Thursday, February 22, 2018

The Digit-al Dozen Mythical Creatures Day 4: The Kracken!

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Today is day 4 of The Digit-al Dozen's Mythical Creatures theme, and I decided it was time to switch from pretty, happy stuff to deep, dark, scary stuff! That's right: here there be monsters!


For my kracken manicure, I started with a base of Orly Pretty-Ugly. I used images from Messy Mansion MM37, Bundle Monster BM-401, Winstonia W217, UberChic Beauty's Nautical mini, and Marianne Nails n 20. I stamped with Messy Mansion Red-y Or Not,  Pudding, Chalk, and Hydrangea Blue:


Messy Mansion MM37, Bundle Monster BM-401, Winstonia W217, UberChic Beauty's Nautical mini & Marianne n 20 over Orly Pretty-Ugly

Messy Mansion MM37, Bundle Monster BM-401, Winstonia W217, UberChic Beauty's Nautical mini & Marianne n 20 over Orly Pretty-Ugly

I think this is my favorite of the week--I love the way it looks like the Kracken is attacking from under the sea, throwing up all those wild tentacles!


What do you prefer for the theme--happy and pretty, or dark and dangerous?


Big hugs,
M. xoxo

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

The Digit-al Dozen Mythical Creatures Day 3: Phoenix!

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Okay, so, for the first couple of days of this theme, I had to pay homage to a couple of mythical creatures that are so loved in the nail-art community they've become iconic. Now for the rest of the theme I'm going to branch out a little farther afield, starting with today's mythical creature--the phoenix.


I've always been fascinated by the allegorical nature of the phoenix. Very few of us are perfect and instantly successful in life--at least, I'm certainly not. Our character is often shaped by our failures--or rather, how we handle those failures. What happens when we get caught in the fire? Do we rise up again, shake off the ashes, and allow new, beautiful colors to shine? To me, that lesson in transformation is what the phoenix represents.


For my manicure, I went with an abstract skittle design to showcase the phases of the phoenix's transformation, using different colors and an image from UberChic Beauty's Fabulous Feathers mini plate: 

UberChic Beauty Fabulous Feathers


For the 'life' portion of the cycle, I started with Sally Hansen Get Mod and stamped with Messy Mansion Soft Gold. For the 'fire' phase, I started with Moonflower Polish Lemon, stamped with Messy Mansion Red-y Or Not, and dotted with Hit The Bottle Polish Midnight Pumpkin. For the 'ashes' phase, I started with Sally Hansen Grease Lightning and stamped with Messy Mansion Carbon, then dotted with Hit The Bottle Polish Holo There Beautiful. Here's how it turned out:


UberChic Beauty Fabulous Feathers over Sally Hansen Get Mod and Grease Lightning, and Moonflower Polish Lemon


UberChic Beauty Fabulous Feathers over Sally Hansen Get Mod and Grease Lightning, and Moonflower Polish Lemon


What do you think, does it capture the phoenix life cycle, or did I completely miss the mark?


Tomorrow we're going to go back to something a bit more literal...in the meantime, don't forget to check out the other magical mystical manis linked below!


Big hugs,
M. xoxo

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

The Digit-al Dozen Day 2: Mermaids!

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Today's day two of The Digit-al Dozen's mythical creatures theme, and today I'm going with a creature I think is almost a must-make for nail bloggers: mermaid nails!


I started with a base of Spellbound Nails Dammit Janet, and then stamped a variety of images from Bunny Nails HD-J plate (if you don't know, her store is on an indefinite haitus, but I'm hoping she comes back sooner than later!) :

Bunny Nails HD-J


First I stamped the background patterns with Sally Hansen Thyme Is Money, then I double-stamped my jelly fish, first with Moonflower Polish Moonflower and then with Messy Mansion Chalk to get a shimmery opalescent jellyfish type of effect. Finally I reversed-stamped my mermaids--first I stamped them with Messy Mansion Carbon, then filled in with Sally Hansen Taupe To Go, Champagne Supernova, and Va Va Violet. I first put a layer of Zoya Leia under the mermaid's bikinis and tails, as well as part of the one mermaid's hair to give shimmer. Here's how it turned out:


Bunny Nails HD-J over Spellbound Nails Dammit Janet

Bunny Nails HD-J over Spellbound Nails Dammit Janet


I love how this came out, but most of all I adore how that tail came out! The shimmer from Leia is sooooo pretty!


Okay, so, now I've done unicorns and mermaids, the two must-have mythical creatures for nail artists. Starting tomorrow, things are going to get a little more unusual...


In the meantime, don't forget to check out the lovely Digit-al masterpieces linked below!

