Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Digit-al Dozen Does Tropical; Day 2

This is my day 2 mani for Digit-al Dozen tropical challenge.  I have to admit, these are a little unusual for tropical nails but I was striving for something different/thinking outside of the box so these were done intentionally to be different.  And my best shadow stamping to date if I don't say so myself; I was really pleased how the shadow stamping turned out even though I had to do 3 fingers twice hahaha.  Anyway, hopefully you enjoy Day 2 of the tropical theme!  Here's what I came up with!

Started with a base of two coats of Fair Maiden Polish You Got It Dude! from May 2018 Polish Pick Up. The brights and flaky lover in me absolutely adores this polish and I was really happy to add it to my stash!

Topped with KBShimmer Clearly On Top.

Did these tropical hibiscus nails with colours that I thought would compliment the base polish as I see light purple shimmer flash in the base.  First stamped the image using MdU 60, then double stamped using MdU 73 using an image from BM-318.  I didn't take pix of just the lilac polish as I double stamped each nail as I went versus doing all then them the one colour then the second stamping because these MdU polishes can be skin stainers and I didn't want to have any issue.  Plus because I did double stamping of all nails using different parts of the image, wanted to immediately double stamp so the placement was fresh in my mind. Ha...sign of old age that is lol (middle age anyway!)!

BundleMonster BM-318

Topped with a coat of KBShimmer Clearly on Top to finish.

Here's the other ladies day 2 tropical nails!

Thanks for looking!

Monday, August 13, 2018

Digit-al Dozen Does Tropical; Day 1

It's Digit-al Dozen week and our theme this month is tropical!  I can't say how much the theme fits our climate this summer and even today!  I can't recall such a hot and humid summer for some time now; as much as it is nice to feel some warm weather, the humidity this summer has been unreal!  While we may have an occasional humid day during the summer, we have had so many this year it has not even enjoyable to sit outside a lot of the time IMHO.  Thank goodness for air conditioning!  Anyway, I'm still rocking shorties while I'm waiting for the crack in my middle nail to grow out and that nail is a little odd so please excuse it but I'm still doing my nails; this is my day 1 tropical mani!

Started with a base of two coats of OPI Onyx with accents of three coats of Essie Off The Wall. Topped with KBShimmer Clearly on Top.  Also, Essie Off The Wall is a nail stainer. Bummer as such a nice juicy colour.

This was suppose to be the base for a flamingo mani but Essie Off The Wall isn't the same hot pink on the nail as it is in the bottle and I don't think flamingos are this colour!.  Maybe if I had have used a white base if might have turned out a hot pink but instead it turned out to be a coral leaning red colour.  Still nice but not the base I wanted for my flamingo mani so I had to change up my mani plans a little (good thing I had about 50 tropical plates picked out already for the challenge!)  Stamped using FunkyFingers Dark Knight using an image from Lina 4 Seasons-Summer 02.

I actually liked the simplicity of this mani and was going to leave it as is but the busy nail artist in me decided to go further.  Stamped accent nails with Konad The Most Popular Pattern using FunkyFingers Gesso. Topped with KBShimmer.

I thought THAT was how I was going to leave it but you know me, love the busy nails so added a few dots on accent nails to match/balance out.  Topped with KBShimmer Clearly on Top to finish.

Here's the other ladies Day 1 tropical mani's!

Thanks for looking!  And try to stay cool if you're in the GTA today!

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Fiendish Fancies Princess Without Voice

press sample

I cannot tell you how much I adore this polish, Fiendish Fancies Princess Without Voice!  I'm into layering (well, I try to do it as much as possible; when I think of it) so I thought I would try it layered as well as on it's own and it looks fantastic both ways!  

As we are in the height of summer, I really wanted some bright nails but also wanted to use a colour that would go well with Fiendish Fancies Princess Without Voice all on its own, so I have shown it both ways here and incorporated into a fun summer mani!  

For the fun summer nails, I started with a base of two coats of Polish 'M Forget The Rest with accent of three coats of Fiendish Fancies Princess Without Voice.

I then did one light coat of Fiendish Fancies Princess Without Voice as a topper on all nails but the accent.  I love how this looks and while you'll have to take my word for it, I also layered it over Girly Bits Butternut Leave Me, It's Near Leaf All and Another Brick In The Fall and it looked crazy gorgeous on all of them~ I love it and one thin coat just creates a whole other look (the beauty of layering!)!  I'm sure one or more of these combinations will show up this fall! 

Princess Without a Voice is part of the Fiendish Fancies’ Beautiful Creature collection and is an olive frost with bronze, teal and rose shimmer; as you can see here, it builds up nicely to being opaque, but has the versatility of being used as a topper with the highlight being that bronze shimmer.  There were no polish application issues or issues with the brush.  It was easy to remove as well.

Topped with a coat of KBShimmer Clearly on Top.

Stamped with an image from Lesly LS 32 using Dark Knight, then topped with KBShimmer Clearly on Top.

Lesly LS32

I really liked how this looked but it's summer and wanted something more summer like.  Plus you know me, busy nails are right up my alley!  So stamped using image from Lina Feeling Shapely! 08 using FunkyFingers Gesso.  I especially loved how the white popped against the olive in Princess Without Voice; it is my favourite nail!  I was also super happy that the featured polish is still visible even with double stamping!

Top coated again with KBShimmer Clearly on Top.  Unfortunately, the pigments from the Polish 'M changed the stamping colour to a light green tinge; its pretty obvious here but not so much in real life.  

I then dotted the flowers and topped with KBShimmer Clearly on Top to finish.

Fiendish Fancies Princess Without Voice and other Fiendish Fancies polishes are found here!  Fiendish Fancies ships international; please see all details on the estore site as there are discount codes once a dollar limit is hit and other really useful shipping info there!

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Those Who Can't Water Marble, Stamp!

I love the look of water marbled nails; I see the awesome water marbling and have bought all the polishes that are suppose to yield good results, I've tried tap water same temperature as polishes, distilled water same room temperatures as polishes and watched countless youtube videos but still can't seem to grasp it!  My very first attempt was somewhat successful and every attempt after wards has been a fail.  I do hope to one day sit down and see if I can get better results but in the meanwhile, I thought these stamped nails imitating water marbling turned out pretty darn good if I don't say so myself!   I'll stick to stamping until I can water marble better! Here's what I came up with!

Started with two coats of Fiendish Fancies The White F.17-03, no top coat.  As soon as I seen this at Indie Expo Canada I said to Laura, the owner of Fiendish Fancies, that this will be the perfect base for nail art and it was one of my very first mani's after IEC 2018! All nails have the same number of coats and as you can see in the middle and ring, they are opaque but I'm surmising the way the light hit the index and pinky, they don't seem as opaque.  What I love about this polish is the hint of white shimmer and the silver holo glitter that combined with the sheer consistency of it make it so pretty!  It's too bad my pictures don't pick it up better.  

Topped with KBShimmer Clearly on Top before stamping.

Did a stamped gradient using Moyra SP 19, MoYou Pink! and Moyra SP 01 with an image from Kelly Negri KN17.  I was happy that all three colours gradiented well even on my shorties!  This is why I still do my nails even though they are short!

Topped with KBShimmer Clearly on Top to finish.

Hopefully soon you'll see some successful water marbling mani's, in the meanwhile, I will stamp on!

Thanks for looking!