Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Happy Spring Dots!

Happy late Easter everybody!

Here is a fun little spring mani, it is a nice one for somebody who doesn't want something overpowering.  I combined a nice classic french manicure with a touch of color.  I have a gel overlay on my natural nails and I decided to try the white gel on the tips.  I really like it, and it never wears off and I don't have to redo it when I remove the art.

I used the pretty spring colors I bough last year from AVON;
Aqua Fantasy 
Sweet Mint (kind of a lime green)
Cotton Candy (Pink)
Loving Lavender
Orange Creamsicle (On my thumb)

I just used a dotting tool and made dots on the white tip.  A different color on each finger.  Then I topped it all off with top coat!

Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to follow my nail blog!

Friday, February 8, 2013

It's been a while but I'M BACK

Thank you everyone for checking out my blog!  I realize it has been a while since I posted.  I have been going through quite a bit and I started my own graphic design and vinyl business.  If you are interested in my services please check out my facebook page at Phoenix Rising Graphics and Vinyl.
If you like by page and leave a comment saying you came from my nail blog I will give you 10% off your vinyl or graphic design order!

So, back to nails :)  I will try to be posting on here a lot more.  Also, if you are in my area, I have started doing nails again too!  I would love to do your nails.  I will also give a special discount on nails to my blog followers.  So let me know.

I have a lot of pictures that I have taken of my nails, but I just haven't posted them yet.  I will get those posted ASAP!  Also, I got a special request to do a step by step photo tutorial on my water marble mani, so I will be doing that soon too!  Thanks for being so patient with my absence. :)  Keep checking back and comment on my manis with any questions or comments or requests.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Purple with a French Crackle

This started out to be a really pretty mani, but I'm not sure about the end result...

I started out with 2 coats of Avon's Loving Lavender (this is fast becoming my favorite go-to purple polish) It is such a nice smooth creamy purple!  I then added 2 coats of Pure Ice - Busted.  It looks kind of like a holo in the bottle, but it goes on more of a fine shimmer.  I still like it. :)  I then added NYC Starry Silver Glitter to the ring finger.  This turned out so pretty!  I should have stopped there.

But I didn't... I taped them off and added some white crackle to the tips.

Let me know what you think!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

A Little Touch of Spring!

It has turned so pretty outside and everything is green and gorgeous!  I would be completely happy with this temperature all year long! 75 is perfect!

So here is my spring mani :)

I used mostly Avon's colors because they compliment each other so well
Aqua Fantasy (on my thumb and tip of the ring finger)
Sweet Mint (kind of a lime green)
Cotton Candy
Loving Lavender
The yellow I used was a little no name I have had forever

After I painted each nail a different color, I taped off the tips and added the same colors in a different order.

I wasn't thinking when I took the picture so I don't have a picture of my thumb nail. Sorry.  It is painted with Aqua Fantasy and tipped with Sweet Mint!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012


Here is a nice pretty spring/Easter mani. I started out with Avon's new Blue Escape. This is a really nice bright blue polish. 2 coats covered nicely. I taped off my tips and added Avon aqua fantasy to all but my ring finger which I taped off on a zig zag pattern to start with. While this was drying I added two different color dot daisys with acrylic paint to all bit the ring finger. I finished off the egg by taping off and adding Avon cotton candy and then a light no name yellow I have had forever. Last, I added dots and lines in white :)

I will try to post one more before Sunday, but if i don't, Happy Easter!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Girl on Fire!

Here is my second try at a Hunger Games manicure! I still haven't gotten to see the movie yet :(
Did everyone like it, was it everything you wanted it to be?  I honestly haven't heard much about it.

I started out with 2 coats of China Glaze Smoke & Ashes from their Hunger Games collection.  I can't tell you how much I love this polish, I used it on my last mani here.  It is a beautiful polish that has fun blue and green sparkles in it.  Went on very nice and dried pretty fast.  The picture just doesn't do it justice.

Then I added some flames with China Glaze Lighthouse and then overlaid it with Orly Crawford's Wine, which is a nice shimmery red.  Then I overlaid that with more Lighthouse flames.

I like this one a whole lot!  Tell me what you think!

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Hunger Games Mani #1 = FAIL

This one is a fail in my book... :( I had this wonderful subtle idea for a Hunger Games mani and this is what I ended up with.

I do on the other had love the french that I started out with.  I did 2 layers of China Glaze Fast Track from the Hunger Games collection.  This is a beauty! It went on nice and dried pretty fast.  It looks so soft and nice then BAM! In the sun you get these gorgeous gold sparkles.  Then I added (from the Hunger Games collection) China Glaze Smoke and Ashes!  I have read lots of mixed reviews about this polish, I was even told by the girl I was buying it from at Sallys not to buy it.  I am so glad I didn't listen!  I love this polish and will do some swatches of it so you can see just how gorgeous this girl is :)
Smoke and Ashes went on so so smooth and I got away with doing 1 coat on the tips!  It has these beautiful blue and black sparkles in it, smaller than glitter but SPARKLY!  I am in love with this polish!

(This is my right hand and it was not wanting to be photographed!)

This is the beginning of the end for this mani :(  I added some circular lines to look similar to the first book cover but that isn't what I got.  Oh, well!  Live and learn :)

I will be trying more Hunger Games manis because I didn't get to see the movie yet.  I guess I will keep trying till I find one I like.

Let me know what you think of the new Hunger Games Collection from China Glaze.  I bought a few more from the collection and I will post on them soon.