Hi everyone! I told you I would be playing with neons and holos again…so not to disappoint you, I did 🙂 I love the combination of neons and holos…neons and nudes…holos and anything really. Every nail polish addict has their preferences. I’m a holosexual first and foremost and then I would probably put neons a close second.
I started off with a base coat to protect my nails. I started off with a coat of essence wild white ways as a base. I used a make up sponge and China Glaze Highlight of my Summer (green), You Drive Me Coconuts (pink) and Flip Flop Fantasy (orange) to create a gradient on all of my nails. Once that was dry I used Color Club Beyond and MoYou Illusion 05 (press sample) stamping plate to stamp the swirls onto my nails. I sealed everything in with a coat of Seche Vite.
I have so many nail photos laying uploaded in my media folder that I am yet to create posts for, I kind of feel overwhelmed. My blog has been very quiet of late and it has been unavoidable. With some of them I cannot even remember what polishes I used, it’s been that long since I’ve actually done the mani! I’m going to try and do some catching up and write posts for all of the photos. Then I’ll be able to get some content out for you guys.
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Hi everyone. The mani I have to show you today was actually requested by my husband. He is a huge fan of french manicures and has always wanted me to do one. In all my time doing nails I’ve only done one french mani, so I decided to indulge him. I tried to discuss details with him, but being a dude, it was like trying to squeeze blood from a stone. Eventually I asked him if he wanted a traditional french or something funky and he said funky. Let me show you what I came up with.
I started off with a base coat to protect my nails. I painted 2 coats of Revlon Sure Thing (gift) on my index, middle and pinkie nails. I really love this white. I actually think it’s my favourite white in my collection. It self levels really well and is very opaque. The formula is easy to work with and dry time is pretty standard. On my ring nail I painted 3 coats of China Glaze Neon & On & On. Oooooh I love me a good neon. The formula on this neon is tricky and not so easy to work with. The polish dries very fast, so it’s easy to drag if you go over the same spot more than once. It sure is beautiful though, right? Once my polish was dry I used french nail guides I purchased from bornprettystore to tape off the tips of my nails. I was actually shaking the entire time I was doing this. I’m not sure if it was because I was hungry or nervous that I was going to mess it up. I alternated the colours on my tips, painting over the guides and immediately removing them when I was done painting, one nail at a time. It still felt like it was missing something, so I added the heart rhinestone to my accent nail. I sealed everything in with a coat of Seche Vite.
Although french manis aren’t really my vibe, I really loved how this turned out. Perhaps because, NEON 😀 So I showed them to my husband and he just sort of grunted his “approval” and then went into how we had discussed other options for the french and that he wasn’t sure why I went ahead and did my own thing. I think I may have done so because at some point he had said “Just do whatever you want” when he was tired of discussing nails with me LOL. As you can see above, once again in my lightbox the camera was completely freaked out by the neon, the shot in the sun is colour accurate. I am also not sure why my skin looks so dark in the lightbox pictures. You win some, you lose some. I was totally going to post this as a Valentine’s mani, but life got away from me.
Do you like french manicures? I’d love to hear your thoughts on this mani in the comments below.
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Hi there! Today I have a look for you that I created with some neon and holographic polishes. Summer is definitely the season for some neons and holo! Let me show you what I came up with.I started off with a base coat to protect my nails. On my pinkie, middle and ring nails I painted 3 coats of China Glaze Flip Flop Fantasy. FFF is my absolute favourite orange and one of my favourite neons of all time, bearing in mind I don’t have access to all the amazing indies that are out there. On my index nail I painted 2 coats of Color Club Cosmic Fate. Once my nails were completely dry I used nail vinyls that I received as a press sample from We Heart Nail Art on my index and ring nails and painted Cosmic Fate over the vinyls, removing them immediately after painting over them. I sealed everything in with a coat of Seche Vite.
As you can see above, my camera is completely freaked out by the neon of Flip Flop Fantasy, but the photo in the sun is a fairly colour accurate shot. How about that sun shot though?! AMAZEBALLS! Yet another mani that I absolutely loved. Just so you know, lately only the manis that I really like are making it to the blog. Before I used to post every single mani I did, even if I wasn’t crazy about it, but now I save the best for you 🙂 The sharp lines and pattern in the vinyls reminded me of Aztec patterns, although it clearly isn’t. I really loved the holo and neon combination and will certainly be doing something like this in the future again, hopefully before summer is over and we switch into the darker, warmer shades of winter.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on this mani in the comments below. Thanks for reading!
