Friday, August 10, 2012

First Try: Edgy Half-moons

Hey there!
So today I'm doing another post in my ongoing First Try series!  I wanted to do a tape mani, but I didn't want to do just any old half-moon, so I tried a version that I saw in a post by Erika from Chloe's Nails.  It's not exactly like hers, but it's similar!

I started with a base of Essie A Crewed Interest.  This is one of my favorite summer colors!  Then, after the polish dried, I taped off triangles on my nails and used Essie Shine of the Times to create the edgy half-moons.  I didn't like how the Shine of the Times didn't show up too much, so I used my Kiss gold glitter to outline the triangles.  This is also a great way to clean up any mistakes made when removing the tape.  Finally I finished it off with one coat of Seche Vite top coat.  I hope this was a fun post for you, and have a fabulous Friday!
~ Mary Elizabeth
Ps be sure to check out Chloe's Nails!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Sunny Side Up!

Hey everybody!
So this is my last week in my hometown before I go off to college.  I have been having a lot of fun with my friends this week.  So in honor of my last week of summer, I decided to do some freehand nail art!

So I started with a base of OPI Alpine Snow.  This makes the yellow pop a little more.  Then I used one coat of OPI Need Sunglasses? Once that dried I used an OPI orange (I don't know the exact name of it because it is a mini) to paint a sun on my ring finger.  I carefully created a curved line around the corner of my nail and filled it in.  Then I used dotting tools to create the rays.  I finished it off with one coat of Seche Vite top coat.  I had a lot of fun with this design.  I don't do a ton of freehand designs, so this one was extra special :) I hope you all enjoyed this post, and have a terrific Thursday!
~ Mary Elizabeth