Monday, 20 April 2015

Stamping over Gradient

So, while I loved yesterday's purple gradient, today I wanted to stamp over it. It took me a while to decide what colour to use - I couldn't make up my mind between white, silver, gold, black.... but eventually I decided on Barry M Blackberry, a lovely glossy purple from the Gelly range. 

The gradient was done using Barry M Heather and Orchid from the Silk range. I stamped using MoYou London Mother Nature plate 11. I love this plate! I think it must be the plate I've used the most often so far. 

I love how this turned out! I added topcoat (Seche Vite) for shine and protection, and I love how it brings out the shimmer of the Silks.   

Saturday, 18 April 2015

Matte Purple Gradient

Wow, it's been ages since I've posted! In fact, this is my first post this MONTH! I actually haven't painted my nails at all in weeks, apart from one time (and that went really wrong, so I took it off straight away). My nails have been really falling apart; I lost the corners on both thumbs and a couple of other fingers, so my nails are looking really uneven, especially on my right hand. They're quite brittle and weak at the moment, despite the Nail Envy which I use almost every day. 

ANYWAY, today I have actually done my nails. This is a gradient using two of the Barry M Silks, Heather and Orchid.  

There's not a lot to say about this really. I started with a coat of Heather, the pale lilac polish. I then used a makeup sponge and Heather and Orchid, the purple polish, to sponge on the gradient. I didn't add a topcoat, as I love the silky matte finish of these polishes. 

I may stamp over this tomorrow.... what colour do you think would work best?

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Cherry Blossom Nail Art

I have done cherry blossom nails before, but it was a long time ago and I wanted something springlike this week. I was also in the mood to do something that wasn't stamping for a change!  

I started with a gradient of white to blue, using Barry M Cotton, Huckleberry and Blueberry Ice Cream. Then I used Zoya Cheryl and a dotting tool to make the branches. 

Then I used a fine brush and a mix of Barry M Rose Hip, Strawberry Ice Cream and Pink Punch to dab on the cherry blossoms. 

I found this really hard to clean up! The gradient made a lot of mess round my cuticles, and I struggled to clean it up properly. I love the design though, and people commented on my nails several times at work today. 

This is my March Polish Party design - this month's theme is Spring! Check out everyone else's designs by clicking the links below!

Sunday, 29 March 2015

Born Pretty Stamping Plate 54 - Two Different Looks

I'm sorry - I've been AWOL from the blog recently. There was no real reason, just general tiredness, lack of inspiration, and a broken nail.  Anyway, today I have another Born Pretty Store stamping plate to show you, this time with two different looks. 

This is plate BP-54, which has a mix of leaves, flowers, and cute owls! I do love an owl! The plate is available here, for $2.99 and free worldwide postage.

For the first look, I started with a base of Barry M Meadow, and stamped using the leaf design and MoYou London Spring Green.  I found the leaf pattern a little on the tricky side, as it didn't always transfer cleanly, but I'm not sure if that was the plate, the polish, or my stamper (or indeed, my technique!)

Still, I think the leaf design is effective in a green-on-green look like this.  I then stamped over a couple of accent nails with the owls, using Konad Black.  You may notice that the owl on my middle finger looks a bit ghostly - I tried first of all to stamp in a brown colour, but could not quite get the colour to show properly. Then when I stamped in black, I didn't quite line up the owl. That was entirely my fault! 

I tried to stamp the owls on the branch, and the owl at the bottom right of the plate, but I just could not get them to pick up the design cleanly. I will have to try again with a different polish another time.

Being a bit disappointed with the owls, cute though they are, I tried again today with the flower from the middle of the plate.  I started with a base of Barry M Blossom. Initially, I wanted to stamp with different shades of pink, but Dragon and Rose Hip didn't show over my base, so I stuck with Barry M Pink Punch only.  I found that my stamper struggled to pick up the outer petals of the design, which is why I then stamped multiple layers of the flowers on each nail. You can see some of the uneven stamping on some of the nails, if you look carefully, but I don't think it's particularly obvious!  

I added a rhinestone (also from the Born Pretty Store) for added sparkle. I think this look is really pretty, and I'm really happy with the finished mani!

This plate wasn't as easy to use as the other Born Pretty stamping plates I've tried previously. I struggled to pick up the pattern cleanly on some of the designs, although whether that was the plate, the polish, the stamper or me, I'm not sure. Still, it's a really cute plate with lots of really nice possibilities. You can buy this plate (and others) from the Born Pretty Store, and get 10% off using my discount code.

This plate was provided for my honest review. See my Disclaimer section for more details.

Saturday, 14 March 2015

Born Pretty Stamping Plate 46

Today I have another of the Born Pretty stamping plates to show you. This is plate BP-46, which has a variety of floral and plant-based patterns.

As you can see, there are three full-nail designs, two floral and one with a leaf pattern, and then a variety of other things such as cherries, strawberries, dandelions and the cute cartoon mushroom/toadstool.

