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Sunday, October 21, 2012

Nightmare Before Christmas 2


I've been so busy lately!!  But, I wanted to revisit Nightmare Before Christmas again with a more traditional drawing.  Here is the You Tube Tutorial.  HERE  Also, here is my Halloween Montage.  HERE.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Zombie Nail Art

What's Halloween without Zombies? So, did a few for this year to add to the collection.  Enjoy.  Here is the youtube link HERE.  And at the bottom, I also included my first watercolor painting that I did recently.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Halloween Contest Entry


I entered The Manicured Monkey Halloween contest with this design. I wanted to do something a little different so I used crackle polish.  I'm using China Glaze black crackle and Cruisin, as well as Sally Hansen Hidden Treasure.  Here is the you tube tutorial.  HERE

If you like my design the best, please vote for me here at TheManicuredMonkey.  And again, thanks for looking at my blog!

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Green & Gold Abstract Nail Design


I love abstract designs.  So, I decided to do another one.  This time I used some folk art metallic paint, Green polish (China Glaze Jolly Holly) and Nubar Jewel.  I sponged on the gold, then Jewel, and then I dipped a small straw into Jolly Holly and used that to make the green lines.  I painted a line on the outside to define it a bit, and then I added some rhinestones.  Two coats of top coat later, this what it looked like.  You Tube Tutorial Video HERE.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Feelin Fishy Nail Art

Hi everyone,

I'm still battling my eye disease.  So, it's very hard for me to see detail (trust me I'm thankful nails are small because you can't see the screwups in real time lol).  However, since I blow the pictures up, you'll have to forgive some of the mistakes.  I still think they are really cute though.  Here is the You Tube Video  HERE .

Monday, August 13, 2012

Purple Watercolor Abstract Flowers


Sorry I've been gone for a while. I have my eye condition back so it's harder for me to see.  Been a crazy year with that.  I finally got my computer back though!  Anyway, tried to do a flowerish design with water color.  I wanted it to be a little different.  Here is the you tube tutorial HERE.

Monday, July 16, 2012


Sorry for the delay but I've been having computer issues and crazy busy at work.  I'm on a laptop which is so much harder for me to edit on.  I also have been having bad luck.  I broke 1 nail before vacation, 2 during, and 1 after.  3 were on my right hand and I broke the middle finger on my left but was able to mend that one.  My right hand just really doesn't want to cooperate.  So, I filed my left hand down alot.  Anyway, here is this weeks manicure. The you tube tutorial link is HERE.

If you want to see a specific color next week, leave a message in the comments. 

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Happy 4th of July

Hi Everyone!! I just got back from vacation.  Hope everyone is having a happy holiday!  Wish it fell on Friday or Monday, but being at home is definitely better than being at work.  Here are my 4th of July nails. 

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Abstract French

Hi Everyone,

I decided to do an abstract french last night.  It was very difficult to photograph. I don't think I really captured what it actually looks like.  It's a bit lighter in person.  Oh well.  You'll get the gist.  It's very pretty.  Check out the video for the tutorial and it will walk you through all of the colors.  I used a metallic polish base, sponged on holographic polish, added some lines with the magnetic, and then complimented those lines with silver liner. Check out the video HERE.  As always, let me know what you think.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Black/Gold French Nail Art

Hope everyone had a great holiday weekend! I created this design by first painting a black french (see youtube for tutorial). Then I put some gold on a dotting tool (while black is still wet) and added that. And lastly, I used some staggered dotting to add a kind of lacy look. You can add rhinestones to it, I just chose not to. I really like the look for going out. It would look great with a black dress. Let me know what you think!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Purple Holo Butterfly


I painted a purple holographic polish side french.  See the photo below for polish details.  It looks very pretty in the sun!  Hope you like it.  And if you try any of my designs, I would love to see them.  So, just let me know.  Here is the youtube tutorial LINK.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Blue Water Marble

Hi everyone! 

I was in a water marble mood (which is rare for me).  I didn't want to get to out of practice so I decided to try my hand at it again.  I used Sally Hanson Dive Deeper, Sinful Colors Love Nails and Secret Admirer (as well as a silver liner and rhinestone).  Here is the result.  If you want to view the tutorial on you tube, click HERE.
Let me know what you think!

As always, thanks for viewing my blog!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Mehndi Nails


Pretty quiet lately on the blog.  But, here it goes.  Was feeling like trying something different and went with a Mehndish kind of style.  Let me know what you think. I spent hours/days doing the Flintstones and got 1 comment. It's nice to get feedback.  Thanks!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Meet the Flintstones!

