Wednesday, October 1, 2014

#31DC2014: Day 31 - Honor nails you love

YAY It's done! This is the last post of this challenge! And the last one is a mani that is inspired by someone you look up to. And the organiser of this challenge is Chalkboardnails and the one I decided to honor. There is a reason why she is a well known nail artist name in the blogger world :) 

The mani that stood out to me in her recent posts was the disstresed look. You can see her original work and tutorial HERE. I stuck to the tutorial and added some stamps because I had this mani in my head ever since I saw the tutorial :)


For this look I used Sinful colors Wisp as base. The distressed lines are made with Essence Be berry now, Inti inka, Off to Miami and China glaze Highlight of my summer. The stamps are done with Esseence stamp me!black and MoYou London Scholar 2 plate. 


I hope you enjoyed the ride this month :)

xoxo
gin

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

#31DC2014: Day 30 - A tutorial

Everyone has that one mani that they are super proud of. And this is mine - I call it the masterpiece nails <3 Since I am so in love with them I decided to make a quick tutorial on how to make these pretties.



You will need a base polish - I used Catrice Berry Potter & Plumbeldore. Then 3 polishes that stamp over that base. I tested them out first. I decided for Essence stamp me!black Sinful colors My Kryptonite and Essence The Boy next door. The I choose 3 very different patterns of plates QA65, BM212, QA66.



Step 1: After the base is dry you take some sticky tape strips (and I recommend you stick then on some other surfaces first so they loose the stickiness) and randomly apply them to the nail in a way so 1/3 of it is exposed. Then you stamp over that part. Here I used Sinful colors My Kryptonite and QA66.


Step 2: Is the one with all the hard work. You have to have twice as many sticky tapes as before. But the old ones should still be ok. Then apply them over what you already stamped and what you want to stay bare. I recommend that you apply a top coat over what is already stamped so that the sticky tape doesn't accidentally ruin it. I used Essence stamp me! black and QA65.


Step 3: Now apply the sticky tape over everything you stamped so far and stamp over what is left bare. I used Essence the Boy next door and BM212


Then it's time for clean up and some top coat. I love how these turned out so dark and mysterious. This technique is great also if you want something very unique and full of patterns but don't want to use a lot of polish. Because you only need a strip of a stamp you don't use as much of the stamping polish. 


So I hope you enjoyed the tutorial and that it will inspire you to try this technique :)


I wore this nails for quite some time! But here you can see that I didn't had the energy for another hand. So I just used the same colors and different shapes on the other hand. So here is a rare 2 hand picture :)


xoxo
gin

Monday, September 29, 2014

#31DC2014: Day 29 - Supernatural / LoL mani: Amumu the Sad Mummy

Before I start mummies count as Supernatural ... I hope :) And since I started playing LoL Amumu is the 1st mummy that comes to mind. I played him only once and I don't like playing against him because he cries all the time. His superpower is crying! And his sobbing and wailing all the time so I turn the sound off when I see him in game :)

For the mani I wanted to create the bandages and stamp all the Egyptian symbols I could find. Also at the end I drenched everything in tears - because mummies that cry totally make sense ;)



Here is his picture so you can see my inspiration

Amumu the Sad Mummy 

This is him in game - can you imagine the sounds his making? :)

Source: Tumblr

My favorite Amumu quote:
''Let's be friends forever''

xoxo
gin

Sunday, September 28, 2014

#31DC2014: Day 28 - A flag - The fool nails

I never understood this part of the challenge - I don't get excited over flags nor do I have any patriotic feelings so I was at a loss at this point. I was recently rereading my favorite book The Fool by Christopher Moore. It's a parody of Shakespeare's King Lear. In the book the fool becomes the king and I wanted to make a mani that expresses that sentiment. I wanted to make a flag look that matches the story. Mandatory black motley that the fool always wears and a bit of royal blue with crown and sword stamps :) 

I love how this turned out :) I feel like it matches the book and story perfectly.


For this mani I used Color club Beyond as base and Essence stamp me! black for the black nails. The accent finger is made with Essence Crush on blue and Mundo de Unas Yellow. The plates I used are HWH - 05, BM08 and BM16 ;)



Since this book is actually the prequel to The Serpent of Venice you can refresh your memory about that story and the mani I did about it HERE

Favorite quote from the book:
Heinous fuckery most foul ;)

xoxo
gin

Friday, September 26, 2014

Catrice Feathered fall and Jack Daniels

Recently I have reduced my nail polish purchases and increased my make up hoarding. A few days ago the Catrice Limited edition Feathered fall came to our stores. I was relay excited about it - but the polishes were quite unimpressive - very classic fall multi chrome colors. But the make up assortment was amazing. So I got a multi chromed Eyeliner and a Duo-chromed lip gloss full of glitter <3 


As you can see from the swatches the Eyeliner has a deep dark chocolate brown base that has a very strong green-blue shimmer in it. And the lip gloss is a dark blood orange color full of red glitters. It is not a one coat gloss so I used a red lipstick as base. 



How pretty are these promo pictures? 


And here is my outfit I paired with this make up. The make up is very simple but I love how the blue eyeliner shimmer picks up the color in my hair and the red lips are a perfect contrast to them as well.


Dress - eBay, Shoes - eBay, Ring - Claire's, Stockings - eBay

xoxox
gin

#31DC2014: Day 26 - Pattern

This time I wanted to go a bit creepy. I was looking at my roses stamps and realised if I try to layer them the right way they will look like blood vessels. And I think it kind off pulled it off. That classic pattern that is created when you are looking at anatomy books. 



This mani so surprisingly easy to make. I used Essence Ta-la-ra as base. The stamping polishes I used are Sinful colors Skinny dipping and Essence Kiss of a mermaid. The stamping plate is Infinity 55. And since since people are not shiny and glossy I added some matte top coat :)



source: tumblr
Getting ready for Halloween with the creepy manis over here :)
xoxo
gin

Thursday, September 25, 2014

#31DC2014: Day 25 - Fashion

The fashion trend that caught my eye this year are neon sweaters and knitted things. Because neons are always connected to summer and knitted sweaters usually aren't. I like this effect that is created when I stamp over a crazy textured polish like China glaze Snow one like you. And this effect so easy to achieve I had to make a quickie tutorial for you all :)



All you need for this mani is a white textured polish I used China glaze Snow one like you *this polish relay needs more love* and 3 very sheer neons by China glaze Surfin for boys, To yacht to handle and Shell-o. And a stamping plate with some swirls on it because they will compliment the texture of the base I used BM406


Apply the 3 polishes on the picture in even rows. Then scrape it off if the colors mix a bit even better! :) Then quickly stamp it on the nail. I can't stress enough that you have to do this all very quickly!


Here is a picture of the base polish before the stamps.


And after the stamps. Don't they look cute? 



And at the end a cute inspirational picture so you can see where my idea came from :)

source: tumblr
xoxo
gin
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