Hello all! I hope everyone had a great weekend! We were super busy around here- still getting into the swing of things with school back in session, combined with each kiddo getting sick at separate times. So I’m sorry for the sporadic posting, I just didn’t get much of a chance to sit down and take some ‘me’ time!
For today, I just have a pretty but simple look. All you’ll need is some polishes, and some dotting tools! Dotting tools can be found at tons of different places- the set I use is almost identical to this set found at Born Pretty. You can also find them on Ebay, and on Dollish Polish’s site.
First I painted my nails with the absolutely gorgeous Miss Conduct by Orly. This shade is part of the Naughty or Nice 2012 Holiday Collection, which I bought from Transdesign.
Miss Conduct is a stunning magenta pink color, filled to the brim with holographic particles. It was a fairly thin polish, but it applied well and was almost opaque at 1 coat and completely opaque at 2. The polish remained smooth, sparkly and shiny when dry, so I didn’t use a topcoat.
Then I just used black and white polish, just barely dipped the dotting tools into them, and dotted away. I didn’t really use a set pattern or ‘look’, just sort of filled it in on the sides.
Dots are a great way to liven up any single color mani!
Be sure to be on the lookout for this Orly color- in my opinion it’s a must-have if you love pink or bling! 🙂
Most of us have seen the nail foil pictures floating around the internet, particularly Pinterest. Most of the time they don’t link to anywhere (seriously, that’s a huge pet peeve of mine…), and often the captions will claim that there’s a magical polish that will create this effect. Some say Sephora, some say Essie. The closest you’ll get in a polish is Layla Mirror Effects… but it’s still not perfect.
What IS creating those lovely nails? Nail foil! (Or Minx nails/fake nails).
A lot of ladies are familiar with nail foil, but I think just as many have never even heard of it. I didn’t know about it until recently!
Supplies you’ll need: Foil Glue (this is important- it remains sticky after it dries, which is absolutely needed), nail foil, and a Q-tip. I cut the foil into small nail-sized squares.
I’m going to go over a brief how-to, but this is the video I used for reference: it’s by Miss80Million and you can find it here. I did these earlier while my husband was at work, so there was no one to take ‘action’ shots. With the video, you can watch her put the foils on from start to finish.
First step: Glue!
Here’s a shot of a nail with a layer of glue, and the one next to it plain. You simply paint a layer of glue on the nail. You don’t want it to be too thick, but you do want it to cover everywhere you’d like the foil.
After the glue is completely dry (do not touch it- it will be clear when its dry), place a piece of foil carefully over the nail.
Use the Q-tip to carefully smooth it out over the entire nail bed.
Once you’ve smoothed it onto the nail, the sheet will easily be removed. There’s a thin plastic layer over the foil that pulls away (along with all foil that didn’t adhere- hence why you need glue everywhere!)
I won’t lie, my camera took AWFUL photos of these. I’ve never had to photograph something pure metallic, so I’m sure there’s tricks or things I was unaware of.
They were a little bumpy- I didn’t take a ton of prep time, and simply laid down a base coat, glue and foil. Much like the metallic polishes, these look a lot nicer on a smooth nail bed.
The downsides? This was the first time I EVER applied these, and my glue lines weren’t super great so the sides of my nails were wonky and uneven. You also need to be careful- it can be so easily to bump your nail with a sheet before you’re ready, and it WILL adhere instantly. Not good!
But overall, these are super cheap, and it’s a really fun mani. They’re not Dollar Nail Art in particular has TONS and TONS of foils- the patterned/holo ones wouldn’t show off every bump and imperfection as much, either!
One last note. They tell you not to use a fast dry topcoat, so of course I did just that. Here’s the result:
One thing I did not buy, and should have, was the foil topcoat. I’ve heard that a non-fast dry topcoat works fine- but I discovered today that I don’t OWN any non fast-dry topcoats. A topcoat of some kind, though, is absolutely needed. All my nails but the thumb (with the fast dry topcoat) remained slightly sticky and were almost instantly messed up.
So anyways- try to overlook my not-so-great photos this time- and be sure to try this out! There are some awesome foils to try, and they’re really quick, easy, and CHEAP!