Hi everyone! I have a very different Christmas mani to show you today. It’s no secret that I love neon nails. I was trying to figure out what Christmas mani to do next and realized that I don’t ever recall seeing neon Christmas nails. I think the reason for this is fairly obvious. Neon polishes are considered summer colours and since the northern hemisphere dominates Christmas symbolism and it is winter there over Christmas time, neons don’t feature. Look, I’m fairly certain I am not the first to think of this, but I think it’s time that our summertime Christmas has it’s moment 🙂 Let me show you what I came up with.
I started off with an L.A. Girl base coat to protect my nails. All of the polishes used here are from China Glaze.
- Flip Flop Fantasy (orange)
- That’s Shore Bright (purple)
- Peonies & Park Ave (pink)
- Highlight of my Summer (green)
- Fairy Dust (topper)
I used nail vinyls that I purchased from BecauseIShop.co.za to create this mani. If you noticed that the Christmas tree looks a little wonky, it’s because the vinyl tore as I was trying to remove it. The tree has a few places where the detail is very fine and in one of those twirls the vinyl tore mid nail so I had to use my tweezer to lift the firmly stuck down vinyl from my nail and I had to try and fix it with a dotting tool. I didn’t do the best job, but I didn’t have time to redo the whole nail. Of course I had no issues with the tree vinyl on my Cindy hand. Go figure. I topped all my nails with a coat of Fairy Dust, if it doesn’t sparkle it isn’t Christmassy enough, right? I would also like to mention that Flip Flop Fantasy is not colour accurate in these pictures. This neon freaks out my camera every time. It is the most gorgeous orange though, my favourite ever ever. I sealed my mani with a coat of Seche Vite.
I would love to hear what you think of this very non traditional Christmas mani in the comments below!
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Hi everyone! Today I want to show you another gorgeous KBShimmer crelly that I totally fell in love with. I am the hugest fan of these kinds of polishes. This one is also my favourite colour, so that doesn’t hurt. Although I really love white crellies above all others, this one stole my heart. Let me show you why:
I started off with Revlon Calcium Gel Nail Hardener as my base coat to protect my nails. I painted 3 thin coats of KBShimmer Iris My Case on all of my nails except my ring nail. Iris my case is a soft purple base is filled with glitters in pink, purple, white, periwinkle and blue. The formula was perfection as I’ve come to expect from KBShimmer polishes. I absolutely LOVE the combination of colours in this polish, but I think what really put it over the top for me was the white glitter. So pretty! On my ring nail I painted 2 coats of China Glaze That’s Shore Bright and added a heart shaped rhinestone. I sealed it all in with a coat of Seche Vite.
I really loved this mani and can’t wait to wear this polish again! It is so gorgeous! I really wish it was easier (and more affordable) for me to get my hands on KBShimmers. I had to be very selective when I had them muled to me and since crellies are very hard to come by here, I only chose crellies when placing my order.
I’d love to hear what you think of this polish in the comments below 🙂
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Hi everyone! Today I have an exciting post for you. My friend B is the queen of DIY and also a lover of nail art. She has decided to start her own vinyl store! Introducing BecauseIShop Nail Vinyls! Before she did this we were only able to get proper vinyls from international suppliers, not anymore! She used her nail buddies as guinea pigs for her new venture and I was lucky enough to be included in the lot. Let me show you what I did with them 🙂
I started off with Revlon Calcium Gel Nail Hardener as a base coat to protect my nails. I used China Glaze That’s Shore Bright (purple) and Peonies & Park Ave (pink) to create a gradient effect on all of my nails with a latex make up sponge. Once that was dry I stamped using my MoYou Fashionista 04 stamping plate (gift) and Tip Top Armour Plate on my pinkie, middle, index and thumb nails. On my ring nail I placed star vinyls from BecauseIShop and painted over them using Armour Plate, immediately removing the vinyls afterwards. On my other hand I used a unicorn vinyl and did the same. I sealed everything in with a coat of Seche Vite.
The vinyls were super easy to use. They are quite sticky, so make sure your base polish is 100% dry before using them. I managed to pull up my polish with them, but I am known to be too impatient with this type of thing. The unicorn vinyl is totally my favourite. Unfortunately in this prototype version you cannot see the mane of the unicorn, but B has since made them smaller so that you can fit the entire vinyl onto your nail. If you would like to see how the smaller version looks, check out Ordinary Misfit’s review. I really loved this mani!
I would totally recommend these vinyls. B is one creative lady and will definitely release awesome new designs. You can find BecauseIShop on their social media channels:
Be sure to check out the shop on a regular basis! Thanks for reading!
