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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.

Thanks for reading!

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Bestie Twin Nails with Pish Posh Polish

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Hi everyone! Today I have a Bestie Twin Nails post with none other than the fabulous Pish Posh Polish! Pish and I met on  Facebook in a nail group. Pish regularly does Twin Nail posts and I was so flattered when she asked me if I would like to do one with her. Excited and super nervous. Pish is an amazingly talented nail artist and I have huge insecurity issues. Pish suggested what we should do. Poor woman was limited to my available collection. As she is in the US she has easy access to so many gorgeous indies and polishes I can only dream of having, so we really had to work around what I have available. We did the best we could.Nimbus Butterfly Wing Nail Art

I started off with my L.A. Girl base coat to protect my nails. I painted my middle and ring nail with 2 coats of essence wild white ways (gift from Coffee Couture). I am TOTALLY in love with this white! It went on like butter and gave beautiful coverage in just one coat. 1 coat was certainly enough as a base for nail art, but my OCD made me paint 2 anyway. On my pinkie and index I painted 2 coats of Revlon Girly (gift). Once my white bases were dry I tried to create Nimbus nail art using China Glaze Are You Jelly? and You Drive Me Coconuts. Nimbus nail art was invented by The Nailasaurus and you can find her tutorial here. Once I had achieved the look I wanted (sort of), I realized that Girly didn’t really match with the neons. The idea was to do jelly sandwiches on the pinky and index, so I found a solution. I painted a coat of You Drive Me Coconuts on my pinky over Girly. Luckily YDMC is a jelly, so it still retained the jelly sandwich look. On my index nail I covered Girly with a coat of Dollish Polish Purple Nurples. Over the Nimbus nails I used black acrylic paint and a striping brush to paint the butterfly wing design. I used white acrylic for the dots  on the bottom of the wings. Here are some solo shots of my nails:Nimbus Butterfly Wing Nail ArtNimbus Butterfly Wing Nail ArtI really hope you enjoyed this post. I know for sure Pish and I will be doing this again in the future. We would really love to hear your feedback in the comments below!

You can also find Pish on Instagram and Twitter 🙂

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New Year’s Nails

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Hi everyone! Today I have a special mani I created for one of my colleagues to show you.  Said colleague arranged our secret santa at work this year. I had already compiled a list of possibilities for whoever drew my name and later spotted a glitter topper that was within the budget that I would like, so I told her about it. She passed this info on to my secret santa, but he decided to go with something else, so the sneaky bugger purchased the polish for me for Christmas! She also added some chocolate to my gift. It was so very thoughtful of her! I was so excited that I wanted to use the polish immediately! I let her choose the undies for the glitter and since her favourite colour is pink, it was a no brainer for her. I swatched the glitter over 3 different colours, but she still stuck to the pink. Let me show you what I came up with 🙂

I started off with my usual Tip Top base coat. I painted a coat of China Glaze You Drive Me Coconuts on all of my nails. I used a make up sponge You Drive Me Coconuts and Tip Top Melting Marshmallows to create a gradient on all my nails. Once the gradient had reached an opacity I was satisfied with I topped it off with Foschini for Beauty Nails Hop Scotch (gift). At least that’s what is written on the bottle. Hop Scotch is a glitter topper comprised of small black bar glitter and multiple sizes of black and gold glitter hexes. This is definitely a ‘blob and spread’ glitter as the glitter will move along your nail with the brush if you try to paint it like a regular polish. I felt the need to fish out more black glitter as I mostly got out gold and I felt the black glitter really popped over the gradient. I sealed it all in with a coat of Seche Vite. The result:

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I was so very pleased with how this mani turned out! My colleague really loved it too. She said the contrast between the two pinks looked really great and I have to agree! I haven’t done a gradient in such a long time and it felt like such a schlep to be honest, but it was totally worth it!

What do you think of this combination? Are you doing anything special for New Year’s Eve? Be sure to let me know in the comments below!

A very blessed New Year to all my readers! Enjoy the celebrations and be safe!

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?

