.Nightmare Nails.

.Nightmare Nails. Covering up my really very terrible nails with hopefully pretty nail polish...

Crappy manicure. The base colour never works out well and the stamping  would probably have been better if I used white.

Base: Love Thy Polish Marine Dream (over Kicks White Orchid). This randomly shrank a lot when I put the topcoat on. I also stamped before it was apparently completely dry (seemed dry though) so that probably didn’t help.

Stamping: Depend pink stamping polish and MoYou London Mother Nature 06 plate.

I think I’m going to take this one off early and replace it with something that looks nicer.

Flakies over dark are far superior. Colour changes from green to dark blue (almost purple, but that angle is super hard to photograph).
Base colour: OPI Russian Navy
Flakies: Dance Legend Lumos: Avada Kedavara

Flakies over dark are far superior. Colour changes from green to dark blue (almost purple, but that angle is super hard to photograph).

Base colour: OPI Russian Navy

Flakies: Dance Legend Lumos: Avada Kedavara

Kinda got distracted from posting nail art. Here are the ones I missed. All the stamps are from MoYou London plates.

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Plain nails and our new carnivorous plant. It keeps the fruit fly population down. (Needs a lot of water though.)

The nail polish is IsaDora Polar Nights, which I found in a bargain bin because lid was slightly defective (but still worked). Crappy photo, I know, but meh. There’s no actual art on ‘em.

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Plain nails and our new carnivorous plant. It keeps the fruit fly population down. (Needs a lot of water though.)

The nail polish is IsaDora Polar Nights, which I found in a bargain bin because lid was slightly defective (but still worked). Crappy photo, I know, but meh. There’s no actual art on ‘em.

This mani didn’t come out quite as I’d hoped.
I picked up the base colour, IsaDora Oasis, when I was randomly rifling through my polish draw and it struck me that it might look brocade-y when paired with my new MoYou London plate Fairytale 13, which is somewhat sewing themed.
Unfortunately, the red (Ulta3 Pinot) did not stamp over it as well as I’d hoped and the green (IsaDora Opposites Attract) looked better before I magnetised it — that’s why there are light and dark bands through it. It was the lighter colour pre-magnet, but putting the pattern in seemed like a good idea at the time. Oh well.
To make the red look less boring I stamped over it with Depend silver stamping polish and safety pins.
Fortunately, the thumb with the gold (Ulta3 Gold Rush Fever) zip looks good.
I finished it all off with a matte top coat: piCture pOlish G’Day Matte (great name) over my default top coat (HK Girl Glisten and Glow) to seal the stamps.
It’s not the worst nail art I’ve ever done, but if I could be bothered starting again, I’d definitely rethink my polish choices. (I still think Oasis makes a good fabricy backing colour though.)

This mani didn’t come out quite as I’d hoped.

I picked up the base colour, IsaDora Oasis, when I was randomly rifling through my polish draw and it struck me that it might look brocade-y when paired with my new MoYou London plate Fairytale 13, which is somewhat sewing themed.

Unfortunately, the red (Ulta3 Pinot) did not stamp over it as well as I’d hoped and the green (IsaDora Opposites Attract) looked better before I magnetised it — that’s why there are light and dark bands through it. It was the lighter colour pre-magnet, but putting the pattern in seemed like a good idea at the time. Oh well.

To make the red look less boring I stamped over it with Depend silver stamping polish and safety pins.

Fortunately, the thumb with the gold (Ulta3 Gold Rush Fever) zip looks good.

I finished it all off with a matte top coat: piCture pOlish G’Day Matte (great name) over my default top coat (HK Girl Glisten and Glow) to seal the stamps.

It’s not the worst nail art I’ve ever done, but if I could be bothered starting again, I’d definitely rethink my polish choices. (I still think Oasis makes a good fabricy backing colour though.)

This was a pretty straight forward manicure. My goal, really, was to test out my a new plate: Fairytale 05 from MoYou London.

The base colour is piCture pOlish Cosmos (love the depth) and the stampy colour is silver stamping polish from Depend.

I like how the patterns are sparse enough for the depth of Cosmos to still show through (in real life, if not the photos).

Gold nautical stamps on colour-changing polish. My fingers have been through the wars a little and I had a hissy fit the other day and cut all my nails off as low as I could… But I’m happy with this.

The thermal polish is Dance Legend TermoTRIO №01, which goes from pale blue when warm, to magenta/pink, to dark purple (which you can see on the tips of the middle photos — it’s warmish at the moment, hard to get my fingers to stay too cold for long, even with my poor circulation).

Stamps are Ulta3 Gold Rush Fever and MoYou London Sailor plate 05. Not sure gold is the best colour to use over this polish but it’s not terrible. It’s sort of nice and subtle on the blue version, a bit meh on pink and pretty good on the purple. I think the fish on my index finger would be particularly good in gold on another base colour. Same with the fan pattern on my middle finger. Very happy with the purchase of this plate.

