Wednesday, 20 September 2017

#52weeknailchallenge: green

I'm thinking that everyone would assume I've been waiting for this prompt. Because green. But I didn't. As much as I love love green, it's not a colour I wear all that often. I tend to lean towards purple and blue more often, even pink!! So when green came around I didn't really know what I wanted to do.

I settled on a smoosh. I started with a coat of Essence L.O.L as a base. I wasn't too worried about it being opaque or not, since smoosh. For the actual smoosh (yeah I'm just gonna say smoosh all the time), I used color club wild cactus, nubar conserve and essence good limes. Surprisingly enough all 3 those polishes were gifted to me by Michelle. She's a keeper.
Once the smoosh was done, I wanted to add something more and I settled for some glitter. I have a couple glitter toppers but almost never know when is the best time to use it. So I thought this would be a good time. I added a coat of Tip Top rocky road. Also, just ignore my thumb... I'm not sure how she slipped in, I only noticed when I was editing and by then it was too late.
I didn't fish for the glitters only for the bigger ones.
What do you think? My phone decided to take a blurry picture and it shows the holo of rocky road so nicely.
It's almost like a green galaxy...

Thanks for stopping by!!

Friday, 15 September 2017

#52weeknailchallenge: flowers

And so we come to the flowers prompt. I feel like I've cheated again, but I can't help that my base is absolutely gorgeous.
I started with two coats of I love Hean 904 from the winter collection.
This is such a stunning colour. Something about it actually made me want to wear it on it's own! The only problem I had with this polish was the brush. I felt it was too hard and not flexible enough.
I didn't wear it on it's own though. I added some flower decals from aliexpress.
And that's it. Nothing funny or extra. Just a beautiful base colour and some flowers.
What do you think?

Thanks for reading this very short post.

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

#52weeknailchallenge: spring

I must say I did not look forward to this prompt. Reason being next week's prompt is flowers... Spring is flowers, so do I do flowers 2 weeks in a row? That was the dilemma I chatted to Michelle about and she suggested a dry brush with pastel colours...

I then remembered this mani done by @juli_addicted. And I wanted to do something similar. So I started with two coats of Hean City Fashion white on all my nails... I initially played around with some polishes to get the colours I wanted to use. Even called in the help of BF.
I settled on I love Hean 878, 876, 872, all from the pastel collection and Tip Top cha cha cha. I dry brushed them on and while that was drying I laid down some striping tape on my mat for the black strip of polish. I used I love Hean black for that.
While that was drying I painted a coat of Essence I love my golden pumps on my nails. And then another round of drying started. I then cut up the black strips randomly placed them on my nails, top coated and eventually tried to ignore the brown tinge that was starting to form around the black.
All in all I kinda like it. What do you think? I'm not sure if it's quite spring, but it will have to do.

Friday, 1 September 2017

#52weeknailchallenge: orange

I honestly don't like these colour prompts... I kinda get stuck and forget that I don't have to only use that specific colour, because in my mind I should only be using the one colour.

For orange I decided to do a watermarble... I know, how brave. But I had to redo my mani. I did it on my off day, but I also had plans for that day and didn't finish by the time I had to leave. So I only managed to finish after I got home, but it was too late for pictures. I wore the mani for a week and everyone thought I was wearing a plain mani... With no art! Therefor I had to make an adjustment to the original.

I started with one coat of Hean City Fashion 178 on all my nails. It was the lightest of the oranges I was using. And in my create and contain circles on my blisskiss mat I did my watermarble.
I used Tip Top aye papaya and orange you fabulous and Hean City Fashion 178 and 171.
I originally only used the oranges. And since people thought there was no art, I had to add the yellow. Once I had managed a decent design I used a paper towel to absorb the water and left the polish on the mat to dry. Then I cut it in half and used my clear stamper to place it on my nail.
I was horrified to see small tears in my clear stamper the other day... Very sad! Anyway, I  top coated after that. What do you think? Think my marble is marble enough? Also what do you think of the lighting between the first two pics? For the second one I used a selfie light... I like the colours this way, but I'm not a fan of the shadow it makes. Let me know!!

