Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The Great Polish Giveaway of 2014

Nail Polish Canada has partnered with Cirque Colors, NCLA & piCture pOlish to host The Great Polish Giveaway of 2014

This giveaway winner will receive up to 200 polishes from Nail Polish Canada and 10 different brands! Right now the prize is at 64 shades but hopefully it will grow even more!

Each time a blogger joins in they choose a polish and it gets added to the prize. Of course when I saw piCture pOlish was involved I knew exactly which lacquer I wanted to add. I chose piCture pOlish Storm!

Storm is an all white glitter topper that I am just in love with. It is one of the top polishes on my wishlist!

If you want to take your chances to win this epic prize make sure you enter on the Nail Polish Canada website as well as using the Rafflecopter form below. You can enter once on the Nail Polish Canada website and also on each of the blogger posts about the giveaway!

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Happy Birthday Alix Part 2 | Alix and the Blue Crayon

Aaaaaand I'm back for part two!

This half of today's very special blog post is my own nail art in honor of my very best of friends Alix. If you have Instagram and you don't already follow her, go ahead and check her out at @teoqeg!

I had to think long and hard about today's nail art. I thought long and hard enough that I didn't even get it done until tonight. I had a difficult time deciding on something that would really honor what an amazing person and friend Alix has been to me. Everything I drew seemed stupid and boring, or just not enough. Everything was missing something.

I finally decided to just start scrolling back through her feed and suddenly I knew exectly what I wanted to do. You see Alix has this tattoo of Harold and the Purple Crayon on her arm. It wasn't there when we met and I remember when she got it and I've loved it ever since. I even bought one of my favorite polishes off of her to help fund it. So it seems special. Well the mani today is inspired by the tattoo and the book it came from. I hope you like it Alix. I love you to death. Happy Birthday!

I started this mani off with two coats of OPI Alpine Snow, my favorite white creme, then I topped it with one thin coat of Cult Nails Wicked Fast topcoat and let it mostly dry.

After it was dry I used a blue striping polish from Stripe Rite to make the design. I used a similar design to the one in Alix's tattoo, but I made Harold into Alix by adding the blue hair and belt and I added those blue stars that she loves so much to the sky.

Every book needs a title right? I added the title of this mani to my thumb.

After the design was dry I added a thick coat of Seche Vite to smooth out any ridges.

As a very final step I painted on one coat of Essie Matte About You matte topcoat. The inspiration for this is a book and I wanted it to look like the pages, so matte was a no brainer.

I am so happy with how these came out and Alix I hope you love them and you know how much you mean to all of your friends. You are truly one of a kind!



Happy Birthday Alix Part 1 | Ashley's Nails

I have a super special sorta guest post for you today! This is part one in a two part post today for my very best friend Alix's birthday. Alix moved across the country to California last week, so I won't be able to be there to celebrate with her, but my girlfriend AJ and I wanted to do something special for her. When @misslynnae on Instagram texted me and asked us to do some blue star nails I was all over it! Usually my girlfriend is not the nail polish type. Sure, she knows some of the colors from my talking about them constantly and she's picked up some of our polish lingo, but she doesn't really wear it.

Well that is going to change today! Since Alix is so special to both of us, AJ offered up her nails to my nail art skillz haha! So here we go!

I started out with a base of Illamasqua Phallic (AJ: "You want me to wear something called Phallic?" Yup haha)

After the base dried a bit I added a blue star on her pinkie and then used a gold striper to make shooting star trails across all four nails.

On AJ's thumb, I added a few more blue stars and a sprinkling of tiny gold dots to round out the design. I added a coat of glossy topcoat to seal it all in and really bring out the beautiful shimmer in Phallic.

I'm so happy with how these came out and I hope Alix loves them!



AJ and Lex

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Neon Tribal Nail Art

Purchased By Me

Happy Tuesday!

I have some fun summer nail art for you all today and a very rare sighting of my Cinderella hand! I was pulling rainbow neons out of my Melmer to use on my toes in an ombre, and I started to think that maybe I wanted the colors on my fingers too. I kept looking at them and decided to go for it!

After applying the neon colors I added a black and white tribal design and here is the result!

 What do you think?! I am soooooo happy with how they came out!

I started with a base of OPI Alpine Snow, which is my favorite white creme, before adding the neon colors because I wanted them all to really pop. For my left hand (this one) I used the following colors.

Thumb: China Glaze | The Grass Is Lime Greener
Index: Lime Crime | Crema de Limon
Middle: China Glaze | Sun Of A Peach
Ring: China Glaze | Flip Flop Fantasy
Pinkie: China Glaze | Pool Party

After I let the neons dry for a bit, I added the black and white tribal design using my black and white Stripe Rite stripers. I used a thick coat of topcoat to smooth it out and make everything really shiny.

For my Cinderella hand (my right hand) I used the same process but with different colors.

Here are the colors I used for my right hand:

Thumb: China Glaze | Highlight Of My Summer
Index: China Glaze | Too Yacht To Handle
Middle: China Glaze | Sunday Funday
Ring: China Glaze | That's Shore Bright
Pinkie: China Glaze | Bottoms Up

This was my first try at a tribal design and even though it is really simple I am definitely happy with the results. I'll be coming back to this style soon for sure. 

I hope you enjoyed my nail art and the quick glimpse of my Cinderella hand!



Friday, July 4, 2014

The Nail Art Guild | Patriotic

Happy Fourth to those of you in the States! To the rest of you, happy Friday!

Today I had the holiday off, so I had plenty of time to put together these 4th of July nails for The Nail Art Guild's Patriotic theme. I had a few designs bouncing around in my head but I went with a loose translation of the American flag. 

I started with a base of Stardust Polish Retro Ruby on my thumb, index and middle fingers and Kinda Jazzy on my ring and pinkie.

For the stripes, I used some Nail Vinyls and Color Club Harp On It.

To do the stars and clouds on the blue I used Color Club Harp On It again to make some clouds on the tips of my nails. Then I went in with my white acrylic paint and a tiny tiny dotting tool and made a few white dots on each of the nails. I went back in with my white Stripe Rite striper and made some stars and even a couple falling stars. To finish, I added some definition to the clouds with the white.

After It all dried I added a good coat of Seche Vite topcoat to make everything smooth and shiny. 

I am sooooo happy with the way these came out and I even had a prop that made sense this time! Make sure you check out all the other Nail Art Guild manicures from this week over at the #TNAGpatriotic tag on Instagram and at the following nail artists pages!

I hope you enjoyed this nail art and I promise to have more for you all soon!