Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Dripping Icicles Nail Stamping Tutorial

When I saw the dripping icicles image on the Creative Shop plates I knew I HAD to use it in a mani.

I started off with Femme Fatale Crystal Droplets, a store exclusive polish on all nails. I then sponged on Powder Perfect Lagoon to the tips of my nails after applying Moyra Liquid Tape. The Moyra Liquid Tape helps for easier cleanup on the cuticles when sponging nail art or stamping. I finished over the gradient using Powder Perfect Lightning Lady as a top coat

Then, I stamping with the Creative Shop stamper and Hit the Bottle As Black As Night stamping polish the dripping icicles image from Creative Shop plate 37. After removing the Moyra Liquid Nail Tape, I topped everything off again with the Powder Perfect Lightning Lady top coat.

What do you think? Is it chilly where you are?

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Femme Fatale Isle of Cythera Captain America Manicure

Another Femme Fatale polish in the Birth of Venus Collection is Isle of Cythera. Isle of Cythera is also a holographic polish! I knew I had to use that one in something fun and when I saw the star in the circle in Messy Mansion MM15 I knew it would make a great manicure.

I first polished all nails with Femme Fatale Isle of Cythera and then painted the accent nail with Esmaltes da Kelly Hipapa. I stamped the star in the circle image from MM15 with the Creative Shop Galaxy Stamper using Isle of Cythera.

Then top coated everything with Seche Vive top coat. It is the newest Seche product and is a top coat that is gel-like but dries on its own. I find that it has the same glassy goodness of Seche Vite but you don't need to float the top coat in order to avoid smearing the stamping.

Have you used Seche Vive yet? What's your favorite top coat for stamping?

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Holographic ZigZag with Femme Fatale Arrival of Venus and Creative Shop Plate 9

As soon as I saw that Femme Fatale Arrival of Venus was a holographic polish I knew I had to get it on my nails. Of course it's a stunner. It reminds me of a citrine stone with it's brilliant orange color and pretty rainbow holo flash.

I wanted to try stamping with it as well so I did an accent nail with Kleancolor Pastel Orange and stamped with the Creative Shop 9 Stamping Plate. These Creative Shop plates are absolutely amazing if you haven't tried any yet! They are very detailed and you can see in the image that it stamped wonderfully even with the intricate lines. I used the MoYou London NEW Rectangular sticky stamper for the stamping.

Have you tried Creative Shop stamping plates yet? What did you think?

Monday, January 9, 2017

Epiphany Gradient Manicure Featuring A England and Messy Mansion MM01 Stamping Plate

I've always wanted to do one of these manicures with the gradient twilight look in the background. What better time than the Epiphany (The Feast of the Three Kings).

Check out the video tutorial I created for this look :)

Have you ever done one of these manicures?

Friday, December 30, 2016

Swatch: OPI Ski Teal We Drop

I really enjoy some polishes even though they came out a long time ago. OPI Ski Teal We Drop came out in the Fall 2010 OPI Swiss Collection. I really like wearing it this time of year, it just really speaks to me with the beautiful dark teal color.

It wears beautifully on me and lasts really well. This shows 2 coats and look at how shiny it is! I decided to wear this on its own without any additional nail art because I think it just looks that pretty.

What colors speak to you during this time of year?

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Christmas Party Manicure

Last year I went to a Christmas party and did this manicure for it. I've discovered that I have taken many, many photos of manis over the past few years that I have never actually blogged. I've been sharing some of them earlier this year in October but thought I'd show another one today. It's really interesting going back and seeing what type of manicures and techniques I previously did and how I've improved so much. Not only in my skills for nail art, but also in taking photos of it.

This manicure is so dark in the photos and I waited a few days to take the photos of it (as evidenced by the tip wear...). I can also see the difference between this photo and how using nail oil has really helped around the cuticles. They look so dry here, but now they are so much better and healthier. (I've been using Bliss Kiss for about a year now).

I started with a base of Funky Fingers Ectoplasmic and then tried my hand at a few decals. I used Il Etait un Vernis Paint It Black, Konad Green, and Funky Fingers Gesso. I made decals for the bell and champagne glasses coloring them in with silver polish and red Sharpie markers.

Plates used are as follows:
-Dashica SdP 24 (Holly Berries)
-Dashica SdP 14 (Champagne Glasses, Bells)

(Since this is from last year I'm not sure which plate the large bell is from. One thing that I've learned is that I really need to write down what I'm using so when I post I can let everyone know. Also, I might want to recreate something or use an image again.)


What do you think? How have you grown in your nail art over the past year?

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Snowflake & Flowers on a Blue Holo Background Featuring Glitter Gal Blue Suede Shoes

Occasionally, in the winter the sun can come out. What a perfect time to enjoy a holographic polish!

Here is Glitter Gal Blue Suede Shoes Holographic polish as the base. I love how holographic this is, but it does take a few coats for opacity (something I put it over a white base or a coordinating creme base in order to not use as much polish).

I wanted to stamp a winter-y design over this so I went with some Konad Red and Konad White and stamped the flowers that sort of look like snowflakes. What do you think?

I think it sort of looks like Poinsettias in the snow!!