Thursday, October 30, 2014
Tomorrow's Halloween, which means I have a few 'weenie manis to show y'all tonight :) Halloween isn't my favorite holiday, but I do enjoy celebrating it.
I think the mani I did yesterday is by far my favorite Halloween mani, but that's mostly because I'm so damned proud of the gradient I created. I started with Zoya Purity as the absolute base at two coats, then topped with Seche. I sponged over that with three different oranges, Zoya Cole and Arizona, and OPI Flit a Bit. On my index, middle, and ring fingers, I stamped image that made them look like carved pumpkins. The images came from Winstonia W221, the stamped color was pastel yellow from Mundo de Unas.
Tuesday's mani was an exercise in frustration. I was trying to create a black and white water marble, but try as I might, the colors bled into each other. It was still cool looking, but not what I was going for.
The colors I used were Wet 'N Wild's Black Cream and French White. The white served as the base also. I used a silver nail art glitter create a spiderwebby look, then topped with Seche. I added red spiders, using Nail Ways A-NW00016 and Mundo de Unas red, and a final coat of Seche.
Monday, October 27, 2014
I've just had a super busy week/end, and haven't had a chance to stay caught up. Let's get right to it! I've got a lot I want to show off :)
Today was National Breast Cancer Day; of course, I did up a pink mani. Not quite what I wanted to do, but my back had other plans for me last night. I was just happy to not go to work today with naked nails lol. It was simple, just two coats of Zoya Star and a coat of Sally Hansen Glass Slipper, with a coat of Seche. Simple, pretty, and pink!
Alrighty, now I vote for yesterday's Stamping Sunday, but I was unfortunately able to take part. The theme called for spooky and scary, and I didn't think that would fly too well for the church function I attended yesterday :P I did, however, opt for a a Halloween look that went over very well.
I created a candy corn gradient, using Zoya Thandie, Darcy, and Purity, over 2 coats of Purity. Topped with Seche, then matted with Zoya's new matte topcoat. First, I absolutely love this new matte coat! It's just fab! Second, everyone just loved this mani. Third, my pics make it look waaaay brighter than it really was (at least to me).
Friday's textured look was a fail, in my opinion, but I'll show it anyways. Up on their site, Zoya has a fall trend guide with some really pretty ideas. I decided I wanted to give this one a try, using similar colors. I picked Margo for my base and Arabella for the gradient. Margo itself was gorgeous and easy to apply, only needing 2 coats for opacity. I matted it, then got to work on the gradient.
Yeah, that didn't quite turn out how I thought it would. Pretty sure that's user error >.< You be the judge.
For Thursday, I redid a mani that I had done either last year or the before, Halloween goggly eyes. This particular idea seems to be really popular this year, because it seems like I'm seeing it everywhere. That's kinda why I wanted to do it, and because I don't think my first attempt was very good.
All this mani was, was 2 coats of Zoya Black Swan, eyes created first using Purity and a dotting tool, then Black Swan again with a smaller sized dotting tool. I made sure to wait a bit before topcoating so the eyes didn't smear.
Wednesday was a pink glitter bomb. It started with a base of 1 coat of OPI's Ate Berries in the Canaries, followed by 2 coats of You Glitter be Good to Me!. I believe I used two coats of Seche to smooth it out.
Now, this mani gave me the opportunity to try out the foil method of removing glitter. I must say, I'm very impressed and I now no longer fear glitter bombs!
Tuesday, I finally got to do a Monthly Palette Project, mostly because there wasn't one post for last month. Here's what we had to work with:
The challenge called for using at least two of the colors and double stamping. I used Zoya Neely as my base color, at three coats. The first stamped image came from Pueen 73 and was stamped in Mundo de Unas high green. The pumpkins came from Messy Mansion MM23 and those were stamped in Mundo de Unas reddish. Everything was topped with Seche.
And, last Monday was a girly, Minnie Mouse mani. The base color was 2 coats of OPI's Suzi has a Swede Tooth. The stamped images came from Sugar Bubbles SB017, Handy 32, and Chez Delaney Divers 001, all stamped in Mundo de Unas black. The glitter is OPI's Minnie Style. Everything topped with Seche.
