Friday, January 20, 2017

CNT Presents ~ 26 Great Nail Art Ideas ~ Red & Pink

Hello Dahlings!

This time the Tarts are showing you ideas for red & pink manis.

I did this...

Yeah, I know.
Most of you think Valentine's
when you think about red & pink together.
When do I ever do the 'normal' thing?
My base color is a retired polish called Darkest Love 
I stamped using a prototype stamping polish,
also from Cuttin' Edge Nails.

Sara's prototype stamping polish picked up pretty well
& has a fun pinky purple shimmer to it.
Alas, my nails have gotten long enough again
that the full nail design I used didn't quite fit my nails.
The accent nails are reverse image decals I made
by picking up the image on the stamping head,
letting it dry then adding a thin coat of clear polish.
Once that dried, I colored it the image using a dotting tool.
Once that dried, I added another thin coat of the clear.
Once dry, I trimmed the decals to generally fit around my cuticles
& attached using a thin coat of the clear polish on my nail.
I trimmed the decal from the free edge
& cleaned up & tucked the decal edges using acetone & a brush.

>^. .^<

Ciri is underwhelmed.
He thinks I need to do more cat manis.
What do y'all think?

Thanks for stopping by
& please check out the ideas
the other Tarts have to offer!
~ Inky

Friday, January 13, 2017

My Holidays at the Oregon Coast mani

Hello Dahlings!

No, your eyes aren't deceiving you.
I am indeed posting on a non-challenge week!

Over the Christmas/New Year's holiday,
Mr Inky & I went to the Oregon Coast.
We figured we could vegetate there 
just as well as at home & have better scenery.

I did my nails before we left
& for almost 2 weeks I wore this...

 Not my best mani ever, but fun enough.

and not shown

 Crowd Surf is sorta neon purplish indoors
& a darker red violet in the sun or under uv light.
I was having hit or miss luck with getting the waves
to show up on my nails,
but the whale tale turned out just dandy fine
& the holo sparkle added to the wet & wild effect.

 Blu Lite Special is a gitd dark topper that turns blue in the dark!

>^. .^<

Ciri isn't enjoying the cold weather & may just hibernate until spring.

Thanks for stopping by!
~ Inky

Friday, January 6, 2017

CNT Presents ~ 26 Great Nail Art Ideas ~ New Year New You!

Happy New Year, Dahlings!

Did you have a lovely holiday season?
Mr Inky & I spent ours at the Oregon Coast
getting cold & wet, but we had fun anyway.

To start the New Year,
the Tarts are doing New Year New You manis.
What does this mean?
For me it means being the best me I can be
& last year I had to let my nail painting & blogging slide.
This wasn't the best me, but real life was so crazy busy
I just didn't have the time or the energy
to paint my nails often, let alone blog about them.

Life in 2017 should be more 'normal'.
My goal for this year is to paint my nails more often
& blog at least once a week, more if I can manage it.

My mani for this round...

 A yummy blue violet with blue green shimmer base
& a red/violet iridescent flakie glow in the dark topper
with pink holo stamping.
Yep! This is a ME mani. LOL

I used Esmaltes da Kelly plate KN18 for the stamping.

 MGBH is so YUMMY!
It shifts between blue & violet depending on the light,
but isn't a duo chrome. This pic is under my usual LED light.

 This one is with flash & looks much bluer.
The flakies decided to play hide & seek.
I could easily see them with my eyes,
but they hid from my camera.

Nosy Reporter Skills glows blue!
I only used one coat over MGBH
as I was worried 2 coats would hide too much of the shimmer below.
2 coats would have glowed better, but I can live with this.
 This gitd mini is an add-on available
when you buy You're so Predictable.
Each of the different add-on gitd minis
glow a different color & can be used over any polish.

>^. .^<

Alas, our cabin was a pet free zone, so we left Ciri at home.
Cannon Beach was lovely (this is Haystack Rock at sunset),
but not having our fur-babies around is weird.

Thanks for stopping by
& please visit the other Tarts!
~ Inky

Friday, December 23, 2016

CNT Presents ~ 26 Great Nail Art Ideas ~ Pastel Christmas

Hello Dahlings!

For our final mani of 2016,
the Tart's are showing you ideas for a Pastel Christmas!

I did this...

 ...and my editing software chopped my pic off. Blerg!
Anywho, I did a bottle brush gradient by applying each color
using the brush & overlapping them slightly to blend them.
Easy peasy, lemon squeezy!

