inspired by not seeing any blue sky for a while
Inspired by a colour…
For this I chose a colour I haven’t seen for a while, Sky blue! It has been really wet and cloudy where I live, not very spring like at all!
My first choice for this was going to be purple, I put all of my purple polishes onto my desk (I have a lot more of them than I thought!) and I looked at them, and nothing! not a drop of inspiration! Went and had a cup of tea, glared at the pile of purple polish from the sofa, I’m usually ok at choosing a polish and working what it will look nice with or what kind of pattern it would suit, but clearly not today!
I decided to have a break and pottered off to do some gardening, while I was grubbing about in a pot of lilies, I was thinking how nice it would be to have some blue sky!
For my sky blue nails I used
- 17 – Heart Beat
- Barry M – Blueberry Ice Cream
- Sinful Colors – Paradise
- China Glaze – White on White
- Konad SP – Black
- Messy Mansion – MM14
- Seche Vite
This really was very easy, I used the three pale blues for the very subtle gradient, the clouds I used a large dotting tool, and then stamped the birds over the top!
Sky blue nails
It’s not purple but I really like it! 🙂
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Today’s GOT polish challenge is chevron nails!
My first attempt at this was with my Messy Mansion chevron stamping plate, I tried to do a black and white gradient with the stamp in reverse over the top, unfortunately my white polish isn’t so good over black and it all went grey I really like the look and I’ll be trying it with different polishes…
My second attempt was a lot more successful!
Free Hand Chevron Nails
I free handed these! Not a single scrap of tape in sight! I was expecting this to be a horrible mess but I’m honestly really surprised at how well these turned out!
I started out with two coats of White on White from China Glaze, then I used Style Slave from 17 for the first chevron followed by Grey from Barry M, and finally Black On Black from Sinful Colors.
I overlapped the different polishes to make sure the lines where even. Like a very simple fishtail braid mani!
Black White Silver Grey Chevron Nail Art
The oldest polish I used is Style Slave, I must have owned this one for at least 10 years! Barry M Grey I have had for about three years, the Black on Black from Sinful Colors and White on White from China Glaze I haven’t had s as long!
Don’t forget to have a look at the GOT polish pinterest page
Here’s s quick recap of the rules:
- The polish you use should be at least one year old.
- If you haven’t been a polishaholic that long, you can use the oldest polishes you have.
- The polish should be previously used, but if you’re stuck, you could free a yearling from Mount Untried.
- You can use more than 1 polish as long as it fits the theme and the rules.
5 Comments | tags: Barry M, Barry M Grey, Black, China Glaze White on White, Nail Art, Nail polish, Nail Varnish, nailpolish, silver, Sinful Colors Black on Black, Style Slave fast finish 17 | posted in Challenges, Nail Art
I have been making stamped decals again! 😀 this time I used images from two of my Moyou plates, 01 and 02 from the Suki Collection.
The polishes I used!
- Barielle Shades – Grape Escape
- Color Club – Ulterior Motive
- Revlon – Sweet Revenge (the pink one from the duo)
- Barry M – Shocking Pink
- Sally Hansen – Ivory Skull
- Revlon – Calla Lily
- Konad Special Polish – Black
- Color Club – Topcoat
Pink and Purple Cherry Blossom
I started off by making the flowers, you can find how I made them here.
