Orly Sparking Garbage: Swatch and Review

Hello gentle readers.

I have wanted the polish featured today since it was first released. I finally got around to picking it up a couple of weeks ago and I am so glad that I did. Orly Sparkling Garbage is a gorgeous fine holo glitter topper in shades of green and blue with sparks of yellow, orange, red, even pink. So sparkly and beautiful. And the name is irresistible. I don't have any of the other polishes from the Spring collection but I may still hunt a few down and pick them up. Tho the Fall collection is due to release pretty soon and I have seen pictures of it and oh, boy, is it ever pretty! Maybe I'll just hold off. Save my money.

Since talk of Fall is beginning to hit the blogs here and there, I decided to layer Orly Sparkling Garbage over a Fall polish. I chose Orly Lucky Duck, a beautiful, rich mallard green crelly with a simply gorgeous formula. Very Fall. This swatch is one coat of Sparkling Garbage over Lucky Duck topped with Seche Vite. Photos were snapped outside in the sun.

Curse my wretched, holo eating camera!

Orly Sparkling Garbage applies beautifully and it dries in very good time. Top coat gives maximum sparkle and shine and that beautiful smooth, glossy finish that I love so well. Top coat doesn't dull the holo-licious quality even a tiny bit.

Do you own Orly Sparkling Garbage? Do you love it? What different colours have you layered it over? Please do tell. If you don't yet have it, I found my bottle on Amazon and last time I went sifting for polish, I do believe I saw a listing for Lucky Duck, as well.

Are you beginning to look forward to Autumn as much as I am? Here in my part of the good old U. S. of A. we have a whole lot of Summer to go, but a girl can dream, can't she? Thank you so much for popping in and reading and have a terrific day!

OPI A Definite Moust Have: Swatch and Review

Hello gentle readers.

I have another OPI Couture de Minnie Collection polish to share with you. This is A Definite Moust Have, a lovely strawberry pink jelly shot through with silver microshimmer. This is very feminine and girly. Not particularly unique but pretty enough to be welcome in my polish collection.

This swatch is two coats and Seche Vite.

OPI A Definite Moust Have has a lovely formula. It is smooth, creamy and easy to apply and control, it sits down where it is placed, sweeps softly up the nail and doesn't run, drag, streak, pool or bubble. I had a little cleanup, mostly just fussy refining. Dry time is slightly poky but not too bad. A fast dry top coat helps.

What do you think of OPI A Definite Moust Have? Do you own it? If you think that you might like to have it, it is available where you buy OPI.

Thank you so much for coming by and reading. Have a great day!

China Glaze Flip Flop Fantasy: Photographs and Review

Hello gentle readers.

How long ago did China Glaze Flip Flop Fantasy hit the scene? How many times have I seen in on blogs, in YouTube videos, picked it up in stores, put it back down time and time again? Well, I finally picked it up, bought it and took it home with me. China Glaze Flip Flop Fantasy is an amazing bright coral neon creme. This polish makes my hands look as if they have been on vacation in San Tropez even though they are just living the housewife life here in the AZ.

This is two coats of China Glaze Flip Flop Fantasy and Seche Vite.

First of all, I must apologize for the washed out colour of these photographs. My camera takes one look at neons and brights and turns and runs like a scared baby. This polish is brighter, cleaner, more saturated than these photos show.

A little about the formula. This polish is a stone cold 24 karat hand embroidered bitch sent from the bowels of hell to torment me. It streaks, it drags, it pulls, it bubbles, it stacks, it runs, it pools, it globs, it dried in the neck of the bottle as I worked with it. If there is a nasty, sneaky, bratty trick a polish can pull on an unsuspecting applier of polish, this polish will pull it. As you can see, I had to do a lot of cleanup. That is because I had to paint fast and wild to get full coats on as smooth as possible before the polish dried and dragged it's self back off as I tried to get it on my nail. It was crazy!

The first coat was atrocious. Streaky, bald spots, just a mess. By the time the second coat was on, it was opaque and kinda-sorta smooth, after a fashion. But not really. By the time I was applying the second coat, I was also composing a scathing review in my head. Then I got out my Seche Vite and started applying it and the most extraordinary thing happened. Suddenly, the somewhat uneven, kind of streaky, a few bubbles here and there mess on my nails melted, smoothed out and my mess of a Flip Flop Fantasy looked like everyone else's Flip Flop Fantasy. Smooth and shiny and very pretty. There are a few uneven spots and a few streaky ridgy areas but overall, I am pretty happy with how this polish looks on my nails.

