Showing posts with label Orly. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Orly. Show all posts

Spiraling nail art for Digital Dozen Pattern on Pattern

Monday, February 9, 2015

It's Digital Dozen time again. This month's challenge is Pattern on Pattern. I am having fun with this theme.

For today's Pattern on Pattern I used some nail vinyls from KBShimmer. These spiral nail vinyls made creating this swirling look oh-so-easy. Just peel them off and press them on to your dry base color and apply polish. Make sure to peel the vinyls off quickly. If you let the nail polish dry on top, you will end up peeling up a lot more than you wanted to.

Let's take a look.

I started off with a base color of Orly Bling. I wanted to be able to see shimmer through the "swirls." Then I added a rough bulls eye using blue, yellow and green polishes from the Esmaltes Da Kelly Soap Bubbles collection.

Spiral nail art

Then I applied the spiral KBShimmer Nail Vinyls and pressed them down firmly.

Spiral nail art

I painted over the vinyls using Elevation Polish Volcanic Dust. This polish is being discontinued. So if you want it, you better hop on over to Elevation Polish and grab it. Once it's gone - it's gone.

Spiral nail art

This look came out better than I hoped. I love the shine and shimmer the microglitter base color provides.

Is this a look you would try?

KBShimmer Nail Vinyls can be purchased at There are a variety of choices.

The KBShimmer Nail Vinyls were provided to me for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Please note that computer monitors may display colors differently. The remaining products and polishes were purchased by me.

Make sure to check out more of the Digital Dozen creations below.

Peacock feather nail art tutorial

Monday, April 14, 2014

I have a fun, shimmery and elegant tutorial for you today - Peacock feathers! I knew I wanted to sport Peacock feathers on my nails so I went searching for ideas. I found several and kind of combined them. The one that really inspired me was from the Nails Magazine Pinterest page.

Peacock feather nail art
Peacock feather nail art
Let me show you how I did it. I don't think all the steps are needed. But I will show you all of them.

Here are the polishes I used.

Start off with a base color of Orly Sweet Peacock or another metallic blue.

Then make the center part of the feather. I used Milani Signature Gold.

I used Zoya Meg to outline the gold in a light metallic green.

Then I outlined that with Milani Black Swift.

Then I painted "wisps" of the feathers with Milani Black Swift. This is just the start of the feathery part.

Then I added more wisps using Milani White and Orly Mysterious Curse.

Then I added a light blue oval in the center of the gold using Orly Snowcone.

Then I added a dot of dark blue in the bottom of the light blue oval using Orly Royal Navy. I topped it off with a top coat of HK Girl. It didn't smear the design at all!

Peacock feather nail art
Peacock feather nail art

Peacock feather nail art
Peacock feather nail art

Peacock feather nail art
Peacock feather nail art

Peacock feather nail art
Peacock feather nail art

I really like the way they turned out. If I had to change anything I would make the wisps longer I think.

A couple of these products were previously sent to me for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Final Four - UK Wildcats nail art

Sunday, April 6, 2014

One thing I can say about Kentuckians... Once a Kentuckian, always a Kentuckian. I may miles away from there now, but I still love the sites, sounds, and hometown feeling I remember from there. And of course I love the Wildcats! That basketball game last night was a nail biter.

But the team pulled it off in the last few seconds... Phew.

Anyway, you don't come here to read about basketball; so let's look at my team spirit mani!

I started off with a base coat of Milani White and then applied a strip of nail art tape down each nail. Then I applied Orly Shockwave and removed the nail art tape. This left a nice, thin white stripe down my nail. Then using dotting tools, I dotted the paw prints. I added a coat of Seche Vite and I had  instant Wildcat nail art.

UK Wildcats Nail Art
UK Wildcats Nail Art
UK Wildcats Nail Art
UK Wildcats Nail Art
UK Wildcats Nail Art
UK Wildcats Nail Art
Are you sporting team spirit on your nails?

These polishes were both provided for an honest review and purchased by me. All opinions are my own.

Orly Sparkling Garbage - It's not garbage!

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Orly has a new summer 2013 collection out - Mash Up. I only picked up one of the polishes from the collection - Sparkling Garbage. I can tell you one thing... it isn't garbage.

This is a bottle jam-packed full of holographic goodness. It is a soft green jelly polish that is infused with sparkly, holographic shimmer and shine.

It is rather sheer since it's a jelly, but three coats provided a level of opacity that I like. You could also use this as a top coat. It adds dimension and depth to the overall look.

Let's move on to the swatches. This is three coats.

Orly Sparkling Garbage - normal lighting
Orly Sparkling Garbage - normal lighting
Orly Sparkling Garbage - Flash
Orly Sparkling Garbage - Flash

Orly Sparkling Garbage - Flash
Orly Sparkling Garbage - Flash

Orly Sparkling Garbage - outdoor lighting (overcast)
Orly Sparkling Garbage - outdoor lighting (overcast)

Fun floral nail art

Monday, June 3, 2013

There is something about floral nail art that I love. I adore the versatility that nature supplies and the looks it inspires

Floral nail art often looks difficult. And let's face it... some of the designs I have seen are complicated. But the looks I complete are easy. It's simply a matter of simple brush strokes. There is no requirement to have a talent for painting or art. I know this because I am not a talented artist. I am lucky to be able to draw a stick figure. But floral art is forgiving. Nature isn't perfect and it is those imperfections that provide the character of the mani.

