St. Patty’s Day nails

Top o’ the mornin’ to ya! Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Today I have some very festive nails for you in honor of the Holiday.

I used Philly Loves Lacquer’s Gilded Shamrock and topped It with Jessica’s 18K gold leaf topper. I painted Jessica’s Lime Cooler on my accent nail.  If you ordered the whole St Patty’s Day nail lacquer set from Philly Loves Lacquer you also got a set of gold and a set of green shamrock stickers from Lauren Walker at YouPolish. I put one of the gold ones as an accent.

Here tis’

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Well, there you have it! Enjoy your St. Patrick’s Day, Drink responsibly! lol

NOTD – Luck of the Irish

Top o’ the mornin’ to ya

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This picture was my husband Don and I for Halloween in 2010, he was obviously a leprechaun and I was a pot o’ gold. 🙂

My fabulous friend Lesley got me Essie’s good as gold for my birthday and it really is the perfect stamping polish. I decided to do a St’ Patrick’s Day mani. I used OPI’s Amazon Amazoff this is kind of teal greenish in a way but I think it looks more green see for yourself.

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I’ll be back tomorrow with another stamped look for Stamping Saturdays

NOTD 120 – Featured Color Friday – Evanora nails

Happy Friday! So last Sunday we went to go see ‘Oz The Great and Powerful’ and I could not help but notice Rachel Weisz’ nails. She plays Evanora, The Wicked Witch of the East and might I say is the most stunning Evil Witch I have ever seen. The make up and costumes in the whole movie were just amazing. I loved Rachel Weisz’ character make up, dress, and jewelry as well as Michelle Williams’. Mila Kunis who played Theodora, as well had gorgeous make up that is until she turned into the green Wicked Witch of the West. Maybe I was being too critical but the green make up job was terrible. Although she was green, her skin was so smooth and flawless, not something I would expect from the Wicked Witch… Just my opinion.

In any event, after seeing all the gorgeous make up, costumes, and nails of course I had to do this look. I did Evanora nails with a St. Patrick’s day flare.

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For the base I used two coats of “Sally Hansen – Platinum Frost” This is a slower drying color so rather than painting seche for it to dry so I could use tape, I painted this on Tuesday night so that it would be fully dry for the tape on Wednesday night. I usually do my nails for ‘FCF’ Thursday’s but I have my Ladies Aux meeting this Thursday so I did them earlier in the week… anyway. The next step was scotch tape to make the triangle, and I painted one coat of “China Glaze – Liquid Leather” Once dry, I took a very thin, fine brush and used “Sinful Colors – Call You later” as the green glitter to make it more St. Patty’s Day themed. Once all of that was dry, I finally then used my stamp with the shamrocks and used “OPI – Just Spotted a Lizard” for the stamps.

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Sorry I don’t have as many pictures as normal, was hard to capture the pearliness of the white, and some of my stamps have sheet marks because I have been trying not to use Seche due to shrinking. 😦 Anyway, I still absolutely love this mani! I love the shape and the colors, it’s such a fun mani. Definitely not as fun as my, every nail different St. Patty’s Day mani last year, but still fun, I think! 🙂

So what do you think?

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Day 12 Stripes (St Patrick’s day edition) – 31Challenge

I started this look on Thursday night and painted all of my fingers white as a base.  It felt like I waited forever for the base to dry… in reality it was about an hour and a half (which really, really sucked given what happened next…).

With this day of the challenge being stripes, I figured I would continue by cutting scotch tape strips and then paint over them. The very first one I tried to remove ripped the polish right off… so I waited another half  hour & came back to it to remove the other strips. That yielded better results, but after I had done all of my nails I ended up hating about 4 of them. Two of which because the water decals I used got “funky” and “gellish” like once I put top coat on.  Here is a picture of the decal before it got “funky”.

