Thursday, March 28, 2013

Black Pebbles on a Promenade

I finely bought some proper makeup sponges to do gradients, the ones I was using before left little sponge bits in the polish :P. 

This manicure started out intended for something different, but I loved the blink?black gradient so much I wanted to do something different. I added the rhinepebbles to make it a but more edgily, but still girly. I think studs would have made it too Avril Lavigne. Next time I definitely will be putting a base color down so theres not so much naked nail peeking through, but I like it anyways with it.

I used:
NYC Pink Promenade
Sally Hansen Black Out
Claire's rhinepebbles

This is definitely a manicure I do NOT want to take off, but I have sooo many other fun designs I want to do too! At least I'll have it here to come back and look at :)

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Little Laura Loves is Guilty as Charged

Hey Guys! I have the first ever guest post here on Guilty As Charged, check it out!

Hi everyone, I'm Laura from I would like to thank Haleigh again for letting me do a guest post with her. I liked the mani she did for me so much, it inspired me to do a flowery mani :)
So anyway I hope you like this post, if you do please check out my blog :)


Thanks Laura for the unique floral mani, I might have to try this one myself! :)

Guest Post on Little Laura Loves

Hey guys! Today's post is on Little Laura Loves, so click on over there to check it out!

Manicure hint :)

Monday, March 25, 2013

Golden Orange

Instead of the Golden Apples from The Garden Hesperides, today we have the Golden Orange. Because nymphs need citrus too. 

This is a very bright update I did later to the plain orange polish I wore out a while ago, its kind of the opposite to this manicure. I used paper reinforcers from Staples to get the half-moons, and it made life waaay easier from what I was doing before. I will need some practice to get all of them even though.

I used:
Revlon Infamous
OPI Rising Star

Monday Musings- Face Lift

 Whew! I am sooo happy I have Guilty As Charged all nice and pretty now! I was bitten with the spring cleaning bug this weekend and decided to put all that energy towards this. If you've dropped by the blog in the last couple of days you might have seen some of my tweaking in progress. I had a really hard time picking out a background and organization/selection of some widgets.  I drew/painted the title image because I wanted it to be unique (and I find the idea of a polish bottle getting a mugshot hilarious). I learned A LOT about coding through all of this. I wish they would have taught us about this kind of stuff in the mandatory computers class instead of having us make a million power points and do that typing thing. Which I rebelled against and now have a very odd way of typing, but hey I still get the same outcome. So, let me know what you guys think! I feel that it's a lot more open and light now as compared to before. Now I'm going to go get a Nutella snack and polish up my naked nails, because what's the point of having a nice blog if there are no posts for it? :)

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Wanna Kiss?

The title is meant to be read with the same intonation as Finnick Odair used when he asked Katniss, "Wanna sugar cube?" I was pigging out on Hershey Kisses (because you can't just stop at one) and I looked at the wrapper and thought, huh, I bet I can put that on my nails. So here you go.

I found a new site to do my watermark with and I am sooo happy with it. Before I was using Pixlr, but it was kinda restrained on what I could do with text. I couldn't tilt it, or make in a bit transparent, couldn't have that much text either. I am now using a simple version of Photoshop provided by Photoshop itself, check it out here if you like.

I used Pure Ice Platinum Magic Base Coat for a base and affixed the Kisses wrappers to my nail with OPI Rapi Dry Top Coat. I used tiny scissors (I have no idea what their real use is) the cut off the excess and then sealed it all in with another layer of top coat.

I had a lot of fun with this, I think I will be putting more candy wrappers on my nails in the future :)

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

J'adore Dior

I had just about forgotten about this darn thing! I realized the other day that I had totally forgotten about my 31 Day Challenge! Here's Day 30, inspired by a tutorial.

The tutorial is from the lovely Sammy at The Nailasaurus and can be found here. These were based off a dress from Dior.

I used:
Sally Hansen Bold Buff
NYC Plaza Plumberry

I am currently in the midsts of making some changes to the blog, trying to make it a little bit more aesthetic :). *Puts hard hat on* Let's get to work!

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Cut It Out!

I really love negative space manicures, they're different and interesting. I decided to try it out myself after seeing a post on Tumblr from Get Nailed.

I used tape to get the cut-out look. I think my favorite ones are my pointer and ring fingers, they seem to have turned out the best. I also really like the idea of closing off the negative space, it just adds a little bit more design to the whole look.

I used:
Midgi Light Blue nail art pen
Sally Hansen Lacey Lilac

What do you guys think? Will you be trying out the negative space trend?


