Friday, 28 October 2011
Thursday, 27 October 2011
Shall be using colours B6 (goldy-brown), F0 (lilac) and F3 (mid-purple) for this (click on pic on left for bigger colour reference dooberry).
Started off with some of the lovely Two-Face Shadow Insurance primer and a base of NYX Jumbo Stick in Milk. B6 (goldy-brown) was applied in the inner eyelid, then F0 (lilac) got patted onto the centre of the eyelid. F3 (mid-purple) went onto the outer lid and crease, and was blended in with the B6 (goldy-brown) with some more F0 (lilac). Could have done a better job of the blending really, looks a bit messy but it was early. I'm not an early person.
This is a colour-combo that normally wouldn't have been worn but will be again.
Wednesday, 26 October 2011
This polish does not come with a name or a number, and is therefore going to be called Claire's Metallic Purple, because I'm quite sure that's what it said on the receipt (but this was back in June so I could be wrong. Regardless of wrongness, it will be called Claire's Metallic Purple). Two coats of this polish did the trick and I decided Konad it almost immediately.
I was a bit, errrr, out of practise, and the pattern kept sticking to the stamper because I over-filed it and was too lazy to go over it again with a buffer to smooth it out (plus I'm not sure where it is).
Bundlemonster plate BM 216; here I did the tips (in black, natch) on the majority of the fingers, then applied the design sideways on the accent finger. Looked good but was missing something. I resisted the temptation to chuck yet another skull on there and went for a devestatingly original flower from GCOCL plate A01. Did this in Stargazer Chrome Gold 237 and was actually a bit disappointed in the result. The Stargazer Chromes really pop out when used as a stamping polish, but not this one, it was a bit poxy. Finished it off with some NYX Girls 151 (doesn't appear to have a name, it's a purple glitter) and then I went off to find new and interesting ways to trash this mani.
Tuesday, 25 October 2011
So, yes, 100 colours for someone who fears teh colour upon their eyes. I've set myself the personal challenge of using every single colour on the palette -- I've done a spreadsheet and everything, and, as the colours aren't named or owt, I've given them numbers and letters, as you can see above.
Starting the challenge with two colours that I would never, ever wear in a million, gazillion years -- shimmery yellow and red. Or, in this case, B1 and G9 (with a bit of A0 at the brow-bone but you can't see that)
Both colours were applied wet over some Two-Faced Shadow Insurance primer and they came out pretty bright. They've been on all day and I've yet to take it off so I must like it. Yeeeeaaaah ... I'm kinda liking the red. And the yellow, actually, despite it all feeling a little Karma-Karma-Karma-Karma Karma Chameleon (red, gold no green).
Sunday, 23 October 2011
Not sure why the colour has a bit of a magenta tinge to it there -- it certainly didn't in this photo taken earlier this year. Ho hum. Anyway, I like this polish, it applies well despite the horrible awkwardness of the lid, coverage is pretty sound after three coats. Can't moan about this polish really, tis a shame I don't know the name and can't purchase any more (they stock none in the shops round these parts).
I got these cute skull cherry nail decals and wanted to give them a go. The BYS Mystery White Polish got a coat of some eBay red glitter (the stuff that comes in those funny faux Nfu.Oh bottles) and I hoped it would last.
It didn't. Here is my standard 'lets make this ruined polish-job last a bit longer cos it's only going to get spoilt again when it gets redone' repair job. Yeah, crackle. Covers up a multitude of sins though. Should probably add that there was further ruination and there should have been a picture of the tips covered with some black polish but I've killed another memory card.
Thursday, 20 October 2011
I have my father's eyes and every time I see a pic of my eye I feel like I'm about to be admonished for something. My father wouldn't look good in glitter, incidentally, now I'm thinking about him, all glittered up and wearing an Italian suit and it's all :D
this Beauty UK palette. I haven't really worn green on my eyes before -- it took me long enough to start liking it on my nails -- but it's on, and it's likeable. Very likeable, in fact. Yeah, getting a bigger jar of Dokkalfar for sure. Wish the sparkle would show up more in the photos, it's brilliant in real-life to the extent that I felt the need to flutter the eyelids at the husband every three seconds. Well in.
Wednesday, 19 October 2011
This is what colour it was:
Lasting Fix, my arse
I was not impressed with the wear on the so-called Lasting Fix, and smothered it with Boots 17 Black and Gold Crackle.
