Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Hotski to tchotchke and Ruby Ritz Shellac

I'm so full of cold, I haven't changed my nails since last week and I don't see me re-doing them in the near future, fortunately I love the colours and design so It's not all bad. I used 2 coats of Hotski to Tchotchke. On 2 of my fingers I mixed up some sparkly green glitter and some green iridescent bar glitter and pressed that in, I then stamped them with a hounds-tooth pattern from a bundle monster plate. On the other fingers I added a thin layer of Ruby Ritz which changed it to a lovely deep purple red glittery shade which looks amazing in person. 

This photo was taken a couple of days after I'd done them. The photos below are from today, a week after they'd been done. So you can see the green glitter better. Not much tip wear or a massive gap by my cuticle so I think I can get another week out of them easily :-)

Thursday, 10 January 2013

CND Shellac

I thought I would post a few of my shellac manicures as I really love the product. As I don't have the time to change my polish that much any more, I tend to use the shellac on myself a lot, as well as doing my friends and family. I only trained fairly recently so I feel like my application could improve.

I should probably add that I only use CND's Shellac as they created Shellac I feel the others on the market are cheap imitations and as I don't know how safe/hypo-allergenic they are I would not use them.

This was super pretty. 2 coats of Tutti Frutti with holographic pink glitter on the ring finger

I did something similar on my own fingers but added a coat of moonlight and roses over the Tutti Frutti to soften it a little.

This I did on my sisters nails, It was 2 coats of Hotski to Tchotchke (I have to keep checking the spelling on that one, lol) with a mix of green and blue glitter over all the nails. It was ridiculously shiny, the pictures don't do it justice.

And last but not least my New Years Eve nails. I used 1 coat of Hotski to Tchotchke and then brushed in as much green holographic glitter as I could and stamped on some leopard print. The looked amazing, I did not want to take it off but had to for college :-(

Tuesday, 8 January 2013

And now for something completely different

Ahhh, it's been so long since I made a post. Since I started college I haven't been painting my nails nearly as much as I used too but that's no excuse. I recently trained with CND to use Shellac so when I do get the chance to do my own nails that's what I'm using and as its a "professional" use only product I didn't think it worth posting but I don't like my blog sitting idle. So I have decided to keep track of my course progress by posting pictures here, it'll be mainly mani/pedi's, shellac or liquid & powder (extensions). Hopefully this will encourage me to post more regularly :-) If not...I give up.

This was just practising a dark polish on one of the girls in my class, I couldn't resist adding fantasy fire (max factor) on top of the plain purple polish.

This was on my "client" (and best friend) I used 2 of my favourite polishes, Barry M Indigo and Barry M Prickly Pear. Prickly Pear is one of their Gelly range and is super shiny.

These are 5 of my nails for a calender shoot, I used mostly Bettina polishes as they are easy to work with.

I will put together a post with a few of my shellac manicures as I'm really loving doing them, especially with holographic glitter.