March 24, 2013

Blue Bells Ring

Today's post, for my second Swatch'n Saturday is China Glaze's Blue Bells Ring. This polish is hands down my favourite Blue polish and I have quite the collection. Being from Vancouver I am constantly on the hunt for the perfect Canucks blue, so over the years I have accumulated quite a few. I had a mix emotion of pride and guilt the other day when I used my new China Glaze app to colour match my jersey, I actually owned all 18 suggestions.

The reason why I chose this beautiful metallic cobalt blue is because tonight was Earth Hour and I thought the colour would make the perfect base for a earth themed mani. My Earth Hour was pretty uneventful, after a busy day at the salon and a dark apartment I was out for the count, I fell asleep by 8:35.

This design is super simple and the combo of metallic polishes looks great together. I started with my Blue Bells Ring Base, then using my small dotting tool and my darker green polish I added in random earth like shapes over the nails. Then with a softer golden green I added some minor detail to the center of the green I previously painted. The two shades I used are from China Glaze's Bohemian Collection. The darker colour is Unpredictable and the other is Rare and Radient both stunning shades. To finish off the design I used my Black instant Artist paint ant outlined the cuticle area, this created a more rounded earth like shape on the nail.

I love this design, it is a combo of two of things I'm most passionate about, which are preserving our earth and nail art. I hope you like them as much as I do!

March 16, 2013

Four Leaf Clover

Today I am starting a new feature on my blog called Swatch'n Saturdays. Where every Saturday I will feature one of my favorite polishes and I will show the color on its own and also with some simple nail art. For my first Polish I chose China Glaze's Four Leaf Clover. I thought it would be very suitable with St Patricks Day tomorrow.

I discovered this shade last summer and I fell in love! The polish is a really nice bright cream, however the name is slightly confusing. To me this color is a definite teal not really green, when I think of four leaf clovers I picture something completely different. But either way I'm loving it, I wear tons of teals and turquoise so this polish is a great match for me.

For today's art I painted a rainbow and clovers using Orly Instant Artist paints at the end of the rainbow on my thumb I added some gold studs. There is one major tip if you are using this polish, sometimes it turns the nail art yellow after too coat is applied. To stop this I I do 1 coat of either base or top coat before doing any hand painted nail art.

March 15, 2013

Vacation French

These nails are a new acrylic set done on my cousin who is headed to Mexico...with all this rain, I'm quite jealous! This design may look familiar to some of you, last year I posted a something very similar, that design was done with a multi colored polish and different cocktails. To make the design a little more wearable we went with a blue french with some cocktails and then I added some tropical flowers as well.

The french was done using a loose blue glitter inlaid into the acrylic and the deign is painted with an assortment of acrylic paints and Orly Instant Artist paints