Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Picture Polish Wednesday: Hope

 Hi guys!  Welcome to the 2nd Picture Polish Wednesday.  Today I am featuring the beautiful Picture Polish Hope.

Hope is a navy blue base filled with the same holographic micro shards as O'Hara and a bunch of their other polishes.  Hope also has some small blue hex glitters mixed in, although I didn't get many of those on my nail.  I suspect that they are stuck to the side of my bottle, because I see them in there, but even scraping the inside of the bottle with a paperclip didn't seem to dislodge them.  Either way this polish is gorgeous... it looked like the most beautiful night sky.  I've shown two coats here.

Since it looked like the night sky I couldn't resist stamping some stars on it.  I use MoYou Princess 13 plate, and China Glaze Icicle to stamp with, and then I added a coat of OPI Matte Top Coat over everything.

Picture Polish is available from a number of online retailers which can be found on their network page.  You can also choose to purchase directly from their website.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Picture Polish Wednesday: O'Hara

Hi guys!  Today I'm going to be beginning a 4 week mini series for you which is sponsored by Picture Polish.  The lovely ladies at PP have sent me 4 polishes to post about, and I'm hoping to do some nail art with all of them for you.

The featured polish today is the gorgeous Picture Polish O'Hara, a cherry red crelly which contains what I consider to be a signature of PP, these lovely holographic flecks.  I really, really love these types of PP shades, because you can get some bling, but no annoying removal like a normal glitter shade.  O'Hara was easy to work with and very glossy even without top coat.  Also, maybe I'm imagining this, but I always feel like my PP's dry faster than other polishes... anyone else feel this way?  Maybe it depends on the polish.

I've used two coats of O'Hara for my base of this nail art, except on my ring finger, where I placed a stamp decal I made.  The decal was made from MoYou Roxy 01 plate, black stamping polish, O'Hara, and a bit of China Glaze Holly-day for the leaves near the tip of my nail.  This was placed over two coats of Ciaté Cookies & Cream.

On the rest of my nails I have stamped with black stamping polish and MoYou Princess 13 and Roxy 01 plates.

Picture Polish is available from a number of online retailers which can be found on their network page.  You can also choose to purchase directly from their website.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Back in Time Series: Tealicure Tweaked

Hi there!!  So today its time for the second half of Back in Time for this month.  If you have forgotten this post is when Missy (Gnarly Gnails) and I choose one of each other's past manis and redo that one.  Missy wasn't blogging last November, so I just went through all her old posts and found something that caught my eye.

I ended up choosing one of her Teal Tuesday manis from March of 2012, which you can see in the collage above on the left.  I really loved that she used a sparkly base for her leopard print, and I knew the perfect polish that was sitting in my untrieds...

Lynnderella I Don't Mean Rhinestones!!  This pretty has been on my wishlist for a while, and I was lucky enough to snag it from a friend when she was selling stuff she wasn't using.  I've shown here two coats, applied to my bare nail with the dabbing method to achieve full coverage.  I can't even explain to you how sparkly these were in person.

I added my leopard print using a dotting tool, OPI You're A Pisa Work, and my Mash Nail Art Polish in black.

I really loved wearing these, although they didn't last long since I had to put so much top coat to get them smooth.  They ended up popping off my nails in sheets after a day and 1/2 or so.  Oh well, at least I had bejeweled nails for a little while anyway!

Don't forget to pop over to Gnarly Gnails today to see which of my mani's she's redone! :)

Friday, November 15, 2013

The Digit-al Dozen Does Black & White: Graphic 80's

Hi guys!  Here we are on the final day of black & white week, and I've got another one of my favorites to show you today.

This mani started out with two coats of Finger Paints Papier Mache, and then I added one coat of Hits Hefesto layered over it for some sparkle.

The stamping was done with two images from the MoYou Back To The 80's 03 plate.  I used my Mash Nail Art Polish in black to stamp with.

Are these patterns fun or what?

Don't forget to check out the other lovely members' manis for the final day today!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

The Digit-al Dozen Does Black & White: Connect the Skulls

Hello darlings!  How could I possibly let black & white week go past without breaking out the black & white glitter that started it all... Lynnderella Connect the Dots!

Here I've used one coat of CtD over two coats of Orly Au Champagne, one of my favorite white polishes.  Au Champagne is a lovely, soft, shimmery white that looks like freshly fallen snow and dries to a semi-matte finish.