Hey all! Sorry for the long break. Things got a little busy here in preparation for school starting! Syd starts back tomorrow and is really excited- I’m sure that feeling won’t last for many more years.
So for today, I did something relatively quick and easy. Some of you may have seen my ‘Haul’ post on Facebook that showed a ton of striping tape rolls. I got these for a couple of bucks from China- so while I did wait forever to get them- now I have a lot of options!
I’ve seen many, many people demonstrate better than I could how to actually do this mani- but basically, you paint your nails 1 color, and let them dry completely. Place the striping tape over the nail in the places you want, and then paint over the nail (and the tape) in a different color. Remove the tape, voila! A super neat look!
For this I used China Glaze’s Love’s A Beach covered by Cult Nails Nevermore. Love’s A Beach was only 1 coat- on it’s own I’d probably opt for 2, but as a peek-through undie only 1 was needed.
So much fun! I didn’t realize at the time that I made 2 A’s right next to each other… I need to pay closer attention when I do this again!
My daughter decided to watch me doing this, and just ‘had to have’ the same thing done. The idea of making multiple striping lines on all 10 of her wiggly, can’t-stay-still fingers wasn’t exactly appealing, so I convinced her to just go with pink and the striping on the thumbs. And then she HAD to show the off, so hopefully you guys won’t mind the kid-photo too much 🙂
And of course, I took a Mommy-and-me shot.
I forgot to add- she insisted on a glitter topcoat over hers.
Can you tell she’s my daughter?! 🙂
I just have a quick look for you all today- Gradient Glitter!
I’m almost embarassed to say I haven’t had a good chance to use any of my Equestria polishes from Rainbow Honey yet. I pre-ordered the full collection, but with SO many polishes and posts, I haven’t had a chance! After watching a few hours of My Little Pony with my daughter this weekend though, I decided that had to change.
The subject of my manicure today?
Rainbow Dash is the inspiration behind Rainbow Honey’s 20% Cooler. If you’ve ever watched the new version of My Little Pony (Friendship is Magic), you’ll understand why. If not, I’ll provide a video!
Although not my favorite pony (that’s a tie between Pinkie Pie and Fluttershy), I do love Rainbow Dash. My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic is available for streaming on Netflix. If you’re bored and want to watch something light and entertaining, give it a try! It’s one of the few I enjoy watching with my daughter.
Anyways- back to the polish!
For this mani, I used 365 Days of Color’s Bora Bora for the base, and Rainbow Honey’s 20% Cooler for the glitter. Bora Bora was the closest blue to Rainbow Dash’s body color that I could find in my stash!
The idea behind a glitter gradient is very simple. I put on 2 coats of Bora Bora and covered with a fast drying topcoat.
Once it was dry, I did a fairly thin coat of glitter over the entire nail. Once THAT was dry-ish, I added a second coat- starting 1/2 way down and extending to the tip. I let that dry a little, and then dabbed a thick coat on the very tip of the nail. I gave it a few minutes and then smoothed it out backwards towards the cuticle a little to prevent it from having a giant polish bubble on the tips.
I’ve heard some reports of people having issues with their Rainbow Honey polishes consistencies. Mine were (are) absolutely perfect and easy to work with.
Be on the lookout soon for more of Rainbow Honey’s Equestria Collection- I have GOT to show off those beautiful glitter bombs!
First off, I’d like to say again- THANK YOU for all the support, and for all the interest in the giveaway!
As I mentioned on Facebook, I drew the names of the winners last night, and they have already responded! So big congratulations to Tina, Patricia, and Cayce!! 2 of the 3 winners will have their packages on their way to them tomorrow- the 3rd (at her request) will be getting hers mailed as soon as the Olympics are over. My first international winner!
Be sure to post pictures on my wall when you make a fuzzy monster mani, guys!
Now onto today’s post- Olympic Nails. Unless you’ve been living under a rock (which is always possible, I’m fairly in the dark with news a lot of times), you know that the Olympics began this weekend. Go Team USA!
