Monday, February 14, 2011

happy valentine's day!

i'm not normally a hearts kinda girl. but for some reason i couldn't resist the temptation to have valentine's day themed nails this year. i saw cutepolish's new video and decided it wasn't too too challenging. it's the first time i have attempted to sponge polish onto to my nails. i don't think i have the technique down quite yet, so i'm not totally happy with the results, but i'm not completely discouraged from trying it later on. i saw a video a while back on creating a gradient using a sponging technique and i might try that this weekend. if i dont decide to try harry potter nails, that is. we'll see!

these are all the polishes i used on my nails today. i didn't realize before how much sally hanson products i had. it's really a good quality yet affordable product. i've had the pink bottle so long that the cover had dried on and i had to get my roommate to take off the top for me! but it's still good!

Here's what i did:

and, yes! that is a piper's ad in the background.

here's how i did it:

Sunday, February 13, 2011

New tools and review

last week i didn't post when i painted my nails cause i didn't think anyone would care about a plain solid colour... kinda boring. but i'm going to post a pic now to show you how well the polish lasted after a full 7 days on my nails. this polish went the distance!

as you can see there is only a tiny bit of tip wear. and i worked for 5 out of the 7 days i had the polish on and let me tell you, my job is not easy on my nails. the colour is opi's suzi says fung shui. i absolutely love it! it came out last year as a part of their hong kong collection. oh, i should also mention that i use a pretty good top coat: seche vite. it definitely makes your polish go the distance. i kinda forgot to put topcoat on one hand of my last design and you could really tell the difference. the left hand chipped waaaay before the right hand. i should've taken pics to show the difference. oh well.

in other news, i made an awesome discovery at michael's yesterday. i went in to buy a fine tip paintbrush to do a special valentine's day design on my nails (to be posted tomorrow!) but i had a look around some of the other sections when i spotted an embossing toolkit. these embosser tools look exactly like nail dotters! and that's exactly what im going to use them for. sooo excited. and they were definitely waaay cheaper than "proper" nail dotting tools. i got a pack of 3 tools with various sized dots for $7. weee. can't wait to try them out.

these are the tools and the new paintbrush i got in their packaging. here's a closeup of the tools themselves:

come back and check again tomorrow. i'll post pics from my special valentine's day polish!