Friday, April 18, 2014

The Digit-al Dozen Does: Texture - Easter

It is time to wrap up this month's Digit-al Dozen theme!  What a week! I am so happy and proud with the designs I created this week!  I think the best part was that the designs are all ones that a novice nail artist can do at home.  My last design fits into that category with an increase in difficulty because I added some stamping.  Seeing that Easter is only a couple days away I knew that my last design would be my Easter manicure!

For my textures I went with my three Barry Ms, Atlantic Road, Station Road and Kingsland Road.

I applied two coats to each stripe.  Nothing special, no taping, just careful application.

I went with three Easter images from Cheeky Jumbo Plate6 and BMH10.  I used Milani White on the Spot to apply them to each nail.

At first I was disappointed that the white did not pop as much as I wanted.  The images can be hard to see if your not really looking, however I came to love the softness of the design.

I think if the design was more "in your face" it would have taken away from the beautiful, soft texture of the Barry Ms.  Yep, really satisfied with this design!

There have been so many amazing designs this month!  If you have been inspired by mine or any of the other ladies make sure you share your designs on our Facebook page or tag us on Instagram.  We love to see your inspired designs!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

The Digit-al Dozen Does: Texture - Dotticure

Today's design is all about untried textures and I actually used two untrieds for this manicure!  As I was going through my textures I realized that I never used my Julie G textures that I bought last year.  Plus I never used the hot pink Julie G I picked up last summer. Instant manicure!

I started with two coats of Bikini.  I love this color but the formula was not that great.  The polish was very streaky.  

You can see the streaks in this photo.  

So how do you cover up the streaky-ness??? Dots!  I used Rock Candy to add various size dots.

These colors are perfect together and I love the texture dots! Such a great effect!  By the way these are insanely bright in person! My camera washed out the color a bit.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The Digit-al Dozen Does: Texture - Brazilian Waterfall

Today's texture design is all about the bright colors!  This past weekend we had a wonderful taste of Spring and then yesterday it snowed! Not too happy about that!  I am trying to stay in the bright and happy place so today's manicure will hopefully do that!

I am pulling out the OPI Beach Sandies and thinking of warm weather! 

 I started with a base of You're So Flippy Floppy, two coats.

Using my small striping brush, I added I'm Brazil Nuts Over YouSamba-dy Loves Purple and What's A Little Rain Forest?.

Oh, yay! I am feeling bright and happy now!  Now, if OPI would only listen to my pleas and release these in full size!   

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Digit-al Dozen Does: Texture - Spring Flowers

Yesterday I kept it nice and easy.  A simple manicure that you can do at home.  Today I decided to step it up with a textured floral design.  I went through every step, actually remembered to stop and take pictures, in order to show you that there is nothing to be afraid of when using your dotting tools.  For me, they are the easiest way to create flowers, other than stamping!    I also used all Milani textures in this design.

I started with a base of Lovely Lavender, one coat.

I added my first set of flowers using a large dotting tool and Purple Streak.

I used the same dotting tool and Spoiled in Fuchsia to add my second set of flowers.

I used Yellow Mark and a small dotting tool to add the centers to my flowers.

Lastly, I added some "leaves" using my smallest dotting tool and Gracious Green.

Remember you can always vary the size of your flowers by changing the size of your dotting tool.  Overall, it is a fun, bright manicure that feels like Spring, which is perfect on a cold day like today! What the heck happened to Spring!?!?!?

Monday, April 14, 2014

The Digit-al Dozen Does: Texture - Gradient

Guess what?!?! It is time for another Digit-al Dozen theme week!  This week is all about texture.  At first I was feeling kind of ho-hum about the theme. I wasn't really sure what I was going to do and I had no ideas.  Then I went into my nail room Sunday morning and within fifteen minutes of looking at all my textures I knew what five manicures I was going to do!  I am always looking for new and interesting ways to use my textures and this week gives me a chance to do that!

I decided to keep today's design simple and easy. I wanted the first manicure to stand out yet be something you can do at home.  

I started with two coats of OPI Jinx.  The texture is perfect for Spring and Summer. It is so bright and cheerful!

The next turned out so much better than I thought it would!  I used a make-up sponge to dab Honey Ryder to the tips.

It is amazing how such a simple technique can transform a manicure into something breathtaking!  It looks like gold dust!  Yep, completely loving this manicure!

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