Friday, April 28, 2017

Happy Birthday To Me!!! Nails

April 24th... the anniversary of my birth!
(or as my sister would put it, happy anniversary of your natal day!)

So for the last number of years, my birthday has been a day of depression for me... I'm not sure why, maybe it is because I am getting older, or some other reason, but I just get depressed... 

I feel like people only wish me a happy birthday out of duty, and any cards or gifts are after thoughts. I don't really get anything anyways, and it just feels like any other day, nothing special to it. (I kind of feel the same way about Mother's Day) In talking with someone just yesterday, I realized, that is is more the feeling that there is a lack of thought. I think I would feel different if it was obvious that time and thought had been put into it, like making a card or gift... or getting something that had to be ordered (or something that I just really really want, as that shows that you pay attention to me and what I like), or making a reservation for dinner... something that shows you thought about it ahead of time, not just an "oh crap... let me get something on the way home". That probably sound selfish, and self centered... but its just how it seems to feel. Anywho...

Well this year was exceptionally so... my husband didn't say happy birthday in the morning, but did call later in the day. I spoke with my mom a few times, but she didn't say anything till the next day, and my kids didn't say anything till my husband had them sign a card (I hate cards... a waste of money on something that is just going to be thrown out! Unless it is a homemade card... those would be cherished). Even my brother and sister didn't try contacting me till about 9 pm... (see feels like an oh crap... better do this before time is up).

To make matters worse, it was a gloomy, rainy day, and I was having two different personal health problems. Needless to say the day sucked.! So to make myself feel better I decided to do my nails!

My favorite color is Purple, and I have fallen in love with holographic polishes and glitters! So I decided a purple holo polish was just what I needed. Added to that some stamping of "happy birthday", balloons, streamers, and cupcakes, and we have it made! I used silver holo glitter polish, and the sharpie trick to add more holo and color, and we have birthday nails.

 

I will say, secretly there have been things over the years that I wish people would do for me. When I turned 16, all I wanted was for someone to play the song "16 candles"... alas no one did, and nowadays I see these Birthday collage collaborations people do for other nail artists birthdays, and I just hope that one day I will get to experience the joy of one being made for me! To know that you were thought about before your birthday, and that someone spent time making something just for you! What a lovely gift!

I also hope that over time, I will become known well enough to be asked to participate in some of these collaborations. To be able to give that gift to someone else, would feel amazing. But to achieve that, I just need to do more artwork, and be better about posting!

So this was a shitty post, that I feel doesn't paint me in the best light, but if you haven't suffered from depression, that's the way it feels. Over time things can change, but you can't change the way you feel, and I don't feel like sugar coating it! Anyways, my birthday ended, and the next day was better. Now to post more pictures and write more blog entries!

Colors used:
Base Color: "Harold's Crayon" by Smitten Polish
Stamp Color: "French Tip" by Color Club
Stamp Fill Color: "This Is My Tiara!" by Smitten Polish
Happy Birthday, Balloon & Streamer Image Plate: "BM-H19" by Bundle Monster
Cupcake Image Plate: "BM-H20" by Bundle Monster
Sharpies & Alcohol for color tints

Where The Hell Have I Been???

Wow, so it has been over a YEAR since I last posted... amazing how time flies. I did have some drafts that were started, but never posted during this time and I am sorry for that. So what has been going on??? Well, life!

About a year ago, I came up with a new name, that was shorter and easier, that I wanted to use, and well in the process of changing that, my blogger app was messed up, and I could no longer see all of my posts. So that was one of the big things that kept me from posting. Also I was going through a lot of stuff at the time of my last post, and well, I just couldn't do it. Things are different now, as I am in a much better place in my life, and I have also found a new app to let me work on my blog (I was able to get blogger to show all of my old posts, but it keeps kicking me out of the app, so I am testing to see if I like this new one, and if I do, I would then just have to buy it) as most of the time, I can work on my blog while waiting in the car for kids to get out of school, or off the bus. So let's hope that I like this app, and we will be back in business. 

Lately I have been obsessed with Instagram, and have been posting there fairly often, so even though there isn't a blog about my nail art, nor the info of polishes and plates, you can check them out: @leg.c_nails ... if there is one of my past manicures you find and like, ask and I can try to write a blog about it and hope to remember the items used, for all of my latest items, I will try to put them on here as well. I made a comment on another persons Instagram post that I wanted to get my blog back up and running at some point, and well no time like the present, so that is what sparked me to get my butt in gear!

