March 23, 2011

St. Patty's Day

I didn't really get into St. Patty's Day this year.  I didn't feel like going all out with nail art and drawing things.  I figured a simple green mani would do.  But then it was boring, so I added a glitter gradient, hehe.  I like it!

This is 3 coats of Avon Jade with OPI Glow Up Already on the tips.  The Avon went on ok, good coverage but it was a little streaky.  I like the color because it's green, but it's on the blue side, which is my favorite.  I love teal, so the bluer greens are more my speed.  To do the glitter tips, I practically wiped it dry before putting it on so it would be more sparse.

It looks greener in this shot.  I wound up really loving this mani.  I like the glitter tips, it gives it a little pizazz without being obnoxious, lol.  And it's really easy to do, so that helps, lol.  Plus I always think glitter helps with wear.  So this mani lasted a good long time.

Just for fun, haha.  I had this duck on my desk, so I picked him up for a pic.  Isn't he cute?  Hehehe.  Happy St. Patty's Day!!

March 14, 2011

I got the blues...

Lol.  I loved the bright yet dark quality of the blue in the China Glaze Anchors Away collection.  It's just such an amazing blue!  It's dark and navy-like, but still bright and royal.  It's a very amazing color.

This is 2 coats of China Glaze First Mate with a black and silver glitter stripe, both from Stripe Rite.  I added a butterfly decal on the thumb and ring fingers which are from Viva la Nails.  I thought it would show up a little bit better than it actually did.  The China Glaze applied like a dream, it gives great coverage and it's just SO pretty, you could lose yourself in it!!

Excuse the mess, lol.  I hadn't cleaned up my fingers yet.  But how pretty is this?!  I love it.  It's so creamy and beautiful.  LOVE!  What do you guys think?

March 3, 2011

American Apparel California Trooper

I want something pretty, so I was looking through my stickers and stuff.  I found some water decals from Viva la Nails that looked so pretty, so I decided to try them out.

This is 2 coats of American Apparel California Trooper.  I love this color.  It's a khaki, but light and greyed out some.  It's subtle enough to be "work appropriate" I'd say.  But it's still interesting.  Application was smooth and even, good coverage and opacity.  I love this brand.  Wear is good on this too.

I topped it with Viva la Nails water decals.  These are so easy to apply.  And they're so thin that they don't pull up or stick up through the top coat.  I even had someone ask how long it took me to paint them!  Hah.  Obviously that guy doesn't know me at all... I don't spend that much time on my nails, lol.

I really liked this mani.  It was super easy to do, but really pretty!  What do you think?
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