Thursday, August 9, 2012

NOTD: Stamping with Color Club Artsy Crafty + Sinful Colors Gorgeous

Hey there everyone!  Today I have a stamped manicure to show you.  I love using a creme base and then stamping over it with something sparkly to make it pop. 

I used Color Club Artsy Crafty, a dark sage green creme as the base.

I stamped using Sinful Colors Gorgeous, which is actually very pretty, so the name is fitting.  It's a deep turquoise shimmer with a subtle gold-green-blue duochrome shift.  The duochrome isn't very obvious in the bottle, but it showed up nicely in my pictures.

I used two coats of Artsy Crafty and stamped over it using Shany Plate SH25.  I finished it with quick dry top coat.

I know this post is rather short, but I feel like the pictures do an adequate job of conveying how pretty it is. :)

Artificial light.

Artificial light.

Natural light.

Thanks for reading! :)

Saturday, August 4, 2012

NOTD: Layering and Sponging - An Experiment

Hello everyone!  Today I have some pictures for you that are the result of a sponging and layering experiment.  When I created this mani I wasn't sure what exactly I wanted.  I was just messing around and this is what I came up with.  Admittedly, it's not my favorite manicure, but I like posting photos because you never know when something will inspire someone else. :)

I started with 3 coats of LA Colors Energy Source.  Then, using a folded piece of paper towel, I "sponged" on Island Girl Aloha Luau.  Finally, I added a coat of Nubar 2010 and finished it with quick dry top coat.

Natural light.

Natural light.

I like how the flakies add a little extra sparkle to the nails.  Sorry the photos are a little dark, but I found that low light really makes the flakies glow.

Thanks for looking! :)