Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Attack of the Killer Tomatoes (Halloween Design)

Happy Halloween Everybody!!  I hope you are having a spook-tacular day!  I wanted to get one last Halloween nail art design in before it's all over, I was just having a hard time deciding what to do.  Then my daughter wanted to watch a marathon of "Attack of the Killer Tomatoes" movies.  She had never seen them before and since she loves horribly bad movies, and it is Halloween, I said ok.  Hence the idea for my newest design...Attack of the Killer Tomatoes!!!

I Used:
Wet-n-Wild Fantasy Makers- Nail in the Coffin (glittery black)
China Glaze- White on White
LA Colors- BCC 660 (dark red)
LA Colors- Palm Tree (green)
China Glaze- Liquid Leather (black)
2- smallest dotting tools (click here for tips on alternative dotting tools and brushes)
Liner Brush

So here is the finished design:
I love how they turned out.  And here's how I did it:

Start with two coats of Nail in the Coffin.  I did put a thin coat of top coat to give me a smooth surface to work on.  Even though the glitter is extremely subtle, it is there and made a bumpy work surface.

Then, so the color would show, I painted white tomato shapes.  I used a small brush to do this, but the brush that came with the polish would have worked much better and given a more even finish.  Remember, tomatoes are far from round, so don't worry about them having to be perfect.  In fact, they shouldn't be perfect.

Next, cover the white with red polish.  I had to use two coats to make the tomatoes look even since the white wasn't.  Using a dotting tool, make the eyes by placing the dot and moving it just slightly, like you're drawing a very short line.  Then using a smaller dotting tool, make the pupils.  I used a liner brush (just a very thin, long brush) to make the mouths.  I just drew a line.  Using the same brush make very short lines for the fangs.  For the stems, I put a couple of drops of the green polish and the white polish on my plate (or sheet of paper works perfectly too) and dipped my brush into both colors to paint the stems.  They didn't show up using just the green.  The last step was the top coat.

I hope y'all enjoy my spooky, killer design and I hope everyone has a safe and fun Halloween!!  Happy Polishing!!

Monday, October 29, 2012

Pink & White Abstract

Hi Everybody!  Hope y'all had a fabulous weekend!  Mine was full of young teen girls and sleepovers.  Although my child pretty much went two days without actually sleeping. LOL. 

I wanted to post a new manicure for y'all today, but I love my Halloween water marble so much, I can't force myself to take it off yet.  So instead I have an older manicure for you and it works great for Breast Cancer Awareness.  I've been holding on to this one trying to find the wonderful blogger that first came up with this design.  When my computer crashed, I lost all of my web sites, sadly including this one.  So if any of y'all know who did this design, let me know in the comments so I can post a link to her site. I can't quite remember it, but I this is close to an exact copy.  I promise this is an easy manicure and it gets TONS of compliments!  I did use a nail art brush and dotting tools, but I have tips for easy alternatives, just click here.

I Used:
Orly- White Tops
Orly- Preamp
Zoya- Charisma
Orly- Basket Case
China Glaze- Purple Panic
Nail Art by Diamond Cosmetics- Black
Sinful Colors Nail Art- Bad Chick

Start with two coats of Orly White Tops or whatever white polish you have.  Once that has completely dried, choose your first color.  I started with Orly preamp.  Put only a small amount of polish on your brush (can be the brush that came with the polish), and starting at the right top corner of your nail, brush down toward your cuticle lifting the brush before you reach your cuticle.  You want to leave a jagged edge with some of the white showing.

Then repeat with the next three colors making each color a different length.  Once that has completely dried, paint a line with the black polish from the bottom left corner of your nail, diagonally towards the top of your nail lifting as you go.  Make sure to stop before reaching the tip of your nail.  Then draw a white line from the opposite side.

With a dotting tool (see link above for what to use as a dotter) make dotes along the lines with the matching color.

One of the great things about this design is that every nail should be can't make a mistake!  I can think of a multiple of colors to do this in too.  I will be doing this one again!

And again, if y'all know who's design this is PLEASE let me know in the comments.  I want to give her all the credit!

And for everyone in the path of Sandy, my thoughts are with you.  Stay safe!

Friday, October 26, 2012

Halloween Water Marble II

Hi Everybody!!  I thought it was time for a Halloween manicure.  And since my last water marble turned out more yellow than Halloween-y looking, I decided to do another water marble.  This time I went with black, orange and purple. I wish more of the purple showed up, even more black, but I really like how it turned out.

I Used:
China Glaze- Liquid Leather (black)
China Glaze- Orange Knockout
Wet-n-Wild- On a Trip (purple)

NOTE:  Click here for my step-by-step tutorial on water marbles.

I started with two coats of China Glaze's Orange Knockout.  Then drew the same design for each nail this time.  Usually I try to make all 10 very different.  One thing to know about water marbling, no matter how hard you try, each nail will not be identical.  But that is one of the fun things about water marbles.

I hope y'all enjoy this Halloween themed water marble.  Happy Polishing!!

