Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Red Carpet Oscar Nails: Antique gold and red stamped louboutin nails with Boom Boom Pow


Hello everyone!

Red Carpet Oscar Nails

I had planned to make this mani before watching the Oscars, but I didn't start until I watched the experts talk before the show. I love to see what the stars are wearing, and to see who wins of course. But this year I was surprised by all the great singers.

Red Carpet Oscar Nails

Red Carpet Oscar Nails

Red Carpet Oscar Nails


Used:

Stamping plates:
Konad: m63, m69
Bundle Monster: BM- 303

Nail polish (from left to right):
Gosh: Nero
H&M: Antique Gold
Deborah Lippmann: Boom Boom Pow
Konad: Red
H&M: Red




What I did:

I painted my nails black to achieve the gorgeous bottle color of H&M Antique Gold with fewer coats, but I liked that it looked a little darker. I tried to make a little gradient with Antique Gold first, and then with Deborah Lippmann Boom Boom Pow on the index finger and middle finger. But I wanted the fingers to look different, so I applied many layers on the pinkie, and the thumb and the ring finger are without glitter. Then I did the stamping, and painted the underside of the nail tips with a little brush. Next time I'll paint the underside earlier in the process. But this was my first louboutin nails, and I hadn't checked how to do it.

Red Carpet Oscar Nails



Did you watch the Academy Awards? Who did you wish would win? And if you made Oscar nails too, what did yours look like?

Lani

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Sat- ART- Day Club: 1960's


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Sat- ART- Day Club: 1960's


The theme this week in the Sat- ART- Day Club is the 1960's. I was inspired by Jimi Hendrix clothes and albums, and Yayoi Kusama's dot patterns. First, I wanted to use aquarelle water color, but I had to take it off. I ended up using only nail polish, and painted, stamped, and painted, stamped again, and painted, and dotted. And the end result is very different from my sketches...


Sat- ART- Day Club: 1960's

Sat- ART- Day Club: 1960's

What I did:

First I painted my nails white, and then painted all the nails yellow and purple, and added top coat. Then I stamped a different pattern on each nail, and used the stamped image as a guide. I chose some very bright colored nail polishes and used a little round brush to paint on top of the stamped images, and tried to make psychedelic designs. I also added dots with a dotting tool, and stamped a peace symbol on my middle finger. But when I remembered what happened on the moon in July 1969, there was no more room left for space nails, not even for a moon.



Sat- ART- Day Club: 1960's


Used:

A small dotting tool
Brush
Pallette
Stamper & scraper (from KKCenterHK)

Stamping plates:
Bundle Monster: BM- 301, BM- 320
Konad: m63, m65, m78

Nail polish:
OPI: My Boyfriend Scales Walls (white)
Gina Tricot Beauty Nails: #17 Aspen Gold (yellow)
Linda Johansen Nail Candy: Lilac Lilly (lilac)
China Glaze: 108 Degrees (dark pink)
Gosh: #570 Peachy (orange)
Gosh: #571 Wild Lilac (purple)
H&M: No Mambo Jambo (green)
H&M: Blue my Mind (blue)
H&M: I'm not a kiwi (lime)
Konad Special Stamping nail polish: white, black, red.

Nail polish used to make the 1960's mani

Sat- ART- Day Club: 1960's


I wish I had more stamping polishes. I only have white, black and red. Do you have any stamping polishes to recommend? I'm thinking about buying a blue, purple, yellow and pink Konad stamping nail polish. And maybe green? Don't forget to take a look at the other participants' 1960's nails!

Lani

Friday, February 22, 2013

January haul



Hello everyone!

January haul (2013)


I have already started to use what I've bought this month, so today I'm showing you what I bought in January. I didn't buy very much: 3 new from Pieces, one from Gina Tricot, and the rest from H&M.

H&M:


H&M: Play It, Run Baby Run

Play It, Run Baby Run. The color of Play It is a little strange. It looks like a mix of grey and silver with one drop of green. Run Baby Run is as you see it. Maybe I'll wear it when I watch the Oscars.

