Thursday, September 21, 2017

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31DC2017 - Inspired by a colour - Dance Legend Matrix, red pill and blue pill

The prompt today is 'inspired by a colour', and each year I've interpreted this to be inspired the the name of a polish.  For the third time in five years, I've chosen a polish from Dance Legend. I just that shows that they have some well chosen names among their polishes.

Now I've actually chosen two polishes from Dance Legend for the inspired by. Red Pill and Blue Pill from the Matrix collection. There are six polishes in the collection and they are all inspired by the Matrix movie.  These two are absolutely amazing, and the pick of the bunch in my opinion. Be sure to scroll to the bottom to see my swatches of Red Pill and Blue Pill.

For the nail art, I attempted to create the actual Red and Blue pills like the appear in the movie. On the other fingers I created the Matrix by stamping the binary numbers from BM415 in two shades of green.






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Here are my swatches of Blue Pill. It's quite amazing. It is a rich bright metallic blue with a scattered holo finish. Opaque in two thin coats.





Red Pill is a red version of blue pill, a metallic red finish with scattered holo. Opaque in two coats and finishes with a gloss.





Polishes provided for consideration.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

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31DC2017 - Watermarble

Water-marble day was one I always dreaded, not any more! I love water marble day cause I finally have the knowledge to work out what's wrong with a marble and fix it.

Today I've gone back to one of my favourite brands to water marble with, which become quite the indie polish world sensation with this collection simply for the fact that it water marbled so perfectly.  My bottles are getting pretty old now, at least two and a half years I'd say, and they still marble like they were new, even though the bottles are about two thirds full.

For today's design, I created the marbles on water and let the dry and applied them like decals.  It was so much cleaner doing it that way. I also felt I got better placement of the patterns and I didn't use up as much polish as doing it the regular water dipping technique. So if you have the time to allow the polish to dry in the cup, and at least two cups (I actually did three in case I messed up and needed another full pattern) then I highly recommend doing it the decal way.






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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

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31DC2017 - Galaxy 3D curtain pull

Day 19 - Yippee, the end is in sight ladies, although the last third of the challenge is definitely the toughest.  

Today's theme is Galaxy, and I got the idea for today's mani from the always innovative @Narmai, or PiggyLuv. Back in 2015 she created what she called a curtain pull design, with a little bit of 3D texture to really give it a surrealistic look.

I used that inspiration to have a little rocket, flying through space, with a thread behind it that was pulling away the galaxy curtain.  Unfortunately it's really hard to see my 3D elements on the curtain pull part, maybe it needed to make them a bit higher, but if you look closely at the pictures you can see it.

Loving Pretty Serious' Daphne's Masquerade Party for the glittery holo effect in the galaxy.






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Monday, September 18, 2017

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31DC2017 - Half Moons with Picture Polish Macaron

Half moons is a prompt that I either totally smash it, or completely miss the mark. Last year and 2014 were both years where I hit it out of the park, 2015 was pretty damn awful. This year I'm not so sure. I was inspired by a design I saw through google images, but it wasn't watermarked so I don' know who to credit. The one I saw was also matte, and maybe that is why it looks so much better than mine? I dunno. I don't hate this, but I'm not loving it either. Maybe it's because it's spring time here and I want to wear bright colours and pastels, not dark vampy colours like this mani.

What I do love is the sparkly bling feature nail.  I used some new crystals I got from MilvArt, there are regular silver ones and aurora borealis ones which are multicoloured pastel shades.

The other thing I love about this mani is the half moon shade, which is a new colour from Picture Polish called Macaron. It's impossible for me to capture it accurately in my indoor photos, so I have some swatch photos below.  







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Macaron is a smooth jelly shade with tonnes of scattered holo particles. It leans to coral side of the red spectrum and is a fabulous addition to my collection.




Sunday, September 17, 2017

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31DC2017 - Glitter

Who's up for some glitter placement action.  I know I am. Nothing gets me revved up to do glitter placement quite like the 31 Day Challenge.

This year I chose to do glitter placement with round glitter. OMG. I can't tell you how much faster and easier it is to do glitter placement with round glitter.  You don't have to worry about aligning the edges like you have to with square or hex glitters. It's totally awesome and I'm going to do more round glitter placement next time I think.

I chose some amazing black holo round glitters for my placement and I couldn't be happier with how they looked and how they photographed. They were amazing.  I also really liked using this top coat I got in a recent package from Dance Legend. The top coat is from the brand Step in Style colour and it was really, really thin.  I was able to do line after line of this top coat and then stick the glitter down onto it and it didn't get thick and gloopy. It's not going to be the sort of top coat I'd grab if I was trying to cover up a thirsty glitter, but for creating glittter placement this is now my number one choice.








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