Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Geometric Nail Art

Today I have geometric nail art for two challenges, #31DC2014 and The Nail Challenge Collaborative.  I did this nail art at the beginning of the month when we decided on the geometric prompt for NCC.  I have done so many manis' since then, I did not have it in mind when I did my first post for the month HERE.  When I started editing the pics for this second post, I realized...I used the SAME IMAGE!  Dooh!  Oh well, they look totally different!

I used the lead lighting technique here, stamping and then filling in with jellie polish.

I used the following jellies:
  • Light blue - Llarowe Ocean Water
  • Dark blue - Llarowe Grape Juice
  • Pink - Sally Hansen Diamond Strength It's Chiff-On
  • Yellow - Ellagee Cadmium Glass

I had fun doing this, trying to make sure that none of the segments had the same color right next to each other.  It made my need for order happy.  Silly Tina!

Once again, just a quick post.  My brain is filled with so many things/issues right now, it is hard to do anything other than show you the pics.  Hope your day is fantabulous!


Monday, September 15, 2014

Delicate Stamping Nail Art

Get ready for some amazing polish!  Mind blowingly beautiful!   This is for #31DC2014.  The prompt is delicate print.  I'm not gonna waste your time with to many words, just to many pics.

This is I Love Nail Polish Black Orchid.  It is a beautiful red leaning purple holo.  

ILNP Black Orchid with flash
ILNP Black Orchid artificial light

I have several dark purple holos in my stash.  This one is different from them all as it is more burgundy.  Beautiful!  This is two coats.  Like every ILNP I own, this applied like lotion on a baby's bottom.  I have never purchased an ILNP that I haven't loved, and I have a lot!  Every single one is precious in my indie collection.  Right now, this one is still available at their store HERE, along with the entire fall collection, including Abundance, the stunning ultra-chrome I used in THIS lovely nail art.,

I certainly did not want to cover this stunner up, so I stamped only from the side with Loja BFF-18 and Maybelline Bold Gold.

Isn't this plate gorgeous?  You can purchase Loja BFF plates HERE, but at the time of this post, they are all sold out.  Go check it out though, there are some gorgeous plates!

Yep, I LOVE this one!  Spectacular polish + striking stamp image = one first-class nail art, if I do say so myself!

Had to give you one last flash pic because...well...HOLO!

Thanks for looking and commenting!  See you tomorrow!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Spun Sugar Stripes with Mentality Resilience

Just a quickie.  Trying to catch up and have lots of other things to do today.  This is for #31DC2014 stripes prompt.

I have been wanting to try a spun sugar top coat over matte for awhile.  This was the perfect time.

Mentality Resilience with flash
Mentality Resilience in artificial light

I started with two coats of Mentality Resilience, a gorgeous deep teal matte.  LOVE this!

Then I added some stripes using KBShimmer Clearly On Top and the spun sugar technique.  Look how the top coat makes Resilience shimmer! 

Don't know what the spun sugar technique is?  YouTube it.  It is really easy, but I clearly don't have the patience for it.  My index was the first one I did and it has thicker lines and lots of blogs.  Then I walked away from my desk for a few moments (washed my glasses and brushed my teeth :) and tried again.  Better, but I could have waited even longer.

Have you tried this technique before?  Is it new to you?  Do you LOVE Mentality polishes like I do?  Tell me what you think!  Thanks for looking and commenting!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Art Deco Nail Art

Must.Stop.Surfing.Instagram!  I stop in to post a pic and check out #31DC2014 and suddenly two hours have flown by!  I am discovering new nail artists and inspiration.  If you are tempted to check it out yourself, do it!  Or don't do it unless you have a few hours to spare!

Today I have a double hitter for #31DC2014 "dots" and Golden Oldie Thursday (yes I know it is Saturday.  Cut me a break!) "ignored for too long"  

With so many prompts for so many challenges, sometimes they bleed into each other.  While searching images for a later prompt, art deco, I found this lovely compact and thought it would be perfect for the dot prompt, which was coming faster than the art deco.  See the bleed?  But I don't mind because I love art deco!

Orly Satin Illusion with flash
Orly Satin Illusion in artificial light

My golden oldie (literally golden and old) is Orly Satin Illusion.  I purchased this from a blog sale and it has not graced my tips since January 2013.  This polish looks totally different with a white undie.  If you want to see the difference and my original nail art, check the post HERE.  Excuse the tip wear.  I wore this four days before doing any nail art.  I was sick.  Tells you why I am behind in my posting :)

Although I considered using undies, I decided that the golden shimmer was more "art deco"ish, whatever that means.

Gold shimmer galore!  I did use striping tape to get my black lines straight.  I am OCD that way.  The gold was with my striping brush, though.

Me being me, I see the flaws....

and for once, I DON'T CARE!  

