Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Simples :: Splodging Nail Art

This whole "no internet" business is really cutting into my blogging hours!  You'll have to forgive me, as I'm posting my Splodging mani for the Simples Nail Art - Muggles to Mastery theme from last week a little late.  

On to the purdy polish!  I used Covergirl Black Diamond for my base, with The Dawn is Broken from Essence, Innocent from Sinful Colors, Dutch 'Ya Just Love OPI? from, you guessed it, OPI for my spoloding.  I also gave the mani a generous coat of Chi Chi's multicoloured flaky Crystal Top Coat.

I quite like the colour combo, but it looks a little too much like an accidental camo to me. I'm not going to get too wordy on you tonight, because I've already done it once this week and failed.  I had my post all ready to go on the Android Blogger app when it ate my entire post (it's still trying to "save it" half a week later).  

If anyone has any recommendations for an alternate method of publishing blogs from mobile (while wandering around the house looking for that elusive mobile data signal, please post in commebnts!  

I must be off, I have some heavy duty relaxing to do after dealing with numbers all day.

Happy Polishing!!
xo Relle

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

MckFresh Nail Attire :: Princess Bubblegum and Whistling Choir Death Match Championship

I recently wore MckFresh Nail Attire's Whistling Choir Death Match Championship for an AIPAS weekly challenge (I want Candy).

WCDMC is a pearly bubblegum pink swimming with small and round pastel matte glitters in lemon, blue, pinks and lavender.  It wore well, and it was a subtle, but fun glitter, and one of the more "work appropriate" Indie glitters I own while being totally girly.  WCDMC is from the Ooo - Friends collection which was based off Adventure Time, and is still available from MckFresh's Etsy store.

I have a set of pearly acrylic paints that I bought recently, so I decided to test them out by painting Princess Bubblegum on my ring finger as a feature nail.  Finding a reference pic was interesting as I did this mani while I had no internet.  I was traipsing around the house, searching for that ever-ellusive mobile data connection, arm above my head until I had enough signal to do a Google image search.  The joys of living out in the sticks.

This is the part of the blog post where I come clean, and admit that I have only watched one episode of Adventure Time.  I'm totally clueless about the characters, storyline or why there's a talking dog and a weird wavy unicorn rainbow.  Perhaps when I've run out of the things I currently watch, I might go back and see if I can get into it watching it.

Happy Polishing!!
xo Relle

Monday, 11 August 2014

Dead Set Babes :: Freya's Scowl

As part of a birthday group I'm taking part in this year, I received a gorgeous custom bottle of polish from Deadset Babes that was inspired by my perpetual kitty, Freya.

Freya's Scowl is a glitter topper with translucent matte white hexes, iridescent squares and some shifting and shimmering base glitters which are rather hard to describe. It had great glitter distribution without the need for fishing, and I applied two coats for this mani over black, one dabbed and one just brushed on, with a generous amount of top coat.

I'm itching to try this one out on a nude/beige base to mimic Freya's actual colouring.  There's so much going on with this polish, just when I think I've seen all there is to see with the polish, I'd move my fingers and BAM more lush sparkle to lose myself in.

Deadset Babes polish can be purchased from their store at http://www.deadsetbabes.com/

Happy Polishing!! 

xo Relle

Thursday, 31 July 2014

Dragon Egg :: Femme Fatale Cosmetics Planar Anomalies and Twilight Meteorite

As you might have seen, I've been suffering from Lack-of-Internet-Itis for the last week of my holidays.  The sudden onset of this problem left me with plenty of time to finally try out the nail polish dragon egg made from painted thumb tacks.  

After lining up my thumb tacks on an old postpac box, I applied two coats of black polish to each tack.  I had the agonising decision of what colours to use, finally going with two of my neglected Femme Fatale Cosmetics namely Planar Anomalies and Twilight Meteorite.  I laid down a rough coat of Planar Anomalies to get some texture and holo glitter on my scales, then topped it off with one coat of Twilight Meteorite to give it the gorgeous purple to blue shift.  Finishing off with a good quality top coat (not fast-drying) to help prevent any chipping, I waited until they were dry before assembling the egg.  

I left each coat to dry for at least half a day to 24 hours before starting the next coat to make sure everything was fully dry and would last as long as possible.  I had the fun job of sticking small sharp objects into a weirdly shaped piece of styrofoam, which was consistently shifting weight as I added more tacks.  You need to take a little bit of care when wrangling your tacks that you cover up all that pesky white, which sticks out like dog's proverbials when using dark tacks.  I wish now that I had painted the egg with black acrylic paint first so that the gaps would be less noticeable as you turn it around.  

