The Lacquer Ring – Mandala Inspired

So as it happens I have no stamps mandala-ish nor did I really know what mandala inspired really was. I asked our expert and of course the one that picked this prompt, the #goldmasta V. I sent her a few pictures of some stamps that I could possibly pass as mandala and she approved of this one. Of course you did.. the one that was something I’ve never done before that was for sure to take me forever…. lol

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I decided to use my Uber Mat that I got for Christmas. When I got it I feel like all of my creative-ness went away lol I know that the opposite is supposed to happen… I’ve been watching a lot of how to’s with the uber mat capability and in making your own decals so I decided to give it a shot.  I sent the one that I tried to Sib and she loved it so decals it is..

 

First step was to choose my colors, online mandala inspired were both plain and just the design or multi colors or different shades of the same color. I went for a white base with the black outline and blues for that pop over the white.

 

Step 1: Using my Ubermat I painted a layer of clear in 10 positions on my mat

Step 2: Once dry enough, using my stamper, I stamped the desired design on all of the clear spaces I had painted

Step 3: Now here comes the tedious part, Using a brush or a dotting tool, I painted in the desired spaces (tip: Do all of your smaller spots first or lighter colors and then you can fill in overtop of it with another color for the spaces around it, as you will be flipping the decal over anyway)

For this step I did one color at a time and just put a drip of each color one at a time and started to color in my spots

Step 4: Once all desired spaces were colored in, I went an extra step as I hate white base polishes.. I don’t know about you but I feel like I can never get a white to look perfect on my nails. As you will see from my picture I also did 10 white spaces as well. This next step was to gently peel up my decals one by one and while slightly still wet from the colors to place them overtop the white to make the white on my nail more opaque and make my life easier

Step 5/6: Once my base coat was applied, one by one I painted a white layer on my nails. While the white from each nail was slightly wet not quite dry and not freshly painted, I peeled up the design I made with the white as shown above and applied it to my nail

Step 7: Using a clean up brush and tiny scissors or a cuticle cutter cut the overhanging detail and press down to secure. Once fully secure continue cutting off excess and getting excess off with polish remover and your clean up brush around your cuticles

Step 8: Top coat and done

I am no expert, as I said this was my first time ever doing these and they for sure need some improvement. If you have any tips or tricks to help me out in the future please, please let me know!

Tools used for this mani: (for prep) Sally Hansen cuticle gel, cuticle pusher, cuticle clippers, file (for mani) cuticle clippers, tiny scissors, MoYou Bridal Plate 06, nail polish remover, fine dottig tool, and two clean up brushes one angled & one straight.

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Polishes used for this mani: OPI Nail envy base coat, China Glaze white out, Cirque Monte Carlo, Cirque Cabana Capri, Illamasqua Boosh, Lemming Lacquer Curiouser & Curiouser!, OPI My Pal Joey, jessica Barely Blueberry, and Cirque Twilight

Now for the mani pics 🙂

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For my right hand I did the decals and for my accent hand a gradient using Cirque’s Monte Carlo and Twilight

For my left hand I did the decals on each finger and for my accent just used Cirque Twilight

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This picture I know is very bright, I was messing with my camera options and just really liked how vibrant the colors looked in my decals

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For once I liked how my right hand came out better than my left, I am sure it has something to do with the fact that my left/model hand my pointer finger nail broke this week 😦

 

So there you have it, my Mandala inspired and first time making decal nails! What tips do you have for me or others that want to try the decal look again? What do you think of all of the girls mandala inspiration nails?  Check em out below!

NOTD 160 – OMG Nail Strips Review

It really is true that when it rains it pours! As most of you know my husband got his tonsils out just last week and his first day back to work was Yesterday. Well the Friday that he had his surgery, my one dog, Tempest ran across the backyard and basically blew her knee. The Vet suggested an Orthapedic surgeon if in about a week she was still the same and that there was a possibility that it could heal on its own. Unfortunately when she applies any pressure to the knee it pops very badly so we did not wait and sought out the surgeon right away. We met with the Surgeon last night who confirmed just by seeing how she walks and holds up her leg, and how her bone is sitting and is disjointed that her ACL is completely torn and possibly her meniscus (the cartilage in between her knee bones). The only good thing about all of this is that she also completely ripped her nerve so luckily she is not in any pain. Unfortunately with large dogs such as herself it will not heal on its own the type of injury that this is… so she has to get surgery to repair and then physical therapy after, just like people. 😦 So first my husband now my poor pupper. My other dog Blizzard strained his knee in a very similar fashion in the beginning of the year but it wasn’t a complete tear so he wasn’t as bad off and his healed for the most part on its own. When it rains and such he still limps a little and wont put full pressure on it, but Tempest’s is completely torn!! 😦

Well on that note… 😦 I will move on to the nail strips that I have to show you today… I was contacted by William from the OMG Nail Strips Company to review the strips for you guys. I chose the Peacock design.