And it looks smashing in my photographs.

I am torn about China Glaze Flip Flop Fantasy. I love the colour and It looks fantastic in photographs but application is so difficult. This was the second time I tried to apply and wear this polish. The first time, it was such an insane mess, I set it aside for over a month and almost threw it away. I'm glad that I gave it another chance. I think.

Do you own Flip Flop Fantasy? What do you think of it? Does it behave well for you? Give you a hard time? If it is difficult for you, do you feel that the bright beauty is worth the extra effort? Please do tell, I'd like to know what you think of this polish.

Thank you so much for taking some time out of your day to pop in and read and leave a comment. Stay cool and have a great day!

Beauty Blog Coalition Weekly Roundup

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  • Icy Nails: Icy Nails: OPI Magazine Cover Mouse from the Couture de Minnie Collection for Summer 2013 is Heaven.

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  • BeautyTidbits : Looking for a daily mineral SPF without the grease factor? Check out the new Andalou Naturals Oil Control Beauty Balm Un-tinted with SPF30!

  • Beauty Professor: The Beauty Professor is in love...with the pale shades of lip color from the Tom Ford collection!

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    OPI Magazine Cover Mouse: Review and Photographs

    Hello gentle readers.

    What do you get when you combine red with sandy texture-y stuff with shimmer that shifts pink and gold and a multitude of glorious, dancing colours in the sun?

    Heaven. Red, sparkly, sugar sand heaven. Red, sparkly, sugar sand heaven in the form of OPI Magazine Cover Mouse from the limited edition Couture de Minnie Collection for Summer.

    This is two coats of OPI Magazine Cover Mouse. Shots taken in the sunshine.

    Is this not heavenly, just as I said?

    The formula is just as lovely as the colour. Application is a breeze, I had little cleanup, what I did have was due to my being over caffeinated and unfed. Dry time is a tad pokey with this one, give it a little time to dry and cure a bit before you get your wild on.

    I am so happy that OPI made this Liquid Sand polish. I love red and I love this texture and I feel as if it was made just for me.

    What do you think of OPI Magazine Cover Mouse? Did you grab it? Do you love it as much as i do? If you would like to own it, it is limited edition so get yourself out to where you buy OPI and snap it up, while you can.

    Thank you so much for swinging by and reading and commenting. Have a great day!

    I Love Nail Polish Don't Trample My Roses: Review and Photographs

    Hello gentle readers.

    Today I am sharing I Love Nail Polish Don't Trample My Roses. This is a glitter topper in a clear base, unlike the first I Love Nail Polish I tried, Strawberry Creme. Don't Trample My Roses is a mix of multi sizes and shapes of glitters in rose, pink, purple and green with large rose pink hex sequin accent pieces. This kind of glitter is right in my wheelhouse. It is girlie and feminine and kind of sweet. I applied one coat over two coats of OPI Flower to Flower and topped everything with a coat of Gelous and a coat of Seche Vite.

    The base of this glitter is super thick. I had to thin it a lot and it was still very thick. Only applying one coat made application, overall much easier than trying to get three flawless coats of  thick polish on my nails. I also suspect that some difficulty lies in working with a mini. I imagine that a full sized bottle and brush would ease the process a good bit. The glitter pieces distributed quite easily, I didn't have to do a whole lot of the patting and placing thing to get them all where I wanted them on my nails. I did need to fish out some of the largest accent sequins and place them and fill a couple of bald-ish spots but for a chunky topper glitter, especially with such a thick base, this one was pretty pleasant to work with.

    Dry time is decent. Not fast as a flash, a quick dry top coat is welcome. This glitter dries surprisingly smooth and it's easy to get it glossy and shiny and perfect. This polish wears well. I had this mani on for four full days and had little tip wear. Colour me impressed.

    I like I Love Nail Polish Don't Trample My Roses. I have enough in my mini bottle for another mani or two and accent nails, besides. I may just have to get this one in a full size!

    What do you think of I Love Nail Polish Don't Trample My Roses? Do you own it or other glitters from this brand? What has been your experience with the base? Do you find it in need of thinning, as I do or can you deal with it as is comes to you? I'd really like to hear your thoughts and input. Also, have you tried I Love Nail Polish's holos? Are they great?

