Saturday, April 7, 2012

Nails of the Day-Easter Manis

Hello Loves
Gabbz here again.......HAPPY EASTER!!!

Isn't this baby chick the cutest?!?!

Today I wanted to share with you 3 Easter manicures my mom and myself have been and will be wearing for easter.

First I'll start off by saying that all 3 manicures started with 1 coat of Maybelline Express Finish in Brilliant Sparkle. I wanted the nails to look like an eggshell-ish color so I decided to go with this pretty milky opalescent color.

Brilliant Sparkle is very sheer as you can see but you can see the pink sheen.

Brilliant Sparkle indoors with flash
and all manicures started off with 1 coat of China Glaze Strong Adhesion Base Coat

Before we get to the fun manicures. Here's what I used for some or all.
Sinful Colors in Mint Apple. ULTA nail Lacquer in Last Fling,Before the Ring, Hard Candy in Sky, Sinful Colors in White and a peachy pink color(name came off) ULTA in Limelight, LA Colors Art Deco in Baby Pink, Yellow, Bright Orange, Intense Pink, China Glaze Fairy Dust. I also used this dotting tool set I bought on Ebay and an 18/10 Loew-Cornell Spotter brush from Michael's.

So the first look is a Speckled Egg manicure. I just dabbed different color polishes onto a piece a paper and dipped a large end from one of the dotting tools and made dots on all nails. Then I took the smaller end of the tool and did the same thing. If you don't have a dotting tool it's ok, I've used toothpicks and an end of a bobby pin to achieve dots.

After they were dried I used 1 coat of Fairy Dust and finished it with 1 coat of Sheche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat.

The next look is one I did on my Mom's hands. I made them look like little Easter eggs on her nails.

My mom had painted her nails with Brilliant Sparkle. I told her I was going to do an Easter egg mani but wasn't sure how it would look so she she left me use her as a guinea pig lol.

I painted her nails as you can see with Baby Pink, Mint Apple, Yellow, and Last Fling and the peachy pink polish. For the zigzags I used the art Deco polishes and used the dotting tools for the dots on the nails.

And because I'm obsessed with glitter I used 1 coat of Fairy Dust and finished it with a coat of Seche Vite.

And lastly the look I will have on for Easter Sunday . I decided to do a water marble mani. I've done a couple of these looks in the past and you can see a how to I did here.

I used 4 colors for this look. The peachy pink, Sky, Last Fling and Mint Apple.
It was so nice and sunny outside so I took these in my back yard.
The only think I didn't like were the bubbles, but I have a solution fot that ;)

I like that each nail is different.
Here are both hands, indoors with flash

And the fix to all or most nail imperfections....GLITTER!!!! lol I used 1 coat of, you guessed it, Fairy Dust.

Here they are all done up and in the Sun

And again here are both hands topped with Seche Vite.

What do you think? There's a little something for everyone :)

Hope you all have or are having a great Easter Weekend!!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

China Glaze: The Hunger Games-Stone Cold

Gabbz here :)

Keeping with the whole Hunger Games theme, today I have a China Glaze polish from the Capitol Colors Collection. This collection consists of 12 polishes, each color corresponding each district in The Hinger Games.I promised myself that I was only going to purchase colors I "needed" and will actually wear lol.

So from this collection I purchased 5 out of the 12 colors. Today I will show you Stone Cold. Stone cold represents district 2, the masonry/stone mining district. Which I think this color if very fitting.

Stone Cold has a matte polish. I was a little iffy about getting this color because it was matte but you can always use a topcoat and make it glossy. Stone Cold is a very dark/charcoal gray with medium sized silver glitter. I did find that it went on a little patchy at first. I think maybe I was waiting to long to apply it because it seemed to be drying and would drag. But it that can also be that I had my ceiling fan on the whole time...oopsie. Other than that it's a very nice polish. I thought it would be rough for some reason but it wasn't, it was very smooth.

Let's get on with the pictures!

Here's 1 coat of Stone cold. Over 1 coat of China Glaze Strong Adhesion Base Coat.

In the picture above you can see some of the patchiness I was referring to, especial in the pinky nail

This picture is 2 coats. No patchiness :)

Here it is with flash. I'm very happy I purchased this color. Especially since it's a matte finish. I'm all about the sparkle and shine, but I love it.
(indoors w/flash)

Without flash but under a lamp

I was trying to show the matte finish.

And of course I had to add a topcoat
Here it is again with the flash

Take a look at the closeup shot taken under the lamp. I love that when you add the topcoat the silver glitter pops. It even made the polish look black than a charcoal gray.

Here's the finished look :)

So what do you think? Did any of you pick up any of the China Glaze Capitol colors? If so, which one is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below.