I was talking to Ordinary Misfit about gradients using different polishes (i.e. glitter, creme and jelly) and she mentioned a syrup mani. When I googled it, the first result that caught my eye was a syrup mani by Chalkboard Nails. If you’re wondering what a syrup mani is, it is basically a gradient done with jelly polishes using the polish brush instead of a sponge. When I read the post I realized I had all the polishes necessary to recreate it. I loved it so much it moved to the top of my mani to do list.
I started off with my usual base coat of Tip Top Miraculous Results to protect my natural nails. I then painted 3 coats of China Glaze You Drive Me Coconuts on all of my nails. I waited a few minutes for that to dry a bit and then used China Glaze Are You Jelly? to paint 3/4 of my nails. I went in for another coat of Are You Jelly? on half of each nail and finally another coat on the tip of my nails. It looked crap. It wasn’t at all like a nice smooth sponged gradient. I decided to top coat to try and ‘blend’ the polishes. No luck. It still looked atrocious. I remembered that Chalkboard Nails had used the black and white glitter to disguise the fact that the gradient wasn’t as smooth as a sponged gradient, so I tried it on one nail. SUCCESS! It made the gradient look perfectly blended and rounded the look off nicely. I proceeded to paint my L’Oreal Top Coat Confetti onto all of my nails. My Top Coat Confetti dries matte, so I did another top coat to make it shiny. The result:
I was totally in love with my nails for the entire time I wore this mani. They were so beautiful and distracting that I stopped midway through a sentence while staring at them and never got to finish what I was saying. I got compliments from everyone who spotted them. Even my hairdresser who is fully aware of my nail hobby, but never specifically comments on whichever mani I’m wearing when I go in, took the time to say how nice this one was. I didn’t want to take them off and even contemplated redoing the same mani when they chipped. I loved it THAT much. I will definitely be doing these again.
A short while ago I challenged Ordinary Misfit to design some Candy Crush nails. She did and in the process got addicted to Candy Crush. I sent her various screenshots as she had never played before, but ultimately she ended up downloading the game and playing herself. My work here is done! *evil laugh* She came back with a challenge for me and decided to choose one of my nail art nemesis, ombré nails! I’ve tried these before (here and here) and just didn’t like doing it. My first one didn’t turn out so well and although the second one wasn’t bad…I wasn’t too keen on doing it again. Cue the challenge. Since I wore my Chic Tapuz polish I thought it would look awesome as a gradient with yellow, so when Michelle asked me to do an ombré I already knew which colours I wanted to use.
I started with my usual base coat of Tip Top Miraculous Results. I painted all my nails with two coats of essence wanna be your sunshine and top coated with Sally Hansen Insta Dri to quickly dry my nails so that I could continue. I cut a small piece off from a make up sponge, wet it and squeezed all the excess water out. I picked it up with a tweezer and painted both wanna be your sunshine and the Tapuz onto the sponge and started sponging onto my nails. I did three coats of sponging. I decided not to do the ombré on my ring finger nails as I wanted to accent it with a rhinestone, so I painted an extra coat of wanna be your sunshine on my ring nails. I top coated all my nails to blend the ombré and quickly placed the rhinestone I bought from Born Pretty Store (buy here) close to the cuticle before the top coat dried. The results:
I was actually quite happy with how they turned out. I think the colours work well together and that they are blended decently. I actually found this rather easy to do, whereas I felt like I struggled before. Doing this mani has changed my view on ombré and I’m certain to do it again at some point. Thanks for the challenge Michelle!
How about another nude and neon mani? How about we throw some texture and a decal in there? Yes! Yeah ok. I don’t know how to introduce these posts very well. I ordered decals from luckystarstyle a while ago while trying to get my hands on Superman decals for Elijah’s birthday. One of the decals I ordered was an owl. They had them in different colours, but I decided to order the brown one because it was more…”realistic”. You know, like my shocking pink leopard print is “realistic”. Wah. I also recently acquired the L.A. Girl nude texture called Sandstorm. I thought I could pull off a ‘woodsy’ mani with the owl, the texture and a green. I only have a dark, glittery green and a neon green. The neon won.
I started with a base coat of Tip Top Miraculous Results. I painted three coats of China Glaze Highlight of My Summer on my thumb, middle and ring nails. On my index and pinky I painted two coats of L.A. Girl Sandstorm. Once my nails were dry I added the owl decal on my middle nail and painted a top coat of Sally Hansen Insta Dri on my green nails. The results:
Cute, right? I have complained in the past about the drying time of the L.A. Girl textures. I have the gold Sands of Time texture and the green one called Green Sand. I have linked to the posts where I used those polishes. This one was completely different! It dried just as well as my China Glaze textures. I was very happy with that. When I spoke to Ordinary Misfit about this she agreed that her green and gold L.A. girl textures took longer to dry than the nude and purple (I have yet to try my purple). I’m not sure why that is, I’m just glad that this one dried better. I actually really adore this nude texture. The colour is superb and the texture is nice and rough. I can see myself wearing it as a full mani.