On my stamped nails I've done my stamping with the ever reliable Mash Nail Art Polish in Black, and I've chosen designs from the most epic MoYou plate I ordered... MoYou Artist Collection 11.  If you haven't seen this plate you have to go look at it here.  It is a beautiful Dia De Los Muertes sugar skull design.  My index finger and pinky are stamped with the pattern from the bottom left of the plate, which is part of the robe.  My thumb is stamped with a skull and flowers which make up part of the woman's hair.  There are so many possibilities with this plate, that I'm sure I will be able to use it many, many times before I get bored with it!

Of course you just have to go see what the other lovely ladies are up to today, so have a look now!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

The Digit-al Dozen Does Black & White: Holo Checkers

Hello there!  Welcome back to Digit-al Dozen's Black & White week!

Today's design is a pretty simple one, but how could I not do black and white checkers.  All I've done for this mani is a base of two coats of Hits Zeus, which is a black holo.  Then I've stamped over that with MoYou Princess Collection 13 and my trust Mash Nail Art Polish in white.

Now I'm not the best at getting linear patterns like this lined up properly on my nails... I hope to remedy that problem soon by investing in a new rectangular squishy stamper.  But for now I just did my best with what I had.  I will say it was much easier now that my buddy Jacki from Adventures in Acetone told me that she presses her designs straight down when she uses her big squishy stamper.  I had been rolling them as I was used to with the Konad stamper, and the images kept getting distorted.  Pressing down instead fixed that problem, and its also easier to line stuff up!  So thanks Jacki for making this mani possible!

As always, be sure to check out all the other amazing manis the DD gals have churned out for today!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

The Digit-al Dozen Does Black & White: Doodles

Hi darlings!  Welcome back to The DD's Black & White week, and my unofficial MoYou stamping week!  For today's mani I chose some designs from two different plates that looked like doodles.

This mani was fairly simple, I chose to stick with a plain white creme for my base (2 coats of Finger Paints Papier Mache), and stamp with a plain black (Mash Nail Art Polish).  The designs I used were from MoYou Princess Collection 11 and 13.

So what do you think, did I manage to get the feel of doodles on paper with these?

Don't forget to see what the other nail art queens are up to this week!

Monday, November 11, 2013

The Digit-al Dozen Does Black & White: Rock & Roll Texture

Hi guys!!  Its time for my favorite week of the month again... Digit-al Dozen week!  This month our theme is Black & White.  I really had so much fun with this because I think black and white designs can be so striking.  I also have just gotten my first MoYou plates, so this week sort of turned into MoYou week as well for me, hehe.  If you like to stamp and you don't have any of these plates, you need them!

So, on to the art...

I did this awesome rock & roll mani with a base of 2 coats of Kiko 646, the black Sugar Mat with silver glitter in it.  I honestly wasn't going to buy this when I was at the Kiko store in London, but Mr. Sparkles said he liked it, so I grabbed it.  Great choice, Mr!  I really loved this polish.

I stamped over it with my Mash Nail Art Polish in white, and images from the MoYou Roxy 01 plate, which is part of their Rockstar collection.  I will say that I ordered all plates with the XL size images, and they are WAY too big for most of my nails.  This is fine for the large pattern images, but for ones where you want to see the whole design, not so much.  My solution for that was stamping partial images on my nails.  For example, on the ring and pinky I stamped different parts of the guitar neck design on each nail.  The thumb got part of the amplifier stamp, though that went a bit wonky.  Still getting used to stamping with the squishy stamper!

I am super happy with how these turned out, despite the wonky thumb stamping.  This was definitely one of my favorites for the week.  I'm always going to be a rocker chick at heart, even when I'm old and gray, so maybe that's why I loved this so much.

Which MoYou plates are your favorites?  (I bought 8 so far, but I'm totally making another list for my next order already.)

Now its time to see what my lovely cohorts are up to!  Go check them out!

Monday, November 4, 2013

Back in Time Series: Fall Leaves Stamping

Hello loves!  You may remember that Missy from Gnarly Gnails and I started this series together back in July.  Unfortunately we only did one go round of it before other stuff got in the way and it was postponed.  This month we are finally back on track, and hopefully we will continue to be for a little while!

