Showing posts with label Halloween. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Halloween. Show all posts

Nail art: Make a scene for Halloween

Thursday, October 30, 2014



Tomorrow is Halloween! What better way to haunt the day than with creepy nail art? This fun nail art has a few different elements: A haunted house, a ghost, spooky trees and a few unknown sets of eyes looking on.

I used OPI Plugged in Plum for the base color. Then I added a few dry strokes of OPI Unforgreta-bly Blue and Cozu-melted in the sun for a little depth. The actual designs were created using acrylic paints.

Halloween scene nail art
Halloween scene nail art
I used China Glaze Matte Magic for this one. I like this because you can see the details just a little better.

Halloween scene nail art
Halloween scene nail art
What's going to be on your nails for Halloween?

Easy Halloween black cat nail art

Wednesday, October 29, 2014


Halloween is almost here! For today's easy nail art I used Glam Polish Warlock for the base color. This polish is from the Cast A Spell Part II - The Magic is Back Collection.
This polish may have been inspired by Halloween, but the color is perfect for any season. This holographic nail polish has multiple sizes of glitter in the formula so it dries with a textured finish. It needs a top coat for a glossy, smooth finish - or wear it as is for a textured look.


I used two coats of Warlock and then applied a top coat so the design would apply smoothly. Then I used black acrylic paint to create random designs and the cute little black cat on my ring finger nail. These were super easy. What's going to be on your nails for Halloween?

Black Cat Halloween nail art
Black Cat Halloween nail art
The polishes from this collection are available from www.glampolish.com.au with shipping to Australia and USA. Shipping rates to the USA are $7.95 for the first polish and an extra $1 for each additional polish.

This polish was previously sent to me for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

HPB October: Halloween Mani Link-Up

Saturday, October 25, 2014


It's the Saturday before Halloween and the Hobby Polish Bloggers (HPB) are doing a frightening fun festival of Halloween inspired manis. You can see all the great manicures for the link-up at the bottom of this post. 

HPB will be doing monthly link-ups and I am excited to be a part of this month's Halloween group post.

Hobby Polish Bloggers is a group for bloggers who blog primarily just for fun or more casually. Hobby Nail Polish Bloggers is a resource for feedback,support, and guidance on your current blog or how to get your blog started. Check out HPB on Facebook if you're interested in joining.

Now, let's move on to the Halloween nail art. I did something completely different for me. I saw the idea on hellomaphie.com and just had to try it. It's pretty freaky and so much fun. 

Creepy Halloween Nail Art with eyelashes
Creepy Halloween Nail Art with eyelashes
I started with a base color of Darling Diva "Queen of the Night" on all my nails except for my ring finger. For my ring finger I used Milani "White on the Spot" with a coat of OPI "Ski Slope Sweetie." Then I applied a coat of nail foil glue on my ring finger and let it dry. When it was completely dry, I added powder eye shadow to add some color variation.

Creepy Halloween Nail Art with eyelashes
Creepy Halloween Nail Art with eyelashes
I used white acrylic paint to draw the white part of the eye and then black acrylic paint for the outline. I created a large dot of Darling Diva "Dream Walker" for the blue iris of the eye. Then I added a few small dots of Darling Diva "We Need to Talk" to add dimension. One dot of black acrylic paint in the center and red acrylic paint for the bloodshot veins and the painting part of the eyeball was complete.


Creepy Halloween Nail Art with eyelashes
Creepy Halloween Nail Art with eyelashes
I used a top coat of HK Girl and let it dry completely. Then I used some cheap false eyelashes I had and cut them to size. I used the kind that already have a mild adhesive on them to hold them in place. Then I added a couple of drops of nail glue on the ends to hold them down better.

Creepy Halloween Nail Art with eyelashes
Creepy Halloween Nail Art with eyelashes
These are so much fun. Definitely not practical - but Halloween isn't about practicality. I am going to recreate these and wear them to work on Halloween. What's going to be on your nails for Halloween?


China Glaze Apocalypse of Colour Collection - swatches, nail art, review

Monday, October 6, 2014




China Glaze has released the Apocalypse of Colour Collection. A spooktacular six-piece collection to haunt and bewitch you. 

Make sure to scroll to the bottom to see the Halloween nail art that glows in the dark. 

Let's take a look at the horrifying hues in the Apocalypse of Colour collection:

·        Rest in Pieces is a festive fall glitter combination of copper, gold and black. The glitter glides on your nails easily and evenly. I have it on here over "I Love Your Guts" and a top coat to seal it off. I had no application issues with this glitter topper.


Rest in Pieces
Rest in Pieces


Rest in Pieces
Rest in Pieces
·         Getting to Gnaw You is a dark black polish with hints of gold microglitter. I love the way this looks. It is sure to be perfect for the entire fall and winter season. This is two coats with a top coat. I had no application issues with this polish.


 Getting to Gnaw You
Getting to Gnaw You


 Getting to Gnaw You
Getting to Gnaw You

·         I Love Your Guts is a deep magenta toned pink polish with specks of black. This is easily a light texture polish if you want to wear it that way. I am going to show it to you with, and without, top coat.  It is a thirsty polish, so if you want it nice and smooth - make sure to wear a good top coat. This is two coats. I had no application issues with this polish.

