30.12.10

Nail Foil Swatches from Dollar Nail Art


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After

1.Passion Pink ... 2. Peach Burst ... 3. English Rose ... 4. Light Rose ... 5. Red Glitter

Nail foils from: DollarNailArt.com

I want to make you aware that this is my first time applying nail foils so I haven't figured out the best technique yet. Please ignore any bald spots lol. =) I liked all of these, but found the English Rose foil to be the most difficult to apply. The texture of the English Rose foil was different from the rest, kind of like those thin transparent papers you see on cards and wedding invitations.


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After

1. Roman Marble ... 2. Snake Skin ... 3. Disco Ball ... 4. Smokey Silver ... 5. Teal

Same with the last hand, I like all of these but the Disco Ball was sooo hard to apply. Which makes me sad because it's the one I was most excited about it. =( Just like the English Rose, this foil had a somewhat different texture than the rest. I tried to re-apply this foil 3 times before I gave up. Hopefully with some practice, I can get those foils to work better. I really liked the snake skin foil as well. I love how some parts are transparent and you can see your base color through it. If I could go back in time before I placed my order I would have swapped the English Rose and Disco Ball and for different foils, but the rest I love.>

28.12.10

Foil Nail Art | African Jade Pedicure




Foils tend to crinkle like in the picture above when you apply certain types of top coats over them. For example, fast drying top coats. I have tested out all my top coats && all of them crinkle. I need to do some research and find one that will work the best. Let me know if you tried anything that works. Overall I think the foils apply very nicely, but the hard part is timing when to put the foils on the adhesive. I've put them on too soon and too late, so you have to do some trail & error before you can get the hang of it.



Base "Mint Green" Color: Sinful Colors "Mint Apple"

Nail Foil and Adhesive: "African Jade" Nail foil from Dollar Nail Art.com

Rhinestones: Sally's & Joanns

Beads: Dollar Nail Art.com

27.12.10

Dollar Nail Art Review

I placed an order on DollarNailArt.com last week && wanted to do a quick review and post some pics of what I got. If aren't familiar with Dollar Nail Art, it is a website where you can buy rhinestones, pearls, confetti, glitter, nail foils, nail charms, etc. for $1 . This is a pretty good deal compared to other online nail art supply stores in the US so you should check it out if you haven't already. Anyways, back to the fun stuff, this is what I got in the mail today ....


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Nail Art Foils


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Nail Art Foils




For every 6 nail foils you purchase, you receive 1 free adhesive polish.




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Ice Chips
The aqua has a little bit more blue in it in person.


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Flat Heart Confetti & Beads
The hearts are SO cute and the perfect size. This is the first time I ever bought the beads but I've seen them in nail stores and I remember them being a little bigger than these ones. The ones in the picture are like 0.5mm, so yeah, very tiny. They will be really cute though to add extra sparkle to your designs.



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Rhinestones, Pearls && Star Confetti
There is a decent amount of rhinestones, a good amount of stars, and a sad amount of pearls. =(



I was suprised to see the amount of pearls in the bag. I really think they could afford to put double that amount in for $1. There is about 30 or so pearls in here.




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Metal Palm Tree Charms
Even though it is winter, I'd figure I get them anyway for my summer designs. They were a tad smaller than I expected, but thats a good thing.



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Instructions
In the package they also include instructions for how to apply your new nail art. Very handy hand sheet. lol
**So here is a breakdown of my review for DollarNailArt.com**
Shipping
I am the most impatient person when it comes to shipping. I am always interested to see how long the shipping takes when I read reviews. I placed my order on 12/21/10, the order was sent on 12/23/10, and I received it on 12/27/10. So only 6 days from the time I placed my order, till I was holding my box filled with nail art in my arms. =)
Pros
*Nail Foils - I haven't found any other suppliers in the US that sell the variety of nail foils at the price that Dollar Nail Art sells.
*Flat Nail Shape Confetti - Ex. Hearts, Starts, etc. They offer a variety of different colors and shapes & there is a good amount of pieces in the bag. They should last you a long time.
*Shipping - my order was complete in less than a week which is AMAZING compared to how long I've waited for other packages.
*Good for Nail Art Newbies - if you are new to nail art and don't want to spend a bunch of money on rhinestones and other nail decorations, this website would be a good one stop shop for you to get a bunch of different things that will last you forever.
Cons
*you have to order a minimum of $25 per order, not including shipping.
*some items, such as the pearls, could have came with more pieces.
Would I order again?
The thing that interested me most in this store was their nail foils. If I didn't already order all this stuff, I would definately order from this site again. However, I would shop there more for their nail foils & would opt to buy my rhinestones and pearls in bulk from another seller.

