Monday, September 1, 2014

Before & After: Interference Lead-lighting

Hello!!

So you know I've been playing around with the lead-lighting technique, looking to see what I can do with darker colors. One thought that occurred to me was to try some colors that normally have interference properties over black or other dark colors...so let's see how that comes out!

I started with this beauty from LynBDesigns, In Charge Of Fun, a forest-green jelly with a gold to pinky-purple duochrome shimmer:


LynBDesigns In Charge Of Fun
LynBDesigns In Charge Of Fun

LynBDesigns In Charge Of Fun
LynBDesigns In Charge Of Fun

LynBDesigns In Charge Of Fun
LynBDesigns In Charge Of Fun

LynBDesigns In Charge Of Fun
LynBDesigns In Charge Of Fun

LynBDesigns In Charge Of Fun
LynBDesigns In Charge Of Fun

This makes my heart go pitter-patter. The only thing I wish is that it was a little more opaque; this is three coats and I do still have a little visible nail line in some lights. But it's still a stunner.

I chose my polishes to complement the purple shimmer in the polish; I picked two that are normally nearly see-through if used alone, Pure Ice Rio and Sinful Colors Let Me Go:






Next I stamped using Sally Hansen Silver Sweep, and Cheeky Jumbo Plate 4, then used my dotting tool to fill in the flowers with my polishes:



Interference lead-lighting
Interference lead-lighting

Pretty flowers everywhere

Pretty flowers in my hair

Pretty flowers on my nails

I love the look of this. The Rio is not an interference polish, so you can see how it looks like a lighter purple over the silver stamping and a darker purple over the green part of the flowers. Let Me Go is an interference polish and shows strongly blue over the darker color, while showing no color over the silver. So pretty!

So what do you think? Do you like the interference effect of Let Me Go? Would you like to see more experiments with interference lead-lighting?

Hugs,
M.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Labor Day Skittle

Hello!

Okay, Labor Day isn't really a patriotic holiday, per se. But for some reason I was in a red-white-and-blue mood, so that's what I did:


Patriotic skittle
Patriotic skittle

Patriotic skittle
Patriotic skittle


The index and middle finger are a custom polish made for me by InDecisive Nail Lacquer, called Patriotic; it's a blend of neon blue and red glitters in a milky base. On the ring finger I stamped with Bundle Monster 206.

The ring and pinkie are Zoya Song; I stamped on the pinkie with Konad White, using Bundle Monster plate H25.

I hope you all have a wonderful holiday weekend! :)
M.

Monday, August 25, 2014

NOTD: Art Deco skittle with Incoco Modern Muse

(Incoco Nail Appliques sent for review.)

Hello!

I don't know about you, but today I feel jazzy. And colorful. And happy. And I need a mani that reflects that.

I have these awesome Incoco nail appliques they sent me for review, Modern Muse:


Incoco Modern Muse
Incoco Modern Muse

Incoco Modern Muse
Incoco Modern Muse


These remind me of beautiful nail-tape manis, the kind where you make designs with nail striping tape, paint over the tape, and pull the tape off to reveal the color underneath--but these are no hassle and no mess. And, the colors are vibrant and beautiful. So if you like the look of those manis but don't want the hassle of doing it yourself, check these out--they're gorgeous.

But you know I can't leave well enough alone. I have to play, and be all nail-arty...and these just called to me with their beautiful colors and elegant striping...so I decided to do a skittle manicure with two nails that were a sort of an opposite of the design--with white as the stripes, and the colors as the background. Here is what I came up with:



incoco modern muse zoya  muse zoya arlo
Modern Deco Muse

incoco modern muse zoya muse zoya arlo

incoco modern muse zoya muse zoya arlo
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incoco modern muse zoya muse zoya arlo
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Here's what I did:

1) I used Julep Soraphine as my base; it's a barely-there white jelly with a touch of shimmer to it.
2) I used striping tape to create designs that complemented those on the nail strips.
3) I chose my gradent colors; I wanted to pull from the colors on the nail strips, and I wanted to throw in a little bling. So I picked Zoya Muse (total coincidence on the name!) for my blue, which is a textured glitter; Zoya Arlo for my purple, also a textured glitter; and China Glaze Shore Enough for my green.
4) I sponged each color individually on the nail for control, and to get controlled overlap; I did a horizontal gradient on the ring finger, and more of a splodge look on the pinkie.

