Wednesday, July 26, 2017

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JOSS polishes from aussie indie con VIP bag

It's been forever since I did swatching.  Man, that is a lot of work. Applying polish, photographing it and removing it all in about 10-15 minutes.  I got to the point where I could do 5-6 polishes in an hour.  Then you had to do the image editing to crop the pictures and make them all look uniform and colour correct.  But every now and then, I do love to show a swatch and today is one of those days.

I have two polishes to show you that were in the VIP bag at Aussie Indie Con.  They are both JOSS polishes, which I have a huge passion for.

First up is Black Magic Holo.  As you can see it's a black polish with a strong holo flame. Opactiy is great and you get full coverage with two coats and top coat doesn't effect the holoness.

The second polish is called 'Better than Bare' and its a very natural naked shade.  I attempted to create a holo tip gradient, which has been a huge Instagram trend recently with salon nails, usually in a ballerina or coffin shaped mani. I did it by rubbing some holo powder into the tips, I liked the look, but I think it looks better on really long, and more pointed nails rather than my square ones.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

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Trialling the CJS Stamping polishes and Lina feeling shapely 09

Let me start this post with an apology to two Aussie stockists for my shitty turn around time in showing the products here today. It's taken me 2-3 months to get this post done, despite the fact that I did these manis 2-3 months ago.  I also feel pretty shitty that I'm combining two products from two different stockists into these two manis, but then again, they are both great stamping products and sharing the information in one post probably makes the most sense for you readers.

So lets get into it.  For these manis I tried out two of the Clear Jelly Stamper stamping polishes.   #32 Blue and #28 Pretty Penny.  They are both nicely pigmented with a very strong shimmer.  Here I have stamped Blue over Picture Polish Swagger and below I have stamped Pretty Penny over Pretty Serious Peachie Poo. I got these stamping polishes from Mega Nail Supplies, who are the Australian suppliers for Clear Jelly Stamper.  My voucher for 15% off , which is valid for her entire range, include all the Clear Jelly Stamper products is - 15MORE

Now to the stamping plate that I used.  These two images are from the Lina Feeling Shapely 09 plate. I absolutely love the images on this plate, particularly all the options for these stamped gradients of sort.  There are lots of designs that can be used for reverse stamping and I'm a big fan of all the geometric design so the plate.  I did have some troubles using shimmer stamping polishes with some of the very fine lines on this plate.  They were just too fine to get the shimmer particles into and therefore they didn't pick up onto the stamper. For those ones I found stamping with Mundo de Unas worked best. I have another mani coming (one day) where I can show the resutls. I got this plate from Hit the Bottle.

#32 Blue over Picture Polish Swagger

#28 Pretty Penny over Pretty Serious Peachie Poo

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Sunday, July 16, 2017

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Grace-full - Fruit Salad Collection with watermarble

Whilst at Aussie indie con last month, I managed to restrain myself and only buy a select few polishes.  This was in fact the only entire collection that I got.  I'm such a sucker for a nice coordinating creme collection, even though I have already mixed up my own rainbow colours that are similar to these, I couldn't pass them up. 

The Grace-ful Fruit Salad collection is a set of 7 colours that all compliment each other so nicely that I just love using them all together in nail art.  I've combined some swatches with a watermarble here. As you can see they watermarble perfectly.  That is because they meet just the right criteria for a nice watermarbling polish, nice new polishes that are thin and smooth and well pigmented.  I used two coats of each color for each of the swatch finger, and the water marble is over a white base. 








Friday, July 14, 2017

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Digital Dozen does 5 Continents in 5 days - Asia or Africa

Today's post, like the rest of the week, was all about where the polish was from. In this case, Russia, and therefore in the Asian continent. Yet I ended up doing an Egyptian theme, so you could also say that this mani represents the African continent.

This mani was so amazing, and I'm really pissed at myself. You see I created this beautiful design with a light blue to yellow gradient as the background. I then used the Bow thermal polishes to create a dark sunset gradient over the top. Then I only remembered to photograph it in the warm state, were you can't even see the Bow thermal top coats except for the holo sparkles.

The only thing I did remember to do was a transition video. So that's the only way you will get to see the cold state.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

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Digital Dozen does 5 Continents in 5 days - Europe

Day four and I've made it to the European continent today. I pulled out some of my aEngland polish which I have not wore for years.  These polishes were so popular then they first come out, but I don't think I've bought any new ones for ages.  What I love is that they have a soft holo sheen,  but they are generally one coaters.

The two aEngland polished I used were Dragon and And the moonbeams.  I was inspired by the name of the polish, and by the fact that Game of Thrones returns on Monday at 11.00am (which is the same time as the USA). I free hand painted the dragon eye. I figured it was about time I did something freehand for the Digital Dozen this month.  The stamping plate I used is the dragon plate from Messy Mansion for the scales.

I applied OPI matte top coat to the entire mani cause dragons aren't shiny to me, although this did dull the holo effect.  I added a bit of regular top coat onto the eye again to make it glossy, and it also really made it pop!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

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Digital Dozen does 5 Continents in 5 days - North America

Did you know that nearly a month ago I attended Aussie Indie Con. I'm so sorry that I never got around to doing a wrap up post about it because it was a fantastic day and I met so many Aussie indie enthusiasts.  Sadly I was too busy having fun that I didn't take any photos. 

