Monday, 22 July 2013

Jack O' Lanterns (glow-in-the-dark)

Although a little early for Halloween, I did these for the arts and crafts competition, which I need to enter this week. This is the last set for the contest, today I have to start preparing them for displaying at the C.L.E., where the contest is going to be held. The C.L.E. is the Canadian Lakehead Exhibition which takes place in a few weeks here in Thunder Bay.

I tried to do a variety of Jack O' Lantern looks and did a couple of the more fancy negative image looking pumpkins to. When I finished painting them I went over the yellow polish with glow-in-the-dark yellow polish for some added fun.
You can barely make out that they are glowing in the dark here. I plan to buy a black light, which I understand will make a nice difference when photographing these.
The polishes I used for this were Avon's Licorice, Coral Beat and Sunshine. I used Nail Treat's Emerald Green for the stems and then went over the Sunshine yellow with Claire's unnamed yellow glow-in-the-dark polish.



Saturday, 20 July 2013

Mermaid Tail Gradient

I got this idea from a picture of a mermaid I found online that I wanted to copy.  I did the gem nail first with the closest colours I had to the picture and then with the help of my son, picked out nail polish colours that matched the gems the best rather than the picture. I am really happy with the results.
This is the photo I found online and loved the colours involved. It seems you can buy this mermaid tail online here at: Mertailor.com.
I used Avon's Golden Vision, Garden Green, and Lagoon polishes, as well as Essence's Gorgeous Bling Bling. The gems were from a couple of Cheeky collections.



Thursday, 18 July 2013

Poinsettias

Another Christmas set, I've done for the contest coming up. I thought I'd do poinsettias.
The polished used for this were Avon's French White Tip, Real Red, Cherry Jubilee, Pastel Pink, Cotton Candy and Garden Green. I used Cheeky's caviar beads for the flower centres.

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Christmas In July

This is another set I have done for the competition I will be entering at the beginning of August. This is for the Christmas category. I did little gem Christmas Trees. The pinkies are done in multi-clolours for some added fun.
I used Nail Treat's Emerald Green and added all kinds of different gems from Cheeky and from a couple of Avon packs.

Sunday, 14 July 2013

Opalescence

My wonderful Avon lady, Teresa gave me the new Opal Top Coat by Avon called Opalescence to try out as a demo.
I decided to try this out over the French White Tip by Avon, as Opal is my birthstone and I wanted to see how it would look.
It coats on with a very light addition of the opal look, so I went over it again thickly to add more of the opal texture and dabbed it on rather than brushed it on. This caused a rather rough finish, as it seems almost gluey.
I like the look and will wear this again I'm sure.


Friday, 12 July 2013

Glitter Gradient

I am showing the ring finger first, because I had to photograph my other hand to show how this turned out, at least the way it was meant to be. As you will see in the next photo the ring finger got totally messed up.
What happened to my ring finger was that the white glue I used for the base coat bubbled after I add the gems. It got air bubbles underneath it somehow. I tried to fix the bubbling and ended up ruining the look . I found later that some of my other nails started bubbling as well, I don't know why. Perhaps I put too thick of a coat of glue on. I'm not sure.
I used Ballerina by Avon for the base colour. I then used Essence's Space Queen for the gradient glitter about half way up the nails. I dipped the the tips of my nails into the coral coloured glitter powder and added some gems from cheeky onto some of the nails.
I'm not happy with these, as I think it would have looked better if I had put the one gem at the bottom of all the nails rather than doing the french tip with a row of gems. I think it was too much. I also made the mistake of redoing my thumbs in the powder glitter as it didn't work well with the first coat. Unfortunately, I didn't use the glitter polish again and then dip, instead I used a clear polish and it coated much thicker and darker. I preferred the lighter dusting of powder glitter I had originally gotten. I did this look yesterday, and last night most of the lighter dusting of powder glitter vanished and I just seem to have that on the thumbs and around the gems. Oh well, I'll know better next time, if I do this look again. ;-)

Thursday, 11 July 2013

Quilted Hearts

These turned out cute. I know this is rather a Valentine's Day theme, but I am going to enter an Arts and Crafts competition soon and need to make some new nail sets for different categories, so please bear with me. :-)

The colours of polish I used for this were Avon's French White Tip ( Yes the handle broke off, but I can still use it and you might notice how little of the polish I have left. I have ordered more. I go through a lot of white polish for the nail art.), Pastel Pink and Viva Pink. I used the smallest tipped dotting tool for the lines and hearts.

