Friday, 31 January 2014

Picture Polish Moody Blues

Hello!

Today is my last scheduled post for the my month off from blogging! Phew! Thank you all for sticking with me while I took January off to be with my family and our newest member Jakob! All your kind comments truly mean a lot to me, and I'm working on replying to all of them.

For today post I have the beautiful Moody Blues by Picture Polish, created by Hannah at Polly Polish.
see! Told you its a beauty! :)
To create this simple look I used 2 coats of Moody Blues and stamped Bundle Monster BM-321. My stamping polish was Finger Paints Paper Mache.



Like other reviewers have mentioned, its almost impossible to get the red shimmer to show up on camera, I took a few low light pictures that show the red shimmer a bit better, but in real life its noticeable regardless of lighting.

Thank you again for reading my little blog, its you guys: the readers & the comments that make writing Nail Call the joy that it is for me. February will be hard as I try to get back into a blogging schedule that fits into my busier life, but I'm planning on sticking to it! :) I am looking forward to the months ahead.

Have a great day everyone!

XOXO
Karen

Thursday, 30 January 2014

Blue & White Gradient

Hi guys!

I am almost through with the scheduled posting for the month of January, this is my 2nd last post.

For today I have a manicure the I created before Christmas, and never ended up sharing. Its a simple gradient with glitter on top:


To created the above look I used:
OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls
OPI Whats With The Catitude?
Zoya Sailor
OPI Snowflakes In The Air (review of OPI: Top This Set HERE)



I started off with a base of OPI My Boyfriend Scales walls. Next I painted all 3 shades on a piece of plastic, and dabbed an unused make-up sponge in the polish. Then lightly dabbed it on my nails. I sealed it in with OPI Snowflakes In The Air, followed by a layer of top coat. That's it!

Thank you all so much for reading during my absence!

Karen

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Stamping on Textured Polish

Hello!

Jumping back into my scheduled postings, today I have something I've been meaning to try for a while: Stamping on textured polish!

Check it out:
OPI Can't Let Go Stamped with BM-422

I create the above look I used:
OPI Can't Let Go (base, reviewed HERE )
BM-422 (plate, reviewed HERE)
Essie No Place Like Chrome (stamping polish)

Haha! It actually worked! Ok-so I knew it would based off seeing other nail polish bloggers stamp over textured shades... but still... look! it worked! I was partially expecting this to end in a stringy, stampy mess, and if you've ever screwed up on stamping before, you know exactly the disaster I mean.


The image on BM-422 is one I really enjoy thanks to its simple. edgy & geometric styling. Once The Nailasaurus pointed out its resemblance to the movie Catching Fire in an inspired mani, I was sold and needed to use this image asap!

Thanks for reading!

Karen

Monday, 27 January 2014

#LLreinvention Mani: Madonna Inspired

Hi guys,

Today I'm joining Chalkboard Nails, Rebecca Likes Nails, The Nailasaurus, and Work Play Polish and their creative initiative: The Lacquer Legion. They will be putting out prompts once a month, and this months theme is reinvention, and the day for sharing is today! All you have to do is some nail art related to the theme & use the hashtag #LLreinvention over various social media. You can read Chalkboard Nails post about it HERE.

Here's my reinvention look:

To be honest I drew a huge blank when it came to the theme of reinvention, and I turned to my good friend Google for some inspiration. My search turned up this image:
Madonna Reinvention Tour Promo Image
Click photo to be taken to source
Its a promo pic from Madonnas Reinvention tour. I loved the colours, the lace, the bling, and knew this would serve perfectly as my inspiration.


I used the following:
OPI My Vampire is Buff
OPI All Sparkly and Gold
Essie Lady Like
Essie Penny Talk (Stamping)
Finger Paints Paper Mache (stamping)
Cult Nails Nevermore (stamping)
Konad M57
Bundle Monster BM-316
Bundle Monster BM-317
Various rhinestones




Thats all from me today. 

Please like Lacquer Legion on facebook for more up-dates & future themes. Too see all manicures wonderful bloggers have created, search #LLreinvention. Don't forget to add #LLreinvention to your own mani.

Have a great day!

Karen 

PS I will be back to scheduled posting tomorrow. 

Friday, 24 January 2014

Dainty Nails

Good Morning!

I have one of my favourite recent nail looks to show you guys today. They're a simple and dainty set, and a bit different then what I normally do, but something I ended up loving:
I used the following
OPI Don't Touch My Tutu
Bundle Monster BM-419 (review HERE)
Finger Paints Paper Mache (Stamping Polish)
OPI I Snow You Love Me (review HERE)


Even though its not the same, I credit THIS mani by Kayla Shevonne for being the inspiration for me to do something a bit more delicate. As well as THIS mani from Chitchatnails.com again for its delicate nature & placement of Snow You Love Me.


Which do you prefer, bold or delicate?

Have a great day!

