Monday, March 28, 2016

Pink Polish Comparison feat. Creative Shop Plate 14

Hello Dahlings!

Yes, I know I didn't post last Wednesday.
Yes, I know today is Monday.
Yes, my posting schedule is all kinds of whacked.
This isn't going to change any time soon.
Real life is sucking the fun out of my polish fantasy
& I need to cut back a wee bit for the next month or so.
I'll still be doing my challenges.
I'll just be posting fewer comparisons & me manis.
I can't not do the RL things that need doing,
so my blog will just have to suck it up & take one for the team.
So it goes. Sometimes Adulting sucks!

Anywho, this comparison is all about the pink crèmes
& my fav type of crème polishes are NEONS!!!

So I did this... 

 Boy, was that pinky nail a surprise!

 The line up ~ Sinful Colors Bright B4 UR Eyes, Orly Beach Cruiser,
NK Cerise, Finger Paints Warhol Wannabe & Hit the Bottle Snowed In

 All nails are 2 coats of color over my franken base
with a coat of Orly Sec N' Dry.

Pinky ~ Sinful Colors Bright B4 UR Eyes
Look at the bottle. Look at the color of my pinky nail.
Not only is the bottle painted a misleading neon pink,
the polish color is no where near the color of the bottle.
This was the sheerest of this bunch & could have used a 3rd coat.

 See? I'm not making this shiz up.
Sinful Colors are available in most US drugstores,
but I suggest you skip this one, even if it is on clearance.

Ring (& thumb) ~ Orly Beach Cruiser
This is more like it! 
A bright poke-your-eye-out-with a-neon-stick pink.
It did go on a bit streaky with the 1st coat
& the 2nd coat only helped so much.
Top coat did more to even out the color.
Available at Sally Beauty Supply. 

Middle ~ NK Cerise
The darkest of this bunch.
Almost not a neon, but a decent bright pink
that went on smooth & was almost a one coater.
Look for this brand in your local independent supply shops.

Index ~ Finger Paints
This is one of my all time fav neon pinks!
It's not the lightest or brightest,
but it goes on well & wears well too.
Available at your nearest Sally Beauty Supply.

 This is Creative Shop Stampin Plate 14. I used the HtB Snowed In
I topped these nails with Orly Sec N' Dry
& could have smacked myself when it smeared the stamping polish
on every single nail after waiting at least half an hour before applying it.
In spite of the smearing, I got great detail on every nail!

 Pinky stamping looks perfect!

 Other than missing a bit near my cuticle,
I mostly nailed the image on my ring finger too.

 On man! My middle nail looks SO good before the top cost.

 Look at all those itty bitty lines!
I love the detail possible on these plates!

I missed with my placement again,
but still am pleased with the detail I got.

These plates are truly awesome!
Now to work on my placement of the full nail images
& remember to NOT use the Orly fdtc over my stamped nails.

>^. .^<

Wakes me when you gets it right, K?

Thanks for stopping by!
~ Inky

Friday, March 25, 2016

40 Great Nail Art Ideas ~ Spring

Hello Dahlings!

This week the Crumpet's Nail Tarts
are showcasing Spring themed Manis.

I did this...

 Spring where I live means rain. Who am I trying to kid?
Living where I do means rain. Lots & lots of rain.
We've gotten a bit more than usual this year so far
with 30+ inches since December
& many days in a row where at least some rain fell.
All this rain also means rainbows!

 I started with 2 butterlicious coats of
Whimsical Ideas by Pam Thursday over my franken base.
I then added a coat of FDTC.

I stamped the raining umbrellas from Creative Shop plate 05

 The rainbow line up ~ Whimsical Ideas by Pam Starbucks Holiday Cup
along with Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday
from Pam's Undies of the Week collection.
Yep! Pam finally gave us a set of undies
that are designed to coordinate with her fantabulous glitters!
There's also a Saturday polish
& a FB group exclusive that you'll be seeing soon.

I used some nail vinyls from a now closed indie
to set up my upside down rainbow
then filled in between those colors with an itty bitty dotting tool.

My thumb got the pot o' gold!

POG line up ~ Pam's Yeah Magnets! & Caramellow
plus my franken Silk Boxers.

I mixed a bit of Yeah Magnets! with Caramellow to make my gold.

