Showing posts with label Cult Nails. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Cult Nails. Show all posts

03 August 2014

Cult Nails Manipulative, Swatch and Review

Hi everyone! Every once and a while a polish comes along that sweeps you off your feet. Okay, I may be exaggerating, but not by much. Manipulative was one of my purchases from Cult Nails recent 50% off sale. I had read good reviews of it, but I thought it would just  be another blue in my collection. I was definitely wrong about that.

Cult Nails Manipulative
Cult Nails Manipulative

24 April 2013

Seven Deadly Sins Challenge, Day 1: Lust

Hi everyone! A quick announcement before I jump into today's post. My first giveaway has officially closed and I've emailed the winners. I'm still waiting to hear back from one, so if your name is Rachael J. make sure to check your email (and spam folder). I also wanted to thank everyone for all the support. And if you're disappointed about not winning, don't worry, I'm sure it won't be my last giveaway! ;)

Image courtesy of Dahlig at http://dahlig.deviantart.com/

About today's design - I'm participating in a challenge called the 'Seven Deadly Sins', which was put together by Alice of One Nail To Rule Them All, and Helena of Nail Wish. There's so many talented ladies participating so make sure to check the links at the bottom of this post. Every week has a different sin as the theme, with two challenges each week. I will be doing my best to complete both of them.

Lace and rhinestones nail art

The theme for this week is Lust, and today's challenge reads as follows: Day 1 - Be a bad girl and make something you have wanted to do soo badly.

Lace and rhinestones nail art

Lace and rhinestones nail art

Well I have wanted to do lace nails for awhile, and I have *really* been dying to do a glitter/rhinestone gradient, so combining the two seemed natural. It also was an opportunity to use some new rhinestones I picked up over the weekend. 

Lace and rhinestones nail art

I started with OPI My Vampire is Buff as my base, then did a coat of Pahlish Coney Island Queen. The lace was painted freehand with Cult Nails Fetish. On my accent nail I dabbed some Hare Own Your Opulence on the tips creating a gradient. Then I used my base coat to glue on the rhinestones. 

Lace and rhinestones nail art

I feel pretty good about this design. I'm very happy with the lace on my middle finger, but I wish my index and pinky fingers turned out better. The rhinestones will take some getting used to. Overall though, I like how this is in keeping with the 'Lust' theme. 

What do you think of this? 

06 April 2013

Deborah Lippmann Moon Rendezvous and a Splatter Manicure

Hi everyone! I don't often show Deborah Lippmann polishes on my blog. Not because I don't love them, but rather because I have so few and I feel the need to save them for a special occasion. I picked this up the other day after I had finished a big work deadline. In my post-deadline euphoric state I wandered into the Holt Renfrew and got this along with one other Deborah Lippmann. The second polish I am saving for a *very* special occasion that is coming up real soon. Curious?! Well, you'll just have to keep reading my blog, lol! ;)

Deborah Lippmann Moon Rendezvous

Moon Rendezvous is a blue-grey metallic with a fine silver/purple/fuchsia shimmer. When I saw photos of this polish after it first came out, I'll admit I wasn't very keen on it. It wasn't until I saw it in the store, and had a chance to try it out that I fell in love with it. The fine shimmer after all isn't very visible in photos, but it's noticeable in real life.

Deborah Lippmann Moon Rendezvous

Deborah Lippmann Moon Rendezvous

The formula on this was perfect. I used three coats for full coverage, and it was completely self-leveling. I was worried that it was going to have very visible brushstrokes, but that wasn't an issue at all. Drying time was average.

Deborah Lippmann Moon Rendezvous

For fun I decided to do a splatter mani with this polish. In addition to Moon Rendezvous, I also used Cult Nails Fetish and Tempest, and OPI Suzi's Hungary Again! I had tried doing a splatter mani previously, but I believe my straw was too big. This time I used coffee stir straws, the very narrow ones, and had a bit more luck. I still found it very challenging, and the majority of the time I couldn't get anything out of the straw.

Splatter manicure

So in regards to the splatter mani technique I still need to experiment with this one. I also found it very wasteful. The polish would dry quick and was no longer usable, and I ended up with so much on my fingers and paper covering the table. For that reason, next time I'll use cheaper polishes. :D

Splatter manicure

What do you think of Moon Rendezvous? Do you have any advice for me re: splatter manis?

