August 31, 2012

Geek Nail Challenge: Steve Urkel!

What better manicure for the Ultimate Geek Week than Steve Urkel?! For those of you unfamiliar with Steve Urkel, he was a character on the popular 'Family Matters' sitcom in the 90's. I watched that show religiously as a child, and Steve Urkel was my favourite character!!

Unfortunately, this manicure did not turn out as I had imagined in my head, but it's still ok...


Red base: Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Cherry Red
Gray: Gosh Miss Grey
White: Finger Paints Paper Mache
Black: Finger Paints Black Expressionism
Yellow: Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Mellow Yellow


I decided to use Essie Matte About You over the argyle nails, it smudged the black lines a little :(

And below you can see the google images I used as inspiration...




And that concludes the Geek Nail Challenge.. I feel like I rushed through it even though it lasted 4 weeks. I may try doing it again sometime because I had a lot of other ideas I didn't get the chance to try out :) 







Geek Nail Challenge: Nintendo

This is going to be a quick post today. I have about a half an hour to do my last two posts for the Geek Nail Challenge and upload them to the inlinkz tool.

I'm sorry these are super late, I have been neglecting my nails and my blog lately due to my new job and very busy schedule. On top of that my mom was in visiting last week so spending time with family took a priority over nail art.. :P

Now, for week three of the Geek Nail Challenge (which was last week.. my bad), the theme was Games & Gaming. While I do enjoy a little big of World of Warcraft, I'm not much of a gamer. But I absolutely adore Super Mario and Mario Kart! :)   So for this theme I give you a mario mushroom skittle manicure..



Base colors from thumb to pinky:

Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Sun Kissed
Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Cherry Red
Barry M Cyan Blue
Sally Hansen Salon Manicure Grass Slipper
Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Mellow Yellow

White and Black were Finger Paints Paper Mache & Black Expressionism Respectively.





I will post week 4 shortly...







August 29, 2012

Kelsie's Nail Files featured on Makeup.com

I'm so excited to say that Kristen from Makeup.com has featured me in her "She Nailed It" column. You can see my argyle manicure and a how-to on her website! Click the photo below to go straight to the article.



August 25, 2012

Kelsie's Secret

Today's manicure is inspired by my bra! hehe - before you all start jumping to conclusions... I did not match my nails to my underwear for 'sexy' reasons... but there is something very empowering about walking around all day being the only one who knows that my tips match my (insert other t-word here).

Every time someone complimented this look I couldn't help but grin like a little kid up to no good :P



I used my new polish - China Glaze Flip Flop Fantasy as the base on all nails other than the accents. The base on my thumb and ring finger is Sally Hansen Salon Manicure Cafe Au Lait. I stamped with BM-221 and Finger Paints Black Expressionism and filled in the spots with KleanColor Neon Amethyst and CG Flip Flop Fantasy.



Flip Flop Fantasy was not easy to photograph and I was in a bit of a hurry so I didn't fool around with the settings on my camera too much.

And below you can see a photo of my nails and the mentioned matching bra :)






August 20, 2012

Sir Lancelot, the stud

If any of you follow me on Instagram you may have seen my latest post.. my poor index nail on my photo hand suffered a major break today while I was playing frisbee. On the plus side it happened while I was catching the disc in the end zone so it wasn't for nothing!

In result, my nails are all really short now (I could not allow them to be different lengths). Luckily I have a few manicures from earlier this week lined up for you to see... that will give my nails time to gain some length before my next addition to the geek nail challenge (which I will get to this weekend).

I did a swatch of A-England Tristam early last week, and today's mani features Lancelot. With studs from the born pretty store! :)


Base is Lancelot by A-England. I have to say I was hoping to see a little more red in this polish (it is supposed to be a red-black), but it turned out more black than I would have liked. 

I stamped with Konad special silver polish and the fauxnad plate from lightinthebox.com

Then I added the studs to the tip of each nail. It's not a look I would normally go for (although it seems I don't have a set "style" when it comes to nail art), but I found it kind of edgy and really liked it.


 Again, playing around with new watermark ideas. I think I will save the card to be used for instagram photos only and I will try watermarking my blog photos with my full domain in the center of the photos (like you see in the first photo at the top). I think it looks nicer than my handwritten note.




