Thursday, June 11, 2015

NAILS Magazine's Next Top Nail Artist Top 24

Hey guys!  Sooooo, I have some pretty exciting news to share!  A few months ago I applied to compete in NAILS Magazine's Next Top Nail Artist contest.  The craziest thing happened...I MADE IT!!!!  I made it to the Top 24 and I could not be more excited.


How amazing is that?  To see my name among some of the most talented nail artists in the business is truly surreal.  I still can't believe this is happening.  There are nail artists from all around the world competing.  Seriously, pinch me!

We had our first pre-challenge this week.  Our challenge was to create a set of hand painted nail art inspired by one of NAILS magazine's past covers.  They began in 1983 so there were A LOT to choose from.  In the end I went with the issue from March 2005.


There was just something about the chrome and red nails that I was drawn to.  After a little investigating I found out the steering wheel belonged to a 1956 Chevy Bel Air and my ideas began rolling.



I am so proud of how it turned out. I love old cars so this was so fun for me.  A 57 Chevy is actually one of my dream cars, it's just so cool!

The other entries are starting to roll in and they are so awesome.  Did I mention these are some of the most talented nail artists in the WORLD?  Yeah, no pressure there.  

As part of the challenge we were to create a step-by-step tutorial as we went along and post it to the Nail Art Gallery by Nails Magazine.  If you're interested you can check it out HERE.

We get the results of this challenge next week when 6 of the 24 will be cut from the competition.  The Top 18 will then get their next challenge too.  After that one they cut another 6 artists and they will have their top 12 and the REAL competition starts shortly after that and one person will be cut a week until they get down to the final 3 who will do their final competition in California. 

I can't begin to tell you how grateful I am for this opportunity.  Of course I want to make it to the end but even if I get cut next week and don't go any further than this first week, this has been one of the most amazing experiences I've ever had. 

This is just surreal!  To think next month is my 4 year blog-iversary and it all started right here.  This has been so crazy lol.  Thank you so much to all of my loyal readers for following me on this journey.  I never would have imagined doing nails would be my dream job!

Thanks so much for reading today and I hope you have a great week!  I will be sure to update next week on the outcome of this week's challenge!  XOXO 

Monday, May 4, 2015

Everybody loves a flashy Hawaiian shirt....right?

Press Sample

 Aloha!  Today I have some more nail art to share from the OPI Hawaii Collection.  This collection is so fabulous!  

No trip to Hawaii would be complete without a fancy Hawaiian print shirt so of course I had to do nails!  


The gradient was done using Aloha from OPI and Is Mai Tai crooked?  These two are like two peas in a pod and blended beautifully.  The Flower design was freehanded with acrylic craft paints. 


Are these fun or what? I love them!  

Thanks for stopping by today!  Have a great week!  XOXO Amber


For more information about the OPI Hawaii collection, please visit opi.com or pro.opi.com.
The products in this post were sent for review by a company representative.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Aloha!

Press Sample

Aloha!  I received the OPI Hawaiian Collection to review and just HAD to do something Lilo & Stitch.  I just love that movie, it's so cute.  

For these I used "Aloha from Hawaii" and "That's Hula-rious".  Both are great creams! The art is done with acrylic craft paints.  I had a hard time with Lilo, for some reason she just wasn't happening for me so I used her dress as inspiration instead. 


 

Even though Lilo didn't work out for me I think Stitch came out pretty awesome.  He's such a cutie, I mean who doesn't love a cute little blue alien?  lol

Thanks for stopping by today!  

For more information about the OPI Hawaii Collection, please visit opi.com or pro.opi.com.
Some products in this post were sent for review by a company representative.


Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Life is too short for boring nails!

Hey y'all!  A few weeks ago I was playing with a new shape on my nails and did an acrylic full set on myself.  I love ballerina shape, also called coffin shape.  I prefer the term ballerina myself, coffin just sounds morbid and not attractive lol.

I loved this shape on me too.  I made them a little longer than I can really work with but they made for an awesome set so I just had to share them.






I had a hard time taking this design off because I thought it was freaking awesome!  I had to take them down before I went back to work though.  I just couldn't do nails on other people with epic nails like this, I'm not that talented. lol.  I seriously love the ballerina shape though, it's so edgy and cool.

Thanks for stopping by today!  Don't forget to be awesome and while you're out and about give a stranger a compliment, it's good for the soul!  XOXO  Amber

Sunday, April 12, 2015

OPI Soft Shades 2015

Sent for Review

Hey y'all!  Today I have the OPI Soft Shades to share for 2015.  These are some gorgeous polishes for those that want something a little more soft and natural. 


Two coats of each polish.
Top row (left to right)
Make Light of the Situation, Act your beige, & Chiffon my Mind

Bottom row (left to right)
This Silvers Mine, Put it in neutral, & Petal Soft

Here's a cute gradient I did using Act your beige and Make Light of the Situation.  Isn't this pretty?  I think these would be gorgeous wedding nails.  Sweet and simple! 


Thank you so much for stopping by today! Have a good day! XOXO  Amber


For more information about OPI, please visit opi.com or pro.opi.com.
The products in this post were sent for review by a company representative. 

Monday, March 23, 2015

Cinderelly Cinderelly, Night and Day it's Cinderelly

Hey y'all!  Today I wanted to share my entry for the Gelish & Morgan Taylor nail art contest "Mani at Midnight".   They are doing two categories, 3d and flat nail art.  I chose to do the 3d category.  This is my first true 3d/fantasty nail art like this and I think it turned out pretty dang awesome. 

Obviously, this is not for practical wear, it's for artistic and show purposes only.


All of the 3d pieces were sculpted with clear and white nail acrylic and hand painted with acrylic paints, gel polish and regular polishes. 
 




The shoe and carriage are my favorite pieces.  


I had a lot of fun with this project.  Wish me luck! I think I have the fantasy competition bug! If you're interested in entering yourself, you have until March 27th, you check out the details HERE.  Make sure to read the terms and conditions. 

I have another 3d fantasy nail in the works now.  I can't wait to see how it turns out.  Thanks for stopping by

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

May your troubles be less and your blessings be more

Top 'O the mornin' to ya!  Happy St. Patrick's Day!  Are you wearing green or do you need a pinch?  Don't worry I won't pinch you, I wouldn't want to mess up my nails ;) 

Just sharing my green nails today!  No shamrocks or rainbows with pots of gold for me, just good old green and gold.  I love this tie dye though.  I followed a really easy tutorial on Instagram by @Nailstorming 



Thanks for stopping by today!  XOXO