Friday, January 31, 2014

Peace & Love & Duochrome

This week I started the yoga teacher training.  It is overwhelming and exciting at the same time.  I am working hard to do the best I can with it, while still trying to keep up with everything else in my life, such as work and belly dance.  This is only the beginning.

Sometimes when I do my manicures, I find that I cycle through certain colors, like pinks, blues, purples and occasionally greens.  So this week I wanted to go with a slightly different color.

I used three coats of OPI Peace & Love & OPI.  It was more thin than a lot of the OPI colors, so I used the extra coat.  Once that dried, I used plate BM-407 and the Konad special polish in black to stamp on the image.  I used my Diamond Dry on the nails with images, and left the rest without.

This OPI color has a fabulous duochrome and I had a hard time capturing that.  The second picture is rather dark, but you can see the multiple colors in it some.  I really love this color!

What do you think?  Is this color for you?

Until later,


Saturday, January 25, 2014

4000 Page Views

My blog has hit 4000 page views.  Thank you all so much for coming to visit my blog so much.  I truly appreciate the fact that you find my work worth your time to view for a couple minutes.

Thank you to everyone who loves my work!


Friday, January 24, 2014

Taunting Teal

This week has been so long that when I woke up this morning I had to look at my phone to be sure today was actually Friday.  I'm so glad the weekend has finally arrived.

This week I decided to go with a blue color for my manicure, and to try out one of the new bundle monster plates I received recently.

I started out with two thick coats of Sonia Kashuk Taunting Teal.  Then I used Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Gone Grey and plate BM-419 to stamp on the feather image.

The blue is a great fall or winter color, and the grey/silver is perfect for stamping.

Let me know what you think!

Until later,


Saturday, January 18, 2014

Pink Flakies

This week went by pretty fast.  I was finally able to Skype with my sister last night, so even though she is in another state, we were able to connect some.  That made the end of the week so much better.

Also, I had my usual belly dance class this morning, and it feels like I am finally beginning to get somewhere with dance.  I have been dancing at Bravo Belly Dance for about two years, but it has taken that long to learn enough vocabulary that I feel like I'm able to really create a flow while dancing.

This week I did another modified french manicure.  I found the ORLY MatteFX Pink Flakie Topcoat at Sally Beauty and knew I had to do something with it.  So I started with three coats of it, despite that it is called a topcoat.  This first picture shows the flakies a bit, and the matte effect.  The picture really doesn't do it justice, but the flakies are extremely hard to capture in photos for me.

Later, I used ORLY Pointe Blanche for the tips.  When that dried, I topped it off with my Diamond Dry to give it more shine.

Overall, the matte effect was ok, but I liked it better with a shine to it.  What do you think?

Until later,


Friday, January 10, 2014


My sister is now on her way to her destination with her husband.  It seems weird knowing that we will have to use all the technology at our hands to keep in contact now.  I truly hope things go smoothly for her out there.

This week I was inspired by this pin, though my manicure didn't quite turn out.

I started with two coats of OPI Vant To Bite My Neck?  Then I sponged on a gradient using the same color and Sinful Colors Mesmerize.  The distinction between the two colors wasn't quite enough.  You can only barely see the difference in the pictures.

After that I put on a coat of OPI Which is Witch? while trying to keep the glitter thin.  The coat was uneven, so I topped it all off with Diamond Dry.

I really would have liked the colors to be a little more definable, but overall, I love the look.

Until later,


Saturday, January 4, 2014

Flowers and Vines

I am glad the holidays are over and I can get back to my somewhat regular schedule.  I have been spending more time with my family, especially my sister, as she will be leaving with her husband at the end of next week.  They are moving to Mississippi for his pilot training.  It is a rough transition for me, as she and I have spent the last 26 or so years together.  It will be hard not seeing her every week, but I am proud of all that she has accomplished so far, and know she will soar to new heights.

This week I took some inspiration from this pin.  I love the color and the stamp image.

I started with three coats of Icing Lilacquer.  Then I stamped on the image using plate m73 and Konad special polish in black.  After that dried, I painted the black on the tips using China Glaze Liquid Leather.  Finally, I used the Diamond Dry top coat.

Unfortunately, the Diamond Dry causes shrinkage at the tips.  That isn't tip wear in the photos, but the Diamond Dry pulling the color back some as it dries.  Aside from that, and the slight smudging on a couple nails of the image, I thought this mani turned out very well.

Let me know what you think!

Until later,