I used Grape Escape and sponged on a little Ulterior Motive on the tips as the base colour, when that was dry I applied the flowers using the Color Club Topcoat like glue! 😀
When that was all dry, I applied a couple more coats of topcoat to seal all of my decals in! In some places on my nails there must be at least 6 layers of polish, it feels really thick like Gel! It took ages to dry, about half an hour
I really liked making the cherry blossom decals, even tho the tiny flowers where a bit fiddly to paint! The time it took to get them all on my nails was rather a lot longer than I would have liked, then getting them to stick was a pain! I think that it’s because I made them to thick, but I’m going to have to try out some other clear polishes to find the best one for decal making! 😀
This is still quite a new technique to me, practice makes perfect and all that! 😀
10 Comments | tags: Barielle Shades, Barielle Shades Grape Escape, Barry M, Barry M Shocking Pink, Cherry Blossom, color club, Color Club Ulterior Motive, Glitter, Konad special polish, MoYou, Nail Art, Nail polish, Nail Stamping, Nail Varnish, Pink, purple, Revlon, Revlon Calla Lily, Revlon Sweet Revenge, Sally Hansen, Sally Hansen Ivory Skull | posted in Nail Art, Nail Stamping
I got a bit carried away with the filing and now I have rather stubby nails! But I have to say it is great to be able to type, use my phone properly and do everything else! 😀
For the Background colour I used a gradient of Sally Hansen – Dive Deeper, Nina Ultra Pro – French White and Revlon – Calla lily.
For the winter trees I used Revlon – Black Magic and a thin nail art brush.
I used Revlon Matte Suede – Emerald City For the Christmas tree with a little bit of the french white for the snow, the little ornaments I used Barry M – Red Glitter and China Glaze – Glitter Goblin, along with my smallest dotting tool.
The snowflakes are a small dotting tool and some more french white.
For the reindeer I used stamping plate HD05 and Konad SP In Black, with a tiny bit of red glitter for his nose, I finished it off with a coat of Seche Vite.
Christmas Tree Close up
I don’t do much free hand nail art, I should probably practice a bit 🙂
14 Comments | tags: Barry M, Barry M Red Glitter, China Glaze, China Glaze Glitter Goblin, Christmas, Glitter, gradient, HD05, Holographic, Konad special polish, Konad special polish Black, Nail Art, Nail polish, Nail Stamping, Nail Varnish, nailpolish, Nina Pro, Nina Ultra Pro French White, Revlon, Revlon Black Magic, Revlon Calla Lily, Revlon Emerald City, Sally Hansen, Sally Hansen Dive Deeper, Seche Vite, short nails | posted in Nail Art, Nail Stamping
I am still loving my new Messy Mansion plates! 😀 I have been wanting the Birdy plate for ages! And it really is as lovely as I thought it would be! 😀
You can find this lovely plate here!
As soon as I saw the plate I thought of the 1963 Hitchcock film The Birds! 😀
I started with a sponged Gradient using Grey from Barry M and Pumice from Sally Hansen, I let the polish dry a little on the sponge so it would look grainy.
I used black stamping polish from Konad, followed by a coat of Seche Vite, followed by a coat of matte topcoat, I used a coat of SV because my ELF matte topcoat just smears the stamped image really badly (which is why my thumb is hiding!).
Now I think it’s time to file my nails because typing is becoming a bit of a challenge lol! 🙂
15 Comments | tags: Barry M, Barry M Grey, Black, E.L.F Matte Finisher, grey, Konad special polish, Konad special polish Black, Matte, Messy Mansion, Messy Mansion MM14, Nail Art, Nail polish, Nail Stamping, Nail Varnish, nailpolish, Sally Hansen, Sally Hansen Pumice, Seche Vite | posted in Nail Art, Nail Stamping
I’m not feeling very festive at the moment so I decided that trying a candy cane mani might be a good way to get into the Christmas spirit!
First I tried the traditional red and white candy cane but it looked dreadful I think it’s to do with my skin tone or maybe the white polish had chosen gah!
The Red Glitter polish from Barry M is a fantastic varnish, but it’s a monster to remove. Even with the foil method! But not to be disheartened, even after chasing the glitter around my fingers for what seemed like hours. I started again.
This time with the Black Magic from Revlon as the base colour. To cover the textured-ness of the red glitter I used a thick coat of Seche Vite.
It’s really quite vampy but still a tiny bit festive! Or maybe a bit Dennis the Menace Lol!
7 Comments | tags: Barry M, Barry M Red Glitter, Black, Candy cane, Christmas, Glitter, Nail Art, Nail polish, Nail Varnish, Red, Revlon, Revlon Black Magic, Seche Vite | posted in Nail Art