    Thank you so much for coming by and reading. Stay cool and have a great day!

    Beauty Blog Coalition Weekly Roundup

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  • My Newest Addiction Beauty Blog: Laura gushes over the IT Cosmetics Vitality Lip Flush Butter Glosses.  They are her newest addiction.

  • D.G.S.Beauty: Need a new pair of eyeglasses?  Firmoo has a great selection and will send you your first pair for free.

  • Painted Ladies: Sheila tries two new Color Tattoo pigments from Maybelline - are they worth the $6,99?

  • TheFabZilla: Yet another anti-aging product! TheFabZilla tries Hydroxatone AM/PM Anti-wrinkle complex. Find out if it's yay or nay.

  • Beauty Professor: The Beauty Professor has tried a lot of products this summer...here's a video on four of her favorites!

  • The Stepford Witch: This week, the spotlight is on Dermalogica Concealing Spot Treatment. Read the review to find out if this product does as it claims.

  • Beauty by Miss L: Check out this blue glitter manicure.

  • A Little Polish: A Little Polish shows off a great way to incorporate blues and greens into a fun, trendy mani!

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    Mint Manis for Talia Joy: A Tribute to a Life That Ended Far Too Soon

    Hello gentle readers.

    On Tuesday, July 16 Talia Joy Castellano lost her seven year fight against neuroblastoma and leukemia.She was only thirteen years old. Cancer sucks. It took my dad. It recently took my aunt. My mother is fighting it tooth and nail as I write this. But when cancer takes a child it is the unkindest blow of all. Children should be of limits to that horrible disease. Sadly, they are not.

    Talia made a big impression on the world in the short time she was here. Her natural sweetness, charm and sparkle endeared her to her YouTube audience and her gifted touch with a makeup brush earned her respect from her peers in the beauty community. My heart aches for her family and friends now, in their time of sorrow and I hope that their memories of her bring them comfort and that thinking of her brings a smile to their faces and a glow of warmth back to their hearts.

    In honor of Talia and evoking her final Instagram photo, a mint green manicure sported by Talia, her mother and a close friend, beauty bloggers are coming together in a community wide blog project known as Mint Manis for Talia organized and coordinated by Nicole of  Nail Polish Wars. Please visit her blog and click the other blogs linked up in the InLinkz to learn more about Talia, her short but incredible life and the lovely bloggers and their beautiful manicures in honor of a very special young lady.

    My Mint Mani for Talia is simple. I chose Sation Holiday Go Lightly, a mint crelly with a beautiful silver shimmer for a hint of ethereal sparkle. On just one nail I stamped butterflies in bright pink to symbolize a young girl who has been set free from years of pain and illness.

    Rest in peace, little one.

    Please check out the rest of the manis by clicking on the linkz. If you would like to participate, you can grab the code here.

    Thank you for popping in and reading and have a great day.

    Incoco Nail Polish Appliques in On the Edge: Photographs and Review

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    Hello gentle readers.

    Today I have a set of Incoco Nail Polish Appliques to share with you. Incoco makes ready to apply strips that include base coat, colour and top coat all in one. These nail appliques are 3-free and Incoco says that they last up to fourteen days. There are sixteen appliques per package and an instruction sheet. You will also receive a file for removing the excess material when you order.

    Incoco Nail Appliques come in a wide selection of solid colours and designs including holiday, fun, French, sweet, patriotic, floral, edgy, shimmery, glittery. There is something for everyone. Prices range from $7.99 to $9.99 U.S. and they offer free shipping on all orders over $50.00. Incoco wants you to love your Nail Polish Appliques. If you are not completely satisfied, you can return them for a refund and they pay the return shipping.

     The package as it comes from Incoco. 

     The Nail Polish Appliques in a sealed packet. Once this packet is opened, you have to use the appliques. Any left over appliques must be discarded. 

    This is On the Edge. A fun neon yellow ground with a black houndstooth pattern. This came with a strip of silver foil to do a funky French effect but I liked the strips on their own so much that I left them as is. 

    These appliques are so shiny, the colours are saturated and rich and the pattern detail is crisp and clean. 

    What look like creases on some of my nails are not creases. Those are just my good old ridges, making a pain in the butt of themselves. Incoco recommends buffing the nails smooth. Uh... no. Mama doesn't buff her nails. She rocks her ridges.

    When I had all twenty or so of the photos I originally shot of my nails wearing these appliques up on my computer screen, it looked a little like a little swarm of yellow jackets.

