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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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Hean Ordinary Misfit

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Hey everyone! Today I have another mani created from the wonderful secret Santa box that I received from Because I Can. I just couldn’t wait till I’ve published my post showing you all the goodies on the 31st before diving into the pretties and using them! I was so super excited to discover a Hean Ordinary Misfit in my SS box! It was on my wishlist and I wanted it not only because it is a gorgeous colour, but also for sentimental reasons. You know by now Ordinary Misfit and I are friends, so owning her blog’s namesake polish was a no brainer 🙂 Let me show you what I did with her!Hean Ordinary Misfit and 2true Shade 7 stamped with bornpretty BP-L003Hean Ordinary Misfit and 2true Shade 7 stamped with bornpretty BP-L003Hean Ordinary Misfit and 2true Shade 7 stamped with bornpretty BP-L003

 

I started off with my L.A. Girl base coat to protect my nails. Somehow when planning this mani I complicated it so much. I realized afterwards that there was an easier way to do it and kicked myself. I painted 2 coats of Ordinary Misfit on my index and middle nails. This polish has the most divine formula. It is buttery goodness personified in polish. It is a dusty pink that definitely has a place in my sea of pink polishes. I painted 2 coats of 2True Shade 7 on my ring and pinkie nails. Shade 7 is a very fine glitter that is practically opaque in 1 coat. It also has a beautiful copper shift in certain light. I did flood my cuticles with this polish a few times while painting, but I feel like the finish and gorgeous colour were totally worth any clean up effort required. Once that was dry I taped off the triangles on my middle and ring nails and painted them alternating the colours, removing the tape immediately. Once that was dry I taped the triangles off again and stamped using essence black stampy polish and BP-L003. I sealed everything in with a coat of Seche Vite. Afterwards I realized it would have been easier to stamp the entire nail before taping off sections and then just filling in the solid pieces. Duh.

I hope you like what I came up with 🙂 Have you ever complicated something that should have been simple to do if you had just thought of it? Let me know in the comments below!

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Twin Nails with Ordinary Misfit!

For the longest time Misfit and I have been talking about doing “twin nails” which seems to be the latest craze in the nail art community. I have always shied away from it. Nobody wants to be directly compared to a pro when they feel like a novice themselves, you know? I finally decided to ditch my hangups about not feeling good enough and do something I love with someone who taught me to love this! Enough about my self esteem issues, onto the nails!

We took turns picking the polishes and tools that we would both use for our manis. We only discussed this and no specifics about what we would be doing. This post is a big reveal for both of us. I have no idea what Misfit has done and visa versa. This is what we chose:

  • Sinful Colors I Love You
  • Tip Top Armour Plate
  • Right hand image on PUEEN 44
  • Clear or purple rhinestones of any shape

I started off with my usual base of Tip Top Miraculous Results. I painted 2 coats of Tip Top Armour Plate on my thumb and pinky nails. I painted 2 coats of Sinful Colors I Love You on my index, middle and ring nails. Once that was dry I stamped with Tip Top Armour Plate and the right hand image on my PUEEN 44 plate onto my middle and ring nails. On my index nail I used a clear heart rhinestone that I found in a nail wheel I bought from Planet Nails. I thought a heart rhinestone would fit nicely with a polish named ‘I Love You’ 🙂 I sealed it all in with a coat of Seche Vite. The result:

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I didn’t know how to feel about this mani. I think I love it. Somehow the stamping looks blurry in all the pics I took, but I think it has to do with the glitter underneath and the way the light is reflecting off the silver stamping rather than a problem with the camera focusing, everything else is clear. Or the camera was really confused by all the sparkly 😉 I Love You is simply gorgeous! I used a beautiful little compact mirror I got in a China Glaze gift set as my prop for this image. I was really in need of a nice mirror and now I have one! You might see it again in future 😉

You can view Ordinary Misfit’s post by clicking here. What do you think of this mani?

Volcanic Eruption, Liquid Envy

I managed to get my grubby paws on two of the new shades from the Tip Top Oxidized collection. The whole collection is filled with polishes that have a metallic finish. Ordinary Misfit posted swatches of all the polishes here. I decided I wanted to use them together and since I’m back in the stamping game, I wanted to do that too! Metallic polishes usually stamp well, so I was sure I could use these to stamp.  Let me show you what I did 🙂

 

I started off with my usual base coat of Tip Top Miraculous Results. I painted 2 coat of Tip Top Liquid Envy (green) on all my nails except on my middle and ring nails.  I painted two coats of Tip Top Volcanic Eruption on my middle and ring nails. I’d like to mention that this red was one of the nicest ones I own when it comes to clean up. I had no issues with staining and it cleaned up really easily. I waited for my nails to dry so that I could tape and stamp over them. I used Volcanic Eruption and the top image on my PUEEN 40 stamping plate to stamp over my green nails.  These polishes stamp really nicely. I played around with them by stamping on paper while my nails were drying. Ordinary Misfit also did stamping swatches for both these polishes at my request. If you would like to see those, click here. I used some tape to diagonally tape off the tips of my middle and ring nails and used Liquid Envy to fill in the tips, immediately removing the tape. I quickly placed a row of 1 mm round gold studs purchased from Born Pretty Store along the line dividing the two colours and sealed everything in with a coat of Seche Vite. The result:

