Easy Breezy Beautiful… Clouds

 

Like I promised, here is the tutorial on the cloud mani! The pictures are pretty self explanatory, but I’ll add words to make it easier for all of you. Aren’t I nice? ūüôā

Step One: Do two coats of a base color. Unless you’re using a super-saturated polish, go gradient-style and do your coats light to dark. That way you don’t have to worry about the color underneath it showing through.

Step Two: Grab your second polish and give the bottle a good shake. Then, take the brush out and wipe off some of the excess polish on the inside rim of the bottle. Leave enough to get a thick round shape when you start to paint the cloud. If you are using a thick rectangular brush, turn it sideways so the skinny side is what touches your nail. That way you get the rounded edge.

Step Three: Paint on three dashes starting at different points mid-nail and going to the tip. The first one (the farthest left) should be the longest, the second the middle length, and the third the shortest. Take your time with your strokes, that way you get a good think stripe.

Step Four: Wait a few minutes for the stripes to dry, then grab your third polish and do steps two and three again. This time, make sure the dashes stay within the shape of the first dashes (don’t go past where the second polish is, and leave room for it to show!). Finish with a good top coat.

See? How simple and easy is that! Look at two pictures at the bottom of this post, that should help more if the words and above picture doesn’t make everything crystal clear. If you need more help or a clarification, please feel free to leave a question in the comments or email me at glittericiousnails@live.com. I love hearing from you guys! (which also means to let me know if you enjoy this cloud mani as much as I do!)

 

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O.P.I The Best of The Best

I am not usually one for mini nail polishes. Go full sized or go home. But in one of my magazines they were running a free mini Orly nail polish if you bring the add in. I did, got a gorgeous purple polish with gold-pink flakies, and then saw the clearance section of Ulta. It was fabulous. I got 5 Butter London polishes for 20 dollars. 20! A normal priced Butter London is $14. Of course I snapped up all I could. But thats a story for another time! I also snapped up the Best of the Best O.P.I. collection. 10 mini polishes, all in a cute box with pretty names. I just had to do it. I guess the Orly got me in a mini  mood! What you see here are all the polishes, and what they looked like painted with two coats. The two orangeish ones on the left actually do not look alike in person. The left-est one is a pink in real life, a very soft bubble gum pink. The one to the right of that is a coral-red/orange. All are perfect all year round.

From the left we have:

Alpine Snow (just a pure white)

Bubble Bath  (a soft pink nude)

Tickle My France-y (a soft tan nude)

Strawberry Margarita¬†(a soft bubble gum pink… My favorite of the collection)

Cajun Shrimp (a vibrant coral red/orange)

Big Apple Red (a bold, pure red with pink undertones)

I’m Not Really A Waitress¬†(a maroon champagne shimmer)

You Don’t Know Jacques¬†(a grey/brown taupe)

Russian Navy (a sharp navy blue with hints of shimmer)

Lincoln Park After Dark (a deep plum purple that appears almost black)

All of these polishes are amazing. Im going to keep the favorites of the collection, then give the rest to people who I know will appreciate them as much as I do. They are the perfect sized for travel too, or keeping in a purse for a quick touch up. I definitely have a newfound appreciation for mini nail polishes!

More Marbles

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My pretties. I actually did these before I did the ones on my nails. The idea was to post while I was at college orientation- I wrote down all the names and everything. But then I was smart and left them right on my desk. Bad Jessica. Here they are now though, still pretty as ever!

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Starting from the left, the red and pink one is Pure Ice Crimson and Color Club in pink.

The green is Sinful Colors San Francisco and N.Y.C. High Line Green.

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The yellow and orange is Color Club in yellow and Nina Ultra Pro Orange Flame.

Next we have¬†Barielle¬†Wool You Marry Me¬†and¬†O.P.I.¬†Bling Dynasty. The Blues one is¬†Sally Hansen¬†The Sky’s The Limit¬†and¬†Orly¬†Stone Cold.

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My purple is¬†Orly¬†Royal Velvet and¬†Color Club¬†in purple. Last but not least, we have my pink and yellow one. Both are from¬†Color Club¬†and I’m digging how in some spots it looks orange. A great combination if you ask me.

Up next we have more easter eggs! Yay easter eggs!

