Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Grace-full Nail Polish Swatches and Nail Art

It has been awhile since I have posted anything and my tray of untried polishes has continued to grow. Looking at my untried polishes I realised that there were still some polishes that I brought at Indie Con 2017, that is almost a year ago now! So it is about time that I gave them a try, starting with some polishes by Grace-full Nail Polish

"Peony Bloom" - A soft ballerina pink creme polish. Two coats with a glossy top coat.

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"Antique Pink" - A dark, dusty rose pink, almost mauve. Two coats with a glossy top coat. 

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A gradient using "Peony Bloom"  and "Antique Pink" with "Holographic Top Coat" by Moonstone Polish. 

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Lighting: In light box with flash


And then I had to add some stamping over the top. Stamping plate from Messy Mansion, MM57 with "Snow Me White" by Sinful Colors. 

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Another stamping design using "Peony Bloom" and "Antique Pink" with "Snow Me White" by Sinful Colors and stamping plate from Emily de Molly, EDM19. 

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"Flapper Twin" Indie Con 2017 Exclusive - A soft nude pink with a mix of holographic and matte glitters. Two coats plus a glossy top coat. 

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"Verbena Blossom" - A stunning purple with a strong pink/gold/red shimmer. Two coats plus a glossy top coat. 

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"Blueberry" & "Strawberry" water marble. These two are perfect partners and are amazing to use for a water marbling, the formula is perfectly opaque and creamy. 

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And then because I can't help myself I added a holographic top coat, this time I used "Call It Magic" by my own indie brand Miss Priss Polish

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Coming soon, swatches of my untried polihes by Moonstone Polish!

-Bettina

Monday, 19 March 2018

Scenario Assignment Nail Art

I think I have briefly mentioned that I have been doing my Certificate III in Nail Technology (if you didn't know... you do now!). For one of my final assignments I had to use a nail template and draw a nail art design based on a scenario. The scenarios did provide some interesting inspiration, however, drawing my nail art designs on a paper template with coloured pencils is not my style of expressing my nail art ideas. Firstly, coloured pencils don't have the same application as nail polish (obviously). Secondly, doing designs on paper is entirely different to doing designs on nails, do I even need to mention curvature of the nail and polish pooling around the cuticles?

Here is a summary of the first scenario:  The client would like a modern design using candy coloured polishes. She is after a pineapple design with several small pineapples on the nail, rather than just one pineapple covering the nail.  The design must use at least four colours.

As I read the first scenario of the assignment I realised that I had created pretty much exactly what the client was asking for... I went back through my nail art photos and, well if I do say so myself, Nailed It!

For this design I used "Fairy Floss" "Mellow Yellow" and "Sky" by Picture Polish and "Pistache" by Sinful colours.




So I read the next scenario: The client is going out to a special event and is wearing a black and white outfit. She would like something elegant that would match her outfit. 

I have done plenty of black and white nail art designs in the past, but I felt that none of my previous designs matched the scenario as perfectly as with the first scenario. The assignment says to draw the design on a template, which I did include in the assignment (but I won't include it here... really you don't need to see it), but it's just not the same as real nail art. So I created a new nail art design to match the scenario, and all the other scenarios. 

For this design I used "Snow Me White" by Sinful Colors and "Pitch" by Celestial Cosmetics with stamping plate EDM10 by Emily de Molly.




Here is scenario three: The client is going to a Bollywood themed party and her outfit is pink and magenta with gold detailing. She would like her nails to complement her outfit with gold detailing similar to that found in henna designs. She would also like coloured nail jewels. 

For this design I used "Funky Dunkey" by O.P.I., "Dead Set Babe" by Dead Set Babes, and "Midas" by Celestial Cosmetics with stamping plate Explorer Collection - 03 by MoYou London. 




Scenario four: The client is going to a Christmas in July themed party and is wearing a festive Christmas jumper. The jumper is mostly white with a red Christmas design including snowflakes, reindeer and a snowman. She wants her nail art to match the theme of the party and her jumper. She wants each nail to have a different design on each nail. 

For this design I used "Snow Me White" by Sinful Colors and "Red" by Emily de Molly with stamping plate BPL-032 from the Born Pretty Store. 





Scenario five: The client is a fan of the Hockeyroos and is going to a big game. She would like nail art to show her support for the Hockeyroos. She wants an on-trend design using only the team colours of green and gold. She does not want the Australian flag or any animals included in the design. 

