Sunday, 17 May 2015

OPI Petal Soft!

OPI Petal Soft by name and Petal Soft by nature! This is one of the glitters I picked up from the new OPI Soft Shades collection. It has white satiny petals and pale baby pink satin hexs with tiny white satin dots all suspended in a clear base. None of the glitter, glitters! OPI Petal Soft is just exactly as the name suggests, soft!

Firstly dreaming of Spring already when Winter has not even started yet, I did three coats of Ulta3 Emerald Inten-City a beautiful emerald jade green. I stamped on my thumb and ring finger using MoYou Pro Collection XL 11 with Mundo De Unas White using the pretty spring blossom image. I then carefully dabbed OPI Petal Soft on top and I must just say the petals were very easy to fish out too. Finally a top coat of Seche Vite and I was good to go.

Saturday, 9 May 2015

Water Marbling Success!

OPI have bought out their new soft shades and I picked up the three that appealed to me most. Here is Chiffon My Mind a soft white with just a tinge of pink and a beautiful blueish delicate shimmer. Without top coat this dries to a satin like finish which I just loved. 

After a day or two of OPI Chiffon My Mind mani, I thought I would have another go at water marbling! I left a cup of water sitting out over night and then just added some tepid water from the kettle when I started. I used Ulta3 Blue Marlin a royal blue, Candy Mohair a peachy pink and Lazy Daisy a beautiful creamy yellow. I think another secret is to work quickly with the dropping in of the polish. I am just so pleased how these turned out. But, isn't it always the way that by the time I had got to my right hand the marbling was starting to look better!

What surprised me most about my mani was the number of comments I received at work, I thought this was anything but perfect, but it seems the customers were of a different opinion.

Saturday, 2 May 2015

Negative Space!

Well I thought I would try a negative space mani! I decided to use Mundo de Unas #4 Blue rather than the more normal black. From a distance my mani looked totally blue and the only way you could tell it was a negative space mani was in a close up so I think this was rather a fail to be honest. I really don't know what I was expecting though. And the tip wear was decidedly marked after about three days.

On a more positive note, I just love this Born Pretty stamping plate BP 11 which features some cool patterns that are reminiscent of the 60's psychedelic era.

Saturday, 25 April 2015

Lorikeet Selfie!

So I had just done my nails with Qutique Gel using the base and top coat. Yes really! my nails are that pale, that the moons do not show up in photos let alone real life. Anyway moving on, I then went out to get coffee sans a complete mani while I waited for inspiration to strike. When I came back, the Lorikeets that we feed were screaming for their food, and as I was taking pictures of them feeding one landed on my shoulder. I quickly switched the camera and took a selfie with him! 

And that is the inspiration for this weeks mani!

Glitter tips using Lynnderella One Nutty Fruitcake a multi coloured square glitter bomb (in fact one of the first, if not the first to use square glitter) top coated with Glisten & Glow HK Girl. Unfortunately we have had one serious storm here that went on for three days so no sunshine pictures to show off how seriously sparkly Lynnderella glitters are 

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Cue Cute Owls!

I just adore the cute bedding that is coming out for young toddlers now featuring owls, unfortunately there is no one for me to indulge. Tinkerbell and Elsa now rule the roost! (Absolutely no pun was intended, but after I had written it and realised it, I couldn't delete it! So I'm sorry if you are suffering)

So anyway, I came across Messy Mansion MM19 stamping plate and I had my cute owls on my mitts instead! This is Quitique Snow White for the background and I used Barry M Gellies starting with Kiwi on my index finger, Watermelon on the middle finger and thumb, Blood Orange for the larger cute owl on my ring finger and finally Pink Punch for the smaller owl on my pinkie. As you can see the Barry M Gellies stamp exceptionally well, and my application or technique could use a little work.

Monday, 6 April 2015

Classic Black And Gold

I'm so in love with this mani, it was just perfect! I thought it looked very Aztecy. This was Qutique Shadow on thumb, index and pinkie, with two coats of Revlon 1000 Volts on my middle and ring finger. Stamped with MoYou London Kaleidoscope Collection 08 using Kleancolor Metallic Black on my middle and ring fingers and Kleancolor Metallic Yellow on my thumb. 

And a side by side shot as Revlon 1000 volts didn't stamp or show up very well being thinner and made using two pigments namely yellow and orange. Kleancolor on the other hand stamps amazingly well being thicker and just the one pigment yellow.

Saturday, 28 March 2015

After Failure Comes Success!

You can't go wrong with simple! And I really like this mani after some terrors. Anyway moving forever upwards and onwards. This mani is an optical allusion, it looks like the accent nail is a pink gradient when its not! I really love other peoples subtle gradients so I was pleasantly surprised that this happened. 

On to my mani then Qutique Shadow stamped with MoYou London Kaleidoscope Collection 20 using Mundos de Unas #15 Mexican Pink. Then top coated with Qutique Titanium Power Gel for that super slick glossy look.