I will freely admit, this is not my best work. But the kids were screaming, and I’m sure it’s fun to see the ‘fails’ as often as the wins. The idea is good though, in my opinion! Maybe you can recreate it a bit better 🙂
Here’s the first round of polishes I used. This is OPI’s DS Radiance, Essie’s Penny Talk, a franken thrown together 5 minutes earlier by me, Color Club’s mini gold with no sticker (from May’s BirchBox), and Julep Kate. (Or in other words- you need white, gold, silver, bronze, and (optional) patriotic topcoat)
I had planned to use Pretty and Polished’s Freedom Calling, but I couldn’t find the bottle for the life of me. I know it’s around here somewhere. That is a good one to use though, it’s fairly similar to this one but not identical. Same idea- red, white and blue mixed glitter.
I painted white on my thumb and pinky, and did the 3 medal colors across the inner fingers, like so:
Next round of colors:
You’ll need black, green, yellow, red, blue, and some straws (cutting them is up to you- but you’ll need 5 ‘sides’). I used Cult Nails Nevermore, Julep Emilie, Sinful Colors Pull Over, Zoya Sooki, and Sinful Color’s Rain Storm. For cleaning purposes, I also used a paper plate, but a piece of paper will also work.
Now we’re going to use these colors to create the Olympic rings on our thumb!
To make the rings, I dipped the tip of the straw into a little blob of polish. If you don’t know off the top of your head (I didn’t), the rings go blue-black-red, and then yellow-green below them. So I began with blue, and worked my way down!
Here’s the tip of the straw with polish on it. Then you’ll place the straw end where you want the first ring, and gently rock it around to ensure the polish gets on the nail around the entire circle. On my first circle, I lifted up after just placing it on my nail, and 1/2 the circle was missing. When I re-did it, it made it look a bit ‘off’. Do make sure you have a good bit of polish on the straw, but it doesn’t have to be dripping.
My nails, in addition to being shorter, are not very big. I could *barely* fit the rings on my thumb, and they were all overlapping each other. If you have slightly smaller nails, I’d advise trying out a coffee stirrer straw instead of a standard one. If I had any, that’s what I would have used!
I didn’t take photos of the next step (because my husband wasn’t home to help with pictures), but I wrote ‘USA’ in red and blue polish on my pinky. I did this using a paintbrush, but you could easily do it using nail art stripers, or maybe even a standard brush if you’re patient.
I then finished it all off with my red, white and blue topcoat over the gold, silver and bronze nails. Obviously, if you’re not from the USA, Britain, or another r/w/b country, you can use something else to represent your colors!
And I didn’t realize my USA was upside down in the swatches until after I’d taken pictures. I didn’t want to redo the entire nail, so I hope you guys understand 🙂
If you do any kind of Olympic mani, even if it’s completely different from this, please link up on my Facebook page- I’d love to see it and feature it!
Good evening everyone! Today’s mani came out SO much better than I had hoped. I LOVE it!
A good friend of mine has been asking about gradient nails for awhile. While I was very familiar with the basics, I had never actually attempted it before. So earlier today, I decided today’s post would be a perfect time to remedy that!
In the past I’ve seen a number of amazing tutorials for how to do this, but I went on my own using knowledge I got from everywhere for today. I know there’s a number of pins floating around Pinterest of this technique.
First off, the supplies! You’ll need tape, sponges, a white polish, the colors for your gradient, and a topcoat if you choose. I used Orly Dayglow, Sonnetarium Samurai Princess, Color Club Pure Energy, and Color Club Ultraviolet.
The sponges are makeup sponges (cosmetic wedges) that I got in a giant pack at the dollar store.
First, you’ll want to paint your nails white. I really like Dayglow- there’s a very very faint blue shimmer to it that’s barely noticeable. It was part of Orly’s Feel the Vibe collection this summer- and I got it for $1 this weekend at Sally’s 50% off clearance sale! I’m just sad I couldn’t find the others I lacked 😦
Anywho… on to the gradient part!
Here’s a picture of my thumb nail taped and ready to go. You’ll want to cover most of the skin- but from experience, don’t cover the painted part of the nail. I pulled off some of my white basecoat on other nails because the tape was on it, and it messed up the mani a bit. This will help you avoid major cleanup- but some clean up is going to be necessary 🙂
I also advise taping all your nails first before painting. The colors I chose were not the most opaque, so I had to do multiple sponge coats for the gradient- it was easier to be able to do all 5, giving enough dry time between them for a second coat.