I'm not so sure about this whole gold at the end of the rainbow theory
as the rainbows I see in my neighborhood
end in the drainage pond at the end of the street.
Ain't nobody got time to slog thru the mud looking for a pot o' gold!

Thanks for stopping by
& please share the luvs
with the other Tarts!
~ Inky

Monday, March 21, 2016

Hobby Polish Bloggers Presents ~ Spring!

Hello Dahlings!

Spring is here & all over my nails cuz this month
the Hobby Polish Bloggers are doing Spring themed manis.

With that in mind, I did this...

Bunnies multiplying all over my nails.
Yes, I know they're sorta upside down,
but I wanted to be able to look at them
& if I'd put these DIY decals on the other side of my nails
I would have needed to do hand gymnastics to see them.

has all their nail polish on sale!!!
With the move to the new online store,
Emily is also changing her bottles.
So she needs to clear out all her polish inventory
that's in the old bottles.
Many of these perfect formula beauties 
are only available while supplies last,
so get your polish loving fanny over there & stock up!

I started with one butterlicious coat of
Snowfall Serenity over my franken base.
I then used a piece of cosmetic sponge to create the gradient.
All those flakies made for awesome sparklies
in addition to the linear rainbows!
I quick coat of Sally Hansen Dries Instantly
& I was ready to make my decals.
I used Spun Gold, Creative Shop Stamping Plate 05 & my gorgeous
After a coat of the SHDI dried on my on my Uber Mat,
I stamped 5 bunny borders using Spun gold
& filled them in using a small brush with Pure Glow Getter.
I trimmed the excess clear polish off
& applied my bunny borders to the long edge of each nail.

I mentioned on Friday that I was trying a new to me top coat
to see how it compared to Seche Vite.

SH Gel Shine 3D doesn't create as thick a layer as SV
& doesn't dry as fast either.
However, it is thicker than any of the other fast dry top coat I've tried
& is readily available where Sally Hansen products are sold.
This is in pretty much every chain drugstore
& big box store in the USA.

As to whether it thickens up & shrinks when the bottle gets half gone?
I don't know yet,
but if I notice these SV issues happening with the SHGS3D,
I'll let y'all know.

I don't know why I can get crystal clear gitd pics sometimes
& others it ain't happening.
This was the best pic out of dozens. Blerg.

>^. .^<

My mom's cat Missy is a strange cat.

But give her some cat nip & she acts pretty normal for a stoned cat.

Come a lil closer so I's can bite you.

Thanks for stopping by
& please share the luvs
with the other Hobby Polish Bloggers!
~ Inky

Friday, March 18, 2016

40 Great Nail Art Ideas ~ 3 Shades of Green

Hello Dahlings!

This week the Tarts are sharing ideas for manis using 3 shades of green.
My technique for this week is pattern on pattern.

So I did this...

I did use 3 different greens
& I did a stamped pattern over a stenciled pattern.
I even tried a new to me top coat.

 The line up ~ Emori White, Color Club On The Flip Side,
Ellegee Get Away From Her, You Bitch!
& Hit the Bottle Green Around the Gills.

 I started with a coat of Emori White over my franken base.
I then added 2 coats of On The Flip Side
& a coat of Sally Hansen Dries Instantly.
with GAFHYB! then added another coat of SHDI.

 I did the stamping using Messy Mansion plate 04,
Green Around the Gills
I sealed it in with Sally Hansen Gel Shine 3D top coat.

I love my Seche Vite fast dry top coat.
I don't care that it can be persnickety & get thick or even shrink
when the bottle gets down to the half way point.
I buy my refill & Restore thinner in big bottles from Amazon
& refill or thin my 15ml bottle as needed.
I easily get a week of solid mani protection with minimal tip wear.

But what if I couldn't do that?
What if I ran out & needed to finish a mani NOW?

So I tried a new top coat from Sally Hansen.
Their products are usually decent in both quality & price 
plus they're readily available in most, if not all, drugstores in the US.
The product info says it's thicker than most top coats
with a gel like shine with no uv lamp needed & fast drying.

It isn't as thick as SV, but it is thicker than my other fast dry top coats.
The glossiness is about the same.
It doesn't dry as fast as SV (SV usually dries in about 5 minutes),
but it is supposed to cure the polish under it like SV.
If you can sit still for 5-10 minutes so you don't ding it.
It didn't quite wear as well as SV.
I had tip wear after 2 days
& SV usually lasts 4-5 days before I notice tip wear.

