Friday, January 30, 2015

Valentine's Day Stamping Part 2: Dance Legend Termo Shine No. 179


Valentine's Day Stamping Part 2: Dance Legend Termo Shine No. 179

See Part One and how I do my stamping here: Valentine's Day Stamping Part 1: Sephora Color Hit Dangerous and Zoya Kissy

Part Two of Valentine's Day nails, woo hoo I am on a blogging roll! (har har) I am wearing one of my favorite polishes: Dance Legend Termo Shine 179, which is a glorious thermal polish with just the right amount of black bar and hex glitter.

Valentine's Day Stamping Part 2: Dance Legend Termo Shine No. 179

When the polish is warm it is a squishy nude pink jelly and when cold is a beautifully pigmented statement red. Love love love this polish and formula, and how when it is layered over itself you get a "glitter sandwich" look going on. All these attributes to just ONE polish in two smooth coats! Perfection.

Valentine's Day Stamping Part 2: Dance Legend Termo Shine No. 179

I then stamped the various small heart designs with Konad Stamping Polish in White, using several plates from PUEEN 2013 Set 24E - Love Elements and the small head of my Konad Stamper.  I ran my hand under cold water for the pic below, look at that red!

Valentine's Day Stamping Part 2: Dance Legend Termo Shine No. 179

What are your favorite thermal polishes?

Monday, January 26, 2015

Valentine's Day Stamping Part 1: Sephora Color Hit Dangerous and Zoya Kissy

Today's post is an exciting one for me for three reasons:

  1. I just realized (and right on time yay!) that I have a stamping plate set that leans heavily towards Valentine's Day, so I have a good 3 weeks of Valentine manicures to come.
  2. It is already (yes already) nice and sunny out here in the Bay Area of California where I live so I have some awesome natural lighting to use for my shots.
  3. I DID GOOD STAMPING!!!!! I have finally worked out a stamping technique that worked really great on ALL of my nails! YIPPEE!  I will explain my technique at the end. On to the nails!
Valentine's Day Heart Stamping with Sephora Color Hit Dangerous and Zoya Kissy

Shown is one coat of Sephora Color Hit in Dangerous and then one coat of Zoya Kissy. I then stamped the heart design using plate 41 from PUEEN 2013 Set 24E - Love Elements and topped it all off with top coat.

Valentine's Day Heart Stamping with Sephora Color Hit Dangerous and Zoya Kissy

The first three pics are in natural light, I am standing outside in the warm sun :) Aaaaand I am getting better at shooting with a shallow depth of field! (see below)

Valentine's Day Heart Stamping with Sephora Color Hit Dangerous and Zoya Kissy

The next pics are taken from inside my light box. Below is what the polish looks like layered and without the stamping.

Sephora Color Hit Dangerous and Zoya Kissy

And lastly a nice and clear shot of my best ever stamping job! So here is what I did:
  1. I started using a squishy stamper but was finding gaps in the image so I switched back over to my Konad Stamper, and boy what a difference. I remembered that I had previously stopped using the Konad stamper because it was too small for my then longer nails, (psssst Konad, make a larger stamper please!) but now the length works perfectly with it.
  2. I used Konad Stamping Polish in White on the plate, and scraped it off relatively firm and quick at a 45-degree angle using a plastic scraper that I got with the squishy stamper.  You could also use an old gift or credit card, but don't use one that has a plastic film on it because it will start to peel and curl up around the edge after some time from cleaning it with polish remover.
  3. Instead of pressing straight down on the image, I rolled the stamper onto the image, which I think transferred it much more evenly and fully onto the stamp, whereas pressing straight down could be too light or to much of pressure.
  4. I then lined up the stamp to my nail, viewing it from the side of the stamp and the side of the nail so that I could see both at the same time (if that makes sense). Then, with even pressure long the whole nail, I rolled the stamp onto my nail, and voila! Yippee! Hurrah! Stamping greatness done by me the stamping klutz!
  5. BUT WAIT! One of the most important steps here for a good transfer (at least for me) is the cleanup.  I take a cotton ball soaked in PURE acetone to clean the stamp and the plate. Then - very important! - I take a rag or a tissue and wipe off the plate so it is completely dry.  What was happening to me in the past is that I would not wipe after cleaning and the transfer was diluted-looking.


