Franken Femme

Hi girls! I’m back from my little blogcation. I took a little break and now I’m ready to get back to blogging. I missed you all and can’t wait to catch back up on what I’ve missed.

A few weeks ago I stumbled across a post in one of my (many) Facebook nail polish groups that I’m a part of. Becca from Franken Femme posted looking for bloggers to showcase her beautiful franken polish creations and to get the word out about her blog, which is a wonderful resource for anyone looking to create their own polishes. She asked what my favorite kind of polish was and she would work to create a special mini for myself. Well ok! I wont turn that idea down.

Becca has been fabulous the whole step of the way. I let her know that I love blue and teal polishes and that I like creams, shimmers, and glitters. I suggested maybe a teal with red glitter would be pretty!

Are you ready to see what she came up with?

ImageShe seriously blew the idea I had out of the water. When I opened my package I just sat there in shock for a moment. She used a fine red shimmer with red spark for the base color and satin mint green hexes with matte teal hexes. I’m wearing two coats of polish with a base and top coat.

ImageIn the direct sunlight it looks like the base color is white. But it shifts to red. I love it! My sister in law even commented that she wouldn’t be able to stop staring at it if she was wearing it. Mission accomplished.

ImageHow do you think she did? Head over to Becca’s blog at http://frankenfemme.blogspot.com to check out all of her other creations as well as learning tips and trick on creating your own polishes.

February Nail Art Challenge- Inspired by a Tutorial

Happy Presidents Day to my American girls! Today, day 7 of the challenge is “Inspired by a Tutorial.” I decided to incorporate our flag colors into my design today. 🙂

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I decided on the Fan Brush Stripped method for my nail art today. My tutorial comes from this YouTube clip by SimpleNailArtDesigns.

Image(Jayden decided to color my little paper and he was so proud of it that I just had to use it)

For my colors I started with a base of OPI Cajun Shrimp. I painted two coats and allowed that to dry. I then followed the steps in the tutorial and used Essie Where’s My Chauffeur for my blue and Color Club French Tip for my white.

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ImageI really love how this turned out! It was fun and clean up wasn’t too bad. The color combinations you could create are endless.

I know this picture looks horrible (almost like a finger mug shot hahaha) but I think my middle finger kind of resembles the American flag. Do you see it too, or am I just crazy? lol

ImageAs usual, you can check out the other girls awesome manis by clicking the InLinkz below.



Sparkly Markaly

I have polish on! Haha! Man, I missed my nails being painted.

Yesterday I got Sparkly Markaly from Whimsical Nail Polish by Pam in the mail. Just in time :). For some reason the post office was taking their sweet time getting this package to me. But I think they just knew I wasn’t going to be able to wear it until Friday so they delayed the package to help me out. That’s my story any how.

I have 2 other polishes from Pam and I love them. I haven’t been disappointed yet and I always get tons of complements from random people when I wear them. Sparkly Markaly is no exception. It’s stunning and I wore it to a get together last night and everyone keep complementing me on it.

ImageCheck this baby out. Beautiful, huh? This polish is from her “My Whimsical Valentine” collection. It’s a red jelly packed full of red glitter. It makes me think of Dorthy’s shoes from The Wizard of Oz. I’m wearing 3 coats of this polish and two coats of G&G HK Girl Top Coat.

Image ImageShe released 50 of this Limited Edition labeled bottle. The label was created by her nephew. I was lucky enough to snag bottle number 25 :).

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You can visit her Facebook page to see her whole collection and order your own. I do know that Sparkly Markaly is sold out that this time. She’s waiting on another shipment of the glitter to create more. It was such a popular one! I believe she will still take your order for it but will not invoice you until she has more of the polish made and ready to ship.

I’m back!

Hi everyone! I’m back :). With nubbins. lol My nails are so short. I’m not used to them yet, even though I’ve had them short for days now. Last night was the first time I’ve painted them since I’ve had them short.

