May 17, 2014

Steampunk Warehouse

Today I did a bit of steampunking.  I started with a base of Picture Polish Warehouse and BarryM Gold Foil Effects.
Stamped with the new Messy Mansion MM43 plate in black, gold and copper, and added some watch parts.
The largest watch part was too reflective on it's own so I stamped over it.
This is of course totally impractical but it was fun to do and lasted surprisingly well.  I don't think it's something I'm brave enough to wear while cooking, cleaning or washing my hair.

May 8, 2014

Lilypad Lacquer A Balt Out Of The Blue

Lilypad Lacquer A Balt Out Of The Blue is blue holo perfection!  It's smooth, rich and has just the right amount of scattered holo that doesn't dull the blue. 
It applies perfectly.  This is two coats with top coat.  It's almost a TARDIS blue :)
The holo is visible indoors but the rainbows really come out to play in the sun.
I was worried the colour was so rich that it would stain but I had no staining with Orly Bonder as my base coat.
I love our Aussie indies :)

May 7, 2014

Chipped nails

I painted my nails last night and for the first time in ages I left it on.  My stubby broken middle nail is starting to catch up so it doesn't look too weird.  Soon I'll be able to file a few mm of the rest and they should all match again :)

I've been wanting to try the Moyou Sci-fi 05 plate for a while now.  I wanted a classic gold on green circuit board look with a twist.  So I used Serum No5 Twilight Sparks as the base colour, it glows in the dark :)  I was so keen to stamp I didn't get any photos of Twilight Sparks first and I haven't tried a shot in the dark yet but it glows green.
The stamping polish is a Mundo de Uñas gold. Unfortunately with the gold shimmer in the base colour the stamping didn't stand out as much as I wanted.
Twilight Sparks dries to a slightly rough matte finish but a top coat really brings out the shimmer.

My husband said I chipped my nails.  I think he was being punny :P

May 6, 2014

Neon eggs

Here's a little something I did for Easter.
I started with Joss Not That Shy.  A beautiful smooth neon pink that's so bright it's hard to photograph.
Added lots of dots.
This was a mix of Picture Polish, Ulta3 and Lime Crime colours.  I know it doesn't show in the photos but those are mostly neon colours.
Finished with some black stamping from Messy Mansion MM08 on my first two nails and hand drawn details on the other nails.
Then I outlined them all in black and finished with a coat of Picture Polish G'day Matte.
The neon pink Joss colour glows under UV but it will stain without a good base coat.

May 5, 2014

Stamping photo spam

More random photo spam.  This time it's stamping practice.
Lilypad Lacquer Peita's Potion
stamped with Mundo de Uñas stamping polish and Pueen plate 30 and Moyou Rebel 03.
Picture Polish Aurora over purple
stamped with Mundo de Uñas stamping polish and Messy Mansion plate MM21
and Picture Polish Gravity, Illusionist and Solar Flare added to random scales.
Lilypad Lacquer Rebel at Heart
stamped with Mundo de Uñas stamping polish and Messy Mansion plate MM20.
Just a test of the MJ12 plate with Mundo de Uñas stamping polish.
Joss High Expectations
stamped with Mundo de Uñas stamping polish and Moyou Pro 06.  This was to test different top coats to see which would/wouldn't smudge stamping.  The stamping survived but the dots of different polishes all smudged so there was no clear winner.
Zoya Suvi
with Mundo de Uñas stamping polish, a mix of different plates
and Ulta3 Luck of the Irish.

Sunday photo spam.

I am itching to do something creative on my nails tonight but I can't so I'm trying to satisfy my creative urges by going back through my photos from the last few months and finally blogging them.   Most of these I've already shared on Instagram or Facebook but I didn't think they were good enough for a full blog post of their own so now they get to be part of a series of photo spam posts. 
I've been nursing a bad break for a while.  My middle fingernail broke, way down on my nail bed, and I've been patching it until I could grow it out to cut off.  Which means my middle nail has been mismatched, often shorter than the others and often thick and wide depending on how well I patched it with silk and gel.  Each time I removed my polish I had to re-repair my nail so I am finally relieved it has grown out.  It was also a bit painful for a while there.  Unfortunately my nails still don't look good.  I've cut my other nails down as short as I can but they still aren't as short as my middle (no)nail.  I've painted my nails twice tonight and just taken it off each time because it just looks wrong :(  Add to that a badly torn cuticle and burnt knuckles and I'm feeling quite sorry for myself and my poor naked, stained, mismatched nubs.
Cue the photo therapy...
A feather mani that glows in the dark with Polish Addicts Sandcastles.
Joss Duotone Pink Sparkle over black.
Zoya Gwin.
Creeper nails for Minecraft Camp.  Two different green Mundo de Uñas stamping polishes over Illamasqua Omen.  The bass colour is UV reactive.
Zoya Beatrix.
Then over Zoya Beatrix I stamped a tiger pattern. Of course I lost the lovely PixieDust texture when I top coated my stamping.
The colour and stripes were inspired by my ginger boy Data
and the eyes are from Spock.
Ok I think that will do for tonight. More photos tomorrow :)
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