Sunday, February 28, 2016

Lisa Frank Leopard, Inspired by Banicured

This one qualifies for #clairesttelle8feb Techniques You Love. If I'm honest, it's been ages since I did Leopard Print and I have no idea why I ever got away from it. It's always been one of my favourite designs, so I looked at today's prompt as a great excuse. I used two coats of Rimmel Sunny Days for my yellow base. I picked it up recently when I realized I have only a 1/2 bottle of yellow cream in my stash and that's it! Anyway, once the base was dry I used my Born Pretty Pallet Ring filled with acrylic paints to fill in the design.

This look is based loosely on a recent Banicured look that was inspired by the art of Lisa Frank. Once this was complete on both hands it was a riot of colour. 

Thanks all, and make sure to check out Born Pretty Store and their huge selection nail art supplies if you love that cute pallet ring. If you do, use this 10% off discount code UNGX31 they are still offering my readers!

Cheers all,

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Ponds of Love! Valentines Nail Art.

This was a bonus look I came up with around Valentine's Day that didn't get posted. It's a pond mani of images from BM-H18 layered with Femme Fatale Lacquer in Very Berry-licious. If you have this polish, it's perfect for a pond mani! I rarely dive into pond mani's but this was pretty simple in the end. The biggest trick allowing the layers sufficient dry time between steps.

In case your wondering how I did this:
1. Base coat
2. Two coats of jelly consistency polish, (Very Berry-licious)
3. Seche
4. Stamping with white polish
5. Final coat of jelly polish
6. Seche

The biggest tip being, 'allow enough dry time between steps'!

Hope everyone is having a super week!

Cheers all,

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Gradient Stamping, Sexy Scales

Did these a while back when I still had my claws. The base on these is Orly Frosting, the black is from Konad and the  Essie is an unnamed dollar store score. The image is from BM-604.

These make me miss my long nails, but I'm telly liking my more manageable length now too. I haven't kept them short for any length in a long time. It's kinda nice!

Cheers all,

Monday, February 22, 2016

Born Pretty Store, Clear Jelly Stamper Review

The second the Born Pretty Store (linked here) Clear Jelly Stamper arrived for review I had to test it out! It's my first clear stamper and for their great prices, I needed to know if it worked! I tested out a filled Mandala image for this first test and have used it twice more for upcoming posts as well. I used Go Crazy Red from China Glaze for the stamping polish and filled with a grey from Essence. Once the fill colour was dry to the touch at about 15 minutes I used the clear barrel to line it up dead center on my thumb. First try, and it helped perfectly!

It has also worked great each time I've used it and required no priming. It's available at this link, and you'll get an additional 10% if you use code UNGX31!

Cheers all,

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Heart Flowers, Valentines Nail Art

Today is #clairestelle8feb Flowers You Love prompt. I did these heart petal flowers around Valentine's Day on Pow from Indie Polish. The white and purple is acrylic and my base is two coats and I mattifyed it.

Simple and cute!

Cheers all,

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Born Pretty, Stamper and Pallet Ring Review

I was recently sent some nail art goodies from Born Pretty Store linked here for review. In this post I have the Pallet Ring linked here and the Double Ended Marshmallow Stamper linked here. I decided to use my silicone mat to work on my decal making skills. For my colours I used Bam, Zip and Zap from Indie Polish. These great neons had th pop I was looking for in the stamping decal.

I used the ring for filling my decal stripes, and it really was easier having the polish close to your work instead of in a margarine lid farther away. because this is a ring, there is also no worry you will fumble and drop it.

Here are the decals all filled and drying on my mat before application.

I used Bundle Monster plate BM-... for my images here and wanted to show you how great the pick-up was on both ends of the stamper. The first image is the large head and the second is the small. The small was still big enough for a full nail image.

Here's the look! I'm very happy with this awesome neon stripe! Decal's are going to take some practice, but this one is fun and I didn't wreck any during the process either!

The Born Pretty Marshmallow stamper needed some buffing with a smooth sided nail block, but afterwards was amazing to work with. The ring was imensly helpful and I will be using this one for all future free hand looks for sure.

Cheers all, and make sure to check out Born Pretty Store and their huge selection nail art supplies. If you do, use this 10% off discount code UNGX31 they are offering my readers!
Cheers all,

Friday, February 19, 2016

Digital Dozen Does Nail Heroes, Friday

So lately I've been crazy for watching videos and creeping IG accounts for stamping product brands. Most of them post the best uses of their product and some like Moyou for example post stuff from an in-house artist. I really love whoever does the in-house stuff for Moyou especially. I love the layered looks and the couloirs they choose. Even plates I would never buy look just amazing in the samples!

