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13 Days of January Nail Art Challenge: Complement and Contrast

Monday, January 26, 2015

Today's post is the "complement and contrast" theme for the 13 Days of Nail Art Challenge.

This challenge has been fun and has made me create nail art looks that I wouldn't normally create.

For this one though I created a simple mani. Just a few swipes of a nail art brush.

I started off with OPI Pompeii Purple. I love this deep, shimmery shade. Then I added contrasting lines and dots with OPI Alpine Snow and OPI... Eurso Euro. Sometimes simple is a good thing. I like the overall look of this mani.

Stripes and dots nail art



See the other looks created by some talented ladies.





Day 9 of the 13 Days of January Nail Art Challenge - rainbow nail art

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Today's post is Day 9 of the 13 Days of January Nail Art Challenge. A group of bloggers decided to get together and participate in a group challenge for 13 days in January. Today's nail art theme is "rainbow." 

I had originally created this mani for the "half and half" prompt, but due to a family emergency I wasn't able to post it. So I thought it was perfect for the rainbow prompt.


Tinted nail art using Esmaltes Da Kelly Soap Bubbles Collection

Tinted nail art using Esmaltes Da Kelly Soap Bubbles Collection

Tinted nail art using Esmaltes Da Kelly Soap Bubbles Collection

Tinted nail art using Esmaltes Da Kelly Soap Bubbles Collection


I applied a coat of Orly Mirrorball for the base color. Then I added random strips, dots and shapes of the tinted polishes from the Esmaltes da Kelly Soap Bubbles Collection. I love the way they transform and highlight the holo radiance of the Mirrorball. Then I added random dots and lines using Colors by Llarowe Vincent, which is my "go-to" black creme. 

I added a top coat of HK Girl and then had an instant art mani!



See the other rainbow-inspired looks created by some talented ladies.







Holographic with flowers nail art

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

I have been so busy lately that I haven't had time to play with nail art. So I decided to add a little art to the polish I am currently wearing - Girly Bits Twitterpated.

It's nothing fancy as I still don't have a lot of time but I rather like it. Sometimes when I start nail art I have no idea where it is going. So I added a few random lines of OPI Eurso Euro and then realized I wanted to do flowers. So I added dots of OPI You're Such a Budapest for the flower petals and dots of OPI Pompeii Purple for the flower centers.

I like the subtle look of the soft cream of OPI You're Such a Budapest over the holographic polish.

Girly Bits Twitterpated holographic polish with dotted flower nail art
Girly Bits Twitterpated holographic polish with dotted flower nail art
It was quick and exactly what I needed for my nail art fix.

Sheswai 2013 Spring Summer polish collection

Sunday, February 24, 2013

I am excited to share some exciting new colors with you. Sheswai has released their 2013 Spring and Summer polishes. This season we are seeing tons of pastel shades for Spring. Sheswai has gone out of the box with bold, yet Spring colors.

I love Sheswai polish. Their formulas are amazing. I think I could probably get away with one coat on most of them. And the dry time is phenomenally quick.

Lets move on to the swatches.

Ladylike - is a coral-hued medium pink with some shimmer in it. It is a amazing dusty rose shade and I probably could have gotten away with one coat if I didn't have so many ridges in my nails. This is two coats

Sheswai Ladylike
Sheswai Ladylike

Sheswai Ladylike
Sheswai Ladylike

Sheswai Ladylike
Sheswai Ladylike





Dig it - is a true grass green. The formula is amazing as it dries to a high gloss and has rich color tones. This is two coats.

Sheswai - Dig it
Sheswai - Dig it

Sheswai - Dig it
Sheswai - Dig it

Sheswai - Dig it
Sheswai - Dig it

For Real - is a wonderful nude shade. It dries to a high gloss and the formula has wonderful opacity.

Sheswai - For Real
Sheswai - For Real

Sheswai - For Real
Sheswai - For Real

Sheswai - For Real
Sheswai - For Real

I wanted to try something with these polishes as the colors screamed "Floral" at me. So I dotted some flowers and leaves.

