Monday, November 30, 2009

Tutorial: How to draw an anchor : )

As promised, here's a tutorial on how to paint an anchor. n_n

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1. Paint nail with a navy blue base.

2. Using a dotting tool or striping brush, roughly outline the shape of an anchor with white nail polish. As you can see, I just randomly dabbed on a design. : )

3. Fill in outline with white nail polish.

Look how easy this is! Freehand painting is totally not as hard as you think! ^-^

Monday, November 23, 2009

Nautical Themed Nail Art II

This manicure was inspired by a design in Nail Up, my favourite Japanese nail art magazine! ^-^ I knew I had to try this out right when I saw it! The design seemed really simple to do, yet it portrayed the nautical theme ever so perfectly!

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Design on thumb...
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Love the star-shaped rhinestones!

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For this manicure I used (from left to right):

OPI Dating A Royal NL B70
OPI Alpine Snow NL L00
OPI Big Apple Red NL N25


Step by step tutorial:
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1. Apply white polish on nails until opaque. I used three coats of OPI Alpine Snow in the pictures above. The polish was a bit streaky but workable. By the way, you can always have the same design on all nails if you want! : )

2. When the polish dries, paint on two red stripes. Tip: Divide nail into six equal sections and approximate the average thickness of each stripe...OR just paint on whatever you like, I don't think it matters all that much! Teeheehee! :D

3. With blue nail polish, paint a thin French tip along the free edge of the nail.

4. Stick on gold sequins to the ends of the stripes to complete the look. : )


P.S. I just remembered that I also took pictures of how I drew the anchor for the design on my middle fingernail. I shall post them up as soon as I get them edited! XD

Thanks for looking! Love you all!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Leopard Prints + Blue French Tips!


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For this manicure I used:

OPI Bubble Bath
Missha BL03- a light blue duochrome with turquoise shimmer (My camera wasn't able to capture it properly)
Wet n Wild Black Creme
Dollar Store Silver Glitter
Konad Plate m57


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Step by step tutorial:


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1. Paint on a french tip. You can either use french tip guides (avaliable at most drug stores) or freehand it if you want. ^-^ Prior to this, I also painted my nails with OPI Bubble Bath, a very natural sheer pink, to cover up all my terrible yellow stains. You can skip this step if your nails aren't stained from wearing too much nail polish like mine. Lol!

2. Stamp on the leopard print design from Konad plate m57. Don't worry if it goes outside the french tip, we can always cover it up with the silver glitter in the next step.

3. Paint the smile line with silver glitter. n_n


P.S. Sorry for the crappy pics, the sun hid back behind the clouds by the time I finished this mani. : (

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Just wanted to let you all know that...


...I'm still alive!!! XD


I'm sorry I haven't been posting much lately as I've been way too caught up with life/school. And plus, it's been raining here everyday making it impossible to go outside and take pictures. Sigh...can't wait for spring to come. T_T

Anyways, the good news is that the weather forecast says it's going to be sunny tomorrow morning so hopefully I'd be able to swatch a few polishes before it starts pouring again. Lol! Are there any specific shades or finishes of polish that you ladies would like to see? Vampies? Mattes? Glitters? Please give me some ideas and leave me a comment! n_n

So here is a totally spontaneous gradient mani that I did a while ago...


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I had painted my nails with a sheer pink shimmer and found it way too boring so I added a gradient to it. Teeheehee! I noticed that a lot of you are interested in gradient manicures too so I've decided to do a video tutorial on it soon. Let's hope I can have it done by next week. Lol! ^-^