Sunday, May 26, 2013

Party Rockin' Mermaid Tails

I spent a good six episodes of Arrested Development attempting to do this quilted nail thing I saw on Pinterest. It looked so cool! But apparently it is impossible.... Hrmph.

After taking another episode to ponder my options, I decided to try this mermaid technique I saw on Chalkboard Nails. Since I'm trying to use household items for these manis, I used a couple bobby pins as dot makers! They worked pretty well :] I need to go out and get a couple more polishes (I only have 6 with me right now) but I like the way this scheme turned out.

Colors Used:
Sally Hansen Butter-fly Stroke
Sally Hansen Man-go Team!
Sally Hansen Blue-ming Fast
Essie Lights

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Summery Saran Wrap Nails

A couple weeks ago I put 95% of my belongings into storage, including almost all of my nail supplies. So for the next few months I'm going to be doing manis that either use super cheap supplies or stuff around the house. I'm not sure how my family is going to feel about me going through their belongings looking for makeshift nail art supplies, but I think they'll get over it.

Today I did a saran wrap mani! I've been meaning to try this out, and it ended up being way easier than I thought! All you have to do is apply one layer of polish and let it dry. Then you paint on another color and dab it with crumpled up saran wrap. It looks a bit like sponge painting, but without any sponges to clean up.
;] I picked some summery colors even though today is a bit gloomy.

Colors Used:
Sally Hansen Butter-fly Stroke
Sally Hansen Man-go Team!

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Best Blog Nomination

Hey guys! I was nominated by Baroque Fool for a blogger award! I've been following her blog for quite some time, so I was ecstatic that she nominated me! Here's how it works - 

Rules: Answer the questions asked of you by the blog that nominated you, then nominate up to 20 other blogs with less than 200 followers and ask 11 questions of them!

My Questions:

1. What is your favorite nail polish brand?
I'm quite a fan of OPI, but I'm going to have to go with KB Shimmer, because they have yet to create a polish that I didn't have to buy immediately. I spent an hour refreshing the page, waiting for the 2012 Christmas collection to go live.
2. Did you ever meet any of your blogging friends in real life?
I haven't met any of the bloggers I follow, except for my friends from middle/high school who have also started blogs. I'd love to though!
3. What do you prefer swatches or nail art?
Nail art. I attempt to just do swatches of new polishes, but I always end up adding something extra to jazz them up.
4. What do you like better stamping or water marble?
Stamping, although I'm not really that great at either. I'm far worse at water marbling... Maybe I'll practice that this summer.
5. Are there any colors you like only as polish but nowhere else?
Neons. They're fun for summer nails, but neon clothing always looks to fratty for me.
6. Tea or coffee?
Iced coffee!
7. Show us your best work on your blog :)
I don't know if this is my best work, but it's probably my favorite.
8. Do you ever do your friends nails?
I do occasionally  but I always feel bad because it takes a long time to do something super fancy and I feel like they get tired of sitting still. I've posted a few pictures on previous posts of friends' nails.
9. What inspires you to blog?
I really like writing, and of course I love doing my nails. In high school and college I got a lot of compliments asking where I had gotten my nails done. No one believed that I was doing them, so I decided to show them!
10. Do you have any assistants in your blogging aka shelve making hubbys? Friends who bring their discarded polish?
I wish! This is currently a one-woman show. June 1st I'll be launching another blog with two of my best friends, so there will definitely be some collaboration going on there.
11. What was your most awesome haul?
I don't go to Wal-Mart all that often any more (mostly because I am too lazy to drive and can get everything online) but last summer I braved the crowds and found a massive selection of China Glaze polishes for like $2 each. I grabbed TONS.

My Nominees:
And since I follow a bunch of non-nail blogs...
And here are my questions for you!

1. What got you into blogging?
2. If you could live anywhere where would it be and why?
3. How many blogs do you follow regularly?
4. What's one skill (singing, painting, dancing) you wish you had?
5. Do you have any tattoos and/or piercings?
6. Name your top 2 hobbies.
7. What's one thing you could never live without (not people, those aren't things)?
8. What's your favorite blog?
9. If you could make a living doing anything you wanted what would it be?
10. Do you have any special tools you use to blog? (favorite camera, photo editing program, lucky laptop)
11. What's your favorite season?

Now it's your turn! 

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

I'm Still Alive!

Jeeze, it's been almost a month since my last post. I was SUPPOSED to start working offshore tomorrow, but there are currently too many people on the platform, so I will probably have to wait a month before I can get out there full-time. I was told about the delay after I had already given my apartment complex my move-out notice and hired movers. So I've been in panic-mode for a couple weeks, frantically packing all of my belongings and putting them into storage - including all my nail polish! I'm not sure what I'm going to do without it (probably buy more, if we're being honest lol). My nails are currently a sad, broken mess after moving boxes and furniture for so long. After a little nail rehab, I'll be back posting pictures :) I won't have my same setup, but I have an idea of how to get some decent shots.

In other news, my two best friends and I are creating a joint blog! After a few intense brainstorming sessions, we've decided to call it Confetti and Meatballs. The site isn't up and running yet, and we're still working out what exactly we'll be posting, but I assure you that it will be fun and interesting!

Last bit of news - this weekend I'm driving up to Dallas to go see Kelley! We're going to go see the new Star Trek movie and attend the Dallas Comic-Con. I've never been to a Con, but I am so excited. We didn't have time to put together costumes, but I have a feeling that we'll have a blast anyway.

Since this is a pretty boring post, I'll leave you with some funny :]