Valentine's Day Heart Stamping with Sephora Color Hit Dangerous and Zoya Kissy

Below are the polishes I picked up for 80 cents (!) during the online after Christmas sale at Sephora. The top red one is Dangerous, a medium red with pink glitter.

Sephora Color Hit Sale Polishes for 80 cents each

As you can probably tell I am very proud of myself :) What nail art have you nailed lately?


Friday, January 23, 2015

Sephora Formula X Paint The Town Set: Wunderkind and Umph Ruffian


Happy Friday everyone! I have finally opened the Formula X Paint The Town set I purchased from Sephora around Christmas time, and I have made my 2nd ruffian design using Wunderkind, a deep navy blue creme with slight shimmer, and Umph, a metallic gunmetal gray.

Sephora Formula X Paint The Town Set: Wunderkind and Umph Ruffian

 I started off with two coats of Umph on my entire nail, then I carefully painted Wunderkind on top to create the Ruffian design. The line was rough at first but the 2nd coat helped correct the line to perfection.  Shown with HK Girl top coat.

Sephora Formula X Paint The Town Set: Wunderkind and Umph Ruffian

The first pic looks like I used a matte top coat but it was actually the soft reflection of my lightbox. Above is under direct light, and the third picture is in the lightbox again.

Sephora Formula X Paint The Town Set: Wunderkind and Umph Ruffian

This was such an easy design to make, but I think next time I will use more contrasting colors to make the ruffian pop. Below is the cute tin that the 22 mini polishes came in, I just love it!  And apparently the little "X" that came attached to the tin is for opening the tin, but I think I will attach it to my keys as a keychain, cuz that sounds more fun :)

Sephora Formula X Paint The Town Set

If you've picked up the set, what are your favorite colors so far?


Monday, January 19, 2015

Glitter Nail Spam with Emily de Molly and Formula X


Hello nail polish friends, I am back again!  So I totally failed at posting this month and for New Year's...I just get so distracted with life...and a bit sad to say that I started to feel bored of blogging so I just didn't get into it for a few weeks after my vacation.  Plus I did one of the most horrible things you could do to your nails ever: I picked off every last bit of glitter that was on my nails while I was in New Orleans. So with nubs and nails breaking all over the place and boredom (I get bored so easily!) I had another blogging break.  But I think in order to make it fun again I need to not force myself to blog on a schedule. So from now on I will post whenever I feel like. It's my blog, I can whatever I want with it, right? RIGHT! On to some glitter nails that I have been wearing for the past 3 weeks.

Below is one of 3 (!) beautiful Emily de Molly glitter polishes I received as a gift from one of my wonderful besties Dil.  This one is called Abstract Canvas and it is a rainbow glitter with medium black hexes and large black circle glitters.  My very first polishes with Emily de Molly and circle glitter and I am in love!!! Spanks Dil, PLUR!

Emily de Molly Abstract Canvas

This was when I first chopped off my nails so they are extra short here.  I used the sponge method to get as much glitter concentrationas I could, then stamped a flower pattern on top.  I got the idea from Canadian Nail Fanatic and I quite like how it looks, I must remember to do it more often!

Emily de Molly Abstract Canvas

Next are my New Year's nails with my 2nd Emily de Molly polish gift, Hardware, over black.  GAH I love this polish so so SO MUCH! The name is so fitting, just look at all of that gold and bronze amazingness and it has large holo circle glitter, gorgeous!  Excuse the photo quality, this is a cell phone pic.

Emily de Molly Hardware

Lastly are the nails I am wearing right now: Sephora Formula X in Mischevious, part of The Ombré Glitters. I got a TON of Sephora gift cards for my birthday and Christmas so naturally I had to pick up at least one polish (cough cough in addition to the ~30 mini polishes I picked up during the after Christmas sale online cough cough).

Mischevious has a rose to gold duochrome metallic base with a bright green flash and chock full of glitter.  I could have easily gotten away with only one coat but I did two for more impact.  I bet this would look stunning over black! See below for the shifty:

Formula X for Sephora Mischevious

Formula X for Sephora Mischevious

Formula X for Sephora Mischevious

Formula X for Sephora Mischevious

Look at my weird oval nails, especially the above pic, WEIRD!  They kept breaking at the corners so I rounded them in order to keep the length, hopefully soon I will have enough length for an almond shape.

Glad to be back on a post-as-I-wish schedule :) TTYL!