Sunday, February 24, 2013

KB Shimmer Lilac Dreams

On this rare bright sunday sunny day in WI, I finally managed to score some photos in the sun!

I painted my nails KB Shimmer Lilac Dreams.

This was my base color Sinful Colors - Gone Platinum.
I already painted the pinky, they went together quite perfectly.

I really love this color but I wanted a little more. So I decided to paint a diagonal stripe on with Zoya Storm.

Pardon my cuticles, apparently one touch with acetone and they're ruined for days :(

Friday, February 22, 2013

Polish Zone

I'm almost finished with my polish zone. 

I made four foam board racks, each holds about 120 polishes, and I finally hung them on the wall!

So now I can sit at my own polish desk and do my nails while still watching tv woo!

One "leg" of the desk is a cubical which is awesome because it's the perfect place to storage all my polish stuff.

I'm probably going to hang the mini cubical right next to the bigger one for extra storage. Plus I can make foam shelves for it and storage more polish on.

If anyone was curious I bought my desk at Ikea, well the top and the two legs. The cubical is from Target and it happened to be the perfect height!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

KB Shimmer !!!

I got my KB Shimmer order in the mail today! 

Left To Right: Spring Training, Watercolor, Squared Away, Iris My Case, Lilac Dreams, Sugar Plum Faerie, Witch Way?...Lottie Dottie (not shown - accidentally cut it off :/)

Lottie Dottie, Spring Training

Close Up: Lottie Dottie - white crelly polish with turquoise/fuschia small hex glitters, micro slices and circle glitters

Close Up: Spring Training - soft mint green with rose, purple, yellow, green, periwinkle and blue glitters

Watercolor, Squared Away

Close Up: Watercolor - Medium neon blue with bright blue, satin purple, two sizes of purple glitters, large royal blue hex, magenta hex, pink holo hex glitter, micro pink holo glitter and large silver holo glitter

Close Up: Squared Away - Fuchsia, blue aqua, holo silver, and purple square glitters

Iris My Case, Lilac Dreams

Close Up: Iris My Case - soft purple base with pink, purple, white, periwinkle and blue glitters

Close Up: Lilac Dreams - lilac base with aqua blue and silver holo glitter with micro black and silver glitter

Sugar Plum Faerie, Witch Way?

Close Up: Sugar Plum Faerie - soft plum violet crelly with purple, lime holo and different sizes of berry holo glitters

Close Up: Witch Way? - deep grape with holo glitters

I am so disappointed I cannot wear all of these colors on all of my fingers all at once ! I wanted to try the pastel colors first and was trying to think of a way to use more than one at once so I decided to use Spring Training as my base and layer Iris My Case over the top. I really like how it turned out!

I used Sally Hansen Xtreme - Mint Sorbert as a base coat, its the best base color to use for Spring Training.

Nail Haul

So I went to Walgreens on Sunday and found some of the new collections so I bought a few because they were only $1.

Left to Right: Green Ocean, Fantasy, Bombshell, In the Spotlight, Lush Life, Star Dust, Candy Coated, Mermaid Curves, Blue Eyes Soul

Green Ocean, Fantasy

Bombshell, In the Spotlight

Lush Life, Stardust

Stardust, Candy Coated

Mermaid Curves, Blue Eyed Soul

Then I stopped at Walmart and was excited to find a Pure Ice Display. Finally I got the one polish I really wanted...

Pure Ice Polishes
Left to Right: Twisted,  Private Show, Over You

Close Up: Twisted

Close Up: Private Show

Close Up: Over You

So today on a trip to Illinois for work, I FINALY saw a Ross store!! I had to stop, good things I did! Their polish sets are super cheap!

Kleancolor Retro City Mini Polish Set
Left to Right: 166 Metallic Fuschia, 165 Metallic Sapphire, 164 Metallic Aqua, 163 Metallic Green, 160 Metallic Orange

Bonita Polishes
Left to Right: Purple Beach, Blue Steel, CO2, Candy Coated, Digital Pink, Moroccan Fix
JLB Lacquers Left To Right (top): Immortal Gold, Hot Coco, Chocolate Lava
Left to Right (bottom): Purple Rain, Deep Sea, Jade, Cherry Pop

Cute little owl I found!

