Friday, May 31, 2013

Weekly Nails: Tinkerbell

For Earth Day Zoya had a nail special. I kinda went crazy, and in that order I got one of the Zoya PixieDust polishes. I have to say, I didn't think much of them from what I'd seen, but I absolutely love them now. I had this on for a week and it didn't chip at all! I'm going to have to pick up a few more.

What I used:

Orly Nail Defense (base)
Zoya PixieDust in Stevie 
Zoya in Tracie
StripeRite in Black
Seche Vite Topcoat

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

TARDIS string lights

I saw these awhile ago on ThinkGeek, but they are always sold out, so when I saw them at I had to get them. It didn't hurt I had Hot Cash. They are super fun. They currently have them at ThinkGeek so grab them before they are gone.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Weekly Nails: Rounded Nails

My nails are super long now, and they were starting to bug me, so before I cut them I decided to try out a new shape. Inspired by Amelia Pond, I created a super rounded shape. I'm not in love with them, but I'll give them a go for a bit longer.

What I used:
Orly Nail Defense (base)
Zoyz in Sasha
Seche Vite Topcoat

Friday, May 24, 2013

Weekly Nails: Gold Studs

Continuing on the stud theme....Round gold studs. I wanted to experiment with them, to see how they lay and how well they stay on at the edge of my nails. Its not too summery, but I like the way it came out. I definitely recommend using a topcoat over the studs. Without it they are very dull. I really wanted my ring finger to look more like armor, but it doesn't. I think I'll try layering them next time.

What I used:

Orly Nail Defense (base)
Zoya in Ziv
Sally Hansen Insta-Dry in Blazing Blue
Gold Studs
Seche Vite Topcoat

These are one week later...the gold rubbed off of some of the studs. On the upside, I only lost one stud between both hands. Not too shabby!

Monday, May 20, 2013

Weekly Nails: Dive into Summer

I was super excited for the Zoya Earth Day deal. Hopefully you all took major advantage of that, $4 per bottle! I almost died from excitement. I got 13 bottles. I will swatch them eventually, but I was super stoked for their summer line. Especially for the orange glitter (this is my 5th orange glitter polish...its a problem) named Amy. Its perfect..."Come along Pond." It is amazingly opaque for a glitter. I used only two coats without a white base for the tips and tail. However, as you can see, it is quite thick for french tips. I used it on my toes though and it wasn't as thick. It's a really great true orange.

 I apologize for the state of my cuticles. I've been using something at work that is irritating them like no other! Gotta love them chemicals. Yay art!
Mermaids are fun!

What I used:

Orly Nail Defense (base)
Zoya in Tallulah (new purchase)
Zoya in Amy
Seche Vite  Topcoat

Friday, May 17, 2013

Weekly Nails: A Nightmare in Silver

The season finale of Doctor Who is tomorrow night, and I figured I should drown my sorrows in a cute nail design. I absolutely LOVED last week's episode A Nightmare in Silver, written by Neil Gaiman. Matt Smith was absolutely fantastic! This is now my second favorite episode (the first is The Doctor's Wife, also written by Gaiman). I already re-watched it twice...I know, I know, my geek is showing.

I was drawn to the cyber-accessory they put on Matt Smith. It was so streamlined and beautiful, like the evolved Cybermen. That was the main inspiration for this design. I picked out several elements from the cyber-accessory for the main design. (Above is the image I used for reference)

What I used:
Duri Rejuvacote (base)
Zoya in Kennedy
Forever 21 in Silver Coating/ Grey/Silver
Finger Paints in Sparkling Snow
Blick Academic Round 1 Acrylic Brush
Jacquard Textile Color in Black
Kiss Nail Glue
Nail Pearls

Weekly Nails: Green and Black Studs

I've been seeing these nail studs for quite awhile now, and I absolutely love how they look. I finally got the package a couple of weeks ago, and was super excited to play with them. I got the pseudo-pyramid studs, my favorite type of stud. I was inspired by one of the designs I found on pinterest. I love the way it turned out.

The Doctor Who references will never end.

What I used:

Orly Nail Defense (base)
Zoya in Meg
Orly in Liquid Vinyl
StripeRite in Black
Seche Vite Topcoat

Friday, May 10, 2013

Drawing Men!

I recently got promoted to full time at the library I work at, and as result could quit working at the Gap. The Gap is a great company to work for, and I had amazing managers, and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who needs a part time job. However working seven days a week is not fun, and I've been burnt out for awhile now. I'm looking forward to working on some real illustrations finally.

These are a couple of sketches I did today after work. I forgot how much I love to draw men! These are both done with only a papermate lead pencil and a kneaded eraser.

And sunglasses.....I love drawing them too, The hair isn't what I'd like, but I can live with it.

Weekly Nails: Neutral Polka Dots

I finally got ahold of my absolute favorite nude polish, China Glaze in Inner Beauty, and I desperately wanted to use it, so this is what happened. I didn't really like the way this looked on my nails, so I ended up taking it off, however looking at the picture I think I was just in the mood for a dark polish this week.

What I used:

Orly Nail Defense
China Glaze in Inner Beauty
Zoya in Kimber
Zoya in Zuza
Forever 21 in Night Sky/Dark Blue
Seche Vite Topcoat

Monday, May 6, 2013

Weekly Nails: Comic Book Nails

These initially started out as Pantone themed nails, but the lettering just wasn't going to happen that night, so I went to plan B, comic nails, naturally!

What I used:

Orly Nail Defense (base)
Sephora + Pantone Universe 2012 in Tangerine Tango Shimmer
StripeRite in White
StripeRite in Black
Seche Vite Topcoat