November 25, 2011

Rainbow Stripes

This funky design is so much fun to wear! And I didn't own any striper polishes when I did this, so yes, you can get custom stripes with regular nail polish; it's easier than it looks.














Here's the supplies I used:


- Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear, Mellow Yellow
- Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear, Sun Kissed
- Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear, Cherry Red
- Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear, Blue Me Away!
- Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear, Virtual Violet
- Miss B Rainbow, #110














Paint your nails all yellow (or whatever color you want at the top).














Paint the next color, orange in my case, a little down from the cuticle.














And you get the idea, just keep painting each color further down the nail.





































Add a top coat, and you're done! When I did it, I didn't know how much space to leave for each color, and the last one, green, ended up being a larger area than the others. It'll take some experimenting to know how far to paint each stripe.

November 18, 2011

Half Moon Manicure

This is a classic look, and I wanted to try it for myself. So here's my pink/purple/glittery version of the half moon manicure.














Here's the supplies I used:

- Muse, Burgundy
- Billie, Turquoise
- Top or clear coat
- Reinforcements (for 3-hole paper)














 First, paint all your nails with a light purple creme.














Let them dry for at least an hour, 2 hours is better. I think I painted these in the evening and then put the reinforcements on the next morning.














Then, paint your nails with the second color, overlapping the reinforcement a little, but not into the middle of it.














Take them off before the nail polish dries, and after it is dry, apply a top coat and you're done! My thumbnails are wider than the reinforcements are, so those half moons were kinda lopsided, but the rest turned out great!















November 11, 2011

Ocean Waves

Just because it's fall doesn't mean you can't enjoy a little piece of the beach! This design is one of my favorites that I've done for a very long time. It's just so lively and I always catch myself staring at my nails lol especially the shimmer of the gold sand and then the blue waves are cremes.


Here's the supplies I used:

- Billie, Aqua
- Billie, Dark Blue
- Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear, Blue Me Away!
- Muse, Gold
- Top or clear coat















First, paint all your nails gold.














Then, do the lightest blue 2/3 of the way up the nail.














I did an extra wave on the thumbs just for fun. It wasn't easy with a regular sized brush, but that's what I used, so those of you who don't own striper polishes, it can be done without, it's just harder and takes some skill.














Repeat with medium blue.














And then the darkest blue.














Add a top coat, and you're done!















November 4, 2011

Princess Rose Nails

I did this manicure for my sister, who bought these flower stickers & wanted me to try them out. It's a little messy, but that's part of the design :)


Here's the supplies I used:

- Rimmel 60 Seconds, Night Before
- Billie, Turquoise (yes, the label says turquoise, even though it's clearly a lilac)
- Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear, Disco Ball
- Top or clear coat
- Floral nail stickers

Paint all of your nails turquoise, wait I mean a light purple/pink lol

Next, sponge on purple from the tips up, to create a gradient. do a few layers if you need to.

Put the stickers on the nails you want, I did the thumbs and ring fingers.

Add sparkle polish, a top coat, and you're done!