Well I’ve been waiting for this moment since the end of Halloween and the themed mani season! It’s December at last! And that means all manis shall now feature snowflakes instead of cobwebs! 😂 Actually today snowflakes only feature a small part as I couldn’t resist the beautiful Christmas knit designs on my new Moyou festive plate.
I began with a base of Laquerlicious Merry and Bright. This is from the new Laquerlicious Christmas collection that ive even itching to use for almost a month now but I promised myself I would wait till December! So I have a few more to show you over the next few days. Merry and Bright is a glorious iridescent red packed with micro shimmery red orange and holographic glitters! A perfect Christmas red. I will be using this a lot! So be prepared! Like all of Michelle’s polishes I have tried, it applied really smoothly. It was opaque in two coats and as the glitter is so small in this polish, one layer of top coat smoothed it all out beautifully.
Over the top I stamped some lovely images from Moyou Festive Plate 4 with Barry M white and then I noticed how very similar my nails looked to my scarf if you can spot my scarf in the pictures! 😂
I’m very new to stamping so I was quite pleased how these turned out but there’s lots of room for improvement!
I don’t often need to buy back ups of polishes. I very rarely make any headway whatsoever into a bottle as I want to use something different every day but I think the Model’s Own Polish For Tans collection may be an exception! The neons really are quite unique to anything I have seen before. They positively glow in the daylight! And I can assure you that despite the collection’s name they are not just for people blessed with golden skin. I am very pale and I think they work well with my skin tone too.
So for this mani I started with a base of White Light and then using various combinations of Beach Bag, Shades, Sun Hat, Pukka Purple and Assher Blue I stamped an abstract floral image from Moyou London Pro Plate XL 23. I loved the dual effect on the nails!
Okay so sometimes I can’t quite make up my mind what to do so I end up doing having a dozen things all together! And this how this mani evolved! I love Barry M gelly polishes. They are so vibrant and easy to apply but could I decide which shade of green to paint? Well no! So I decided to create a subtle gradient with Key Lime, Guava and Green Berry.
I used to really struggle with gradients until I realised I was using the wrong sort of sponge. The key for me is to use one that is quite open pored, not very dense like some make up sponges and then sponge several layers allowing each to dry in between so as not to lift the layers
And of course then I felt it cried out for stamping! So using a black polish and Moyou London Pro plate XL 23 I stamped an abstract floral design so the various colours of the gradient peeped through.
I was quite please with the end result. It felt so cheery on a dreary November day. What do you think?
I have an absolutely stunning polish to show you today. a-england Rose Bower. It is from the Burnes-Jones collection which is based on a series of paintings of the Sleeping Beauty story. Rose Bower is a rich raspberry red with a subtle silver holographic effect. It feels and looks so luxurious and has such depth. Like all a-England’s I have used, this applied like butter and is so richly pigmented it could easily gave been a one coater. I decided to apply two thin coats though just to be sure and then I stamped some rose images over it from Moyou plate Pro XL 23.
Today I am showing you a thermal polish from one of my favourite indie brands – Liquid Sky Lacquer’s Fuchsia Illusion. This is a stunning deep purple holo when in its cold state. In England,where I live, the weather conditions are perfect to show thermals off like this!
And warm it shifts to a brilliant pink holo
I was never warm enough for it to change completely but I did get a rather interesting effect at times with a striped shift of colours!
I then added a bit of stamping with Color Club Harp on It ( a gorgeous silvery holo) and Moyou plate Tourist 21.
And a picture of it in shade
Fuchsia Illusion, like all of Liquid Sky Lacquer polishes I have used, applied very smoothly and easily and was perfectly opaque in two coats. And I always find wear excellent! It didn’t shift between states terribly easily but I think I should hold the chilly English autumn weather partly culpable!
You will be forgiven for thinking I’ve fallen at the first hurdle and have resorted to another Halloween mani! In recent years the sugar skull image seems to have associated more and more with a halloween but actually it is one of the traditional symbols of the Mexican celebration Dia de Muertos on November 2nd where a decorated skull celebrates the deceased. The day is also commemorated in countries round the world and is known as Day of the Dead or All Souls Day.
So for this mani I used a base of Model’s Own White Light and stamped images from Moyou London Gothic Plate 05 and then painted with polishes from the Model’s Own DiscoPants collection ( possibly not the most appropriately named collection for a Dia de Muertos mani!).
There are many people I will be keeping in my thoughts today. I imagine there are for you too. ❤️
So I’m being very brave the morning after the night before and coming to terms with the fact it’s no longer Halloween season! Always new challenges and highlights of each month though. November has in recent years been adopted as the month for awareness of male I’ll health, cancers and mental health. And the symbol for this is the moustache. Traditionally men are challenged to start the month clean shaven and grow a moustache for the month which is renamed Movember for the challenge.
Tempted as I am to attempt my own moustache, I decided instead to show my support of the cause through the media of nailart! Yes I know I’m a wimp! For this mani I used Dollish Polish Truly Madly Deeply on my outer fingers. This is a beautiful thermal pink crelly that shifts from pale creamy pink to a deep raspberry when cold. And filled with a sparky sprinkle of tiny pink glitters! I love this thermal. It’s so sensitive but I think I managed to capture its transition. For the art I used a Moyou Tourist plate image of moustaches and stamped over a white base with another Dollish Polish – Wild Orchid, a beautiful vibrant orchid with a scattered holo.