Monday, February 18, 2013

Xbox nails

So this started with Kate Kreatez on facebook saying she was going to post awesome gamer nails *cough*cough*playstation* nails, LOL. So I told her I would paint my nails xbox so we could thumb wrestle.

So this is my Xbox nails to challenge Kate to a thumb wrestle!

The link to her nails is here.
I'm pretty sure I'd win the thumb wrestle just because it really has nothing to do with our nails LOL.
Go check out her blog she does some amazing stuff!

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Dandy Nails Bathed in Light

Here's another Dandy Nails color Bathed in Light. It's a gold shimmer that shifts to pink with green flecks in it. 

I usually don't buy colors like this but I was in awe of the color shift and the glitter flecks.
I decided this color seemed kinda of "spacey" to me so I stamped some stars and an alien on my nails.

You can really see the pink undertones in the shade.

I stamped with Spoiled The Parking Meter is Expired.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Foam Board Rack Tutorial

How to make a Foam Board Rack.

8 Shelves holds approximately 120 polishes

I really love this idea. There's so many options for making this rack. You can design it however you need, more shelves, less shelves, half the size. You can decorate it whatever way you want too!

1. 3 pieces of Foam Board.

 I buy mine from the dollar store, they are thinner than the regular foam board you buy at a regular store but for a 1/3 of the price, and you really don't need the foam that thick.
15" x 30"

2. Measure where you're going to cut.

First foam piece.
This is the back.  Measure from the bottom in 4" increments.
The second foam piece. The shelves.
Measure 8 x 1.5" from the bottom for the shelves.
Measure 8 x 1" for the shelf edge.
The third foam piece. The side strips.
Measure 2 x 2" from the sides.
Mark in several spots down so you can cut all the way down, my "straight edge" isn't long enough.

3. Cut the shelf strips.

Place the foam on a piece of cardboard to protect your carpet.

Place your "straight edge" over the rest of the foam board.
I use the back of the frame I broke, it's the longest straight edge I have.
I like it because I can hold it down and cut at the same time.

Line up the "straight edge" over the markers.

This is the knife I use. I use it because the blade is long enough to cut and be guided.
I've tried a regular box cutter but if the blade is not right up against the straight edge your cut won't be accurate.

Hold the straight edge in place so it doesn't move around on you and your cut is straight.

As you can see the blade is right against my straight edge.

First strip has been cut!

Cut the remaining shelf strips.

4. Decorate Shelf Edges!

After you cut the shelf strips you have the rest of the foam board for the shelf edges.
Turn it over and do what you would like!

I chose to glue on some neat scrapbooking paper I got from Michaels Craft Stores.
After your done gluing cut the strips for the shelf edges.
Cut the side strips as well.

So here we have, 8 shelf edges, 8 shelf strips, 2 side strips and 1 foam board not cut.
Now that we have all our trips cut it's time to glue!

5. Glue Shelf Strips!

This is why I marked on either side of the foam board.

Lay the shelf strip above the two markers and this is a guide for you glue gun.

Place a thin strip under the shelf strip.

After gluing just flip it up. Just to be clear this is actually the 2nd shelf.
The bottom shelf it glued right above the bottom.

Glue all the shelves on. 

To reinforce the shelves, put a strip of hot glue on either side of the shelf strip.

6. Glue on side strips.

This is the tricky part. Glue on the side strips.
You gotta glue kind of fast so it doesn't harden by the time you get to the other side.

So here it is with the shelves and side strips.

Now I put some hot glue on both sides of the shelf strips where they meet the sides to reinforce.

7.  Glue on shelf edges.

Now it's finished!

I've loaded it up with several different kinds of polishes to showcase different bottle types.

Pure Ice bottles.

Models Own polishes.

Orly bottles.

China Glaze.

Julep bottles, you could double up the bottles if you wanted to.
Butter london polishes fit perfectly to the side.

Sinful Color bottles.

Fingerpaints bottles.

Zoyas on the tope shelf.

I placed some different bottles on the top to show how the bottles look on the tope shelf.
Zoya, Sinful Color, Fingerpaints, China Glaze, Orly, and Pure Ice
If you get this after cutting, your blade is not sharp enough.

Sometimes my side edges of the foam look like this. And this is why...