Wednesday, 30 May 2012

A quick question...

Hey all! Just a quick question for you all, would you be interested in purchasing  fake nail sets hand painted by me? Of course, these would only be done via commission as I don't think I have much of a following for seriously big sales and such.

Of course, any and all input would be greatly appreciated, also keeping in mind that shipping from Canada to other places gets pricey, but I'd try to get you the cheapest option if you were interested in this.

Thanks! A Flashback Friday post will be up on Friday. :) Have a Happy Wednesday!

Monday, 28 May 2012


I asked my lovely friend on Facebook again for some inspiration. They voted for Loki paws.

Whole Hand

Main Four.

Thumb Close-up
So the base colour for these was "Holly Day" by China Glaze, the tips were done in "Smoke and Ashes" by CG, and the gold stamping and linework were done in "Bronze" by Color Club from the Art Club Nail Art Lacquer. I really quite like this one, Loki's helmet was painted in using the "Bronze" by Color Club. The stamp used was from plate: BM203.

Friday, 25 May 2012

Flashback Friday: Inverted Molds

So a little note for you all before the fun stuff. Seeing as all my Friday posts are old mani's from ages back, I', going to officially start calling them "Flashback Fridays".

April/15/2011 to April/23/2011
Inverted molds, a different type of acrylic nail system. I bought mine off of their website here. I find they give a nice finish (not needing any buffing to get a glossy shine) although my application is sloppy seeing the bubbles trapped under the molds. I used my own gold glitter acrylic mix for these.

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

The Avengers (Photo Heavy)

A few days ago I posted a tiny little vote for my friend on Facebook, I asked if they wanted a)The Avengers Nails or b) Nautical Nails. The results were no surprise, The Avengers won out by a landslide. So here are the fruits of my labour. All the colours are listed at the end, so keep reading. :)

Both Hands. Frome Left to Right: Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Hawkeye, Black Widow, The Hulk.
This is both paws, there was a ton of bubble on my right hand after I top coated for some odd reason.

Thumb to Pinky: Avengers symbol, Captain American, Iron Man, Thor, Marvel logo.
My left hand, is mostly blue, framed by the Avengers logo and the Marvel logo. I added some gold and silver to give Iron Man and Thor's images a touch more depth.

Thumb to Pinky: Avengers Symbol, Hulk, Black Widow, Hawkeye, Marvel Logo.
Not much to say about this one, it's already mostly explained, but I need to pick up a new top coat, this old one is getting seriously bubbly.

Close up on thumbs. Left thumb (on the right) and Right thumb (on the left).
I prefer the glitter on my Right hand thumb(left photo) more than the other. It looks neater to me some how.

Alright, on to the explanation for these. I didn't want them to look exactly like all the others, so I looked up Calvin Lin's minimalist Superhero posters, you can view them here: Calvin Lin Deviantart. I was tempted to do all the posters, seeing as there were only six Avengers from the movie and I have ten fingers. But, instead I framed them with the Avengers and Marvel logos to tie everything all together. Overall I'm quite pleased with these despite the numerous mistakes I'm sure you'll see (I'll save myself the hassle of pointing them out).

Now here's a list of colours I used as the bases:

"Black Creme" by Wet n' Wild (Thumbs and Pinkies)
"Frost Bite" by China Glaze (Left hand Index)
"Hey Sailor!" by China Glaze (Left hand Middle finger)
"Royal" by Revlon (Left hand Ring finger)
"Lickety Split Lime" by Sally Hansen (Right hand index)
"Black Creme" Wet n' Wild (Right hand Middle finger)
"Evening Seduction" by China Glaze (Right hand ring finger)
"Posh Plum" by Sally Hansen (Right hand ring finger; 1 coat)

Friday, 18 May 2012


Tried my hand at acrylic nails, this is not the first time I've done acrylics, this is just one of the better attempts. Painted some black and white swishes on them to hide the flaws ;)

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Robert Best Inspired - Take 2

First and foremost, I appologize for not having this ready yesterday, there was just too much for me to do.
As I said previously, I have another manicure inspired by one of Robert Best's artwork.