What do you think? Do you like these colours together?
I can’t believe I haven’t posted the Superman nails I did for Elijah’s birthday on the blog! I did post pictures of them on Instagram and Facebook, but didn’t even include them in Elijah’s birthday post! Tsk tsk. What is wrong with me?
Luckily I was on leave when I did these nails. It literally took me half the day to get them done. I struggled a bit trying to freehand the Superman logo. I had ordered decals from luckystarstyle, but I left it too late and had to try the Superman thing on my own. Ordinary Misfit found a Superman nails tutorial for me on Pinterest.
I started with my regular base coat of Tip Top Miraculous Results. I painted two coats of Rimmel Sweet ‘n’ Spicy on all my nails except my ring which I painted with two coats of Sinful Colors Aqua. I taped off the triangle as explained in the tutorial and painted a coat of Sinful Colors Snow Me White and then immediately a coat of essence wanna be your sunshine and removed the tape. I used a short striping brush to and Sweet ‘n’ Spicy to paint the red border around the yellow and a dotting tool to make the S. I was going to keep the other nails plain red, but Misfit had a stroke of genius and suggested I do the tips blue. I was quite pleased with how they turned out, although they are far from perfect.
So we’re finally out of the Valentine’s manis and into regular stuff. For now. Easter is coming soon and I reckon I’ll probably do at least one Easter mani. Today I have a gift polish and a prize polish to show you. I received Sinful Colors UFO from my aunt, who had gotten it from someone else. Despite the bottle being about half empty, it was still in perfect condition. I had no idea what to pair it with until I received my Durban Polish Party prize from Ordinary Misfit containing Chic Tapuz. Two oranges!
I started off with my usual base coat of Tip Top Miraculous Results to protect my natural nails. I painted two coats of Chic Tapuz (yeah, I don’t know what is up with that name either) on all of my nails. I painted one coat of Sinful Colors UFO on my ring finger and added a luckystarstyle decal on my middle nail. The first picture I’m posting is a more accurate reflection of the color of Tapuz. The second picture shows you how beautiful the UFO really looks. I sealed everything in with my Seche Vite top coat.
This mani was the straw that broke the camel’s back with my Seche Vite top coat. I love it and loathe it. Some of the problems I experience with my Seche Vite is shrinkage – not only along the tips, but at my cuticles and the sides of my nails as well. Seche Vite is quite commonly known for shrinkage issues at the tips of your nails, but you can wrap you polish to prevent that from happening. No way to prevent it from happening elsewhere on the nail though. My middle nail with the swallows shrank very badly. I had to clean it up some more which left a huge gap between the polish and the cuticle. This just looked horrible in my opinion. It looked like I didn’t bother to paint a 1/4 of my nail at the cuticle :\ I also have issues with it sometimes not drying smoothly, or wrinkling. You can see this on my index nail in the pictures. This may be an application error. I haven’t seen anyone else complaining about it, so I’ll put that down to my own technique. This could also be happening because my Seche needs a bit of Restore. I am currently on my second bottle of Seche Vite. Once the first one came to about 1/4 left, it became unusable. I used Seche Restore to thin it, but no amount of restoring would fix it so I had to toss it. I started looking for another top coat that dries as fast, because I really need something that dries fast badly. I have found something that does rival the drying time of Seche and doesn’t have shrinkage issues. I’ll do a comparison post soon, because it just isn’t that simple, is it?
I really love the way the UFO looked over the Tapuz. I really want to find a way to use it again, but not sure what other colours I would want to layer it over. Maybe a nude? What do you guys think?
As I’ve gotten older it has become more and more apparent to me how success means different things to different people. When I was younger success definitely meant making loads of money and having nice things. I think that living with my mother shaped this perception considerably. What other people thought of her was always very important to my mother and buying expensive things (mostly on credit) to present a life of opulence was something she did to impress others. Also taking her friends (and sometimes family) out to dinners happened very frequently and trading in her car every 2 years was standard. It turned out to be her downfall. Later her family were made to feel that they “owe her” since they participated in making the debt by joining her for dinners or accepting gifts (even under protest). She once bought my grandfather a very expensive gift on his credit card. Tsk. But I digress!
For a long time I believed earning a good salary, driving a new car and having nice furniture meant that you were successful. I readily believed this until my very late twenties. Then I got married. I started my family. I expanded my family. I watched others around me making loads of money, but grasping at what I had without success. I started to realize that you cannot buy the things I have. I look at my life and I am grateful and feel extremely blessed. I still want the nice things. I still want a house with a bedroom for each child and a yard for them to play in. I still want a new lounge suite and wouldn’t mind having a newer car. I want these things, but I am not crying myself to sleep at night because I simply can’t keep up with the Jones’. I have things that money cannot buy.
