Peace Nails! ☮

Hello!  I am more than just busy or stressed.  I have never been so out of control in my life.  There are SO many things that need to be done.  So this is just a quick nail design post.  I won’t really be able to say much about it.  But I couldn’t just NOT post something.

The base color is “Grape Juice” by China Glaze. 🙂

And I used Sally Hansen’s nail art pen in white to make the letters. 🙂

By the way, the thumb has a “P” on it, so it spells “PEACE”. lol.

I hope you like them!  I actually only kept them on for about a day.  Lol.  That happens WAY too often.

The pink and the green are super neon bright.  VERY colorful.  VERY psychedelic.

We could a use a little peace in our world. 🙂

I took pictures of my nails as I did each step of the design, so I might put up a tutorial later.

And I’m so tired.  I pulled an all-nighter last night.  Not healthy.  But it was necessary.

For a while, expect most updates on the weekends!~

♥ ☮

~LinZ

Rhinestones, Nail Art, and Konad!

It’s an EXPLOSION of new things!

My order came in!  And the lady gave me four things for free!  I had ordered the two rhinestone wheels and the black and white Konad special nail polish.  But the I got a free L.A. Colors Rapid Dry Top Coat, free minin silver rhinestones (on the bottom left), some interesting bead tattoos (the butterflies), and a free package of some stick on nail art.

I took pictures of all of them!  And close up pictures for you all to see exactly what I got.  If you care. Lol.

These are round-shaped (the normal kind) rhinestones.  These are pretty large, but that is what I’ve been looking for.  I’m excited to use these!

These are my heart-shaped rhinestones!  I’m REALLY excited to use these.  I’ve never had any fun-shaped rhinestones.  I always just had the round ones.  So, expect lots of designs using these heart rhinestones!

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This was a freebie!

I probably wouldn’t have bought this if I saw it in a store.  Mainly because it’s stick on nail art.  I don’t like stick on things because usually they look cheap and tacky.  BUT!  I like these!  But instead of sticking it to my nail, I remove the clear sticky part, and apply the rhinestone/design to my nail with a clear coat.  Oh!  By the way, this is from L.A. Colors.

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Konad Special Nail Polish!  I never really used Konad because 1.) I was bad at it, 2.) The only special nail polish color I had was silver, 3.) I have very few design plates.  Well, I’ve practiced and have gotten a lot better and I am now the proud owner of two more colors of special nail polish, which will let me give variety to the designs.  I didn’t get anymore plates.  😦  I want to, and I think I will in the future.  I just don’t have any new ones now.

This was another freebie!  It’s slightly ironic that I JUST got a new dry fast top coat.  But hey, now I have another one.  It’s a different brand.  Maybe I’ll do a review, comparing L.A. Colors Quick Dry Top Coat with my Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat.

But just by looking at the two clear coats, I know that L.A. Colors Quick Dry Top Coat is more liquidy, like water, while Seche Vite is thicker.

I’ll have to try this out and see how good it is. 🙂

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Another freebie!  I have to say, these are my favorite kind of rhinestones.  They’re small, silver, elegant, and overall perfect!

I really should get more of this size.

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This was a freebie as well. Lol.  Let me start by saying this doesn’t go on your nails.  The butterflies are as big as my entire thumb nail.  And on the back it says “For skin, cloth, or accessory items.”

It seems kind of random to throw this in, but whatever.  It was free.

This product is some kind of “bead tattoo” that I have no idea what I’m going to do with.  Lol.  But it’s pretty, so I’m sure I’ll find a home for it somewhere.

I’m sure you can guess whether or not I had a good day. Lol.  Expect to see all these products used (except the butterflies) in the near future!

♥ ☮

~LinZ

Valentine’s Nails ♥

Well.  It is September.  Is it odd that I have a Valentine’s Day nail design when it’s not even remotely close to February 14?  Well, I have an excuse.  This nail design was actually one of my submissions for PHD’s Nail Design Challenges.  You can check out the nail challenge entries for that week HERE!

Products Used:

  • China Glaze: Ruby Pumps
  • Sally Hansen Nail Art Pen: White

The design was super easy.  It’s hardly a design at all!  Lol.  I only used one nail color, but I guess technically there was still a thought process behind the nails, so it’s a design.

First, I painted my nails three coats of  Ruby Pumps, then in the center of each nail (excluding the fourth), I applied a large rhinestone.  On the fourth nail I made a rhinestone heart out of small, silver rhinestones.  I enjoyed that.  Lol.  I wrote the “Love” using the white Sally Hansen’s Nail Art Pen.

I don’t know if I’ll put an entire review on this product or not.  Maybe one day I will.  But for now, I’ll just tell you the important things.

I got it at Walgreens for about $8.  I’m pretty sure that was the price.  With this nail art pen, make sure you shake it well, BUT after shaking, open it SLOWLY, otherwise it’ll spray everywhere… I talk from personal experience.  And the product washes off with water, which is good, in case you make a mistake, but that means you HAVE to put a top coat over it.

So that’s what I did.  After I wrote “Love” I put on a top coat, and I was done! 🙂

♥ ☮

~LinZ

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

Rhinestone Mania

I’m back!  And tired.  And sad.  Seven hours of driving takes a lot out of you.  And now my sister is all settled in her dormitory.  And now I’m alone.  But I guess it’s just another part of life and growing up.  Anyway, you aren’t here to hear about my personal problems, you’re here for rhinestones!

I love rhinestones.  Simple as that.  But if you put too many on one nail, it looks gaudy.  But if that’s the look you’re going for, then by all means, go ahead. Rhinestones give that extra “je ne sais quoi.”  Which is French for “I don’t know what,” but is used in English as a way of describing a quality that makes something distinctive or attractive,  a “certain something”.  For example, “She has a certain je ne sais quoi about her.” 😀  I love saying that phrase.  And I have an excuse because I’m half-French! Ha!

Can you tell that I love this color?  I’ve been obsessed with it lately.  It’s China Glaze’s Turned Up Turquoise (Neon).  If you want to know more specifics about this color, go to my post for Autumn Tree Nails.  I have a good paragraph describing the color. But I will quickly say that my camera is unfortunately incapable of capturing the true color of this polish. It’s Turned Up TURQUOISE. It looks strictly BLUE in the photo. But it’s actually more green than blue in real life. Just trust me when I say that it’s a really nice color.

Now, the rhinestones, they’re different sizes.  Which was done purposely. 🙂  I got them at Walgreens. They’re the kind with the sticky back to them, so you just stick them on your nail, but I took off the little stickers, because I like putting on my rhinestones the way I always do.

Anyhow. Rhinestones add bling, glam, and bedazzle to your nails!  And they’re good attention getters!  If you want your nails to be noticed, bedazzle them with rhinestones!

My favorite rhinestone to use is the classic silver, which is seen in these photos.  I think this is most people’s favorite.  And it’s classic for a reason.  It goes with ANY nail color or design you have!  VERY versatile.  I LOVE IT!

I only have one rhinestone wheel and the rhinestones I got from Walgreens.  I got the wheel at a kiosk in the mall, for a really good price, but unfortunately, that kiosk is gone.  If I would have known that, I would have stocked up. Haha.  So I’m pretty limited when it comes to rhinestones.  But I LOVE them and I WANT them, but the only other place I know of that has them is Sally’s, and that store is so darn expensive.  I refuse to pay $12 for a wheel that only has a few stones that I would use up like water.  So, yeah, I have to go find some place that has some good prices.  Because I would LOVE to have some star-shaped and some heart-shaped stones!

♥ ☮

~LinZ

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

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