Friday, February 15, 2019

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Sweater knit nails for Digital Dozen does texture

Al-rightly now, I've managed to make it to day 3. I've wanted to try this sort of design for a while now, and of course a Digital Dozen prompt is the best way to get started.

Firstly, don't these sweater knit nails look like they are a little bit soft and fluffy.  Well let me tell you they are any but soft and fluffy. These things feel bullet proof.  

I started with a PVA glue base, with the hopes of being able to peel this off later. That is because I used gel polish. This is a grey shade from Australian brand Gelicious.  I did two thin coats of this grey shade, curing in between.  I don't have a matte top coat gel polish, and as it turns out my OPI Matte top coat is 100% totally empty. I need a new bottle. So to get the matte base I used Nailtek foundation III, as it has a nice matte finish.  

I then painted each nail one at a time with the knit pattern using a fine brush. Before curing it, and before the gel polish self levels too much, I sprinkled some acrylic nail powder of my nail. That stuff is so fine it's almost like talc.  Then you just tap off the excess powder and cure. Really it's very easy, but because of the gel polish and acrylic powder, they are so damn hard and really quite rough.

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

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Glass caviar bead nail art for Digital Dozen does Texutre

It’s day two, and I’ve bumped up the texture, but only did it on two nails per hand (you can’t see my thumb).  But even still, OMG these caviar bead drove me insane!  In fact as soon as I got home from work that day I removed the caviar beads from my nails and redid those four fingers just as a regular three colour gradient.  Actually you can't even tell there is a gradient behind the beads I've not realised! I then ended up wearing that mani for five days.  

Pretty Serious polishes wear so well on me.  I had zero tip wear on this at the end of the five days, and only messed them up because I was trying to remove Sharpie marker numbers of my kids arms and legs after participating in the Weetbix Try-athalon on the weekend.  It wouldn't budge with isopropyl alcohol, so ended up using acetone on them.

Despite me loathing how these felt on my nails, I actually did quite like the appearance.  These are pale pink glass caviar beads that I got in the Ulta3 nail art box about 5 years go. When you catch them in the right light, they reflect the light back out and end up giving off a reflective glow, just like road signs at night.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

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Textured gradient with stamping - Digital Dozen does Texture

Good evening ladies and gentlemen, here we are back at More Nail Polish central for another Digital Dozen week. Thank goodness for these once a month prompts to keep me posting here. I still have a memory card full of nail art that is unedited and consequently unposted, maybe one day it will turn up here.

This weeks theme for Digital Dozen is quite hideous. Texture.  Now I'm the type of girl that wears her nail art. I rarely just paint it onto four nails photograph it and move on. I'm an all ten nails kinda girl.  Ten nails with textured polish on them is really just awful. It's like having unfiled rough nail tips on every nail that snag on bits of fabric and end up with bits of fluff.  I've only done three manis so far for this prompt, and I'm just not sure I'm gonna get to all five and the texture is torture.

For this first mani I've used two textured polishes. Zoya Solange and OPI Jinx. I then stamped over them.  The gradient is ok, even if it's rough, but my stamping is bloody shoddy, I'm out of practice.  Go check out Tracey from Olivia Jade Nails, cause that girl can stamp!

Thursday, January 17, 2019

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Digital Dozen does Marble - Day 4 Rainbow flame drag marble

Drag marble flames. I love them, they are so easy to do.  

This time I took the colours to the max, and really pushed the limit of this technique with regular nail polish by using six polishes.  When using this many colours its hard to work fast enough so that the first colours don't skin over and dry before you get a chance to start doing the drag marbling.  

I used all JOSS shades for this rainbow look, except for the purple, which is the original version of Picture Polish wisteria. My bottle is just about empty, which is such a shame cause the original shade is so much better than the new shade.

I haven't done my day 5 mani yet, so I'm not sure if I'll get all five done this week.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

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Digital Dozen does Marble - Day 3 Marble Stone

Like most of the other Digital Dozen ladies, I also attempted a freehand stone marble design for this weeks prompt. I've wanted to try a stone marble design for ages and it's always great when a challenge prompt brings that opportunity to the fore.

