Erika from Polish Fixation is giving me serious nail envy with this bold and colourful manicure!
Tell us a little about yourself...
Hi, my name is Erika, and I'm addicted to nail polish! Seriously, it's kind of a problem, but not a problem I want to stop! I live in southern New Hampshire, and I work as a Nanny for a wonderful family taking care of their now-7-yr old son (since he was 3.5). In my spare time, (when I'm not blogging or doing my nails!) I enjoy playing video games, board games, hanging out with my boyfriend and our friends, or just relaxing at home catching up on TV shows on our DVR. I'm pretty laid back so I just do whatever feels right at the moment. :)
What can we expect to see from your blog?
polish fixation is my blog. I post everything from swatches, stamping, water marbles, splatters, etc. Sometimes I feature guest nails when I have done nails of my friends and/or family. I plan to also review hand/nail care products from time to time when I find a product I love and want to share my thoughts on it. As most bloggers do, I also host give-aways for special events from time to time, because I like giving back to my followers to show my appreciation! Mostly, I just like to have fun with my blog and post things that I enjoy and hope that others will enjoy what I have to share.
Top 3 blogs/sites?
This is going to be pretty hard to answer! The first one is easy though. The very first nail blog I came across was The Polishaholic. Jen's site had me hooked when I found it, I remember just clicking back through all her older posts thinking "I wonder if I could do something like this". It inspired me to start my own nail polish blog.
Gotham Polish is another blog I really enjoy reading because it's so different from all the other blogs I read. I love how she starts out with some interesting NYC tidbit, or about someplace she has been recently in NY that inspired the mani she's going to show. Maybe there is a soft place in my heart for this blog because NYC is my hometown, but whatever the reason, her blog is totally worth checking out!
Lastly, a relatively new blog that I loved from the moment I saw it: Thumbnails & Polish. The tagline on her header reads: "From concept to reality, a graphic designer's take on nail art, jewelry-making, and artistic whims and fantasies". How lovely does that sound? Then I saw her nail art and was hooked. She does a lot of things that I don't see everywhere on the other blogs I read and I enjoy that a lot!
Water Marble + Stamping = AWESOME!
Today I am sharing something that I've been wanting to try for a while and finally took the time to experiment with and absolutely LOVED the results! I did a rainbow water marbling on all my nails then stamped over it with black.
I was a little weary about spending all that time with the water marbelling to just go and cover it all up afterwards, but I am so glad I did.
Here are some pictures of what the marbling looked like before I stamped it:
And here is the awesomeness that followed:
I am in love with this look, if you couldn't tell! It might be my favorite nail creation I've done so far!
Oh and in case you are wondering, here is a look at the polishes I used for this look: (but any rainbow array of colors would do I think)
- OPI Nail Envy (base coat)
- Frankenpolish made by Angela
- Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in Very Cherry
- Essie Braziliant
- Ulta Sun-Sational
- ORLY Fresh
- Zoya Tart
- Funky Fingers Chershire
- Seche Vite Fast Drying Top Coat
- Konad Special Polish in black (Not pictured)
The stamp I used was found on Bundle Monster image plate BM-224.
Would you (or have you) try this look out on yourself? Do you love it as much as I do?
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Before I go, I just want to thank Lily again for hosting Blogs in Bloom and allowing me, and other new bloggers, to share our creations with you all! It's been fun doing this and I look forward to reading the other guest blogs as they get posted!