Nail Polish Is the New Windex (use on everything) and a Neat Holo Gradient Trick

Klean color holo nail polish gradient

Stepping aside from swatches for the past week, I have been finding myself discovering quite a few cool tricks. The necklace you see above is in the process of being revamped.

This metal cut-out pendant is one I have had for years, and it showed. Rusting, scratches and dings had it looking less than stellar. That actually caused me to stop wearing it, but I couldn’t bear to part with it. I have pat-rack tendencies. Then as I was painting my nails one of my favorite colors, Sally Hansen “Mint Sorbet” I had an idea…


Nail Polish Necklace Fix DIY


LAST DAY of the My Little Pony Contest & we need your help! Plus the winner of the 1st NB Monthly Contest is….

Let’s get to the best part first.. the winner of the plate contest announcement!

The winner of the 1st monthly NB contest is… GRETCHEN! Thanks Gretchen for participating and all the love! Your dedication and awesomeness has paid off. I’ll be shooting you an email to get your info this afternoon. *fist pumps and windmills*

My Little Pony Nail Art

I also wanted to remind everyone that…

China Glaze “Fortune Teller” Swatches, Review & Surprise

China Glaze Halloween Fortune Teller 2009

China Glaze “Fortune Teller”

For the Halloween season 2009, China Glaze released a limited edition set of spooky lacquers. They were (what else) Sally Beauty exclusives. “Fortune Teller” was one of them, and is a basic black cream base filled with glitter in the perfect shade of Halloween-orange. The glitter comes in three sizes, all hex shaped. All swatches are of two coats.

China Glaze Fortune Teller

So in adding graphics to my pictures, I felt a supernatural urge to give a shout out to Miss Cleo. Except, only upon googling “psychic” did I find the vast majority of my search results to be pictures of psychic cats:

They are taking over the internet. In fact, are you guys aware that if you google “cheeseburger” (that’s right, spelled correctly) instead of food the google gives us mostly CATS? Everything cats. Everything cheezburger network.

But on to the swatches and review as I have a special surprise hidden in this post!


NOTD, Faux-nad MLS301 Look #11 & #12 of the Contest/Giveaway!

So this is the final post to wrap up the first monthly giveaway on NailBlog!

Today was the last scheduled day for voting, and I learned a lot in how to better improve these giveaways in the future. Such as scheduling the posts beforehand rather than posting them in real-time. Since it came so late, I decided to combine both #11 and #12 into one post. Commenting once on this post will automatically gain you two entries! I decided to also extend the deadline by a day, allowing “late” comments since I was late in my posting. Anyone that comments before TOMORROW at midnight will still get their entries on this!

LOOK #11

This is one that (while it has it’s problems) looks much, much cuter in person. Trust me!

First I used two coats of Revlon “Royal” as the base. I then stamped a fishnet pattern using a white polish and covered it all with one coat of Revlon “Whimsical”. I have done this in the past and once this combination is mattified it looks like incredible little glazed sweets! I ended up going a different way with this look than intended, so all of that ended up being detrimental if anything. I then used a cream color to paint “hippie flowers”.

Placing dots along the edge turns them into doily like cookies. After all this had dried I then took China Glaze “Leather Black” and stamped various sweets from the MLS301 plate.

What continues to be a challenge for my stamping is evident here. Blast that placement! I will persevere, however, and continue on the righteous path of Konading. Almost like a right-handed batter who swings too left, I need to compensate for always placing them too high.

LOOK #12

So Mr. NB really wanted to get in on the fun, and asked if he could help the contest. I thought it would be awesome if he would do the final look #12 using the MLS 301 plate.

This is his contribution.

Not exactly what I expected.

You can tell this a boy did this.


There’s a horse that says “I <3 ice-cream” (who’s also been to prison as “evident by his prison teardrop eye tattoo”), a bird shooting lasers, super-power pigs, and a horse with “battle scars”. (Hey! We finally found a good use for the leopard rip!)

I wanted to get in on it too, so the “Kosher” pig is mine. I thought it was funny. A teenage pig raised to be Kosher, rebelling against it all. A swine without a cause. I stood alone in this humor.

