Monday, May 27, 2019

Frisch Lackiert Challenge: Holo-Mania

Holo-Mania is this week's challenge theme. I really love holos, so yay!

I started with a white base (two coats of Essence Wild White Ways) and put on chevron nail vinyls when the base was completely dry. Then I added four purple holos, one in each section of the nail (Color Club Wild At Heart, Eternal Beauty and Cloud Nine, Colors by Llarowe True Colors). Then I just removed the vinyls and added one coat of KBShimmer Clearly On Top, done. The only thing that took a little patience was waiting for the base to dry completely. Other than that, this was a very easy mani.

Colors By llarowe are available at their own storeHypnotic polish, Color4Nails, Harlow & Co and a lot of other retailers. 

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Lucky Nirvana

It has been raining the last couple of days here in Switzerland, and nature really embraces the much needed water (I don't like the weather too much, but nature's needs are more important...). So with all the green spreading around, some green on my nails, too. 

As base I used three coats of Born Pretty Store Nirvana (Melody Life Series), a leafy green creme.

My glitter topper is Penélope Luz Lucky Fairy, a slightly green tinted base with various shades of green hexes from micro to medium, some of them holographic, plus some black tiny hexes and larger squares. I dabbed on one coat of added one coat of KBShimmer Clearly On Top.

Penélope Luz polishes are available at Norway Nails and at Mei Mei's Signatures, where I bought it. I didn't see Lucky Fairy in either of the shops anymore, so it's probably no longer available.

Monday, May 20, 2019

Frisch Lackiert Challenge: Reverse Stamping

Reverse stamping is today's challenge prompt.

I really love portuguese azulejo, those blue ceramic tile art, so I went for a white and blue pattern with the MoYou London Porcelain Collection plate 04 and white Born Pretty Store stamping polish. I filled the tiles with three shades of blue (MoYou London Chill Out, Barry M. Indigo and Essie Bobbing For Baubles) directly on my stamper and applied it over a white base (one coat of Essence Wild White Ways). Then came three coats of topcoat, first Bundle Monster Smudge Free Top Coat, followes by KBShimmer Clearly On Top and Picture Polish G'Day Matte.

This is the portuguese tile art, in case you didn't know it. I took the picture at the Estação de São Bento train station in Porto. My mani doesn't really look like it, but I think it translates the general look.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

When Colours Collide: Multichrome

Again a challenge mani, today for the latest round of When Colours Collide, that ended last sunday. The prompt was duo- or multichrome.

My duochrome polish is Girly Bits Shift Happens, a beautiful shift from green to red. This one is too sheer to be worn alone, so I layered two coats over a very dark green creme (two coats of Essie Stylenomics). I just love the more "coarse" look of this topper, where you can almost see the pigment particles.

Since this is a nail art challenge, I couldn't just leave Shift Happens alone, and the only not multichrome colors allowed were black or white, so I added a white pattern using Born Pretty Store stamping polish and ÜberChic stamping plate 15-03. On top, I layered one coat of Bundle Monster Smudge Free Top Coat and one coat of KBShimmer Clearly On Top.

Girly Bits polishes are available at her own store, Harlow & Co. and Mei Mei's Signatures

Monday, May 13, 2019

Frisch Lackiert Challenge: Galaxy

This week, Frisch Lackiert wants to see galaxy nails, and her wish is my command ;-)

Since these are only my second galaxy nails, I followed this Youtube tutorial, using Essence Deep Blue Sea as base and sponging with Essence Wild White Ways and Black Is Back, Essie Rock The Boat and Catrice It's All I Can Blue. The glitter topper is Catrice Have An Ice Day. I added some stars using a dotting tool and the white Essence, and then topped everything with KBShimmer Clearly On Top.

Friday, May 10, 2019

Gold Rock

Something more colorful for today.

As base I used three coats of Essie School Of Hard Rock, a teal creme with grey undertones. I was so sure I had already shown this one, so I didn't take a swatch picture. But I found out I only used it in a nail art post where you can't really see it on it's own...

On the base I dabbed one coat of Lumina Lacquer Gold Dust Woman, a clear based glitter topper with teal and gold glitters, hexes, squares, dots, stars and half moons. For a smoother finish, I added one coar of KBShimmer Clearly On Top.

I usually pair my polishes in the same color family, as I did here, but honestly, I somewhat regret not wearing the topper over black or a really dark blue. I'm sure it must look fabulous over a dark base that makes the colors really pop. But then, I can always wear it again, over a different base, can't I? ;-)

I seem to have bought this polish back in 2013, oops. Lumina Lacquer are no longer produced, but maybe you can find some bottles in a blog sale or something...

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Chocolate Cog Wheels

How about some steampunk for today?

I started with three coats of ILNP Chocolate Slate, a chocolate brown (duh) polish with holo sparkles and some golden flakies.

For the stamping I used Barry M. Gold Foil and Born Pretty Store stamping plate Time Travel BPX-L023. If you like steampunk manis, you definitely need this stamping plate, it's full of different cog wheel patterns. As usual, I added one coat of Bundle Monster Smudge Free Top Coat and one coat of KBShimmer Clearly On Top.

ILNP polishes are available on Etsy, Hypnotic Polish, Harlow & Co. and at their own shop.

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