Day 16 of OMD Challenge- GumDrop Halfmoon

Day 16 is dedicated to RUFFIAN or HALFMOON manicures. I went with a halfmoon today.  I added some texture- I’m not tired of that trend yet!  I LOVE every single one of my textured polishes.  Well, on second thought- I wish my Godiva Pixie Dust wasn’t a three-coater, but I digress….
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I’m wearing two coats of Orly Faint of Heart which is a grey cream.  Then I used some nail guide stickers to tape off my nails.  Then I applied two thin coats of Julie G Blueberry Fizz from their Frosted GumDrops collection.  What a pretty textured polish- I just love the baby blue shade and glitter!  I then added some rhinestone studs since those stickers made a weird chevron indent that was begging to be filled in with some pretties!  I like how it came out- the final result kinda reminds me of Cinderella’s dress for some reason. 🙂

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In related news- I broke a nail in my office today.  Luckily it was on my ‘non-photographic’ hand.  Should I just keep that one shorter than the rest until it grows out?  I dunno- I’m still staring at it in disbelief!   Boohooie!  Unfortunately, no one in my life will care (oh wait, except for you Nancy 🙂 ).  Can I count on you ladies for support and empathy????

Thanks in advance!   xoxo

16. Ruffian/Half-Moon :

Pink Camo!

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It’s Father’s Day in the US today !  My dad is the best!  He’s what you’d call a Mr. Fix It.  It’s so comforting to know that if the crap hits the fan – my daddy will be able to fix it it for me!  He’s a woodworker and a real outdoorsman too.  He’s into camping, hunting and all the typical guy stuff.. so I thought it would be fitting to try some camouflage nails for today’s holiday!

I was googling images of camo for like ever… until I decided to just pick up a brush and go for it!  As my dad would say, ‘stop farting around and get to work’.  So that’s what I did and here’s what I came up with!  There’s no planning needed- just pick a few camo colors and start painting some splotches!  I started with a very light pink base color called Kiss the Bride by Orly.  Then I used a detail nail art brush to paint the splotches using China Glaze Dance Baby (medium pink), China Glaze Westside Warrior (dark army green) and Orly Faint of Heart (cream grey).  I also did a gradient accent nail using the same colors and some silver studs.  Lastly, a matte topcoat works well to transform it all into a smooth uniform design.  I love my MASH Matte topcoat!

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Have you tried camo nails before?  If not, you might want to give it a go!

a mani makeover just for me!

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Today I’m wearing one of my new spring polishes from the Zoya Lovely Collection called Jacqueline.  I just had to have this polish since it’s my namesake.  Jacqueline- that’s me!!

jacquelineI applied my 3 coats (whenever products say they only needs 2 coats,  I always need 3 for some reason) and wore it for 24hrs.  The light yellow/nude shade is subtly beautiful… but it was missing something.  It just wasn’t quite Jacqueline-esque enough for me! So while watching the season finale of The Bachelor (woot!)  I fancied up my manicure and gave it a crafty touch.

On top of Jacqueline I painted on some chevron tips with Orly Faint of Heart.  This grey is one of my absolute faves- it looks like smooth wet concrete with the faintest dark specks hidden inside.  For a creme grey it’s very unique and the formula is superb.  Also, there’s something about yellow and grey together- I just love that combo!  I added some metal studs from Claire’s Boutique as a final embellishment to top it off.  Et voilà…..

This studded mani is sooo Jacqueline!  I hope you like it too!

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Ruffle Nail Art

I’m so excited about this nail art technique called Ruffle Nails! Every nail fanatic needs to try this- it’s easy and has lots of wow factor.  All you need to do is grab your favorite polish shades and a dotting tool (or bobby pins) to make some over-lapping rows of dots (it helps to use the largest tool you can find so the dots aren’t too small).  If you’d like to see a step-by step tutorial here’s a great one by Chalkboard Nails.  Now that I’ve discovered ruffles- I’ve got all these ideas swimming around in my head- neon ruffles, rainbow ruffles, black n white ruffles…  I want to try them all!

My first attempt came out much so better than I expected!  I casually worked on this design while sitting on the couch and I honestly didn’t try too hard.   I figured I’d end up taking it off with polish remover and then give it a real go later.  Well, I couldn’t believe how cute my test mani came out so I took some pics!  I used some of my favorite green and purple polishes here… and I think the matte topcoat really pulled it together nicely.  The variety of colors and the satin finish made my fingertips look like fimo clay! ↓

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I went with a cool color combo of blue, pink and grey for my second design. ↓

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One thing I like about the ruffle technique is that it’s so easy, you can even do a great job on your ‘other’ hand!  I’m right-handed so my left hand nail art usually looks good, and my right-hand comes out how should I say… non-photogenic? LOL.   Well, not with ruffles!    Try it out for yourself and let me know your results!

first_ruffle_nails_attempt_1Mood struck polish as my base (teal)

♥ Wet n wild I Need a Refresh-Mint (light green)

♥ Revlon Charming (light purple)

♥ OPI Dutch ‘Ya Just Love OPI (dark purple)

♥ Orly Gumdrop (light teal)

♥ MASH Matte Topcoat

blue_grey_ruffle_nail_art1♥ Orly Faint Of Heart as my base (grey)

♥ China Glaze First Mate (navy blue)

♥ Revlon Blue Slate (medium grey/blue)

♥ China Glaze Dance Baby (pink)

♥ Orly Kiss The Bride (light pink)

♥ Seche Vite Topcoat