Friday, May 30, 2014

Some Zoya spam!

Happy Friday!!

I finally received my latest Zoya last week, which was mostly colors from their newest summer collection. I've already used one, Ling, in a mani earlier this week, the acid wash I did :) Today I want to show you two other colors I received, a Magical Pixie Dust and a color from the Bubbly collection.

Now, I only ordered a little less than half the colors I wanted from the summer collections. I'll be getting the others here soon enough, but I just couldn't wait and order them all together. This year's color are, as always, gorgeous. I've only been a Zoya fan for a few years, but their summer collections have yet to disappoint me. 

For today's Textured Friday mani, I blatantly copied a mani one of the Zoya fairies posted to their Face Book yesterday lol. It was a pretty combo and I wanted to give it a try. All it was, was two coats each of Arlo (the only new Magical Pixies I got this time) and Rory from two years back (I think). Rory got a coat of Seche.

It might just be me, but it felt like Arlo was less rough than other Magical Pixies I've gotten.

Yesterday's mani featured Alma from the Bubbly collection. The Bubbly collection reminds me last year's Irresistible collection, which were foils with little gold flakies. The Bubbly collection colors are foils also, but have holo glitter instead of flakies.

Alma was 3 coats with a coat of Seche.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Eroded brights....

Good afternoon!

I have for you today, this month's Monthly Palette Project. This month's theme was eroded brights, and the challenge was to create an acid wash mani with it. Here's the palette:

Pretty colors, right? Right up my alley! Not surprising, I have all the colors, so I chose to divide the palette and create accents on both hands (if that makes sense). All colors I used are Zoya, and all were applied at 1 coat. The base color was Purity topped with Seche. This is recommended so you don't "eat" through to your nails when you go to "acid wash" them.

On my left hand, the ring finger and thumb were my accents. They were done in the following order: Taylor, Shelby, and Dita. The other three were as followed: Wednesday, Yummy, and Ling. Instead of a cotton swab dipped in acetone, I used a clean up brush dipped in acetone, and brushed it across each nail several times until I was happy with the look.

My right used the same colors, but I had the blues on accents and pinks on the other three. Once done "acid washing", I topped with Seche, then mattified with Wet 'N Wild's matte topcoat.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

When I herp.....

I freakin' herp a derp!

Good afternoon! For those that celebrated yesterday, I hope you had a great Memorial Day! I spent the afternoon with friends and family, and got waaaaay too drunk :P

I completely meant to post half these manis last Friday, but when I leave my camera at home, that can't happen lol. So this is gonna be a big catching up post! Let's get the show on the road, shall we?

Starting with today's mani, which featured two new colors. Mani started with a base of 1 coat of OPI's Put a Coat on! base coat, followed by 2 coats of OPI's You're So Outta Lime. This one color impressed me more than last year's Neon Revolution neons (which I threw out, I was so disgusted with them >.<). If I hadn't added a coat of glitter, I might have considered a third coat, but honestly, I thought 2 was pretty good. The glitter I added is a new one from Hard Candy, Pop Star. Pop Star is a little thick, but packed with glitter; however, I definitely I should have sponged it on instead brushing it on. Two coats of Seche and done.

Yesterday I did up a patriotic mani featuring holos. I applied two coats of each color- KB Shimmer Whole Lava Lovin' and OPI's DS Glamour and Coronation. Stamped images came from Winstonia W107 and Vivid Lacquer VL 002, in Milani's White on the Spot. Topped with Seche.

Stamping Sunday's challenge was butterflies, fireflies, and ladybugs. Now, you could any one, combo, or all three in your mani. I opted for ladybugs, since it's something I hadn't done before. I started first with my ring fingers as the accents, and water marbled them with OPI's Red Hot Rio and China Glaze's Liquid Leather over a coat of Put a Coat on!. Boy, was that a bitch to do, but it came out nice. Dots are White on the Spot, topped with Seche.

The other fingers were 2 coats of Red Hot Rio, a coat of Seche, then stamped with Milani Black Swift and Winstonia W 112, and another coat of Seche.

For Textured Friday, I mixed my textures :) I did 2 coats each of OPI's Emotions and 4 in the Morning.

