Tuesday, January 29, 2013

The Crumpet's DC - Day 29 - Inspired by a Blogger Scrangie

The theme for today is inspired by a blogger.  Sorry, busy week this week.  I don't have a lot of time for some true nail art.  So, here's a swatch of Rescue Beauty Lounge's Scrangie.

I can easily say that Scrangie was one of the first nail blogs I ever read. I never knew such a thing existed! A blog for polish? Really? When I first started reading her blog, my mind was blown! So many pretty colors! Such great reviews! She's my inspiration for getting into nail blogging. She's super nice and always responds to my Tweets on Twitter.

RBL's Scrangie had been on my wish list for a long time. I'd check the site to see if it was there and it was sold out and until one day it was THERE! Unfortunately, it is currently sold out on the RBL site.

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Monday, January 28, 2013

The Crumpet's DC - Day 28 - Favorite Color

The theme for today is your favorite color. Now, I love all polish colors with the exception of some browns. I would have to say my favorite color group is grey tones. I chose OPI's Skull & Glossbones from their 2011 Pirates collection and did some freehand nail art over it.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

The Crumpet's - DC - Day 27 - Inspired by You

The theme for today is a mani that is inspired by you.  Now, I wasn't too sure how to execute today's theme.  Is it things I like? Things that are a reflection of me?  I don't know. I'm rather boring in real life.

I thought I would do a lizard manicure as a reflection of my favorite animal and my blogger name:

Saturday, January 26, 2013

The Crumpet's DC - Day 26 - Inspired by your country

The theme for today is inspired by your country.  I decided to do a patriotic manicure dedicated to the troops for today.

I started off with making a basic french manicure with white tips.  I used Sinful Colors white striper for the tips.  The red, white and blue stars are stamped from Konad M3 and the flag tips is from M45.  I did the yellow ribbon freehand.  Not my best freehand work here but gets the point across.

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Thursday, January 24, 2013

The Crumpet's DC - Day 24 - Game Inspired PvZ

The theme for today is inspired from a game.  Now, since I missed yesterday's challenge, inspired by nature, I'll say today's post can be two in one.  I chose Plants vs. Zombies as my game inspiration.  If you've never played Plants vs. Zombies, basically it's a tower defense game where you place plants to defend your home against hungry brain eating zombies.  Very fun, highly addicting.  Hours of gameplay.

I had a hard time with this manicure so bear with me.  I had to repaint over some stuff. 

UrbanOutfitters Holographics

I picked up a couple of the UrbanOutfitter holographic polishes.  Literally, I only bought two out of the three piece set.  They were in the nail polish section labelled, "Hologram." 

UrbanOutfitters Silver Holo. Yup, that's the name. Real creative huh? Needless to say, this is one of the best applying silver holos I own. There was no dragging, patchiness or chipping. I'm also wearing regular basecoat with this one. Also, it has a very linear holographic effect considering this photo was taken under artificial lighting.

UrbanOutfitters Green Holo. This is a light seafoam green holo. This was 2-coats and wore this for a couple of days with no chipping.  There's also a pink holo available that I did not pick up.  I do not like that shade of pink

These holographics are available in-stores now and retail for $10 each. However, I have a sneaking suspicion that these are the Color Club Holo Hues colors in UrbanOutfitters bottles because the nail art items in UrbanOutfitters are by Art Club (a division of Color Club).

So if you can't get these, definitely look into the Holo Hues collection. They're the same colors. 

Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

OPI Mariah Carey Liquid Sand: Swatches & Review

I have for review today the Mariah Carey by OPI Liquid Sand glitters. They are matte glitters that dry to a textured finish that requires no top coat. According to the product box the Liquid Sand polishes can be described as, "a textured matte finish infused with reflective glints of light."

As always, all photos can be enlarged to show detail by clicking on them.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

The Crumpet's - DC - Day 22 - Fabric

The theme for today is fabric.  I chose denim acid wash jeans.  I figured it would be an easy enough nail art technique to try! 

I started out with base coat of American Apparel's Cameo Blue which is a faded medium blue and added a top coat.  I then painted a thin coat of Wet n Wild's French White.  I took a q-tip dipped in acetone and rubbed away some of the white to make the faded acid wash look.  I stamped a zipper design from Bundle Monster 202.  I could not aim the stamp to get it straight for the life of me! Oh well! 

I wondered how it looked with a black zipper.  The silver chrome is Pure Ice Silver Mercedes. 

Here's a shot of Cameo Blue by itself. It's now discontinued.

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Monday, January 21, 2013

The Crumpet's DC - Day 21 - Merge or Melt

Today's theme is merge or melt either merge colors together with a gradient or melt them together using a marbling technique.

Here's a neon water marble I did:

I started off with painting my nails white and dropped the colors into some water.  The neons I used were Sinful Colors Neon Melon, Summer Peach, Pink and Irish Green.  The neon colors were freaking out my camera a bit. 