I liked H&M Bella's Choice so much that I bought a backup bottle, when I found it, and it was 80% off. Here you see the first bottle:

H&M: Bella's Choice
I also found these tiny mini bottles (5 ml):
H&M: Go Green, Active Blue, Play it Coral, Sporty pink
Go Green is a very pale mint with gold shimmer. The coral and the pink are creams. Active Blue has blue and a little purple shimmer, and I'm not sure what to call the finish. Microglitter or foil?


Gina Tricot Beauty Nails:

Gina Tricot: #116 Cream. I'm wearing mi-ny: Blue Sky





#116 Cream has gold shimmer. I hope it will be visible on the nail.


Pieces:

Pieces: Red Mahogny, Fresh pink, Lilac Rose


Red Mahogny, Fresh Pink, Lilac Rose (also used here). All these are creams.


Did you buy any of these polishes? Do you want to see swatches of any of these, or of any polishes from earlier hauls?


Lani

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Sat- ART- Day Club: Dotting Tools


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The keyword for the Sat- ART- Day Club on Saturday was: DOTTING TOOLS. This is what I came up with. First I'll tell you what I did and show more photos, and further down I'll include a photo and a list of the polishes used, and thumbnails with links to the other dotticures.

Sat- ART- Day Club: Dotting Tools


What I did:
I started with pink, mint, peach, purple and blue cream skittles. Then I used the dotting tool and made darker dots and flakie dots on the sides of one finger, and then dotted three dots of the flakie in the middle of the next finger, and so on... So I used 3 polishes from each color family: one pastel cream, one a little darker, and one flakie.

Sat- ART- Day Club: Dotting Tools


Sat- ART- Day Club: Dotting Tools

Sat- ART- Day Club: Dotting Tools

Sat- ART- Day Club: Dotting Tools

Sat- ART- Day Club: Dotting Tools

Sat- ART- Day Club: Dotting Tools



What I used:
I used my biggest dotting tool, a little palette, base- and top coat, and all these nail polishes:

Click to enlarge


From pinkie/ left to thumb/ right (pastel- darker- flakie):

Pink:
Gosh: #598 Bubble Gum
Pieces: Lilac Rose (and in the latest post)
Deborah Lippmann: Sweet Dreams (also used here and in the latest post)

Mint/ green:
mi- ny: Klimt
H&M: Gentle Sky
Nfu- Oh 56 (also used in the Concrete and Nail Polish contest and for layering experiments)

Peach:
Pieces: Peach (This polish needs many coats, but the other Pieces creams have normal opacity)
Pieces: Fresh Pink
Nfu- Oh: #49

Purple:
Gosh: #002 Misty Mauve
Gosh: #571 Wild Lilac
Nfu- Oh: 51 (also used herehere, here and in the Concrete and Nail Polish contest)

Blue:
Gosh: #001 Lavender Love
mi- ny: Blue Sky
Nfu- Oh: 52 (and in the Concrete and Nail Polish contest)

Sat- ART- Day Club: Dotting Tools


I know I'm posting late, but it took time to get well from the virus. As usual, you can click on the thumbnails below to take a closer look at the other participant's dotticures!

Lani

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Valentine's Day nails #5: Hearts with Sweet Dreams


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One of the manicures that I wanted to recreate was The Beauty Department's "Wasi Tape Glitter Heart" manicure. But I didn't have wasi tape, and wanted to try my new nail polish (Pieces Lilac Rose), and saw that the color of Deborah Lippmann Sweet Dreams is very similar. So I ended up with this monochrome fuchsia Valentine's Day mani. I used this step-by-step photo instruction from The Beauty Department, but I used different colors, and put one heart on each nail. Maybe I'll try to make an exact copy some time too.

Hearts with Sweet Dreams
Hearts with Sweet Dreams

Hearts with Sweet Dreams

I used:
Deborah Lippmann Sweet Dreams    (1 thick coat)
Pieces Lilac Rose    (I used 2 coats, but this is nearly a one- coater!)
Tape    (I made it less sticky before using it on the nails)
Scissors
Pen

As I have mentioned earlier, Pieces and Deborah Lippmann are not tested on animals :-D

This was used to make 'Hearts with Sweet Dreams'




What I did:

How I made 'Hearts with Sweet Dreams' 

How I made 'Hearts with Sweet Dreams' 


Wearing this made me realize how much I've missed Sweet Dreams. I don't know why I haven't used it more often. Maybe because I often use my untrieds?

