Nail Art: Halloween Brights Stamping

Guess what? I am finally getting the hang of full nail stamping! Now that I am getting a proper technique down I can try double designs! Maybe…Unfortunately, the bright orange in this manicure looks like part of the sponged base.

The Mundo de Unas stamping polishes have recently taken the spotlight on nail art blogs. I bought a few because I was impressed with how they stamped over dark opaque colors and the polishes definitely do not disappoint! However, given my current skills I really have to practice with these beauties. The strong pigmentation combined with my heavy hand results in smearing and slipping. This is totally due to my user error, though. These polishes are great, even if they smell a little overwhelming. This being said I am really proud of myself because I did not smear the design today!! Unfortunately, I could not see it very well so I added black on top.

On a different note, my Konad Stamping polish smears with top coat application. This never used to happen and it only occurs with the black polish. Is it getting thicker with time? I wait at least 20-30 minutes for it to dry but it still smears!

Now that I have ranted and raved…I hope you like it!

halloween brightsI started with Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Petal Pusher as my base. I am not usually a fan of baby pinks against my skin but this is one of the few I wear on it’s own!

I sponged with a foam eyeshadow applicator, Milani Foxy LadyCoverGirl Glosstinis Flamed OutZoya Goldie and Barry M GNP 8/Grapefruit.

I stamped with Mundo de Unas 28/Neon OrangeKonad Special Polish Black and Pueen Cosmetics plate PUEEN-79 (from the Leisure collection)

Hi, my name is Monica and I have RA.

Fall-ing for Nail Art: Fall Colors

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A short post because my wrists and fingers are really painful right now.

Hope you like my sugar-spinning!

 

fall colors sugar spunBase – Milani Dark Coffee

Detailing – butter London Scuppered OPI Pros & Bronze

 

Hi, my name is Monica and I have RA.

 

Check out the other fall manicures below!

NAIL (November 2014): Dreamcatchers

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In elementary school we made dreamcatchers during art class. I was so proud of my creation I brought it home to my parents. They hung it in their bedroom and it stayed there until we moved house. I was convinced the dreamcatcher worked because whenever I slept in my parent’s room I never had bad dreams. I had recurring nightmares as a kid so I frequently slept in their bedroom.

Now, I have the occasional nightmare but I regularly dream. And are they VIVID! Honestly, I sometimes have difficulty separating reality from fiction. My dreams make a whole lot of sense during my REM cycle but when I wake up I realize they do not occur in a sensible order. The dream starts one way, switches scenes, plays out, then returns to the original thought. I think it is really funny I clearly remember the details, though. I am pretty sure I dream in HD.

For this prompt I would have loved to paint dreamcatchers but I my skills are not quite there so I decided to stay with my trusty abstract ideas. However, because of this, it took me a while to think of a suitable design. I am glad I stamped. I probably would not have the patience to freehand this look.

 

I purchased the new Pueen Cosmetics (Leisure Collection) stamping collection. I could not help myself. I love the brand’s designs and the plates are high quality. I have had no trouble scraping, transferring or stamping and I like that they are not separate images but full plate designs. I am highly anticipating the release of the Festival collection in December!

 

I hope you like it!

 

dreamcatchersI started with 2 coats of Milani Peacock as my base.

I sponged with a foam eyeshadow applicator Milani Peacock, Vivid VioletPower Periwinkle and Color Club Pucci-licious.

I stamped with Konad Special Polish Black, White and PUEEN Cosmetics plate PUEEN 77.

 

Hi, my name is Monica and I have RA.

Fall-ing for Nail Art: Pumpkin Chai Lattes

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The Challenge Your Nail Art group is hosting another challenge! This week we honor Thanksgiving and Fall. I am beyond bummed I missed yesterday’s prompt (fall leaves) because I had a great idea but I was so flared up life was too hard. I think I will re-visit the theme later, though. Honestly, I did not think I was going to participate in any of the prompts except yesterday’s but as I was inspired by a stamping image from my Pueen plate.

At the beginning of  “fall” Trader Joe’s sold an assortment of pumpkin flavored everything. One of my favorites was the seasonal pumpkin chai mix. I already was a fan of the traditional  chai mix and the pumpkin added a little seasonal flair.

I had a very specific color in mind for the base but did not have the matching nail polish. I mixed two and they turned out exactly how I wanted it to.

 

I hope you like it!

pumpkin chai lattesI started with 3 coats of Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Short Cir-cute and 1 generous coat of OPI Pros & Bronze as my base.

I stamped and dotted with Milani Dark Coffee and Pueen Cosmetics plate PUEEN30.

 

Hi, my name is Monica and I have RA.

 

Don’t forget to check out the other foodie manicures below!

Born Pretty Store Review: Mixed Metals Foil Transfer Stickers

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I have another (Born Pretty Store) review for you today but for a completely different product. I saw a Youtube video a long long time ago featuring nail foils. I could not decide whether I liked the idea or not. On one hand, it is VERY RA-friendly. On the other hand, the final nail art looks kind of messy and unintentional. I know, I know, sounds strange coming from the girl who loves abstract nail art! I do not really know how to explain it, but something about foil nail art does not look right.

I was always curious so I thought this was the perfect time to try them! BPS has a huge selection, something like 27 colors, of these (nail art) foil papers so there is something for everyone…as long as you like metallics, of course!

I hope you find this review helpful!

 

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Nail Foil #27

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The foil comes in a plastic tub with a screw-off lid. The product measures about 44 inches, which I was really surprised about because I did not read the product description, as per usual. When I first saw the product I thought it was only the diameter of the jar so I was very happy when I realized how much there actually was!

