Thursday, August 16, 2018

Digit-al Dozen Does Tropical; Day 4

I cannot believe that this is yet another mani with hibiscuses; I honestly didn't have the intention of sharing 4 hibiscus mani's when I was planning manis for the challenge but this was yet another mani that didn't turn out on my test hand and I had to improvise.  The plan was the base and then zigzag stamping then a full accent nail of lizards with a lizard or two on the rest of the nails.  But the lizards didn't stamp well on the accent nail and, as I seen this Delaney Hibiscus 001 plate sitting out from the night before, I decided to go with the hibiscus decals and this is how it turned out!  Here's what I came up with!

Started out with a base of two coats of Contrary Polish Cocoon Galaxy, which was part of the April 2018 Polish Pickup.  This is a magnetic polish but I didn't magnetize it; I bought it strictly for my love of these steel blue/gray shades of polish with the holographic micro flakes and it happens to have a little pink shimmer added for good measure! Unfortunately, this beauty is no longer available unless you are able to find one in a destash.  

 Topped with KBShimmer Clearly on Top.

Stamped with an image from Konad Square 14 using FunkyFingers Gesso.

Topped with KBShimmer Clearly on Top.

Here's the plate, ZZ Hawaii,  that I was going to use with all the lizards.  In fact, any of these images would be good for the tropical theme, this is why I pulled it to use!

I did a test stamp on my test hand of the full image using both green and navy and was meh about how they turned out.  I didn't have time to search through my plates for another lizard image to use so used the same Delaney Hibiscus 001 that I had used before; made five stamper decals, filled in with Quo by Orly Femme Fetale and applied them directly onto the nail once the sticky base was tacky.  Topped with KBShimmer Clearly on Top to finish.

Here's the other ladies Day 4 tropical mani's!

I still can't believe that I did four hibiscus manis this week; I had pulled plates for palm trees and leaves and tropical fish and tropical birds; I guess they will have to wait for other times.  Stay tuned for Day 5 manis tomorrow; don't worry, it isn't hibiscuses!

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Digit-al Dozen Does Tropical; Day 3

I didn't take many pictures of this mani so this post will be short and sweet (at least as far as pictures goes). I'm in a nail funk.  I want to do my nails but nothing seems to pan out.  Including this mani which is why I'm bringing it up now.  I hope the trend of nail fails ends; this was suppose to be a bright colourful neon blob mani but for the life of me, I could not get the polishes to blob colourful and it was just a mess; not even a hot neon mess as I could have used it!  Then I wanted to do yellow, green and blue gradient but the green wouldn't show up on the gradient and the blue didn't either for that matter and then I couldn't even get the thumb to gradient at all, it was as if I was taking more polish off the nail than putting it on it so I gave up on it and this is what is seen.  And don't get me started on my middle nail that has had two cracks in it and having to deal with them slowly growing out; I wrote a big long comment about this but deleted it because I'm sure no on wants to hear me whining about it lol.  So because I've always shared the good with the bad, and this is the bad as far as I'm concerned, I'm sharing this anyway. There aren't many pictures as when I was doing these nails, in my mind they were a fail that I wasn't going to share but took a few anyway just in case it panned out.  I suppose in the end it didn't turn out terribly bad (there could be a whole lot worse in life!) but again, not what I envisioned when I sat down to do my nails.  I've been trying to think outside of the box for the challenge too with more nontraditional looking mani's and maybe I'm just thinking about it too much, who knows!  Anyway, here's what I came up with for day 3!

 Started with a base of two coats of KBShimmer Chick Me Out, no top coat.

Attempted Did a sponged gradient using KBShimmer Chick Me Out, Essence LOL and Girly Bits I've Got High Hoops, topped with KBShimmer Clearly on Top.

Stamped using Delaney Hibiscus 001 using FunkyFingers Dark Knight.  

Topped with KBShimmer Clearly on Top to finish.

Here's the other ladies Day 3 tropical mani's!

Thanks for looking...and for putting up with my rant!

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!