Wednesday, 11 July 2018

#52weeknailchallenge: unicorn

I was looking forward to this prompt especially since I got a unicorn stamping plate from my Secret Santa last year. And then when I sat down to do my mani.... I completely forgot about the plate!

Let me show you what I did...
As you can see I used a lot of polishes, so let's get to explaining!! On my ring finger I have two coats of essence let's take an elfie. The unicorn (not unicorn) is from Harunouta L045 and stamped with Nicole Diary black. I coloured it in with China Glaze let your twilight sparkle.
On the rest of my nails I started with a coat of Hean City Fashion white. I then randomly sponged on:
Blue - tip top blueberry pie
Green - tip top it's lime time
Orange - tip top peach soda
Purple - tip top broken soul
Yellow - essence love is in the air
Once that was dry I added a coat of tip top galaxy for some extra sparkle.
What do you think? I think it's sparkly enough... And enough colours were used. I think.

Thanks for reading!!

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

#52weeknailchallenge: unused plate

Yay for my second monochrome mani... And yes I know, this one has colour too!! This was inspired by @cassis_p. I've always been super inspired by her and I've wanted to do this one for ages. When I shared my inspiration with the group of nail polish enthusiasts I'm part of, they suggested I add some colour... So let me show you what I did. I will be showing you two different finishes, I was pressed for time and wasn't too sure if I would be able to finish in time doing the on with the striping tape...

I started with two coats of Ulta3 black satin on my thumb and pinky, the rest has two coats of Hean City Fashion white.
Here I used a piece of make up sponge and randomly dabbed on some black satin. I then stamped the bamboo image from Lina Summer 2 with Mundo de Unas green. And in case you were wondering, summer 2 was my unused plate.

On Cindy I actually taped off vertical lines and then sponged on black satin removing the tape as I was finished. And then stamped the bamboo image.
I do have a side by side comparison for you, okay not so much side by side, but close enough.
The difference is not super obvious, but it is there.... My colleague noticed it immediately! So for you zoomers out there, zoom!!
I love how this turned out. I'm glad I added the green to it. What do you think?

Thanks for reading!

Friday, 29 June 2018

Friday Triad: Inspired by @hannys_manis

I'm so so sorry, this post is a little late!! I realised yesterday that it's due today and then I went and got sick.... The plan was to do the post last night but I couldn't keep my eyes open!

It's that time of the month where we pick mani's for inspiration and see what we can do. This month it was my turn and I chose this mani by @hannys_manis. The moment I saw this I knew I wanted to use Cirque pebble with it.

I started wit two coats of pebble on my thumb, index and middle finger. My ring and pinky has two coats of OPI don't touch my tutu!. The chevron stamp is from BP-L006 and I stamped it with mundo de unas old pink.
For the flowers I used eseence I still believe in Santa Claus as my stamping polish and an image from BP-73. I coloured them in with tip top heartbreaker and moyra SP16. The leaves I coloured in with essence play with my mint and toy apple smoothie.
Of course I had to mattify it and I love it even more!!
What do you think? I totally love love this. Pop over to Michelle and Joyce and see what they did!!

Thanks for reading and sorry again for the late post!!

Monday, 25 June 2018

#52weeknailchallenge: TV show/movie

I'm kinda glad this prompt didn't get kicked from last years challenge. I have the Studio Ghibli inspired stamping plates from HeHe and I'm trying to use them all. Even though it will take me some time. I decided on using HeHe 64 which is inspired by The Wind Rises.

