Tuesday, April 29, 2014

LeadLight Flowers

Doing leadlight designs has quickly become one of my favourite styles of stamping.  I've done a few now but haven't gotten around to sharing them....and want to do more but I find they are a little bit more time consuming then just a base and quick stamping so haven't done nearly as many as I want.  I have gone through my plate stash and set aside designs for when time does permit...and have pre-ordered a bunch new Infinity plates that I also think will be awesome for this style.  Anyway, here's a design I came up with not too long ago!

Started with a base of two coats of OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls (no pix).  Stamped using black FUN stamping polish using Big SdP J. (A very similar if not exact image is also on Infinity 42).

When I was browsing Shoppers Drug Mart one day, I discovered some very sheer Quo by Orly polishes that were very sheer but had glitter....so have the added bonus of being able to use them for this technique but have glitter!  Fantastic!  You don't know how excited I was when this was discovered! I used an assortment of polishes for this; some are in the first pix below and others as it progressed:  Quo by Orly Mega Canary, Mega Red, Mega Fuchsia, Mega Orange, Zoya Paloma, Zoya Ivanka and Zoya Gilda.

Filled in with more polishes.

Top coated with SV to finish.

If you don't have access to the Quo by Orly polishes, there's a good likelihood that Orly has these same shades but named differently as I have found this frequently with Quo by Orly and Orly polishes.

When I was checking my polish stash over the weekend to see what other polishes I might already have that could be used, I came across the Revlon Scented Fizz polishes that are very sheer and have glitter too.  I believe they will work well for this technique too!

Thanks for looking!

Friday, April 25, 2014

Trust Fund Beauty Sex Tape

There's another brand new Canadian indie polish maker!  Trust Fund Beauty opened in February 2014 and I was fortunate to receive polishes for review; this is Trust Fund Beauty Sex Tape!

Started with two coats of Trust Fund Sex Tape with an accent of one coat of FingerPaints Black Expressionism.  Trust Fund Sex Tape is a rich, hot pink creme that was very opaque; I probably could have gotten away with one coat if I had have been more careful with my application.  The formula consistency was great and I had no problems with the brush.

Trust Fund Beauty is the creation of Samara Granofsky; the polishes are 5-free. They have a variety of tongue in cheek collections like Prenup, Heiress and Scandal featuring an assortment of finishes. When I was browsing the site, I found this page that has an interview with Samara that I thought was a pretty interesting read and explains the thoughts behind the brand.  I really liked that they have a sample trio that sells for $10 for the times when you can't just make up your mind which colours to buy!

As I was putting Sex Tape on my nails, I knew I wanted to do mani to go along with the edgy vibe of the polish brand which is why there is the black accent nail. Added KB Shimmer U Rock My Heart on top of accent finger.  I heart this look so much! While I top coated the accent finger once the glitter was added, the rest of the fingers are topcoat free and still have lots of shine!

But was going for a edgy vibe,so once the base polish was dry, stamped using JR-14 using FUN black stamping polish.


Topped with SV to finish.  This is when I had a d'uh moment in that it hardly makes sense to use a 5 free product and then use SV to topcoat! But it is my topcoat of choice 99% of the time simply because it is so fast drying.

Despite the oversight, I am pleased to report that even though I did this, there was no shrinking or any weird reaction like I know SV has with sometimes other 5 free products.

Trust Fund Beauty also has a monthly subscription box service; there are details on the box service on their site; polishes are $15 for 17 ml; they also have 5 ml trio packs for $10.  New products will being offered; in fact, just yesterday a new matte collection was added!

Have a great weekend and thanks for looking!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

CANVAS lacquer Orchids

I have the privilege of sharing a polish from a brand new Canadian indie polish maker, CANVAS lacquer! CANVAS lacquer is the brainchild of two best friends, Alana and Lan, who opened their Etsy shop in March!  This is CANVAS lacquer Orchids.  Orchids is part of the CANVAS lacquer limited edition duo and is their nod to Pantone's Colour of the Year, Radiant Orchid.

CANVAS lacquer Orchids is a purple creme with pink undertones and soft silvery-blue shimmer that dries to a satin finish, as described on their shop.  

Different lighting.  This is a very bright purple, almost to the point of being neon.  Loved it!  The shimmer is stunning...makes it look ultraviolet to me lol!  The pix above is three coats; the pix below is two; both have no topcoat.

Decided to add stamping using an image from Lily Anna 10 with Konad white special polish.

Can see the shimmer well in this pix!

Didn't know what to put on the accent finger; decided to use another image from Lily Anna 10.  

Added random dots for pops of colour using a couple of Konad pearl special polishes in orange and hot pink.

Topped with SV to finish.

I have more CANVAS lacquers to review and they will be showing up soon! CANVAS lacquer also has a blog and I when I was stalking it, I noticed some fantastic nail art including stamping (note to self; need to try galaxy nails soon!)!

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Digit-al Dozen Does Texture; Day 5

The last of the texture mani's for Digit-al Dozen challenge week!  I was so happy the new MoYou plates arrived just in time to use for today's mani; here's what I came up with!

Started with a base of two coats of American Apparel Downtown LA on all fingers except accent which is OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls, no topcoat.

Added two coats of OPI Matte on all except accent.

Stamped using FUN black stamping polish using MoYou Hipster Collection-06 on all fingers except thumb which is MoYou Hipster-05.

 Added stamping to accent using which is MoYou Hipster-01.

MoYou Hipster Collection-05

MoYou Hipster Collection-06

MoYou Hipster Collection-01

Decided to matte the stamping; there was some minor streaking, but nothing too visible to the naked eye.

Added a little flocking powder to the beard.

I did my test hand a little different; added a coat of Dance Legend Top Sahara for what I thought would be a textured look but all I seen was some silver sparkle, no texture!  Don't know if this is the norm or what but I was expecting some texture lol.  Anyway, used same plates just different images and matted the stamping as well.

Here's the other Day 5 mani's!  That's it for Digit-al Dozen texture challenge....there have been so many outstanding mani's this week!

An InLinkz Link-up

Thanks for looking!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Digit-al Dozen Does Texture; Day 4

I'm a day late getting this post up...the stat holiday today just means cramming the same amount of weekly work into 4 days versus doing it in 5....just longer hours all week for me....by the time I got home yesterday, I was just too tired to do the post!  Sometimes, it seems hardly worth taking the day off.....then, today, I woke up not feeling the best.....anywayyyy, enough excuses lol..... we are still on texture week for Digit-al Dozen; here's the mani I came up with for Day 4!

Started with a base of two coats of OPI My Vampire is Buff on all fingers except accent, which is L'Oreal The Palace Life, topped with SV.  

Stamped using MoYou Festive-14 (pinky), W212 (thumb), W105 (index) and MoYou Festive-09 (middle and ring).  Stamping polishes are white Konad, black, bubble blue and avocado FUN, Mundo de Unas 15 and 16.


Using assortment of jelly polishes (L'Oreal Miss Pixie, L'Oreal Mango Mamma, OPI I'm Never Amberrassed, and OPI Don't Violet Me Down), coloured eggs on index finger.

Added dots using texture polishes; Sinful Ruby Mine, Nicole by OPI Lilac Gumdrops, Nicole by OPI Candy is Dandy and Kiko 643.

I was really trying to leave big dollops of the texture polish to get a raised look...here's a close up to show how much!

Decided to outline the eggs on the index using Sinful Ruby Mine.  

Added flocking powder on index, middle and ring fingers.  

Added a few more dots on middle to finish.  Left like this; no topcoat on any nails.

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

Thanks for looking!