Milani Texture Swatch- Purple Streak

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I’ve got a fun purple polish on today!  It’s Milani Nail Lacquer in Purple Streak from their Texture collection.  As far as textures go… I think this polish is a great value!  It’s more affordable than some others (nails inc and zoya pixie dust- I’m talking to you!) and it should be easy to find if you have a Walgreens near you. Purple Streak only needed two coats to be opaque and it dried really fast!  Needless to say, I’m happy with this one!  This purple has a cool (almost eery) look to it.  I’ll have to remember to pull this one out at Halloween and pair it with a funky green or something!

This is only the second textured polish that I’ve tried (I previously swatched some Godiva Pixie Dust here).  And I still have to try out my new bottle of L.A. Girl Sandblast-  it looks similar to Milani in that it doesn’t have glitter.  So which textured polishes have you tried?

Porcelain-Look Nails

Hi y’all!  Did anyone watch the finale of The Office last night?  It made me laugh and cry- what a great finish to an awesome series!  I can’t believe it’s over!  Now I might have to track down some prior seasons of the British series to make sure I get my Office fix!forget-me-not_blue_avon_ch44

I painted my nails while watching the finale and I used one of my new favorite polishes from AVON- Forget-Me-Not Blue.  This shade is amazing!  It’s a one-coater and dries pretty fast.  From far away it looks like navy blue, but up close you see some teal shimmer.  The formula is thick and opaque and it’s also perfect for nail art.  In fact, I’ve been very impressed with all my recent avon nail polishes lately.  I’ll be putting an order in with my avon lady soon for some of their new holographic polishes from a line called ‘cosmic’ .  Can’t wait for those babies to arrive!

Some of my other recent purchases include a 26- plate set of Cheeky Stamping Plates.  Cheeky is rumored to have some of the largest designs on the market which is ideal for ladies with long or wide nails.  I love my cheeky set but deciding on a design is so much harder now that I have a good selection of plates to choose from lol!  I decided to go with this floral design using CH44.  I used Konad special polish in white and I like how it looks like porcelain when paired with the blue.  Stamping- I love you!  What did us nail fanatics do before stamps came out???

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Funky Fingers Mood Ring and panel nail art

I was lucky enough to win In The Gray Area’s 300 follower giveaway!  How exciting!  And I’m so grateful!  Today I’m sharing one of the polishes I received in my nail mail package.  It’s called Mood Ring by Funky Fingers.  I love it!  I wore this for 24hrs and got a bunch of random compliments on it.  It’s kinda funny that strangers don’t comment on my nail art… they usually only compliment me when I’m wearing a solid color.  Hope that doesn’t mean that my nail art sucks lol!

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A day later I wanted to spice up my mood ring manicure… so I went with some boxes that I call ‘panels’.  I don’t know… they need a name, so panels sounds good enough.  Last time I did my PINK PANELS they were pretty popular so I figured I’d give it another go.  For this design I chose colors that usually show up when I wear a real mood ring:  blue, purple and green.  I used a dotting tool and China Glaze First Mate (blue), Dutch ‘Ya Just Love OPI? (purple), and Sally Hansen Emerald City (green).  I didn’t take as much care when doing this design since last time it took foreverrrrr….  so I worked quickly and here’s the results….

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The panels aren’t too symmetrical- but it still looks cool and I like the color combo.  I can’t wait to try my other polishes that I won in the giveaway!

A Lovely Award and Some Lovely Nail Spam!

Just a quick post to thank a few bloggers for recently nominated me for the One Lovely Blog Award!  I read each and every one of their lovely blogs!  Here’s a special shout out to these ladies for nominating me:

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Short & Sweet in Texas

Ooh La La Nails

buy ALL  the colors!

The Nail Boss

Nail Art for Dummies

DailySofia

Award Rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you
  2. Add the ”One Lovely Blog Award” image to your post
  3. Share 7 things about you
  4. Pass the award on to seven nominees
  5. Inform your nominees by posting a comment on their blogs

Here’s who I nominate:

Maiden Aunt

everysensory

Polish Me, Please!

PROMAKEUPME

Pocket Money Polishes

In The Gray Areas

Here’s my 7 random facts:

  1. I played field hockey and basketball in high school.  Field hockey I can live without, but sometimes I miss playing basketball all the time.
  2. I’m seriously thinking about getting one of those fitness gadgets that you wear 24hrs.  Like maybe FitBit, Nike Fuelband or the Jawbone UP.  Did you know some of them monitor your sleep and have an alarm that won’t wake you up til you reach the correct sleep cycle?  I need all the help I can get when it comes to waking up in the AM!
  3. I have become addicted to seltzer lately.  Water, tea and seltzer are my faves.
  4. I have the weirdest dreams and remember most of them in the morning.
  5. My favorite nail polish brand is Orly.  But they recently changed the design of their bottle and cap?  This is upsetting to me.
  6. If I ever have a son he will probably be very tall and blond and I wanna name him THOR… but I bet my friends and family won’t let me 😦
  7. My name is Jacqueline but the shortened version is JACQUI.  Everyone spells it like the more common version: JACKIE.  My name is misspelled so often I don’t even notice it anymore!