 

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For this look:

 

I used 2 coats of Wet n Wild Black Creme as my base.

I used Color Club Warhol and Pop Beauty Pacific Hoot for the sugar-spun.

Application and Thoughts:

Wait until the last coat of polish is slightly dry and tacky. Gently apply the foil over the nail with the color face up. Quickly lift the foil off the nail.

I watched a couple of videos where people were able to apply the foil to the entire nail and pull it off. However, when I used this method, I also removed the polish. I had more luck applying the foil to smaller areas instead.

The foil was very easy to use. I did experience a great deal of trial and error figuring out how tacky and dry the polish had to be and ended up with bald spots. I just re-applied the nail polish and foil. The polish had to be on the drier side of tacky so this technique worked well for me.

The used spots of the paper became clear so it was easy to not re-use spots.

 

nail foil close upWhile this was a very easy and quick nail art technique parts of it were tedious. It took multiple attempts to build up the color and it was difficult to foil the edges of the nail. Regardless, it was not time-consuming so I did not mind the extra work. I think with a little practice I will not have to “re-touch” as much.

 

I recommend the foils unless you are not a fan of abstract nail art since there is no way to get a structured look with these. As I worked with these I think I realized why I did not like them at first. I do not like the look of bigger chunks. I much rather like the look of the smaller particles that mimic a flakies top coat! I guess that is personal preference, though. What do you think? Have you tried these foils? Which look do you prefer?

One jar of foil (or ~44 inches) retails for $1.50 at the Born Pretty Store website.

If you decide to place an order do not forget to apply my discount code below!

 

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Hi, my name is Monica and I have RA.

Nail Art: Christmas Sprinkles

I do not really have much to say today so I will just get into the nail art!

I hope you like it!

 

holiday sprinkles sugar spinI started with 3 coats of Sinful Colors All About You. I think I should have used 4 but I figured the sugar-spin would distract from the opacity issue.

I sugar-spun with Milani Spotlight White.

I sprinkled green and red glitters over top. I bought an assortment pack from Michael’s a while ago and I finally used them!

 

Hi, my name is Monica and I have RA.

A to Z Series: D is for Dark

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I had this AMAZING idea for this week’s AtoZ prompt until I realized my butter London The Black Knight nail polish was over a year old…If you are familiar with this polish you know it is the most incredible densely packed glitter bomb galaxy beauty EVER…now fast forward a year…see what I mean? It did not stop me from trying though…After I removed the biggest nail art fail ever I decided to take a step back and go for some classic white on black.

I would tell you what my first design was but I am re-purchasing the polish and re-trying the design at a later date.

 

I hope you like it! Sometimes you just cannot go wrong with class colors and shapes! Please do not mind the middle nail…I am not sure what happened there and did not even notice it until I uploaded the photo!

 

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I started with 2 coats of Wet n Wild Black Creme as my base.

I stamped with Pueen plate PUEEN44 and Konad Special Polish White.

 

Hi, my name is Monica and I have RA.

 

Don’t forget to check out the other dark manicures below!

Nail Art: Colder Days

The temperature dropped 30 degrees within an hour this afternoon. Okay, maybe not 30 degrees but it certainly felt like it. By the time I returned home from work I moved like the tin man and needed oil for all my joints. I hope this is not an omen for winter months to come!

In honor of the frozen ground this morning I decided to pull out my trusted snowflake stamp! I love how this manicure came out…I love how the sparkle is mostly concentrated at the cuticle since the Zoya polish was spiked with holographic glitter!

I hope you like it!

 

colder daysI started with 2 coats of Milani Power Periwinkle as my base.

I used a makeup sponge, Milani Power PeriwinkleSally Hansen Blue My Mind (okay, this is going to sound odd but to anyone who owns this polish…is it just me or does it smell like pot?!) and Zoya Dream for the gradient.

I stamped with Bundle Monster plate BM 319Konad Special Polish White, and Essie No Place Like Chrome. I sealed the design with Seche Vite before applying a generous coat of INM Northern Lights in Silver.

 

Hi, my name is Monica and I have RA.

Nail Art: Fall Sugar-Spun

It just would not be a complete season without a sugar-spun manicure on this blog, right? Tonight I sat down to do a water marble but I could not get the polishes to spread in the water properly so I resorted to sugar-spinning. Okay, sugar-spinning is never a next resort on this blog but it was not initially what I wanted to do.

I hope you like it!

 

fall sugar spunI started with three coats of butter London Tea with the Queen as my base. I really should get rid of this polish. Even underneath the sugar spun I absolutely hate how looks. I really do not know why keep using it.

I sugar spun with Milani Dark CoffeeSpaRitual Running with Wolves and Zoya Goldie.

 

Hi, my name is Monica and I have RA.

A to Z Series: C is for Copycat/NAIL: Geometrics

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I recently joined another nail art community on Facebook and love the idea. It is called the A to Z weekly blog. Every week, Charlie from Pocket Money Polishes provides a prompt corresponding with a letter. The interpretation is very open so I can take it any direction I want.

However, since I am still figuring out my blogging schedule I decided to combine challenges. This nail art also serves for this week’s NAIL prompt. Symmetry is a huge part of geometry! I am not much into shapes so I am glad I could stretch the prompt without using them!

I hope you like it!

c is for copycatI started with 3 coats of Pahlish as my base.

I stamped the paw print with Konad Special Polish Black and Mundo de Unas plate LO06.

I used an assortment of decals from the Pueen water decals collection WD2 I bought from Amazon.com.

Hi, my name is Monica and I have RA.

Check out the other copycat nails below!