Thursday, October 17, 2013

Halo Hues 2013 Throwback

Yesterday I was deciding what I should do with my nails and I had this great idea of doing tips with just rhinestones. Though it was a great idea until I went and tried actually to execute my plan, well let's say it probably wouldn't have worked out too well. So I stuck with the doing my tips idea and grabbed Color Club's "Eternal Beauty" and my round brush from Sally Beauty Supply to scult my tip color.

You may or may not be able to tell from this picture but I get very OCD and focused when I'm doing just tips on my nails. I always start of with 1 coat going in a semi arch/curve with the nail polish and farther down than where I'll sculpt the lines to. I like doing this because then I can make the thickness of the tip thinner if I want to instead of having to add more polish for them to be thicker. With my brush, I dip into my acetone and I switch off from starting in the middle of my nail or on one of the sides and move my brush in an arch/curving motion. It takes a little bit of time to get the extra nail polish off, but it's definitely worth it in the end! Instead of doing 1 coat on both hands, I'll do my left hand first, take the extra off, and then repeat that on my right hand. It let's the nail polish dry and at the same time it lowers the risk or smudging! After I've done both hands, I'll go back and do the same thing again with a second coat of polish but instead of having extra, I try to stay in the curved line of what I previously did. That way you can follow the same line you created to get some of the extra polish off. If anybody would like me to do (but more like attempt) a video on how I do this, just let me know in the comments below! 

Since it's quite gloomy out today and was yesterday, here's an indoor photo with flash so you can all see the holographic goodness! Now I have stated in the title of this post that it's a throwback of some of the Halo Hues 2013 and I will go ahead and show you those! These are previous manicures that I've done with some of the nail polishes from the collection and some I personally find awesome! First up is one of the first manis I did after I got the set in the mail which was a gradient with "Eternal Beauty" and "Over The Moon." 
 This is the gradient mani in my room which doesn't have that great of lighting but you can still see how the gradient goes from purple to blue holographic from top to bottom. The holographic aspect of the polish is still visible indoors but you should see it when you're outside and the sun is shining! HOLY HOLO-GOODNESS. 
I just can't get over how awesomely holographic these polishes are! Every time I wear any one of them I always get comments and people freaking out about how awesome they are. These polishes are definitely ones that I like to wear a lot even if when I'm cleaning up they get holographic over my fingers. Can't be too sparkly now can you? Next up in the line of throwbacks is my mani using "Miss Bliss" and added some splatter on one full nail and half another nail. "Miss Bliss" is a nice pink holographic and of course, another one that I love. Honestly, I'm not sure how anybody couldn't like these holographic nail polishes when they go on great and well, let's just say they're quite badass.
Before I added the splatter, I just did 2 coats of "Miss Bliss" and put a top coat on them since it would take a lot longer for them to dry without one. This is indoors in my bedroom, again, and without any flash. You can see the holographic and then here's one with the flash on.
Here is the mani with the flash on my camera which shows a very rainbow effect! It's crazy how different the no flash and flash photos are from one another. Now onto the splatter! 
In my next photo, I used "Beyond" and just had to get creative and throw some rhinestones on there! I definitely had a good handful of time where I was rhinestone everything! This is a great black holographic and definitely shines like the others. I also got some up-close macro shots of some of the nails as well, which macros are pretty sweet. 
Well this concludes my post for now! I haven't really experimented with the other halo hues (I know I'm bad) but I shall do that soon and post some more about it! 

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Throwback Tuesday

I can do that right? I know it's not Thursday when the usual throwback is, but Tuesday starts with also. I've been doing my nails for a couple years now and sometimes I like to get creative with it so I'm going to go back and show some of my earlier work. Since it's October and the season of Halloween, I'll throw it back to my own color schemed nails.
I took my own spin on the googly eye mani and went with some blue nail polish since, I'm sure you will notice over time, that my favorite is in fact, blue.  To create this mani I started off with a base coat (I use Seche Vite) and then applied 2 coats of "Superstar!" by Pure Ice (available at Walmart), which is the light blue, and then "Denim Dash" by Maybelline New York for the darker blue. Over "Denim Dash" I put a coat of "Opal Elegance" by Nina Ulta Pro (bought at Sally Beauty Supply) and for the white and black in the eyes, I used "Splash!" by Pure Ice and "Black Creme" by Maybelline New York.  At the time I used a homemade dotting tool by taking a needle that has a ball at the end and sticking it into a pencil eraser. Pretty easy and cheap to make! Now of course have dotting tools with a larger variety of sizes to use. I let my coats of polish dry inbetween layers so that I didn't smudge them and then I used the Seche Vite topcoat to finish them off. I found the idea on Pinterest while searching for some different things to do and you can find the pin here!

Next on the Throwback Thursday list is a mani that I did when I had newly discovered Mucking Fusser who is AMAZING at marbling. Seriously though, her water marbles are one of thee best that I have ever seen and she's posted a ton of tutorials which is where my next mani came from. Water marbling hasn't liked me for several months though and it's quite sad but nonetheless, a great and interesting technique.
The how-to of a water marble, in a nutshell, is basically letting nail polish drop into a cup of water, one color at a time, so they form a bunch of rings. After that you quickly take a toothpick and move it through the polish to make a design and when you have your design, you stick your nail into it, hold it there, and clean up the excess polish before you take your finger out. I'm sure I have just thoroughly confused everybody, which I apologize for, but here is a link to video on YouTube that might be able to help better than I at explaining! There's also a ton more videos out there on YouTube than just the one posted.  For this specific one though, I did a white base coat with "Superstar!" by Pure Ice, used my favorite mint green, "Mint Sorbet" by Sally Hansen, "On A Trip" and "Dreamy Poppy" by Wet N' Wild.  I absolutely loved, and still do, how they turned out! It always gets the good ole "Oh my god! How did you do that?! That looks amazing!" response so it's totally worth the time and mess that it takes and makes for water marbling. Plus who wouldn't wanna make awesome design with nail polish in water?!

In this Throwback Tuesday post I'll just leave you guys with 2 photos for now and please do let me know if you do or don't like these posts! I'm definitely always up for suggestions and they're all welcome so just send me an e-mail or find me on Instagram or Twitter and of course Google + works too! Hope you guys enjoy this fine Tuesday and I'll have more for you later on in the week!