Monday, April 18, 2016

G, being the generous love that she is, brought back gifts for many people. One of them was Tai, and she got some fabric too. When I heard that, I was determined to use that for nail art inspiration, too. And then she showed me this.

It looked unlikely at best. Until I remembered my Moyou Suki plate:


I painted my nails black with Pretty Serious' 'Absence' and stamped the design on. Then, using Emily de Molly's sheer tints, I added pink and blue with a dotting tool. I could, of course, have used a red, making it sheer with some clear polish, but liked the idea of neon tints to brighten the nails up a bit. And the end result:

Gifts as inspiration

My friend G went to Tokyo recently and brought me back a lovely piece of fabric. Naturally, I had to attempt to replicate it on my nails!

Freehand with many different polishes, too many to list, but the inspiration is visible, I think.

Friday, April 15, 2016

A preview of three polishes from 'The Valyrio Collection'

'The Valyrio Collection', due to be released on the 24th of April, contains six polishes inspired by the world of Game of Thrones. The polishes, named in the fictional language High Valyrian, are all homages to the events and characters of the show.

First we have Dracarys, High Valyrian for Dragonfire, and the word used by Daenerys to encourage her children to breathe fire. 

That's some fire, alright! This polish applies beautifully, and it is the holy grail of holos being quite likely a one-coater. I used two for the swatches but I really didn't need to for some of the nails, so applied carefully, you could doubtless get away with just one.

The colour, while objectively very pretty, just doesn't do it for me. The tone is pinker than my yellow-base-toned skin can generally take. It's not awful by any stretch but it's not something I could wear by itself. I suspect some bold stamping will fix that issue immediately as the polish itself is just too pretty to not have.

Next up, we have Kastamiro Damior, which translates to 'The Rains of Castamere', a song famous in Westeros. Dedicated to Tywin Lannister, the song immortalises the destruction of the House Reyne for their rebellion against their Lord.

This polish is a deep, sensual blue, which shimmers happily in the light. The application was not as dreamy as Dracarys, but three coats and a top coat is about average for most polishes in my experience.

A word of warning with this polish: it's a lovely, deep blue and this can only be achieved with the high pigmentation. Given that, staining is possible so it is really important to use a good base coat.

And finally, for this post at least, Lilagon, meaning 'to dance.'

This green to copper to gold multi-chrome is a perfectly serpentine shade, and the shimmer particles within make the whole thing move like a dance of dragons ... I couldn't resist! But really, the polish is a warm shade, but the yellows were locked to the golden hues and so the green didn't feel at all overwhelming for my skin tone.

I like the variety of these polishes. From shimmers, to chromes, to holos, it's good to see a collection that is diverse in type but retains the overall theme from inspiration.

Until next time, dothras chek.

Friday, April 8, 2016

Stained glass ... florals?

One day I will attempt proper stained glass nails, where I will neatly partition my nails off in black stripes and fill them in with bold colours to depict something marvelous. While I wait for the Talent Fairy to visit, I guess I can attempt the idea in a simple form ...

To begin, I painted my nails with 'Going to the Beach' by Celestial Cosmetics. With a striping brush, I created a black border and the panes with a Sinful Colors polish. 

I began with the pinky, which became the messiest nail as a result of being the guinea pig nail. Hot tip: if you clean the brush with an acetone based polish remover between strokes, and you should do that, also be sure to apply the lightest of touches of oil to the brush afterwards. It helps make the lines much cleaner.

Anyway, that part done, I decided to add simple stained-glass roses to the window. Just blobbed on without any ceremony.

Finally, with a tiny detailing brush, I went in to put a border around the flowers. After a quick clean up, they look like this:

Next stop, St Vitus Cathedral's windows nails!

Or not.

Definitely not.

Friday, April 1, 2016

Celestial Purples

March just sort of ran away, didn't it? Who gave it permission to do that? While I pretend that I have not wasted the first quarter of the year (!), have a look at some lovely Celestial newbies. First off, LE April, 'Sweet Pea', is a deep plum holo with little flecks of deep blue glitter scattered throughout.

The flecks disappear when the holo rises but are there for interest during the duller, rainier, or more indoor moments of our existence.

Next up, we have 'Celestial Dream', a dark lavender holo and the latest installment in Celestial's annual celebration of purples and holos. A worthy celebration indeed.

It's quite something. When I first opened the package like a rabid polish-monkey and laid my eyes upon this beauty, I did think it looked similar to 'Purple Rain Cocktail', but side by side, you can see the difference.

In both comparison shots, 'Celestial Dream' is on the left. As you can see, the colours are slightly different in the shade but the real difference is in the sheer intensity of the holo particles in the polishes. 'Celestial Dream' is clearly the more intense, bouncy, and fairy-obsessed little sister to the more sedate and grown up 'Purple Rain Cocktail'. That's not to say you should choose between them. You clearly need both in your life.