Thanks for reading

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

#52weeknailchallenge: inspired by fashion

I'm playing catch up again. You know when life happens I sometimes forget I have a blog. So this is last weeks prompt. And later this week I'll have this week's which is orange.

Just so you guys know... I am not very fashionable. I love my jeans and rarely wear dresses and stuff. So for this prompt I went to Google and hit search for fashion. Now, I can't remember if it was 2016 or 2017, but this specific year had loads of florals. Like flowers from top to bottom. Very scary.

I decided to keep it simple. I started with two coats of Tip Top jade in the shade (only because it was standing on my table) on my thumb and pinky. The rest of my nails have one coat. I only painted one coat because I was going to use decals.
In hindsight I should have used a lighter base, the darker base just makes the florals appear darker too. I also wanted to do one nail half and half, but I forgot.
I placed a rectangular gold stud that I got from Aliexpress on my middle finger when I top coated.
I kinda like how it turned out... And I keep telling myself to stop using full nail decals, but I never listen to myself.

What do you think? Would you wear my nails?

Thanks for reading!

Friday, 25 August 2017

Friday Triad: Inspired by Vernimage

It's Triad time again! Today's mani was chosen by Joyce and she chose this mani by @vernimage.

I started with two coats of Tip Top Moonshine on my thumb, index and middle finger. My ring finger has one coat of Sinful Colors snow me white. On my pinky is two coats of Nubar reclaim.
I did the gradient on my ring finger using snow me white and Tip Top it's lime time. For the flowers I used essence black stampy polish and BP-L026. I then colored it in using reclaim and moonshine.
I had some trouble picking up the image, as it's on the corner of the stamping plate and I had to scrape in multiple directions before the polish was evenly spread. And the edges of the images felt sharp. If that makes any sense.
Anyway, that's my triad mani. To be honest I don't like it. I feel like I should have done something different. And not have copied the original, but I guess what I think is not really important. What you think is? So what do you think?

Don't forget to head over and give Michelle and Joyce some love.

Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

#52weeknailchallenge: ombre

I can't believe it's week 33 already. I know we tend to complain when time drags and when it goes too quickly, but sheez where has the time gone!!

If you remember some weeks back to a Friday Triad where I didn't mention too much about my base for the nail art, this is the prompt I was waiting for.

I mentioned in a previous post that I wasn't too sure about what colours to use and Joyce came to my rescue in two ways. Firstly by giving me the colour scheme and secondly by teaching me what an ombre is, because I thought ombre and gradient, same thing...

So let me teach you too... Gradient is blending colours on one nail. An ombre is, for example, going from a dark colour to a light colour across all your nails. I hope that makes sense. Anyway...

From my index (remember my thumb betrayed me) to my pinky:
  • Tip Top sea me now
  • I love Hean 408
  • Essence island hopping
  • Tip Top jade in the shade
And that's that. Easy peasy.

What do you think? After I finished I felt that I should have swopped island hopping and jade in the shade... But I didn't feel like doing it again. And here's a quick look at the art I added.

Thanks for reading!!

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

#52weeknailchallenge: inspired by a tv show

Happy Women's day. I hope everyone is going to have a nice relaxing day. Do think of me though, as I'll be at work for the first half of the day.

So, TV show... I had no idea what to do for this prompt. I was clueless... BF was trying to (not) be helpful and mentioned almost every series I've watched and I had a problem with them all. Yes, sure let's paint a stargate on my nails... Or Baby...

Instead I started by painting 3 coats of Hean City Fashion 61 on my index, middle and ring finger. My thumb and pinky has two coats of Essence a hint of love.
On my pinky I stamped the dots with Essence stampy polish in white and plate RuiZ03 from BPS. On my middle finger I stamped the bow from the same plate with Nicole Diary NS05.
On my index and middle fingers I added some Minnie Mouse decals that I got from Aliexpress.
So that is my take on a TV show. I miss all those old cartoons that came on on Sunday afternoons. These new ones are not my scene. What do you think? I nailed it right?

