Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Glitter Patchwork

This is a play on the patchwork tape effect.  It was one of those designs where I started out not have any idea how it would turn out.  I know that the picture makes the polish look red, but it's actually a baby pink - blame the camera :)

For directions on who to get the patchwork effect, refer to my Fun with Patchwork blog entry.

Super-duper close-up!!

White - Pure Ice (981CP) "Super Star!"
Green - Sinful Colors (932) "Call You Later"
Pink -  Wet n Wild, Wild Shine (435G) "Sparkled"

Gradient Attempt #2

Another try at the gradient effect.  This one was a bit trickier because the colours I wanted tt use ended not being completely solid.

For a tutorial effect, refer to the Gradient tutorial blog entry, for a link to a great how-to page.

Base - Revlon (089) "Sunshine Sparkle"
Tip - Revlon (120) "Hushed Blush"

Mad About Matte

I've been trying to get my hands on a matte polish for a while, but until recently, not many brands made it.  Even though Essie and China Glaze make it, I'm not totally down with paying $15 for a bottle.  Luckily I found NYC's version for an affordable $2.

For a tutorial of how to do this tiger design, refer to the Tiger Print entry.  It was hard to get the full effect in a picture, so here's a couple in different lights.

Base - Pure Ice (980 CP) "Black Rage"
Top Coat - NYC (274) "Matte Me Crazy" 

Salon Effects - Sparkle Skulls

Monday, 17 September 2012

Inspired By - Holiday Visions Barbie

Recently I watched a tv show that focused on a vintage Barbie collector, and I saw Holiday Visions Barbie, so I tried to recreate a colour that matched the doll.  (This colour is also my own personal way of coping with the fact that summer is over, and a long cold winter is on its way).  I love the combination of the tones of blue and purple, and how nicely it pairs with the silver.  The topcoat is a clear base with silver micro-glitter and chunky blue and purple round glitter.


Super-duper close-up!!
Base - Sally Hansen Hard As Nails: (850) "Pumping Iron".
Top Coat - 2 thick coats - NYC Long Wearing Enamel: (105) : "Starry Silver Glitter"

Dupe of the Day Review - Blue Addicted

While my local drugstore has begun to carry this brand in Canada, as far as I know, they do not carry this particular colour in North America.  Fortunately for me, I've got a stand up friend, who picked up a few bottles for me on her latest exchange to Switzerland, so shout-out to her for being a stellar pal :) - she can get all the free mani's she wants.

This is a dupe of Deborah Lippman's "Across the Universe".  Essence's "Blue Addicted" is a dead ringer.  It looks extremely similar to the original.  It is a navy blue jelly base with emerald green and royal blue micro and hexagonal glitter.  No need to layer it over another colour, you will get great results with 2 or 3 thick coats.

Verdict - Get it.  Get your hands on it any way you can.  Although it's a third of the size of the DL bottle, it is also almost a tenth of the price, at only 2 dollars, max.  If you happen to be taking a trip to Europe, they sell it at their local convenience stores, so stock up, and bring back a bottle for me :).

2-3 thick coats - Essence, Color & Go: (78) Blue Addicted

Base - Pure Ice (616 CP) "Wild Thing"
Top Coat - 2 coats - Sinful Colors (932) "Call You Later".

Dupe of the Day Review - Whimsical

'Dupe of the Day' will be a blog post where I try to find cheaper knockoffs of the expensive nail polishes that I can't bring myself to pay for, and let you know if it's worth purchasing.  As some of you know, I am OBSESSED With Deborah Lippman brand nail polishes.  They're everything I love in a good polish:  super glittery, shiny, and named after celebrities and some of my favourite songs.  What I don't love is the fact that a single bottle will rack me up about 20 bucks.

This particular polish is a knockoff of Deborah Lippman's "Glitter in the Air".  Made by Revlon, "Whimsical" is an almost transparent blue base with mini and hexagonal baby blue and baby pink glitter.  I had high hopes for this one, but was a bit let down since it was so sheer - which means it had to be layered over a similar coloured, more solid polish.

Verdict - Skip it.  It looks great in the bottle, but it's a real let-down when you realize how transparent it is.  In addition, you really have to fish for the larger pieces of glitter.

Base - Pure Ice (974 CP) "A List"
Top Coat - 2 coats - Revlon (430) "Whimsical"

Base - Sally Hansen Hard As Nails:  Xtreme Wear (320) "Fucshia Power"
Top Coat - Sally Hansen: New Lengths, Ceramics (6465-04) "Silver Slightblade"

More Cheetah

Surprise, surprise, another cheetah design.  Used the colours to match my outfit for an evening out, thought I'd share.   As always, for a tutorial, refer to leopard print blog entry.

Base - Sally Hansen Hard As Nails: (850) "Pumping Iron".


This one was pretty messy, since I was getting used to a stamper that is a different brand than I'm used to, but I thought Id post it anyway.  Instead of my usual Konad brand stamping plates, this is the 'As Seen on TV' brand.

Thumb - Klean Color: (18) "Neon Yellow"
Index - Pure Ice (616 CP) "Wild Thing"
Middle - Sally Hansen Hard As Nails:  Xtreme Wear (320) "Fucshia Power"
Ring - Klean Color: (14) "Neon aqua"
Pinky - Pure Ice (763 CP) "New Lilac"

Hello Kitty

Just experimenting with accent nails, and getting used to stamping plates :)  Special thanks to Born Pretty for the free stamping plate.

Pink - Sally Hansen Hard As Nails:  Xtreme Wear (320) "Fucshia Power"

Base - Pure Ice (980 CP) "Black Rage"
French Tip - Revlon Metallic (925) "Gold Coin" 
Stamping Plate - M71 from Born Pretty, using Pure Ice (981CP) "Super Star!"