Tuesday, June 21, 2011
I painted three coats of China Glaze Senorita Bonita and then hand painted the letters first with Zoya Tamsen and then to make it more noticeable, China Glaze Cheers To You. The heart is outlined with Zoya Apple and filled in with glitter I purchased from Esther's Nail Center. I used Seche Vite as a top coat.
Thursday, June 9, 2011
Hi Everyone! I have done a redesign of my site (if you haven't noticed). I added a secondary blog specifically for swatches and pictures of the polishes I use. I have a lot to upload, so bear with me, I'm not going to do it fast. But now all of my posts will have a link to a swatch of the color(s) I used in my manicures. So check out swatches now either from the navigation tabs above or at http://ipolishedswatches.blogspot.com/
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
I painted two coats of Zoya Skye and then added LA Splash Cosmetics Nail Glitter in Golden Egg and then added one coat of China Glaze Innocence over it and added a touch of Golden Egg in the corners of each nail and topped the manicure with one coat of Seche Vite.
I taped off the bottom moon and tips of my nails with masking tape and then painted three coats of China Glaze Blue Iguana. I then freehanded the green tips using Zoya Apple. After I applied two coats of Seche Vite to finish the manicure.
Friday, June 3, 2011
This manicure was a result of a idea inspired by a compliment on another manicure I painted. I wondered what a "half marble" would look like--and really if it would be even possible to achieve. I am happy with the results, but because of circumstances you can never anticipate when painting with your color choices, it was a bit painstaking in execution (I'll explain more below). It turned out pretty and that's why you're getting a lot of pictures.
I first painted three coats of Zoya Pippa. (Pippa was not as opaque as I hoped, thus the three coats. It was also a bit on the thick side and didn't want to dry fast. I did apply Qtica Half Time Drying Accelerator, but my polish was still was not as dry as I wanted when I was ready to marble). Originally I wanted a completely dry base coat of color that I could tape off for the marbling. But since I couldn't get Pippa to dry fast enough, I decided to paint a light coat of petroleum jelly on the bottom half to protect that portion from letting the marble paint adhere. I then marbled Pippa, China Glaze Blue Iguana, and Senorita Bonita. When the marbled polish was dried, I carefully peeled back the nail polish that was covering the portion of the nail brushed with petroleum jelly. It was tricky, sticky and complicated, but eventually I got the hang of it. I washed my entire manicure off of the petroleum jelly and once all clean and dry, I did a few touch ups with acetone to get any remnants of polish that was where I didn't want it. I applied one coat of Seche Vite and called it a successful but tedious night!