One of the girls I met was Tracy from Olivia Jade Nails. We didn't take a selfie photo, but we did take a nails photo. Only problem was that it was at the end of the day and I had been doing water marbling demos and workshops, so my nails were a random mess of various colour combos in various water marble patterns.  Another person I met was Margaret from @loveslacquer who was travelling with Tracy.  The reason I mention both those ladies is because Tracy is part of the Digital Dozen of course, and Margaret inspired these nails. At Aussie indie con I talked about the fact that I hadn't done a circular marble as I had never got them to work nicely. Margaret showed me a red, black and white circular marble she had done back in May last year and it inspired me.

It's so weird attending nail meet ups like that, because you generally don't recognise anyone's face. But someone had pointed out to me who Tracy and Margaret were, quietly sitting at the side of the room. I wandered over to them and said their names and they were both looking at me like 'yeah, and who are you, we have no idea and it's freaking us our that you know who we are'. Then I said 'I'm Cathy'. Then they both jumped up and we all hugged and we started chatting like we were besties.

Today's water marble uses one of my favourite brands for water marbling, US based Pipedream polish. Which covers off North America in our trip around the world via 5 continents.

I used all five polishes from the Street Carnival collection that I managed to pick up in a blog sale last year.  On my right hand I had most of the marbles centered on my nail, except one where I didn't line it up as well and ended up with the side of the marble and not the centre. I actually loved that one the most and decided to do that on my left hand.  

Let me reiterate that, because so many people at my demos and workshop at Aussie indie Con asked me. Yes, I do in fact marble both my hands. LOL!

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

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Digital Dozen does 5 Continents in 5 days - South America

Today's trip around the world via 5 continents takes us to South America.  I has been absolutely ages since I pulled out some of my polishes from Brazil. There's nothing like a nail art challenge to get you back into the depths of your nail polish stash.

The brands I used for this mani were Esmaltes 5cinco Arco Iris, which is a multicoloured flake polish. I applied it over white, so it was actually really hard to see any of the iridescent flashes. Vermelho Pink Pop which is a hot pink jelly polish with lots of fine hot pink holo glitter.  I used stamped with Mundo de Unas, which I believe is a Mexican brand. In keeping with the whole South American continent, I also made the stamping decals using a DRK nail plate, which is a Brazilian stamping plate company. 

Monday, July 10, 2017

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Digital Dozen does 5 Continents in 5 days - Australia

Well hello there. Look, I'm still here! It's crazy how quickly one week turns into nearly a month away. But I've been really busy, truly I have! Plus I've had all the best of intentions to post, so that counts right?  In fact would you believe I have 22 draft posts with images edited which just need my attention to write something.  

So I've been away, not just away from the computer, but like really away. In other countries away and out across the pacific ocean.  The four of us, that is Mr More Nail Polish and to two kiddlie winks, went for another vacation to the south pacific islands on board another cruise. We went on a different cruise line this time, P&O Australia on their new ship, Pacific Explorer.  It was the inaugural cruise for this ship under this brand, having just come out of dry dock and being refitted from being the Dawn Princess.  We had such an amazing time, although the internet connection was dreadful compared to other cruise lines we've been on.

We stayed in a huge suite at the aft of the ship and were treated with all the special extras that suite passengers get. I felt very special and sadly after experiencing that, there is no way I can ever go back to a regular cabin!  The weather was amazingly warm and a huge contrast to the freezing (literally) weather that Canberra suffered whilst we were away. 

We had lots of fun dressing up for the theme nights. Bianco, where we all dressed in all white (and keeping it that way during dinner was a fun challenge for us all!). Then the Gatsby night where were wore sequined dresses and the boys were in pin striped suits and learned a dance that was performed flash mob style in the main atrium.  Miss 6 got her hair done in braids (as you do when you visit the pacific islands) and we had plenty of family time together.  The entertainment was exceptional, the main performers as well as the special guests because it was the inaugural cruise - magicians, mind reading mentalists, comedians as well as the usual singers and dancers.  Miss 6 was crushing big time on the main lead singer and became besties with a few of the singers and dancers.  The only disappointment was the very sub-par food in most of the restaurants. There were a few exceptions, but we sure were looking forward to eating something piping hot once we got home.

Ok, enough about me. Let's move onto the nails.  Once again I say thank you to the Digital Dozen, because it forces me to at least post 5 nail art manis for the month.  You'd think that with 22 draft manis ready to post I'd have plenty I could just slip into the theme. Well no, of course not. I was going to have to create most of them from scratch. But browsing through my drafts I was able to use one of them, and then base my inspiration for the entire week on it.  

The theme this week is 5 Continents in 5 Days.  I had originally thought of doing nail art inspired by each of those countries, something they are known for, that sort of thing. But instead I've decided to choose actual nail polish brands from 5 different continents and feature them this week. That gave me heaps of flexibility in terms of what sort of nail art I could put on my nails.

Australia is my first stop, and a very easy one.  Of course Australia is the only country that is also a continent, but it also happens to be the country where most of my indie polishes are from.  

I'm featuring two Australia brands in today's mani. Pretty Serious and Hit the Bottle.  The gradient is using the perfect palette of colours from the Pretty Serious Pastel Pet names collection and the gold polish is a gold holo stamping polish from Hit the Bottle.  I did find that for the very fine stamping, the gold holo polish was too faint for my liking, so while my right hand had stamping using the same gold polish from Hit the Bottle, on my left I switched it out for Mundo de Unas gold instead.

Don't expect this much chit chat tomorrow, I'm now back at work and my days are generally dull and filled with meetings about deadlines and web application support, but the up side is I will be here for the next four days!

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