Monday, December 5, 2016

cupcake nails

I am randomly posting old swatches here because I'm currently wearing and enjoying my mani.  I hadn't gotten my nails professionally done by anyone in over 8 years.  I posted those recently on IG.

Long story short, my computer broke, and I couldn't blog for a while.  Health issues also; I am getting a surgery at the beginning of next year, so that would be taken care of soon.  Then my camera broke.  Luckily,  I went to Samy's Camera, and they found the culprit.  They're awesome BTW, if you have them in your area, check it out.  Well, then the holidays came too so things got bit hectic.  Woo hoo!  I love the holidays <3

I did this using stencils over an Uber Chic mat.  I have to say, this was not as easy as those tutorials make it out to be.  I screwed up a couple of sets before I got it right.  I learned that you have to set the stencil, add a non-sheer (1-coater preferred) polish, and remove it fast, before it dries.  Working with different colors was a challenge, because you have to have all the bottles opened at some point.

Ok, then picking up the design after it dries and placing it on the nail can be tricky as well.  After it is set, it might have some rough edges that will show up over cremes (like a cheap sticker would), and are not easy to hide with the topcoat.  That is why I added flakes to this mani.  All in all, this has a learning curve.  I had to re-do one of my nails, because I tried to set the cupcake on the wet polish and is made a dent.  This sounds like common sense now that I'm typing it (haha) but the base color must be dry before adding the design.






Layering Order:
Gucci Basecoat
2 coats OPI Funny Bunny
2 coats Dance Legend 603
Various polishes used for the cupcakes (such as Tonic Polish Light of Lyra and Alexandria's Genesis)
Seiche Vite Topcoat

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Orange and Grey with Flower Accent

This is a good idea for a Thanksgiving mani.  The grey and orange say Fall, and the flowers look festive.  Thanksgiving manis are tricky to me.  I'm never sure what to draw.






Layering Order:
L'oreal Mango Mamma
2 coats Barielle My City Apartment (ring only)
dot or round glitters for the flowers
Seiche Vite Topcoat

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Sephora Formula X Spectrum

This is a great red for Fall, and also for going into Winter., holidays, etc.  I am saddened that the liquid crystals (this collex) is being discontinued.  I just realized it now, because I was looking for the name of this polish (too lazy to go get the actual bottle, ha!).  Actually, most of the cool colors are at $5, and I doubt they are coming back.  I think the focus is on lips now.  The big stores are depleted of their polish items, while the lipsticks are everywhere and in every color range and finish.  I like the new 'lip stuff', but honestly, it is sort of frustrating for a polish junkie like me :/






Layering Order:
Gucci Basecoat
2 coats Sephora Formula X Spectrum
Seiche Vite Topcoat

Monday, October 24, 2016

Peeking black kitties

This is one of the manis that I have been cooking up for Halloween.  I started out with stencils on bare nails, and then it kind of took it's course.  I wore it for a couple of days and got many compliments on it.  This type of design makes the nails look longer.  I finally got a computer up and running and I learned how to crop the pics.  Now all I need is the time to blog more.






Layering Order:
Gucci Basecoat
2 coats Guerlain Black Perfecto
Orange small hex glitter (pun intended ^.^)
Purple stars
2 coats Poshe Fast Drying Basecoat
Seiche Vite Topcoat

Friday, July 1, 2016

Purple French with Purple Cellophane

This is the type of cellophane that is used for shattered glass finish.  I figured I cut it thicker and do something different.  I had to add a bit of nail glue to the sides of each nail, because I could see this peeling within the hour.  It lasted a day, which is not bad, since this was not gel polish, and I only used 1 coat of topcoat to seal it.






Layering Order:
Gucci Basecoat
2 coats Femme Fatale Time Lapse
2 coats Celestial Cosmetics Celestial Dream (tips only)
Purple Cellophane Paper
Nail glue
OPI DS Topcoat

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Vapid Spellcaster

This is an interesting one.  A friend sent it to me, as it is a group exclusive.  It reminded me of CbL March to a Different Beat, but this one has a more prominent pink shimmer and green flash.  The formula was ok, but some of the flakies were sticking up.  This is pretty, but I think that Dollish Polish Toxic Avenger is superior.






Layering Order:
Gucci Basecoat
2 coats Vapid Spellcaster
OPI DS Topcoat

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

New China Glaze Toppers

As promised last week, here are the swatches for the 2 toppers that I got at PHAMexpo.  Where I live, it has been cloudy for 2 solid months.  In fact, the first swatches are almost all in the shade.  That is why I have not been blogging regularly.  Lately, I have been in a blue mood because of this weather, and my manis below are proof of that.  Sadly, both of these blues are stainers, but the stains are temporary.

I think that both of these toppers are must have for purple lovers, as they both have sheer matte purple hexagons.  They are absolutely adorable, and I have not seen anything like it before.  They provide great glitter coverage with only 1 coat, even though the clear base is not gooey or thick.  My pictures don't do the justice.






Layering Order:
Gucci Basecoat
2 coats Illamasqua Noble
1 coat oat China Glaze Point Me to the Party
Poshe Fast Drying Basecoat
Seche Vite Topcoat

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Layering Order:
Gucci Basecoat
2 coats Glittering Elements Electric Dreams
1 coat Glitter Gal Galaxy Holo Topcoat
1 coat oat China Glaze Moonlight the Night
Poshe Fast Drying Basecoat
Seche Vite Topcoat

Bonus Pictures - Glittering Elements Electric Dreams by itself