Here’s some random pics of my nails… a lil spam is always nice!

Orly Gumdrop… a nice cream turquoise.  I used this as the base for my AriZona Green Tea Nails

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OPI Elephantastic Pink… a beautiful vibrant pink.  I used this color for my crazy underside mani

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Nautical nails using my new Cheeky stamping plates (CH36 and CH38)↓

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Thanks for reading… and thanks for thinking my blog is lovely!!  Muah!

Fugly Multi-Layered Sally Hansen Ruffian

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Hey everyone!  Today I’ve got a funky ruffian design for you!  I got the idea from my friend Amy over at Ooh La La Nails who did this cool design a few weeks ago: Rainbow Mani.  I decided to use a whole bunch of my Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Nail Colors for this ruffian.  I went with colors that do not coordinate at all so it would look crazy and kinda fugly.  In case you are wondering- yes, I did this on purpose!  LOL

This mani took well over two hours and there’s 11 coats of polish including base and top coats!  I only did two nails like this on my other hand since it was hard to paint with my left hand and it took forever.  I learned an important lesson while working on this ruffian- I need to tie my hair up in a ponytail before working on my nails!  My long hair was hanging all over the place while I was painting so my boyfriend kindly put a headband in my hair to help me out.  But the headband didn’t cut it, and my hanging hair strands got stuck on my thumb nail while waiting for my topcoat to dry.  UGH!!  My thumb design got messed up so I painted it blue along with the other fingers on my right hand that didn’t have ruffian painted on them.  The trials and tribulations of a nail painter!!

I made sure to alternate application of creams and shimmer polishes so the colors contrasted against each other.  I think it worked, as this may be my craziest mani yet!  Here’s the colors I used….

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Gold ♥ Golden-I

Red Cherry Red

Silver  Gunmetal

Pink  Bubblegum Pink

Green  Emerald City

Yellow  Mellow Yellow

Purple  Plum Power

Blue  Blue Me Away!

Batik Galaxy Nails with Moons and Stars

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Today’s nails are inspired by the cute hippie curtains that I have hanging on my bedroom windows!  Here’s a pic of them- they’re batik tie dye panel curtains…

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I think I did a good job replicating them!  I started with two coats of my L.A. Girl 3D Effects Hologram Nail Polish called Brilliant Blue.  Then I sponged on a bit of a black holo from the same collection called Black Illusion and also some NYC called Black Lace Creme.  The moons were dotted on with a large dotting tool and some white wet n wild polish.  Then I overlapped half of that white dot with a Brilliant Blue dot to make the crescent shape. That was easy!  I made the stars with white polish and my smallest dotting tool.  I was afraid they’d be difficult, but the tiny head of the dotting tool worked really well to shape the five points of the stars.  I added some seche vite topcoat and now I’ve got some awesome galaxy nails!  The only thing that would make them cooler is if the moons and stars glowed in the dark!

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Easy Watercolor Nail Art Tutorial

Ok, this is one of my faves!! It’s easy peasy lemon squeezey and gives such an awesome effect!!  Like an artist’s palette!

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Step 1 ♥ Paint all your nails white and wait for it to dry.  I know, waiting is hard….so you can use a quick dry topcoat to speed it up if you’d like.

Step 2 ♥ Dab some nail polish onto your 1st white nail using the regular nail polish brush from your bottle- no special tools required!   I used 5 colors and just splotched it on kinda thick and did not overlap the colors.  Just apply enough splotches of color to cover the nail.  I probably did about 7 splotches on my nail.  Some colors I dabbed on once, others I dabbed on twice.  It’s all random and quick and easy.

Step 3 ♥ Take a small piece of saran wrap, plastic wrapper or whatever (I used small snack baggies cut into thirds) and place it over your wet nail.  You can either pull down on the plastic wrap (almost as if you were wrapping your fingertips tightly with the plastic wrap), or simply press down on top of the plastic.  Either way, you will get the same effect- the dabs of polish will get smooshed by the pressure and when you pull the plastic off you will have a beautiful watercolor effect!!  Here’s what my plastic looked like when I pulled it off my nail.

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Step 4 ♥  Repeat step 3 to color your other nails. Make sure to do one nail at a time since you want the polish wet when you apply the plastic.

Step 5 ♥  Clean up around your cuticles if the nail polish bled onto your skin at all.  And then topcoat your nails with clear polish to lock in your watercolor nails.

And that’s it!!!  How lovely (and simple!) is this nail design?  It’s perfect for spring!

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yellow AVON Inspire

pink → Zoya Sweet

blue Sephora by OPI Natural Environ-mint

green NYC Tudor City teal

purple Sephora by OPI It’s Hippo To Be Square