  I Love Your Guts
  I Love Your Guts

  I Love Your Guts
  I Love Your Guts

  I Love Your Guts - with top coat
  I Love Your Guts - with top coat

  I Love Your Guts - with top coat
  I Love Your Guts - with top coat
·         Don’t Let the Dead Bite has a nude base that has lots of sporadic red glitter pieces to look like blood splatter across your finger tips. The nude base is rather sheer, so I applied it over "Don't Honk Your Thorn," which is a nude polish. This worked amazingly well together. I had no application issues with this polish. 


Don’t Let the Dead Bite
Don’t Let the Dead Bite

Don’t Let the Dead Bite
Don’t Let the Dead Bite

·         But Of Corpse is a gruesome green with specks of black. Like "Don't Let the Dead Bite," it could easily be a texture. But I am showing it to you with a top coat applied. This is two coats. I had no issues with application. 


But Of Corpse
But Of Corpse

But Of Corpse
But Of Corpse

·         Ghoulish Glow is a howling fun glow-in-the-dark top coat. Take a look below to see the nail art in the light, and in the dark. It applies easily and you can't see it when you add it to your nails. I am not the best at taking photos of glow in the dark polish. But you will get the picture.


Glow in the dark nail art
Glow in the dark nail art

Glow in the dark nail art
Glow in the dark nail art


Ghoulish Glow - Glow in the dark nail art
Ghoulish Glow - Glow in the dark nail art

China Glaze® Apocalypse of Colour is available now as individual bottles and special 6-piece and 3-piece gift sets at fine salons and beauty supply stores including Sally Beauty and Ulta.

China Glaze® is free of DBP, toluene, and added formaldehyde.

China Glaze® nail lacquers are available through salons and professional beauty supply stores nationwide. For more information, please visit www.chinaglaze.com or follow China Glaze on Facebook (@ChinaGlaze), Twitter (@ChinaGlazeOfficial) and Pinterest (pinterest.com/chinaglaze), #CGApocalypse

These polishes were sent to me for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Please note that computer monitors may display colors differently. 

Different Dimension Spooky Spooky Collection swatches, review

Sunday, September 21, 2014


Different Dimension has created the Spooky Spooky Collection for all the polish loving ghouls out there. There are some amazing polishes in this five-piece collection. One particularly has my attention. 

These polishes will be available for purchase on Sept. 26, 2014 - just in time for you to plan your Halloween manicure. 

Let's take a look at Spooky Spooky!

Dragula is an orange jelly based texture polish. It is packed with black and orange holographic glitters. I used three coats. The texture is amazing and the orange and black together definitely give it a three-dimensional appearance. 

Dragula
Dragula
Dragula
Dragula
Give it a different finish with a topcoat for shine and sparkle. I used one coat of HK Girl.

Dragula
Dragula
Ghostbusters is a light neon orange crelly polish that is infused with iridescent glitters. I layered it over a coat of white polish to give it some added color. I used two coats of HK Girl to finish it off. And did I mention it glows in the dark?

Ghostbusters
Ghostbusters
Ghostbusters
Ghostbusters
 I am not the best at taking photos of glow in the dark photos. But I think this will give you the idea.

Ghostbusters
Ghostbusters
Monster Mash is a perfect Halloween glitter topper. It has orange, black and white multi- sized and shaped glitters in a clear base with added holographic shimmer. I applied it over Werewolves of London. 

Monster Mash
Monster Mash

Monster Mash
Monster Mash
Thriller is, well, thrilling! It is by far my favorite of this collection. It is a dark violet jelly with amazing shimmer. The shimmer seems to come from within and adds a tremendous depth to the polish. The shade is magical and shifts depending on the lighting. This is three coats. I could have gotten away with two, but the camera can be harsh at times.

Thriller
Thriller
Thriller
Thriller
Thriller
Thriller
Werewolves of London is the perfect autumn orange holographic polish. This color will be perfect for tricks, treats, or anything in between. This is two coats. 

Werewolves of London
Werewolves of London
Werewolves of London
Werewolves of London
Werewolves of London
Werewolves of London
These polishes can be purchased on Sept. 26, 2014 from the Different Dimension Etsy Store. Follow Different Dimension's Facebook page to keep up-to-date with new releases and information. 
These polishes were sent to me for an honest review. All opinions are my own. 

Happy Halloween - pumpkin nail art

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween everyone! Does anyone have big plans? Great costumes? I have friends that go all out for Halloween - spooky decorations, tasty treats and creative costumes.

I have to be honest. I have never really decorated my house for Halloween. I have put a Jack-O-Lantern on the front porch and that was about the extent of it. It's not that I don't like the holiday - I'm just not into spooky I guess.

So when I realized it was Halloween and I wasn't sporting a holiday mani I threw something together. It's typical of my Halloween decorations - It's a simple pumpkin.

I like it better in real life than in the photos. The colors really shine. I used OPI Just Spotted the Lizard and OPI DS Luxurious.

