Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Angels Baseball Inspired Nails

On Friday night while watching the Olympic Opening Ceremony I painted my nails with a design inspired by Anaheim's baseball team the Angels.  I had a ticket to Saturday's game so I thought I'd try to show my team spirit!

For this design I used polishes that matched the team's colors, Maybelline "Speedy Hot Tamale" and Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear "White On."  I actually picked up the white polish last week at Target.  It was on sale for $1.50!  I've used it twice already and really like it!

For three of my nails on each hand I used the white and then painted some designs on them.  I painted the "A" with the halo to represent the team and then I painted a red design on another nail to make it look like a baseball.

Like I mentioned before I was watching the Opening Ceremony while I did this.  I kept getting distracted especially when this scary Voldemort appeared on my TV!


I felt better after Mary Poppins showed up to save the day!

All these distractions resulted in some extra messy nails!

I used a Q-Tip and nail polish remover to clean up the polish that got all over my hands.  Here is the result!

The nails matched my team jersey and Angels merchandise very well! The game was a lot of fun! 

Weekend Update- More Yellow, Gold Polish, & other news!

So I've got two new manicures coming up this week!  One of which I'm really excited about sharing and is what I have on right now!  I'll be getting the first one up soon but until then I thought I'd post other pictures from this past weekend!

On Friday I wore yellow which matched perfectly with my yellow mani.  The yellow definitely brightened my mood that day (the fact that it was Friday helped too)!

On Saturday I stepped into a Sephora and noticed this polish by OPI.  It's real gold!  I sampled it on one of my nails and it was really pretty and just like pixie dust!

It was $30 for a bottle though which was too high for me but I did treat myself to a different polish which I'll share after I get to try it out!

In other news, I started a Facebook and Twitter page! If you'd like to check it out the link to the Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/pixiedustnailsblog and the link to Twitter is https://twitter.com/pixiedustnails.

I'll end this with a photo clue about what the manicure I'll be sharing next is!

Have a great week everyone!

Friday, July 27, 2012

Yellow Polish, plus Collage and Music Nails!

Today’s post features 3 manicures I did this week!
Some of my family was in town for a few days last weekend.  I felt sad after they headed home so I painted my nails in a cheerful color to try to brighten my mood. I picked the color yellow!  I used a NYC nail polish called “Taxi Yellow Creme".  It took a few coats but in the end my nails were a happy soft yellow. 
I took out my new dotting tools for practice and used it to paint dots on my nails.  I used L.A. Colors “Sea Siren”.  It was a very simple mani that didn’t take too long to do.  I even threw in a hidden Mickey. 

My family was only in town for a few days but I did manage to do quick manis on my sisters.  Although I started out with the new nail tools I had gotten I ended up going back to the tools I was used to for time reasons.  For one of my sisters I painted her nails with a collage of different designs because I couldn’t decide on one. I put Sanrio's Batz Maru on one nail, glitter on another, and what reminded us of her cat on her thumb.

For my other sister we did a music theme and I painted music notes on her nails along with some zig zag lines, stars, and microphones.

I wish we’d had more time but I'm so happy they were able to visit.  I really miss them all a lot and I have been a bit of an Eeyore since they’ve left. 
On a happier note, I think I’ll be starting the 31 day manicure challenge in the next couple weeks. I hit a bit of a creative block in general so I think it will be a great way to push myself and maybe even learn some new nail tricks as I go.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

"Up" Inspired Nails- First Attempt

After my France nails, I decided that I wanted to make an attempt at "Up" inspired nails!  I love the house and balloons in the movie "Up" so I decided to go for it.  I also wanted to try painting my nails so that when I line them up in a certain way you get the full picture.  I've seen the nail pros do this on other sites and I always think it is so cool!  It is like you have a surprise hidden in your nail art. (Disclaimer: This is my first try at it. haha!)
To start off I picked out a color from my stash of nail polish that seemed like a good sky blue and painted that on first.  The color I used was KleanColor "Blue Pearl."
After I let that dry, I practiced sketching the house on a piece of paper.  I tried to keep it simple. Once I felt comfortable drawing it, I got to work recreating it on my thumbnails. I recommend using a thin brush or a toothpick. I used black polish to do the outline first then I used some bright colors to fill it in.  
I drew lines coming out of the house to represent the strings holding the balloons and then on the rest of my nails I used a bobby pin to draw dots as the balloons.  For this I used an assortment of colors.  The balloons were a little tricky because I couldn't get the circles exactly how I wanted them but in the end I think I got the effect I wanted. Here's the result!  

When I hold my hand out it looks like this. You get to see the full picture when I do the above!

I wasn't sure how I felt about my nails because I was a bit disappointed in my balloons but the next day I found that I kept holding my nails up and pretending the house was floating away.  Over the last couple days I discovered that I also like how it looked with these two nails together:  

Not perfect but it was fun to do and I hope to try it again sometime!

In other news, recently I found out that some of my family is visiting me this weekend and I'm really excited!  I offered to paint my youngest sister's nails during her visit and she seemed happy about it.  The next day I decided I would invest in some nail art tools that I can use while she is here!  I ordered these on Amazon. 

I can't wait to try these out.  My bobby pins and toothpicks usually do the trick but for my sisters I was willing to spend a little money. I look forward to sharing what design I come up with for her next week!   

Saturday, July 14, 2012

France Flag Nails

Today, July 14th, is Bastille Day, the French National Holiday.  My husband and I like to celebrate it at home with French food, drink, and movies!  This year I thought I'd make my nails match the celebration by using the French flag as inspiration!

For this manicure I used red, white, and blue polish and some scotch tape.  I cut
a square of the tape and used it to cover half my nail and painted the other half blue.  Once the blue dried, I put tape over it and then painted the other side red.  At the end I used my white polish (from a Kiss Nail Artist kit I got at Target) to paint a rectangle in the middle.

Here's the photo of the France flag I used as reference when I painted my nails.  (Image from Wikipedia.)


Our Duffy got dressed up for the occasion too!  Here he is in his France outfit.  We match!

 I hope everyone has a happy Bastille Day!

Monday, July 9, 2012

Minnie Mouse Inspired Nails- OPI I'm All Ears

A couple weeks ago I received a bottle of OPI's new Minnie Mouse inspired polish.  The color I got was "I'm All Ears."  My mother-in-law mailed it to me and it was an awesome surprise because I had really wanted one!

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