Wednesday, 16 October 2019

#52weeknailchallenge: stars

I wasn't quite sure what I was going to do for this prompt, but I browsed Pinterest and combined a couple of things I saw.

I started with two coats of Fairmaiden come what may on my thumb, index and pinky. On my middle and ring finger I have two coats of China Glaze I'll sand by you.
I then stamped the stars from Lina feeling shapely 9 with Nicole Diary black.
I then added OPI matte top coat.
I just love how this turned out. I especially love the matte version.
What do you think? Which is your favourite?

Tuesday, 15 October 2019

#52weeknailchallenge: newspaper

Can you believe that in all the time I have been doing nails, I have never done newspaper nails! So this is a good time to give it a go.

I started with 3 coats of Hean I love Hean 873 on all my nails. I'm fairly certain when I used this polish the first time I didn't need 3 coats... Does this happen to you too?
I then took some newspaper clippings, put it on my nail and put a cotton pad soaked in alcohol over the clipping. Here I learned something, don't do it that way! When I place the cotton pad over the clipping it moves, and makes the transfer skew. I then put the clipping on the pad and then placed it on my nail and this worked much better.
I then added some decals.
What do you think? I think the decals hide the print quite a bit and I'm not there yet for me to freehand the flowers.
Thanks for reading!!

Monday, 14 October 2019

#52weeknailchallenge: smoosh

Wedding plans are in full swing at the moment. And I keep having to check that I'm not forgetting something. And since everything is basically costing an arm and a leg, no more pretties for me until then.

For today's mani I wanted to have some contrasting colours. So I started with a coat of Toy apple smoothie on all my nails, not worrying about opacity as I was going to smoosh over it.
I then blobbed apple smoothie, Color Club wild cactus and Fair maiden come what may on a stamper and smooshed it on my nails. Adding some more polish as I went along.
I'm quite happy with how this turned out. I had a couple of people ask me how I did it and a couple more compliments. What do you think? Should I have added something?
 Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, 28 September 2019

#52weeknailchallenge: Spring

I had a completely different idea in mind for this prompt, but then I couldn't find my inspiration!! I saw it ages ago and never saved it. So when I went looking for it, it was nowhere to be found. Teaches me for not saving it. Let me show you what I did though.

I started with two coats of Hean 903 on my thumb and index finger, on my middle two coats of Catrice good lack! On my ring finger is two coats of Pahlish golden Snidget and on my pinky is two coats of Essence you and me?
I then added a decal to my middle finger. Top coated and done.
I wasn't too sure on my colours, I thought they might be too dark for spring, but then there is flowers. And that's the whole idea.
What do you think? Spring enough?

Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, 27 September 2019

Friday Triad: Inspired by @nail_muse

It's that time of the month again!

Each month MichelleJoyce or myself choose a manicure for inspiration. And what we do is completely up to us. This month it was Joyce's turn and she chose this mani by @nail_muse. And oh my goodness was I intimidated! I have attempted these marble nails many times and it just never ever turned out the way it was supposed to.

So I watched the tutorial a couple of times and attempted the nightmare myself. Let me show you how it turned out. I started with two coats of Catrice easy peasy green squeezy on my thumb and index. On my middle and ring finger I have one coat of Essence what is this feeling?, on my pinky I have two coats.
I then painted a coat of essence what is this feeling? on my mat and blobbed China Glaze I'll sand by you and Catrice easy peasy green squeezy on the still wet polish.. I used a dotting tool dragging the polish, stamper smooshed over it and let the polish dry.
Once it was dry on the stamper, I "stamped" it on my nail, cleaned up the excess and that's it. My ring finger nail looks so much longer than the rest for some reason!! It's annoying me looking at the photo's, but oh well.
The Fiance said it looks like a peppermint crisp tart. I think he was just hungry at at the time!! What do you think? I think I'll try this again, I feel like I've learned something this time round. To see what the other ladies did, just click on their names.

Thanks for reading!!

Wednesday, 18 September 2019

#52weeknailchallenge: holographic

I find holographic to be a tough prompt. Mostly because I can't seem to photograph it properly and it's more a polish than nail art... I guess the trick is to do something with the polish. Anyway let me show you what I did.

I started with two coats of Pahlish Expelliarmus! on my thumb, index and pinky. On my middle and ring finger I have two coats of Catrice good lack!
I then stamped a geometric image from Moyou flower power 22 with Born Pretty navy on my middle finger. On my ring finger I have a similar image but with a flower coloured in with Expelliarmus! from the same plate.
I kinda like how this turned out. I wanted to try something different and this is definitely not my style. It's very different to what I normally do.
I of course had to add a flash shot to show off how pretty Expelliarmus! is. I wore it by itself prior to doing this mani and I couldn't stop looking at my nails and playing with light shifts.
What do you think? Any suggestions on how to photograph holo's properly?

Thanks for reading!!

Monday, 16 September 2019

#52weeknailchallenge: gold & brown

So the Fiance and I are finally looking for wedding venues... And I'm slightly shocked at how expensive things are. I mean, I knew it was going to be expensive, but some of these place are just crazy!