The colors actually really worked well together. I added details with acrylic paint. I think it is a little plain but all-in-all I like it.

Halloween - Pumpkin Nail Art
Halloween - Pumpkin Nail Art
Check out my other Halloween nail art - Cornstalks and Pumpkins, and Spooky Trees and Bats.

This polish was purchase by me.

Halloween nail art - cornstalks and pumpkins

Friday, October 25, 2013

Halloween is just around the corner and I love all holiday nail art. 

I wanted something dark, yet not spooky or creepy. So I decided to go with a base color of OPI DS Mystery. It is a deep purple that is almost black. It has micro gold sparkle and it turned out to be a great choice as the canvas for the nail art.

I wanted cornstalks and a pumpkin. So I grabbed my acrylic paints and MASH nail art brushes. I love these brushes. I have had them for quite a while and they get used a lot - but they are holding up quite well.

I used tan, yellow and orange paint for the cornstalks. A few swipes of the brush with the different color paint added detail and dimension. Then using orange paint I added the pumpkins. A green stem on the pumpkin and all was complete - well almost.

I didn't like how the cornstalks looked bare at the bottom. So I used green paint and added a few vines.

Halloween nail art - cornstalks and pumpkins
Halloween nail art - cornstalks and pumpkins
Halloween nail art - cornstalks and pumpkins
Halloween nail art - cornstalks and pumpkins
Halloween nail art - cornstalks and pumpkins
Halloween nail art - cornstalks and pumpkins
What do you think? What's going to be on your nails for Halloween?

The polish in this post was purchased by me.

One-stroke nail art - attempt at painting pumpkins

Friday, October 26, 2012

I am trying to master the one-stroke painting technique. I think I have a way to go before I get a handle on it. It's something that looks so easy... yet it obviously isn't. At least not for me.

Attempt at one-stroke pumpkin nail art
Attempt at one-stroke pumpkin nail art


I used a base coat of Sabrina Sato Lambada. Then I applied a coat of Seche Vite to dry my nails faster and provide a smooth coat for the paint.

I used acrylic paint for the pumpkins. Using a flat brush I dipped each half of the brush. One half in the orange paint and one in the black. Then I swiped the brush on paper to blend the colors.

Then with a smooth motion (or it was supposed to be a smooth motion) I swipe a half circle on each nail. Then I reversed it and painted an opposite half circle to form the body of the pumpkins. Then I repeated the design in a smaller fashion to fill in the body of the pumpkin. The black and the orange made the texture of the pumpkin. But when I was filling in the center of the pumpkin I had to put more orange than black on the brush or it was too dark.

Then I added a stem with green paint. I tried to add leaves but as a friend told me... they look more like jalapenos! They weren't connected at all. I thought about painting a vine; but then I thought that would be too much and make it busy. I know I sometimes add too much to a manicure.

Add a top coat to seal the nail art.

I need a lot of practice still. But I think maybe someday I will get the technique mastered. I will keep trying though. I love the look of one-stroke nail art.




Bewitching hour - Halloween nail art

I thought I would try a Halloween mani that was a little out of my comfort zone. So I tried to free hand a witch. I am not sure it looks like a witch. I think it does... but then I know what it is supposed to be.

I used Barielle Jordana's Skinny Jeans for a base color and then created a gradient by sponging on Barielle Gold Digger. Then I used a Qtip to create a yellow moon using Milani Yellow Whiz. I painted the trees, bats and trees using a black striping polish. I also drew some vertical lines on the tip and painted over it lightly using Gold Digger. I think this added some "spooky" depth to the effect.

Halloween nail art with witches, trees and bats.
Halloween nail art with witches, trees and bats.
What is going to be on your nails for the Halloween weekend?


More Halloween nail art

Saturday, October 20, 2012

I enjoy doing nail art. Focusing on the details relaxes me - sometimes. Sometimes it just makes me cross eyed.

This one fell into both categories.

I used Milani nail polish for this manicure. I really like using Milani for nail art. It's thick enough to give me the detail that I want.


Halloween nail art - Ghosts, pumpkins and trees
Halloween nail art - Ghosts, pumpkins and trees
For the base color I used Milani Just Grayt. For the details I used Milani Black Swift, Jiffy Orange and White on the Spot. A thin nail art brush and a dotting tools were all the tools I used.

Halloween nail art - Ghosts, pumpkins and trees
Halloween nail art - Ghosts, pumpkins and trees
Halloween nail art - Ghosts, pumpkins and trees
Halloween nail art - Ghosts, pumpkins and trees
The detailed work was just that. Even if you don't use them for everyday use a pair of reading glasses really helps to see as you are applying the details.

Spiderweb nail art

It's getting close to Halloween and I am seeing lots of amazing spooky nail art out there. I decided (late last night) to try my hand at some creepy nail art.

This was actually easy. Although it looks like the spiders have already been smooshed. Simple lines and dots make up this spiderweb and its inhabitant.

I used Milani Jiffy Orange and Black Swift nail polishes for this mani.

Halloween spiderweb and spider nail art
Halloween spiderweb and spider nail art
What are you going to wear on your nails for Halloween?
 

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