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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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Holo Animal Print

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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.

Color Club Eternal Beauty Animal Print Nail Art

Color Club Eternal Beauty Animal Print Nail Art

Color Club Eternal Beauty Animal Print Nail Art

Color Club Eternal Beauty Animal Print Nail Art

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:

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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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Bornprettystore Ongle Liner Nail Art Brush Review

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Hi everyone! Today I have the bornprettystore (affiliate link) Ongle Liner Nail Art Brush review for you. While I was waiting on this brush to arrive, I knew that I was going to need to freehand something for the review. Eek. Freehand is not my strong suit, so I was pretty nervous. I spotted a mani on Instagram that I absolutely loved and sent it to my friend via direct message on Instagram so I could keep it somewhere until it was time to do the mani. When the brush arrived, I went back to the direct messages only to find that the photo had been deleted. I went to search for it on Pinterest, hoping I would find it there to credit the original artist. I didn’t find the original photo that I saw, but I did find the same mani created by stephstonenails, so I’ll be crediting her as I cannot for the life of me remember who posted the photo that I saw. While searching for this mani I realized that it is inspired by the series Pretty Little Liars. I’ve only watched the first season of the show. I wouldn’t say I’m a die hard fan, but I am definitely a fan of this design. Let me show you how it turned out.

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I started off with a base coat to protect my nails. I painted 2 coats of Revlon Gel Envy Sure Thing on my index, middle and pinkie nails and 2 coats of Sinful Colors Black on Black on my ring nail. I then slathered latex around all of the white nails as I as going to attempt platter and I knew it is a messy business. I have failed at splatter nail art before, so I thought I would try it with a toothbrush as it made sense to me that this would work and be easier. After covering my entire index finger in red polish and barely getting a fine spray onto my nails, I decided to attempt it with a straw again. Success! I think what I did wrong before with the straw was simply not putting enough polish on the end of the straw. I did end up with huge blotches of polish on some of my nails, but I really liked it. At this point I put on a coat of Seche Vite as some of the red splatter was rather thick and I didn’t want to drag it when I painted the lettering. Once the top coat was dry I used the nail art brush and black acrylic paint over the white nails as well as red acrylic paint over the black nail to spell out LIAR. This brush is super thin and very easy to work with. When I was testing it on paper I was able to get super thin lines which I have never been able to do with the nail art brushes that I own. I did have a little trouble with my black acrylic paint, it was a bit goopy and difficult to mix with such a thin and flexible brush.

I was really impressed with this brush and absolutely obsessed with this mani! I actually feel like freehanding something else soon, just because I have this awesome brush to do it with! If you would like to buy this you can purchase it here. The brush comes in an awesome plastic tube that you can store it in to protect it. This is what it looks like:

bornprettystore Ongle Liner Nail Art Brush

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I think this is my favourite nail art of the year so far and definitely in my all time top 10. I absolutely adored this mani and you best believe every time I thought someone was lying to me I flashed it to them. LOL. I would really love to hear your thoughts on this mani in the comments below. Don’t forget you can use my discount code to get 10% off non discounted items from bornprettystore 🙂

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Dream Nails

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Hi everyone! It’s not often that I dream about nails. I would think about them and perhaps daydream about manis, but while I am asleep my dreams seem to be reserved for other things if and when I remember them. One night though, I actually dreamed about a mani and just knew I had to try and recreate it. It was the very next mani I did. Let me show you what my subconscious conjured up.

Dream NailsDream NailsDream NailsI started off with a base coat to protect my nails. I sponged on a gradient using Tip Top Melting Marshmallows (gift) and Rubybox Nailed It! Pretty Minted (Press Sample) as a base for my stamping.  Once my base was dry I used bornprettystore plate BP-17 and Tip Top Hot Fudge to stamp over all my nails. I sealed everything in with a coat of Seche Vite.

