Sunday, March 31, 2013

EASTER NAILS

To all of you who celebrate Easter hope you have a Happy Easter!

I decided to be festive with my nails today


Products I used:
  • China Glaze's "For Audrey"
  • OPI's "Do You Lilac It"
  • Essie's "Cascade Cool"
  • Glitter is China Glaze's "Fairy Dust"
  • Seche Vite Top Coat
  • White acrylic paint for the bunny ears and white polish for the face
  • Pink for the ears and nose is OPI's "Kiss Me On The Tulips"
  • Nail art brushes
  • Swarovski rhinestones from amazon

And that is what my work station looks like. I always make such a mess. The mani looks SOOOO much better in person I could not get a good picture and it make me so sad but I've been staring at my nails all day and I'm obsessed.

One more:


If you have any questions let me know in the comments down below :)
Have a beautiful day!


Friday, March 29, 2013

POLKA DOT MADNESS

I'm obsessed with matte nails and 3d nail art recently.

Products used:

  • China Glaze's "For Audrey"
  • Black acrylic paint
  • Rhinestones from a cellphone case sticker (picture below)
  • Seche Vite Top Coat
  • Calvin Klein's "One" Matte Top Coat I got at ULTA Beauty Store

Steps:
  • Painted my nails with "For Audrey"
  • Let it dry then using a dotting tool placed polka dots using black acrylic paint
  • Let it dry a little then added Seche Vite top coat waited for it to dry
  • Added Calvin Klein's "One" Matte Top Coat
  • Using tweezers placed the rhinestones in their spot and pushed them down
I went to Daiso in Anaheim, CA and they didn't have much nail art supplies but it was cuteness overload. I did get this though and decided to use them for my nails. It cost $1.50, it's supposed to be a cellphone sticker thing


If you have any questions let me know in a comment! And if you try it out feel free to email me the picture or hashtag it #modnails on instagram :)


Tuesday, March 26, 2013

FOIL NAILS

Lately I've been obsessed with foil transfers (thanks to the amazing Chelsea King).


I purchased my foil and circular studs from www.dollarnailart.com

To transfer the foil you need special nail foil transfer glue. I got the foil and glue at the same site and that's also the site where I get all my square and round studs from. The only con is that you have to spend a minimum of $25.

This is what the foil and glue look like:


The foil comes in those little tubes and you just cut some to fit your nail. I still haven't tried to put the foil on my entire nail because I love the way it looks with the base color showing.

If you want to achieve this look here's a YouTube tutorial:



Have a beautiful day!

Sunday, March 24, 2013

MATTE LEOPARD NAILS AND HALFMOON MANICURE

Okay so I am OBSESSED with this new matte top coat I just purchased at ULTA. These are some matte leopard nails mixed in with a half moon manicure:

Products I used:
  • Base nude color is OPI's "Don't Pretzel My Buttons"
  • Leopard spots are OPI's "San Tan-Tonio"
  • Black is OPI's "Black Onyx"
  • Seche Vite Top Coat
  • Calvin Klein "One" Matte Top Coat
  • Black Acrylic Paint
I had run out of my Essie's "Matte About You" which I purchased a year ago (it lasted me that long) and every time I've gone to ULTA they've been sold out. The girl working there recommended Calvin Klein's "One" Matte Top Coat and I am so glad she did. It was a little pricey ($14) but nail polish wise probably the best $14 I've spent. It has a thick square brush which makes it come out even and the matte finish is PERFECT. I got the last one and I don't know why there hasn't been a bigger hype about it. The bottle looks like this:



It comes in a black box and it's in the makeup section at ULTA. If this is out of your price range then Essie's "Matte About You" will do the job for $8. ULTA has been sold out every time I've gone but you can order it off amazon. As for other top coats I haven't tried any other matte top coats so I wouldn't be able to say which other ones I'd recommend.

If you have any questions leave me a comment or email me :) Here's a tutorial if you would like to achieve this look:





Saturday, March 23, 2013

CHAINS, STUDS, AND MORE SILVER

I decided to go all out with chains, studs, and foil wrap.