Hi everyone! Today I am going to show you my first ever mani swap, with none other than Pish Posh Polish! We each chose one of each other’s past manis to recreate and didn’t disclose which ones we were doing until we had done them. I thought it would only be fitting to use one of the polishes she gifted me in the manicure. Pish chose to recreate my Little Mermaid nails which I did for one of the Nail Anarchy challenges. I chose to recreate a silver and neon leopard print mani of hers. I admit I was very intimidated by this challenge. Pish creates amazing manis, but when I saw this one I thought I might just be able to do it justice. Here is a collage of our manis together:Here are the individual shots of my recreation:
I started off with Revlon Calcium Gel Nail Hardener as a base coat to protect my nails. I painted 2 coats of Orly Mirrorball which was gifted to me by Pish on all of my nails. Mirrorball blew up big time all over the nail scene when it was released. Everybody went ga ga over it. I honestly never thought I would own this polish since Orly is very hard to come by here. There were definite squeals of delight when I unwrapped this one from my epic gift box. This polish has a silver base and has small holographic glitter scattered throughout. The formula was very easy to work with and I am sure if I could come by more Orly polishes I wouldn’t think twice about picking some up. For the neons I used the following polishes to dot for my leopard print:
Index: China Glaze Peonies & Park Ave (pink) & China Glaze Flip Flop Fantasy (orange)
Middle: Sinful Colors Me First (yellow) & L.A. Girl Leap (green)
Ring: Sinful Colors Savage (blue) – yes I know, technically not a neon, but the brightest blue I own & China Glaze That’s Shore Bright (purple)
Pinkie: China Glaze That’s Shore Bright (purple) & China Glaze Peonies & Park Ave (pink)
I used a dotting tool and Sinful Colors Black on Black to complete the leopard print detail. I sealed in everything with a coat of Seche Vite.
I absolutely LOVED how this mani turned out and really enjoyed wearing it! I got loads of compliments on it too. This mani has 3 of my favourite things. Bling, neon and leopard print! Pish rolls out one amazing mani after the other and I knew I couldn’t really go wrong recreating one of her designs and I loved this just as much as I expected to. What do you think of our mani swap? You can find Pish’s post here. I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below 🙂
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Hi everyone! I have another gorgeous KBShimmer polish to show you today. I simply love crelly polishes (slightly translucent polishes with glitter particles). It took me ages to decide which KBshimmers I wanted to mule over to South Africa and this one made the cut 🙂 I also used proper nail vinyls for the first time in this mani. I have previously only used guides that I had purchased from bornprettystore and I expected them to be more or less the same. Read on to find out about my learning curve. Onto the nails.I started off with Revlon Calcium Gel Nail Hardener as my base coat to protect my nails. I painted 3 coats of KBShimmer Make My Gray on my thumb, index and pinkie. Make My Gray is a light grey crelly with turquoise, gunmetal, pale aqua and coral hex glitters. Another perfect formula with glitters that come out of the bottle with ease. I did also leave this bottle upside down for a while before I used it. The reason I painted 3 coats was just to get more of the coral glitters onto my nails since I really love how they pop. The polish itself is opaque in 2 coats. On my middle and ring nails I painted 3 coats of Revlon Cabana Queen. Cabana Queen is a sheer light grey with a beautiful shimmer. Here I painted 3 coats for opacity. I applied liquid latex around the nails as I intended to do a gradient. Once the latex and polish was dry, I applied zig zag nail vinyls that I received as a gift from Whatsup Nails when I purchased my Creative Shop stamper from them. I used a make up sponge and China Glaze Peonies & Park Ave as well as Design Turquoise to sponge the gradient over the vinyls. I knew I had to remove the vinyls immediately, but what didn’t occur to me was that the vinyls would stick to and lift the latex as well. On my ring finger you can see the oops this created with the vinyl pattern near the cuticle. I have seen people use vinyls and latex together before (there are loads of videos on Instagram), but maybe I just need to practice or skip the latex when using vinyls. The vinyls are very different to the guides. They peel away from your base a lot easier and I’ve noticed that they leave much cleaner lines as well. I’m excited to try more vinyls now! You get some really funky patterns. The possibilities are endless! When I was done, I sealed everything in with a generous coat of Seche Vite.
