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Oct 5, 2015

Splash n Spray - Zoya Charla, China Glaze GR8

Here's an old bunch of photos that I dug up! So, usually I start off with a photo of the finished product, but this time I decided... let's just stick to the gorgeous base. I'm setting the tone here.. =p

[Bottle to nail: Zoya Charla (3 coats)]
..and what a gorgeous base it is too! One of my favourite polishes and definitely a big factor in getting me into polish years and years ago, this is Zoya Charla. Many companies have some version of this shade and Jme has even done a dupe comparison with one of them!

[3 coats: Zoya Charla]
Lovely shade, good formula. I think I used three coats here to get the colour as dense as possible.

[Base: Zoya Charla (3 coats); Water spot: China Glaze GR8]
Then I did some funky stuff with it! What was I thinking! This was a while ago, mind you. So if you haven't yet guessed what it is, this was my first attempt at the water spot manicure!

Basically, you drop polish on a water surface (such as with water marbling), before misting a fine spray of alcohol over the top to create the spots (holes) in the polish film. You then dip your fingers in as with water marbling. I probably used China Glaze GR8 for the gold... I don't remember anymore what the champagne shade was!

Now that I've reminded myself that this technique exists, perhaps I should make another attempt soon...

Oct 1, 2015

Watercolours - Born Pretty nail decals

More water decals!

I am really liking these water decals that stretch over the whole nail. They're quite easy to apply and the excess is easy to remove too. Just bending the excess over the edges of the nails and folding down hard makes the excess easy to tear off. The excess on the sides are easy to remove too.

The results of the water decals are quite worth it too. What a nice mani it makes! I was happy to wear this swirly splash of colours on my nails for several days longer than usual.

Sep 28, 2015

Standout Shade - Born Pretty Colour Change #100, silver stamping polish, BM-201

Here's a mani I did earlier this year, combining a thermal colour change polish and some stamping!

[Blingy treadmarks almost..]
Haha, I don't even know where this came from. I think I may have just received the silver stamping polish and wanted to try it out...

[2 coats: Born Pretty temperature change polish #100]
I started out with two coats of Born Pretty thermal colour change polish in #100. This is a creme shade that is a nice sunny yellow when cool and a warm red when warm. A nice dramatic colour change!

[2 coats: Born Pretty temperature change polish #100]
I was pretty happy with this and it works really well as just a regular creme yellow, a shade which can be pretty hard to find in a easy-to-apply formula.

[Base: Born Pretty temperature change polish #100 (2 coats);
Stamping: Born Pretty silver stamping polish, Bundle Monster BM-201]
So I stamped over it with Born Pretty stamping polish in silver with one of the designs from Bundle Monster plate BM-201. This is how it looks over the yellow, and then with slightly warmed up tips!

[Base: Born Pretty temperature change polish #100 (2 coats);
Stamping: Born Pretty silver stamping polish, Bundle Monster BM-201]
I think my original idea may have been to have stamp shade that blends into the base but becomes more obvious when the temperature change happens. Turns out that the metallic silver stands out no matter what though! I'll keep this in mind for next time...

Sep 24, 2015

Spring in Sydney - Water Decals, OPI Muppets World Tour

Spring is in the air! Or so I thought. This is turning out to be a really cold Spring in Sydney.

[Water decals
Tips: OPI Muppets World Tour]
Ev got me quite a selection of water decals for my birthday earlier this year and this is one of them. I like water decals, because they're easy to apply and can be fancy.

I thought the application of water decals would go nicely against a glittery French mani. I applied a clear base polish, applied the water decals and then painted on OPI Muppets World Tour on the tips. Muppets World Tour is a silver foil-like polish with white and silver hex glitter as well as the occasional blue hex glitter. I sealed it all with a quick dry top coat which also serves to make it extra glossy.

Overall, I loved how it turned out!

Sep 21, 2015

Tequila Sunrise - China Glaze Yell-O-Neil, Orange Marmalade; Revlon Orange Fizz

I can't believe this is the first time I've done a jelly gradient! Jme did a great explanation of jelly gradients here, but somehow i just never got around to trying it out.

[Bottle to nail: China Glaze Yell-O-Neil]
Today's theme is Tequila Sunrise, as you may have guessed from the title! So out come the yellows and oranges! This lovely sunny yellow shimmer is China Glaze Yell-O-Neil from the Surf Summer collection. Yellows have a reputation for being difficult, particularly cremes. This one however was great to work with. I only did one coat since I was putting orange layers over it but it looks pretty opaque even so!

[Bottle to nail: Revlon Orange Fizz]
Revlon Orange Fizz was the transition shade in this manicure and it was definitely the workhorse! I think I did three gradual coats to make a nice gradient from the cuticle to tip. Nice thin formula with lots of lovely flakies so it didn't thicken up the mani too much!

[Bottle to nail: China Glaze Orange Marmalade]
And finally a thin layer of China Glaze Orange Marmalade from the Summer Days collection right at the tips. Orange Marmalade was actually a touch too opaque so I had to blend it down with a bit of Orange Fizz.

[Cuticle to tip: China Glaze Yell-O-Neil, Revlon Orange Fizz, China Glaze Orange Marmalade]
Slap on the topcoat to even everything out and you get a super juicy, summery manicure! I'm pretty happy with how it turned out!

[Cuticle to tip: China Glaze Yell-O-Neil, Revlon Orange Fizz, China Glaze Orange Marmalade]
All the girls at work liked it! But the guys didn't, how funny! It was more the colour combination that put them off, for some reason yellow and orange just didn't cut the mustard...

Sep 14, 2015

Ash Diamond - Sally Hansen Glitz Gal

There are not enough hours in a day! I wish I had more time to do more complicated manis and longer posts, but I'm still so busy all the time... =S

[Bottle to nail: Sally Hansen Glitz Gal (2 coats)]
This is Sally Hansen Glitz Gal from the Gem Crush collection. Jme has previously posted this polish, so it's not even a new one! You can check out her post here.

[2 coats: Sally Hansen Glitz Gal]
Glitz Gal is a charcoal glitter polish with holo hexes sprinkled throughout. Formula is good, great glitter density, and nice even coverage. I used two coats for these photos.

[2 coats: Sally Hansen Glitz Gal]
It dries rough, as expected from a glitter polish, but I think the finish actually adds to the sparkle. Of course, a layer of topcoat doesn't hurt!