Oh. This didn't come out how I'd originally hoped
Monday, 17 October 2011
"Anyway, one of the things that I've been doing to keep my hands occupied is doing my nails, because I like colouring things in, the smell of nail varnish, as well as dodgy finger bling. I appear to be going a bit girlie with my midlife crisis, dunno WTF is going on. I'll be going bonkers over eyeshadows next"
And it has happened -- nail polish has turned out to be a bit of a gateway drug and I've gone a bit bonkers about eyeshadow. I'm also going to work on getting rid of my irrational fear of colour around the eyes, cos I mainly wear black or brown or BOTH, so until then have some Madd Style Cosmetics Glitter Bitches.
Glitter Bitches (left) is black with wonderous amounts of pink glitter and I like it very much -- very smooth to apply, doesn't make my eyes fat or itchy and it looks bloody gorgeous. I applied it wet over some primer and it looks spanking enough. Also used a bit of the light pink in this Beauty UK palette as well, and it didn't look ridiculous, so we went out for a coffee. Very nice it was, too.
Thursday, 13 October 2011
Maybe some holographic polish would turn that frown upside down.
Nah, not really. Well, how about a Konad job with some Spectraflaired polish and plate BM201.
Hmmmm, well, no, still :( Sulky cow.
Tuesday, 20 September 2011
Decided on a boring French manicure as I thought I needed a break from all the pretty colours. Started off with two coats of Elf Innocent, which is remarkably sheer but managed to hide the stains quite well. Unfortunately, it also made my nail tips look orange and streaky, like they'd been covered in some awful 80s fake tan, so I've not included any pics of it on its own.
Tips were done in China Glaze The Ten Man, then Sinful Colors Pearl Harbor (blue glitter). It looked rather spanking, actually.
Saturday, 10 September 2011
My associate and I have been spending a fair bit of time lately making plugs (or gauges, as some of you like to call them), and it hasn't done my nails a lot of good :( They look minging and paint-stained, and I keep accidentally drilling bits out with the Dremel. I'm ruining me nails as soon as I polish them (but haven't broken any, though, which is quite curious).
Hope your all groovy and froody, see ya soon :)
Tuesday, 23 August 2011
The sun came out the other day, which called for a bit of Kleancolor Holo Chrome.
It smells of CHEMICALS but it went on smoothly and only needed a couple of coats for opacity. Felt a bit rough though, but that was quickly sorted out with some top coat. I love this polish, it's well sparkly when the sun comes out. Full marks for blingtasticness.
The mega-sparkle got a bit distracting after a few days so I went over it with some black Konading, using BM208 and some MUA Shade 2 (black). Good stuff.
Thursday, 11 August 2011
Milan is a nice, foily pink -- not my usual colour but it's nice too look at. Went on well and only took two coats for full opacity. Posing with four fingers today as I managed to stab my index finger with some very sharp scissors and it doesn't look very nice. Fingers are well on the piss in the pic.
Haven't Konaded anything for ages, so I dug out Konad plate m73 and had a damn good stamping. Hurray.
Sunday, 24 July 2011
Wow, it's been ages since me last post, sorry about that but got married (which was very nice), went to Sonisphere (which was very damp) then teh ills came along to join in on the fun. Hands don't work properly again, which is wearing a bit thin.
Played with some light colours as I can apply them at the moment. This one is four coats of Avon Nailwear Pro Star -- a frosty white polish.
Bit boring, really. I put some CND Sapphire Sparkle over the top of it, which didn't do all that much so I've not bothered with a pic. Some Laura Paige Black Crackle went over the top, then some more CND Sapphire Sparkle went over that and then this happened ...
Duochrome crackle completely and utterly owns <3
Wednesday, 6 July 2011
I have nothing of note to post, except I won't be here for a bit as I'm off to get married to the lovely Mr Luton, go to the Sonisphere festival (probably muddy) and eat loads of stuffed crust pizza.
See ya on the other side ...
Sunday, 3 July 2011
Two coats of Nails Inc Chesham Street
Oooh. Can't fault anything about this varnish at all - the application of two coats was smooth, the blue and purple duochrome vibrant, and there was even blue shimmer in there. Amazing looking polish - I liked it so much that I considered forgoing the sparkle for a while. However, I was
Motorbike in background is for sale BTW
Yeeeeeaaaaaah ... shouldn't have done that. I attempted to quickly go over it with some more Chesham Street and found that it looked alright mate so I put more glitter over it, and another thin coat of Chesham Street, and then we agreed that it looked fab and should leave it alone.
Give us a twirl
Also, wore my wedges this weekend and did not break any ankles.
Saturday, 2 July 2011
Horrible picture of two coats of La Femme Ice Blue Cream.
Not sure what happened with the pix as they all came out all blurry - probably an operator issue (hides most of the horrible cuticles though, sorry bout them). But, yes, La Femme Ice Blue Cream is a pastel blue creme that should have been worn sooner (had it ages). Didn't go on too badly and it looked good enough to go at two coats. Have to say that I am quite impressed with the pigmentation on these La Femme Creams, the colours so far have been pretty fab and a pleasure to look at.
