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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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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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Radial Gradient by Ordinary Misfit – Guest Post

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Hi everyone! I have a treat for you today! The lovely Michelle from Ordinary Misfit has come to visit my blog 🙂 I really love having her over here. She always creates such amazing nails. She is totally my mentor and my local nail crush! She was also sweet enough to feature me as blogger of the month over on her blog, so be sure to check out my featured posts over there!

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Hi lovelies,

It’s always such an honour to be asked to do a guest post here and even more so when it is from MY Blogger of the Month.  Thank you so much for having me.

As usual, I asked for some guidelines.  I know the standards here are very high and I wanted to at least do something suitable.  Heather was kind enough to comply and gave me the following guidelines.

  • Radial gradient – Which I was very excited about because I have been meaning to try it. It also made me nervous because I had no idea if I was going to nail it or not.
  • Stamping – Always a favourite!

Seems pretty simple right?  Let’s see how I fared.

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I started with a base of Sinful Colors – Snow me white.  When that was completely dry I taped up and went to work with the sponge.  For the pink I used China Glaze – Glow with the flow and for the green I used China Glaze – Highlight of my summer.  Once the radial gradient was done I left that to dry completely as well.  I then stamped using BP-48 and MoYou stamping polish in black.  I then topcoated and enjoyed the neon goodness.

What do you think?  I really liked the neons together.  I used the butterfly stamping because Heather did throw it out there that she would not hate it if there were butterflies involved.  I do think it kinda works well with it too.  Do you think it does?

Thank you so much for having me here Heather and for challenging me a bit.  Pushing me to do something I have been putting off for ages.  Like just you can 😉

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How gorgeous are these?! Thanks so much, Michelle! I love them! I also need to buckle down and do a radial gradient sometime! What do you guys think of her creation? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

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Gold Finger & Highlight Of My Summer

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Hi lovelies. I have a fun mani for you today that I really enjoyed wearing. After last week’s rather heavy posts, I hope this lightens up my blog a bit.

I started off with my usual Tip Top base coat to protect my natural nails. I then painted Maskscara Gold Finger on all of my nails except on my ring nails. Gold Finger is a lovely gold foil. I had no issues with the formula at all. I think I’ll try and stamp with this one at some point because it was fairly opaque. Not a 1 coater, but good enough to give it a go. On my ring nails I painted 4 coats of China Glaze Highlight of my Summer. Highlight of my Summer is like a mint green neon. I really love the colour. It is bright, but not as in your face as a neon pink or orange. The formula on Highlight of my Summer is quite typical of China Glaze neons and I needed a 4th coat to smooth it out to my satisfaction. I gave my nails a few minutes to dry and then used the polish brushes to make random dots along the sides of my nails, alternating the colours and size of the dots. I took Sinful Colors Black on Black and my smallest dotting tool to outline the spots and make random black spots in the blank spaces. I sealed it all in with a coat of Seche Vite. The result:

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Maskscara Gold Finger and China Glaze Highlight Of My Summer Leopard Print Nail Art

I really loved this mani and got loads of compliments on it. I used the polish brush to make the dots and you could totally do the black outlines with a toothpick. Leopard print is one of my favourite nail art patterns. It is simple and easy to do. It is quite hard to mess up, since the pattern is rather random. I like the colour combination I chose here and in general I just love it. I will always come back to leopard print.

What do you think of this mani? Do you like leopart print? I must say I don’t wear leopard print clothing and am not particularly drawn to it, but I love it on nails! Would you give this a try? Be sure to let me know in the comments!

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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:

 

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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 🙂

Highlight Of My Summer. Are You Jelly?

I got so much cool stuff for my nails from Born Pretty Store and also Pueen stamping plates (the Love Elements plate set). You can see a review and photos of the plate set on Ordinary Misfit’s blog here. We struggled to get our stuff through customs and there was quite a hefty pay in for the orders (Sanita and I ordered together). We waited quite a while for the parcels, but once they cleared customs we had them the next day. On the same day a rep from Maskscara came in to work and sold some goodies to the ladies there (including me, of course). I ended up with 5 China Glaze polishes and a spare Seche Vite top coat. What a day for nails! I got LOADS of studs, holographic polish, nail appliques and a dotting tool set…not to mention 24 new stamping plates in a cute leather pouch.

 

I couldn’t wait to use one of my new toys! I bought China Glaze Highlight Of My Summer which is a gorgeous neon mint green. I thought it would look great with my China Glaze Are You Jelly? I also had studs that matched both the polishes and that was the inspiration for this mani.

 

I painted a base coat on all my nails to protect them. I painted four coats of Are You Jelly? on all my fingers except my ring fingers. I know four coats seems like a lot, but jellies are really sheer and if you would rather not have visible nail line it takes a few coats to get it opaque. On my ring fingers I painted 3 coats of Highlight Of My Summer. Polishaholic moaned about the formula of this polish, but I honestly didn’t have issues with it. I even got away with a coat less than she painted. Perhaps she paints thinner coats than me. I did the studs one nail at the time. I used a regular clear top coat to prepare the nail for the studs and for the studs to “stick” to. I used a dotting tool with the tip dipped into clear polish to pick up and place the studs. It was quite tricky, but once I got the hang of it I managed to do it quite quickly. I used the 2mm square neon and square pastel studs that I bought from Born Pretty Store. I sealed everything in with Seche Vite. I used two coats of Seche over the studs to secure them well. This is the result:

 

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I absolutely adored these nails! We went away for the weekend and I spent a lot of time in the water (we went to a resort with hot springs and jacuzzis). I was really chuffed with how well the studs stayed on. I was even able to scrub them! The polish started peeling off, but the studs didn’t budge. I ended up removing them when I removed my polish. I was quite impressed! The studs slipped off easily while removing my polish as normal. The remover took the colour off the studs, leaving them a shiny silver. If you were that way inclined you could keep them and re-use them as silver studs at a later stage 🙂 I love the ‘texture’ of the studs too. It felt like ‘cobbles’ on my nails.

 

What do you think? Would you rock these? Do you like neon colours?