Thursday, August 17, 2017

Digital Dozen Does Story Genres; Day 2


I am seriously behind postings for this weeks story genre challenge for Digit-al Dozen....I hope you have been enjoying the other ladies mani's because they have been awesome!  

I have the mani's done but haven't done the posts so I do hope I get some time here and there to catch up soon!  This is my day 2 mani representing the story genre of westerns.  I had a couple thoughts here....when I was researching all the different genres, I discovered I pretty much only read fictional romance type of books.  I read a wide assortment of authors who have many different writing styles, but that is pretty much my preferred genre. As I wanted to link or tie the mani into each genre but because I read such a limited genre of books, this was going to be hard!  So I got to thinking about books in different genres even though I may not have read them, which lead me to thinking about my grandpa who had a library at his house which was full of books that included a wall full of Louis L'Amour western novels....it seemed like he had hundreds of them and I know he read them all!  I'm guessing westerns was his favourite genre!  What fond memories it brought back of me thinking about how I used to borrow books from my grandparents and go into the library and get them and then talking about them!  There's a great probability I read a Louis L'Amour western or two way back then!  My preferred genre is more fictional romance type of books as I mentioned already, but I know I've read romantic westerns as one of my favourite settings of books is back in the 1800's or earlier as I'm fascinated to read how they lived way back in the day!  Anyway, this is my western genre mani; I hope you like it even though I can't really tie it into a recent novel I've read!  Here's what I came up with!


Started with a sponged gradient base using Nicole by OPI In the Moment, China Glaze I Just Cant-alope, Essence The Green & The Grunge and Essence I'm a Marine Girl.  I wasn't overly pleased with this look initially as I was going for the time frame of dusk and the yellow/orange wasn't enough and the dark blue wasn't enough but oh well, this is how it turned out so I went with it!  This is the problem with trying to do a gradient using 4 colours on my little nails lol!


Topped with KBShimmer Clearly on Top.


Added images from CNF 002 with Fig Tree Stamps using Mdu 2.


Added a coat of KBShimmer.



I thought I was finished, but you know me....my preferred style is busy as anything and I'm not a fan of open voids!  So decided to take the mani another step by colouring in the setting sun which I did with the same polishes, Nicole by OPI Bee in the Moment and China Glaze I Just Cant-alope.  Then stamped in stars from Sugar Bubbles SBS 07.  This took foreverrrr to make sure just the right amount of stars were in just the right spot; the stars alone were probably a good 15 or more individual stamps!  And even though stamping image wise these are pretty much the smallest star images I could think of, they do look like pretty big dollops of snow...like a big snow flake!  *Sigh*  Anyway, I still like the added touch of the added colour.  I also have to say that I was disappointed how the gradient turned out on the thumb, but when I actually look at the finished mani, I like how there is the teal, then the blue, then the teal again because it kinda looks like the Northern Lights sky!  To me anyway!


So proud of how the thumb turn out!  Love it!


Sugar Bubbles SBS 07



Topped with another coat of KBShimmer Clearly on Top.


Decided that this is one of those mani's that might look best in matte, so topped with a coat of OPI Matte.  I can't decide which version I like better; the matte or shiny as I think they both have something going for them.  However, I did wear the matte version for a few days.  Matte, you can see some of the gradient a little better and it highlights some of the stamping and it kinds looks older or more vintage or aged which is how I see the settings of westerns, so I might prefer the matte version by a smidgen!


My favourite nail again!


The 4 nails, more monotoned look!



Here's the other ladies day 2 mani's!


Thanks for looking!

Monday, August 14, 2017

Digital-Dozen Does Story Genres; Day 1

It's Digit-al Dozen week....the theme this money is story genres. I do quite a bit of reading and wanted to do nails based on books that I have read, but once I looked into all the different genres and tried to think of books that I have read to go with them, I discovered that my reading is pretty narrow minded genre wise, as I don't actually read a whole lot of variety of books.  But hopefully I can come up with five different ones to fit the theme...this mani is based on Cinderella, which is a fairy tale (and I have read it!)


Started with a gradient of iLacquer St. Lucia and Vanguard.  I don't have the base coat pix available as I only did one quick base coat as I knew I'd be sponging on many times.


Added KBShimmer Clearly on Top.


Stamped using MdU 64 using an image from Marianne Nails n.58.  I really like this tone on tone look and I will keep it in mind for future mani's!


Did double stamping using Delaney Cendrillon and MdU 1.


Delaney Cendrillon.




Finished with a coat of KBShimmer Clearly on Top.


This was Ms. Cindy; did a base of two coats of iLacquer St. Lucia, then stamped with MdU 64 using an image from Delaney Feerique 002.  Really liking this tone on tone look!


Here's the other ladies Day 1 story genre mani's!




Thanks for looking!

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Cute Design on Short Nails!