Hearts with Sweet Dreams


Lani

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Valentine's Day nails #4: Black/ white rhinestone hearts+ 3 Halo Hues


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Today is day 4 in my Valentine's Day nails series. I wanted to use my white/ black rhinestone hearts, and combined them with 3 holographic Color Club nail polishes: a light pink, pink, and a purple. It was very sparkly, and the holographic polishes added a lot of color shift, so there are a lot of photos today.

Black/ white rhinestone hearts
Black/ white rhinestone hearts

Black/ white rhinestone hearts

Black/ white rhinestone hearts
Black/ white rhinestone hearts

Black/ white rhinestone hearts

Black/ white rhinestone hearts
Black/ white rhinestone hearts

Black/ white rhinestone hearts
Black/ white rhinestone hearts



Black/ white rhinestone hearts

Black/ white rhinestone hearts








Black/ white rhinestone hearts

Black/ white rhinestone hearts

Black/ white rhinestone hearts

Black/ white rhinestone hearts

Black/ white rhinestone hearts

Black/ white rhinestone hearts

Black/ white rhinestone hearts

Black/ white rhinestone hearts



Black/ white rhinestone hearts

Black/ white rhinestone hearts


I used:
Color Club: #977 Cloud Nine (pinky+ thumb) -light pink
Color Club: #998 Miss Bliss (ring finger+ index finger) -pink
Color Club: #999 Eternal Beauty (middle finger) -purple
Black/ white rhinestone hearts
Seche Vite (as glue)

I didn't want to dull down the linear holographic effect, so I didn't use top coat. I used Seche Vite as glue, but many of the hearts fell off after some hours (luckily not in anyone's food), so you will need something stronger, or put top coat over the hearts. But I just glued them on with Seche Vite again. Do you have any experience with nail glue? What would you have used?

Black/ white rhinestone hearts


The black/ white rhinestone hearts:
I think the photos describe the hearts better than I do. But I just want to say that their diameter is 0,8 cm, and that they are 1,5-  2 mm thick, and that I was surprised that the stones shined in pastel like colors. As you see, the hearts are curved to fit on the nail. This is an easy and quick way to dress up a manicure. And  it looks like I can clean the hearts, and use them again and again and...

Black/ white rhinestone hearts

Black/ white rhinestone hearts

Black/ white rhinestone hearts




The holographic polishes:
I don't know if you noticed, but the darkest color is on the middle finger, and then the pink is on either side of it, and the light pink on the thumb and pinkie. I know you have seen many holo posts lately. That's because I recently bought and received 4 nail polishes from the Color Club's Halo Hues 2013 collection, and I love them. The ones I've tried so far are easy to work with, and opaque in 2 coats. I got one unlabelled bottle, and hope it is Miss Bliss, which is the one I ordered. Cloud Nine is from last years Halo Hues collection. All of these are linear holographic nail polishes with a strong holographic effect, and they are not tested on animals! :-) According to this blog post, Color Club is not only cruelty- free, but also vegan, and all products are made in the US.

Black/ white rhinestone hearts



Black/ white rhinestone hearts

Photo light:
Again, most of the photos are taken in front of a LED lamp, many in front of Ott- lite, and the last one above is taken under a normal lamp with yellowish light. Here is one photo to show you what this mani looked like in low light. This first photo below was taken in a tunnel under the highway.

Black/ white rhinestone hearts
Black/ white rhinestone hearts

Black/ white rhinestone hearts


Where to buy it:
The black/ white rhinestone hearts can be bought at Norway Nails and on eBay. Color Club nail polishes can be bought in more than 95 countries. I bought mine on eBay. Depending on where you live, I've heard that you can buy them online at shopcolorclub.comenospring.com, 8ty8Beauty, and probably other online stores.


Lani