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Fabulous Nail Tutorial=Fabulous Nails

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Yep! Peacock feather nails! Ahhhhhhh! They are so lovely, and actually aren’t too difficult as long as you have plenty of time. What you need:

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Starting from the left we have
Beauty Secrets Base Coat
Two nail art brushes
Orly In a Snap
Orly Royal Velvet. RV
Essence Choose Me! CM!
O.P.I. Bling Dynasty. BD
Sinful Colors San Francisco. SF
N.Y.C. High Line Green. HLG
Orly Here Comes Trouble HCT
Orly Hook Up. HU
Sally Hansen The Sky’s The Limit. TSTL
Orly Stone Cold. SC
Seche Vite Top Coat
In the middle is my biggest dotting tool. If you’re careful, you can get by without needing it. The quick dry isn’t necessary as long as your patient, but I wanted to speed the drying time up between layers ( This is a LOT of polish that goes on your nails )

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Start off with the base coat, and wait for it to completely dry. Then do two coats of RV. Once that drys do one full coat of CM!. Then, take one of the nail art brushes and dip it into BD. Don’t let too much get on, because you don’t want the color to collect on brush then drip on your nails. Using a slow, even hand, draw two long thing lines; almost in a V shape. It can be random, and going in a different direction on each nail. Just don’t let it get too thick, the gold is only supposed to peek out under the greens.

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Wipe off the brush in a cotton ball soaked in nail polish remover. Grab the other nail art brush and dip it into SF. Now draw three thin lines, almost in a w shape. Try to leave a semi-even spacing between the gold and dark green. You may need to do two coats of this color. Wipe off this brush and switch to the other one.

Do the same thing with a brush dipped in HLG, only draw the lighter green either very close to the gold or very close, practically on top of the SF. Anywhere from two to four lines is good, whatever you’re happy with. You want to leave some of the base colors showing because they’re so pretty and the glitter adds to the overall effect.
Once again wipe off that brush and grab the other one. Dip it into HCT, but only do one or two lines. You don’t want the glitter to be too overpowering and distract from all the other colors.

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You are now done with the nail art brush! The hardest part is over! Yay! Now take HU , and use the brush to dab circles on your nails. Don’t make them too thick because you will need to do two coats. Position them in different spots, but kinda at the end of where the lines are around the edge of your nail. If you have the lines going in the same direction on all of your nails, then the circles should kinda be in the same area.

Once the two coats of HU are dry, take the big dotting tool and TSTL and start making smaller circles inside of the yellow. Leave the yellow showing as a border, and essentially fill in the middle. You should only need one coat of this.
Wipe off the dotting tool and then take SC. Make circles in the middle of each blue circle, leaving the blue showing. Once you do every nail, wait a bit and do a coat of Seche Vite . Wait some more and then do another. Because these nails are gorgeous and you will want them to last.

Well, there you have it! Peacock feather nails! They are super eye catching and pretty and I just love them. Beware, these do take time. A lot of time. I probably spent two hours doing my nails and the how to template. And that’s with doing coats of IAS between every few layers. They are SO worth it though. Get to painting!

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From start to finish.
Let me know If you plan on trying these nails, I can give you some tips on other possible nail colors that would work. I tried different bases and line colors before deciding on the ones I showed you, but some of them would have made really neat nails too!
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Can I Do?

I was browsing around Tumblr when I saw giraffe nails. And I was like hmmmmmmm…. I could do that. All it really is is dabs strategically placed, almost like crackle. I had just swatches some new colors I bought, so i grabbed contrasting colors from the base and started dabbing. Now tell me…. Did I succeed? If you need to, pretend the colors are giraffe colors, not random colors.

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The top picture is the one I found and the one that inspired me, the bottom are the swatches I had handy and decided to try and use for the giraffe print.
In case you’re interested, the colors:
Pink- Essie ( my first Essie polish! Ever!) Funny Face
Teal- Essence Choose Me!
Purple- Orly Royal Velvet
Black- Essence Black is Back
So is giraffe print really that easy? Did I succeed? Tell me the truth, even if you ink I failed horribly!
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More Plaid?