I sealed it all in with a coat of Seche Vite.

 Cotton Granny Panties white franken;
Boogie All Night Long, Feel The Funk,
Get Down Tonight & On The Flip Side;

Oh yeah, the Poptastic Remix glows in the dark!

>^. .^<

Ciri wishes you a relaxing holiday season!

Happy Holidays to All
& May Krampus not steal your children!
~ Inky

Friday, December 16, 2016

Swatch-a-rama time feat. Cuttin' Edge!

Hello Dahlings!

What? Wait! This isn't a Tart's challenge week?!?
Nope, it's my getting out a post
that I should have done months ago.

Sara at Cuttin' Edge released some fun polishes
during the height of the Pokémon Go! craze
& she sent me a few to swatch & review.

I got the swatching done in a timely manor,
now for the review...

 Pikachu is right on target!
This is 2 dabbed on coats over a retired CE polish (Hot Wheels)
& the red circles, black triangles & whiskers
plus the metallic gold lightening bolts & whiskery bits in clear base
with small gold holo circles & sheer iridescent flakies
totally reminded me of Pikachu.
Even if you aren't now or never were into Pokémon (like me)
this is a fun topper that would scream CHRISTMAS!!!
when applied over a dark green base color.
(I did this swatch over a liquid latex base coat
& topped it with Orly's fast dry top coat. No Gellish needed!)


 Aquaman is a gorgeous pearl blue green semi-sheer polish
with a green shimmer & fine gold flecks
that that needed 3 thin coats for opacity
& to minimize that pearl finish tendency to streak.
It's a tad bit persnickety in that you don't want to over stroke it
or you may get streaks, but paying attention will pay off big time
in giving you a beautiful mani!
(I did this swatch over my regular franken base coat
& topped it with Orly's fast dry top coat.)


Glameow is my fav of this trio!
One dabbed coat with it's small silver holo & black hexes, 
blue holo diamonds
& fine gold holo dust with silver whiskers in a clear base
it was a perfect pairing over Aqua-man.
I loved this combo so much that I wore it for a week!
(I added a coat of Seche Vite to protect the glittery goodness.
No Gellish needed!)

All 3 of these beauties are currently available
& I think Glameow would make an awesome New Year's mani!

>^. .^<

 Psst! Hey Ziggy!

 Who dat? I hears you, but can't sees you!

Did you calls me, Meowme?

Thanks for stopping by
& please visit Cuttin' Edge Nails
for some most  excellent polish!
~ Inky

Friday, December 9, 2016

CNT Presents ~ 26 Great Nail Art Ideas ~ Christmas Preparations

Hello Dahlings!

It's December already!
My how time flies when one is crazy busy.

This time the Tarts are sharing mani ideas 
that represent getting ready for the holidays.

We don't do a big Christmas around the Inky house anymore,
just a smidge of decorations & stocking stuffers on Christmas morning.
But I do remember when we did a lot more
& one of my fav winter holiday traditions as a child
was decorating the tree while snow fell outside.

 I've been doing a bit of traveling of late
& wore this fun mani for over 2 weeks.
I used a piece of cosmetic sponge to do the angled gradient
& stamped using Creative Shop plate 36.

 I started with  my usual franken base coat
& then added one coat of Cotton Granny Panties franken white.
I used The Lady Varnishes Indigo, Stormy & Shy Violet.
For the stamping, I used Hit the Bottle My Suitor Wears Pewter.
To top it all off, I used a coat of Seche Vite.

Don't you just love the glow of holiday décor at night?

>^. .^<

Can I helps decorate this tree?
How about some birdy feathers & cat nip balls?

Thanks for stopping by
& please check out
what the other Tarts are up!
~ Inky

Friday, November 25, 2016

CNT Presents ~ 26 Great Nail Art Ideas ~ Winter Warmth

Happy Turkey Weekend Dahlings!

For those of you that don't live in the US...
Happy Friday!

This time around the Tarts are doing manis that show winter warmth.

I did this...

 To me winter warmth means hand made gifts
to warm both the body & the heart,
so I went with hand stitched stamping.

 The Lady Varnishes The Ghost with the Most
I stamped using Creative Shop Plate Ukraine 

I got the glow in the dark option
as I do whenever Kristen offers it.
Look at that awesome detail in this image!

>^. .^<

Having a personal lap warmer doesn't hurt either
when it comes to staying toasty!

Thanks for stopping by &
Please visit the other Tarts!
~ Inky