If I’m totally honest I’m not keen on snow. Oh yes I love it on Christmas cards and in Christmas movies. But in real life? Every single year England totally forgets what you do with the white stuff that falls from the sky. We act as though a force from some other planet has taken over the earth and we must stockpile baked beans and tinned ham in case we are never able to venture outside our front door ever again. Trains stop running because it’s “the wrong kind of snow” and the nation becomes addicted to the half hourly weather forecasts as we wait in joyful hope for the Thaw!
But!! It is very pretty and romantic and on the nails I can cope with it just fine! 😂 So I was very excited to recreate a winter wonderland scene in a safe context that wouldn’t involve me showing the world I will never master the art of skating! For the base I created a gradient with Models Own Sound Factory, Cornflower Gleam and Blueberry Muffin. I really love the MO polishes for gradients. They blend so well but I will warn you now that Sound Factory is a bit of a stainer….my cuticles have taken on a “frozen” look! 😳 Once that was dry I stamped with Nails Inc Silver Foil using images from Moyou Festive Plate 8 and then sponged on a little silver polish for a snowy effect. I just love the stag image. What do you think?
And the beauty of all this is that the trains are still running and I’m not in danger of falling on my bum every time I move and having to eat baked beans for breakfast lunch and dinner!
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?