March Manis! March has flown by – I was sick for a while, there was lots of snow storms where I live, I decided to redo my tv stand, and work has been busy! Hopefully April is warmer and more relaxing! Which mani is your favourite? What do you want to see in April?
Essie Garden Variety. This is seriously one of my favourite Essie polishes ever. It is super pigmented and opaque – I almost didn’t need the 2nd coat! It’s bright and a perfect color to kick off spring. I got mine from NailPolishCanada.com. The leaf ring is from Splurge, who offers free delivery for those in the HRM!
Matte chevrons moons! I always like mattifying my manis during the first few months of the year. I have no idea why.. Anyways, for this mani I used Essie Where’s My Chauffeur, Essie Cashmere Bathrobe, & Finger Paints Stunning Stilettos.
Wanted to try a very contrasting gradient, but I didn’t love how it turned out so I added some chevrons. I used OPI Dark Side Of The Mood, a franken white polish, and Orly Luxe. The Chevrons were created with help from WhatsUpNails guides! Let me know what you’d like me to do next.
Gold lines! Holy, this makes my nails look longer than they actually are! For this I started with a gold base (@orlynails Luxe), added one strip of @whatsupnails Skinny Straight Tape, and then painted over everything with a dark purple (@aengland_official Elaine). Topped it all of with a matte top coat!
So I might be in love with @opi_products Dark Side Of the Mood. I really need to get out of these dark shades though! For this mani I used DSOTM, @essiecanada Ignite The Night, and my fav white/light grey franken. I don’t know what those accent nails are supposed to be…I covered all of these with a matte topcoat from Gosh!
Have I told you guys that I love @opi_products Dark Side of the Mood?? I added @bornprettystore black studs (see my instagram profile if you’d like a discount code) as an accent over #nopi Others Pale By Kim-Parison. I love these! Classy and kind of rocker chic.
Close up! My nails are so curved that I wouldn’t be able to show the gold on the sides if I took the photo how I normally do. These gold outlined half moons are featuring OPI Just Lanai-ing Around, Orly Luxe, and Sally Hansen Big Matte Topcoat. This was done freehand – outlining took so long, but I finally feel like I am getting more of a steady hand. I feel like these would be great to wear out on a date night or other evening event because the half moon is such a classic look.
How to add color to clear liquid latex: pour liquid latex into a clean and empty polish bottle of your choice. Add 1/4 of a tsp of acrylic paint and mix. If you add too much paint, you could change the latex too much and it might not dry properly or stick together like you would want it too.
Adding color helps the latex stand out from your skin so that it is easier to remove. Apply the liquid latex around your nail. Let it dry, then do your nail art. Any polish that gets on your skin or cuticle will be removed when you peel the latex away! If you do water marbles or gradients, you have to jump on this liquid latex bandwagon!
Who else is loving the new OPI Spring 2015 Hawaii Collection?! Shown here is the beautiful purple Lost My Bikini in Molokini. I used chevron guides from WhatsUpNails to create the accent nail. The jelly white polish is apparently Essie Adore-a-ball (I’m convinced my label was switched), and the gold is Essie Beyond Cozy.