Monday, 15 October 2018

#52weeknailchallenge: feathers

Sometimes I have an idea of what I would like to do with some of these prompts and then come the time to actually do it. I do the complete opposite!! I intended to use some vinyls and have some pretty glittery feathers and then I went and used decals!

I started with two coats of Orly two HR lunch on my pinky, index finger and thumb. The rest has two coats of Catrice good lack!
I then added some feather decals. 
Top coated and done. In case you were wondering, most of my decals are from Aliexpress. They sell packs of 50 sheets for $2-$4. I don't think I'll run out anytime soon.
What do you think?

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, 8 October 2018

#52weeknailchallenge: inspired by a photo

Today's prompt was quite easy to chose.... Michelle had sent a photo to our secret santa group some time ago commenting on how we should do a mani inspired by the design. So I thought that today would be a good time to do just that.
This is one of the many pictures she sent, but this one shows the design the best. Let me show you what I did. I started with two coats of Tip Top perfect look on all my nails.
I then stamped an image from Lina Feeling 09 with Nicole Diary white stamping polish.
And that's another easy mani. What do you think? 
And as always thanks for reading!!

Monday, 1 October 2018

#52weeknailchallenge: pink + white

This mani is somewhat inspired by @chitchatnails. I also decided to use gel polishes as I was planning on wearing these a little longer than a couple of days.

On my ring and middle finger I have Gel-It malibu and on my thumb, index and pinky I have Gel-It tigerlilly.
I tried to do a bit of a dry brush on my middle and ring finger with tigerlilly, curing in between the brush strokes. I also added some gold foil I got from Aliexpress.
What do you think? Tigerlilly is probably not quite pink, but it's close enough.
I had this on for 2 weeks before I took it off, as the foil was starting to discolour where it wasn't sealed properly.

Thanks for stopping by!!

Friday, 28 September 2018

Friday Triad: Inspired by Olga (@son_nail)

It's that time again! I can't believe we at the end of another month. I wonder how many Triad posts we have done already...

So this month it was my turn and I chose this mani done by @son_nail. I had loads of floral and negative space looks saved as inspiration, but I didn't want to do floral and not everyone likes negative space... So I chose the least offensive one! 

I started with two coats of Cirque Colors pebble on my thumb, index and middle finger. My pinky has one coat of Sorbet chic me baby.
On my ring finger I have two coats of a random HD polish. The aztec design (thanks Mich)(now you know where it's from), is decals from Aliexpress.
The leaves I stamped with Munde de Unas caramel from Lina Summer 2. So whilst doing this, I realised that I can't place decals in a straight line.... Even when I use my clear stamper!! 
I do like how this turned out, but I don't love it... It doesn't quite grab me like the original did. I think I should have used a different colour on my ring finger. What do you think?

Head on over to Joyce and Michelle to see how they totally rock this!

Thanks for reading!

Monday, 24 September 2018

#52weeknailchallenge: smoosh

I think smoosh-ing is one of the easiest ways to get a pretty design without a lot of effort. I originally wanted to do a pink or purple smoosh and then thought of my colleague and knew she would have wanted blue, so I did blue.

I started with a coat of Loreal french riviera on all my nails, not worrying about the opacity as I knew I was doing a smoosh. For the smoosh itself I used Moonflower polish hope of the brave, OPI dining al frisco and Nubar silver mist.
When that was somewhat drier I added a coat of Tip Top rocky road and top coated. I kinda like how this turned out. Hope of the brave and rocky road adds just enough sparkle.
What do you think? I can't decide if this makes me think of a blue galaxy or stormy waters.
Thanks for reading!!

Monday, 17 September 2018

#52weeknailchallenge: favourite villain

"Off with their head!!!"

This is one of those prompts of do I or don't I. We recently watched Alice in Wonderland: Through the looking glass, so I decided to do the Queen of Hearts as my villain. And I feel like it's a bit of a fail...

I started with two coats of Sorbet flash the fireman on my pinky and thumb.This is actually a one coater, but I added another. On my index, middle and ring finger I have two coats of Catrice good lack!
While that was drying I placed some heart vinyls on my Simply Neat miracle mat and filled them in with flash the fireman. I also made a stamping decal from Moyou London Alice in Wonderland 2, the Queen's head, I stamped it with Nicole Diary black. I coloured in her hair with flash the fireman, her face with Hean I love Hean 904, her cape with Ulta3 black satin and her crown with OPI oy-another polish joke!
When that was all dry I used my clear stamper to place it. The reason why I think it's a bit of a fail is because no one recognised it. Not that I can always expect people to know it.
What do you think? 

Monday, 10 September 2018

#52weeknailchallenge: paisley

So Spring has sprung and along with it seasonal allergies, red eyes and snotty noses, nothing to be excited about. Unless you one lucky devil to not suffer from allergies.

I was somewhat excited for this prompt as I had decals that would be perfect for this. The only problem was finding a polish that would match!

I started with two coats of Sinful Colors rise and shine on my thumb, index and pinky. On my middle and ring finger I have two coats of Hean City Fashion white.
Once it was dry I added my decals and top coated.
And that's that. Easy peasy. What do you think?
Thanks for reading!!

Monday, 3 September 2018

#52weeknailchallenge: spring

I did this mani ages ago, but never got around to posting it. This was somewhat inspired by @melcisme, not any specific mani, but just in general.