26.12.10

WINTER NAIL DESIGN | Deco Winter Sparkle Nail Art


deco nail art winter nail art

Base (Light Pink) Color: Sinful Colors "Glass Pink"
Light Blue Color: Pure Ice "Outrageous"
Dark Blue Color: Orly "Hailey's Commet"
Rhinestones & Pearls: Etsy.com
Silver Chain: Joanns.com
I have a few more designs I have yet to post, but they are on an SD card hiding somewhere in my room. Hopefully I will find it soon and I can get those posts up..... This is my most recent nail design. I really wish I had more pictures but it was snowing today && windy as hell and I was shaking like a leaf while taking the pics. Needless to say, most of the pics came out blurry. After doing this design, I don't think I will ever be able to have a simple design on my nails again lol. .. On another note, I ordered a bunch of nail art foils along with some other nail art doo-dads from DollarNailArt && should be getting them this week. I will post pics && a review once I get them in. I am planning on doing a massive nail art haul this week and order a bunch of rhinestones, pearls, confetti, glitter && all that fun stuff. I noticed that a lot of the online nail supply stores in the US don't have the best selection and don't even carry the really cute deco nail supplies. So I will be forced to order all my new nail art from China && Japan. The upside, I found some amazingly cute nail art I couldn't find anywhere else, should have enough supplies after this purchase to do lots and lots of mani's and pedi's, and they are really affordable compared to the nail art in the US. The one and only downside, THE SHIPPING!! I will have to wait pretty much a month to get everything in the mail. =( And FYI I am the most impatient person when it comes to shipping && also the worst luck when it comes to shipping. But once I get them, oh it's ON! I will be designing my nails like there is no tomorrow.. I already have 32234 ideas in mind. =P .. I should be getting them right around February so I will be sure to do some of the cutest valentine's day nails. Also I am going to start designing like a full image of step by step pictures on how I do my designs. I plan on starting this with my new years nail design but we'll see how it goes. I also want to start getting video tutorials up soon too. The thing is, I have a horrible time trying to get really good detailed pictures & videos without natural sunlight. Since I am either at work or class during the daylight, it's so difficult to get nice lighting. If you have any tips let me know. But I am determined to figure this lighting thing out so I can post more pics. Anywho, I hope everyone had a great holiday && I will be posting again for New Years.

23.11.10

Thanksgiving Day Nail Art








I didn't clean up the edges of my nails after I did this design but I didn't want to delay this post any further. I think the lil pilgrim looks so cute! I was going to do a pilgrim on one hand then maybe an indian or a turkey on the other hand but didn't know how I could draw them in a way that would match the pilgrim. So I did the pilgrim on both hands and did some water marbeling on my pointer fingers to make the design more visually interesting. As always, products are listed below in the order I used them ..


Brown Nails
Brown Color: Pure Ice "Magic"
Shimmery Top Coat: Sally Hansen "Hidden Treasure"


Water Marble Nails
Base (off white) Color: Sinful Colors "Easy Going"
Brown Color: Pure Ice "Magic"
Yellow Color: Sinful Colors "Let's Meet"
Orange Color: Sinful Colors "Cloud 9"
Red Color: Sinful Colors "GoGo Girl" (This color showed up as a hot pink when marbling, so I tried to paint some red directly over the pink color in the water marble)


Pilgrim Nails
Base Color: Sinful Colors "Easy Going" **2 coats on entire nail**
Black Color: Sinful Colors "Black on Black" **Used a striper brush to apply the color, start with the top hat first**
White Color: Sinful Colors "Snow Me White" **Take the white polish and apply a V shaped french tip then line the edges with black**
Yellow Color: Sinful Colors "Let's Meet" **Applied with a striper brush to make the band around the top hat**
Brown Color: Pure Ice "Magic" **I used this color to fill in the gaps on the sides of the top hat**

