Sunday, September 29, 2013

Falling for Nail Art Challenge - Day 3

Hey everyone.

It’s the third day of the Falling For Nail Art challenge today, and the theme is crunchy leaves. This is my manicure inspired by leaves changing color and getting crunchy.

For the base color I used SC Innocent, which in the bottle is pretty close to OPI’s Who The Shrek Are You. I then used a sponge to dab on Zoya’s Creamy, Jancyn and Sooki. On my left hand I went from light to dark, and on my right I went from dark to light, which is why they look a little different.

I’m liking my Fall foliage inspired mani, and I hope you do too. And, remember to check out what the lovely ladies in the links below have done too!


~ Jaclyn

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Falling for Nail Art Challenge - Day 2

Greetings all.

Today's theme for the challenge is "Early Sunsets." Which made me think of a sunset gradient. The problem is, I suck at gradients. I don't know why, they just don't work for me. I actually tried to do two gradients, and neither of them is really what I wanted. Meh. Anyways, here they are.

The first ended up looking more like a rainbow, which obviously is not what I was going for. I like the colors in the second one, they give it more of the look I was going for, but my sponging skills leave something to be desired - I didn't manage to blend the colors nicely. :o(

Oh well, what can you do? I like doing challenges to try new things. I still don't like doing gradients though. If you have a trick that makes them work well for you, pleeeeeeease feel free to share with me. And remember to check out the nail art from the other participants in the links below.


~ Jaclyn

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Falling for Nail Art Challenge - Day 1

Hey everyone.

Today is the first day of Fall (although I swear I learned in school that it is on September 23rd…) and it is also the first day of Plump and Polished’s Falling for Nail Art challenge. Today’s theme is Back to School. School made me think of marble notebooks, and that is what inspired my manicure for today – a black and white marble manicure.

For this effect, I did a plastic wrap manicure with Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear White On and OPI Black Onyx. I know there are two ways to do a plastic wrap manicure – you can either use the plastic wrap to dab on the second color or you can use it to blot off some of a coat of the second color. So far I’ve always used the plastic wrap to take off some color and the tutorial I learned from is here on Nailed It.

There’s still plenty of time to join in on the challenge, and you can participate as often or as rare as you like. And since most of us aren’t professional nail artists you shouldn’t feel like you can’t participate because you don’t think you’re “good,” I would love to see fall themed manis so get in on it anyway. Besides, the more you practice the better you get. :o)  Check out Plump and Polished’s post here for more info, and check out the other participants in the links below.

Laters peeps! 

~ Jaclyn

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Try it on Tuesday Mani - Zoya Neely and Chita

Hello all.

Today I have my mani using Neely and Chita, both from Zoya. Chita is new and from the Fall 2013 Pixie Dusts, and Neely is from the Spring 2013 Lovely collection. I've had Neely for a while, and for the life of my I don't know what took me so long to wear it. She is gorgeous. Here she is with Chita.

Both polishes went on without a problem, and I really love both of these colors. I used two coats of Neely and then topped her with one coat of SV. Once that was completely dry I used some striping tape and one coat of Chita for the accents.

I recently saw Chita in Ulta, but both colors are available for purchase on Zoya's website.


~ Jaclyn

Thursday, September 5, 2013

NotD - Zoya Giovanna and Tomoko

Hiya everyone.

Today I have for you two of my new pretties that I bought in the recent Zoya BOGO sale, Giovanna and Tomoko. 

Giovanna is a metallic emerald green that Zoya originally created for Peter Som, but is now part of the Fall 2013 Satins collection. Since emerald is said to be the “it” color this year, Giovanna is quite stylish. I used two coats over a regular base coat and topped it with one coat of SV. The consistency is great and application was fine. The only slight downside is that, as with most metallic finishes, your brushstrokes can be noticeable.

Tomoko, from the Fall 2013 Pixie Dust collection, is a stunning pale champagne color with a textured finish. I know Zoya describes her as “champagne silver,” but I see her as more of a really pale golden champagne with silver sparkle (that try as I may I could not really capture in the photos). Either way, I think she is a beautiful neutral that I would wear. I applied three thin coats over a regular base coat, and I skipped top coat to get the full sparkly matte texture effect. She went on great, and I had no issues with consistency or application.

I received A LOT of compliments on this manicure. I highly recommend getting both Giovanna and Tomoko, and you can find both on Zoya’s website. They’re both seriously gorgeous colors that are perfect for the upcoming Fall and holiday seasons.

Laters all.

~ Jaclyn

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Try it on Tuesday - Ombre!


I know ombre manicures have been around for a while, but I just finally did my first. Now that my collection has grown, I realized I have enough shades of some colors that I could pull it off. Lo and behold, my purple Zoya ombre.

From thumb to pinky, I used Suri, Mira, Malia, Perri and Heather. The photo on the left was taken outside and is pretty color accurate, and the photo on the right is with flash. I used three coats of Heather and two coats of the others over a clear base coat, and I topped all with one coat of SV. I found Heather to be a little thin, which is why I had to do three coats, but the consistency of the other four were perfect and I didn’t have any other application problems with any of the five.

I had fun with my first ombre manicure, and I really like how it turned out. A lot. I see myself doing more of them in the future, especially since it’s a great way to work through untrieds. ;o)


~ Jaclyn

Monday, September 2, 2013

NotD - Red, White and Blue for Labor Day

Hey all.

You’ve probably seen a ton of red, white and blue manicures for Labor Day, and here is mine.

For the marble accents, I did the plastic wrap technique with Zoya Purity for the base, the red is Zoya Sooki (available on Zoya’s website, as is Purity), and the blue is Revlon Indigo Night (which I’ve seen at CVS and Rite Aid). My red and my blue nails are both solvent resistant loose glitters from JessiGeeWhiz’s Etsy shop; the red is Bloodlust and the blue is the Cobalt Blue, and both are currently listed in the shop. If you’re looking for loose glitters to use in nail art, I recommend getting some of hers. To use the glitter, I applied one coat of colored polish, applied one coat of top coat, dipped my nails into the corresponding glitter while the clear coat was still wet, and then I did one coat of Gelous and one coat of SV to seal in and smooth out the glitter.

And now I am gonna go enjoy the remainder of my long weekend. Laters!

~ Jaclyn