Friday, January 19, 2018

26 Great Nail Art Ideas Presents ~ Embellished or 3D

Hello Dahlings!

This time we have embellished or 3D manis to show you!

I did this...

 I decided to try something totally new to me...3D gel nails!
I've been using gel for my protective enhancements for several years
& I've used gel polish for vacation manis before,
but I've never used it for nail art.
I usually use regular polish for the art over the gel.
I got the idea/instructions from this video on sweater nails
from Nail Career Education.
You can get a similar look using matte & texture polishes,
it will just take longer to do & may not last as long as gel.

 Here's the sad news...the 2 colors of gel I used are no longer available. 

Bundle Monster neon purple gel polish.
(I got this in a set, but the current purple is more blue leaning.)

CH Nail 017 from Born Pretty Store.
(BPS doesn't even carry luminous/gitd gel polish anymore,
but Amazon does HERE I haven't tried this polish yet, but I plan to do so.)

(I got the set as no-wipe tc is supposed to work with powders.)

Not pictured ~
Unt Ready for Take Off peel off base coat
(I used 2 coats & this way I won't have to soak my skin in acetone
or spend hours filing to remove this mani next week.)

Sensationail Base & Top Gel Coat
(available at drugstores)

clear acrylic powder
(I got mine at Sally's Beauty Supply, but you can find it online.)

a teeny tiny brush for painting with the gel
(I got mine on Amazon, but any nail art brush will do.)

The texture isn't any worse than wearing regular texture polish
& less textured than some of my polishes.


 This is why I didn't use the luminous gel polish for the base color.
I wanted the 3D part to show in the dark cuz...me.

>^. .^<

 Ciri...that's MY pizza, not yours!

Diva, dahling, this is cute, but won't work once you're full grown.
(My laptop flips into a tent to be just a monitor,
but it isn't that large a space under there. LOL)

Thanks for stopping by
& please visit the others 
for more Great Nail Art Ideas!
~ Inky

Friday, January 5, 2018

26 Great Nail Art Ideas Presents ~ Metallic + One Colour

Happy New Year, Dahlings!

This time we have manis featuring a metallic & one color of polish.

I did this...

 We actually had a white Christmas this year.
The news said it had been about 20 years since the last one.

 The Lady Varnishes Second Star To The Right

Not shown here ~

 I love Kirsten's glow in the dark polishes!
They give me warm feels every time I wear them. <3 font="">
She also does custom orders!
Every time I want one of her polishes
& it doesn't have the gitd add-on option,
I contact her & for a nominal fee s
he adds the gitd color of my choice.

>^. .^<

 Diva is growing like a lil black weed!
This pic is about 2 weeks old
& he's doubled in size since we took him in.
He's still full of piss & vinegar when he's not in snuggle mode. 

Thanks for stopping by
& please check out
what the others have been up to!
~ Inky

Friday, December 22, 2017

26 Great Nail Art Ideas Presents ~ Christmas or Childhood Memory

Happy Holodays, Dahlings!

My mani this go around is a Christmas memory,
but not from my childhood...

 My mom & I started doing Christmas stockings for each other 
(& whoever else was in our lives at the time) back in the late '80's.
I was all grown up at that point, but we thought it was fun
& have continued to celebrate Christmas
by opening our stockings on Christmas Day ever since.
We also have the fun of shopping for stocking stuffers all year round,
starting on December 26th
when we do our Boxing Day after X-mas sale shopping. 

China Glaze Red Pearl
Sinful Colors San Francisco*

Not shown ~

 *San Francisco is a bit of a stainer!
Those lil yellow spots are where SF was
& I only wore this mani  for 2 days.
Both SF & Red Pearl wanted to smear during clean up
after applying the decals I had made.

 At least this part went as planned.

>^. .^<

As visions of catnip & mousies dance in Ciri's head...

May you & yours have the happiest of holidays,
no matter what you celebrate!
~ Inky

Friday, December 8, 2017

26 Great Nail Art Ideas Presents ~ Bugs!

Happy Howdy-days, Dahlings!

Our manis this time feature bugs.
Not wanting to do the obvious,
I asked Mr Inky for his input & did this...

 He suggested beetles using a multichrome.
Yes, I'm holding a Louboutin bottle.

Christian Louboutin Scarabee II
(no longer available, but you can see my mani using it HERE)

Not shown:

 One of these nails is not like the others! LOL
My Inky decided he wanted one nail painted for 24 hours
with my early stocking stuffer, Louboutin Lady Page.
(He also got me Rouge Louboutin Metalissime.
What can I say...He's a keeper!)