I also felt the prison horse needed candy in his belly. He looked hungry and sad from having slug optical-tentacles for ears.

But, this does show a very crafty use for nail stamps! I’ve seen talk of using nail polish on jewelry and even on the bottom of shoes to add zazz.. *gasp* One could do the same with nail stamps! Add a design or stamp to anything…phone covers? Sunglasses? People’s faces as they’re sleeping? Just remember to seal your masterpiece afterwards.

This is look #11/12 & #12/12 in the Plate/Stamper Giveaway Contest!

All you have to do is comment for a chance to win! Rules and details can be seen here:

NOTD, Faux-nad MLS301 Look #10 of the Contest/Giveaway!

So today I have something sweet and feathery for you. Or diabetic, literally for the birds and metaphorically for the cynics, depending on how you look at it.

q1 nail plate stamp

Love-birds with sweet-tooths and a pair of sweethearts on my ring finger!

q1 mls301 nail plate

Polishes used:

Kleancolor “Pastel Teal”, Kleancolor “Pastel Pink”, China Glaze “Leather Black”, Revlon “Valentine”, Seche Vite topcoat

I seem to be stuck using my drugstore polishes lately. Money has been tight so it’s put me in an thriftful mindset!

I first used three coats of “pastel teal” on my index, middle and pinkie. On my ring I used two coats of “pastel pink”, followed by painting a heart with the same teal. Since Kleancolor polishes dry a little slow for my liking (I’m all about speed!) I then topped it off these bases with a coat of Seche Vite fast dry topcoat. After drying, “Leather Black” was used along with the the MLS 301 plate to stamp swallows in various opposing positions. I then took “Valentine” and stamped them carrying little wrapped candies.

Initially I took great care in placing red polish in the center of the candy stamp, with white on the wrapper portion, to make them look more realistic and a bit more detailed. This worked easily and would probably look awesome against a dark color, however the white wrapper portion barely showed up against the teal. So I had to do it all over! But it’s a good idea for another time…

mls301 nail stamp

Hold the phone.
What’s that chicken doing here? Peeping on birds and trying to steal their candy?!

That’s no chicken. That’s a rooster, and his name is “techno-chicken”. He’s a ring I picked up from one of my absolute favorite ring shops and will be included in the next *scheduled* monthly giveaway!!

Stay tuned!

This is look #10/12 in the Plate/Stamper Giveaway Contest!

All you have to do is comment for a chance to win! Rules and details can be seen here:

Rainbow Honey My Little Pony Nail Art

This should be clickable for super-super-big view! DO IT, DO IT!

So any guesses as to what this could be?

NOTD, Faux-nad MLS301 Look #9 of the Contest/Giveaway!

lightning bolt nails ZINGZING! ZAP! ZOLT! ZIP! Z… Zzz!

Another lightning bolt look. I love these bolts! I was so glad to find this plate. I had been looking for lightning images for such a long time prior to finding the Q1/mls301. I had a bit of trouble on this one specifically, but solely due to really rushing through it making the bolts and color lines not as clean as I would have otherwise liked.

This is look #9/12 in the Plate/Stamper Giveaway Contest!

All you have to do is comment for a chance to win! Rules and details can be seen here:

NOTD, Faux-nad MLS301 Look #8 of the Contest/Giveaway!

Swallows nail stamp konad q1China Glaze “Liquid Leather” was used to stamp the swallow/sparrow images from the MLS301 nail plate. Base is OPI “Stranger Tides” and Hard Candy “Matte-ly in Love” was used to mattify the tips. Feathers are from the Konad m77 nail stamp.

What I love about this image is that one doesn’t have to go through the trouble of transferring the stamp onto another stamp to get it’s mirror image. (A method used by a few veteran stampers when they want to get a stamp’s mirror image. A method I haven’t tried- it sounds exhausting ;) ) This plate already has two separate sparrows, facing each other (or away from one another), already ready to go!

So. you. can. ROCK. ON.Pickle likes to rock


 This is look #8/12 in the Plate/Stamper Giveaway Contest!

All you have to do is comment for a chance to win! Rules and details can be seen here:

Fight Zombies!

Part of your donation will go to equipping my dog with shoulder missiles.

Lots of them.


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