Thursday, 31 March 2016

Three stamped designs with Femme Fatale Cosmetics 'After-Light Gala'

Femme Fatale Cosmetics recently released their 'After-Light Gala' collection, of which I got three polishes (as usual, from the UK online store Rainbow Connection). Over the past couple of weeks I've done three different stamped designs using these beautiful polishes, and I decided to put them all together here in one big post. Read on for the full details and lots of photos!

Femme Fatale Cosmetics After-Light Gala - stamping nail designs by polilish
Top: A Fortune Teller's Charm | Bottom: Maze of Mirrors | Right: Crown of Ribbons

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

'Nail art heroes' collaboration March 2016

Michelle at Marginailia recently came up with a monthly collaboration with the theme 'Nail art heroes'. When I saw the results of last month's collab (which was the first) I was keen to join in the next round, because I instantly have someone in mind when I think of the person that first inspired me to try out nail art - Jane of Nailside.

Jane is known for her tape designs, and she was doing them at a time before mass-produced pre-cut nail vinyls. I was so impressed at how she was painting lightning bolts and zigzags and even Christmas trees just with the help of cut up tape. And because these designs only called for tape and scissors, and no other special nail art tool, they were a great starting point for a beginner. My first attempt at a nail design, which I have a photo of in my first post, was completely Nailside-inspired.

Jane has also recently returned from a hiatus, and so for the collaboration I decided to recreate her latest design. Read on for more photos and to see how I did this. Also do check out the other entries to the collaboration at Marginailia's Instagram post!

Purple tape manicure inspired by Nailside, by polilish

Sunday, 20 March 2016

Simple polka dot nails with Cadillacquer

I have a couple of designs that I've posted to Instagram but haven't blogged about. One of them will soon appear in another post, where I'll round up three designs that I did/will do using polishes from Femme Fatale Cosmetics' recent After-Light Gala collection. I wasn't going to blog about the other one, but since it'll be a few days more before my next post - here it is.

I started out with this beautiful light teal polish with fine holographic glitter by Cadillacquer - called 'Nothing Burns Like the Cold'. I know it's a reference to Game of Thrones, but unfortunately I don't get the allusion as I haven't read the books or seen the shows. But I can definitely appreciate how pretty this is!

Cadillacquer 'Nothing Burns Like the Cold' swatch, by polilish
Two coats + top coat

Sunday, 13 March 2016

Geometric/mosaic tips using reverse stamping

This was my take on a "mosaic" theme from @clairestelle8's challenge on Instagram. It's my first time using the reverse stamping method, which took quite a bit of trial and error, but I'm really happy with the outcome. Read on to find out how I did it.

Geometric reverse stamped nail design featuring ILNP Paper Route, by polilish

Friday, 11 March 2016

Floral stamped nails with Femme Fatale "Poisoned Apple"

It's been a busy week for me, so I did a (relatively) simple manicure over a couple of days. When I'm pressed for time I prefer doing nail designs in stages - I'll start with a base colour for a day, then add the design the day after. Read on to see the complete design.

Femme Fatale Cosmetics "Poisoned Apple", swatch by polilish
2 coats of  Femme Fatale Cosmetics "Poisoned Apple" + top coat

When the base colour is something as unique and pretty as this, I'm happy to wear it alone for a while! This is Femme Fatale Cosmetics' "Poisoned Apple", from their Snow White-inspired collection.

Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Stamping with MoYou London & Colour Alike

A very wintry design today, but it's definitely still wintertime here in England!

Stamped nail design using Colour Alike "Silver King" and MoYou London "Enchanted 16", by polilish
Managed to catch a bit of sunlight for this photo, before it turned very grey and cloudy outside.

The silver stamping polish is Colour Alike's "Silver King" - and it is amazing! It's a very pigmented glittery silver, that had no problems at all covering the dark blue polish underneath. In the past I have used different stamping polishes with this exact same plate and stamper, but the outcome was not as clear and crisp. With this polish, stamping was effortless.

Stamped nail design using Colour Alike "Silver King" and MoYou London "Enchanted 16", by polilish
My right thumb! The pattern transferred perfectly here.

Everything I used, in order:
  • Peel-off base coat: UNT "Ready for Takeoff"
  • Dark blue: Barry M "Blue Grape"
  • Silver: Colour Alike "Silver King" stamping polish
  • Stamping plate: MoYou London "Enchanted 16" and rectangular stamper (squishy and sticky)
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow "HK Girl"