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Sunday, January 20, 2013

The Crumpet's DC - Day 20 - Texture

The theme for today is a textured manicure. I decided to use some of the flocking powder I received from Born Pretty Store to make monster nails! You see my full post here on flocking powder.

I started with a blue base coat of polish then I added the flocking powder and let dry. I added some googly eyes from the craft store. I used school craft glue to adhere them so they came off quite easily.

If you've ever played the game Chuzzle, that's what inspired this mani. 

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Saturday, January 19, 2013

The Crumpets DC - Day 19 - Favorite Polish Essie's Chinchilly

The theme for today is your favorite polish.  Now, I have a lot of favorites and it's hard to single out just one.  I love a good grey creme.  I chose Essie's Chinchilly which was released back in fall of 2009.

Essie's Chinchilly is a taupe grey.  I think Chinchilly is the perfect name for this color.  If you've seen a chinchilla, this is color is the exact color of a grey chinchilla.  I know this might seem a little drab or boring.  I love this because it's versatile and a not in your face color!  I can wear it to work and it matches anything.  Also, the reason why I love grey polishes is that my cat is grey.  I love love love my grey cat!  Click here for some nail art dedicated to him. 

I thought I'd do some nail art over before I took it off.

I added some silver striping tape and some pink fimo bows.  I like the pink and grey contrast. 

Nail art items used: Nail art fimo, silver striping tape and Essie's Chinchilly. 

What's your favorite polish? 

Thanks for reading!

Please be sure to check out everyone's favorite polish. 

Friday, January 18, 2013

The Crumpets DC - Day 18 - Oldest Untried

The theme for today is your oldest untried polish.  I hate to think of all my poor untrieds sitting in my helmer, I promise I will get to them someday...or re-home them.

I'd say my oldest untried is Essie's Limited Addiction from their 2010 fall release. 

Esssie's Limited Addiction.  I bought this in Nov. 2010.  This was included in a set of minis that included: Sew Psyched, Merino Cool and Little Brown Dress.  The reason why this polish is untried is because of its poor formula.  It's very slow drying and if you think it's dry, it's still dents and smudges.  Something very common with Essies.  Great colors, poor formula.  ::sad face::  I did apply a quick drying top coat which helped. 

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Please check out everyone's untrieds!


Thursday, January 17, 2013

The Crumpet's DC - Day 17 - New Technique

The theme for today is a new nail art technique.  I chose water spotted nails as demonstrated by Cute Polish on Youtube.

Here was my first attempt over silver: 

Basically, it's a variation of water marbling.  I placed a few drops of black polish into a cup of water then I spritzed it with rubbing alcohol and dunked my nail.  I had a hard time making the type of spots I wanted.  I think I needed fewer drops of black polish.  The polish I used here was Sinful Colors Black on Black. 

Here I tried the neon gradient that Cute Polished demonstrated in her tutorial: 

What are some new nail art techniques you want to try? 

Thanks for reading! 

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Born Pretty Store: 12 Color 3D Steel Ball Caviar beads review

I have for review today a set of metallic micro beads from Born Pretty Store.  Micro beads (or bullion beads) can be used in a variety of nail art applications and are easy to maneuver and remove.

Item No. 456

The micro beads come in a 12-color wheel.  Unfortunately, some of the beads have spilled out in transit and mixed with the other colors.  Colors include: black, silver, green, copper, fuchsia, pink, purple, dark green, dark purple, dark red, navy blue and gold. 

One of the many ways to use micro beads is to make studded nails: 

The base color is Color Club's Wing Fling.  I applied a bit of top coat and I applied a bead one by one using a toothpick.  It was hard to figure out the spacing but it became easier once I figured out how many rows to apply.  I added another layer of topcoat to seal them in place.  Also, the micro beads were no trouble to remove.  I applied a cotton pad with a some of remover and they removed rather easily. 

Some other uses for micro beads: 

You can use them on the whole nail.  Simply apply over wet polish and tap off excess. Apply a coat of topcoat to seal them in.

They can be used to make shapes.  I made a gold cross for this skull nail art. 

Final thoughts? 

I think steel micro beads are great for nail art or accentuating nail art like what I did for skull nail art. Unfortunately, these were packaged in a nail art carousel allowing for the beads to spill out and mix together.  Most of my colors were salvageable and I could pick through the mixed beads.

That being said, I feel that metallic micro beads are a very versatile nail art product. It can seem tedious or messy apply but the final outcome is amazing.


This wheel of caviar beads can be purchased from Bornprettystore.com and retails for $3.33.

Please be sure to use code EUL91 for 10% off of your next purchase. 

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The Crumpet's DC - Day 16 - Color Opposites

The theme for today is color opposites. Color Opposites mean just that. If you look at the color wheel, it's colors across from each other. I chose orange and blue of today's color opposites manicure.

