Wednesday, April 23, 2014

TGPNPC ~ Boutique

Hello Dahlings!
 
Da Boutique prompt created more discussion than da Drugstore one!
What is a boutique?
I think of it as a smaller scale shop
where I find things not available in the big department stores.
This doesn't mean they don't have stores all over da place.
It just means what they carry won't easily be found elsewhere.
They also tend to be a bit more upscale price wise, tho' not always.
Case in point...Hot Topic
They market to young peeps
who don't want to dress in mainstream fashions.
Think punk, goth, emo & vampy.
Think ME!
(I'm da kewlest middle aged babe in da store!)
 
One of the exclusive brands Hot Topic carries is
I don't wear a lot of face make up, just some lipstick
& maybe mascara for special occasions
where I want peeps to see that I do indeed have eye lashes.
I do however wear a lot of nail polish!
I like not only the price & quality
($5 per bottle & 2@$8 most of the time),
I really like the lil SKULL bottles!
 
So I have quite a few polishes from them
& realized that I hadn't worn most of them.
Until now!
 
 I totally case'd Missy's Hyperspace design for this!
It was pretty easy & fun to do.
 
 Da line up ~ Blackheart Beauty Moonshade, Nebula, High Maintenance,
Electric kiss, V-day Pink, Blue Ombre & a metallic gunmetal gray
at doesn't have a name on the bottle & isn't on their site.
(High Maintenance is reactive & turns white under black light!)
On da cap of High Maintenance
is da roll of red/pink holographic skinny striping tape
that Nailiciouss sent me for review.
It is SO pretty I almost hated using it
for a tape mani where I didn't leave it on!
Da tape is included with da Nail Art Mixes & da colors are assorted
so every one you get is a surprise! I like surprises.
 
 2 coats on each nail ~
thumb has V-Day Pink
index has Electric Kiss
middle has High Maintenance
ring has Nubula
pinky has Moonshade,
Da shimmers were a bit sheer & streaky on da 1st coat,
but evened out & were opaque on da 2nd go around.
 
 Since High Maintenance is a crème,
I want to give it some bling & added 2 coats of Blue Ombre.
(I'm not sure why they call it this cuz it's a fire flakie,
tho it is in a sheer bright blue base.)
I then I added one coat to the rest of my nails to coordinate them.
All this was followed up with a coat of Seche Vite
to get them cured faster.
Following Missy's excellent directions, I
 added striping tape to all of my nails.
I used da tape I got from Nailiciouss to review
& it was not only really pretty,
but easy to work with!
It stayed stuck where I put it, but was easy to pull off.
(Nailiciouss includes a free roll when you buy one of their
Nail Art Mixes with rhinestones, mylar, gleequins & fimo shapes.)
I applied a thickish coat of the metallic gunmetal polish to one nail,
then pulled da tape that nail off using tweezers.
Repeat for da rest of da nails.
I cleaned up da sloppies & added a final coat of SV.
 
Methinks I'll be doing this design again using gitd!
 
 
Next up ~ Had To Have It, Still Haven't Worn It
 

>^. .^<
 Ciri Spam!
One of His Royal Tininess of Cuteitude's fav toys is
BUBBLE WRAP!
He just goes to town on it
& since I usually get several sheets of it with my Stampin' Up! orders
he gets to play with it at least once a month.
 
 He likes to see his paws moving about under da wrap.
 
 Yes, he bites da bubbles to 'kill' them!
 
 
 He also shakes his prey to stun it senseless.
 
 
 Gotta make sure nothing is hiding underneath...
 
...and another good shaking, just to make sure it's dead.
Yeah, I'm into cheap entertainment. LOL
 
Thanks for stopping by,
now go check out da other ladies' boutique nails!
~ Inky

Monday, April 21, 2014

TGPNPC ~ Drugstore

Hello Dahlings!
 
I am loving da motivation
to use my untried polishes that this challenge provides...
I managed to knock 9 off da pile with this mani!
 