For this one I used Orly Cashmere Cardigan for the base color. A soft, dusty lavender shade. I recently ran across packages of two Orly polishes at TJ Maxx for $6.99. That's quite a deal.

Then I used acrylic paints and drew the stem with black paint, the leaves with green and the flowers with yellow and orange paint.

Floral nail art
Floral nail art

Floral nail art
Floral nail art

What's your "go to" nail art method or style?

Water marble and dotting with Orly

Friday, November 23, 2012

I love water marbles. But they are completely temperamental. Some days they work and some days they just don't cooperate at all.

Today the water marble gods were on my side. The polish spread on the water well and dried quickly - although almost too quickly.

I used Orly Decided, Shockwave, Terra Mauve and Basket Case. Orly works quite well for marbling. I started off with a base color of Orly Decided and then rotated the colors in the water. I'm not going to go into the how-to so much in this post. I have another post that shows the how-to here and there are some amazing instructional videos available on line.

After I finished the marbling I used a dotting tool and applied a few flowers and dots using contrasting colors. Dotting on top of the marble can help hide those annoying little air bubbles you get sometimes. 

Water marble nail art with Orly
Water marble nail art with Orly

Water marble nail art with Orly
Water marble nail art with Orly

Water marble nail art with Orly
Water marble nail art with Orly

One-stroke flowers - Practice, practice, practice

Saturday, October 13, 2012

I love the look of the one-stroke nail art. It looks so simple yet requires a certain amount of finesse. I am bound and determined to master this technique.

One stroke nail art is completed by using acrylic paints. Use two colors on a flat brush - half the brush with one color and the other half with the other color. Then using a practiced motion it should create a flower (or whatever else you are trying to make.) that has a gradient effect.

Notice I said it "should create." I am practicing and thought I would share my attempts at one-stroke nail art with you.

This is the one I am most pleased with. I used Orly Mysterious Curse as the base. Then I loaded my brush with blue and white acrylic paint and made the flowers. I used a dotting tool to add some dots of white on and around the flowers. I also used a black striping brush to add some definition to the petals.

One stroke nail art - blue and white flowers
One stroke nail art - blue and white flowers

One stroke nail art - blue and white flowers
One stroke nail art - blue and white flowers
On this one I used a base color of Orly Terra Mauve. I made the flower petals a little more pointed and used a striping brush to outline the petals.

One stroke nail art - blue and white flowers
One stroke nail art - blue and white flowers

One stroke nail art - red and white flowers
One stroke nail art - red and white flowers
I definitely need a lot more practice. But I think I am making progress. Have you tried one-stroke nail art? What are your tips?

Orly Flash Glam FX Giveaway

Thursday, June 14, 2012

I grabbed these wonderful Orly Flash Glam FX polishes to share with a couple of you lucky ladies. 

Orly Flash Glam FX

 There will be two lucky winners. One person will win Be Brave (pink) and Sashay My Way (gold) and one person will win Spazmatic (blue) and Mermaid Tail (green).

To enter simply use the Rafflecopter widget below.

Now, the boring stuff... Rules: The giveaway ends at midnight Eastern time on Saturday, June 23, 2012. Giveaway is limited to US. Winners must respond to winning email notification within 48 hours at with their mailing address in order to claim their prize.

Color blocked tips

Saturday, May 19, 2012

I was talking with a friend last night and trying to decide what to do with my nails. She sent me the link to a video - color blocking by Copy That, Copy Cat. Of course she made it look extremely easy. So this morning I went to work picking colors and setting up my work space.

It actually took me a few minutes to get my nerve up to start. And at one point I almost took it off and moved on to something else. But it started coming together. I am pretty pleased with it. My white lines didn't come out near as crisp and clean as I would have liked. But overall it is an idea I would try again.

The colors I used are Zoya Breezi, Creamy, Audrina, and Orly Basket Case.

If you want to know how to complete this mani the tutorial video is here.

Is this something you would try?

Let's move on to the photos!
Colorblocked nail art
Color Block nails

If at first you don't succeed

Saturday, May 12, 2012

I watched a video on YouTube from CutePolish (actually I have watched a lot of her videos as she does amazing work.) and just had to try it out. The philosophy was simple. It looked simple. It looked amazing. And it didn't look like that on me.

The idea was to put the temporary tattoos on your nails. I tried. I pressed hard with a water-soaked paper towel. I tried with a water-soaked cotton ball. I am not sure where I went wrong. I tried it on a wheel and it came out amazing. All I can think is that I shouldn't have applied a top coat before I tried to apply the tattoo.

