Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Xmas sponge gradient

I try to avoid nail art that requires too much clean up.  This is one of the reasons why I don't do stamping, it's too messy for me.  Anyway, this weekend I decided to tough it up and try something different, something that I hadn't tried in years.  I wrapped my fingers with tape like they do in those tutorials, and it worked pretty well.  Except for the gold foil that stuck to the skin everywhere around the nails, after clean-up

Overall, I was happy with the result.  I used the Ulta Beauty wedges for applying make up.  They worked pretty well in my opinion.  I'll have to try it with cremes and report back, because I know those type of sponge-gradients are harder to achieve.  My point here, was trying to combine three different finishes in one gradient: Holographic, Foil, and Glitter.

Layering Order:
1 coat Different Dimension Up All Night
1 coat NailNation 3000 Falling For You (tips only)
Sponge: Different Dimension Up All Night, Pahlish Golden Nougat, and NailNation Falling For You
1 coat Darling Diva Polish Little Red Corvette
Dior Gel Coat

Monday, December 15, 2014

Chaos & Crocodiles Charmed (+) is a topper packed with duochrome flakies

If it wasn't for my friend Erin who is always in the know about Chaos and Crocodiles restocks, I probably wouldn't have found out about these flakies.  They had two options for this particular one, I chose the (+) with extra flakies, because I had the ILNP ones coming to me, and I had a feeling that they were going to be too sparse.  Sadly, I did order a dupe to this, I included a comparison below.  I still don't know how I feel about this new type of flakies.  At some angles they can look like I'm wearing dirt on my nails, or some kind of industrial shreds.  Magnetic Powder comes to mind.  At any rate, I'd have to give them some time to see if they'll grow on me.

Layering Order:
2 coats SV Blurple Ice Cubes
1 coat Chaos and Crocodiles Charmed (+)
no basecoat or topcoat in these pictures


Layering Order:
2 coats Mac Vestral White
1 coat Chaos and Crocodiles Charmed (pinky and middle)
1 coat ILNP Metropolis (ring and index)
no basecoat or topcoat in these pictures

Friday, December 12, 2014

F.U.N Pay Day Holo is a silver reflective lacquer

This nail polish has the most appropriate name to celebrate this Friday.  Pay Day is what I wanted GE Silver Sands to be.  I like that these are real silver, because they are not yellowish in the shade.  The formula was great, although I noticed that drying time was a bit much.  I had to use fast drying topcoat for this one/  I did 2 coats, but from up close, there were a few gaps.  This is gorgeous in real life, and it wears like iron.

Layering Order:
Chanel Protective Basecoat
2 coats F.U.N. Lacquers Pay Day (H)
Deborah Lippmann Addicted to Speed 

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Non-traditional colorful jelly trees

This was one of the easiest nail art manis I have done, in a long time,  I came up with this idea, when I saw these Incoco Nail Strips.  I was hoping I had a dark green jelly in my stash, but it turns out that I do not!  After I recovered from the shock, I browsed through my mini jelly collection and  decided to draw these colorful trees.  I used a smaill brush to make these triangles, but since jellies are really easy to work with, I think this can be done with a toothpick.  They look really nice in real life, because the holographic glitters seem like twinkling tree lights.

Layering Order:
Chanel Protective Basecoat
2 coats Claire's Sun-sation
1 coat Poshe Fast Drying Basecoat
1 coat Loreal Berry Nice (index and pinky)
1 coat L'oreal Miss Pixie (middle only)
1 coat L'oreak Jolly Lolly (index only)
Glitter Stars
Poshe Fast Drying Basecoat
Deborah Lippmann Addicted to Speed

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Different Dimension Tulips Are Better Than One is a shimmery duochrome purple

This reminds me of the old-school duochromes, like Ozotic 505.  I have been wearing holographics and glitters non-stop lately, so this was a nice break.  The formula was perfect for this one, and I could have gotten away with two coats, but I decided to make it more opaque at three.  I love the shimmer in this one, it's the perfect amount and the perfect size, plus the color just works with the base.  Aside from RBL Scrangie, I cannot think of another one in my stash like it.

Layering Order:
Chanel Protective Basecoat
3 coats Different Dimension Tulips Are Better Than One
no topcoat in these pictures

Monday, December 8, 2014

Frozen pink and blue gradient

I've been spending more time on pinterest lately, and I stumbled across this pin.  I placed my cup of hot tea on the desk, and stared at the screen.  It was one of those moments when you feel like the world stops and time stays still.  Without blinking for what felt like five minutes, I thought to myself "I need to do this, I could do this".  I decided to do my own version with different nail polishes, I hope I kept the escence of it.  Here is the complete post that inspired this mani, check it out; this Blogger gets full credit for today's Wintery mani,

Layering Order:
2 coats NailNation 3000 Kenzie
2 coats Dance Legend Through the Glass (base of the nails only)
Silver holographic dots and snowflakes, and blue diamond shaped glitter
OPI DS Topcoat

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Announcing the Winner of the SV Frosted Sweets Giveaway

Yay \o/ 18 people entered the SV Frosted Sweets Giveaway and the Winner was the lucky Triceratops, who was the last one to enter.  For this giveaway of the Frosted Sweets Collection (reviewed here), the winner has been e-mailed and has already given me the mailing address.  However, there is another giveaway going on right now, on the SV Facebook Page, be sure to check it out

Congrats to the winner! thank you all for entering <3