Friday, 17 February 2017

Nail Art with Xroma Nail Vinyls - Part 1

This is a post that I have been working on for months (yes, months - plural). I think it was back in November last year that I received a new bunch of nail vinyls from Xroma. There were heaps of amazing new designs and some old classics too. As soon as I saw all of these amazing vinyls my brain started ticking, thinking, and designing. With all of the amazing possibilities presented with these nail vinyls how could I possibly show them off by only using them once with just one design. So, I have sacrificed my time and effort just to show off these nail vinyls for you - who am I kidding? This post is for me too! I had so much fun doing all of these designs!!! Because there are so many deigns I have split all of my nail art up into a few bite size posts, rather than one huge overwhelming mass of nail art. So, without further ado...


Lots of Love - Pattern with small and large hearts.

For my first design I used "Health" by Miss Priss Polish as the base and then "Fairy Floss" by Picture Polish over the top.

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box

Next I changed up the colours a little big. I used a prototype Miss Priss Polish for the hearts with "Pink Friday" by O.P.I. as the base colour. Which do you prefer, the darker base with the light hearts, or the light base with the dark hearts?

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box

Scattered Hearts - Various sizes of hearts positioned more randomly compared to the previous nail vinyl design. 

I pulled out an old Glam Polish for this one, I used "Bunny Love" as the base and then "BANG" also by Glam Polish, for the hearts.

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box

I realised I was using a lot of pink for these heart designs, so it was time to switch to the red. I used "Lust" by Miss Priss Polish for the base and "Saucy" by Picture Polish for the hearts. Which do you like better, the pink or the red? I think I like the pink one better, even though I am a lover of reds!

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Lighting: In light box


Basket Weave - A simple double basket weave design. 

For this design I used "Tutu Cute" by Glam Polish for the base with "Sky" by Picture Polish over the top. I love the combination of the soft pink and blue. 


Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box


Single Basket Weave - Similar to the previous nail vinyl, but with only one horizontal line. 

Both of the polishes I used for this design were by Picture Polish. I used "Chillax" as the base and then "Blush" with the nail vinyl to create the basket weave pattern.

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box


Autumn - A design with swirling vines and leaves.

For some reason this seemed like a great design to use for a Christmas mani, and it was! I used three polishes by Miss Priss Polish. The base is "Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas" with "Apple of My Eye" and "Piece of My Heart" used over the top to create the leaves and vines.

Lighting: Direct sunlight

Lighting: Direct sunlight



After using the Autumn nail vinyl for a more detailed design over Christmas I decided to simplify the next one. For the base I used "Blossom" by Sienna Byron Bay and then sponged "LakoDom" by Picture Polish over the top for a soft and pretty design. 

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Lighting: In light box

Tiles - A tessellating arrow tile design. 

Trying to be inspired by as many different colour combinations as possible (while also giving love to some older polishes) I decided to use "Hot Flush" by Miss Ashleigh as my base with "Mellow Yellow" over the top to create the tiles.

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box


For my next use of the Tiles nail vinyl I used "Go Home Sky You're Drunk" by Glam Polish as the base. I really liked the pastel purple base and how it contrasted with the neon green glitters, so I the neon green vinyls would look cool over the top of this polish. So I added the nail vinyl to my nails and trimmed off the edges and added a top coat to seal it in. However, I think the vinyl took away from the base colour making it look dull and grey, instead of adding to it. Oh well, live and learn.

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Puzzle - Puzzle pieces. My personal favourite! 

Through trial and error I came to realise that this nail vinyl was too delicate to use how I would normally use a nail vinyl (Apply base colour, wait to dry. Apply nail vinyl and apply polish over the top then remove immediately to reveal the base colour). When going to peel the vinyl off my nail it would break and mess up the lines. So I created a nail decal using my nail mat and then transferred that to my nail on top of the base colour (If your not sure what I mean by this I found a tutorial on YouTube for you). For my base I used "Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas" then used "Raven" by Jamberry to create the nail vinyl.


Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box


This time I used the nail vinyl its self over the top of "Illusion" by Glam Polish. I applied the vinyl and trimmed the edges to fit my nail, I then sealed it in with a top coat.

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box


Finally, my favourite design! Here I used "Raven" by Jamberry for the base, then created a decal using my nail mat with a white polish. After I applied my decal to my nails I used the lead lighting technique to add colour to the puzzle pieces. The colours I used are "Apple of My Eye" and "Strength In My Bones" by Miss Priss Polish as well as "Cerulean" "Medieval" "Flora" and "Illuminate" by Powder Perfect.

Lighting: Direct sunlight

Lighting: Direct sunlight


That's it for part 1 of my nail art using the new Xroma nail vinyls. I still have heaps to share so I'll be back with part 2 soon. Until then, let me know your favourite designs and what nail vinyls you want to get your hands on!

-Bettina 

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Good Vibes for 2017 Collection by Miss Priss Polish

Miss Priss is starting off the new year by sending out good vibes to everyone in the form of nail polish!  Miss Priss is my own indie nail polish brand and I wanted to share my optimism for the new year through my first collection for 2017. I created some beautiful, sparkling polishes and named them after some of the things that I hope for you all in the new year: Prosperity, Peace, Happiness, and Health. 

"Prosperity" - A teal/green polish with pastel matte mint glitters. 

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Lighting: Direct sunlight

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Lighting: In light box


"Peace" - A blue polish with a holographic base and a mix of dark and light blue glitters.


Lighting: Direct sunlight

Lighting: Direct sunlight

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Lighting: In light box


"Happiness" - A deep purple polish with a holographic base and a mix of matte lavender glitters.

