Thursday, September 3, 2015

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31DC2015 - Yellow - The Simpsons

Ok, I pushed myself on this one.  No stamping here today, all freehand. I think this mani proves the point as to why I prefer stamping, because I sure ain't no artist when it comes to painting on tiny nail sized canvases.

I was thinking of what design I should do and started thinking about things that are yellow.  Bananas... nah, I need to move away from the fruit theme with the picnic basket then oranges, bananas would have been a bit much. Minions... nah everyone does Minions nails, even though I haven't.  Lego mini figures... ooh maybe, they would be pretty easy to paint. Simpsons... sure I love The Simpsons and I can totally pull that off!! Ha!

I was inspired by the designs done my Polish Art Addict (I used to read Leslie's blog all the time and it's sad she has stopped blogging this year).  The big difference is that she painted hers with acrylic paint and I did this all with nail polish (plus her's are actually really good and mine are pretty crap - except for Homer, I'm happy with how he came out).

I'm all kinda pissed at myself that I forgot to photograph my right hand.  It was damn funny to see my attempt at this same design painted with my left hand. Although I could see some serious improvement with my brush control and that I'm definitely improving with my left hand.

The yellow polish is OPI I can't cope-a-cabana.  Red is OPI Big apple red and blue is OPI No room for the blues.  Time to move away from the freehand work me thinks!

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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

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31DC2015 - Orange - Oranges

Argh - could I be any more predictable for the orange prompt than Oranges!!  Seriously, get your act together women and use your brain a bit more to be more creative.  Despite my lack of creativity for this one, I do really love how it turned out.

I started with a white base and did a gradient using Ulta3 Atomic OJ and OPI Orange you Stylish.  I then applied some yellow/red flakies in the form of Colors by Llarowe Face of Boe.  Finally I stamped, using a mix of red and orange stamping polishes from Mundo de Unas with the oranges design from BM-308.  I especially love the orange flakies, as it looks so juicy.

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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

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31DC2015 - Red - Picnic blanket

And so it begins again - the 31 Day Challenge.  Thanks once again to Sarah from Chalkboard nails for getting us all motivated to collectively participate.  I'm not sure how many will participate this year, there were lots the last two years so I hope this year is just as good.  If you do join in, make sure you link up using the in-links below, even if you are just posting on instragram, you can still link up.  I'll definitely be checking out everyone's posts who link up.

The first prompt is RED.  The first week of prompts are very simple, just being a single colour, so you can really let your imagination run wide.  However the best my imagination could do was some stamping.  I'm really going to have to push myself to do some more free hand designs.

I used a plaid pattern stamping image from a Born Pretty store plate and the ants are off MJ III plate.

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Sunday, August 30, 2015

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Picture Polish - Magic

Being the gold polish lover that I am, how have I not posted about this new shade from Picture Polish yet? First, this is how I wore Magic, with some dots and some swirls.

I used some swirl vinyls from Loki's Nail Vinyls.  This was the first time using Loki's nail vinyls and they are of lovely quality. Another product that I tried for the first time was the nail aprons.  I didn't use them for this mani, so I will save that information for a mani that I actually used them for.

Here are swatches of Magic on it's own, created by Hungarian blogger LakkomLakkom.  This is a beautiful soft rose gold shade with a scattered holo finish. I just love this, and is it completely different to the other gold Picture Polish shades like Majesty and Pharaoh.

Picture Polish Magic is available from Picture Polish. International ladies may be able purchase through one of the many Network stockists if they have this in stock.

Polish provided for consideration.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

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#ITrustIndies - Emily de Molly

So this is the week that the nail polish community went mental, so to speak!  While that individual brand appears to be an ass, I'm showing my support to indie brands, in particular to my Australian indie brands, but using the hash tag #ITrustIndies. 

The indie I've chosen to show you is easily in my top ten, infact it's in my top three indie brands.  Emily de Molly.  I recently showed you the latest polishes from Emily de Molly, and two of them caught my eye to be worn together, Great and Small and Sleep Walking.  

I started with a base of Great and Small, which is the lighter shade, then I applied some long triangle nail vinyls, also from Emily de Molly.  Over the vinyls I applied one coat of Sleep Walking and then pulled the vinyl off immediately.

