Ombre Nails Technique?

I wanted to put this out there for my readers.  I’ve never done an ombre nail, but I’ve seen so many different techniques to achieve the look.  Which one do you like best, if you’ve tried this look?  I’m thinking of doing at least an accent nail next week and would love some feedback.

Thanks!

 

Mani #7- Wet n Wild Megalast Disturbia

 

Let me start off by saying that I love this color!  It’s a color I’ve been wanting to wear for awhile, but I kept holding off.  Blog reader Sandy also asked me to swatch this color, so that gave me a great reason to wear it!

As you know from my other posts about this Megalast line, I love the polish, formula and brush, and it was no different with this bottle.  Disturbia is a deep deep purple with a hint of purple specks.  The specks are more noticeable in the bottle and on the brush than they are on the nail, but in the right light there’s a hint of shimmer.  In the pictures I’m wearing two coats and Sinful Colors top coat.

I decided to try some nail art again this week.  Using Sinful Colors Casablanca, I painted a bow on each thumb nail, and did dots on the other nails.  Casablanca was found on the Suit Up with Haute displays.  If any of your Walgreens have the big bin of Sinful Colors, you might be able to find it if you dig around.  I love Casablanca as a nail art polish because of how thick it is.  I did some stamping with it before I started my blog and it worked and looked amazing!  I do need to practice my “bow making”, but for the first time I think they look pretty good!

Color(s) Used: Wet n Wild Megalast – Disturbia, Sinful Colors – Casablanca

Nail Art: Bows and dots

Recommendation: I love the Megalast line, so I’d recommend it as an inexpensive drugstore polish option.  If you don’t like the flat, rounded brush, then you won’t like the brushes.  Two coats and you’re good to go!

 

 

Mani # 6 – Wet n Wild Megalast 2% Milk

 

Blog reader Sandy asked me two swatch a couple of colors, and I’ve got one of them right here!

I wore 2% Milk a few weeks before starting my blog.  I love the color, but I don’t think I’d wear it unless I did some type of nail art or glitter over it.  It would be a great on-the-job color if you were limited in what you could wear.  It’s a very sheer, creamy nude.

I absolutely love the Megalast line.  I love the brushes and the smooth application of this polish.  It dries quickly and has a great wear time.  I have a couple of bumps in the polish on a couple of my nails, but I was digging through cabinets and probably caught something.  It’s not something that I’ve found to be normal with this polish.  Completely a user thing.  I used Sinful Colors top coat.

I didn’t take indoor pictures, but this color is difficult to capture due to the sheerness of it.  In the pictures I’m wearing three coats.  I also did some stenciled nail art on my thumbnail to show what it looks like with something else over it.  A great tutorial for stenciled nail are can be found on Chalkboard Nails.  It’s so easy to do and there are so many possibilities!  I used butterflies for mine, but they look more like bows.  The pink doesn’t show up as clearly as it does in the picture.

 

Sinful Colors “Nail It” Tutorial

Note: I’ve addressed the issue of this pamphlet here

Sorry for not getting this up sooner.  The last couple of days have been far from normal!

I have pictures of the “Nail It” pamphlet tutorial that’s with the larger Sinful Colors display.  This little fold out describes three different types of easy to do nail art.  They are: Sponge Effect, Half Moon, Swirl It.  If you’re new to the nail art world and just getting started, this would be a great thing to pick up.  If you’ve been around the nail art world, then you probably know a better way to do what they’re trying to describe.

Nail It Pamphlet

Each design is explained in three steps.  The directions tell you the supplies you’ll need to create each type of design.

Sponge Effect: These directions are so-so in explaining how to do this.  In the first step is says to “select 2-3 shades beginning with a dark shade, then medium, and then a light.  Then is goes right into telling you to start with the lightest shade.  If I was going to do this and hadn’t read through the step completely, I’d probably be thinking I was starting with the darkest shade.  Does it really matter what order you select your shades then?  The one thing that got me on these directions was in step two when it tells you to dip the sponge into your medium or darkest shade.  It doesn’t say anything about putting a couple of drops onto another surface to pick it up with the sponge.  It also isn’t clear about how far to dab down the nail.  It just states to start “at the top of the nail tip” and work “downward towards the bottom of your nail tip”.  I guess it would also depend which end of the nail you consider your tip.  I’ve always considered the tip of my nail to be the grown out edge.

Sponge Effed

Sponge Effect Directions

Half Moon: First off, has anyone tried basic household tape to try this technique?  Any tutorial I’ve read or watched has stated to use those reinforcement stickers you can find in the office supply section to do this.  When I was reading through this one quickly, there was one step that really didn’t seem like it was explained well.  Step 1 is easy enough to understand.  I had to read Step 2 a couple of times to understand it.  It says to use the tape or to draw by hand.  If using the tape, you block off the bottom third of your nail.  I guess it’s all up to which part of your nail you consider the bottom third.  If drawing by hand, you “use the tip of the polish brush to draw a semicircle across the top of the nail and fill in”.  It doesn’t to use your base color or the contrasting color to do this.  My guess would be your base color, since you only apply one coat in Step 1.  In Step 3 you move to your contrasting color and “paint two coats” of this color “from the tape stencil to the tip of your nail”.  So do you ever go back and fill in the part from Step 2 if you taped over it, or what?  Oh, and in the “What you will need” section, it says “1-2 SinfulColors nail polish for your contrasting swirling shade”.  Did someone not proof this one?  Have I just been trying to decode this one too much and it makes complete sense to someone else?  If so, please tell me.

