Friday, August 26, 2016

Reminiscent of Hawaii with China Glaze Electric Nights and Lite Brites

I've been feeling in a neon mood so I decided to try a gradient with some of the China Glaze neons from the Electric Nights and Lite Brites collection. I chose an orange and yellow from each for this design.

Using China Glaze Whip It Good, China Glaze Daisy Know My Name?, China Glaze None of Your Risky Business, and China Glaze Home Sweet House Music and the Beautometry Gradient Sponge set I created a base gradient for the stamping.

Then I stamped using Hit the Bottle Black and images from the MoYou London Tropical Collection plate 04 with the MoYou London Rectangular stamper.

I reversed the gradient for the accent nail. I just love this look! So bright :)

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Swatch: Femme Fatale Isle of Cythera, a Holo that Stamps!!

We just recently launched the Femme Fatale Birth of Venus collection which is inspired by the painting with the same title. There are some linear holographics in this collection and I just couldn't wait to try them out!

This is Isle of Cythera which is a teal linear holo that also looks really beautiful without sun. It has a foiled appearance with sparkles in it plus super holo in the sun (and with regular indoor lighting as well).

I noticed this was pretty opaque, so I tried it for stamping. IT WORKS!!

For the accent nail I used Esmaltes da Kelly Hipapa and stamped using the MoYou Rectangular stamper and Messy Mansion plate MM15.

Do you have any holos that stamp?

Monday, August 22, 2016

MoYou London Tropical 08: You Put the Lime in the Coconut ...

Feeling tropical today and wanted to do a gradient. So, what better than to pull out the MoYou London Tropical plates and play!

I started off using the new Beautometry Gradient Sponge set to create a gradient using Kleancolor Wave of Peppermint (which smells like peppermint when dry), Kleancolor Bikini Green, and Kleancolor Apple Candy (scented to smell like apple when dry).

I then used Hit the Bottle Black and the MoYou London Rectangular stamper to stamp images from MoYou London Tropical 08 onto my nails and topped it all off with my new favorite top coat: Seche Vive (doesn't smear the stamping!!).

The accent nail has the gradient in reverse compared to the other nails. I like the way this mani came together with the limes on the accent nail and the coconut leaves on the other ones. Very tropical indeed!

Thursday, March 17, 2016

7 Days of St Patrick's Day Nail Challenge: Day 7: Happy St. Patrick's Day

Today is the 7th Day of the 7 days of St. Patrick's Day Nail art Challenge!! Happy St. Patrick's Day :)

For today's nail art, I decided to go traditional St. Patrick's Day and do a rainbow, pot of gold, shamrock, gold, green, and fun.

I started off with OPI Fly as the base. This is a very easy to work with cream and I really love the tone of teal it is.

I then used lots of techniques, from stamping to glitter placement to decals to drawing with sharpies to create this look. So much to mention!

I used Messy Mansion MM04 for all the themed images. I used glitter placement from Kleancolor Tiara Gold. I used Sharpies to color in the green on the shamrock on the thumb and write the verse on the other thumb. Various Kleancolor polishes were used to create the rainbow.

The black stamping was done with Il Etait un Vernis Paint it Black and colored in with Il Etait un Vernis White Canvas.

Have you tried Sharpies in your nail art yet?

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

7 Days of St Patrick's Day Nail Challenge: Day 6: AEngland Dragon

Continuing with the 7 Days of St. Patrick's Day Nail art challenge I found on Facebook, I decided to do a swatch of one of my favorite greens.

AEngland Dragon is such a beautiful color. It is a grass green with olive green flashes and holographic particles! This is one of the first international polishes that I owned and what really got me started looking at international brands and indie nail polish polish. 

What was that first polish that got you checking out international brands?

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

7 Days of St Patrick's Day Nail Challenge: Day 5: Funky Fingers Throwback

Continuing with the 7 Days of St. Patrick's Day Nail art challenge I found on Facebook, I decided to do a little throwback to one of the first times I did a crackle manicure.

This photo is from September 2, 2012!! This is right when Funky Fingers came out with a plethora of metal crackle colors, including this awesome sparkly one. 

I have Funky Fingers Mint Montauk on all nails and Funky Fingers Teal Scales on top. Don't you just love the combination?!

Crackle may not be the "in" thing anymore, but I still like 
seeing manicures with it. It's a fun, easy way to create nail art without much effort when you just need to "polish and go." What's your quickie nail art look?

Monday, March 14, 2016

7 Days of St Patrick's Day Nail Challenge: Day 4: Gold Stamping with Hit the Bottle

Continuing with the 7 Days of St. Patrick's Day Nail art challenge I found on Facebook, I decided to go for some gold stamping :)

I started with a base of Arcane Lacquer Reflective Property, which is a store exclusive, and as an accent nail used A England Briarwood. The 2 colors go very well together.

I then stamped with el Corazon red stamping polish one of the crosses on the Messy Mansion plate MM54.

Messy Mansion MM54 Stamping Plate

Last, I stamped with various Hit the Bottle golds the full nail pattern. I think it turned out really cool and is like a gradient of golds with the stamping being a different one on each nail. How many different gold stamping polishes do you have?

Closeup to see how good the stamping turned out, look at those details!