15 minutes to Funky Fingers

Ok, here’s the scenario.  It’s late at night.  You are about to fall asleep but you are trying to catch up on the last few episodes of How I Met Your Mother.  Cuz if you don’t finish watching them then the damn internet will ruin the surprise finale ending for you.  But but but…your nail polish is chipping like mad! And if you don’t paint your nails tonight then all day tomorrow you will be picking at them and they’ll look like ars.  Shows to watch, nails to paint, but you have to get your beauty rest too!  Talk about first world problems!

Since I was so short on time, I came up with this easy 15 minute mani.  I did it during commercials!!  I didn’t quite make it to the finale ending either, so don’t ruin it for me!  I just need to stay away from web browsers for the rest of the day!

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Here’s how I did this funky 15 minute mani!

  • I started with a base coat of Sally Hansen Maximum Growth.
  • Then I did two coats of my Funky Fingers purple duochrome called Venom.
  • Next I used a black striper polish to make three random brush strokes in the corner of my nails.
  • Then I used OPI’s Push and Shove with a striper brush to make three silver strokes over top of the black ones.
  • For some added bling I dabbed some clear polish and then stuck 4 glequins near the base of each of my brush stroke clusters.
  • Lastly, I finished with a healthy coat of seche vite topcoat.

It’s funny how a quick n dirty mani like this one comes out so cute even though I didn’t plan it out or spend much time on it.  And the seche vite dries so quickly you can do this right before bed and you won’t mess it up while you sleep.  Ah Seche, you’ve changed my life! And I’m never looking back.

So did anyone see the finale of How I met Your Mother?  Don’t ruin the surprise, but was it any good??

 

Day 6 of OMD Challenge- BAM Neon Cloud Mani!

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Welcome to day 6 of the OMD Challenge!  I’m psyched that today is NEON DAY since I have always been a huge fan of neon polishes.  The brighter, the better!  I love wearing nails that are eye catching.  I spend a lot of time on my nails- so I guess I want people to see them?  Hehehe.  Do you feel the same way?

I have the perfect polish for today’s theme!  It’s a bright green from Funky Fingers called Limelight.  I went with a ‘cloud mani’ for this design.  Have you ever tried it?  If not, you gotta!  It’s so simple and no special tools required!  Here’s an excellent photo tutorial on Nailside blog.

For this design I’m wearing:

Funky Fingers ♥ Limelight (2 easy coats)

NYC ♥ Black Lace Creme

NYC ♥ French White Tip

Cheeky CH47 Plate ♥ BAM stamp applied with Konad black polish

BAM!  It’s so bright and in your face!  Here’s a swatch of Limelight since it’s just so pretty- I couldn’t resist photographing it before I started my nail art.↓  I actually won this green from In The Gray Area’s awesome giveaway!  I feel like I could do a whole month’s worth of posts using all the cool polishes that J sent me.  15 in total!  So, if you’re out there and you haven’t won a giveaway yet- keep trying!  YOUR DAY WILL COME!  Maybe you will enter the OMD challenge and win the giveaway at the end?  Ya never know!  😀

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You can see the other designs here:
6. Neon :

And here’s the themes for the upcoming days:

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My interwebz are down but my nails are painted!

It seems like I have been absent on my blog the last few days…. but the real issue is my internet service!  I’ve only had very intermittent internet connectivity in the last week… but don’t worry- I’ve still been painting my nails!  I have been extremely frustrated this week but there is some value to the saying: keep calm and paint your nails!!  If you don’t wanna hear all about my technology woes- then scroll straight down to my nail pics.  But if you want to be a shoulder for me to cry on… then keep reading!

Ya see recently I upgraded my Time Warner cable internet from standard to ULTIMATE!  Sounds great right?  Well, ever since hooking it up we have had a heck of a time connecting our month-old HP Pavilion desktop to the ethernet.  After much troubleshooting we have gotten it to the point where our wireless works fine on our tablet and WiiU console, but the hp desktop will NOT connect via the ethernet.  We have looked for malware and viruses, bought a brand new expensive modem/router, restored the desktop to factory settings, swapped cables, etc…  but to no avail.  I have had time warner internet come out to the house twice and have spent hours and hours on the phone with them and every other company I can think of.  Nothing works and it all seems to boil down to an hp (hardware?) issue.  I have already been on the phone for hours today, so I’m taking a break to update my blog and get the nail art challenge info rolled out.  But my next step is to call hp AGAIN and harass them- I won’t take NO for an answer this time.  I deserve some support since the desktop is new and under warranty.  Every other company I have called in the last week has attempted to help (especially Norton Security… this guy Norman went above and beyond to help me troubleshoot an issue that wasn’t even virus-related).  HP- now it’s your turn to be the hero.  Please don’t let me down this time!   The OMD nail art challenge starts today and I need my interwebz!  And if any of my readers have any recommendations or tips- I would love to hear them!!

Now that I got that off my shoulders- do you wanna see the nails I’ve been wearing the last few days?

Recently I have renewed my love for Zentangle®.  Have you heard of it?  It’s a cool trademarked drawing/doodling technique that is easy to do and is supposed to be relaxing and mentally stimulating.  I just love it!

The Zentangle® Method was created by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas and is copyrighted. Zentangle® is a registered trademark of Zentangle, Inc. Learn more at zentangle.com or view their blog- http://zentangle.blogspot.com.

I have the Zentangle 5 book which I ordered on Amazon a while ago…and I’ve been reading through it a lot lately.  When I saw the accordian design in my book I thought I could simulate that on my nails with a Sally Hansen nail art pen.  So here’s what I came up with. ↓

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And here’s another shot of my zentangle-inspired nail art. ↓

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Pretty cool, huh?  It’s sorta shaky looking, but not bad for my first try.  I like how my Sally Hansen Nail Art Pen doesn’t smudge under my topcoat. 🙂  The base color on this mani is gorgeous too!  It’s called Primrose by Funky Fingers.  It’s a pink shade with an amazing lilac duochrome effect.  Other swatches online don’t look as duochrome-y as mine.  Maybe I lucked out with this bottle?  I’m not sure, but my primrose is magical (it dried fast too)!   Here’s a swatch of Funky Fingers Primrose on its own. ↓

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Another design I’ve been excited to try is a 4th of July mani!  I had so many great ideas, none of which worked out for some reason.  I really wanted to try a watercolor design that looked like an American flag… but it turned out to be a fail.  So here’s a quick dotticure I threw together instead.  It wasn’t quite good enough to deserve its own Independence Day post… but if I mix it in with my zentangle pics maybe it will seem ok?  LOL!

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I also want to mention how happy I am to host The OMD Challenge with Brijit and Eeeek!  It’s going to be a blast.  Who’s joining in this July?  It’s almost time for DAY 1 (which is PINK) !

OMD NAIL ART CHALLENGE IN JULY

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!