Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Simples Week 10 Water Color Base feat. She Sells Seashells

Hello Dahlings!
 
Sorry about the lack of posts,
but between Stamp Camp, Mr. Inky's b-day & my mom visiting again,
I barely found da time or energy to paint my nails
with nothing left over for posting.
 
This week's Simples lesson is on how to do
& I blinged it up with more She Sells Seashells.
I bought da embellishments
& da vinyl stencils/stickers were sent to me for review.
(Yep! That's my 'official' disclaimer. Deal with it.)
 
This is another random effect technique,
but it also can be used to create nail art
that looks like watercolor painting.
 
So here we go!
 
 
 TA DA!
 
 Da line up ~ Serum No5 Snow in love, Wet N' Wild Contact High,
Nina Ultra Pro Anaconda Liked It, China Glaze Ride the Waves
& Down The Bayou Lacquer Glow Holo Topper Blue
plus a medium small round paint brush
 
 I started with 2 coats of Snow in Love
then added a coat of Seche Vite.
I have to pat meself on da back... I love this pic!
Getting in-focus glow in the dark pics
from my cell phone camera is often an exercise in futility.
I can get pics that show da glow,
but rarely with enuf clarity to be able to read da label.
 
 My ring finger shows Snow in Love in da light.
It has lots of asst blue glitters
plus a sprinkling of green & gold bits too.
I did a watercolor wash using Contact High, 
Anaconda Liked it & GHT Blue.
This technique is really easy!
I started with small blobs of green near my cuticles
& added acetone with da brush while splodging about
until I liked how it looked.
Then I added da jade in da middle
& used da brush w/acetone to overlap da 2 colors.
I finished by adding da blue to da tips
& blending it with da Jade.
Da acetone disperses da polish a bit
& I used da brush to pick up polish blobs
so I could get a dappled effect
like da sun filtering down thru water.
 
 For my ring finger I used this Fish Scale Full Nail Stencil
from She Sells Seashells & used da Watercolor technique to add polish.
 
 I then added BLING!
I used a drop of SV to attach my She Sells Seashells bling.
 
pinky ~ sea shell cut out embellishment
(da cut out shells are out of stock)
 
 Thumby got a soon-to-be-released metallic gold anchor sticker
 
Then I added a coat of da GHT Blue over everything
& another coat of Seche Vite.
 
 You get enuf stickers/stencils on each sheet
to do a full mani or a bunch of fun accent nails.
One of da cool things about using these stencils
& stickers is their 2ferness!
You can use both parts for nail art!
 
 See? Getting a clear gitd pic ain't easy!
 
>^. .^<
 
These pics are from my mom's visit a couple of weeks ago.
She brings her kitty, Lil Miss Dee, to visit Ciri
when she comes to visit me.
 
 This time Lil Miss shared her red light with Jazz (under da stool)
& Luna (in da middle of da pic) while she watched.
 
 What she didn't know was that Ciri was watching her!
 
Lil Miss practicing her Halloween Kitty pose for Ciri.
 
Thanks for stopping by!
~ Inky

Friday, August 15, 2014

She Sells Seashells ~ nail art & review

Hello Dahlings!
 
Today I have a special treat for y'all!
My Dahling Polish Daughter, Miss Swishie,
sent me a heaping pile of her vinyl Stencils & Stickers
to take for a test drive & share da ride with everybody.
(So, yes, this is a sponsored post!)
 
She Sells Seashells is located in da UK,
& they ship world wide & offer FREE shipping
when you order 25 BPS or more
(I don't know how to make my puter make the BPS 'L')
You can figure out what that amount will be for you HERE
 
She Sells Seashells offers a wide variety of bling for your nails,
including charms, studs, stickers & stencils plus a whole lot more!
 
I of course went straight to the cat heads...
(these should be restocked soon!)
 
Aren't they adorbs?
I found them easy to lift from the backing
using da pointy end of a metal nail file.
You could also use tweezers or da flat angled end of a cuticle stick.
I could easily pick them up & move them to get them just so
& once I smoothed them down, I could easily add a coat of Seche Vite
without the edges curling up or any shifting occurring.
Easy peasy!
 
Removal is easy too!
Once you remove the tc, you can just lift da lil stickers
off using da same pointy tool you used to apply them.
 
 Look at how many you get on one sheet!
I used 1 cat head per nail, except on my ring fingers,
where I used 4 & I did both hands.
I have like a bazillion left plus da full nail stencils!
 
