Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Picture polish Revenge swatch for August macro challenge


Good day darlings, I finally had some time for a quick post with swatch of beautiful duochrome Picture polish called Revenge. I made these swatch pictures before my very popular contrast stamping and decided that it would be perfect for duochrome prompt in our August macro challenge. This polish is very easy to apply and it gets completely opaque after two coats. It was a pleasure to wear Revenge and hopefully you will enjoy looking at swatches below. You can buy this polish at color4nails.

By the way my vacation is going great and I'm trying out new for me Russian brand called Nail look, pictures coming soon on my instagram account @phdnails.


Figure 1. Revenge swatch.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Nail art with miniature water marble floral design using Picture polish Lakodom, Coral reef and Chillax "Exotic flowers"


Good day darlings, very special nail art today :) I did this water marble design for Picture Polish contest, but unfortunately could not submit it as an entry, because I learned that water marble was not considered a free hand. I end up submitting another awesome free hand mani, and saved this one for a special occasion. Well, birthday is pretty special, is not it? And it also might be my last post for a while, because I'm going on vacation until the end of September. Do not worry, I hope to be able to a write post from time to time and upload some nail art on Instagram, you can check it out here
Now back to the mani, which might be my all time favorite. Did you ever made water marble so beautiful that you wished to put the whole thing on one nail? I know,  I did, and that's why I came up with miniature water marble technique. Unfortunately, there was no time to make a tutorial, but if there will be an interest I'm going to make a separate more technical post with video and pictures of how to make it. For now, please enjoy beautiful photos and do not forget to look at the macros. They show how holo flakies in Lakodom make a beautiful gradient with creamy Chillax and Coral reef, it's truly wonderful. And I'm gladly accepting birthday wishes today :*


Figure 1. Nail art "Exotic flowers"

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Nail art with traditional Chinese Peach water decals and scaled gradient background "Oriental beauties"


Good day darlings, what are you doing if you failed at scaled gradient? Right, cover it up with water decals. That's exactly how this nail art appeared, so it's not a complete failure and I use it as my entry for Russian challenge with water decals. I even like how two gorgeous flakies Heart's desire and Gilded grove complement these decals (check out macros at the end), but making scaled gradient with flakies was not a good idea. These water decals look really nice on the nails and were easy to apply, however they have low resolution, which is really visible on close up macro pictures, and is a bit annoying. Do you use water decals, what are your favorite once?


Figure 1. Nail art "Oriental beauties"

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Moon nails supply stamping swatch review of two collections Diva and Sexy metals, plus comparison with Mundo de Unas


Good day darlings, it took forever, but I finally finished my review of two stamping polish collections from Moon nails supply. One of them is called Diva and has 8 bright colors, another one is Sexy metals with 8 metallics. I purchased mini bottles (5 ml), but there are also regular size bottles available (16 ml). Overall properties of Moon polish are very similar to that of Mundo de Unas (follow link to see my review of MdU polish). There are two differences, I found that Moon polish is more difficult to remove with sticky tape if you messed up stamping on your nail, but it can be done. And due to the some difference in the formula Moon polish separates more, however it's also much more easy to mix it up with simple bottle shaking or special mixer, if you have one. The smell is different, but strength is comparable to that of Mundo de unas polish.  Why bother getting Moon polish? First of all they offer some colors which are really unique, and gorgeous. For example, two metallics green Xavier and red Julio do not have analogues among Mundo de Unas colors, as well as Vincent. Second, they also offer Bissu polish of various finishes and colors, which is always in stock, unlike on MDU web site, and plenty of stamping plates, some of which are exclusive. Finally, the price is around 20$ per regular size sets and 8-9$ for mini set (you also can get individual bottles) if you buy through Facebook group Polish stamping plate Co-op, minimal shipping directly to you is 10$, at the end these is much cheaper than getting Mundo polish. Moon nails supply is based in Mexico, so shipping takes a while, but sometimes can be pretty quick (only 7 days !!! if you are in US). Unfortunately bottles come without labels, so I had to make my own. From swatches below you will see that Moon polish stamps beautiful both over black and white with couple exception (dark brown Maria is not visible on black, which is normal). I would highly recommend this polish for stamping. All swatches are shown without top coat, but from my own experience I can tell you that this polish does not smear, you can follow links to see nail designs which I made with some of the colors.

Figure 1. Collage with swatches of Diva (top row) and Sexy metals (bottom row).

