Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Gel fun

Here I've started with 2 coats of Shellac Lilac Longing on pinkie and index.  2 coats of Shellac Silver Chrome on middle, and 2 coats of OPI Gelcolor Kyoto Pearl on ring and thumb.

On the tacky layer I've scrubbed holo glitter into the middle finger and scrubbed  a purple and blue fade into the ring finger with additives/loose eyeshadow.

Before I cured I dotted Gelish Structure Gel on the ring finger thumb and Top coated the rest, then cured as normal.

After curing I wiped them all off with Isopropyl Alcohol to reveal the dotting pattern I made.  The alcohol completely removes any powder that wasn't covered in cured gel...pretty cool eh?  Anyways, after curing I top coated the whole manicure again to finish it off.  I have a ton of ideas using this method now and can't wait to try them.


Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Playing with additives

The last trip we recently took to the US, we went to Buffalo.  We typically go to Port Huron, Michigan but we had to drop someone off at the airport in Buffalo this time.  We've found that Buffalo shopping sucks other than the fact that they have a Chipotle!

This trip was no exception.  I purchased the OPI Gelcolor Matte Topcoat and when I got home found it was hardened and unusable.  But fortunately I begged the girls at Cosmoprof in Canada to let me exchange it for this - OPI Gelcolor Wooden Shoes Like to Know.  I'm curious...does the rnp version of this drop the 's' because that's just weird?  Anyways, I thought this was a creme finish but it actually has a subtle shimmer.

I also picked up the Forbidden Additive Collection in the US and decided to try out Burning Ember over some striping tape.

I probably could have done a better clean up job here but eh whatever.  There's just something a little off about this colour combo for me.  I'm not sure why, but I seem to have a really hard time coordinating colours, it frustrates me.

Also when I got home from this US trip I noticed that one of my shirts still had the friggen ink security tag left on it!  How annoying is that?  Now I have to track down a store here that can remove it for me without damaging the shirt!  You know I learned a long time ago to always twist open nail polish bottles in the store before I buy them since I've been burned before.  I have no idea why I didn't do it this time.  I need to start being extra careful of things I buy in the US because it's not so easy to return!

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Pink overload

I've been too busy to re-do my gel lately so I went with regular polish for a few days.  Vinylux again.  It still doesn't work well for me but since I purchased about 10 of them I might as well use them, right?  This is Tutti Fruitti and Gotcha as an accent.

I wanted to practice my acrylics on the Princess but she came to me with such nice nails I decided to do the 'make it look fake' nails on her instead.  I squared them off a bit and did a glitter french.

I used Gelish Gossip Girl on her tips and scrubbed in some raspberry holographic glitter.

I also embedded a fimo slice on each accent nail.

And then the little Countess wanted some pink stamping but couldn't decide between hearts or stars so we did both!  I used Kleancolor Metallic Pink to stamp.


Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Just a little bling

That's all she asked for...just a little bling accent.

This is IBD Just Gel in Dolomite which is a rich dark brown with a glittery finish that just doesn't show in photos.

It's also one of my favourite gel polish colours in my collection even though I haven't worn it yet.  This Client loves it too since it's the second time she's worn it!  On her accent nails I scrubbed in some light gold Martha Stewart glitter.  Love this combo.