Not into cats?
Not a problem!
Take a look at just some of the options you have available:
 
From the top ~ Chevron Variety Pack,
 
 
 
(one of my swallows flew away
& tried to mate with another sheet)
 
 Cat Sticker/Stencils (full nail) & Fish Scales (full nail)
 
 
Prices range from a pound BPS to 2 pounds & fifty pence
& many of the designs offer a choice of color.
 
What are you waiting for?
These decals are FUN & Easy to use!
You NEED them for your nail art!
Please go show my DPD some love at her shop
 
>^. .^<
 
 
 Nom nom nom...I like those claw pretties
from my Auntie Swishie...nom nom nom...
 
...almost as much...nom nom nom...as I like yogurt!
 
Thanks for stopping by!
~ Inky

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

My Quest for a Neon Purple Holo Update!

Hello Dahlings!
 
As some of you may recall
I've been on a quest for most of da last year to create or find a
neon purple linear holographic polish.
 
Quite a few indie brands have come out with neon holos this summer
& I bought da ones that looked like they might be contenders.
 
Our story so far...

This is Sinful Colors Dream On.
It's not da only neon purple out there,
but it's a good representative of da color I want.
 
These are my 5 attempts are making it myself.
I learned several things about holo pigment
(I used Spectraflair 30, but there are other brands.)
in my frankening adventures:
 
1) it tends to lighten the color pigment
2) it can alter the color of the pigment
3) if one adds too much, da color will look silvered
4) don't add enuf & da rainbow is wimpy
 
 
thumby ~ 5.0
index ~ 4.0
middle ~ 3.0
ring ~ 2.0
pinky ~ 1.0
 
Basically, my efforts pretty much all turned out lighter, pinker or silvered.
They're all pretty enuf to wear, but not what I'm craving.
 
 Today's contenders ~ Jade Over the Rainbow, Nabi Purple 24,
Dead Set Babes Girl, Bye, (This is the Changing Colors group custom.)
Smitten Radiant Orchid & The Devil Wears Polish Purple Brite
 
 
pinky ~ Over the Rainbow
I know this one didn't look like it would be even close from looking at the bottle,
but it is in da ball park with da standard killer rainbow one expects from a Jade.
 
ring ~ Purple 24
Pretty much da suckiest rainbow ever, but Nabi does nail da color.
 
middle ~ Girl, Bye
Another indie in da ball park, but a bit too light.
 
index ~ Radiant Orchid
Almost, but not quite a dup for Girl, Bye
& again close but no cigar to my lemming.
 
thumby ~ Purple Brite
In da bottle this one looked awfully close,
but on da nail this pretty jelly leans too pink.
 
I'm getting closer, but have yet to find my
Ultimate Lemming!
*sad whiskers*
 
One of da things I run into when looking online is this...
Looks like it could easily be in da ball park, right?
 
Nope, not even close!
 
We've had a big chat going in Changing Colors about how
vendors really need to use pics that
actually look like da polishes they're selling!
 
Yeah, there are all kinds of things
that can effect how our eyes perceive color
& how our cameras perceive color
& how monitor settings can change how things look.
However, some swatchers edit their pics
to look the most flattering to da swatcher
& da results look NOTHING like da polish IRL
& then da maker uses these pics to sell that polish?
 
I'm calling BULLSHIT on that!
 
Da consensus in da group was if you want to buy a polish online
to check multiple sources, (including but not limited to:
other stores (where applicable), blogs, Pinterest & Instagram)
before buying to be as sure as you can that what you see online
is indeed what you'll get in da mail.  
 
Now I do edit my pics a bit.
I crop & straighten them.
I adjust da exposure & color
so they look as close to da polish in real life as I can get.
I know my Samsung Galaxy 4 phone camera
tends to cool down & either over or under expose my pics.
This goes for not only polish,
but pretty much anything I take a pic of.
So a smidge of editing is necessary
if I want to show you what da polish really looks like.
I don't remove things from my pics,
I just do what I can to show you reality as I see it.
 
My quest will continue,
but at least I have a lot of pretty polishes
to tide me over until I find my Ultimate Lemming.
 
>^. .^<
 
Speaking of pretty things...
 
Mom Nature makes flowers in my favorite color!
(These are some of da petunias in my garden.)
 
How 'bout you put down da phone
& pet my massive magnificence?
 
Thanks for stopping by!
~ Inky

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Simples Lesson, Week 9 ~ Splodging!

Hello Dahlings!

