More Blasted Nails! *now with pink!

Yesterday’s blue crackle manicure was a lot of fun for me to wear and I loved it! So I took it off and did another.  (Yup, this only makes sense to those of us who are obsessed.  Because a normal person would KEEP their manicure on if they loved it.) But, I digress…..

Two manicures in a row using the same blue polish? That’s right! Out of all my ‘special’ nail polishes, this previously-untried electric blue crackle is a surprise favorite.  I love when a nail polish comes outta nowhere and knocks your socks off!

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This time I started with a hot pink base color.  This is hot pink is hotter than hot and I love it.  It’s Zoya Ali.  Then I added my crackle- Electric Blue Blasted from Sephora by OPI.  Except for my 2 ring finger accent nails which I painted off-white using OPI My Vampire is Buff.  Then I added a butterfly wing diy decal that I made.  How did I make the decal?  I used my MoYou Pro stamping plate and… ummmm… well, I’m sure I’ve explained it a bunch of times before!  I really should just do a tutorial so I can just insert da link !  For now- here’s Indian Ocean Polish’s tutorial which is great!

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Here’s a side by side comparison of yesterday’s and today’s blasted nails.  One blue nail polish, two looks.  It’s funny that the pics came out almost identical and I didn’t plan it.  Which do you like better- the orange or pink mani?  I’m not the biggest fan of how mix-match manis look on me sometimes… so I’m leaning towards the orange.  But dang, that hot pink!!!  What do you think?

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Blue Blasted Nails

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Check out my blue crackle nails!  I’m wearing my most-used nail polish my base- AVON Orange Creamsicle.  I can’t even count the number of times I’ve used this orange for nail art on this blog.  Then I topped it with a thin coat of Sephora by OPI’s crackle nail polish (they call their crackle line BLASTED) in Electric Blue Blasted.  The blue and orange combo looks rad together!  I’m also very impressed with the formula of sephora’s blasted.  It’s not as thick and clumpy as other brands and application was easy.  I also love the way it crackled.  Win!  Now I’m wondering what other colors to pair under this blue.  What do you think would look nice?  A light purple maybe?

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#31DC2013 – DAY 2 Orange Nails

Hi!  I would like to jump in on Chalkboard Nails’ 31 Day Challenge!  Day two is dedicated to ORANGE so here is my orange mani!

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I know this isn’t my typical crazy Craftynail-style nail art… but sometimes I crave a simple mani. 🙂  I’m wearing two coats of I Think I Cayenne by Sephora by OPI and then I applied some glitter to my tips using Ulta’s Piñata-yada-yada.  This orange is so lovely in the bottle… but on my nails it just looks ok.  Maybe cool colors looks better on me than warm colors?  Cute story about my glitter- when I was on vacation in Oregon shopping with my BFF I kept eye-ing this Ulta glitter topper.  I didn’t end up buying it… so my BFF picked it up for me.  Isn’t that sweet?  Oftentimes when we go shopping together we get home and open our bags and she’s like, ‘LOOK- I got this for you’!  And I’m like, ‘LOOK- I got this for YOU’!!  That’s the fun thing about girlfriends- we’re so dang thoughtful! ❤

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I hope you like my day 2 orange mani for the 31DC2013!!  Here’s the upcoming themes.  I can’t commit to doing every theme, but I hope I can still come up with many cool manis.  Til next time!

Read My Palm!

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I’m psyched that the theme for today’s 30 Day Challenge is GREEN!  Green is probably my favorite color for nails- and the shade I’m wearing today is just my style.  It’s called Sephora by OPIRead My Palm  and it’s a sage colored cream.  I pulled some inspiration from the name of the polish and came up with this idea:  Palmistry Nail Art!  I can paint my nails to look the lines on the palm of my hand.  Sure, why not paint part of my hand onto another part of my hand?  Sounds logical.  LOLread_my_palm

I started with two coats of Read My Palm.  Then I used my sephora nail art brush and some black nail polish to mimic my heart, head, fate and health lines.  I used my own palm as a reference, so this mani is just as unique as me!  The awesome thing about this design is that I didn’t need to make the lines perfect since neither are the lines on my hand.  I also painted a star on my ring finger and a cross on my index since I found some prominent markings on my mounds. Lol hmmm, interesting!  One means I’ll come across a lot of money and I’ll excel in the arts, and the other means an affectionate relationship will alter me and I’ll marry for love.  😀

Wanna hear more about Palmistry?  Keep readin’…

WHAT ARE THE MAIN LINES ON OUR PALMS?  Here’s a handy dandy sketch I made to help you identify your lines!  Like her fuchsia painted nails?