20.11.10

Make Your Own Nail Polish Display *DIY*

**this is mine pictured above, it holds about 100 nail polishes**



I'm really exicted about this post. The other day I was online looking for nail polish display racks so I can organize my growing nail polish collection. I was looking on Ebay and they are around $29.99 but shipping is a whopping $34.99!! Which would be a total of $64.98 for just one nail polish display that holds 50 polishes. I have just a little over 100 polishes so I would have to buy two of these displays, but I'd rather spend that $120+ on nail polishes!! lol

That is when I went over to YouTube to see how other girls were organizing their polish stashes. I stumbled onto this video where a girl had the genius idea on how to make her very own nail polish rack! She made it with only that foam poster board they have in drugstores and a hot glue gun. I made one that was slightly bigger than hers so I had to buy 4 poster boards which was about $16. At first I wasn't so sure how sturdy it would be with only a hot glue gun but I was very suprised to see how strong the hot glue was with this material. It took about 2 hours to make which is not too long considering I spent most of that time just staring at the poster board trying to think of what sizes to cut. After all your pieces are cut it takes maybe 10 minutes to glue it all together. It is SUPER easy to make and I would definately suggest making one in your free time. I couldn't even begin to try to explain how to create your own so I made sure to include the original video I saw below ...




It would be so cool if a company just sold the pieces pre-cut and you could just glue it together yourself. The shipping would also be a lot cheaper than buying a traditional plastic nail polish display. Well anyway, I hope you enjoyed this post. If you make one yourself or come up with any ideas on how to make this design better be sure to leave a comment! Also, I am also going to post my thanksgiving nails either on Monday or Tuesday so keep an eye out for that too. =)

16.11.10

Water Marbeling Nail Art | Chanel Addicted Nail Art














I had an idea in my head of what I was going to do to my nails and this design was no where close. lol I knew I wanted to do a water marble design but was having trouble finding polishes that would cooperate in the water and had to change colors a few times. I also was going to use the chanel canes, rhinestones, and pearls over solid black nails, but once I was done with the water marbling I thought the embellishments would match very well with the color scheme. I purchased the canes and what not from a store on etsy. (Link Below) Also, be aware that the shipping from this store takes a ridiculously long time.


Black Color:
Sinful Colors "Black on Black"
Gray Color: Pure Ice "Risk Taker"
Pink Color: Pure Ice "Outrageous"
Chanel Canes, Rhinestones, Pearls: http://www.etsy.com/shop/51mayan?ref=seller_info
Top Coat: Seche Vite


I had to put like 3 coats of top coat on to seal on all the decorations and I noticed it made my nails like a million times stronger. I might start getting top coat heavy on all my manicures now because nothing is worse than breaking your longest nail you spent months growing lol.

14.11.10

KONAD Nail Art | Cotton Candy Zebra Nail Art







I'm sure you seen plenty variations of this design lurking around the Internet. I really like these two colors together and they reminded me of cotton candy hence the title. I thought these colors would look really neat under some black zebra stripes and I think it would out pretty well.


Pink Color:
Sally Hansen "Byte" (2 coats)
Blue Color: Pure Ice "Pussy Cat"
Glitter Color: Pure Ice "Once Again"
Zebra Image: Konad M57
Black Color: Sinful Colors "Black on Black"
Top Coat: Seche Vite

7.11.10

RIP BABA xoxo

On October 10, 2010 I lost my most beautiful loveable kitty ever, Baba. I got her when she was only a few weeks old and it was the best $15 my mom ever spent on me. A week or two before her death I noticed something was a little bit off about my Baba. She was meowing more than usual, the bones on her back were a little more prominent, she didn't want her belly rubbed which was her favorite, she wasn't sleeping with me as much, and she just wasn't being herself. The day before her vet appointment, she peed on the bed twice without even trying to get up and then I noticed she was having trouble standing on her back legs. This scared the crap outta me and I stayed up ALL night waiting till it was 8am when the vet's office opened. Finally 8am came along and the vet said I could bring her in right away which I did. I thought the signs Baba was showing were just signs of aging. I thought she could have some sort of infection too that we might be able to treat. So I go back into the waiting room with Baba and told the vet what was going on and he suspected it might be diabeties, but said the fact that she was peeing less made him not sure, so he did some bloodwork. OMG that was the longest 5 mins of my life waiting for this blood work to come back. The vet came back with the bloodwork and started going over the results with me. He said that she had a low white and red blood cell count and said she had a type of bone marrow cancer and that she was anemic. They did say that this does not cause her to go through pain, it is more of like when someone has the flu and they are just out of it. He gave me some steriods and vitamins to give her, and let me know to make an appointment in 10 days to see how her body is taking the medicine.

