Sunday, 28 June 2015

Gold Perfection!


Well what can I say this may well have been my most successful mani to date! As soon as I appeared I was getting compliments on my most beautiful and sparkly gold mani.  When I explained this nail polish is not sold in Australia, I was asked by two separate customers if I would be so kind as to order it for them. Of course I was more than happy to oblige. (Any excuse to get even more nail polish lol)


One of my customers a self confessed gold freak said she had spotted my nails from across the room, they were that blingy! So what have I actually got on my mitts then? It is actually two coats of Lacquistry Amazeballz You So Fine! The most beautiful pale gold ever invented.  Followed by Seche Vite topcoat and that's it.
 

I've had this on my nails a week now and I'm not planning on taking it off anytime soon, so I might just stamp over the top of it for next week.

Saturday, 20 June 2015

Another Picture Fail!


OPI Next Stop... The Bikini Zone you are so beautiful, but a real bugger to photograph well! Mind you I don't think it helped having the Born Pretty Silver stamped all over it as that totally blinged out my camera settings.
 

You will just have to trust me that this is a really pretty polish being a duo chrome and super sparkly. Oh well moving on, this was three coats. I then stamped a very delicate design from JQ 06 using Born Pretty Silver stamping polish which is a very bright silver!
 

Lastly a photo taken at work using an iPhone which shows the true colour of OPI Next Stop... The Bikini Zone and how sparkly and full of life this mani actually is!

Monday, 8 June 2015

Inspiration!



So for my mani this week I was pondering on what to do, as you do when you can't think of a single thing. When I thought glitter tips! And then I remembered there was a bit of fuss about the following picture. It wasn't exactly about the mani but about old hands! I for one  would love to know the age we have to be before we are to stop taking care of ourselves or wanting pretty things!


The lovely Jess in a group I follow on facebook posted up a picture of the mani she had created for her mother-in-law. The mani itself took a fair amount of time to create being quite complex and highlights Jess's creative flair. (I've just used polish to recreate something similar) Wherein certain people suggested she should have used a better model, with nicer hands etc. All I could see was a perfect mani that was really pretty and one that I would like to recreate for myself. 


On to my mani then, a clear base of Qutique Gel then a french tip using Barry M Gelly Blue Grape with Pretty Serious Moments Til Midnight dabbed on top. And then stamped with hehe 028 using Mundo De Unas White. Followed by Glisten n Glow HK Girl topcoat to protect the stamping.



I was unsure if the flowing white lines would detract from the mani, but in actual fact they enhance it and I have already had many compliments for this mani its just so striking in real life!

Saturday, 30 May 2015

British Tweed!


If ever there was a polish screaming out to be British tweed then Rimmel Lasting Finish Pro Rags To Riches is it! And of course we needed the English Red Rose too. I was so pleased how this mani has turned out, as I fear I have rather lost my polish mojo for a while.
 

On to my mani then three coats of Rimmel Lasting Finish Pro Rags To Riches a lovely greyed out green which also has a soft sparkle in it too. I then stamped the tweed pattern from hehe 028 on to my thumb, index, middle, and pinkie fingers using Ulta3 Black Satin. I then stamped the rose image from MoYou London Pro Collection 07 onto my thumb and ring finger using Mundo De Unas #32 Reddish. (I had to stamp the rose image on to my middle finger nail too as I had smudged it grrr). I then top coated this mani with Qutique gel as I intend to keep this mani on for some time as I love it that much.

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.