I love this one HARD.  I love how Satin Illusion changes.  Sometimes the blue comes out to play, looking like frosty steel.  Other times you get the gold shimmer with a hint of the blue beneath, giving it an antique feel.  Then sometimes it shows only its gold shimmer, making the gold stripes very muted.  Pure elegance!  So, of course, that means....

Mood stone pic!  I love how Satin Illusion changes.  You know how I know this was a good one?  My husband said something about it!  He hardly ever says anything about my nail art.  Not that he disapproves, just that he is a typical male and usually doesn't notice that kind of thing unless I point it out to him.

What do you think?  Do you like art deco?  Did I do my inspiration justice?  Which do you like better, my original nail art with Satin Illusion, or this one?  Thanks for looking and commenting!

Fantasy Gradient? Not So Much

My life is a whirlwind right now.  I lost my job yesterday.  I am looking at it as a blessing in disguise.  Although I will have more time on my hands, don't think that it will all be spent on my hands.  I will continue to work challenges, but I may not be posting as often.  All the details of unemployment and job search, trying to figure out what I want to do, it takes time, work and is emotionally taxing.  That is why I will still be doing my nails, it is my stress relief.

But you don't want to hear about my troubles, do you?  No, let's see the nails, because they are crazy.  A two-fer again.  #31DC2014 gradient and Llama Nails fantasy.  This was actually inspired by a book this time, Blackbringer, a wonderful and unique fantasy.  I also was inspired by THIS image.  And my interpretation is crazy.  Did I say that already?

Told you they are crazy!  These are my Bria's tiny tips.  I told her I was going to do her nails, so she prepped them.  By prepping them, I mean cut off all their pretty length, so I lost some of my canvas, which made these a bit more difficult.

I started with a gradient of OPI My Vampire Is Buff, Pahlish Bonnie and Zoya Gemma.  I was trying to get an arched gradient to try and get the sense of looking out of a forest into a glade.  The pinkie is the only one that really succeeded in achieving the look.

Then I used too many plates to show here to create my vignette.  I will list them though!
  • MJ XIX - Grass
  • MJ XVII - Brown folliage around edges
  • QA10 - Green folliage around edges
  • Vivid Lacquer VL 013 - Moon
  • Konad M5 - Dragonfly on pinkie
  • Bundle Monster - Bunny head (you can't see it from this angle, but the fairy is looking at it)
  • Messy Mansion MM38 - Owl
  • Vivid Lacquer VL 019 - Fox
  • Winstonia W208 - Mushroom and fairy
Did you count how many plates that was?  More than eight and less than ten!  Told you they were crazy!

And here is her left hand with it's floating fox, low flying owl and a bunny you can actually see!

These lovelies took me a little over two hours from start to finish.  Bria was so patient...more patient than her mother!  By the end I was like, "I don't care if the fox is floating!  I'm not redoing it!"  Bria loves them and thinks that they were well worth all the work.  Do you think she is right?  Let me know which is your favorite nail!  

Thanks for looking and commenting!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

A Rainbow of Holos

I'm feeling a bit better today.  Still going to be quick though, since I have another, much more detailed nail art that needs to be posted today too.  This one, however, is for #31DC2014, and only #31DC2014.  One challenge?  I know, right?  The prompt is rainbow.

It is kind of hard to tell in my photos, but this is a rainbow of holos.

I stripped Hits Ares (red), Polish Addict Andrea (gold) and ILNP Birefringence (blue).  You have to make sure there is space between the polishes to allow for the marbling technique.  Next I dragged a dotting tool through the polish, like dry marbling.  Then all the other normal stamping steps.  I call this stamp marbling.  

Although the effect is subtle with the holos, it prevents it from looking like you have straight stripes of the color across your nails.  I will have to try this again with regular stamping polish and see what effect I get.

The stamp I used is Mash-57.

I had so much trouble capturing this in the pics.  The red holo just wouldn't show up as red, but you can see it IRL.

Not only is it a rainbow of holos, the holos also throw off rainbows.

I tried so hard to get a good pic, but it just wasn't in the cards.  Want to see more rainbows?  Just search #31DC2014 on any social media.  See you again soon!


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Two Tech Metallic for #31DC2014 #stnchallenges

Another double challenge nail art.  Still running a little behind, but hopefully I am catching up.  The prompt for Style Those Nails is two techniques and #31DC2014 is metallic.

This was inspired by these gorgeous shoes!


Aren't they gorgeous?  I wish I could wear shoes like these, but the arthritis in my knee does not allow it.  Doesn't mean that I don't appreciate a beautiful shoe.

I started with two coats of OPI Push and Shove.  First I sponged with Sally Hansen Gone Grey, but it just wasn't dark enough.

So I added Pahlish Eleven's Hour is Over Now.  Sponging, technique #1.

Then I stamped with DRK-C and Finger Paints Black Expressionism.  Stamping, technique #2.

Then I stamped with Bundle Monster BM-313 and Maybelline Bold Gold.

Not as beautiful as the shoes, but I still love it.  Thanks for looking and commenting!