Saturday, 11 July 2015

Tyrell Nails Inspired by Loot Crate Cyber

I wanted to do this design for my 'Inspired by Loot Crate' mani the moment I opened the June crate, the theme from the crate was Cyber and in it there was this funky Tyrell Corporation (Blade Runner) patch and of course, I had to put that on my nails. Of course, as always, I forgot about doing it, which is why I'm so late doing it, again.

Technically, the entire mani is inspired by about 2 items from the crate, the Tyrell Corporation patch and the glow in the dark pencil case.

I'm so happy with how it turned out and I love that I finally managed to properly stamp my chipboard design from the Bundle Monster 2013 CYO plate set, plate BM-415

I used all Barry M polishes again, Barry M Black, Barry M Matte Malibu (for the stamping) and Barry M Gelly Cotton. I did use Barry M Stop the Clock for around the eyes but it barely shows up in the photos.

I have another nerdy mani planned which I am going to try and get done tomorrow but I might not get it up on the blog for a few days, I'm having a Lumbar Puncture on Monday *shudders* and I hate the thought of anything like that, I have a huge fear of needles and my anxiety is in overdrive, I know it's a pretty basic procedure but what can I say, I'm a wimp and a worrier. Have any of you had an LP before, how bad was it?

Anyway, what did you think of this month's Loot Crate and Inspired by Loot Crate mani? Have you signed up to Loot Crate yet? No, why not you crazy person, go do it now before you miss out on all the awesomeness that is to come, go here and DO IT, DO IT NOW!


Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Born Pretty Store Marbling Comb Review

WTH is that I hear you exclaiming, well, that's kind of what I thought so I had to give it a go and see how it worked. This is in fact a water marbling comb from Born Pretty Store, Jim though it was an afro comb and it could very well be, everyday nail artists are finding use for everyday objects in nail art.

It has a plastic, easy grip handle and 12 metal prongs and it is supposed to make it easy to get multiple, evenly spaced swirls.

It's a lot bigger than I thought it would and I've put it with some polish bottles here to give you an idea of it's size. Keeping in mind my inability to have a consistent water marbling talent, and the size of the comb, I decided to try this with dry marbling instead because at least then I could get a good gauge of how it worked.

These were my first attempts, I have never really done dry marbling before anyway and so it was a little bit of a learning curve but I started to get the hang of it and realised quickly that it wasn't just about the patterning, like water marbling, it depended more on the polishes that you use and how you lay them down on the plastic.

These were my next attempts. See, I'm getting better, but it still wasn't good enough. I wanted to get a distinct, even pattern but these attempts had given me an idea.

I place the yellow in the middle and did the colours the same on both sides graduating outwards for my final attempts, then I moved the comb quickly from one side to the other and then back between those line in the opposite direction. 

As you can see, these ones turned out much, much better and it actually looked like a water marble. 

The comb prongs needed to be cleaned quickly between each 'swipe' which was easy to do with just a cotton pad with some nail polish remover on it.

This is pretty easy to use once you get used to it and it can definitely aid in doing designs much quicker than doing each line individually, plus that chunky, grippable handle is fab for those of us who sometimes find it difficult to grip the standard, paint brush handled dotting tools and other tiny things we currently use to achieve this look.

I do think I need to try this with an actual water marble at some point, I'll need to find a container that is the right size for both the comb to fit and the marble to work well, I would like to see a smaller version of this comb appear in the future.

Afterwards, I applied topcoat to the dry marble and once they were dry, I cut out and applied them to my nails, then topped it off with a coat of Seche Vite. Dry marbling is a really good way to get the effect without the mess and stress.

You can find the comb here for £2.34/$3.59 and you can use my code CBAQ10 for 10% off your basket amount.

Hope you are all having a good week so far, don't worry, we're halfway to the weekend. 


Sunday, 5 July 2015

Born Pretty Store La Qin An Y020 Galaxy Stamping Plate

Gah! The adorableness of this plate is immense. It is a square La Qin Ann plate from Born Pretty Store and it has 6 large galaxy/space/constellation designs and 12 small zodiac symbols. The plate is 6x6cm in size and the larger designs are about 1.5x2cm, whereas the smaller, individual designs are about 5mm.

The 2 large designs on the right side of the plate are the same as the 2 on the left except that they are inverted. I used the top left image for my thumb and ring finger, then I used the top right for my index and middle finger, these patterns give a great splattered look and could be used in loads of different mani's.

These images stamped perfectly, they are a great depth with no imperfections.

The pinkie finger was excess polish scraped off the stamping plate that I picked up with the stamper.

Then I stamped over this using the constellations and the full nail zodiac symbols. I love when double stamping turns out just right.

I did get a few very small patchy bits on these images, but nothing that is very noticeable.

Here are some macros of both designs.

The only 2 bad points of this plate are;

1; The constellations in the top middle design are very close together, this would make it difficult to do individual constellations separately. It's doable but a pain in the ass.

2; The top right splatter design is a pain in the ass to clean. I rubbed over it with a cotton pad that had polish remover on, and even rubbing very gently, it immediately started snagging the pad and getting loads of fibres stuck in the design, to clean it, I had to use the cotton pad and then some tape and then rub with my thumb to get rid of any residue.

Polishes used: Barry M Gelly Cotton
Barry M Gelly Sugar Plum
Barry M Gelly Kiwi
Barry M Gelly Damon

Stamping Polishes: Konad Black
Konad White

Stamper: Creative Shop Stamper

I really like this plate and I think it would be great for a regular galaxy style nail art if you find the right polishes to do it with.

You can find this stamping plate here for £2.60/$3.99 and don't forget, if you use my code CBAQ10, you can get 10% off your basket amount!

Hope you have all had a good weekend. Did any of you get that massive storm yesterday/last night? We got it here but it didn't last that long and I honestly don't think it has done anything to break the heat, I'm hoping we get another one.

Anywhoo..... have an awesome night!


Friday, 3 July 2015

Loot Crate: Cyber

This month's Loot Crate theme was Cyber and it has brought together some tech themed items from some of everyone's favourite franchises. It's another great batch of items from Loot Crate. So lets have a look at what we got.

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Born pretty Store Gold Edge Rose Stickers

I don't know about you, but I am finding it really hard to get anything done in this heat, including nails, I want my nails to be pretty but urgh, so hot. Nail art? does not compute!

I've managed to knock out this mani using some Born Pretty Store rose stickers because I am a machine and no heat can stop me, actually, heat can stop me very easily, but I pushed through it and did this mani, just for you internet friends.

This stickers are normal, thin, gummy type nail stickers, you get a mix of stickers in the pack including 16 pink roses in different styles, 10 blue roses in different styles and 4 filigree corners.

The adhesive on them is pretty decent, (although the heat affected this too) and removing them was easy as pie, they came off like regular nail polish with a little extra rub.

You can find these pretty stickers here for £1.52/$2.33, there are 3 different styles to choose from so don't forget to use the options drop down to make sure you get the style you want.

Use my code CBAQ10 for 10% off your entire basket amount.

Polishes used: Barry M Gelly Sugar Plum and Barry M Gelly Cotton
Moyou Literature Plate 02 and Konad White Stamping Polish.

How are you combating the heat?