Sheswai 2013 Spring colors - nail art
Sheswai 2013 Spring colors - nail art
Sheswai 2013 Spring colors - nail art
Sheswai 2013 Spring colors - nail art

Sheswai Lacquer can be purchased on BeautyPopShop.com for $16 each. Beauty Pop Shop sells some amazing nail polishes as well as some unique, quality nail polish racks.

Make sure to follow Beauty Pop Shop on their Facebook page to keep up on current releases and sales. She is an amazing shop owner who takes pride in her work.

These polishes were provided to me for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Water Marble with dotting

Sunday, January 13, 2013

I love water marbles but they don't always love me. They can be a temperamental and persnickety method to use.

But this one seemed to come together. For the water marble I used Barielle Remember Me, Queen for the Day, Black Rose and Friday Night Party. I used Barielle Greenwich Village for the light colored dotting.


Water marble nail art using Barielle
Water marble nail art using Barielle

Water marble nail art using Barielle
Water marble nail art using Barielle
I always use distilled, room temperature water for marbling. Putting scotch tape around my nails helps with clean up.

These polishes were sent to me for an honest review. All opinions are my own.


Water marbling and dotting with Zoya

Monday, October 29, 2012

Water marbling - it's enough to strike fear in in the heart of most people who have tried it. Every once in a while I get brave and decide to take on the battle of me vs water marbling.

I think I won this battle. I actually like how it came out! I used Zoya Natty and Purity.

Water marble using Zoya nail polishes
Water marble using Zoya nail polishes


I use a small condiment cup or a shot glass filled with distilled water for my marbling. The smaller area seems to give me a little more control over my design.

After I had marbled all of my nails I decided to use some dots. I really like the dots in the design. An added bonus of dotting is that you can conceal imperfections like bubbles with the dots.



Simple is enough - Dots and stripes

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

I often have to remind myself that simple is nice. Rather than trying to create a complicated manicure I decided to fall back on something that I know works well - dots and stripes.

For this manicure I used a base color of Barielle Wrap me in Ribbon. It is a rich and shimmery burgundy/wine color. After the base color dried I applied curved stripes and dots using Barielle Brown Sparkles. It is a gorgeous shimmery light shade of bronze. You can make your own dotting tools using everyday items around your house. If you want to learn more about that see my post here.

Dots and stripes nail art using Barielle nail polish
Dots and stripes nail art using Barielle nail polish

Dots and stripes nail art using Barielle nail polish
Dots and stripes nail art using Barielle nail polish
These polishes were purchased by me and all opinions are my own.

Fall colors plus dots and stripes equal a sleek mani

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

I love Spring colors but it is time for me to embrace Fall. Although it isn't quite time for sweaters and boots it is getting close. So I pulled out the Barielle Fall/Winter 2012 Collections and set my mind to create an appropriate manicure.

A base color of Barielle "One Shade of Gray" and a quick swipe on the side with "Soho at Night." Then using a striping brush I applied two strokes of "Greenwich Village." A dotting tool with "Greenwich Village" and "Soho at Night" completed the design. I topped it off with a top coat of Seche Vite Fast Dry Top Coat.



Dots and stripes nail art using Barielle polish
Dots and stripes nail art using Barielle polish

Barielle polishes are  “3-free” philosophy on formulation: absolutely none of Barielle’s products contain Formaldehyde, Toluene or Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP).

Barielle polishes can be purchased at Barielle.com for $8.


These polishes were sent to me for an honest review and the opinions given are my own.

Zoya Perrie with stripes and dots

Monday, September 10, 2012

I couldn't decide what to do to my nails tonight. So when I have that dilemma I usually go random. So here are my random stripes and dots.

Let me say that Perrie has a wonderful formula. It applied wonderfully and dried quickly. Two coats gave me amazing coverage and a high gloss shine.

Then I made random stripes with a striping brush using Milani White on the Spot. A few dots of the dotting tool and I was done. Well almost... I thought it needed something to make it pop. So I added a stripe of Zoya Daul for a little bit of subtle glitz. I like the end result.

