Thursday, April 24, 2014

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Silver & blue chevrons

Did anyone notice I changed by blog layout last night?  After a bit of CSS work and a different starting template I managed to bring my blog up to speed with a responsive design.  Maybe now I'll stop getting spammed by 50 companies a week telling me they can assist with SEO and web design to make my blog responsive.

The best upside with the new layout is that it's only two columns, which means my photos can be larger (and they re size for different resolutions on various devices)  The downside is that I have zero photos edited in this size, so I need to re-edit the handful of spare manis I had to post.

Here is a mani that I loved wearing in real life, but the zoomed in photos make it look a little messy.  I wanted to have nice neat chevron lines all at the same angle, so I cut some nail vinyls in half length ways. Because I cut them, they ended up being slightly different thicknesses, and the edges not sharp and crisp.  Meh, maybe I'm just being a little harsh on myself :)

The base I used was Sally Hansen Celeb City.  The chevrons were painted with Ulta3 Blue Marlin, Picture Polish Swagger and white.  The palest blue shade is swagger mixed with a bit of white to get an in between shade. The blue rhinestones are from The Born Pretty Store.

I've been in such a nail rut lately, I've only changed my polish every 3-4 days, this makes things very difficult when you post nearly every day.  I think it's mainly because I've been on holidays for the last 7 days.  I'm far less likely to paint nail art on my fingers when no one is really going to see it in real life.  When I'm at work, there are so many people that ask about my nails and what I have on, so that always inspires me to create something new everyday.  Also, just like my prediction before Easter I've not got any of the swatching done that I really wanted and need to do.

Anyone else in polish rut and not feeling inspired to do much with their nails?

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

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Picture Polish Swagger & Wisteria

Here's a quick look that I wore a week or two ago, when I first received Picture Polish Swagger in the mail.  It's a vertical gradient using Swagger and Wisteria.  I then put on a layer of iridescent glitter, which was Dance Legend Legilimens from their Lumos collection.  

Lastly I stamped in black with an image on BM-001.  I used the plate from the revised collection, in which the images are larger.  I actually wished I had used the smaller design from the first release plates, as many of my nails weren't long enough to fit the full length of the image.

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Monday, April 21, 2014

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Musical nails for a birthday boy

In tonight's post I'm showing you what has become a bit of a tradition over the last few years for me.  Themed nails for my sons birthday. To think that when I started my blog my little man was still only one year old and today he turned six!  

For his second birthday on my blog, I didn't do themed nails, just a photo of him. My tradition started on his third birthday, when I attempted some free hand Elmo's to match his cake. For this forth birthday, I match the pirate theme (and I particularly laugh at Miss One in that photo). Last year when he turned five I colour co-ordinated my nails and made a photo decal.

Last night I sat down to paint my nails and was a little lost as what to create.  Then I recalled what I'd been doing for most of the afternoon - decorating his birthday cake.  Mr Five had requested a guitar cake (to go with the guitar that he had also asked for for his birthday).  He had already told us he wanted a red guitar, and the guitar that he was getting had a beautiful black to red gradient.  Light-bulb moment!

Black to red gradient with water decal musical notes.  I used Picture Polish black and frank-n-furter to create the gradient.  The water decals are from The Born Pretty Store.

Here is the half sized guitar that was my inspiration. He absolutely loves the guitar.  He has no clue how to play, but he happily strums away, and then sometimes picks at the different strings. It's really sweet to watch.  The only thing is, he is a rather strong south-paw, so strumming with the right hand is a little weird for him. I keep seeing him using the left hand to strum, so we might consider re-stringing it to a left-handed guitar.

Here is the guitar cake I made for him.  It's 80% gone already after his party with about 15 other 5 and 6 year olds.

And now, just for tradition sake, here is a birthday snap of my two littlies.  Happy Birthday my big boy!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

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Easter Eggs for Easter

Happy Easter everyone. I hope you all had or have a wonderful day.  We had a picnic mixed with egg hunts and a wander around a local park with a beautiful man made creek where the kids could float leaf 'boats' down to the larger pond.  They had a wonderful time until Miss 3 fell in the creek!

Here are my Easter nails.  I don't know what it is about nail art foil, but every Easter I'm drawn to it and end up using it for my Easter nail art design.  This year I did small chocolate foil cover eggs, where the foil has been unwrapped at the top showing the chocolate. Yummmm.

I used OPI Don't Pretzel my Buttons as my base. I love that shade, it is my perfect nude.  I then painted the egg on free hand, using the most perfect chocolate coloured polish, Picture Polish Malt Teaser.  I then applied nail foil glue to three quarters of the egg.  Once it was dry I applied a different coloured foil on each nail.  For that final extra touch, I added a little bit more foil glue at the top were the foil would be folded back.  I then applied a silver foil to those bits.  I makes them look like the silver inside of the foil wrapper is showing.