    What else can I say about these Incoco Nail Polish Appliques? They are fairly sturdy, for being pure nail polish. They are thicker than the Sally Hansen Nail Polish Strips I recently reviewed. The Incoco Nail Polish Appliques are easy to work with, I didn't have too much trouble with them creasing or bubbling and, since they are nail polish, I was able to use cleanup to get a more custom fit. I had to be careful not to mess up the pattern in the process, tho. These polish strips wear well. I can't say how long, as I just don't leave them on long enough to wear them out. Maybe that is a good thing?

    I like Incoco Nail Polish Appliques. I have been working with this kind of thing quite a bit. lately and this is a quality product. I recommend them. If you would like to peruse the collection their shop is here. You can Like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter.

    Do you use Incoco Nail Polish Appliques? What do you think of them? Please do tell.

    Thank you so much for coming by and reading and have a great day!

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    OPI Matte Top Coat: Photographs and Review

    Hello gentle readers.

    I recently picked up OPI Matte Top Coat. I don't know why, really. I didn't need another bottle of matte top coat but hey, it's OPI and I wanted it. I applied OPI Matte Top Coat over two coats of OPI Thanks a Windmillion. I like the combo. I think that Thanks a Windmillion looks great matte.

    OPI Matte top coat is thick and a bit opaque. It applies pretty easily but you need to be sure to have plenty of the top coat on your brush as you apply it because this matte top coat sets and goes flat fast! It is setting and changing on one side of your nail  while you are still finishing applying to the other. There really isn't much time to go back and work over missed spots or smooth things down. This top coat does self level to a certain extent but don't depend on it. Be fast and be smooth with this and it will reward you. Be careless and slow and it will bite you.

    As OPI Matte Top Coat dries it has a soft, kind of puffy look to it. As it continues to dry and cure, it hardens and flattens down to the nail and looses that puffy quality. The flat matte finish is very nice but it doesn't remain pristine for longer than a couple of days. By the end of the second day, my tips were pretty shiny and there were shiny scratch marks on some of my nails. I don't usually wear matte manicures longer than a day or two anyway so shorter wear time isn't a necessarily a bad thing, as far as I am concerned.

    All in all, I like OPI Matte Top Coat. If I were to run out of it and need more, I would definitely purchase it again. Since I own this and a nearly full bottle of Orly Matte Top, as well I think I am pretty well set for matte top coat for the foreseeable future. If you are on the hunt for a good matte topper I would recommend giving this one a whirl.

    Do you own OPI Matte Top Coat? What do you think of it? Love it? Hate it? Want it? It should be available where you buy OPI, at salons, Ulta and salons that stock OPI.

    Thank you so much for coming by and reading and have a great day!

    e. l. f. Tone Correcting Powder: Photographs and Review

    Hello gentle readers.

    I was in my local Target a few weeks ago and I happened to find myself in the general area of an e.l.f. cosmetics display. Now, e.l.f. is a brand I haven't had any experience with. No reason, really. Up until fairly recently, e.l.f. wasn't very easy to get in my area but my local Target is now stocking a lot of the line and it is easier for me to pick up on a whim, instead of having to order online. For my first e.l.f. experience, I decided to purchase the Tone Correcting Powder. I recalled that quite a few of the gals I watch on YouTube regularly rave about that powder, particularly for setting their under eye area and I thought, hey, for three clams, why not give it a whirl?

    The e.l.f. Tone Correcting Powder comes in a large, rectangular, lightweight black plastic compact. The contents is a pressed powder cake weighing 13.5 g,  0.4762oz. There is a large mirror in the lid of the compact. The packaging looks nice. It feels smooth, rounded and lightweight and inexpensive in the hand. My compact has a small defect on the top; several small darker splotches that aren't visible in this photograph.

    My camera killed the colours of this powder. It is more pastel than this. 

    Tone Correcting Powder Claims:

    • Creates a balanced and radiant complexion that is radiant and healthy.
    • The lightweight formula evens out the skin tone and absorbs excess oil.
    • The sheer formula brightens and neutralizes the skin.
    Directions: Blend the powder over the face to brighten and even out the the skin tone as well as neutralize any redness.

    This powder is lightweight, finely milled and lightly pigmented. The pastel tones of yellow, blue, pink and green blend together to create the perfect setting powder for my under eye area. I swirl a small, very soft brush in all four quadrants, tap of any excess powder in the brush then lightly sweep it on over my corrector, concealer and brightener to set and lock them in place for hours.