This time I was inspired by this photo:

Artwork (C) Robert Best.

On to the manicure for today:

Whole hand.

Close up on Thumb.

Close up of main fingers.
This was a little more fun, and very different from what I usually do, as I'm sure you've all noticed by now. My stuff is usually pretty simple. Although this isn't something I typically wear, this was a lot of fun to do, and I hope to wear this baby until she chips like a mofo. I'm in love with the little Barbie-girl face and her cute little pout. This is probably beside the point, but all of these are hand-painted aside from the pinky finger, and my index finger; the index is just dried black polish cut into strips.

Now on to the colours I used:
"Solar Power" China Glaze (Pinky finger)
"Naked" China Glaze (Middle finger)
"Marine Scene" Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear (Thumb)
"Lacey Lilac" Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear (Thumb)
"Black Creme" Wet n' Wild (Index finger)
"French White Creme" Wet n' Wild (Index Finger)

Friday, 11 May 2012


Feb/14/2010 to Feb/20/2010
Green glitter nail polish was by Wet n' Wild, although if I did this again I'd use "Brilliant Idea" by Nicole by O.P.I. Glued on some little gold star confetti. As you can see, slight shrinkage of this polish.

Monday, 7 May 2012

Robert Best Inspired

I've got a sort of special one for you all today. I recently saw some of Robert Best's amazing Barbie
fashion drawings. And became smitten with his amazing style and his ability to render such beautiful images using watercolour. So naturally, I had to do something nail related.

These nails were inspired by this photo:
Artwork (C) Robert Best
This was one of my more favourite images by him, and it went on to inspire the birth of this nail design:

Upsidedown thumb.

I wanted it to look soft and watercolour-y like his works, but I feel like I missed it by a long shot. I'm also displeased with the shakey lines, but seeing as this is the FIRST portrait I've done on my nails, I shall still wear it proudly. The base colour is "Don't Touch My Tutu" from O.P.I.'s NYC Ballet Collection, with one coat of "Pirouette My Whistle" from the same collection.

As always, the actual design was done using acrylic craft paint. Hopefully the next portrait I do will turn out better. But I hope you still enjoyed!

Friday, 4 May 2012

French Message

Oct/17/2011 to Oct/22/2010
A french manicure using my favourite shade; "Hue Left A Message" by Finger Paints. Added a super cute stick-on decal to the ring finger for some added interest.

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Peachy Keen Swatch

This is one of the items I bought using my "Birthday $10 off Sally Coupon".

This is "Peachy Keen" from China Glaze. In the bottle it's paler, so it dries darker (which is fairly obvious despite my brain fart in buying it). I was hoping it would be more like the bottle colour which looks like a pale pastel orange. It is, it's just not as pale as I'd like, but no matter, I can add a drop of white nail polish to make it paler. 
It is a pretty shade nonetheless. I shall have to come up with something to do with it one day.

Adventures in Foiling

Just a mini post about some experimenting I've been doing in my down time. So this started out in the form of a question in my head, "Can I use my foils and nail stamping stuff together?" As in, would the glue pick up the pattern from the stamp plate and transfer to the nail. The outcome was well, disappointing. It made nothing but a filthy, sticky mess :(

"Up All Night" by China Glaze, foil is "Wedgewood"

After that fiasco I wondered, "If it can't do that will more intricate designs pick up enough foil?". That luckily worked, which is what you see above. The base colour is "Up All Night" by China Glaze, a very pretty dark blue with subtle shimmer, and the foil is actually a shiny blue/grey called "Wedgewood".
The design was hand painted in the glue supplied by Dollar Nail Art, and once dry I pressed the foil to transfer. Needless to say, it picked up quite well, and so I'm kind of excited to try it on more difficult designs.

You might be thinking "Why didn't you paint the whole nail?" simple, I'm practising for school. Trying to get a perfect clean line without the polish bleeding into the person's cuticle (there is a green "cuticle" line drawn on the nail prior to polish application).

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed my experimenting, and hopefully if you also wondered this it helped clear anything up for you. Questions and comments are always welcomed :) Enjoy!