Karen

Please note: This is a scheduled post



Thursday, 23 January 2014

Color Club The Up-Town With Stars!

Hey!

I hope everyone is enjoying their January so far! I am still on my blogging break, but will be back to "live posting" beginning February. Thank you so much for sticking with me during this extremely busy and exciting time in my life.

Today I'd like to share with you my final piece of nail art I did on my swatches of Color Clubs Girl About Town Minis. This time I've built on The Up-Town:

To create this mani I used the following:
Color Club The Up-Town (you can read my review HERE)
Konad Special Black Stamping Polish
Stars from Born Pretty (I won for re-tweeting their newest releases)
MASH plate 49 (You can read my review HERE)

There is a lot of depth to The Up-Town. It caused all kinds of problems with my camera, as well as gave the illusion of being bumpy. But still The Up-Town is such a stunning flakie polish. I won the stars from Born Pretty's Blog, they were hosting a giveaway to win the entire new releases for the month. While I didn't win their grand prize, I did win these stars! Woohooo! :)

I hope you enjoyed this fun look! Thank you for reading!

Have a great day,

Karen

Please note: This is a scheduled post.

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Color Club Pearl District & Tigers

Hello!

My mani today is one I built up on from Color Club Pearl District swatches I did from the the Color Club Girl About Town mini collection.

Check it out:

I used the following:
Color Club Pearl District (Swatches HERE)
OPI Matte Top Coat (review HERE)
Konad Plate M57
Konad Special Black Stamping Polish

In my review of Pearl District, I mentioned that it was a bit slow at drying. Even after using a QD top coat & waiting 15-20min before stamping, I still got a big split down the middle of my middle nail. I tried to add OPI Matte Top Coat to disguise the split, but it didn't help much. I ended up liking the look mattified better anyways!

That's all from me today! Thank you so much for reading and stopping by!

Karen

*Please note: This is a scheduled post.

Monday, 20 January 2014

Color Club East Austin & Hawaii Stamping!

Good Monday Loves!

I have a simple look to show you today using my swatch of East Austin from the Color Club Girl About Town Mini collection:

To create the above mani I used the Following:
Color Club East Austin (swatches HERE)
Konad Plate M26
Konad Special Black Stamping Polish
Black Glitter from KKCenterHK (purchased by me, 10% off with code: nailcall)


The fun, bright and summery shade of East Austin called for an equally  fun, bright and summery stamp! I used 2 images from Konad plate M26. I purchased this plate (and all of my straight up Konad supplies) from OCNailArt.com, but it appears their site is down at the moment.

This simple-to-do look had quite an impact thanks to the heavy contrast between the neon and black. I found my eyes drawn down to my nails a little more then usual! :) Guys, you need  East Austin for beach weather!!

Thanks for reading!!

Karen

Friday, 17 January 2014

Color Club Wicker Park Glitter Gradient

Hello and happy Friday loves!

By the time you guys read this I'll more then half-way through my blogging break and enjoying time with my newest addition to the family! But at the moment I'm writing this, I still haven't delivered my baby yet and still have at least a few more days to go! Feels strange thinking about that.

My mani today is a looked a I built on using Color Club Wicker Park from the Color Club Girl About Town Mini set I shared with you yesterday.
To create the above look I used:
Color Club Wicker Park (Swatches HERE)
Claire's Silver Top Coat
OPI Matte Top Coat (Swatches HERE)

To create the simple gradient effect, I wiped the Clarie's brush completely dry & free from polish as best I could, then dipped just the tip back in. I painted the base of my nail with the little amount of polish on that was on the brush going in an up-wards direction. I did that about twice per nail. with touch-ups here and there. Its important to use a light hand. I topped the whole look off with the OPI Matte Top Coat I purchased as part of the OPI Top This Set from Winners.

Here's a peak at how the nails looked prior to being mattified:

Usually I'm a high-shine-finish girl all the way... But this time I personally prefer the matte look!

Which finish do you prefer, matte or shiny?

Thanks for reading & have a GREAT weekend.

Karen

Thursday, 16 January 2014

Color Club Girl About Town Mini Swatches

Hello beautiful ladies!

Over Christmas, a lovely (inside and out!) friend of mine gave me the Color Club Girl About Town mini set. Today I'd like to share my swatches

In usual Color Club fashion the bottles in this set had no names. I referenced Work Play Polish and her AMAZING swatches for the polish names.

Let's jump in!

Color Club Wicker Park:


Color Club Wicker Park is a bright purple shade, it leans a bit more pink-blue than red, but still very purple. In my pictures it come across pale, but its rather bight & just perfect for summer. Wicker Park had the best formula of the 4 minis in the set, and went on like a dream. Three coats shown here. Its unique in my stash (which has a lot of purple!) Definitely worth grabbing a full sized bottle.