I started with two coats of Orly two HR-lunch on my thumb, index and pinky. On my ring finger I have two coats of Catrice goldbusters.
On my middle finger I have a coat of Hean city fashion white and a full nail floral decal from Aliexpress.
The stud is also from Aliexpress. I feel like I should have mattified this, or something.
What do you think? I'm trying to do more nail art that's not typically me. Not quite sure if it's working!!

Thanks for reading!

Friday, 31 August 2018

Friday Triad: Inspired by Debbie (ladyandthestamp)

It's time for another Triad post. This month it was Michelle's turn to choose and she chose this mani done by @ladyandthe_stamp

I really liked the colour combo of this mani, so I decided to recreate it. I started with two coats of 3ina 505 on my index, middle finger and pinky. On my ring finger and thumb I have two coats of 3ina 507.
The flowers is from BP-L067 and I used Nicole Diary white stamping polish for it. I coloured it in with OPI keeping Suzi at bay and the leaves with 3ina 186. The studs are from Aliexpress and I stuck them onto my tacky topcoat and obviously I had to matte everything. I used OPI matte top coat for that.
3ina 505 and 507 are matte polishes but not a true matte as you see that my thumb in the first pic still has some shine.
For some reason I didn't take my normal flat hand picture, but I do have this odd one... What do you think? Of the hand pose and the mani? Don't forget to head on over to Michelle and Joyce to see what they did.

Thanks for reading!!

Monday, 27 August 2018

#52weeknailchallenge: splatter

I had no idea what I wanted to do with this prompt... I have splat decals and I have Lina plates.
So I decided on Lina plates. It just kinda came together but I don't know if it WORKS.

I started with two coats of Pahlish Idris on my thumb and pinky. The rest of them have two coats of a nude HD polish with no name. Can I just say how much I despise polishes that doesn't have a distinctive name or number? I mean it's bad enough when they don't have a name, only a number...
Anyway I then stamped 2 images from Lina make your mark 1 with Mundo de Unas mint and orchid. Then I added as an accent a splat image using Nubar silver mist. A flash shot to show off the holo in Idris.
As I said I'm not sure if it works, maybe the silver stamp was over kill. What do you think? What do think I should have done?
I had to matte it. It dulled the holo completely, so I'm not sure if I should have done that.. Which one do you prefer?

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, 20 August 2018

#52weeknailchallenge: animal

Let's just get this out the way, I did owls for animal. Get over it.

I had no inspo for this prompt at all. I knew I wanted to use owl decals, but that was it. So I sent a SOS to our Secret Santa group and this was born....

I started with three coats of Sally Hansen go bananas on my index finger, two coats of SH palm treat on my middle finger, two coats of Hean ordinary misfit on my ring finger and the rest has two coats of Hean City Fashion white. While that was drying I placed some zig zag vinyls on my miracle mat and used the 3 colours to make the zig zags.
While those were drying I stamped my branches from m66 with Munde de Unas caramel, removing the flowers with a dotting tool. Then stamped the flowers with MdU mint, removing the branches. Adding my decals after that. (the look of the purple owl matches my mood most of the time!)
Once my zig zags were dry, I carefully peeled them off and used my clear stamper to place them. I kinda like the look of it, with the white peeking through.
What do you think? I think it's different and quite colourful. And I'm glad I asked the group. This came out great thanks to them.

Monday, 13 August 2018

#52weeknailchallenge: houndstooth

The idea I had for this prompt actually came from an outfit I saw on someone one day. But it required a mustardy colour polish, which I didn't have the right shade. But I got some polishes since then and one of them was the perfect shade.

Let me show you what I did. I started with two coats of 3ina 505 on my thumb and pinky. The rest has two coats of Hean City Fashion white. I'm starting to not like white polishes. They go tacky so quickly!! Maybe because I've been using it rather often...
I top coated the white as I wanted to use vinyls. Once that was dry I used some straight vinyls and angled it across my index and ring fingers. I then carefully painted 505 on the one side of vinyl removing it immediately. Top coated that and waited again.
Once that was dry I used my simply peel and painted it across 505 leaving the white blank. When that was dry I stamped the angled houndstooth design from BP-L006 with Nicole Diary black on my index, middle and ring finger.
This mani actually looked better on Cindy, I should have swopped the angled colours on my nails around. I wanted it to look like the houndstooth was a strip across my nails. And I did it wrong. (sigh)

I did like how this turned out either way. What do you think?

Thanks for reading!

Monday, 6 August 2018

#52weeknailchallenge: black & white

This was another mani that I had high hopes for didn't quite work. A while ago I've been seeing all these mani's on Instagram, that had a gradient base and black and white flowers.... I can't remember who did it first or who did it... But this is a shoutout to those people!!

So the gradient part was fine, I started with a coat of Hean City Fashion white. With these I don't worry about having an opaque base, since I'm doing something over it..... For my gradient I used essence play with my mint and Ulta3 radiant orchid.
I wanted to have multiple flowers, but time wasn't on my side. And I spilled acetone on my desk and messed up the base of my one clear stamper. So the head is clear but not the bottom and the bottom doesn't come off! So sad.
Anyway for the flower I used BP-L067 with Nicole Diary black stamping polish and I used CF white to colour it in. I may have been a little impatient with placing these. My white wasn't quite dry and I kinda made the flower from being long and elongated to a round blob!!
Hopefully it's not too obvious and you can still tell it's a flower? It's not bad, but its not good either. What do you think??
Thanks for stopping by!