Friday, October 30, 2015

40 Great Nail Art Ideas October 30 - Halloween

Happy Halloween everyone! 

This weeks' challenge idea was Halloween.  I've been on such a stamping kick, that my hand painting skills have gotten a bit rusty, but after perusing some videos for Halloween nails, I came across some of Robin Moses' videos. That woman just absolutely floors me with her skills, she's just amazing. 
The video I copied for my mani can be found here.
And here is my version. 

Polishes used were OPI Vant To Bite My Neck? Sinful Colors Tokyo Pearl, and Ruby White Tips Kick Ass Topcoat. Then I used acrylic paints to create the pumpkins and witches. 

Hope you guys have a wonderful and safe Halloween! Don't forget to check out the other amazing artists!
Cheers til next time!

Friday, October 16, 2015

40 Great Nail Art Ideas October 16 - Geeks

This week's challenge theme is Geeks and let me tell you, it was hard to pick what I wanted to geek-out on!
So, I decided on Harry Potter. I've been on a binge watching these movies over again, they're just so good!

Polishes used are from Above The Curve inspired by Harry Potter, with the exception of the first finger, which is Above The Curve Family. 
The stamp is from My Online Shop, JR 31, and the stamping polish is Handy Nail Art. 

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Review of Ellagee's Lickity Split Latex Free Mani Mask

I recently had a comment on my video review of Simply Peel by Bliss Kiss asking if I knew about a latex free nail art barrier, so I did some searching and came across Ellagee's Licity Split Latex Free Mani Mask, which is both latex and rubber free. I hadn't tried the product at the time of the comment and reply, but I was really curious about it and had to try it out for myself. As of this post, I've used it several times and would definitely recommend it for my fellow nail art lovers who suffer from an allergy or sensitivity to latex/rubber based products.
As I will show you in the video, it's a little thicker than a latex based product, however, it does flow more easily, so you will want to start out with a very thin coat to get the feel for how it applies. I recommend that you don't start too close to your cuticle area when applying it or it can flood over onto your nail plate. Because it's thicker, it will dry slower than it's latex based counterparts, about 3-5 minutes depending on how much you apply. It is shiny when it's wet, and will be matte when it's dry, smooth to the touch, and is easily removed.
As an observation, I noted when I first opened the bottle and went to apply it, the bristles on the brush were very stiff. I worked the brush out, bending it back and forth firmly and it softened right up, making it much easier to apply the product. I haven't noticed it being stiff again since I've used it several times, so I wouldn't let that dissuade you from purchasing it. 
It comes in a full 15ml bottle for about $7.00 with shipping of about $3.50 in the United States (as of today's post).

Friday, October 2, 2015

40 Great Nail Art Ideas - Hobbies

I first became interested in nail art a couple of years ago from a Facebook group, which at the time was called the Purple Crumpet Fairy Challenge. I was astounded by the ladies and their nail art, it was just amazing all the talented artists and bloggers - it was amazing to see all the different interpretations of the challenges.
That group is now the Crumpet's Nail Tarts, and from that group has born the NEW Crumpets Nail Tarts 40 Great Nail Art Ideas, a 52 week challenge for nail art. Bloggers and nail art lovers alike have to come together to explore their interpretations and ideas about the challenge ideas, and push their art skills into high gear. Two different categories were available, Colors with Patterns and Themes. I've chosen to participate in Themes, with the every other week challenge prompts.

Our first challenge is Hobbies, and while I have a few hobbies, I still enjoy nail art and polish the most. I did a couple of different manis to represent this challenge, but I decided on these two. The first is a literal interpretation - polish and nail art. The first mani is a combination of stamping and painting, with a couple of my favorite indie polish brands. On my first and ring finger is 6 Harts Swim Through the Deep Skies (1st)  stamped with  It Girl Nail Art plate 103 and a silver stamping polish from Handy Nail Art and Rio Helado (ring) stamped with the same It Girl plate and a teal Handy Nail Art polish.
My middle finger is Ruby White Tips Here's to Season 4 (now discontinued), and a hand-painted polish bottle. And finally my pinkie is Orly Mirrorball, a polish I've been after for a while.

I couldn't not include this mani, because it's one of my most favorite and laborious ones as it took me several hours to complete. These are decals made with my Uberchic mat and It Girl Nail Art plate 101 and filled in with Color Club holos.  

I'm looking forward to the other challenges and what I can come up with!
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Cheers til next time!

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