Half Moon

Half Moon Directions

Swirl It: This is the same as a needle marble, just with a toothpick.  I remember a Sinful Colors display that was called Get Swirling, and one that was Get Twirling.  There was also a tutorial with those displays for this technique.  After looking at Nouveau Cheap’s close up of the directions, they are exactly the same, with just some minor word changes.  Those do not affect the way the tutorial is written.  The picture looks better for this newer tutorial, and I think it better reflects what this technique can really look like.  Of course, unless you’re extremely talented (or just plain lucky), your nails are not going to look as amazing as they do in the picture the first time around.  I’ve tried this before and it looked horrible.  I think it would be easier to recreate the design pictured by doing water marbling, but to each their own!  These directions are the simplest to understand.

Swirl It

Swirl It Directions

Okay, so I’d still say if your new to nail art, pick this up.  Then go and watch tutorials on YouTube.

Mani #5 – Reader’s Choice # 1

Thank you to everyone who voted in my first Reader’s Choice poll!  I tried not to check the results while the poll was open, but I couldn’t resist.   I did an unofficial reveal on Twitter last night after closing the poll.  The color with the most votes was Sinful Colors Ocean Side.  China Glaze Kinetic Candy wasn’t that far behind, so I’ll be doing a swatch of that soon. I did use Kinetic Candy for the dots on my nails.

Ocean Side is a harder to find, older color.  It’s number is 962, and all newer Sinful Colors are numbered in the 1000s.  You can pick it up in the Study in Style display.  This color seems to have gone quickly at the Walgreens around my area, so I’m glad I picked it up when I did (I picked it up with Leap Flog and Winterberry).

Ocean Side went on just like normal for Sinful Colors.  I love the formula used for these cremes, and in two coats it was opaque.  I usually don’t wear anymore than two coats of my main color.

I’m not really sure how to explain this color.  It’s a really different shade of blue.  I found that, depending what lighting I was in, the polish would look more green than blue .  When I was testing this color against another Sinful Colors blue, Ocean Side leaned more to the green side.  If you’re planning on stamping over this, keep that in mind.  It doesn’t look like any green would pull from this color, but it does, making the color more on the teal side.

I added three small dots along the edge of my nail in China Glaze Kinetic Candy.  I think I’m just going to start adding dots if I don’t do stamping or marbling.  I have no artistic talent to draw anything on my nails!  I don’t think I could even do basic lines.  I used the tip of a bobby pin to make the dots.

Onto the pictures.  My camera does not like blues, so I’m not sure how color accurate my photos can even get.  It was just a really crummy week for pictures.  I’m also going to try something new with my pictures and use a gallery.  Click on a picture to make it bigger and click the X or hit the Esc button to close.

Can you see how different this color looks between the indoor and outdoor shots?  The most accurate is the outdoor shot.   Regardless, I love this Ocean Side.  I think it’s my favorite of the blues I have from Sinful Colors.

Color(s) Used: Sinful Colors – Ocean Side, China Glaze Kinetic Candy

Nail Art: Dots

Recommendation: If you’re someone who loves to wear blues, then go out and grab this color!  I didn’t put a base coat on before application, so I’m hoping this blue doesn’t stain.  I’ve never had a problem with staining with the Sinful Colors line.  Availability will vary depending on your location.  Ocean Side can be found in the Study in Style display.  Remember that Sinful Colors go on sale next Sunday at Walgreens!

Huge Sinful Colors Display!

I started stalking my Walgreens today after hearing of new color sightings.  New colors seem to go so quickly in this town, especially when they go on sale.  More than one Beauty Adviser has told me that salons come in and buy up the new colors, not leaving a whole lot.  I did pick up two colors today because I spotted them at only one of the three Wags in my area.  I picked up Georgio and the newest color, Lavender.  I just wasn’t willing to take a chance that I wouldn’t be able to pick up these two colors since so few bottles were available.

I didn’t get a great picture of this new display. I don’t have the greatest phone in the world, but it usually takes pretty decent pictures.

Passion for Color
Display

It’s crazy blurry and I hate that!  Sorry!

I don’t remember the last time I ever saw a shelf display this big, outside of where the core collection is at Walgreens.  There’s a new color in this display, along with some older colors from past collections that were not made core. The non-core colors in this display are: Georgio, Lavender, Cross My Heart, Rain Storm and Slate.  As far as I know, Georgio and Lavender are exclusive to this display and Cross My Heart, Rain Storm and Slate can also be found in the Start A Phenomenon collection.  Lavender and Rain Storm are new colors.  That makes three new colors in just a few weeks!

