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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Essie - Shine of the Times + Some Brief News

Hi ladies and possibly lads? Today I have a simple mani, just a plain white polish with a crazy amazing flakie topcoat on top! White can be boring but also kind of nice (like a palate cleanser) but add a flakie topcoat like Shine of the Times and it gives your nails so much more visual appeal. I love this combo, like I said it's simple and subtle (flakies usually stand out more against darker colors like when I used it here over Essie - Merino Cool) but still interesting and gorgeous. I hope you like this as much as I do, cause I LOVE IT! :) Oh, I just remembered the always wonderful Theodora from Red Hair and Black Nail Polish is going to be posting a guest post I made for her and her readers on Friday! It has something to do with this post but I don't want to ruin the surprise so you'll just have to check it out on Friday!

On a little detour real quick, Theodora did a gorg guest post for Cuti-CLUE-les here which you must check out. And, while you're there, you of course have to check out Cuti-CLUE-les's posts too because they're just awesome. They're both incredibly sweet too so there's really no bad thing about going to visit them ;) I forgot to mention that you have to go visit Theodora's blog too! Yes, you have to! :) haha Oh my goodness, I just remembered one more thing! Theodora and another blogger created a kick...butt (yes, butt) summer challenge that you must join! Here's the details! I'm totally psyched about it and can't wait until it starts! Also, it's not until July so you don't have to worry about not having time. If you want you could always do a few of the challenges now so that in case something comes up in July you'll still have a few posts ready. I'm debating if I'm going to do that or not. Also, it's an every other day challenge so you don't have to worry about posting manis every single day; that can be tiring!

Okay, back to business!

 This post is pretty picture heavy, fair warning ;)
Click "read more" if you want to see some yummy flakies!

Monday, May 28, 2012

Sunset Gradient

Ahhh guys, are you getting sick of gradients yet? I swear I did about four different gradients in one day so I'm a little gradient-ed out. Just a little. When I did this it was only I believe, my second "smooth" gradient so in my mind I thought it was superduperfantabulous but looking at it now it's maybe not so much that...
But hey, they can't all be perfect! ;)



Colors Used: (base color to top color) Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear - Mellow Yellow 3 not so hot coats, Wet n' Wild - Sunny Side Up, Coral Unamed Franken. All cheapies today! :)

Yay, that was fun! haha :) Have an awesome Memorial Day and start to the week!

- xoxo Alexis Leigh


Sunday, May 27, 2012

Striped Pastel Skittles Mani

Hope everyone is having a nice relaxing Sunday so far! It's Saturday night as I'm writing this so I couldn't really tell you how my Sunday's going yet :)

Today I have another spring mani for you! Are you getting tired of pastels yet? I'm not, I love me some pastels. I wore this a week or two ago and figured I'd better post it now before spring is over! It's my first time doing a skittle mani (different color polish on each nail) and I liked how it turned out. Definitely not my best work, the lines got a little wobbly and my on my thumb I accidentally spaced the lines out horribly wrong, but I still thought it was cute and fun! By the way, I used a plain old striper for the diagonal white stripes.




Ew, sorry about the crusty dry hands, it's gross I know *shudder* :o

Colors Used: (Every color mixed with white! Thumb to pinky) NOPI - Basecoat Plu, Sally Hansen HAN - Tough Love, Sinful Colors - Olympia, Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear - Mellow Yellow, Essie - To Buy or Not to Buy, Franken, (White) Wet n' Wild - French White Creme.

Thanks for reading everyone! As always, remember to send me any suggestions, questions, or ANYTHING to me because I love hearing from you all! :)

- xoxo Alexis Leigh


Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Sugar Spun Nail Tutorial (video)

Hi everyone! Today I have another video tutorial for you (remember my makeup brush cleanser video?), a sugar spun nail art video! This technique is rather simple so a video showing the process isn't absolutely necessary but it does help just to give you a visual of what should be happening. Sorry for my sleepy voice it was 2 am which seems like the only time I can actually get anything done with my blog lately. Also I said um a lot. You might not even have noticed that if I hadn't pointed it out, oh well. I was tired and I had to go to the bathroom but I really wanted to finish it last night so all of that combined probably didn't make for the best video audio. That's okay though, right? I hope you guys still enjoy it and it's helpful for you! :) The video is in HD so feel free to choose that setting!
                                           
Here's the video link if the movie doesn't play on this page ;)


Colors Used: (base color) Franken 3 coats, Revlon - Royal.