I chose Julep Amy and Deborah Lippmann Do Ya Think I’m Sexy? for my mani today. I have a surprise outing tonight that my brother in law planned for our Christmas gift. So I wanted to add a little sparkle without it being too much.

ImageI really like how this turned out. I love blue and red together. This would be a cute 4th of July mani too if I could figure out a way to incorporate some white into it.

ImageWhat do you think of this combination?

I have lots of new polishes so I’m struggling trying to figure out what to use first. They’re all so pretty. First world problems, right? lol

If you haven’t checked out Sally’s clearance sale yet then you need to head over there and see what they have. I got a great haul yesterday. I spent $11 and got 3 full size China Glaze, one mini China Glaze, plus the China Glaze Cheers set. I grabbed the last one left at my Sally’s. I’d say that was a pretty successful trip :).

Holly

Happy Tuesday everyone! Today I have a Holly mani. We’re already into day 9 of the holiday challenge. Hard to believe that Christmas is a week away! Do you have all of your shopping done already? I definitely don’t. Procrastinator here!

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Today I’m wearing 3 coats of Sally Hansen Hard-ly There with Strobe Light on the tips of my nails. I wanted to give it some sparkle :). I used Julep Scarlett for my berries and Color Club Ho-Ho-Holly for the holly leafs.

I like how it turned out. Despite the fact that you can see the stains on my nails that I’ve been trying to get rid of for 6 months now. It’s very sparkly in artificial light too, which is pretty neat looking.

You can see all the other girls Holly manis here:


Also, I have a bonus picture for you all!Image

Here’s my little polish buddy, Jayden, with Santa on Sunday. 🙂 He told Santa he wanted a bike and nail polish for mommy. Smart boy!

Oh Christmas Tree, oh Christmas Tree…

Happy hump day everyone. We’re halfway through the week. Woohoo! I’m also half way through this December Nail Art Challenge. Time fly’s when you’re having fun.

Today’s theme is Christmas Tree. You all told me you wanted more tutorials so I decided to go ahead and create a tutorial on how I made my tree as well. It’s very simple and I believe that anyone could do it :). Hope you enjoy it.

To start, just choose your base color for your nails. For this particular design you’re going to want to choose a color that you want as your tree garland as well. I chose Julep Sienna which is a metallic, shimmery gold color. I painted two coats, topped with top coat, and let dry for a few hours. This step is important because you’re going to be using tape. ImageDon’t mind the knick in my nail. Remember I have a two year old :). Normally I would fix that but in this mani I’ll be covering it up anyways.

After you’ve waited a few hours for your nails to dry, you’re going to need to grab scotch tape and stripping tape. Cut about 4 pieces of striping tape and two pieces of scotch tape. Rub your fingers over the back of the tape to take some of the sticky away. You don’t want it pulling your base color off of your nails.

Next, take your two pieces of scotch tape and tape an upside down V on your nails with the open part of the V at the tip of your nail and the point towards your cuticle. If you’re confused then you’ll see what I mean in the picture below. Then take your striping tape and just tape zigzags on the inside of your V. Mimic the way garland would be hung on your tree. Image

Then you’re going to grab your green polish that you want to use as your tree color. I’m using Color Club Ho-Ho-Holly. It’s the perfect Christmas Tree green. Paint one to two coats of green over top of your taped off area. Image

Now you need to quickly, but carefully, take your tape off. Make sure to do this while your green polish is still wet or it will leave holes in your tree by taking polish with the tape. Voila! You have a cute little Christmas Tree with garland.Image

Now feel free to decorate your tree as you wish. Or you can even just leave it plain. Whatever makes you happy. I decided to add some Christmas ornaments on mine. I used Color Club Berry and Bright for my tree topper, Julep Harley for the silver ornaments, and Color Club Gift of Sparkle for the purple ornaments. To add the ornaments I used the smallest of my dotting tools. You can also use the end of a pin, the tip of a pen, bobby pin, whatever works for you.Image

I decided to add tree garland on my other nails so this is how my finished mani turned out: Image

I hope my tutorial was helpful for you! Let me know if you have any questions. You can check out all the other great Christmas Tree manis by clicking the InLinkz below.


