Showing posts with label glitter gradient. Show all posts
Showing posts with label glitter gradient. Show all posts

19 December 2014

Cirque Colors Mirror Mirror, Review and Nail Art

Hi everyone! Cirque Mirror Mirror, a silver metallic flake topper, is certainly unique amongst the growing number of metallic polishes available on the market. Which explains why this beauty has been selling out so quickly. I had hoped to time my review to a recent restock, but the polish sold out too quickly. So if you are interested in this I highly recommend following Cirque, and subscribing to their newsletter.

Cirque Mirror Mirror

Instead of showing you the usual swatches, I decided to do some nail art instead. I created two looks with this polish, one easier and one more time consuming. Both I think take advantage of the unique properties of this polish.

20 November 2014

Girly Bits A Twinkle in Time: Swatches, Review and Nail Art

Hi everyone! Girly Bits A Twinkle in Time is the December contribution to Llarowe's A Box, Indied subscription box. I've had the pleasure of reviewing several Girly Bits polishes for this box, and all of them have been fabulous. This one is no different and fits the holiday theme of the box perfectly. I also decided to do some simple nail art with this polish, something that would be perfect for a holiday party or whenever you want a touch of shimmer.

Girly Bits A Twinkle in Time glitter gradient nail art
Girly Bits A Twinkle in Time glitter gradient nail art

20 April 2014

The Digit-al Dozen Does Texture, Day Five: Freehand Lace Flowers

Hi everyone! This is my fifth and final design for Digit-al Dozen texture week. I don't know about you, but I felt this prompt was kind of a mixed bag for me - not the most inspiring of the prompts I've done with the group. However, I always have a feeling of satisfaction when I finish a Digit-al Dozen challenge week. This week is no different.

Freehand floral lace nail art

07 March 2014

The Nail Bites: Lynnderella Aquamarine Calm

Hi everyone! So the other week I posed the idea of doing shorter, bite-sized posts that would be mixed in with my regular posts. Well, I figured my new shortie posts should have their own name...The Nail Bites! ;)

Every week the Love Lynnderella Facebook page hosts a giveaway, and you can gain extra entries by posting a mani with the POTW (polish of the week). This week it was Aquamarine Calm, so it was the perfect opportunity to pull out one of my untrieds.

14 August 2013

31 Day Challenge: Day Ten, Gradient: Whole Lotta Girly Bits

Hi everyone! Apologies for the late post, I meant to post my challenge mani last night but I fell asleep editing photos, lol! I'm not sure how other bloggers feel, but editing photos is probably the most boring aspect of blogging for me. On the bright side, maybe it could cure a case of insomnia?! :P

Polishes used L-R: Girly Bits Lover's Coral, Mint To Be, and Private Dancer (not pictured Jini Goes Indie!),
OPI My Vampire is Buff

About this design: The other day I received an awesome nail mail package from Girly Bits Cosmetics, including their new creme polishes that were sent for review. I'll have swatches very soon, but in the mean time, here's a bit of a teaser. The colours are so fun and bright I had to use them right away, and since they look good together, combining them in a gradient seemed to be the perfect solution.

Taped gradient featuring Girly Bits polishes

I've done some regular gradients before, so I decided to challenge myself by taping off sections for a taped gradient design. My taping skills still need some work but overall this wasn't an extremely difficult design.

Taped gradient featuring Girly Bits polishes

How to get this look: I used OPI My Vampire is Buff as my base and sealed my pinky, middle and index nails with KBShimmer Clearly On Top - a fast dry top coat. I waited for about 30 minutes for that to dry before taping those sections off with scotch tape (tip: remove the tact by sticking the tape to your skin a few times).

Taped gradient featuring Girly Bits polishes

The gradient was done with a makeup sponge and Girly Bits Private Dancer, Lover's Coral, and Mint to Be. The glitter on my ring and thumb nails is Girly Bits Jini Goes Indie! - a great multi-coloured glitter topper with pink shimmer.

