Monday, September 22, 2014

Monday Blues Before & After: English Would Leaf

Hello!

Ah, it's been a while since I did a Monday Blues, and I miss it! But today I'm going to go about it a little differently...The blue will be everything but my base polish.

So to start, I have a soft, feminine pretty for you today, LynBDesign's England Will Fall, a dusty rose holographic:

LynBDesigns England Would Fall
LynBDesigns England Would Fall

LynBDesigns England Would Fall
LynBDesigns England Would Fall

LynBDesigns England Would Fall
LynBDesigns England Would Fall

LynBDesigns England Would Fall
LynBDesigns England Would Fall


I wanted to try something a little bit different, a little bit bolder than I usually go. So I sponged a gentle gradient on the tips with Absolutely Absolem, and then stamped over the whole thing with Sally Hansen Co-Bolt Blue, using Cheeky Jumbo plate 2:



The bold and the beautiful




I don't normally go for contrasts like this, but I think the gradient under the stamping really takes away the super bold edge and makes it a little more polished. And, I love that the holo rainbow still shows under the stamping. :)

What do you think? What are your favorite bold color combinations?

Hugs and loves,
M.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Amazing giveaway: Amazon Kindle and Gift Cards!

Hello everyone!

An author friend of mine is having an amazing giveaway to help crowdfund her book, and the prizes include an Amazon Kindle!!









The book is called 'The Remnants', and it's about what would happen if the Nazis had won World War II. I've been waiting for it to be released, and I'm really excited about it!

The giveaway is to raise awareness of the crowdfunding, so any donations you are willing to make would be very much appreciated, and there are rewards associated with different levels of donation, including, of course, copies of the book, early access to the manuscript, etc. 

It's a great opportunity to support a great project, and maybe win some awesome prizes in the meantime!

Hugs,
M.

Review and Before & After: MoYou London Pro 16

(Nothing to disclose)

Hello!

Today I'm gonna show you MoYou London Pro 16, first in video form, of course!




Then with still shots:

MoYou London Pro Collection 16
MoYou London Pro Collection 16

MoYou London Pro Collection 16
MoYou London Pro Collection 16 Left side action!

MoYou London Pro Collection 16
MoYou London Pro Collection 16 right side action!

I love this plate, love love love it! I'm not sure why it kept getting pushed back in my rotation, it's certainly not because I don't adore it. I used it for the first time for this New Year's manicure, and most recently for this subtle romantic manicure.

I pulled it out today because this month's theme in the Nail Challenge Collaborative is 'geometric', and I wanted a reason to use these circles. So for today's manicure, I started with a base of Julep Leah, a bright, summery green that I think is a light kelly-type green, wish a little bit of shimmer:


Julep Leah
Julep Leah

Julep Leah
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Then, I went nutso-burgers decorating it! First, I put LynBDesigns Tear-Away Face on the ring finger (such a scary-sounding name for such a pretty polish!). Then, I stamped using Barry M silver foil, using just part of the image from Pro 16 on each nail; I finished by adding dots with Sally Hansen Lively Lilac and Mellow Yellow:


Circles galore, baby!!


Thumb sighting for mah girl


What do you think? If you like circles, I think you'll like this manicure, lol. I love the way the colors work together, and I absolutely adore Tear Away Face...I'm a circle glitter lover, and the colors are beautiful.

How about you? Do you love circle glitters? Or just circles designs?

Hugs and loves, and don't forget to check out the other manis the group designed, below. :)
M.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Tutorial: Lead-lighting over dark polishes

(Nothing to disclose)

Hello!

I had some interest in a tutorial about the interference lead-lighting technique I showed you recently, so I put one together. First I'll walk you through it, and at the end I'll summarize it in a single image for you.

Step 1) Okay. So. First, you're gonna stamp your image over your dark base. You can use any color that shows up over your base; in this case I'm showing you the most extreme version, a black base with silver stamping:

Step one: stamp your design over your dark base
I stamped with Barry M Silver Foil using Cheeky Jumbo plate 04.


