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! I really love animal print nail art and every now and then I get the urge to do a leopard print mani. I received a really awesome nail art brush from bornprettystore to review and wanted to try doing some zebra stripes as well. My previous attempt at zebra stripes wasn’t too bad, but I thought my lines could have been thinner and after first using this brush I knew I could get nice fine lines. Let me show you what I came up with.
Oooooh yeah. You just know I had to get a sun shot of that holo! I started off with a base coat to protect my nails. I painted 2 coats of Color Club Eternal Beauty on all of my nails. I used Sinful Colors Amethyst to dot random and imperfect dots onto my index and ring nails. I hauled out some black acrylic paint to create the animal print effects. It was fairly easy for me to paint the zebra stripes, but I struggled with the brush and the leopard print. I ended up reverting to a dotting tool to complete the leopard print. You can see a bit of unevenness on my index nail where I used the acrylic paint. Somehow my black acrylic paint has become thick and gloopy. I tried thinning it down with some water, but didn’t do a very good job of it I think. All my other colours work beautifully. I think I might just replace the black since it is a colour that I will often use to paint freehand. LOL. Did you read that? Cos I paint freehand SO often. I sealed everything in with a coat of Seche Vite.
While we are on the topic of animal print. It is probably something stupid to be annoyed about, but I’ve noticed a lot of international bloggers refer to leopard print as “cheetah print”. No. Just no. Perhaps it is the African in me that finds it annoying, but cheetahs do not have spots like this on their fur. Don’t even attempt to google “cheetah print”. It will bring up images of leopard print…people have been getting it wrong for so long even Google believes them. Here you can see the difference:
*Image courtesy of www.ericabunker.com
Now that I finally have that off my chest, 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! Today I have a simple stamped manicure to show you. I actually took photos of this and completely forgot to edit the photos, or that I even had them. When I was going through my phone deleting old photos, I came across it again. So I guess this qualifies as a “from the vault” post. Let me show you what I came up with.
I started off with an L.A. Girl base coat to protect my nails. I painted 2 coats of Color Club Eternal Beauty on all of my nails. The formula on Eternal Beauty is just as good as all the other Halo Hues I’ve used. Glides right on and was perfection at 2 coats. The holo pay off is amazing, again something you come to expect with Color Club and their Halo Hues collections. I wish I could own Harp On It! I digress. I used M Polish Dancing in the Streets and bornprettystore BP-L003 stamping plate for the staming. I stamped the reversed image on my ring nail. I sealed everything in with a coat of Seche Vite.
I think holo polishes are my absolute favourite. I prefer linear holos to scattered, but any holo goodness will warm the cockles of my heart. It doesn’t hurt that this entire mani is my favourite colour too 😉 I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!
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Hello lovelies! It’s that time of the year again, time for Christmas nail art! It’s my favourite time of the year for nail art. Christmas is my favourite holiday. I am a sucker for all the sparkle that comes out this time of the year! The mani I’m going to show you today actually happened by accident. I was going to do something else entirely over the base I chose, but as soon as I had it on I was inspired to start doing my Christmas manis 🙂 I started off with Revlon Calcium Gel Nail Hardener as a base coat to protect my nails. I painted 2 coats of Maybelline Wine Shimmer (gift) on all of my nails. This isn’t the most Christmassy red out there, more of a wine red as the name suggests, packed with holographic shimmer. The snowflakes and holly are stamped with Color Club Worth the Risque and essence white stampy polish using bornprettystore plate QA58. The Christmas tree I stamped using BP-01. I sealed everything in with a coat of Seche Vite.
After a long absence from blogging and completely losing interest in doing nail art for about 2 months, this is the mani that made me feel like I was getting my mojo back. I’ve had nail blues before and usually push through them, but this was different. I actually wore some plain manis with no art and did not bother to photograph them. I skipped a mani day entirely. I also chopped all my nails down, which is why they are so short here. There was only one week that there were no posts on the blog, but I was pushing out drafted posts so it didn’t impact my posting frequency too much. Now that my favourite time of year for nail art has dawned, I’m hoping the mojo sticks around for a while!
