Monday, September 22, 2014

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31DC2014: Inspired by a Song

Inspired by a song - there are so many options that I didn't know where to start and I just wasn't feeling it this year, but in the end I did a mani that I've wanted to try for a while. Rain drops using gel polish.

There are plenty of songs about the rain, so I'm not going to pick just one.

Rather than making this a dark and stormy rain mani, I went with a spring shower theme. As such I did a soft blue gradient for the background.  I then added some white and grey clouds at the top. To create the rain drops, I used a dotting tool and dotted on some elongated dots to look like drips.
I then cured them under the UV lamp.  I did this three times to really build up some depth in the rain drops. 

This mani was interesting to look at and and fun to wear, cause I kept playing with the tops of my nails to feel the smooth lumpy texture.







 
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Sunday, September 21, 2014

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31DC2014: Inspired by a colour

Yes, this is a rainbow watermarble, and no I don't have my days mixed up.  This is definitely my inspired by a colour mani, and there is a good reason why I have a rainbow marble.

Last year when I did this challenge, I had no idea what "Inspired by a colour" meant. So I checked out how Sarah from Chalkboard Nail interpreted it.  She took it to mean, inspired by a nail polish colour - eg the name of it.  So that is what I did last year.  I had planned to do that this year too and I sat down in front of my stash list to read through the names of all the polishes in my collection.  Not a single polish name jumped out at me for something I could paint.  I was totally out of inspiration. 

This is when I turned around to Mr 6 and asked him what is favourite colour was.  I figured I would paint something in his favourite colour as he always loves checking out my nail art.  His answer to me was "RAINBOW - my favourite colour is rainbow mum!"

Screw it, I thought, I'm going to do a rainbow marble using my polishes, because I'm now 'he shit' at doing watermarbles and I want to show off. Tee hee.

Needless to say, I'm pretty damn happy with how this came out.  From someone that couldn't do a watermarble to save themselves a few months ago (just ask my local Canberra nail girls from when we did a Watermarbling polishing session together) to what I'm able to do now!  YIPPEE!







 
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Saturday, September 20, 2014

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31DC2014: Water marble with Picture Polish scattered holo blues

I had originally planned to use my PAWS custom mixed water marbling polishes for this prompt, but the 31 Day Challenge is called a challenge for a reason, so I decided to use another brand of polish to see what I could achieve.

I just received the new Picture Polish collaboration shades in the mail and I was looking at how Forget Me Not compared to the other Picture Polish blue scattered holos, then I realised that these polishes would look pretty amazing all in a watermarble together.

I used Picture Polish Cosmos, Freya's Cats, Forget Me Not and Bette, marbled over a white base. My thumb and my middle finger turned out with the best patterns on them, but I still loved the overall effect of this marble.  The blue polishes are so vivid and bright and swirly, and the holo shards in the polish really sparkle!








 
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Here are some bonus swatch photos of Picture Polish collaboration shade Forget me not, created with Kate from Lacquertude.  If you have ever visited the Picture Polish website, you would be very familiar with Kates perfect fingers and nails, as she does all the swatches on the picture polish website.  

Forget Me Not is a shade lighter than Freya's cats and was nearly a perfect match to the deep blue sky in the background. It is a bright blue jelly with scattered holographic particles.  This is two coats with Seche Vite top coat.






Friday, September 19, 2014

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31DC2014: Galaxy - Cats in space

I think the Galaxy nails prompt would be right up there with Rainbow nail for one of my favourite prompts from the 31 Day Challenge.  I just love that there are so many ways you can do galaxy nails that they will never look the same twice.  

A few months ago I saw a few girls on instagram doing Cats in space galaxy nails.  I think it started with this excellent mani by Very Emily.  Not having any cat water decals, I decided to stamp on my cats in space.  I used the cats from DRK-A stamping plate.

I love how the colours came out in this galaxy mani too.  I started with a blak base and then sponged on some white to make the blue and purple stand out.  I used Picture Polish Cosmos, Shy Violet and Instinct, and topped it with Glitter ball, which has just the perfect ratio and size of holo silver glitters for a galaxy mani.  Stars are free handed in white and cats in Mundo de Unas Black.






 
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Thursday, September 18, 2014

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31DC2014: Half moons

Half moons -  one of the least inspiring prompts for me.  I had no idea what to put on my nails until I was talking to my mum about it.  She reminded me of her favorite half moon mani that I did back in March last year.  It was a skittle gradient half moon.  After talking it through a bit, we came up with the idea of doing the same thing, but with holo polishes for the gradient.