I have two other manicures to post before the weekend, by then I am hoping my nails will have grown to a suitable length to photograph again :P   Wish them happy growing!

August 17, 2012

Geek Nail Challenge: The Big Bang Theory

Today I give you the second manicure in the Geek Nail Challenge. Week two is Television & Movies so the first thing to come to mind is The Big Bang Theory! :D

For those of you who may not know The Big Bang Theory is an American sit com created by Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady. The show is centered on five characters: roommates Leonard Hofstadter and Sheldon Cooper, two physicists who work at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech); Penny, a waitress and aspiring actress who lives across the hall; and Leonard and Sheldon's equally geeky and socially awkward friends and co-workers, aerospace engineer Howard Wolowitz and astrophysicist Rajesh Koothrappali. The "geekiness" and intellect of the four guys is contrasted for comic effect with Penny's social skills and common sense. - source Wikipedia

This is one of my favorite tv shows, it is hilarious! :)


From Thumb to pinky:
The Big Bang Theory logo
The Atom from the logo
BAZINGA! (The term that Sheldon uses when he plays tricks on his friends)
Nintendo Game Controller (That Wolowitz wears as a belt buckle on many occasions)
The Flash T-shirt that Sheldon wears often

There were way too many polishes used in this manicure to list, especially in the sponging on the thumb and index finger. If you want to know a specific color just leave a comment below.


Below you can see the various google images that I used as inspiration:
The Logo with the atom faded in the background, Sheldon wearing his Flash shirt, BAZINGA!, and the belt buckle worn by Wolowitz.







Concrete and Polish Nail Art Contest 2


Hello my lovely followers, sorry I have been away for a few days there but a lot has been happening. I just returned home from Halifax on Monday night and finished up my last few days of work at my part-time job (that I have while taking classes). I was settling in for my two weeks vacation when I found out that my work term for the fall semester begins on Monday. As excited as I am to start my next work term, I am so disappointed that I don't get a vacation now until Christmas. :(

None of this will affect my blogging of course, I just thought I'd share a little tidbit of info with you all. Aside from that, I have been busy planning out some manicures over the next few weeks. Many freehand ones that I look forward to :)

Today I have for you another contest entry for Concrete and Polish. April loved hosting her last nail art contest so much she decided to throw another! Despite the fact that I won the last one, I was still free to enter this second one. Again it was a "play-to-the-judge" contest... So I went back to her "nail inspiration" board on pinterest and found a gorgeous dress to use as inspiration for today's manicure.


I used Sally Hansen Salon Manicure Cafe Au Lait as the base, 
using Finger Paints Black Expressionism and a dotting tool I added the details.


You also may have noticed my new "watermark". I've been playing around with a few new ideas because I've had some issues with people stealing my photos, cropping my watermarks out, and posting them on instagram. So I'm trying to find new ways to incorporate my actual domain into my photos so that it's more difficult to crop out. I'm not so sure I like holding the piece of paper though, it puts my hand in an awkward position, so I will be trying a few other things over the next few posts.


And this is the gorgeous dress that inspired my manicure... I would kill to have that in my closet :) 

Stella McCartney - ”Lucia” design from her Fall 2011 collection

I also realized that it is mid-August and I have yet to do a haul post for July. Instead I will wait a few weeks and combine July/August since I didn't get that many new polishes this month anyway. 
So be patient with me :) 

August 13, 2012

A-england Tristam with some butterflies

My weekend away has come to an end and I will be flying back to St. John's in a couple of hours. Before I head back I thought I would show you all a swatch and stamping mani featuring A-enland Tristam! :)

I ordered Tristam and Lancelot when A-england offered a sale on all of the polishes in their mythical collection. I love them!! The formula is great and Tristam is a gorgeous shimmery blue.. one of my new favorite polishes.

See for yourself...


My pictures don't do the shimmer justice.. It's especially gorgeous in the sun. 


As usual, I couldn't leave just the polish by itself, I had to add a little something. So I stamped with Konad special silver stamping polish and BM-307. I only stamped a couple nails because Tristam was so nice I didn't want to hide it all.


These pictures were taken in the hotel room bathroom in an attempt to get enough lighting. Sorry they aren't the best of quality.



I will be working with Lancelot soon and have a ton of manicures in mind for when I return home. I am officially done the summer semester now and I don't start my workterm until September so I have 3 whole weeks off :D Plenty of time to work on blog posts/tutorials.

August 9, 2012

Geek Nail Challenge: Comic Exclamations!

Hello my lovely readers. Today is the start of this awesome Geek Nail Challenge hosted by GirlonaShoestring.blogspot.com

There is a new theme each week and participants can choose to do as many manicures as they want throughout that week. I decided that I will do 1-2 manicures each week depending on how busy I may be. Below you can see what to expect each week :)



I have some really great ideas for this challenge, and cannot wait to create them!! :D

For this week (Comics & Animation) I decided to do comic exclamations! I have seen similar manicures around before and really liked them so I was happy to try it out myself.

I'm fairly happy with the result:


I used the Kleancolor Candy Cast mini neon collection for my base colors.
From thumb to pinky I used: aqua, pink, green, orange, and amethyst
(the green turned out quite yellow in the pictures though)

For the speech bubbles I used Finger Paints Paper Mache & Black Expressionism.


Here you can see my "zap" nail a little better :) 


My original plan was to recreate my favourite comics from when I was a kid; Garfield and/or Calvin & Hobbes, but I didn't really have the time this week. But I will keep those ideas in mind for another time.

Last but not least, don't forget to check out the other participants in the inlinkz tool below!! :) 





August 8, 2012

Tutorial: Water Marbling

As Promised, today I give you my water marbling tutorial! :)

I originally attempted to recreate my neon water marble, unfortunately the polishes were not working nicely for me so I did the tutorial using Barry M polishes instead.

First of all, here are the supplies you need:


1. Base coat: I prefer to use white, it helps the colors to pop! :)
2. Polishes for the water marble: Barry M Cobalt Blue, Blueberry Icecream, Cyan Blue
3. Tape to protect the skin around your nail from getting covered in polish
4. *200ml cup of room temperature water (I used water that was sitting in a waterbottle on my desk
5. Toothpicks (for cleanup)
6. Small head dotting tool. I prefer to use the metal end in the polish, rather than a toothpick.
7. Dappen Dish with acetone (for cleanup)
8. Brush to use in acetone (for cleanup)

*Many tutorials I have seen used a solo-cup for their marbling, but I prefer the smaller 200ml cup. The polish doesn't have to spread as far to the outsides. Below you can see a comparison between the usual 455ml cup and the 200ml:


Ok, so once you have all the supplies, you are ready to begin! :) 

Start by prepping the nail and applying a basecoat (Sally Hansen Whirlwind White in this case). 
Once the nail is ready, tape around the outside of it to protect the skin from getting messy.



Before you start adding polish to the water, make sure that the caps are all loosened so you can work quickly. You want to use polishes that spread easily in the water (a little runny, not fast drying!). One at a time you want to start added a single drop of each polish until you end up with multiple rings. You can use as many polishes as you like, but for this tutorial I'm only using 3. As you can see in the photo below, the polish doesn't necessarily have to spread to the outer ring of the cup...


Once you have the rings of polish, it's time to draw out the design. I tend to start from the outside, but not all the way to the rim (as you can see in the photo above), and work my way to the middle. I drag the tip of the dotting tool along the top of the polish (not straight down into it) very gently.


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Repeat this a few times until you are satisfied with an area to use to dip you're nail in.

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Then, quickly, align the nail and dip it into the polish as shown:

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Hold the finger in place, and remove all of the excess polish from around the cup with a toothpick.


Slowly remove your finger to avoid creating any bubbles on the nail.


Tip: If you do end up with water bubbles, VERY gently dab the corner of a tissue on it to suck up the water! :) 

Once the polish is dry (which takes no time at all), remove the tape (I usually cut it off with scissors) and then clean up around the cuticles with acetone like you normally would. Top coat, and voila! :D 



Please remember to work quickly, and be patient with it :) It is a very time consuming manicure.

I hope you all enjoyed my tutorial! :D If you would like to see any specific tutorial please leave a comment on my tutorials page (you can find it under my blog header).