Viva la Manicure

So i haven’t been on much and i apologize there is a lot going on in my life at the moment.

Today i bring you a tutorial! woo! i love tutorials by other bloggers and i hope mine helps anyone who sees it.

Products:

Seche Vite

Cheeky- Viva Mexico Jumbo Plate

Morgan Taylor- go ahead and grow

China Glaze- shocking pink

China Glaze- flip flop fantasy

Morgan Taylor- doo Wop

Wet n Wild- Black

 

First paint your nails with  a coat of the yellow. if you don’t have it or are doing it with a different colors, use white or the lightest color.

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Next put drops of the china glaze shocking pink and china glaze flip flop fantasy and some dots of the morgan taylor doo wop like so

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use your stamper and squish the colors. When you pick it up it should look like this

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Stamp it on to your nails, either just kind of roll it on or wait a few seconds for it to dry a little bit. If you want an area to have a certain color you could do the step above with just one color and place it where you want.

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I cleaned up a little bit before i stamped on the image from the Viva Mexico plate by Cheeky.

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just clean up a bit more and add a top coat for your finished look.

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Bananas!

Just a variation on my previous banana mani instead of gray I’m using pink  

Soft Sienna Silks by China glaze Review! (Bonus stamping NOTD )

Hello my lovely people of the internet!  I’m sorry i haven’t been able to blog more but i really just have a lot to do for school and no time.

Today i used is called Soft Sienna Silks by China Glaze

the formula is watery and its thin, it will take at least 3 coats to get to an opaque color. This is a bronze with tiny specs of shimmer. The shimmer gives it a little boost so its not a boring bronze/coppery color.  It’s very warm and i was honestly a little worried about how it would look with my skin.

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It took three coats in order to reach an opacity i am comfortable with. I really don’t like having my nails smile line show through, so i usually like nail polish that is opaque in 2-3 coats.

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here is a picture close up of the color and you can see the sparkles/shimmer in it, so pretty.

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On to the stamping!

I used my trusty Wet n Wild Black Creme polish. For stamping the plate i used is Viva Mexico Jumbo Plate 1 by Cheeky which you can find for a cheap price on amazon.

oh jeeze please ignore that giant fuzz on my nail! :s

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check out that shimmer

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and lastly up close and personal with flash

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hope you guys enjoy the manicure!

China Glaze Shocking Pink

I bought this color once before and i guess i just didn’t have the patience to use this color. It would take me a few coats to get it because i would keep being impatient and the color would come off if i went over it without waiting for it to dry. After i ran out of it i bought Pink Voltage by China Glaze as a hopeful replacement but i honestly didn’t like it as much as this color. Pink Voltage had a somewhat cool tinge to it. They  are both neon meaning they are kind of thin and streaky to apply. Shocking Pink applies in about 2-3 coats i used thicker coats. If you use thin coats you risk the color coming off when you pull the brush up. It dries to a matte finish alone but a top coat can remedy that. I will be repurchasing this color once i run out of it again. By the end of a few days not sure how many, the color came off in these flexible chips and I’m  not sure why. maybe it was the Seche Vite or the color itself but i felt i should include that. when i use it again ill update on what happens.

 

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Here is Shocking Pink from a previous post, its topped off with crackle and Seche Vite.

Life preserver (Picture Tutorial) and how to make your polish opaque for stamping!

So today’s manicure we have this cute life preserver image

what i used:

  • Beauty secrets base coat from sallys
  • Seche vite
  • Winstonia xl squishy stamper
  • China Glaze Turned up Turquoise (neon)
  • China Glaze pink voltage (neon)
  • wet n wild French White Cream
  • Essie Licorice
  • Cheeky  plate CH36

When it comes to  neon polishes they’re not known for being very opaque. I wanted to stamp with them but if i were to stamp with the colors alone they would not show up.  in order for me to get the neons to show up i need to make them more opaque by adding a white. the colors aren’t as vibrant as they would be had i used them alone but they now show up on black with this technique. I didn’t come up with this technique at all I’ve seen it around so i don’t know who did.

now onto the tutorial!

 

start off with your base coat and then one or two coats of Essie licorice and wait for it to dry

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next get your stamping plate ready in our case its this cheeky one

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apply Pink Voltage to the top left quadrant like so

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next apply Turned up Turquoise right under

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next to those two colors apply a stripe of the white. the color will change depending on how much white you add.

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next we are going to scrape to the right really fast in an effort to blend the colors together.

it should now look like this

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then you continue on as your normally would for stamping. i used my Winstonia xl squishy stamper to pick up the image

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just roll it on to your nail, next we just clean up the nail using a brush or q tip, and add a nice coat of nail polish 😀

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I hope you found this useful happy stamping everyone!

 

 

Cheeky Aztec NOTD

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Nail confession time: You guys ever have that one nail polish you bought on sale, when you get home you think to yourself when will i ever wear that color?

This is what i did with Essie’s Demure Vixen. I bought it maybe two years ago on sale without seeing any swatches or anything. Don’t get me wrong the color is gorgeous and is this taupe color duo chrome with a purple sheen. I just never knew how i would even use the color because on its own i thought it would look hideous with my skin color.

So for today’s manicure i used Essie’s Demure Vixen as my base color. The stamping images are from the Cheeky Jumbo plate 1 called Viva Mexico! The black polish is my regular Wet n Wild Black Creme.