Even though I messed up slightly with the vinyls, I still really LOVED this mani. I actually really love gradients and I’m enjoying wearing them. You will be seeing a lot more of them in future 😉 I would love to hear what you think of this mani down in the comments below 🙂
Hi everyone! Today I want to show you another one of the gorgeous indies Pish Posh Polish sent to me. When I was opening the package I didn’t actually catch the meaning of the name, but when I used it and read it again I was like “Oooooooh!”. I love clever polish names! I also made some decals for this mani. Let me show you 🙂I started off with an L.A. Girl base coat to protect my nails. On my middle and pinkie nails I painted 3 coats of Different Dimension Sorry But I Cantaloupe (gift). This polish is an very soft pink crelly with different sized neon pink hexes, squares and stars. STARS! Man I love the stars! I left the bottle upside down for about 30 minutes before I started painting and the glitter came out without an hassles. I am totally in love with this polish! On my index and ring nails I painted 3 coats of essence Ben & Cherries. I made decals stamping with BM-S104 and Tip Top Hot Fudge. I filled in part of the image with China Glaze Peonies & Park Ave and applied them over Ben & Cherries. I sealed everything in with a coat of Seche Vite.
I wasn’t 100% happy with the decals as the stamping is quite subtle, but on the plus side it doesn’t take anything away from the crelly. What do you think? I always love reading your feedback in the comments.
Hi everyone! Today I would like to show a stamping plate and stamper/scraper from We Heart Nail Art. We Heart Nail Art is an online store bringing imported brands to South African nail addicts. What I really love about this is that I can shop for these rather exclusive brands from the comfort of my chair. Goods are delivered via courier, so no waiting for your package to come through snail mail and possibly getting stuck at customs and then still having to pay more when it finally arrives in your mailbox. The owner, Shann, is also always on the lookout for new exciting products she can offer so it is definitely worth keeping an eye on their site and social media for updates.
One of the products Shann is importing for us nail addicts are MoYou London stamping plates and stampers. MoYou London are a prominent international brand that offers stamping tools including plates, stamping polishes and stampers. I have already reviewed the MoYou London black stamping polish which can also be sourced from We Heart Nail Art. Shann already has a large variety of the MoYou London plates available in her store, as well as their stamping polish and a number of MoYou London stampers. I chose to review the Illusion 05 stamping plate and the rectangular marshmallow stamper. All the stamping plates are individually packaged by collection.
When you receive the plate, it is covered in a blue protective film to ensure that the plate isn’t scratched when you receive it. Even fine scratches on a plate can affect the stamped image. The film is easy to remove, although I urge you to do so with dry nails as the film can be quite clingy once removed and I have for sure messed up a mani leaving it too late. You can grab at the edge of the plate with a tweezer or you run your finger in one direction to start lifting the film. Once you’ve got a hold on it, it peels back easily.I like to wipe down all my plates with pure acetone before each use. The rectangular stamper is a proper marshmallow stamper. The most squishy one I own and it is also sticky to the touch. This is what the stamper and scraper look like:I use a lint roller to clean my stampers between uses. I would usually not try to prime this stamper or use acetone on it at all, to protect it’s smooth, sticky finish. If you feel it necessary you can wash the stamping head with dishwashing liquid and lukewarm water. I did find that the stamper worked perfectly with the MoYou London plates, but in order to get it to work well with other plates I had to wipe down the stamping head with acetone first. I was really under the impression one should not buff a marshmallow stamper or use acetone on it, but it did help the stamper pick up images that I could not pick up before. I’m not sure if I will need to do this again in the future. My bornprettystore squishy stamper requires regular priming with a high grit nail file to work well, so it isn’t completely out of the ordinary to manipulate your stamping head to work better. I used the rectangular marshmallow stamper plus the included scraper and MoYou London black stamping polish to stamp all of these images onto paper.How funky are these images? Trippy nails for the win! I can’t wait to try out making some decals with these images too. Of course I created a mani using the stamper and plate. This is what I came up with:I started off with Revlon Calcium Gel Nail Hardener as a base coat to protect my nails. I painted 3 coats of China Glaze Peonies & Park Ave on all of my nails. I keep reaching for this shade lately. I am SO ready for summer and neons! Once my nails were dry I used MoYou London Black Stamping Polish and the Illusion 05 plate to stamp on all of my nails. I sealed everything in with a coat of Seche Vite.
I LOVED this mani so much! I got loads of compliments on them as the design with the neon is pretty eye catching. When it came time to take this off I actually recreated this look on my toes because I wanted to wear it for longer. The MoYou London stamping plates are currently available for R150 per plate on the We Heart Nail Art online shop. I don’t mind spending money on stamping plates because you can use them over and over again. Now that reverse stamping/decals have become popular in the nail art world the looks you can create with just one plate become endless. There are also 3 different MoYou London stampers available in the shop.
Want to get your hands on these? Check out We Heart Nail Art’s shop and their other social media channels for updates on new arrivals: