Monday, January 26, 2015

Darling Diva Polish Landslide

Here is another one of those mani's that can be done quickly; a coat of holo and easy, full size stamping and voila, a mani change in no time at all!  Here's what I came up with!

Started with one coat (yes, you read it right!) of Darling Diva Landslide, no topcoat.

Different lighting; can see holo better!

Stamped using Mundo de Unas #54 with an image from BP-11.  This is one of those unforgiving images that have to be placed just so (which I try to avoid like the plague) but didn't do too bad of a line up job.  Not perfect, but not bad!  BUT, it doesn't help when the image you are stamping from isn't centered either.  I see this so often on image plates; does no one think of how these images are used or placed on the nail before they are manufactured?  It's one of my little stamping pet peeves!

Finished with KBShimmer Clearly on top.


This is the plate I had initially wanted to use, an image from hehe005 but when I stamped my test hand, it just didn't see to be bold enough for the holo. 

See?  This is my right hand; much prefer the other!

Thanks for looking!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Pahlish Bespoke Batch Over the Rhone

I'm still featuring archived mani's; I've only done my nails once in the last 10 days....and it was one coat of a holo with minimal still having some issues preventing me from doing my nails.  I guess there is some benefit of having so many archived mani's as it is handy for times like this!

I had decided early in the New Year to try to use some untried polishes; this time, I went with Pahlish Bespoke Batch Over the Rhone.

Started with two coats of Pahlish Bespoke Batch Over the Rhone, two coats, no topcoat.  Application was a breeze, as was clean up!  This navy jelly polish has blue and silver flakies added.  As Over the Rhone was a Bespoke Batch, it's no longer available via Pahlish's e-store, but hopefully you will be able to snag a bottle via a swap or sale board - if anyone is foolish enough to give up their bottle, that is!

Over the Rhone really comes to life with a layer of topcoat; this is with a coat of KBShimmer Clearly on Top.

Different lighting.

For stamping, went with stamping that hopefully would allow the base shine through; stamped with an image from VL04 using CND Silver Chrome.

Topped with KBShimmer Clearly on Top to finish.

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Girly Bits Get Weaponized + A New 'Stamping' Polish

While I've had Girly Bits Get Weaponized for quite some time, it was still an untried.  I know, I don't know what is wrong with me either!  So shortly after New Years, it came out of untrieds and after I used it, I was disappointed in myself for not using it earlier!  It's gorgeous!  Definitely up there as one of my favourite polishes!

For base polishes, used two coats of Girly Bits Get Weaponized with an accent of Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Grey Matters, no topcoat.  I see a sea foam green tint in Grey Matters, not grey at all, and thought it would be a nice accent to Get Weaponized.

You can see the holo from Girly Bits Get Weaponized better!

Top coated with KBShimmer Clearly on Top before stamping on all fingers except the accent; I used the Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Top Coat on it.

New Pet'la plates arrived just before Christmas but I hadn't had a chance to use them because was heavily into holiday and New Year's themed nails.  But thought I would try them out now that the holidays were over.  So picked an image from Pet'la Golden Russian. 

I had picked up FunkyFingers Gesso and Black Knight for a friend when I was in the US last.  When I was there, thought I would pick them up to try out as well.  I hadn't used either one even thought I've had them for a while but she kept on telling me how well Gesso (the white one) stamps.  So I dug out the bottle I bought for myself and have to say, I was thoroughly impressed how well it stamps!  Especially for $1.67US a bottle!  I've since used FunkyFingers Gesso a few times for stamping and have had great results every time!

Pet'la Golden Russian (no names on the plates; I hope this changed in the future!)

For the accent finger, it was looking mighty bare but I didn't want to do the same stamping.  So decided to add a couple stones to it for interest.  After I had placed them, top coated all fingers with KBShimmer Clearly on Top.  But the Sally Hansen Gel Polish did not like this at all, it freaked out and went all stringy as you can see.  Way to wreak a mani!  I was so bummed!

So again added a coat of the Miracle Gel Topcoat on accent and it seemed to like it better.  This pix, you can see the holo a little better and the stringy lines behaved a little better.

Overall, I loved how this turned out! It seems that no matter what lighting I used, I had lobster hands; good thing I never let this bother me!

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Holo Gradient

My apologies for not finishing up on the Digit-al Dozen challenge week.  Unfortunately, I only had three of the five mani's done with the intention of doing the remainder during the challenge week but haven't been able to do my nails since last Monday due to swelling. So rather than my blog sit idle, will be sharing some archived mani's and again, sure do hope I can do the last two days of the Fairy Tale challenge as they have been so much fun to do this week!  Hopefully you've had a chance to check out all the ladies mani's; they have been amazing!

For this mani, I decided upon a sponged holo gradient. My friend from Fab Ur Nails had kind enough to sent me a bottle of her glue that she uses around her skin for easy removal with my last order, so I applied it along the edges and waited for it to dry.

Started with a base of Smitten Polish Sunny Side Up; two coats, no top coat.

Did a gradient using Different Dimensions HO3 and Different Dimensions Werewolves of London.

Peeled off the glue once the gradient was sponged on.  In hindsight, I should have waited until I stamped but didn't figure this out until after lol!

After glue removal and clean up.

Top coated before stamping.

Stamped using black FUN stamping polish using H27.

Top coated to finish.

This pix was the best I could do to see the holo but it was still faint.

Hope you're having a great weekend; thanks for looking!