Monday, June 8, 2015

Mani Monday: Pink Doodle Stamping

Hey all.  I hope everyone had a nice weekend.  I have another stamping attempt for everyone today, so lets get to it.

I started off with ORLY's Artifical Sweetener on my thumb and middle fingers.  It is a pretty nudeish pink with a touch of gold shimmer.  I actually just picked this up at Sally's last 50% off clearance sale and I'm totally happy with it.  Two coats left it completely opaque and the shimmer was visible on the nail.  On my pointer and pinkie I am wearing two coats of OPIs Pussy Galore.  It is a baby pink texture with pink shimmer and was opaque with two coats.  I decided to leave it textured for this.  On my ring finger I am wearing my tried and true silver accent nail, two coats of Sally Hansen in Celeb City and one coat of Essie in Set in Stone.

On top of Artificial Sweetener I stamped a henna-esque design from Moyou London's Doodles #07 plate using a Konad double sided stamper and my go to black Cult Nails Fetish.  If you look closely you can see that the stamp does not reach the base of my cuticles and the very tip of my nail, but the design is very dark and sharp.  Slowly, but surely, I will figure out this stamping stuff!

If you are interesting in the stamping plate I used, you can find Moyou London's storefront here.  Really, they're gorgeous and I want so many more.

 As the usual kind reminder, these products were purchased with my own money.  I am not cool enough to have companies send me free stuff to review them. ;)

Monday, June 1, 2015

Mani Monday: Jelly Sandwich

Happy Monday all!  I hope you had a lovely weekend.  I am still exhausted.  Really, it needs to be September 27th already so that I don't have to worry about wedding stuff any more.  I spent this last weekend figuring out the mens' clothing and helping my future mother in law pick out a dress.  I still have so much more stuff to do in the next four months. Ugggggg.

So today I bring you some quick, easy, and honestly kind of cheating, nail art.  Yay!  Jelly sandwich!  A jelly sandwich is when you paint your nails with a sheer or "jelly" polish and then layer a coat of glitter between two layers, or "sandwich" it.  I like jelly sandwiches for two reasons.  First off it's a good way of using polishes that are pretty, but just too sheer.  We all know I hate visible nail line and glitter does help cover that up.  Secondly, I like jelly sandwiches because it's almost like your making your own polish.  The effect of combining two polishes like this is very similar to some of the jelly and glitter mixes that indie polish makers are prone to making.  With a jelly sandwich you can do the same thing, but and pick the combination yourself.

For my sheer polish today, I used Esmaltes de Kelly in Blue Soap Bubbles.  I painted three coats of Blue Soap Bubbles on my nails and then put a coat of OPIs Comet in the Sky from the Winter 2014 Gwen Stefani collection.  Finally I topped it with one last coat of Blue Soap Bubbles and some quick dry top coat.  I only really use HK Girl.  My warning for this kind of mani and the reason why my cut off for polish is three coats, is that this will dent and wrinkle if you don't wait until it is completely dry.

If you're interested in sheer, jelly type of polishes or in Esmaltes de Kelly, they are available on Llarowe.

 As the usual kind reminder, these products were purchased with my own money.  I am not cool enough to have companies send me free stuff to review them. ;)