Isn't that a FUN word...SPLODGING!!!
This easy to do technique was invented by our fearless
Debbie Crumpet & she shows us how to do it in her tutorial video post:
 
The same day I planned to sit down & do this mani
my share of da Changing Colors FB group order
from Dead Set Babes arrived!
 
 Lookee, lookee, lookee...all da way from Australia via Indiana!!!
 
 Da 1st one on da left is da group custom polish
available only to peeps in da Changing Colors FB group
& since da winner of da naming contest hasn't received her order yet
we're not supposed to tell peeps what it's called.
Da others are ~ Strange Magic, Burn Book, Bad Girls & Dead Set Babe
  
We all got an Australian Cadbury nummy too!
Many of us discovered that da summer temps had melted our noms
but it's chocolate, so who cares if it's a lil squishy?
 
Thank you SO much to T.j. Tanner of Dead Set Babes
for making such FANTABULOUS polishes
& Colleen Schleppy for organizing the group order!
(By organizing I mean invoicing over 40 orders,
placing this monster size order with D.j.,
sorting it all out when it arrived state side,
repacking & mailing everybody their orders!
Ain't she AWESOME?!?)
 
Now onto da nails...
 
 
 Da line up ~ Dead Set Babes Strange Magic,
da group custom & Burn Book
(not shown ~ Finger Paints Paper Mache
used for undies on da splodging fingers)
 
 TA DA!
Okey dokey...my splodging needs practice,
but for a 1st attempt it's tolerable.
 
 What was really floating my lil Inky boat were the rainbows!
Strange Magic on my pinky looks black at 1st,
but it's really a very dark blue violet!
Da group custom on my middle is so very close
to my ultimate polish lemming of a neon purple holo!
Burn Book on my index is just all kinds of pink wonderfulness!
They even held onto da rainbow after being splodged!
 
 Thumby got splodged too!
I almost made a lil heart with my splodging.
Can you see it?
 
 I got sun pics too...
 
...cuz that's what ya do when wearing holos!
 
 
I have more holo fun planned for this week!
Let's hope the sun comes back,
my puter cooperates
& I get it all done in time to post on schedule.
Hey...it could happen!
 
>^. .^<
 
Jazz wants me to tell y'all
that when da sun shines
go holo or go home!
 
Thanks for stopping by!
~ Inky
 


Sunday, August 10, 2014

Weekly Freakin Challenge ~ Wear an Untired & WHY is it untried?

Hello Dahlings!
 
One might think I'd have no untrieds left
after doing a 3x a week untrieds challenge for 3 1/2 months.
One would be WRONG!
Da main reason any polish in my vast stash goes unworn
is cuz it gets lost in da mayhem, then I forget about it.
 
Da polish I picked for today has been hanging around for over a year,
maybe even a year & a half.
I got it in my 1st Llarowe order along with several other bottles,
some which may or may not also be untried.
Yeah, I know...my bad!
 
 Meet Darling Diva Space Beetle!
It took 3 coats to achieve opacity,
but I can live with that
or wear undies next time.
Da color of this is a wee bit challenging to define...
in some lighting it looks greenish gray,
in other lighting it has a rose gold shimmer.
Da base is a dark olive green & da rainbows go POW!
I sealed in da holo polish goodness with 1 coat of Seche Vite.
I used dabs of SV to attach da holo hearts
& sealed those to my nail with 2 coats of SV.
 
Why did I wait to wear this?
Da world may never know.
 
Oh? You wanna know about da bling on my ring finger?
 
I discovered a new to me source for FUN glitter & polish!
Cutting Edge Nails offers both nifty polish and chunky glitters
and if you go to visit Sara right NOW
you can save 60% your order
when you buy more than $3 in products.
HOW COOL IS THAT?
 
 
Sara teased us on FB last week by showing
PURPLE SKULLIES!!!
I asked her when they would be in her shop
& she said new polishes would be debuting in October.
 
So stay tuned for more skullie fun!!!
 
>^. .^<
 
I wasn't da only one to get excited
over da arrival of my Cutting Edge Nails order...
 
 What's dis?
 
 These are da 2 polishes (Hidden Treasure & Ocean Pearl holo tc)
plus da holo hearts, mixed bling & holo dolphins I ordered.
So in da blink of an eye, my nice lil tableau went from da pic above...
 
...to this!
 I wants to play wif da pretty shinies!
 
Hmmmm.....dis smells nummy!
 
As many of you are aware,
Ciri does a lot of funny things,
but he's NEVER gotten obsessed with a polish before!
What was on Sara's paws when she packed my order?
 
Thanks for stopping by
& please go show Sara some love at her shop!
~ Inky