It's about a Japanese engineer who designed their fighter aircraft's in WWII. During a great earthquake in 1923 he meets this girl on a train with her maid. The maid broke her leg and the engineer carried her all the way to their house and left without leaving his name. Then years later the engineer and the girl meet again, falls in love and get's engaged.. But she has TB and won't marry him until she's better. Not wanting to spoil anything if you want to watch the movie, but it's the 1900's and TB was called consumption for a reason.
Courtesy of Wiki
So looking at the posters for the movie I decided on my colours. I started with two coats of Tip Top beach babe on all my nails. I then used a piece of sponge and sponged on TT we have an agreen mint at the tips of my index, middle and ring finger. I also sponged on Hean City Fashion white to resemble some clouds.
On my middle finger I stamped the girl with Nicole Diary black stamping polish. As you can see her arm is outstretched as in the poster. On my ring finger I stamped the plane that was designed by the engineer. And on my index finger I double stamped the dandelion seeds with ND black and white stamping polishes.
What do you think? Mark says he recognized it instantly, but I did talk to him about it before, so maybe that's why... I really would recommend this movie, but be aware it's not everyone's cup of tea.
I on the other hand liked how this turned out... And so did everyone else and for once I had a story to tell when talking about my nails. For once it wasn't how did you do it, but tell me about the inspiration.

As always thanks for stopping by!!

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Moyra stamping polish SP12 and SP16

A couple of months ago we got the news that we would be getting Moyra products in South Africa. Since I've never heard of them before I turned to Google and was somewhat impressed. I decided to get some polishes and a stamping plate or two...

I decided on a yellow (SP12) and light purple (SP16) stamping polish. As I didn't have any of those in my collection and might need one of those shades... Eventually. And the day did come that I needed a light purple, so I tested the polish on my miracle mat.
And oh my word was I disappointed... Barely there on black and white? This might as well have been a normal polish. So this had me worried, what would the yellow be like?? And I tested the yellow.
Slightly better... But it's still not what I would expect from a stamping polish. I shared my findings with the Whatsapp group I'm part of and they suggested I maybe contact the supplier as there may have been a problem with this batch of polishes. Which I did....

And boy, did I get the third degree. First, I was told that these are pastel colours and it depends on which surface I stamp them (????). A silicone mat doesn't show the true colours, its best on a black and white pop stick. Then I was asked if I shook the bottle, did I add thinners to it, why did I wait so long before using it, when did I buy it?

At this point I didn't even bother replying. Firstly the miracle mat was designed for nail art and to do test swatches of stamping polishes. Secondly, isn't shaking a polish bottle the first thing you do? And why for the love of all polishes would I add thinners to a stamping polish? Why? And as for the last two questions I'm not even going there because it seems like the implication is that the polishes have a shelf life. And I was starting to get annoyed.

I was also sent this:
This is the test swatch I was sent by the contact person at Moyra SA. How is this any better?????? According to the Moyra SA and Moyra Stamping websites these polishes are "extra pigmented, fast drying" and "developed especially for nail art stamping". Nowhere does it state that they pastel polishes and won't stamp on certain mediums. I decided to do a test swatch too on black and white polishes.
Disclaimer: I shook these polishes like my life depended on it. And guess what?? It made no difference!!!!!!!!!! Again, the yellow isn't bad, but it's not quite there. Something else I noticed that may or may not be a little odd, is that these polishes didn't have mixing balls, but the stamping polishes I got for my Secret Santa Receiver does...

I did manage to find two reviews, by the same person fortunately, that shows these two polishes. The link for the purple polish and link for the yellow polish and I wish I got those polishes.

The solution for my compliant was, that I could send these polishes to the Moyra SA educator and she will test it for me. Or I could send it to the contact person and she could test it for me. If something is wrong with it, she will then replace it. Honestly, considering the test swatch that was sent to me, this is clearly how they expect it to stamp. 

All in all, I'm very disappointed. The customer service was crappy, the polishes are sad and I won't order from them again.

What do you think? Are my expectations too high? Or does it all just suck?

Thanks for stopping by and reading my rant!

