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!

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