Friday, February 22, 2019

March Paint It Pretty Polish!

Are you a member of the Paint It Pretty Polish Facebook fan group?  If you aren't already, please go here for your opportunity to name and win the March Paint It Pretty Polish!  Sherri was good enough to send this beauty to me but it needs a name!  Go, Go, Go now for your chance to name and win it!  

March's Paint It Pretty Polish** is a blue to purple to magenta multichrome with crystal chameleon flakes in pink and aqua and red/gold /green.  Shown is three coats, no top coat.

This is with a coat of KBShimmer Clearly on Top.

There were no application issues; the flakes all laid down flat even with no top coat.  Clean up was easy peasy and there were no issues with nail or skin staining.  There were no issues with removal which is always an added benefit!

I did some nail art with an image that you could still see the pretty flakes shine through.  Used MdU 16 with an image from Lina Twirls & Swirls 01.  Added a few dots for interest using MdU 69.

Flakes and matte go hand in hand; added a coat of My Indie Polish My Perfect matte.

You didn't think I just did the thumb, did you? 

The March Paint It Pretty Polish will be available via the etsy store here from March 1-30th and will retail for $12!  

Please be sure to check out other swatches of this stunner in the Paint It Pretty Polish Fan group here as well as the Paint It Pretty Instagram account here!

Thank you again Sherri for entrusting me with swatching your pretties!  It is greatly appreciated!  

Thanks for looking!

**item sent for review. 

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

X Marks The Spot!

This was a quick and easy mani done with one of the mystery prototypes received from Different Dimension during the Black Friday sale.  I didn't know which numbers to pick so chose the years of my kids birthdays and did pretty good with 1997!  Here's what I came up with!

Started with a base of two coats of Different Dimension Mystery Prototype 97, no top coat.

Added a coat of KBShimmer Clearly on Top.

Stamped using an image from Maniology (Bundle Monster) Special FX BM-XL456 using FunkyFingers Dark Knight.

Maniology (BundleMonster) Special FX BM-XL456.

Topped with KBShimmer Clearly on Top to finish.

Thanks for looking!

Monday, February 18, 2019


We had a bit more snow last night so how about another snowflake mani?  Unfortunately, my pictures (and poor cuticles!) don't do this mani justice as it was pretty cool when I was wearing them!  Here's what I came up with!

Matte! Like this version too!

Started with a base of two coats of Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Beatnik, no top coat.

Topped with one coat of Illyrian Magika from December 2018 PPU.

Topped with KBShimmer Clearly on Top.

Stamped with an image from Sugar Bubbles SBS 013 using MdU 1.  (Please excuse the hair and bad cleanup!)

Sugar Bubbles SBS 013.

Topped with KBShimmer Clearly on Top to finish.

I thought a coat of matte top coat would enhance the flakies so added a coat of My Indie Polish My Perfect Matte.

Thanks for looking

Friday, February 15, 2019

Digit-al Dozen Does Texture; Day 5

For the final day of Digit-al Dozen texture challenge, I went with something not very typical for me as I don't use nail vinyls very often.  I may have used them 3-4 times and with varying degrees of success.  While these aren't perfect either, I do like how they turn out and they got me to thinking I should use nail vinyls more often!  Here's what I came up with!

Started with a base of two coats each of Pahlish Rusalka, Rusalka with accent of FingerPaints Midas Touch, no top coat.  This is another instance when one good coat of the texture polish would have made the texture more visible as the second coat seems to lose some of the textured look.  But I do love how Midas Touch was a pretty good match to the gold flakies in the Pahlish!  After I did these base coats, I watched TV for an hour or so to give all fingers a good amount of time to dry as I knew I was applying nail vinyls.  The last time I using nail vinyls, the base coat of the polish came off with the vinyl as they hadn't dried enough and I didn't want to run into that issue again!

Topped the non texture nails with a coat of KBShimmer Clearly on Top.

Applied nail vinyls to middle and thumb and then applied the opposite polish on the nail.  I was having a brain freeze moment here as they both pretty much ended up looking the same even though they both had different bases but if I had any tip here, it would be to apply the texture on top of the non texture polish as it applied and worked better with the vinyls.  The thumb has much crisper edges.  Next time, I would also go a little lighter handed on applying the texture polish.