*Don’t forget you can use my affiliate link in the sidebar on the right to register on Born Pretty Store, as well as my 10% discount code for non discounted items :)

Princess Nails

When I received my NailCandi press release I was quite excited to find crown jewels among the products to review. I received two Candi Crowns and immediately knew that I wanted to do a “Princess” mani for Gabby. Along with my crowns I decided to use my new Dollish Polish It’s so fluffy I’m gonna die! The name of this polish nicely illustrates how I feel inside when I look at my cutie pie. It usually comes out as “I’m going to eat you up!”, but the feeling is the same 😉

 

I started out with my usual base coat of Tip Top Miraculous Results. I painted 4 coats of It’s so fluffy I’m gonna die! on all of my nails except my ring nails. On my ring nails I painted 3 coats of China Glaze You Drive Me Coconuts. I sealed everything in with a coat of Seche Vite. Once my ring nails were dry I applied nail glue to a small area and adhered my NailCandi crowns to the nails. The result:

 

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How cute is that crown?! I think this is a perfect “Princess” mani! I loved wearing it and loved looking at it too! I really like It’s so fluffy I’m gonna die!, it is a really pretty pink polish.

 

Let me take a minute to talk about the NailCandi. One of the things I really appreciate about the jewels is that they are not flat, but curved on the inside to better match the curve of your nail. If you remember my post about the large heart studs from Born Pretty Store, it was difficult to wear them because they were completely flat and sort of balanced on the middle of my nail, making me feel like they were going to hook on something and be ripped off unexpectedly. The curve on the NailCandi nail jewels relieves me of that worry. I am certain they are stuck there (thanks to some nail glue) and that they are “hugging” my nail bed making maximum contact with my nail and the glue. I found these a pleasure to wear, they are so blingy and pretty! I am also very glad that they are reusable, because I will certainly be rocking them again some time!

 

What do you think? Are nail jewels your thing?

 

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Syrup Mani a la Chalkboard Nails

I was talking to Ordinary Misfit about gradients using different polishes (i.e. glitter, creme and jelly) and she mentioned a syrup mani. When I googled it, the first result that caught my eye was a syrup mani by Chalkboard Nails. If you’re wondering what a syrup mani is, it is basically a gradient done with jelly polishes using the polish brush instead of a sponge. When I read the post I realized I had all the polishes necessary to recreate it. I loved it so much it moved to the top of my mani to do list.

 

I started off with my usual base coat of Tip Top Miraculous Results to protect my natural nails. I then painted 3 coats of China Glaze You Drive Me Coconuts on all of my nails. I waited a few minutes for that to dry a bit and then used China Glaze Are You Jelly? to paint 3/4 of my nails. I went in for another coat of Are You Jelly? on half of each nail and finally another coat on the tip of my nails. It looked crap. It wasn’t at all like a nice smooth sponged gradient. I decided to top coat to try and ‘blend’ the polishes. No luck. It still looked atrocious. I remembered that Chalkboard Nails had used the black and white glitter to disguise the fact that the gradient wasn’t as smooth as a sponged gradient, so I tried it on one nail. SUCCESS! It made the gradient look perfectly blended and rounded the look off nicely. I proceeded to paint my L’Oreal Top Coat Confetti onto all of my nails. My Top Coat Confetti dries matte, so I did another top coat to make it shiny. The result:

 

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I was totally in love with my nails for the entire time I wore this mani. They were so beautiful and distracting that I stopped midway through a sentence while staring at them and never got to finish what I was saying. I got compliments from everyone who spotted them. Even my hairdresser who is fully aware of my nail hobby, but never specifically comments on whichever mani I’m wearing when I go in, took the time to say how nice this one was. I didn’t want to take them off and even contemplated redoing the same mani when they chipped. I loved it THAT much. I will definitely be doing these again.

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Ordinary Misfit did a guest post for Lipgloss Is My Drug. The moment I saw it I *knew* I wanted to recreate it.  I decided to use the same colours and everything because it is just so awesome!

 

I started off with a base coat of Tip Top Miraculous results. I painted 4 coats of China Glaze You Drive Me Coconuts on my thumb and pinky and 3 coats on my middle nail. I painted 3 coats of Sinful Colors Charmed on my index nail and 2 coats on my ring finger nail. I painted less coats of the base polishes on the nails where I intended to do art to ensure the polish didn’t become thick with too many layers and because opacity isn’t *that* important where there is art to cover most of it. I used Charmed and a large dotting tool to make a heart  and some random spots over the You Drive Me Coconuts nail and I used You Drive Me Coconuts to make a heart and some random spots on my Charmed nail. I then used my smallest dotting tool and Sinful Colors Black on Black to make random spots and outline my other dots partially to resemble leopard print. This is basically an exact replica of Michelle’s mani (except this leopard changed her spots :P)

 

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I really like how this turned out. I love everything about it. I also think doing one biggish heart per nail instead of a lot of smaller ones makes it much more obvious. Great idea Michelle! What do you guys think?