.Nightmare Nails.

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

Different lighting (lamp, flash), pink cross-hatch nails.

Base: OPI Alpine Snow (Matte) followed by OPI Be Magentale with Me

Stamp: MoYou London Fairytale 02 and OPI DS Extravagance

Stuffed up the little finger because of extreme nail curvature and a bit of hand wobble, but otherwise reasonably happy. Pink is so not me, though.

Base colour: Scuba Blue from IsaDora

Background stamping: Depend silver stamping polish, MoYou London Sailor plate 05

Foreground stamping: OPI Black Onyx, hippo from MoYou London Princess plate 04

Base colour: OPI Down To The Core-al, which really does not photograph very colour-accurately. It’s less orange than most of the photos and there’s a bit of a subtle pink shimmer through it.

Stamps: MoYou London Mother Nature 08

Stamp polishes: OPI Black Onyx, Depend white stamping polish

More playing around with OPI sheer tints. This time with layering, which I think is what they were really designed for.

White base is Etos Marry Me, the stamps are with OPI Black Onyx and are a variety of MoYou London plates (basically a different one for each finger).

The butterflies came in a pack from a pound store when I was in the UK. (I honestly don’t remember if it was Pound World or Pound Land and I’ve thrown out the packaging.) Pretty good deal for one of those round containers full of different butterflies.

I got a second OPI mini set, this time the sheer tints collection.
What I’ve done here is painted my nails white (Etos Marry Me), stamped over them with black (OPI Black Onyx, MoYou London Fairytale 13), then coloured in different bits of the pattern with the sheer tints. Just the straight colours here, I wasn’t going for anything adventurous for this first attempt at the lead-lighting technique. 
The sheer tints are (all of them):
I’m Never Amberrassed
Be Magentale with Me
Don’t Violet Me Down
I Can Teal You Like Me

I got a second OPI mini set, this time the sheer tints collection.

What I’ve done here is painted my nails white (Etos Marry Me), stamped over them with black (OPI Black Onyx, MoYou London Fairytale 13), then coloured in different bits of the pattern with the sheer tints. Just the straight colours here, I wasn’t going for anything adventurous for this first attempt at the lead-lighting technique. 

The sheer tints are (all of them):

  • I’m Never Amberrassed
  • Be Magentale with Me
  • Don’t Violet Me Down
  • I Can Teal You Like Me

These colours are from the OPI Little Bits of Neon mini boxed set. It came with six colours but obviously I only have five nails. The ones I used were:

  • Push & Pur-pull
  • Hotter Than You Pink
  • Juice Bar Hopping
  • Life Gave Me Lemons
  • You Are So Outta Lime

Stamps are from the MoYou London Back to the 80s Time Traveller plate. Stamping polishes: OPI Black Onyx and Depend white stamping polish.

The fact that they match my post-it notes was entirely coincidental. The post-its live at work, so I couldn’t even look at them while doing my nails.

These are the nails I did to go to LonCon3. Obviously, the idea was science fictiony.

I put many many layers of topcoat on so that they would last for the whole con, which they did! In fact they didn’t chip very much at all, instead the whole nail’s worth of polish tended to come off at once. When I got home three weeks after doing them, I had three and a half nails intact and the rest with zero polish on them.

Base colour: IsaDora Black Galaxy

Stamps for home made decals: MoYou London Sci-fi Plate 03

And a bajillion different polishes to colour in/stamp the decals with.

Sewing themed nails!

Base colour: OPI Do You Lilac It?

Stamps: OPI Russian Navy and MoYou London Fairytale plate 13

Glitter: Polish Alcoholic Sparkling Dishwater (just on my middle finger)

Top coats: HK Girl Glisten & Glow, followed by piCture pOlish G’Day Matte.

This manicure was going so well… But the orange/peach backing bled into the white stamps when I put the top coat on :-( It looked much nicer before. Next time I’ll have to insulate this orange from the stamps.
Base colour: Models Prefer Peachy Keen
Stamped with: Depend white stamping polish and MoYou London Sailor collection plate 05
Top coats: HK Girl Glisten & Glow, followed by piCture pOlish G’Day Matte.

This manicure was going so well… But the orange/peach backing bled into the white stamps when I put the top coat on :-( It looked much nicer before. Next time I’ll have to insulate this orange from the stamps.

Base colour: Models Prefer Peachy Keen

Stamped with: Depend white stamping polish and MoYou London Sailor collection plate 05

Top coats: HK Girl Glisten & Glow, followed by piCture pOlish G’Day Matte.

OPI Purple With a Purpose, stamped with OPI Black Onyx and Bundle Monster plates.

This was my first time attempting to stamp a French mani and I think it turned out OK. You can pretty much tell which side I started on, though, by the improvement in straightness and thickness.

I added a haunted house on my index finger because I’d made the French tip too small. Totally works with the theme.

I’ve had issues with Bundle Monster plates not being etched deeply enough and coming out shit, but these two patterns worked fine. (They still could be deeper—I’ve been spoilt with MoYou London plates—but they were adequate.)