Thursday, October 30, 2014

Kleancolor Rainbow Gradient

I recently received the set of 12 Kleancolor metallic polishes from amazon. I wasn't sure how good they would be considering their low price, and the fact that the one Kleancolor polish I already had, a glitter, dried kind of fast for my liking. I was very pleasantly surprised by these. The formula is awesome. They hardly show any brushstrokes. I used the 10 colors from the set (it also came with black and white), two on each nail with the two blended together in the middle. They are, in order from my pinky to my thumb: red, orange, mango, yellow, green, aqua, sapphire, purple, fuschia, and pink.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Reverse glitter gradient

Last night I had this scary dream that I'd cut all of my nails really short. Then, in the dream, I thought to myself "This is a dream. I'm sure if I wake up, my nails will be fine". So then I DREAMED that I woke up, opened my eyes and saw that my nails were indeed all short. I could even feel pain on my right middle finger where I'd cut that one too short. It was so scary that I actually woke up with a start, realized I'd only dreamt I had woken up the first time, then felt my nails and discovered they were all fine. I tell you, man, I have some really weird, vivid dreams. Like the recurring theme of my bottom front teeth falling out. I get this one at least twice a month.
Anyway, I tried for the first time here to do a reverse glitter gradient. It didn't turn out as well as some pictures I've seen, but for my first attempt, I think it's ok. Also, the glitter polish I was using was sort of thick, so that made it harder. I first did a sheer french manicure to enhance the look of my nails then added a few blue and purple crystals over the glitter for extra dimension.

Polishes used: An unnamed shade from Organic Farm Shine Plus nail (cheap Korean polish), Essie limo-scene, China Glaze White Cap and Hard Candy Party Central.

Friday, October 17, 2014

October Clouds

Lovely fall polish colors with simple three-stroke tips.

Polishes used are all by Essie: Shearling Darling, School of Hard Knocks, and Ladylike

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Fall colors

Yes, this picture sucks. Unfortunately I couldn't get a good one before going to work the next day and now they're all chipped :/ But this was my first attempt at a ruffian manicure. I was surprised when I looked up tutorials and saw that some people actually freehand paint this style. I painted all my nails green first, then used upside down tip guides near the base.

Polishes used: China Glaze Agro and Tongue & Chic, Essie Wrapped in Rubies

Friday, October 10, 2014

Lime green with feathers

This is my first attempt at a feather manicure. I bought these feathers from When I looked up pictures of other feather manis online I was kind of surprised that nealy all of them had the fibers of the feathers pointing up towards the wearer's hands. To me, it seemed like this would make it hard ot apply a top coat and that the top coat brush would pull the fiber back. So, I decided to try applying the feathers in both directions.
As it turns out, my worries were totally untrue. The feather applied "upside down" to my right middle finger nail looks a lot better and was easier to apply. On my left ring finger, you can see that the fibers got a little bit wobbly plus it was really hard to trim the bottom to match the curve of my cuticle afterwards. Lesson learned.

Polishes used: Essie The More the Merrier and Kleancolor Black Out

Friday, October 3, 2014

Bright rainbow stars

I found this lovely star glitter polish at a store called Tony Moly in a subway station here in Korea. :) The downside is that it took about four coats to get this much coverage.The base color is China Glaze Hook & Line.