Have a wonderful Tuesday!

- xoxo Alexis Leigh

Monday, May 21, 2012

Guest Post: Globe and Nail

Hi everyone! Before I talk about today's post I just want to say thank you all so much for following me and for all of your lovely comments! Every time I see I've got one more follower I just feel so humbled and blessed that you would all take the time to talk to me and that you're actually interested in what I have to offer! I know you always see bloggers saying this and it's usually when they hit their 100 follower mark or bigger but I never thought that I'd have many followers. I started blogging as a creative outlet because I wanted to share my passions with whoever wanted to take a look. You guys really don't know how much I appreciate you and how much it means to me when you comment on my posts! I hope you'll stay with me through my blogging journey and as always if you ever just want to chat or ask a question there's multiple spots to do that, I have my email icon (top right column), my "Submit Your Hair and Nails" tab, my twitter account, and if you don't feel like using the email button simply copy my email, xoxoalexisleightheblog(at)gmail(dot)com into your email.

Okay, enough of the teary thank yous. Sorry for blabbing in your post, Emma! As I've mentioned, I just love collaborations! I love everything about them; getting to know other bloggers, seeing what they come up with, and of course learning what you guys think about it! Today I have another lovely lady, this time from Globe & Nail. Emma is a younger blogger, like me. She has the prettiest nails (I'm growing more and more fond for nubs! Even I'm sporting them now, by choice! Shocking, I know.) and her nail art is just so beautiful. Even more important she's very sweet! So, onto the lovely tutorial she created just for us, YAY!

Hello! First off I'd like to say a huge thank you to the lovely Alexis for asking me to be a guest on her blog. This is my first guest post and I'm very excited! :)

I've made a tutorial for a cute spring manicure, though you could always switch up the colours and use brights or neons for a more summery look.

The polishes I used are Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Lacey Lilac, NXY Matte Teal, Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Mint Sorbet, and OPI Mod About You. You'll also need a make-up sponge cut into four pieces and a Konad stamping set, I used plate m73.

Start off by painting each nail a different colour. You could use six colours and have each finger different, but to keep it simple I did my thumb and pinky the same. In the picture below, I'm wearing one coat each of the blue and pink, and two coats each of the green and purple.

 
Time to jump on the gradient bandwagon! Take one of the small pieces of your make-up sponge, and paint on stripes of the colours you are going to use. Dab it once or twice onto a spare sheet of paper to blend the colours together and remove excess polish.

Next, dab it onto your nail in small circular motions to blend the colours onto the nail. If you want the colour more opaque near the tip of the nail, you can paint more on the sponge and go over it again.

As long as you don't wait too long between, you can use the same sponge for a few nails if you're using the same colours.



Repeat the sponging on the remaining nails with the other colours. 


Feel free to mix and match the colours on each nail. They can all be different!



Once you're finished with the sponging, you'll want to put on a quick-dry top coat if you're impatient like myself.

I put on one coat of Seche Vite, and you'll see that with the top coat the gradient blends together much more smoothly.


Make sure the polish is completely dry so you don't risk messing it up. I may or may not have ruined manicures this way with my first forays into stamping.

Stamp on any full-nail image with white polish. I used the flowery pattern from Konad plate m73, but any image that is sparse enough to let the gradient show through would work.

Here I'm holding Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear White On, but I stamped the images with Konad special polish in White. I use the White On to stamp images on my right hand that nobody sees. It works but doesn't pop quite as much as the Konad polish.
This one gets quite messy, so you'll need to clean up around the edges. First use a q-tip dipped in normal nail polish remover to get off the excess stamping and sponged polish, and then use a small make-up brush dipped in pure acetone to clean up the line around the cuticle.


Wait a few minutes so as not to streak the image, and then top coat. I find that Seche Vite tends to drag the design, so I used one coat of Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Invisible and followed that a few minutes later with a coat of Seche Vite.


There you have it, a cute spring manicure that can easily be switched to summer. I'll have a condensed tutorial of this posted on my own blog soon.