Do you ever suffer from nail blues?
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Hi everyone! I hope you all had a good weekend 🙂 Today I want to show you a stamped mani I did with a plate that I am kind of obsessed with. This bornprettystore plate is half covered in gorgeous paisley type designs. I couldn’t get it out of my head until I stamped it. I want to stamp it in ALL THE COLOURS EVER. I want to stamp it over and over again. I’m wonder if I can stamp other items with it. I really love it. I’m so in love with this type of design I ordered myself the new Bundle Monster Shangri-La Master set of plates from me to me for my birthday 😀 Let me show you how this turned out.I started off with my usual L.A. Girl base coat to protect my nails. I painted 3 thin coats of Color Club Alias on all of my nails. Alias is a purple polish with very fine but dense flakies. It was quite sheer, but built up beautifully in 3 thin coats. In the bottle this has quite an apparent colour shift, but it was completely lost on the nail, I couldn’t get the shift to show up no matter what angle I tried. It is still a GORGEOUS purple though, it reminds me a lot of Sinful Colors I Love You. Once my nails were dry I adhered the 2 rectangular rhinestones on my pinkie and index nails with top coat. I stamped over my ring and middle nails using Tip Top Armour Plate and BP-10. Even though the plate has the paisley patterns in an “infinity” design (meaning there are no spaces between the patterns), I chose to use the edge of the design that has some spaces in between the intricate patterns. I love the twirls at the edges and felt the paisley was more apparent this way. I sealed it all in with a coat of Seche Vite.
I’m really loving the dark purples this winter, aren’t I? I seem to keep reaching for them over and over. OOPS! I’ll try to diversify…depending on what is lying in my untried pile. I know for a fact there is at least 1 more darker shade of purple waiting to be pulled out. What do you think of this mani? Do you like paisley patterns? Let me know in the comments below!
Hi everyone! The mani I’m showing you today was born out of frustration and I ended up loving it! Now that the PPSA Nail Challenge is over I was at a complete loss as to what to do with my nails. Zero inspiration. I tried something and ended up hating it so much I took it off before I even put a top coat on. I had been staring at my shelves all day trying to figure out what to do, so didn’t really have a Plan B. I looked around some more and grabbed Color Club Wild and Willing from my untried shelf. I had swatched it on my wheel earlier in the day while looking for options and felt like stamping something, so this happened:
I started off with my L.A. Girl base coat to protect my nails. I painted 2 coats of Wild and Willing on all of my nails. Wild and Willing has fine colour shifting micro flakies in it and is opaque in 2 coats. When searching for swatches I found a lot of bloggers layered it over black and the results are amazing! Check out this swatch to see the amazing colour shift. The photos above were taking in my lightbox with natural sunlight, which is perhaps why I look like an oompa loompa with orange skin and why the colour shift isn’t shown nicely on the nails. It does translate well onto the nail though as you can see from the swatch post I linked to. I stamped with Revlon Gel Envy Royal Flush (press sample) using an image from bornprettystore plate BP-L003. I can’t wait to use more images from this plate! I’m absolutely in love with it! I thought to stamp in pink because of the pink colour shift in Wild and Willing. To finish off the design I added gold half round metal ball studs to the centre of each flower in the stamp using top coat to adhere them. I sealed it all in with a coat of Seche Vite.
