Feeling girlie with glitter and Rainbow Honey

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

I am usually not a glitter kind of girl. Don't get me wrong. I love micro-glitter, but the larger glitters have never been my thing. Rainbow Honey's Hanami isn't a large glitter but consists of varying sizes of glitter goodness. But even this would have been too much for me... before now. I am becoming converted by all the wonderful indie glitters out there. Maybe it's just the warming weather - or maybe I am just starting to like them more and more. 

Rainbow Honey's Hanami over an unknown brand of pink.
Hanami is a perfect mix of shapes and sizes. As I am writing this post and checking links I see a new polish by her called "Pinkie Promise." It is now a lemming! Anyway, back to my post about Hanami. It dries quickly and doesn't have a gritty finish. Granted, it's glitter so it is going to be somewhat gritty -- but it was easily smoothed by a coat of Seche Vite Fast Dry topcoat.

Wyoming's dry weather and of course the acetone are doing a number on a cuticles so I am off to moisturize and condition them.

What's your preference on glitter?

Happy Polishing,


Color Club Giveaway

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Color Club Lacquer. I love it. This set is amazingly bright and positively gorgeous. One person will win this set of seven polishes!
Wonderful Color Club set

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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?

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