Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Nail art for gel polish: snakeskin!

First a pic, then some back story:
Snakeskin gel technique (gradient)
Snakeskin gel technique (gradient)
 
Hey you. So I have been using gel polishes more and more lately. Originally I got the Knock out Nails system to try and combat or at least protect my weakening nails. It came with a UV lamp and a special UV nail hardener. I used it for months to give it a fair shot, but it just wasn't for me.
 
I ended up not liking the fact that it didn't soak off. I would often be left with lifting at the cuticle. Which, in turn, led me to have to do fills, essentially, of the hardener. And after a significant amount of time passed, I realized that it was doing nothing to actually strengthen my nails. Meaning, yes. My nails were stronger with the product on them. But once it was removed, not so much. O.o
 
So I tried all kinds of hardeners/strengtheners. Garlic, formaldehyde, etc. I wanted to try Qtica by Zoya, but didn't ever foot the bill. Then, I came across this Red Carpet Manicure line at my local grocery store (Ulta exclusive? NOT...!). And had to try it out. At the very least, the gel polish would stay on my nails for a couple weeks and in turn strengthen my nails while they had time to grow some. And if I wantd to, I could polish on top of that and even change my polish every other day or so without damaging the gel too much.
 
So I gave it a shot! And I'm glad to say I liked it. I've been too busy with work to do a mani every day or 2 or 3 anyway, so it's or is for me for now.
 
And the plus side is the strength it gives my weakest nails while they grow. AND the fact that can also repair breaks when they happen with the gel a la loodieloodieloodie..

So then, the next natural progression was to find out all the nifty new nail art I can do with gels that I can't do with regular polish. ;0)
And after searching youtube, I came up with this. Except he uses gel top coat to dot on the design. I tried that, and since top coat has a bad habit of melting and pooling everywhere, it was kind of messy. So I kept searching, and found someone reference using base coat instead. DING DING DING!!! My RCM base gel is all sticky and perfect for this technique.
 
It's super easy to do, too. You can use regular polish for the bottom color, but you have to use gel for the top.
 
Once you're ready, and your bottom color is dry or cured, paint a thin coat of the top color (I used black here) but don't cure it just yet. I like to do this one nail at a time. So I get the best most crisp design. The longer the gel has to sit on the nail (while you dot the design on the rest of the nails for ex), the more it will deform as it warms up and spreads out.
 
So do it like this. Cure the bottom color layer. Then working one nail at a time, paint a thin coat of black. Then use a dotting tool to dot the base gel all in whatever pattern you want to on the nail. Then once you're all done with THAT NAIL, flash cure it for a few seconds to set it. That way it won't move all around while you do there rest of the nails.
 
Continue this way until the last nail (on that hand, anyway), and cure for the full time (my base gel says 1 min but I did 2 cause it's kinda a thick layer).
 
Then top coat it and you're done!
 
Here's some swatch-sickles I made to try different color combos:
 
Snakeskin gel technique swatches
Snakeskin gel technique swatches
L-R: White on turquoise, white on black, black on white, black on turquoise, brown on turquoise, brown on taupe, taupe on brown
Snakeskin gel technique swatches
Snakeskin gel technique swatches
The pic at the top of this post was done using a gradient from white to turquoise. With black as the top layer:
Snakeskin gel mani
Snakeskin gel mani
The picture above I did using a silver glitter gel polish, with an accident of the turquoise. Here's a peek at what it looked like after the first coat of gel:
Snakeskin mani after first coat
Snakeskin mani after first coat
I hope you enjoy looking at these as much as I loved making them! Thanks for reading and happy polishing to you all.....! XD
 

Monday, September 30, 2013

Bundle Monster Create Your Own Collection first mani!

So I just got the new "Create Your Own" plate collection for 2013 in the mail from Bundle Monster. I've been looking for images through goole image search for this collection, and coming up empty handed.
 
Lucky for you all, I decided to snap some pix!!!
 
I'll be sure to post pix of all the plates individually, but for now here's a super sneak peak showing you just the plates I used for the mani I did tonight. Mind you, this was just to play around with them (I can NEVER WAIT LONG!!!!).
 
So, withy further adieu, here's my Kraken Mani:
 
Kraken Mani
Kraken Mani
I love these new plate so much!!!! I splurged and ordered this set, the Holiday set, and a second plate storage binder. Hey, I DESERVED it. Work has been crazy and I've had to get up at the butt crack of dawn for like a month PLUS. So there......!!! =0P
 
Here's more pix:
 
 
Kraken mani
Before I put in the ship image and the ship's wheel ....