Thank you so much Alexis for having me on your blog; it has been a great experience and I hope we get to collaborate again in the future! :)

Isn't she so sweet?!? Thank you soooooo much Emma, your mani is so gorgeous and right on point with the gradient trend! I especially love the variety of pastels, you didn't just stick to two colors you included a few, so pretty! If you still haven't checked out the lovely Emma's blog, get on that right this minute! You can click on the link here, Globe & Nail or click on her latest post! Oh, and I'd absolutely love to collaborate with you again, Emma; this was so fun! :)

Pulpit rock


- xoxo Alexis Leigh


Thursday, May 17, 2012

Chevron Tips: Peach, White, & Gold

Here's a quick post for you ladies! And excuse my messy polish near the cuticles, this lacquer was most definitely not the easiest to work with!

 This is a franken I made because I needed a nice peach and couldn't find one. The application was not so good but oh, well.

 After a day I need to either change my nails or spice them up so I decided to do some chevron tips which surprisingly I've never done before! I cut a triangle out of tape, placed it on my nail, and used white for the little triangles.

 Next, I just freehanded on some gold triangles. I find it kind of hard to explain but I'll try, I placed the brush (with hardly any polish on it!) parallel to one side of the white triangle and dragged it to the edge so that it created a point where I started. Then, I placed the brush where I left off and did the same thing to the other side. Does that make any sense at all?

It was a little messy for me but I really liked wearing it! I really loved the color scheme very summery and reminiscent of gold skin and peach bikinis :)

Colors Used: Peach Franken, (white) Wet n' Wild - White Cream, (gold) Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear - Golden-I , NYC - TC.

So, tell me guys, what do you want to see next? It can be tutorials on anything!, nail art, certain hairstyles, ANYTHING! Well, almost ;) Just please tell me so I can try it!

- xoxo Alexis Leigh

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Guest Post: Tips and Topcoat

Hello everyone! Today I have another guest post for you, this time from the lovely Lou at Tips and Topcoat! If you don't know her already, I suggest you check out her blog now because she has some amazing nail art (which you'll see in just a moment...) and pretty swatches. Now let's get on to her post!

Hey everyone; I just need to firstly say a huge thank you to Alexis for asking me to do a guest blog for her :D I couldn't believe it & I just want to take this moment to say thank you so much hunny!!
After a little chat & thought I came up with this .. It means a lot in my life & does Alexis too so it was the perfect choice. I've done a mini step by step to help you achieve these if you'd like :)


Step 1: Paint your nails with a colour of your choice' then with a tiny thin brush take black acrylic paint & copy what I've done here & on the thumb nail too -


Step 2: next using your brush and black paint continue the design just how I have done below -


Step 3: Using any foil glue (I used Special FX Nail Art Foil Adhesive) .. With your thin brush again draw on music notes, leave the glue to dry until becomes clear & then dab on your desired foil .. Creating this -


Step 4: The finished result <3

& there you have your Love for Music :P
I hope you all have liked my post & design :)
& thank you again Alexis I'm honoured to have had a chance to do this. And glad my nail art means something to us both :)
Much love hunny xx


I am so in love with this nail art, isn't it beautiful? Thank you so much Lou, this is beyond what I had imagined! So, if you aren't already completely won over by her fabulous nail art, you can check out more of her posts on her blog, Tips and Topcoat, or click on her latest post below! Thanks again Lou, I hope to have you back again!
- xoxo Alexis Leigh

Monday, May 14, 2012

Comments

Sorry this is the third post today and it's not even a "real" post but, I thought you might like to know that the comments have not all been deleted! That would be very sad if that happened. Instead I switched over to disqus comments. In a comment I made yesterday I explained that I had installed then deleted the intensedebate comment template within a day or so, so it deleted two comments with it :( Anyway, I probably should've messed around with comment stuff before I had you lovely readers who actually take the time to comment! But, I didn't do that so in order to give you a better commenting system I have to play around with a few. I actually didn't intend to do so, I wanted to stick with the intensedebate template but after reading some people's opinion I thought it wasn't a good fit. Then, when I found disqus this morning I decided I think it would be a better fit. Tell me what you think of this commenting system compared to others! Also, I didn't even mention the point of this post, like I said the comments aren't all deleted, they are being imported into the disqus database and should be visible in by tomorrow using the disqus widget. Yay, I'm excited and I hope this works out well!

If you have tried either of these comment templates I'd love to hear your experience with them!

