Haven't posted here in a while.. I've been busy! But I have been somewhat active on my Instagram account - it's just so much easier than blogging for me at the moment..
That's why I'm going to shut down the blog for a while - or maybe rather just ignore it. If I post something it'll be on Instagram. That's also because the most part of my studies for the rest of the year is going on at a hospital, where I can't wear nail polish. So I don't know how much I'll be able to do my nails.. That's why I'm not part of the Happy Monday 'club' anymore - I wouldn't be able to participate :)
Today's Happy Monday prompt is 'black & white'. I wanted to do some stamping and afterwards thought it needed a frame..
I actually planned to try out the OPI Sheer Tints on top of it afterwards, because I thought I would get bored with black & white. But there's just something about a simple black and white mani, so I'm leaving it as it is.. for now.. :)
I used Sally Hansen White On,Wet'n'Wild Black Creme and image plate QA65.
I've been gone for a while, but my exams are finally over,so hopefully I'll be more around these next weeks :)
For my first mani 'back' I wanted to use my new nail art brushes from StylishNailArtShop - and what better way to use them for the first time than by being inspired by the lovely stationary I recieved in my package together with the brushes?
First a collage:
I really like this, except my deformed white flower.. it ruins it a bit unfortunately.. But I love the colors and it's nice to have nail polish on my nails again :)
Here's the gradient, before the nail art:
As it says in the collage, I used the Pure Color No. 9 nail art brush and the polishes I used were Essie Absolutely Shore, China Glaze Grass Is
Lime Greener, Be
More Pacific and Gaga For Green, Sally
Hansen White On and OPI I Just Can't Cope-Acabana.
Today I have the last manicure I did on top of Depend Gellack Turquoise Neon.
I used some water decals with white feathers. I originally wanted more than one on each hand, but for some reason the decals dissolved with topcoat - I only managed to secure on decal on each hand with topcoat, even though I used 6 decals :/ Such a shame, it's the first time I've had any problems with water decals.
For the other nails I used Dance Legend Aztec no. 4 (white shard glitter) and Top Sahara (textured topcoat). Funnily the Top Sahara only dried complety textured on some of the nails.. But to be fair I did put it on top of a soak off gel polish, not normal polish. I'm looking forward to trying it again on top of normal nail polish :)
So here's the total sum-up of all the Turquoise Neon manis:
I have this thing with triangles atm, apparently.. For this I used Super Black Dusted (Purple with green glass flecks), Diamond Cosmetics Don't Teal My Heart Away (teal) and OPI Skull & Glossbones (grey-ish). The design on my middle finger is copied from THIS mani by @msidarose on Instagram :)
I really love the colors in this mani =) And the design too, actually.. Yay!
I did a skittlette on top of Depend Gellack Turquoise Neon. I wanted to try a watermarble and do a double stamp with the triangle stamp from my last manicure. For the last nail I just did stripes. For the skittlette I used Cult Nails Wack Slacks, Essie Absolutely Shore and H&M Liberty Girl and QA66 for the stamping
Unfortunately I didn't give any good pictures of this, so I'm showing the three 'best'.. But I wasn't overly satisfied with this manicure, I don't know why, but it just didn't really do it for me..
Well, I have already 'spoiled' today's mani - it was in the picture I showed you yesterday with the 'true' color of Depend Gellack Turquoise Neon. But you'll see it again now and I even made a mini-tutorial that you'll get!
The stamp is QA66 done with Wet'n'Wild Black Creme. I love this image and wanna use it for a full mani!
I had the design on my index and pinkie too, but it smeared when I put on topcoat and I didn't have the time to redo it, so I just removed it (the wonders of a soak off gel mani) and didn't put a topcoat on the other nails.. Why I did topcoat on my index and pinkie first, I don't know :p
Unfortunately the stamping smudged on the thumb :(
So here's the tutorial.. I think it kinda explains itself, but of course I made it - so tell me if you need some step-by-step info :)
And in case you didn't see my post from yesterday, here's me trying to show the true color of Depend Gellack Turquoise Neon. I was so excited about this color that I needed the whole world to see it too and wince the camera didn't wanna help me, I had to make photoshop help me :p
I'm currently wearing Depend Gellack Turquoise Neon - and I've really been struggling with capturing the color on camera - it is after all a neon!
So I tried finding the closest color code macth in Photoshop - as it looks on my screen! Remember that colors varies on different screens, so this is how it looks from my screen point of view (if that even makes sense :p)
So i made this nifty collage to try and show it,, I hope it makes sense and maybe helps anyone figuring out if they would like the color before buying :)
The SOG itself is amazing! It's very opaque - the most opaque of the Depend Gellacks I have. Granted I only have three, but still! It's a neon. I used mostly 2 coats, on some of the nails I did an extra because I screwed up the application a bit..
I have a belated Happy Monday challenge for you. I thought this week was the neon-prompt, but I was wrong - it is match clothes! So I just did this mani this morning..
I wanted to recreate a print on a shirt I have that I've wanted to do since I got it. It's very simple but I just like it.. I chose to do it on a base of Cult Nails Wack Slacks (if you follow me on Instagram you would have seen that I've just joined the Cult) - I could easily have found a blue that matches the shirt more, but I really wanted to try this out - and made the tulips with white acrylic paint. It was nice to avoid the polish-smell while doing this :) Can I just say how wonderful the formula on Wack Slacks is? It's super pigmented - I don't think I could make a streaky coat even if I tried very hard! I have to try and stamp with this at some point.
And here's a pic with the shirt:
I could have done tulips on my other hand too, but I really wanted to try out Cult Nails Feedback on top of Wack Slacks and pair it with Barry M Mermaid, so I did that instead - and they look great together :)
And, of course, a collage.. I really love doing collages after I discovered PicMonkey :)
So neon is next week! If you follow me on Instagram you've already seen a neon mani from me - the one I had actually made for today before I found out I was a week ahead. But I wasn't happy with that one, so I'm happy to get a second chance to (hopefully) make a better one :)