Thursday's mani is a copy of a mani I saw, I think, in a Face Book group I'm in. I don't remember exactly who posted it, but I had wanted to do ever since I saw. This is what I came up :)

I first did a Saran Wrap mani with OPI's Skull and Glossbones and French Quarter for Your Thoughts. Then I stamped over it first with OPI's Road House Blues and one image, then Road House Blues and OPI's Eurso Euro and another image. Image plate use was Messy Mansion MM 24. Topped with Seche.

Wednesday's mani was something simpler. Two coats of OPI's Be a Dahlia Won't You? and a coat of I Lily Love You. This needed two coats of Seche, because the flakie isn't as smooth as others.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Happy Tuesday!

Good afternoon! I hope you week is off to a good start. Mine's not too bad :) Here are my mani offerings to you so far!

Today's mani is...... I don't know. For whatever reason, I just don't care for it that much, and it's not as if I used colors I dislike. Maybe it's simply a matter of it's not what I wanted, I don't know. Anyways, it's a jelly sandwich, starting with a coat of OPI's Suzy Says Feng Shui, two coats of OPI's, and a coat of China Glaze's Ride the Waves. All topped with Seche.

Yesterday's mani, however, I absolutely loved. I'm very proud of how it turned it, since I've had similar manis turn out not so nice. The base was 2 coats of Zoya Darcy and a coat of Seche. Once it was dry to the touch, I created a gradient with Darcy and Zoya Thandie, cleaned it up, and let it dry. I stamped over that using Vivid Lacquer plate VL 002 and Milani Black Swift, and added dots with Milani White on the Spot. Instead of Seche, I used Out the Door's Northern Lights.

Sunday's Stamping Sunday challenge was very simple: over a pink base. So, I first did 2 coats of Zoya Katy. I just love this pink. Topped Seche, then stamped using my Handy 31 and 32, with OPI's Lincoln Park After Dark. Another coat of Seche and done!

Friday, May 16, 2014

A fail and two successes

Happy Friday afternoon! Any big plans for the weekend? I don't have any aside from just chillin' :)

Alrighty, so I have two stamping successes and one I consider a fail. I'll start with today's, since I think it's rather pretty.

It's Textured Friday, and for that I picked Zoya's Beatrix. I just love this creamsicle orange Pixie Dust. I haven't seen another texture this color yet. It's so pretty and summery. I applied two coats, then Zoya's drying drops, and let that dry a good while before stamping over it. For that, I used Winstonia W205 and Maybelline Bold Gold. It's a little subtle, but I like it.

Thursday featured one of my last neons that's been sitting unloved, China Glaze Blue Sparrow. I hadn't used it in so long that I hadn't forgotten it wasn't a stainer. It did take 3 coats over White on White to look kinda decent, so I stamped over it. MJ Jr 08 and OPI's Push and Shove, then a coat of Seche.

And the fail...... It started out great. Two coats of Emily de Molly's Version 2.0 over a coat Milani's Black Swift, then topped with Seche. I should have stopped there, though. The stamping didn't turn out very good =\ Emily de Molly EdM03 and Milani White on the Spot, then another coat of Seche. As you can see, the stamp just didn't work well, I think it was the polish.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Some sparkles, some matte...

Good afternoon!

Right to the point, I've got a few manis to show you, starting with my Mother's Day/Stamping Sunday challenge. The theme for that was pretty broad, simply calling for spring nails.

My base colors were Zoya Rebel, 2 coats, and OPI's Petal Faster Suzy!, 3 coats, then a coat of Seche. The nails done with Petal were stamped with Bundle Monster BM-314 and Pure Ice Silver Mercedes, the other Betina B-16 and Silver Mercedes. All topped again with Seche.

Yesterday, I was in the mood for pink and white, something I don't do very often. The base color was 2 coats of my all time favorite white, OPI's My Boyfriend Scales Walls followed by a coat of Seche. I wanted to create a water spotted effect, and since I fail at the actual technique, I stamped it. Mine came from Vivid Lacquer VL009, using OPI's 50 is the New Fabulous for the "spotted" pink. Topped with Seche, then matted with OPI's Matte Topcoat.

For today, I went with two of Zoya's fabulous jelly holos, Aurora and Dream. Two coats of each with a coat of Seche :)