Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Barry M Shabby Chic

Right before the end of the year I finished a huge pile of reviews.  I had been working on some of them since the beginning of Summer.  Starting in January I began feeling like I could finally return to doing the random nail art that I loved so much.  For a few days I felt great.  I had some great ideas and I decided to go back and take a closer look at some of the stamping plates I had been sent.  Hence the recent reviews.  Unfortunately, that initial feeling of freedom quickly turned into NAIL ART BLOCK!  Either I can't come up with ideas or I hate the ones I create.  I am hoping this passes and I will be able to come up with some great designs. Fingers-crossed!

So the point of that rant......
Today's design falls into the category of "It seemed like a good idea and then I put it on my nails".  

I started with two coats of Mustard.  How could I go wrong with one of my favorite shades?!  

I was in the mood for zig zags, so why not use MoYou London Fashionista 05 and a fantastic green like Cardamon.  I had a little sliding with the image, but that was okay because I knew I was going to add another image.

This is probably where things really started to look off to me.  I wanted to use the flower image that is on my pinky but I was concerned it wouldn't show up that well.  I tried stamping it first with Chilli and then Espresso.  It just still didn't see that it would look right.  I scanned some more plates for another floral image with more coverage.  I couldn't decide and ended up with one from MoYou London Pro 06.  I applied it with Chilli.  I wasn't feeling it.

In an attempt to make it more interesting I added some Espresso dots.  It helped a little but I still wasn't thinking I created a masterpiece.

It does have an interesting retro, shabby chic look to it but it's not my best work.  
What do you think?

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Bundle Monster CYO 2014 Plate 612 Review

Press Sample

Time for another Bundle Monster stamping plate review.  Today I have plate 612 from the CYO 2014 Collection.  I used two images from this plate to create my design.

Here are all the images:

I added the first image using Milani Rapid Cherry over Spotlight White.  As you can see the image is quite large on my nails.  If you have small nails like mine, you will want to watch how you place it if you want the hearts to show.  I wasn't worried about that because of the design I had in mind.

I added my next layer using Black Swift.  I flipped the first image and applied it on all but my ring finger.  I added the lady skeleton on my ring finger.  Again the image was large for my nail.  I fit the silhouette but not the frame.

The plate was etched perfectly and the images transferred nice and clean.  As you can see from my clean lines.

Another fantastic plate from Bundle Monster.  You can purchase this as a single or the entire collection.

Monday, January 26, 2015

The Nail Challenge Collaborative Presents: Wallpaper - Luxe Floral

I am starting the week off with my last design for The NCC January theme.  I ended up with this design because I really wanted to try out some new lacquer I picked up at the last Llarowe Clearance.  I grabbed two of the Model Own Diamond Luxe lacquers and I am so glad I did! They are gorgeous!

I started my design with two coats of Emerald Green.  It was pretty much opaque in one coat.  Just look at this stunning green!

I added my floral design using Essie As Good As Gold and Cheeky Jumbo Plate 3.  With the lacquer and the gold floral it has a very luxurious feel.  Fancy! 

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