Lighting: Direct sunlight

Lighting: Direct sunlight

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Lighting: In light box


"Health" - A redish pink polish with a holographic base and bright matte pink glitters in a variety of sizes.

Lighting: Direct sunlight

Lighting: Direct sunlight

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Lighting: In light box


I hope that you all have had a great start to the new year and that you are as optimistic as I am for the year to come. This collection is currently available through my Miss Priss Polish Etsy shop.

-Bettina

Monday, 9 January 2017

Review of 2016 and Ready For 2017

Well, another year gone. How was everyone's first week of 2017? So far so goo for me, but before I start sharing my optimism for the future I want to reflect. I will admit that I have been a bit slack (ok, very slack) with blogging this year. In 2016 I started working full time. Before I stated working I was studying at university full time to become a teacher. Even though I was studying full time, it was very flexible. I could swatch polishes during the day and then work on assignments during the night. Then I graduated at the end of 2015 and started teaching full time in 2016. This meant that all the day time swatching I was doing came to an immediate halt. All nail related activities then had to be done at night and on the weekend. So that is why I have been so absent this year, and for that I apologize. I hope that 2017 will be different, but I'll get to that later. Even though I have been quiet this year there are still many products that I have been using and would like to share my favourite products of 2016!

For my favourite products of 2016 I would like to get my bias favourites out of the way first. By this I mean two of my own Miss Priss products. My own scrub and lotion are at the top of my favourites list. Yes, I am bias because I make them, but I still really love using them. The scrub is super scrubby and great at softening dry skin. The lotion is all natural and the best moisturizer I have ever used. I credit these two products to keeping my hands looking photo worthy.



For my second favourite product I have to mention Heromi Nail Hardener. Out of all the hardeners and strengtheners I have tried this one has worked the best for me. Now it's ingredients aren't the most friendly as it does contain formaldehyde, however, it is the most effective nail hardener I have used (and trust me, I've tried plenty)!



Next up is something more exciting... Nail polish! I tried a new brand this year that I think is worth mentioning. The Sienna Byron Bay nail polishes that I tried had impressive creme formulas, and I do love a good creme polish. I love the colours and plan to use them again (and again, and again). If you want to see that blog post again you can check it out HERE.



So that is my quick review of 2016, but now it is 2017 and I am feeling very optimistic for the future! I have some goals this year that I would like to share with you all. Maybe if I share them I'll be more accountable to following through, and you guys can help keep me on track too!

First up, blog more often! I hoping for once a week. Also a slightly wider range of topics. Still all about nails, including my swatches and nail art, of course, but include more about my work space, the science of nail polish, favourite bloggers, etc.

My second goal is to build up my nail polish business more. That includes more nail polish releases, which of course, will be featured here!

I hope that you all have had a great start to the new year and that your new years resolutions are still on track!

-Bettina


Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Sienna Bryon Bay Swatches and Nail Art

I was asked if I would sample some nail polishes by Sienna Bryon Bay. It's been awhile since I have swatched any new polishes, so I was absolutely thrilled to be back in the game! I checked out the brand's website and other social media sites and I was very impressed at how the brand was presented. It was clean and professional. This made me very eager to receive my samples so that I could get down to the real business; the nail polish! They arrived beautifully packaged, in an embossed, recycled box. The polish bottles are a nice shape and size. I love that the bottles have a wooden cap. The fact that the boxes are made out of recycled materials and beautiful natural wooden caps nicely ties in with the eco-friendly and curtely free philosophy and values that Sienna Bryon Bay works by. I was sent three beautiful nail polish shades plus their base and top coat. So for all of my swatches I used the base coat, two coats of colour, and then finished with the top coat. 





"Harmony" - A light tropical peach colour. A very creamy textured polish with an opaque formula. On their website this polish is listed under the neutral shades. However, I wouldn't jump to place this polish in a neutral shades category, I would simply classify it as a pastel creme. 

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Lighting: In light box

Lighting: Direct sunlight

Lighting: Direct sunlight


"Ambrosia" - An English rose nail polish. A slightly more crelly formula than the previous polish, but results in a nice opaque finish. Personally, this was my favourite out of the three polishes that I was sent. It was such an amazing colour, and went so well with my pale skin tone. 

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Lighting: In light box

Lighting: Direct sunlight

Lighting: Direct sunlight


"Blossom" - A mid-tone rose pink. A nice opaque creme formula. When looking at the polishes in their pretty little box this was my favourite polish. I was drawn to the deep, almost-but-not-quite dark pink (however, I preferred the previous polish when on). I really liked this polish and it is the kind of everyday shade that I like to wear.

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: Direct sunlight

Lighting: Direct sunlight


After swatching the above polish I left it on to see how much wear I could get out of it. It was about a week with some tip wear and a little bit of chipping. This is the type of result that I would expect from any decent nail polish. I don't tend to wear nail polish longer than a week so the fact that I got a weeks wear out of it suits me quite well. The only thing is, do I want to pay $25 for a bottle of nail polish?

I also did some nail art with these polishes...
First up is "Blossom" with some nail vinyls over the top (I can't remember where I got the nail vinyls from, sorry). Instead of using the vinyls as a stencil, painting over them and then peeling it off to reveal the polish underneath I actually left the nail vinyl on and trimmed off the excess. I really liked the gold finish on the nail vinyls combined with the colour of the nail polish. 

Lighting: Direct sunlight

Lighting: Direct sunlight

I thought that "Harmony" would be a good colour to do a gradient with... I was right. I used "Harmony" along with "Sky" by Picture Polish. 

Lighting: Outside shade.


Last but not least, "Ambrosia" stamped with cherry blossoms. I used stamping plate EDM05 by Emily de Molly with white stamping polish. 

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-Bettina