So what do you think? I love the way the glitter adds flash, and I love how the nail wraps and the nail art work together.

You can find their Metropolis Summer collection by clicking here, and don't forget to look around at their other awesome wraps, they have tons of fun designs.

Hugs!
M.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Swatch Spam, baby!

(Nothing to disclose)

Hello!

Yes, it's that time again--time to clean out the vault of all the swatches that haven't yet made it to prime time, for one reason or another. So sit back, grab your coffee, and enjoy a stroll through a bevy of bold beauties. :)


China Glaze Brownstone

China Glaze Brownstone
China Glaze Brownstone

China Glaze Brownstone
China Glaze Brownstone

China Glaze Starboard

China Glaze Starboard
China Glaze Starboard

China Glaze Starboard
China Glaze Starboard

China Glaze VIII



China Glaze VIII
China Glaze VIII

China Glaze VIII
China Glaze VIII


Color Club Revvvolution


Color Club Revvvolution
Color Club Revvvolution

Color Club Revvvolution
Color Club Revvvolution

Color Club Revvvolution
Color Club Revvvolution

Julep Joanna


Julep Joanna
Julep Joanna

Julep Joanna
Julep Joanna

Julep Joanna
Julep Joanna



Zoya Cole

Zoya Cole
Zoya Cole

Zoya Cole
Zoya Cole

Zoya Cole
Zoya Cole


Zoya Demi

Zoya Demi
Zoya Demi

Zoya Demi
Zoya Demi

Zoya Demi
Zoya Demi


Zoya Stassi


Zoya Stassi
Zoya Stassi

Zoya Stassi
Zoya Stassi

Zoya Stassi
Zoya Stassi



So...See anything you like? ;-)

Hugs,
M.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Review: MoYou London Sci-Fi Collection Plate 07

(Nothing to disclose)

Hello!!

Yes, I'm back again with another nail plate review...this time it's MoYou London Sci-Fi collection plate 07! I wasn't really into the first Sci-Fi plates they came out with, so I was totally stoked when I saw these.

First, of course, here is my video review:



And here's the still shots:

MoYou London Sci-Fi Collection Plate 07
MoYou London Sci-Fi Collection Plate 07

MoYou London Sci-Fi Collection Plate 07




MoYou London Sci-Fi Collection Plate 07

MoYou London Sci-Fi Collection Plate 07

This plate isn't quite a normal plate, and it isn't quite one of their collage-style plates, either; it's a combination that has a lot of single images, and a little bit of broader patterned areas. So my recommendations for using this plate are to:

1) Use for single images.
The single images here are great for spaceships, planets, funky hot-air ballons, lightning bolts and star bursts, even ray guns. :)

2) Use larger areas for full-nail images.

There are at least five areas here that you should be able to use if you have medium nails, and two, possibly three, more if you have smaller nails:



Here is a mani I did using the patterns on that cool nexus ribbon in the center:


MoYou London Sci-Fi Collection Plate 07
Don't get sucked into the Nexus!!

MoYou London Sci-Fi Collection Plate 07



3) Build-a-scene! 

Instead of using the single images just willy-nilly, why not build a scene with them? Tell a story with your nails, baby! This is what I'm going to show you today. Recently we had Comicon here in California; it's way too far away for me to go, but I wanted to honor it in spirit with today's before-and-after.

I started with an stunning blue holographic jelly that also contains--wait for it--a spray of glitter! I give you LynBDesigns Absolutely Absolem:


LynBDesigns Absolutely Absolem
LynBDesigns Absolutely Absolem

LynBDesigns Absolutely Absolem
LynBDesigns Absolutely Absolem

LynBDesigns Absolutely Absolem
LynBDesigns Absolutely Absolem

 
LynBDesigns Absolutely Absolem
LynBDesigns Absolutely Absolem

How gorgeous is that holo?! You can see the glitter better in the shade shots, below.

For my outer-space design, I stamped with Sally Hansen Silver Sweep, and I topped it off with two blue rhinestones on my laser gun fire:


Pew pew pew!!

Pew Pew Pew!!

You can see that the intricate designs stamp well. And I love the way the glitter looks in this polish, just an extra bit of special!

So what do you think about this plate?

Hugs,
M.