Friday, 29 December 2017

Friday Triad: Inspired by Cambria

It's Triad time again!! It was Michelle's turn to choose this month and there was a huuuuge discussion about this mani. She had it pinned but the pic didn't have a watermark, so we didn't know how to credit. We then found one done by @nailsbycambria on pinterest, but we couldn't find it on Instagram. So if you click on her name, it will take you to Insta and here is the link to pinterest to the mani.

I decided to use my gel polishes for this, as I wanted to use transparent chameleon flakies I got in my SS box. I have one coat of Gel-it jack black on all my nails. Cured it and used the applicator to apply the flakies.
I applied the flakies the flakies on the whole nail on my thumb and pinky. On my index, middle and ring finger I used some vinyls from becauseishop for the triangles.
It's not perfect, I got some of the flakies out of the border, but not a lot. Once I was done I top coated, cured and then freehanded the matte top coat. And one last cure.
That's it! Super simple and I got loads of compliments on this, since the shift with the flakies are insane. Green to blue to purple and there's even some yellow flakes in there too. I decided to do a wear test with the gel and I've had this on for two weeks now. And I'm dying to take it off!

What do you think? Do pop over to Michelle and Joyce and give them some love!

Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, 26 December 2017

#52weeknailchallenge: christmas

I'm popping in quick, just to say Merry Christmas and share my christmas prompt mani for the 52 week challenge. This is the last prompt and I'm proud to say I did them all!

I had this mani pinned and because it's not the traditional christmas mani, I decided to give it a go. I started with 2 coats of piCture pOlish nebula.
I then stamped snowflakes from BP-01, m59 and BP-L016 with essence stampy polish white and revlon rock the metal.
Added a matte top coat afterwards and that's that. Which version do you prefer?
What do you think? I'm actually not even wearing this mani currently. I'm doing a wear test with gel polishes and my triad mani.
Anyway, thanks for reading and have a fab holiday! I'll check in again friday for our triad post.

Monday, 18 December 2017

#52weeknailchallenge: white

I was wondering how to do white... It is a staple in all nail art, but it's not the main colour. Rarely. Normally it's the base for a gradient or for some kind of art. But today it has to be the focus... I then remembered this mani I did some time ago and never posted it.

My original idea was to have a white base with subtle gold stamping. Not a yellow gold, more of a washed out almost silver gold. Like essence's I still believe in Santa Claus, you can find a swatch here. But after chatting with Michelle about it, she gave me another idea...

I started with two coats of tip top perfect look.
My bottle is half, so I do need another. Well, I actually need to find OPI funny bunny. Anyway, I stamped an image off BC 10 that I got from Cherry Blossom store for review.
I stamped with essence stampy polish in white.
I liked how this turned out. I added a matt top coat just to see what it would look like...
So what do you think? This was very simple, but very pretty.
Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, 14 December 2017

#52weeknailchallenge: pastel

Here we are at the pastel prompt... This was the base for my tribal mani. I can't quite remember how I got to this. I think I was using google and was drawn to the gradients. I do remember it was a mani done by @ane_li that caught my attention.

I started with a white base and again I didn't note what white I used. So annoying! For the gradient I used tip top melting marshmallows, broken soul and blueberry pie.
I then added tip top galaxy, a holo glitter topper. Don't ask why I don't have pictures of the gradient before the topper. Again, annoying.
I do have a flash pic as well and it's slightly out of focus.. So you can see the holo better of course.
What do you think? Pastel enough? I wish melting marshmallows was a little more pink though. But we can't always have what we want, right? I for example want people to stop thinking I have an easy job, but that's not gonna happen... Anyway
Thanks for reading!

Thursday, 7 December 2017

#52weeknailchallenge: summer

And here we are at the summer prompt... Ironically, as I'm typing this post, it's raining! Not that I'm complianing, I've always enjoyed the colder weather more and with the drought we having we need the rain. Although one half of our counrty is drowning...

Anyway, let's get to the prompt. Maybe it will help brighten up everything. I have two coats of Revlon provoke on my thumb and pinky. For my gradient I used, provoke at my cuticle, essence love is in the air and sally hansen go bananas.
I then stamped from BP-L017 and using Nicole Diary black stamping polish.
On my ring finger I used a black striping polish to fill in the open spots where the stamper didn't pick up all the polish.
And that's that. Summery enough for you? I did have some other things in mind, but I didn't want to complicate it. Maybe next year!

Thanks for reading!