Taped gradient featuring Girly Bits polishes

Overall, I'm really happy with how the colours worked well together. The coral and mint do not make for a smooth gradient, but they look great together nonetheless. My taping skills still need some work, my lines are not always even and my angles are off on my middle finger, but that's something I want to practice.

What do you think of this look? Have you tried a taped gradient design?


27 July 2013

31 Day Challenge: Day Five, Blue: Girly Bits Arctic Sunrise

Hi everyone! The nail art I did for day five of the 31 Day Challenge was inspired not by wanting to represent something, but rather by a polish in my collection. Blue is by far my favourite colour, and I have no shortage of blues in my collection, but when I was thinking about today's challenge, one in particular stood out in my mind.

Girly Bits Arctic Sunrise

About this design: What inspired this design was both the beautiful colour of Girly Bits Arctic Sunrise, and the idea of sunrises in general. When I think about sunrises, I think of gradients. My goal was not to depict a literal sunrise, but rather to do some beautiful gradients that evoked changes in light and colour.

Gradients with Girly Bits Arctic Sunrise

To get this look: I started with a base of Arctic Sunrise - a sheer baby blue with a gorgeous pink and iridescent shimmer. I needed three coats for (almost) full coverage, so if wearing this as a stand alone mani, you might want to wear it over a base colour.

Gradients with Girly Bits Arctic Sunrise

On my ring finger, using a makeup sponge, I did a gradient using several colours from the Zoya Irresistible collection: Bobbi (magenta foil), Amy (orange foil), and Hazel (blue foil). The foils don't allow for the smoothest gradient, but they do create an interesting effect.

Gradients with Girly Bits Arctic Sunrise

On my other nails I did a glitter gradient using China Glaze Liquid Chrystal - a stunning glitter bomb with lots of silver micro-glitter and tiny silver and multicolour hexes. On my middle finger I added a few flat-backed crystals. I use a dab of top coat to fix them, and then seal them with a generous layer of top coat.

Gradients with Girly Bits Arctic Sunrise

I really love the combination of gradients in this one. And the light reflecting off the base polish, the foils, crystals, and the glitter is pretty cool. I'm looking forward to seeing how this looks when the sun rises - which is soon if I don't go to sleep!

What do you think of this design? Do you like gradients or not so much?

30 June 2013

From the Readers: Your Easy Nail Art Tips and Techniques, Part Two

This is a short series of posts where I take a look at some easy nail art tips and techniques sent in by readers and followers of this blog on Facebook and Instagram. Make sure to check out Part One of this series for some background info as well as more great responses!


Hi everyone! Before I get into today's post, I'm sure you've heard over and over that Google Reader is gone tomorrow (July 1st, 2013). I'm sure everyone who uses it has probably already switched to some other reader, but I just wanted to remind or let you know the ways you can follow me. Keep in mind this doesn't effect Google Friend Connect, which for now is safe. I've added little side buttons/widgets on my blog so you can subscribe by RSS, email, or Bloglovin'. You can also follow me on Facebook, and I update that after each post. There's also Instagram and Tumblr, and while I try to keep on top of those, they don't get updated immediately like Facebook does.

...Okay, now that that's out of the way, I wanted to thank everyone for the great response to Part One of this little series. For the second part of this series I wanted to focus on glitter gradients, French tips, and skittle manis. I feel like I'm repeating myself, but I'm really amazed by the variety in the responses. Like I expected, there is a lot of overlap in terms of the techniques, but everyone has their own way of doing something. I think that was very apparent in the last post, especially with the dot manicures.

I Heart Glitter Gradients

Glitter gradients you may have guessed are my go-to easy nail art technique. I have to make a conscious effort to not do them too much and to find other ideas for nail art, mainly out of fear that my blog readers will mutiny! So I love the different approaches everyone has to this beautiful technique.

Marisa of Polish Obsession (blog) not only did a glitter gradient, but she also did a regular it! In her words: "What I find simple to do is a gradient. Either with two colors using a makeup sponge, or by adding a glitter gradient to an old mani. The mani I'm sharing has both ;0)."