 I was having me a serious Sugar rush with these nails!
Drugstore is one of those prompts
that most of us easily have lots to choose from
cuz da brands they carry are usually low to moderately priced
& they're more likely to have sales on a regular basis,
so it's easy to acquire them faster than one can wear them.
Off da top of my inky lil brain,
I'd have to say I have more Sally Hansen polish
than any other brand available.
Granted, they've been around forever,
always have several different lines
of reasonable quality affordable polish
& can be found in pretty much every US drugstore
as well as in many economy department stores.
 
 Da line up ~ Sally Hansen Sugar Coats in Cherry Drop, Candy Corn,
Sweetie, Sour Apple, Spare-a-mint?, Laughie Taffy, Gummy Grape,
Bubble Plum & Cotton Candies.
 
I did my party stripes by painting one coat 
of da outside colors on each nail,
then going back & adding da middle stripes,
letting it all dry then repeating for da 2nd coat.
No top coat for these nails!
Normally I wrap my tips with da base color & top coat,
but texture polish doesn't wrap well
cuz da gritty bits get popped off pretty fast
creating a tip worn look
before I even have a chance
to wear da polish off thru typing etc.
So I wrapped my base coat over my tips & called it good.
 
 
Next up ~ Boutique
 
>^. .^<
 
I sure is cute when I sleeps!
 
Thanks for stopping by
& please go check out da other Drugstore nails!
~ Inky

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Freakin Weekly Challenge ~ Blue

Hello Dahlings!
 
This week I have a blue linear holo to show you.
I really like da Jade Holografico line.
Beautiful colors with a strong linear rainbow.
What's not to love?
At $1US per ml, they aren't da cheapest polish,
but I like them enuf to be willing to pay a lil more
for this great quality import brand.
 
So which blue did I pick for today...
 
Eclipse!
Like da other Jade holos I have,
(which you'll get to see eventually)
1 coat isn't quite enuf,
but 2 coats is dandy fine for a smooth, opaque finish.
You can find them at both Llarowe & Color4Nails
I added some Pueen nail art stickers from Amazon.
 
>^. .^<
 
A while back I shared pics of Ciri playing with his Hot Cat catnip toy.
I keep it in my desk drawer when he's not playing with it
cuz da others will steal it & drool all over it.
Ciri knows where I keep it
& lets me know when he's in da mood for some nip...
 
 Open, open, open!
 
 I know it's in dis drawer!
 
Meowmy...I wants my nip...NOW!
(After I took these pics & started editing them,
he lay down across my wrist so I couldn't do anything
with that hand & wouldn't move until I got out his toy.)
 
Thanks for stopping by!
If you want to see MORE holo goodness.
go visit Fingers Freakin Holo Freaks FB page.
Want to join da continuous holo Show & Tell that goes on there?
Ask Fingers to let you join da group!
(FFHF is a mean free zone,
da only drama is when we swoon over da rainbows on our nails!)
~ Inky
 

Friday, April 18, 2014

TGPNPC ~ Indie

Hello Dahlings!
 
Today's prompt is Indie
& while perusing da other's manis posted in our FB group
I noticed that one phrase in multitudes of variations 
has been popping up over & over since this challenge started:
Why haven't I worn this polish before?
 
This is da whole point of Missy's brilliant challenge idea!
Polish lovers tend to acquire polish faster than we can wear it.
Bloggers even more so & bloggers that do sponsored posts
have da double whammy of not only having to post
da polishes they get sent, but find da time to wear
& post what they buy for themselves.
 
So yeah, I thought to myself when I put today's mani on last night:
Why haven't I worn these polishes yet!
 
 Da original idea to do this came from Sarah Penny Pinching Polish
She was just playing with her polish
& came up with da awesomeness
that is ultra chrome over textured polish!
Why didn't I try this sooner?
Why did I wait so long to were these polishes?
The world may never know.
 
 Da line up ~ China Glaze Bump In The Night,
I Love Nail Polish Sirene, Mutagen & Reminisce
 
 2 coats of Bump In The Night
Oh My Gopher!
This bitch stains worse than a new puppy on an antique rug!!!
I got a teeny, tiny bit on my cuticles & could NOT get it off.
Used both my cuticle stick & clean up brush dipped in pure acetone
to remove it, but I still have lil bits of black all over da place.
(especially my pinky)
If you already own this polish, good luck with it.
If you don't, I highly recommend you pass on it.
Get Sally Hansen's Lick-o-rich instead
if you're wanting a black crème texture polish.
It's in da same price range, easier to find & didn't stain my skin.
 
