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


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

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Madam Glam Vivid Purple with Swarovski Crystals

These are huge for my nails.  Thankfully, when working with gels you can adjust and fill the gaps with topcoat.  Since my nails are curved, I had to do just that.  I did this for a special makeup event called PHAMexpo.  It was a lot of fun, and to my surprise, I found a lot of variety in the only nail polish booth that they had there.  It was China Glaze, and I will show you 2 magical toppers that I got next week.  The polishes were a steal, 8 for $20.

I should talk a bit about the polish.  This is my first Madam Glam.  My friend K has been telling me to try it.  I liked it, but since it is a jelly, it did shrink on me a little bit, even though I wrapped my tips, as I usually do with gels.  The color is vivid, as the name suggests, and the application was easy, although the brush is a bit big/wide for my taste.

Layering Order:
Gelish Vitagel Nail Strengthener Basecoat
2 coats Madam Glam Vivid Purple
1 coat Fuse Gelnamel gone fission
Rhombus shaped Swarovski Crystals
Starpro Universal Topcoat

Bonus Pictures - PHAMexpo haul

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Beige Gel Mani with Fuchsia Shattered Glass accent

As I mentioned yesterday, I have been experimenting with some nail art supplies that I purchased online.  This is the infamous fairy dust (which only works with gels, sadly) over a beige OPI creme.  The accent is just fuchsia cellophane with some butterfly stickers.  Tomorrow I will post the epic mani I did for PHAMexpo, using crystals.

Layering Order:
Gelish Vitagel Nail Strengthener Basecoat
2 coats OPI Gel Be There in a Proseco
Fairy Dust
Fuchsia Cellophane (I used Fiskars pinking shears to cut the triangles)
China Glaze Gelaze Topcoat

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Peach and silver foil mani

This was straight up inspired from Nail Swag's The Peaches N Cream Nail.  I love how she titles all of her creations.  I had been meaning to recreate that look since forever, I just didn't know that they made stripping tape this thick.  I got mine at Ocean Nail.  I have been having lots of fun with some crystals and other goodies that I bought from them.  Let's hope for more sunny days like this so that I can continue doing what I love: Blogging.

Layering Order:
Gucci Basecoat
2 coats NCLA Poolside Party
Nail guides from Vinyl Boutique
Silver foil 3mm stripping tape
Seche Vite Topcoat

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Mermaid Gradient

This started out as a jelly sandwich but ended up as a sponge mani.  Half way through it, I realized that blending light blue to teal and teal to black, as well as getting the flakies more dense, was going to require some sponging.  This was stunning in real life and my pictures do not do it justice.  I used up half of the tiny Pa bottle just on this mani, but the result was worth it.

Layering Order:
Gucci Basecoat
1 coat Rescue Beauty Lounge Bikini Bottom (base only)
1 coat Pa AA77 (middle stripe only)
1 coat Pa A112 (tips only)
1 coat Pa AA42
Sponged once Rescue Beauty Lounge Bikini Bottom, Pa AA77 and Pa A112
Sponged once Pa AA42
1 coat Poshe Fast Drying Basecoat
1 coat Nicole by OPI Nicole... Spotted!
2 coats Poshe Fast Drying Basecoat
Seche Vite Topcoat