 

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From the minute I finished it I loved this mani! I think I am partial to splitting colours with studs as I also really loved this mani where I did the same thing. Even though the stamping isn’t super obvious, I think it came out pretty decently and shows up well enough to be considered successful. I really enjoyed wearing his mani and people that spotted it really liked it too. Both these colours are gorgeous and it is a huge bonus that they stamp well! What do you think of this mani and these polishes?

Champagne Whispers

The purchase of the polish I’m sharing with you today was fueled by Ordinary Misfit. Surprised? Probably not 😛 When she showed me this new Tip Top release I knew I wanted it. I have been quite “meh” about their new releases,  they weren’t really my cup of tea. This one, however, definitely is. I even love the name. I was also in the mood for wearing a holographic and this tied in nicely with that mood. On to the nails!

 

I started off with a base coat of Tip Top Miraculous Results to protect my natural nails. I painted 2 coats of China Glaze Electra Magenta on my thumb, index and pinky. I painted 3 coats of Tip Top Champagne Whispers on my middle and ring nails. Champagne Whispers is quite sheer and I needed 3 coats to get rid of visible nail line. I sealed it all in with Seche Vite and placed two 1.5 mm rhinestones from Born Pretty Store on my accent nails before the top coat dried. The idea was for the rhinestones to match the Electra Magenta. It didn’t work out perfectly, but I think the idea came across none the less. The result:
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Electra Magenta is a scattered holographic polish. I really love holo sparkles. Champagne Whispers also has a holographic shimmer in it which I struggled to capture, but it is very pretty. It really is the colour of champagne, isn’t it? I love it!

Misfit Mani Challenge

If you have been paying attention to these nail posts and actually reading them and not just looking at the pictures (I’m talking to you Shanita!) you would have realized that Ordinary Misfit is my partner in polish crime, often an inspiration and my sounding board for everything nail related. We don’t often do manis for each other though and it always feels like we are doing something for someone/something else. I suggested that we do a mani where the parameters are set by the each other.

 

Misfit chose two polishes from my collection (both untrieds, at my request). I was allowed to leave out one of the following stipulations:

  • Gold Stamping
  • Gold Studs
  • Striping Tape

I immediately had an idea of what I wanted to do. I started off with a base of OPI Nail Envy to protect my natural nails. On my pinky and thumb I painted two coats of Grazia green. This polish doesn’t have a name or a brand. Grazia is a fashion magazine and I got this polish in a box set from Clicks. It has a gold colour shift, depending on the light which you will be able to see in the second picture below. On my index, middle and ring nails I painted two coats of L’Oreal Shocking Pink. Shocking Pink is a dark red toned pink. This polish is very pigmented and the formula was great. It is one of the polishes I was gifted by my friend from Belgium. After my middle and ring nails were dry I taped off half of them with striping tape and painted them with a generous coat of the Grazia green, immediately removing the tape once it was applied. I tested this beforehand and painting the pink over the green changed the colour, so I chose to paint the green over the pink. When planning this I made sure that I painted the nails so that the colours would alternate. I thought it worked quite well. I used a clear top coat on the same nails and placed gold studs that I purchased from Born Pretty Store along the line between the two colours. My original intention was to stamp over the nails with the split colours, I thought that would look rather funky, but the gold stamping just wasn’t working with the polish I was using and I decided to leave out the stamping altogether. Instead of just leaving it like that, I went rogue and added L.A. Colors Dizzy gold glitter top coat over the nails without the studs.  I only realized afterwards that the glitter was not part of the brief and technically not allowed. Misfit forgave me though and gave me a stern warning for next time 😉 The result:

 

 

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I ABSOLUTELY adored these nails! I could not get over how gorgeous they looked. I received lots of compliments (even from strangers!) on them and was really taken with them myself. The gold glitter over the green is sublime. I adored it! I was sad when I had to take this off. I really loved these and I hope Misfit did too 🙂

 

You can view Misfit’s half of the challenge by clicking here.

Lubu Heels Revisited

My grandmother’s uncle recently passed away, a well loved member of our family. I remember him very fondly. He was really a wonderful man. I am not only saying that because he is gone. We used to go to their house on New Year’s Day every year and he would always have a big spread and make everyone feel welcome and keep everyone topped up drinks wise. I also stayed there for a few school holidays with my mother’s cousin who is around the same age as me. I always remember him greeting me with open arms and a ‘There’s my beautiful girl!’. He was also the very first person in my family to accept Rudi after my mother slandered him. It was a turning point in our relationship and for that I will always be grateful to him. Remembering this during his memorial service swept up a ton of emotions. When it came to the memorial service I wanted to wear an appropriate mani. My manis are my art and it is how I express myself. I thought black would be most fitting, considering, but I didn’t just want to wear black. I was considering doing an artistic mani with things representing uncle Dan, but that quickly became overwhelming. I consulted with Ordinary Misfit (as I most often do) and she suggested that I wear a “special black” polish. I really liked the idea.