So when I was bored this morning I decided to practice my plaid skills. I had only done diagonal ones before, so I wanted to nail straight left-right up-down plaid. The timing was perfect too because I had just swatched a new glitter I bought (115!) and wanted to see how it looked over different colors. The plaid colors are mostly the same because I didn’t want to make a mess, so I used striper brushes in the colors they came in. I think they turned out well though! It inspired me enough to do a plaid wheel the way I have a cheetah wheel. Have I showed you the whole cheetah wheel yet? Need to get on that. Anyways! Plaid!

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Loveee it! Time to get on doing some serious colors!

Are you mad for plaid too? :]

Silver Saturday?

Yes? I think yes. Who doesn’t love silver designs? Ahah.

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I recently bought this 7 set of color club nail polishes & one Sally Hansen polish in a great purple. I love Color Club. And these seven polishes are bright and great for summer! Sadly, all of them are nameless (the Sally Hansen is Good to Grape). Sad polishes. But they make beautiful color! See for yourself!

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They are much brighter in person. The fun doesn’t stop there though. Now we have… Silver!

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Such prettiness. My favorite colors are the pinks and green, and my favorite designs are the crackle. It’s a perfect combination. A close up:

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Aren’t they lovely? The next time I do my nails I’m going to do some crackle. The crackle-rainbow combination was one of my first true loves.

Which one is your favorite? Do you love crackle nail polish as much as I do?
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____+____=chombre :]

Did you guess cheetah and ombre? Good job! Congratulate yourself by painting your nails with this yummy nail design. We start off with ‘boring’ old ombre, which is pretty sweet by itself.

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From the left we have Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Plum’s the word fading to a lighter Milani Pink Rocks!. In the middle is Orly Stone Cold fading to the lighter Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure The Sky’s The Limit. And finally, to the right we have The Sky’s the Limit fading to Orly Jealous, Much?. Yummy. But that’s not enough. So we….

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Add glitter! Yay glitter! Over the pink we have Milani 583 Hot Pink. Over the middle blue is Revlon Whimsical, and over the right blue is L.A. Girl Glitter Addict (that’s me! A glitter addict!) Aqueous. Pretty. I could have left them like this and been happy. But nope, we still have….

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Cheetah. Ahhhh. Cheetah print. Me Gusta. Mucho. For the pink on the left we have dabs with O.P.I. Bling Dynasty and half circles in Sinful Colors Black on Black. For the middle blue we also have dabs with Bling Dynasty with the half circles in Black on Black. Finally, on the Right blue we have dabs in Black on Black with the half circles in Revlon Silver Dollar. Swoon. I love all of these so much. My graduation cheetah print nails need to chip or something so I can try out ombre cheetah print nails… Or ombre dots… Or some more matte. All these choices!

Which one is your favorite out of the three? Which design should I do next on myself?
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Me Gusta Ombré

I have managed to successfully do ombre nails on my templates… Who wants to be my test dummy to practice on real people? Ahah. Here are my three favorites!

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I think the purple-silver fade is my favorite, but the yellow-gold and sky blue-silver are gorgeous too! I would do all of these on my real nails…. And then probably some cheetah print to boot! Lol. Then we have

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Pink-magenta, sky blue-blue, and silver-black. Sorry about the splotches, ombre is messy work!

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Orange-reddish, neon green-darker green, and Blue-darker blue. The green isn’t as pronounced, I think the colors were blended too much. Oops!
All together?

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Yay ombre! Ahah. I’ll post a how-to later to show how do it. Once you get the hang of it, it’s not that difficult!
Are you an ombre fan? What other cool nail trends are you into?
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___ + _____ = dotte?

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If you guess dots and matte, you’re right! Go paint your nails a pretty color as a prize :]

This quick post is to please one of my friends, who likes interesting nail looks to say the least. The black one is dedicated to her, the rest are for people who love color.

To accomplish this cool dotted look do two coats of color ( China Glaze Blue Iguana, Piggy Polish Strong Like Jazz, and Sinful Colors Black on Black.) and let dry. Then do a good even Coat of Hard Candy Matte-ly in Love and wait for the shininess to fade. Them just take a dotting tool in the shade you did your base in and cover it with dots until your heart is satisfied!
One more picture, with a purple for good measure.

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Cool, no? Let me know what you think!
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