Thursday, 30 May 2013

Chocolate Dipped Strawberries

After doing these nails, I realized that I have never actually eaten chocolate dipped strawberries. heehee I guess that's why I've done this nail art to make up for that.
Started off with Avon's Real Red over the entire nail. I then added Forbidden Fudge by Avon onto part of the nails and I didn't worry about it being perfect, I just went overtop of the dried red on all nails except for the pinkies. Then I used Avon's Inspire to do the strawberry seeds using the smallest dotting tool I have, but a pointy ended toothpick would work. I added Nail Treats Emerald on the tops of the pinkies for the strawberry leaves. Again, I just used a dotting to tool to apply it. Lastly, I worked with the French White Tip by Avon until it got stringy and then pulled it across the 'chocolate' for a white chocolate drizzle effect.


Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Homemade Polishes

Okay, so I tried my hand at making my own polishes kind of.

So far, I have made four new polishes. How I did this was to take clear polish and add things to them. I had a very old clear Avon polish and I bought some very cheap clear polishes at the dollar store.
I had a black coloured eye shadow that was a really nice colour, but I could never wear it as it made me look like I had been punched in the eye. lol  I tried to use it different ways, but it never suited me, so I scraped it down to a powder and added it to one of the clear polishes I got from the dollar store. That however was too boring for me, so I add some gold chunky glitter and some gold powder glitter to it. I just made this today, so not sure how it'll look on nails yet. I call it Texas Tea.

This clear polish I added silver powder glitter to. I find the glitter sinks to the bottom, but if you turn it upside down and rub it between your hands so it spins, the glitter spreads out again.
I still have the racing stripe nail art on, it's lasting really good, so I tried out this new silver glitter overtop. I like it. :-)
For this new colour, I added a really dark brown eye shadow I had that again, just didn't suit me. It has a nice coppery shimmer to it. I call this one Dark Chocolate.
And the last of these is made with the really old polish I had and I added some gold iridescent glitter to it.





Saturday, 25 May 2013

Mediterranean Dots

I don't know why, but this combination of colours makes me think of Greece and the Mediterranean. I am really happy with this set of nails and will probably do something very similar on my own nails soon. I prefer not to repeat things if I can, but I love this colour combo.





The bronze colour is Avon's Crystal Calm. The largest dot was done with Avon's Lagoon, the middle dot with Sally Hansen's Real Teal and the smallest dot with Vintage Blue by Avon. I used three different sized dotting tools to create this look.

Thursday, 23 May 2013

Racing Stripes - Dreamed of Colours

I love striping tape! So, I had a dream of this colour combination, and I memorized it to remember in the morning. It wasn't stripes or done on nails in my dream, just these colours arranged with white in-between so, since I have striping tape I decided to make them in stripes! :-D
I love it! It looks like racing stripes to me.

The colours for this look were Avon's Licorice, French White Tip and Cosmic Blue with Essence's L.O.L.


Tuesday, 21 May 2013

3 Strand Pearl Necklace French Tips

Again, a very simple look using my smallest dotting tool, which is about the same size as a toothpick pointed end (not the flat toothpicks.)  I used Essence's Cafe Olé (love that name- {get it? Cafe Olé=cafe au lait-lol} it's the same name as the place Inspector Clouseau takes Maria Gambrelli in A Shot in the Dark- if you haven't seen this movie, I recommend you do) and then I used Avon's French White Tip for the dots.

Sunday, 19 May 2013

Gold Dots and Stripes

I used gold coloured, glittery striping tape to do the bottom pattern on these nails and then did tons of tiny dots on the top part. Working with the striping tape like this takes lots of patience I discovered. haha









Avon's Sprightly Mint was the base colour and then I used their Golden Vision for the dots and the stripes of course were done with the striping tape I got from Cheeky.

Speaking of Cheeky, I got a set of their dotting tools which on Amazon sell for $0.01, which there is no way they cost that cheap, there is an added handling charge of course to make up the difference in price, BUT one of the tools I used for the first time split. The handle broke at one end, so I now have a nub for the tiniest dotting end in the set of tools. This isn't so bad for me, as I am used to using toothpicks, but I thought I'd warn anyone planning to buy them, that they are not the best quality, not that it's much of a surprise because of the price. Anyway, just thought I'd give a heads up on that.

Thursday, 16 May 2013

Lilac Colour Block

I tried colour blocking for the first time. I have proper nail art tape now so, that made things much easier to do this look, rather than trying to do it with scotch tape.

