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Neon Gradient – Holo Stamping

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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.Neon gradient with holo stampingNeon gradient with holo stampingNeon gradient with holo stampingNeon gradient with holo stamping

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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Orange Neon Holo Nail Art

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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.Neon Holo Nail ArtNeon Holo Nail ArtNeon Holo Nail ArtNeon Holo Nail ArtI 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!

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Neon Christmas Nails

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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.

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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!

Thanks for reading!

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Neon Skittle for Summer Day

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Hi everyone! I have a very bright mani to show you today. We had a “Summer Day” at work where we were asked to dress up with bright and summery outfits. Of course, I had to do a neon mani! It was a nice day. Even though we still had to work (of course!) we all got ice cream and there were chocolate fountains with marshmallows, watermelon, kiwi and strawberries. Later in the day one of the guys that works here and DJs on the side whipped out the decks and played some music for us. There were people playing dominoes, pool and cards. There was also a photo booth, but we haven’t seen the pictures yet. Let me show you the mani 🙂

I started off with my usual Tip Top base coat to protect my natural nails. I pulled out all my neons for this one! I think I’ll show you the picture first this time and then tell you which polishes I used.

China Glaze and L.A. Girl Neon Skittle

On my thumb I’m wearing 4 coats of China Glaze Neon & On & On. While this is a stunning colour the formula is terrible. It is a watery streaky polish and I needed 4 coats for it to be nearly acceptable. All the studs used here are from Born Pretty Store (purchase here*). On my index I’m wearing 2 coats China Glaze That’s Shore Bright. The formula on this polish is about the best from all my China Glaze neons. I found it very easy to apply, opaque and even. My stud is off centre here. Sheesh!  On my middle nail I have 3 coats of China Glaze Flip Flop Fantasy. Man I love this neon! Formula is a little tricky as the polish dries fast and it is easy to create bald spots, but I generally get it to look ok with 3 coats. On my ring nail I am wearing 3 coats of L.A. Girl Leap. This is a great neon green. No formula issues, but it is a bit sheer so I used 3 coats. The stud formation on this nail was my absolute favourite thing about this mani! I really liked how it came out 🙂 On my pinkie I’m wearing 3 coats of China Glaze You Drive Me Coconuts. This polish is a jelly, but it is quite opaque. Jellies often need 4 coats to hide visible nail line, but this one you can get away with 3. I sealed everything in with Seche Vite.

What do you think of this mani? Bright enough for summer day?

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China Glaze Neon Dotticure

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Hello lovelies! I hope you’re having a splendid day 🙂 Today I want to show you a mani that just made me smile every time I looked at it. I don’t think it is a secret that I love neon colours on my nails. I have a number of neon polishes, mostly pink and purple mind you. I recently purchased another neon China Glaze and thought it would look great as a dotticure. 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 3 coats of China Glaze Peonies & Park Ave on all of my nails except my ring and thumb nails. Peonies & Park Ave is a gorgeous dark pink neon. It dried a shade or two darker than it looks in the bottle, but I really love it. It dried matte as most neons do. The formula was a little tricky to work with as the polish dries really fast and if you go over the same spot twice it tends to leave bald spots, but with careful application you can avoid that. On my ring and thumb nails I painted 3 coats of China Glaze Flip Flop Fantasy. This polish has a similar formula to Peonies & Park Ave. It is my favourite neon polish! I don’t love orange polish in general, but this orange holds a special place in my heart! It is simply gorgeous, so gorgeous that cameras struggle to capture the true colour. Sorry about that 😉 I dotted all over my nails alternating the colours using my largest dotting tool. I gave the dots a minute or two to set and then dotted over the largest dots again with a smaller dotting tool and the alternating colour. I have always loved these kind of dotticures when I’ve seen them online…I like to think of it as ‘dotception’. Yes, I’m making bad jokes. I felt like the pink and orange kind of hurt my eyes and I needed to break it up with something and to tie everything together nicely, so I pulled closer China Glaze Highlight Of My Summer and a small dotting tool to make random dots in the empty spaces. I sealed everything in with a coat of Seche Vite. The result:

 

China Glaze Neon Dotticure

 

This mani was so gorgeous and got me into the mood for summer big time! I really love the colours and love how they looked together. Big thumbs up!

What do you think of this mani? Do you like neon colours? Remember, you don’t need a dotting tool to create dots on your nails. Any household item from a ballpoint pen to a toothpick can be used as a dotting tool. Experiment on paper to see what size the dots will be when using different household items 🙂

Flip Flop Fantasy

China Glaze Flip Flop Fantasy is a bright neon orange creme. It is very popular amongst the international nail bloggers and at some point I decided I *needed* it. I waited a good while too since Maskscara were out of stock for a while. When I finally lay my hands on it I immediately painted my toes. It is stunning!!

 

Since it is a neon it is difficult to capture its true colour on camera. I tried my best though. I found when I put it next to black the camera went nuts.

 

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In this photo it just looks peach! So I had to try it with a flash and got a much more accurate result:

 

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I just knew my black and white glitter would look amazeballs over Flip Flop Fantasy and of course I wanted to mess around with the stamping some more, so I stamped an Aztec pattern from an essence plate with Sinful Colors Black on Black. The black and white glitter is Loreal Top Coat Confetti. It isn’t available in SA as far as I know.

 

I got loads of compliments on this mani. Strangers literally stopped me in the shops to get a closer look. I think it helps that it is neon and a lot more eye catching. Everyone that stopped at my desk at work for whatever reason noticed it and most wanted to know how I did it, even people who are not at all interested in nail art at all (guys!).

 

I absolutely loved wearing this colour and this mani. I can’t wait to do something with it again. What do you think? Do you like neons? Would you wear this colour?