Products I used:

  • Essie's "Where's My Chaffeur" for the blue color
  • OPI's "Alpine Snow" is the bottle I'm holding
  • Black acrylic paint
  • Silver foil wrap from dollarnailart.com
  • Studs from dollarnailart.com

I'm in love with the foil. I bought the transfer glue for the foil on dollarnailart as well. It wasn't too hard. All I did was paint my nails with "Where's My Chaffeur", added my top coat (I use Seche Vite), let it dry, put on the transfer glue, waited five minutes, got the foil pressed it on top of my nail and quickly lifted it off. 

For the chain I just used an earring I had. 

Tutorial coming soon :)


Monday, March 18, 2013

SPRING HAS SPRUNG

I tried quilted nails for the first time and it's a LOT harder than I thought it would be.


Products I used:

  • Pink is OPI's "Pink Friday"
  • Mint green is OPI's "Gargantuan Grape"
  • White is  OPI's "Alpine Snow"
  • Matte effect was done using Essie's "Matte About You" top coat
  • Microbeads were purchased at Michael's Craft Store

Steps to get the quilted look:
1) Base Coat
2) Two coats of color polish
3) Seche Vite Topcoat
4) Essie's "Matte About You" topcoat for the matte effect
5) Let it dry for a few minutes then taking floss gently press down in diagonal lines
6) Using nail glue put a few dots of nail glue on corners to add rhinestone or microbeads (I use a toothpick and lick the end to pick up rhinestones or microbeads)

I tried it with microbeads and rhinestones, here's the one with the rhinestones:


I'm having a hard time deciding which I like best.

The heart was done using tape, I just took tape, folded it in half, cut out half a heart like we did in elementary school, waited until my base color was completely dry (this is when Seche Vite comes in handy), put the tape over it, added polish, waited 30 seconds, and took the tape off and voila :)

Let me know if you have any questions :) Hope you all have a beautiful night.





Sunday, March 17, 2013

ST. PATRICK'S DAY NAILS

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

I decided to be festive and paint my nails to match today's holiday.





The two greens I used for the gradients are China Glaze's (it's the one on my pointer finger) "Def Defying" and Essie's "Mojito Madness"

The gold glitter overlay I used on my middle finger, pinky, and thumb is Deborah Lippmann's "Boom Boom Pow"

I purchased the studs from www.dollarnailart.com and the microbeads from Michael's Craft Store.

I had originally just dont a gradient but decided to add gold glitter and gold four leaf clovers because I don't know how to keep it simple. For a tutorial on how to apply studs, microbeads, and a gradient how-to visit my youtube @ www.youtube.com/user/modnailss 


Friday, March 15, 2013

LONG NAILS DON'T CARE

I've gotten many questions about how I grow out my nails and how I keep them long so here it is.

These pictures below were taken in a span of seven months. They would be longer but I do file them down except for lately because I'm growing them out to eventually shape my nails into stilettos.



FAQs: How do I grow my nails out? What do you do to get your nails so long? My nails are weak how do I make them stronger? I’m a nail biter, any suggestions?

Answers: If you’re interested in my nail care, here is my nail care:



This is my nail length in a time frame of seven months. The first picture is right after I had taken off my acrylics after having them for over one year. I always got acrylics because I was a nail biter ADDICT. Not kidding. I could never grow my nails past my fingers without biting them off. I decided I liked nail art and had a nail polish addiction and got tired of having ghetto nails since I’d never take the time to get my nails done and they would grow out (gross). I used to use Nail Magic and that would make my nails grow so fast but I realized over time that my nails would still chip on the side. I do administrative work so my nails do still chip on the sides but it’s usually only my pointer finger. I stopped using nail magic and switched over to the amazing Lacquerloon suggestion (the long nail goddess), one coat of OPI’s “Original Nail Envy” and one coat of Essie’s “Grow Stronger” and it’s worked wonders (Thank you so much Gaby!). I apply it as my base coats every time I do a new mani or when my nails are naked. As for nail biting, once I started growing them out again I would ALWAYS have them painted, the more time it took me to do nail art the least I would want to ruin them. Hope that answered a few of your questions! If you have any other questions feel free to comment! And as always thank you for your support.


Sunday, March 3, 2013

Glitter Gradient Nails



I'm holding OPI's "Glints of Glinda"

The glitters I used are
China Glaze's "Glistening Snow"
China Glaze's "I'm Not Lion"
Essie's "Set In Stones"
OPI's "Crown Me Already"

Youtube tutorial can be viewed here


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