Showing posts with label Illamasqua. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Illamasqua. Show all posts

29 April 2014

The Neverending Pile Challenge: Day 8, Boutique: Gothic Floral With Illamasqua Gothiqua

Hi everyone! I'm plodding along with the Neverending Pile Challenge. For the boutique prompt, I decided to pull out a polish I've been dying to try since I bought it, but never got around to using it. Funny how that works right?! And while I feel only so-so about the polish, I love the nail art.



11 October 2013

Pink Raindrops Delicate Leopard Print

Hi everyone! Last night I sat down to paint my nails because I'll be going to a conference tomorrow and I didn't want to wear my five-day-old manicure. I initially set out to do a plain one-colour mani, however, after not having done any nail art for a week, it soon morphed into more than a simple paint job.

Delicate leopard print nail art

To get this look: I started out with two coats of Illamasqua Pink Raindrops. I really love the colour and sheen of this polish along with the tiny flakies, but it is slightly difficult to work with. The consistency is thicker than I prefer, and it doesn't spread out evenly, so just make sure to apply carefully and wait between coats. It is well worth it - despite the difficulties, I have no regrets with this purchase.

Delicate leopard print nail art

The delicate leopard print was done with Orly Luxe and Illamasqua Facet. I was disappointed at first that Facet was lighter than expected, but I rather like how it doesn't contrast too much with the gold and pink background - just enough that the design stands out. The glitter is Nicole by OPI Inner Sparkle (Selena Gomez collection), and the studs are from The Nailasaurus Emporium.

Delicate leopard print nail art

I really love the feminine look to this, and the fact that it is slightly conservative. I don't mind wearing this to a more professional setting as it doesn't stand out as much as some other nail art designs.

Delicate leopard print nail art

What do you think of this? Do you ever find yourself needing to do some nail art?

26 May 2013

Seven Deadly Sins Challenge, Day 10: Wrath

Hi everyone! Today's nails don't look very wrathy, but trust me, I started these with the intent to complete the challenge for today's prompt. However, things didn't go according to plan.

The prompt for Day 10 of the challenge is as follows: "Find something that blows your top and express it with your art."

When I think of the things that blow my top - child abusers, people who are mean to kittens, able-bodied people who don't move on the escalator or let anyone pass them - I just couldn't think of anything that I would want to express in a nail art design. And I'm not the type of person who really gets angry a lot.

"Water-spotted" water marble design

But one thing that does really irritate me is splatter manis, I've tried the technique several times, with not much success. I really loved the water-spotted mani I did for Day 9 of the challenge, so I wanted to build on that. Like last time, I started with a base of OPI MY Vampire is Buff. I did a water-spotted water marble with Illamasqua Stance and Venous.

"Water-spotted" water marble design

My plan was then to do a simple splatter mani on top, but it didn't exactly work out as I hoped. So I took Orly Luxe and did another water-spotted water marble on top to try and save it, also to add some interest to the design.

"Water-spotted" water marble design

In the end, this really doesn't go with the theme, but I much like the design. I'm really liking this water-spotted technique, so expect to see more designs like this. I've been thinking about the idea of working in a series, where you take an idea and explore it in several works over a period of time. It's something that we were told to do when I was in art school, but I believe it also applies to nail art. For example, if you like roses, do ten designs with roses, but do something different each time. Maybe I'll do a series of water-spotted water marble designs.

What do you think of this design?

12 December 2012

Advent Calendar Nail Challenge, Day 11: Gifts

Hi everyone!  I realize that with this challenge I've been posting later and later in the day. For the past couple of days I've been doing my nail art in the evening, followed by photographing, editing, and then writing my blog post. By doing this, I'm trying to not let the nail art and the challenge in general encroach on my work time (I work from home so it's easy for that to happen). But tonight I'm later than usual because I went out for drinks with a friend. But this also means that I'm getting to sleep later, and waking up later, and on and on.

Holiday gifts mani

What I am really trying to say is that I need to figure out a blogging schedule. I feel like I have not been able to focus as much on work because of this late night madness.