My birthday was a few days ago, and I did post a nail picture on Instagram, so I think new birth year, new blogging, and that will be my first mani blog I will post. More to say on that, but I should probably save it till the actual post, other wise, what am I going to write about?

Well, I guess that is about it, and hopefully people are still reading blogs at this point. Even if not, it gives me something to do, and a way to express myself. See you in the next post!

Friday, February 5, 2016

Waiting For Nail Mail...

Well, isn't that something that we all hate... We have finally ordered some nail mail, and now what do we have to do? WAIT! Gar...

So a good friend gave me amazon gift cards for Christmas, so of course, I find nail items I want to buy...

I start off by puting them into a wish list to save them, as I was not yet ready to order, then when I go back a few days later, what should happen? One of the items I wanted the most is no longer available. So I wait a day or two, to see if there will be more... Finally I give up, and just order the other items from amazon. Then I go to the actual company's website and order that last item... Luckily I get free shipping, so that is a plus, and it was only $10... But then "Murphy's Law" kicks in, and I go back on amazon, looking at other items, and that last item is back on amazon... AHHH... Really?

Well anyways, now my items are ordered, and now I must wait. The thing that sucks is that at least one of my items isn't supposed to get her till March... MARCH??? Why so long? Why must you make me suffer so???

Please let the nail Gods be with me, and allow my stuff to all come quickly.

... Aparently the nail Gods are not with me, as I started this post last night, and this morning I can an email from the company I ordered the other item from, and apparently it is on back order, so they can't ship it out until at least the end of February... Oh well, here is to waiting!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Glitter Gradient

I am super excited about this post, as I absolutely LOVE this mani! It may be simple but I still LOVE IT!

I have been really unhappy lately that my nails have been having such a hard time staying long, so a week ago (Tuesday) I decided to use my gel polish, in the hopes that it would stay for a week or so. I decided to do it at home, since I had neither the money, not the time to get them done professionally, and I had the stuff at home to do it. I will say I also think it's a good thing, as my nails probably didn't get filed as much, so it was also better for my nails. 

Then that weekend, I had a birthday party to go to for my grandfather who was going to be 95! (Go grandpa!) so on Friday, while I was baking 4 lbs of bacon and 60 sausage patties for the brunch party (go figure the pescetarian is the one to do all the meat) I figured I would fill in the boring time in between each of the 6 or so batches, by updating my nails.

So recently I found this blogger named Cristine, of "Simply Nailogical" on YouTube (you can find links to her YouTube channel, blog, and Facebook at the bottom of this post, if you want to check her out. I do know she also uses some others programs,  but I haven't followed her on those, as I don't use them) and have been watching all of her videos... (I will say some of her language isn't that great, which doesn't bother me, but I want to forwarn you, also it just means I can't watch her around the kids, oh well, but I love her stuff, and actually love her sarcastic attitude). Anyways, she does a lot with glitter, and gradients,  and taught me how to properly apply glitter for best, and most saturated glitter application. I have always liked gradients, but was not very good at them (as you can see in my other gradient post) and wanted to try again. 

Usually I shy away from glitter because of how hard it is to get off your nails (some other things Cristine has taught me is about peel off basecoats, and latex barriers to easly peel off the mess you get around nails after doing a gradient, or if you are just messy like me, now I will no longer be afraid of any of it!), but figured since I would be putting this glitter over a gel polish (which is already a pain in the arse to get off) I wouldn't worry about it.

Cristine has also sparked me to finally take better care of my nails, so hopefully I will have better nails to paint! *crosses fingers* Here is to no more peeling and breaking nails!

And finally, here are a couple of pictures of the mani. I will say that the pictures SOO do not do this mani any justice. You can see what I did, but it looks so much better in real life. Also as I figure this mani will not last till Valentines Day (which it would be great for), I may end up redoing it but without the gel polish just for the holiday. As I said, I Love how this turned out, and will so be doing other similar manis, sparklies make everything better!  
 

P.S... The day after writing this, the mani stared peeling off, so I had to take it off. I also had a nail chip, so I had to file them all down a little... Only good thing about that, is that now all of them are the same length.