- xoxo Alexis Leigh

Just a Reminder

Just a reminder guys, I'd still be happy to take on some guest posts if anyone wanted to do that! Tell your friends ladies! :)

Sidenote- There's another guest post tomorrow featuring some fabulous nail art from a lovely lady. I don't want to give away too much!

- xoxo Alexis Leigh

Mint Glitter Sandwich

Yesterday I had a guest post from Cuti-CLUE-les where she made an adorable glitter sandwich. Well, the mani I did for her blog I painted over the next day to make a glitter sandwich before I even knew that's what she had created for my blog! Does that make sense? Anyway it was just a funny coincidence so I thought I'd post mine today! It was my first ever glitter sandwich and not amazing but I thought it turned out pretty cool! I had it with a topcoat but then decided to mattify it, which one do you like better?

Flash, topcoat, blurry to show small silver holo glitter
 Matte
Base color on it's own, Flash, indirect sunlight

Colors Used: No basecoat! *gasp*, I know! Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear - Mint Sorbet 2 coats, NYC topcoat 1 coat, (for sandwich I added...) Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear - Strobe Light(s?) 1 coat, Sheer pink franken 1 coat, NYC topcoat 1 coat (for mattified version I added...) Essie - Matte About You 2 coats.

Yay, I hope you like this! I definitely did, especially for my first glitter sandwich (also known as jelly sandwich. I should probably explain this quickly. It's where you layer glitter then jelly and you can do that multiple times if you'd like)! Also, isn't Mint Sorbet gorgeous on it's own? It definitely cured my lust for Essie - Mint Candy Apple which I had, loved and dried out! :( Oh well, they're a little different as MCA had a little more blue but they're close enough for me; for now... Also, I think I heard that the Sally Hansen MS is a a dupe for Revlon - Minted. Have you compared?

Have a wonderful Monday, or at least try! :)

- xoxo Alexis Leigh 

Sunday, May 13, 2012

My First Guest Post!

Hi everyone, as you know Cuti-CLUE-less is on the blog today. Well, I am also doing a post on her blog today featuring two looks and 1 stamp so check out it please, it would mean a lot to me!

CLICK HERE, HERE, HERE!!!!

Here's a tiny preview:

Have a wonderful day lovelies!

- xoxo Alexis leigh

Guest Post: Cuti-CLUE-les

Get excited because today I have another guest post for you! Don't you love guest posts? Today, the wonderful Róisín from Cuti-CLUE-les is here! Her blog feautures lots of pretty swatches and some nail art too, go check her out! I'm so happy to have here so let's see what she created for us!

 
Hey all!

Hope ye are all doing well. I am so excited to be writing this post for Alexis! She created an amazing stamping tutorial for my blog and it’s great that I can repay the favour and do a little post for her too. Huge thanks to Alexis for letting me loose on her blog and hopefully It won’t be too jumbled up and ye will actually be able to follow me :P

Today I decided on trying something I have never done before with a polish type that I have also never tried. The blogging world is full of amazing Glitter Sandwich manicure’s at the moment so here is my own version! I hope ye like it:

1. Ok, so I started off with one coat of Stargazer 114 as my basecoat. Not actually a basecoat but it works well for me :P


2. Then I painted on two coats of essence cotton candy from the Nude glam collection. This is a gorgeous sheer baby pink nail varnish. It is perfect for layering and looks so pretty on its own.



3.  I debated leaving it like that but the magpie inside of me demanded something sparkly so I added on one layer of Essence Space queen. This is such an eye-catching polish. The glitter is suspended in a clear polish so there is no fear that it will mess up your original colour.



4. For the glitter I used one coat of Essence Circus Confetti. I adore this glitter! It is brand new to my stash and I actually bought it for this manicure. It is packed with all different size and colour glitters all within a clear polish.



5. To complete the sandwich I put on one more layer of Essence Cotton candy. This toned down the glitter but it didn’t drown it out completely.



6.  I finished it all off with a coat of Essence special effects Soft touch topper. This is basically a matte topcoat with a weird name ;) I think it works really well.



And here is the finished look!



I am so happy with the way it turned out. I wasn’t a huge fan of glitter but now I am totally converted. This is a great way of wearing glitter during the day without feeling too “flashy”. Although cotton candy is a sheer polish it can easily be built up and three coats makes it pretty much opaque. Drying time with essence polish is amazing! I finished this manicure in under 30 minutes (probably a record for me haha). Thanks again Alexis, I really hope you all enjoyed this as much as I did creating it!