Monday, 18 June 2018

#52weeknailchallenge: polka dots

This was another prompt that stumped me... I had a look at some of the Instagram photo's I had saved for inspiration and I was drawn to one and I asked BF would this do? His response was that polka dots are supposed to be uniform in size and spacing so it doesn't count. So back searching I went, until I came across this mani done by @juli_addicted
I started with three coats of I love Hean 881 on my index, middle and ring finger. I'm not a big fan of this polish as it's so sheer. On my thumb and pinky I have two coats of essence beam me up!.
I then stamped some straight lines from Lina feeling shapely 1 on my pinky with Nicole Diary white. On my index, middle and ring finger I stamped some dots from RuiZ03, also with ND white. For my middle finger I made decals. The image is from HeHe 68 and I coloured it in with beam me up!.
I think I should have added a matte top coat to this.... What do you think? I kinda like how it turned out. Even with the Hean polish being so sheer and not quite being minty enough.

Thanks for stopping by!!

Monday, 11 June 2018

#52weeknailchallenge: blue and yellow

You would assume that these colour prompts would be easier, but it's not... I had no inspiration for this. So I sent a SOS to our group of nail polish addicts and Michelle came to the rescue and one of the images she sent caught my eye. It was a mani from @de.lish.ious.nails Let me show you what I did.

I started with two coats of Hean City Fashion 169 on my thumb and pinky. The rest has two coats of Tip Top sunkissed. While that was drying I made some decals using my miracle mat.
I stamped the flowers from HeHe 43 with Nicole Diary white stamping polish, colouring in the flowers with CF 169 as I went. The centre of each flower got a dab of Nubar conserve. I painted a coat of clear polish over it and waited for it to dry.
I then used my clear stamper to place them on my nails... I was rather disappointed by this mani, it's pretty, but eventually the lines from the clear polish started showing.
What do you think? I'm so relieved that my pictures doesn't have the of lines showing, since I take my pictures immediately... The flaws start showing afterwards! I do love the colour combo too, apparently I have been doing a lot of green mani's. So this gives us a nice break from green.

Thanks for reading!!

Monday, 4 June 2018

#52weeknailchallenge: Winter

I had almost no inspiration for this prompt, I wanted to do a dark grey to white gradient again, but I feel like I've done it to death now (it seems twice is to death!!). So I was thinking of doing a similar but different gradient and stamp some rain drops and then I went to meet up with a friend and saw this monochrome outfit in a window and was totally inspired!!

I started with two coats of Hean City Fashion white on my thumb and pinky. The rest of my nails has two coats of CF black.
I then stamped the umbrella image from Lina Seasons Autumn 1 with Nicole Diary black and white stamping polish.
I then for a splash of colour, coloured in one of the umbrellas with essence flying flamingo.
And that was the outfit! Sans the colour.

What do you think? I kinda liked how this turned out. And I possibly have another or two monochrome mani's coming your way some time again in this challenge!

Thanks for reading.

Monday, 28 May 2018

#52weeknailchallenge: favourite hero

This year's challenges has been, in my opinion easier but also more difficult. I mean take this one for example, with all the super heroes and such that are out there, this should be a breeze, right? Wrong, firstly you need to pick one, then somehow translate it to your nails and get it right. BF said to me when he saw my nails I did the wrong hero as we were in the middle of Marvel week. And I was like pffft, who cares? (ducks incoming projectiles)

I decided to do some Batman nails, as I had water decals I got from Michelle ages ago and I thought this is the time to use them. And also I love the line where he gets asked, what is your super power and his response is; "I'm rich".

Anyway, I started with two coats of Hean City Fashion black on my thumb and index, on my middle finger I have two coats of CF white and on my ring and pinky I have three coats of CF 171.
I then added the decal, which is from LuckyStarStyle, on my middle finger. On my ring finger I used star burst vinyls I bought, also ages ago. I painted CF black over it, removing the vinyl immediately.
Once that was dry, I stamped the word "ouch" from BP 76 with nicole diary white. I wanted it to look like a speech bubble, but I wasn't brave enough to make it white and then outline it in black.
What do you think? Does this do Batman any justice? 😜 (see what I did there)

Thanks for reading!!

