Sunday, May 29, 2011

Below Deck stamped

The other day I used Catrice Wrapped Around My Finger for a mani (didn't show that one yet), and I noticed that it became a bit thicker and pretty much a 1-coater. So I instantly wondered how it would work for stamping, and today I tried that. I'll have to get me a backup of this one and Poison Me, Poison You!, they're both great for stamping and I really like these colors :)

For this mani I used 2 coats of China Glaze Below Deck, and stamped it with Catrice Wrapped Around My Finger and BPS plate m78. I've noticed now that the images of these plates are a tiny bit smaller than the real Konad images, and the very fine lines aren't transferring well. So for plates that I'd use a lot I'd go for the real ones, but for plates that I'd use every once in a while these work fine for me.
The Catrice is actually a pink, but the basecolor I used now makes it look a bit more purple. It's lovely either way! :)



Have a great Sunday!

Friday, May 27, 2011

Green Tiger

A short post today, there's a ginormous watermelon in the fridge calling my name, nomnom. For this mani I used 2 coats of HEMA nr. 11, Essence All Access and Konad plate m57. It didn't look like much when I stamped it, but the top coat worked wonders :) It's all a bit more green irl.



Have a great weekend!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Pink splattered lines

If you'd see the Konad pink polish, you really wouldn't think that it could make a subtle stamping. It's so bright that it hurts my eyes and it wouldn't even surprise me if it glows in the dark. But unfortunately it doesn't cover as well as the other Konad polishes that I have, I guess that's because it's a bit thinner. Combined with the plate I used (Born Pretty Store m70) and the basecolor (2 coats of Orly Purple Crush), it ended up looking pretty subtle!



Take care :)

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Peachy Mani

I ordered 2 new Konad stamping polishes (red and pink) which arrived today, and of course I couldn't resist trying one out straight away! I used 3 coats of Catrice I Scream Peach! and stamped it with Konad Red and Born Pretty Store plate m78. These plates are pretty much fake Konad plates, I think there's some tiny differences in some of the plates though, but I can't compare irl. You can see that the quality of these plates is less and I'm not sure yet if the smallest bits of some images will work well, but hey, for that price I won't complain! :)
I wasn't too crazy of the Catrice when I got it, but really liked it now :) I've had that with more colors, that I didn't wear them much before but started to like them later on. Not handy for my wishlist, lol.



Thanks for looking :)

Monday, May 23, 2011

Silvery Circles

For today's mani I started with 1 coat of China Glaze Millennium, it covers in 1 coat but I should've used 2. I never wore Millennium, I only used it for stamping, but it applied like a bad holo, yikes! The thin coat gave a streaky finish and combined with the natural stripes in my nails it dried up looking extra stripy.
Before doing this mani I had a failed mani (you know one of those polishes that needs 4 coats + top coat, when it's finally almost dry you manage to get a big smudge in it, so not funny!), so I wasn't in the mood for another coat, but next time I'll use 2 coats to give a smooth result.
I stamped Millennium with BM plate 206 and China Glaze Awaken, then I added some rhinestones and top coat.

Millennium is absolutely blinding in the sun! (As I noticed extra when I was biking, lol, bad traffic mani)


On the above 2 pics you can see how dark the stamping can look, depending on the light. The hairy background in the 2nd pic is Bindi, she thought my background would make a nice slack spot for her :)

Take care! :)

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Glitters!

Here I'm wearing Nubar Hyacinth Sparkle, a topcoat eating glitter that looks so awesome in sunlight! I showed this one before, but it's such a pretty polish that I couldn't resist making pictures :)
I'm not too fond of the Sparkles collection's application though, I have 3 of them and the brushes are all really wide and fluffy, but this one's the easiest of the 3. I used 2 coats of Hyacinth Sparkle, then a coat of Seche Vite, another coat of HS and finished with 2 more coats of SV. Luckily it all dries fast =)
It takes some time to do the cleanup with all the glitters, and I don't even want to think about having to remove this yet, but seeing all the sparkly goodness makes it all so worth it!