Hello Everyone,

Wow!  This was a challenge.  I didn't have a lot of time to work with and I still am waiting for my eye to heal fully (can't really tell I've missed something until I take pictures).  But, I did the best I could.  I hate Betty lol. My goodness what a challenge she was for some reason.  And, unfortunately, I was putting Betty down and my hand touched Wilma while she was wet with a fresh coat of Seche on her.  So, I had to start over.  But, after all the obstacles, I think they came out decent enough!  Let me know what you think.  My birthday was Monday so we are going to shore for the weekend.  I can't wait!  You can see the youtube video HERE.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Flower Manicure

I must have spring fever! I'm on flower overload this week.  I have something special I'm preparing to do for next week.  I have to get an eye injection tomorrow, so hopefully I'll still be able to do it.  But I promise, it won't be flowers.

I did this with Zoya Twila and acrylic paints.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Black Scroll French


It's like a ghost town on this blog (cue crickets).  Oh well.  Here is my newest manicure.  I did it last week and got a lot of compliments.  I just used Black Polish for the french, Zoya Snowsicle for the rest of the nail and black and white acrylic paint.  Let me know if you like it.  The youtube video is HERE.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Purple Water Color Pencil & One Stroke Flowers


I was feeling experimental this week.  It's still a challenge with my wonky eye, but I'm trying to make the best of it.  So, if my detail is off, I have a good excuse!  If you want to view the tutorial, click HERE.

I used water color pencils (violet, white, & green) for the french manicure part and the flower stem.  I used a silver polish liner and acrylic (white & purple) paint for the flower.  Have you ever used water colors?  Let me know what you think.  I had a horrible time trying to do my right hand.  I finally realized that the brush I used to do my left hand wasn't sturdy enough for the right hand.  I need that rigidness to provide some control.  However, I believe in full disclosure, so I posted a picture.  I'm sure you all feel my pain in trying to paint your right hand nails.  It really is a matter of practice, practice, practice!!  I was seriously tempted to make my husband come into the room and learn one stroke so he could do it. Unfortunately, he was not interested in being my secret weapon....sigh.

The right hand....

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Holographic Flowers


I wanted to do something with my Halo polishes.  These are China Glaze ones. I just love how they look in the sunlight.

I used OPI Ink for the background (deep purple).  And I used China Glaze IDK, DV8, QT, L8R G8R, and BFF for the flowers and dotting.

As always, let me know what you think.  Click HERE for the youtube tutorial.

 This was the original test nail.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

One stroke flowers


Here is my first attempt at one-stroke flowers.  I did one practice nail before I attempted it on my nails.  It's okay.  I have my eye condition back and had to get an injection this week, so my vision isn't the greatest.  The right hand was also hard cause I didn't practice at all with that hand.  I also did a tutorial on my YouTube channel (click on word youtube to view). 

 Right Hand

Test Nail

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

More Magnetix Nail Designs


Here are some more magnetic nail art design ideas.  I did 2 in each of the colors I have.  My hubby is so cute.  He wants to go back tomorrow and buy me more :).  I wanted to try to use them in different ways instead of painting the whole nail.  Here is the you tube tutorial.

For this one, I used China Glaze Pull Me Close Magnetix polish.

1st one I used China Glaze - Laced Up for the pink.  I used pink pressed flowers (I know it looks red but it's not.  The 2nd one I used a bright blue liner and some crystals.  

This one is CG Drawn to You.  I used two different magnet shapes and added some crystals.

The 2nd one I used silver to line the french and added some dots and a crystal.

This one I use CG Cling on.  I actually used the first one in a previous post but added some dotting to the top and crystals.  The 2nd one I outlined the green with a gold sparkly liner and added crystals.  The base is CND Gold Chrome.

And that is it.  Let me know what you think.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Magnetic Mani


I went to my fav beauty supply shop for the first time in a very long time yesterday.  I ended up getting gelish soak off polish gel and a UV lamp because my nails just constantly break (as you can see with my little pointer nubbin).  I've tried and tried to keep it totally real, but this was the only way to keep my natural nail and hopefully create a strengthened barrier so that I can grow them long and keep them long.  We shall see.

I brought some magnetic polish (china glaze) and created a design.  Hopefully, you like it.  I'm also posting the concept nail that I did previous to trying it on my nails.  Here is the you tube tutorial.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Scroll Valentines Day


For this nail design, I used China Glaze snow and then a thin coat of Essie Bungle Jungle over it.  I think used black nail polish to paint on the scroll (using a brush) and used a dotting tool for the dots.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Red/Silver Valentine Nails

Hi all,

Here's two more ideas.  The first, I used the little silver balls to form hearts.  It was kind of hard.  I used China Glaze Cheers to You for the silver and Essie Bungle Jungle for the Red.  I also used CND Copper Shimmer on the Red under the silver stripe.  It was really hard with the silver balls.  I probably could have done that a little better. You'll have to experiment with it. 

Friday, February 10, 2012

Purple Valentine


I wanted to do something in purple.  So, I first painted the nail white.  I put a very thin coat of purple (China Glaze Spontaneous) over top and purposefully streaked it.  I think painted hearts with OPI Ink.  On the center heart, I coated it with CND Violet Shimmer.  Then I used pink to dot in between the hearts.  I think it came out cute.  What do you think?  It's so hard to take good pictures.....