Wednesday, 23 April 2014

St George's Day 2014

So St George's Day has rolled around again, and I was going to do something a bit more subtle i.e. not immediately recognisable as a St George's Day mani. I chose the writing from MoYou London Pro Collection XL07 to represent Shakespeare who was actually born on St George's Day. The reason I used Kleancolor Metallic Green for the writing was because I was actually going to stamp red roses (the national flower for England) over the top. That idea was scrubbed when I couldn't find single rose stamps.

I instead however, choose to do some iconic images from MoYou London Tourist Collection 01 in Kleancolor Metallic Red and Metallic Black. This was all stamped over two coats of Sally Hansen White on with one coat of Picture Polish White Wedding.

Saturday, 19 April 2014

In Lieu of Easter, I Give You Peacocks!

Easter Time, and do you think I could find my water decals or even inspiration for some nail art? Yep you guessed it a big fat NO! So in casting around I thought I would use Crows Toes Green Thumb Of Doom as a base and go from there. Looking at my MoYou London Mother Nature plate I wondered if I could create something Eastery from that.

I decided to use the peacock portion of the plate and I'm afraid Easter was now a distant memory. I then wanted to use a blue that was sparkly like the sheen on the peacocks feathers, plus it had to show up against the shimmer of the Crows Toes Green Thumb Of Doom so I chose Skin Food Pedicure Sparkle #5

This mani was much more shimmery in real life, but unfortunately the stamping looks washed out in the photos that I took in the sun, so I have only used the shade ones here.
I wish you all a Happy Easter and may the Easter Bunny visit you too.

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Pastel Roses!

Continuing with my new love of stamping, and the success of my pink roses last week, I decided upon stamping my favourite flower from my garden back in the UK. Namely those beautiful creamy peachy pink roses that smelt so divine. This was so pretty and delicate looking in real life but I don't think it has translated too well into these photos.

Anyway on to my mani, and I'm afraid it was a long drawn out process as you will discover! First off I decided on a translucent white background speckled with green. Did I achieve that? No. I used four coats of OPI Don't Touch My Tutu which is very sheer hence the four coats. I then used saran wrap to dab on Ulta3 Corsican Rose, unfortunately I didn't really wait for it to dry and put a coat of Seche Vite on which smeared the Ulta3 Corsican Rose and blended it beautifully with the OPI Don't Touch My Tutu! Deciding to carry on rather than start again I used MoYou London Pro Collection XL 07 and two Chi Chi polishes from the Pastel Collection (the pink from my left hand and the orange from my right hand) and Sally Hansen White On. Finished off with a top coat of Seche Vite when it was all dry.

And isn't it always the way, I thought the roses on my left hand were far more like what I had envisaged!

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Addicted To Stamping!

Yes, I have a confession to make! I am officially addicted to stamping! So I'm afraid this blog is going to feature a lot more stamping, is that a bad thing? Only time will tell. Having discovered MoYou Plates and squishy stampers along with using my Kleancolor metallic polishes there is now no stopping me.

Gratuitous shot, I just love the cool tones in this photo! On to my mani then, three coats of Pretty Serious The Pink One, (I wanted to do pink roses) using MoYou London Pro Collection XL 07 stamped with a of Covergirl Black Diamond a one coat black mixed with a small amount of Kleancolor Metallic Black as I was afraid the Covergirl might not stamp by itself.

Sunday, 30 March 2014

MoYou London - First Stamping

OMG will you look at this, I can't believe that this stamping turned out to be so awesome! I am so stoked that I finally have some stamping that looks professionally done. And I must admit I am hooked! And MoYou London has become my new best friend!

So what did I use? I hear you all ask, OPI My Vampire Is Buff three coats then a coat of Seche Vite. I stamped MoYou London Explorer Collection 12 (an Aztec design plate) with Kleancolor Metallic Red followed by, half an hour later, another coat of Seche Vite. Who knew stamping could be so easy lol once you have the right tools!

Saturday, 22 March 2014

Pretty Serious Colour!

Well you can't get more colourful than Pretty Serious The Pink One, I had been lemming it for such a long time and then it was back in stock! The Pink One hasn't disappointed me one iota. It is seriously pink!! And just too make doubly sure that the pink really popped I first used Sally Hansen White On as a base... I'm not totally convinced I needed to do that so the next time I'll skip that part.

So while I was grabbing The Pink One what other pretty colours did I pick up? Well I couldn't get past Rae's Rainbow without it falling into my cart! Probably not shown in its full glory here having layered it over OPI Swimsuit Nailed It! Rae's Rainbow is a glitter topper predominately blue but with all the colours of the rainbow in and super sparkly, just the kind I adore. 

A gratuitous shot of them all sitting in the sun!

On to my mani then, thumb, ring and pinky two coats of OPI Swimsuit Nailed It! followed by two coats of Pretty Serious Rae's Rainbow on my thumb and ring finger (I was originally only going to do an accent nail but it was just too pretty). On my index and middle finger two coats of Sally Hansen White On then two coats of Pretty Serious The Pink One. All topped off with a coat of Seche Vite.

On a more serious note Rae's Rainbow is available from Pretty Serious Cosmetics
and is a Limited Edition Polish with $5 from every Polish sold going to a charity to fund research that will cure, treat and prevent type 1 diabetes and its complications.

Monday, 17 March 2014

St Patrick's Day Mani

So St Patrick's Day has rolled around once again and this time not only had I planned my nails in advance, I actually did them too! I'm super impressed with my organisational skills this time.

The rainbows inspiration came from Tips and Topcoat's beautiful mani.

I used ten yes TEN different nail polishes of which five used for the rainbow are pictured here: they are Ozotic Pro 515,518 Kleancolor Metalic Mango, OPI Oy-Another Polish Joke! and Emily de Molly Land of Confusion. The other five used were David Jones Goldfish and Ulta3 Show Stopper for the pot of gold. OPI Solitaire for the clouds. My index and ring finger were just plain, if you could ever call Enchanted Polish Mean Mr Mustard plain! And my thumb was Enchanted Polish Mean Mr Mustard with Picture Polish Kryptonite free hand four leaf clovers and hearts. With the all important Seche Vite top coat to protect my mani.

May the Luck of The Irish be with you in my International Give Away!