I absolutely loved how this mani turned out. This was definitely a good dream! The colours looked so pretty in a gradient and the gold, sparse stamping took nothing away from that. These nails were definitely very soft and delicate. I know sometimes I wear some really way out designs on my nails and I love that, but every now and then a girl just wants something intricate yet subtle. I actually haven’t dreamed about nails again since this, but if it ever happens again I think I’ll follow my gut and definitely recreate whatever I saw in my dreams because I felt it really paid off.

Have you ever had a dream about your nails or dreamed of a nail design and then executed it? Am I weird? Okay, I’m definitely weird, but I don’t think I’m alone in this! If you have ever done something like this drop a link in the comments, I would love to see! Don’t forget to tell me what you think of these in the comments below 🙂

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Snowflake Nails

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Hi everyone! I bet you thought now that Christmas is over snowflake nails are a thing of the past? No way! Snowflake nails are appropriate any time cos they are just so pretty, right?! I absolutely adored this mani. Let me show you what I came up with 🙂Snowflake NailsSnowflake NailsSnowflake Nails

I started off with a base coat to protect my nails. I sponged a gradient onto my nails using Smudge Navy Seal (pictured) and Essie Coat Azure. These two colours are so beautiful together and I think would also make a great gradient combination for twilight themed nails. The snowflakes were stamped with essence white stampy polish and bornprettystore plate QA58. All of these snowflake images are individual images, so I stamped multiple times on each nail for the effect you see above. There was still a little too much empty space around the snowflakes when I was done stamping and no space to put more snowflakes, so I used a small dotting tool and Sinful Colors Snow Me White to add a few dots in between. I added a coat of Out The Door Northern Lights to give it a little extra sparkle and sealed everything in with a coat of Seche Vite.

I was totally obsessed with these nails when I wore them. Even though we don’t get snow here, I love snowflakes. We do get snow on the mountains in winter which makes it very cold. When you start to feel the nip in the air you know that you can look towards the mountains and expect to see them capped with snow. If I do this gradient combination again I will probably use the darker blue towards the tip of my nail because it was a bit of a pain to clean up from my cuticles, even though I used liquid latex while I was sponging.

I would love to hear what you think of this mani in the comments below 🙂 Thanks for reading!

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CATRICE Alluring Reds

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Hi everyone! I know I have been MIA for a while. I’ve had a lot going on in my personal life and needed to take a break. I wish I could say that I’m back in full force now, but I have a lot of catching up to do. During this time, however, I received a press sample from CATRICE which I will be showing you today. CATRICE have released a new collection of products referred to as “Alluring Reds”. They have a few lip colours available in this trend edition which I will definitely be checking out since I can really love me a red lippy. I was sent a duo of nail polish called Pleasure of Temptation to review. I like it already 😉

Let me show you what I came up with and then I’ll get into my findings and experience with the polishes.Catrice Alluring Reds Pleasure of TemptationCatrice Alluring Reds Pleasure of TemptationCatrice Alluring Reds Pleasure of TemptationIn the set you receive 2 polishes. A silver base colour and a jelly which is designed to go over the silver. I think the concept is pretty much the same as the OPI Color Paints range where a silver is used as a base and you also have a sheer tinted polish to go over it. In my mind the silver is used to help the sheer polish ‘pop’ and also to ensure opacity. I was bouncing around ideas with Pish as to what kind of art I could do with these and she had a great idea, which I promptly stole. When I was swatching these polishes before I started creating this look, I noticed the silver showed brush strokes quite prominently, so I decided to try sponging and painting it underneath the red to see if it would make a difference. I also tried a different number of coats of the silver as it was a little more sheer than a foil. My findings will be below 🙂

I started off with a base coat to protect my nails. On my index nail I sponged on a few coats of the silver base coat. On my pinkie I painted 1 coat of the silver base colour. On my middle and ring nails I painted 2 coats of black polish as a base for my stamping. With the silver appearing to be kind of sheer when painting it on, I didn’t have high hopes for it to stamp well, but when I tested it I was very pleasantly surprised! It stamped like a dream! I used the silver to stamp the images over the black polish. I then proceeded to start layering the red jelly over my nails. In the pictures above you see 3 coats of red over the silver nails and 2 coats over the stamping. You could probably get away with 2 coats of the red over the silver, but with each coat the colour deepens beautifully and I loved it at 3. I didn’t feel it would make too much difference over the stamping, so I left it at 2 coats. Although I worked fairly quickly, the red jelly didn’t drag my stamping at all. Yay! I sealed everything in with a fast drying top coat.