This little egg takes up quite a bit of polish, and I would estimate I used just over a third of a bottle of Covergirl Black Diamond for the two coats of base colour.  The tacks give the egg a nice weight to it, and the texture is lovely if you're into the tactile side of life, which I am.  (Give me a clean, warm and well-worn t-shirt to bury my face in, and I'm in heaven).

While my glittery purple dragon bumnut is not perfect, I'm really happy with how this turned out, and I'll definitely be making another one as a gift for someone as I think they're pretty cool.

If you are considering tackling this, make sure you leave enough space to be able to paint each tack separately.  I found I had put my tacks too close together and had some accidental polish deposits on other tacks than the one I was trying to paint.  It will also let you see whether you have properly covered the whole surface of the tack.  There were a couple of tacks that I had missed the edge of or that the coats were thin, but you can easily hide these by spinning the tack to make sure it is covered over with the next layer of tacks, but it is easily avoided if you give yourself enough room to paint.

I loosely followed the Dragon Eggs tutorial done by Accio Lacquer, as I already had a fair idea of what to do from my ghosts of crafting past, and the fact that this was not my first foray into egg/bauble-type creations.  If you haven't attempted anything like this before, or you like to chuckle at funny gifs, definitely check out Accio's tutorial. 

I tried to find some Game of Thrones or Mother of Dragons art to share with you, however my Google searches kept bringing up a plethora of dirty-faced blondes in Daenerys  cosplay with stuffed dragons crazy-glued to their chests, and a whole lot of weird paitned naked people.  I did stumble across the above meme that made me chuckle, and I simply have to share the Pugs of Westeros video.  It's just too cute, and pugs are awesome.

Happy Polishing!!

xo Relle

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Little Quickie Update :: No Internet

Hello everybody, just wanted to check in and assure you all that I'm still here. I am having internet connection issues at the moment and have barely any signal on my phone so my access to blogger, Twitter etc has been cut off. I hope to be back soon, and in the meantime, happy polishing!!

xo Relle

Saturday, 26 July 2014

Aussie Nails Monday :: Tribal Nail Art

A couple of weeks back we had a Tribal theme for Aussie Nails Monday.  I hadn't tried any tribal nail art before as I wasn't very interested in it.  I spent a bit of time trolling through Google images and Pinterest looking at what was considered "tribal" nail art, and after I had a bit of an idea what it involved, I closed everything down and just had a bit of a play.  

Firstly, I painted my nails with Sinful Colors Snow Me White, which is my go-to for a flat white base.  I then used three Ulta3 colours, Fruit Tingle, Bright Me and Blue Marlin, which were hot pink, bright orange and cobalt blue respectively.  I painted random stripes and blocks of colour on my nails, and waited for that to dry.  Then using a small nail art brush and some black pearl acrylic paint, I put in my geometric patterns.  I waited for the acrylic paint to dry thoroughly, then I topped it with Celestial Cosmetics' Anti-Matter, which is a lovely satin-finished matte top coat which doesn't streak your nail art.

This was actually quite a fast mani to do, as I was just happily painting away, filling in the different sections of colour with random lines.  I found having such a busy pattern on my nails made them look larger than they actually are, which was a plus for this Itty Bitty Nail Bed Committee member, and I even had a cashier compliment my handiwork and ask where to buy nail art tools from. (one of us... one of us!!!)

Happy Polishing!!
xo Relle

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Simples :: Dots Within Dots :: Mode Cosmetics

The last technique in the dots section of Simples Nail Art was Dots Within Dots.  Layering dots of a contrast colour, then dotting over that with the base colour again creates a "ring" of the contrast polish, so your nail is covered in happy little donuts of polish.

Mmm donuts.

For my version of Dots Within Dots, I used three recent purchases from budget Aussie brand Mode Cosmetics.  The base colour, Hook Me Up, was almost a one-coater, and is a similar colour to OPI's Can't Find My Czech Book, but not enough to be a dupe.  I then put the Mode matte topcoat over the blue, and waited for it to dry.

Moving onto the contrast colour, I used neon green Whatev, making large and small dots randomly on the nail.  Once those dried a little, I dotted the blue inside the larger dots and then I had my happy little donuts.  After the mandatory waiting period for those dots to dry, I topped the blue dots with the same matte topcoat, although I had a little trouble with my index finger not being totally dry.

Handy hint: Don't be impatient and matte your dots too early, you might stuff up and end up taking mainly 3 finger shots because of the way the light hits your weird cratered index finger polish donuts....

Mmm donuts...

My apologies for the photo quality.  I took them with my phone's camera as I had quite a few layers of untidiness on my desk and I briefly lost my normal camera!  

