This month's theme for Polish Party was 'spring'. I've missed out on the past couple of themes, because I've been having health issues, but I am glad to be back. Considering I am the queen of play-on words, I had to go out of the box for this theme. I painted Bruce SPRINGsteen nails (hehe, see what I did there?). These are based on his Born In The U.S.A. Album. I thought it was a fun idea, so I went with it.
Sunday, February 15, 2015
Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Aww yeah! Guess who's back, back again? Sara's back, tell a friend. Sorry I've been gone for a bit, I'll kind of update you on my health and jazz, after I start my intravenous treatment. That will probably be up on my on my tumblr in a few-ish weeks. Anyways, the lovely Allison from Born Pretty Store contacted me, and asked if I wanted to try out any of their products. I had browsed through the shop plenty of times, so of course I was willing to try some stuff out.
Using some of their products, this is the design I came up with. On the pinky I used the 0000 brush (I hate striping tape, so I always free hand my lines), and the largest setting on the green dotting tool. For my ring finger, I just have one of the set pearls, and one of the second largest gold flatbacks. My ring finger is just dots, again using the largest setting on the green dotting tool. Finally, the design on my pointer finger is done using the 0000 brush, and another set pearl. I used the 0000 brush to free hand the circles, because I didn't have a dotting tool large enough to get the look I was trying to achieve.
These are the brushes that I picked out (I apologize for the paint on them, I had just finished using them, and didn't think to clean them off before taking the picture). These are the '4 pcs Acrylic Uv Gel Nail Art Paint Drawing Brush Kit' (#465), and they retail for $2.46. This is my first actual brush change in probably a good year or so. The only brush I use is my Winning Nails Sable Nail Art Brush from Sally's (I have five, if that says anything), and I haven't changed brushes since picking it up. I have tried quite a few others, but none of them have fit my bill, so I just stick with that one. With that in mind, I was a bit hesitant when picking out these, but I figured what the heck, let's try them out. I'm glad I did, because I think they may have beat out the Sally's brush, and that's saying something. Of course I'm still going to use my Sally's one, but I think these are my new go-to brushes. I'm kind of a paint-aholic, so i've been using these to paint everything, not just my nails. I've made some mean ornaments with these. I also really wanted to give everything a good try, because I am not someone who is going to say that something is amazing, if it's terrible, just because someone sent it to me for free. So I do truly love these, and the price is much more economical than the sable brush from Sally's, considering these are $2.46 for four brushes, and that is $4.79 for one. (Sorry if I keep bringing that brush up, but it was my holy grail brush for a VERY long time, so if I like these ones just as much/more than that one, that's really saying something.)
Next up, I picked out this dotting tool set, '5x 2way Dotting Pen Marbleizing Tool' (#515)
which retails for $4.74. I've seen this set before on this site, and others, and it's been on my get-list for a while, I just never got around to purchasing it. As you can see in the top picture, the top part of the pink dotting tool came unattached, which I didn't realize until I used them, because it looked perfect in the packaging (and sorry, there's some white paint on it.) It's no big deal, I just super glued it, and it works perfectly fine. I just wanted to let you know, so if it happens to one of yours, you can just fix it no problem. I will say though, that I checked all of the other dotting tools I recieved, and they are on there nice and sturdy, so I think the pink one was just some weird fluke.As far as the use, I think they work perfectly fine, there was no problems using them. I have never owned dotting tools, so I though this was an important staple to my kit. I personally like to free hand, but these work in a pinch. For anyone who isn't able to free hand circles and dots, I think these would work great for them. I will definitely use these for dotting patterns, but when I just need one or two dots, I think I'll just go free hand with the brushes. Side note, these are also super great for sculpting polymer clay. Im not sure how many of you do that, but I love dabbling in all types of mediums, so this is another way I have been using them.
These are the '400Pcs/Box Newly Gold Silver Round Flat Backs' (#17227), and they retail for $4.14. I think they are fun and cute if you like a more 3d nail. I am more into paintings on nails, as opposed to ones that are super jeweled up, but it's something that I really wanted to try out. I have to say, I really liked the way that this design came out, and I think I'm going to incorporate more of this style into the stuff I normally do. Also, this set is not the 400 pc set, I was sent the review set, so your's should include the whole 400 pcs.
Lastly, I picked out the '10Pcs/set Mini Pearl Metal Edge Nail Studs' (#16744) in size number 2 (5mm), and they retail for $2.13. I think this is a really good size, I didn't find it too small, or annoyingly big, so I'm happy with the size I chose. You get ten to a pack, and I have reused them, so as long as you don't lose any, they will last you a while. When I change a design, I just peel it off of the current one, take off the polish on the back, and stick them back into the bag they came in, for later use. Overall, I am very happy with everything, and if there was only one product I could recommend, it would be the brushes. I think they are excellent, and when these ones start to wear down, I will definitely pick up another set (or maybe more.) Also, all of my followers can use my 10% off code on their orders. The code is: SESG10 at checkout.
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Monstrously Mini Day 3: Favorite Candy/Treat. This design is inspired by Wonka Nerds, which is what I always went for. I hate (and am allergic to) chocolate, so I usually tend to lean towards the more tart type of candy. That, or hot cinnamon type candy. Pretty much anything that gives you sour jaw or burns your tongue, because insanity rules my world (Warheads and Hot Tamales, what up?) Anyways, I actually came up with this design last year, but I never ended up taking pictures of it, so technically this a 2.0. Also this was such a pain in the rear to paint, because I had some mad hiccups. It took a bit longer, but I still think they turned out pretty darn cute. xx Sara
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Sunday, October 26, 2014
I have finally posted my Monstrously Mini: Day 1 challenge nails (which was meant to be posted yesterday, whoops!). These are inspired by the Saw movie series, which are some of my favorite horror films. I wouldn't say it's my all time favorite scary movie, but it's still pretty damn good. As many of you know, I am OBSESSED with horror films, so it was pretty hard to choose one. I was actually watching this movie specifically while deciding on what to paint, so that's what I ended up doing. There have been some amazing designs from you girls for this challenge so far, and I will be doing a master list of everyone's designs once the challenge is over. I hope you all have been having a good time keeping up with all of the participants' posts! xx Sara
Saturday, October 25, 2014
Well there is a first time for everything. I believe this is the very first time that I have ever had my Polish Party design done before the inlinkz code was made. I might even be the first to post for this month, **snaps for sara**. Anyways, this month's Polish Party theme is 'Halloween', of course, with it being October and all. Last October, we had the same theme, so you can check out last year's design here. I wanted to do something a bit cuter than I usually do for this theme, considering I plan on my Monstrously Mini nails being a bit more gory and morbid. I will be hopefully posting my first design for that challenge tonight, so look forward to seeing that aswell. Like usual, I am super excited to see everyone's designs, and interpretations of the theme, and I will be keeping an eye out for them.