Friday 29 May 2020

Friday Triad: Inspired by @ladamenails

It's that time of the month again for a Triad post. This month's inspiration was chosen by Joyce, that was done by @ladamenails

I liked the combination of the two sets of animal print with the foil. So I decided to do the same. Let me show you.

I started with two coats of Ulta3 black satin on my thumb and pinky. On the rest of my nails I have two coats of Hean 402. I then stamped the same image from Lina Get Wild! 1 on my index and ring finger, on my middle finger another, with Nicole Diary black.
I then stamped a line from Lina Feeling Shapely 1 with ND black on my index and ring finger. It's the easiest way to make sure I had a straight line. I "coloured" in one side of my nail with black satin and top coated.
Once it was dry (read 20 odd mins later) I painted on some foil glue over the black portion and once that was dry, stuck the foil to it. I used a water based top coat on my nails with the foil, After that a coat of Seche. I don't think I quite waited long enough as the foil still shrunk, but I think it looks pretty cool.
What do you think? Don't forget to check what Joyce and Michelle did. I did enjoy this manicure.

As I'm sure you noticed I haven't posted in a while. And it's not because I'm behind, okay, maybe it is a little. It's more because I'm not able to do my nails as often as I want. And I haven't had much inspiration lately in any way. Maybe when things are back to normal, I will start posting again.

Thanks for reading!!

Monday 4 May 2020

#52weeknailchallenge: mythical creature

How is everyone doing? Surviving the lock down? The one question I have come to hate during this time is, "how are the wedding plans going?". Like seriously? Did you think that one through? How am I supposed to make any plans when there are no service providers working?? Fortunately, I have all my service providers. Now it's a case of waiting to see what's going to happen with this lock down. And deciding at what point do we start to worry.

Anyway, nails! I decided to do mermaid nails for this one. Besides that I have a mermaid on my nail, my polishes are also mermaid inspired. I started with two coats of Ulta3 black satin on my pinky. On my thumb, index and ring finger I have two coats of Catrice mermayday anyway and on my middle finger I have two coats of Hean 401. I then added a coat of Sinful Colors green ocean to all my nails.
On my pinky I stamped a scale image from Moyou Sailor 4 with Painted Polish stamped in scales. On my middle finger I added a mermaid decal. I think I should have used a slightly pink base for the mermaid, like China Glaze let's chalk about it. It would have made the green jelly less obvious.
What do you think? It wasn't quite what I had in mind, but then again these ones rarely turn out the way I want it to.
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Sunday 26 April 2020

Friday Triad (on a Sunday): Inspired by @kt_tk1

So two days ago it was time for our Triad post, but due to my work scheduling changing, working multiple public holidays and three weekends in a row, I didn't have time for nails. I actually went naked for 3 days!! I can honestly say that was three pretty bad days. We had to do PPE training at work, how to don and doff face masks, face visors and how to properly sanitize our hands. And sanitizing my hands 4 times in a row, actually lifted my polish... That's one of the reasons I stopped wearing my engagement ring weeks ago. I don't even want to know what the over exposure to different kinds of sanitizers would do to the integrity of my ring.

Anyway, Joyce and Michelle was super understanding and allowed delaying the post by two days. It was my turn to choose our inspiration and I chose this manicure done by @kt_tk1. Let me show you what I did.

I started with two coats of Fair Maiden Polish vintage romance on my thumb and index finger. On my middle finger I have a coat of Tip Top pink lemonade. On my ring finger and pinky I have two coats of Catrice oyster and champagne.
I then stamped an image from Moyou fashionista 11 with Nicole Diary white on my middle finger. I actually like that I managed to pick up the gold in oyster and champagne. Normally it just looks slightly pink in photos.
What do you think? I kinda like how it turned out. I wish I had more time for nails... I'm actually behind with the 52weeknailchallenge and I don't mean with just posting. Normally I have time to do 3 mani's in the space of two weeks. That way I stay slightly ahead, now I only have time once maybe twice in a two week period. Which is very depressing for me. Doing my nails is essential ME time. I always feel better with a new mani.
Don't forget to check what Michelle and Joyce did with my inspiration.

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday 21 April 2020

#52weeknailchallenge: Easter

I was doing so well with my posting and then I ended up working 3 weekends in a row and all my plans went out the window. Maybe I can get back on track again this week. Although I can only do my nails on the weekends now, as our times have changed. So I spend less time at home.

I'm not a huge fan of Easter mani's. I always struggle with ideas and then egg-xecution (see what I did there?). For this one I browsed Pinterest for a bit and came across this and decided to use it as my inspiration.

I started with three coats of Hean 879 on all my nails. Top coated as I was going to use vinyls. While I was waiting a placed some bunny ears vinyls from the Easter two set from becauseishop on my miracle mat. I painted two coats of Hean 401, removing the vinyl immediately. Once that was dry, I added a strip of China Glaze hang-ten toes to the middle of the ears.
Once the ears were dry, I placed one on my ring finger and top coated again. While that was drying I used the grass vinyls from the same set as the ears on the rest of my nails. Placed them at the tips of my nails and painted a coat of Celestial you can eat the grass?, removing the vinyls immediately. I then added some dots with Painted Polish stamped in scales, China Glaze meet me in the mirage and hang-ten toes.
My ring finger getting the same treatment once it was dry. What do you think? I do like how this turned out. I feel like I should have made the grass longer though, but then it would probably have been too long.
Thanks for reading!