Another thing that really caught my eye with this display is the small square box in the middle.  It mentions the Sinful Colors website.  If you aren’t aware, the website has been “under construction” for a number of months.  The front page was changed a couple of weeks ago to feature the Suit Up with Haute collection, which I no longer saw at my three Walgreens.  Before the current front page, the glitters were featured.  If the website is being promoted on such a large display, it makes me wonder how soon the website is going to go live.  Why would you promote a website that is under construction?

There was also a square pamphlet that explained how to do three different types of nail art.  My camera battery is dead, so I’ll post pictures of that in detail tomorrow.  The nail art shown is nothing to the polish world if you follow it on blogs.  If you’re new to nail art, then it’d be worth it to pick it up.

If you can hold off on your Sinful Color purchases, they’ll be on sale starting July 22 at Walgreens!

What new or hard to find colors are you looking to get from this display?

Don’t Upset the USOC

Okay, this post is supposed to be a little on the humorous side, but a bit serious at the same time.  Planning on doing nails inspired by the Games? You might want to watch what you put on your nails or what name you give your manicure for those two weeks-or for the rest of you life.

Aside from being a “lacquer-head”, I’m also a “yarn-aholic”.  I love to knit, but with it being so dang hot and finishing a massive birthday gift last month, I’m a bit burnt out.  I just came across this information that was sent to Casey, of the social network Ravelry (of which I’m a part of).  A “cease and desist” letter because knitters hold something called the Ravelympics to go along with the Olympics.  This could  “denigrate” the nature of the Olympic events and are disrespectful to the athletes.  All because we have special events with names and knit what goes along with that event  Also, adding a part of the word Olympics infringes on trademark.  I get where the trademark thing could come into play, using the rings and logos without permission, but really?  Legal stuff is so far out of my league, but whatever.  I could go on for awhile about this, but I’ll spare you.

The letter, in it’s entirety, can be found on Exchanging Fire.

Are you having a special contest, giveaway, or just showing off manicures inspired by the Games?  Better hope the USOC doesn’t find out.  Your inspirational manicure could be disrespectful to the athletes because, you know, painting your nails takes no talent at all.  Any Olympic inspired nail polish out there best not mention anything about the Olympics.  What you paint on your nails might infringe on copyrights.  I wonder if you can’t use the colors of the rings together anymore.

I get the importance of the brand, but sometimes it’s taken a little overboard by companies.

Okay, back to our happy little polish-filled world! 🙂

Mani #3-Sinful Colors Water Marble

Happy Sunday everyone!  I’m here with pictures and info about this week’s manicure.  I’ve gotten a few comments about it already from those that have seen it and they’ve all be good!  This technique is beginning to grow on me.

I don’t usually do manicures for specific holidays except for St. Pat’s Day.  It’s the only time of the year, usually, when I pull out my Sinful Colors Irish Green.  I decided to do a July 4th mani this year though by doing a water marble.

Water marbling is so easy to do, but it can become time consuming.  That’s my number one reason for not doing it that often.  There are a number of great tutorials out there on various blogs and on YouTube, so I didn’t feel the need to do one here.

The colors I used are the same ones, I think, that are on the 4th of July display for SC. I’m not sure what the collection is called this year, but it includes three colors and a few nail art colors.

The colors I used were Snow Me White, Gogo Girl, and Midnight Blue.  I didn’t know if the red would react to the white while dropping the colors into the water, but it worked well enough.  I have a few places where it’s more pink than red, but not enough to make a drastic difference.  The Midnight Blue didn’t want to drop from the brush as easily as the other two colors, nor did it spread once it hit the water.  It dragged easily enough to get a design.  The other two colors were a dream to work with.  Top coat used is Sinful Colors.

From Left to Right:
Gogo Girl, Snow Me White, Midnight Blue

Right hand, outside, no flash.
I love my thumb and 3rd finger.

Left hand, outside, no flash.
I love my 1st and 2nd finger nails!

 

 

What do you think of this?

Mani #1

New to posting my weekly manicure, but I’m sure I’ll figure this out with time.  I’ve read enough nail polish blogs to learn a bit about taking photographs.

This weeks mani is done with Finger Paints Choco Mint and Wet n Wild Fast Dry Light with Caution.  I love mint shades and have a number of them that I need to try to compare.   This is the first time I’ve used Finger Paints, so I wasn’t sure what to expect.

The Finger Paints went on well.  The first coat was a little streaky, but it evened out with the second coat.  I really like how this applied to the nail

I’m just getting into the glitter crazy, and when I saw the Fast Dry Sparks & Stripes LE collection, I picked up one of each color.  Light with Caution has hex glitter in a light to pale pink shade, along with some smaller glitters in the same light to pale pink and also in a blue to green.

Mani #1

Finger Paints – Choco Mint
Wet n Wild Fast Dry – Light With Caution

Natural Light
Natural light, no flash
 

Indoor with flash
Indoor, with flash

 

 

What do you think of this color combination?  Love or Hate?

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