Zoya Perrie with random stripes and dots.
Zoya Perrie with random stripes and dots.

Barielle Dotticure

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

I hope everyone had a wonderful Labor Day weekend. It may be the last hooray of the summer but you can sport flowers on your nails any day of the year.

I used all Barielle polishes for this "dotticure." The base color is Island Breeze. The pink flower petals are Cherry Cordial and the gray dots are Snow Day. I just realized how Snow Day isn't indicative of summer weather but it does look nice on the teal and pink.

If you don't have dotting tools you can make your own with various items found around the house - Toothpicks, bobby pins and even ink pens.

Dotted flower nail art using Barielle polish
Barielle dotted flowers

What are your homemade tools for dotting?

Simple is sweet - holo nail art

Saturday, September 1, 2012

After doing a detailed mani and realizing it was extremely busy I decided to play around with my holographic polishes. I have the house to myself this weekend and get to play with polish. Life is good.

Holographic China Glaze Kaleidoscope Him Out and He's Going in Circles.
Holographic China Glaze Kaleidoscope Him Out and He's Going in Circles.

Holographic China Glaze Kaleidoscope Him Out and He's Going in Circles.
Holographic China Glaze Kaleidoscope Him Out and He's Going in Circles.


For this I started with a base of China Glaze He's Going in Circles. For the diagonal tips I used scotch tape and then applied Kaleidoscope Him Out. The difference between the two colors is extremely subtle. Then I used gold and blue striping polish. A few dots of China Glaze BFF and it was complete. Well, it still needed a top coat. But simple it is.

What are your simple yet effective polish secrets?


Who is up for a road trip? Step by step guide

I have had this idea in my head for a while. It honestly looked better in my head. I think this is kind of cheesy even though it is cute. I was going to use my acrylic paints but I put them away in a safe place. It's so safe I can't even find it!

So I used nail polish, dotting tools, striping brushes and Qtips for this.

Road trip nail art
Road trip nail art

To start off I used a base color of Nicole OPI Nothing Kim-pares to Blue

Then I used a nail art brush and striped on the road using Zoya Noot.


For the clouds I used Milani White on the Spot and a Qtip.


I used a yellow striping brush to draw the yellow stripes in the road.


For the car I used Milani Rapid Cherry and a flat nail art brush.


To add a little detail to the car I dotted black for the wheels, white for the hubcaps and headlight and brushed on gray for the window.


Then I used a green striping brush for the grass and a black striping brush for the tree trunks and branches.


Then I used a dotting tool to add the flowers and the green on the trees. I added a bird using the black striping polish.

Road trip nail art
Road trip nail art
My thumb.


Then I added a topcoat and I am done.

Road trip nail art
Road trip nail art


Bees are buzzing... Nail art step-by-step

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Well the nights are cooler and summer is about over here in Wyoming. We may have another two months of decent weather or we might only have one month. So I am protesting the fact that Fall is approaching by staying in Summer mode. So I have some bright summery nail art to share with you.

Bright flowers on green stems with a bumblebee... These were a lot of fun and actually quite easy. As always when I try to do a step-by-step post I get absorbed in the mani and forget to take pictures of steps.


Flowers and bee nail art
Flowers and bee nail art
I started off with a base color of Deborah Lippman  "Let's hear it for the boy." Forgive the messiness. I never worry about being neat when I am doing nail art. I just clean up good with a brush later. Too many times I have done a few nails and decided I seriously didn't like it and started over.


Then I used a green striping brush and applied three "stems." Different angles and thicknesses are okay. It provides some realism.


Then I used a dotting tool and Milani "White on the Spot" to start the flowers.


I used a different sized dotting tool and added dots of Zoya "Creamy" to provide the yellow in the flower. I mixed a little of Zoya "Creamy" and "Arizona" and used a larger dotting tool to make an oblong shape for the bee's body.


