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Neon Splatter Mani + Tutorial!

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Happy Friday! Today I have something totally out of the norm for me, nail art AND a tutorial…yes, you are on The PolishAholic, I promise you didn’t wander somewhere else lol

A while ago, probably about a year ago, I posted a blood splatter mani, I would link it but the pictures pain me to look at, you can go back and find it if you want though lol. I’ve been wanting to do that mani again and finally started toying with it the other day, if you follow me on twitter you might have seen a twitpic of my new improved blood splatter mani. I’ll add a better photo of it at the very bottom of this post. When I posted the twitpic I got a lot of people asking how I did it so I decided to do a tutorial for you guys!

For the tutorial I wanted to mix it up and use summery neons, the result I think is pretty fun! I hope you like it as much as I do! I used OPI Alpine Snow as a base and the splatters are China Glaze Pink Voltage, China Glaze Kiwi Cool-Ada and China Glaze Sun Worshiper.

Here is what this will look like all done, fun right?!? I like this kind of nail art because it takes no skill and is practically impossible to mess up aka. the only kind of nail art I am good at!

Alright, tutorial time. Hope this makes sense…this is a first for me! What you will need:

Scotch Tape
Paper Plate
Straws (I use 1 straw per color, so for this I used 3 straws)
Fun polish colors to splatter on your nails!

Once you paint on your base color let it dry completely then tape around your nail (this nail art gets messy!). It will look like the picture below, I wrap the pieces of tape completely around my finger. Excuse the black base color in this one, originally I was going to use black as a base but the neons didn’t look so great over it so I decided to use white as a base color instead.

p.s. I never realized how hard it was to take a picture of tape, there is a piece going across right above my cuticle but you can’t really see it 😀

Once I get all the fingers on 1 hand taped up I grab the first color I want to splatter onto my nail. I typically do one hand at a time, mostly because trying to hold a straw with your fingers covered in tape is no easy task! For one hand I put 5-6 drops of the polish on a paper plate. You won’t use that much on one hand but you need to be able to dip the straw into the polish. Below is the amount I use. If the plate does not work for you try dipping the straw directly into the bottle of polish. I don’t like to use that method because I tend to dip the straw in more than I need to and I waste more polish…but it is a little easier, especially if you are having a problem getting enough polish on the straw!

Alright, now the fun part! You dip your straw into the polish and then aim it at your nails and blow through the un-dipped end to splatter the polish onto your nail. I find that a strong fast puff of air works best (lol). If it doesn’t work the first time keep trying, sometimes I don’t get enough polish on the straw and when I blow to splatter it onto my nail nothing happens…just dip the straw into the polish and try again!  I do one hand at a time one color at a time, so I will do all the orange on one hand then pick my next color and follow the same steps.

Once you are done with all your colors your nail/finger will probably look like the photo below. See why I use the tape, cleanup without it would suck!

Once you are done carefully peel the tape off. There will still probably be polish on the skin around the nail, below is what it looked like when I peeled off the tape. To get the polish off my skin & cuticle I pull out my trusty cleanup brush (a cheap-o angled eyeliner brush from Target) and acetone. If you don’t have acetone you can use regular polish remover, it will just take a little more effort. I dip my brush into the acetone and remove whatever polish is on the skin and cuticle. For a great tutorial on how to clean up like I did on this mani check out Polish Or Perish!

Hopefully that all made sense, if you have any questions feel free to ask them in the comments!

Edited 6/27/11 to add some info about the straws I use. I’ve been getting the question a lot so I thought I should update this post with the info! I use drinking straws I bought at Ikea, I bought them a while back because it was $1.50 for 200 of them and I’m cheap lol. They are on Ikea’s website here. They are a bit smaller than a regular straw you would get somewhere like McDonalds but bigger than something like a coffee stirrer. I pulled out a couple straws I had to compare the size which you can see in the photo below. If you guys are having problems with your straws I would keep trying a bunch of different ones until you find one that works for you…I didn’t try using these Ikea straws until my 3rd try doing these mani’s!

Here is the blood splatter mani I mentioned earlier! For this I used Sally Hansen Without A Stitch as a base and Mac Obey Me for the splatter! I think adding these pictures is a great example of the different looks you can get by doing this…the splatters look totally different. It’s all in the way you blow the polish onto the nail!

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Color Club Wicked Sweet Collection Swatches

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Good Morning guys!  Hope you all had a good weekend, mine was boring…I guess that’s good? haha

Today I have for you guys swatches of the first of 2 summer collections Color Club has put for this year. This one is called Wicked Sweet. All of the polishes in this collection are scented, and there are a couple interesting combos, color wise. I have heard that this set is already popping up at Ross and is also available on some etailers like Transdesign.com and VictoriasNailSupply.com (my 2 favorites!)

