Showing posts with label tutorial. Show all posts
Showing posts with label tutorial. Show all posts

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Floral One-Stroke

Hello pretties,

Florals. I never do them. I think I did flowers only once before. So this mani was long overdue =)

For Christmas my sister GA Suze got me Essie Head Mistress and Miss Fancy Pants. I wore Head Mistress for a day and I love it. You can never have enough reds <3 But, after a day, plain nails bore me so I needed to spice them up.

I don't know why, but I decided to add flowers. When I gathered my colours, I thought 'hey, why not try this one-stroke technique I read about a while back?'. Yeah. Big fail. But- I didn't feel the mani itself was a fail, so it's not a Nail Fail Friday.

floral abstract nail art
Floral one-stroke
 *click to enlarge*

Actually, this picture is true to life- my fingers are still quite tanned from the Egyptian sun.

1. So, I did this art on a 24hrs-old base (two coats) of Head Mistress.
2. Then I placed a drop of white polish on a sheet of plastic.
3. Right next to that, I placed a drop of dark blue polish.
4. I dragged my nail art brush through the middle, so either side would pick up one colour.
5. Then I gently made half circles on my nails, forming flowers. I quickly realised I was doing it wrong/it wasn't working out, but I liked the watercolour-like effect so I decided to continue.
6. I then added Miss Sporty Check Matte.
7. On top of that, I added yellow flower hearts and green leaves/stems. Which means those were shiny when the rest is matte =)
Like I said, I like how it turned out even though it wasn't what I was going for.

Since I had been experiencing some chipping before my vacation, I got Sally Hansen Hard as Nails this weekend. I'm very curious to see if it will improve my nails, as chipping is basically the only problem I have with them. Lucky me =)
I only have some major drama going on around my thumbnail right now, which is slowly healing with the help of creams, oils and overnight band aids.


I used: Essie Head Mistress, Rimmel Blue Vogue, Essence Stampy Polish White, Miss Sporty Check Matte, Cybele (green), Etos (yellow)

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Lazy 15 Day Eight: Dessert

Apologies, this is two days late =( I had the worst migraine of my life on Monday, and I couldn't bear looking at a computer until this morning. I hope you understand.
Luckily I did two days of the challenge over the weekend, so I should be able to post day nine today as well. Because I am now behind on schedule, I didn't take the time to crop the pictures or add a watermark. Also, I am already stressed about day Eleven now that I am no longer ahead of schedule =(

Day Eight of the Lazy 15 meant: Dessert. I expect to see lots of lush drippy cupcake mani's! Can't wait to check them all out =)
Myself? I went for a yummy Black Forest Gateau.

Yum. Black Forest Gateau. (pic: Weightwatchers)

My nails weren't really as yellow as they look here...

Black Forrest Gateau nails, yum!

I made this mani by following the steps below:
1. Get out your tools - tape, scissors, dotting tool, eye shadow applicators, tweezers and polishes.
2. Cut a piece of tape to make it look like a bite. Remember, this will be the 'eaten' part, so shape it like that. Cut other pieces of tape to form a triangle (aka piece of cake) on your nails.
3. Place the tape over your nails. Apply polish.
4. Using tweezers, quickly remove the tape before the polish has a chance to grow tacky!
5. Allow polish to dry. If necessary, add another coat.
6. Place a dollop of white polish on a smooth surface. I like to use tape for this.
Blend white and a drop of yellow polish an a smooth surface.
7. Sponge the mixture onto the edge of the nail to look like a dollop of whipped cream.
8. Dot a dark, rich red onto the whipped cream.
9. Inside that, add a smaller dot of a bright red.
10. Inside that, add a tiny dot of white. The effect should make it look 3D.
11. Add your favourite top coat!

I used: Essie Chocolate Cakes, Essie Blanc, Models Own Lemon Merengue, l'Oréal Color Riche 401 Rouge Pin Up, l'Oréal Color Riche 404 Scarlet Vamp.


Next up is Day Nine: Disney. Ooooh, I <3 Disney  =)
And don't forget to check out the other people doing the challenge after the *jump*:

Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween! Don't you just just love Halloween? I love any holiday that brings light in dark times and I love vampires and creepy lore stuff so Halloween is a double win for me!

The design for my Halloween mani had been in my mind for some weeks and I actually practised one two weeks ago. However, as more and more Halloween mani's kept appearing on the webz, I changed some nails. Some designs on Tumblr were just too darn cute to ignore!

My mani is now a combination of own ideas and copied ideas. I know, blood drips, pumpkins and black cats are not exactly original but I did come up with the ideas myself =)

Halloween manicure
Creepy stuff!

Sorry about not uploading the high res pic, I did a sloppy clean up job. You can click to enlarge, however.

