Monday, October 17, 2016

Challenge Your Nail Art October Challenge, Day 17: Orange

Today's challenge calls for orange. I wanted to try something a little different and think outside the box. I came up with this retro looking Flamingo mani.

I started with a Base of Kleancolor Neon Orange and topped that with a thin layer of Kleancolor Chunky Holo Candy for the glittery goodness. I think did just the tips with a textured polish Sally Hansen Sugar Coat in Sweetie.

I used the Flamingo from Winstonia 210 and my Creative Shop Stamper with Funky Fingers Dark Night to stamp.

I used a dotting tool and OPI Fly as an accent to bring the whole thing together.

What do you think? Does it look retro? I liked the mixture of the different textures this created. Do you like texture polish?

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Swatch: Il Etait un Vernis White Canvas

A brand I don't see mentioned as often is the French brand Il Etait un Vernis. They come out with collections every few months. I love the formula and the colors are phenomenal. They also have a collection In Media Res that has all your essentials in it like cuticle oil, top coat, base coat, white and black polish.

This is White Canvas which is a great one coater! It is nice and thick so even works for stamping. But not too thick that it goes on gloopy or where as you push the brush it pics up more polish from the nail. I like it as a base for nail art, neons, or to use to stamp.

Have you tried this brand yet? What do you think?

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Challenge Your Nail Art October Challenge, Day 3: Gradient

For today's challenge, I used an older manicure. It's interesting going back and looking at manicures from a few years ago. My nails are so different. The nail shape for one, but it also seems the part by the cuticle is a bit different as well. And of course my cuticles are in much better shape. I used to have so many hang-nails but now that I use cuticle oil regularly that has improved so much.

Today's theme is gradient. This is one of the first gradient manis I did and also an attempt at creating a scene using some of the smaller images from plates. I used a bunch of different designs from the Cheeky round plates to create this look.

I did a gradient with some color that I thought would look good as a sunset background. This was my first attempt and I think I did all right, but think I need to add in some darker colors next time. I then stamped using my Konad stamper and Funky Fingers Black Knight.

What do you think? Have you created one of these gradient manicures before?

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Challenge Your Nail Art October Challenge, Day 1: Black

Today is the first day for the Challenge your nail art October challenge! I enjoyed doing the St. Patrick's Day challenge so decided to try this one too. I really enjoy doing challenges because it gets me thinking outside the box.

This is an old manicure, but it fits the challenge so I thought I'd share The base is a grey creme polish by Ulta called Concrete Evidence. I then stamped the tree image from Petla plate Feathers stamping plate. I think those trees just have a spooky air about them, perfect for Halloween!!

I used Funky Fingers Dark Night for stamping and my Konad stamper. Goes to show how old thsi one is, from 2014 :) Do you keep pictures of older manicures and share them later too?

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Blue Metallic Zipper Nails with Loja BBF 01

Going for the metallic look today with the base and stamping for this nail art. I started with a base of AEngland Holy Grail (original).

AEngland Holy Grail (original)

I got some Loja BBF plates, which is a brand that I hadn't tried before. I liked the zipper image on BBF 01 so decided to try that plate first.

I stamped it on with Kleancolor Metallic Sapphire.

I really liked the look but when I put top coat on it sort of smeared the stamping. It still looks good but the lines aren't as crisp when I first stamped it on. Has that every happened to you?

Friday, September 23, 2016

Glitter Placement with Kleancolor Tiara Gold

I tried some glitter placement with Kleancolor Tiara Gold. It has gold hex glitters in it large and small.

I tried globbing them on the nail with the polish brush but quickly realized that that makes a large mess. So I decided to take the globs on put them on a piece of paper and grab the glitter with a toothpick and then place it on the nail that way.

I tried different patterns on each nail. This turned out so elegant!! Have you tried glitter placement before?

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Swatch: Kleancolor Pastel Purple

Today I've got a swatch of Kleancolor Pastel Purple. I really love this shade of purple. It's a nice light color but not too pastel so it's very versatile all year long. This is a cream polish that is opaque in one coat, since Kleancolor polish tends to be on the thicker side. Because of this it can also stamp.