Friday, 17 November 2017

Nail Crazies Unite - Stamping with a flakie polish base

This week's prompt was stamping with a flakie polish base. This mani is also this week's submission for the Pancreatic Cancer Awareness challenge #pcanovember17. The prompt for that was Animals (or Nature) and all the manis are in purple.
I had a pale lilac gel base on so I added a single coat of 'Ard As Nails Shamone. As with all flakies, this pretty topper would be at its best over black but I thought it was worth a try over pale lilac and loved its subtlety.
Obviously I took photos matte and glossy although they really didn't capture how lovely it really was.
Next for the stamping - well cats of course! I used Messy Mansion MM50 with Barry M Blackcurrant to add the kitty cats.
Finally I added a matte topcoat (the Barry M one, best value matte top coat!)
Messy Mansion MM50
Messy Mansion MM50
Messy Mansion MM50
 


Friday, 10 November 2017

26 Great Nail Art Ideas - Animal print in the wrong colors

This week's prompt was Animal print in the wrong colors (colours)
I decided to go purple, I have never seen a purple leopard although I am sure that would be a beautiful sight!
This was a really simple mani. I started with base of Kiko 331, a lovely shade of purple and then I used Lina Get Wild 01 and A England Polovetsian Dances for the stamping.
I think they turned out quite well and I was pleased I had gone for similar rather than contrasting colours. I took a few shots - some with off-white gloves, some with purple. The purple ones often look awful on camera but I managed to capture the colour OK this time.
Lina Get Wild 01 with A England Polovetsian Dances
Lina Get Wild 01 with A England Polovetsian Dances
 Lina Get Wild 01 with A England Polovetsian Dances
 Lina Get Wild 01 with A England Polovetsian Dances
 Lina Get Wild 01 with A England Polovetsian Dances
 Lina Get Wild 01 with A England Polovetsian Dances



Friday, 3 November 2017

Nail Crazies Unite - Neutral Colours

This week's prompt is Neutral Colours.
I used a new polish from 'Ard As Nails which I recently pounced on in a flash sale. It has no name so I think its an oopsie but it is a lovely pretty warm nude, although perhaps a bit darker than nude, definitely in the neutral category though.
I don't have a sunshine shot unfortunately as I did my nails after lunch and the sun had gone down by the time I was ready for photos - I hate winter!!!
I stamped with Lina Twirls and Swirls 01 and Virago The Bus Stop. I thought this was greener and it is listed as seaweed green but it really does look rather brown on my nails in most lights, although I am sure I can see green in some of the broad daylight shots.
Anyway, khaki or brown, it's still pretty neutral in my book but I will leave it out and use it as base to see how it turns out, for future reference.
I loved how these turned out and wore them for a couple of days.
Lina Twirls and Swirls 01
Lina Twirls and Swirls 01
Lina Twirls and Swirls 01
Lina Twirls and Swirls 01
Lina Twirls and Swirls 01


Friday, 27 October 2017

26 Great Nail Art Ideas - Halloween with negative space

This week's prompt was Halloween with negative space.
I messed up a bit with my planning here as I did a 3 step gel at the beginning of the week and have every intention of making it last 2 weeks! Luckily it was a nude colour so I am hoping I'll get away with it!
I chose the "Scream" image from Beauty Big Bang 03 as I thought it would work well with negative space. It is also doubling up for a #clairestelle8halloween prompt, my favourite Halloween movie.
(it isn't my favourite but I could only think of 2 that I have seen and other one wouldn't work with negative space)
I stamped with A England Camelot. I maybe should have used a proper stamping polish for a blacker background and a slightly cleaner stamped image but I quite like the soft black look.
Big Beauty Bang 03 with A England Camelot
 Big Beauty Bang 03 with A England Camelot
Big Beauty Bang 03 with A England Camelot




Friday, 20 October 2017

Nail Crazies Unite - Vampy Matte

The final prompt for the last series of Nail Crazies Unite was Vampy Matte.
I used one of my oldest polishes as the base, OPI Lincoln Park After Dark. Although I think most dark polishes are vampy, I do think a dark red or a dark purple are super vampy.
I stamped with Dixie Plates DP09 and A England Shall be my Queen.
At the moment I have one hand matte and one hand glossy and I still can't quite decide which I like best!
Dixie Plates DP09
Dixie Plates DP09
 Dixie Plates DP09
 



Saturday, 14 October 2017

26 Great Nail Art Ideas - Friday the 13th

And we're back... Well I know I said it was the last one, but after a few changes around, the admins decided to keep going and I'm not very good at saying no so I'll keep going too. I'll just try to get less stressed about the deadlines.
Anyway, we opened the new year of challenges with Friday the 13th, as they are not that common and therefore not to missed.
And for me, the opportunity to use one of my favourite polishes is also not to be missed, Above the Curve Friday the 13th (the original one!). This is a dark brown holo, just gorgeous!
Traditionally this is an unlucky day so I decided to offset the unluckiness with lucky black cats, but clearly I have had to cheat, They are very dark brown cats, but anyone who has seen a black cat in the sun will know they often have brown, or even orangey undertones in their fur and that is my justification for the cheat!!
I used Messy Mansion MM50 and A England Carnation Lily Lily Rose to add the cute kitties.
Above the Curve Friday the 13th
Above the Curve Friday the 13th
Messy Mansion MM50
Messy Mansion MM50
 Messy Mansion MM50
Messy Mansion MM50


Thursday, 5 October 2017

Nail Crazies Unite - Sugar Skulls

This week's prompt was Sugar Skulls. I have 2 sugar skull plates both with quite large images but unfortunately I cut my nails 2 days before doing this mani - complete failure to think ahead!!
I do have a stamper that shrinks images so then it was a debate between shrink the image or use the clear stamper to neatly place the image. I went for the clear stamper and hoped to get enough image on the nail.
I uses Pet'la Cavaleras with A England Camelot over a base of Polished by Leanne Purity. Purity is a lovely white with a hint of shimmer (a bit camera shy when I took these pictures but nicer than just a plain white)
Then I coloured the images in with Sharpies.
They do look a bit abstract, not sure you would think "sugar skulls" if it didn't say that in the title but I did think they looked pretty.
Pet'la Cavaleras
Pet'la Cavaleras
 Pet'la Cavaleras
 Pet'la Cavaleras

Pet'la Cavaleras
Pet'la Cavaleras