Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Cloudy day

I really wanted to do a gray gradient, as it's been a long time since I attempted one. And of course, right as I started doing it I realized I misplaced my makeup sponges, so I had to improvise and grab a sponge from those I use in the kitchen...the yellow and green kind >< 
Well, now I'll know it's still possible to do gradient, but it's not as smooth (even after topcoat) and looks a bit porous. 
My grays are Revlon Timeless and Ulta Smoke Screen. I then stamped little clouds from a CICI&SISI stamping plate (which can be purchased here), using Konad Special White.
It might not be April yet, to have showers for the May flowers, but it's often rainy here, so gray skies are common :) 

Monday, March 17, 2014

Spring Sprigs

Essence Petal to the Metal
Yet another purple mani! This time using Essence Petal to the Metal and a polish I've been wanting for some time now - China Glaze Rendezvous With You. Not only is it a dark vampy purple when worn by itself, it's also great for stamping! Plate used is MoYou London Pro 07.

Julep Girls

Since Julep polishes have female names, I think I'll use the title "Julep Girls" whenever I post pictures of manis using those :)

With the new gemstones collection being slowly released (1 polish per month) a lot of people are going to be collecting them, but so far I only have February's Rosa (Amethyst.) I wouldn't call it "full coverage" as the description states, unless you used several coats to achieve the coverage. Otherwise it's like a glitter top coat.  I used Sylvia as the undie here, I felt they went together well. Seems like I haven't gotten over my purple polish phase yet ;) Stamped with a little bow.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

GoT Manicure

I'm really excited for the new season of Game of Thrones, and could not help buying a stamping plate with sigils to do my nails while I wait for the new episodes. This particular mani doesn't use any of those stamps, but it's something I've though of doing for a long time - ever since I saw "Godswood" polish, by Fandom Cosmetics. The creamy white and the blood red really made me want to make a weirwood tree!
And this is what I came up with.
The weirwood is a species of deciduous trees found all over Westeros. The five-pointed leaves and the sap of weirwoods are blood-red, while the smooth bark on their wide trunks[1] and wood are bone white.[2] Most weirwoods have faces carved into their trunks. This was done by the children of the forest in ancient days, and is now done by the free folk as well as other descendants of the First Men, such as followers of the old gods in the Seven Kingdoms praying to heart trees in godswoods. In some cases sap has collected in the crevices of the carved faces, giving the trees red eyes which have been known to drip sap as if the trees were weeping.[1] - A Wiki of Ice and Fire

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Teal Sparkles

When Julep Maven selection opened up and I saw Tania among the new colors - I could not take my eyes off the sparkles. I must have this color, I must! It's too bad that I had just bought a teal glitter the day before.. some random brand that caught my eye when I was at Fuego. (BOGO 1/2 off - I had to grab it!)