Another stamping mani! This time I’ve only done two accent nails with the stamp, and I used the decal method again but this time colored it in before placing them on my nails, essentially making my own nail wraps/full-nail stickers. (Lucy of Lucy’s Stash has a tutorial on how to do this, which you can view here.)
During the summer, my sister asked if I could do her nails right before school started up so she could show up on her first day of school with a snazzy manicure. Unfortunately, schedules just didn’t line up and I was unable to do any nail art, so we just wound up painting them a single color (Fashion Addict by Color Club, which is a pretty, light pink/purple linear holographic). What she had originally requested, though, was something sort of like this. She wanted me to use the same teal/orange/black/white palette that I’d previously used in my graphic skittle mani, which I’d reproduced on her nails earlier this year. But instead of those patterns, she wanted me to do something tribal.
When I got my new MoYou plates, this pattern jumped out at me as a possible base for that manicure. I know it’s not exactly tribal, but it has a similar look and would make the work a lot easier and faster, which is good because she gets impatient when I do intricate manis on her.
So a few days ago, I covered a Ziploc bag in cheap top coat, and stamped a variety of designs several times, including this one, in preparation for future use. I colored it in and set them aside. I made 12 of them, so that if I accidentally ripped one or something while trying to put it on her, I’d have a couple of backups. But this was before I’d done my last manicure, and before I realized that the regular sized MoYou designs are too small to fully cover some of my nails, and that she will likely have the same problem. So I decided instead to try using them as accent nails instead.
I wasn’t sure what I’d do with the other nails, so I thought I’d test it out on myself first since I had plenty of the decals anyways. Obviously you can see I wound up going with textured polishes in matching colors. Simple, but I like it a lot. I haven’t shown it to her yet, but I hope she likes them too.
Like last time, my cleanup is not that great here… sorry about that. I really need to work on that, or at least work on not making such a mess when I paint my nails. But it’s haaaaaaard! D:
Side note: the Born Pretty Store order I mentioned last time actually is here, but they didn’t deliver it fully because no one answered the door (everyone but me was out, and I can’t hear the doorbell up here in my room). Instead they left a note that it was at the post office ready for pickup. Grr. No idea when anyone is going to have time to go get it, but I’ll have to keep pestering them so they don’t forget. In the 11 years we’ve lived here, that’s never happened… they usually just leave the package on the front step. Not sure why they didn’t this time. I’m so frustrated because I’m really excited to get that stuff and start using it :(
- Sinful Colors Snow Me White
- Sinful Colors Black on Black (stamp)
- Wet ‘n’ Wild I Need a Refresh-Mint
- L’Oreal Boozy Brunch
- Julie G Rock Candy (textured teal)
- Julie G Sugar Rush (textured orange)
- MoYou London Fashionista 05 stamping plate
- Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat
Yayyyyy! This is my first time uploading a stamping mani :3
I’ve actually had some MoYou London plates for a while, but the stamper I had was from MASH and I wasn’t able to pick up the images very well with it. I recently ordered a bunch of stuff with my birthday money, and a new stamper as well as some more MoYou plates were part of that.
This is also my first time posting a holo manicure! And my first time trying to photograph one, too, for that matter. Fortunately it’s been pretty sunny here, so I was able to go outside and take it. I didn’t capture the holo super well but it’s way better than if I’d done it inside! One of the other things I did was a KBShimmer order, and I got Prism Break, her linear holographic top coat. I’m so excited about owning this, you don’t even understand. So many possibilities! I highly recommend it. The holo is very strong (even if my picture doesn’t show it that well) and putting top coat over it doesn’t dull the effect like most other holo polishes I’ve tried.
I have one last box of nail mail coming from Born Pretty Store, but unfortunately due to where it’s coming from, it’s taking a bit longer. There’s some REALLY neat stuff in there that I’m stoked to use. It’s gonna get REAL creative up in here, yo. :P
So even with the new stamper, I just can’t get down stamping directly on my nails. I absolutely have to do the decal method. Even if I could stamp right on my nails properly, I wouldn’t be able to do it with these new plates. The first MoYou plates I got were in the XL size, so the images are huge. This time around I decided to go for the regular size, for two reasons: one, I’d get more designs that way, and two, some of the designs just didn’t work in XL because they were too big to fit the image onto your nail and still be able to tell what it actually is. Unfortunately, the regular size is actually pretty small. I don’t know if my nails are wide, or what. The very first stamping plates I got were from MASH and every single “full-nail” image on those is way too small to fill even my pinky nail. Fortunately, with the decal method, I can take the stamped design and veeeeery gently stretch it to fit my nail. Another disappointment was the MoYou stamping polish… it’s not opaque at ALL, which I thought was sort of the whole point of specialized stamping polishes. My $1.99 bottle of black Sinful Colors polish does a much better job than the special $6.49(!!!) MoYou polish, which they specifically suggest you use when stamping with their plates. Yikes. I love their plates but definitely do not recommend the polish. I got a little pack of some stamping polishes from BPS so we’ll see if those fare any better. (On that note, would anyone be interested in seeing me review products like these? I realized I can get a little wordy in my posts, especially when talking about the products I’m using, so…)
You can also see I’ve got some tip wear and the cleanup around my cuticles is a bit of a mess. I’ve had these one for a few days and haven’t been able to take a picture, and as for the cleanup… I have no excuses, really. I think a lot of it just had to do with me getting impatient. When I went to clean up after doing the circular gradient, I accidentally exposed some of the white underneath along the edges. This happens to me a lot - anyone have any tips on how to avoid it?
