Sunday, 20 January 2013

Just checking in...


This has been my longest absence from blogging since I started. I usually have to try to make time to do polish posts and it just hasn't been that easy to find time over the last week or two. I should be doing some nail art today so I'll have a post for you soon. I'm thinking of doing a nail art series based on one of my favourite things- Carnival (my blog was even named after it!)! My plan is to do nail art based on a different costume each time. Hopefully I can find the time to do it! lol

Happy polishing!

Saturday, 5 January 2013

Linear Needle Drag

Here's another needle drag mani, which probably won't be the last.

-I started with base coat and two coats of Sinful Colours' "Aquamarine." This polish stains so base coat is a must!
-I painted vertical stripes of Sinful Colours' "Let's Talk" and Sephora by O.P.I's "Mash-Up" onto one accent nail, then used a pin to drag horizontal lines through the polish.
-I repeated the needle drag on a second accent nail.
-Top coat was applied as usual.

Happy polishing!

Sunday, 30 December 2012

Tinsel Town Mani


I've been away from the blogging world for a while, thanks to the holidays. I've been way too busy to do any blog posts. I've done a simple one today, mostly for the sake of having something to post.

-The base colour was done with two coats of China Glaze's "Spontaneous."
-I added "Hollywood If I Could" by Sephora by O.P.I.

Happy polishing!

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

10 Day Holiday Nail Art Challenge Day 4: Holiday Treats


The holiday treat I've chosen for today's challenge is Trini fruitcake, aka black cake. 

-The base was two coats of Sinful Colours' "Rich in Heart."
-I used Sinful Colours' "Ruby Ruby" to make the dots to represent cherries, and Sinful Colours' "San Francisco" to do the green cherries.

Happy polishing!

Sunday, 16 December 2012

10 Day Holiday Nail Art Challenge Day 3: Gift wrap


Here's my creation for Day 3 of the challenge.

This vintage wrapping paper inspired my look.

-I started with a white base of L.A. Colours' "Energy Source."
-I used an old gold polish to paint the background on, but it wasn't opaque enough so I went over it with Kleancolour's "Americano."
-I used my dotting tool and a smaller point to create dots of varying sizes using Sinful Colours' "Ruby Ruby" and "San Francisco."

Happy polishing!

Saturday, 15 December 2012

10 Day Holiday Nail Art Challenge Day 2: Snow/Snowflakes

I wasn't in the mood for stamping snowflakes since I already did that a few days ago. Instead, I opted for this look:

-I applied two coats of L.A. Colours' "Energy Source," followed by one coat of my nameless iridescent aqua polish from N.Y.C. Cosmetics.
-I used silver/holo diamond-shaped glitter pieces by FantaSea to create snowflakes. I applied a thin coat of top coat to the area I wanted to place the glitter, then transferred the glitter pieces using a toothpick.
-A generous coat of top coat was used to smooth out the pointed edges of the glitter.

Happy polishing!

Thursday, 13 December 2012

10 Day Holiday Nail Art Challenge Day 1: Silver and Gold

I've decided to participate in the 10 day Holiday Nail Art Challenge by datyorkLOVES and Delight In Nails.

I discovered the challenge via Fancy Phalanges about two hours ago so I hadn't planned anything. I therefore have an extremely simple mani for today's challenge.

Today's theme is "Silver and Gold." I used two coats of Kleancolour's "Pearl Silver" as the base and used gold striping tape to create a very simple design on two accent nails.

Happy polishing!

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Christmas Stamping Skittles

This is my second attempt at a Christmas mani. I did one earlier using Sinful Colours' "Snow Me White" as the base for the white nails but it never dried (even though I painted those nails last night and used quick dry drops!). I redid it and here's the result:

-I used two coats of China Glaze's "Salsa" for the red nails, two coats of L.A. Colours' "Energy Source" for the white nails and two coats of Kleancolour's "Metallic Green" for the one green nail.
-Snowman nails: The image came from Shany's SH01 plate and I used white Konad special polish with my Konad stamping set to apply it. I used a toothpick to apply Sinful Colours' "Snow Me White" as snow. The snowman's face wasn't transferred so I used a toothpick to dot some eyes and a nose on.
-Candy cane nails: The pattern was from Shany's SH23 plate and the colour was done using red Konad special polish, followed by a second stamp with the same pattern using Kleancolour's "Metallic Green." As you can see, the red stamp wasn't very clean. I had the same problem the last time I used the red polish.
-Snowflake nail: The image came from Shany's SH17 plate and I used white Konad special polish again to apply the stamp.

Happy polishing!

Sunday, 9 December 2012

Jewel Tones

It's been said that Kleancolour's metallics are good for stamping. I decided to test that out myself.

-I applied base coat, followed by two coats of Jordana's "Purple Punch."

-I applied one coat of NK's "Turquoise" over the purple polish on my pinky, middle and thumb nails.

-I used Shany's SH25 plate with my Konad stamping set to stamp the pattern on with Kleancolour's "Copper." The polish stamped beautifully- it was opaque and true to the colour in the bottle.

I'll definitely be stamping with Kleancolour metallics again.
Happy polishing!

P.S. I'd also like to say a special hello to my glitter eyeliner-loving friend who is very supportive of my blog!

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Needle Drag Mani


I was inspired by this picture to do a needle drag mani. I modified it a little to make it my own version of a needle drag/swirly marbled mani.

-I used NK Nail Enamel in "Crystal Clear" as my base coat, then applied two coats of Kleancolour's "Retro Green" polish. It only needed one coat to be opaque but I added a second coat so my nail wouldn't show through if the needle scraped the top layer of polish off.
-I applied blobs of the other colours randomly over my nails. This step has to be done fairly quickly so the polish will stay wet enough to marble nicely without turning into clumps so I recommend doing one nail at a time. The colours used are Colour Club's "Emerald Depths," Sinful Colours' "Love Nails" and "Let's Talk," a polish by N.Y.C. which no longer has a label (a pale shimmery blue) and a few dots of Jordana's "Yellow Energy."
-I used a pin to drag and swirl the colours together. I used the side of the pin more than the tip itself, and at some points I mixed the colours together rather than just swirling them in sharper lines.
-About a minute after finishing, I gently pressed on the nails with my fingers to try to flatten the peaks that had formed during the needle drag.
-I applied top coat to smooth the look out. I didn't wait long enough for all the polish to dry so there are bubbles in the top coat. The next time I do this, I'll also add a second coat of top coat since one wasn't enough to smooth it out properly.

Happy polishing!


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