Tuesday, 21 October 2014

#52WPNMC - 1970s - Lava Lamps

Hi Goddesses

The first of this week's #52WPNMC prompts is 1970s and I kept returning to the idea of lava lamps.

Until I started Googling, I thought the blobs just sat there, I didn't realise they "birthed" from the bottom, so to speak.

I used OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls as my base, and then lava'd with 5 holos from Liquid Sky Lacquer, which had sat untried since the start of the summer - 

thumb - Beach Bonfire
index - Papaya Smash
middle - Strawberry Mojito
ring - What Was Your Name Again
pinkie - Sizzle

For each, I started at the tip of the nail, with one bubble starting to form, and then added loose, floating bubbles higher up the nail.

I really like how this turned out - it was a very bright and happy mani to wear - and I think that's partly because of the skittle effect.  Oh, and that it looked like cow print from a distance!

Monday, 20 October 2014

13 Days of Halloween - Blood

Hi Goddesses

And welcome to a Halloweenfest!  It's not quite Halloween EVERY day til the end of October, but pretty close.  As I mentioned in another post, I wanted to try and get back to the gruesome, gothic heart of Halloween, and not the candy-coated American version.

Today's mani is very simple and is a testament to the power of a polish to inspire.  

Said polish is the brilliantly named, You've Got Red On You by Cadillacquer, a gothic burdundy-black polish with red glitters.

I ended up wearing mine matte, and then played on the name and added some blood using OPI Cinnamon Sweet.

I wanted my letters to look rough and bloody, so I used a thin dotting tool rather than a brush.

I kinda like it :)

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Halloween Glam with Illamasqua

Hi Goddesses

It's been a busy Sunday in the nail room preparing for Halloween.  I have some cool and ghoulish designs for you, but first, something a little prettier.

You may remember this gradient from a couple of weeks ago, featuring Illamasqua Poke, Ruthless and Obsess.  I absolutely loved it, and the drama of it, and started turning my hand this way and that and then this way and that way .....

Purple always draws me to my witchy heart, and I decided this gradient was something a witch might do to glam up a little on date night, or disco night :)

I thought she'd also stay a little gothic, so I drew some chunky spiderweb patterns over the top, so that any wizard who hit on her would know who would end up tangled in whose web :)

There's just something about this that makes me smile, but whether it's the mani or the whole soap opera I've made up behind it, who knows!

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Nire's Desire - For An Angel

Hi Goddesses

You know I have a weakness for purple / blurple / indigo things, so today sees me weak all over as we drool over For An Angel by Nire's Desires.

For An Angel is a gorgeous blue holo infused with indigo and purple-ness to just the right degree.

It's deeper and more vibrant than DS Glamour, but not as linear.  This is primarily a scattered holo, but as you can see, there is some bend in there too.

I stamped over this with a navy polish and LilyAnna Plate 02.  I wanted a pattern "hole-y" enough to let the holo stream through, and this certainly did that.

This polish was sent to me for an honest review, and can be purchased HERE.

SIMPLES Week 14 - Gradient with Dots

Hi Goddesses

Today is the last of our "dots on top of a non-plain base" manis, and today we are dotting on top of a gradient.

As with the last couple of manis, the purpose of this is 2-fold -

1.  to show that you don't have to have super advanced skills to make a really pretty mani with depth and interest to it

2.  it's a great way to extend your mani over the week - Day 1, plain > Day 2, gradient > Day 3, ooooh I'll add some dots

Dotting over a gradient is one of my favourite styles of manis.  It's simple, easy and PRETTY :)

Here I've used the base I did for gradient week, and then dotted over it with BSquared With All My Heart.

No tutorial for this one, but here are some other manis you might draw inspiration from - 


And finally, the absolute QUEEN of dotting over a gradient is Clare, over at Nuthin But A Nail Thing -

Bright polka dot nail art

polka dot nail art

Sinful Colors Sugar Rush collection; Cotton Candy (pink), Candy Coated (lilac) and Sugar Rush (blue)

gradient polka dot nail art


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