Holiday gifts mani

So for the sake of time, I did a really simple mani for today's challenge. I was inspired by this mani I saw on Goose's Glitter. I also wanted to wear my new Illamasqua Viridian / Glitterati duo, but not have the nail art overshadow these beautiful polishes.

Holiday gifts mani

I did the bow with Orly Luxe  and a small detail brush. My freehand skills are getting a tad better, but I still feel uncertain and shaky handed when I am working with the brush.

Holiday gifts mani

I absolutely love these Illamasqua polishes and I'm hoping to do a proper review of them soon. They certainly deserve more time than I can give them tonight. For now, I hope you enjoy the photos. :)

11 December 2012

Advent Calendar Nail Challenge, Day 10: Lights

Today's theme is lights, which seems pretty straightforward. Growing up, my house was not overly decorated during the holidays, but the lights always went up every year - a few strings on the outside of the house, or around the window. I'm sure at one time or another everyone has had the experience of the string with the burnt out bulbs. Maybe you had the entire tree decorated, all the ornaments and lights in place, only to plug it in and find *sh!t* a sequence of lights is burnt out. Well that's the idea behind these nails. You didn't think I would just do a simple strand of lights, did you? Did you!?

Burnt out holiday lights nail art

Here's the polishes I used for this design:

Essie Sand Tropez
Essie Shine of the Times
Orly Luxe
Stripe Rite Black
Illamasqua Viridian
Orly Miss Conduct
Orly Royal Navy

Burnt out holiday lights nail art

I started with my base colour of Sand Tropez, then using a makeup sponge I dabbed on a touch of Luxe and Shine of the Times to my index, middle, and pinky fingers. I drew in the string and bulbs with the Stripe Rite Black, but I used my small detail nail art brush, not the brush that came with the polish. I found I wasn't able to control the striping brush enough for this design, but the polish has a nice thin consistency that is good for line work. I painted in the bulbs with Viridian, Miss Conduct, and Royal Navy. And voila!

Burnt out holiday lights nail art

What do you think? I'll admit that I'm not the craziest about this design. I think it turned out alright, but like usual, it's not what I envisioned. My mind seems to be a few steps ahead of my skills. Although this one is not my favourite, it's all about learning. Maybe someday I'll think back and want to recreate this design, so I believe in keeping a record of the things I try.

07 December 2012

Advent Calendar Nail Challenge, Day 7: Ornaments

Hi everyone! Up until this point of the challenge I've been able to get away with a solid colour or very simple manis (i.e. glitter gradients, or layered glitter polish). It's not ideal, but I really am a newbie when it comes to nail art. In fact I just bought my first nail art brush set and dotting tools set for this challenge. But with the theme of ornaments for today, I knew it was no longer possible to put off trying my hand at some freehand nail art.

Holiday ornaments nail art

This is my first attempt at using nail art brushes, so please be gentle! Here's the list of polishes I used for this design:

Avon Vintage Blue
Joe Fresh Starry
Gosh Galaxy
Essie Penny Talk
China Glaze Man Hunt
Quo Old Hollywood
Illamasqua Viridian
Essence Black is Back
Girly Bits January Morning

Whew, that's a lot! I started by painting my base colour, Vintage Blue. Then I sponged on a light layer of Starry, to give the blue a subtle silver holo shimmer. Then I painted in the ornaments using Galaxy, Penny Talk, Man Hunt, Old Hollywood, and Viridian. I don't necessarily think these were the best colours, these were just the colours I had on hand that seemed appropriate for a holiday design. I then followed with Black is Back, drawing in the strings as well as the outline around each ornament. I used the same small detail brush for all the ornaments, as well as the black outline. I finished off with a light layer of January Morning, which added a very subtle shimmer to the whole design without obscuring the ornaments.

Holiday ornaments nail art

I think the biggest challenge I had was the black strings and outlines. It seemed like I either had too much or too little polish on my brush. It was also hard to get very fine detail, despite the fact that I was using my smallest brush. I wonder if a special striping polish might work better. I might also try to find some tutorials on freehand nail art, but if you know of any, please feel free to share.
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