For those unfamiliar with cleaning up a mani- here’s what I do. I use a small paintbrush- it has a fairly small brush and is also moderately stiff (soft, but holds its shape while I use it). I dip the paintbrush into 100% pure acetone, and run it along the outsides of the nail and cuticle area, wiping off on a small tissue or pad. There’s lots of amazing tutorials out there if you need more help! If you need help finding one, let me know in the comments and I’ll find one.
In my infinite wisdom, I didn’t take an ‘after’ photo of just the gradient. Whoops! But you guys get the idea 🙂 I just love where the 2 colors meet to form a blue-purple!
So to make it more fun, I added my very favorite black and white glitter I own, Sonnetarium’s Samurai Princess.
Seriously, I adore this glitter. Of course it looks similar to Connect the Dots and it’s many dupes, but I prefer this one- it lacks the crazy big hexes that I’ve never liked much. This is 1 coat of Samurai Princess- some dabbing for placement over my messed up polish sections 😉
Ultraviolet and Pure Energy were part of Color Club’s Electro Candy collection from 2009… you can still get these online, and I recently saw a set in Ross (for only $8!).
See you all tomorrow for Try-It-On Tuesday!
Hey fellow polish monsters!
Today I have a fun look for Mani Monday! These are what I’ve dubbed… Monster Nails!
I know many people have seen the ‘fuzzy’ nail look- the first I saw with this effect was The PolishAholic’s Fuzzy Nail Sweaters. So I’m not really reinventing the wheel with this, but I added a fun twist (that I haven’t seen before, but you know how big the nail world is- it’s possible that it’s been done!)
First off, I gathered my supplies:
You can get Flocking Powder in any craft store, it will be by the scrapbooking supplies. I think this container was maybe $2 on sale. I also grabbed a polish that was close to the color of the flocking powder (this powder I actually bought for crafts, not nails, so I worked with what I had), some clear top coat, and googley eyes!
I picked Zoya Lara as my polish for this mani. It’s actually the first time I’ve worn Lara… and it look great on me! Cooler colors always work best with my skin tone. It’s a plain, pretty medium pink cream.
Next up: flocking powder!
(15 minutes later) Sorry, took a writing break to stalk Dollish Polish over on Llarowe’s site. I was successful in my venture!
Ok, so flocking powder! There’s 2 different ‘tops’, one to pour and one to ‘sprinkle’. I chose the sprinkling option, so my fuzziness was on the lighter side compared to many versions I’ve seen. Working 1 nail at a time, I simply put a coat of fast dry topcoat on, and sprinkled flocking powder until the nail was covered.
This is a fun look 🙂 Because there wasn’t a ton on there, it wasn’t moving at all and there was no residual flaking.
Now onto the fun!
To add a neat twist on this, I decided to turn them into ‘monster’ nails- I love monsters, and that’s of course the theme of my blog and franken polishes 🙂
To do this, I just added a googly eye to each nail- that’s it! I dabbed it with a bit of nail polish, and placed it on.
I won’t lie, this isn’t exactly… user friendly. These particular googly eyes are thick, and popped up:
And they didn’t have the best of hold on there, though they weren’t falling off either. For more wear, I would probably opt for nail glue.
My cat (Alex) thinks I’m crazy. And was also annoyed I was getting in his way of the sunshine.
I always feel like… somebody’s watchin’ meeee…
So there it is! A quick, easy fun look 🙂 This would be GREAT for Halloween! See everyone tomorrow- I’ll be featuring 2 new Essie’s for Try It On Tuesday!
Ladybug, ladybug, fly away home; Your house is on fire and your children all roam!
I used to say ‘burn’ as a kid but that’s really sort of depressing, so I didn’t teach Syd that version 😉
The other night my husband spotted a baby ladybug on our bed. My daughter LOVES ladybugs- in fact, her nickname from my mother-in-law is ‘Nana’s Little Ladybug’- so of course we called her in and she spent a good chunk of time staring at it.
So when I was trying to decide what to do for today’s Mani Monday, I remembered the little visitor and decided to do ladybug nails!