Until I get bored ...
Which eventually happened and I thought that I'd give the splatter mani on Jessica's Nail Art a go. It was a right pain to begin with, as I had no joy with a straw and had to go through a number of household implements and the contents of the Stuff That'll Will Come In Handy drawer. Eventually got the splattering to work by using the outer shell of one of those pound-shop pens that work for 20 seconds then conk out.
Seem to make things messier when I clean up
I sellotaped my fingers up, splattered La Femme Blue Cream (medium blue) and Orly Lunar Eclipse (darker blue with shimmer) and Barry M Matt White everywhere and made a lumpy mess on my nails. It was all looking a bit dodgy but a couple of coats of top-coat eased the lumpiness and made everything sunshine and bunnies.
Bit better from this side
Despite the pictures making it all look a bit minging, I like this splatter mani, it reminds me of the days of tight bleached jeans and psychobillies ... mmmmmm ...
Thursday, 30 June 2011
Collection 2000 Hot Looks 22 Oh La La.
No, I've not gone back to chain-smoking, instead I am wearing Collection 2000 Hot Looks Oh La La, a pearly golden yellow that simply isn't my colour whatsoever. Don't even know how it came to be in my possession, must have borrowed it from someone. Sorry if it's yours, you can have it back. I'm so far out of my comfort zone right now that I am situated somewhere near Neptune.
Back to the polish - application was not a problem, four coats were needed for opacity and drying time was utterly ridiculous -- it refused to dry and stayed in an uncured state for most of the evening, so possibly the formula has gone off. It is old and a bit smelly.
I'd read about Custom Painting Pearls and their holographic flakes over at Blingernails (thanks Missus Blingernails, you're my hero) and naturally ordered a nice 25g bag. That's a lot of bling :) Immediately after delivery I got to the mad experimentation and managed to produce this franken of Laura Paige Black Crackle and holographic flakes, which are more like tiny holo glitters.
Holo is My Crack franken. It's not really working as it should
I had to add a lot of the holo glitter to get the final effect, which wasn't all that (but better than the above pic). The glitter also left the franken rather dense and hard to work with, and the amount of glitter added affected the cracking and it didn't crackle as much -- the W7 Earthquake Silver hardly cracked at all with the added holo.
The franken was very powdery, had the same texture as dried cement and needed several layers of top coat to bring out the bling. It wasn't all that holo-y but I still named it 'Holo is My Crack'.
Now with added Spectraflair top-coat and a nice tip-chip
I did initially give the crackle the Spectraflair treatment but it didn't show up at all, which was a bit gutting as crackle would look AWESOME with linear holo. So I chucked some Spectraflair top-coat over it.
TOP TIP: Has your Spectraflair polish gone horribly wrong? Never fear, put some thinner in the bottle, let the Spectraflair sediment settle to the bottom and then pour out the contents onto a paper towel. The paper towel should absorb a lot of the thinned polish, leaving you with a pretty pile of Spectraflair on the towel and in the bottle.
Wednesday, 29 June 2011
So I decided to go out of my comfort zone this week, going to try new things, like purchasing a pair of black wedgey sandals because I have too many pairs of black boots. Expect a post about broken ankles, and soon! Also going to try and not stamp my nails this week, for a laugh.
Right, today's new thing is to do stuff with pastely colours. As it's Pink Wednesday, lets have a look at this here La Femme Pink Cream.
Two coats of La Femme Pink Cream. Had worse.
La Femme is a cheap and cheerful brand that isn't too bad really. I've had worse, but I'm old. The colour is like a kick-arse bubblegum pink, it's well-pigmented and TBH I'm not sure it counts as a pastel. It did not like my base-coat at all and had to go on naked nails - even then the application wasn't as pleasant as it could have been, it went a bit patchy and sometimes lumpy. A spot of top-coat smoothed the finish out, though, and it looked alright after that. Actually quite like this colour, yay for trying something new.
It's got this plastic finish wot I love
I wanted another go at the easier marbling (tutorial here), which technically isn't a new thing as I done it t'other day, but I wanted to improve on my n00bskillz. Used La Femme Pink Cream, La Femme Lavender Cream and Barry M Matt White as the marbling polishes.
The pic on the left is my favourite nail as it reminds me of Jupiter. Why, yes, I did manage to dent it at the bottom almost immediately after putting on top-coat :(
Rebel, rebel, your nails are a mess.
By the time I'd gotten round to taking photos I'd ruined a few bits and had to do some repairs and a very rushed clean-up job, so the pix look horrible and lumpy. Still wearing it, though.