I managed to find a smidge of sun for all of a minute today.
While many duo/multi chromes need black undies
to get da best shifting results,
ILNP Ultra Chromes can go commando & look fantabulous!
(ILNP Ultra Chromes are pretty much da only polishes I have
that I can skip da nail art cuz they're so fascinating & beautiful!)
I applied a thin coat of each polish over da evilness that is Bitn
& skipped my usual Seche Vite
since tc rather defeats da purpose of wearing a textured polish.
 
index ~ Sirene
This one is my fav of da bunch!
A dark teal that shifts to a dark steel blue & vampy purple plum.
 
middle ~ mutagen
I can see why Missy loves this polish so much!
It goes from a sage green to a pinkish bronze.
 
ring ~ Reminisce
I mostly got a bright green to a yellow gold with this one.
Not my fav, but I'll give it another go someday.
 
 
Next up ~ Drugstore
 
>^. .^<
 
While I was outside t
rying to capture the color shifts on my nails,
Lil Miss Bandita came by for a visit.
She is SO tiny! Even smaller than Ciri.
She was also in heat recently,
so I expect her lil belly to start swelling soon.
No, I won't be adopting any of her babies!
I have 4 furbabies & a hubby that would not thank me
for bringing another cat into da house.
But I won't mind playing with them
if she brings them by for a visit!
 
Thanks for stopping by!
Please go show da love to da other ladies!
~ Inky
 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

TGPNPC ~ Jelly

Hello Dahlings!
 
Some of these prompts are hard
due to not having much to choose from.
Others are hard due to too many choices.
This prompt is one of da latter!
I had pulled 3 purple jelly polishes
out for this prompt a couple of weeks ago,
Then I had to go & make some frankens
that might also work for today's mani.
After poling da Glittah Pirates & getting
'USE ALL THE POLISH'
as the top answer...
I decided to go with my newest lacquer babies.
 
 I know this doesn't look like a jelly mani.
Let me 'splain...
 
 I started with da set of Nabi GITD polishes that didn't really glow,
but are all jellies bordering on tints.
(These are da older round bottle gitds.
Da newer square bottle Nabi gitd work very well!)
I then bought gitd powder from Misfits on 8th in colors
(except for da yellow, it was out of stock)
that matched da polishes.
I added da powders to up da glow factor
as well as changing da names.
then I added some Spectraflair35
to give them a bit of daytime bling.
This is where things got a lil strange.
I was able to get Grape Knee High, Pink Lemonade & Lime Sorbet
to both glow & have a bit of a linear rainbow.
Cherry Pie lost some glow & Orange Sherbet turned yellow.
I added more gitd powder to both,
but was at risk of turning them too opaque & obscuring da holo.
 
 See? Da red is a wee bit too opaque & da orange isn't orange.
Da other colors look fine
& if I think of da orange as yellow, it works too.
More putzing may be required!
I used 2 coats of Finger Paints Paper Mache
as my base under these sheer babies.
 
 I got a good glow into everybody but da red.
 
 I then used Finger Paints Black Expressionism
with this butterfly wing image
from Vivid Lacquer plates VL002 & VL004.
(da image on VL002 is larger than da one on VL004)
 
My Glow-in-the-dark, weak linear holo, stamped jelly nails!
Da stamping could be better,
but I surprised myself when I went to stamp da larger image &
 realized that my nails have gotten just a smidge too long.
(look at my thumb, da image doesn't go from cuticle to tip)
So I have to either pick plates with larger images for now
or file my nails back.
Oh da woes of a nail art blogger!
LMBBO
 
 
Next up ~ Indie!
 
>^. .^<
 
Me likey when your nails glow like my eyes...
All da better to pounce on you in da dark!
(I move my hands with gitd nails to adjust my blankets
& I end up with a furry bracelet. LOL)
 
Thanks for stopping by!
Now go have some jelly goodness
at da other Glittah Pirates playgrounds!
~ Inky

Monday, April 14, 2014

TGPNPC ~ The Dreaded Frost!

