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!

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

#52weeknailchallenge: halloween

Happy Halloween!! I've been wanting to use the mansion image on my one stamping plate for so long and I thought that this year is the year.

I started with a quick coat of Rimmel rock the metal. And by quick I mean a coat just to cover the nail, no matter if there's streaks or bald patches. Hence no swatch. I then did a gradient over it with Essence black is back at the cuticle, Tip Top stormy sky, TT moonshine and TT armourplate.
I then stamped the witch and bats using my essence black stampy polish from plate QA26. The mansion's windows I coloured in with Essence Andy, you're a star.
The ghost is from plate HN04-A that was gifted to me by Heather. It was stamped with essence's stampy polish in white.
I was actually disappointed by the mani, because later that very day, the top coat peeled off at the tips leaving a grey gritty coat behind. I think it was caused by armourplate, because it bubbled on some of my nails. And not bubble as in those little air bubbles, it caused bumps! 

Oh well I still wore it for a couple of days. What do you think? Despite the peeling and bubbling I still liked it.

Thanks for reading!