Happy Pi Day! I don't really know how one might celebrate Pi Day, but I would assume with pie. And appropriately themed nail art. This is a short post today, I've been super busy planning my schools prom. It's getting to be crunch time to get all of the decorations ordered. It's Tim Burton themed, if you have any ideas feel free to say so in the comments!

I used:
Revlon Posh
Clair's Black and White nail art pens

The pencil was given to me last year by my Geometry teacher. See you tomorrow!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Color Triangleing

Surprisingly auto-correct didn't catch me on the title, maybe triangleing is an actual word, or auto-correct has just given up hope on me. Today's post is such because I tried my hand at a color blocking look I recently saw on Tumblr, but they're triangles, not blocks.

I had just a tad bit of difficulty with this one because I'm impatient and kept applying tape to wet paint. I really love this look, the cream pink and glitter pink tie it together :)

I used:
Sally Hansen Black Out
NYC Sidewalkers
NYC Pink Promenade
Sally Hansen Rockstar Pink

Monday, March 11, 2013

Monday Musings- Sick Days

   Today was my first sick day in a LONG time. Usually I rough it through school no matter how bad I'm feeling, makeing up missing work is just not worth it to me. Around 2 am today I realized that there was no way I was getting to sleep without some medicine (yay for coughing), and that three hours just wasn't going to cut it. It's been a nice day sleeping in and watching Netflix to be honest, it's sometimes nice when you're sick enough to feel relief at getting some rest, but not so sick that you hate life. I started on season four of Supernatural (I'm addicted) and watched the Secret of the Wings movie about Tinkerbell, because no matter how old I get I will never tire of Disney movies. Tomorrow I will be back at school, although I will be tethered to a Kleenex box. What's your guy's sick day routine?

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Money Smart Nail Art- Cork Stamp

Hey guys! Guess what?! This is my first ever tutorial! It's for's Money Smart Nail Art contest, basically to create a money saving nail art look and post how you did it, so let's get right into it shall we? I'm excited! 

So first I want to warn you that this will be very picture heavy, I'm a very visual person so my tutorials will tend to be this way. I know there are TONS of ways to save money with nail art, using bobby pins or sewing pins as dotting tools, old liquid eyeliner brushes as striping brushes, ect. I wanted to come up with something a little bit more for a unique look, and I just love when you can take something you're going to throw away anyways and revamp/repurpose it. So I came up with the idea to use old wine bottle corks as nail stampers, kinda a twist on what you did when you were in kindergarten to wrap presents for your mom. 

First of all you're going to need corks of course. I took these out of my parent's cork holder in the kitchen. Try to pick ones that have flat bottoms, and don't use those weird foam corks. If you're not a drinker or underage (like me) without access to wine corks don't worry, you can get sparkling cider or something of the like, it's super yummy. 

Start by drawing out what you want your stamp to look like, and take into account that a cork is more than likely bigger than your nail.

I would recommend using an exacto-blade set like this to carve your pattern out, but if you don't have one of those around the house try using a regular exacto-blade before you bust out the steak knife. Please be careful, cutting off your finger is going to be counter-producive.

I decided to just stick with the star design, I thought it was the most interesting. Make sure the grooves in your design are very deep so you get a clear stamp. 

Take a minute to get yourself a soda because being all crafty like Martha Stewart is hard.

Paint on your basecoat, I painted my nails with two coats of Pure Ice's Platinum Magic Basecoat.

Next you will need acrylic paint, you can find it pretty much anywhere really cheap, I'm using Blick's generic brand. I highly recommend using acrylic instead of nail polish, it worked much better in all of my trials and it will make clean up a whole lot easier.

Spread your paint evenly on your pallet so you get good coverage on your stamp.

Press your stamp lightly into the paint, you might need to press it onto your pallet once or twice before applying it to the nail so you get any excess paint off. You don't want it to be all gloopy.

Stamp the first layer of paint on, you will need to roll the stamp around on your nail a bit to get full coverage. 

Second layer of paint.

 Now apply a generous amount of topcoat once the acrylic has dried, since acrylic is water soluble it will wash away the first time you take a shower. I used OPI Rapid Dry.  Wait a decent amount of time before proceeding to the next step, really let the topcoat dry. Maybe get dinner, I chose a burger from Sonic.

Wash off the paint in warm water with soap. Use a washrag to gently rub it off, you don't wan to scrub and damage your cuticles. Protip: don't use a washrag you're keen on, acrylic stains fabrics forever. Seriously that stain will still be there after the end of humanity.

