Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Lace Cheetah Konad

I haven't used my black special konad polish yet and thought it would be a perfect addition to my recent neon China Glaze. Keeping things in a straight line is impossible for me to do, so while a bit down slope I'm happy with how they turned out. I used plate m57 with a top coat of Seche Vite.

I like how they turned out. Has anyone used each "strip" of this design on it's own?



Monday, June 28, 2010

Squirt of Lime

I couldn't resist trying out China Glaze's In the Lime Light. The color looks amazing in the bottle. I'm not sure if it was the fan that was blowing in my house right behind me while I was painting them but it didn't go on very smoothly. I kept adding coats because it was thin and I could see my nail line. After four I decided to leave it as it. Could have used five but I still don't think it would be completely opaque. First shot is indoors.

It's much more neon outdoors - this was indirect sunlight


I really like the color but I have a hard time with any polish that needs at least five?! coats.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

SCORE

So I was rearranging my hall closet to find a good polish container and opened up a box lid to five brand new Sally Hansen min Xtreme wear polishes that the hubby bought me two Christmases ago and I totally forgot about ~ YIPPIE! I hurt my hand trying to open them since they've been sitting for so long, some are really sheer and some are opaque - loving that green in the bottle.

Glitteratti

Oooh this design popped into my mind and it turned out exactly how I imagined it. Definitely my favorite so far. I used two coats of Sinful Pearl Harbor and then gave the konad tip plate m19 a try. I was a bit challenged with picking the right size tip for each finger, I think this one will take more practice.
I used konad special polish in pale blue and a top coat of Seche Vite. I then stamped two of the three flowers from plate m57 on my index fingers. Isn't it great when something you envision actually works out? Also, does anyone have tips fro removing glitter polish other than soaking in remover for 30 seconds before wiping (that can't be good for your skin or nails)??


Mini Haul ~

These are all completely rando but I went to Sally's to get the french tip guides and couldn't resist picking up three polishes - Nina Ulta Pro in Sweet Nothings and China Glaze's In The Lime Light popped out at me. At the counter I snatched up the little glitter rounds for $.99 (no name). It's a mauve-ish glitter. I then had to go to my favorite place in the world - not my wallet's - Target. Saw Sally Hansen's Insta-Dri in Snappy Sorbet, had to have it because it screamed melon at me. I've been drooling over Nicole's heart glitters and also bought the baby pink heart glitter in Love Your Life. I'm excited to try them!

Can I Have That - With a Cherry On Top?

So "sweet"! Dionela from Short & Sweet Nails tagged me for the Cherry On Top Award - thanks love!

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Happy Weekend XO


Friday, June 25, 2010

Feeling Wild

I'm a sucker for anything animal print, especially zebra and cheetah. Yes sometimes they can come in forms that are less than flattering (at least in clothing-stay away from those cheetah leggings girls) but I don't think anyone can go wrong with accessories, bags or nail designs! I had been itching to try my konad zebra plate m57.

Again I'm new to all this and it's going to take a bit to perfect. I had to redo a couple of nails that still didn't turn out perfectly but overall super cute. I used two coats of Sinful Snow Me White as a base and used konad special polish in Psyche Pink.

I had really been wanting to try Orly's Love Each Other so a few days later added two coats to the top. It looks amazing in the bottle with tiny purple glitter but wasn't as intense on the nail. I'll have to try it over a dark color and see if that works. Lovin' this print!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Water Marble Success!

So I tried water marbling a second time but didn't get a photo :(. They were very erratic and I used white as a base coat and missed the colors entirely when dipping some parts of my nail in the water. My biggest issue with perfecting the technique was not putting the same amount of each color in the water in the same pattern and not paying attention to the type of pattern I was drawing each time in the water.
The third time I tried this technique was certainly my best! I used all Sinful colors thinking using the same brand may provide better results. Colors: Tokyo Pearl, Gorgeous and Let's Talk. I used a coat of Toyko Pearl as a base. There is one crazy dot of Sinful's Neon Melon on my pointer finger from painting my toes but other than that they looked fabulous and I received lots of compliments.
I also must confess I hadn't ever used a base coat and of course always had horrible chipping. I've been using Sally Hansen's Diamond Stregnth No Chip Basecoat and it seems to be doing the job. I had also been using Rimmel's 60 Seconds Clear Top Coat because I can't stand sitting around staring at my nails dry. Keep at it ladies and you'll start getting this down - I promise.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

First Ever Water Marble


So I came across All Lacquered Up's blog post about an attempt at water marbling. Her results were adorable and immediately made me want to attempt this new technique (even though the post advised any person who values their time to not even go there). After watching what seemed liked hours of tutorials on YouTube - MySimpleLittlePleasures were done wonderfully - I decided to give it a go. The advice I would give anyone wanting to try a water marble is to test the polishes you'd like to use first and see if they react the right way in water.
I used Savvy Ebony Black, Sinful Neon Melon and Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Celeb City. The Savvy did not spread out that well and made it fairly difficult for me to accomplish my task.

The middle finger came out the best, but as you can see Celeb City was pretty hard to get off of my finger. I learned to always have lint free pads, I had fuzz everywhere trying to get the excess polish off.

I'm a Freshie!

So I've named this blog "Polish Freshie" for a few reasons. I'm using freshie as a means to describe the fact that I am a "freshman" in the school of nail art, design and nail polish obsession. It's also a word my husband uses when he wants something new (a cool beverage perhaps) and a fun term we use often. By no means is any true girly girl fresh to the game of nail polish, but I'm dipping my brush into the wonderfully creative world of nail polish bloggers. I've been experimenting a lot and just discovered the water marble technique, konad nail stamping system and some other fun things I'm seeing along the way. Please join me in learning all the unique ways a girl can express herself with the tiny little things on top of her fingers.