Monday, 31 December 2012

31 Day Challenge - Black and White

So I've decided to join in on the new 31 Day challenge! So excited! I do my nails pretty much every day anyway, so this challenge shouldn't be too stressy for me.

The first one though? Argh! White looks like death on me. Or it makes me look like death, or something. So a black and white mani kinda' gave me the heebies.

After some thought I decided to cheat a little and add some sparkle to break up the white. And here it is, black, white and some sparkle care of China Glaze "Make a Spectacle".

Happy New Year!

Loved doing this mani! ChG "Liquid Leather" stamped with Color Club Halo Hues "Harp on it". And Messy Mansion image plate MM02

Had the best New Year ever.. dancing around the loungeroom with my 2 little boys as the fireworks went off on TV.  

Tuesday, 25 December 2012

Christmas Tree mani!

I had 2 goes at this mani to get it right.. the first time around it was OPI basecoat, 2 coats Sinful Colors Envy, followed by a thick coat of Sinful Colors Kissy, then stamped with ChG Passion and dotted with ChG Ruby Pumps.  This chipped like crazy.  The second time around I swapped out the OPI basecoat with ChG "First and Last" and we are now 3 days and going strong... maybe the OPI doesn't like the Sinful Colors!?

Other folks that did the "Christmas Tree Mani" challenge...

Sunday, 23 December 2012

A few recent manis

Just a quick post of a few recent manis. I suppose I should put them each in a separate post.. but it's been hectic around here, and no time!

Here's the first one.. I made a little decal from nail varnish for this one.  I was really pleased how it turned out.  I've used XL Plate D, MM03 and a QA plate for this valentine-zy  look.  The base coat is the pink one of the new CC holos.  They are just beautiful!

This next one uses the MM03 plate.  The base coats are from the CG OMG collection.  Much subtler holo but still really beautiful!  My black went a bit gluggy for this one.  :/  Luckily Seche Restore arrived a few days later and I was able to resuscitate the stamping polish!

This is my first New Years Eve mani... the base is CG "Cheers to You". The plate is MM02.

Here's a mani I did to work through the China Glaze Holiday Joy collection.  I really want the Cirque de Soleil collection too, but I have decided to only get that one once I have used all the polishes in the Holiday Joy collection first!  The basecoat here is "Cranberry Splash".  Its a really lovely orange/red colour, more complex in the bottle (and redder) than on the nails. 

Here's the manicure I sported for my husbands Christmas Party.  Used one of the CC holos again for the base.. they are just luminous!    The red is the ubiquitous "Ruby Pumps" by China Glaze, and the plate is MM01.

Monday, 3 December 2012

messing with Holos

So my new holo polish arrived, my very first one!  Of course I had to get it on my nails as quickly as I could.  But then I couldn't take photos of it for days and days!  It was CLOUDY here.  Grr.  Anyway, I finally got a few shots off.. and here they are!

Its China Glaze "QT" from the OMG collection.  I've ordered some more and can't wait for them to arrive.  Can't wait for the Color Club holos to arrive, too.  It will be interesting to compare them.

The image stamping plate is.. you guessed it!  MM02 our very own Messy Mansion New Year Image plate.