2) If you haven't already done so, select the interference polishes you want to use. What I'm calling an 'interference' polish is a polish that shows up over dark colors, but not over light colors. There are a lot of special effect top coats that look very different over other colors, and there are duochrome polishes that do this, too; if you have a polish that you have to put over black or another color, that's the kind I'm talking about.

I'm going to use four polishes; for the first example, I'll show you Glitter Gal Transitions Soft Red and Glitter Gal Transitions Soft Green; notice how they just look pearly white in the bottle:


Glitter Gal Transitions Soft Green and Transitions Soft Red

For my second example I'll show you CND Crimson Sparkle and Sapphire Sparkle:


CND Crimson Sparkle and Sapphire Sparkle

 Step 3) Put a dot of your polish(s) on your nail plate (or other surface):


I use my plate because I'm going to have to clean it anyway. :)


Step 4) With your dotting tool, pick up your polish:


Use your dotting tool to pick up that polish


Step 5) Use the dotting tool to apply the polish where you want it to show on your design:


Apply the polish to whatever part of your design you like.

Step 6) Look at the awesome pretty you just created!

First, let's take a look at how the glitter gals transformed:


Lead-lighting with interference polishes

Notice how the polishes show up green and purple-red where I applied them over the black; where they overlap with the silver stamping, they don't show up at all, so it looks like I painted inside the lines perfectly. :)

Here are CND Crimson Sparkle and Sapphire Sparkle over the black:


Lead-lighting with Interference polishes



These show up slightly differently; they are more glittery, and they have a multi-chrome effect in the sifting light. Just stunning...:)

I've showed this over black, but you don't have to limit yourself just to black; you can use a variety of bases, just play around with different polishes to see what works. You can see the other manicure I did, over a green base, by clicking here.

This is a really simple technique, and depending on the image you use, so hard to mess up. If you choose an image with thick lines like I did, it's very easy to say inside your designated area.


As promised, here is a graphic summarizing the steps for you:


Interference Lead-lighting tutorial


Let me know if you have any questions, and I'd love to see what you do with this technique; link below if you try it out. :)

Hugs and loves,
M.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Review and Before & After: Halloween Nails with Stampaholics ST02

(Nothing to disclose)

Hello!

Fall is here and one of my favorite holidays is right around the corner--that's right, it's almost Halloween time!! To be sure you have time to get your hands on it in time for Halloween, I'm going to review a super spooky plate that will allow you to spookify your nails for whatever Halloween get-together you have on the books. :)

Today I'm gonna show you Stampaholics ST02, one of many cool plates you can find in the Stampaholics store. First let's take a gander at the plate:


Stampaholics ST02
Stampaholics ST02


The plate comes packaged in its own little cellophane package, with blue film to protect it. There's a little something for everyone; if you just want something a little fun, say you want a cute look for your child's Halloween party, there's a sweet little trick-or-treating ghost, some bats, a happy witch flying through the air. There's jack-o-lanterns, a haunted house scene, a fun pumpkin with pretty swirls. And if you're a little more twisted, like me, there's a scary body hanging in a graveyard--muah hah haaaahhhaaahhhhh!!

Can you guess what I used?

For the base of my manicure, I chose China Glaze Stoked To Be Soaked, a bright orange creme that I think is a perfect shade for Halloween:


China Glaze Stoked To Be Soaked
China Glaze Stoked To Be Soaked

Then I stamped the graveyard scene in Konad black; I stamped the tree portion on my ring finger, and the graveyard over the other fingers. I picked up the bat and moon from the top of the haunted house image to put on the top of the middle finger, and then the smallest bat of the bat trio for my pinky:


A walk among the tombscene

Yep, it's a little gory, it's a little gruesome, it's a little scary, but hey! It's Halloween!! You gotta roll like that on Halloween!!

