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

Friday, May 20, 2016

Fairy Dust Powder and Swarovski Crystals over Emily de Molly Not This Day

I am not buying too much indies lately, as I am focusing more on nail art, rather than polish.  However, I was browsing the EdM website and came across Not This Day, and instantly fell in love.  Little did I know that it was going to be such a magical polish by itself, and for my layering experiments.

My friend Robyn recently discovered this nice online shop called Ocean Nail Supply on IG.  They sell tons of crystals.  They also had this thing called fairy dust, which to me, is the new 230.  The 'unicorn powder' for gel nail nail polish.

I stalked their website until I found it and pulled the trigger on some Swarovski crystals as well.  They shipped fast, and I was happy with what I got.  I watched a couple of videos online, and even went to a salon that uses this powder to get a pedi, to make sure that I got the technique down, and it is really easy to use.

It gives the nails an iridescent and duochrome look that is out of this world, which I have yet to see it in "regular" polish.  This loose shimmer actually melts in the presence of "regular" topcoat, sadly.  This is more noticeable over cremes, which I did not use here, but I plan to do a follow up post.  Loved this mani and wore it for 3 days.

Layering Order:
Gucci Basecoat
2 coats Emily de Molly Not This Day
Seche Vite Topcoat (let dry 4 hours)
Starpro Universal Topcoat
Fairy Dust (over tacky layer)
Starpro Universal Topcoat
Swarovski Crystals adhered with Brush on Resin (also from Ocean Nail Supply)

Bonus Pictures - Emily de Molly Not This Day by itself

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Painted Polish Garland Gold

I rarely wear yellow, but this past week has been so gloomy here, that I felt like this could bring sunshine to my nails.  Luckily, I caught the 5 minutes of sun that we had, and I was able to take these pics.  This not-really-gold yellow glitter is very unique, I don't think I have ever seen anything like it; and I have seen a lot!  Much like Holo Wasted, this was sparse, so it is better if layered over a similar color.

Layering Order:
Gucci Basecoat
1 coat Nfu Oh JS19
1 coat Sephora Formula X Highlighter
Seche Vite Topcoat
2 coats Painted Polish by Lexi Garland Gold
1 coat Poshe Fast Drying Basecoat
Seche Vite Topcoat

Bonus Pictures - Sephora Formula X Highlighter by itself

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Stripe-y Gel Mani

This is my first time wearing all gel.  I have been experimenting with gel polish, combined with NPB peel-off Basecoat and "regular" nail polish.  I do not like the removal of these, so I try to stay away.  Moreover, I love changing my mani every day if I can or every other day, so there is no need to wear gels.

These were all hand me downs from my friend K.  I love the way they look together, because they compliment each other.  The good thing is that the China Glaze Gelaze colors are the gel counterparts of "regular" China Glaze colors, so it is easy to recreate this look without reaching out for the gel versions.

From doing this mani, I have learned that nail art with gels is challenging, to say the least.  Any mistake will stay.  After you cure, you cannot fix anything with a brush and remover, as you would with "regular" polish.  I also think that it would be better to add a coat of topcoat to make the tape or stencil stay, and then proceed with the layers of color.  The stencils tend to want to 'unstick' from gels.

Side note: the topcoat that I'm holding in the pictures is great, and currently on-sale at cosmoprof.  If you like gels, give this one a try.

Layering Order:
Gelish Vitagel Nail Strengthener Basecoat
China Glaze Gelaze Secret Peri-wink-le
China Glaze Gelaze Below Deck
Fuse E-motion
ASP Studio 54 (index only)
Holographic Stripping tape 1mm and 3mm
Starpro Universal Topcoat

Monday, May 16, 2016

Random pics from my phone (5)

For those who like randomness.  Click here for the the 1st edition, here for the 2nd, here for the 3rd and here for the 4th!