Sunday, October 12, 2014

52 Week PICK N MIX Challenge - 3 colour gradient

Hello everyone!

The prompts for this week are "3 colour gradient" and "pink". I've already showed you my pink mani. This is my gradient. To see my photo tutorial and read how I made it, click here. This was the base for a stamped manicure; Autumn: Leafs over a Multichrome Gradient.

I used:

fast drying base coat: IsaDora: #600 Clear

black polish: GOSH :Nero
a fanbrush
a toothpick
and 3 multichromes from Enchanted polish:

Enchanted Polish: Magical Mystery Tour 
Enchanted Polish: Hey Jude
Enchanted Polish: I Am The Walrus

fast drying top coat: Seche Vite

I had to publish this before the deadline. Now I've added more photos:


I think the rest are taken under this LED lamp.

If any of you nail polish makers are reading this; Please make some pastel multichromes and bright multichromes! :-)


Tuesday, October 7, 2014

52 Week PICK N MIX Challenge - PINK - Skittlette with purple studs, 2 versions

Hello everyone!

It's week 2 in the 52 Week PICK N MIX Challenge, and today I want to show you this pink and blue/ purple nail art that I made this summer. With the garden full of mostly blue and pink flowers, I wanted to make something with these square studs that KKCenterHk sent me all the way from Hong Kong last year. It feels special to write about something that came from Hong Kong after seeing the news about the demonstrations this week. I hope it will end peacefully and democratic.

I tried to stamp this design from Cheeky Jumboplate 10 on all my nails, but it was too difficult to line it up correctly. So I ended up with a skittlette for once. I made one version with studs in the center of the stamped image, and later I added studs to the pinkie and index finger as well.

Again I used a polish from China Glaze's Romantique collection for the stamping. This time I used Admire. I liked this pink metallic on it's own too. I wonder how Mundo de Unas' metallic stamping collection is compared to the Romantique collection.

The studs:

Last time I tried to use these studs, I learned the hard way that I shouldn't drag them in place. Just put some top coat where you want your stud, and dip a dotting tool in it, so that it's easier to pick up the studs. Then try to place it exactly where you want it, and press down gently, and apply top coat.

The bag contains about 50 studs. The size is 3mm, and they consist of circular areas that shine in different shades of purple. They are a little pyramid shaped, and that make them stick better.

When I removed this with acetone, I noticed that the studs turned silver, but they kept their shape. So if you wonder if these can be used again, I would say yes, but as silver studs.

Products used:

Duri Rejuvacote (base coat)
Gina Tricot Beauty Nails: #139 Purple Mint (purple)
China Glaze: Admire (pink) -used for stamping and on the index finger
Cheeky Jumboplate 10
N.NAIL Studs Square Laser Purple 3mm Nail Art Decorations NNAIL- DRN656 (purple studs)
Seche Vite (top coat)

 Here you can compare the two versions:

Thank you KKCenterHk for giving me these beautiful studs! ♥

October is breast cancer awareness month, so I hope to wear pink again this month. I'll let the cute men in the video show you how to check your breasts, and an app to remind you to do it.

Press PLAY and learn! LOL


Monday, October 6, 2014

52 Week PICK N MIX Challenge Week 1: Teal & ‪#‎31Nails2014‬: Day 6: Inspired by a NAILS cover

Hello everyone!

This nail art was inspired by the NAILS cover of the October 2012 Issue. I made this for day 6 in Nails Magazine's 31 Days of Nail Art Challenge 2014 ‪(#‎31nails2014‬) back in January. But because I haven't showed it here on the blog yet, and because "teal" is one of the prompts for week 1 in the new 52 week challenge, I'm writing about both today. First I'll tell a little about the new challenge, and then about trying to solve the task for #‎31nails2014 Day 6, which should be inspired by a NAILS cover. And at the end of the post you can see what everyone made for week 1 if you click on the Inlinkz Link Up. I'll also link to the #31Nails2014 nail art I've made so far.

