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Falling Leaves

Finally I have time to play with nails (well, not that there’s much to play with these days), so I wanted to make a fall-inspired mani. I used Orly Enchanted Forest, Orly Space Cadet and China Glaze 2030 to create this mani with golden leaves blowing in the wind.

Enchanted Forest is the green base, then I used Space Cadet and a sponge to make a little gradient from the base of the nail up. The leaves are made with BM04 and 2030.

Space Cadet is perfect for fall, it has all the colors of the autumn leaves.

What’s your favorite polish for fall?

Funky French With Stamp

I just had to get rid of that awful polish, so instead I decided to do something I almost never do (and something I absolutely don’t know how): A “funky french” manicure. A regular french manicure is as we all know a mani where the free edge of the nail is painted white, while the rest is nude or neutral. A “funky french” is a french manicure with a twist, often made with different colors or with some design added. I used some glitter and a stamp on top, and I don’t think it turned out all that bad.

I did a little “tutorial collage”, so check it out! (You can click the pic to see a bigger version.)

So here’s a step-by-step:

1. After adding a basecoat, paint the tips white, I used China Glaze Snow. You can use french tip guides or do it freehand, I did mine freehand.

2. To give the mani some bling, I used CND Sugar Sparkle, but any sheer glitter or sparkle will do. Seal this with a quick-dry topcoat and wait for it to dry before you go on to step 3.

3. Stamp the nails with the design of your choice, I’ve used Dashica SdP-B with China Glaze Awaken.

4. Add topcoat and clean up around the edges, and you’re done!

This is a simple way to make a boring french manicure a little bit more interesting. Of course you can vary with different colors and stamps, the sky is the limit!

Pink Fish

A long, long time ago, I saw this post over at Nihrida’s blog. It’s a “fish scale” manicure, and I totally fell in love with it. At the time, I didn’t have any Konad supplies, so I just stored it in my back of my mind to try later. Well, now I finally got around to it, and of course I wanted to try a pink and purple version. Nihrida made an awesome tutorial as well, so check it out!

I started with a base of China Glaze Something Sweet, then I sponged first with China Glaze Endurance and then Milani Totally Cool. I used Konad image plate m57 and Something Sweet for the stamp. This didn’t turn out exactly how I wanted, the base color is a little bit too light to stamp over the sponging, so the fish scale effect isn’t that pronounced. It’s still kinda cute, though.

Which colors would you choose for a mani like this? I’m thinking of a blue version next…

Everything’s peachy!

I just couldn’t leave that creamy canvas of Peachy Keen alone, so I used the same techniques as for the Tropical Heat manicure to create today’s look.

It’s in the same vein as the previous one, but this one is lighter and not so in-your-face. I think it’s very Oriental or Arabian looking. I’m insanely happy with this mani, I think it’s my favorite to date!

I didn’t have a peach to hold, so I used an apple instead. I hope that’s ok. ;)

Tropical Heat

It doesn’t seem like summer is going to come this year, so I have to do like loodie and make some summer happen on my nails instead. With such a bright yellow on my nails, I just couldn’t help but decorate them in the most flashy way.

I started with the yellow base from yesterday, China Glaze Happy Go Lucky, then I used the sponge technique to dab China Glaze Orange Marmalade as a gradient from the tip of my nails. Finally, I topped it off with the hibiscus stamp from the SdP-A image plate which I’ve bought from Dashica Beauty Shop. I used Sally Hansen Carnelian Chrome for the stamp.

Isn’t that just delightfully obnoxious!? I really want a piña colada right now.

Here’s a macro shot with the list of stuff I’ve used for this mani.

I really hope the weather gets better when my vacation starts! Keep your fingers crossed for summer in late July!

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