Here’s what you’ll need:
Nail polish, and dotting tools. I used Revlon Colorstay in Red Carpet, Sinful Colors Happy Ending, Cult Nails Nevermore, and Julep Kate. You can use whichever colors you like! I got my dotting tools for super cheap somewhere on Ebay from China, but you can find them in a lot of places. If you need help locating some just leave a comment!
First off, I painted each nail with Happy Ending- this was my closest ‘grass’ type color, and I hadn’t used it before so I was glad to have the chance.
I had never noticed this color before, but I think it’s part of some core lines of Sinful Colors? Most of my stores don’t carry it, but I noticed it as part of the standard larger display at Rite Aid. I really like it! This was almost a 1 coat polish- I added a second coat to make the color a bit brighter. I also had NO CLEANUP. I did my nails last night and took the photo this morning… and I didn’t have to touch up a thing. I honestly think that’s a first for me! I don’t know if it’s a testament to the polish, or to my increasing skills with a brush!
I didn’t take photos while I was doing the mani, but it’s very straightforward and easy. I used one of the larger dotting tools, dipped in red, and did 2-3 dots on most fingers. I let that dry a little, and then I took one of the tiny dotting tools, dipped it in black, and added the ladybug’s characteristic spots. As an afterthought, I used a larger dot of black for the ‘head’ area and dotted small white dots for ‘eyes’. I didn’t have a teeny tiny brush, so I didn’t add antennae. I TRIED on my thumb and it came out awful and thick, so I covered it with Happy Ending- this explains some of the inconsistencies in the coverage on that nail 🙂
Super quick, easy, and cute! I struggled a little more with my right hand because I have issues keeping my left hand steady… but it still looks decent!
Some of the eyes are giant, next to a little eye. My ladybugs are crazy I guess 🙂
Hope you enjoy! If anyone decides to recreate a similar look, please share pictures on my Facebook page!
Hey ya’ll! Let me just say, I’ve been reading the comments as they come in for the giveaway post, and it’s been so much fun! And really depressing, because I would seriously like to give everyone a bottle. We’ve already gone over what I had originally planned for giveaway #2 and it’s only the second day of the first giveaway- so I think I’ll just play that one by ear!
So I’m not sure what has taken me so long today to get things moving with this post… I made the mistake of not doing my nails last night, and then I just kept putting it off to do things around the house, clean, etc. Time REALLY flits away too quickly!
Onto the polish…
Since I’d already been too lazy to start last night, I knew today would have to be something fun but fairly straightforward- no attempting my first ever water marble today! I’ve had this Oreo Jelly Sandwich mani from Sarah at Chalkboard Nails pinned on Pinterest for a few weeks now, and I decided that would be fun to do. I just LOVE the way it looks!
(SQUIRREL!: If you need an invite to Pinterest, just send me an email and I’ll invite you! If you sign up manually you may have to wait awhile. If you have a nail board, please leave a link in the comments for me to follow! I also have a personal account, so I only follow nail boards on the blog one.)
So this is a borderline Mani Monday FAIL.
I used Essie Marshmallow and Lush Lacquer’s Salt N’ Peppa- 2 coats of each, alternating.
First, while I LOVE Salt N’ Peppa, it didn’t lend itself well to this look. It would probably look amazing on longer nails, but with my tiny nubs (one chipped again the other day, so back down to the quick) it just didn’t look that great. I think if I get my hands on Samurai Princess, like Chalkboard Nails used, it would look better- or if I had used Valentino from Pretty & Polished.
I just couldn’t achieve much of a jelly effect- the top glitter coat completely covered any of the under coat.
Plus, since my nails are so short, 4 coats of polish made me look like I was wearing nub-acrylics. And even with top coat, it wouldn’t dry. I took the photos, and then removed it.
Long story short- I still LOVE this look, but just couldn’t pull it off for this post. I’m going to try it again with another glitter and maybe update again.
But hey, the pictures still look pretty! So here they are 🙂
Ok, so I guess you CAN see some of the jelly effect. Its very, very subtle though.
I found it serendipitous that we had Oreos in the house… normally my husband inhales them within 24 hours of purchase.
I think my only major complaint is that it looks like I basically added a topcoat over white- the jelly effect is lost. I will try again!
