Monthly Archives: September 2012

Fall Leaves

This is my finished fall leaves mani.

I was very proud of them, but had to let a fellow student take them off and repaint them at school. The blessing/curse of learning manicures ๐Ÿ™‚

Curious about how I did them? It was pretty easy, though time consuming.

Step one: take a gallon size plastic bag and paint spots of different colors. I used golds, oranges, reds, fall colors, you know!

Super high tech.

Step two: paint your base color. I used a shimmery periwinkley blue. Like the sky-ish.

Step three: once your painted baggie is dry, cut a color out, plastic and all.

ย Step three: using a leaf shaped hole punch, take a punch out of the plastic and the paint.

Step four: take your leaf shaped punch and lay it, plastic up, polish down on your nail where you would like it. Press it down, and peel back the plastic and smooth the paint to the nail as needed. This is the hard part. It works best if the polish on your nails is still a little tacky, not wet enough to smudge, but not quite rock hard yet.

Step five: repeat as desired.

Step six: cover with a nice coat or two of top coat.

The beauty of this is you don’t have to wait for the leaves to dry, like with stamping, before your top coat. They won’t streak. It is a time consuming process, and the hole punch doesn’t like to punch plastic cleanly. I have been able to peel sheets of polish from my baggie before and just hole punch a sheet of polish, but I felt the plastic backing gave me a little better results. The leaves kept their shape better than they would have had I just punched them out of polish, because they were less likely to fold in on themselves. Want to see the finished mani again? I do.

I am holding a Sweet Secret. This collecting toys I had as a child phase probably has nothing to do with my upcoming 30th birthday.

ย Happy Fall!

Neon Sprinkled

For this mani, I used Milani – Awesome Orange from the Neon line, and Sinful Colors – Neon Melon. They covered like a dream over my white acrylics. I topped them with a slight gradient of Nail Pattern Boldness – Seppuku (With A Frisbee) and Flipping Out Hard, Seppuku over the orange and Flipping over the yellow. I am very pleased with the dimension and interest these glitters add, as well as how closely some of the colors of glitter match the neon polish.

Why yes, that is an octopus Precious Moments figurine.

This mani really dazzles in the sun.

I changed up the accent fingers on my right hand.

As I’ve said before, Nail Pattern Boldness has some bad ass polishes.



Got My Nails Did!

After having a cute, glittery mani lasting me less than one day at work, coupled with studying nails at school, I decided to get acrylics put on again. Causing me to have many issues as I type this ๐Ÿ™‚


When I asked for white acrylic powder over the whole nail, the tech looked at me like I was cray and said, “you mean pink, right?” No sir. So they look like they have (white) polish on them when they are bare, and it has been a great base for neons and pastels so far!

Was given a chip of unpolished turquoise at the gem and mineral show ๐Ÿ™‚

As you can see, the white makes this gradient and silver sponging on top really pop.