this polish is, please let me know.


Must. Find. Awesome. Holographic. Sparkly. Polish.
Must.


Saturday, August 13, 2011

Folk Art Nails

There's just something fun about crossover art.

Craft designs normally found on a hand-painted birdhouse, now on nails

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Tips & Toes

My very first "paying customer"! I did mani/pedis for my aunt and cousin (previous post), and had a generous and unprompted tip. I still think it was a sweet though unnecessary gift after several hours of general gossip and chit-chat that also happened to include my getting to play with polish & paint.


Pretty pink and white flowers coordinate well with the toes. The lower picture gives a better shot of the flower colors, as the upper washes out the pink.


Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Glittery goodness

Got to have a lot of fun with being "nail art small picture lady" today :) For the first time, I did nails for someone who got the 'crazy' design on the hands, and the simple shimmer on the toes. And she absolutely loved them.


I love doing cherry blossoms. Flirty, feminine, and fun. And oh so pretty, too. Hit the tops of the petals with a touch of Glam Rock by Inaz for some extra sparkle.



I was given free reign for the toes, and chose a combination I had on myself last week, Sally Hansen's Rose-A-Go-Go insta-dry which I found on clearance for $0.18 at CVS *score!*, and topped it with S.H. Strobe Light. Very pretty shimmery pink, and they just pop in the sun.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Going Dotty

It's a new thing. And it's popular for a reason. Dots are fun. And easy. And you can make them match absolutely anything. Or, if you're in the mood I am - match absolutely nothing ;)


Monday, August 1, 2011

Glam Butterflies

Utilizing my new pigments and a design by Robin Moses to make gorgeously sparkly butterflies! I changed up the color scheme to a muted combination of blues, grey, and purple. It keeps them from being "loud", but still absolutely sparkling-beautiful upon close inspection.


I'll try to remember to get a picture of them in the sun tomorrow to get a better shot of the glimmer.