Kraken Mani before extra images
More with all the images added:
 
Kraken mani w/ ship
 
And here's how the packaging looks:
 
Bundle Monster packaging
 
Back of packaging
And finally here's the plates I used:
 
 
BM-414
BM 414
BM-401
BM 401
BM-H13
BM H13 (from holiday set)
I hope you enjoyed this post! I'll try to get something up with pix of ALL THE PLATES very soon!!!! XD
 

Friday, September 7, 2012

Sinful Polar Opposites Magnetic Nail Polish

Sinful magnetic polish
Sinful Polar Opposites duochrome magnetic polish!!!!!
OMG, this polish is so awesome! Lol.



I thought I was over magnetics for now. We've seen so many of them from almost every brand including china glaze, wet n wild, Layla, random grocery store brands, Sally Hansen, etc.



This, however, my friends, is something I at least, had not seen. A magnetic polish that is also a wonderful glittery shimmery DUOCHROME.

Yup, you read that right. Sinful Polar Opposites is a Duochrome Magnetic polish!!! "Duochrome Magnetic polishes EXIST!?!?" Yes, dear reader, they do now. And FYI, sinful has done a pretty bang up job on this one. Amazingly, for a five dollar bill, you could be the proud new owner of such a beauteous lacquer, too! =0)



Behold:

Sinful magnetic polish


Sinful magnetic polish

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Union Jack & Punk Rock Manis

Union Jack Mani
Union Jack Mani: OPI Swimsuit Nailed It + striper nail art
Nail art photo
Union jack mani
Hi guys! Long time, no post, huh?!


Sorry 'bout that! I've been SUPER busy and have lots of news!!! =0)


Most exciting news first,

I have an iPad!!!!!!!!!!!! Can you believe it!?!?!? I still have trouble remembering that it's real. I swear I never thought I'd have one! =0) I've had a flip phone for the last, let's see... 5 years? MORE!?!? So, yeah. Technology doesn't find me very easily much to my dismay...!

So when I was gifted an ipad recently, I was absolutely BLOWN AWAY with how cool it is. Seriously loving it and catching up on tons of lost time- downloading apps, taking pics, etc. Living the mobile life! Lol

Next coolest thing is that MASH sent me a new plate set to review. I've not ever received any products for review until then (or...well...now?), so it's s pretty big deal to me. I have been playing with it for sometime now so I have lots of pictures to share with you guys! Which is the reason I wanted to wait to do the post- I like regular blogger reviews that show an example mani, but I thought it would be AWESOME to wait on the review until I could show a TON of example manis. So that was my strategy... =0)

Next next, I should be receiving a set from CHEEKY very soon to review for you guys, also. Yes, I am super freaking out excited!!!!! Lol. I know we all (well,many of us, anyway!) have been waiting for what feels like FOREVER for CHEEKY to release their "Summer Set." Well, they are doing a short pre-sale right now, and will release the set "for real" very soon! YAYYY!!!

Now, the pic you saw at the beginning of this post was a mani I did a few weeks ago. The base isOPI Swimsuit Nailed It, and I painted the UK flag with polish stripers. I kinda suck (I think, anyway) at painting nail art by hand. However, the union jack is a pretty forgiving patter to do. I kinda just winged it and I thought it turned out pretty cute!

=0)

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

More stamping with magnetics

So, that's kinda my new thing.  Stamping on magnetic polish.

I loved the original tiger manicures so much that I've been trying other combination since.  Here's another recent creation.

Justice Magnetic polish (in green) stamped with BM 223


Waddya think?  I'm loving these animal prints on top of magnetic polish!  I feel like it's my trademark mani now, too!  lol

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Pretty Pink & Black Polka Dots


I have a pretty dotticure for you all today.  I modeled this mani after a little makeup pouch I got from Target for like a dollar or two.  I always loved the color scheme and the design.  So, of course I wanted to translate that into a mani for like EVER!  haha!  But it took me some months to get around to doing it.  Also, this was my very first dotticure where I cover my nails with dots and don't just do a random pattern on a portion of the nail.  Mama is proud!  ;0)
 

 For this mani I used a bunch of colors!  I actually could NOT believe that I had in my stash colors that worked PERFECTLY for this and matched the bag like, exactly!

 The colors I used are as follows:
  • White - Wet n Wild White
  • Black - Wet n Wild Black Creme
  • Light Grey - China Glaze Recycle
  • Dark Grey - Zoya Kelly
  • Light Pink - Color Club (unknown, unmarked from Ross set)
  • Medium Pink - Color Club Poptastic
  • Dark Pink - Color Club - All That Razz
I loved this mani.  I really enjoyed wearing it for a couple days and I hope you like it, too! =0)

WHERE TO BUY LYNNDERELLA POLISH

Ok guys. I get SO MANY EMAILS AND COMMENTS asking me where to get Lynnderella polishes. And I totally understand why! But it's gotten so overwhelming to answer you all individually. I don't have time! lol

Lynn has her own blog (and blogsales) here.

And Llarowe sells her stuff here.

So go forth and buy tons of it! And make sure to tell 'em I sent ya!
Thanks for understanding! Lacquerish =0)