    I haven't used this all over my face. I prefer a translucent powder when I want to set my foundation.

    I have to say, I like this powder. I like it a lot. I am really surprised at how well it performs and I love the price tag. If you are on the hunt for a lightweight tone correcting powder for your face/under eye area, I recommend that you swing by your local Target or hit e.l.f.'s website and pick this baby up and give it a try.

    Have you tried the e.l.f. Tone Correcting Powder? What do you think of it? Are there other e.l.f. products that you absolutely love and recommend I try? I saw a blush/bronzer combo that looks kind of promising...

    Thank you so much for taking a little time to come by. Stay cool and have a great day!

    NCLA Nail Wraps in Heat Wave: Photographs and Review

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    Hello gentle readers.

    Enjoy a little California on your fingertips! 

    Today I am sharing  NCLA Nail Wraps in Heat Wave sent to me by Nail Polish Canada.com. The wraps are available in twenty-nine different, dynamic designs. There are forty-four wraps per package in a variety of sizes to ensure a perfect fit and to give you an average of three to four full manicures and a file in each pack. NCLA Nail Wraps retail for $16.00 CAD. 

    The wraps in the package and the contents of the package. Two sheets of twenty-two wraps and an emery board to file away the excess wrap from the tip and edges of the nails after they are applied.

    The simple application instructions are on the back of the package. These wraps are easy to apply, just follow the directions and take your time, at first. 

    After application and top coat. The Heat Wave design is so pretty and bright. It is a kaleidoscope design in shades of hot pink, pink, white, orange, green, navy blue and yellow.

    Instant nail art! No muss, no fuss. Instant gratification. 

    Some things to remember:

    • These are not nail polish so you can't do cleanup to adjust the fit. 
    • Choose a size that matches your nail size or is a little smaller so that you can stretch the wrap to fit.
    • The wraps are super stretchy! I had to apply one that was way too small to a nail and it stretched to fit!
    • Take your time when applying. Stretch up and across the nail as you apply then smooth and flatten them down. If you get a crease or bubble, lift the wrap, stretch and smooth it back down. 
    • These wraps have a textured surface and you will need to use top coat to get a smooth, shiny finish. I used two coats of Seche Vite. 

    I wore these for five days and by then I was ready for a change and removed them. Removal is easy, just use an orangewood stick to gently loosen them around the edges then peel them off. I peeled the first one and it took up the base coat and a little of the surface material of my nail. Not a lot but my nails are delicate and I try to avoid any damage to my nails so I devised a method of slowly peeling them back and using alcohol on a cotton pad to soften the adhesive and peel them back at the same time. It only took a few minutes and my nails were in perfect condition when I was finished. 

    I like these nail wraps. I like them a lot. They are well made, easy to use and they wear well on my nails. They come in a whole bunch of fantastic designs and, at three to four full manicures to each pack, are a good value for the price and I recommend them.

    If you are interested in acquiring some of these great nail wraps for yourself, check out Nail Polish Canada's full selection here. You can browse their full product selection from their home page and Like them on Facebook

    Have you tried NCLA Nail Wraps? What did you think of them? If you haven't, are they something that you might like to try out? Please do tell, I'd like to hear what you think. 

    Thank you so much for stopping by and reading, today. Have a great day! 

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    Beauty Blog Coalition Weekly Roundup

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  • In Her Makeup Bag: Stephanie tries out her first holographic manicure using new Maybelline Color Show Holographic nail polish in Mystic Green!

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  • Peppermint Lips Beauty Blog: Summer Bright Lips With NYX Cosmetics Round Lipsticks!

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  • BeautyTidbits: Check out the review and swatches of the new ncLA Sweet Revenge Nail Polish Collection over at BeautyTidbits.

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    OPI Minnie Style: Review and Photographs

    Hello gentle readers.

    OPI Minnie Style is the glitter polish offering from this Summer's OPI Couture de Minnie Collection. This fun red and white medium hex glitter mix makes a wonderful topper and it is great for nail art, as well. I applied the glitter over OPI Chic From Ears to Tail to my ring and thumb nails and made little mousie accents on my other nails. This stuff is cute and fun. I have one more polish from this collection and I think that I need to buy myself the other two as I am so enjoying this little collection.  

