Sunday, 30 October 2011

Graveyard Hallowe'en Nails

Tonight is the 3rd night of Halloween parties so I decided to switch up my spooky manicure!
Once again, I used Deborah Lippmann as the background colour for 3 of the nails and the tombstone on the ring finger. For the neon orange thumb, I used a bright orange by Colour Club (it doesn't seem to have a name). I picked it up in a pack of brights at Winners (great find!).
Then, I used Essie's Licorice and a tiny paint brush to paint the graveyard silhouettes and the skeleton hand on the thumb.

Lastly, I added a couple strokes of grass to the tombstone with OPI's Jade is the New Black.

And it's complete! Off to another Hallowe'en party....mwah ha ha!

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Bloody Hallowe'en Nails

This year for Halloween, I am going as one of the Grady twins from The Shining with my friend Jess. The costume involves some serious creepiness and blood so I decided to try out some spooky, drippy bloody nails to push it to the next level.
For these nails, I used Deborah Lippmann's Waking up in Vegas as the base colour. This polish is a-ma-zing. If applied properly, only a single coat is required! Plus, Lippmann polishes have the longest lasting wear I have ever encountered. Overall - a solid laquer!
I painted the bloody drips using a tiny craft paintbrush and OPI's Quarter of a Cent-Cherry - the perfect blood red! (The photograph above shows the red slightly darker than it truly is)

The nails completed the costume perfectly - we scared ourselves every time we looked in the mirror!
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Spooky Hallowe'en Skulls

I did this mani on my sister the other night. It turned out pretty adorable despite it's spookiness! For this one, I used two coats of white on top of a base coat and then used a special black polish to add the details.
This polish, by Witchcraft, comes in several different colours and is available at Shoppers Drug Mart. It has a very skinny and long brush that is pretty versatile for adding details to your nails and is a nice alternative to a toothpick or small paint brush. It has been very handy having this polish in white and black to pain images onto the nails or just for adding outlines and accents.
I finished this mani off with a top coat and then hid under my covers. Boo! Pin It

Saturday, 29 October 2011

Fairy Nails

I really love how this mani turned out! It's sweet and special without being too flashy. For this mani, I used one of my favourite nail colours out there; OPI Lucky Lucky Lavender. I know the name denotes a purple-y colour, but I find it can actually come off as the perfect pale, chalky pink. Perhaps this depends on your skin tone (I tend to be pinkish myself) but, either way, it is a beautiful colour and also looks great as a pedi. Actually, I searched for this specific type of pink for a long time before stumbling across this one. I never thought to try it because of it's name - do not judge a polish by it's name, folks!
After a base coat and two coats of Lucky, I dabbed on a silver glitter on the tips and created a gradient toward the cuticle; getting sparser as I went (soon, we will have a detailed How-To post on this). The silver glitter I used is a great one that I highly recommend, Tiara by Orly.
In fact, I actually tried another mani with this silver and, with 3 coats, the sparkliness could knock your socks off (post to follow)!

Then, I finished it off with our favourite top coat (post to follow!) and voila! Fairy nails!
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