Monday, 8 July 2013

Picture Tutorial: Fake Nail Painting

I have been asked to do tutorials, but not for anything specific, so I will try to do tutorials now and then. Although, it is difficult photographing something while I am doing it, I'll give it my best shot. If you would like a tutorial for anything that I have done, or something you would like to see me attempt to do, please let me know, thanks.

So today, I am going to show how I paint fake nails. This is how I do it, it is not necessarily the 'correct' way to do them and certainly not the only way to paint them, but this method works for me.
To start with I use a box and some masking tape.
I then rip off a length of masking tape that is a little longer than the width of the box.
Stick the edge of the masking tape to the box, leaving the sticky side of the tape up.
Then fold down the other side and stick the tape to the box completely.
Once the tape is stuck down, you can stick your set of nails on. I tend to put the nails on in the order of thumb, pointer, middle, ring and pinky for each hand, so I can keep track of the art I am doing on particular fingers better. This is just easier for me. I have tried pairing all the nails, thumb-thumb, pointer-pointer, etc..., but I found I had problems with that, so I went back to each hand separately again, and like this method best.
Sometimes the nails can move using this method, as they don't always stick to the tape. Most of the nails will stick nicely, however, to help prevent any movement, when I apply the first coat of nail polish, I overlap the nail on the sides so that some of the polish gets on the masking tape. This helps to form a seal and keep the nails in place for your next coat or any nail art you intend to do.
As you can see in this picture, the nail has shifted leaving a gap where the polish is on the masking tape. Simply hold the nail gently in place with a toothpick to apply the polish if the nail is moving slightly.
Here is the polish put on the nail again, to help it stick to the tape.
Occasionally, you will get a nail that just doesn't want to stay on the tape at all. I hold the nail down firmly with the toothpick and paint around it.
Be sure to overlap the polish on these nails to hold them in place on the masking tape.
Very carefully smooth off the finish where the toothpick had been, be very gentle, so as to not move the nail again. You may find that if your polish is thick and a little sticky, that the brush will stick to the nail, which is a real pain and it will move the nail. Try to keep your polish and brush fresh and use a thick coat of polish for the first coat on these.
This is the first coat of one hand done. Let your polish dry completely before doing any other work on them. This helps the nails to seal and stick to the tape best. I quite often leave each coat to dry overnight before doing any other work on them, but I am usually working on more than one set of nails at a time.
When you are ready to apply your second coat, check all around the nails especially the sides to make sure they are completely covered with polish. If not, then be sure your second coat covers them well. If your nails are completely covered and you don't need a second coat, then go ahead and start doing your nail art.

Well, that's about it for the basics. Hope this has been helpful or at least interesting. Once again, please let me know if there are any tutorials you would like to see. Thank you.











Sunday, 7 July 2013

All In A Row

Gems all in a row on these nails. This was a little tricky to do because I use clear polish to glue the gems in place, but the polish is a matte suede finish, so I didn't want the glossy look of the clear polish to get on the nails. What I did was to apply the clear polish to the back of every single gem and then stuck it to the nail.
I used Avon's Sumptuous Rose and Blue Royale suede polishes for these and then added Cheeky gems of different varieties and colours.


Friday, 5 July 2013

Nail Jewelry

I did my best to match the colour of the polish with the colour of the pearl and then to find gems that matched the pearls, too. I then stuck the pearls and gems on to look like a ring over the nail. I must have done a good job with choosing matching polish colours because my son thought I painted the pearls themselves to match the polishes. :-)
The polishes used to create this look were Avon's Barefoot Beige, Vintage Blue and L'Oréal's Satin Sheets, Essence's Iced Strawberry Cream and Sally Hansen's Twist of Lime. I used Avon's Pearl Shine over the Beige, Blue and Lime polishes to give them a pearl finish, like that of the White and Pink polishes so they would match nicer. The pearl finish really made a difference on the Twist of Lime polish as it is a glitter.
The pearls came from a couple of sets I got from Dollarama and the gems were from Cheeky.


Thursday, 4 July 2013

Pearls

A very simple look to do, once again. I have the pearls on the thumb lined up to be on the outside edge when worn.
I used Iced Strawberry Cream by Essence and decorated the nails using different pearl accents I got from the Dollarama store.


Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Glittery Gem Flower Accent

A little bit of bling for an accent nail using glitter for the polish and different gems to make a flower with a stem.
I used Avon's Golden Vision and Sparkling Gold glitter polishes. I also use some Avon gems and other gems by Cheeky.