Friday, 25 May 2018

Friday Triad: Inspired by polishpixie

It's that time of the month again for our Triad. I sometimes forget what time of the month it is and then I get this shock realizing I have a week left and I have to do the mani now! At least I'm not as bad as Joyce though... Leaving it for the last minute... But she is known to surprise us!

Anyway, this month it was Michelle's turn to pick our inspiration and she chose this lovely mani by @polishpixie92 (there goes my choice for next month)(just kidding)(although we will do another by her again). Let me show you what I did...

Since I really liked the lightest colour she used in the stamp I decided to use it as my base... So I started with two coats of I love Hean 904. I seriously love this colour, I'm fairly certain I might need a back up!! Michelle, know of any dupes??
I then stamped from Lina twirls and swirls with Nicole Diary NS05, mundo de unas mint and dark grey. So I kinda need to learn how to blend my stamping polishes a little more, I didn't want to scrape too much and then end up with one colour.
I feel kinda meh about this, the base is pretty but I think I should have used a more negative space image than the very swirly one I did. What do you think? Don't forget to head on over to Michelle and Joyce's little spaces and give them some love!!

Thanks for reading!!

PS how pretty is the base?!

Monday, 21 May 2018

#52weeknailchallenge: scrollwork

This prompt confused me... I was like WTF is scrollwork, luckily I belong to an amazing group of nail artists and nail polish addicts and they could help me out.

I'm also very lucky to have the Lina Twirls and Swirls stamping plate. So everything just fell into place. I started with two coats of nubar conserve.
This is a stunner. I sometimes forget how pretty this one is. I should try and get me a back up, my bottle is almost half and I actually tend to use this one a lot.
I then stamped using Nicole diary white stamping polish and Mundo de Unas forest.
This was totally inspired by @urbannailart
And that's another easy mani.
What do you think? Yay or nay?

Thanks for stopping by!!

Monday, 14 May 2018

#52weeknailchallenge: childhood

This was another difficult prompt. I didn't have anything that stood out to me from my childhood that I could translate onto my nails.... Now I know childhood can be a lot of things. It can be puppies and kittens and such, but I wanted to make it about me. So I thought maybe I'd do feathers on my nails as we always had some kind of feathered creature in the house, until I was reminded that we have a feather prompt in the challenge. And I was back to square one. Then randomly one day or it could have been during one of my sleepless nights I clicked that cancers have ribbons, I can stamp ribbons and I had cancer as a baby.

I had a tumour on my adrenal gland which was found when I was little over a year. I remember being told that the tumour was so big that when they did the first operation to remove it, it kinda burst open as the pressure from the other organs and such weren't there anymore keeping it together. I went for two operations and obviously a lot of follow ups and check ups. They were initially every 3 months, then every six, then every year until I no longer went, but I still received a phone call every year checking on my health until I was 18 or 21.

Back to my nails.... I had to google the colours for the ribbons.
Courtesy of Google
As you can see gold is the colour for childhood cancer and I hope I managed to pull it off. So let me show you what I did...
I started with two coats of I love Hean 906 on my thumb and pinky. On my index and ring finger I have two coats of City Fashion white. On my middle finger I sponged on essence I love my golden pumps.
I then added a coat of Catrice goldbusters on all my nails except my middle finger. On my ring finger I double stamped the ribbon from BP26 with a gold stampy polish from BPS and nicole diary NS05. I double stamped the lines on my index finger from Lina feeling shapely 1 with the same polishes.
What do you think? In hindsight I should probably have stamped the gold ribbon over the pink one. I also feel that the gold isn't quite the focus here..

And yes, I am perfectly fine now... I just have to deal with normal adult problems and of course my allergies that just won't leave me. Something that I did learn is that due to the chemotherapy I received as a baby I am immunocompromised, and therefor cannot donate blood. Little ironic that I work in a doctors office and I rarely get sick.

As always thank you for reading!!