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….
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. 🙂
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 :
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!
Have you tried camo nails before? If not, you might want to give it a go!
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!!
I 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!
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! ↓
I went with a cool color combo of blue, pink and grey for my second design. ↓
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!
♥ Mood 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
♥ 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