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Chantal who blogs about nails, beauty, and more at Chantal's Corner (blog) had this to say about glitter gradients: "My favourite go-to nail art is a glitter gradient, and my second is dotted nail art. I unfortunately don't do either very often, but if I'm short on time and I do want to add a little something, those 2 are my top go-to. I also use glitter gradients to cover up nail chips or shrinkage (from top coat)."

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I really love the colour combination on this one. Not only is a glitter gradient a good way to cover chips but I find that my glitter gradient manis tend to last longer in the first place. That is when you do them on the tips of the nails. I think it's the extra layer(s) of polish.

Q at Squeaky Nails (blog), had a lot of suggestions but in the end submitted a glitter gradient: "As far as techniques that don't require that much time go, I'd say go for tape. I love how quick and easy it is, and you can do so many awesome things with it! Maybe combine a few contrasting colours, or different finishes even? A matte/shiny tape manicure can look SO good! Leopard/animal prints are also a fave of mine, and really quick to do! I also love to see glitter gradients of any kind!"

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I love how delicate this is! I've been a fan of Q's blog for awhile, ever since she wrote to me and asked me to check it out. She has great pictures and not enough followers IMO. :)

Funky French Tips!

No I'm not talking about odd advice from French people. Funky French tips or a funky French manicure is when you paint the tips of your nails a different colour, or maybe you do some stamping on the tips of your nails, something that contrasts the rest of the nail. I've never tried it but these two bloggers have it down pat!

Inky from Inky Wiskers (blog) suggested a "fun chunky glitter with a double line French tip in colors that go with the glitter."

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I love this idea, and I also love the pink polish she used as a! :)

Christine who blogs at Polished Marvels (blog) also suggested French tips in either a contrasting colour or with glitter. I've been following Christine's blog for awhile and I always love her manis (and she has the best collection), so I was happy when she submitted this very classic design.

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Another Favourite - The Skittle Mani

A skittle mani is when all nails are different but there's something to tie them together, maybe a common colour, or a similar design. They can be as intricate or as easy as you want, but I think that the technique (if you can call it that), lends itself to some very easy nail art. 

Reader Shelby G doesn't have a blog but is wanting to start one later in the year. I think she's off to a good start with this really nice design. She also offered the following advice: "Skittles manicures are so easy and look impressive. I've been using black, white, and one additional color for the past couple days and they are so easy! Obviously very minimal skills are needed, you only need a good aesthetic and a steady hand. Add a couple studs and you've got a work of art :-) "

Photo credit: Shelby G

Reader Mnemo also had a similar suggestion, pointing out the skittlette technique ala Marta of Chit Chat Nails. If you are not familiar with Marta's skittlettes, then you should really check out her how-to post (link).


So stay tuned for one more "From the Readers" post. What did you think of today's designs and suggestions? Do you find these posts helpful?

28 May 2013

Tape Manicure With Shimmer Polish Erica

Hi everyone! A quick reminder that my current giveaway ends in less than two hours, see the original post HERE for entry details. I'm back with another gorgeous creation from Shimmer Polish. I don't know about you, but I'm really enjoying these polishes, and I love slowly working my way through them.

I have a love/hate relationship with tape manis. Love because I enjoy the look of them, and there's endless possibilities. Hate because waiting for the base polish to dry thoroughly can be such a drag. I don't know where I got the idea to combine studs and a tape design, but that was the starting point for this mani.

Shimmer Polish Erica

Shimmer Polish Erica is a clear-based glitter polish that can be layered over another polish or built up to full opacity with 2-3 coats. Erica is described as a "crystal peridot," and while it appears to be light green, that's the result of the mixture of glitter. It's mainly made up of gold, silver, green and teal (from what I can tell), with a good helping of gold holo glitter. I love how it sparkles in the daylight and in low light.

Tape mani with Shimmer Polish Erica

I started with a base of OPI My Vampire is Buff (of course!), and used one coat of Erica where I did the tape design. I had planned to use circle studs but didn't like how they looked, so I made a last minute switch to the stars. Everything was done, then I looked at my nails and realized...