Here is the final look:

The bull's eye (not one of the better ones, but it still worked):

And here is the design I drew:

And the final look:

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

French Nail Tutorial

Hi Everyone!!  I've added a new page to my blog:  How To:  Perfect French Nails.  This gives you four different ways to achieve french nails and includes step-by-step directions and pictures.  So the finished product is my design for today.  And I finally have a Breast Cancer Awareness design on Pink Wednesday!

I Used:
Orly- Decades of Dysfunction (an extremely light pink)
Piggy Polish- Pink is the New Heart (pink and holographic glitter polish)

Be sure to check out the tutorial here on french tip nails.  And check out my new page on facebook, Glittery Fingers & Sparkling Toes.  Happy Polishing!!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Blue & Fuschia Glitter Art Deco

Morning Everyone!!  Did y'all have a fabulous weekend?  I did.  Not only did it include a wonderful ballet, all weekend with my family and great food, but there was a trip to Ulta!! That may not be a big deal to most people, but I live in a small town and we live way out in the country (the closest grocery store is over 14 miles away).  Ulta is over an hour and two counties away!  So for me, going there is a big treat!  And I left with a lot of great polish!

Having all this new polish, I couldn't decide what to do, so my daughter picked out two colors and said, "Use these."  I don't know why but they made me think of this art deco vase/box thing from the 20's I have...despite not being the same colors. 

Anyway, here's my design:

I Used:
China Glaze- Frostbite (blue)
Orly- Bubbly Bombshell (fuchsia glitter)
Scotch Tape
Stripping Tape

I started with Frostbite, a beautiful, bright blue shimmer polish.  Although two coats were fine, it took three coats to get it to the same shade as it looked in the bottle.  The formula is great, just a little thin,

Once that has dried completely, use scotch tape to tape off a narrow V with the point at the cuticle.
The top of the V doesn't go all the way to the corner of my nail. My daughter was afraid I would cover up too much of the blue, so narrow V.  Next I used Orly's Bubbly Bombshell, a fuchsia colored glitter in a clear base.  It took two coats to get the saturation of glitter I wanted.  To do this, paint one coat and leave the tape on.  Once you've painted the second coat, immediately remove the scotch tape.

When the glitter dries, use black stripping tape to tape off the design.  Place the tape on both arms of the V, then one in the center.  If you don't have black stripping tape, you can use black polish to make the stripes.

Don't forget your top coat!  Hope you enjoy my art deco design.  Happy Polishing!!

Friday, October 19, 2012

Pink and Purple Glitter

Hi Everybody!!  TGIF!!  Are you ready for the weekend?  Any big plans?  Our plans are still up in the air for the most part, other than going to the ballet tomorrow night.  My youngster loves going to see ballets, I guess since she has danced for 8 years and is still working hard at it.  Since it is a contemporary ballet, I decided to go with glitter for my weekend manicure. 

I love, love, love how this tuned out.  Not only did I get the look I was going for, I was able to add pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  The two polishes ended up looking like they were made for each other. 

I Used:

Finger Paints- Plum Startled
Orly- Be Brave


I started with two coats of Plum Startled.  I love this color.  It's from Finger Paints fall collection.  It's a plum/berry color with a blue and purple glittery shimmer to it.  A beautiful color on its own.  And on clearance at Sally's right now.

Light (sorry I didn't clean up, but I wasn't done yet)

Then I added two coats of the Be Brave from Orly's Flash GlamFX collection.  You do need to place the glitter and be sure to let it dry between the two coats.  Also make sure that you tap down any glitter sticking up or over the edge of your nails.  I then topped it with two coats of my top coat to give it a smooth finish.  I really do love the final look.  It really is gorgeous in real life, even prettier than the pictures show.  Happy Polishing!!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Review: Revlon: Moon Candy-Milky Way

Hi Everyone!  I know Revlon's Moon Candy has been out for a while, but I decided to review it since Target and Rite-Aid have them on clearance (along with most of the summer polishes).  I was fascinated with Revlon's Moon Candy as soon as it came out, because, well, they glittered.  And although the $7.99 price tag wasn't that much more than I like to spend on polish, it seemed like a lot for the amount of product you received.  So, I waited and I was able to pick up Milky Way and Cosmic for just $3.99 each.

I couldn't wait to try Milky Way.  It has a dark, charcoal gray base with a clear top coat containing large holographic silver flakies.  Perfect, right?  Not so much.  I was actually disappointed.  For one thing, the gray base coat was very thick, even after using thinner.  I still used two coats though to get an even coverage.  The polish had a tendency to drag.  There was still a good amount of the gray left when I was done.  You will definitely have base color left after the flakies are gone.

The second thing was the flakies.  You do need to place the flakes when painting your first coat.  Otherwise it will be very spotty.  And be sure to flatten down the flakes.  They are very sharp.  Ow! (I learned the hard way, lol)  I used two coats of the flakes for a more saturated look and two coats of top coat to smooth them out.