I brought Baba home and on the way back I had to stop to get gas. I placed Baba on the passenger seat, pumped my gas, and when I came back in she gave me a meow and crawled right onto my lap. It was sooo cute<3 I think she knew I was trying to help her. I brought her home and placed her down in bed. I went out and got all the different kinds of wet cat food available. She never really ate wet cat food, she loved her dry lil pebbles for some reason. But the vet said that cat's will go by smell, so if she wanted anything to eat to let her have whatever she wanted. Since I got Baba back home, I could tell her condition was getting worse. She was just lying on the bed with her eyes open, just staring at nothing. She didn't sleep the night before and I knew she was tired. I gave her some food and water, then her medicine, followed by more food and water so her stomach wouldn't get upset. I figured this would help her sleep. I then could tell she was looking at the liter box, so I scooped her up and put her bottom half in the litter box and held her front paws and she finally went to the bathroom. I put her back on the bed so she could lay down but she would keep getting up and moving, and you could tell she couldn't get comfortable. When she did get up to move, she could barely walk straight, it seemed like the bottom half of her was drunk. Whenever she moved, I would move to and be right next to her and tried to make her as comfy as possible. Minutes turned into hours and Baba still wasn't sleeping, and now she didn't want anything to do with food or water. If I brought her dishes to her she would try to move away. The thing that was so sad is whenever I opened the window or the bedroom door, you could see in her eyes that she just wanted to jump onto that windowsil or go out into the living room but she couldn't and it killed me inside. I felt like she was the same perfectly healthy Baba on the inside, but physically she could not do the things she wanted to do and it broke my heart into a million pieces. Later on I put her onto the floor with her water, all her different types of food, and her liter box. I noticed that now she really couldn't walk, when she tried it almost made me cry because he back legs could not stay straight for a second and she would stumble around. My boyfriend finally got off work and came home to see her. As soon as he did he started tearing up talking about how it was so hard to see her like this. He loved Baba just as much as I did, and she was like a child to us. We both cuddled her and gave her lots of love and tried to be quiet so she could go to sleep. It was now 3am and Baba still hasn't slept and I could tell she just wanted to get better. I took her to the emergency vet that night and it was heartbreaking. They pretty much told me that they can give her the medicine but it won't cure her or make her better, it would just simply give me more time with her. They even told me I could do a blood transfusion but that too would only give me more time. I brought her back home and pulled the entire matress on the floor so I could be with her every second. Needless to say, I did not sleep that night, and either did Baba. I got out of bed at 6am and went outside and just broke down. I couldn't stop crying and I had no idea what to do. She couldn't walk, move, eat, drink, and she hated when I gave her the medicine. We both haven't slept in days and I felt like I couldn't be around her because I didn't want her to see my crying or anything and sense something was wrong. I wanted to be strong for my Baba and I didn't want to scare her at all. I called my mom and my friend to come over because I just didn't know what to do. The only thing I could do was cry.

