Mineral Mani

As you many know, I love painting my nails and pretty much have been that way since I could write. However, there’s been another love in my life since before I can remember… rocks. No, I’m not a super collector of rocks (although I hoarded some when I was kid) I just really love all the different colors, textures, and shapes of rocks and minerals.

Recently I’ve seen the “smooshy” method and thought the results were pretty cool and almost looked like a marble. I decided to try using just a squishy stamper (which is generally how the smooshy mani is created), however the thing that worked best for me was my silicone mat. I dripped several colors on my mat (I don’t own a “nail mat” because I went with the cheaper version of just a Mod Podge mat from a craft store) and then manipulated the mat where it would smoosh and pull the colors around (I hope that makes sense, not really sure how else to explain it). I played around with adding more polish, smooshing & pulling to my heart’s content until I had a marbled/stone look that I liked. Just a side note, I made one big swatch that was enough to cover 10 nails but you can do smaller ones per nail if you wanted to. I let that dry to the touch and sealed it with a top coat so that I could easily peel the decal off the mat. Once the top coat dried,  I removed the decal and cut it into pieces to roughly fit each nail. From there, I coated my nail with a clear polish, placed a decal on top, then trimmed away the excess.

I would love to do some geode/agate nails, I’ve seen some pretty amazing ones, but I haven’t really mastered them (been total nail fails, but working on perfecting them and hopefully get them posted on here… someday).

I hope you enjoy these, I think these are one of my all-time favorite looks I’ve done. It combines two of my favorite things, painted nails and rocks, can’t get much better than that!

Colors used:

  • Revlon – Elegant (360)
  • OPI – Nein! Nein! Nein! Ok Fine! (NL G21)
  • OPI – Over the Taupe (NL B85)
  • OPI – Suzi, The First Lady of Nails (NL W55)
  • OPI – Don’t Bossa Nova Me Around (NL A60)

Tootles 🙂

 

Such a Slacker

Ergh, it’s been a hot minute since I’ve posted, I didn’t make my usual Monday Mani post last week because I was coming home from my trip to Seattle. I planned on doing a follow-up This & That Thursday post, but that obviously didn’t happen either… I’m here now though!!

This first look is what I wore in Seattle. I didn’t want to wear something too crazy, but still wanted something fun. I felt like a sea foam-ish green would be perfect with a sea foam holo. The actual style of the mani is pretty basic and classic in my opinion, but it has that extra little kick with the holo. I really like this, I want to try it with some other cremes and holos that I have. **Sorry about this photo, I didn’t get a chance to take a decent picture of my mani until after I got home, so there’s a few days wear and grow out on these**

For my second look, I wore these once I got back from Seattle. I had bought the Simply Nailogical Zyler polish and got it in the mail while I was out of town. So, of course when I got back, I had to do something with my new polish. Since Zyler is a copper-orange holo, I wanted a bright creme orange to compliment it.

Colors used for Sea foam Seattle Sparkle mani:

  • Revlon – Eclectic (580)
  • Orly – Sparkling Garbage (20792)

Colors used for Orange Zyler Cat mani:

  • Wet n Wild – Club Havana (211B)
  • Starrily – Zyler the Cat

I used drugstore french mani strips for both looks.

 

Tootles! 🙂

Not So Eggcelent Eggs

Hi there! I hope everyone that celebrates Easter had a wonderful day and if you don’t celebrate it, I still hope you had a great Sunday!

I spent Saturday out of town with some old friends of mine for a crawlfish boil. I don’t eat crawlfish, but I love all the other fixings they have with them, eggspecially the potatoes and carrots, yum! Sunday I had lunch with my boyfriend’s family and then dinner at my uncle’s house with my uncle of course, my mom and her boyfriend.

All in all, a very tasty weekend filled with family and friends, the best kind of weekend to have!

Now for the crate of rotten eggs… I had quite a few ideas for manis that I wanted to do for this weekend, but the eggecution was not on point. The glitter look is OK I guess, but it wasn’t really what I was going for. The chocolate robin’s eggs with basket weaves really aren’t Easter Bunny worthy, but not every mani can be a golden egg, oh well.

