Saturday, April 18, 2015

Teal Swirls

Just like there's a wide assortment of disorders in the autism spectrum, there's a wide assortment of shades in the blue colour spectrum including teal so this teal polish is being shared as part of wearing blue for April Autism Awareness month.

Started with a base of Nicole by OPI That's What I Mint, two coats, no top coat.  This is part of the Nicole by OPI Gumdrops texture collection from a couple years ago.

Stamped using Vivid Lacquer VL022 using white Konad special polish.

As I have a need to top coat all things even when I shouldn't sometimes like with textured polishes, I did anyway; used HKGirl quick dry.

Hopefully you're enjoying these blue mani's during the month of April!

Thanks for looking!

Friday, April 17, 2015

Digit-al Dozen Does Childhood; Day 5

Here were are at Day 5 of Digit-al Dozen childhood week!    When I was thinking about all the things I did as a kid, one of the things I thought of were the times that my cousins would spent the weekend at my Grandpa and Grandma's house and we would sit around the kitchen table and visit.  Before too long, some type of game was started for all  to play; sometimes it was Romolli, other times it was Monopoly (which is what I planned on doing for Day 5 as there are some awesome Monopoly stamping images until I seen that Glowstars did a Monopoly mani here) sometimes spoons, so I thought what else did we all do....and it came to me....of course, the Ouiji Board!  Do you know how many nights my cousins and I summoned the spirits, then scared ourselves silly with the boards craziness so much that we couldn't go to sleep at night? Good memories lol! So today's mani is based on the Ouiji Board!

Started with a base of two coats of OPI My Vampire is Buff topped with one coat of Elevation Polish Aguja St. Exupery.

Topped with KBShimmer Clearly on Top.

Stamped using assortment of images; fauxand A02 (moon and star on pinky; small stars on thumb),  Handy 18 (sun on index), MoYou Bridal Collection-01 (yes on index), Pet'la Football LE (numbers on middle and ring), Nailways Back to Basics ABC 123 (letters on middle, ring and thumb), MJ Wedding Day (yes on index), and random fauxnad plate bought from Walmart but no name (larger stars on thumb).  Used Funky Fingers Dark Night as stamping polish.

Unfortunately, I didn't do too great of a job lining up some of the letters but maybe someday, I'll get better lol!  Topped with KBShimmer.

I thought this would look best matte so added OPI matte and do like the vintage look of it better.  BIT it annoyed me that the 3 on the middle finger got pulled.  I didn't notice it until much later in the day when I was wearing it or could have corrected it at least for the pix; oh well.  But really like the matte look of Elevation
Aguja St. Exupery glitter peaking underneath; inspiration for another mani, I think!  I just realized typing this post that I forgot the heart image for the moving heart piece on the board...I had it out to do but forgot!

I did my other hand slightly different; used an image from MoYou Pro Collection-14 and topped with KBShimmer Clearly on top to finish.

MJ Wedding Day

MoYou Bridal Collection-01

Hopefully you've enjoyed all of the ladies childhood mani's over the course of the week.  There have been some amazing nails as always!  Here's the other ladies Day 5 mani's!

Thanks for looking!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Digit-al Dozen Does Childhood; Day 4

It was no surprise to me when I got to thinking about childhood for this weeks Digit-al Dozen theme, that a lot of my memories involved my grandparents.  I was fortunate that I lived just a few doors away from both sets of my grandparents up until I was a teen; one lived 4 houses to the right, the other 5 houses to the left, so was at their houses fairly often.  I spent a lot of time at both grandparents houses but moreso with my Grandpa and Nannie (versus Grandpa and Grandma; we were taught to call them different names so everyone knew which grandparents we were talking about lol). I would help them do things around their house; weeding their vegetable garden and other yard work.  I also many nights sleeping over even though our house was just a few doors away.  Most days after school, I would head to their house first right off the bus and sit with my Grandpa who had just arrived home from work around the same time.  We'd watch Hogan's Heroes and All in the Family, having some little snack while Nannie was making dinner. When it was ready, I'd head home.  It was my Nannie that taught me to bake; I can remember standing on a chair at the kitchen counter just doing the stirring while she added the ingredients when I was very little.  As I got older, I made the items by myself while she supervised while sitting at the kitchen table.  We'd play cards while the baking was in the oven.  I learned a lot of valuable baking tips; how to double a recipe, or half it, read the instructions from a cookbook, etc.  Not only did I learn how to bake, but also to cook and can; I can remember helping to make homemade pickles, beets, applesauce, canning fruit plus jams of all sorts. I still love to bake after all these years and usually bake at least one thing a week now.  So today's mani features baking with my Nannie, one of my fondest childhood memories.

