Monday, August 29, 2016

Peacock Inspired Nail Stamping: Faux Duochrome

I stumbled upon a neat technique to create a sort of faux duo-chrome look between 2 polishes. I really liked the way it looked so I decided to play around and created this look with it.

I first started with a thin coat of China Glaze Towel Boy Toy and then a thin coat of China Glaze Kiwi Cool-ada. Then, I finished with a third thin patchy coat of China Glaze Towel Boy Toy. The end effect was that you could see some of the color showing through in certain areas and it really looked like different colors across the nail as I moved my fingers. I think it looked like a faux duo-chrome and was really easy to do!

After adding Seche Vite top coat, I stamped with Hit the Bottle As Black as Night using the MoYou Rectangular stamper and MoYou London Mandala plate 02 (the image in the upper left corner).

I love the way this turned out! It reminds me of a peacock's feathers.

Do you think it looks kind of like a duo-chrome?

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!