Sunday, May 24, 2015

Pick N Mix challenge: Teal + lilac

This is one of my all time favorite manis! It just works and I fell in love with it in a second ... then it chipped a moment after taking the pictures. So this one is going on my 'redo' pile :) 

I love the color combination and I feel like these nails just scream the 80ies. <3


For this manis base I used Barry M Guava, China glaze Highlight of my summer and Claire's Beach. The stamps are made with Mundo de Unas Lavender and MoYou London Time traveller Back to the 80s 2 stamping plate. I placed some metallic studs in a way I think is kind off unique :)



Does this ever happen to you guys? The most perfect mani chips the second it is finished? :)

xoxo
gin

Thursday, May 21, 2015

NOTD: Pretty punk nails

Stamping nail art always look amazing specially if they are made over a unique base. Mostly I see gradients, water marbles or nails done with some type of saran wrap technique. But all of those techniques require a lot of clean up and drying time ... Ain't nobody got time for that :)

There is an easier way to achieve multi dimensional interesting base for your stamping design - just stamp something under the design you want to shine and it adds a special twist if the layers of the stamps somehow match.



I wanted for my big safety pin stamp to shine. So for the base I created a grid of smaller safety pins patterns. I just layered silver ones over gray ones and vice versa. They look like tough girl flowers and since I used polishes with 2 different finishes (creme and metallic) they get even more dimension. 



Over that fabulous multi-dimensional base I added the big safety pins and I think this is a great way to finish the look. As you can see there is no need to bother with difficult messy techniques just layer stamps since you will deal with clean up anyways when the time comes to add the design you want to stand out :) 


For this mani I used Essence Love is in the air as base. The small pins are made with Star gazer no. 232 and Catrice L'Ombre a saussouci, the plate is MoYou London Punk 2. The big pins are made with Essence stamp me! black and MoYou London Biker 2. 


This post was made for the lovely ladies at Glam-express. Head on over and see more tutorials for nail art or make up <3

xoxo
gin

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

BPS Review BP-59 stamping plate

I am not a cat person but I got this Bornpretty store stamping plate and the cute little pattern in the middle grew on me. The cutest cat I have is a black and white fat boy called Romeo therefore I decided to make a black and white mix of stamps. 


Here you can see the BP-59 stamping plate and all the patterns it features. It's has a lot of cats but also a couple of deer and sheep patterns that are also very cute for all dog lovers out there :)


The plate is made perfectly and a has a higher level of quality etchings then the square plates I have been reviewing recently. Also the middle full pattern I choose is big enough to fit even my big claws what I think is always good news.


For the base of this mani I used Color club Oh boy!. The stamps are made with Essence stamp me! black and white and BP-59 stamping plate. All nails have the white stamp under and black over except the pinkie finger. Also I added some black and white iridescent rhinestones that are surrounded by some teal matte stones in the corner of each nail.


So all you cat lovers head on over to their nail art site and catch this cute plate. And don't forget to use the 10% OFF coupon below :)


xoxo
gin

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

BPS Review BP-L013 stamping plate part 2

The 1st moment I saw the BP-L013 I fell in love with the drops pattern since I immediately got the idea to make a rainy day mani. Like I said in the previous post about this plate it is full of classic patters that are good for special occasion manis or everyday manis :)


Here you can see again the entire plate and all it's designs. Bornpretty store relay knows what a girl needs :)


And here is the mani I created. It's supposed to look like a rainy day mani. With white clouds that have blue rain drops falling from them. And I added a bit of iridescent pearl like rhinestones since I think the mani needed a bit something extra. 


For this mani I used Essence Wild white ways, Catrice It's all I can blue and Barry M Blueberry to make the initial gradient. Then I made the stamps with Mundo de Unas Blue. Than I added a bit more white to make it seem like some clouds and the rhinestones. 


Here you can see the initial gradient and stamping. 


If you need a stamping plate visit their nail art department and don't forget to use the 10% OFF coupon below :)


xoxo
gin

Monday, May 18, 2015

BPS Review BP-L013 stamping plate part 1

This is the last big stamping plate I got from Bornpretty store. All the patterns are full sized and big enough to fit even my big claws. So the plate BP-L013 features a lot of 'classic' patterns like hounds tooth, hearts, tribal pattern, diamonds and many others. I think it is a cool start up plate :)


Like all the rest it is perfectly etched and it was easy to work with. Thou I must admit the Bornpretty circular plates are of a better quality then these ones. Here you can see all the patterns featured on the plate.


For this mani I used OPI You're so Vain-illa, LA Girl Love letters and China glaze What a pansy to create the gradient. I made the stamps with the top lane diamond patterns that seem similar but are quite different. The stamping polishes I used are Essence stamp me! black and white. I added some rhinestones since every fancy nail art requires a little bling. 




If you are on the hunt for the classic start up stamping plate head on over to the Bornpretty store nail art department and get yourself this amazing plate. And don't forget to use the 10% Coupon code below :)

xoxo
gin

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Pick n Mix Challenge: Taupe

I hope I can pass this nude polish as taupe :) I just wanted to do a simple mani with simple colors and design. The base is Essence Dare it nude and some big gold rhombus. The stamps are BP-05 made with Essence stamp me! White

I love the combination of it all they seem one of those effortless classic nails <3



xoxo
gin

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Summer music festival nails tutorial

Summer is all about neons and music festivals! And I decided to feature that into my next nail art tutorial. At the same time it's full of tips how to feature your favorite polishes in 3D nail decoration without trying to buy new nail art supplies and just reuse your old ones :) 


For this mani you need a base polish that is nude - mine also features neon glitters of the same colors as the 3D nail decorations. But you can also use any other sheer polish with neon glitters over a nude base. The base I used is Yes Love G1-2 in 2 coats. For stamps I used Essence stamp me! white and BM411 stamping plate since I wanted to find a pattern that features musical notes. 


And to create the PLAY, REWIND, PAUSE & STOP symbols I used some random metallic 3D nail studs I got. But since I wanted the 3D portion of the nail art to pick up the colors of the neon glitters I decided to paint them with my favorite neon polishes. 
I painted the studs first with Essence stamp me! white so the neons can be bright when I apply them. I choose Morgan Taylor Pink Flame-ingo, China glaze Sun worshipper, Kiwi cool-ada and Yellow polka dot bikini. I painted them over the white base I applied on the studs. Make sure it all dries before you apply it to the nail or it will smudge. 


Step 1: Apply your base polish. I used 2 coats of  Yes Love G1-2. But any other nude polish and neon glitter will do. I choose such glitters that can match the 3D decorations on the nails.


Step 2: Apply the music inspired nail stamps. I used Essence stamp me! white stamping polish and BM411 stamping plate. The placement of the stamp is not essential since the 3D part of the decoration will be the most dominant part of the nail. 



Step 3: Apply a thin layer of top coat and place the colored studs. And when it dries apply another generous layer of top coat or use a gel top coat and cure the studs in place. With that you make the studs shiny since most neons are matte. Also if you are not very skilled with placement don't forget to apply and let dry a top coat over the stamps so they don't smudge if you move the studs all over. 


There you have it! A simple summer music festival mani that will catch the eye of any DJ ;) There not a lot of work involved just it takes some time to get the 3D decoration ready :)


This tutorial was made possible by Glam express that is a great place for any blogger who needs some inspiration or wants to find some new cool ideas for their work :)



xoxo
gin
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