Nail Art Earrings part deux

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I have my second pair of nail art earrings to show you!  The first one is here.  For this pair I used some little wooden pendants that my dad cut for me to use as earrings.  They are rectangle and circle shapes and he drilled tiny holes for the earring clasps. He sanded them, but I also used a nail file to smooth some of the corners.  Then I grabbed my nail polish and started decorating them!

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I painted the wooden squares with black wet n wild nail polish called Ebony Hates Chris.  Then I stamped the rectangles using blue Keks by Butter London along with my MoYou Pro Collection 04 stamp.  The squishy stamper kinda went wooooosh sideways… you can see my stamps are a little off-center.  😦 But still, I love how the Butter London stamps over the black.  I tried this combo one time before when I reviewed some MoYou London items.  It looked wicked, but you couldn’t really tell since it was only on my thumbs.  (here’s a pic! check out my thumb!)  I just knew I had to try that black n blue combo again.  So I did. I also added a few rhinestones to my earrings that I stuck on with clear nail polish.   Lastly, I attached some fishhook earring clasps, and there ya have it.  My Butter London Earrings.

Thank for stopping by and I hope to see you tomorrow. I have a new underside mani to show you!  Then later this weekend I’ve got a gradient for our Nail Art Ideas Linkup.  Ta-ta!

Butter London Double Take Ice Duo – Bluecoat and Leccy

butter london double takeToday I’m showing you some more goodies that I won from nailpolishcanada‘s holiday nail art contest.  I don’t wanna be a bragger but you really need to see this cool Butter London ICE DUO that I won!  It contains two full-size bottles of nail lacquer: Bluecoat (opaque navy) and Leccy (flakie topcoat).  Let’s first look at Bluecoat…

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Shown in these photos is one coat of Sally Hansen basecoat, two coats of Bluecoat and one coat of Seche topcoat.  Although Bluecoat is very opaque I did need two coats to eliminate a few bald spots.  It’s a gorgeous deep navy with a slight shimmer running through it.  The shimmer is a cross between dark blue and teal but is pretty similar to the navy base color which gives it a nice subtle glowing effect.  I love blue nail polish!

bluecoat butter londonI quickly got a lot of tip wear while wearing Bluecoat though.  I painted my nails at 10pm and by lunchtime the next day my mani looked 2 or 3 days old.  I dunno!

Now let’s look at Leccy, a sheer opal fleck topcoat.  Did you know that LECCY is a British slang term for ‘electricity’?  I learn something new everyday!  Leccy is hard to photograph since the multi-colored flecks looked drowned out on camera.  But it sure doesn’t look drowned out in real life!  Here’s a pic of Leccy in natural lighting outside…leccy in natural lighting

Leccy dried a little rough since some of the glitter shards lifted up around the edges.  I added a healthy dose of topcoat but there were still a few jagged edges poking through.  It didn’t really bother me though.

Leccy didn’t really excite me at first glance, but once I got it on my nail I really liked it a lot.  It has an edgier feel than your typical flakie.  And it totally comes to life in dim lighting.  Check out this pic that I took at night in the dark living room.  It’s blurry but you’ll see what I mean..

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What do you think of this duo?  You can never have too many Butter Londons, amiright?  They have a red one called the Fire Duo too…but I’m glad I won the blue one since I always feel sassy wearing blue.  LOL

I also want to mention…did you see that our Nail Art Ideas Linkup for January started up??  The theme for this NAIL_Linkup_January_Wallweek’s nail art is Health & Wellness.  I am stumped, which is weird considering I was the one who came up with that theme when Brijit and Jemma and I were brainstorming.  Oh, the irony !  I am hitting up the gym after work today so I’m determined to find some inspiration there.  When it comes to getting into shape I am more the type to workout every day until I collapse rather than counting every calorie I eat… so I’m sure my design will have something to do with physical fitness.  Stay tuned for my next post to see what weirdness I come up with!

‘Til then!

Nail Art Ideas Linkup – Sports Theme!

Hi everyone!! The sports theme for NAIL opened up yesterday and although I don’t watch much sports on tv… I do like to play them sometimes.  Bowling has been a part of my life since I was a kid- so how about some bowling nails?  I had the idea in my head that painting bowling pins would look super cute.. so here’s my attempt!

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You can see in the pic that I’m holding a skinny little bottle of Essence Tip Painter.  It has a super thin brush that’s supposed to be used for painting on french manicure tips.  Well lemme tell you, this thing came in so handy for painting the bowling pins!  I love how teeny tiny the brush is, so I actually cleaned it with acetone and used it again with black nail polish to make outlines around the pins.  I also used it to outline the bowling ball and then l painted inside of the ball with Orly Sweet Peacock.  I couldn’t decide what to do with my accent nail so I did a glitter sandwich!  I just piled on layer after layer of different glitter topcoats til it looked super glitzy.  Afterall, bowling is a glitzy and glamorous sport, no?  LOL, not quite.

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FYI- my base color is Butter London Tea With the Queen which dried so slow!!  Is it just my bottle, or is this stuff really slow to dry?  I did one coat of Tea With the Queen on both hands last night, and then another coat today.  But the Butter London never seemed to dry on either hand.  And I’ll be honest, I didn’t paint bowling pins on my right hand, that hand only had the two coats of Butter London.  Even 2 hours after applying my second coat, it was tacky and I could scrape the polish right off with the tip of my fingernail.  I just sat here and scraped it all off.  Even my bowling nails on my left hand (which had seche vite on top) all scraped right off too.  I’m not sure what the deal is.  Do any of you experience this with Tea With the Queen or is my bottle defective or something?

If you’d like to do a sports-themed manicure for Nail Art Ideas Linkup you have til Sept 15th- here’s the link:

Also- voting for last week’s NAIL Genius is opened up!  The theme was BACK TO SCHOOL and everyone can cast up to three votes if you’d like.  Here’s the gallery of manis to vote on your fave NAIL Genius: BACK TO SCHOOL THEME- VOTE NOW!