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 


Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Loki's Lacquer :: Oh Holy Nailgasm :: Frey Frey

I was originally planning to do this blog post two weeks ago for the "Green" AIPAS weekly theme, but this polish was so complex, and such an amazing glorious chameleon green, I waited until I had time to edit all of the photos I took so you could see how much it changes with the different light. 

This is where I warn you that this post is going to be pic heavy!

I received the magical bottle of Frey Frey courtesy of from Tara of Loki's Lacquer as part of a birthday group gift last month.  Frey Frey was named after my gorgeous lilac burmese cat, Freya, whom I often call Frey Frey.  She also goes by the titles "Chief Nail Polish and Random Box Inspector", "She Who Must Chew Cellophane", "Lady Frey", or "Goddamnit Freya! Leave your brother alone!".  She's a saucy little minx, and like all true burmese, hasn't out-grown her kitten stage.

Back to the polish!  In the bottle it looked like a nice darkish shimmery mid-green with a hint of flakey goodness.  THEN. I. PUT. IT. ON.


While taking photos I snapped a few thinking to myself "that's looks really pretty, I love that green.  Let's see if I can get that holo to come out and play... holy sh!t look at that shift!"  I can't believe there is so much colour change into one polish.  Tara is a superb polish alchemist, and the Aussie Indie Polish scene definitely lost an innovative creator when Tara stopped making polish.  I will treasure my bottle of Frey Frey until its very end.


 



 

This post really wouldn't be complete if I didn't have a photo of the lady herself, Frey Frey with Frey Frey!  She's actually been quite naughty tonight, and has been annoying her brother (as usual), annoying me by constantly wanting to get on my keyboard, and has ripped a hole in the shower curtain the size of a small child.  It's a good thing she's so cute.

We are not amused...
Happy Polishing!!

xo Relle



Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Aussie Nails Monday :: Nail Art Fads :: Temporary Cuticle Tattoos

This week's Aussie Nails Monday was Nail Art Fads that you hate.  Now, if you've been reading my blog for any length of time, or seen me on social media around a challenge containing a water marble mani, you may have seen me angry, cringing, cowering in a corner, or speaking in tongues while drooling and chewing on the carpet.  Watermarbling and I do not get on.  I hate it because I can't do it.  Not for lack of trying, trust me.  Every combination of type of water, polish, temperature, direction facing, angle of tongue held out.... I've done it all in every combination.

I try to keep my attempts at watermarbling as far apart as possible, and I noticed in about 6 weeks I will have to face my arch nemesis again in the Simples themes, so I just flatly refused to attempt it for Aussie Nails Monday too.  

Instead, I have gone with a "Nail Art Fad that I'm not a Fan of" and created some faux temporary cuticle tattoos.  Using my dotticure mani from the day before (click here for details), I slathered on a coat of PVC glue over my fingers, and attacked myself with a black Sharpie.  


It's not that I hate temporary tattoos on cuticles with any kind of passion, it's just not something I'm keen to put on my fingers. If you love them, great!  It's just not for me.

Happy Polishing!!
xo Relle




Ann - Nailovelogy http://nailovelogy.blogspot.com/ @annvsv
Astrid - @lovessweetas
Briana - @briemmara
Carly - @_makeupbycarly
Christinemay - @xtinemayyy or Nails at 2am http://nailsat2am.blogspot.com/
Erin Wu -  @erinzi and Erin Zi’s Nails http://www.erinzi.com/
Holly - @nails_by_holly
Jennifer @jennlojko
Julia - Fancy Nails and Cups of Tea http://fancynailsandcupsoftea.blogspot.com/
Kate - Pimped Out Nails http://pimpedoutnails.blogspot.com/
Kate R - @katersnails
Kelly - @kellyskolors and Kelly's Kolors! http://www.kellyskolors.com/
Lily Jinks - @lilyandjinks
Loz - @polish_patterns and http://polishpatterns.blogspot.com/
Tracy - @oliviajade19
Naomi - @nadeekay and Nananaisnails http://nananaisnails.blogspot.com/
Nicki - @celestialcosmetics
Relle - @lazylacquerista or Lazy Lacquerista http://www.lazylacquerista.com/
Sarah Claire - @shattermeclaire or Shatter me Claire http://shattermeclaire.blogspot.com/
Sylvie - @smudgedpolish
Tammy - @ohmygoshpolish
Tammy G -@lightlylacquered and Lightly Lacquered www.lightlylacquered.com
Tara - @lokislacquer or Loki’s Lacquer http://www.lokislacquer.com/
Tash Birch - @tashisdead
Theresa - @itsallaboutpolish or It's All About the Polish http://itsallaboutthepolish.blogspot.com.au/



Monday, 23 June 2014

Simples :: Basic Dotticure Nail Art

This week's Simples Nail Art - Muggle to Mastery theme was the simple dotticure.  Armed with our trusty dotting tools (or substitutes), we pushed forward into the world of neatly dotted lines.

I used two of my newest polishes, OPI's 4 in the Morning, dotted with a wild dark hot pink holographic polish sample which I've fallen in love with.  I was really happy with how it turned out over the dark grey/black, and I even accidentally matched my entire outfit with it for work today, with black and pink.

We have another 3 weeks of basic dotting techniques ahead of us, so now would be a good time to join the Facebook group and do a little catch up.  


