Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Wearing O'The Green

It's still Tuesday here. ;-) I'm afraid I don't have a tutorial for you (because I've been a total slacker), but I have three green manicures to share for St. Patrick's Day this week...

All of these designs were done with 1 coat Seche Vite base coat, 2 coats base polish, and the stones set in two coats of Seche Vite top coat. I should buy stock in Seche Vite...

First off, we have my favorite green polish, China Glaze "Emerald Sparkle", tipped with OPI's "Here Today, Aragon Tomorrow" (which looks black, but is really very dark green). I added light green rhinestones to the center for interest. I love this manicure - super simple to do, yet casual/elegant. 


Next up, I used a base polish of Rimmel's 60 Second polish in "Camouflage" - a lovely color, but as you can see I had some trouble with tip pull. Gotta remember to wrap the polish at the nail edge, peeps! Then I put a swoop of white diagonally across the nail, and a glittery gold Sinful color as a base for some large and small light green stones. It was really much more subdued than the picture shows - apologies for the flash. 

 And of course this week, it's back to my favorite Emerald Sparkle, with more of the light green rhinestones arranged into shamrocks on three nails each hand. Aside from my thumb (which I tried to make 4-leaf), they turned out nicely, I think.


Larger rhinestones compliments of the Born Pretty Store, and I purchased the smaller stones from Nail Delights. 

Finally, I saw Nail Art Tuesday mentioned in a blog round-up recently, but I can't find the post again. :-( Whoever you are, thanks so much for the mention! I appreciate it. :-) 

Next week, back to tutorials. Until then, Happy Polishing - and Happy St. Patrick's Day!

7 comments:

Stacia Kelly said...

you know...I didn't realize I could use green and have it look good until I'd dressed as an elf one Halloween....love it!

Rebekah said...

I love your nail art -- it's all so creative. I've just started getting into it myself, but I'm ashamed to say that some of your techniques are not too familiar to me. I would love to read exactly how you've achieved some of your looks, like that Christmas tinsel gradient you did about 2 posts ago. I'm sure some of the techniques are simple, but as I said, I'm just starting out so I know none of the tricks to make my nails as beautiful as yours.
:)

Jamie D. said...

Stacia, green is one of my favorite nail colors - I can't stop buying it! LOL I have about a million different shades...and more on my "to buy" list this spring...

Thanks Rebekah. :-) I was just thinking of doing another gradient (ahem, because I bought new polish this morning), so perhaps that will be this week's tutorial. If you have time, look around a bit - I have tutorials for a lot of the looks somewhere on the site. :-)

Glad you two stopped by!

Rebekah said...

By the way... what is an orange stick and where might I find one?

Jamie D. said...

An orange stick is actually an "orange wood" stick - those little tiny wooden sticks with one pointy end and one flat end (they make longer ones as well). You should be able to find one at a drug store...maybe hiding in a nail art or nail care kit. And if you have a beauty supply store handy, they'll definitely have one. If you don't know what they look like, do an internet search first so you know what you're looking for. :-)

Harrie-Katie (Hallie) said...

I love these nails they are SO fierce and tough. I've started getting into nail art recently and found topshop do an amazing range.

Ive just started blogging;. I would love it if you could check out my blog and give me any feedback:
www.halliesays.blogspot.com all about what to wear what should be on your walls and what should be in your ears.
www.stylishlawyer.blogspot.com aimed at people in the legal profession (like myself) whom want to be smart / fashion forward / on any budget.

Thank you,

Hallie x

kutekrazynails said...

I think you do a great job with your nails. I use green often with my nails, I feel it gives me a more look more in line that is natural.