 

 

I decided to dig out my Lubu Heels which I last wore here. I wasn’t super impressed with it the last time I wore it and even considered passing it along. Let us see what happened, shall we? I started off with a base coat of Tip Top Miraculous Results. I then painted all my nails with 3 coats of China Glaze Lubu Heels. On my middle nail I added a coat of Sinful Colors Unwrap Me which consists of large red and black glitter hexes in a clear base. On my ring nail I added a red rhinestone from Born Pretty Store. I used my Seche Vite top coat to seal it all in. The result:

 

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Last time I said I was going to layer this over black to avoid grey spots when the light hits it. I have subsequently read reviews where it is said that this takes away from the depth of the glitter, so I opted for 3 coats instead, which definitely resolved the problem. I was also unhappy that I couldn’t see the red glitter much, but I put my bottle upside down for a while before using the polish and felt I got a little bit more glitter out that way. On the nail where I had the rhinestone it really brought out the glitter as well. Lubu Heels has won me over and I’ve decided I’ll rather keep it 🙂

 

May uncle Dan rest in peace x

It’s purplicious!

I simply love eyeing out my untrieds and coming up with ideas on how to use them. Sometimes this doesn’t work well, or I feel completely uninspired. I have been avoiding an essence glitter that I picked up for a few months (!) now and decided it was definitely time to use it. The name of the glitter topper is it’s purplicious. I decided to pair it with another untried. Unfortunately the other untried was something passed on to me from someone else and she could tell me nothing about it other than it had come from ‘some Chinese shop’ and that it was cheap. There is no brand name or colour name. It is a bright, dark purple and I thought it would work nicely with the glitter.

 

I started off with a base coat of OPI Nail Envy to protect my natural nails. I painted two coats of the purple polish on all of my nails. I was in love with this colour! It reminded me a lot of the purple L.A. Girl Quicksand texture, which I also loved. A LOT! I then used a method using my glitter polish and the polish brush to do a glitter gradient using essence it’s purplicious. It’s purplicious consists of fine purple glitter as well as silver holographic glitter in a clear base. It has the most beautiful holographic sparkle.  I don’t know why on earth I waited so long to use it! The method I used is very nicely illustrated by Lucy’s Stash in this video tutorial (link supplied by Ordinary Misfit, thanks Michelle!). This was really a quick and simple mani, but I absolutely loved it. The results:

 

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My camera really struggled to capture the purple of this polish. For some reason it leaned a lot towards blue in the pictures, but it still works 🙂 These nails were so pretty. The holographic sparkle in the glitter was just the BEST! Can you tell my nail mehs are completely over now? 🙂

Love Nails Pink Diamond

I bought two polishes from Ordinary Misfit’s blog sale and was very excited to wear one of them immediately when I got it.

 

I started off with a base coat of OPI Nail Envy. I then painted all my nails except my ring with two coats of Sinful Colors Love Nails. For someone who ‘doesn’t like blue polish’ I’m quite in love with this metallic blue! On my ring nail I painted two coats of Essie Footloose. I layered this Kangol Pink Diamond glitter over the Essie. It is DIVINE! I will definitely be using these two together again. The photo really doesn’t do this combination justice. I used a small piece of make up sponge and did a gradient over the Love Nails with the Kangol glitter.

 

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I only wore this mani for one day. The glitter got really thick at the tips, despite the sponging, and I just really couldn’t wear it anymore. What do you think?

Another Misfit Recreation

Ordinary Misfit does such awesome manis that sometimes I can’t resist copying her *exactly*. We both have a Revlon polish that has different names, but I’m sure they are the same if not very, very similar. I spoke about the polishes and my suspicions here. So when Michelle used her version for a studded mani (you can see it here), I immediately wanted to recreate it. Not only because it is a rocking mani, but because I wanted to see how similar our polishes are.

 

I started off with my usual base coat of Tip Top Miraculous Results. I painted a coat on essence black is back on all my nails.  On my index and pinky I painted a second coat of black. On my middle, ring and thumb I painted two coats of Revlon Scandalous. I painted a clear top coat on my index and placed the 2mm round studs from Born Pretty Store starting at the cuticle and working my way up. I did the same on my pinky. I sealed everything with a top coat. The results:

 

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What do you think? It is a bit difficult to compare the polishes since we’ve taken photos in different lighting conditions, but I think the are very similar. Mine might also look a bit darker since I started off with a coat of black.

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