Over all, if I need a thick fast drying top coat & my SV isn't available,
I'd use the Sally Hansen Gel Shine 3D again.

 I'd been craving some gitd & these nails supplied it!

I didn't do the chevrons on my thumb, just the stamping.
The Color Club 2015 Poptastic Remix collection
is a 2.0 of the original Poptastic collection
with gitd added. I had to have it!
They all have a strong glow with minimal charging
& hold the glow for quite a while.

>^. .^<

My laser eyes will keep da leprechauns from stealings my cuteness!

Thanks for stopping by
& please share the luvs
with the other Tarts!
~ Inky

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Weird Wednesday Comparison ~ Purple Thermals ft. Creative Shop Plate 01 Reveiw

Hello Dahlings!

This week I have 5 purple thermals to show you
along with another review of the Creative Shop Stamping Plates.

This is a pic heavy post, so go potty,
grab a beverage & get comfy.
Y'all ready?

 Not a dupe in the bunch, tho
 this isn't as easy to discern from the bottles.

& The Devil Wears Polish Sweet Pea.

All nails have 2 coats of polish over my franken base
with a coat of Orly Sec N' Dry.

 When cold, all of these polishes show their purple.

When warm they show either blue or pink.

Pinky ~ Razzleberry
A lovely blue violet when cold that shifts to bright blue when warm.
A smooth shimmery jelly that needs 3 coats for opacity
& would be great fun with nail art techniques
like pond manis & lead lighting where translucent polishes work well.
I've had this polish nigh on a year & the shift is still strong.

Ring ~ Calypso
KPT is well know for their quality thermals & this one is no exception.
When cold it's a rich dark plum & when warm it shifts to dark mauve.
The holo glitters sparkle thru the shift to add to the fun.

Middle ~ Jam & Jelly Oh My!
Purple with pink shimmer when cold
& pink with a more subtle shimmer when warm.
Another older polish that still performs well.
It's no longer available,
but PMS carries quite few thermals to choose from.

Index ~ True Blurple
A warm red violet when cold & a bright cold blue when cold
that shows blue violet during it's shift.
It's also jam pack with asst colors of holo glitter.
Alas, Super Nails is closing,
but remaining stock is 50% off while supplies last.

Thumb ~ Sweet Pea
This pastel linear holo is lavender when cold & a soft pink when warm.
Alas, TDWP is closed, but there's still hope
that someday Tami will make her fabulous polishes for the world again.

 The shift on Sweet Pea is subtle, but it's there.

The thing about thermals is while they're fun to wear,
they generally have a shelf life of 6-12 months
before they stop changing color.
My advice is to buy them in minis when possible
or wear them often if only big bottles are available.
Either way, pick ones that you like the base color of
since that's what you'll have when the magic expires.

Onto the nail art review!

I used Hit the Bottle Moonshine & the oh so pretty
All nails got another coat of Orly Sec N' Dry after the stamping dried.

 Some hits & misses, but I was trying out some of the finer detailed images
& they take a fast yet delicate hand to transfer well.
I'm still practicing, but when I get it right, it's worth it.

This marble vein pattern will look great over any polish.
I got it right, but even if I had missed a few bits,
it's the type of design that it wouldn't matter.

 Another win for me!
I love this fine line maze pattern
& was happy to get 99% of it to transfer well.
Remember, the finer the lines,
the less pressure needed to pick up the design
& you have to mover faster to get the design
on your nail before the polish dries.

 This is a very fine lined floral design,
but you can't really tell from this pic.
I will def need to practice with this one before wearing it again.

 These are the upside down tops of peacock feathers
& the centers look as tho' they might be lil skulls.
I got most of the lil feathery bits.
This design would look really kewl done right side up,
in gold, over a blue-green chunky glitter polish.

I have a fondness for argyle,
but didn't do a good job on this nail.
The diamonds came out fine,
but the fine dashed lines that crisscross
across the diamonds didn't want to come out to play.

Over all, I'm still enjoying my exploration of these plates.
Yes, some of the designs take advanced stamping ability to use,
but I'm fine with this as a big reason I love nail art
is the constant drive to improve my skills
as I pretty up my claws.

>^. .^<

 I no need to practice...

...I'se purrfect as is.

Thanks for stopping by!
~ Inky