On Friday I received nail mail from Ordinary Misfit for my birthday. She had put together some polishes for me. She let me pick a polish from the Born Pretty Store and sent me some others she thought I might like I wanted to try the one I had picked from BPS since I chose it and couldn’t wait to try it. I decided to do two accent nails of different colours that match the polish. Misfit also sent me a nail art “pen” from essence in green, which inspired me to do roses over the accent nails. This is how it came out:
I started off with my usual base coat of Tip Top Miraculous results. I painted 4 coats of the BPS polish on my thumbs, index, ring and pinky nails. I painted two coats of essence that’s what I mint on my middle fingers and essence Hello Marshmallow on my ring fingers. The BPS polish is quite sheer, so I might layer it over a similar colour in future. It really is a beautiful polish. It has different sized hex glitter in mint and a rose gold. The glitters are suspended in a mint tinted base. After 4 coats I still had VNL (Visible Nail Line), so I think layering really is the best bet. I’m likely to layer it over my that’s what I mint. The only complaint I have about this polish is that it takes forever and a day to dry. I knocked it quite badly a number of times long after I had painted it. This happened with 2 and 4 coats, so I don’t think it was because I painted too many coats.
I have been wanting to try doing rose nail art for a long time. I didn’t really have a colour to do the leaves with, so when I received the green from Misfit, I snatched the opportunity to give it a whirl. I have watched a number of tutorials of how to do roses on YouTube. I decided to use the “swirling” method I had seen on this video. Basically I took the colour of my rose and used a large dotting tool to dot polish onto my nail. I then took the smaller dotting tool, dipped it into white polish and swirled it into the other dot in a circular motion. This got very tricky at some points. Sometimes there would be too much white in the rose and I’d then use the small dotting tool to go back in and swirl more pink until I got something that I felt was acceptable. I also pressed too hard with my dotting tool on occasion and smudged right through the polish underneath. Luckily I could cover this up easily with the dotting tool again. I’m sure it will get better if I practice more. The nail art pen didn’t really work well for me, I didn’t find it precise enough to do something as small as the leaves, so I pumped some of the green polish out onto a non-porous surface and used my small dotting tool to try to make leaves. Overall I am really chuffed at how they turned out. I really love the roses and I’ll be sure to try them again! When I showed them to Misfit she said they looked vintage. I like that
I forgot to top coat the two accent nails and discovered this morning my leaves had chipped off. I was so scared I would drag my beautiful roses that I wanted to wait to top coat them and then completely forgot! I feel so silly, but they don’t look too bad from a distance. Always top coat people!
On Saturday @SanitaShimmy and I went to a shop we had heard about. Rumour had it that this shop sells China Glaze polishes at bargain prices, so we had to go check it out. We were going to be in the area for the LLL meeting anyway, so it wasn’t out of the way. The name of the shop is Maskscara. You can find them on Facebook here. Their China Glazes are only R55.00! Are you freaking kidding me?!? I walked out there with SIX! There were one or two more that I wanted, but I restrained myself. Oh my word! They have quite a big selection too. I still want to go back for Seche Vite top coat and China Glaze Lubu Heels. In hindsight I could of just gotten the Lubu Heels, but I was already feeling guilty for having 6 polishes! They are so beautiful. Here is my haul:
From left to right:
- Some Like It Haute
- Lemon Fizz
- Diva Bride
- Gamer Glam
- Techno Teal
- Tart-y For The Party
I am super excited to try them! I’ve decided to use the Techno Teal first. I’m still wearing my rose mani though and since I’m so proud of my roses I’ve decided I’m going to wait till it gets ugly before taking it off.
Have you tried roses or China Glaze? What did you think?