I wasn't worried about the foil crinkling up for this mani, in fact for a more realistic look, I wanted the foil a bit wrinkled.  Therefore I just slapped on a coat of Seche Vite to finish it off.

Enjoy your noms today.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

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Pastel gradient with bunny ears

The nail art on this mani is so pastel that it's really very difficult to see.  I decided to go with a highly spring look with a very pastel gradient.  I used Ulta3 Spring blossom, Spring Shower and Natural Spring, sponged on over a white base.

For the bunny ears, I tried to stamp the ears from the Easter Bundle Monster holiday plate. But the stamping was just too pale to see.  I used the outline from the stamping to free hand paint the bunny ears using white and pink acrylic paint.  Even painted in, they are so pale against the pastel gradient that you can hardly see them.

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Friday, April 18, 2014

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Pastel easter feeling nail stickers

How has everyone's Easter break started?  We've had a great Good Friday.  We ventured out with the kiddos over to the Stromlo bike park, which is a dedicated bike playground, with lots of places to ride your bike for all ages.  I was a very proud mummy to watch my Mr 5 ride without training wheels on his bike for the first time.  He was zooming around like a little pro.  His little Miss 3 sister was doing a great job keeping up on her balance bike.  Balance bikes are just the best invention ever, I reckon she be riding a pedal bike without trainers within a month or two.

I've also taken a few days off work next week, as I'm sure there will be a lot of other Aussies doing the same thing.  With Easter Monday and the Anzac Day public holiday on Friday, taking three days off means a string of 10 days off.  Whoo hoo.  The funny thing is though, that I'm in a bit of a nail polish rut at the moment and I can't really get inspired to paint nail art and swatching polishes is boring the crap out of me.  I'm not sure how much nail stuff I'll do over my holidays?

Lets move onto today's nail stuff.

I am definitely someone that will happily use a quick and easy nail sticker design as much as I will sit down and paint fine details in hand drawn nail art.  I really love nail stickers and think they fill a very important place in the nail world, especially where they can provide detailed and intricate nail art to people that either don't have the skill or the time to create the designs from scratch.

Take these nail stickers for example.  There isn't really anything difficult about them, the entire design could be recreated using stamping, dotting and nail art brushes.  It would however take an hour or more to create.  Instead I had these beauties applied in about 20 minutes.

I bought these stickers from the Born Pretty store last year before Christmas and just had them sitting there for when I didn't feel like creating something fancy myself.  The brand is Melody and I have previously done a wear test on them with the Ms Cat design.

Like I said, I purchased these from the Born Pretty Store last year, and back then I commented on the very poor state of their shipping (it took them four weeks to actually mark my item as posted, then another two weeks after that).  Has anyone shopped at the BPS more recently? Have they improved their turnaround times yet? I'm thinking of placing another order because they always have lots of new and interesting nail stock.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

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Picture Polish Swagger - stamped and glitter tip

From one season to another, here is a mani that has a very wintery feel to me, and dare I say 'Winter is coming'.  I'm excited that the new season of GoT has started, I don't watch very much TV (I'm normally too busy blogging and doing my nails), but GoT is my one exception.

I started with a base of Picture Polish Swagger on all nails except the ring, which was just a white base.  I then stamped using the opposite colour.   Next I added some glitter tips.  I used Lynnderella Ice the snowcake for the white glitter and Forget You Not for the blue glitter.  Then lastly, just because I wanted even more sparkle, I added a thin coat of a fine holographic glitter.  Think China Glaze Fairy Dust, except this was one I mixed up myself.

I've been messing about with a new blog design, mainly just to bring my blog into the mobile era with a responsive design. I'm just struggling with the CSS for some of the widgets (like Linkwithin) to get them to work on small resolution. I know usually when others talk about doing a new blog design, I rarely see it as I always read blog posts via RSS on my ipad.  Therefore I image many of you wont even notice, as long as I don't royally screw it all up!!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

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Autumn inspired matte gradient tape mani

I've been wearing quite a few 'spring' feeling manis recently and I finally got the urge to do an Autumn one.  The leaves are just starting to change colour here now and Canberra always looks so pretty in Autumn.  

This mani was done by starting with a white base.  I then taped off the top at the base of the nail and applied a piece of striping tape down the centre of each nail.  Next I used a sponge to create the gradient.  The colours I used were Picture Polish Violet Femme, Frank-n-furter and Citrus and OPI I Can't Cope-a-cabana. I finished it all of with a coat of OPI Matte Top Coat.

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