Anyway, on to today's prompt. It's super easy and not much to tell. I started with two coats of Hean City Fashion 167.
I then added some decals I got in the travelling box.
And that's it!
What do you think?
Thanks for reading.

Thursday, 5 September 2019

#52weeknailchallenge: texture

I was kind of excited for this prompt, especially since I had just received a new black texture and I couldn't wait to try it. So let me show you what I did.

I started with two coats of Orly hip and outlandish on my thumb, index and middle finger. On my ring and pinky I have two coats of China Glaze bump in the night.
Now to be honest.... I'm not a huge fan of this texture. It's almost like its too much polish and not enough grit. Anyway it's black and texture, it works.
I then used some twisty turvy vinyls from becauseishop and painted a thick coat of bump in the night over it, removing them immediately. I'm totally digging these vinyls, since they come in 3 sizes I could fit them to my nails perfectly. On my index I have the smallest and the biggest on my thumb.
What do you think? Do you have bump in the night? What is your opinion?

Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, 3 September 2019

#52weeknailchallenge: metallic

Okay... So this prompt... Lots of hate for this one! I did this one 3 times!! Because I wasn't happy with it, at all! So I'm going to show all three and you choose a favourite.

First up...
I started with two coats of China Glaze I'll sand by you. I then stamped a wood grain image from Lina Autumn 1 with China Glaze swatch out! The butterflies are from Lina opposites attract and stamped with Nicole Diary white. The wood grain is supposed to be the metallic part, but it's not super obvious.

Here I started with three coats of Essie muchi, muchi on all my nails. I then stamped a floral image from Lina let's doodle 3 with Essence pink dreams are made if this. I then stamped another image over that on my middle and ring finger from Lina opposites attract with Rimmel rock the metal. Here both stamped images are metallic, but again not super obvious.

This was totally inspired by a previous Triad post. I have two coats of China Glaze swatch out! on my thumb, ring finger and pinky. On my index and middle finger I did a gradient with Tip Top dunes of desire, toasted nuts and bare with me. On my ring finger I used some Diagonal alley vinyls from becauseishop and coloured it in, in order of the gradient.

What do you think? Which one is your favourite? To be honest I like them all, they just failed at the prompt!

Thanks for reading!

Sunday, 1 September 2019

#52weeknailchallenge: country

I didn't have any set ideas when I started with this mani, because I didn't know what country to do, or do I just do 'country side', which is not quite the same. So I settled for a little of both. Let me show you what I did.

I started with a coat of essence shade of happiness, not worrying about opacity as I was going to do a gradient over. For that I used shade of happiness and Tip Top cherries in the snow.
I then stamped an image from BP-16 with Nicole Diary black.
On my thumb I have a zebra that is also from BP-16 and coloured in with Hean City Fashion white.
When I showed the FiancĂ©, he told me it's boring as I chose my own country... Which I obviously disagree, it might have been slightly predictable, but there is nowhere else in the world that people believe we have lions roaming the streets. Now wouldn't that be awesome. What do you think?
 Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, 30 August 2019

Friday Triad: Inspired by Juli

It's that time of the month again for Triad!!

This month was my turn to choose our inspiration and I went with this one done by @juli_addicted. It seemed simple enough until my lines seemed to straight and then too wonky and then the top coat ate my decal. So fun and games. Let me show you how this turned out.

I started with essence shade of happiness at my cuticle then Tip Top cha cha cha then Omega stormy weather and then another line of cha cha cha.
 I tried to not have my lines too even and in the immense concentration of getting the lines uneven I forgot to alternate my colours! So we have a rather uniform manicure here.
Once my base was dry I added my decals and then used my smallest dotting tool to make the dots with Ulta3 black satin. I'm not sure if I should have gone with less dots or not. And then of course my top coat ate my decal!
All in all I'm kinda happy with how this turned out. What do you think? Don't forget to check out what my two partners in crime did! I'm certain Michelle and Joyce knocked this out the park! As they normally do.

Thanks for reading!!

Wednesday, 14 August 2019

Polished Pretties monthly mani: My pick

As you all know I'm part of awesome group of nail art enthusiasts, called Polished Pretties and we decided to do something similar to the Triad posts, where we give inspiration for a manicure and post once a month... So I haven't been blogging about these as I don't always have the time to do a blog post, but I have been posting on Instagram. However with today's inspiration being my own I decided to do a blog post. Maybe if I have time I might start doing the others.... Let me show you my inspiration and what I did with it.

I bought the coffee cup for work with a sleeve that says "no coffee no workee", and I've been digging the design to this day. I started with three coats of essie turquoise & caicos on my thumb, index and middle finger. On my ring and pinky I have two coats of Hean I love Hean 856 sugar.
I then stamped a design from Lina summer 3 on my thumb with Mundo de Unas green. I was struggling my behind off with green, for some reason it just wouldn't pick up a full image. Tried different stampers, it was all very patchy. So eventually I settled for the best I could get. I stamped some leafy images from Konad square 35 with Mundo de Unas forest and green, again settling for the best I could get.
I then added some flamingos from Konad 35 and stamped with Mundo de Unas orchid.
And that's it. What do you think? I was kinda hoping that the Hean polish would be textured, that would have been awesome!

Thanks for reading!