Candy Cane

I have a sweet treat for you today. Candy Cane nails! See what I did there 😉


I was going to attempt a totally different design for this mani but I couldn’t quite get it to work. So this is what I ended up with. And I like it!

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To create this mani I have 4 coats of Butter London Cream Tea as a base. It’s pretty sheer so it took me four coats to get it opaque enough for my liking. I used my striping tape to tape off four lines on my nails. Two close together on each end of my nail and leaving a fairly large gap in the middle. I used Julep Scarlett again today for the red on my mani. This polish is getting a lot of love! Painted two coats over top of Cream Tea and the tape.  I pulled the tape off while Scarlett was still wet to keep from ripping any of the red off with the tape. Top it with your favorite top coat and you’re good to go!

What do you think of it?! Check out the other girls mani’s below. Oh, and make sure to come back tomorrow. I’ll have an even sweeter treat 😀


Red and Green

I know I said I probably wasn’t going to participate in another nail art challenge until January but I couldn’t resist lol. One of my Facebook polish groups, Show Me Your Top Coats,  is hosting a holiday nail art challenge on the group blog. So of course, I just had to join :).

This will run every two day’s with December 24th being the final day.

Today’s challenge is Red and Green. I have a holiday party tomorrow so I wanted to do a simple cute mani and incorporate red and green.

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I used 2 coats of Zoya Farah as my base color. On the tips of my nails I used one of my new Julep polishes called Cindy. I created the dots with a small dotting tool and Julep Scarlett, another new polish. Topped it all off with HK Girl Fast Dry Top Coat and I’m all ready for my party tomorrow.

You can click on the InLinkz below to see all of the other girls Red and Green mani’s too.


Cheering on my team with my mani

Most of you don’t know this yet, but I’m really into college football. Especially if it’s my boys playing (Florida State Seminoles). Today is our rivalry game and the game I wait all year for. Go Noles!

I painted my nails today to root on my team. Garnet and gold. I was just going to paint one accent nail gold and leave the rest of them red, but when I applied Butter London West End Wonderland I couldn’t just use it on one nail. I’m lucky I even left nails for the red polish. It is beeeautiful! If you’re looking for a great glittery holiday gold then I’ve found it for you! Seriously. I can’t wait to wear this one again. I haven’t even figured out how I’m going to talk myself into taking it off yet.

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Oh right. I have another color on too :-P. The red is Julep Molly. It’s a beautiful red creme. It looks like I am wearing a holiday mani. West End Wonderland reminds me of some of my Christmas tree bulbs. That could be another reason why I’m so partial to it. 🙂

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This is two coats of West End Wonderland and two coats of Molly. I used HK Girl Fast Dry Top Coat and have two layers of the top coat over West End Wonderland.

So how are you spending your Saturday afternoon. Hopefully I’ll be celebrating tonight with a team win!

Antares

Happy Saturday! Hope you’re all having a great weekend.

Today I have another Northern Star Polish to show you. And my final one for now. That’s right… for now :). I’ll buy more.

This is Antares. It’s made of turquoise, red, and white matte glitters in a clear base. There are also red star glitter but they’re few and far between. I have two coats of Antares over Sinful Colors Snow Me White and out of all of my nails I only have 1 star.

Like I said in my post yesterday, I’ve been on a polish hiatus waiting for a job interview that hasn’t happened yet. I’ve been wearing only light pinks on my nails and it was pretty boring. So instead of layering this glitter over a red or blue polish, I chose white to make it bright and stand out.

And a bottle shot so you can see Antares in all its beauty 🙂

What do you think of this polish? I really like it but I know I’ve said that about all 3 of the Northern Star Polishes I purchased.

You can buy Northern Star Polish by visiting their Etsy page here.