Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Wedding Nails!

While you might think this is the start of me sharing fall nails, it's not the case by any means!  I did these nails a couple weeks ago to match my outfit for a wedding that I attended.  I haven't been to a wedding in years and years; everything about it was beautiful! Thankfully it wasn't too hot and not raining;  it was an outdoor wedding and this summer in Ontario, it has either been excessively hot and humid or torrential downpour rain so they lucked out weather wise that's for sure!  Anyway, here's the nails that I came up with to match my outfit!

Started with a base of Blush Lacquers Number One Bee Girl from May 2018 Hella Handmade Creations. I love this hue; it will be a great polish to use for fall mani's for sure!  (Please excuse the condition of my middle nail; I've been dealing with it for months now and I had to remove all the dried skin as it is all hard and thick but it doesn't stop me from doing my nails just not the prettiest when sharing, sorry.  I tried to hid it as best I could!)

After waiting about 10 minutes or so for the base to dry, did a sponged gradient using Blush Lacquer Number One Bee Girl, Fancy Gloss Red Velvet Mocha and Fancy Gloss Pumpkin Spice.  This is inspired by a mani that I had seen before using Fancy Gloss Red Velvet Mocha, Pumpkin Spice and Gingerbread Latte but I cannot find the creator at the moment to give credit.  Those 3 Fancy Gloss polishes were LE and I missed them; they have been in my ISO for some time and while I have two home with me now, I finally secured the final one in a destash and although it is with my US nail pal, it will be home soon!  So exciting when you quash lemmings!  But I wanted to do the gradient to match my outfit even though I didn't have FG Gingerbread Latte so substituted the Blush Lacquer and I think it turned out well!

Topped with KBShimmer Clearly on Top.  This really made the colours pop!

Stamped with Konad m78 using FunkyFingers Dark Knight.  Stamping again with a Konad image plate makes me realize how small their images were!  Even on my small nails and here when I have no length, thankfully I had a clear stamper for placement as the image barely fit so I was able to position it well!  But the great thing about the small image was hardly any cleanup!  But this is a great animal print stamp to use; lots of space that you can see the beauty of the base polish and an interesting image on your nails.

I even did Ms. Cindy!  I was kinda annoyed at myself because this was one run of the sponge and it did each nail and it gradiented well with oodles of colours; on my sharing hand, it was many runs of sponging to get it to a vivid colour!

Topped with KBShimmer Clearly on Top to finish.

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, August 26, 2018


Here's the nail art portion of the lemon mani I shared with the Cuter Cuticles IEC 2018 Exclusive trio! I don't think there are too many items that you can't find in an image on a stamping plate so it was fantastic to find so many lemon images on stamping plates....and I even found more after I did these!

Started with a base of Moyra Vivid Sand 717 Sunshine over a coat of Nicole by OPI Hit the Lights with an accent of OPI Black Onyx.  I went with the sand look to try to mimic the texture of a lemon.

Stamped using images from Delaney Fruits 001 (middle and thumb), MoYou Tropical Collection-08 (index), Wistonia W118 (pinky) and Lina 4 Seasons-Summer 02 (ring) using Funky Fingers Dark Knight; MdU 11 was used on accent.

MoYou Tropical Collection-08

MoYou Tropical Collection-09  (I didn't use this plate as the images were too large for my nails but took pictures of it as I thought I was going to.)

Wistonia W118

Delaney Fruits 001

Top coated just the accent finger to finish.

I think these could also be super cute summer nails and can see myself doing something like this in the future!  Thanks for looking!

Friday, August 24, 2018

CbL Yes, I'm Loonie Too IEC 2018 Limited Edition

This stunner is an IEC 2018 limited edition from Colors by llarowe, CbL Yes, I'm Loonie Too.  Loving the play on words, us Canucks know it's in reference to our $1 coin affectionately coined the loonie. Or at least let's hope it is anyway lol!  I did gradient tone on tone stamping on it; here's what I came up with!  

Cbl Yes, I'm Loonie Too is a gorgeous turquoise based, scattered holo with green to red to gold shimmer with lilac flash and prismatic holographic flakies. Application was easy, there were no removal issues and I didn't experience any nail or skin staining.

