Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Into The Stars - Galaxy Nail Art

I thought it was time for some galaxy nail art. Doing galaxy nails has been a long time favourite of mine, they're easy to do and almost always turn out looking great! My biggest tip for creating awesome galaxy nails with a smooth, blended milky way look is to work in thin layers. After that first layer of polish that you sponge on... keep going! It doesn't have to finish there! Use a range of like colours of different opacity and work in thin layers until you get the desired effect that you're looking for.

For my galaxy nails I used "I saw... U saw... We saw... Warsaw" by O.P.I. This polish is a nice opaque dark blue, a great background for galaxy nails. I then sponged on a white polish to create the shape of my milky way. Next I sponged on a crelly purple polish (one that I am working on as part of my Miss Priss Polish collection), this light shade of purple with a slightly translucent finish smoothed and blended out my harsh white lines that I had just sponged on. I kept alternating between these three polishes until I was happy with how they looked. All up I did about three thin layers of sponging to reach my desired effect. Next, top coat! This helps to blend the colours even more. After my top coat dried I stamped on some stars using some unknown stamping plate and white polish. I then added a holo top coat, I used "Call It Magic" by Miss Priss Polish and then one last coat of a glossy top coat to finish it all off. Here is the finished result...

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-Bettina

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Something For Halloween by Miss Priss Polish

It's Halloween!!! When I lived in America this was one of my favourite times of the year. Now that I am back in Australia it isn't as fun anymore, however I still do enjoy Halloween and remember the fun times that I had when I lived in California. This year for my Halloween inspired polishes I tapped into my love or glitter jellies and traditional Halloween colours and themes. My inspiration and creating resulted in The Something For Halloween Trio!

Something Scary -  A black jell polish with bright matte green and orange glitter. Inspired by green zombies and orange glowing pumpkins.

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Something Wicked - A purple jelly polish with micro iridescent glitter and small matte black, purple, orange and green glitter. Inspired by a witches and their bubbling cauldron.

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Something Creepy - A deep blue jelly base with a holographic shimmer and small matte purple and black hex glitter. Inspired by a creepy midnight graveyard. 

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This trio is now available in my Etsy shop!

-Bettina

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Egyptian Themed Swatches & Nail Art

I have just returned from an amazing holiday to Egypt. I saw so many incredible things and it really was an adventure of a life time. In the excitement leading up to my trip to Egypt I was inspired to do some Egyptian themed nail art, as well as use polishes by Powder Perfect that were inspired by ancient Egypt. Now that I'm back home and recovering from jet lag I have spent the day going through my swatches and nail art, edited the photos, and now written my blog post (It's been a productive day).  So, without further ado... Egyptian nails!

"Divine Pharaoh" - One of my newish polishes from Powder Perfect. A holographic silver base with flecks of gold. In ancient Egypt the Pharaoh was more than the king, they believed that he was more like a god. So does that mean that this is the polish of the gods?

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Stamping plate Powder Perfect - Egypt 1. I love this simple design.

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"Horus" - A deep holographic red. My favourite out of my recent purchase from Powder Perfect. 

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I then stamped over the top with stamping plate is Powder Perfect Egypt 1 and "Light Taupe" stamping polish by Emily de Molly.

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I loved this polish so much that I used it as the base for another stamping design. Again, I used the Egyptian stamping plate by Powder Perfect, with "Holo Silver" stamping polish by Emily de Molly. Since, this polish is called Horus, I needed to incorporate him into my nail art, so the god stamped on my ring finger is, of course, Horus!

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"Weighing The Heart" -  A holographic pink with extra sparkle! I brought this polish purely because of the name. The weighing of the heart is part of a Pharaohs judgement after he has died. The Pharaoh's heart was weighed against a feather, if his heart was lighter than the feather it meant that he had lead a good life and could pass through to the after life. 

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More stamping using the Egyptian stamping plate by Powder Perfect.  On my ring finger is Anubis, the god of mummification and the afterlife. On my other nails I have the lotus flower. 

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For this mani I created a subtle gradient using "Divine Pharaoh" and "Abydos" by Powder Perfect, except on my ring finger I have one thing coat of "Divine Pharaoh" over the top of "Abydos" for a more solid base. 

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For the stamping I used the image of King Tut's mask from Mo You London Explorer 02 stamping plate. The other patterned design is from Powder Perfect Egypt 1 stamping plate.  I used "Black" stamping polish by Emily de Molly. 

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I then went in and did some lead lighting using "Cerulean" by Powder Perfect to resemble the stunning blue and gold stripes on King Tut's mask. 

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"Thebes" - A brunt orange holographic micro glitter. One of my older Egyptian themed polishes by Powder Perfect. 

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This burnt orange makes the perfect background colour for a sunset silhouette of the pyramids and the sphinx, with of course, camels and palm trees. The perfect Egyptian scene. For this mani I used Powder Perfect Egypt 1 stamping plate with "Black" stamping polish by Emily de Molly.

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As usual I have saved my favourite for last. I used "Divine Pharaoh" as my base (again), because it is such a pretty polish! But this time I reached for my Egyptian themed stamping plate from Emily de Molly - EDM08, along with "Black" stamping polish by EdM. 

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I then went in with lead lighting polishes to create the colourful desert scene. I used "Cerulean" "Illuminate" and "Medieval" by Powder Perfect. 

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-Bettina