Colors used for glitter eggs:

  • Pink nail is with L’Oreal – Pink Me Up (280) topped with OPI – Princesses Rule (NL R44)
  • Yellow nail is OPI – Lemonde Stand By Your Man (NL D22)
  • Blue nail is OPI – Teal the Cows Come Home (NL B54)
  • White nails have a white creme base topped with OPI – Fit for a Queensland (NL A48)
  • All nails topped with Sally Hansen – Goldi-Flecks (140) and OPI – Snow Globetrotter (HR F16)

Colors used for chocolate eggs:

  • Base for the robin’s eggs was OPI – Don’t Boss’s Nova Me Around (NL A60)
  • Speckles for the robin’s eggs were acrylic craft paints DecoArt Americana brand – Baby Pink, Indian Turquoise, & Pineapple (I used a toothbrush to dot the paint on)
  • For the basket, I used Plaid Folk Art acrylic paint in 2480 Royal Gold (and also for the gold flecks on the robin’s eggs) and for the basket weaves I used a mix of DecoArt Americana Bittersweet Chocolate & Mississippi Mud (also used for the chocolate part of the eggs)
  • Zigzag decal for the egg crack was from a drugstore set of French tip guides
  • Topped all nails off with a glossy top coat then a couple of coats of Zoya Matte Velvet Lacquer

Have a great week, Tootles! 🙂

 

**Sorry about the egg puns, I couldn’t help myself** 😛

Rockin’ & Rollin’

Well hey there! This past weekend my boyfriend and I went to a car show that we’ve attended the last couple of years. This car show features 1963 and earlier traditionally-styled American hot rods, custom cars, and traditionally-styled bikes.

The weekend starts off Thursday with a BBQ and what you could call a mini car show. On Friday morning, car show drivers and general car enthusiasts meet up bright and early at 7AM for a garage crawl. The crawl highlights a handful of garages ranging from shops built at homes for personal use, which tend to be really impressive, and shops that are actual businesses (local grown shops, not big box places). The rest of the day until 6PM everyone gathers at the expo center for the big event. Rows and rows of cars line up to be admired, get inspiration from, and create new connections of friends. The show also has live bands, lots of food trucks, vendors, and a swap meet. Later in the night, event goers break out to different locations hosted by the car show, either at a local car hop with great burgers, live music, and a drive-in movie; or they gather at a well known car shop for more car perusing and live music. The show and evening events all repeat on Saturday. Finally on Sunday, there’s one last crawl and meet-up for a breakfast shindig. We haven’t been to this event yet we usually leave before then, but we hope to participate next year.

This is the first year for us to actually have a car at the event… Our first year attending, we had a vehicle, but it wasn’t road worthy yet, so we took my boyfriend’s, great granddad’s old farm truck (it’s old, but not old enough to qualify to be in the show). Last year, we drove my boyfriend’s 1931 Chevrolet Coach most of the way to the event, but we started having issues midday on that Thursday. After some fiddling and finagling, we thought we had things ready to go for the garage crawl on Friday morning, however, issues occurred in the middle of the crawl. More tinkering took place… a long story short, Remy (that’s the ’31’s name) never made it to the expo. Thankfully this year we made it issue-free to and from the show.

All that said, I of course had to do a mani that was themed for the weekend. Remy is mostly navy with little hints of black and some chrome, but it took me a while to figure out what I wanted to do. I obviously was still stuck on my marbling kick, so I did that as my accent nails and went for a sleek and classic look for the rest.

I didn’t really get a good photo of my nails in my usual mani pic format, this will have to do :/

Colors used:

  • Any creme black polish
  • Pure Ice – Kiss Me Here (541CP)
  • Essie – No More Film (364)
  • OPI – Silver Canvas (NL P19)
  • Any clear coat polish (not a top coat or quick dry, I painted the marble nails with No More Film as the base and instead of marbling with that polish, I used a clear coat in the marble so you could still see the navy)
  • Vinyls – I bought a package of assorted french tip strips at the drugstore (a while ago) and used these to expose the chrome base, not sure of the brand name

Tootles! 🙂

Double Dipped

As predicted, I did one last March Marble Mani Madness look. I did this look for last week because not only was it the final week of March, but last Monday was the one year anniversary of my mom’s mom passing away. I also lost my dad’s mom 22 days prior to Granna (in the same year) but I was on my trip to London/Ireland earlier this month which made me miss doing a dedication mani for her. So, this mani is for both Granna and Grandma! They both loved purple, so I knew I had to do something with a lot of it. Granna also loved daisies, hence having the accent nails with daisies on them. 2016 was a pretty difficult year and I miss them both terribly, but I’m glad neither of them are suffering anymore (Grandma with Alzheimer’s and Granna with Pulmonary Fibrosis).

Ok so, the title of this post is “Double Dipped” and here’s why… I’m featuring BOTH my hands. I typically do all my manis on both hands, but as most nail artists will share (that do their own nails), they have a hand that isn’t as great as the other one, aka Cinderella hand. My right hand is Cindy for me, since I’m right handed and my left is usually the “prettier” mani. However, this time, I really like how Cindy turned out, almost like it more than my left!

