Friday, March 16, 2018

3D gecko nail fail

Sooo..... this didn't quite turn out as I'd hoped, haha!

A very good friend of mine told me to share it anyways, because you never know what it might inspire. So here's me challenging you all! I'd love to see you try your hand at this design, 2D or 3D, any technique you can come up with, just go for it and have fun!

Monday, March 5, 2018

Actual lace nail art

OK so I know this one is a little bit crazy looking.... It's just something that I had in mind for a while now, and I HAD to try it out!

I have this sort of lace on a roll, it's basically just threads weaved together in a very open way. I wondered what this would look like on nails!

The end result is this weird creation, I encased the lace in gel top coat so the top is completely smooth and nothing snags or scratches.

Whaddaya think? Would you wear this?

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Pink Gellac - Wear test results

As I promised you in my Pink Gellac Starter Kit review, I'd be wearing one of their colors for a full wear test, and the results are in!

I chose Berry Red for this wear test, and it wore very comfortably. The first few days were amazing, I felt like I'd just come home from the salon (although I've never actually been to one). I enjoyed my super shiny gorgeously colored nails a LOT!

The photo below shows two days of wear, without a scratch or anything:

After five days, the tips were the first to show any signs of wear. The Pink Gellac still looked super shiny, and the edges were holding up nicely too.

I'm right handed, so that side is the first to get its polish ruined. Weirdly enough, the worst tip wear was on my middle and ring finger, somehow my index remained intact for way longer.

Aaaand then disaster struck XD A little over a week in, the polish started to lift at the tips, making it easy for water to sneak under it and do more damage. At this point it was time to remove it, the lifting parts kept getting tangled in my hair and I was missing whole nails of polish.

Full disclosure: moving is pretty hard on your nails! I'm still getting my new apartment in shape and for the polish to survive that for over a week is pretty cool, I'd say.

I was curious to see if Pink Gellac would last the 14 days that the brand promises. I managed to make it past the first week, and then it got... dicey :-p In hindsight, I could have prolonged wear time if I had retouched the tips every 2 - 3 days, just swiped it with a bit of the Shine top coat and cured. Still, where normal polish chips on me within a day or 2, this stuff stayed on nicely, looking shiny and perfect and smooth! I didn't use the Primer that came with the kit, it wasn't mentioned in the instruction booklet but it's supposed to go on before the base, to make the gel polish adhere to the nail plate even better. So that's what I'll try next time, see if it helps the tips to stay put longer.

Time for my final conclusion! The Pink Gellac Starter Kit is super easy to use. For me it's a huge plus that Pink Gellac gel polishes don't need any dry time and they're odorless. While I didn't get the 2 weeks of wear out of it, it did keep its perfect finish for a long time. There's a big range of colors on the website that you can purchase individually or choose a few to go along with a Starter Kit. I'll definitely be wearing Pink Gellac a lot more in the future!

Fun fact: I was applying a new color when my aunt came over and turns out she uses Pink Gellac too!!

I received all of the products in this article as a press sample. Opinions expressed are 100% my own and not influenced in any way other than the quality of the product itself.  

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Rainbow tech nail art

It takes sunshine and rain to make rainbows. And sometimes, a dash of nail polish too!

Oooh and it glows!!! I used Parrot Polish Dakotas for the base and painted the design with white acrylic paint first. Then all I had to do was retrace it with some Serum No. 5 Glo-balt Blue, Kiwi Glow Now, Solar Power, Orange You Sunny, Raspberry Delight and Wisteria-ously Bright!

I received Parrot Polish Dakotas and Serum No. 5 Glo-balt Blue, Kiwi Glow Now, Raspberry Delights and Wisteria-ously Bright as a press sample. Opinions expressed are 100% my own and not influenced in any way other than the quality of the product itself.  

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Pink Gellac Starter Kit swatches & review

Happy random Thursday! I'm very happy to present to you today: a review of the Large Starter Kit from Pink Gellac! I've been playing around with actually wearing something on my nails for longer than a couple of hours (the life of a blogger, right) and contemplating wearing gel polish more often. So when I was approached by Pink Gellac, I was immediately enthusiastic and rearing to try out this new-to-me brand! Scroll down for info on the contents of the kit, my swatches, and my inner most thoughts about it all!

Monday, February 12, 2018

Dancing couple nail art

Dancing with the feet is one thing, dancing with the heart is another.

It's worth taking a look at the background too because that took me a while to paint... maybe even longer than the couple itself :-p 

I used SuperChic Lacquer Splice & Hot Finger for the gradient. They work together so well! The accent nail was completely painted with acrylic paint.


I received SuperChic Splice & Hot Finger as a press sample. Opinions expressed are 100% my own and not influenced in any way other than the quality of the product itself.  

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Chemistry nail art

You and me, baby, we've got chemistry! Dump the stuff from the test tube into the Erlenmeyer and watch the reaction change colors ;-)

The base is Picture Polish Tingle, which is this perfect happy teal color that I should really use more often.

The color change is the magic of Masura 294-244 and 294-247, both thermal gel polishes that you can see in their full glory in my Masura review from 2016. They change from yellow & green when warm to pink & purple when cold, making them perfect for some cool nerdy chemistry nail art!

I received Masura 294-244 & 294-247 as a press sample. Opinions expressed are 100% my own and not influenced in any way other than the quality of the product itself.