Monday, August 10, 2015

Femme fatale Lantern waste and tribal stamping nail art with glitterplacement "Hunting Aztec"


Good day darlings, non traditional take on Aztec nails today. First of all I wanted to combine it with glitter placement for our macro challenge prompt and second I really wanted to use those cute images of man and various animals on HeHe plate. So I decided to add little action to the tribal ornament from Bundle Monster plate. The glitter placement part was the hardest, as I have only really small glitters and making a full nail glitter placement was out of question with my skills. Stamping ornament and placing glitter on top definetly helped though. I'm really happy with final look, except that pastel pink MDU lost its colour after I applied top coat, it did not happen previously, so idk what really happened. Oh, and did I mention base polish Lantern waste? It looks so freaking amazing with all the flakies and shimmer, I simply love it.


Figure 1. Nail art "Hunting Aztec"

Figure 2. More images with bottle.

Figure 3. And without.

Figure 4. Individual nails.

Figure 5. Macro images of stamping with glitter placement.

Materials and Methods

Nail Polish:
  • Femme fatale cosmetics - Lantern waste (3 coats)
  • Mundo de Unas - Pastel pink (!) it changed color after top coat application (stamping)
Stamping plates:
  • HeHe 042 (middle and ring fingers)
  • Bundle monster - BM 604 (index, pinky and thumb)


I bought this gorgeous polish at Color4nails and they gonna have restock soon.

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Stamping Saturday: Acrylic rainbow nail art with Mundo de Unas stamping using Marianne 67 plate "Summer rain"


Good day darlings, today I wanna show "Summer rain", which I made for Russian challenge (#лакоавгуст2015), #clairestelle8august gradient prompt and #stampingSaturday.  I used acrylic paint to create background rainbow gradient using blob technique, because summer rain usually involves rainbow. And I stamped silhouette flowers and romantic couple under umbrella using black Mundo de Unas polish and some of my new Marianne plates. It did not turn out exactly like I imagined, but I love this bright and colorful nail design anyway. I used wet mirror as a prop to show this nail art at it's best. Do you have a feeling of refreshing midday summer shower  while looking at it, or it's just me? 


Figure 1. Nail art "Summer rain".

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Picture polish Pshiiit and Pirouette with floral dotting nail art for #OMD3 "Pink flowers"


Good day darlings, in this post I combine my final entry for #OMD3 challenge and Flowers & Butterflies prompt of Russian challenge. My current favourite perfume is Flower bomb by Victor & Rolf, so I made this  free hand floral design with a butterfly to match both challenges and of course I had to take picture with my flower bomb and a beautiful matching necklace. I used Picture polish Pirouette to make flowers using dotting technique and I have to say that this polish looks just stunning on macros and in real life, as well. This was one of my back up designs for Picture polish contest, but at the end I decided that snails and dry brush flowers were better. Nevertheless, I really like how this mani turned out, pink flowers look super nice on the dark teal Pshiiit background and Honey moon completes this trio beautifully.


Figure 1. Nail art "Pink flowers"

Monday, August 3, 2015

Picture polish Paris swatch


Good day darlings, for the month of August I joined among others one Russian Instagram challenge* (#лакоавгуст2015) and for the first prompt we were supposed to show our favorite summer polishes. It was very hard to choose one, but finally I decided to show Picture polish called Paris. It's a coral beauty with holo shimmer, which looks very elegant and fresh on the nails. Also this shade looked perfect with my necklace and I was able to make this wonderful collage. Finally since coral is almost red, I'm gonna use it as an entry for the first prompt of #bomnailartchallenge.

*At the end of this post you can find all four challenges which i will try to follow this month.

Figure 1. Picture polish Paris swatch.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Spiral dry marble nail art for OMD3 #mynailsandmybag prompt "Spiral flowers"


Good day darlings, I'm catching up with last prompts of #OMD3 challenge and here is #mynailsandmybag nail art. It was inspired by my bag which I currently use the most - cute diaper bag with colorful floral pattern. I was thinking to do some floral stamping, until I saw gorgeous spiral dry marble design done by talented Russian blogger Zlata. I loved it so much, that immediately wanted to make something similar and it looked perfect to match my bag. After some practice this new for me technique gave pretty nice results. On my short nails I was not able to use more than three different colors, but I still like final version, even though some colors are missing. Central flowers were added using dotting tool after i finished marble on all 5 nails, otherwise, they were spreading too much. This type of marble is beautiful and very unique, is not it?


Figure 1. Nail art "Spiral flowers"