Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Challenge: Stamping Over a Nude Base

Hello dear readers!

Last Sunday's challenge on FB group Adventures in Stamping was to do some stamping nail art on a nude base. I find this group very fun because it stimulates my creativity when I have no inspiration.

Well, here's what I came up with:
More details below....

The base color for this nail art was Palm Springs by American Apparel. Then I did some sponging using other lighter and darker nude tones to give more dimension to the background of my design.

For stamping polishes, I used:
-Sally Hansen Insta-Dri - Mint Sprint (leaves and foliage)
-Sally Hansen Insta-Dri - Presto Pink (Flowers)
-Sally Hansen Insta-Dri - Snappy Sorbet (Flowers on thumb)
-Pop Beauty - Thirty Seven Foggy (Light grey foliage)
-Nabi - Black (Feathers)
For designs, I used:
-XL R plate (Bird on thumb, flowers, big feathers)
-XL F plate (Small flowers, leaves on thumb)
-XL M plate (Big flowers and foliage on ring finger)
-QA23 (Vines on thumb and pinkie)
-A49 (Flowers and leaves on  index)
-m77 (Small feathers and flowers on pinkie)

Here's a detailed picture of what I did on my thumbnail using the stamping decal technique
*I will do a tutorial on this next week

 What do you think of this nail art?
Stay tuned for my tutorial on how to do a nail decal using a stamping design next Monday ;)

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Monday, August 26, 2013

American Apparel - Palm Springs

Hello dear readers!

I want to show you swatches of Palm Springs, a nail polish by American Apparel.

Palm springs is a peachy nude color with creme finish. The application was easy, though it was slightly streaky. The opacity of the formula made it easy to even it out by the second coat. The only thing I was not so happy about this nail polish was the drying time. It took longer even after applying Out the Door fast dry top coat.

Do you like the mannequin finish this type of nail polish color gives to nails?
Tomorrow This Wednesday, I'll show you the stamping nail art I did on top of this nail polish ;)
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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Tiger Print Nail Art

Hello dear readers!

This time I just did a simple tiger print on my nails... I'm not into animal prints... but I used a gold nail polish that was calling for something wild and I thought, why not?

I started with a nail polish by Icing called Golden Rule.
It is a gold color with foil finish and holographic micro glitter.
*You can see a 15 sec. video swatch of this nail polish here.

I stamped the tiger print with Kleancolor black using stamping plate QA25 
(Available for purchase in my online store)

As I said previously, looks a bit too wild for my taste especially on this nail lenght... Rawr!! But it's always good to try something different...

What do you think of this design? Too wild? :)
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Monday, August 12, 2013

Nail Art Remake: Ice Cream and Candy Nails & Tutorial

Hello dear readers!

This time I decided to do an improved version of a nail art from last year (see it here).

The nail art you see now was what I had in mind originally, but 1yr. ago, I was either too busy or too lazy to do all the steps...
(Tutorial for this nail art below)

1.Once your nails are prepped with a basecoat, start by applying 1 or 2 layers of white nail polish. 
This is only the base for the pastel colors to look nice & bright.

2. Apply lines or dots of different pastel colors onto waxed paper, plastic or aluminum foil.

3.Using a nail stamper press it on top of the nail colors, twisting slightly so that the colors mix up a little bit. You will see the colors transferring to the stamper and ready to apply on your nails.
*You can also paint the pastel color lines directly on your nails with your nail polish brush, whichever is easier for you.

4. Stamp the colors from the stamper onto each nail.(Or paint each color with a nail polish brush). Let it dry.
Don't worry if it doesn't look perfect, it doesn't have to be ;)
My nails look like Easter eggs :D

5. Apply one coat of white crackle nail polish and let it dry to get the cracking effect. Apply clear topcoat to smooth out the nail surface and let dry.

6. I used Konad's Q1 stamping plate and stamped the candy designs on my nails using Kleancolor black. You can use any other stamp plate design of your choice.
*There are other options for this nail art such as applying nail art stickers or by drawing freehand designs on your nails ;)

I hope you like this nail art tutorial and that it can be useful to you ;)

Which version do you like better? Last year's or this one?
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Thursday, August 1, 2013

Beauty Berry - Thermal Nail Polish by Cameo Colours Lacquers

Hello dear readers!

I want to show you some swatches from Beauty Berry a thermal nail polish by Cameo Colours Lacquers. It is part of its thermolinear collection which means it changes colors with temperature and also has a linear holographic effect. (Click here to see swatches of another thermolinear color I posted previously).

Here you can see the beauty of this nail polish at regular temperature.

When cold, the nail polish turns completely purple.

Then, it turns pink with warm temperature.

Overall, this nail polish applies nicely and is pigmented. I'm very happy with the quality this brand offers. Holographic and thermal are two types of nail polish that I love and this is such a perfect combination.
For info on where to buy this nail polish you can go to Cameo Colours FB

 *This nail polish was purchased by me. The opinion expressed of this product is solely my own.

Do you like this thermal color combo?
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