Started with a base of two coats of CbL Yes, I'm Loonie Too, no top coat.

Topped with KBShimmer Clearly on Top.

Stamped with an image from Apipila Super Placa G using MdU 5, 6 and FunkyFingers Gesso.

I have to apologize for a couple things here; one, this is one of the first mani's I was trying all the different lighting and backgrounds with new camera so there is a lot of variation of poses, etc. all over the place.  This is also right after I cut down my middle nail that had two cracks in it as one crack had hit the free edge and I didn't want it to snag and tear; I don't think this was when it was at it's shortest but I know it doesn't match but didn't want to cut down the rest lol.  I am still growing out this nail; what a long six months or so it's been!  Thanks for tolerating the pictures but I still do my nails when they are good or bad; that's the nail fanatic in me!

Topped with KBShimmer Clearly on Top to finish.

This was an IEC 2018 CbL limited edition; it is still in stock at Hypnotic Polish here as well as at Rainbow Connection here.  Colors by Llarowe products are available here and at various stock lists; see site for more details.

Have a great weekend; thanks for looking!

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

IEC 2018 Silent Auction (Paint It Forward)

One of the most awesome aspects of Indie Expo Canada is the Silent Auction (Paint It Forward) with the proceeds being donated 100% to The Marvelle Koffler Breast Care Center at Mount Sinai Hospital.  I bid on a few items and was lucky enough to come home with a couple including this one, Ms. Sparkle Chemical X from the May 2018 Polish Pickup.  I haven't heard the 2018 donation tally, but in 2017, $1857 was raised so in addition to the funds going to a very worthy cause, you can take home some really fantastic things if you are the lucky bidder!  This post is picture heavy as it shows some of the fantastic items that were up for auction!  But first, this is the mani that I did using Ms. Sparkle Chemical X!

For this mani, started out with a base of two coats of Ms. Sparkle Chemical X from the May 2018 PPU.

Topped with a base of two coats of KBShimmer Clearly on Top.

Stamped using an image from Apipila Super Placa E using MdU 11, 66 and FunkyFingers Gesso.

Apipila Super Placa E

This is how it looks when you multiple scrape to blend the colours together.

Topped with a final coat of KBShimmer Clearly on Top.  This would have been a great base for some layered fall or Halloween stamping and I meant to do some before I took it off but I forgot.  But I was thinking of the hot, sizzling summer when I did these nails and this represents that well, I think!

Below is a few pictures of the silent audition items.  This helmer storage unit from IKEA was filled with soooooo many polishes and products and was adorn with numerous vinyl stickers; this went home with one lucky lady!

Just a few of the products waiting for bids!

This cutlery set was stunning!

Thank you to all contributors for their donations and also to everyone who bid on the wide assortment of items; the proceeds went to a worthy cause!  I will update this post once I hear the final tally raised in 2018!

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Alter Ego Gentle Benevolent

Alter Ego Body Care Products had an Indie Expo Canada 2018 exclusive polish that had me all grabby hands for; this is Alter Ego Gentle Benevolent!

I used this polish a little differently trying to think outside of the box and share something different so used it as a topper versus applied it to opaque, here is the final mani!

Started with a base of two coats of LA Girls Matte Sky Bloom, no top coat.

Added two very thin coats of Alter Ego Gentle Benevolent which has this awesome magenta glitter plus blue shimmer in a sheer fuchsia base.  Unfortunately, this was an IEC 2018 event exclusive so if you didn't pick it up at the show, it's only available in a destash, sorry.

Topped with KBShimmer Clearly on Top.

Stamped using an image from Kelly Negri KN 27 using FunkyFingers Guesso.

Kelly Negri KN27

Added dots to the flower centers using MdU 26.

Topped with KBShimmer Clearly on Top to finish.  

Alter Ego Body Care Products are available here.  In addition to nail enamels and nail care products, Alter Ego has a range of body care products.

Links:  Alter Ego Body Care ProductsFacebook

Thanks for looking!