I Don’t Think You’re Ready for this Jelly Floral Mani

I love this floral design from MrCandiipants and I’ve been meaning to try my own version of it for quite some time now. If you’re not already following Candice, you really should. She’s incredibly talented, especially with floral designs. She’s basically the queen of floral nail art imo.

Anyways, I wanted to go with a bright, yet slightly muted colour palette so I chose four of the jelly shades from the China Glaze Sunsational Collection – Are You Jelly?, Keepin’ It Teal, Shell-O and Heat Index over a base of none other than OPI My Vampire is Buff

I won’t go into details about the specific technique for creating the look since Candice has already posted a tutorial that you can follow. It’s super simple and you really don’t need any special nail art tools at all.

Featured Blog – October: Adventures in Acetone

Hey guys!

Welcome to October’s featured blog post! I’ve known since last month’s feature which one I would be doing next so I’m actually early posting this one! For my newer followers who haven’t seen one of my featured blog posts before, check out my Featured Blogs tab at the top of the page for more information.

Jacki is a friend of mine through a Facebook polish group and she started catching my attention recently when she posted photos of her nail art in the group. For some reason I wasn’t already following her blog, Adventures in Acetone, so I started following immediately and I’m so glad I did! She’s definitely an up-and-comer in the nail art community and her blog is one that really deserves some extra attention.

On her blog you’ll find a mix of nail polish swatches, freehand nail art, stamping nail art and tutorials. She updates really frequently so there’s always something to look at and she takes really clear and colour accurate swatch photos. I also really adore the name of her blog!

Here’s a sneak peak of her work:

Keep reading to find out more about this great blog!

Look familiar? She used my Patchwork tutorial for this design! And I totally love the colours she used for her variation of my design.

This is only a sample of really great posts she’s made so be sure to head over to see more from her!
Click here to be taken directly to Adventures in Acetone.

To send me a link to a blog that you’d like to see featured here, please visit the Contact tab and use the email form provided. So that I know what your email is in reference to, please specify in the subject field “Featured Blog Suggestion”.
You can send me your own blog, a friend’s blog, or even a blog belonging to someone you don’t know but that you just think is a great blog that deserves more attention.

Celebrating 1,000,000 Pageviews with a Nail Art Contest!

Hey guys!

Yesterday I hit 1,000,000 page views! I’m so amazed by this milestone and I wanted to do something fun and interactive to show my gratitude. So, I decided to host my very first nail art contest!

Nail art contests have been pretty popular lately and an awesome tool by Inlinkz has provided a great way to submit entries, as well as a way to see everyone else’s entries!

So let’s discuss the theme, the rules, the prizes, and all that other good stuff, shall we?

THE THEME:

Since the contest will be running during the month of May, I decided to use the phrase “April showers bring May flowers” as inspiration for the theme! To simplify this, the theme will be “floral”.
I think that this theme is general enough that it will allow nail artists of any skill level to enter, but it’s still something that will be fun and provide a number of diverse, unique entries!
Some of you may remember that I did a floral nail art series a while back, so you can certainly check that out for some inspiration!

THE RULES:

Only one entry per person. Your design must include one or more floral elements in order to meet the requirements of the theme. The design must be done by you, on your own nails. Stamping is prohibited, as is the use of any decals, stickers or fimo slices. You can however make use of certain nail art decorations such as rhinestones and bouillon beads.

The use of acrylic paint is discouraged, but not prohibited. If you would like to use acrylic paint for your design, just please make sure that the majority of your design is made using nail polish. You can use any nail art tools at your disposal to create your design. That includes nail art brushes, dotting tools, the polish brushes themselves, etc.
Your design does not have to be a new one, but I do strongly encourage you to get inspired by the theme and create a new design.

You must submit your design by using the Inlinkz tool at the end of this post between now and Friday, May 25th.
This contest is open internationally.

THE JUDGING:

Entries will be judged by myself and a small panel of judges that I have chosen.

HOW TO USE THE INLINKZ TOOL:

If you’ve never used the Inlinkz tool, here’s a quick and easy rundown of how to enter your submission. After you’ve taken photos of your design, upload them to your own blog. If you do not have a blog, you’ll still need to upload your photos online so that you have a URL to use in your entry. You can do this by using any free photo hosting site such as Photobucket or Flickr. Then, click the add button and simply fill in all of the required fields to submit your entry.

THE PRIZES:

Here’s the most exciting part! The winner will win 3 polishes from the indie brand Elemental Styles! The 3 polishes are: 26 Iron Man-ia, 117 Unuseptium and 79 Fool’s Gold.

On top of that, the winner will also be able to pick any 2 items from my Etsy shop! If there’s not current anything in stock that interests you – no problem! I will custom make your 2 pieces for you using any polishes from my stash! That’s right, even my rare and hard to find polishes! I’m also in the process of producing earrings, so there’ll be some of those available when the winner picks their prizes!

And that’s all the info you should need! If you have any other questions, leave a comment below.

Happy polishing!

Christmas Nail Art – Winter Wonderland

Hi everyone!

I have another Christmas mani for you today! This is probably my favourite one that I’ve done this year so far, so hopefully you all like it as well!
To create this winter wonderland design, I first started by doing a gradient with China Glaze First Mate, Sky High-Top and Bahamian Escape. Most of Bahamian Espcape ended up being covered by the snow tips, but that’s ok. And I do have a step-by-step tutorial for gradient nails, so you can check that out here.

My next step was to create the snow at the tips, which I just did using a striping brush and Wet ‘n’ Wild French White. When that was done, I used a really small nail art brush and freehanded on some trees with both China Glaze First Mate and Wet ‘n’ Wild French White. Finally, I used a tiny dotting tool and added some falling snow.
Although I get a strong Christmas vibe from this mani, I think it could still be appropriate during the entire winter season! So it’s a little more versatile than most other Christmas designs.
I had planned on doing a tutorial for this design while I was doing it, but didn’t end up having the extra time. So if you’d like to see a tutorial, let me know in the comments and I’ll put that on my to-do list. 🙂

Thanks for looking!