Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Days 8, 9 & 10: Metallic, Rainbow, and Gradient #31DC2014

Hi, Ladies!

I'm going to show you three manis today. I feel like I'm so behind blogging that I want to catch up on here.

For the metallic prompt, I just did simple stamping using Essie Armed and Ready as base, and Penny Talk as the stamping polish, with Pueen Image Plate SE04A. (I got my Essies from Polish Please PH.)  Of course, I used Seche Vite Top Coat

I liked how Armed and Ready has gold undertones.  Penny Talk was my second choice for stamping.  I tried to use Buy Me A Cameo but it wasn't opaque enough to be seen over the base.

For the rainbow prompt, I decided to use pastel colors from the Paris In Love Collection (Color Club) which I bought from Polished In The Cityadded Hello Kitty sticker, and Seche Vite Top Coat.

My application of the top coat was a bit sloppy, so I apologize for the bubbles.

For the gradient prompt, I was finally able to recreate (and murder) Kristin's mani.  I used Lofes 114, Girl Stuff Forever Sophia and Color Club Fondue For Two for the gradient, then some acrylic paints for the "flowers."  Oh, and I used Girl Stuff Forever's Matte Magic for topper.  (And Mom, if you're reading this, this mani is for you, because I LOVE YOUUUUUU.  I know you'll say these are pretty because you love me, toooooo.)

I know, I know, I suck at anything related to art.  I cannot, for the life of me, paint a proper flower.  So here are my pretend-flowers.  You may look at them from afar and see the illusion of flowers.  Maybe I should ask my Daddy Jessie for some one-on-one tutorial, but then again, I'm a hopeless case.

Give me a break. :(  



Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Day 7: Black and White Nails #31DC2014

Hi, Ladies!

I'm a little bit behind on my challenge.  I actually did the mani on time, it's just the blogging that's late.  I was sick yesterday, but everything's up and running the way it's supposed to be now.

Here's my black and white mani:

I used Orly Liquid Vinyl (black), Lofes 114, Bundle Monster BM 408 for the image, Essence Gel-Look Top Coat.

FYI, this is the first time for me to try the Essence Gel-Look Top Coat and I used it for 3 days without chipping.  I like it, except that the shine dulls everyday, but given that it didn't chip at all despite my rough physical work those 3 days, I think I like it.  I can't say I like it more than my Seche Vite, but it's a close fight. 

Okay, now I need to make my next mani.



Sunday, September 7, 2014

Day 6: Violet Nails #31DC2014

Hi, Ladies!

I usually post on Instagram before I make a blog, so I already know how many likes I have for my Violet Nails there.  When I was doing my  6th challenge, I was so uninspired, that I just wanted to make a good color combination and do the lazy stripe mani.  Even that, I had to re-do my nails because the colors bled when I took the tape off. Ugh.  I have no idea when the Nail Art Gods will make me Ultra Super Talented in any type of nail art.

Here it is:

 I used some random Korean-brand polishes for this.  Lofes for the Violet, and VOV for the teal.  Of course, my ever-reliable Seche Vite Top Coat.

Surprisingly, among all the manis I made for this #31DC2014, this has the most likes.  I will never understand what is likeable and not to most people.  Personally, I like simple, colorful manis.  But of course, some nail artists do rather jaw-dropping manis that I love as well. Bah.  Let me know what you personally like? :)

Ciao, Bella!


Saturday, September 6, 2014

Day 5: Blue Nails #31DC2014

Hi, Ladies!

I am proud of myself! I mean, this is the FIFTH day. FIFTH. DAY.  If I knew me better, I would've bet on myself giving up on the second day. LOL.  So anyway, today, it's the blue nails.  

I bought "Young" from the Make Up Store Philippines a few months back and thought to give it a swatch.  I have to admit, at first, I wanted to make a Marc Jacobs-inspired mani, but my ability did not permit (believe me, I tried).

So here goes the outcome:

 "Young", then "Je T'aime" from Color Club on the accent.  I decided to make it a little multimedia/graphic artist-y (if you get what I mean), so I cut the picture of the roses from a water decal I got from Beauty Kingdom and used itI, maybe, would have liked it better if I didn't use the white acrylic paint for dots.  How 'bout you?

Anyway, that's that.  I really, badly need to practice my nail art skills. 



Friday, September 5, 2014

Day 4: Green Nails #31DC2014

Hi, Ladies! 

So, today's prompt says Green and the design just popped in mind.  I wanted a mud-ish dirty look with some leaves on it, so I browsed through my image plates (although my stamping skill is as unreliable as my free-hand) and came up with this:

 I now have a new favorite nude base: Girl Stuff Forever Sophia.  I Seran Wrapped Color Club Fondue For Two (which I got from Polish In The City), then stamped using MoYou London Artist 04 and Mundo De Unas 38.  My pinkie and index fingers have China Glaze Shore Enuff.  I used OPI Matte Top Coat for everything.

How did you do with yours?

Take care,


Thursday, September 4, 2014

Day 3: Yellow Nails #31DC2014

Hi, Ladies!

The third prompt was Yellow Nails and I didn't want to do flowers, fruits, minions or bees. Luckily, I have the Bundle Monster BM-418 plate, so I stamped over my Sally Hansen Mellow Yellow with images from the plate.  

I kind of like the imperfection that my lousy stamping did to this design. It kind of made it look bad-ass-y. :)) Oh well, I try to make excuses for my inability to stamp well. Hoho.

Have a good one!


Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Day 2: Orange Nails #31DC2014

Hi, Ladies!

Wow, I can't believe I had time to make this second prompt: Orange Nails.  As you can see, it's a wee bit common. LOL!  I. WAS. IN. A. RUSH!  Anyway, I used VOV's Red Orange Speed and Apricot Speed for my colors.  I haven't tried this combo for a leopard mani, and thought to give it a try.  I kind of like how it turned out despite the lack of imagination. Heehee.

Okay, loves.  I promise to be more creative when I'm done with my (work) deadlines. :)

Have a good one!

Love you long time,


Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Day 1: Red Nails #31DC2014

Hi, Ladies!

I have decided to participate in the 31-Day Challenge on Instagram.  For the first prompt, Red Nails.  

This was Essie Hip-Anema for the red base, and Pueen Encore SE01A image plate, BK White matte polish for stamping, Seche Vite Top Coat.

I decided to do this design for my mom.  I am staying with her right now because she's not feeling too good.  Instead of buying her roses, I did this design on my nails and on hers. 

I apologize for the quality and lighting of this picture.  I am not used to my mom's place's lighting vs my camera phone settings.

I hope to improve my stamping this month.  (And also to be able to complete the challenge!!)