The 52 Week PICK N MIX Challenge #52WPNMC consists of two prompts each week for a year, and we can make one of them or both or combine them. Needless to say, I'll probably not be able to make nail art and blog about it every week, but I'll do it when I can. This week I chose to do "teal", and next week I hope to do both a pattern and a color. But most weeks I'll probably do a combination. If you want to find out more, you can read what the creator of this challenge writes. Just click here.

‎31nails2014‬: Day 6: Inspired by a NAILS cover:

I struggled with this challenge. First I tried to make the baby blue to white gradient, and stamp a puzzle pattern over it, but apparently my sponge had dust on it... Then I tried to make caviar nails... And some other things happened. So a week of valuable time was lost. Then I got stuck on day 6, although I had made the ombre nails a week earlier. Finally on Friday I tried the "blue and green spray on water/ spotted nails", and it looked horrible in my Ott- Lite and indoor lighting. I wish we had more daylight in winter, so that I could make more challenges per day. And I struggled taking pictures in indoor lighting/ with an Ott- Lite without making the polish looking matte.

What I did & how it was supposed to be done:

This manicure is inspired by the OCTOBER 2012 ISSUE NAILS cover. After I made this nail art and applied a second coat of Seche Vite, I found out how it can be done, and a bigger picture of the cover nail art... Lol. Here is a picture tutorial. I used regular nail polish, and used different techniques back and forth until it looked a bit like the original manicure.

As MaeLing Parrish does in her tutorial, I started with a random pattern, but I used blues and greens. Then I stamped with blue stamping polish and Messy Mansion MM02. I saw that I had too much contrast, and tried to darken the light areas and to lighten the dark areas. To do that, I turned the plate into a palette by turning it, and used a dotting tool and some sheer polishes; a blue jelly, green flakie and blue flakie. And then I felt it needed more green. If you compare my manicure to the tiny little picture that I tried to copy, this doesn't look that bad.

Products used:

Christian Dior #489 Cobalt and here
Yes Love: F23
MI-NY: #177 Blue Sky
Gosh: #540 Ocean
Gosh: #618 Tilted Blue
Essence: #02 I'm backstage
Ruby Kisses: MNP29 Blue Ray Drama
Konad: SP Blue
Messy Mansion: MM02 (stamping plate & pallette) (used many many times)
XL stamper
Dotting tool
H&M: Blue Wave
Lilypad Lacquer: Blueberry (blue jelly)
Nfu- Oh: #56 (green flakie in green jelly)
Nfu- Oh: #52 (blue flakie in blurple jelly)
And as usual back then: IsaDora #600 Clear as base coat and Seche Vite top coat.

After the stamping I saw that I needed to make some changes, so I ended up using a lot of colors. I hope I have remembered all of them. If I do this again I now know which ones that worked best, so the list will be shorter.

In January one of my goals was to do this 31 Day Challenge. I did the nail art for some of the days, and we were allowed to use old nail art, so I didn't have many left to do. But I only made a few blog posts about them. I hope to show the rest before the year is over. You can see the ones I've made so far in my facebook photo album.


Saturday, October 4, 2014

GOT Polish Challenge: Brown

Hello everyone!

This is the last day of the GOT challenge this year, so I'm a little sad that I didn't do all the themes, and use those oldies... I had no problem finding old brown nail polish in my collection, Today I wanted to use my vintage Guerlain N°3 Brun (click to see my blog post about it), which is my darkest brown.

I stamped with Color Club: Miss Bliss (click to see my blog post about it), a pink linear holographic polish, and two stamping plates from MoYou London; Sailor Collection 03 and 07 (XL). I used one pattern from 03 on 3 fingers, and a similar pattern (from 07) that nearly looked reversed on the thumb and ring finger.

After I applied Seche Vite, it looked like the brown polish turned the holographic pattern into a darker pink, and I think it looked better that way. It also dulled the holo a little, but without top coat it wouldn't have lasted long.

I've been thinking a lot lately about which challenges to choose now that this one is over. There are two interesting ones, and in addition there are new challenges each week in the groups I'm participating in on facebook and G+, and I have a lot of nail art ideas. But probably I won't be able to publish blog posts every week, so I'm a little sad that I probably can't participate.

Will you be participating in any nail art challenges this autumn?

More brown nail art below! :-)