Instead of doing all my nails with the marble design, I chose to mix it up with some charcoal holographic nail foils. I recently purchased some new nail foil glue and wanted to try it out. Previously I had used a foil glue that applied very thin, and over black polish it make it look blue. I've been searching everywhere for a similar glue and not found anything.  I tried the foil glue from maniology, and despite the excellent reviews it has on it's site I found it horrible to use. It took a billion years to dry, and actually never fully dried, as my nails were sliding off the next day.  This glue was one I got off ebay. It's similar to the maniology one in that it is a white glue, not blue. I let it dry for 15 minutes and managed to get a decent application. But still, no where near as good as the old glue I used to have.  I also recently bought a bottle of 'Best glue ever', which apparently if you water down at 50% works really well. So I'll test that out and report back.  If you happen to know where I can get some of that blue looking foil glue in Australia, then hook a girl up will you :).

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

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Digital Dozen does Marble - Day 2 and it's hot as hell

Shit has just got real this week here in Australia. It's hot as hell down here as we are in the midst of a massive heat wave.  We hit 39 degrees today, with 41, 40 and 41 again for the next three days.  For you American folk, that's like 102 - 106 F.

So what better to go with the heat than some scorching neon hot nails!  I cheated a little with the prompt here and used some funky appearance water marble appearance water decals.  But I did fancy them  up a bit by cutting them up and applying them in an arty sort of way.  It also meant I only used 5 decals across all 10 nails, which means I'll be able to make another manicure out of these water decals.

Stay cool out there!

Monday, January 14, 2019

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Digital Dozen does Marble - Day 1

Happy New Year everyone. I'm still here, not very often, but I'm still here posting nail art.  58 blog posts last year - that was a pretty lame effort.  Lets see if I can improve on that stat this year?  I'm guessing that once I get to post all the 31 Day Nail Art I've been doing then I'll be well over the half way mark pretty quickly!

This week is the first Digital Dozen week of the year, and the first prompt is Marble. There are so many different marble techniques now that this prompt was pretty easy.  I did start out with some classic watermarble nails.  I did these by leaving the pattern to dry on top of the water and then cut them up and applied as decals. Its so much easier this way!  

The stamping on my middle finger was for my daughter. Today she turned 8 years old and I wanted to add something to my nails for her today. Naturally as soon as she saw my watermabled nails she wanted matching ones too, but I told her I'm not putting in this sort of effort until she learns not to pick them off. She's a picker my daughter (she gets it from her father!) She would have amazing nails applied and they wont last longer than an hour until she picks them off. I wonder what age she will out grown that behaviour?

Monday, December 31, 2018

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Lisfranc, Polish hauls and Christmas 2018

Hello nail polish loving friends. It's good to still be here.  I thought I would quickly squeeze in one last blog post for 2018.  I'll admit that this year was a pretty light one around here. I'm still painting my nails with nail art at least three times a week, but just getting the photos edited and then something written up it is the main challenge.  Speaking of Challenges, I'm disappointed it didn't get around to completing the 31 Day Nail art Challenge this year.  With my two month vacation in the USA over September and October, it just wasn't something I was able to priorities. I have done about 10 manis from the Challenge prompts already, and I may end up doing the challenge in February or March maybe, once the new year settles in.

As I did last year for this blog post, I did a quick look back at the previous two years.  At that time I had done a recap of my Lisfranc foot fracture that I got as a result of my motorcycle accident two years ago.  I'm pleased to say that the scar on my foot is now nearly not noticeable, especially compared to the purple scars that were still evident in my post last year. It turns out my sandal tan lines are more noticeable these days. 

I usually post about a little polish haul at this time of year too, as it's my birthday in December, and I usually splurge a bit on some polishes around now.  This year I did a big Emily de Molly haul, she has some gorgeous duo chrome metallics at the moment and some great multichrome magnetics too.  I've wore a few of them already, and taken some nice pictures, which of course are unedited. 

Whilst we are still within the 12 Days of Christmas, I feel it's still ok for me to post my Christmas mani.  It's only just now that I've looked back at my 2017 post that I realized I did a very similar look two years ago.  The base polish is a special unnamed one from Sparkly Vernis from about 2014.  I wore it back at Christmas in 2014 where the photos look totally different because they were taken outside, whereas these ones were taken inside under a light.
With that, I fare you all adieu for 2018.  Many happy returns for 2019. 

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