Colors used:

  • Any white creme polish (for marbling and daisy petals)
  • Wet n Wild Megalast – On a Trip (213C) used for base color and marbling
  • Sinful Colors – Enchanted (1183) for marbling
  • OPI – Siberian Nights (NL R52) for marbling
  • OPI – The “It” Color (NL B66) for the daisy center
  • Decal/Stencil – Twinkled T Daisy Vinyls

Tootles! 🙂

March Marble Mani Madness

Well, I did it again, another (successful) water-marble. I was able to change up my polish last week before the show on Wednesday like I hoped, woo hoo!

My mom really loves yellow and blue, so I guess she’s somewhat the inspiration behind this color combo.

Colors used:

  • Any white creme polish for the base and water marbling (I think I used an off-white this time though)
  • OPI – The “It” Color (NL B66)
  • Sinful Colors – Endless Blue (1052)
  • China Glaze – Fairy Dust

Since we’re heading into the last week of March (oh wow, where did this month go?!?!), I think I’ll do one more water-marble then start doing some other techniques.

Enjoy your last week of March!

Tootles 🙂

Spring has Sprung!

Happy Monday and first day of Spring! It’s actually starting to feel like summer already, supposed to be almost 90 today where is live, good grief!

Spring  means it’s time for lighter and brighter manis, so I think today’s look is very appropriate. This water marble reminds me of the waves of an ocean or splashing around a pool or lake. I have a feeling I’ll be doing a lot of these water marbles on the next few manis. I really like this blue, however I’m going to a concert on Wednesday night and I want to try a different color variation. Hopefully I’ll have time before then to make that happen.

Colors used:

  • Any white creme polish (I have a few whites, not sure which one I grabbed)
  • Zoya – Sia (ZP802)
  • OPI – No Room for the Blues (NL B83)

I hope you have a great first day/week of spring,

Tootles!

Irish I were in Ireland Still (3 of 3x Thursday)

Ok, maybe I don’t wish I was still there, but it would have been pretty awesome if our trip was during Saint Patrick’s Day!

I briefly mentioned that I was a teeny bit Irish, the only way I know that for sure is because of AncestryDNA. I already knew that I was 25% Japanese (my dad’s mom was 100% Japanese) and that was my control to know if the results were accurate or not. My results did confirm that I am a fourth Japanese and they also stated that I am roughly 14% Irish. This seems to be pretty accurate because (on my dad’s, dad’s side of the family) we believe my great-grandmother was 100% Irish, which would break down for me to be an eighth. The extra couple percent might be from my mom’s side, but I not really sure what we are on that side of the family. I want to get my mom and dad to do the test themselves which would provide me with more accurate info about mine.

The test is really simple to do and only $99 (plus shipping & tax) which I think is pretty reasonable. Right now they’re doing a special for St. Patrick’s Day until March 19th for $89, so go get yours!

Alright, about my nails! Of course I had to do something green. Since Ireland is associated with green, clovers and rainbows, I thought a green holo (light shifting/diffused into rainbows) gradient with a golden clover would be perfect!

Colors used:

  • Cupcake Polish- Unbeleafable, dark part of the gradient & the base of the accent nail
  • Cupcake Polis- Leaf Me Alone, medium color for the gradient
  • Color Club- Kismet, lightest part of the gradient
  • Pure Ice- Studette, used for the clover
  • China Glaze- Fairy Dust, top coat on all nails
  • Decal/stencil- Luck Variety Vinyls

Phew, I made it through my three posts in one day. Thanks for hanging in there with me 🙂

Have a happy and SAFE St. Patty’s tomorrow,

Tootles!

 

**Post is not sponsored, all opinions are my own whether sponsored or not.**

Not Quite St. Patty’s

Hi hi, not feeling too hot today, so here’s a quick one. I didn’t know what I wanted to do, other than I wanted green… This is what I came up with, a dry brush effect with multiple greens. I call it Urban Camo.

Colors used are:

  • OPI- My Gecko Does Tricks (H66)
  • OPI- Jade is the New Black (H45)
  • OPI- Suzi, the First Lady of Nails (W55)

Tootles!

 

**Post is not sponsored, all opinions are my own whether sponsored or not.**

Minimalist Monday

Hey there! As you can see, today is quite a lame look… I just got back Saturday night from my week long trip to London and Ireland. Sooooo, all I’ve had time to do is remove my last mani, file, and add clear coats of strengthener polish. My nails are slightly discolored (the outcome of always having my nails painted) and I have some dents/blemishes from a powder set that I had several weeks ago (I was trying to help my nails grow but they kept breaking so I went for the powder dip nails for a while). Not much to say about this one, I plan on having a true mani ready for next week. Oh, and I’ll hopefully have a post about my trip by the end of this week.

Have a great one!