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Versace Mens Look Inspired Nails

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Here are 2 looks from a Versace Mens show in Milan on 6/20/2011 (from style.mtv.com)

I saw the pattern in the look on the right and literally exclaimed “WHOA!!”. I don’t know many men who would actually wear those pants…maybe the shirt but that’s a stretch. Anyways, I thought it was great inspiration for  my weekend manicure. For this look, I used China Glaze Happy Go Lucky as the base color and my handy dandy Art Deco Nail Art Stripers in White and Black. Welp, this post is short and sweet. I feel like those loud, fancy, fabulous pants say it all. Happy Friday, good people. 😀

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Coral and Diamond

Hello all! As I’ve become more interested in nail polish and art in the past year, I’ve also become very aware of other women’s nails. The choice of colors and designs are limitless and it is fascinating to see how we show our individuality using our nails. It’s the main reason why I started this blog…to show my creativity and individuality using these tiny canvases called finger (and sometimes toe) nails. Last week, I went to the movies and I spotted an incredibly cool nail design on the young lady at the ticket counter. I was so impressed that I struck up a conversation with her and asked if I could take a picture of her nails and she said yes! So this is my first ‘Nails In The Wild’ picture and post…

Much like my Neon + Shatter + Matte post, this young lady’s nail artist combined several nail trends in one design—multi-colored nails, mixed media in the form of tiny rhinestones, some kind of shatter/crackle polish, and more typical abstract nail art—all within a shades-of-blue color scheme. I was impressed by this artist’s design and since imitation is the highest form of flattery I really wanted to mimic this design but with a different color scheme. It’s summertime, I chose coral as my base color. 😀

The main color I used was Orly Ole. I used Art Deco Nail Art Stripers in black, white, and silver glitter on my ring finger and China Glaze Peachy Keen for the dots. I affixed rhinestones using OPI Top Coat on my index finger. On my middle finger I used one coat of OPI Silver Shatter on top of Orly Ole. Let me tell you, this was an exercise in patience as well as good practice as this 1 design required me to use nearly all of my current nail art expertise…

That said, I’m ready for more fun nail art challenges! I feel it’s time to wrap up my 1st Nail Art Contest/Challenge so my deadline for suggestions is now Saturday June 18th! I’ve only gotten 1 response so speak up before it’s too late and you may get a prize pack!

Look at that shine!!

P.S. I don’t normally take sunlit pictures, primarily because I started this blog in April and it was cloudy/rainy for like 6 weeks straight. But as long as it’s sunny, I will from now on because only sunlight can truly capture the brilliance of these nail polish colors.

Detroit Tigers Baseball Manicure

Hello all! Today I went to the Detroit Tigers vs Seattle Mariners game at Comerica Park and to help root-root-root for the home team, I did this Detroit Tigers-baseball-theme manicure. On my thumb, index and middle fingers I painted 2 coats of OPI A Good Mandarin Is Hard To Find then painted the black tiger stripes with the Art Deco Nail Art Striper in black. On the ring finger, I painted 2 coats of OPI Dating A Royal then painted the classic Old English ‘D’ (found on Detroit Tigers’ uniforms, hats, etc) using the Art Deco Nail Art Striper in white. On my pinky, I painted 2 coats of China Glaze White on White then drew the baseball stitching with the Art Deco Nail Art Striper in red glitter. Sadly my beloved Tigers lost :-(, but I enjoyed the game! I hope you enjoyed your Sunday too. 😀

Stars and Stripes Forever

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It’s Memorial Day, a day to honor those military service-people who fought and died for us to enjoy freedom as we know it. To the fallen soldiers of the US Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard and Reserves, we love you and your sacrifice will never be forgotten. In honor and memory of those brave soldiers and as a part of my 1st Nail Art Challenge/Contest, I completed this American Flag manicure according to Syreeta’s suggestions. The base color on my thumb and index nails is China Glaze Frostbite and they are covered in rhinestones. I used a one coat of OPI Top Coat under the rhinestones then a coat of OPI Top Coat and Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat to affix them. On my middle, ring, and pinky nails, I used Orly Winter Wonderland for the base color and Art Deco Nail Art Striper in Red Glitter for the red stripes.

Right now, Syreeta has the only submission in my 1st Nail Art Challenge/Contest and she’ll be the only to get Orly Bonder and Essie Quick-e Drying Drops unless someone else makes a suggestion soon. 😀

China Glaze Frostbite, Orly Winter Wonderland, Art Deco Nail Art Lacquer Red Glitter

The Enamelista’s Signature Manicure

 

So I was headed to a BBQ Sunday evening but I really needed to redo my nails. I didn’t really have time to research and execute a brand new look so I looked at the bracelet I planned to wear and that was all the inspiration I needed. I quickly painted a design that looked different based on the angle using colors that best matched the bracelet. And with that, I think I’ve found my personal “Signature Manicure”. I love creating the illusion of 2 (or 3) different looks in one design based on the angle at which it is viewed!

 

 

So for this look, I used Orly Bailamos for the base color (teal), then Essie Shift Power (gold) on one side of my nail. I sponged Orly Luxe (another shade of gold) on the line separating Bailamos and Shift Power then included a stripe of Art Deco Gold Glitter on the golden side just to add a little pizazz. I think turquoise and gold make a good color combo!

P.S. I’ve been thinking of doing a swatch gallery–to paint my nails with every color I own once and taking pictures to document them all. But the thought of doing 80 or so manicures feels like such a daunting task…I’ll have to keep you guys posted. Below is an example from a loooong time ago, way before this blog was even thought about. The color is OPI A Good Man-darin Is Hard To Find.