Wednesday, August 24, 2016

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The Digital Dozen does birthday's

It's birthday time again at the Digital Dozen and this time around there are two to celebrate.  Amanda from Lady Maid Nails and Tamara from Canadian Nail Fanatic. Happy Birthday girls.  Together they chose this crazy pop art image for us to all interpret as nail art.

I thought it would be easy peasy, but it was actually really difficult.

I did these on a stamping mat using a bunch of different stamps and then cutting out bits of each of those decals and sticking them on top of each other.  the orange starbursts and the text were done freehand, as well as the line around the dots.

I like that the image had four characters, so I could put on on each nail, although it would have been awesome if its say POW, cause then I could have used the Bundle Monster plate with that on it.

Monday, August 22, 2016

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The Polish Chrome Wars Part 6 - Holo Powder Comparison - Are all brands the same?

This week on the polish chrome wars I bring you the challenge of the holo powders.

I've done this already with the chrome powders in Part 5, and today in Part 6 I bring you the holo powders.  Are they all the same? What do you get for your dollar?  Well lets find out.

Here is a swatch of 4 different holo powders, rubbed into a black base of Dance Legend Glitter base. This was just one application of the powder.  As you can see, three of these powders are nearly in distinguishable, and one is rather different.

The three similar ones all have a coarse holographic flame and all provide about the same level of opacity over the base colour.  The middle finger has a much finer holographic finish and a more silvery chrome appearance when out of direct sunlight.

So which is which, and what do you get for your dollar?

As far as application, they were all pretty much identical.  Very easy to rub in to the glitter base and all had the same level of lasting power (which is terrible without top coat, but excellent either with a gel top coat or an aqua top coat).

So what do you think? Is the linear one worth all the extra money?

Born Pretty holo powder provided for consideration, other powders bought by me.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

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Orange water colour nail art

Digital Dozen week is finished by it's straight into another challenge mani.  This week for the 40 Great Nail Art ideas the theme is Orange and my personal prompt is water colour.  I can't believe there is only 6 weeks left in this year long challenge.

This mani was a bit rushed, and ended up more yellow than orange.  I used the sharpie and isopropyl alcohol water colour technique and I promise that I only used orange sharpies, but obviously some of the oranges have very yellow undertones.    

I was going for a water coloured orange blossom, but I'm not sure if I hit the mark here or not.

Friday, August 19, 2016

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Digital Dozen does Negative Space Day 5 featuring Fairy Dust Glitter and Cats

My day 5 nails bring you my favourite negative space look of the week, plus I played with some of that new fairy dust (aka mermaid powder) glitter too. Oh and CATS!

I used some cat nail vinyls that I received a while ago from Loki's Nail Vinyls. They are adorable and were a nice quality to pull of this design with.

For this look I used a combination of different polish types.  On my nails that were full coverage, I used a peel off base and then white gel polish.  I rubbed the fairy dust glitter into the sticky layer and all was great.  

For my kitty nails I really struggled with getting them to work.  I wasn't able to get the vinyls to work with gel polish, even only curing it for a short time then peeling the vinyl didn't work.  I ended up using the Dance Legend glitter base again.  I had to pull the vinyls off when the glitter base was still wet and then time it really carefully to ensure the glitter base was sticky enough to grab the glitter but not too sticky that it rubbed away.  I did some of the kitty nails about 4 times, but it was so worth it in the end.

Next let's talk about the actual Fairy Dust glitter.  I bought mine from Daily Charme. When I first saw it I wasn't able to really find many reviews that actually described what it was.  All I knew was that it looked so pretty and fairy like and that I needed it.

So what the hell is fairy dust?  Well its actually just micro fine iridescent colour shifting glitter.  This one has a very strong red to green shift.  When applied over a pale colour the iridescent glitter tends to glow blue where the light hits it and shifts to pink and purple on the edges, but over a dark colour its behaves more like your traditional red to green colour shifting pigments.

These swatches show the fairy dust over a black gel base, where I rubbed the glitter into the dispersion layer. The colour shift goes from red to copper to gold to green.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

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Digital Dozen does Negative Space Day 4

Day 4 of Negative Space nails and oh, look at that, I've again got the naked bit at the top of my nail near the cuticle.  Tomorrow I finally mix it up with my favourite negative space look ever maybe.

I was playing again with some holo powders and ended up with this look.  I'm not really feeling it in these photos cause those triangle thingos at the top have that real freehand appearance to them, but hey, they looked pretty good in real life. 

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

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Digital Dozen does Negative Space Day 3 - drag marble flames

Day 3 for the Digital Dozen Negative Space week and again I've opted for a look that covers my tips and exposes the cuticle area.  

This look was so easy to create using just three polishes (four if you count the sheer base I put on).  I used a red, orange and yellow polish and painted three generous stripes at the tip of my nail. I then pulled up squiggly drag lines to create the flame marble.  Such an easy design to create very striking flame nails.  

I actually think I filmed a nail when I did this, I must go look at my iphone and see if I have that video, and if so edit it up quick smart for Instagram.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

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Digital Dozen does Negative Space - Day 2

Day 2 of Digital Dozen Negative Space brings you way less flesh on show than yesterday. Thank goodness. 

I've loved reading the other Digital Dozen girls blog posts, especially where they have commented about their stained nails.  It sure is something us true polish-aholics have in common, yellow stained nails, and negative space designs are so hard to make look nice when you have stained nails. Full credit to the girls for their looks and no wonder we are all dreading a whole week of negative space designs.

One of the easiest ways to create negative space when you have stained nails, is to make the top part of your nail near you cuticle the bit that is showing nakedness.  This is the area where you are least likely to have staining because it's the newest part of your nail growth. You will find that I've used this technique in my next three manis.

I love the simplicity of this design, and I wish I could remember which nail artist I saw it on, on Instagram so I could credit them. It was one of those designs that stuck in my head a while ago and now I can't remember where I saw it. So if you know how it was, let me know.

I used some hole reinforcement stickers to mask off the half moon area and then painted my nails white.  This time I used Pretty Serious Presence.  I do love the polish but I'm not able to get away with just one coat, which I was really hoping I could. However it is an easy full coverage two coater that goes on smooth and non streaky.

The blue polish is Dance Legend Binary Snezhana, which is a deep royal blue jelly with a strong blue shimmer.  In natural light when worn on it's own at three coats it appears more navy than royal blue, but layered here over white the colour really pops.

Dance Legend polish provided for consideration.

Monday, August 15, 2016

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Digital Dozen does Negative Space - Day 1 - Nearly naked

Arrrggghh, I don't think I've ever been this naked on my blog before!  

This week the Digital Dozen is doing Negative Space, and for this mani I've really taken it to the extreme. I'm so negative here that I've barely got any nail polish on, and what surprised me most was that I actually loved this look and wore it for 4 days!

Because I can't go completely naked, my base polish is OPI Don't touch my tutu.  I then did a single thin stripe of Lacquistry Amazeballz extra fine and then two fine black stripes on either side.  Nail art doesn't get much simpler that this!

I filed my nails right back here, and curved off the corners after having a few of them break off whilst I was doing some renovations to our unit in Sydney.  I'm really not a fan of curved off nails on me, I don't think I'll ever go to an almond shape, let alone a stiletto shape.  They have grown out a bit now, as these were about two-three weeks ago, so I'm happily back to my squared off nails at roughly the same length.

For some stupid reason these nails remind me of the photos going around of the men's Olympic divers. Have you seen them?  They are photos where the score card for the dive is on the screen blocking out their speedos, so it looks like the guys are diving naked.  Too funny! These are my naked nails, with a stripe just covering them for privacy! LOL

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