Nail Art

Crumpet’s Tarts 52 Week Pick n Mix Challenge – Week 1

So I’ve entered into my first nail challenge and I’m glad to be doing it under the guiding eye of Debbie Crumpet.  All of the ladies in this challenge are SO inspiring so I really have to step up my game to hang with this crew. The challenge is actually in its second week so I have a little catching up to do.  Here’s what I managed to do last night with Karbach Hopadillo IPA as my creative catalyst.

This week’s prompts were teal and 2-color gradient.  I wanted to do a different take on a gradient so I did a jelly dot gradient using Zoya Frieda – a teal jelly that I’ve had around a while but never used – and Zoya Purity for the dots.  I threw in some Wet n Wild Kaleidoscope for some holo water sparkle.  I’m really pleased with how this turned out!

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Stash Shots on Facebook!

With all of the reorganizing going on in preparation of the relaunch on June 23rd, I thought I’d take some pics of my stash and share them on Facebook! Hop on over to the official nailtipsy Facebook page and give it a like! I’ll be posting throughout the evening!

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Relaunching Soon!

Hello, my darlings!

nailtipsy had to be pushed to the side for a while so I could get some things in my life in order.  We recently made a big move and I now have a nice big area just for me and my polishes so I will begin swatching polishes and doing nail art again VERY soon!

Look for the official relaunch of nailtipsy on June 23rd (earlier if I can swing it)! I’ve missed doing this and I can’t wait to get back!

Thank you to everyone that visits and I’ll see you soon!

Baroness of Glitter

As I’ve made evident in previous posts, I love glitter polishes.  When I came across the Baroness of Glitter, I was intrigued for obvious reasons.  I grabbed 3 polishes from her etsy store and today I’m going to share them with you. First up are two polishes from the Chromatic Love Collection.

This is Prismatic – a multichrome holo topcoat.

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Below is just one coat over OPI’s Black Onyx and Polish Alcoholic’s Zoisite.  I really wanted to see how this would layer over a brighter color and I was quite happy with the results.  I only used one coat because there was a whopping 5 minutes of sun and I wanted to grab it in natural light.

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The formula on this top coat is quite thin. Mind the amount on your brush so you get nice even coats.  The photo below is two coats of Prismatic.  The purple color shift really comes through over the Zoisite. It has a beautiful galaxy look.

Prismatic3Next is Aquaflux.  This is a multichrome microglitter top coat with a green to magenta shift.

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I loved the color shift on this one!  I did my best to capture it in full flair.

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This is two coats of Aquaflux over OPI Black Onyx.  The formula on this top coat is thin as well so exercise caution on that brush dipping. But really, is there such a thing as too much glitter? (No.)

Aquaflux3I like the intense green shimmer you get when looking at it straight on.

Finally, we have Bubble Goth! An adorable mix of pastel pink, purple, and blue matte glitter in a white crelly base.  There’s also the very tiniest hint of blue microglitter.  Plus – skull and crossbones!

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I love the concept of this polish.  As with most heavy glitters, you have to do a bit of fishing for the skulls.  Let the bottle sit upside down for a few minutes and they’ll come up closer to the surface. Give it a good shakin’ and you should be good to go.  This is two coats over OPI’s My Boyfriend Scales Walls and how freaking cute is it??

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On my middle finger is a reappearance from Prismatic.  I used two coats of it over the OPI.  This worked really well as a canvas for the holo.

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You can check out her many NEW polishes just released in her store at baronessofglitter.com. She’s also on twitter @glitterbaroness and on Instagram as baronessofglitter.

Multi-talented lady that she is, she also has a jewelry store on etsy! Check out demiflux.com to see her inspired creations!

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Hit Polish Tribute Day 2 – Sunset Over Sedona

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This is my personal favorite – Sunset Over Sedona.  An absolutely stunning mix of gold, magenta, turquoise, and copper hexes and circles that perfectly emulate a desert sunset in the background of sheer magenta shimmer with gold and turquoise microglitter.

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I used Zoya Mason as a base coat on my ring finger to provide some contrast.  I used a base coat of Glitter A-Peel, two coats of SOS, then topped it off with a coat of Glitter Food and Digital Flash.  Glitter A-Peel, Glitter Food, and Digital Flash are all from the glorious Nail Pattern Boldness.

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In natural light

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Cheers!

Hit Polish Tribute Day 1 – Pennies From Heaven

Over the next week, I’ll be paying tribute to a wonderful indie polish company – Hit Polish.  It is with a heavy heart I inform you that her esty shop closed earlier this month.  However, so she is moving on to bigger and better things.  So, hooray for that!  In honor of her glitter polish brilliance, I will be posting a few of my favorites over the next few days.

Today, we look at Pennies From Heaven.  This is a beautiful rosy bronze base with gold and copper hologlitters in various shapes and sizes.

Hit PFH_1Her formulas are consistently wonderful and her glitter loads always juuuust right.

Hit PFH_2This is Mr. Tipsy’s favorite of the bunch.  What about you?  If you have any Hit Polishes, what are your favorites?