Nubbin acrylics, lol.
I need to try out more jelly sandwiches- can you believe this was my very first ever! It’s such a beautiful effect (when you can tell…) 🙂
Don’t forget to enter the giveaway! Just check out yesterday’s post for more details!
I hope everyone had a good weekend! Ours was ok… quiet, relaxing, but slightly boring. Back to the busy week!
Once again I’ll be starting off the week with a Mani Monday! As I sat down to work on this yesterday, I struggled with what to do- and then it hit me! I just recently ordered my very first stamping plates- Cheeky’s 2012 Collection bundle– and hadn’t used any yet!
When I say hadn’t used any- what I really mean is that I have never used a stamping plate- ever. I’d long drooled over designs that I saw people do with the plates but had never bought any. Laziness, again. Stamping plates aren’t something you can just pop into the drugstore and buy.
There are a lot of various brands you can buy stamping plates from- Konad (my stamper is from Konad), Bundle Monster, Cheeky, Red Angel, Shany, Mash… and many stores offer their own line. Ninjapolish.com offers some really interesting ones, Llarowe just announced that they’ll be carrying a line, and you can even find them on etsy, like at Vivid Lacquer’s store!
How cool is that, though? She makes her OWN stamping plates!
So back to the mani… One of the major designs I’d seen people do was a leopard print design… or more specifically, a NEON snow leopard design. Be still my neon-loving heart.
I honestly don’t remember the first place I saw this crop up, though I do have have Steffel’s post on it saved in Pinterest, so that’s the one I’m going to credit. She used the Bundle Monster plate, which is a little different than the Cheeky design.
For this, I used a base of Essie Marshmallow (can anyone suggest a good, plain white? My only one is Sinful Nails Snow White and I’m not a fan), Cult Nails Nevermore for stamping, Cheeky plate CH2, and my Konad stamper. I pictured the Konad scraper, but I ended up using an old gift card (I’ll explain below).
For the neon accents:
I have a lot of neon colors. I picked these out mostly for their brightness factor, but also because they seemed to work well together. From left to right: Sinful Colors Pink, China Glaze Sun Worshipper, Sinful Colors Neon Melon, Color Club What A Shock!, Color Club Pure Energy, and Color Club Ultraviolet. The last 3 are part of Color Club’s Electro Candy neon set from 2009, and I won’t lie- they’re by far my very favorite neons of every color- especially Ultraviolet. You can still find this collection (cheap) at Ross sometimes, and can definitely find it on Amazon.
I didn’t detail the stamping process. I had planned on it, but the photos my husband took just turned out terrible- I probably should’ve given him a clear cut list of how I wanted things, but I was working quickly with both kids screaming for dinner. Luckily, there’s a ton of amazing tutorials and videos all over the internet.
Basically, you paint over the design to be stamped on the plate, scrape off the excess (leaving paint in the design indentations), smoosh-roll (new word) the stamper across the design, and quickly roll it over your nail. Almost every nail blogger I’ve read suggests using an old credit card/gift card instead of the scraper included- and I 100% agree! I initially tried out Konad’s scraper, but was having absolutely no luck. It wasn’t getting all the excess paint off, and by the time I went over it again I’d lose paint in the design or the design would be dry. The first time I tried a gift card was the first time I had a successful stamp on my finger!
*SQUIRREL* moment incoming:
Did I mention my very favorite animal ever is a snow leopard? Has been since I was really little 🙂 We took the kids to the Chattanooga Zoo in September, and I was so excited to see the Snow Leopard was not only hanging out right by the glass… but she had a baby! They quickly became Syd’s favorite animal, too!
So here’s my nails without the neon accents, looking like lovely snow leopards:
Time for neon! To add the neon, I used toothpicks. I didn’t want to have to clean paint brushes, so I simply dipped the end of a toothpick into the color on the brush, and then dabbed it where I wanted it. After I finished all the colors, I added 1 coat of Poshe Fast Drying top coat.
As an afterthought, I threw on a topcoat of fine glitter. Because really, the only way to make neon better is to make it sparkle. Or am I the only one that thinks that??
