Showing posts with label Sponging. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Sponging. Show all posts

Friday, 12 April 2013

Lavender Galaxies

Lovelies,
Even though the look is probably 'passed', I still love Galaxy nails. Love, love, love them. But even I am done with dark nails now, and really up for some bright colours! So, why not make Galaxy nails, but using other colours?

I initially considered doing neon galaxies, but quickly realised it was failure waiting to happen. So I continued with lavender. I started with a white base but soon realised I needed a dark base colours for depth so switched the intended order in which to apply the polishes.



In the end I think the look is more 'water colour' than 'galaxy'. However, it's still a cool look that doesn't require all that much skill!
 
Have you ever tried an alternative Galaxy mani?


I used: Rimmel Ultraviolet, Rimmel Sky High, Hema 01 pink (no name), Hema white (no name), Max Factor Fantasy Fire, Essence Elves Like Lilac, Sally Hansen Disco Ball

Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Golden camouflage

How dangerous are train delays?! With all those shops at railway stations, it's just too easy to spend money.
I had to wait half an hour the other day and found the drugstore at the station had reduced prices on l'Oréal and Maybelline polishes. I managed to ignore the Maybelline display but couldn't refuse a 50% off l'Oréal Color Riche Luxembourg Garden. I've since read it's supposed to be a dupe for Chanel Black Pearl? I don't have that one (have you seen the price label on it?) so I wouldn't know, but from swatches I'd say it looks pretty similar.

I found this pic by Tumblr user batsarequiet in Google cache:

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I applied two coats, then used an eyeshadow applicator to sponge on a gold Miss Sporty polish. For the accent nail, I applied one coat of the lush The Man With The Golden Gun.
To even out the sponging, I applied one coat of Better Than Gel Look top coat by Essence. This was the result:


Even if it's not the same gold tint, I liked it a lot.


I used: L'Oréal Color Riche 608 Luxembourg Garden, Miss Sporty gold shimmer polish (no name), OPI The Man With The Golden Gun.

Thursday, 28 June 2012

A flowery dress

- Scheduled post due to absence -

My Geek and I had a wedding to attend. Being the girly-girl that I am, I had to go and buy a dress for this occassion. I was thinking of just leaving my nails a nude colour as I love Rimmels Bare Necessities (it's in my profile pic as well), but in the end I couldn't resist and let the inspiration from the dress just flow :-)

Yay!

I adored this mani so much that I kept it for several days! Having a dishwasher rocks- my manis last so much longer these days!








I used: Rimmel Bare Necessities, Essence Stampy Polish, Rimmel Blue My Mind, Models Own Lemon Meringue


And in case anyone wondered... I bought the dress at Primark!

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Galaxy nails

Like most people, I too was inspired to try Galaxy nails. My Geek and I love Star Trek so I thought he would appreciate it too! I used the tutorial from Nail Art 101 and it was so easy!

I used these colours and props...
Oh boy!

And this was the result. I was quite pleased actually.
Worth it? Yes!

I have since made them for my sister as well, using the same colours and technique. Cool how they still turn out different from mine! I also think it's cool to see how much difference nail length can make. She went to a festival 20 minutes after I finished her nails, and only her pinky suffered :-)


Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to fetch myself a cup of tea, Earl Grey, hot... ;-)


ETA: Some tutorials tell you not to use too much white, but I think it makes it look like nebulas which I think is awesome! However, you might want to try it using less white, should this mani be too bright for you.

I used: Rimmel Blue Vogue, Essence Special Effect Copper'ize me, Essence Stampy Polish, Essence Check me Out, Essence Twins Thelma & Louise, Urban Decay Aquarius, drugstore brand black, Essence gel look topcoat (two layers for me, one for my sister).

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Gradient Nails: Sky

So I tried the gradient nails (I just loved the colour combo over at The Nailasaurus and used that tutorial) with a bit of white and pale blue. To be honest, I tried two shades of pink first but it was a mess.

Try to not see these babies!

Sorry about the small picture, it's just that it looks terrible up close! I got quite some compliments but I already have new polish on my nails as I was just too unsure.

I have found that cutting the sponges to fit your nails makes it easier, as I kept overestimating the length and then the gradient was too long :-( I'm excited to try this gradient thing again!

I used: Essence Stampy Polish white (base), Miss Sporty Et voilà! Nail tip whitener, Rimmel 420 Aqua Cool, Essence Gel Look topcoat