For bases, polishes used starting with thumb and going clockwise are OPI My Vampire is Buff with a thin coat of Cirque French Roast, Lynnderella Ruby Red Ruby (3 coats), Pahlish Bespoke The Wish of a Golden Fish, Barry M Blue Plum Gelly with a coat of Streetwear FX Flash, and OPI My Vampire is Buff. 

I wanted to make pies on all fingers (they are pecan, cherry, pumpkin and blueberry if its not obvious!) but all I could think of for the fifth pie was lemon meringue and thought however would I do that, so decided to add a cupcake.  The pie crusts are using an image from MoYou Back to the 50's-03 mixing Mundo de Unas 43 and 57 together. The cupcake is Dash 20 using red Konad special polish and Barry M Blue Plum jelly. Added nuts for the pecan pie on the thumb with Mundo de Unas 22 using Cheeky Home Sweet Home Jumbo Plate 7.  For the pumpkin pie, I swirled the polish around when it got gummy, to mimic how the filling settles into the crust.

MoYou Back to the 50's-03

For the pumpkin pie nail on the middle, I matted the polish using OPI matte, added a few darker swirls using Cirque French Roast then added the pie crust by hand painting using Mundo de Unas 43.  Top coated the ring, index and pinky with KBShimmer Clearly on Top to finish.  I was kinda ticked that my nails were too small for the full effect of the pie crust to show on the index and middle finger but not much you can do about that.

Here's the other ladies Day 4 childhood nails!

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Digit-al Dozen Does Childhood; Day 3

A Sunday night staple at our house when I was a kid was watching the Disney movie of the week at 6 pm. You have to keep in mind that I lived in small town Ontario growing up; we only had a hand full of tv channels and there was no movie theatre without driving almost an hour, no VCR's, DVD's, netflix (heck, no one had a computer or cell phone then!), satellite dishes or cable service (in our area anyway). What few channels you got was from an antenna and rotor that you dialed to pick up what you could and if you were really lucky, the station wasn't snowy. (Maybe this is why we spent so much time outdoors playing as kids?) I think maybe satellite dishes were on the market when I was a teen if I think about it; those huge monstrosities the size of vehicles sitting in the back yard of a few homes (aka, you were rich!). Anyway, the Disney movies on Sunday night were never missed; they were watched after the special Sunday dinner of roast, then a bath before watching the movie which was the close to the weekend before school the next day.  I remember it is The Wonderful World of Disney; which is what today's Digit-al Dozen Day 3 mani is based upon.  Here's what I came up with.

For the base, I decided to use a recently purchased bottle of Pretty Serious Eye of Copernicus; then thought at the same time, I would see how close it is to Essie Starry Starry Night and Colors by llarowe Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.

Bottle pix; left to right:  Essie Starry Starry Night, middle is Pretty Serious Eye of Copernicus and ring is Colors by llarowe Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.  They look pretty close to one another in the bottle.

For swatching, this is one coat of each polish; index is Essie Starry Starry Night, middle is Pretty Serious Eye of Copernicus and ring is Colors by llarowe Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.  

Two coats, same order.  It is clear to me that the other two polishes aren't dupes to Essie SSN if this was the makers intent; in fact, they are closer to each other than Essie SSN. Both are too dark and blackened to be dupes IMHO.

Different angle just in case lighting is different to throw swatches, but nope.

For the purposes of doing my nails, I did the rest of the fingers in Colors by llarowe Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star as preferred it over the Pretty Serious.  I actually preferred Essie SSN but need to conserve it lol!

Top coated all with a coat of KBShimmer Clearly on Top.

Stamped using Mundo de Unas 11 using Big SdP D (stars) with accent using Big SdP Y.

Big SdP Y

Topped with KBShimmer Clearly on Top to finish.

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

Thanks for looking!