I have a faithful husband. I have an intelligent, handsome and gentle son. I have a beautiful, mischievous daughter. We are all healthy. We have food to eat every night. We have a roof over our heads. We have beds to sleep in with warm blankets. We love each other. What more does my soul need? I have things that money cannot buy.
So while bucket loads of money (or at least enough for that house and a new car) would be really nice, I realize that I am extremely blessed. My world comprises of these people that I love immensely and nothing else really matters that much. I gripe when I have to work weekends/public holidays, not because we don’t need that little bit of overtime (we do), but because I am away from my family while most people get to spend their weekends/public holidays* with theirs. I miss them. I can always make more money, but I cannot buy memories. I cannot buy my children’s childhood back. I have things that money can’t buy.
What does success mean to you?
*Overtime is compulsory, so I cannot choose not to work.
I promised you all a “traditional” Valentine’s mani and here it is! I was actually really stumped for this, until Ordinary Misfit found this pin which inspired my mani. When I said “traditional” Valentine’s Day I was actually referring to the colours. All the manis I have posted this month have had the heart thing going on, but no red and white nails. I was quite happy with how this turned out. It seems to be quite popular with those who “spot” it.
Let’s get to it! I started off with a base coat of Tip Top Miraculous Results. I then painted two coats of Sinful Colors Ruby Ruby on all but my middle nails which I painted with two coats of Sinful Colors Snow Me White. I used a dotting tool and Snow Me White to make polkas on my nails and hearts at the tip of the dotted nails. Over the white middle nails I stamped the right hand image with my PUEEN 41 stamping plate and essence magic carpet magnetic polish (which stamps like a boss). I added a top coat and voila!
Valentine’s Day Mani
Valentine’s Day Mani
While I was happily snapping the pics of my nails, I was photo bombed!
How rude! I think I’m going to have to do a lot more polka dots to practice and get them to look better. But overall I think it came out okay
I hope you have a great Valentine’s Day, whatever your relationship status. Remember to love yourself as well!
Ordinary Misfit did a guest post for Lipgloss Is My Drug. The moment I saw it I *knew* I wanted to recreate it. I decided to use the same colours and everything because it is just so awesome!
I started off with a base coat of Tip Top Miraculous results. I painted 4 coats of China Glaze You Drive Me Coconuts on my thumb and pinky and 3 coats on my middle nail. I painted 3 coats of Sinful Colors Charmed on my index nail and 2 coats on my ring finger nail. I painted less coats of the base polishes on the nails where I intended to do art to ensure the polish didn’t become thick with too many layers and because opacity isn’t *that* important where there is art to cover most of it. I used Charmed and a large dotting tool to make a heart and some random spots over the You Drive Me Coconuts nail and I used You Drive Me Coconuts to make a heart and some random spots on my Charmed nail. I then used my smallest dotting tool and Sinful Colors Black on Black to make random spots and outline my other dots partially to resemble leopard print. This is basically an exact replica of Michelle’s mani (except this leopard changed her spots :P)
I really like how this turned out. I love everything about it. I also think doing one biggish heart per nail instead of a lot of smaller ones makes it much more obvious. Great idea Michelle! What do you guys think?
Dear readers, don’t say I never do anything for you! Today we’re taking a break from my nails and gracing my pages with works of art by Thea from Madness Nails! I didn’t know how Thea was going to take my request for a guest post, but she was quite open to it and I was very pleased. I love Thea’s work and believe she is crazy talented. I asked her for a Valentine’s Day mani and this is what she came up with.
Hi acidicice loves! Today I am TAKING OVER THE WORLD!!! Okay, actually I’m only taking over H’s blog for the moment but it’s a start right? You have to aim high is what I always say! I was absolutely thrilled when H asked me to guest post on her blog today and create a Valentines mani. I am a straight out sucker for commercialized special days and not ashamed to admit it. Also, the mark down candy and gimmicky merchandise is right up my alley! V-day 2015 is sorted by mid February 2014…But now that I have finished talking a bunch of nonsense, let’s get on to it shall we?
I started by laying down 2 coats of WOW Nail Polish #393 on all my nails. When this was dry I went in with a large sized dotting tool and made angled dotted lines using OPI A Oui Bit Of Red, China Glaze Make An Entrance and Essence Free Hugs on my pinky, ring and index finger. On my middle finger I used the same three colors and made a heart shape using various sized dotting tools. I hope you guys like what I came up with! Huge thank you H, for letting me invade your space for a bit and letting me imprint a bit of madness (Haaaa! I made a punny!) on your readers! And a HUGE thanks to your readers for tolerating this nutty stranger!
I really love these nails! That dotted heart is just something else! Thanks millions Thea for coming over to my blog and splashing a beautiful mani all over here! You can be sure I’ll be inviting you over sometime soon again