I had painted a nail stud with the Pahlish Rusalka, Rusalka to make the mani all matchy-matchy; applied it to ring finger.

Applied a final coat of KBShimmer Clearly on Top to the nail stud and maybe to the nails that didn't have texture polish on them (can't remember) to finish.  After I took any final nail pictures, I did apply top coat to the ring finger to make sure the nail stud stayed on as I usually wear all my mani's at least for a day or so as I rarely just swatch or do nail art and remove; in fact, I wore this mani for 4 days as I was waiting for the owwie on my ring finger to heal a bit more (which is why there are the odd finger poses in the post).  And that nail stud stayed on, no issues!

Here's the other ladies day 5 textured mani's!

Hopefully you've enjoyed all these textured nails this past week! As much as I love texture, I think it will be a little while before I reach for a textured polish again as I think I'm textured out, as least for the near future!

Thanks for looking!

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Digit-al Dozen Does Texture; Day 4

Happy Valentine's Day!!  This mani is going to do double duty for Valentine's Day as well as day 4 of Digit-al Dozen texture challenge!  Here's what I came up with!

Started with a base of two coats each of El Corzaon N530A (thumb and middle), Claire's Galaxy (index and pinky) and Girly Bits Brrr-ch Please (ring), no top coat.

Added topcoat on all fingers except thumb and middle as the El Corazon dries matte and rough, making it appropriate for the texture challenge!

Stamped images from Marianne Nails Professional n.29 (thumb and middle) and Lina All About Love 02 (index, pinky and ring) using MdU 1 and 2.  Added heart to ring finger using same Lina plate using Konad red special stamping polish.

Lina All About Love 02

Marianne Nails Professional n.29

By hand and brush, filled in heart on pinky using same Konad red stamping polish.  Shadow stamped the thumb using Marianne Nails Professionals n.29.  Note:  I love the look of this image shadow stamped!  I'll have to do another mani sometimes using this image!

Unfortunately, the heart on the pinky didn't show up that well.  So found my rarely used and cherished FUN red stamping polish and redid the heart on the pinky.  Added heart to index using an image from the same Marianne Nails plate.  I didn't risk restamping the heart on the ring ring finger as I probably wouldn't line it up that well even with a clear stamper, plus it showed up pretty good on the light base colour, so left it.

Topped all fingers except the thumb and middle with KBShimmer Clearly on Top to finish.

Here are the other ladies day 4 mani's!

An InLinkz Link-up

Have a great Valentine's Day if you do that sort of thing, or have a great Thursday if it's just another day!  Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Digit-al Dozen Does Texture; Day 3

Another Valentine's Day mani using texture polishes for day 3 of Digit-al Dozen texture challenge!

Started with a base of two coats each of OPI My Current Crush (thumb), OPI Pink Bubbly (ring and index) and OPI Pop Star (middle).  I have to say that I much prefer the look of My Current Crush versus the other two that are part of the OPI Pop Culture Collection. 

Stamped using Creative Shop 19 using FunkyFingers Gesso.  Unfortunately, even with a clear stamper, I still didn't get the lines straight on the thumb.  Grrrrr!

Here's the other ladies day 3 texture mani's!

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Digit-al Dozen Does Texture; Day 2

This is another one of those Valentine's Day manis that isn't in typical colours.  When I was searching through my stash of texture polishes, I came across this and because I was in the midst of doing Valentine's nails, I was like, how can I turn this into a VDay mani? I know it isn't your typical mani in your typical colours but hopefully it calls out to someone!  I can think of a few ladies who are into fugly colours who might love it! Here's what I came up with!

Started with a base of two coats of Love & Beauty Sand Lacquer Antique Burnished Gold, no top coat.  My test nail, which was one coat, was a little bit more textured; I will have to try to do one coat only when using these texture polishes as sometimes, they are less textured with more coats of polish.

Stamped using Lina Make Your Mark 04 using a scraped gradient of MdU 88 and 99.  I think given the unusual base colour that these two colours complimented the base well!  I was also happy to use these two stamping polishes as I don't think I have used them before!

Here's a close up of the thumb; I think the gradient stamping was pretty good!

Here are the other ladies day 2 mani's!

Thanks for looking!