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RIGHT OR LEFT PALM?  Which hand are you supposed to analyze when reading your palm?  There’s varying opinions on this.  Some say that if you are right-handed, then you should read your right hand… and lefties should read their left hands.  On the other hand, I’ve heard that an analysis of your dominant hand represents the situation you were born into.  Then as you get older you should read your non-dominant hand which represents the circumstances that you find yourself in as you age and progress in life.  I went with the latter since that seems to make sense to me.

WHAT DO THE LINES MEAN?  Here’s a really good site that discusses all the different lines in detail: Psychic Library/Palmistry Room. If you have love on the brain and you’re interested in marriage lines then here’s a neat site for you: ofesite.com.

 

Hope you enjoyed my palm reader nails!  They were fun to work on! 

Have you learned anything about yourself from palm reading?

what I’m wearing today- maraschino tips

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The red mani that I’m wearing today kind of went in a different direction than I planned.. but it came out cool!  Originally I wanted a french manicure with red tips.  So I free-hand painted some red french tips on my nails using a Sephora by OPI polish called And a Cherry on Top.  Sephora describes it as an opaque vivid maraschino.  I have a mini-sized bottle of this polish and the small brush is perfect for hand-painting french manis.  Well, it came out more dramatic than I expected!  I red_frenchloved my blood-red tips!  They were shiny red and hot hot hot!  I would’ve taken pics but it was late at night and dark out.

Keeping in mind that I had to attend a family event today – I felt the need to soften the look a bit.  I went ahead and topped it off with a coat of Sally Hansen Maximum Growth Nourishing Nail Color  – the sheer nude that came with my SH French Manicure Kit.  Unfortunately the red didn’t shine through well after applying the nude topcoat. So I put a row of tiny dots using more of my And a Cherry on Top.  Then I slightly mixed both the cherry and the nude polishes together and then dabbed it on my tips with a q-tip to give a blotchy effect.  Mixing the two colors really transformed the maraschino to a hot pink.  It came out kinda cool…a different play on the regular old french manicure!

Sometime soon I’ll have to try out my And a Cherry on Top again- it’s a luscious red!!  I don’t have a favorite red polish yet, so maybe this could be the one?  Do you have a favorite red ?

Konad Cloudy Sky Nails

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Hi everyone!  Here’s the cute lazy-day Sunday mani that I came up with today.  It’s been very cold here lately, but today feel more springy and the birds are all chirping outside- so I think this happy cloud design seems fitting.  My base color is Sephora by OPI Natural Environ-mint.  It’s totally blue so I don’t know why they call it ‘mint’!!  Then I stamped some clouds on using my Konad M79 plate and some white Konad Special Nail Polish.

I added some matte topcoat by MASH to finish off the look.  This MASH matte polish is so great!  I bought it because it was cheaper than most other matte toppers.  Turns out that it dries super-fast and I’m really happy with the smooth formula.  I guess my cheapness paid off with this purchase!

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Hope you all have a happy end to your weekend!  I’m going to go back to watching Breaking Dawn Pt1 now.  I recorded it a month ago and I’m having a hard time deleting it because I love it so much.  So I’m watching it again to get my twilight fix.  Maybe that will make it easier for me to delete it from my DVR box later!?

Butler Please

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I was recently at Sephora hovering around the nail polish display and I discovered the most beautiful blue I’ve ever seen- Illamasqua Cameo.  I tested it out and I fell in love with it, but I could not justify spending $14.00 on one bottle of polish!  Craftynail is way too thrifty for that!  So I hit up the nearest beauty supply store to find myself a cheaper dupe.  I came across Essie Butler Please and I think I paid less than $4.00 for it with my coupon!  After getting home and applying it I realized it’s not at all a dupe for the pricey Illamasqua!  The Essie is much darker and dried to a blotchy semi-matte finish.  The two coats did dry quick though (which is always a bonus)… so then I taped my tips off with painters tape and added some Sephora by OPI topcoat called Only Gold For Me.  Even though the Essie formula was not my fave, there’s nothing that some sparkles and a healthy topcoat of Seche Vite can’t fix!   I really love the regal look of this gold and royal blue together!   Apparently so does my mom- she came over tonight and asked me to paint her nails this color too… so now we are nail twinny twins!

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