Friday, February 17, 2017

Digit-al Dozen Does Black; Day 5

It's the last day of Digit-al Dozen week with the challenge of black!  I did something totally black; however, this is a fail to me on many levels but I wanted to try to stay true to the theme at least for one mani!  Here's what I came up with!


Started with a base of two coats of Sally Hansen Big Smoky Topcoat; this is three coats.  A couple comments; I think it applies way nicer with no base. I had applied my regular Duri Rejuvenate and even though lots of time had passed for it to dry, the top coat still applied patchy.  Also, three coats is probably too many for good contrast with the stamping; I did two on Ms. Cindy (aka my test hand) and the contrast is better its just I can't stand VNL on me so did three in an attempt to cover it.  And the attempt still failed as you can see below....


Stamped using FunkyFingers Dark Knight using an image from Chez Feerique 002.


Topped with KBShimmer Clearly on Top to finish.


 Ms. Cindy with two coats; I think the contrast is nicer between the base and stamping.


I really wasn't feeling this too much, so decided to add a coat of OPI Matte.  It was 'OK' but still not my favourite by any means.


When all else fails, add dots!  Still not a great fan of how they turned out but the dots made them wearable at least!  I think I may have liked these better with a black french tip too; just something about VNL on me that I'm not a fan of!


Hopefully you have enjoyed the black challenge this month!  I can say I can now wear something a little bit brighter....even though I wasn't all black all week!  It's still a lot of dark nails for this brights lover!

Here's the other ladies day 5 nails!



Thanks for looking!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Digit-al Dozen Does Black; Day 4

If you've been checking out the Digit-al Dozen posts (and hopefully you have been!), you will have seen some pretty amazing mani's using black!  I think I've used more colour in my mani's than most and have been super surprised with what they have come up with using mainly just black.  Yes, there has been some colour added here and there but there has also been some great mani's using just black or shades of black or mainly black.  Kudos to all the ladies!  I did these nails Monday night and tried to use just black...and still couldn't do it!  But no bright colours anyway; here's what I came up with!


Started with a base of two coats of OPI Black Onyx, no top coat.  This actually isn't what I had intended; I wanted to do a grey accent nail and then have black stamping on top of it to change it up a little but I was concentrating so hard on applying the black to avoid cleanup and flooding that I painted my accent nail before I knew it!  Well, that and singing along to some awesome music at the time but I got distracted!  I just decided to go with it anyway!  But it kinda ticked me off because I took so long searching my stash for the perfectly matching polish to match the stamping polish!


Topped with a coat of KBShimmer Clearly on Top.


Stamped using MdU 34 using an image from Marianne Nails n.100.  Roses because, hey, it's Valentine's week even if we have a theme of black!


Marianne Nails n.100.



 Topped with KBShimmer Clearly on Top to finish.


 I did my test hand the right way...or at least what I had planned out anyway so decided to polish over the accent nail anyway using Barry M Grey, then stamped using same image using FunkyFingers Dark Knight, then topped with top coat.  I think the little change up just gives it a little added interest...for a many that is pretty boring otherwise lol!  And see, the base polish matches the stamping polish so well which is what I had planned!  I love when this happens!



 Here's the other ladies Day 4 mani's!




Thanks for looking!


Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Digit-al Dozen Does Black; Day 3

These are the coolest nails I've done in a while..... to me, anyway!  They were suppose to be off beat Valentine's Day nails but I decided to share as part of Digit-al Dozen week with the theme of black instead. With it being so close to Vday, they are still relevant anyway!  But I do think these could be worn any time of the year because honestly, do hearts or skittles ever go out of season?  Here's what I came up with!


This is my second ever smooshy stamper mani...I actually did these a few days after my first smooshy when I thought skittle smooshies might be cool.


It took me longer to pick out all the polishes than actually do the smooshy!  Here they all are sorted by colour; there were so many, I didn't make note of them, sorry.  Just tried to get light, medium and dark shades of blue, yellow, pink, purple and green with the mandatory add of white for some contrast interest.


Topped with KBShimmer Clearly on Top before stamping.  So cool; I could use this is a base for so many different stamping images!  This will be my go faux water marbling look as I have no skill in water marbling lol!


Stamped using an image from Kelly Negri KN12 using FunkyFingers Gesso.



Kelli Negri KN12

 

Topped with KBShimmer Clearly on Top.


I actually thought the above nails were pret-ty cool but decided to do some double stamping as I was doing Vday mani's at the time I did these and was in a Valentine's state of mind!  Picked a heart from MoYou Pro 09 and stamped in the middle of each nail (well, as best as I could; still not perfect even with clear stamper!)


Topped with KBShimmer Clearly on Top to finish.  I'm terribly sorry; I don't have a great pix of this as there's either lots of top coat glare or the pix was fuzzy.  Hopefully you can still see how cool this was!


Not as much glare but not the clearest :(


Here's the other ladies Day 3 nails!



Thanks for looking!



Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Digit-al Dozen Does Black; Day 2

Happy Valentine's Day!!!  Won't you 'Bee My Valentine'? 

These are my day 2 Digit-al Dozen nails with black as the theme!


Started with a base of two coats of Nicole by OPI Hit The Lights with an accent of Funky Fingers Dark Knight.


Topped with KBShimmer Clearly on Top.


Stamped with image from Infinity 100 using MdU 11.  The plate says Be My Valentine; I restamped the second "e" using a clear stamper. 


Infinity 100



Added images from Messy Mansion MM18 (thumb), Apipila G04(middle and hive on index), and Chez Animaux 002 (bee on index and pinky bees) using MdU 2 (FF Dark Knight wouldn't stamp with these plates but thankfully, MdU worked!)


Messy Mansion MM18


Added random hearts from Infinity 100 using Fab red.


Top coated with KBShimmer Clearly on Top to finish.



This isn't a great use of black for the theme but hey, it's Valentine's Day!!  At least there's some black in there!

Here's the other ladies Day 2 mani's!




Thanks for looking!