I LOVE this! It's actually really funny because I ended up doing a glitter sandwich on top of the mani I created for her blog and matttified it! Too weird, great minds think alike! ;) Thanks so, so, so much Róisín I really have fallen in love with your glitter sandwich! I'm postitive you'll want to head over to her blog right now so here's the link, Cuti-CLUE-les or click on her latest nail post below!


- xoxo Alexis Leigh

Saturday, May 12, 2012

DIY Makeup Brush Cleanser

Hi! If you follow me on twitter (right column on the top, follow me!) you may remember I had said I was editing a makeup cleanser video tutorial a long time ago. Well, a different computer I was using couldn't handle my HD videos so it just wouldn't work. I was so upset! Fortunetly though, on a different newer, faster computer my video software works! Yay, now you guys to get see my video! Read all the info after the video, it's important! Also the video is in HD so feel free to choose that setting!


I think it's important to know what you're using on your body and putting on your face so here's why we are using these ingredients. Water, to dilute all of the ingredients especially the alcohol. Alcohol, to remove the bacteria and oils absorbed into the bristles from your face and makeup. Dish soap, to clean and smooth the bristles. Shampoo, to clena the hairs like the hair on your head (baby soap because it's gentler on the bristles). Olive oil, to restore some of the oils and moisturize the bristles. I really encourage you guys to read what you're using on your body. Even I struggle with that a lot. I don't know what stuff means or it's just an extra thing to do but it's important to take care of your body.

Recipe

1 cup water
¼ cup rubbing alcohol (I use 70%)
½ tbl dish soap
½ tbl of shampoo (or baby soap)
½ tbl or less olive oil
(If the video didn't work) Simply mix all of the ingredients together and store in a sealed container. I used an old perfume bottle. Because none of the ingredients need to be refrigerated and they don't go bad in a short amount of time, you can store this until you need to clean your brushes next! I'm not a porfessional nor an expert but I personally recommend washing your brushes everyday (with the surface method, spray the surface of the bristles and wipe them off, repeat a few times) if you do your makeup everyday and once every other week if you only wear makeup a few times a week. If you hardly ever wear makeup, remember it's still important to wash your brushes. If they are sitting somewhere attracting dust and dirt you'll be putting that on your face! So, just because you don't cake on makeup every single day doesn't mean your brushes aren't dirty! Also, even if you use the surface method to clean your brushes everyday you'll still need to "deep clean" them once a week. The deep cleaning method you just pour some cleanser into a dish and move your brush around in it like you're washing a painbrush. Wash out the bristles in some lukewarm water and dip them in cleanser again if needed. Yes, I did just make up all of those method name just now.

I hope this works, it worked really well on my brushes!

- xoxo Alexis Leigh

Friday, May 11, 2012

PANCAKE TIME (2 recipes!)

Hi guys, it's that time. Yup, you guessed it. IT'S PANCAKE TIME. The best time. Personally I'm not a huge fan of pancakes unless they have something extra in them like chocolate chips or bananas. Seriously, they just aren't that special otherwise. Just my opinion. Waffles however, they're just good all the time! But it's not waffle time is it? No, so let's stick to pancakes. Even though I won't be eating many pancakes now, (read more about why here) at least I can look at the pictures and give you the recipe so you all can enjoy them. So onto the recipes, first is chocolate chip and second is banana. I used the same recipe for both but modified it just a bit for the bananas. However, for both the extra goodies, I put the pancake batter on my skillet then added in the chips/banana slices instead of putting them in the batter. I find it works much better because they don't stick to the bottom of the bowl and you can control how much extras get in each pancake!





 
Here's the recipe from Martha Stewart! I usually double it but that's to feed like 6 hungry people! Also, I should probably add that I made a few slight changes to the recipe. For the banana pancakes I used halk a banana instead of 1 egg (remember I doubled it so it was really 1 egg and half a banana in the recipe) and I used a baking powder substitute, 2 tsp cream of tar tar to 1 tsp baking soda ratio. I think I did one other thing but I can't remember! I hope you make these, they're super yummy!
 
- xoxo Alexis Leigh