Sunday, 28 July 2013

Yummy Treats - China Glaze 'Rich & Famous'

Hi Everyone,

Today I have my stamped manicure for Adventures in Stamping. The challenge this week was stamping over a saran wrap base. You can see how I did my base at this post here from yesterday.

Some of you may know that I am trying to be good and eat less of the deliciously bad processed foodstuffs. Lollipops, candy, cupcakes and muffins, toffees and icecream. All a big no no! So... why not put them on my nails instead?

Materials I have used:
Saran wrap base materials you can find here
Konad special stamping polish in black
Topcoat - Seche Vite
Plates Used - CH10 (lollipop and icecream), CH16 (cupcake), PUEEN03 (toffee) and BM306 (candy)

And here are some close up shots of my two favourite designs. The cupcake is so cute! My original plan was to use the full nail design on all my nails but I couldn't resit an accent nail (as usual) and the different sweet treats.

As you can probably tell, I had a little dragging with my topcoat and it has smudged some of the designs. This is what happens when I do my nails at 2am in the morning because it is stormy outside *eep* Other than the slight dragging I am very impressed with my Cheeky and Pueen plates that are now part of my collection.

What is your favourite sweet treat?

Happy polishing!

Saturday, 27 July 2013

Glittery White and Pink Saran Wrap - China Glaze 'White Cap'

Hi everyone,

Today I have a manicure I am in love with! This will be my base for an upcoming stamping challenge, but I love it so much that I needed to leave it alone before stamping over the top. Just for a couple of days :)

These are the materials I used:

Base coat - OPI Original Nail Envy
Two coats of China Glaze 'White Out'
One coat of China Glaze 'White Cap'
One coat of China Glaze 'Rich & Famous'
Top coat - Seche Vite
saran wrap
acetone and brush for clean up

This is a glittery white and pink saran wrap manicure. The method involves taking a piece of saran wrap (glad wrap/cling film for the Aussie's out there) and scrunching it into a ball. You then paint over the nail with a colour and whilst still wet dab away the excess colour. This was a very easy effect to achieve, although the results look like more effort went into it. Deceptive and sneaky!

This is two coats of 'White Out' with one coat of 'White Cap.' I could easily wear this look as is. You could skip on the glittery topper but I wanted some depth to my base... See those beautiful gold flecks?

This is the finished product with one coat of 'Rich & Famous' dabbed off. The below photo is intentionally slightly blurry so you can see the combination of pink and gold.

I love this technique and its effect. I already have a few colour combinations in mind for future manicures. What do you think would look nice together, matching tone on tone colours or complete opposites?

Stay tuned for my stamping on Sunday. Happy polishing!

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