I don't have the patience to list out all the polishes, because there were a lot! Each gradient used three holo colours, then there was the base creme. I think in the end I used 16 polishes, but the results are totally worth it!







 
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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

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31DC2014: Glitter

Yep, you know it - if there is ever a day you are suppose to attempt a glitter placement mani, it's today!    

A few weeks ago, a caught up with my close group of nail polish friends here in Canberra over at Hayley's (aka Emily de Molly polish) polish making lab.  I was just in awe of this shelf unit with all the boxes of glitter.  It was sorted by colour and then each colour had different sizes and shapes.  Now this was only a small portion of her glitter, and I was like a little girl in a candy shop!  

Then a pretty cool thing happened. I commented how I wished I could grab a teaspoon of a bunch of glitters so I could do some glitter placement with them.  Low and behold, @LilyandJinks say's, hey I have a box full of tiny contains in the boot of my car - do you want them to grab some glitter!  WHAT! It was like it was meant to be!  So then for the next hour, I sat there grabbing little samples of glitter, I think I ended up grabbing about 40 containers worth.  How awesome are these girls - right!


As I was sampling the glitters, I noticed Hayley had a nice range of pastel satin finish hexes that would be perfect for a glitter placement.  I planned this mani right there and then.

I used a white base and then used my wax pencil to pick up each glitter and placed them into a thin line of top coat.  I used the technique explained by Polish all the nails where you do the line down the centre of the nail first, and then work outwards from there.  Oh, and if you guys aren't following her work in the 31DC2014, you've got to check it out. She is almost managing glitter placement every day of the challenge.

So I was a bit lazy when it came to this glitter placement.  Because the glitters were pastel, I didn't bother cutting any glitters in half to add to my tips, hence there are some little gaps there.  I also started going blind doing this and didn't realize I mixed up a pink and purple glitter on my middle finger - which is of course infuriating me now (it's like it has flashing lights on it saying, look here, look here, the pattern is wrong!)





And look, Yay for the spring blossoms on the trees!  This is our Plumcot tree, the fruit is a cross between a plum and and apricot and they are so delicious!



 
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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

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31DC2014: Geometric

I can't believe we are at the halfway point in the 31 Day Challenge already!  Top effort girls who are all still hanging in there.

Tonight's prompt is Geometric, which this year has changed from Tribal.  Sarah from Chalkboard Nails made the change in an effort to be more culturally sensitive, which I think is a fantastic idea.  In many cultures, tribal art is a should only be painted by those from that culture, I certainly know that is the case with Aboriginal dot paintings.

So without further adieu, here are my geometric nails.

I did advanced stamping on all ten nails.  I used a fantastic geometric design from one of the new Emily de Molly plates EdM09.  I painted the design with a range of colours, the blue is Picture Polish Swagger, and the rest of the colours are from the China Glaze Sunsational collection.







Remember my full pro set of stampers heads from Messy Mansion? This is what they are perfect for.  I was able to paint in each of the stamps all at the same time and it made the process so much faster.



 
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Now I don't often do shout outs, but in other news last night, a fellow Aussie and long time reader of my blog was selected as one of the 14 finalists in the Rescue Beauty Lounge Fan Collection 3.0 competition.  As a fellow Aussie, I can't help but love her inspiration (which I have copied below)

She is finalist #8 and it would be awesome if you could send her a vote - especially all you Aussies out there - lets keep Angela in the top six! You don't need to sign up to anything to vote, but you can only vote once per IP address.

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Monday, September 15, 2014

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31dc2014: Delicate Print

Ok, so my interpretation of delicate print is stretched a little far, but I decided to go down the same path that I did last year.  Rather than finding a fine and delicate stamp or something similar to put on my nails, I had a think about things that are delicate.  Last year I used my mum's fine bone china as my inspiration, and this year I used my gorgeous Swarovski crystal glasses.

My hubby bought me these glassed for our wedding anniversary last year and they have a crystal base, then a long holo stem that is filled with swarovski crystals.  The top and the bottom of the stem is finish with silver.

I did a silver tip and cuticle edge and two lines of silver Swarovski crystals down each nail.   My base is JOSS Oh so natural and I used Essie No Place Like Chrome for the silver.









 
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