I used a new plate for the image from Moyou London Holy Shapes Collection-02. 

So cheers to the unknown artists who give the brands a visual voice!

Cheers all,

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Digital Dozen Does Nail Heroes, Thursday

This look is inspired by one of my all time faves, Cottonconey on Instagram linked here.
The original was a very recent look and was created with a baby blue pallet and some additional elements other than coffee. At the time I created this my whole family was down with the flu, so coffee was playing a big part of my week.

I created all my mugs, cups and snowflakes with acrylic over a Bundle Monster stamped chevron on Canadian Gold also from Mr's P's Nail Potions. This one is scented in Maple Cream...yum!

I really love love this one, It was so cute in person and I have a matchy dotticure I wore on my Cindy coming up soon.

Cheers all,

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Digtital Dozen Does Nail Heroes, Wednesday

My fave look of Nail Hero Week is inspired by the cutest design by Coewless on Instagram linked here. I recreated these super adorable and cuddly looking foxes as closely as possible, because I so adored the original.

My lil friends are all acrylic and on a base of two coats of  Pea-Cocky from Mr's P's Nail Potions.

I hope you guys love these as much as me because these cuties are one of my all time faves now!

Cheers all,

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Digital Dozen Does Nail Heroes, Tuesday

Today's Nail Hero look is a goodie! I've been meaning to do more and more advanced stamping looks and love how this came out! 

I used:
China Glaze Ingrid
OPI 50 Years Of Style
L.A. Colors Electrified 

I used a recently purchased Bundle Monster BM-S104 for the images. I love how easy this technique is even if it takes a little longer. It's all worth it to create something so pretty, and  inspired by one of my faves Clairestelle8 on Instagram linked here.  I love how she and other really advanced nail stamping queens can layer and fill image to create such deep looks without freehand. It's amazing, and I've really been working at upping my stamp game. 

Hope you guys are enjoying the looks so far, make sure you visit my lovelies in the InLinkz below.

Cheers all,

Monday, February 15, 2016

Digital Dozen Does Nail Heroes, Monday

Starting off the week with something very special...well for someone very special! Us girls over in the Digital Dozen really wanted to reach out and hug our Queen. Debbie aka The Crumpet inspired this look with her recent Bright Snakeskin look posted for Digital Dozen over on The Crumpet linked here.
I consider Debbie a friend and she's just such a great gal. She has made a hug impact on the entire nail community and started many of the groups and traditions we all are a part of. So cheers to Debbie!

For my version of her bright snakeskin I used:
Pure Ice No Means No
H&M Deep Orchid
Quo by Orly Night Sky
Konad Black and White
China Glaze Go Crazy Red

For my version I used a dark and shimmery pallet and then realized I didn't have a proper snakeskin stamp. I grabbed for this Bundle Monster abstract diamond image, which was slightly 'snakey' and I decided for some reason to go with a black, white and red gradient stamp look over top. So in the end, I'm going to say these are much less bright snakeskin and much more fuzzy knitted sweater...or something!

Totally not the look I was trying to emulate, but I LOVE IT just the same!

Cheers all,

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Valentines! Be Mine Ladies!

So I want you all to be my Valentine! See it says so right there!!
These ones here were loosely inspired by all the fantastic neon creations over at Clairestelle8 on Instagram linked here. I've been craving some neons in this mid-winter freeze, so Valentines was the perfect opportunity!

For this I used three unnamed Color Club neons and White On to create the distressed background. I stamped various Valentines and lovey dovey images from Bundle Monster and added a splash of You Rock My Heart from KBShimmer to my thumbs and pointer fingers.

This last image is my fave from my right hand. I really love this look today. It's a fun and bright wear for the holiday. Hope you all have a great day, weather it's with a loved one or a great chick flick and some chocolates.

Cheers all,

Red HOT HOT HOT, Valentines Nail Art

Zow! Right? This red hot look was actually a Christmas creation I never posted and am now recycling as a Valentines look. This was just a quick and bold layered look to wear for a Christmas party, but I loved the combo. I now dub thee Red Hot Valentines! The pictures don't do the flakie any justice, but in person this Color Club Snow-Flakes over Essie Trombone was molten lava.

Oh, side topic...can't wait for the next edition of the Digital Dozen, as I've been working on some really special looks for you guys.

Cheers all,