Thanks for stopping by :)

Friday, May 20, 2011

My first sponged mani

I haven't posted in a few days, had my mind full of other stuff and wore this mani for several days. I liked it so much that I didn't mind that though =)

I used 2 coats of Orly Purple Crush (thanks to my bf <3) and sponged it with Zoya Alegra. I'm not good at naming colors and finishes, but that Orly surely ain't a purple! And to add to the confusion, it doesn't look like the color in the bottle when it's on your nails either, lol. It's one of those berry-fuchsia kinda colors that just doesn't photograph well, booo. It's almost a neon in sunlight and also dries up slightly matte, and it's just a darker, richer color irl.

Alegra was a great match, it blended much better than it shows on my pics. I got inspired to sponge the tips by the lovely AmyGrace from The Polished Perfectionist, she does some awesome manicures, including sponging. And I'm wondering why I never tried it before, it was so easy!



Have a great weekend :)

Monday, May 16, 2011

VLN Water Decal Nail Wraps - Review

This weekend I received a package with the new Water Decal Nail Wraps from Viva La Nails. It's rainy today, so a perfect time to try them out with a nice cup of tea and a warm cat on my lap :) The pictures aren't fully color accurate though, with all the recent sunshine I slacked with buying a new lightbox lamp.

I received 8 different images, here are 7 of them, number 8 is on my nails. There are 39 different images you can choose from, some with the same image on each nail, some with a slightly different image (like the pink one above, the butterflies fly over your nails). Each package contains 10 decals, in 3 different sizes (thumb, index-middle-ring, pinkie).

This is what the package says about how to apply them. I wasn't sure what it ment with the quick manicure, so I went for basecoat only. I didn't use an orangestick but used my fingers to pick up the decals, that works fine too. You can easily move them around then and gently press out air bubbles, as long as your fingers are slightly wet.

Here you can see the size of the decals well, they're pretty large! The black tip is handy for holding them, although with the length of my nails I could use the excess decal for that as well.
The rounded part and the width of the decals was the right size for my nails, but I did have a problem on some nails though. The tip of those nails is a bit more rounded than the base of my nails, which means I couldn't easily get them flat on without bubbles in it. On my thumb it was the worst, but I solved it by making a small cut in the decal at the tip.

Waiting for the decals to dry completely took the most time of the whole application. I used top coat before filing off the excess decal at my tips, and then wrapped my tips with top coat. The top coat didn't smudge the images at all, but it could've used another coat because I like my nails as smooth as possible.

I think the result is pretty cute! But I wouldn't use these often though, I enjoy stamping too much and I found the application a bit of a hassle compared to my usual manicures. Although it was handy that I didn't have to do a cleanup!
I only did my left hand now just to try them out ánd because I think they'd also make great accent nails. So I'm gonna keep the other 5 for other manicures :)

The decals cost £2.95 per set, and here you can see them all.

Thanks for looking!


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Sunday, May 15, 2011

CND Muddy Rose stamped

I wondered for quite some time what kind of colors to use for stamping on colors like this CND, and recently I already found that China Glaze Joy looks nice. But the other day I saw an image that combined this kinda color with purple, and of course I had to try that too!

So here's 2 coats of CND Muddy Rose stamped with Catrice Posion Me, Poison You! and BM plate 224. The CND applies like butter and if you use a thicker coat, it's a 1-coater! It also dries fast and I love the cap, so it's a great quick mani polish. The only downside that I found is that it can chip quite fast, I wouldn't wear it without a top coat. I definitely want to try out more CND polishes :)



Enjoy your Sunday :)

Friday, May 13, 2011

Grey stamped mani and a mouse

As you probably know, Blogger has been down all day, and atm I still miss a whole bunch of reactions. I did see all comments though, thanks for them! And luckily I still have them all in mail, so if they ain't placed back, I'll post them myself again.
Now, back to the usual polish talk :)

For this mani I used 3 coats of Catrice Pebble Beach, Essence Caribbean Sea and BM plate 223.