Tape mani with Shimmer Polish Erica

...they looked like Christmas trees! Grrrrrr... FML. Not that I have anything against holiday decor, just not in late May. Maybe if I was gearing up for half-Christmas. ;)

Tape mani with Shimmer Polish Erica

Otherwise I love the combination of the glitter with the base polish. It has a softer look I think.

Shimmer Polish is available on Etsy, from Harlow & Co., and Overall Beauty. Follow Shimmer on Facebook, and the Shimmer Polish blog for updates.

What do you think of this design or this Shimmer Polish?

*Shimmer Polish provided for review, all opinions are my own. See my disclosure policy for more details.*

20 May 2013

Seven Deadly Sins Challenge, Day 7: Sloth

Hi everyone! Another blogging milestone today ... I made my first video tutorial! But more on that in a bit.

So the theme for today's challenge was as follows: "Don't try too hard but explain to everyone how to do something really easy... (tutorial)"  I've been putting off doing tutorials since I started this blog several months ago. So this prompt was exactly what I needed to take that leap.

I've been asked several times how I do glitter gradients, so that was the topic of my video tutorial. I'll let the video do the talking (literally haha!).

Glitter gradient manicure with Shimmer Polish Sarah

If you're not watching the video, I used Sinful Colors Sugar Rush as my base colour, and Shimmer Polish Sarah as my glitter. Sarah is a gorgeous glitter polish, my photos or video do not do it justice. As with all polishes from Shimmer Polish you really need to look at it in the sunlight to appreciate the full effect. I think next time I review one of these, I will try to do some sunlight photos. :)

Glitter gradient manicure with Shimmer Polish Sarah

Sarah has a slight blue-tinted base, and a beautiful mixture of teal, purple, and green glitter. There are also blue hexes that are slightly larger than the other glitter, but still small in size. There are also hints of gold glitter in the mixture. Like the Shimmer Polish I reviewed previously, this one also is mainly comprised of tiny sized glitter. It's a perfect polish for a gradient.

Glitter gradient manicure with Shimmer Polish Sarah

I tried to embed the video, but it didn't work, so the link can be found HERE. If you do watch the video, I'd really appreciate any constructive feedback you may have. A word of warning though, I tend to say "umm..." and "sooo..." a lot. You've been warned! ;)

Thanks for reading and watching!

*Shimmer Polish provided for review, all opinions are my own. See my disclosure policy for more details.*

17 May 2013

Spring Skittlette With Shimmer Polish Leslie

Hi everyone! If you follow me on Instagram you know that last week I received an epic package from Shimmer Polish. Cindy, the creator of Shimmer, sent me 14 polishes to review and I was blown away by all the gorgeousness in that package. I could just rush through them and show you two or three posts of swatches, but that didn't seem like fun, and I've already seen many swatches of these polishes on the blogisphere. Instead I decided to do some nail art with each one. My aim is to feature one or two polishes each week and come up with different nail art designs for each one.

If you aren't familiar with the brand, Shimmer Polish had done well focusing on one main type of polish - glitter bombs. They consist mainly of small to tiny sized glitter suspended in either a clear or tinted base. What I love about these is that they can be layered, or built up to full coverage in 2-3 coats. Also I love the complexity of the glitter in each one. I could stare at a polish for ages and still not be able to adequately describe the mixture of glitter in it.

Shimmer Polish Leslie

First up is Leslie. I love blues so naturally I gravitated to this mixture of blue, lavender, and cyan glitter. Leslie also has hints of gold and tiny red glitter. Overall it has a periwinkle colour, which comes out of the blend of several different colours of glitter. It's fascinating and gorgeous all at the same time! Leslie has a clear base so it's perfect for layering over a variety of different colours.

Spring skittlette with Shimmer Polish Leslie

With that in mind, I decided to do a fun springtime skittlette with several polishes from the Sinful Colors Sugar Rush collection - Sugar Rush, Orange Cream, Sugar N Spice, and Sweet Tooth. On the accent nail I did some simple outline hearts, filled them in with the Sinful Color polishes and a bit of Shimmer Polish Leslie on top.