You can find the tutorial for the vampire by JauntyJuli here, for the teeth by BeautyChocolat here. Yes, I realise I do these things upside-down, that's just how I prefer them =) Also, I have seen similar designs online. I am truly sorry if someone else is the original artist, but I used the above tutorials so those are my sources. I will link if you have reason to believe this was your design.

Also, I have been comparing Essence Better Than Gel top coat and Essence Gel Look top coat, and I think they are pretty much the same! Which is good news for me =D

Fun off-topic fact: we were having dinner with my Geeks family, and his sister told me how her son had told a friend that I had 100 polishes, but I threw out a blue one he liked so now I only had 99 left. My Geek laughed and said it would be best if we didn't tell the kid I have since bought new polishes ;-)


I used:
Thumb: Rimmel Blue Vogue, Essie Licorice, OPI Ridiculously Yellow
Index: Impulss 005, Essie Licorice
Middle: Essie Licorice,
Essence Stampy Polish White, l'Oréal Color Riche 401 Rouge Pin Up
Ring: Rimmel Ultraviolet, Essie Licorice, Essence Stampy Polish White
Pinky: Essie Blanc,
l'Oréal Color Riche 401 Rouge Pin Up

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Galactic Tips

Hi again!

Days are getting shorter and darker. So even though I don't consciously want to, I have been using darker colours (I am fixing this today, I have my Models Own Lemon Meringue at the ready!).

After getting Holographic Hero (aka The Polish That Broke Me) last week, I couldn't stay away from it. I HAD to try it out again and again!

Stamped star nail art
Click click click to enlarge

I really liked the texture. So even though I had learned it doesn't show holo when you use a top coat, I used Holo Hero rather than a silver polish.I was going to leave it at that but then I decided to stamp a star on top =)

I made this mani by following the steps below:
1. Use the brush of your polish to make three stripes on each nail. I do this by starting with the longest stripe. Place the brush on your nail, push it down ever so slightly to give the stripe the rounded edge. Then pull the brush up, as you would if you were adding a 'regular' coat of polish.
2. Then do the shortest stripe, and lastly the middle one. Repeat for each nail.
3. Let the polish dry. At this point it is not essential that the polish is even, as you are going to stamp over it. It is better to just use one coat and let it dry completely as to not get problems when you're stamping.
4. Stamp the silver/holo polish on. You'd best use the tip of a sponge so you can easily follow the pattern of the black polish. Allow the stamped polish too dry, which shouldn't take too long.
5. Get out your stamp set and stamp away! I'm still a novice at this whole stamping thing so I got some half stars and free handed the missing points. Hopefully, you won't have to ;-) Allow to dry.
6. Add your favourite top coat!

I was thinking about adding some glitter but decided against it in the end.

stamped star manicure
Galactic Tips aka Stamped Star Mani

For my stamping I use Essence Designer Set. These sponges are the best I have found so far, make up sponges are just too fine and tend to pick op the polish. Or maybe that's just the make up sponges in the shops I have tried. Anyway, the Essence sponges are cheap as and I'm happy with them =)
Essence stamping sponges
Picture: Essence EU


I used: Essie Licorice, GOSH Holographic Hero, Essence black stamping polish, Essence Gel Look topcoat

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Review: Essence Peel Off base coat

As I mentioned in my previous post, I tried Essence Peel Off base coat. Originally part of the Ready for Boarding LE, it now seems to been added to the regular assortment.I missed the LE so I used the one on the right.

Picture: Essence EU
Picture: Essence EU

First thoughts? It looks and smells like crafts glue. Remembering crafts glue and its qualities from my childhood, it actually made sense to me, too.
After some browsing, I found out I'm not the only one who noticed the resemblance with some people even going so far as to use crafts glue now as a base coat!

Clean nail
Step One: apply a generous amount of basecoat. Clean the edges.

Directly after applying
Step two: wait ten minutes for polish to dry. It will become transparent. This took about two minutes for me. It keeps feeling slightly rubbery even after ten minutes.

Half a minute after applying
One minute after applying

90 seconds after applying
Sorry about the difference in lighting. I had to take the pictures quickly (obviously) and there were some clouds :(

After ten minutes, I applied my polishes for the Warrior Princess mani. I wore that for two days I decided to matte it and boy! It was the first mani I didn't like matte :-( So it was time for The Big Peel Off!
I started by just using one fingernail to push the polish from the cuticles towards the top of the nail. This wrinkled and peeled the polish.



Tadaaa! That's my thumb with the polish that had been on there just a minute earlier. No need for remover, cotton balls, or whatever =) For the first time I didn't instantly want to grab my hand lotion.  I think it's a great idea, I will be lots less hesitant to use glitters! Plus, I love the idea that I can just remove my polish whenever I fancy, even on a busy train or at the office.
I have to say though, my sister (and guest author) didn't manage to get the polish on top smooth, she kept seeing ridges.

They advise to keep away from warm water for two hours after applying this polish so you'd better not do this before taking a shower! All in all, what do you think? Cool or yucky?