If you'd like to tackle this technique, but would like to watch a tutorial first, I have included The Crumpet's tute below for you.  

Happy polishing!!
xo Relle

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Simples :: Multi-Coloured Multi-Sized Dotticure Nail Art

The Simples Nail Art theme from the week before last was multi-coloured, multi-sized dots!  Along the same lines as the theme the week before, we expanded the technique to include multiple colours.

I was extremely happy with the combo that I chose for this mani, and used my favourite OPI, Can't Find My Czech Book as the base colour.  I did dots of different sizes using Sinful Colors' Black on Black and OPI's Dutch 'Ya Just Love OPI? and A Oui Bit of Red.   

Unfortunately I had a little bit of smearing from my topcoat as I didn't allow sufficient drying time. Remember, if you're doing larger than normal dots you will need to wait that little bit longer for it to dry!  

If you'd like to try out the technique but are new to dotting, please check out the video below which was The Crumpet's instructions on how to achieve this multi-coloured-multi-sized dotticure.

There was one more mani in this "Dots" section of the Simples Nail Art Muggles to Mastery, and I will be posting that one tomorrow.

Happy Polishing!
xo Relle

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Simples :: Multi-Sized Dot Nail Art :: Arcane Lacquer State of Grace and Absent are the Saints

Last week's Simples theme was for a Multi-sized dotticure, and I took the opportunity to use two more of my Arcane Lacquer Soft Pulse collection polishes, State of Grace, which is a gorgeous gold flecked grey, and Absent Are the Saints, which is a delicious dark blue shimmery jelly.  I used both of these polishes as they both have a golden shimmer through the base, and I thought they would go well together.

Unfortunately, the dots of Absent don't show the full beauty of this polish, but I was happy with the results nonetheless.  I topped with HK Girl topcoat after allowing the polish to dry a little, and I'm happy to report there was no bleeding or streaking of my dots.

Bottled Awesome

I took a photo of State of Grace by itself, as it is such a lovely polish, and I knew the dots would cover most of it up.  I had seen swatches of State of Grace and I knew that I liked it, but as soon as I put it on, I realised how much I had underestimated this polish.  It is such a delicate neutral grey, leaning more to the cool side.  The delicate golden shimmer and occasional gold flake add a little bit of magic, and this elegant beauty is high up on my list of top polishes for the year.

I had to share this shot, as my little nubbins look almost respectable from this angle!

If you want to try out the technique but don't want to dive straight in, check out The Crumpet's youtube tutorial on how to create a mixed size dotticure below.  

Happy Polishing!
xo Relle

Saturday, 5 July 2014

Arcane Lacquer Swatch :: Seemless :: AIPAS Weekly Challenge "S" Theme

I wore this polish a couple of weeks ago for the AIPAS Weekly Challenge theme of "Polishes Starting with S", but it's taken me this long to get time to post it on my blog.  My apologies!  Sometimes work gets a bit hectic and I come home and tune out, I certainly don't want to be sitting, bashing at my keyboard and using the 'ol grey matter ;)

The gorgeous Seemless is from the "Soft Pulses" collection by Arcane Lacquer.  This collection was released earlier this year, and I'll be sharing some more from polishes from the collection in the coming weeks. 

Seemless has a deep fuchsia pink base which in certain light turns to a berry/plum.  It has a scattered holo glitter, pink shimmer, and occasional purple iridescent hex glitters which flare in the light.  I did three thin coats and topped with HK Girl top coat.  

I then decided that I would pop a little diamonte on my ring finger for a little bit of added bling.  But this is me we're talking about so of course things didn't go to plan.  My diamonte decided to base-jump off my cuticle stick a little too early and ended up firmly wedged in a stupid position on my nail.  It was stuck fast, and I had to decide whether I was going to redo the whole nail (and risk the others in the clean up process), or just totally bling out the nail.  BLING OUT THE NAIL IT WAS! 

Things were going great and it looked as though I had meant to do it (instead of just trying to cover up a booboo).  I had two tiny spots left to fill, so I tried to shake some more diamontes out of the mixed bag I had.  They just wouldn't budge, so I gingerly put my index finger in there to push some out.  As luck would have it the diamontes shifted and the little purple flower diamonte you see on my index finger was the one that shot out from the top of the bag and landed on my nail.  

You've got to be freaking kidding me
Okay diamontes, you win this time.  To punish them for their insolence, I have now sorted out all my assorted diamontes, and only allow them to fraternise with bling of the same shape.  I also took some photos inside under lamp light which shows the base colour leaning more to plum which you can see below.

Happy Polishing!!

xo Relle