Before bed on Thursday in my frustration I took the polish off three of my fingernails and I agreed I would give it another go on Friday night. That’s precisely what I did (after a day at work with 3 naked nails…). Friday I repainted those nails and added the gold in between the stripes on most nails to give it some flare and represent a pot of gold. 🙂

Here is the final look

The polishes for this look were, “Milani – white” for the base on all nails. The Dark Green shown is “Ulta- Envy”, the light is “Revlon ColorStay – Bonsai” , the gold is “Julep – Oscar”, and the very light, almost just a shimmer of, green  is “OPI – Se ya later Sailor”.

All in all I liked the final result, sure it was challenging, but this was my first stripes and scotch tape attempt. i still love my nails and coming up with new ways to “Decorate” them, that will never change : )

And in Honor of St. Patrick’s Day I leave you with this:

May love and laughter light your days,
and warm your heart and home.
May good and faithful friends be yours,
wherever you may roam.
May peace and plenty bless your world
with joy that long endures.
May all life’s passing seasons
bring the best to you and yours!

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Day 9 Rainbow – 31Challenge

For the rainbow day of the Challenge I went with a nail-by-nail rainbow. As you can see I used a Lotttt of nail polish for this look, all nail polish no paints. I went to Michael’s Craft store and picked up about three different sized paint brushes for about $1.50 – $3.00 each to use when I do more art like this. I also used my dotting tools to make the 3 & 4 leaf clovers.

I found a trick on a fellow bloggers website [Check it Out!] for nail art and used it for the pot of gold itself. I drew it on Parchment paper and, when dry (about an hour cuz my black polish sucks!), I slowly scraped it off, adhered it to my nail, did the little 3 and 4 leaf clovers and gold, then did a top coat to hold it on. Thanks Carly for this awesome idea! 🙂  It really helped me to draw it on paper, lord knows I am no artist…

Here is my little pot o’ gold! You can’t have a rainbow without your pot o’ gold, especially with St. Patrick’s Day around the corner!

Here is a sneak peek at the finished pot of gold finger, the night before…

Here it is the next day, just another look…

My left hand the night before (so please ignore the nail polish on my fingers… 🙂 )

When I say day before or night before it’s because I always do my nails at night and then in the morning when my hands are all wet from showering I can just peel or pick the polish off of my fingers.

Originally my plan was to do an actual rainbow on my index finger rather than the different colors on each nail representing the color of the rainbow, but it was just not happening.

Here is a little closer look at one of my cloud fingers. I did my thumb and pinky on the Pot of gold hand. (night before 🙂 )

And… drumroll… Here is the finished product. (Again, night before 🙂 )

This look was sooo fun to do! I was very excited about how it came out.

Hope you enjoyed this look as much as I enjoyed creating it!

Polishes used for this Look:

Red was “Julep – Glenn”, Orange was “Spoiled – Wet N’ Wild – Don’t Be Cheesy”, Yellow “Spoiled Wet N’ Wild – Designated driver”, Green was “Revlon Colorstay – Bonsai”, Blue was “China Glaze – Sexy in the City” I also used that blue under my cloud fingers with “N.Y.C. – white” for the clouds with the paint brush and as a base for the pot of gold finger. For the Indigo I used “Essie – Go overboard” which was the closest thing I had to indigo and It came out darker than I planned, then the glitter made it more green :-/ The purple which was “Piggy Polish – Fear less”. For the green shamrocks I also used the green above, from the green finger. For the gold I used “Julep – Oscar” and the pot of gold on the parchment paper was my “Sinful colors- blackest black”. Oh almost forgot, I also used “Essie – Shrine of the Tides” for the little glitter flecks on every nail but the pot of gold nail.

I finished with my “OPI -Base and Top Coat”, and lastly my Drying Drops by OPI. –Which, let me tell ya, in this case was a Life Saver. The polish was so thick and there was so much of it in certain spots, it seemed like it was going to take forever to dry. So I followed the instructions and put the drops on 1 minute after the top coat, but then again for precaution. I did it one more time about 20-30 minutes later, just before bed. The next day… no sheet marks!!!

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