    The clear base of this glitter topper is a bit thick and this glitter needs to be patted and coaxed into place as it is applied. It isn't difficult to work with but you need a little patience to get it just where you want it. It dries quickly and feels surprisingly smooth. I used my usual Gelous/Seche Vite glitter topper routine but honestly, I think I could have gotten by with just the Seche Vite. As with most glitters, good old foil method is a great way to get this off when it is time to bid it good bye. 

    What do you think of OPI Minnie Style? Did you treat yourself to this pretty glitter? Think that you might like to? You should be able to find it where you buy OPI polish near you. 

    Thank you so much for swinging by and reading. Have a great day and may your polish never bubble. 

    OPI Chic From Ears to Tail: Review and Photographs

    Hello gentle readers.

    OPI Chic from Ears to Tail is part of the Couture de Minnie Collection from OPI. This sweet bubble gum pink creme has a barely visible silver shimmer running through it. I love a great pink polish and this is a great pink polish.

    The formula on OPI Chic From Ears to Tail is very nice. It is smooth and silky, that nearly invisible silver shimmer adds a soothing effect to what can often be a beautiful but temperamental type of of polish. Application of this polish is easy and smooth, it likes to go on in thin coats, too thick and you can run into trouble with bubbles. The first coat was streaky, but by the second coat, things were looking very nice, indeed but still just a tiny bit streaky and my demon ridges were still making themselves very much a visible presence. A quick third coat gave me a smooth perfectly opaque finish. I didn't have a great deal of cleanup with this polish, mostly just fussbudget refining. Dry time is pretty good, it was very good with my usual Seche Vite. I got a solid four days of wear out of this pretty stuff.

    I love OPI Chic From Ears to Tail. If you are on the lookout for a soft, sweet pink creme with a nice formula and wear, this is a great choice. This polish is limited edition and is available where you can buy OPI polish, now. Some retailers to check out would be local salons, JC Penny salons and Ulta stores.

    What do you think of OPI Chic From Ears to Tail? Have you picked it up? Do you plan to? Please do tell.

    Thank you so much for popping in and reading. Have a great day and may your polish never bubble.

    Nail Art Tutorial: Hand Painted Roses (Text and Photographs)

    Hello gentle readers.

    I hope that all of my fellow American Americans had a great Fourth of July Weekend. And that you aren't too sunburned.

    I recently showed a nail art look that featured hand painted roses on the accent nail. One of my readers, Savannah was interested in a tutorial. I kind of promised it a little sooner than this, I'm sorry that it took me so long to get it up but here it is. At last. I hope that it is helpful to anyone who has ever wanted to try painting roses on their nails.

    Hand painted roses are actually very simple. When I say this, I am not just blowing smoke up your skirt. I mean it. I have very little true artistic talent. I am creative but I can't draw or paint to save my life! So trust me, with a little patience and a little practice, you will soon be painting pretty roses all over your nails, even if you have never painted a flower in your life.

    Before we get started, you will need some supplies. A nail wheel or some scrap paper for practicing, a couple of fine artist's brushes, one a little shorter and much finer than the other, a little acetone, a palette (I use a bit of foil, just use whatever you can drop polish out on to) and of course, polish.

    When painting roses, I like the keep the colour palette fairly simple. Three colours for the flowers, two for the leaves. When it comes to colours, let your imagination run the show. Pinks, reds, yellows, creams and white, black and greys, blues, purples, lavenders... Three colours are plenty to create the dimension and form you want.

    The supplies I used for this tutorial. I chose Be Happy, a soft sage green for the base. For the roses, Dark to light pinks in: Be Great, Pink Forever and Easy Going and for the leaves I used Athens and Greek Isles. 

    First, paint your practice nail (s) or some swatches on scratch paper, your base colour and let it dry a bit. Next, put out a nice, fat drop of polish in your darkest rose colour and grab your larger of your two fine paint brushes.

    Paint round-ish irregular blobs on the surface. This is not the time to get precise, the more irregular and imperfect the shapes, the better. Remember, flowers in nature are not perfect shapes, they are organic, living things and are irregular. Make sure that you fill in the blobs so that they are solid.

    Don't forget to have a little acetone at the ready to clean up your brushes! This is my usual cleanup cup that I use all of the time when I do my nails. It is a cap salvaged from an old acetone bottle. Clean your brush for the next step in between each colour and any time you feel that the polish on your brush is getting gloopy or dry.