So what do you think? Are you into Halloween? Which image on the plate is your favorite?

Hugs,

M.


Saturday, September 13, 2014

Review and Before & After: MoYou London Rebel 02

(Nothing to disclose)

Hello!

Today I'm reviewing MoYou London Rebel Collection plate 2. Before I even show you the video, I have a funny story to tell you about this plate. when I saw it, so many of the images appealed to me and looked vaguely familiar, but I couldn't quite place a lot of them. So, as you'll hear, I sort of babble along about them (as I normally do), and never made the connection to why I love the images on the plate so much! I mention that I know a lot of them are something famous, but I can't place them...Then, once I posted this on YouTube, an awesome viewer reminded me that a lot of these images come from the artist Banksy--once I read that, it all fell into place! (Thank you, Sarah R.!!) So this plate is the true epitome of my dork-i-tude. Here's hoping you find it a-dork-a-ble! (I couldn't resist, sorry). :)

Here's the video:



If you enjoy my dorkiness, particularly when I don't know what the heck things are on the plates, you're gonna love this one. There are a ton of images that I have no idea what they are, and probably more that I've identified incorrectly, so please do let me know if I've mislabeled something or if you know one of the ones I didn't!


Okay, let's move on to the still photos of the plate:

MoYou London Rebel Collection 02
MoYou London Rebel Collection 02

MoYou London Rebel Collection 02
MoYou London Rebel Collection 02

MoYou London Rebel Collection 02

And here's the comparison with a standard Konad plate so you know how big the images are, approximately:


Comparison of MoYou London Rebel Collection 02 vs. Standard Konad plate
Comparison of MoYou London Rebel Collection 02 vs. Standard Konad plate

Next, I'll show you my text manicure, and then I'll discuss the plate at the end. :)

For my base, I used Chick Polish Hipster Chick, an avocado green with holographic glitter scattered throughout:


Chick Polish Hipster Chick
Chick Polish Hipster Chick

Chick Polish Hipster Chick
Chick Polish Hipster Chick

Chick Polish Hipster Chick
Chick Polish Hipster Chick


I tested out the image of the little girl letting go of the heart shaped balloon; I stamped the girl on my ring finger and the balloon on my middle finger, both in Barry M Gold Foil. I also stamped an image from MoYou London Pro collection 16 with Barry M Silver Foil, to complete the look:



Love is all around us. :)





You can see that the image of the girl and balloon stamped accurately; what's on the plate ended up on the finger, so plate stamped well.

I do have a warning for you about this plate. Some of the images, many of them, are muddy--not because they have been etched badly or are defective, but because of the style of image. I think they are trying to capture the graffiti-feel of the Banksy art, so the images are not perfectly delineated, and when you stamp them they are going to reflect that style. I have seen other plates where an image looks a bit muddy on the plate, but once you stamp it it's easy to identify because of the color contrasts, but this is not that type of plate. So don't go in thinking you're going to have more definition, and you'll be just fine and love this plate with your whole heart. :)

I think there are some really fun images on this, and I don't regret buying it for a minute, even if I don't know what some of the images are! :)

What do you think, any images here you like?

Hugs,
M.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Throwback Thursday Before & After: Elegant trellis

Hello!!


Here's one from the vault...I did this back when I was really struggling with my cuticles, so I never showed it. But I think the design is cute, fast, and elegant, so I thought I'd throw it up for a 'Throwback Thursday', and also spend a little time enjoying how much my skills have improved since I originally took these pics. :)


I started with Zoya Natalie, a soft rusty red creme:




Then I stamped with Sally Hansen Beige Blast and Bundle Monster Plate 312:

elegant-trellis
Elegant trellis :)



I think this is a pretty look for a wedding, a garden party, even just a soft work look without too much flash. And I apologize again for the cuticles!!!

Hugs and loves,
M.