02 April 2013

Black and White Abstract With Studs

Hi everyone! Well it's 3am here, and definitely past the time when I should be in bed sleeping, especially since I have to get up early in the morning for work. You might be wondering then, "well why are you sitting there typing away at your computer ninny!" Or you might not care (a better option). But the answer is definitely blog related. I just completed my first striping tape mani, ever. It might also be my last. It was definitely *interesting*. You'll see the results tomorrow though (spoiler alert: don't expect anything complicated).

Black and white abstract nail art

Black and white abstract nail art

Now that I have you on the edge of your seat, lol, a bit about this design - I did this for a contest on Instagram hosted by Jessie (@nailsofjessiek) who also blogs at Nails of Jessie K. The theme was black and white. Following my paisley/gradient nails I wanted to explore some other possibilities with black and white. I used only Cult Nails Tempest (white) and Fetish (black) for this mani.

Black and white abstract nail art

For the background I started with two coats of Tempest. Then I built up a layered surface using a watercolour technique (where you thin the polish with nail polish remover or thinner), and a bit of splattering. When I had a surface that I thought was interesting, I did some freehand gestural doodles using both black and white. Then finished with some studs, and Ta Da!

Black and white abstract nail art

I don't think this will be my most popular mani, but I rather like the results and want to explore this look further. For me it reminds me of the qualities I'm drawn to in abstract painting. When I see a painting that piques my interest, it's usually the textures and layers that captivate me. I really enjoyed having this design on my nails, because every so often I'd just stop and look at it and stare at a particular area.

Black and white abstract nail art

But I'm curious, what do you think of this? Do you ever do abstract nails? And if so, are you a hard-edge abstractionist (clean lines, like a Mondrian)? Or a messy, drips and splatters, kind of abstractionist?

30 March 2013

Paisley and Gradients with Cult Nails 2nd Anniversary Collection

Hi everyone! Happy Good Friday / Easter weekend if you celebrate! Cult Nails is currently having a nail art contest. If you are interested you might want to check out their Facebook page ASAP as I believe there's only one day left to enter. I thought the contest would be the perfect opportunity to challenge myself with something new and break out the Cult Nails 2nd Anniversary collection that I bought awhile back.

(L-R) Cult Nails Tempest, Blaze, and Fetish

For this design I used only the three polishes that were part of the collection - Blaze, Fetish and Tempest. My accent nail is a simple sponged glitter gradient using Fetish and Blaze. On the other fingers I started with a sponged gradient using Fetish and Tempest. Then I did all the black lines and details with a fine liner brush. After that I did the white lines with the same liner brush, and the white dots with a very fine dotting tool. I finished with a few accents using Blaze and the same fine dotting tool.

Paisley and gradients nail art

Paisley and gradients nail art

Let me know if you have any questions about this design or how I did it. It looks rather complicated, but it's not. It was very time consuming, especially with the fine detail lines. For the lines, I tend to do a very light line then go over it once or twice more. I find there's less errors, and if I make a mistake, it's easier to fix. I also use nail polish thinner to make the polish more fluid while working. For now this seems to be working well.

Paisley and gradients nail art

A bit about the 2nd Anniversary collection:

Blaze is a very fine gold and copper glitter in a clear base. You could wear this one on it's own with 2-3 coats, but I prefer it layered over another polish. The formula on this one is great. My only concern is that I ended up with a wonky brush. I'm glad it's not one of the other polishes, and hopefully I can fix it.

Fetish is a jet black with a wax finish. By wax finish I mean it's not completely matte, but has a nice sheen to it. However, adding top coat negates the wax finish, so you need to wear this one without. I found it applied so perfect and smooth with two coats. I was so impressed that the finish was flawless, and I wouldn't have a problem wearing this without top coat.

Tempest is a pure white creme. What sets this apart from other whites is the superior formula. It goes on very creamy and smooth, and it's perfectly self-leveling. This was two coats but it's almost a one-coater. This one is going to compete with my Sally Hansen White On as my go-to white for nail art.

Paisley and gradients nail art

Paisley and gradients nail art

Overall, I'm happy with the design, even if no one votes for me during the contest. It's one of those designs where up close I can see all the imperfections (which are of course magnified by the camera), but when I'm looking at it while typing up this blog post, I'm so completely satisfied with it. The paisley is like little miniature paintings on my nails and I love looking at the variations and details.

What do you think of this? Have you tried paisley designs? Did you get the Cult Nails collection?
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