Not too long ago, I cut down my nails as they interfere with life when they get too long plus a couple of my nails develop C curve that bugs me.....I actually like this length on me even though I do grow them out, then cut them down, then grow them out...I'm probably one of the rare bloggers that breaks don't really bother me as I just cut down the rest of them and live with them until they grow out again although some people get so disappointed or mad when they have a break.  I don't get it myself.  Just cut the rest of them and move on with life! But each to their own!  I know some gals like them a certain length or shape as that is what they are identified with but I'm not one of those bloggers that you see the nails always the same length (not sure if that is good or bad lol).  And because I post my nail art at random and not necessarily what I might be wearing currently (yes, I'm that blogger that still has nails from 2014 to share that are in archives!), you will see a variety of nail lengths at any given time.  Anyway, short nails give me the option to use those plate images that don't always fit on my nails when they are longer and also shows those with shorter nails that you can still do nail art regardless of the length!  Here's what I came up with!


Started with a base of OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls (not shown), then stamped using images from Mezerdoo 38 using Girly Bits Fire Engine Red stamping polish.


Mezerdoo 38




Did a little stamping touch ups, then added a few black accent dots using different size of dotters for interest.


Topped with KBShimmer Clearly on Top to finish (I think I added a bit too much top coat to middle finger; it did dry level but not the best in pix, sorry!)


Thanks for looking!

Friday, August 11, 2017

Putting A Little Glam Into My Life!

Here's another set of nails that I did using the green and turquoise combination....this time, used Glam Polish Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! then stamped with the turquoise!  Here's what I came up with!


Started with two coats of Glam Polish Gimme Gimme! Gimme! which dries slight matte.  Shown with no top coat.


Topped with Girly Bits What A Rush QD TC before stamping.


I know that I use black or white stamping polishes about 75% of the time for my stamping even though I have a wide range of colours.  So decided to stamp with a little colour using MdU 68 and an image from Marianne XX.  Yawnnnnnnnnn!  But it turned out to be too ho hum boring to me and needed a little jazzing!


Marianne Nails xx



Added a few black and white dots for a little interest.  Still wasn't overly happy with this as I think it might have been better with a slightly darker blue stamping polish but thankfully, another day, another mani and there's always next time!


Topped with Girly Bits What A Rush QD TC to finish.


Have a fabulous weekend; thanks for looking!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Floral Nails...and Oodles of Dots!

This aqua or turquoise colour is one I wear often during the summer; in fact, I would hazard a guess that I probably wear aqua or turquoise at least twice a week.  I often do nails to coordinate what I'm wearing so this is what I had on not too long ago to match my outfit! Here's what I came up with!


Started with a base coat of Essie I'm Addicted.  This may be a little darker to the true colour as I started with a SpaRitual turquoise that was darker than I wanted and did one coat of it; realized it was going to be darker than I wanted, so just layered two coats of the Essie on top so there may be some colour variance. 


Topped with KBShimmer Clearly on Top.


Stamped with Mezerdoo B1 using MdU 1 (I could only get the MdU polish to work with the plate for some reason).  I took the same image and stamped pieces and parts on it differently on each nail for a little variety and interest.


Mezerdoo B1




Added a few random dots using MdU 80.  I *might* have gone a little overboard with the dots....lol!  But I liked it!


Top coated with KBShimmer Clearly on Top to finish.


Hope you're having a great week....thanks for looking!


Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Purple Gradient!

It's the first day back after the long Civic weekend here in Ontario. Unfortunately, the weather was horrible for the most part.  It was a windy drive to cottage country and a lot of areas were under tornado warnings, in fact, two tornadoes did touch down in the Huntsville area from what I heard.  Then it was cold, rainy and overcast; not the best of weather overall.  But hey, at least it was time off from work and there was some relaxing time and it was a good weekend to do inside errands! I got highlights and a cut Saturday afternoon and ventured into the local Costco on Sunday; renewed my membership and bought my first Ottlight as I rely on natural outdoor lighting if I do my nails when I'm in cottage country, so this small desktop version hopefully will work well enough regardless of conditions outside or the time of day I do my nails!  It was $27.99 after a $10 discount, which I think is a decent price. People must have thought so, as I bought the very last one in the store!  Anyway, here's my first attempt using it!


Did a quick coat of polish using the lightest colour, Sinful Lie-lac, then did a sponged gradient using it, Sinful Tempest and Orly Indie TX.


 Topped with Girly Bits What A Rush QD TC.


Stamped using XY-L13 (index and pinky) and XY-L17 on the rest of the fingers (these are both acrylic plates).  I wasn't that thrilled with the floral image as I think it covered the gradient too much and in hindsight, wished I had have just used the zigzag image on all nails, but hindsight is 20/20, as the saying goes.


 Topped with Girly Bits What A Rush to finish.


Hope you had a good weekend; thanks for looking!