30 November 2013

31DC2013: Day 20 Water marbling

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Hi lovelies,

If I think galaxy nails is tough, water marbling is tougher. I really respect the nail artist who can water marble well. I just do not have the patience for it :(
But for this challenge, I boldly went where I had never gone before. And the result is this:



I know it is not that neat, but hey, I tried! I know I also smudged one of the fingers topcoating it.  In my defence, I thought it had dried. I really really need to buy some patience from somewhere :)

Colours used:

OPI Alpine Snow (white)
Colorbar Turquoise (88)
Colorbar Quick Finish Bubbly (bright rose pink)
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29 November 2013

31DC2013: Day 19 Galaxies

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Hi lovelies,

I envy people who can get galaxy nails right. I, for one, do not have the patience to sponge on 10 different polishes to achieve the look. While there are many indie polishes that can give a galaxy effect like the one here, I decided against taking the easiest way out.
I decided to take an easier way out :)


I did accent nails by layering a black polish, then using a couple of Revlon polishes, I used the dry brush technique to give the green, blue, purple effect which is more visible in the photo below. Then, I stamped silver stars on it :)


The glitter nails are a black base layered with Different Dimension Wish You Were Here as well as Drops of Jupiter.
If you liked it, do leave a comment below :)

Colours used:
Base: VOV black
 
Galaxy effect:
Revlon Streetwear Icy Blue (blue)
Revlon Streetwear Aqua Divine (turquoise)
Revlon (scented) Grapefruit Fizz (pink-purple shift)
 
For stamping:
Polish: Revlon Budding Chrome (silver)

Plates: Konad M14 (stars)
 
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26 November 2013

31DC2013: Day 18 Half Moon

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Hi lovelies,

I have never done a half-moon manicure before so Day 18 was a challenge. I was in no mood to remove my splendor-ous glitter manicure from the day before, so I worked out something to my satisfaction.
And here it is:



Ain't it festive? I had none of the half moon stickers that people usually use for nail art. And then I got an idea from Wackly Laki's post here. Blogger Anutka used a stamp to create a half-moon. This was better as there was more detailing compared to a simple half-moon. And ta-da!
Anutka at Wacky Laki and Melissa at the DailyNail are two bloggers who have some amazing and amusing half-moon manicures :)
So, if you liked this manicure, do leave a comment below.

Colours used:

Base: Color Club Holiday Splendor
For stamping:
Polish: China Glaze Passion (antique gold)

Plates: Mash 47 (abstract flowery circle) 
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24 November 2013

31DC2013: Day 17 Glitter

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Hi lovelies,

Day 17 is a glitterific challenge. There are very few among us nail art lovers who do not like glitter. Even those with a nude polish fetish love some bling.
My favourite glitter collection among branded polishes remains Color Club 2011 Christmas offering. And in this, my favourites are Sugarplum Fairy (here) and Holiday Splendor.


Isn't it GORGEOUS!!! It has been aptly named Holiday Splendor. This is green and holographic glitter in a squishy green jelly. I love jelly glitters!!! Frankly, this picture does not do justice to how awesome this polish is. Everyone is gaga about China Glaze Atlantis (an aqua jelly glitter), but this beats it hollow in colour and glitterness (is there such a word?).
The opacity is good for a jelly polish. This is just two coats. Since it is loaded with small and micro hex glitters, it dries slightly gritty. Nothing a top coat cannot fix though. Removal is tough like all glitter polishes. I get away by layering it on a peel-off base.
What's most wonderful about it is that it is still available online at many stores :D.  
Product: Holiday Splendor 
Brand: Color Club
Collection/Range:  Beyond the Mistletoe 2011
Colour: Vibrant green jelly
Finish: gritty
Qty: 17 ml
Price/Availability: $3.10 but can be bought for a discount at certain websites (Not available in India. Can be ordered through Amazon and transdesign) 

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21 November 2013

31DC2013: Day 16 Tribal print

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Hi lovelies,

Day 16 of the 31 Day Challenge is tribal nails. While everyone was doing tribal art from America, I wanted to focus on an Indian art form.
Can you guess what it is?


 Yes... I chose Warli art (Read below for more on this form).


Ideally, I should have used a brick red background for obvious reasons, but I had just got my hands on this beautiful purple with a reddish golden shimmer (not evident in the pic :() and was compelled to use it. Who knows better than you guys what that feeling is ;).
Since I was running late on this manicure and was already in office, I had no acrylics or brush to paint the design. Aah, well Indians are not known as jugaadus for no reason. I improvised and used a silver gel pen to freehand the design on it. I was not quite sure how the other challengers would view this 'strange' print. To my surprise, it received quite a few likes. Well, what do you know!

Base used:
OPI Dutch Ya Just Love OPI

For design:
Silver gel pen


ABOUT WARLI:
The Warlis or Varlis are an indigenous tribe or Adivasis, living in mountainous as well as coastal areas of Maharashtra-Gujarat border and surrounding areas.They have their own animistic beliefs, life, customs and traditions, as a result of acculturation they have adopted many Hindu beliefs.
In the book The Painted World of the Warlis Yashodhara Dalmia claimed that the Warlis carry on a tradition stretching back to 2500 or 3000 BCE. Their mural paintings are similar to those done between 500 and 10,000 BCE in the Rock Shelters of Bhimbetka, in Madhya Pradesh.
Their extremely rudimentary wall paintings use a very basic graphic vocabulary: a circle, a triangle and a square.Their paintings were monosyllbic. The circle and triangle come from their observation of nature, the circle representing the sun and the moon, the triangle derived from mountains and pointed trees. Only the square seems to obey a different logic and seems to be a human invention, indicating a sacred enclosure or a piece of land.

Source: Wikipedia
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20 November 2013

31DC2013: Day 15 Delicate Print

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Hi lovelies,

My net is back up (for now) and I will finish putting up the challenges I've met. Day 15 of the 31 Day Challenge by Chalkboard Nails is Delicate Print. 
Here's my take:

I love how simple and elegant this print is. A pink base with white stamping would have really brought the delicateness to fore. But then, pink and me? Yeah right ;)
So, what do you think about this manicure? Don't forget to write your views.


Colours used:

Base: OPI Jade is the New Black 
For stamping:
Polish: China Glaze Passion (antique gold)

Plates: Konad M71 (full nail flowers) 
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