Sunday, October 19, 2014
Welp, things are definitely getting busy around here! I haven't had much time to myself this week edit pics and get them posted, but I finally got a few minutes today. It's a little frustrating, but I'm just trying to get into the swing of it lol.
The first mani I want to show you is my Textured Friday mani. The colors aren't new, but I used a new to me color. It was simple, just two coats each of Zoya Chita and Dhalia. Chita is a gorgeous green that I kept passing over, until I finally gave in after seeing so many beautiful swatches of it. I paired it with Dhalia for a witchy look.
Thursday's mani was a color blocked, pink look. Color blocking is, and has been, popular for a while. They're not too difficult to create; I prefer to use either striping tape or Scotch tape for clean lines. The colors I used are both from Morgan Taylor, No Way Rose and I'm Charmed. I'm Charmed is a light pink that I received last week with my purchase at Cosmo Prof.
It served as the base color at three coats. I used striping tape to create the block and added No Way Rose. Finished the mani off with a coat of Seche.
For Wednesday, I created a Halloween water marble. All colors used are from Zoya: Purity for the base, Tilda, Mira, and Sharon for the marble. Stamped over using Bundle Monster BM-H07 and Nailways A-NW00016 and Mundo de Unas black. Topped with Seche then matted with Morgan Taylor's Matte's a Wrap. I absolutely love how this marble turned out :)
And, now Monday's mani. The base was two coats of Zoya Black Swan (which I think is gonna be re-released as Willa....). I then made a gradient with Essie's BCA glitter, Pinking of You. It's a pale pink, matte glitter in different size hexes. Ring fingers and thumbs got pink ribbons from Bundle Monster BM-321 and Mundo de Unas pink. Seche completed the mani.
Saturday, October 11, 2014
Sorry I've been MIA, I just haven't been able to my act together this week ._. It's starting to get a little crazy here, work wise, and that's okay lol. Because of this, I've got a week's worth of manis to show off tonight. There's a mix of new colors, old colors, new techniques, and comfortable familiars :)
Let's start with my Textured Friday mani. It wasn't exactly a new color, but I don't think I've used it yet. Zoya Savita is a lovely, blue toned purple shimmer matte. I did two coats for opacity, then topped with Seche because I wanted to stamp. I used three different plates, Winstonia W116 and W221, and Bundle Monster BM-H07, stamped using Mundo de Unas white. I topped with Seche, then rematted with Morgan Taylor's Matte's a Wrap, which gave Savita its original look.
For this finger, I used a technique to shrink the image so it would fit my pinky finger. I had more success with it than with enlarging on the thumb.
This wasn't exactly a fail at enlarging the image, but for my first attempt, I don't think it was too bad.
Thursday's mani was a matte glitter bomb. It was 2 coats of OPI's Suzi Has a Swede Tooth with a coat of OPI's More than a Glimmer. MTAG dries rough, so I topped it with OPI's Matte Topcoat.
I wasn't completely happy with this mani, since I didn't have a lot of time to plan it, but it worked lol.
Wednesday's mani was a glitter bomb, too. It started with 2 coats of China Glaze's Liquid Leather, followed by a coat of China Glaze's Howl You Doin', then a coat of Seche. That coat stamped with Bundle Monster BM-H07 and Winstonia W221 in Mundo de Unas white. Topped again with Seche to finish it.
I absolutely love how Tuesday's mani turned out. One of the colors was new, to me, Zoya Rue. That served as the base, at two coats. Then, I used a new technique, I think it's called the reverse French, with Zoya Aubrey as the contrasting color. I used French tip stickers to create the look. Finished with Seche, and almost matted, but I restrained myself.
Monday's mani was a disappointment to me. My base color pretty much ate the glitter I added to it -_- The base was 2 coats of OPI's Do You Have This Color in Stock-holm?, which is a pretty color, but no where near as bright as I thought it would be. I added a coat of OPI's Where's my Blanket? to my index, middle, and pinky fingers. On the ring fingers and thumbs, I stamped with Winstonia W116 and W221 in Mundo de Unas white. Everything was finished off with Seche.