Aqua Leopard Nails for #NAILLINKUP

Week 2 of the March N.A.I.L. Linkup is AQUA.  I picked through my stash for the best aqua shades (ironically two of them had the word MINT in them.. go figure) and I came up with this cute leopard print.  I only tried leopard one time before, using water-based paints and only on 2 fingers, so hopefully this came out okay!

aqua leopard nails

What I’m wearing:

base color ♥ wet n wild I Need a Refresh-Mint

blue sponged on tips ♥ NYC Skyline Blue

silver spots ♥ OPI Push and Shove

teal glitter ♥ Sinful Colors  Lush Life

black striper polish ♥ L.A. Colors Art Deco in black

aqua leopard nailartI’m excited to wear my new OPI Push and Shove mirror polish!  I haven’t worn it on it’s own yet, and since I’ve been dying to try it, I decided to make my leopard spots with it!  To make my silver spots look even cooler I thought I’d add my Sinful Colors teal glitter in little blobs over top… but unfortunately the sinful formula wasn’t dense enough with glitter.  So I ended up lightly swiping the glitter over the entire nail instead.  Not really the look I was going for since I really only wanted it over the silver, but as I always say… it’s good to want things! Other than that little change in plans, the leopard print was pretty easy to do.  Now I wanna try it again!

aqua leopard nail art I hope you like my first ‘real’ attempt at leopard print!  You can see the other aqua designs right here:

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STAMPING- OPI Chevron for #NAILLINKUP

stamped OPI chevron

This is my first Nail Art Ideas Linkup design for the month of March.  I’m excited for the themes we have this month!  Especially AQUA for some reason . 😀

The theme for week 1 is STAMPING so I reachedbm 423 plate for my new Bundle Monster set!  I finally got the Create Your Own 2013 set that I’ve been lusting after.  I’m so excited to use them all!  For this easy chevron I used plate BM-423.

I’ve never done a traditional chevron using little pieces of zig zaggy tape or anything.  I’ve always felt like if I tried I would screw it up!  Me and tape don’t always get along.  So using a stamping plate instead was the perfect solution for me! I generally have good luck with stamping.

Besides my bundle monster plate, I used three different OPIs for this manicure. I like how the different colors coordinate and clash all at the same time for a cool 80’s vibe.  Here’s what I’m wearing:

♥ Did It On ‘Em ♥ Elephantastic Pink ♥ Haven’t the Foggiest 

chevron mix mani

Thinking of joining in on the March N.A.I.L. fun?  More info right here- NAILLINKUP.  And don’t forget to check out the other stamping manis >>

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MARCH N.A.I.L. Challenge Announcement!

It’s March, lassies!  That means we’ve got another month of fun themes for the Nail Art ideas Linkup! As the old Irish proverb says, “A handful of skill is worth a bagful of gold“*  Don’t be shy, we know you have handfuls of nail art skills!  So show us what you’ve got this month for St Paddy’s Day!  Here are the N.A.I.L. themes:

*you will not get a bagful of gold if you participate in N.A.I.L.

STAMPING (week 1)- Get out your nail stamping plates and share your one-of-a-kind design!  If you don’t have a nail stamping kit then you can stamp something else on your nails.  We are flexible.

AQUA (week 2)- Aquamarine is the birthstone for March babies.  But really this is an excuse to dig out some of our aqua nail polishes.  Honestly, aqua is gorgeous, right?

ST PATRICKS DAY (week 3)- Shamrocks, rainbows, pots of gold, green, green, and more green!  We’re sure you can come up with some fun nails for this holiday!

SPRING FLOWERS (week 4)- For many of us it’s inching towards Spring.  And who doesn’t love flowers?  This theme will get you in the mood for some sunshiney weather.

Here are the rules for Nail Art Ideas Linkup (we like to call it N.A.I.L.)……

    • Do one of the weekly themes, or do them all- it’s up to you!
    • The dates for each week are only suggestions- you can post your nails whenever you want in March.
    • The nail art ideas/themes are open to interpretation.  You can create whatever kind of design you want!  Stamps, stickers, acrylics- they’re all game!
    • We encourage all nail enthusiasts to join in whether you have a blog, FB, IG, Tumblr, etc.
    • Feel free to post our graphic on your site to share the word and use hashtag #NAILLINKUP on your social media.
    • Lastly but most importantly, don’t forget to enter the URL to your nails via the inlinkz below!  They’ll be open all month.

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NAIL ART IDEAS LINKUP is hosted by Brijit, Craftynail and Eeeek.  We are all nice ladies (or at least we’d like to think so LOL) so feel free to contact us if you have any questions at all!  You can also read more info about our monthly N.A.I.L. Linkup on our blog links below.  We look forward to seeing your nails this March!

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Brijit from Brijits Digits

Jacqui from Craftynail

Jemma from Eeeek! Nail Polish! 

Glitter for #NAILLINKUP

Just in the nick of time!  Here’s my GLITTER themed manicure for the February N.A.I.L. Linkup.

