29 September 2014

Nails: Top 5 Autumn / Fall Polishes 2014

I did a post like this one last year, you can see it here if you are interested. Now that it is officially Autumn I thought I would share my top five polishes for this season.

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Barry M - Crush // Leighton Denny - Be Unique // ELF - Fire Coral // Barry M - Indigo // Miss Sporty - Rain Drop 470

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First I have Barry M's Matte Crush, which is a deep burgundy matte shade which also looks great with a shiny topcoat over the top.

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Then Leighton Denny's Be Unique which is a browny / rusty shimmer colour, you do need three coats to achieve opacity but it would also work layered over a red or an orange base.

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ELF's Fire Coral, is a mid-orange cream polish which is perfect for Halloween nails and of course orange is a prominent colour in nature throughout autumn.

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The deep purple is Barry M's Indigo, and is the perfect Cadbury purple. Very difficult to colour accurately photograph. The bottle shot and the photo of the skittle nails above aren't accurate, the photo below is much more true to life. It is a deep colour but not one which looks black and is easier to wear. I need to get a new bottle of this as I seem to be at the very end of this bottle.

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Lastly I chose Miss Sporty's Rain Drop which is a dark green, something a little different from a pure black polish. Lovely and creamy and deep and the brush is quite flat and wide.

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28 September 2014

SIMPLES: Watercolour

The Crumpet has a challenge going, to help teach nail art from the simple to the master.

So week 10 is upon us and the task to master is a technique called 'watercolour' which is you dilute the polish with acetone, spreading the polish around so it looks a bit like water colour art. Here are my examples:

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27 September 2014

Stamping Plate: Bundle Monster 311 (BM311)

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This stamping plate is from the third Bundle Monster set, from 2012. It is backed with branded lining to stop it from being sharp. This is useful, without it it is easy to slice open your fingers and palms which I have been known to do accidentally in the past with other stamping plates.

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On this stamping plate there are four full nail images, and two single images. All of these stamped well. Below are some nails I did using this plate:

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All of the nail art I have done using this stamping plate can be found HERE.

26 September 2014

Colour Me Crazy: Contrasting

Blue and yellow are contrasting colours, very hard to make work really!

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Max Factor - Blue Odyssey
Collection 2000 - Sherbet Lemon

Swatch: Stargazer - Chrome Blue 235

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Colour: Blue
Finish: Metallic
Opacity: One Coater
Brush Type: Standard
How Much? 14ml
Other: Works well for stamping

25 September 2014

GOT: Brown

Because the 'petals' were an iridescent polish they didn't show up too well with a holographic topcoat on top. Today's Golden Oldie Thursday challenge is the last one, the brown polish I used was ELF's Chocolate which I originally got around June 2010, although I have repurchased it since then.

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ELF - Chocolate
Leighton Denny - Be Unique
Avon - Street Beige
Jessica - Holographic Top Coat

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23 September 2014

Tri-Polish Challenge: Teal, Grey and Lilac #4

This challenge has been going on for well over a year now, and all good things come to an end and this is the last month. The idea is there are three colours pre-picked and you find those three colours in your stash and use them in some kind of nail art. For the grey I used Sally Hansen's Dorian Grey, the Teal is ELF's Teal Blue and the Lilac is MUA's Frozen Yoghurt.

For these nails I made some nail decals and applied them to the ring finger and thumb.

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Sally Hansen - Dorian Grey
MUA - Frozen Yoghurt

Stamping Plate: Bundle Monster 411
Stamping Polish: MoYou Nails - Special Nail Polish - Black

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22 September 2014

Nails: Purple and Silver

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Stargazer - 142
Essie - Beyond Cozy
Models Own - Purple Haze

21 September 2014

Sunday Stamping: Single Image

I used the base from Thursday's post for these and just added acorn stamps. Not sure I like this but it is a single image as the challenge called for.

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Base Polishes:
ELF - Golden Goddess

Stamping Polish: ELF - Chocolate
Stamping Plate: Bundle Monster H12