Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Guest Post from Cuti-CLUE-les

Hey guys.  So I am a terrible blogger friend and completely missed doing Roisin from Cuti-CLUE-les 's guest post for the week that I was on vacation!  I guess I was a bit crazier than usual.  I hope that Roisin can forgive my terrible blunder.  But, here's her awesome post and I am very grateful that she did a post for me!  It also kind of worked out, since I'm still a bit behind on posts!




Hey all,



I'm Cuti-CLUE-les and I'll be standing in for Kelly today! I couldn't for the life of me think of a design for today's post. Finally I settled on a blue ombre look and I think it came out fairly decent. I'm not one for sponging (it never turns out well) so I kept things pretty simple and used striping tape instead.




I started off with 3 coats of Catrice Sold out forever (the pale pastel blue version, not the original Chanel dupe) Once that had dried I sectioned off the nail into thirds using striping tape. I added on 2 coats of Barry M Blueberry ice cream around my cuticle, Barry m Cyan blue in the middle and Sinful Colours Endless Blue on the tips.  I topped it all off with a glossy topcoat and that was it!

The only really time consuming part of this design is waiting for the base to dry before adding on the striping tape. I'd say stick with a 2 coat polish so you don't have to wait ages for the next step. If the base isn't dry before you add on the striping tape is tend to peel off with the tape and it ruins the look of the design. 




I hope ye enjoyed this little post and thanks for reading! 

Cuti-CLUE-les



What an awesome design!  I love the ombre effect it has!  So cool.  Thanks again Roisin for helping me out!
-Kelly

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Twinsie Tuesday: Interlocking Nail Art

Good morning, all!  I have to admit, I wasn't really looking forward to this week's TT post.  I have never really been a fan of the Interlocking nail art design.  I will now admit, it has changed my mind!  I loved how these turned out!



I started out with a base of OPI Alpine Snow.  I then just painted half of my nail in OPI Black Onyx, in a slanted motion.  This is where the polka dots come in.  I was half tempted to leave just half of the polka dots done.  It looked pretty cool that way!  But, I needed to go through with the design.  I finished it off, and really liked it!  The finished look really has a fun design.  Plus, the black and white contrast helped.





As always, don't forget to check out the rest of the ladies!
-Kelly

Alaina at The Little Canvas
Amanda at Amandalandish
Chelsea at Nailed Blog
Cordia at Seriously Swatched
Elizabeth at Did My Nails
Jessica at Blue Velvet Lacquer
Kelly at Tuxarina
Lakeisha at Refined and Polished

    Marisa at Polish Obsession
Róisín at Cuti-CLUE-les
Stephanie at A Little Polish
Tiffany at Polished To Precision







Monday, July 28, 2014

OPI: Funny Bunny

Happy Monday, all!  I am officially back from vacation.  Its always a little bittersweet to come home.  I missed my cat so much and to cuddle with him made my day!  Yet, I really miss doing morning runs on the beach and sitting in the sun all day.  Its a catch 22.  But now I am back with nails, too!




I was gifted this polish during the Twinsie Tuesday birthday swap from one of the newer members Jessica at Blue Velvet Lacquer.  She was so sweet to not only get me this but also another beauty!  Thank you again, Jessica!  This is OPI Funny Bunny, a soft jelly white polish.  I needed this to get back to routine with my nails and it was perfect.  I used two coats.  Since this is a jelly polish, it was a bit streaky one the first one but the second leveled out.  I love the softness of this, its not quite stark white, but subtle white.  Really lovely!







What do you guys think of this?
-Kelly

Friday, July 25, 2014

Guest Post from Polished To Precision!

My last guest post is brought you by a wonderful lady, Tiffany from Polished To Precision.  Tiffany is not only a good friend, but a fellow Picture Polish addict.  This girl enables me!  Hahah!  I am so happy to have gotten to know her through our Twinsie Tuesday group and even more glad that she agreed to guest post for me!

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Hiyah there lovely readers!!! My name is Tiffany and my blog is Polished to
Precision
. I was asked to guest post for my fellow Twinsie Tuesday
sister, while she is having fun on her summer vacation. I am a Native
Floridian and my family will be starting our new life in New England
in just a few days! I'm really excited but seriously afraid of the
cold weather and the snow. Sigh...I have no choice now, but the idea
of shopping for super cute winter scarves, hats, gloves, sweaters, and
boots is really exciting! Hehe!



When thinking of a post for Kelly, my mind immediately went to her
favorite brand, Picture Polish, which happens to be one of my
favorites as well. However, I decided to go against the obvious use of
a Picture Polish shade and attempt to recreate one of her manicures.
When looking through her manicures, I wanted to choose something that
I hadn't yet tried, so I went with this super cute pinwheel mani she posted a few
months ago.



For my version, I used a blue striper that was sent to me by Sally
Hansen for the pinwheels.