You're all done! After some thought this look reminds me of when I would play with the ketchup and mustard on my plate as a kid instead of eating my food. You can use lots of different colors and as many layers as you like, also experiment with the amount of paint for different outcomes. I hope you liked my first tutorial, let me know what you thought in the comments. Too many pictures? Too little detail? I'd love to improve! See you guys tomorrow :)

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Polish Days- Vintage

 Hello lovelies! I have had a wonderful nail art filled day today. In Nevada we have proficiencies (basically tests you have to pass before they will let you graduate) today and since I passed all of mine last year as a sophomore (well I didn't pass the math one but I re-took it earlier in the year and passed it that time around) I got the day off, so I spent it creating lots of designs. Pretty good day if you ask me. 

Since it is the first Tuesday of the month of course its Polish Days, this time the theme being vintage. Fun Fact: anything from 1960 and below is considered vintage, anytime after that its called retro. So you can't have vintage 80's groovy glasses or whatever it is my mom's generation wore. I wish she would have kept some of her stuff, she was rockin' the full on big bow in her hair and everything. Anyways I'm getting off topic, I decided to do my nails based on a tube of lipstick passed down to me from my great-grandma. I have no idea what brand it is, but I know it's old. It's pretty much used up, the color is red with a kinda pinky coral tone to it. I would post a picture but its kinda dusty and grimy.

I used:
Maybelline Bold Gold
Sally Hansen Black Out

I used a saran-wrap method I learned here. Except I didn't actually use saran-wrap, somehow we don't have any of that so I used the plastic wrappings Raising Cain's puts on their plastic utensils since we had that for dinner last night. I really like the result, It looks very similar to the lipstick. It feels good to be posting again too, tune in tomorrow for something totally new for my blog! 

Monday, March 4, 2013

Monday Museings- I'm Not Dead

   Hey! I am in fact not dead. These past two weeks I have just been SUPER busy and had no time for nail art. Today I want to introduce to you something I have been meaning to do for like a month now, but every Monday I of course forget. On Mondays I'm going to be doing a thing I'm calling Monday Musings. They will have nothing to do with nail art usually, and most likely will be very random. This is just so when I do actual nail art posts I don't get way off topic because I vented my other stuffs on Monday.

So since this is the first Monday Musings  post I guess I'll take it to explain my absence. First there was the Oklahoma project, which had every art major hating that stupid play. A lot of the time when the theater department puts on a show our principal will be like, oh yeah! I want you art majors to put on a show corresponding to the play aaand btw you've got like a week to put it together. Good luck! So there was that. I actually didn't get my piece done because OIL PASTELS. I haven't worked with them in the past much so I was just like, how do I, detail, NO IT'S MUDDY I HAVE TO START OVER. Gah. Fun stuff. I will finish it sometime or another because I do like what I have so far, see below. The premise of this project was we had to do a self portrait, select an occupation for picture us, then randomly draw a state symbol of Oklahoma from a hat, and have our piece correspond to a song lyric from the play somehow. Yeah sometimes they make these things so specific that the greatest struggle is figuring out what to draw in the first place. I pretty much based the occupation part and just said I was a flower shop owner since she's standing outside of a flower shop. For the symbol I drew a swallowtail butterfly, buuut I chose to do a rose since in went with the lyric, "Don't throw bouquets at me, people might think we're in love." I originally was going to have a boy up in a tree handing me a flower but there wasn't enough room so this happened instead.
             (Never mind no picture of the one because I realized its in my art file at school)

   THEN we had our outsides due which like four people actually finished because everybody was running around like a chicken with its head cut off for the OK show. For you non art school students outsides are projects we have to do outside of class (ok I know that sounds pretty self explanatory but there's more to it than that). You have to do it based on your concentration (basically a repeated theme or object in a body of work), and working with an idiom. I think idiom is the right word. We've done stuff like 'take the bull by the horns' and 'make my blood boil'.

   My concentration is fairy tale characters set in the modern-day world, and also they're all self portraits because my face is always available for drawing so its just easier. This month's idiom was 'on the tip of my tongue', and I thought it best applied to Rumplestiltskin because of how the princess tries to guess his name but can't quite get it. I thought in the modern-day world he would be a loan shark or a gangster. I did it in prisma colors because they're easy and fun to use and I have left them somewhere around school and I need to find them. I don't want somebody to adopt them because they are ridiculously expensive pencils.

   Other than that its just been keeping up on other classes homework, so that's fun.

      Anyways that was my last two weeks or so, I will be back tomorrow with March's Polish Days :)