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Sunday, 16 February 2014

CND Paradise Collection


CND recently came out with a new collection of Shellac and Additives, having a limited budget I only picked up the additives and will get the Shellac at a later date.


The pack came with a free thumb pallete and mini spatula which are made from a lovely brushed metal (I just love anything with the CND logo on it)


From the top we have Sizzling Sands, a multicoloured white glitter, Tropic Sunrise, a bright yellow pigment, Island Heat, an orange golden hued pigment, Pink Lotus, a gorgeous pink pigment and last but not least Midnight Tide which is a shimmery blue pigment effect.


Below is Tropic Sunrise next to the Yellow additive


Here are some shots of Pink Lotus and Haute Pink



Then we have Midnight Tide with Cerulean Blue and Deep Blue for comparison (midnight tide is in the middle)



Sizzling Sand looks amazing over Black Pool and subtle over Cream Puff



Here's a macro shot of it in the container


Below we have Tropic Sunrise and Yellow with 2 other yellow pigments for comparison, all over Cream Puff



This is Island Heat with a neon orange pigment (Both over Cream Puff)



This is Pink Lotus with Haute Pink and 2 other shades of pink, all over Cream Puff.



And last I compared Midnight Tide to Deep Blue, Cerulean Blue (all over Cream Puff) and Blue Heaven (over Black Pool)


Here's a macro shot of Midnight Tide to show its shimmer




Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Happy New Years...some CND shellac, acrylic & nail art

It's been too long since I posted, I've given up apologising as I guess I'll just post as and when I have the time, hope no one minds :-)

This post will mainly be pictures to be honest, I'll write details if I can remember them.

The nails below were for my birthday/holiday. I attempted a 3d flower which worked out...okay. I used Frosted Glen CND shellac, which is one of my all time favourite colours. I went for simple black and white on my toes, I think the design is meant to be like the inside of a shell, I had these on forever, haha.



 I kept my nails this shape and length for a while and just changed the design, below are my attempt at a "glam turtle"




And these purple ones I did to match a dress for a Christening, they took about 5 hours as I didn't have a clue what I was doing. The owls were stamped on and dotted with colour, the roses were hand made decals. These were one of my favourites from the year.




I also learnt some fiddly stuff in college, 3D roses, gems and twirls made using acrylic (liquid & powder)




I did quite a lot of different nails over Halloween but the orange and black were the ones I liked the most, done with polish for a change. I also customised a skeleton hand bracelet for my Halloween costume, I used acrylic, various glitter and rhinestones.



I also won a competition and got some Irresistible glitters which are amazing, I did a super glitter pink leopard print design (using CND shellac)




I played some more with foils, I did my mums nails (using CND shellac) and then loved them so much I copied them using Vinylux and foil adhesive.




I learnt to make jewellery with polish and CND shellac from a fellow nail technician




And some of my college work was put into a Calender to help make money for a local charity




These were my Christmas nails, I went for classic red and gold, using CND shellac, glitter and some stamping to finish off.




And last but not least my New Years nails, I will end the year with my favourite shape and colours. Hope everyone has had a good year x







Saturday, 21 September 2013

Short Nails for Autumn (CND Vinylux and MoYou London Stamping)


I have trimmed my lovely long nails off for college (sad times) and I'm missing them so much already. I feel like my fingers look all short, lol.
So, I decided to treat myself to a nice shiny mani for the few days I'm allowed to wear it. I went to my trusty Vinylux polish, Gilded Pleasure, as it dries so quickly I don't have enough time to smudge it. I sprinkled on some Irresistible Glitter (Chameleon Iridescent) and topcoated 3 times to get it smooth.
I love this glitter as it changes depending on what colour the base polish is.
I then stamped over it with MoYou's Pro Collection 05 Plate using 17 Silver Holo Polish to give the spider web a shimmery/silvery appearance and topcoated again.





Friday, 20 September 2013

Competition!


I've entered my first proper nail art competition on Nail World (Facebook) which runs till the 10th of October, if any of you lovely readers get the chance, could you go and go vote

Nail World

If you click on the link above, my image should pop up and you can just click "like"

Thank you all so much.



Thursday, 12 September 2013

Quick Post: More Moyou Mani's and Neon Shellac



This is just a little post, mainly some images, showing what I've been up to since I last blogged. I'm back at college now so hopefully I'll have more advanced nail art coming up over the next year.


I stamped over Enchanted Polish - Time To Pretend with Barry M Lilac Foil using MoYou Londons Princess Collection 02 plate.


The image above I did not long after I got the Suki Collection 01 plate from MoYou London, I used CND Vinylux in Bicycle Yellow, Electric Orange and Decadence to do the gradient and topped with Pure Ice - Heartbreaker to smooth it out. I added a few dots of colour here and there so the stamping wasn't just solid black, this was inspired by Diana from http://dutch-diana.blogspot.co.uk/


This was created with lots of stamping, dotting, freehand and handmade decals. I used MoYou London plates; Rebel Collection 03 and Back to the 90's 01. The red I used was A-England - Perceval, the green was an unnamed one.



The heart tips and cutouts were just a play around for me, practicing gradients and also doing the cutout technique for the first time, I actually found it to be really awkward, my brush didn't want to remove the polish cleanly. I think I need a more sturdy brush for this in future. This was done with the same vinylux colours as the second image.


Last but not least, a lovely nail tech from Belgium sent me some neon pigments to try out. I've got a set of 6 I purchased from ebay which look great in the tub and mix nicely with gel and acrylic but look pastel when burnished into shellac. These stay super bright and glow amazingly under UV lights. This is the green and pink over Cream Puff Shellac.

Thursday, 5 September 2013

Enchanted Polish: Time To Pretend

I finally managed to nab myself one of the beautiful polishes by Enchanted Polish I ordered it from LLarowe (who is no longer a stockist for Enchanted Polish, oh well)

I ended up getting Time To Pretend from the collection of the same name, as Kids (the one I originally wanted) sold out before I could even get the page to load, restocks are so much fun :-S

Time To Pretend is a blue-purple (blurple if you will) holographic duochrome which has a gorgeous coppery-maroon-pinkish colour shift. The polish was easy to apply and covered completely in 2 coats, it dried quickly on my nails but they have gel and shellac on underneath which tends to speed up drying time.

The packaging is amazing as well, the box as you can see has holographic lettering on it and the bottle is a good size (16.5ml), so even though it seemed a little pricey, it's more than worth it for the quality of the polish and packaging as well.



















The pictures where either taken in the sunshine, with a flash or normal lighting but the polish looks completely different in each light, its definitely a new favourite. I didn't use any topcoat as I was in a hurry, from pictures I've seen it doesn't dull the holographic effect so I will add some when I get the chance. Hopefully I'll be able to buy some more Enchanted Polish soon.

Check out my give-away :-)

Edit: Here's a picture with topcoat added, it did not take away the holo at all, in fact, I think it enhanced it