From the tests that I did I concluded that you only require 1 coat of the silver underneath the red. There really isn’t any visible difference between one and two coats underneath. Once you start building your red colour, the brush strokes of the silver completely disappear. Sponging the silver is much more labour intensive and not worth the effort. You can go ahead and paint it on. I was completely obsessed with how the stamped nails turned out. I will most definitely be doing this again! They were absolutely beautiful! I really love this shade of red too. The polish dries to a stunning squishy, high gloss finish, but I added a top coat to prolong wear. I can also see myself using the red jelly for leadlighting in the future. I did notice that there was some bubbling in the jelly once it was dry. This was not visible to the naked eye unless you very closely eyeballed your nails in the sun. I think I could probably resolve this if I waited for my layers to dry before applying the next and perhaps painting thinner coats. The silver is perfectly opaque in two coats and can also be worn on it’s own. If you don’t mind visible nail line you could wear the jelly on it’s own too or it can be used for jelly sandwiches, so these polishes are also fairly versatile.

You can find these red beauties, plus the rest of the trend edition in Dischem stores in South Africa. The recommended retail price for the set is R 89.95. There are two other sets of the red polish to choose from. I would love to hear what you think of these in the comments below 🙂

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Waterfall Nails

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Hi everyone! Today I have my first attempt at a waterfall mani to show you. I was really in the mood to wear a red polish for a change and spotted Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Racy Rouge standing in my untried shelf. This polish was one of the gifts my friend Leebeesa sent me for my birthday. She has recently married the love of her life and moved across the ocean to Ireland.Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Racy Rouge Waterfall Nail ArtSally Hansen Insta-Dri Racy Rouge Waterfall Nail ArtSally Hansen Insta-Dri Racy Rouge Waterfall Nail ArtI started off with Revlon Calcium Gel Nail Hardener as my base coat to protect my nails. I painted 2 coats of Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Racy Rouge on all of my nails. In the bottle this polish looked like it leaned pink, but it is very clearly red on the nail. It is quite opaque and I may have gotten away with 1 coat, but I did 2 anyway. The formula was good, although I had to adjust a little to the brush in this bottle. The brush is wider than normal brushes, but not quite as wide as the essence brushes. I actually like wider brushes as it’s easier for me to cover the entire nail in less strokes, but you can easily overload your brush with polish and flood your cuticles so you need to balance that out. As the name suggest the polish dries fairly quickly, so I didn’t really have to wait much to start with my waterfall nail art. This is the first time I have tried this technique. I used essence As Long As You Love Me, Tip Top Armour Plate and Sinful Colors Black on Black with a striping brush to fill freehand the stripes. I sealed it all in with a coat of Seche Vite.

I actually got quite a few compliments on this mani and really enjoyed wearing it. I would love to hear what you think in the comments below 🙂

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Lorelei Lacquer Bubblegum Princess