    Put out another big drop of polish onto your palette. This should be the next lighter colour that you chose for your roses. Pick up a little of the polish on your brush and stroke it along the outer edges of the blob, starting from a "bottom" point (that can be anywhere, as you can see from the photograph) and up and around stopping short of meeting at the "top". Then you can do a little stroke then another little stroke, slightly curving, in the center of the blob, as you can see in the photo. Again, don't worry about these strokes being precise, let them be imperfect and look organic. You can go back over them, if you want to make them more prominent, you can make more strokes or fewer. These are your flowers, just feel it out, do what works, depending on the size of the flower and how much detail you want. Once you finish this step, don't forget to clean your brush.

    Tinier flowers will require finer brushes and fewer strokes, larger flowers, larger brushes, more strokes.

    Time to highlight! Put a small drop of your lightest colour out on your palette and grab your tiniest, finest brush and pick up a little of the lightest polish, drag some off on the palette surface so that there isn't a blob of colour on your brush, then, using a light touch, stroke the lightest colour along one side of the middle shade stroke lines like in the photograph, above. You can also go a little on the outside to further enhance the shape and make it look even more like a flower. If you need a little more polish at any time, just pick up a little more. Remember, don't go too heavy with highlight... It is meant to give light to some areas while the deeper tones make shadows that together create the dimension that make the eyes think they are seeing flowers. (At least, I think that is how it works.)

    Once your roses are done, it's time for leaves. Put some of your darker green out on your palette and grab your larger brush, again and pick up a little of the deeper green then carefully paint roughly teardrop shaped leaves out from each blossom. Try not to overlap the flowers with the leaves. You can do as few or as many leaves as you like. As in nature, leaf size varies so don't get too hung up on size, just let it flow. With practice, you'll develop a feel for what suits you.

    Now put out a tiny drop of your lighter green on your palette and using your finest brush, once again pick up a tiny bit and use it to crate a little highlight on the leaves you just created.

    Let your creation dry for a few minutes to avoid smearing all of your hard work then gently float a coat of your favorite top coat on over your roses (I used Seche Vite, of course.). Let dry and there you have it.

    Some things to remember:

    You can do nail art with polish or with acrylic paint. I have never worked with the latter, I always use polish but a lot of people use acrylic paint. If you use paint, you just need water, not acetone for cleaning your brushes.

    Practice, practice, practice! Painting roses is not difficult, it just takes a little practice! Once your fingers learn the moves, it is super easy. To avoid disappointment, don't paint on your nails until you have the technique done on your practice surfaces. Oh! And don't forget to practice painting with your non dominant hand, too! You are going to want roses on both hands, aren't you? I am VERY right handed and this technique allows me to paint pretty flowers with my left hand, light tremor and all!

    Relax and enjoy yourself! Don't get all caught up in being "perfect!" Don't worry about painting photo-real flowers. This technique isn't going to produce those results. This technique will give you loose, pretty, soft, Monet-ish roses.

    Clean your brush often and work with fluid, fresh polish. Polish in small quantities on a fine brush can dry quickly and get gunked up and it can drag, clot and be a problem. So, if it feels as if the polish is beginning to dry or feel slightly thicker, just stop, clean your brush in acetone, blot the brush and pick up more polish and continue. If the drop on your palette from which you are working is getting dry or thick, go ahead and put out fresh polish. You will get much better results from a clean brush and fluid, fresh polish.

    Nail art should be fun! Don't tie yourself up in knots over it. If it doesn't come together for you on one day, clean up, put your things away and just do something else with your nails. Then, on another day, when you feel refreshed and inspired to try again, pull out your supplies and... Try again! That may be the day it all comes together. I have had that happen with roses, dots, glitter gradients... I just didn't give up.

    I hope that this tutorial was detailed and clear enough to be helpful and that it will inspire you to try painting roses on your own nails.

    If anything in this tutorial is unclear, if you feel that I left anything out or if you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask, I'll try to help in any way I can. If you are an expert painter of nails and roses and have any helpful tips, tricks and techniques you would like to share, please feel free to do so. I am always open to learning something new that can make my limited nail art abilities better.

    If you try this technique and do roses, please put a link in your comment, I'd love to see. I think that Disqus allows you to put a picture in your comment, or you can leave a pic on my Facebook page, the button to take you there is at the top of my right column.

    Thank you so much for popping in and reading. Have a great day and stay cool, out there.

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