I re-sized my pics in a different program and they look a little blurry.  Buuuut I’m happy to say that I was able to take these photos outside in natural light this time!  Some of our snow has melted and I’m venturing outside again.  I emphasize the word SOME when speaking about the snow melting.  There’s still a lot on the ground! Oh, and we’re supposed to get another snowstorm on sunday nite.  Sweeeeet.  Cuz it hasn’t snowed in like what?  At least 5 days now ?

blue and brown glitter french mani

  • I’m wearing one coat of Sally Hansen Hard as Nails as my basecoat.
  • I used one coat of Seche Chic as my nude transparent base color.
  • I applied blue painters tape to section off my tips.
  • Painted my tips a dark brown shimmery color from the Kardashian Cabana Collection called Sunrise.
  • Then I applied three coats of my sparse glitter topper from wet n wild called Stick it to the Man.
  • One coat of seche vite topcoat to smooth it all out.
  • Then I realized it needed something to pull it all together so I added blue dots of Nicole by Opi Pros & Confidence.  Much better!

glitter french

The last time I wore this brown Kardashian color I was disappointed.  The brush was all weird and defective and application was difficult.  I wrote to the Kardashians and Kim promptly mailed me a new one!  Ok, I didn’t write to THE Kardashians… I wrote to their company.  And the ACTUAL Kim didn’t mail me a new product, instead some girl in their customer care department named Kim did.  But still… it was pretty cool, and I appreciate their good customer service.  Here’s the other time I wore this brown: Feathers for Oct NAILLINKUP

February N.A.I.L. is almost over but tomorrow we’ll announce the March themes.  Can’t wait!  And here are all the awesome nail art entries from February.  Talk soon…

February NAILLINKUP

Red :

Valentines Day :

Gradient :

Glitter :

Mediterranean Gradient for #NAILLINKUP

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What I’m wearing:

♥ I used OPI’s My Vampire is Buff as my basecoat

♥ Then I did a gradient using a makeup wedge and a creamy teal called On The Go by Caronia

♥ I stamped over my gradient with Butter London Royal Navy and 4 different full-nail designs from my Bundle Monster BM-404 plate

♥ Lastly I applied quick-dry Seche Vite topcoat over all my nails.  The navy Butter London didn’t smudge at all. 🙂

stamping with gradient thumb

February NAILLINKUPThe idea for this color combo has been swirling around in my head for days… and I see why.   I love how the colors look here!  The cream, teal and navy look perfectly Mediterranean together I think.  I hope you like it too!

Don’t forget to check out all the other entries for N.A.I.L.‘S  gradient theme!  And feel free to join in since the inlinkz are open for the whole month of February!

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Thermal Valentines nails for #NAILLINKUP

I’ve done a bunch of valentines nails so far this year, but I had to squeeze in another for our February Nail Art Ideas Linkup (more info on N.A.I.L. right here)! To make it sexy for the holiday I wanted to incorporate some red, a thermal heat-activated polish, and some hearts!  The two main polishes I used here are Nicole by OPI Challenge Red-y and Black Sheep Lacquer Enter Sandman.  I also did a white accent nail with a red heart outlined with black dots.  The black dots make it look like a digital 8-bit heart!  I really like it!

thermal hearts by craftynail

The thermal polish that I used over all the red nails, even over the white ones, is a translucent light grey color called Enter Sandman.  It’s a thermal topper by Black Sheep Lacquer which is supposed to transform your base color and give it a black thermal effect.  I didn’t get too much thermal effect in my pics though, sorry.  It’s been so cold here in NY (huge snow storm in effect as I write this)!  However, I did notice more thermal action during my kickboxing class yesterday when I was nice n warm (that’s a nice way of saying ‘dripping with sweat’)!  I love the vampiness of this color combo.  The red Nicole by OPI polish with the indie thermal on top looks really hot!  Even the thermal over the white looks kinda cool!  It has a grey faded newspaper look.

thermal heart nails

If you wanna see the other valentines manis for the N.A.I.L. Linkup then here are the links.  They’re open for the whole month of feb if you’d like to enter your nails too…

FEBRUARY 2014

February NAILLINKUPRed :

Valentines Day :

Gradient :

Glitter :

Red nail polish from Brijits Digits for #NAILLINKUP

Week one of the February N.A.I.L. Linkup is all about RED.  Well, I have a gorgeous red indie from Brijits Digits Boutique!  This one is called Yowl and it’s a semi-matte.  You may have seen it before when I wore it with topcoat to make it high gloss (here on my facebook page), but this time I’m wearing Yowl in all it’s glorious semi-matteness….

yowl brijits digitsShown here is three coats of Yowl without topcoat.  It has a semi-matte finish so you can see how silky it is.  I love how the light just skims over the surface of the polish and gives it a softened glow.  It dries fast too!

yowl semi matteYowl would be described as brick or burnt red but it also has a secret shimmer which is so pretty up close….

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Now on to the nail art segment of this post 😉 !!  I went for something super simple since I haven’t been groovin’ on complicated nail art lately.  I wanna keep it quick and easy today.  So for this next design I used a black skinny striper polish from L.A. Colors to make little hearts.  I also did some tiny dots on my accent nail which look so 3D & textured against the smooth finish of the polish.

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red valentines nails

Yowl is such a great polish…. it’s actually part of Brijit’s semi-matte collection.  She has 4 in total listed here-

Yowl

Catcall cool pink with slight blue shimmer

Stone Circle dark blue-ish grey cream

Soft Grey pale grey cream

February NAILLINKUPI’m loving red nails for February!  Are you?

I hope I see more red for the NAIL LINKUP.  Here are the inlinkz…

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