Funky Pink and Black Nails

I’m back with another nail design that I did not too long ago.  Maybe a month.  I have all these photos of nail designs that I’ve done, and now I can share them with the world through my blog.

This nail design is very… glittery. 🙂  And sparkly. 😀

First my nails looked like this:

And then I decided I wanted all my nails to match, so I redid the fourth finger to match the others.  And then to give the design a little something, a little “je ne sais quoi,” I added a rhinestone to each nail!  I love my rhinestones.  I hope you know that.  So this is what my nails ended up looking like:

Polishes used:

  • Sally Hansen HD Hi-Definition: Byte
  • It’s So Easy Stripe Rite: Silver
  • Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear: Black Out

I really like this design!  It’s simply, but it’s nice.  And I love the color combination.  I have ALWAYS thought black and pink went well together.

So, first I just applied “Byte” as a base color.  I waited for Byte to dry.  Then I used “Black Out” on the tips of my nails, like a French manicure. Wait for that to dry.  Then I used the Silver glitter polish.  It has a thin brush so it’s easy to make a nice clean line.  Lastly, I added the rhinestones.  And obviously I applied a base and top coat.  I never mention that I use a base and top coat, but I always do, and I think it’s obvious!

Now, these nails are kind of a wild French manicure.  The hot pink and black combo kind of makes it look punk-chic.  SO.  In my opinion, this would be really cool for prom, if it you have a black dress, especially if it’s accented with pink.  It’s a daring nail design. 😀 Do you agree?

♥ ☮

~LinZ

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French Manicure

Well, I’m leaving to help my sister move into her dorm for college so I’ll be gone for three days.  I leave tomorrow morning (very early) and get back Friday.  It’s a 7 hour drive up.  Oh the joys.  But I REALLY wanted to post something for the 18th so I’m typing this the night before.  And I’ll post it up when I wake up tomorrow.  Sound good?  And I’m going to try to post something on Friday, when I get back. 😀

Okay, so.  Let me start by saying I love French manicures.  I AM half French. 🙂  They are simple, classy, elegant, and ageless.  They will NEVER go out of style, and you can wear them with anything!  Anytime, anywhere.  They’re just THAT versatile.

So, I painted my nails a French manicure the other day and took a bunch of pictures.  I always take like 20 pictures of my nails and then only post 1 or 2.  I don’t want to just fill the blog with photos, no matter how fun that sounds.  But I might do that with this post, considering that most people know how to do a French manicure, so there’s no need to explain how I did it.  But I’ll still tell you what I used.

I used “Sweet Blush” by Orly for the base, and China Glaze’s “White on White” for the tips.  Now, “Sweet Blush” is a great nail polish, it goes on really smooth, but it is not for everyone.  “Sweet Blush” matches MY skin tone pretty well, but it may not match yours.  But don’t fret!  Orly’s French manicure polishes has a bunch of different pink colors. 🙂  And the “White on White” is just a simple white.  Any white polish will do.

Some people will use the stickers for the tips, to make a perfectly curved line.  I, on the other hand, do not use them.  I’ve tried it a few times, and it’s fine, but I just prefer doing it myself.

Photo time!  Here are pictures of my left hand.

Unfortunately, my pointer finger nail broke, so it’s a lot shorter than the rest of my nails.  But I REFUSE to cut my other nails to match.  So I just have to wait for it to grow out.

And here’s a photo of my right hand.

And the pointer finger nail on this hand ALSO broke, but not as short as my left hand, thankfully.  So, yeah, for some reason, it’s ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS the pointer finger nail that breaks.

And here are photos of my rhinestone rainbow that I’m so gosh-darn proud of. 🙂

My left hand, sporting my rhinestone rainbow. I like to call it a “ring for my finger.”

A close up of the rhinestones.  Ignore the fact that my finger looks wrinkly.  Thank you.

♥ ☮

~LinZ


PHD’s “Just Tips” Challenge

Polish Hoarder Disorder just had a Design Challenge called “Just Tips” which means that you have to create a nail design using just the tips of your nails.  So basically, it’s supposed to be a funky French manicure.  Which was really convenient because the day before the Nail Challenge theme was announced, I had just painted my nails a French manicure.  How ironic!  Here’s the link to the page with all the entries for the challenge.  Check them out! They’re amazing! Mine are about half way down. 
http://polishhoarderdisorder.blogspot.com/2010/08/challenge-gallery-just-tips.html

Here are the photos that I submitted:

Okay, so let me explain how I did these.

The first photo is just a simple French manicure.  I used “Sweet Blush” by Orly for the base color, and I used China Glaze’s “White on White” for the tips.  Then in the center of the line for the tip, I put on a large white (silver) rhinestone.  I wanted to create a rainbow effect, so on the left of the center rhinestone I went in the order of a red, pink, yellow rhinestone.  I didn’t have any orange ones.  And on the right side I used green, blue, and purple, in that order.  The colored rhinestones are quite a bit smaller than the silver center one.  I really love this look.  It’s so elegant and simple.  And the line of rhinestones looks like a ring on your finger. 😀

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The second design was really quite complicated.  And I hope I can put it into words.  So, first off, I used the same base color as the first photo; “Sweet Blush” by Orly.

Now, there’s a little background story to the design on the tips.  This is what happened.  I bought a purse from Lucky Brand and in the purse there was stuffing made of what can really only be described as paper mâché.  And on the paper, there were pretty designs on it.  And I thought, “how cool would this look on my nails?”  SO. I cut little pieces of the paper and then cut a side of those pieces into a nice curve, to fit along the curve of my nail’s tip, so it’s good to have the “Sweet Blush” still wet so you can just apply the paper, but you can also just add a clear coat, but just on the tips of your nails.  So I put on the paper, aligned the pre-cut curve, to my nail’s curve, and then I press it on using a wooden stick tool.  Then I folded back the extraneous paper under my nail and applied a clear coat over the entire nail.  When it was semi-dry, I cut off the extraneous paper, and for the places that were too hard to cut with scissors, I used a nail clipper, as if I was trimming my nails.  Then I just added a silver rhinestone and DONE.  It was messy, and I had little pieces of paper everywhere.  So I don’t know if I’ll ever do it again.

~LinZ