Tuesday, February 11, 2014

I'm still alive

Just lazy is all.  So here's a whopping post for ya.















This is Vinylux in Masquerade with an accent nail in OPI Designer...De Better.

















This one is OPI Gelcolor in Lincoln Park After Dark with Shellac Haute Pink Additive scrubbed in and a water decal on the accent nail.  I hated wearing this for some reason.














This is an ugly xmas sweater manicure done in Shellac Red Baroness with konad stamping.
















This is a gel rockstar with Martha Stewart glitter (blue), holo glitter and OPI Gelcolor Kyoto Pearl with konad stamping.















This is Shellac Cream Puff with Ice Vapor on top and a holographic glitter accent nail.
















This is Gelish Night Reflection with OPI Gelcolor All Sparkly and Gold (Mariah Carey) accents. I stamped 2014 (barely visible) on them in an antique gold random polish.















I wanted to try and create a 'dragon scale' manicure and ended up failing miserably.  I started with 2 coats of Shellac Pretty Poison, then I took some garlic netting, placed it on the nail and brushed on random spots of gold, brown and black mineral shadows.  I topped it off with Gelish Matte coat and you could barely see the effect.
















It was somewhat better with a proper top coat but still a fail since you really couldn't see the design unless you looked closely.

And this is the point at which my old blackberry (camera) died so I missed a whole shitload of manicure photos but did take a random few on my crappy phone:
















I've been having a lot of trouble keeping my nails from splitting/breaking and decided it was time to change the shape so I started working on growing them almond shaped.  This is Vinylux Gotcha.















This is Shellac Lilac Longing with Iced Coral on top along with zipper water decals and Gelish Seafoam zipper accents.
















And here I am rocking the almonds in OPI Do you lilac it? with OPI Designer...De Better accent.  I am testing out the Vinylux Top Coat on different polishes.
















I didn't enjoy the round shaped nails I tried awhile back but I am seriously loving the almond shape.  I may just keep them like this.

Sorry I still won't be posting regularly but I will pop in every once in awhile!

Later
P

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Simple nail art



















This is 2 coats of OPI Gelcolor Wooden Shoes Like to Know.  I added a fade with Additivies - Blush Bronze and Burning Ember, then dotted OPI Topcoat, cured and wiped with alcohol. The effect was very subtle.

















The first time I tried this effect I used Gelish Structure Gel and it turned out great but had a pretty bumpy finish.  So I tried using Topcoat this time but I find that the dots ended up running together in some places.  So I will definitely not use Topcoat again.

















I felt my nails were yellowing slightly since I wore regular polish for a couple of weeks and decided to go with something light for a change.  This is 2 coats of Shellac Cake Pop and some water decals.  I put the decals over the 'finished' gel manicure and then top coated with Seche Vite.  I didn't think I'd want to wear this for the full two weeks and I was right....


















I ended up removing the decals and stamped with one of my new Bundle Monster plates using China Glaze Cranberry Splash which I also used to paint an accent.  Definitely my favorite red ever!

Later
P

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

More water decals

I seriously love these things!  So easy to use and they look amazing.
















This is two coats of Vinylux Lilac Longing with daisy water decals.

















The decals come about 20 to a sheet and they have slight variances in the designs.  My order was for 100 sheets in about 15 different designs for 20 cents each!  The zippers were 50 cents each but still a bargain.  It's a cheap way to upgrade nail services and it's fun at the same time.

Later
P

Friday, November 15, 2013

Zippers

So my order of zipper water decals is quickly depleting.  Everybody wants them!
















I wore a few on myself and got TONS of compliments on them.  I even had the girls at the local beauty supply order some from me!  This is Gelish Garden Teal Party with Shellac Ice Vapor on the accent nail.
















This is Gelish Night Reflection with Shellac Lilac Longing on the accent nail.  If I'd known these were going to go over so well I would have tripled my order.  Now I have to wait another 3-4 weeks to get more from China.

They are pretty fun though.

Later
P

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

FFS

So being too busy and lazy to re-do my soak off, I've been wearing a lot of regular nail polish.  So guess what happened?  I broke a friggen nail of course!















So I'm sporting one acrylic nail now - the middle one obviously.  I don't even remember the last time I broke a nail this badly.
















Funny how it looks completely different under different lighting.  Anyways after I fixed my broken nail with acrylic I painted a fresh soak off manicure.  This is Entity One - Test Shot with CND addititive Haute Pink scrubbed into the bottom half and then the accent nail is OPI Gelcolor Pompeii Purple topped with Akzentz Aurora Pink Sparkle.  Not really a great colour combo so I ended up painting over them all (except the ring finger) with regular black polish but didn't take a photo.
















This is similar to one I've done before.  It's Gelish Seafoam but with one of the new holiday additives - Plum Love scrubbed into the tips.
















And I added a little water decal accent again.

Simple, just the way I like it.

Later
P