The saddest part to me is I used half of the flakies top coat for just one manicure.  Still it does glitter a lot and it is pretty.  What do y'all think?  Me?  I'm undecided.  Oh well.  Happy Polishing!!

P.S.  I will try to get pictures in the sun if it ever decides to come out!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Fabulous Giveaway at Sassy Paints

Hi Everyone!  I have made a wonderful new friend, Gini at Sassy Paints!  She has incredible nail art designs and tons of swatches of indie nail polishes!  And not only is she a fabulous blogger...she's having a FABULOUS GIVE AWAY!! 

Y'all need to click on: Sassy Paints to enter her 100 facebook follower giveaway. (Or click

Both take you to the same page.

Tell her Dionne at Glittery Fingers sent you!  Good Luck!  And Happy Polishing!!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Halloween Water Marble

Hi Everyone!  I've been so excited to do this:  a Halloween water marble.  I really had a hard time deciding on what colors to use.  At first I thought I would just do orange and black (and I still may), but I'm not a huge fan of two color water marbles.  Then I thought I would use white, orange and yellow for candy corn, but that made me crave candy corn.  Yes, I love candy corn...don't know why but I do!  But then I started thinking, how can I do a Halloween water marble without black?   I love black polish.  So, I finally decided to use them all! 

I Used:
China Glaze- White on White
China Glaze- Liquid Leather (black)
Spoiled- Designated Driver (yellow)
NYC- Times Square Tangerine Creme

Note:  Be sure to check out my step-by-step  water marble tutorial  This one was done the exact same way as the Fall water marble.

I started with two coats of white polish to help the other colors pop.  The order I used for my bull's eye was white, orange, yellow and black.  I was disappointed that the white barely showed and that the yellow was so dominate.  But that happens sometimes with water marbles.  You can't always tell 100% how they are going to turn out.  That's also what makes them fun.  I also ended up with bubbles, sorry.  I dropped the yellow bottle but I waited 30 minutes before using it in the marble, but....bubbles.  I tried to pop them in the bull's eye, but it didn't work.  So let that be a lesson for y' can't pop the bubbles on the surface of the water.  They are evil and just hide!

All that being said, I love my Halloween design.  But then again, I love water marbles!  And they are one of my favorite techniques.  I hope y'all enjoy it too!  Happy Polishing!!

Right hand, my favorite

Left Hand

Monday, October 15, 2012

Addicted to OPI-yum: Halloween Scariest Bottle Contest - WIN MY GLITTERS!!!

Addicted to OPI-yum: Halloween Scariest Bottle Contest - WIN MY GLITTERS!!!

Hi Everybody!!  Y'all have to see this wonderful blogger's site.  Not only does she have great posts (she loves glitter, how can I not love her??), but this particular posts is hilarious!

And I have an entry.  Sad, but true...I was brutally attacked and left bloody by an evil bottle of nail polish!!  This bottle of NYC polish may look innocent enough, but it's a lie!!!  As soon as I took off the "convenient" overcap I realized there was a problem.  The nail polish had leaked and sealed the cap on to the bottle.  As I innocently tried to open the polish....shudder....the horror....the polish CUT ME!!!  Yep.  The dry polish was so sharp it actually cut my finger and it bled!  I don't know that I will ever recover from it.  I now have a phobia about opening any polish; and if the lid is stuck...I go screaming out of the room!!

The evil polish with my blood cleaned off, but still not open.
 If you have a horror story involving polish, click on the link above and let Addicted to OPI know!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

70's Swirls and Dots

Hi Everyone!!  I've been so excited to try my new Konad stamping kit courtesy of my friend Babs at Ezmerelda Enterprises, and I finally had the chance today.  So, this is my first attempt at stamping...not the best, but I still like how it turned out.  It reminds me so much of the 70's!

I Used:
Orly- Oh Cabana Boy
Spoiled- Designated Driver
Konad Plate m79
Konad Polish- Metallic Blue
Dotting Tools

I started with two coats of Orly's Oh Cabana Boy in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness.  I love this polish!  It's a bright pink with a royal blue shift, or shimmer.

Then using the Konad stamper, plate m79 and the Konad blue polish, I started stamping...for the first time.  I have to say using the Konad system was a breeze.  And the clean up was so easy.  I was amazed how easy I found it to use.  My only problem came in the fact that my nails were longer than the stamp...and I couldn't line it up for a second stamp.  But that's ok, that will come with practice.  I was still happy with how it turned out.  I love the loops.  Although next time I use this design, I will probably use the stamp for a french nail effect and put the dots underneath that.

Since the design reminded me so much of the 70's, I added yellow polka dots (very popular in the 70's) of two different sizes.  I really like the final look.  What do y'all think?

And don't forget to to check out my friend's website.  She is looking to reduce her inventory and y'all are getting the benefit.  You can contact her at or  Be sure to tell her I sent you!  Happy Polishing!!

Despite receiving the complimentary Konad system, the opinions expressed are my own and were not influenced by Ezmerelda Enterprises.