The hardest part about this was the vet won't tell you what you should do. They just say something like "well you know your cat more than anyone." THAT DOSNT HELP ME!!! Like how would you feel if you had to put your kid to sleep and that was the only thing the doctor said to you, "well you know your kid". It was just heartbreaking. They just tell you when you feel that she isn't living the same quality of life, then it might be time to say goodbye. I couldn't believe I was hearing this. Not my kitty! My kitty is going to live forever! Theres no way this is her time, its too soon! But unfortunately, I had to make a decision. I could either bring her back to the vet, or I could wait to see if the medicine worked. I really thought long and hard about it, and I didn't want her last memories to be of vet trips, medicine getting shoved down her throat, being uncomfortable, I wanted her last moments to be loving and peaceful. So I made the horrible decision to put her down. I couldn't believe it. I dreaded this day, and I was just hoping it would never have to come to this. As much as I loved her and as much as I wanted to spend more time with her, I didn't want to be selfish and make her go through all that. I loved her TOO much to see her suffer anymore. The second the vet told me she was gone, I felt like my heart got ripped out of my chest. I cried harder than I ever did before. I felt like the best part of me was leaving forever. I never knew you could love an animal as much as I loved her. She was my life, my love, my everything. She's always been there for me and we had the most beautiful love for eachother. I feel empty inside. I don't feel the same anymore at all. I feel like the world is in black and white now. I don't wanna do anything anymore, but just lay down where we used to and go to sleep so I can see her again in my dreams. My life will never be the same without her.

I will always miss her, and I feel my heart will always hurt for her. I am forever going to miss all the adorable things we did together. I miss getting woken up every day at 7am by her cute meows for me to get her morning bowl of fresh cold ice water. I miss when I got home, how she would wake up, meow, stretch, then come right over to me, purring with so much love. I miss how she always use to sleep with me in the cutest way. I miss how her purr would always calm me down and put me right to sleep. I miss the way she would always give me kisses after I petted her. I miss giving her daily kitty massages. I miss how it felt knowing that I had someone no matter what happened. I miss seeing her face when I wake up. I miss going to the store and lugging her heavy ass cat liter around. I miss the way whenever I was eating something and you would put the food by her, her eyes would get big with excitement because she loved to smell things. I miss the way whenever I opened the window she would go to it and smell the fresh air. I miss updating her twitter for her. I miss taking pictures of her. I miss having 1 way conversations with her, she was a great listener. I miss not having anyone to help me get ready in the morning. (well she didn't help but she would attack her brush and brush her face while I got ready) I miss having a cute ball of love jump on my lap whenever I do anything. I miss the way she attacked the sheets when I tried to fix the bed. I miss the evil look she got in her eye when she saw a piece of string. I miss the way she LOVED cat nip. I miss the way she would always lay on my clean laundry. I miss how she would go crazy and roll over anything that came from outside. I miss the way her paws moved so quick when she was playing with something. I miss how she was so loving and nice and cuddly with everyone around her. I miss my kitty.



Baba cuddling with Husker.


Baba rolling all over the suitcase my mom let me borrow. Baba didn't want me to leave.


Baba updating her twitter. @babaloney



A classic cute sleeping posistion Baba liked to be in.




Baba all rolled up. Lookin cute as hell.



Baba helping me with my homework. More of distracting me, how can you do homework with that cute lil thing purring up a storm next to you.


Baba really wanted to sniff this pepperoni and she even wanted to lick it. So cute


Baba loved to sleep in places that were too small for her, but it was sooooo cute. This was one of her favorite spots to sleep, all the way on top of the pillows.



This is how she would sleep with you, all curled up and tucked in.



Baba checking whats going on outside with Husker. Baba loved outside, but was too scared to make it past the windowsil.


I LOOOOVVEEDDD waking up this this every morning.




I got a new jacket from Holister, CA. Of course Baba had to sniff it and check it out. She fell asleep during this process.



This was sooo cute it killed me inside. WHY IS SHE SOOO FREAKIN CUTE? HOW IS IT POSSIBLE TO BE THIS CUTE???



A week or two before she passed, she just HAD to be on my lap while I did my makeup. I loved every second of it.



Baba checking out the snow for the first time!! She liked it.

Oh how I miss having her under my arm.

Baba cuddling with my boo. I loved it when she just pressed her face into things when she was sleeping. So cuteee.

I will forever miss petting and kissing her big belly.

Sleeping with her face pressed into the blankets.
So one last thing. If you have a pet and one day they are just not acting like themselves, even if its the tiniest thing, if you sense something is off, bring your pet to the vet ASAP. I can't help but to wonder what would have happened if I brought her in sooner.
Baba, I will ALWAYS love you. I hope I gave you the best life any kitty could ever want. I will hold you in my heart forever and a day won't go by where you won't cross my mind. One day we will be together again. I hope you enjoyed your life and I hope you can rest now in the next chapter of your life. I LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!

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