I had a plan involving both hands and one of my new plates… but then I cut my nails very short and for that plan to work they need to be a bit longer. So this is a “didn’t give it much thought” manicure. But it came out fairly well, so yay.
Cheetah, forest and savannah stamps from one of my new MoYou London plates, Mother Nature 08. (Or is it a leopard?) Over colour changing polish that goes from green (little finger) to yellow (index).
I started with a base colour of OPI Alpine Snow Matte. (Have I mentioned that OPI’s matte polishes are harder to stay in the lines (of the nail) with? Sigh.) Then the green/yellow is Absinthe by Polish Alcoholic. The stamping colour is OPI Black Onyx.
I was going to take more photos because colour-changey, but it started chipping quite quickly and before I had the chance to. Oh well. Easy come, easy go.

I had a plan involving both hands and one of my new plates… but then I cut my nails very short and for that plan to work they need to be a bit longer. So this is a “didn’t give it much thought” manicure. But it came out fairly well, so yay.

Cheetah, forest and savannah stamps from one of my new MoYou London plates, Mother Nature 08. (Or is it a leopard?) Over colour changing polish that goes from green (little finger) to yellow (index).

I started with a base colour of OPI Alpine Snow Matte. (Have I mentioned that OPI’s matte polishes are harder to stay in the lines (of the nail) with? Sigh.) Then the green/yellow is Absinthe by Polish Alcoholic. The stamping colour is OPI Black Onyx.

I was going to take more photos because colour-changey, but it started chipping quite quickly and before I had the chance to. Oh well. Easy come, easy go.

After a month of caring how my nail art and photos thereof come out (because of the MoYou London competition, which was fun, but effort), I couldn’t be bothered this time. I did get some new plates, though, and I mostly like how my nails turned out (although, again, lazy hence could be better).

On my left hand I have a base of OPI I Have A Herring Problem and different stamps from Sailor Plate 05 stamped with OPI Black Onyx. It probably would’ve been better if I’d stamped with white, since the grey, while sparkly, is darker than I always expect it to be from the bottle. Oh well. It’s still a nice and subtle look.

What isn’t subtle is my right hand. In sunlight the green is pretty much that radioactive looking. I started with an uneven base coat of Kicks White Orchid. (Uneven because lazy and up to the gloop in the bottom of the bottle. Also because I decided that a slightly uneven look with the slime colour would totally make it look more like slime. And it does.) Then I put a couple of layers of (aptly named) Claudia The Slime. It took ages to dry and I had to redo my index finger because I thought it was dry. Sigh. Then I stamped with OPI Black Onyx and MoYou London Scholar 03.

Side note, I was super stoked that when I opened the Scholar 03 plate, the design fails, which still appear in the website image and which I’d decided I could live with, had been fixed! In the above image, the fixed thing is the subscripts in the chem formulae (they weren’t subscripts originally) and (not pictured) the periodic table entries for barium and gallium were mislabelled. Super stoked that they got fixed. The plate itself was also from a new batch with neat little numbers in the place where there’s a cut-out tab in the cardboard so you can tell which plate you’re picking up without having to pull it out.

This was my last entry for the MoYou London instagram competition that they ran throughout May. The theme for this one was Day 30: Book. I went with nails to match one of my favourite series: Children of the Black Sun by Jo Spurrier. (Awesome fantasy series, highly recommended. Read my review of the first book here. Or of the second and third books.)

The main pattern is from MoYou London Fairytale 06 with the little circle detail from Fairytale 05. Didn’t come out as well as I hoped, but oh well :-/

My thumb and little finger are OPI Kiss Me At Midnight and It’s Frosty Outside respectively. The other fingers are a bit more complicated.

The index and ring finger bases are OPI Alpine Snow Matte and the middle finger is OPI Teal The Cows Come Home. For the ring finger I then painted it with Polish Alcoholic Absinthe Fever. Over each I did some scrunched Glad Wrap “sponging”. Index was with OPI I Have a Herring Problem and the same mixed with a bit of Black Onyx. Middle finger was OPI Blue Shatter, which I think I also mixed with Maybelline Colourshow Superpower Blue, but I can’t remember. The ring finger was just IsaDora Marzipan. Then I stamped with OPI Black Onyx, OPI Russian Navy and IsaDora Opposites Attract. The detail stamps are with Depend silver stamping polish or OPI Black Onyx.

Phew, that was a lot of random polishes.

Not, as I said, totally happy with how this one turned out, but it wasn’t that bad. Except for the bit where my stamper skidded on my ring finger, but that’s not so obvious in the pics because the light reflection falls right on that bit.