Hello Dahlings!
 
Today I have for da dreaded Frost prompt for y'all!
Why is it dreaded?
1) Even those of us with large mountains of untrieds 
had a hard time finding polishes that could qualify as frosts.
2) Frost isn't a currently popular finish
& while many pearls & metallics look frosty...
finding one in da pile was problematic.
3) Da suckers streak like a drunk geek
at da Friday night college football game!
So many of us avoid buying them
cuz they can be a royal pita to make look nice.
 
That said, I did find a couple of polishes I thought might work...
 
This isn't what I originally had in mind,
but the nail art polish I used didn't want to stamp.
It was thick & opaque enfu p
lus looked good on the squishy stamper,
but when I stamped it all I got was da blue blobs you see.
So on to plan B!
I did da blob on all my nails then stamped over it using black.
I actually like how it turned out!
 
 Here's thumby!
I know I haven't been showing her much,
but unless she has something on
that's different than da rest of my nails,
I can get closer pics if I don't include her.
Today she has nail art that da others don't!
 
 Da line up ~ Nabi Sand Texture White, Stripe Rite
(it's a frosty blue, but these don't have names on da bottles)
& Finger Paints Black Expressionism.
 
 Mash 49
 
 Cheeky CH38
 
 Winstonia W217
 
While many of us managed to find a polish or 2,
I don't think any of us will be bummed
if it doesn't make it to da next round of TGPNPC in da fall!
 
Next up ~ Jelly
(I had FUN with this one!)
 
 
 
>^. .^<
 
I can't eat dose fishes, so I gonna nap.
 
Thanks for stopping by &
please show some luv to da other ladies
by visiting their frost mani posts!
~ Inky

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Freakin' Weekly Challenge! ~ Green Holo

Hello Dahlings!
 
I recently joined Fingers Freakin Holo Freaks on FB!
Why? These peeps are all about HOLOGRAPHIC polishes!!!
Linear, scatter & all the combo varieties available.
I get info on what's available where
as well as nifty chats about all kinds of holo & polish related issues.
FUN! FUN! FUN!
 
So our most intrepid group leader, Fingers Polish Mania,
started the group this year
& when she tried to get some interest going for a challenge...
well let's say that folks weren't interested.
Then I joined!
She asked da newest members what we'd like to see
& I suggest a simple challenge 
for showing off our fav holos by color.
So starting this Sunday until we run thru our list,
I'll be showing you some of my fav holo polishes
with some nail art.
(cuz we all know I have a hard time leaving my nails
with just one color & no art of any kind)
It may only be Fingers & I posting in da beginning,
but hopefully some of da others will want to join da fun!
 
We could have done the rainbow in order,
but opt'd for a random approach.
So our 1st prompt is ~ Green
 
Meet Jade Energy!
This is 2 yummy coats of non-patching,
strong rainbow, dark green bling-gasm!!!
I have most of the Jade holos available thru Llarowe,
(Color4Nails also carries Jade Holigraficos)
but I have a strong lemming for da 4 I don't have
cuz da only linear holos I have with a bolder rainbow
are da Color Club Holo Hues.
Jade holos usually runs $1 per ml or $8 a bottle.
A lil on da high side,
but to me it's worth it get this much rainbow bling!
 
I sealed da goodness in with a coat of Seche Vite,
Using a large drop of Orly Top2Bottom I adhered the charm.
It did take at least 15 minutes for the polish to cure enuf
that da charm didn't feel like it might fall off &
at least an hour for it to cure solid.
Yes, I could have used nail glue,
tho' that makes it a bit of a challenge to get the charm off
& be able to re-use it.
Polish takes longer to cure,
but is easier to clean off the metal charm
& my nail than nail glue.
 
>^. .^<
 
MeWOW!
Check out dat rainbow!
 
~~~
 
I'm not giving up on Show & Tell or Does It Stamp?
I'll just be double posting on Sundays when I have stuff to share.
 
Thanks for stopping by!
~ Inky