I wanted the effect to be subtle (believe it or not), so I used the finest glitter I could find in my Helmer. This Avon glitter is simply called ‘Purple Glitter’ (yes, it used to be purple) and it’s from approximately 2003. I also have ‘Pink Glitter’ and sadly it looks the exact same as this one 9 years later. Proof that my nail polish hoarding began a long, long time ago 🙂
So there it is! I apologize for not having a thorough explanation this week, but I’ll be happy to answer any specific questions you may have- just leave me a comment and I’ll get back to you! See you all tomorrow for Try It On Tuesday! And if you haven’t hoped over to my Facebook page, please do! I love being able to interact with everyone!
I wanna do bad things to you…
Hi everyone! It’s my very first Mani Monday, and I decided to start off with a tutorial I’ve had bookmarked for awhile, the blood splatter effect. Why, in the middle of June, you ask?
I’m a pretty big True Blood fan, though I’ll admit- I love the books more. That always seems to be the case though! Season 5 premiered on HBO last Sunday night. We had out of town family staying with us that week, so I wasn’t able to watch until tonight- so I got 2 episodes back to back. To celebrate the show’s return, I decided to turn to a tutorial by Dollface22772 (who most of you probably know because her amazing line of indie polishes, Dollish Polish). This tutorial was originally posted just before Halloween to celebrate the start of Dexter, but it fits True Blood just as perfectly! You can find the tutorial I used here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=47dWovqryvc. I highly recommend watching it! I’m not going to do a full explanation, but you can see her demonstrate the technique perfectly in the video. You can find Dolly here on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Dollface22772.
First off, you’ll need supplies! At least 1 straw, your polish (base coat and splatter coat), tape, some form of protective surface (I just used some foil), and wine. Ok, the wine is totally optional, but if you’re of legal age it’s always a fun addition (yes, I’m drinking from a tea glass… we don’t have real wine glasses. Don’t judge!).
This picture is a little outdated- I started with Sinful Colors White, but had some streaking issues that multiple coats did not help. I removed it, and used Essie Marshmallow instead (totally smart right, replace the original with a sheer color that’s going to take 4 coats? Couldn’t have been the wine!).
Anywho… you paint all your fingers your base coat (in this case, white) and allow to dry completely. I went ahead and used Poshe Super-Fast Drying topcoat to speed up the process. For having 4 coats, I had absolutely no trouble with smudges or other issues that normally plague me when I put that many coats on. I’m unsure if it’s just because Marshmallow is a sheer color and thinner, or if it’s a trait of Essie (I don’t have many Essies), but it was great to work with. Took forever to build up of course, but that’s not unexpected.
After that, it’s time to get down to business! You’ll want to work with each nail one at a time, and tape around the nail to protect the skin. You can skip this step, it just causes a lot more cleanup time afterwards. Especially with a vibrant red that stains! I took a picture to show an example:
*Interrupting this nail discussion for eye candy*
Anyways, where was I… ah ha! Splatter time!
So for the blood splatters, you simply make a pool of polish (a few large drops from the brush should do), and place the end of the straw in the paint, hold above your nail, and blow on the straw quickly and forcefully. This *should* cause the paint to splatter out. The distance from your nail determines the extent of the splatter- the closer you are, the bigger the initial blob. You’ll be able to see these size variations on the photos I’m about to post: my index and ring finger both have blobs from being closer. I did have a little bit of trouble with this- it definitely worked, but I think my straw (one that bends at the top) wasn’t ideal. It would take multiple tries to get paint out most of the time. Even with that, it was an east mani to do! I highly recommend watching the video to see the process in action.
Of course since this mani was done in honor of True Blood, the *only* polish I felt was acceptable to use would be Zoya Sooki. In the books her name is spelled Sookie, but honestly 1 letter doesn’t make a huge difference! I adore that this polish is a bright, blood red.
You can see the topcoat caused a bit of bleeding, even though I applied it after I gave the red time to dry on each nail. It’s not as noticeable in person, but on a macro shot it stands out very clearly.
So that’s it for my first Mani Monday! I had a lot of fun with this one, and I’m happy to finally scratch one effect off my to-do list. This look can easily be switched around to different colors for completely different looks, like the 80’s neon paint splatter!
Till next time!
~Diana, The Polish Monster