Spring skittlette with Shimmer Polish Leslie

At first I was not too sure how I felt about the hearts. They have a cartoonish look, where the glitter gradient is more delicate. But then the contrast started to appeal to me. Some nail artists do a very good job of working in different styles, and combining different styles on the same hand, and I wish I was better at doing mix and match designs that way.

Spring skittlette with Shimmer Polish Leslie

Overall, I really loved Shimmer Leslie. The colours are gorgeous and it was perfect for doing glitter gradients. As you can see from the skittlette it also works with a variety of colours.

Shimmer Polish is available on Etsy, from Harlow & Co. (note: Leslie is not available at Harlow & Co.), and Overall Beauty. Follow Shimmer on Facebook, and the Shimmer Polish blog for updates.

What do you think of this design? Have you tried Shimmer Polish?

*Shimmer Polish provided for review, all opinions are my own. See my disclosure policy for more details.*

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

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? 

12 April 2013

Pahlish April Showers Duo Swatches and Review

Hi everyone! You have the speedy Canada/US postal system to thank for today's blog post. I wasn't expecting these for at least a few more days. The April Showers duo is a limited edition set that will only be available for the month of April. Pahlish plans to come out with a new duo every month that will only be available for that month. I was fortunate to be sent these for review, and man are they gorgeous! I can't wait to see future monthly duos, and I think this is a great idea - but maybe not for the wallet, lol.

Pahlish April Showers duo

If you are interested in either polish, the duo will be launching tonight, April 12th, at 7:00pm central time on the Pahlish Etsy store. Also launching tonight is the new Experimental Methods collection, which I haven't had a chance to try out, but they also look awesome. You can see bottle shots of those on the Pahlish Facebook page. And especially appealing for international customers, Pahlish has a new-ish flat rate shipping system, so perfect time to stock up on some new pretties, plus some of the Coney Island Queen collection polishes I showed yesterday! ;)

Now that I've gotten the practical info out of the way, let's look at some swatches, yes!? It's no secret that I love blue, so this little duo was heaven for me, so many different shades of blue at one time!

All swatches are with a coat of Seche Vite.

Through Still and Storm is a dusty slate blue creme with hints of teal. There's also grey micro-flakes and a beautiful blue shimmer that is not hidden on the nail. I used three coats here but two will work for most people. It went on very smooth and levelled nicely, but it does dry dull, so one or two coats of top coat is recommended.

Pahlish Through Still and Storm

Pahlish Through Still and Storm

Ocean Gone Wrong is a clear-based glitter topper with various shades of blue glitter. There's aqua circles, teal squares, midnight and royal blue hexes, and blue micro-glitter. There's also tiny silver (or maybe rose gold) hexes that provide a colour complement to the blue. To top it off, it has a gorgeous blue-violet shimmer! I did one coat over Through Still and Storm, with touch ups in a few spots. On a side note, I love the name of this polish!

Pahlish Ocean Gone Wrong (over Through Still and Storm)

Pahlish Ocean Gone Wrong (over Through Still and Storm)

Pahlish Ocean Gone Wrong (over Through Still and Storm)

I wanted to also see how the glitter layered over a lighter polish, so I did a gradient with China Glaze Sea Spray as my base. I used a makeup sponge to dab on the glitter polish.

Pahlish Ocean Gone Wrong (over China Glaze Sea Spray)

Pahlish Ocean Gone Wrong (over China Glaze Sea Spray)

Pahlish Ocean Gone Wrong (over China Glaze Sea Spray)

If you missed it above, this duo will be available starting tonight, April 12th at 7pm central time on the Pahlish Etsy site. Also launching is a new collection called Experimental Methods. To see bottle shots of the new collection, and to keep up with launches and restocks, follow Pahlish on Facebook.

What do you think of these? Do you like the idea of limited edition monthly themed polishes?

*Products provided for review, all opinions are my own. See my disclosure policy for more details.*

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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