The mani I decided to revamp this time is one of the first nail art posts I ever did on this blog!  On the left in the graphic above you see a fall leaves stamped mani which I did around Thanksgiving two years ago.  I actually still really like the original mani, although the photos are crap, so I decided to not completely copy the same mani but just do a new version of it while keeping with the fall theme.

For the base of this mani I did an abstract brush stroke mani (tutorial from Gorgeois Pig here) with a bunch of different fall colors.  I started with one coat of Kiko 369, which is a sort of mustard color.  Then I added the brush strokes using China Glaze Cross Iron 360, Superficially Colorful Lacquer Enthralled, Gina Tricot Pump the Breaks, and Kiko 245 (a shimmery burgundy).

The stamping was done with CND Gold Chrome on all nails except the ring, which I made a stamp decal for using a black polish and GT Pump the Breaks.  The plates are from the Holiday Bundle Monster set.  I used BM-H11 and BM-H12.

So, there you have it!  Which version do you prefer?

Don't forget to pop over to Gnarly Gnails and see what she's redone for today's post!  And check back in on the 15th to see us revamp one of each other's manis from the past.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Norway Nails Diabetes Awareness Art

Hello lovely people!  Today's post is some nail art that I am entering into a contest. 

Wenche from Norway Nails has decided to have a nail art contest to raise awareness for World Diabetes Day.  Anyone can enter, you don't have to be a blogger.  If you'd like to read more about the contest, you should check out the Norway Nails Facebook page.  For more information about World Diabetes Day (which is on November 14th) and Diabetes Awareness, please have a look at the International Diabetes Federation site.

For this nail art I have used OPI Funny Bunny, OPI Ogre-the-Top Blue, Shimmer Polish Stephanie, and China Glaze Ride the Waves.  I did a skittle design using several different techniques.
  • Thumb: This is actually a pond mani, and I have done one coat of Funny Bunny, followed with some dots of Ogre, and then repeated that 3 times.
  • Index:  Two coats of Ogre, stamped with white and Gals GA-26.
  • Middle:  One coat of Funny Bunny, then water marbled with FB and Ogre.
  • Ring: This design is the logo for World Diabetes Day.  I've used two coats of Funny Bunny, and then made the ring using a hole reinforcement sticker and Ogre with a small nail art brush.
  • Pinkie:  One coat of Ogre, one coat of Stephanie, and one coat of Ride the Waves to make a blue jelly sandwich.
So, I hope you like this art, and I hope this has gotten you thinking about or learning more about Diabetes today!  Good luck to everyone else who decides to enter the competition.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

The Digit-al Dozen Does: work / play / polish

Hi guys!!  So today I have a slightly different Digit-al Dozen post for you.  Some of you may already be aware if you read her blog, but one of our amazing members, Leslie of work / play / polish, is leaving the DD group.  We are all very sad to see her go, as she is a lovely person and a talented nail artist.

We decided to put together this link up as a bit of a send-off for her.  So here is my recreation of one of Leslie's gorgeous DD manis!

Above is Leslie's original mani, which she created for our Digit-al Dozen Does It All AGAIN feature.  This was for the tape mani day, and she used some pretty jewel tone polishes from Pure Ice to create the look.  Find out the exact color info at her original post.

I didn't have those exact polishes, but I had some similar jewel tone ones.  What you see here is two coats of Gina Tricot Alexis as the base, which was then randomly taped off with striping tape, and then painted over in patches.  For the patches I used Zoya Suri, China Glaze Tongue & Chic, and China Glaze Scandalous Shenanigans.

Anyone who knows me will know that I despise tape manis, especially those done with striping tape.  The always look so awesome when they are done, but the tape is just too fiddly for me.  I also have to admit that I have a bit of hyperhidrosis in my hands and feet, so the tape often doesn't stick the way it should due to that.  I think that actually has quite a bit to do with why tape is so frustrating for me.

Anyway, this time I got the tape to work, and I am so satisfied with how this turned out! 

(with flash)

So there you have it.  I hope I've done Leslie proud with this mani.  We sure will miss you participating in DD weeks with us!  You'll always be a member in our hearts though, and I hope you get to jump in with a mani every once in a while. :)

Some of the other members have also done tribute posts, which you can check out below.  There is also going to be a good-bye Leslie post on the official Digit-al Dozen blog.