I added the dots using the bottom of a concealer brush, because I
wanted them to be larger than those provided with standard dotting
tool sets. The base of the nails are OPI Don't Bossa-nova Me Around. I
seriously LOVE this nude. I think it is absolutely flawless. The
formula, application, and color are absolute perfection.


I also added some holographic circular studs to the center of the
pinwheels, just as Kelly did in her manicure.

As you can see, my version varies from Kelly's because I only did the
pinwheels on two nails, when she did them on all of hers. I would like
to say this was by design, but that's just not true. I suck at nail
art and I tried several times to do them on my other nails and they
never came out right. I decided to scratch that idea and go with two
that I though were decent! LOL!



What do you think? I think it is okay, but I can definitely use some
practice in this area. I really like the look of pinwheels and I want
to try them again after I am settled in our new home.



Thanks so much for reading along! Sorry that I am a tad long-winded,
but I hope you enjoyed this post. Please feel free to come by and
visit my blog sometime. You can reach me HERE.



Thanks so much Kelly! Have a blast for me too!














Thursday, July 24, 2014

Guest Post from @Pursuingpolishedperfection !

Another guest post today!  This one is brought to you by Lindsey from the Instagram account @pursuingpolishedperfection .  Lindsey contacted me when I had first asked for guest posts, asking if she could do one.  I was so excited as I needed one more!  I immediately searched her Instagram out and was super pumped for her to guest post.


Hi everyone!  My name is Lindsay, and normally you can find me on Instagram at @pursuingpolishedperfection (http://instagram.com/pursuingpolishedperfection).  I'm so excited to be guest posting for Kelly today while she enjoys her vacation!
I've never guest posted before, and was definitely a little nervous about coming up with a look that would do Tuxarina proud!  Kelly always has such great swatches and nail art, and her photography is fantastic!  As I tried to come up with ideas, I started by thinking about things that would normally be found on this blog...and it hit me!  Kelly is pretty much the queen of piCture pOlish, and she does some amazing work with studs.  I dug out two of my favorite PP shades (Peaches n' Cream and Honey Dew, paired them with my all time fave OPI My Vampire is Buff, and set to work.  Florals and polka-dots are my go-to look when I don't know what I want on my nails, so I played it safe and went with these two looks paired with some stripes.
The stripes were created using striping tape, I used a really small detail brush to do the flowers, and I used a medium sized dotting tool for the dots!  The lighter part of the flowers was created by mixing Peaches n' Cream with white polish.  Oh, and the studs are from Born Pretty Store (probably bought using Kelly's discount code!) - found in this (http://www.bornprettystore.com/heart-square-elliptic-round-hollow-stud-rhinestone-acrylic-nail-wbox-sale-p-4993.html) set!






Thank you so much for letting me take over Tuxarina for a day, Kelly!  Hope your vacation is going well!
I hope to see a few of you over on Instagram soon!


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Guest Post from Casey Lane Loves Polish!

 Hey guys, while I am relaxing on vacation, I have a few guest posts lined up.  The first one is brought to you by the lovely Casey from Casey Lane Loves Polish.  She is one of the sweetest nail girls I know and I am very grateful that she agreed to do a post for me!

Dot Nails!

Hello everyone! I'm Casey from www.caseylanelovespolish.com. I am really excited to be doing this guest post for Kelly today!

For this post I went with one of my favorite techniques, dots! This mani has been done many times, but it's the first time I've tried it. I always hesitate to try doing evenly spaced dots because they make me nervous!

For this mani I used OPI Sorry I'm Fizzy Today and You're So Vain-illa. I used a medium sized dotting tool for the dots and sealed it in with HK Girl fast dry topcoat.












I love this combo together!

Thank you all for reading! I hope you're having a great day!!! Thank you for letting me guest post Kelly!

~casey

www.caseylanelovespolish.com


So cute Casey!  Thank you again for the post.  I'll be recreating this one soon!
-Kelly

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Twinsie Tuesday: Inspired By Nature

Hey guys!  Another post ahead from vacation!  I'll be having some guest posts this week, so look forward to that!





Today's Twinsie Tuesday post is inspired by nature.  I have always loved when girls do 'sunset gradients'  with colors that depict a sunset or sunrise.  My gradient is a bit backwards, but it is still beautiful!  I haven't done a successful three color gradient in a while.  I am completely smitten with these!  I used a white base and gradiented with Picture Polish Swagger, Picture Polish Sunset and Picture Polish Totes.  They all blended so well together.  What do you guys think of this one?







Don't forget to check out the rest of the ladies today!
-Kelly

Alaina at The Little Canvas
Amanda at Amandalandish
Chelsea at Nailed Blog
Cordia at Seriously Swatched
Elizabeth at Did My Nails
Jessica at Blue Velvet Lacquer
Kelly at Tuxarina
Lakeisha at Refined and Polished
   Marisa at Polish Obsession
Róisín at Cuti-CLUE-les
Stephanie at A Little Polish
Tiffany at Polished To Precision