Color Club East Austin:


Color Club East Austin is such a special gem! Its a neon-pastel-coral-orange shade, that's impossible to photograph. Its almost eye searing it so bright! In my photos it reads too pale (again, my camera doesn't like neon!) but they are really bright, no white base required. Formula was a little tricky, thanks to the hybrid neon-pastel pigmentation, but an extra coat smoothed everything out. three coats shown here.

You can see my cousin's swatch of East Austin HERE (or just go check her out at Simply Stylish Nails)



Color Club Pearl District:


Color Club Pearl District, is a warm gold with just a tiniest hint of a murky green. The finish is metallic, and left noticeable brush strokes. I found the formula difficult to put on smoothly & it dried slowly. I personally very really wear metallic shades on their own. Since the colour of Pearl District is so pretty I will be using this as a stamping polish, I can see this beautiful warm gold looking stunning over black or brown & adding an antique quality to a manicure. I'm a little excited to see what its capable of. 



Color Club The Uptown:


Color Club The Uptown: a brilliant flakie in blurple jelly. Capturing its true beauty on my camera was hopeless. The best picture I could do was out-side of my light box with the light on in the background. You can use this shade on its own as I did  at 3 coats, or use it as a topper. Even with top coat, this mani looked bumpy, so in the future I'm going to try layering it over another polish. Formula was thick, but almost all flakies nail polishes are. If you're a flakie lover, like me, then you had better run out and grab this!! :)

The Color Club Girl About Town is a great mini set, all the colours spoke to me in someway. Another huge bonus is they're all unique in my collection, and the colours can be used for the span of the year.

I'll be featuring these 4 shades in the next few posts with nail art.

Thank you to my friend for getting this awesome little set! I love it :)

Thanks for reading!!

Karen

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

KKCenterHK Review: Black 2mm Circle Nail Art Decorations

Good Morning friends!

To follow up yesterdays KKCenterHK review, today I have another (!!!) KKCenterHK review :D

I'll be reviewing their N.Nail Sweet Series Black 2mm Circle Nail Art Decorations:
To create the above look I used:
OPI Underneath the Mistletoe (basically my go-to red since October, you can see my review HERE)
KKCenterHK Black 2mm Circle Nail Art Decorations (provided for review)
Bundle Monster Plate BM-314 (you can read my thoughts on this set HERE)
Cult Nails Nevermore (stamping)

After I had finished painting my nails/stamping I applied a layer of top coat, and stuck the studs on while it was still wet & tacky. Followed by another layer to seal in the rhinestones.

The stones are called black, but in reality they are a high-shine gun-metal grey. A very beautiful finish. I personally really like costume jewelry with that style of stone as well.

I love the 2mm size, when choosing nail art decorations on-line, I don't like to go over 3mm, with 1.5 or 2mm being the optimal for my nail size & shape (typically that's the case-but yesterdays choice was an exception).

You can find the Black 2mm Circle Nail Art Decorations HERE as well as get an additional 10% off your order with the code: nailcall.

Thanks for visiting! Have a great day.

Karen


Monday, 13 January 2014

KKCenterHK Review: Marquise Studs

Good morning!

Today I'd like to share with you my review on the Marquise Silver Studs from KKCenterHK:

I started off with a base of L'Oreal Members Only (gifted to me from my brother David, you can see my review HERE). Next I added a coat of China Glaze Fairy Dust.

While Fairy Dust was still wet I picked up the studs using a dotting tool dipped in clear nail polish and placed in the centre of nail. I topped each nail with a thick coat of OPI Top Coat.

This shape of stud fit well length wise on my nails, but I had a difficult time getting more then one stud to sit flat at a time on one nail (middle & thumb). They are 6mm * 3mm, and too large for smaller or rounder "C" curved nails. I chose these stud to review from the KKCHK site, but knowing what I do now, I would have preferred something smaller to better fit the curvature of my nails.

That being said, if you know you need a larger size stud for nail art, these work perfectly.
 Lots of people use and swear by nail art glue to stick studs down, but I always use wet top coat. I place the decoration in wet top coat, then apply a second layer to seal it in. Doing that can get me a few days wear. Sadly I did not get to wear test this look.

When removing this mani, I picked out the studs and soaked them in acetone to be used again. If you are interested in re-using your studs, all I do is pick them out of the cotton ball, and place in an old acetone/nail polish remover cap, and fill with a small amount of pure acetone. I take an old paint brush and swirl & stir the studs, then dump the whole contents on a paper towel folded 2-3 times to dry. Keep in mind I use very little acetone. and the whole process takes about 2 mins. I have found that this process does not work very well with other types of nail decorations (aka rhinestones). I've never tried acrylic decorations like large bows & flowers.

The studs were provided for review purposes from KKCenterHK. You can find them HERE, as well as an additional 10% off your entire order with the code nailcall.

Thanks for reading,

Karen

PS. Happy 26th Birthday to my little brother David!!!

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