Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Digit-al Dozen Does Holo; Day 2

I couldn't believe I hadn't wore Cbl Santa Baby before (even though I've owned for three years- yikes!)  So the very next night, I thought I'd search for stash for some similar Color by llarowe holos to do a ugly pretty Christmas sweater mani.  And discovered more holo's that I hadn't worn before!  Here's what I came up with!

Started with Color by llarowe skittles; polishes used starting at thumb and going clockwise are Young Turks, Santa Baby, Last Harvest, Talk To The Hand and Orange Crush.  All are untried except Young Turks and Santa Baby (that I had just worn the night before so virtually untried!)  I was going for jewel tones and wished I had have picked a darker blue but oh well, another time.

Topped with KBShimmer Clearly on Top.

I'm not sure if I'm alone in this problem, but a lot of these cute sweater images just don't fit my nails right (and it's not only sweater images!).  To explain, like for instance here, I was able to get both reindeers centered on my nails nicely as these images are fairly small but a lot of the images, the main image (in this case the reindeer), the duel image is far too large so I can only get one of them on my nails or one and a half so a lot of these type of images, I just can't wear on my small nails (first small nail world problems, I know!)  But I found this image on Moyra 36 Winter is Coming that was perfect for placement (well, except on my small pinky!) but I'll take it!

Moyra Stamping Plate 36 - Winter is Coming

Topped with KBShimmer Clearly on Top to finish.

Here's the other ladies day 2 holo mani's!

Thanks for looking!

Monday, December 10, 2018

Digit-al Dozen Does Holo; Day 1

It's Digit-al Dozen week!  This month's theme is holo. Finally a challenge that isn't so much of a challenge as I wear holo on a pretty regular basis and can do any type of nail art as long as holo is involved in some way!  Thankfully this also means I don't have to research or google about the theme (yes, a lot of planning goes into manis sometimes!)!  As it's getting close to Christmas and because we have now transitioned from fall to winter, I'm pretty sure all my manis will be winter or holiday related.  Think.  Because this is the first posted mani and I'm not quite sure what the remaining posts will be.  Other than they are holo!  Here's what I came up with!

Started with a base of two coats of Colors by Llarowe Santa Baby with accent of CrowsToes Bunny Slope over OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls, no top coat.  CbL Santa Baby is pretty much Christmas in a bottle; the perfect hue of red (and holo!) for the season!   

Topped with KBShimmer Clearly on Top.

Stamped using images from Creative Shop 42 (thumb), Marianne Nails Professional n.31 (middle and ring) and B. Loves B.10 Merry Christmas (pinky and index) using FunkyFingers Gesso.

B. Loves Plates B.10 Merry Christmas

Stamped a couple random snowflakes on middle and ring using isolated images from Marianne Nails Professionals n.31.

Topped with KBShimmer Clearly on Top to finish.

Here's the other ladies day 1 mani's!

Thanks for looking!

Monday, December 3, 2018

Gray Skies Call for Gray Nails!

We are having another overcast day here in the GTA.  But what else is new.  I heard on the news today that November 2018 had the most overcast days in a November ever. I'm not sure how accurate that is but it seems we haven't seen the sun very much.  Anyway, I thought the gray skies would be a good day to share these gray nails!  While I really liked how these turned out, there's nothing that wrecks a mani more than smeared stamping.  Grrrrr!  But it is what it is and by no means was the minimal smear obvious in real life, it just ticked me off!  Oh well.  Here's what I came up with!

Started with a base of two coats of Zoya Kristin, no topcoat.

Did a sponged gradient using Zoya Kristen, Sally Hansen Hard As Nails Retro Grape and OPI Black Onyx.

Topped with KBShimmer Clearly on Top.

Stamped using an image from Dashica Big SdP A using FunkyFingers Gesso.

Topped with KBShimmer Clearly on Top.  Now for those who check out my posts regularly, I use KBShimmer Clearly on Top most of the time and rarely have issue with it.  I know I had left time to allow the stamping polish to dry and when I thought about this, checked my supplies, etc. I determined that my bottle of KB topcoat was on the low side and I hadn't loaded it with top coat enough to float over the nails but rather spread what I had, causing brush drag.  I rarely have smear with KB tc and have used it for a long time with no issue.  I started a fresh bottle right after this and put this one away to top other others later and haven't had issue yet.  So user issue.  It happens.  But this just goes to show you when people say what is the best top coat that doesn't smear...is that it's not necessarily the top coat that causes the issue but user issue like I had here.  I should have known better but thought I was tilting the bottle to fill the brush well enough but it's apparent that I wasn't lol.  Some brands that people call their holy grail go to products have smeared for me.  There's a lot of factors that need to be considered and just trial and error what works for you!

Thanks for looking!