*These Strips were sent to me for my unbiased review*

Below are the application instructions from the website:

  • Soak your hands in warm water for 5 minutes. Dry hands, then gently push back cuticles. Carefully remove any excess skin around the nail bed.
  • Moisturize your hands with lotion, and wait 1 minute.
  • Using a Q-tip, remove any leftover lotion from the nail bed, paying special attention to the sidewalls, cuticle area and tip of the fingernail.
  • Select the appropriate sized nail strip for each nail to ensure the nail will be covered from sidewall to sidewall. Using a nail strip that is too large for a particular nail is not recommended; rather, trim the strip the scissors to the appropriate width.
  • Peel off the clear coating, and then carefully remove the nail polish strip from the sticker backing,
  • Start by placing whichever end on the nail strip that works better for your nails at the cuticle and  apply it by smoother the strip towards the tip and your nail, smoothing out and bumps and ensuring the strip is tucked neatly into the sidewalls.
  • File away any excess nail strip by holding your nail file parallel to the surface you are working on, as filing the nail perpendicularly will cause tearing along the tip.
  • After you have applied all ten polish strips, take a cotton ball the has been dipped in polish removed with the excess remover wrung out, and swipe each nail 1-3 times, paying special attention to the sidewalls, tips and cuticle area. This step is especially important, as it melts the strip to your nails, allowing for longer lasting wear.
  • Apply a finishing topcoat, and wait 5 minutes for it to try completely.

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So as some of you know I have a hard time with nail strips and unfortunately these were no exception. My nail beds are very curved and the application seems to be more trouble than it’s worth. I have to stretch over the curve or none of them will fit, and when I do that it, it either stretches out the design or when I get to the tip of my nail it’s uneven and has a crease.

I think that for people with relatively flat or much less curved nails as mine may enjoy these strips as there was nothing else wrong with them other than that, they are just not for me.

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The strips seemed to last at least the 3-4 days that I had them on for, I showered and washed my hands several times with no problem, even put on cuticle oil with no issues. I even used ‘Seche Vite’ as my topper and as we know that with some of these strips that tends to shrink the strips and they get all gross, these did not. (I do however regularly use Seche Restore so that my Seche does not get thick and shrink my polish.)

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Overall, as I said if you have nails that are not as curved as mine and you are in to strips these are a great product. Picture 124

You will see in this picture and possibly some others, how they stretched a little so at the base of my nail they are a little uneven, etc. Nothing that the average person wouldn’t notice, but I noticed on myself.

The website for these strips can be found here.

Their Facebook page can be found here, which I am told there is a giveaway every month

Pros:

  • The strips seemed to last and once applied were not sticky and did not lift at all.
  • Upon removing the strips they did not damage my nails like some nail strip products.
  • The price I think is great for this product. They are $6.89 or 4 packs for $20, (10 for $45)
  • Lots of cute designs
  • Fast Shipping – International Shipping available! 🙂
  • The strips unlike some companies are sticker like strips and once applied kept the strong adhesiveness but again not enough to damage the nails
  • Top coat can be applied to preserve the look where-as some companies you can not.

Cons:

  • The strips did leave a slight sticky glue film behind that was easily removed with some nail polish remover.
  • I feel they do not work for everyone especially those like myself with such curved nail beds.

So if you feel that these nail strips are you and definitely for the price, check them out and let me know what you think!

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Jamberry Removal

Well… Just as I suspected… I couldn’t leave the Jamberry strips on my nails for very long, or at least not as long as they say they are supposed to last. They are said to be able to stay on for roughly 2 weeks on your hands depending on your nail growth. I kept the Jamberry’s on my nails for 6 whole days! I know to some of you that may not sound like long, but they were starting to drive me crazy with boredom. It has nothing to do with the shields themselves, polish drives me to boredom too.

I do however in the meantime for you have a picture of my friend Gina’s toes. She did these on her toes the day that she got them and has had them on for 2 weeks, 4 days and counting. This picture was taken yesterday, and as you can see, even after 2 weeks and 4 days, they are still looking brand new. She loves them!

 

I pulled the below Removal process right from the Jamberry website

Quick Removal Process:Heat the shields with a blow dryer for 15 seconds. Then break the seal by getting under the edge of the shield with your opposite thumb nail. Slowly peel the shield from side to side. If the Nail Shields are not peeling easily or the adhesive is still bonded to the nail bed then follow the Gentle Removal Process.

Gentle Removal Process: Soak the Nail Shields in nail polish remover for 20-30 seconds and gently rub them off. Soaking will break down the adhesive bond and allow them to easily slide of the nail bed.

Overall in the 6 days that I wore these, I had no lifting, no scuffing, no peeling or cracking. All in all, I think the idea of this product, the way that it works, the way that it’s made, and the designs are just simply fabulous. They are just not made for MY hands. I will do them on my toes shortly as I tend to keep polish on them no problem for easily 2-3 weeks, until I need to do another Pedicure.

If you are Interested in purchasing a set or two of these, please see my Jamberry Shield Post here and here, for prices and shipping info. Once again here is Doreen’s contact info:

Name:Doreen Fooder

Email:NailShields@hotmail.com

Phone:856-723-0116

Website:Nailshields.jamberrynails.net

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NOTD2-Ladybug Breast Cancer

I participated in the Avon Breast Cancer Walk in NYC in October 2011, so this was my look for that weekend. I used my “OPI Base and Top Coat” then my “e.l.f. – light pink” for this look, as well as my “ladybug breast cancer water decals”

I like to use different water decals from time to time. You can find a lot of different designs of these decals on eBay. I purchased these Decals from the seller: Ebay Store

The decals are fairly easy to use. They comes in a strip of 10 usually, you cut out as close as you can around the image. Once your nail is painted and DRY, put the decal you cut out in water for 30 seconds. Take the decal off and slide onto dry nail. These are not sticky decals so you can slide into place.

Hope you Enjoy and find some inspiration from this look!

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