Thursday, September 30, 2010
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Here is my mini tutorial on how to do gradients. Thanks for being so patient! I’ve been caught up with work and finally found some time today to put it together. I’ve tried sponge gradients before, but this time I decided to try a wet brush gradient. So let’s start!
Prep: Find 3 to 4 similar looking colors to start with, with at least 1 being sparkly; put on base coat
Here are the colors I used:
From left to right: OPI Princesses Rule, Daiso Pink, Anna Sui 307
Step 1: Paint on one layer of the lightest nail polish – I used OPI Princesses Rule!
Step 2: Before the first layer is completely dry, paint the 3/5 of the nail with a darker polish – I used a Japanese one from the dollar store
Step 3: Now paint the top 1/3 of the nail with the same polish, after allowing a little bit of time (1 min) for the bottom layer to dry.
Step 4: Use your sparkly nail polish and paint on top of your last layer, you can repeat of you want a more intense color or more sparkles – I used Anna Sui 307
To give the gradient a more cohesive look, quickly use a top coat and drag it from top to bottom. This will ensure that the color will “blend” better with one another. Now you are done!
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Commander in Chic is a pretty purple with a heavier grey undertone. This is the second nail polish I have tried from the Sally Hansen complete SALON Manicure line and I am relieved to say that this one fully met my expectations. Click here or scroll down for the refresher of the first one, it was a definitely a challenge because of the sheerness of the color. However, Commander in Chic presented no problems with pigmentation and it was opaque in two coats. I’m wearing three in the picture because I think it looks better. Once again, the polish applied flawlessly and I’m falling more and more in love with the brush. I wish other companies would start making brushes like this! It makes applying polishes so much easier.
It’s another random gorgeous sunny day here! Out in the sun I go! Thanks for dropping by.
Sunday, September 26, 2010
I have heard good things about the Sally Hansen complete SALON Manicure line, so I was curious to try it. One of my best friends was kind enough to pick up 2 of the colors for me so here’s the first one! Shall We Dance is a very pretty sheer baby pink color that I thought would be nice for French manicures. However, when I say sheer, I mean REALLY SHEER. I’m not sure if I had to leave more time in between coats or perhaps used a white base coat beforehand because I could not achieve opacity. I’m wearing 5 (or 6? I lost count) coats in the picture, and even though I thought I had let it dry enough, I still managed to somehow scratch my middle finger. I was too frustrated to start over, so please forgive me. Although the sheerness of the nail color disappointed me, the formulation and the brush did not. The formulation applied very smoothly and evenly and I was quite happy with it. The brush itself was fantastic. It may even be one of my favourite polish brushes! It has a slighted pointed middle part which makes it easier to stay on the nail and not paint outside the cuticle, making clean-up a lot easier. It’s a shame that the color was so sheer; hopefully the other color will be more pigmented. Fingers crossed.
Thanks for dropping by!
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
The flowers in my backyard just bloomed and they are gorgeous. I love flowers, especially roses and gerbera daisies. It’s another sunny day here, so I decided to take advantage of it and do another swatch. I used Revlon 185 Lilac as my base coat. I am wearing three coats in the pictures and it took that many to be opaque. The handling on Revlon’s brushes are not the best and the formulation is streakier than I would like. It may not look like it in the picture but close up I can still see streaks. However, the color is really pretty although it has more of a pink undertone than most of my lilacs.
Due to the streaks, I decided to add some designs and watched some tutorials on youtube on how to make roses. I used OPI Hoodoo Voodoo and ArtClub Lilac as my pinks for the roses. For the leaves, I combined Misa Dirty, Sexy, Money and China Glaze For Audrey together. I thought that drawing roses on all five fingers would be a little much; therefore I kept the design on my middle finger simple. I painted a white French tip and lined the smile line with jewels. I used CND Super Shiney (not a spelling mistake, that’s what it’s called!) Top Coat on top and it gives a great shine to all my nails.
Hope you enjoy the pictures! I’m going to go enjoy some more sun. Thanks for reading J