Friday, 1 December 2017

#52weeknailchallenge: neon

I was having a hard time deciding what to do for this prompt... But then I remembered I haven't done scribbled nails in a while. So I decided to do scribbled nails and do it in rainbow order (which I had to google).
I started by blobbing my neons on my mat and then using a dotting tool to scribble them.
Once they where dry I painted a coat of essence absolute pure over my scribbles, waited for that to dry and placed them on my nails.
I'm not sure which white I used, for some reason I didn't make a note of that.
The neons I used was Tip Top as the beat grows on, cyan can can, grape dance, Hean I love Hean 892, 895 and 890.
I then stamped the YEAH! image from BP 76 on my middle finger using Nicole Diary's black stamping polish.

What do you think? I kinda liked this.

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Secret Santa 2017

I think I should do this post before I forget like I did last year. I was so spoilt and I had all the pictures and I forgot. And by the time that I remembered it was too late.

This year I was even more spoilt and I know Michelle thinks she got the best box, but I'm sure I got the best box. My Secret Santa was Angela.
This was a monster of a box weighing more than 5kg's! I thought she put in some bricks or something. When I opened it though... WoW. It was layered, with another box inside and everything else was either wrapped or in a small box with a ribbon. I had a bucket load of ribbon afterwards.
 Some of the pretties I got. There was a couple of OMG moments, like when I got to the KB shimmer, the ILNP, the starrily!
 Then there was more pretties in the other box.
 And even more in an envelope. I also got a tee.

So excuse me while I go play with these... I do have some mani's coming your way that I used goodies from the box. I'll get around to posting them eventually.

Thanks for reading!


Friday, 24 November 2017

Friday Triad: Inspired by Ane Li

We back for another triad! This time it was Joyce's turn and she is definitely getting me back for the spider from October.

She chose this mani by @ane_li. Which is intimidating by itself, but she chose one with a marble!! So I wanted to do a actual marble and I tried, but I had spreading problems and design issues. I then did what any rational person would do and I reached for my stamping plates.

Since I don't have any watermarble stamping plates ( I know, sad really), but just random images on random plates... I looked for one that looked "petal-ly", as BF said the original looked "petal-ly". And this is what I did.
I started with two coats of Hean City Fashion 169 on my thumb and index, two coats of City Fashion 164 on my pinky and two coats of Hean I love Hean 873 from the pastel collection on my middle and ring finger.
For the gradient I used (from the tip) City Fashion 164, 169, 174 and I love Hean 873. On my ring finger I stamped using an image from BP-L005 and essence white stampy polish. I top coated and then a coat of OPI matte top coat on my middle and ring finger.
When I settled with a stamp and colours I kinda thought to myself, how is Joyce going to do this... Because obviously she won't do a marble on all her nails.

What do you think? It's clearly inspired by the original (hopefully) and it has a dash of Joyce (or at least I think it does).

Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to pop over and give Michelle and Joyce some love!

Monday, 20 November 2017

#52weeknailchallenge: tribal

It is downhill to Christmas from here... We are on week 47 already! It is quite scary.

Anyway, this week is tribal and I kinda cheated again, or I'm being clever. I'm not gonna tell you much about the base.
What I can tell you is... It's pastel and I'm using it for the pastel prompt in 2 weeks. 
And I added a holo glitter topper. And then decals from Aliexpress.
So that's it... More details in 2 weeks. What do you think? Tribal enough?

Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

#52weeknailchallenge: grey

I actually did this mani having a diffirent prompt in mind. I think I was going to use it for either the movie prompt or fictional character. But for some reason I didn't.

So I started with two coats of Essence rock my world! on my thumb and index. And at this moment, I can't remember if I had a base under the decals or not.
I got the decals from Aliexpress while I was shopping for a secret santa one year and ended up with extras. 
I added a matte top coat and that was that. There isn't much to say about this mani. I mean it's super easy.
What do you think? Black + white = grey. 

Thanks for reading! And it's Audrey Hepburn FYI

Monday, 6 November 2017

#52weeknailchallenge: candy

I actually wanted to do candy for the food prompt, but it doesn't help if there is already a candy prompt...

I have a swatch for you too. I'm not sure what my reasoning behind this base was, but it reminds me of sprinkles and that somehow led me to candy.
This is two coats of Tip Top milkyway.
See? Sprinkles! Anyway, I made some stamping decals on my mat, by painting a clear coat of polish on it and stamping my image on that. I used a candy image from BP-L023 and coloured them in with Tip Top broken soul, TT melting marshmallows, Essence love is in the air, L.O.L, play with my mint and Hean City Fashion 178.
For the candy canes I coloured them in with Essence santa baby, or at least I think so. For some reason I never made a note of it. I used Essence stampy polish in black and white. Although in hindsight I should have rather used a red stamping polish for the candy canes.
What do you think? Candy enough for you?

Thanks for reading!