Now, you may notice the little owie hanging out on my middle finger.  I woke up from a nana nap with a nasty split/tear in my skin.  Absolutely no idea how it happened, but I obviously I practice nana napping as an extreme sport.  I carefully cut away the loose skin so it wouldn't catch on things, but boy does it still smart.  I'm not looking forward to taking this mani off and getting remover in there!


I've done dotticures before, but if you're just starting out on your dotting journey, The Crumpet has done a great video tutorial to explain some tips and tricks, and how to work out even placement of your dots.  


Happy Polishing!!
xo Relle


Monday, 16 June 2014

Aussie Nails Monday :: Villains :: Sayuri Nail Lacquer Harley Quinn

I know it's been a week since I last blogged as my middle nails are still stubbornly peeling from my recent breaks.  Because of the peeling, I have had to file them back again, and they are now super short nubbins.   Oh well, I guess I'll be rocking the shorties for a while until I get the damaged layers grown out.  It's still a vast improvement on the unholy torn nailbeds of doom from when they first snapped off. 

This week's Aussie Nails Monday theme was Superheroes and Villains.  I took the opportunity to revisit the What's In-Die Box of the same theme, and wore Sayuri Nail Lacquer's Harley Quinn.


Harley Quinn was one of my favourite polishes from the What's In-Die Box over the past 12 months, and I would recommend grabbing that bottle of peppery goodness if you ever see it in a blog sale.  

Check out some of the other ladies who join in on Aussie Nails Monday in the links below.

Happy Polishing!
xo Relle




Ann - Nailovelogy http://nailovelogy.blogspot.com/ @annvsv
Astrid - @lovessweetas
Briana - @briemmara
Carly - @_makeupbycarly
Christinemay - @xtinemayyy or Nails at 2am http://nailsat2am.blogspot.com/
Erin Wu -  @erinzi and Erin Zi’s Nails http://www.erinzi.com/
Holly - @nails_by_holly
Jennifer @jennlojko
Julia - Fancy Nails and Cups of Tea http://fancynailsandcupsoftea.blogspot.com/
Kate - Pimped Out Nails http://pimpedoutnails.blogspot.com/
Kate R - @katersnails
Kelly - @kellyskolors and Kelly's Kolors! http://www.kellyskolors.com/
Lily Jinks - @lilyandjinks
Loz - @polish_patterns and http://polishpatterns.blogspot.com/
Tracy - @oliviajade19
Naomi - @nadeekay and Nananaisnails http://nananaisnails.blogspot.com/
Nicki - @celestialcosmetics
Relle - @lazylacquerista or Lazy Lacquerista http://www.lazylacquerista.com/
Sarah Claire - @shattermeclaire or Shatter me Claire http://shattermeclaire.blogspot.com/
Sylvie - @smudgedpolish
Tammy - @ohmygoshpolish
Tammy G -@lightlylacquered and Lightly Lacquered www.lightlylacquered.com
Tara - @lokislacquer or Loki’s Lacquer http://www.lokislacquer.com/
Tash Birch - @tashisdead
Theresa - @itsallaboutpolish or It's All About the Polish http://itsallaboutthepolish.blogspot.com.au/


Monday, 9 June 2014

Aussie Nails Monday :: Welcome to the World

This week's Aussie Nails Monday theme was "Welcome to the World", in celebration of the recent arrivals of two fresh from the oven babies, Asher and Ella.


As we have one girl and one boy, I decided to go with the "gender neutral" baby colours of purple and mint green.  First I had the saran wrap mani using China Glaze Tart-y for the Party and Fancy Pants that I did for Simples Nail Art.  I topped that with Lilypad Lacquer's Sweet Baby Jesus from the December What's In-Die Box, and popped on a pale green rhinestone for a bit of bling on the ring finger.  Of course, the weather is abysmal at the moment, and there was not even a weak sunbeam today - just your usual holo polish weather behaviour from mother nature! 

Check out some of the other ladies who join in on Aussie Nails Monday in the links below.

Happy Polishing!
xo Relle




Ann - Nailovelogy http://nailovelogy.blogspot.com/ @annvsv
Astrid - @lovessweetas
Briana - @briemmara
Carly - @_makeupbycarly
Christinemay - @xtinemayyy or Nails at 2am http://nailsat2am.blogspot.com/
Erin Wu -  @erinzi and Erin Zi’s Nails http://www.erinzi.com/
Holly - @nails_by_holly
Jennifer @jennlojko
Julia - Fancy Nails and Cups of Tea http://fancynailsandcupsoftea.blogspot.com/
Kate - Pimped Out Nails http://pimpedoutnails.blogspot.com/
Kate R - @katersnails
Kelly - @kellyskolors and Kelly's Kolors! http://www.kellyskolors.com/
Lily Jinks - @lilyandjinks
Loz - @polish_patterns and http://polishpatterns.blogspot.com/
Tracy - @oliviajade19
Naomi - @nadeekay and Nananaisnails http://nananaisnails.blogspot.com/
Nicki - @celestialcosmetics
Relle - @lazylacquerista or Lazy Lacquerista http://www.lazylacquerista.com/
Sarah Claire - @shattermeclaire or Shatter me Claire http://shattermeclaire.blogspot.com/
Sylvie - @smudgedpolish
Tammy - @ohmygoshpolish
Tammy G -@lightlylacquered and Lightly Lacquered www.lightlylacquered.com
Tara - @lokislacquer or Loki’s Lacquer http://www.lokislacquer.com/
Tash Birch - @tashisdead
Theresa - @itsallaboutpolish or It's All About the Polish http://itsallaboutthepolish.blogspot.com.au/