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Hi everyone! I have another cool indie polish that Pish Posh Polish sent me to show you today. Yes. I’m going to be saying that a lot. She sent me so many pretty polishes to play with! Lorelei Lacquer is a fairly new indie in the US if I understand it correctly, but from the collections she is putting out it looks like she is going to be very successful. Her polishes are quite unique. Let me show you the mani I came up with using Bubblegum Princess.Lorelei Lacquer Bubblegum PrincessLorelei Lacquer Bubblegum PrincessLorelei Lacquer Bubblegum PrincessI started off with Revlon Calcium Gel Nail Hardener to protect my nails. I painted 3 coats of Lorelei Lacquer Bubblegum Princess on all of my nails. Princess Bubblegum is a pinky/purple glitter crelly with lilac holo flakies, fuchsia metallic flakies and dark fuchsia micro hexes. Isn’t it TO DIE FOR?! The formula was perfection. I barely had any cleanup and the polish glided over the nail. The flakies and glitter came out perfectly and I didn’t have to spread it around to get them evenly distributed. I used some studs I purchase from bornprettystore to create flowers on my accent nail. I didn’t feel like this needed anything else, so I top coated with Seche Vite.

I really loved this polish and this mani. I realized later that this is perfect for Spring too. Bonus! I would love to hear what you think down in the comments below 🙂

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piCture pOlish Obsession and MoYou London Illusion 05

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Hi everyone! I reviewed piCture pOlish Obsession in this post and today I want to show you how I used it with the MoYou London Illusion 05 stamping plate (reviewed here) for a simple, but beautiful look. Both the plate and piCture pOlish were supplied for honest review by We Heart Nail Art. Let me show you the look I created.piCture pOlish Obsession stamped with MoYou London Illusion 05piCture pOlish Obsession stamped with MoYou London Illusion 05piCture pOlish Obsession stamped with MoYou London Illusion 05

I started off with a base coat of Revlon Calcium Gel Nail Hardener to protect my nails. I painted 2 coats of piCture pOlish Obession on all of my nails (swatch and review here). Once that was dry I used Tip Top Hot Fudge, MoYou London Illusion 05 and my MoYou London rectangular marshmallow stamper to stamp this image on my middle and ring nails. I sealed everything in with a coat of Seche Vite.

I really loved this look. This image from the Illusion plate is so gorgeous and I think it looks sophisticated. Such a beautiful image! I would love to hear your thought in the comments below 🙂

piCture pOlish is exclusively available from We Heart Nail Art in South Africa. They also sell MoYou stamping plates, polish and stampers. Check out We Heart Nail Art’s shop and their other social media channels:

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piCture pOlish Fool’s Gold with Vinyl Nail Art

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Hi everyone! Today I want to show you another look I created using nail vinyls I received 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. If you’re a nail art lover like me, you *need* to visit this store on a regular basis! Let me show you the look I created.piCture pOlish Fool's Gold Zoya Tomoko nail vinylspiCture pOlish Fool's Gold Zoya Tomoko nail vinylspiCture pOlish Fool's Gold Zoya Tomoko nail vinyls

 

I started off with a base coat of Revlon Calcium Gel Nail Hardener to protect my nails. I painted 3 coats of piCture pOlish Fool’s Gold on all of my nails (swatch and review here). Fool’s Gold dries really well, so I didn’t have to wait very long before placing my vinyl. Check out my initial review of the We Heart Nail Art nail vinyls here, there are also some application tips if you’re new to using vinyls. I placed the vinyl with my tweezer and used a make up sponge and Zoya Tomoko to sponge over the vinyl. Once I was happy with the opacity I removed the vinyl with my tweezer. This was my first attempt and I was really pleased with how easily the vinyl removed and the clean lines left behind! This vinyl is GORGEOUS! Sponging over the vinyl is a really good trick, that way your polish over the vinyl isn’t too thick and there is less chance of it bleeding under the vinyl or stringing when you remove the vinyl. I sealed everything in with a coat of Seche Vite.

We Heart Nail Art will be selling their vinyl sheets for R50.00 each. The number of vinyls per sheet may vary depending on the design. Can’t make up your mind? Order a variety sheet! Check out We Heart Nail Art’s shop and their other social media channels:

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I was super in love with this look! Although I was nervous about using vinyls before, I think I might be in love with this new nail art technique. Have you used vinyls before? What do you think of this look? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

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