Colors used:
Base Color: "Pink Champagne" by SENSATIONAIL (color gel polish)
Glitter Color: "Sparked" by Wet n Wild (wild shine)

Cristine of "Simply Nailogical"
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Monday, February 1, 2016

Snowflakes!

Ok, so as you all are still just getting to know me, you wouldn't know yet that I LOVE snowflakes (but now you do, and you can see another snowflake mani in my inspired by a movie post... Just ignore the really bad first set of nail pics on that post).

Anyway, I had a holiday party to go to in the very begining of January, and wanted to do my nails (finally). I decided that, even though it was a Christmas party, since it was after Christmas, I didn't want to do a mani that was specifically Christmas. As it was still winter though, and I love snowflakes, I figured that snowflakes would be a great idea (plus I found some online pictures that I fell in love with). So below is the mani I ended up with.

I will apologize that the picture is from a day or two later, so the polish is chipped, and that there is only one picture... also for the horrible position of my hand (working on that stuff)... Oh well... At least you still get to see it!


Colors used:
Base Color: "Romanticism Ruby" by Finger Paints
Stamp Color: "French White Crème" by Wet n Wild (wild shine)
Image Plate: "BM-323" by Bundle Monster

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Holy Crap!!!

So, I just realized that it has been 2 1/2 years since I last posted... What the Hell? Well, I will tell you what has happened, and maybe you can forgive me.

So later in the year that I last posted (2013) we had my sister's wedding, and just under a year after I last posted, I added another tiny to my horde, another girl, and that means more nails to paint, yeay! (I will say she is now just about 20 months, and any time she sees nail polish or a nail file she touches her nails and says nail... She also has tried to file and clip her own nails, and has even opened a nail polish and tried painting her own nails... So proud, and yet very scared. I may end up having to change the name of this blog to "Just a girl, her 2 girls, and their polish". lol) So between being super sick before hand (morning sickness the whole time), and then busy as Hell with 3 tinys, and still working (plus I just can't get motivated to paint my nails when they are super short... Which they have been... Garr...), I really have not had time to do my nails. Well that is changing! I actually have at least 2 recent manis that I am about to post. WooHoo!

I have also started taking better care of my nails (and even started teaching the oldest tiny (my first girl, who's nails were pictured at the age of 4, in August of 2012, in my "Yellow" challenge, and who is now almost 8... Wha???) to oil her cuticles and nails every night), and hopefully I can grow mine out, and keep them long and healthy, so there should be more posts again, and heck I may even join in some challenges again! 

Also super excited to have just discovered that "blogger", the website I use for my blog has an app! This makes it easier to write posts as I can start and save them on my phone... (Say while I am waiting to pick up tinys at school) and then finish them with the pictures at home.

My goal this year... After having looked back at my old manis, and seeing how horrible most of them are, I have invested in some new tools to help do better manis, and am striving to put out manis people actually want to see. I also plan to buy a better light bulb, so that my pictures will be better, and I can take them inside instead of using my car as a backdrop and the sun as a light. I hope to sort of put the past behind me, and start over as a good, new, and fresh nail blogger. There are a few of my old manis that I am proud of, and I may do a post soon as a look back at my proudest moment from before, and bring them back to life, then just forget the rest. 

So if you liked what I put out before, or at least stayed with me thank you, but let's get better!

Any who, there is so much more I could say, but we don't need to spend more time listening to my ranting, so just wait for my next two, maybe three posts!

Thursday, July 4, 2013

4th of July

Ok, so first off to all my followers, and anyone who checks out my page. I am truly sorry for not having posted anything in sooo long. I actually have done a few manis since my last post, but I have been to busy to post it. So I figure here is a good one.

One or more of the groups that I an in on fb, are doing a  4th of July challenge, I am not, but I decided after seeing a number of the other posts, that I would like to do one. I also figured since I was going to be out all day with the fam doing 4th type things this would be nice.

First of when choosing what to do, I didn't want to do something that was over the top. I wanted something that was subtle, and elegant. So I hope you like my little tribute to the nation of my birth!






Colors used:
Base Color: "Superstar!" by Pure Ice
Stripes Stamp Color: "Crawford's Wine" by Orly
Stars Stamp Color: "Saved by the Blue" by Wet n Wild (fastdry)
Stripes Image Plate: "Mash-40" by Mash Nails
Stars Image Plate: "CH24" by Cheeky