Saturday, July 30, 2011

Layering + Zombies

Don’t really wear dark colours alone and most of the time I usually have something stamped or painted on, but I liked this layering experiment alone.

One coat of Wet N Wild Vandalize with one layer of H&M Blue Wave and also a layer of Maybelline Colorama Ruby Rays on top.

I found the Colorama polish at Winners in a value pack thing with other make up goods.  I didn’t really care for the other things in the package, so I just gave those to my mom and kept the polish for myself.

After awhile I decided to stamp on my nails after all.  Used the zombie images from the large plate and also some hearts from the same plate. 

Stamped using Konad special polish in white and also used made it matte with Orly Matte Top.

I also dented index finger nail after putting on the top coat.  Always denting and smudging my nails lately.  I think I need to get those nail guard things that help to prevent denting and smudging.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Glittery(?) Splatter

Splatter nails done using large stamping plate A that I purchased through eBay.  I had wanted the Konad plate that had the splatter design, but didn’t want the other images on the plate so getting the big plate was cool with me.  Getting tons more images for the price of about three/four Konad plates.  Though I think some of the images on the plate are a tad smaller than what’s on the actual Konad plates.  Most of my Konad plates are full nail designs, but I’ll try to see if there’s any that match up with my plates and do a comparison.

Base was an XO Hugs and Kisses sheer pink with Wet N Wild Fast Dry Party of Five Glitters added.  When I swatched the polish on a nail wheel more glitters showed up than what’s on my actual nail.  I tried to use the same colours that were found in the glitter for the splatter.  Konad special polishes in sky pearl, red, pink, violet pearl and green and KleanColor Barbie Pink were the stamped colours.

Also I didn’t notice that my pinky was dented/smudged until I saw the pictures.  D’oh.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Newsprint + Roses

Finally tried out the newspaper nails.  This is similar to something that I saw in a Japanese nail mag months ago, can’t remember which one. 

I used some movie reviews and stamped on roses.  Base colour was two coats VOV Nail Cone It Girl’s 1420A with Sally Hansen Xtreme-wear in Cherry Red, which turned out darker than I thought it would.  Stamped with Konad special polishes in Red and Green using fauxnad plate F01.  Glitter stripe was done using L.A. Colors Art Deco polish in NA903 Silver Glitter.

And here’s another one with newspaper print nails with swirly roses.

This was four or five coats of a really sheer pink - KleanColor Pink Sleepers.  More movie reviews and acrylic paints for the flowers.  I like this one more than the first.

I was just going to leave it as just the newsprint nails, but I had some nicks and smudges so I covered them up with the swirled flowers instead of redoing my nails.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Trying Out Windows Live Writer

I hope this works out.

stripes and bows

Thought I would do something super girly so stripes with some lacy-ish bows.  It’s a bit messy looking, but I’m okay with that.  It’s a lot better looking than my right hand.  I did three coats Etude House PP903 and acrylic paints for the bows.

Now hopefully this will get published properly without having me to actually sign on to blogger.


Still need to log in to put labels on posts.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

A Bit More Hauling

Some crackle polishes that I bought off eBay way back in May finally arrived in the mail.

There were 40 colours to choose from, but I went for colours that I would wear often.  I quite liked them except for the fact that the colour turns darker after putting on a top coat.  You can’t really tell from the picture above, but in my mani pic below it is definitely noticeable.  However I still went ahead and bought a couple more.  You can get crackles from this brand at the born pretty store, but there’s not much selection there.

Here is the mani I did with L006

Base colour was three coats of Ardene - Malibu Splash.

On my nail you can see that with the top coat parts are light while other areas are darker.  I’m not really sure why that happens.  On the nail wheel you can definitely see the difference.  Looks better without shiny top coat, but I worry that everything would just chip off when washing dishes or showering.  Since it dries matte, maybe a matte top coat wouldn't change it.

Here's a polish I picked up from H&M.

My first H&M polish, Blue Wave - sheer blue with I think blue, pink and purple shimmer.  Quite pretty.

And now for a random photo.

Just a picture of blurry Instax photos of my recent hauls.  You can also see the additional Wet N Wild Craze polishes, they were still around when I went to buy some new hangers.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Water Decal and Stamping

Wasn’t feeling like painting my nails so I used water nail decals.

Didn’t really like this on my nails.  Wasn’t really into this print.  So I changed it up after a day.

Hadn’t stamped in a while so I used one of the newer BundleMonster plates.

Three coats of Wet N Wild - French White Crème, stamped with a dark blue Konad special polish and plate BM-224

Quite like this.  Reminds of the rice bowls that we have.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Wet N Wild Craze Haul + Graffiti Nails

I haven‘t bought any polishes in a while, but then I saw these in my local Zellers and I just had to have ‘em ‘cause I liked the bottle caps so much.

Wet n Wild Craze polishes with Graffiti theme.  I only bought these five, but there was also a hot pink, red, black and white available.  The colours I did purchase are (from left to right) Scribble, Tagger, Undercover Graffitti, Art Crime and Scratchiti. I may pick up the others, but I don’t know if they’ll still be around the next time I visit.  The display I saw was very small with only one or two bottles of each colour.  If they’re still available upon my next visit then it was meant to be and I will buy them.

Here is a nail wheel swatch of the colours.

The only one that’s not really colour accurate in the photo is Scribble.  Purples and blues were never really photographed well by me.  It’s slightly brighter and less…plumy looking?  I dunno.

Here is a mani I did with some of the colours.

Not super happy with how this turned out, but it’s okay.  I sponged on all the colours except for the orange.  After looking at it I think I should have just colour blocked the colours so that there would be crisp lines of distinguishable colours.  Next I did some lettering with acrylic paint to write my name in a similar graffiti font to the bottle tops.  While taking pictures I realized I should have rotated the H 90º.  Oh well.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Dress Inspired

This manicure was inspired by a dress that I picked up from the Indian Bazaar/Little India after dinner one night.

My interpretation of the dress on my nails.

I really like the nails with the flowers.  I think I’m going to do my nails with just the flowers sometime.  The flowers were done with acrylic paint.  I basically just blobbed on the pink with the toothpick that I used to mix white and red acrylic paint, then lined the flower with red, made some dots with blue acrylic paint and leaves with green acrylic paint.

Here are the polishes that I used.

Both hands - KleanColor Black and White, Cosline 004 White Sparkle (not pictured)
Right hand - Dabo RD440, Etude House WH709, Hello Kitty PK04
Left hand - American Apparel Cameo Blue and Palm Springs, Innisfree GR06

Monday, July 4, 2011

Wedding Nails

I’m not getting married nor did I have a wedding to attend, but I do enjoy watching shows like Rich Bride, Poor Bride, Bridezillas and My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding.  More for the ridiculousness of the people on those shows than the weddings.

Base colour is KleanColor White with Etude House VIP Girl Pink PK011 as the stripes.  The hearts, ring and bow were scrap booking rub on transfers that I found at a dollar store.