Thanks for reading!

Friday, 4 August 2017

#52weeknailchallenge: yellow

I wanted to post this yesterday already, but then our internet connection decided to go all funny and I couldn't finish the post. Hence you getting it today.

So yellow... I googled yellow mani's, chose a couple I liked and did something similar.

I started with two coats of Hean City Fashion 171 on my thumb and pinky. My index and ring finger has two coats of 172 and my middle finger one coat of Sinful Colors snow me white.
On my middle finger I did a gradient with 171 and 172. Once that was dry I added some feather decals from BPS.
Top coated and that was it. What do you think? I can't seem to get a nice gradient around my cuticle, I always seem to end up with a white line... No matter how careful I am with the latex.
Thanks for reading!

Monday, 31 July 2017

#52weekchallenge: stars

I know, I know. This prompt was meant for last week, but I was feeling terrible and couldn't muster the energy to do the post. I'm kinda sick and tired of feeling sick and tired!

I was inspired by this mani done by Thea over at Madness Nails. I started with two coats of L.A Girl brilliant blue (which is supposed to be holo, but it is a very sad holo) on all my nails. Top coated and waited for that to dry.
I then used starry night vinyls from becauseishop. Arranged it randomly on my nail and used a piece of a torn up sponge and sponged on Sinful Colors snow me white.
I tried for a distressed look and I'm not quite sure if it comes across that way.
What do you think? That's stars and later this week I will post yellow, now that was a fun prompt (not).

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, 28 July 2017

Friday Triad: Inspired by Cat's Claws

It's that time again!! The last Friday of the month where Michelle, Joyce and I chose a manicure for inspiration and see what each of us comes up with. Friday Triad.

Today's inspiration comes from this mani done by Cat's Claws. So I'm not gonna tell you too much about the base for this mani... All I can tell you, it's supposed to be an ombre.
Oh and don't worry about my thumb over there.... She's banned from showing her face as she decided to tear and now she is super short. The images on my index, ring finger and pinky is from BP-58 and stamped with Nubar silver mist.
On my middle finger I stamped the bird image from BP-75 with silver mist, then I stamped the cage over it from BP-L019 with a gold stamping polish from BPS. I should have stamped the image a little lower so I could get more of the cage on my nail, hence the chain going up my finger...
So what do you think? I chose this mani as a bit of a palette cleanser. A simple mani compared to the more complicated ones we have had. I have also cheated a little with the base here. I was working on my ombre for the #52weekchallenge and I thought it would make a good base for this. So keep an eye out for the ombre prompt to learn about the colours I used.... Or you could just guess them.

Dont' forget to pop over to Michelle and Joyce and give them some love.

Thanks for reading!!

Thursday, 20 July 2017

#52weeknailchallenge: inspired by a video tutorial

My post is a little late today, because I haven't been feeling to great. But it's here now. Let me know what you think.

I learned something when doing this... Do NOT make decals the day before using them. They are too dry and hard then. Also don't try it when you in a rush. But it wasn't a complete fail.

I saw this tutorial by @clairestelle8 and I wanted to do something similar. So I started with two coats of Sinful Colors rise and shine on my thumb, two coats of SC dream on on my pinky, two coats of Starrily magic rainbow on my index and ring finger and lastly, a coat of SC snow me white on my middle finger.
For the horrid decals I used the same image Claire did from BP-L003 and essence stampy polish in white. The decals I used on my index and ring finger is coloured in with rise and shine and dream on alternating the colours. The decals on my middle finger I coloured in with Starrily magic rainbow.
I attempted to do a gradient on my middle finger, which since I was in a rush is not that great, because I first tried it with a sponge but then switched over to a fan brush as I didn't have the patience for multiple spongings.
 So what do you think? It kinda grew on me, but it's not my best work.

Thanks for reading!