I was so pleased with how these turned out. Usually when I don’t plan my nails in advance I end up not liking the result. This was a breath of fresh air! I do think when I wear Wild and Willing again I will layer it over black to get a more intense colour shift. What do you think of this design? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below 🙂
Hi everyone! It’s time for the next prompt in the #PPSAnailchallenge 🙂 This entire month all my nail posts will be for the Polished Pretties South Africa Nail Challenge. Polished Pretties South Africa is a Facebook group started by the Nail Anarchy ladies and we decided to do a month long challenge and open it up to everyone. You don’t have to be a member of the group to participate, but if you have a love for polish, why not join our group anyway? The challenge is also not compulsory for group members. It’s all just for fun 🙂 Here are all the prompts and the dates:Today I am showing you my effort for the pink prompt. After the freehanding I decided it was time to dust off my stamper. Oh how I missed it! The sun was also out for the first time in over a week, so I also had to use my pink Color Club holo. This is what I came up with:
I’m sorry, I just had to picture spam you! I started with my regular L.A. Girl base coat. I painted 2 coats of Color Club Miss Bliss on my index and middle nails and 2 coats of China Glaze Dance Baby on my ring and pinkie nails. I then switched the polishes around to stamp over each other using my new Born Pretty Store plate BP-L003. I sealed everything in with a coat of Seche Vite. Done. A quick and simple mani 🙂 I just LOVE how these Color Club holos stamp! It almost looked like I stamped with Dance Baby on my ring and pinkie.
What do you think of this mani? I’d love to hear in the comments below. Also be sure to check out the other participants in the inlinkz!
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Hi everyone! I have my last car mani to show you today. I took inspiration from the colour of my new car for this one. It is a metallic blue/silver colour. It is kind of a chameleon as it changes depending on the light. If the sun is bright it looks silver and if it is darker or overcast it is easier to see the blue. The nails you see below were filed by a professional. I decided to visit the beauty therapist at work and let her file my nails so I can watch her and perhaps learn what I am doing wrong. I asked her to make my nails squoval and she did. I also painted her Orly Bonder rubberized base coat on all my nails to protect them for the rest of the work day. Let me show you the mani I came up with:
I started off with Orly Bonder rubberized base coat to protect my natural nails. I painted 2 coats of Color Club What a Drag on all of my nails. What A Drag is a silver foil polish. It was a little sheer on the first coat, but perfect on the second. I painted 2 coats of Nubar Absolute over What a Drag. Absolute is a very sheer, light blue, scattered holographic polish. Even though I painted 2 coats, you can still see the silver quite clearly through the polish. It kind of looks like a metallic blue – just like my car! 😉 Once that was dry I used the small car image from PUEEN 38 and essence black stampy polish to stamp the car on my index nails. On the rest of my nails I used the right hand image on PUEEN 29 and Rubybox For the Chill of It to stamp the mirror image hearts. This represents my love for my new ride! I put a little bow rhinestone on the top of my car as they put a big ass bow on my car when I collected it. I requested a pink bow, but only had a clear bow rhinestone. Here’s a pic of me picking up my car:
The person that took that pic edited it slightly, so the blue looks darker than it really is. Here’s another pic for reference:
See? Chameleon car! I’m really enjoying driving around! My husband and I are taking turns till the novelty wears off 😉 What do you guys think of this mani?
Hi everyone! When my friend Leebeesa went overseas recently I asked her if she could pick up some polish there for me. It was a no brainer for me to get the Colour Club Halo Hues 2013 collection. You know I love them holos! I also ordered some KBshimmer polishes, but there was a mix up at the hotel reception so I never received those 🙁 KBshimmer was awesome and gave me a full refund. The hotel reception said they likely returned it to them and I hope this was the case and that someone didn’t swipe it. Luckily my Color Club polishes made it to me and they are absolutely STUNNING! I do not regret a thing! The mani I want to show you today features Color Club Kismet. Let me show you what I came up with:
I started off with my usual Tip Top base coat to protect my natural nails. I painted 2 coats of Color Club Kismet on all of my nails. Once that was dry I used a dotting tool and used 4 different polishes to dot on my accent nails. The black is Sinful Colors Black on Black, the purple Sinful Colors Amethyst, the blue is Tip Top Cha Cha Cha and the pink is Maybelline Portobello Pink. I sealed it all in with a coat of Seche Vite.
Holy holo! The holo in this polish was visible in almost any light. It is AWESOME. I wore Kismet first because it was the one I expected to like the least and I LOVED it. I didn’t want to take it off. I actually wore Kismet first thinking colour wise it was my least favourite, but it completely blew me away. I am SO in love!
How do you like this mani? Are you a holo lover like me?