Thursday, November 27, 2014

Thanksgiving Nails!

Happy Thanksgiving if you are celebrating today!!  This is the Thanksgiving mani I was wearing when we were celebrating here in Canada back in October; unfortunately, I didn't have a chance to share (except on IG) so thought would share now for the US Thanksgiving!

Started out with a stamper decal on the thumb using Infinity 65.

The rest of the base polishes used are Sally Hansen Butterscotch (index and pinky, OPI Don't Talk Bach to Me (middle) and Barielle Peanut Butter (ring).

Stamped using Messy Mansion MM23 on all fingers except pinky, which is BundleMonster BM-H11.


Did the right hand slightly different; used BM H-11 on pinky and index, MM23 on ring and the leaf on the thumb and Bunny Nails HD-E on thumb.  I didn't make note of the stamping polishes but I'm guessing they were an assortment of Sally Hansen Insta-dri's as I wasn't home when I did this.

Top coated to finish.

Have a great holiday if you are off; otherwise, thanks for looking!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Guest Post for The Dalai Lama's Nails

I did a guest post for Hannah at the Dalai Lama's Nails for her Blogiversary Celebration!  Please go here to check it out!

Happy Blogiversary, Hannah!

Thanks for looking!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

CANVAS lacquer Nuit Blanche All Nighter

I have another mani featuring a polish sent for review from CANVAS lacquer; this time it's the gorgeous CANVAS lacquer Nuit Blanche All Nighter**!

Started with a base of two coats of CANVAS lacquer Nuit Blanche All Nighter with an accent of two coats of Orly Cashmere Cardigan; topped with KBShimmer Clearly on Top. 

CANVAS lacquer Nuit Blanche All Nighter is a "purple jelly packed with small white hex, silver, holographic microglitter and turquoise hexes: as described on their shop....unfortunately, some of the larger turquoise hex glitters did curl; I contacted the ladies at CANVAS lacquer to let them know; they have decided to remove this version from their store, so it will no longer be available. Anyone who has purchased a bottle already are asked to contact them directly as they will be be offering a discount on the next purchase.  You can read their blog post about it here.  

Personally, I had no issue with this minor issue; it wasn't noticeable.  Like a lot of glitters, this was a top coat eater; before stamping, I only did one topcoat as I knew I'd be adding another layer after stamping.  If you were going to wear this alone, I would suggest a coat of Gelous followed by another coat of top coat for a smooth as glass finish; or your normal way for addressing top coat eaters.  That's what I do but I do know others use other methods.  But my finished nails two days later are smooth, no issue, even with the curl. 

Like I said, I knew I'd be adding some stamping; after searching through my plate stash for what seemed like hours and hours (this was the night I tweeted I was up til 1:30 am because I spent so long searching for the perfect image to use!), I decided upon an image from DRK A which would allow the base to shine through, then stamped using Mundo de Unas 16 that I picked purposely to match the accent polish and I think it's pretty close!   

Added a gold gem to the accent nail (I really need to watch a tutorial on adding these for some tips!) and top coated again to finish.

CANVAS lacquer polishes are available via their Etsy shop here; there is a 10% discount until December 31st using the code HOLICAN10.  Anyone who is local to the GTA can purchase CANVAS lacquer products by stopping by a local pop up event on December 6th from 11 am to 6 pm at 224 Wallace Avenue, Unit 104 in Toronto.  Please check out You Can Keep It! Holiday Pop Up for more information!  

Thanks for looking!

**polish provided for review; please refer to disclosure policy

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Can't Decide What To Do!

With the recent presale of ILNP ultra chrome flakies that the nail community is all in a tizzy for right now, as well as other makers who soon will be releasing versions too, flakies seem to be the hot topic right now!  I'm still on the fence if I'm going to order by the end of ILNP's presale which ends today, but it did make me check my stash to look at the flakies I do have on hand (recognizing that the ultra chromes are nothing like have been released so far!).  One of the flakies I came across Dance Legend Candy Flakes 612 Tinsel. While I initially wanted to do some gold stamping on top of the flakies, I decided to make an accent of leadlight stamping to tie it into the Sunday AiS challenge; here's what I came up with.

Started with a base of OPI Don't Mess With OPI, with an accent of OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls.  Both two coats, topped with KBShimmer Clearly on Top.  

Added two layers of Dance Legend Candy Flakes Tinsel on top.

While there was good coverage, I decided on a third layer of flakies, then top coated.

Added an image from Infinity 07 using black Konad special polish, then top coated in preparation of leadlighting. 

Filled in the image on accent using assortment of jellies including adding dabs of the flaky polish on the leaves to tie in.  Top coated the leadlighting to finish.

The next morning in overcast skies, I noticed that the flakies popped so much better; which is the very first pix.  

Anyone out there preordered any of the ILNP ultra flakies?  I'm really on the fence right now; I have quite a few flaky polishes but don't reach for them that often which is one reason why I haven't ordered yet.  The other is that I think a lot more brands will be releasing them soon so no big rush as I know more are yet to come.  The final reason is I can't decide which ones to pick!  A lot of them seem the same...yet so different; I don't know what to do!  I may hold off until I see more swatches in the upcoming see what other makers are releasing as I know quite a few out there have plans to release them too.  Decisions, decisions!

Thanks for looking!