China Glaze is the next big brand after OPI, Minx, Sephora and Sally Hansen to release a set of nailstickers. They may be a bit late after all the other brands have already been doing this for a while but that does not make these lovely Appliqués, as they call them, less fabulous!
I personally love wearing nail stickers on my toes and I will be on the lookout for these! I just hope they’ll come to the Netherlands as well. I’m also glad to hear they’re taking the same route Sally Hansen is and that they are using real polish instead of plastic with a pattern on it as those, and let’s just be honest here, usually end up looking like crap on your nails with all kinds of ugly folds and bubbles. So yay China Glaze, you rock!
I recently found out about a rare plate that Konad supposedly produced a while ago and I decided to hunt it down on eBay. I’m a big stamping plate collector and I love how they all help you achieve a different look for your nails. This particular plate I feel has a little rockchick or even rock chic look to it because the little swallows have an old style tattoo vibe and when I see a little lightening bolt I can’t help but think of Kat von D.
The little stars, the rainbow and the all over cupcake, sweets and icecream cone print give it a more happy vibe, something Gwen Stefani or Nicky Minaj could totally rock. You just can’t go wrong with a nice leopard print, especially when it’s teamed up with some awesome looking shreds!
What do you think of this one? Had you heard about it or seen it yet? Or do you own it already and are you not impressed, let me know, I’m curious!
Today I kind of have a little mixed media project on my nails because I’ve used several things to get to this flashy end result.
I started it all off by using a nice base coat and covered that with a silver polish by Barry M as a color base. I used a silver polish as a base because I intend to use a silver nailart foil. And the foil doesn’t always stick to the glue right you might get some bald spots. So this is just to make sure you cover your nails completely.
After that had dried I applied special foil glue and added a layer of silver foil that I’ve ordered from Dollarnailart ages ago.
Nailfoils are nothing like the nail stickers that Sally Hanson or all the other brands currently are selling. Foils are sold in a long rolled up strip that you can cut sections off of. You then rub those sections onto your nail after putting on a special glue. This glue dries clear and tacky and it helps the foil adhere to the nail. Once you’re certain the foil has attached to the glue you very gently pull it off. So what is left on your nail is a very very thin layer of color that has come off the actual foil that is now clear. The layer is so thin that it will get scraped off easily, this and the glue react strongly to certain topcoats so you need to be careful with that as well.
Just so the foil doesn’t crinkle I coated the silver nails royally with a waterbased topcoat by Piggy Polish, and by royally I mean at least three layers. After that had dried I stamped it with my black Konad stamping polish and Konad plate m57 topping it off with a regular topcoat.
Here’s the end result:
They are a bit hard to photograph because of how reflective they are, but they are so much fun to wear that I just had to give it a shot and take a picture for you all.
Have you ladies tried foils before? If yes, did you like it? If no, would you in the future?
In my previous post about packages you might have seen me mention the amazing SdP big Image Plates designed and sold by Dashica Beauty Shop. Yesterday morning they arrived and I’ve never been happier! Thank you again Shirley for the wonderful service by allowing me to pre-order the plates!
I decided to try them out right away and this is what I came up with!I’ve used the following things to achieve this look:I started with a base of very soft yellow. The polish used for that is by Essence and called “Mellow Yellow”. I needed two layers for it to be the color that I wanted.
Over that I sponged a brighter yellow which is by O.P.I and is called “Need Sunglasses”. This helps give the colors a more intense look.
By the way, if you have not experimented with sponging on your nail polish before I can only encourage you to give it try. It’s an easy and pretty way to make your nails look special with as little as two colors used. All you do is dab some nail polish onto a make up sponge and use some scrap paper to dab it on a few times to get rid of the excess and then take the sponge to your nail and use it where you want to add the color. It’s as easy as that.
To achieve the full yellow to orange gradient, I used the same sponge technique as I mentioned above to apply a light layer of Herôme’s “Zagora.” It’s a lovely smooth creamy orange color.After letting it all dry, I prepared my stamping set by cleaning the stamp and the plate with acetone. This is to clean off any residue that may have gotten on it before use. Grease especially stops the stamping equipment from working right so make sure it is all clean before you use it. I used O.P.I.’s Lady in Black to stamp on the lovely leopard print.
In daylight these flakies have an orange glow and are beautifully see through so it is as if your nails have a little light inside them. And as I type this up on the computer right now the screen makes the flakies light up in a golden green fashion. It’s very pretty and the picture on the right doesn’t really do it justice. Click the picture to see it a bit bigger and check out what I mean about these flakies.
That’s it for the nails this week, please excuse my dry looking hands, I hadn’t moisturized yet because I was waiting for the polish to be completely dry. I hope you enjoyed this set and I will now leave you with a picture of the polishes used: