Sunday, September 29, 2013

NCC#4: Watercolour Nails!

A technique I haven't done before, just like I promised!

I started with China Glaze Bizarre Blurple and poked on my neons: Sally Hansen Blue Me Away, WarPaint Bad Apple and A Mile Away and Wet&Wild Fergalicious.

I then had a q-tip I had soaked in acetone and I just dabbed all around with it and the colours diluted and flattened out. It looks pretty cool in real life actually!

Because I only have gloopy Seche Vite for topcoat (and this definitely needs it) I used Sally Hansen Urban Chic, a scattered holo glitter topcoat to seal it all in.

Whoo! I did good! What do you think? Have you tried "watercolour" before?

Friday, September 27, 2013

Swatch: China Glaze Bizarre Blurple

Wow guys, I am so lazy and useless lately. I got a 3DS XL and Animal Crossing New Leaf and that is all I've been doing outside of going to work. USELESS. I even scrapped this together in only a little while but... well, it was calling to me, you know how it is. (PS If anyone wants my friendcode, find me on Twitter or something <3)

Once more I have Kelly ( to thank for this one <3 She's just freaking amazing, have you seen her posts lately?

China Glaze Bizarre Blurple is a three coater, and it's from last year's Halloween collection. I am kind of a sucker for Halloween... ;D

 You can tell how much I like a polish by how many photos there are... It has a gorgeous indigo shift. Another beetle colour! xD

Did you guys get this last year? Are you seeing anything you like this year?

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

NCC#3 Techniques: Striping tape!

Ahhh I have a love/hate relationship with striping tape, which is mostly doused in frustration. But the stuff is just so cheap for so much of it, I can't not use it once in a while! So today, I swallow my disdain and I bring you an idea that actually turned out alright.

My original inspiration... I was thinking of dragons for some reason.

I started with Fingerpaints Avant Garde Green, obvs (what other colour would be perfect for dragons??) and then started placing and snipping. I did one thumb first, so I could see how it came out.

It totally worked though, so I moved on.

And I'm including this to prove I did BOTH HANDS :D

Oh! I never told you what I planned to put on top. Remember crackle topcoats? ;D I'm bringing it back! IT LOOKS AWESOME. I used Julep Glinda, from last year's Halloween box (or October box, who knows) and it looks pretty sweet... Enough of that, just look.

(I topped it with my increasingly gloopy Seche)

:DDDD So, not quite dragons, it definitely makes me think of SLYTHERIN :D  That's totes alright with me because Slytherin's are badass and I have before been sorted into that house, where I'm sure I would be absolutely happy because we/they are the aforementioned badass.

So there you have it! I promise my last technique will be one I have NEVER done before, so keep coming back!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Swatch: Fingerpaints Avant Garde Green

Ahhhh another from Nails for the Sake of Sanity's massive box from way back when!

Today it's a gorgeous green shimmer that MIGHT be a duochrome, but it's just so shiny I can't tell.

Unfortunately it also took like four coats because it was quite thin, but look at these results. Damn!

YAAAY DARK GREEN. And it's so shiny. Like BEETLES. Which is a good thing, despite my actual reaction to actual beetles.

Squee! Thank you, Kelly! <3

Monday, September 23, 2013

Swatch: Marcia Code 9605

A duochrome, a duochrome! With all these multichromes floating around everywhere I thought this was gonna put me in the mood! Marcia 9605 is yet another from and it is WAY PRETTY. It starts out a bit streaky but evens out on the second coat, and is opaque at that moment too :D

It's kind of a coppery colour with a rose shimmer and an olive green shift. On me, it's a pretty good nudey colour with a kick.

Look at that shift! I'm glad I was able to tweak my camera and lighting to see it. What's your favourite weird colour duochrome?

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Swatch: China Glaze It's A Trap-eze!

This polish. Everyone was so excited about it, and I got excited about it too, but every time I tried to use it it just wasn't that great. I figured it out though. The milky base means it'll lighten colours, so starting with a creme polish and only adding a couple coats will make the glitter layer nicely without looking messy.

I wasn't particularly attached to my Grimer nails, so I went over those =P It gives you a good idea of how opaque the milky base is, actually, because in two coats, the lines were gone. The main colour underneath is Skinfood VL005.

(The original plan was to put the glitter over, like garbage flowing through Grimer's body but it turned out to be too opaque for that. Now we know!)

Ta-daa! I like the finished product, it looks totally awesome, but yeah, I would never wear CG It's a Trap-eze on its own. It kind of sucks =P Did any of you pick this one up?

Thursday, September 19, 2013

The PokeNail Challenge 9: Poison

Poison is a weird type. It includes Pokemon you definitely forget are included in there (Bulbasaur is Grass/Poison, weird, right?) but the representative ones are ones I personally never wanted to use.

The best representation of poison is in the purples. I started with Skinfood VL005 and got inspired by Grimer!

I used a thin BPS brush and drew squiggly lines with Rainbow Honey Dusty Bot and then went over that again with Essence Break Through.

It's kind of terrible but it's not so bad =P The goal right now is to get through this challenge before the end of the year and join the other ladies in Gen 2 :D

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Swatch: Skinfood VL005

One of the things I really wanted from the swap with Elizabeth ( was the Skinfood with the adorable little milk bottle design. Man, this did not disappoint! The formula was PERFECT, it was opaque in one coat (I did two of course) and the bottle is so cute.

The colour is so perfect too. I am so boring, this is all I have to say about this. BUY SKINFOOD.