>^. .^<

Alas, Ziggy is no longer with us.
He poor old body finally gave out.
Current Cathouse membership (from left to right) ~
Diva, Ciri, Luna & Jazz

Thanks for stopping by
& please visit the others
to see what Great Nail Art Ideas
they have for you!
~ Inky

Friday, November 24, 2017

26 Great Nail Art Ideas Presents ~ Reciprocal Gradients

Happy Back Friday, Dahlings!

This go-around, we're showing you ideas for doing reciprocal gradients.
This technique is an up-scaled version of a basic gradient.
It does take longer to do, but the results are worth the time!

 The trick is to let all polish layers dry thoroughly,
then adding a quick dry top coat,
then letting that dry thoroughly as well,
before applying the vinyl stencils.

I did not follow my own advice.
I ended up taking way too long to do this mani,
swearing a blue streak pretty much the whole time
& being very grateful for Mildred's Magik
cuz it hides a multitude of sins under holo rainbows.

If I can't be a good example, I'll settle for being a horrible warning.

NK Nails Really White
(I got this at an independent beauty supply store.)

Not shown, but very important ~

I chose these colors to match my newly dyed hair.

As usual, my nails look better with the lights off. LOL

>^. .^<

Ciri & Diva are getting along better,
but we know who's in charge.
Speak to my tiny paw! LOL

Thanks for stopping by!
~ Inky

Friday, November 10, 2017

26 Great Nail Art Ideas Presents ~ Animal Print inthe Wrong Colours

Howdy Dahlings!

Today I have for you a mani featuring
an animal print in the wrong colors!

 I went with neon tiger.

I didn't get a line up photo, but I do know what I used
& where you can get it for yourself.

This is a lovely, soft gray linear holo that is both
a solar color changing polish AND it glows in the dark.
I did need 3 coats for opacity, but it was worth it.

These new neon stamping polishes are wonderfully opaque
over both dark & light polishes.
They do, however, dry faster than the other HTB stamping polishes.
Using 2 colors meant I wasn't moving fast enough
to get complete images,
but since tiger stripes aren't always continuous, I think it works.
I will need to practice moving faster when using these,
but they're worth it!

Bundle Monster plates BM-S151BM-XL08


 We've entered the wet season here, no sun to speak of,
so I used Del Sol's trick of putting my nails
under UV light to see the change.
Intelligence turns blue in the sun...

 ...and blue in the dark!
I'm not a Harry Potter fan,
but I am a HUGE fan of Kirsten's glow-in-the-dark polishes!

>^. .^<

We have a new baby! 
A neighbor found her wandering about last week
& as she's way too young (about 8 weeks old) to be on her own outside,
I took her in with the thought that she's better off indoors,
in a cat friendly environment, until her human shows up.
Good thing I did cuz it snowed that night
& she would have been hard pressed to survive.
It's been a week & nobody has been looking or put up posters.
I'm keeping her.
I've named her Diva cuz she acts like one.
She a snuggler that likes to play & just too cute.
Ciri's still not sure what to think of his new lil sis,
but I saw them touch noses & they've been playing tag.
Luna, Ziggy & Jazz don't mind.
They accepted Ciri & they've accepted Diva.

Thanks for stopping by
& please check out the mani ideas
the others have for you!
~ Inky

Saturday, October 28, 2017

26 Great Nail Art Ideas Presents ~ Halloween with Negative Space!

Howdy Dahlings!

It's my fav time of year & we're showing you ideas
for Halloween manis using negative space.

I did this...
 I'm not fond of this concept.
Mostly because my nails have gel enhancements
(they don't always look nice enough let them show)
& are stained yellow from constant polish wearing.
So I opted to modify it a bit.

 After applying peel off basecoat,
I applied the pumpkin head gitd with tiny iridescent glitters polish.
Then I added a coat of the Sally Hansen Big Smokey TC.
It has a bit of shimmer, but the formula is crap.
It goes on streaky, dries gritty
& can get more streaky when fast dry top coat is added. 
Clear Jelly Big Bling Stamper to add the zombie action.
I finished with a coat of Seche Vite.

 Putting the Smokey tc over the gitd
did give a spectral effect to the glow,
but alas, unlike most of my gitd polishes,
this one has a hard time charging from ambient light,
so my nails don't glow all night long.
Sadness!

~~~

 My Halloween tree is a good cure for my mani blues!
This year I went with white skull lights, little purple lights,
purple & white ornaments & a witch on top.
Both Halloween Jack Skellington
& Christmas Jack are a must for my Halloween tree!

My neighbors are used to my weirdness.
Some like it & tell me so, while others say nothing. LOL
I'm gonna be me!

Thanks for stopping by
& please visit the others!
~ Inky