Thursday, October 27, 2011

Halloween Week Day 4: Spider Web Nails

Hi guys! Hope you are enjoying this week of Halloween looks so far! Today I have another purple look for you:

Base color is "Let's talk" by Sinful Colors. Spider web and spider are from Bundle Monster BM13. I added a red rhinestone to the spider to make it look like a black widow and so it would stand out a little better on the purple background. What do you guys think?

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Halloween Week Day Three: Creepy Skull Nails

Ok, so Monday, we had cute sparkly skulls, and today I'm going with creepy scary blood splattered skull nails! *insert evil laugh here*

The blood splatter effect was achieved by using red stamping polish with konad M70 stamp on white nails. The skull design is from a Nail Art Stamp set from Born Pretty. I added the red to the eyes using my dotting tool to make the skull even more creepy!

Hope you like this look!  Let me know what you think.

Halloween Week - Day Two: Witch Nails

Color is called Totally 80's (I layered it over white because otherwise it would take 5 coats to get this tone.) Black sparkly tips are from Love and Polish Charcoal from Forever 21. Witch Hat is from Bundle Monster 209 stamp and the little witches are from BM 13

Monday, October 24, 2011

Halloween Week: Purple Sparkly Skull Nails!

Starting off a week of Halloween nails with my favorite of the five manicures I've done so far.  For some reason, I think purple is the best color of fall, so I have broken the tradition of typical Halloween colors, and done not one, but two manicures with purple as a base!  LOL!  I'm such a rebel.

Base color for this look is China Glaze Flying Dragon (Neon) The skull was stamped twice on each nail from Bundle Monster 211 stamp with konad white polish, and then I filled in the eyes with my dotting tool using Milani's Purple Gleam. 

Hope you like this fun non-traditional Halloween manicure!  I can't wait to show you what I else I've created!  XOXO

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Breast Cancer Awareness Pink Ribbon Nails

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, I wanted to share some pretty special nails I created. This look started with a base coat of Zoya Portia. The pink ribbon was created free-hand using Zoya Areej (one of my favorite polishes of all time!), and then I top coated with Color Club's Starry Temptress.

As you can see, my nails are now nubbins!  You may see some more designs from the vault with longer tips, but sadly, I had some unfortunate breakies so frenchies will have to hold off until they grow.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Dotting Tool-torial

After a week of inspiration, I think you are probably ready for a wrap up, and some more ideas for what to do with your dotting tool.

First, if you don't have a dotting tool yet, might I recommend this set from Born Pretty Store:

5x 2 way Pink DOTTING Pen Marbleizing Tool Nail Art Dot

This set has different sizes, which can be used to create even more designs.  Here are some other designs you can make with your dotting tools:
A heart is just two dots side by side and then dragged together to a point.  Cherries are similar, we just put two dots side by side and then using an alternate color, you can use your tool to draw the stems.  Using three dots, you can make a little mickey mouse, or teddy bear.  Dotting tool is also great for making eyes.  With the tool set above, you can use the big end of the tool for the white of the eye, and then the small end for the little black pupils. 

For even more dotting tool inspiration, check out some of my favorite manicures from the past:

Hope you've enjoyed this week of dotting tool nails.  I hope you've gotten some inspiration and courage to try a dotting tool out if you haven't gotten one yet, or maybe try some new designs with the one you have! 

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Yellow Monarch Nail Art

I've seen this design all over the blogisphere, and I just felt so tempted to do it myself!  And it goes with dotting tool week because the design has dots!

Isn't this just a fun manicure?  I LOVE it in yellow!!!!  But, if you don't, I've also seen this manicure in orange and pink.  I thought it was pretty easy to do.  All you need is a black striping polish to draw your lines, and then use your dotting tool and a white polish for the dots.  The base color here is Sally Hansen Insta Dri in Lightning. 

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Pink Leopard Nail Art

Dotting tools aren't just for creating nail art, they are also great for embellishing stamping. I love to use mine to apply rhinestones and add some color to stamped designs. Case in point: today's pink Wednesday manicure!

I started this manicure with Zoya Raven.  Then stamped the leopard print (Konad M57) with a white stamping polish.  Then, using my dotting tool, I filled in the holes of the leopard print with Zoya Mod Matte Lolly.

Don't have a dotting tool yet?  Here's the set I have from Born Pretty Store.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Cheery Cherry Nail Art

Next step with using our dotting tool, is creating art with it! On the manicure today, I decided to use my dotting tool to create some cute cherries! I actually got the idea for this manicure from a YouTube video by CutePolish. Creating cherries with your dotting tool is really easy. You just need two red dots next to each other, and then you can use your dotting tool to draw three little lines for the stem and leaf. I couldn't decide if I liked the white "shine dots" on my cherries or not, so I did one hand with each ;)

Base color for this manicure was a Sally Hansen Whirlwind White. The red in the cherries is Zoya Sookie, and the green is Four Leaf Clover by China Glaze.

Don't have a dotting tool yet?  Here is the set I use all the time from Born Pretty Store.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Light Purple Polka Dot Nails

Lately, I have been working on a lot of nail looks with my dotting tools, and I thought it would be a good idea to do a week of dotting tool looks, and a dotting tool-torial at the end of the week to help expand your skills! :)

I think to get comfortable and good with your dotting tool, the first look you should master, is an all over polka dot look, like the manicure I'm showing you today. My tip for manicures like this is to start with a center line of dots, and then do lines of dots in the alternating lines beside the center line, trying to keep the spacing as even as possible.

The base color for this cute manicure is Revlon Lily.  This was such a sweet little manicure :)


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