Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Chess!.... You Dog!

Another glitter mani for today.

I started with three thin coats of Essie Parka Perfect, a muted dove grey with very subtle silver shimmer.

My glitter topper is CrowsToes Chess!.... You Dog!, a clear base filled with lots of black and blue glitters in hex, dot and diamond shapes, some of them holograpic. This topper dried very gritty (my bottle is several years old, though, maybe it was less gritty when it was new. It's still available, so you can see for yourself, if you want), so I added two coats of KBShimmer Clearly On Top for a smooth finish.

Crows Toes polishes are available at their own store (US only), Femme Fatale Cosmetics, Color4Nails.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Frisch Lackiert Challenge: Paradies & Karibik

The Frisch Lackiert Challenge wants to see the summer feeling with the prompt paradise and Carribean.

My base is a sunset gradient over a white base (two coats of Essence Wild White Ways), using Essence Va-Va-Voom, OPI Honk If You Love OPI (Touring America Collection) and Dating A Royal. The palm trees I painted by hand with Born Pretty Store black stamping polish. As usual, I added one coat of KBShimmer Clearly On Top.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Nail Crazies Unite: Black & White Lace

Nail Crazies Unite want to see black and white lace manis today, so here's mine.

I started with two coats of Essence Wild White Ways and stamped the lace using DRK Themes Enlaced plate and black Born Pretty Store stamping polish and finished with one coat of KBShimmer Clearly On Top, simple as that.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

This Is Not Fir

This Is Not Fir is the name of today's polish.

This Is Not Fir by Different Dimension is an emerald green jelly filled with green and silver holographic glitters in hex, dot, square and shard form. Since the jelly base is very sheer, I layered one coat over two coats of a Born Pretty Store stamping polish in a similar shade of green. For a smooth finish, I added one generous coat of KBShimmer Clearly On Top.

Different Dimension polishes can be found at their own shop and at Hypnotic Polish. These heavy glitters don't seem to be very trendy anymore, so This Is Not Fir is no longer available.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Frisch Lackiert Challenge: Half Moon

Half moon is this week's prompt for the Frisch Lackiert Challenge.

I started with one coat of MoYou London Purple Mouse, a muted medium purple creme. The polish wasn't completely opaque after only one coat but since I was going to add another polish over it, I didn't mind the slightly visible nail line. For the half moon effect, I used something out of the stationery departement, that I just couldn't find an english word for it. In german, it's called Lochverstärkungsring. They are little round stickers with a hole in it, and you use them for papers that are filed in a folder, so the paper doesn't tear. Is it a german and swiss thing only? Wikipedia only knows this one in german and esperanto. Well, anyway, I put those little round stickers on my nail base and painted a generous coat of Flormar 14 over it (don't you just love these imaginative names?! I mean, "14", what a genious name...). Flormar 14 is a dark purple with lots of course shimmer in it. As finishing step, I added one coat of KBShimmer Clearly On Top (after removing the stickers, obviously). 

Friday, May 11, 2018

26 Great Nail Art Ideas: Rainbow With A Technique Starting With S

This week, the 26 Great Nail Art Ideas ask to show a rainbow mani using a technique starting with S. There are various techniques with S, like sponging or stamping. I went with a saran wrap (yes, the second one this week. Sue me ;-)  )

Ok, I admit, you need a lot of imagination to see the rainbow. But I went from red to orange, from orange to yellow, from yellow to green, from green to blue and from blue to purple, so there's a rainbow somewhere...

I used red, green, blue and lilac Born Pretty Store stamping polishes, MoYou London Autumn Harvest and Maybelline Electric yellow, plus KBShimmer Clearly On Top.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Bubble Wrap

Some blue glitter for today.

As base color I made a saran wrap mani using Essence Wild White Ways and Deep Blue Sea. The glitter topper is Bubbles by Pretty & Polished. It has a clear base and is filled with hex, square and shard glitters in various shades of blue and aqua. One coat of KBShimmer Clearly On Top provided a smooth finish.

Sadly, Pretty & Polished seem to be no longer available. 

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