Then using a dotting tool and Milani "Black Swift" I added a dot on one side of the orange oblong shape to make the bee's head.


This is where I got completely focused and forgot to take photos. But it really was easy. I used a thin striping brush to paint on the three stripes for the body. I also drew on the antenna, feet and stinger. Not hard, but make sure you hold your tongue just right! Half circles meeting in the middle compose the wings. I added a tiny dot of white for the bee's eye and I was done!

Flowers and bee nail art
Flowers and bee nail art

Connecting the dots

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Several bloggers decided to have a "Dotticure" collaborative weekend posting. And I bet you can't guess what the theme is... Yep, you got it... Dots.

Sometimes simple is better and that's what I was going for in this manicure. To be honest I couldn't bring myself to do flowers again.

I had to make myself leave this one alone. I always think "Oh, I will just add..." and then I ruin it because I have tried to add too much.

I used Barielle Swizzle Stix and Milani White on the Spot for the dots.



Barielle Swizzle Stix with Milani White on the Spot dotting

Check out some of the other dotted manis from these great bloggers.


Dotting always has a life of it's own

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

I couldn't decide what design to put on my nails today so I decided on dots. Dots are always creative and look different every time.

Flowers with dotting tools  - nail art
Flowers with dotting tools


I used Barielle U-Concrete-Me for the base. It's a wonderful light gray that is the perfect canvas for nail art.

For the light blue petals I used Barielle Swizzle Stix - It's a great light blue cream. For the dark blue center of the petals I used Elle Seaside Chic. And for the center of the flowers and the random dots I used Barielle Berry Go Round.

I am pretty pleased with the way it turned out. Using dotting tools is relatively easy and I have found the best way is to quickly dab the dot. Occasionally I get the spacing off though.

What designs do you dot?


Using Hits for dotting flower nail art.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

After swatching like crazy I wanted to do something special. So I decided to leave on Chayene 04 and add flowers with the Hits polishes. I love it!

I used Hits Chayene 04 for the base color.
Hits Pedra Do Sol and Alana for the flowers.
Hits Chayene 02 for the flower's center.

I love the look. I will definitely add these to my nail art idea book.

Hits polishes are available at Llarowe. Llarowe is a one-stop shop for specialty nail polishes that aren't available in stores.

Dotting is a relatively easy method of nail art. Let me know what you think please.


Nail art using Hits nail polish.

The products in this post were sent to me for review.  I was not paid for my review of this product and all opinions are my own.

Ozotic 743 and 744 swatches

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Ozotic - it has a wonderful ring to it. I have for you today two wonderful polishes from the Ozotics 700 collection - 743 and 744. These are chrome polishes that catch and reflect the light. 
Ozotic polishes are available at Llarowe. Llarowe is a one-stop shop for specialty nail polishes that aren't readily available in stores.
 
As I was swatching these I couldn't help but wonder "What happens if I dot with multi-chromes?" You will find the answer to that and the photo at the end of this post.
 
Let's move on to the swatches.
 
Ozotic 744 is a wonderful, rich shade of light purple chrome. This is a gorgeous color and has a subtle hint of pink.
 
Ozotic 744 nail polish
Ozotic 744
 
Ozotic 744 nail polish
Ozotic 744
Ozotic 743 is a wonderful shade of a muted aqua blue. Quite a stunning color.
 
Ozotic 743 nail polish
Ozotic 743

Ozotic 743 nail polish
Ozotic 743
Now, for my dotting experiment. I used Hits Cutie Pie for the flowers and Hits Trendy for the center of the flower. The dots appear as almost a three-dimensional addition to the overall look. I am definitely going experiment more with this.

Dotting with multi-chromes
Dotting with multi-chromes
 
Bottom line: This was my first experience with Ozotics and I can guarantee you it isn't my last. I now have some from the discontinued 500 series that I have added to my collection and aare calling my name. is available at shop.llarowe,com for $14.50.

The products in this post were sent to me for review.  I was not paid for my review of this product and all opinions are my own.
 
 

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