Tuesday, 28 June 2011
Anyway, recently got given a couple of blog awards, hurray!
1. Thank the person who tagged you and link to their blog.
2. Put the Top 10 Award logo on your blog.
3. List your top 10 cosmetics.
4. Choose 10 bloggers to tag, link to their blogs, and let them know
Thanks fer the tag, Swååfie and your lovely blog (enjoy Roskilde, you lucky mare).
Not very good with this sort of thing as I'm not very girlie, so here is an attempt at my top 10 cosmetics:
1). Right. Nail polish.
2). YSL Touche Eclat (I have run out :( )
3). Black eyeliner.
4). Black mascara.
5). Boots No 7 Illuminating stuff.
6). Actually, the Boots No 7 glycolic acid peel stuff was quite good as well.
7). Hair dye in red or purple, or a mix of the two.
8). Errrrr ...
9). Oooh, I got some GOSH primer the other week and it does the job nicely. I think. It's my first primer so I haven't a clue :)
10). That'll do.
Shall get to the tags in a moments, but firstly it's time for ...
Thank & link back the person who gave you the award.
Write a post about it.
Pass it on to 10 bloggers you think really deserve it.
Thank you very much for this, Laura and your Lacquers, it brought a little bit of sunshine in what was a very grey and British day :)
And now for the tags ... I've combined the tagging so there are only ten. Cop-out. Anyway, if you're tagged then pick whatever award you want, and if you've already got both then I will make you a cup of tea with a HobNob :)
2). Glazed Talons
3). Gold Speck Nails
5). Laura's Lacquers
6). Nail Newbie
7). Sara ♥'s Pretty Little Things
9). The Student's Guide To Nail Polish
10). And anyone on me blog-roll.
Sunday, 26 June 2011
OPI Tease-y Does It. Three coats.
Tease-y Does It is a deep burgundy with a red shimmer that shifts to gold and green in the bottle, but not so much on the nails - you can just about make out the colour-shift in the photo. Application was no problem and it took three coats to get a good shiny finish. Not my usual sort of colour at all, but the red shimmer completely won me over and I, errr, like it.
I can't water-marble, it gives me the right hump, but I wanted to try out some marbled nails with the Tease-y Does It, Urban Decay Twisted (gold) and China Glaze Ruby Pumps (red). The following method came about whilst practising for yet another water-marbling disaster, and I found it to be much easier and less messier than the water-marbling. Not only that but the polishes take a while to dry as well, giving you more time to work. Result! On the downside, it's very slow process as you have to let thick layers of polish dry, this is awful if you're an impatient soul like me.
You will need some polishes, one of those floppy plastic CD containers, a marbling tool/toothpick/watchmaker's screwdriver/small pointy implement and a sharp scrapey thing, such as a razor, knife or Konad scraper.
You will need these things.
1. Draw a large circle with a fairly thick layer of your base colour polish. Try to size it so it fully covers your nail.
It's my rarely seen thumb!
2. Drop a drop of your next polish in the centre of the still-wet polish. It spreads a bit further if you drop it from a bit of a height, and you can spread it a bit further by gently pushing it with the brush/marbling tool. Add another drop if it doesn't spread very far.
3. Same as above with your third polish. You see where I'm going with this, don't you.
Drip the polish, make pattern.
4. Starting from the top, lightly drag your chosen marbling tool through the wet polishes. Looks like a <3, ahhh.
Future Valentine's Day Manicure spotted.
5. Do some more straight lines. Or squiggles, whatever, this marbling is much more fun to experiment with.
Did some more straight lines
6. Now it's time for the hardest part -- letting it dry. It takes ages. Leave it overnight if possible.
7. A few hours or so later, peel a bit using a razor-blade or a Konad scraper-me-do. It should peel off easily, if not leave to dry for a bit longer.
Picking at it, finding it not dry, trying to leave it alone. This is hard.
8. Grab your peeled bit and gently peel it off the plastic with your fingers. Again, if it seems a bit tacky or sticks to the plastic, leave it for a bit longer.
9. Put on a thin layer of top-coat/base colour. Apply the marbled polish on your nail, position it in a way that you like, and trim any excess off with some little scissors. Don't worry if you can't get all of it, that can be sorted with a brush and some nail polish remover.
Oh, that looks so attractive.
10. Apply some top-coat. If you have any peely bits put some top-coat underneath and stick 'em down.
11. Remove the excess, admire your work. I've only done the ring finger on each hand as I am doing things later that will more than likely ruin it all :(
Only did one finger
Removal can be a PITA, depending on the polishes, but the glitter removal trick works well here.
And there we go, easy but slow marbling, and not a spot of Konad abuse in sight. Feels weird.