Sunday, 7 May 2017

Nail Art with Xroma Nail Vinyls - Part 3

Well, I am finally onto part 3 of my nail art using nail vinyls by Xroma, but boy have I run into some technical issues. First my computer stopped working and then my camera died! So that means that I ended up loosing some pictures and it has taken me a bit to get back on track.

Cyclone - A swirling, whirling, vortex design, right on your nails.

For my first design using these nail vinyls I went for something bright! For the base I used "Need Sunglasses?" "Green-wich Village" & "No Room For The Blues" all by O.P.I.  Then for the Cyclone design I used "Black on Black" by Sinful Colours. I liked how the bright colours of the background contrasted with the black lines.

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box


For the next design using the Cyclone vinyl I used "Mystery" by Polish Me Silly and "Black on Black" by Sinful Colours.

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Lighting: In light box

Giraffe Print - I actually really like this design as it wasn't so obviously a giraffe print and I liked how it could just be a funky pattern.

For this design I reached into my draw of polishes by Powder Perfect. I used"Otherwolrd" & "Prettiest Sight To See."

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Lighting: In light box


Next up I used a gradient of "Sky" and "Wisteria" by Picture Polish for the base and then sponged on "Abydos" by Picture Polish for a sparkly finish!

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Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box


Hounds-tooth - I found this vinyl a little more difficult that most of the others. I found that the narrow joins holding each shape of the hounds-tooth together broke apart when I used the vinyl in a traditional way.  So I worked with what I had and used them in a different way to make it work.

First up I used the vinyl right over the top of the "Snow Me White" by Sinful Colour and trimmed off the excess.

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Lighting: In light box

Next I made a decal using my Uber Chic nail mat. I used "Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas" by Miss Priss and "Black on Black" by Sinful Colours. This is literally the only picture I got of this mani before my camera died!

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Mermaid Scales - A well loved design perfect for changeling your inner mermaid.

First up I went with some light blue/green shades for a soft look. I used "Sky" and "Tail Feather" by Picture Polish.

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Lighting: In light box


I then went for something more blue and a little bit darker by using "Denim" by Celestial and "Cherish" by Powder Perfect.

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Lighting: In light box


Splat - A neat and tidy way to create colourful paint splatters.

I wanted to try something a little different with these and use them to create fireworks. I used "Raven" by Jamberry for the base and then used "Death Defying Acts" "Prest-O Change-O" "Catch Me If You Can" & "Deceptive Practice" by Glam Polish. I then went over some of the splats to thicken up some of the lines and make it look more like fireworks and less like splats of paint.

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box

Light: Direct Sunlight

Light: Direct Sunlight


Next I went with neon paint splatter over white. For the base I used "Snow Me White" and then "Nicest Kids In Town" "Hey Mama" "Big, Blonde & Beautiful" & "New Girl In Town" by Glam Polish.

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Lighting: In light box

Tiger Print - Roar!

I wanted to try something different with this one. Instead of using two different colours to create the design I wanted to try contrasting the difference between matte and glossy top coats. For the base I used "Raven" by Jamberry and then topped it off with my Miss Priss glossy top coat. I then used my Miss Priss matte top coat with the nail vinyl.

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Lighting: In light box

Lighting: Direct Sunlight

Lighting: Direct Sunlight


Then I added some colour, but only a little bit. I used "Ski Teal We Drop" by O.P.I. as the base and "Loneliest Beings" by Shades of Phoenix.

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box


The fourth and final part of my nail art using nail vinyls by Xroma will be posted soon!

-Bettina

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Nail Art with Xroma Nail Vinyls - Part 2

On to Part 2 of my marathon of nail art using the amazing nail vinyls by Xroma Polish and Vinyls. If you missed Part 1 or want to re-fresh your memory, you can check out that post HERE.

Bricks - The classic brick wall pattern.

For this design I went with the look of a traditional red brick wall. I used "Don't Pretzel My Buttons" and "Just A Little Rosti At This" both by O.P.I.

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Lighting: In light box


Water Marble - Why actually water marble when you can use a nail vinyl instead?!

The best part about this nail vinyl is that it allows a little more flexibility in the design and how its used. For my first design I created a gradient with 2 prototype polishes from Miss Priss Polish and then used "Pink Friday" by O.P.I. over the top.

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Lighting: In light box


For my second design I went with an accent nail. I used "Sky" by Picture Polish along with "Lost In Paradise" by Emily de Molly. This one looked so much better in the sunlight, but I missed getting a photo of it before the sun went down.

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Lighting: In light box


X - One of my all time favourite designs.

I started with a neon gradient using "Franki" (pink), "Coral-Lee" (orange), "Charlee" (yellow), "Waverly" (green), and "Lahni" (blue) all by EP Polish, over a white base of "Snow Me White" by Sinful Colours. I then used "Raven" by Jamberry with the vinyls to create the X's over the top of the gradient.

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Lighting: In light box


The X design also looks great as an accent nail! This nail vinyl also has an added bonus. It is one of the ones that has the added bonus of being able to use the cut outs as well as the vinyl itself. For my accent nail I used the X nail vinyl. On my other nails I used the V cut outs.  For the base colour I used "Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas" by Miss Priss Polish. The purple is then "Wisteria" by Picture Polish.

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Lighting: In light box


Fleur De Lis - I was really impressed at how this design turned out considering how detailed and small the design was.

For this manicure I used "LokoDom" and "Bonkers" by Picture Polish. I love how this turned out!

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Lighting: In light box

Moroccan Mixer - Something a little more fancy than the Moroccan design.

For this design I used "My Vampire Is Buff" by O.P.I. with "Bonkers" by Picture Polish.

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Lighting: In light box


Psychedelic - A cool and crazy design.

For a design name like psychedelic I couldn't simply use just two colours! For the base I used "Friday Night Festival" by Miss Priss Polish. I then filled in the design using "Mellow Yellow" (yellow), "Fairy Floss" (pink), "Wisteria" (purple), "Sky" (blue), and "Tiffany" (mint green) by Picture Polish.

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box


The psychedelic name of this vinyl design made me think that I needed to incorporate neon polishes into my nail art.  I still couldn't use just one colour! I used "Snow Me White" by Sinful Colours for my base, and then while that was drying I went in search of some neon colours that I hadn't used in awhile... "Lemon Meringue" (yellow), "Apple Mint" (green), "Blueberry Pie" (blue), "Sweet Peach" (orange), and "Berry Parfait" (pink) by Glam Polish, from memory these shades were exclusives to Mei Mei's Signatures ages ago.

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Lighting: In light box


Stay tuned for Part 3... Coming soon!

-Bettina

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.

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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?

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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.

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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. 


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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.

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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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-EDIT-

I re-did the purple and green design using the Tiles nail vinyl. Much happier now! I used "Sky" "Tiffany" & "Chillax" by Picture Polish to create a gradient and then used "Wisteria" also by Picture Polish, with the nail vinyl to create the tiles.

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Lighting: In light box


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.


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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.

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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