I tried some free handed chevrons and I think they came out quite good!
I wanted to do something simple that wouldn’t take away from my base color a.k.a Shockingly White from yesterday. I decided to match my tips to the glitters in the polish; and why not put a white in it for contrast!
10 minutes of careful painting and waiting….. Voila!
I used OPI Alpine Snow and Lucky Lucky Lavender to create the chevrons. I used the brush in the bottles to do this too. No striping tape or stripng brush needed!
I picked Lucky Lucky Lavender because it brings out the pink and purple glitters in this polish as well as match the funkiness in the base color. And Alpine Snow being a pure white gives a good contrast between the two colors.
And a bottle shot to end this post because I haven’t done one of these in a long time!
I have been good and haven’t bought any nail polishes in the month of February! *gives myself a pat on the back* But I have to say the only reason I have not done so is because that I still have many untrieds from past months purchases. 😛
Today I have a lovely creme-glitter bomb from LynB Designs that I am in love with! This is Shockingly White from Jenna’s Get A Clue collection (which I have no clue what it is).
Shockingly White is a really unique polish. Unlike it’s name, it is rather an off-white-mauve-pink polish than a pure white polish. The glitters in it are *drool* gorgeous! There is a dash of shimmer and lots of pink, purple and ligh blue holo squares as well as fine glitter in it.
I only needed 3 coats to acheive opacity. The glitters came out with no problems too! What you see here was done with no fishing whatsoever!
And as usual, my right hand has more glitter on it compared to my left hand!
And since I love this polish a whole lot I am going to spam you with more photos of this mani after the jump!
This was actually the manicure that I wore for Lunar New Year. I took the photos but never found the time to edit and post them. I was really busy visiting and munching on snacks the whole time!
I started off my manicure with 2 coats of Etude House LUCIDarling Shimmering #5, a bright red with shimmer in it, and topped it off with Hong Bao by Sonnetarium. Hong Bao 紅包 stands for the red packets which unmarried people a.k.a me get during the Lunar New Year.
Hong Bao 紅包 is a orangey red jelly polish packed with gold and black hexes and a dash of gold shimmer in it. It definitely changed up the base color a good bit. For the better that is! Though this manicure is super simple, I did get quite a few compliments on it! So..Yay!
Now, back to sitting in front of the TV with New Year cookies. Ta~
Glitter!! My top two favorite nail polish finish next to cremes. Ultimate extremes I know. LOL
Of course I had to bust out Purple Rain by Glitzology! I barely used it the last time. Purple Rain features glitters in many shades of purple. There are squares, hexes and shreds from lilac to dark purple.
I just found out hoe the ‘dabbing’ method of glitter application was through a youtube video the other day and decided to give it a go. Dabbing method = crazy amounts of glitter on my nails!
I layered Purple Rain over Sally Hansen Purple Potion. Hence the blue flash/duochrome-iness in the photos.
I finally decided to bust out my Deborah Lippmann Run The World (Girls) mini’s today. My first pick from the box – Party Girl. Party Girl is a bright (neon) pink polish that dries to a matte finish. Very interesting if you ask me.
Unfortunately, Party Girl was really very, very sheer on my nails even at 3 coats. It was a tad streaky for me too. The end result looked like I dipped my finger in red dye trying to make red eggs for Chinese New Year!
I tried to salvage it by adding a red glitter on it but, gaaahhh, I picked the wrong one. I applied one coat of CrowsToes Hell Hath No Fury but the base color and glitter just did not go together well 😦
Owh one more thing! Party Girl photographed really funny. I had a bunch of them I took without flash and instead of pink it looked really orange. Like a deep neon coral!
OK. It seems that I didn’t read the rules properly and missed out the last day that I was supposed to send a request to Erica to take part in her challenge. Oopsie! Owh well, Since I have already done a few designs, I shall continue with the challenge whether or not I am linked with the other wonderful ladies.
Galaxy nails. One of the many nail art techniques I was crazy scared to try. I always loved to see them on other nail bloggers but was afraid that I will never be able to do it as nicely or perfectly. Well, I guess I was wrong!
This really is one really easy manicure to do!
All you need is a bunch of complementing nail polishes, a regular make-up sponge and a dotting tool. I did not know which way to go with my galaxies and pulled out a bunch of purples and a pink for this challenge.
I started with a black base and sponged nebula shapes with my polishes, starting with the darkest tone as the base of the nebulae to the lightest as highlights. After all this was done I decided to add some glitter for glitz. I used Cult Nails Hypnotie Me on the clouds itself and dabbed a bit of Glitzology Purple Rain on the sides for extra oomph! After all that has dried a little I took my dotting tool and some white polish and dotted on some stars.
I actually started this manicure quite differently. take a look at my thumb here.
Initially I was inspired by this tutorial
at The Daily Nail but changed my mind and did it in purples instead. While editing the photos I thought that my original idea looked pretty cool. And Hypnotize Me
really did brings out the greens and yellows I used.
I think I may redo this on all my nails one day. What do you think? Do you prefer the purples or is a multi colored nebula more your cup of tea?
Polishes I used in this manicure:
Sally Hansen Purple Potion
Cult Nails Hypnotize Me
Glitzology Purple Rain
Etude House CPP001
OPI That’s Hot Pink
OPI Alpine Snow
OPI Black Onyx
So yesterday I popped by Sephora just to have a look-see and found this nice dark teal polish from the Sephora mini nail polish rack. It was a very rich vampy color and went with my nails very well that day. I held on to it for a minute of two and even put it in my basket. But alas, at RM21 for a small bottle I just couldn’t bring myself to buy it.
Though I did not buy it, I had a go at it and I am impressed! The polish although a little on the thick side, covered nicely in just one coat. The brush on the bottle was also really easy to use. All I did was swipe the polish on in one stroke on my pinky and the whole nail was covered.
I am curious why these Sephora polishes aren’t that popular in the nail blogging community. I wouldn’t mind picking up a few only if it’s on sale. RM21 (~USD7) is just too far from my budget for a mini bottle of polish.