After I wore it like that for a while, the next day I decided to add some platinum gold striping tape. It added some extra bling, but then I thought it looked like I had to apply the tape to cover up for messy lines, which I actually didn't have, because the vinyls created perfectly smooth lines.

I love these two colours together and the holo flame is strong in both. Both these shades are available now on the Emily de Molly website. Stockists and the US warehouse will have these shades soon.

And now for some link love to lots of others that #ITrustIndies

Friday, August 28, 2015

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Picture Polish Calm

Moving right along with my last few manis before the 31 Day Challenge starts.  Today's mani features Picture Polish Calm and a design that I saw first done by @loveslacquer.

This design is created using two techniques.  First you stamp the checker board pattern, then you create the decal flowers and apply them over the top.   Calm is a tad sheer to be able to use on it's own as a decal, so for the blue flower, I put a white backing on it so the checkers didn't show through the flower.

Here is Calm on it's own. Calm was created with Russian blogger Rafi Nails, who, like many other Russian bloggers uses some voodoo witchcraft to take amazing nail photos! 

This is tree coats as it is a little sheer, but that just means the holo particles get a chance to really shine through, plus there is also a good generous amount of scatter holo in this.  Colour wise, this is somewhere between Lagoon and Ocean in the teal blue green range.  I've done a bottle comparison below.

Picture Polish Calm is available from Picture Polish. International ladies may be able purchase through one of the many Network stockists if they have this in stock.

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Thursday, August 27, 2015

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Picture Polish - Allure

So it's just dawned on me that the 31 Day Challenge starts in less than a week and I have a whole bunch of unposted mani's to get through. I'm really going to have to lift my posting schedule to get through them all.  For anyone participating in the 31 Day Challenge, like last year I have created in-linkz for every day. If you are a blogger, please remember to grab them for your blog so everyone can share our awesome manis.

I liked the micro dot stamping so much on my last mani that I used it again. This time I teamed it up with other images from the same plate.  So to the lovely ladies who asked which plate it was that I used last time, I actually just went through my pile of plates to find out which one it was.  It's Moyou Pro Collection 10 plate.  It has these micro dots as well as other pop art images- like the Pow and Bang ones.

The polish I featuring here is Picture Polish Allure, a new collaboration shade with Nina_D83 on instragram.  If you aren't already a follower, you should be. She posts incredible nail art and is known by her trademark 'scarf hand pose'.  The other thing that is pretty amazing with her account is that if you look back to her first posts, they were just a flawless as her current ones.  She doesn't have any questionable beginner photos like the rest of us!

Allure is a bright magenta pink jelly with scattered holo.  It's along the same lines as Picture Polish Mad Magenta, which is the creme sister to this polish.  For this mani I stamped with Mundo de Unas gold and used Zoya Kerry on my ring finger and stamped with Mundo de Unas is some magenta colour that I don't know if it has a name or just a number.

Here are my swatches of Allure on it's own.  It has a great formula and lasted well on my nails.  I used two coats and Seche Vite top coat for my swatches.  I did find that adding top coat made the colour appear slightly darker compared to how it looked straight out of the bottle.

Picture Polish Allure is available from Picture Polish. International ladies may be able purchase through one of the many Network stockists if they have this in stock.

Polish provided for consideration.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

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Picture Polish Bardot

Another weekend gone just like that! Another Monday just around the corner. Another 31 Day challenge sneaking up on me. I'm really going to have to get myself organised if I'm hoping to post every day again for a whole month.  

Today's polish is Bardot, a new pale pink crelly shade from Picture Polish.  First up, here is the mani of how I wore Bardot.  Stamping is using Mundo de Unas Gold and a tulip charm.  I really love these little dots stamping.  I thought they were going to be too small and fine to show up, but they actually show up beautifully.  Also loving that I actually had a tulip stamping image to go with the charm.

Here are swatches of Bardot on it's own.  This is more of a crelly shade.  I'm not going to say it's a fully creme because you can still see the holo particles in this, but it certainly is more creamy that most of the Picture Polish scattered holo polishes.  This is a very neutral pink tone, rather fleshy. It is quite different from Grace, which is also a pale pink scattered holo.  This doesn't have as much holo in it compared to Grace, and Grace leans more lilac.

Picture Polish Bardot is available from Picture Polish. International ladies may be able purchase through one of the many Network stockists if they have this in stock.
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