One stroke experiment - And that is supposed to be a flower.
Orly Snowcone and Zoya Creamy
The wonderful tattoos that were an epic failure

The idea I had was positively stunning. In my mind's eye anyway. I painted my nails with Orly Snowcone except for the ring fingers, which I painted with Zoya Creamy. Up to that point I was successful. Then I was going to try and apply the glittery Sun on one ring finger and the moon on the other ring finger. This is where it went wrong fast. The tattoos just would not stick. So then I reapplied Creamy to the ring finger again and tried with a butterfly tattoo. My nails were not having any part of those tattoos. 

So back to square one... I removed the Creamy from my ring finger and reapplied it... Yet again...

I wasn't about to let my color scheme go to waste so I pulled out my acrylic paints. Now when I bought these acrylic paints I had visions of grandeur. I quickly realized that when I tried the "one stroke" method it looked like a finger painting from a kindergarten class. I came to grips with the fact that I am not an artist. Even when I practiced I would think I was getting it... until I tried painting on my right hand. So the paints went into the closet with the rest of my brilliant ideas.

But tonight I was determined to do something beside stamping or scotch tape art. And I was rapidly losing patience. So trying another Fenton Egg inspired manicure was out of the question.

With little patience and even less artistic ability I dove right in before I lost my nerve.

The end result is something I like but is definitely abstract.

Have you tried the tattoos? What are your tips for success? How about the one stroke painting method?

Western theme manicure

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Good morning everyone. I live in wonderful Wyoming. For those of you that don't know about Cheyenne Frontier Days let me tell you a little about it. CFD is in the last full week of July and has events, rodeos, concerts for ten days! It is the largest outdoor rodeo and is almost entirely ran by volunteers. Well because something of that magnitude requires year-round planning and involvement there are always CFD events and fundraisers. 

Last night was the Santa Maria BBQ fundraiser. So for that event I decided to do a western themed manicure. 

I used Orly Basket case for the base color and Sinful Colors Black on Black for the stamping. The Konad image plate I used was S5.

Stamping takes practice but it is mostly knowing what brands stamp well. I have learned that Sinful Colors works well. The Sally Hansen Color Quick pens work really well too.

Orly Basket Case with western stamping
My nails were a hit at the fundraiser.

So get those stamps out and stamp stamp stamp!

Happy Polishing,


Orly Snowcone and Venique Twinkling Glitter

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

It's a bright spring day and even though it will probably snow at least one more time in Wonderful Wyoming I had to apply a bright spring color to my fingertips. So I pulled out Orly Snowcone (yes I know, it has a winter name.) and applied two coats to my nails. The formula is good. It looks like it is going on streaky but actually dries quite smooth. It's a wonderful color which is comparable to a Robin's egg. 

Orly Snow Cone
 I added a topcoat of Seche Vite which is a fast dry top coat and it added a wonderful shine to a polish that was actually pretty shiny without it.

The weather is supposed to be bright and sunny tomorrow so I wanted to be able to see glitz and glitter in the sunlight so I added a coat of Venique Twinkling Glitter. I positively adore this glitter polish. This polish is a wonderful mixed size glitter which completely gleams and glows with rainbows in the sun. Unfortunately it is dark now so adding a shot of this in the sunlight is out of the question. Perhaps I will try to capture it tomorrow in the sunlight.

Venique was available at CosmoProf. It was part of a holiday edition and is now discontinued but I have seen it on eBay. I have the one bottle and save it for when I need a quick pick-me-up.

Happy Polishing!


Orly "Basket Case" vibrant and gorgeous

Monday, March 12, 2012

I tried to broaden my horizons tonight and get away from wearing blue polish. I am not normally one to wear pink polish. But I tried Orly "Basket Case" and wasn't sure why I had never wear pink. The application was flawless and the color is positively gorgeous. Top that off with a stamp using Sinful Colors "Black on Black" and I thought it was stunning.

I am definitely going to start looking at more pink polishes.

Happy Polishing!


Me versus water marbling

Saturday, March 3, 2012

I took on water marbling today. There wasn't a clear victor in this battle. There are tons of blog posts and videos on marbling so I am not going to go over it step by step. But let me go over some of the things I learned.

1. Make sure you have plenty of time.

2. Definitely use scotch tape and cuticle oil to aid in clean up.

3. One of the biggest errors I  made (You can see it on my pinkie) was to dip the finger in the water instead of "laying" it on the design and then submersing it.

4. Keeping the water clean and free of polish particles was an issue for me. I ended up changing the water twice.

The first fingernail I did came out the best. That was my pointer finger. I wish they would have all come out like that. 

I tried to pick bright colors and went with China Glaze and one Orly. The only polish that gave me any trouble was the CG white. It didn't disperse as well as the other polishes.

I am not sure I will do this too often as it was phenomenally time consuming. But who knows. Now that I have done it once maybe the next time won't take as long.

Happy Polishing!


Orly Fantasea

Sunday, February 19, 2012

 I swatched Orly's Fantasea and I am disappointed that I have to take it off and put a new swatch on. I really like it. It is a nice glossy and multidimensional polish. It was rather sheer though and this photo is three coats.

I loved the shift of purple to pink depending on the angle and the lighting.

This photo is in direct sunlight. (Well the small spot of sunlight I could grab coming through the window.)

Happy polishing,



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