M. xoxo


Monday, February 19, 2018

Digit-al Dozen Mythical Creatures Day 1 (Or, how NOT to stamp on foils)

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It's Digit-al Dozen time again, and I'm over-the-moon stoked about this theme: Mythical Creatures! I had so many ideas I wanted to do for this one, I had a hard time narrowing them down. I decided to start off with a no-brainer: Unicorns!


I figured this was a great time to do something I've wanted to play around with for a while--full nail foils. I chose a rainbow foil and cut it so there would be a vertical gradient on each nail. Then I stamped images from UberChic Beauty's Unicorn Love (click here for my review of the plate) over them:


UberChic Beauty Unicorn Love over nail foils
 

I stamped with Messy Mansion Carbon, Sterling, and Chalk, and filled in the unicorn hair and belly with Sally Hansen Heather Hustle, and the horns with Hit The Bottle Polish Holo There Beautiful.


Now, you probably know that when you use nail foils, you should use a water-based topcoat or base coat over them to preserve the foil--you can use your preferred topcoat on top of that for preservation, etc. You should also do this before you do any stamping onto the foils or try to put decals onto the foils. Here's what it looks like if you forget that step like I did:




Yeah. The color from the foil bleeds up into your stamping polish, and somehow manages to melt the polish, too. Now, if I'd just done that with the background stars, that might have been kinda cool--but what it did to the rest of the stamping most certainly was not. But that's okay--it allowed me to make some other improvements to the design when I redid it. :)


I also have to admit, using nail foils to cover your entire nail on every finger is a bit of a pain, especially when it comes time to remove--I don't think I'll do more than an accent nail again.


What do you think? Yay or nay on full-nail foils?


Thanks for stopping by, and don't forget to check out the other ladies' manicures, linked below! :)

M. xoxo


Friday, February 16, 2018

NOTD: Mystical Mardi Gras (featuring MoYou London Mandala 14)

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Today I want to share the mani I wore on Mardi Gras--I didn't get a chance to blog it before, but I think it's a fun look not just for Mardi Gras, so figured I'd go ahead and share it after. :)


I used images from MoYou London Mandala 14, which I adore:

MoYou London Mandala 14


I started with a base of Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer's My Precious and Green's Alexandrite With Me, for the purple and green part of the trio of Mardi Gras colors. Then I stamped my images with Messy Mansion Soft Gold for the third color of the trio, and then stamped again with Carbon:


MoYou London Mandala 14 over Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer's My Precious and Green's Alexandrite With Me

MoYou London Mandala 14 over Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer's My Precious and Green's Alexandrite With Me


I love how the flakes and the glitters in these two polishes make such a gorgeous background, and I love how the stamping give a wrought-iron Anne-Rice sort of mystical look.


What do you think, does it put you in the mood to let the good times roll?


Hugs,
M. xoxo

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Ilove Ikat...(Featuring Dixie Plates Love 2018)

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Happy Valentine's Day! Today I have another quick Valentine NOTD to share, this one featuring Dixie Plates Love 2018



I started with a base of Sally Hansen Get Mod, and then stamped my images with Messy Mansion Red-y Or Not. I then did a tiny bit of ikat over the center of the hearts with Sally Hansen Racing Rose and Watermelon Wizz:


Dixie Plates 2018 over Sally Hansen Get Mod
Dixie Plates 2018 over Sally Hansen Get Mod

Dixie Plates 2018 over Sally Hansen Get Mod
Dixie Plates 2018 over Sally Hansen Get Mod

I love the simplicity of this, and how the pink adds just a little dash of color to break up the mani. 


Hope you're having a wonderful day celebrating all the love in your life!
M. xoxo

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

NOTD: Love, Love, Love...(UberChic Beauty Love & Marriage 04 over Sally Hansen Insta-Dri gradient)

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Today I have another Valentine's Day mani, this one featuring UberChic Beauty's Love & Marriage 04 and plate 23-03:




I started with a gradient I made blending Sally Hansen Racing rose and Watermelon Wizz. Then I stamped the scribble image from UCB 23-03 using Messy Mansion Chalk, and then the hearts image from Love & Marriage 04 with Messy Mansion Red-y Or Not:


UberChic Beauty Love & Marriage 04 and 23-03 over Sally Hansen Racing Rose and Watermelon Wizz gradient

UberChic Beauty Love & Marriage 04 and 23-03 over Sally Hansen Racing Rose and Watermelon Wizz gradient

UberChic Beauty Love & Marriage 04 and 23-03 over Sally Hansen Racing Rose and Watermelon Wizz gradient

I love how well those two images go together, and I love how dynamic this turned out! This absolutely puts me in a Valentine's mood. :)


Hope your week is off to a great start!
M. xoxo