Then there's something else that I'd like to show you, a mouse! I started with crochet the other day and it's not so easy at start, especially when there's cats distracting you from counting :P But I managed and my first successful project is finished :) The previous mouse I made was a bit odd shaped, so I wouldn't call that a success, but it's not like my cats care anyways, haha. I stuffed them with catnip!


There's quite a bit of creative stuff that I enjoy doing, but there's also a whole list of things I'd like to try out still. Like making those awesome decorated cakes (although that might not be the brightest choice, lol), or mosaic. Now I'm curious, do you like making things and if so, what kind of things? :)

Have a great weekend!

Tried a new color combo...

...and loving the outcome! I used 3 coats of Essence Speed Of Light Blue and stamped it with Models Own Purple Grey and an image from BM plate 225, which I stamped on the corner of my nails. The Essence has a nice blue shimmer in the bottle but it was missing on the nail. Too bad, but it's a sweet blue nevertheless.
I found that the Models Own works ok for stamping, but I had to be careful not to scrape too much.
I think it turned out cute :) The colors look slightly different irl though (weird weather wasn't helping), especially the stamp looked much darker, which I liked.



What do you think of this combo?

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Yesterday's image, today's mani

Yesterday I used an image from BM plate 221, and it was pretty visible, but only without direct light on it and that doesn't work well with my cam. So today I went for the same image again so you can see it better, but this time I picked a purple combo.

I used 3 coats of Essence No More Drama as base and stamped it with BM 221 and Catrice Poison Me, Poison You!, and this way the image stands out a lot more. The Catrice has a gorgeous shimmer and as you can see, in sunlight the red in the polish shows pretty well.



I like the result, but it doesn't wow me, so I'm already thinking about what to put on next =) Need to get me some new stamping colors, still lacking some that I'd like, for example a red.
Do you have any suggestions for must have stamping polishes?

Thanks for stopping by :)

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Green Leaves

For this mani I used 2 coats of Catrice Sea of Green and stamped it with BM plate 221 and China Glaze Adore. The colors were a bit hard to capture, Adore isn't so silvery but more green. I think trying a different color as background didn't help here, lol. This old mani shows the colors better :)
I think this stamping image is nice, but because it has such small details I'd use a creme on creme next time to make it more visible. As you can see, especially when the sun shines on it, it just becomes a bit blurry.
Are there any specific BM images you'd like to see? Picking one is hard each time! :)



Have a nice day!

Monday, May 9, 2011

An older flakie mani

I got the brilliant idea to wear a holo polish, but I didn't realize it wouldn't be so sunny today, lol. So here's an older mani :)
This was 3 coats of China Glaze Tantalize Me. That polish has a lovely blue glow so I figured Nfu.Oh #50 would match nice with it, I think I used 2 coats of that. But -how to explain this- the flakies on a lighter color show the actual color of the plastic a bit better in some light, a bit light brown or some, and I don't think that looks so nice. So I added a coat of Essie Matte About You, and that helped a bit :) The shimmer in Tantalize Me isn't so visible anymore, but it seemed to make the flakie color pop out even more.


Thanks for looking!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Something Sweet mani

For this mani I used 3 thin coats of China Glaze Something Sweet, China Glaze Emotion and BM plate 210. Thanks to the lovely warm weather the stamping polish dried way too fast on the stamp, giving half transfers and stuff, eek! I can be picky and this mani is a bit too sloppy for me (mainly my right hand), but better luck next time :) Still plenty of untried plates, lol.



Happy Mother's Day all and take care :)

Thursday, May 5, 2011

OPI Rumple's Wiggin' stamped

For this mani I used 3 coats of OPI Rumple's Wiggin' (I should really watch that Shrek movie sometime, the name still isn't making any sense :P) and stamped it with China Glaze Harmony and BM plate 205. I like the combo, but I liked the blue stamped mani that I did the other day so much that everything I did after feels a bit meh, lol.



Thanks for looking =)
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