- MoYou London Sailor 03 plate
- Sinful Colors Snow Me White (base)
- Sinful Colors Black on Black (stamp)
- Wet ‘n’ Wild Fast Dry Everybody Loves Redmond
- Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Lightening
- Zoya Robyn
- KBShimmer Prism Break
- Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat
So, nail vinyls are HUGE right now. I know there’s already zigzags, right angles, straight lines… lots of basic stuff that’s a dime a dozen. Those are cool, but what about something a bit… different?
Is there a shape you’ve been wishing you could find in nail vinyl form but it just doesn’t seem to exist? Please let me know your ideas/wishes either by sending me an ask or a note. I may possibly have an opportunity in the future to create and sell nail vinyls and I want to know what the people are looking for. Thanks!
Now you can follow me on Twitter, as well!
I finally set up my Facebook Page! Now you can “like” my blog :D
If you follow or are involved in the nail polish community at all, then I’m sure you’ve already heard about the Great Polish Giveaway, hosted by Nail Polish Canada. If not, then here’s an explanation…
This is a ridiculously awesome giveaway, where the prize can grow up to 200 bottles of polish! Do you realize how insane that is?
The neat thing is that anyone who has a blog can add a prize to the pool, and host an entry form on their blog. And it’s free to join! I’ve always wanted to host a giveaway but have never had the funds, so this seemed like a great opportunity. Plus, I knew I’d have fun browsing NPC’s selection to choose my prize.
I ran across a bunch of beautiful polishes I’d never even heard of in the process, but in the end I decided to go with a polish I’ve been lemming for ages: Color Club Over the Moon. It’s a gorgeous blue linear holo that has great color saturation (ever notice a lot of holos are sort of “greyed out”, or pale in color?).
So here’s the deal: you can enter here on my Rafflecopter form, and you can also enter on NPC’s form here.
a Rafflecopter giveaway
But wait, there’s more! Along with mine and NPC’s forms, you can also enter on all the blogs that have nominated prizes! To see the current prize pool and all the blogs that have joined so far, click here.
If you have a blog and would like to join in and nominate a prize, the entry form is here.
Now I see where you all came from. Didn’t realize that Kelly (Base Coat Top Coat) had posted my ask to her blog! :D Well thank you all so much for checking me out, and thank you Kelly for the free promotion ;) <3
Holy shiz, I was gone on a beach trip for a few days and I came back to see a TON of new follower messages in my inbox! I dunno where all of you came from, but thank you so much! I had a nice trip, but I was itching to do my nails the entire time… I have some stuff to catch up on, but once I’m done with that, I’ll be working on something or other, so hopefully I’ll have a new post for you tonight. :) Love you all! <3333
So a couple weeks ago I made a post asking if anyone was interested in me setting up an Instagram account for this blog, as well as a Facebook fan page. I never got a response… :( I just wanted to add, I could make a Pinterest account as well. Honestly, I might go ahead with setting up the Instagram and Pinterest (in a few days, I’m going out of town) because those will be pretty easy. Once I finish those I’ll take a crack at the Facebook page again. Obviously once I’m done I will post them here! Does anyone have any other suggestions for sites they’d like to be able to follow GYNLT on?
SURPRISE! Double post for 2 years!
(Well, that, and when I went to save the other picture to my nail blog folder, I found this from a couple weeks ago, which I’d forgotten about…)
I did this mani a couple weeks ago, during the Seche Vite Drought of 2014. Which only happened to me, but it was still a terrible tragedy. #firstworldproblems
My mom picked up Revlon’s matte top coat for me during that time, and after testing it, I was ecstatic to see how much more I like it than the NYC one I usually use (which is much cheaper - it’s still good, especially for the price! this one just has a better effect IMO). The best part was that when I used it over glitters it actually had the matte glitter effect I’ve seen on other nail artists, instead of dulling it in a weird way that’s hard to describe…
The glitter I used here is KBShimmer Would Jubilee It?, which I believe was part of her 2013 winter line released around the holidays. It’s one of 8 polishes I ordered from her using my Christmas money. It’s only my second order from her, but I just love her polishes. I’m hoping to do another order soon, probably after my birthday - I am ACHING for her holos. Aaaaaanyway…
I’ve been struggling to figure out the best color to layer this beauty over. I’ve tested it over lots of colors, and a few gradients, but this one has been my favorite so far. I know it’s sort of subtle in the picture… it was worse before I edited it, to be honest. But it’s a lavender color (leaning more to the dark side of lavender) to a super light Tiffany blue, which I mixed myself, and it’s become one of my favorite polishes. I actually really highly recommend it if you’ve got an empty polish bottle lying around, or are running semi-low on one or both of the colors needed. Just use a Tiffany blue (such as China Glaze For Audrey, Wet ‘n’ Wild I Need A Refresh-Mint, or L’Oreal Not a Cloud in Sight, which are pretty much all dupes) and add white a bit at a time until you’re satisfied with the color. It’s very pretty and makes a great base for nail art. I don’t own it so I wouldn’t know, but the result is probably pretty similar to China Glaze Kinetic Candy (from swatches I’ve seen comparing it to For Audrey, anyways).