The Pumpkin Forrest

Hello everyone! Such a lovely evening for walking in the woods, shall we?

The woods are lovely, dark and deep. But I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep. – Robert Frost

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Week four of N.A.I.L. #Naillinkup and it’s time step into the spooky forest, and see how to achieve this easy hand painted manicure.

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You’ll need sponge, a fine tipped nail art brush, I used Wistonia 000 and of course nail polish.

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Polishes used are Wet N’ Wild Black Crème, Wet N’ a Wild French White Crème, Anise Secret Stash & Zoya Dream.

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Anise Soak Up Samba, Zoya Darcy, Essie Stylenomics & topcoat with Wet N’ Wild Matte Topcoat.

So let’s break it down:

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1) Apply a white base to your nails.
2) On the sponge apply Anise Secret Stash, (or any color you have that looks like dried grass) around the edges of the sponge in a slight curve. Apply white in the middle area and sponge that on until you have the desired color is build up.
3) Using the same sponge, apply Zoya Dream (or any blue glitter polish that’s not too intense) over one section of the dark green polish and sponge that on, to give the effect of a darkening sky.
4) Use the nail art brush to draw in the pumpkins, then use a lighter shade of orange to draw in the lines of the pumpkin. (I didn’t have a shade like that so I mixed some orange and yellow to get a lighter shade.)
5) Use a dark green polish to draw in the pumpkin stems and with black polish draw in the eyes, nose and mouth.
6) Draw in the trees with black polish, they don’t have to look perfect, the more dead looking the better. Draw some small lines upward from the base of the trees to look like blades of grass. Topcoat and you’re done.

Now say hello to James.

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I really liked how this turned out so I decided to wear this mani for a few days, sans spidery pinky and with glossy topcoat, but I actually think I prefer it matte.

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Thanks for reading!

-Kerri

 

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#Naillinkup Favorite Indie

Hello Everyone, Week three of N.A.I.L. #Naillinkup, favorite indie I don’t actually have a favorite indie since I tend to buy the colors that appeal to me. I can’t really choose cause it changes everyday but this is the one i’m currently digging.

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The base is NYC French White Tip and the dripping is Sassy Polish Melted Limesicle it was nothing like the color on the website but I liked it anyway. The shimmer in the polish makes the drippings looked extra gooey. The polish was a bit sheer and I had to go over it a few times.

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Use a brush to make a little pool at the top at of the nail that will look like the slime will drip from it and use a dotting tool to make the drippings.

Thank for reading,

-Kerri

#Naillinkup Textured Nails

Hello Everyone, Week two of N.A.I.L. #Naillinkup textured nails. I had this idea but I wasn’t too  thrilled about how it turned out.

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I used Zoya Destiny stamped with Konad m28 using Zoya Raven. Destiny it turns out is a bit too shimmery for what I had in mind, and made it a bit hard to photograph. And a tip if you have a hard time wearing textured polish because the tip gets caught on everything, when the polish is almost dry to the touch just use a finger and gently pat the tips down or just tap them against a flat solid surface. It’ll smooth out the tips and you’ll see less tip wear.

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It turned out ok, but I have to say after stamping on all those spiders, I had the weirdest nightmare, cause mi no likey spiders. I dream’t that some lizard shaped water creature that was very aggressive somehow found it’s way into my aquarium and was killing everything in it. The weird part is that it was like a dream within a dream, in my dream I was asleep and I could hear it but I couldn’t move or wake up but I was aware. But no worries fishes are alive.

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Thanks for reading and letting my share my weirdness. 😀

-Kerri

 

#Naillinkup Blood Splatter

Hey Everyone, I know i’m late to the party but I decided to join the Nail Art Ideas Link (#naillinkup)

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Week one, I did the splatter nails using the straw method, just dip the straw in some polish diluted with acetone and blow. I wanted to make it look like it had some arterial spray so I added a darker red along with the lighter red polish and voilà a bloody mess.

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Polishes used Zoya Purity (base), Essie Twin Sweater Set, Essie Shearling Darling.

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I protected my nails with some homemade peel of base which is basically Elmer’s glue and water, it makes clean up super simple all you do is peel them off and topcoat.

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Thanks for reading!

-Kerri

Nail Challenge Survival Tips

Hello Everyone, This is a bit of nail maintenance for last month and how I got through it without constant breaks, splits or peeling nails.

Polish Remover: First a good, gentle non-acetone nail polish remover. I’ve been using zoya because it takes less scrubbing to remove polish, its also great at removing glitter. The one I usually use that’s just as awesome is Up & Up Non-Acetone remover from Target the 16oz costs about $3, great value and not stinky either.

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Peel of Base Coat: OPI Glitter Off, is a primarily a peel of base coat for natural nail but I use it to protect my cuticles so I minimize the daily use of acetone for clean up that dries them out. Cuticles can become ragged or split, and my have to be trimmed. You can also make your own, just  put some Elmer’s glue in a empty polish bottle and add a few drops of water (or not). I don’t use this method when I water marbling to protect my fingers because when the glue gets wet it gets a bit too messy for me, so I stick with tape.

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The downside is it doesn’t work well on nails with gel on them, i’m not sure about acrylics. It slides away from the areas with gel patches and leaves bald spots, it can be made to work, but repeatedly going over it can cause the surface to become bumpy or take forever to dry. But it’s a great way to cut down on the amount of polish remover used on your hands.

An alternative is Nail Pattern Boldness Glitter A Peel, this is an indie brand that I’ve used once and it didn’t work for me, but the problem may have been I used a thin coat and I didn’t allow it to dry completely before applying polish, so i’ll give it another try. And of course you can use your regular basecoat.

Cuticle Remover: To If you end up with ragged cuticles you may need a cuticle remover, I use Blue Cross Cuticle Remover (which i’ve had forever, it’s so worth it) or soak nails for about 5 mins, then apply some cuticle oil and and use a cuticle pusher to gently push back your cuticles.

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Cuticle Oil, lots and lots of cuticle oil, your nails will need it to keep the cuticles healthy and supple. If you have natural nails and you’re using regular base coat you can massage a small amount into your nails before applying your base coat, sounds crazy but it works to help keep you’re nails moisturized.

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Nail Yellowing: I’ve noticed a bit more yellowing than normal but that’s the norm if you wear polish regularly, it’s not an issue for me but I can lightly buff my nails to remove it (note – If you do this you may weaken your nails, do not overbuff I can get away with this cause my nails are really thick.) I normally double up on base coat and it prevents yellowing but to try to get some decent sleep at night, i’ve been skipping it.

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I have a little bit of a patch left on my pointer that’s almost all grown out, but my nails held up well.

Thanks for Reading!

-Kerri