I wanted to try needle marbling which is painting a coat of colors and taking a dotting tool (or similar tool) and dragging it across the wet polish. I painted my nails with China Glaze's Peachy Keen as the base and let dry. I then did a coat of Peachy Keen and Frostbite on each side and dragged it across with a dotting tool.

It created this really cool marbleized look with no mess. The pinkie and ring finger are with the larger point which made a more zig zag look.

Colors used: China Glaze's Peachy Keen and Frostbite. 

**I realized that I've used a lot of China Glaze polishes for this challenge. I'm going to try to select different brands for the next few challenges. It's that China Glaze is my favorite brand and it's the one that I have the most colors of.

Thanks for reading!

Monday, January 14, 2013

Born Pretty Store: Flocking powder

I have for review today some flocking powder from Born Pretty Store. Flocking powder, mainly used in craft projects, can be applied to nails to make a soft, fuzzy texture.

I chose a rich navy blue flocking powder:

Item no. 4507 in blue.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Day 13 - Cheer yourself up Mani - Felix the Cat

I've been wanting to do Felix the Cat nail art for awhile now. I've done plenty of Hello Kitty nail art in the past but I like Felix the Cat more! I wish more nail art supplies existed for Felix the Cat. I would buy them all! Cats always cheer me up!

I started off with painting my nails yellow and white. I added the dots and X's to represent his magical bag of tricks and a blue french tip. I used dotting tools for that using Sinful Colors Black on Black. The thin red line is from my Migi nail art pen. The Felix face is a custom decal I made. There's special paper you can put through your printer to make decals. It's called Lazertran waterslide decal paper which can be found here.

Colors used: China Glaze Happy Go Lucky, Milani White on the Spot, Sally Hansen Blue Me Away, Sinful Colors Black on Black and Migi nail art pen. 

Inspired from this photo.  (Photo Credit. )

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Saturday, January 12, 2013

The Crumpet's DC - Day 12 - Tape Mani

The theme for today is a tape mani.  Now, I am not good at all using scotch tape or painter's tape to make straight lines.  The tape sticks to the polish or polish leeches under.  I've tried and tried and failed!   Fortunately, I've had better luck with striping tape.

Basically, this is a green version of this manicure I did back in Sept. Striping tape is easy to work with. Simply paint your base color and let dry the apply your tape. The tape is slightly adhesive and can be easily manipulated. To see a video tutorial I did with striping tape, please click here.
(Trying to capture the holo aspect indoors) 

Colors used: Urban Outfitters Green Holo, Nubar Reclaim (also holographic) and Chi Chi Everyday I'm Shuffling. 

Thanks for reading!

Friday, January 11, 2013

The Crumpet's DC - Day 11 - Splatter

The theme for today is a splatter manicure.  I haven't quite perfected the splatter manicure.  I can never figure out how much polish to put into the straw and I end up with globs of polish on my nail.

Here's a neon splatter: 

I painted my nails white with Milani's White on the Spot.  The neons are the Sinful Colors neons which is the only set of neons I own.  I tried using a spritz bottle with polish to get the splatter effect but I ended up with polish everywhere! 

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Thursday, January 10, 2013

The Crumpet's DC - Day 10 - Geometric

The theme for today is geometric.  I'd have to say my geometric manicure was a mild success or borderline fail.  The point of the nail challenge gallery is to practice your skills and learn new things.  Things aren't always perfect...

I decided to build over yesterday's saran wrap manicure to save on remover: 

I had the saran wrap manicure colors as the base.  I stamped the square pattern from the Cheeky XL Plate A which I can never get the fit on my nails.  To fill in where the plate didn't reach, I painted in some of Sinful Colors Cream Pink and Sally Hansen Blue Me Away.  I used the smaller point on a dotting tool to fill in some of the squares.  It all smeared with topcoat.

A close up of the pattern.  You can see where I've scratched the hell out of that plate!

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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

The Crumpet's DC - Day 9 - Saran Wrap

The theme for today is a saran wrap aka a cling film manicure.  I've never tried this technique before and I liked how mine turned out.  I watched this tutorial here to figure out how to do it.

It's easy to do a saran wrap manicure.  Simply paint your base color and let dry.  Then take saran wrap and crumple it up and dab some wet polish on to your nail.  Then using then saran wrap, use it to dab the wet polish to make the marbled design. 

I used OPI's Mermaid's Tears as the base color and added dabs of Sally Hansen's Blue Me Away and H&M's Summer Sunrise.  I think this combo reminds me of Nailventuous' Floam

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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

The Crumpet's DC - Day 8

The theme for today is a duochrome, flakie or holo.  I have today a flakie that color shifts.

Fingerpaints Twisted over black.  This is a mutlicolored flake with green, orange, blue and yellow flakes.  At certain angles, the flakes color shift to green.  Sorry I couldn't quite capture it. 

(with flash). 

Unfortunately, Fingerpaints Twisted was limited edition and sold out quickly.