Sunday, October 20, 2013

Galaxy nails

Hola chicas! Hoy les traigo un nailart de uñas galácticas que hice. Sin embargo, fue casi imposible sacarle fotos decentes, por eso solo hay una en este post. Es muy sencillo hacer este nailart, sólo se necesita una esponja cortada en pequeños trozos para ir aplicando el color más precisamente (yo usé una esponja de cocina brutalmente mutilada con una tijera jajaja). Creo que la parte más díficil es elegir qué colores de esmalte usar. Espero les guste, gracias por leer :)

Hi girls! Today I bring you my first galaxy nails manicure. I'm really happy with how this turned out, even though I'm already thinking of ways to improve them for the next time I do one.

Galaxy nails are basically made by sponging several different polishes and adding white dots, or glitter (or both, in my case) to create a cosmic-like art.

Sadly, this was impossible to photograph, I don't know why, so you only get one shot of this. Sorry! :(

For the base I painted two coats of Essence Galactic Black, a shimmery black from their old collection. Then over it I sponged several colors to create the nebulas, always starting with Finger Paints Papier Maché so the other colors would show better:

Essence Passion for Fashion and Jordana Silky Purple for the purple nebulae
Essence Viva la Green and A-England Galahad for the green nebulae

Finally, I added some dots with a dotting tool and Papier Maché and topped it all off with a sparkly holographic glitter top coat (Etienne Disco Glitter, which is a mix of micro and hex holo glitter, similar to China Glaze Techno).

Have you tried galaxy nails? Link me your manis in the comments, I'd love to see what you've done. Thanks for reading! :)

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Twinkling Golden Stars

Hi girls! How have you been? I hope your weekend was good. It was good for me, I had time for relaxing and writing some letters, but I digress, let's get to the polish.

Today I bring you a stamping manicure I did with my newly arrived MoYou London plate. For some reason I had been wanting a plate with traditional japanese fabric patterns, but it was impossible to find one (strange craving, huh?). That was until someone mentioned MoYou London on a group I'm in, and while browsing  -BAM!- there it was, my stamping dream came true.

Here you can see the plate, which is quite large compared to the other plates in my collection (mainly Bundle Monster, Nailz Craze and Essence). The designs on the plate are on the smaller side, which is a plus for me since my nails are tiny, but on the site you can also find plates with larger designs.

My plate is from the Suki collection, which focuses on japanese motifs (from kawaii -cute- designs to these more traditional ones), but the site has a varied array of themes and designs, from full nails to small individual images. They also have these plates that consist of a big composition with different details so you can pick and choose which to use on your nails (like this).

The plates come in a re-sealable plastic bag, with blue film attached to it (which you have to remove before using) and adhered to a sturdy base (I think to avoid cuts with the sharp edges?). The designs are well etched so the stamped image is very crisp.

You can get this plate at the MoYou London website. They ship from the UK, but I didn't had any problem getting my order here. I'm not affiliated with this company in any way, I just loved their designs and look forward to adding other plates to my collection.

Now, for the mani, yay :)

I used a base of Nails Inc Baker Street, which is an amazing bright cobalt blue I've already shown here before (click here for the review). Then, I stamped over it with Orly Luxe which is great for stamping, but leaves my fingers full of sparkly particles. The pattern that I used is called "Asanoha", which reminds me of stars.

To finish off my mani, I topped it all with OPI Matte Top Coat, which was recently released in my country. I love the effect it gives to my manis, it's a true matte finish and dries very quick.

Do you like stamping? It was hard for me to pick up at first, but eventually I succeeded (sometimes it pays to be stubborn heh heh).

Thanks for reading! :)

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Oldies but Goodies

Hola chicas! Hoy traigo un nailart bien sencillito hecho solamente con una herramienta: cinta adhesiva, o scotch (específicamente el de 3M que viene en un empaque verde). Simplemente apliqué una base de OPI Suzi Says Feng Shui y, cuando estuvo bien seco (pero "seco seco" jajaja) enmascaré unas partes con scotch y pinté dos capitas de Orly Ingenue. Bueno, bonito y barato. Espero les guste! :)
Hi guys! How have you been? I hope Spring (or Fall) is treating you well. Today I bring you a very simple tape mani with two of my favorite nail polishes of all time, OPI Suzi Says Feng Shui (from the Hong Kong collection from a few years back) and Orly Ingenue (from 2012's Holiday collection). So let's get to it~

To start, I applied 2 easy coats of OPI Suzi Says Feng Shui over OPI Natural Nail Base Coat. This is probably my favorite blue ever, and I own a lot of blue nail polishes. It's also the first polish I ever ordered online, so it has a special place in my heart.

In order for tape manis to work properly you need your base color to be really dry before moving on to applying the second color. I leave the color as is for a day and, on the second day, apply the tape to be extra sure.

So, I masked out the sides of my base with scotch tape, so it'd form a triangle through the middle of my nail, and then applied Orly Ingenue in two thickish coats (I only left it dry for a few seconds before applying my second coat, was just building opacity). Then I removed the tape right away as I've found that removing the tape as soon as possible gives the best results for neater lines.

The I topped it off with OPI's Top Coat and some Essence quick-drying drops and I was good to go!

I hoped you liked this mani, thanks for staying with me. Have you tried tape manis? What is your favorite design with tape?