First up Is Get Your Lem-On. This one was pretty sheer, but the color is fab. I don’t have anything dupey in my stash. It’s a bright highlighter yellow with a green shimmer. On it’s own I needed 4 coats for okay opacity, I could have used another but I’m not down with doing 5 coats of polish lol. I also have it layered over white on my ring finger in the pictures below. Over white I only needed 2 coats, awesome! The only downside to layering it over the white is that it seemed to kill that awesome shimmer, you could still see it but it wasn’t very noticeable 🙁 Get Your Lem-On smells like….you guessed it, Lemon Candy.

The Lime Starts Here is a bright neon green, I do like this color but it’s nothing new we haven’t seen before.  The formula was just okay, for a neon it did well, no dragging bald spotsI Always Get My Man-Darin is a bright orange packed with shimmer! I have a lot of orange in my stash, but again nothing like this one. The formula on this was pretty much exactly the same as Get Your Lem-On, very sheer. On it’s own I used 4 coats and 2 coats over white on my ring finger.

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Saturday Spam: Lynnderella

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Hi guys, hope you’re all having a good weekend so far…I sure as heck am, more on that tomorrow! Today I have a big helping of spam for you….this spam is all Lynnderella! I’ve been waffling on posting this because for the past few months Lynnderella=drama. The drama associated with it turns me off the brand so I had decided not to post pictures of what I have. Then I kind of tested the waters in my Indie spam post with 1 Lynn polish and everyone liked it, so I decided what the heck I’ll just post everything I have that I haven’t shown before in one post. Hope you guys enjoy!

If you want to buy Lynnderella polishes it’s a bit of a process…you have to send in a wish list to Llarowe then wait for your last name to come up in her rotations. I think the 1st rotation of wish lists is still going on so depending on your last name you could be waiting for like 4-5 months, it wasn’t too bad for me but I know some people are frustrated with the wait. I know the waiting sucks but I do like that at least you get everything you want eventually. It’s worth it just to avoid the mad dash of trying to get things before they sell out in .5 seconds during re-stocks. Right now Llarowe is not accepting wish lists but last I heard she would be taking them again soon-ish.

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Alright guys…I’m just going to tell you what I layered these over (for most of the polishes) instead of writing a little novel about each! Hope ya don’t mind!

Boy Girl Party over Zoya Ginessa. FYI there is diamond shaped glitter in this…LOVE!!

Very Pretty Vampire over OPI Black Onyx. I actually really don’t love this combo but I was losing daylight so I couldn’t re-do it. My favorite way to wear VPV is over purple!

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piCture pOlish New Collaboration Shades: Siren Song, Geode, Douceur & Imperial

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Hi guys! Today I have 4 of the 5 new collaboration shades from piCture pOlish to share with you! These were released a couple of weeks ago and I couldn’t wait for them to show up at my house. I always love the collaboration shades, it’s fun to read the posts of the girls who created the shades plus I usually feel like these are shades I want too but don’t already own.

Douceur is a light nude/beige base with fuchsia glitter mixed throughout. This was a collaboration with Tartofraises somehow I had never heard of her blog but since getting her shade I’ve been over there looking through her posts and she does really beautiful nail art! To read her post about the shade check out her blog here.  The formula was good, it was more opaque than I expected it to be and it wasn’t streaky at all.

Imperial is a super vibrant purple with a heavy blue shimmer and gold glitter. This is a collaboration with Jeanette of The Swatchaholic. I was so excited to see this one, Jeanette is a blogger that I’ve become friends with over the last couple years and I had no doubt that if piCture pOlish ever collaborated with her it would be gorgeous. Well, let me tell you Imperial is insanely gorgeous…this is one of my favorite collaboration shades ever and will most likely be a favorite for 2013 for me. I wore it all of last week and was sad to take it off.

Imperial is super vibrant, more so in real life than it appears in photos, I’m also dying over the stunning blue shimmer in this. I loved how the shimmer was visible in the sun and didn’t disappear in the shade.  If you want to read about how Jeanette came up with Imperial and see her beautiful photos of it check out her blog here. The formula was good, it was nice and opaque…I had no issues with application. This does dry a bit matte due to the neon pigment in it.

Siren Song is a sea foam green with a silver flecked shimmer. This is a collaboration with Rebecca Likes Nails. This shade was inspired Fender guitars & bass guitars by Mark & Tom from Blink 182. Ah yes…now that’s my kind of inspiration I love me some Blink 182 and have seen them live several times throughout the years…even stood in like for like 6 hours about 10 years ago to meet them (now I feel old btw). I love the shimmer/glitter in this. It’s bigger than shimmer but smaller than micro glitter…it’s interesting! To read more about the inspiration and naming of Siren Song check out Rebecca’s post here. The formula was good, it was a bit streaky on the first coat but perfect with the second coat.

All of the new Collaboration shades are available on the piCture pOlish website, along with at their network of etailers all over the world like LlaroweHarlow & Co and Nail Polish Canada. For a full list of etailers all over the world check out the piCture pOlish website here.

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