I chose to use one of the floral patterns, and stamped using Barry M Gold Foil over Barry M Orchid, from the Silks range. Orchid is a gorgeous purple with a matte finish. These photos show the stamping without topcoat, to keep the matte effect. 

The design stamped beautifully - it transferred clearly, with no issues. I love how this looks! Isn't it a pretty design?

Just out of interest, I added topcoat as well. I love this! It really brings out the sparkle in Orchid, and makes the whole thing look so shiny!

What do you think?

You can get this plate at the Born Pretty Store here, for $2.99 which is considerably cheaper than many stamping plates from other shops. I've been impressed with the quality of the plates and the variety of the designs.  You can also get 10% off using my discount code. There are new plate designs coming all the time (I've got my eye on some of the 'coming soon' ones!)

This plate was provided for my honest review. See my Disclaimer section for more details.

Sunday, 8 March 2015

Born Pretty Store Stamping Plate 48 - Nude Lace Stamping

The next plate I tried from my delivery from Born Pretty Store, was BP-48, which has a large paisley floral design covering half the disc (great if you have really long nails!), a pretty rose design, a butterfly, and a lacy pattern that's easily large enough for a full nail.

I wore a base of Essie Sand Tropez, which is a fab nude polish that I really like. This is two coats. 

I then stamped using Konad White and the lacy pattern that takes up a quarter of the stamping plate. As you can see, I misjudged this on my thumb slightly and missed a bit, but that was nothing to do with the plate, and everything to do with my clumsiness. 

I love how this turned out! It's such a delicate design that it could easily have become smeary or patchy, but the plate etching is obviously good, because the pattern transferred easily and stayed perfectly clear. 

I'm really impressed with these Born Pretty plates - the quality is good, and the designs are really nice. And they're really good value! This is available on the Born Pretty website here, for $2.99  - and you can get 10% off if you use my discount code too. 

  This stamping plate was provided for honest review. See my Disclaimer section for more details.

Saturday, 7 March 2015

Jade Vermelho Surreal - Red Holo

I have shown you this polish on my blog before, but it was years ago, and my nails and photography weren't great. So here it is again. 

This is Jade Holografico in Vermelho Surreal. It's a gorgeous tomato-red linear holo. 

This is two coats, with no topcoat.

I wore this on its own last week for a couple of days, and then with stamping over it (see here). 

The Jade holos are beautiful (I have several) and the formula is so nice. I bought mine at Sally Magpies, which if you're a UK-based nail varnish fan, is a shop you NEED to know about. 

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Born Pretty Stamping Plate 21

I had a very exciting delivery yesterday of FIVE new Born Pretty Store stamping plates. They all look fab, but I thought I'd start with BP-21, which has 4 geometric designs. The Born Pretty Store plates look like the traditional plates you get from many designers - small round discs about 2 inches across. 

This one has 4 designs which stamp like this. The designs stamped really well. I sometimes find that very detailed fine patterns like the one on the bottom left can get a bit smeary or blurry, but this transferred really well. 

I decided to stamp using the circle design, over the polish I was already wearing, Jade Holografico Vermelho Surreal.   

I stamped using Models Own Chrome Gold. 

Doesn't this look fab? I really like the design of this stamp, and it stamped really clearly.  I can't wait to try the other designs and the other plates.   You can buy this plate on the Born Pretty Store website here, for $2.99 and you can get 10% off any order using my discount code.

  This stamping plate was provided for honest review. See my Disclaimer section for more details.

Sunday, 1 March 2015

February Round-Up

It's March already! Where on earth is the time going?

Here's a quick round up of my nails this month. There weren't many designs were there?

Which ones do you like? I think my favourite was the gold water marble.

Thursday, 26 February 2015

Gold Chrome Water Marble!

I was intrigued to see whether the Models Own Chromes were any good for water marbling, and I wasn't ready to take off yesterday's Barry M Lychee, and I wanted to do something subtle and non-gaudy for once.  I ended up with this look:

This is a base of Barry M Lychee, and then a water marble created just using Models Own Gold Chrome and a clear polish.

I really love how this came out!

At arm's length, this just looks like a nude polish with perhaps a sheen of metallic shimmer. Then when you look closer, you can see the swirly pattern, which I think came out really nicely.

The colour and the pattern reminds me of wood grain, or the gold-edges pages of a fancy old book. 

The Models Own Chromes seem to work really well for water marbling - they spread out nicely on the water and still cover really well. I tested out a few of the other colours on some test nails too, and they all look great. I'm sure I'll have more coming up over the next few weeks. 

Incidentally - I had a moment of brain freeze here. I used latex for clean up on nine of my fingers. It's easy and clean and quick, and means hardly any actual clean up. But I forgot to use it on my right thumb, and spent five minutes trying to find the edge of the latex to peel it off, before I realised that there wasn't one, and that I'd managed to dip almost my entire thumb into gold paint. That took quite a bit of cleaning up!  

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