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I really need music to study, and since I’ve been busy and I let my iPod Touch battery die a while ago, I was happy to get it running again in prep for tomorrow’s heinous exam (9am! Wish me luck!). But of course I needed a study break (wink wink nudge nudge nail art time!!)

Movin’ And Groovin’ To The Beat

For this manicure, (gels) I used two coats of Revlon’s Powder Puff Matte Suede for the thumb base, two coats of Claire’s Neon Green for the index finger base, two coats of OPI’s The IT Color as the middle base, two coats of China Glaze For Audrey for the ring base, and two coats of Sinful Colors Sweat Treat for the pinkie base. I used Sinful Colors Black on Black for the silhouettes and Sally Hansen’s Lavender Cloud for the headphones/ipods. For the apple, I used all of those colors plus Nina Ultra Pro’s Cha-Cha-Cha, a mix of OPI’s Lincoln Park After Dark and Lavender Cloud for the purple and Nina Ultra Pro’s Bossa Nova for the blue. I topped off with two coats of Seche Vite.

I know that may people have done the Apple Inc symbol, but I haven’t seen this design out there yet. Thank Rafik for this one since it was completely his idea! He’s my creative backer-upper person…. yeah…

You’re A Classy One

I wanted to do a more simple design today so I could test out some polishes that I have but have only used for nail art, in the art sense where I only use a drop or two…. so I decided on a simple but classy design that reminds me of a sideways french manicure.

I know that thousands of people have probably done this design, but I never have, so I wanted to give it a shot! Hope you like… my apologies for the lack of focus- my camera doesn’t handle metallics well…

Toe The Line
For this manicure I used one coat of OPI’s Natural Nail Base Coat and two coats (should have used three to prevent VNL) of Nina Ultra Pro’s Love Struck. Love Struck was the polish I used for my Kiss My Ras(s)berry franken. I then did the detail with Revlon’s Copperglaze Platinum and Sinful Colors Black on Black. I topped with two coats of Seche Vite.
The Colors:
I have been extremely pleased with Sally’s Nina Ultra Pro line. Their polishes dry rock hard (even while being D3F) and have great pigmentation. Love Struck, a deep red jelly, didn’t stain at all (though it looks like it did in this pic b/c of the metallic) and was extremely easy to clean up. The formula is super smooth and the only downside is that they take just a TINY bit longer to dry. But its worth it!
Copperglaze Platinum is a gold metallic that reminds me of OPI’s Golden Rules. I usually enjoy using Revlon polishes for water marbling since they have a thin/runny formula compared to other polishes. I still enjoy using them for art as well, but where Golden Rules would have only taken one coat, Copperglaze Platinum took two. Also, even though I waited a (long) time between coats, it still bubbled after the Seche Dried and, this is so strange, as it dried, it picked up some of the red pigment and turned into a pink metallic… how strange!! It’s like it was a sponge and it just (slurrrp) sucked it up! Also, MAJOR brush streak-age, which is to be expected with a metallic.
Overall, I really liked the Nina Ultra Pro but the Revlon was a tad bit of a disappointment. Looks like I’ll be leaving it for the finer details and my water marbling projects.

Funky French Fridays- Queen Anne Style

Before I get into this post, I just wanted to address something I saw today. On my blog roll I saw another post called “Funky French Fridays” and I was perplexed since I didn’t know anyone else used that name for my Friday nail art theme. I wasn’t sure who came up with it first and I didn’t want to be copying anyone. As it turns out, they had the idea first! I just recently put their blog on my blogroll and had no idea that they did the same thing, though not every week. We both came up with the same name for the same theme, completely independently. Great minds think alike! I just wanted to clear this up because I’ll be continuing Funky French Fridays and I want all of you, my lovely readers, to know that neither of us is copying the other. Their blog is great, you should check it out.

Sarah And Jason run Crystal Polish which is amazing blog where Sarah does her nails and Jason puts his comments in from the boyfriend point of view. Their blog has a unique point of view on nails- one I’d never thought of before!


Today’s Funky French Friday was inspired by Queen Anne’s Lace flowers I saw on the side of the road yesterday when driving home. I have been itching to do a lace manicure forever for a full nail design but I thought that a truncated version would make a great French!!! This design is meant to represent beaded lace that is a bit more unconventional than regular white lace- its BLUE!

For this manicure, I started off with one coat of OPI’s Natural Nail Base Coat on the tips and two coats of Sally Hansen’s Lavender Cloud as a base. I then put another coat of basecoat so the colors wouldn’t run (over the entire nail so the Seche Vite would stick later) and then used Revlon’s Midnight Affair for the lace, OPI’s DS Radiance for the silver and OPI’s Golden Rules for the Gold. I topped off with two coats of Seche Vite for that pro look and voilà it was done!!

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