Buttoned Up in Blurple

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As soon as I saw Square Hue’s West End and Julep’s Charlotte together, I knew they were meant to be.  I’ve been wanting to try this manicure for a while and these are colors that would actually look cute as a little collared shirt. Here’s how I got this look!

The tools:

A tray, dotting tool, capful of acetone and brush for edge clean up, Julep Charlotte, Square Hue West End, stencil stickers

A tray, dotting tool, capful of acetone and brush for edge clean up, Julep Charlotte, Square Hue West End, stencil stickers

The stencil stickers are actually a little treat that my darling Mr. Tipsy whipped up for me in his workshop.  They’re vinyl strips to lay on the nail to create shapes and patterns and I looooooooove them! If I didn’t have these, I would have used two binder reinforcing stickers and reversed the polishes, making Charlotte the base color.

Step one was, of course, applying base coat.  Then I used the Square Hue as my base color.  Once it was COMPLETELY dry I applied one of the stencil stickers. Never attempt using adhesive stencils of any nature (binder reinforcers, scotch tape, or vinyl stickers) until your polish is absolutely, completely dry or you will end up peeling your polish up with the sticker.

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Then paint the exposed tip:

Buttoned Up TIpImmediately after painting the tip, peel the sticker straight across in one motion. This avoids the possibility of the polish drying to the sticker and leaving you with a stringy mess.  After removing the stencil, I placed a few drops of Charlotte into the tray and used the dotting tool to make the buttons. Let your buttons dry as long as possible before using a top coat.

This is the final product!

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Feel free to ask questions!  I always read and respond to my comments!

Favorite Nail Product of 2013: Nail Pattern Boldness – Glitter A-Peel

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Yeah, yeah.  I tweeted that I would have this up yesterday. Unfortunately, the hangover was strong with this one.  I hope everyone had a great New Year’s Eve! The ceramic flying pig we found in our car that I took from my friend’s bar (Sorry, Khon! I promise you’ll get it tomorrow!) with absolutely no recollection of taking it was a very good indicator of the level of silly we got up to.

On to the good stuff!

I’m just going to say it.  I am madly in love with all three items in that picture but my favorite item of the year is, without a doubt, Glitter A-Peel from Nail Pattern Boldness.  Gone are the days of soaking cotton balls in acetone/nail polish remover and then wrapping it up in tin foil around each nail. This is a Holy Grail product for me.

DSC01838I started off with two coats of Glitter A-Peel on clean nails.  I made sure to let the Glitter A-Peel dry between each coat  and before I applied the polish.  I used China Glaze’s For Audrey on all but my index fingers where I used OPI’s My Boyfriend Scales Walls.

Then came two coats of Nail Pattern Boldness’ The Girl With The Most Cake, which is also probably my favorite glitter polish that I bought this year.  I get hypnotized looking at the bottle.

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It is jam packed with light pink (two sizes), bright turquoise, and purple square matte glitters as well as pink, purple, and turquoise microglitters.  I swatched it on a color wheel with about 10 different colors and it goes with just about everything.  It’s on sale for $6 right now so I’d HIGHLY recommend picking up a bottle.

I finished it all off with two coats of NPB’s spectacular Digital Flash Top Coat.

I did a quick video so you all could see just how easy the Glitter A-Peel makes glitter polish removal. This is a must have for your arsenal!

New Year’s Eve Mani!

Woohoo!  It’s New Year’s Eve! I’ve had a pint each of Karbach Brewery’s Fra-Gee-Lay and Deschutes Chasin’ Freshies and I’m in the celebrating mood!

I’d be remiss if I didn’t post my nails for the evening.

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I used OPI Black Onyx and Wet n Wild Kaleidoscope.  My top coat is the WONDERFUL Digital Flash from Nail Pattern Boldness.  The WnW goes on really nicely and I haven’t regretted picking it up.  It’s almost half empty after a few months because it’s just so fun to throw on top of pretty much any color.

I hope everyone has a safe and spectacular New Year’s Eve and a glorious and prosperous 2014.

Thanks for your support!

Champagne Nails and Caviar Beads

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With New Year’s Eve coming up, I wanted to play around with a fun look.  Here’s my attempt at making little champagne glasses with caviar bead bubbles.

I used Orly Luxe, Emori Nail Art Striping in white, and clear caviar beads placed one by one.  As you can see I tried a curved tip on my index finger. It didn’t work quite right with my square tip nails so I just scotch taped off the tips of the rest and went for a straight across look that I was pretty happy with.  The tips only have base and top coat, with the exception of the lines.

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After letting gold gold dry a bit, I did the lines.  I thought I had waited long enough for the lines to dry before applying the essie no chips ahead top coat, but it looks like I should’ve waited a bit longer to avoid streaking.

Using a dotting tool with no ball, I put a teeny bit of the no chips ahead and set about applying the caviar beads individual in the essie top coat.  I chose this top coat because it’s not a quick dry and I wanted to have plenty of time to lay the beads down before going over it with seche vite.

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Oh, and that’s Lone Star in that glass, not champagne.  Cheers!