Sunday, January 20, 2013

Julep "Jane"

Today I'm wearing a special edition glitter polish by Julep called "Jane." It's still available at www.julep.com but it's not part of a monthly maven box. This polish was much more than I was expecting. I thought it would end up being difficult to work with, but it was so easy! It had full coverage in two thin coats, and each coat dried almost instantly. It's still kind of rough with two coats of topcoat, but I figured it would be since the formula is like 90% glitter 10% base (if that) haha.
Anyways, if you're looking for a copper/rose glitter, this one is really great. :)



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Saturday, January 19, 2013

Minnie Mouse Nails?

I'm not really sure what I was going for here. They kind of look Minnie Mouse-ish to me though, so that's what we're going to go with. ;) 

I used Essie "Plumberry" for this, and I had to filter the photo to show the true color. I'll include an unfiltered one though!


Not much else to say so I'll just keep this short and sweet:)

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Drip Mani

Hey everyone:) So before I start rambling, I'd really like to say thanks to Sammy from The Nailasaurus, she tweeted about my blog and now I have lots more traffic and followers here! So welcome to my new followers:) If you've never checked out her blog, you must. She's the absolute best. :) 

Now for the nails! This was just a quick mani I did yesterday because the first time I tried the dripping nails I completely failed. So I like these quite a bit more. :)

The base color for this is China Glaze "Elephant Walk," a kind of greenish grey with a subtle shimmer to it. Excellent formula as usual and it's opaque in one coat (I use two of course though.)
The drip is Finger Paints "Plum Startled," a dark purple with a hint of gold and blue shimmer if you look closely at the right angle. Love this color. 



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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Liquid Sky Lacquer - Pop Rocks

Hey everyone!
Today I'm wearing Pop Rocks by Liquid Sky Lacquer
This can be purchased at http://liquidskylacquer.bigcartel.com/
 
So where to begin.. How about I just start by saying I LOOOVE this polish. Believe it or not, I only own a couple real jelly polishes, and they're nowhere near as bright as this one. Plus they don't have glitter. :) The formula for this was absolutely perfect, it went on smoothly and evenly and the glitter all went where it was supposed to, no fishing or dabbing needed. It was completely opaque in two coats, but I put on a third just for good measure and because I really like the depth it gives. And this isn't really all that relevant, but when I saw this, the first thing I thought of was how perfect this would be for Chinese New Year. It's so festive with the bright red, slightly shimmery jelly base, and gold holo square glitter, and the occasional red hex. I'm so sad I only got a mini!



I tried to capture the shimmer in this not so great macro shot, but you'd probably just have better luck zooming in on the above photo. haha but I'm not quite used to my macro lens yet so hopefully these will start improving soon:) Until then, bear with me. :)
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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Neon Nails

Hi everyone! I guess I'm just really missing summer or something because today I decided to do a neon mani. Normally I stay away from day-glo brights, but I've been using a lot of pastels lately and I needed a "palate cleanser." :) Hope you like it!  Darcy

I used striping tape for my ring finger, and just did basic leopard print on my middle finger:)
The colors I used are:
CG "Pool Party" and CG "Purple Panic" for the base
CG "Turned Up Turquoise" for the accents



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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Valentines Mani #1

I thought I'd get a head start on Valentine's Day this year, since I usually don't acknowledge it at all. haha but anyways... I'm kind of proud of these, since this is actually my first attempt at freehanding flowers (except for my vintage roses). :/ I guess I'm just not the floral type. I got the idea for these from one of my stamping plates, Konad m51 to be exact. I wanted something similar to the design, but I was in the mood for freehand rather than stamping. :)

Anyways, the colors I used are:
Tryst Lacquers - High School Sweetheart (Base)
OPI - Casino Royale (Flowers & Hearts)
Sinful Colors - San Francisco (Leaves)

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Monday, January 14, 2013

High School Sweetheart - Tryst Lacquers

Hey everyone! 
Today I'm wearing an amazing Indie called "High School Sweetheart" by Tryst Lacquers.
Its a lovely combination of rosy pink, fuschia, and red hex and square glitters, in a milky white base. 
It's completely opaque in two easy coats, but one coat would look amazing layered over any other polish. I love this stuff soooo much. :)

You can order this on Etsy, at http://www.etsy.com/shop/trystlacquers

This is two coats with Poshe topcoat and no undies.