For this design I did a dry marble using "Big Blonde & Beautiful" and "Nicest Kids In Town" by Glam Polish. 




-Bettina

Friday, 16 February 2018

New Love For Old Polish - Part 1: Blues

I have so many nail polishes in my personal collection. Some I've brought for myself, others I have received for swatching. The sad thing is that I hardly use any of them. I tend to consistently reach for the same brands, and similar colours, which means that there are so many other polishes that I often forget about. Especially with making my own nail polishes I tend to wear my own brand (you know, gotta promote myself!). So it was time to give some love to some of my older polishes, starting with the blue shades. I decided to pick out 12 blue polishes, I tried to stick to older shades, so you'll see old labels and even discontinued brands. That means that if you fall in love with any of these polishes it means they might be hard to track down.


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"Wingardium Leviosa" by Shades of Phoenix 

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"Valley of  The Azure" by Pretty Pots Polish 

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"Lost In Paradise " by Emily de Molly

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"Pretending I'm A Mermaid" by Powder Perfect

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"Minuets Before Midnight" by Gloss N Sparkle

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"Shake Your Tail Feather" by Smudged

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"Draught of Peace" by Alana Renee

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"Prometheus" by Bettie Pain

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"Blueberry Bonanza" by Peita's Polish

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"Aurora" by Glam Polish

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"High Priestess" by Glam Polish 

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"For Peep's Sake" by Glam Polish

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As I fell in love with some of these polishes all over again I decided to do some stamping over the top, so I picked my two favourites and got stamping!

"Minuets Before Midnight" by Gloss N Sparkle stamped with "Spun Gold" by Hit The Bottle with stamping plate Creative Shop 31.

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"High Priestess" by Glam Polish stamped with "Snow Me White" by Sinful Colors and "Instinct" by Picture Polish with stamping plate Explorer Collection - 24 by MoYou London.

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Now that I have given some love to the blues, what colour should I give some love to next?

-Bettina




Sunday, 11 February 2018

My First Time Doing Foil Nails

While searching for some nail art inspiration I found some nail foils that I had never used, so it was time to give it a go!

I even made a video of my first (and second) attempt, you can check it out HERE!


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My first time was very experimental. I actually had to do two layers of foils on some nails to try and cover up the patchy first layer... Probably not my best idea. Adding a holo top coat and then a fast dry top coat seemed to bring out all the creases and imperfections in my application.

Lighting: Artificial light

Lighting: Artificial light

I did some stamping over the top of the foils and I think it looks way better this way (it covers up my poor foil application)! I used "Snow Me White" by Sinful Colors and stamping plate NC02 by Nailz Craze.

Lighting: Artificial light

Lighting: Artificial light


After round one I think I figured out what I was doing wrong, so I went in for round two! This time I used leopard print nail foils. Turns out the key is to wait. I learnt that after the glue had dried clear I had to wait a minuet longer before putting the foils on. I got a much better result working this way.  

Lighting: Artificial light (no top coat)

I also had less trouble with the top coat this time... maybe because I only had one layer of foil on my nails. I used a holo top coat and then a fast dry glossy top coat. I did it this way as the fast dry top coat can cause excessive shrinkage and eat away at the nail foils, but putting the holo top coat in between the foils and the fast dry top coat prevents this from happening.

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Lighting: Direct sunlight


-Bettina

Saturday, 13 January 2018

New Years Nail Art - Glitter Burnishing + Nail Vinyls

Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all had a fantastic start to 2018. For my New Years I wore these glittery spiral star nails. I used a bright holographic gold glitter from the Born Pretty Store, to get the glitter on my nails I used the burnishing technique. This technique involves gently rubbing glitter onto a tacky surface so that they stick to the nail, but also lay flat against the nail. Just simply dipping your nail into glitter, or sprinkling glitter over the top results in the glitter sticking up in all different directions. This means that the glitters are bumpy on the top of the nail, and if using holographic glitters the light reflects at different angles, resulting in a less holographic finish. If you want to see some tutorials on the burnishing technique I highly recommend that you check out these YouTube tutorials by Twi_Star  and Simply Nailogical. After glittering up my nails I used nail vinyls from Xroma Nail Vinyls to create the spiral stars and finished with a glossy top coat from Miss Priss Polish. 


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Lighting: In light box


Did you know I also made a YouTube video of this nail art look? That's right, I am giving YouTube a go this year so that I can share how I create my nail art! So head on over to my YouTube Channel and subscribe!

-Bettina