Once again my top coat bubbled. :-(
I had thought it was from putting on too thick of a coat, but this time I put on thinner coating and it still bubbled. I must be doing something wrong. I'll have to try looking up some videos on Youtube maybe.





The colours I used for this (which my son helped pick out) were Avon's French White Tip, Sheer Lilac and Smoky Plumes.

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Glow in the Dark Aliens

Okay, these are really hard to see and even harder to photograph glowing, but that is probably because I'm not using a very good camera. If you look hard enough you might be able to see the alien faces. They look really good in person.
I used Claire's Glow in the Dark Green (it doesn't have a name) over all the nails and then did the detailing with Avon's Licorice.
Here is what they look like in the light. I put on three coats of the glow in the dark polish as it is really sheer and I wanted the green to stand out more. I want to try these on my own nails, but I'm somewhat worried it may attract the "Greys" to come and abduct me. lol ;-)


Monday, 13 May 2013

My Mother's Day Gifts

My wonderful son got me glow in the dark neon nail polishes! Love that kid. :-D I'm so excited to use these! They are going to be so great at Halloween, too.

Friday, 10 May 2013

Iron Man 3

Going to see the movie tomorrow so thought I'd have some fun and do a set of nails for it. :-D I had so much fun doing these.

First is my left hand nails. I did my first ever foil with some gold foil on my ring finger and used flocking powder (another first) on either side of the foil, although it is difficult to tell in the photo. I did a crackle effect on the pinkies of both hands and just plain gold and red stripes on the middle fingers.

Both my thumbs have were done the same, although I'm not left handed so the writing isn't as good on the right hand thumb. I did iron man's face on both hand pointer fingers, too, using rectangular gems for the eyes. On the ring finger of my left hand I used gold and red glitter polishes to do stripes with.

I used Avon's Cherry Jubilee and Golden Vision for the thumbs and middle fingers. For the iron man faces I used Cherry Jubilee, Golden Vision and Licore all by Avon along with gems from Cheeky for the eyes. I used the Cherry Jubilee again for the base colour under the crackle of the Gold Glimmer Mosiac by Avon on the pinkies. For the ring fingers I used gold foil from Essence and some flocking powder on my left hand and the other hand I used Sparkling Gold and Sparkling Red glitters from Avon. I hope that wasn't too confusing.


Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Pinky

This is just a quick look I put together as I didn't have a lot of time to do my nails. I tried to find the closest colour of pink polish that I had to match the gems I used.


This involved Viva Pink, Starry Sky and pink pear shaped gems from Avon. (Unfortunately, the top coat bubbled a bit because I did a couple of thick coats to help hold the gem in place.) I think spring has finally arrived here, I hope it doesn't snow again. :-D

Sunday, 5 May 2013

Gold, Silver and Copper

I got some new glitters, so I had to try them out! I love the look of the glitter accent nails! I toyed with idea of doing all the nails in the glitter, but thought it might be too much. What do you think?

I used Sally Hansen's Golden I and Celeb City as well as Avon's Lucky Penny polishes. The gold and copper glitters don't have any names or what make they are. They may be home made as they were a gift ordered through Amazon.ca. The silver glitter is Avon's Brilliant Chrome.

Friday, 3 May 2013

Sparkling Romance

A bit of fun for these nails. I used Avon's Romance for the light, soft, purple colour on all the nails and did a straight across french tip with Avon's Starry Sky. For the accent nail I placed a dark purple gem from Gem Chic at the top and then surrounded it by Sally Hansen's In The Spotlight and poured some glitter over it from the Essence's Nail Art Decoration Kit in silver, which is the same type of glitter as In The Spotlight. Glitterific.
Sorry the pictures are so dark, but we haven't had much sunshine lately, as it's been snowing here...in May, it's been snowing. I'm not used to this long of a winter, but it's my own fault for moving north. My son loves it though.
A photo I took this morning, May 3rd. Le Sigh. ;-)

Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Pansies

Let's welcome in May with hopes of spring arriving at some point. The forecast is calling for snow again tomorrow and the next day. *Sigh*

I did some pansies hoping to help me fight off the winter blues. Pansies are one of my favourite flowers.

The background is Barefoot Beige by Avon. The colours used for the different pansies were Avon's French White Tip, Romance, Decadence and Midnight Plum. I purchased the Midnight Plum polish with the intention of using it to make pansies. I also used Sally Hansen's Mellow Yellow.