Here's a macro shot of the polish in the bottle:
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Thursday, January 10, 2013

Glequin Glitter Placement Mani!

Hello everyone! 

Sorry, I'm kind of behind on posts! I've done 7 different manis since my last post. haha :/ 
So I'm just going to work backward from my most recent one:) By the way, I don't know how to reply to your comments! I know how to reply, but do you get notifications when I reply on my feed? I'm trying to reply to your comments, I really am:) haha

Anyways.. now for the nails. 
These were inspired by Sammy "The Nailasaurus" are possibly my favorites I've ever done. I thought it was going to be way more difficult than it was, and I thought they turned out nicely:) 
The color I used was China Glaze "Kinetic Candy" and I got my hex glitter from www.bornprettystore.com



This photo is actually from a different mani that I had on yesterday, the color is Julep "Renee." but I got my new macro lens for my iPhone so i had to test it out! Here's some hex glitter up close:)

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Thursday, January 3, 2013

Gradient and Glitter Pictorial

Good morning! (It's morning here anyways) 

So, yesterday one of my photos got featured by a major fashion account on Instagram and made it to the popular page! I was sooo excited:) As I was reading through my comments, a lot of people were asking for a pictorial on the "Popular Page Nails" so here it is! It's my first tutorial so if I missed anything or you have any questions just ask. (You can comment on here, on Instagram, or email me at darcy.sparrow@live.com

 What you need: 
1. The colors you want to use (The colors here are Orly "Liquid Vinyl," CG "Hanging In The Balance," and Orly "Miss Conduct")
2. Makeup sponge (dampen it with water)
3. Base coat and top coat
4. Glitter polish (I use "Essie Set In Stones")
5. Acetone
6. A good cleanup brush
7. Something to work on (like a paper towel) 

Step 1: Apply your base coat. 1 or 2 coats should be good. It's really a personal preference. Let it dry completely. 

Step 2: Start painting the polish in stripes onto the makeup sponge, overlapping the colors slightly, then lightly press it onto your nail. Work quickly, the colors dry fast. 

Step 3: Keep repeating this process, moving the sponge up and down slightly each time you dab to blend the colors, until the polish is opaque. About three or four coats. 

Step 4: Now the fun part;) Clean up! Of course you can avoid this step almost entirely by using tape to cover up the skin around your nail, (scotch tape, masking tape, painters tape, whatever) but I always forget. So now you get your brush, dip it in the acetone, and slowly and carefully brush the polish off around your cuticle. You might want to dab some of the acetone off the brush first, but sometimes you don't. This part really depends on personal preference.

Step 5: Once you're done with clean up, brush on a thin coat of whatever glitter you like, add a topcoat, and you're done!:)
 The finished product:
 
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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Winter Sweater Nails

These were inspired by a pair of gloves I got for Christmas this year! They took forever to do but I think they were worth the work! I've never attempted anything as complicated as this, and I was a bit intimidated to say the least. (It took me forever to get going!) I started by using striping tape to make the lines across my nails (I wasn't about to try to freehand that) and found the smallest brush possible to make the chevron design on my ring finger and squiggly line on my pointer and pinky. Once all that was dry I added the dots and used Eva's (CoewlessPolish) amazing Fair Isle Snowflake tutorial to make the snowflake on my middle finger.

Background: China Glaze "Recycle"
White: China Glaze "White On White"
Blue: China Glaze "Aquadelic"
Orange: Sephora by OPI "Cover Me In Petals"

This photo was taken in direct sunlight:


This photo was taken with indoor lighting, next to the inpirational glove:) 

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