Saturday, 13 January 2018

New Years Nail Art - Glitter Burnishing + Nail Vinyls

Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all had a fantastic start to 2018. For my New Years I wore these glittery spiral star nails. I used a bright holographic gold glitter from the Born Pretty Store, to get the glitter on my nails I used the burnishing technique. This technique involves gently rubbing glitter onto a tacky surface so that they stick to the nail, but also lay flat against the nail. Just simply dipping your nail into glitter, or sprinkling glitter over the top results in the glitter sticking up in all different directions. This means that the glitters are bumpy on the top of the nail, and if using holographic glitters the light reflects at different angles, resulting in a less holographic finish. If you want to see some tutorials on the burnishing technique I highly recommend that you check out these YouTube tutorials by Twi_Star  and Simply Nailogical. After glittering up my nails I used nail vinyls from Xroma Nail Vinyls to create the spiral stars and finished with a glossy top coat from Miss Priss Polish. 


Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box


Did you know I also made a YouTube video of this nail art look? That's right, I am giving YouTube a go this year so that I can share how I create my nail art! So head on over to my YouTube Channel and subscribe!

-Bettina



Tuesday, 26 December 2017

Christmas Nail Art!

Hello everyone and Merry Christmas! Well, it's Boxing Day here now (the day after Christmas Day for all my American friends). I've been doing nail art right up until the big day, well when I've had the time. I've been pretty busy as when I went on holidays from work I started doing my work placement hours for my Certificate III in Nail Technology (update on that soon). I've tried to do a variety of different nail art, from hand painted to stamping and nail vinyls, so let me know which design is your favourite!

First up I did these hand painted Christmas lights. For my base I used "We Three Kings" by my own indie brand Miss Priss Polish. I then used a black polish to create the string of lights and a white polish to highlight the bulbs. I then used "Piece of My Heart" and "Apple of My Eye" by Miss Priss Polish to colour in the bulbs. Considering I haven't done anything hand painted in quite a while I am rather happy with the finished result.

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box

For this next mani I used "Dreaming of A White Christmas" by Miss Priss and then did some candy cane stamping over the top using MM82XL by Messy Mansion... This one looked better in my head, as the polish kind of reminds me of candy canes I thought candy canes over the top would be awesome, but the image blended into the background, and didn't really stand out as much as it did in my head.

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box

This next one is a little non-traditional but hey, I was feeling the vibes. For the base I was testing a new Miss Priss Polish (keep an eye on my indie brand's Instagram account when when this polish becomes available @missprisspolish). I then hand painted on some roses, don't ask me what polishes I used because I am a terrible nail blogger and forgot to write them down. But I mixed colours together anyway, so even if I told you what polishes I used it wouldn't be the same. I then took a picture of my nails in case I messed up the next part. I then stamped on the little arrows using stamping plate MM82XL by Messy Mansion and the stag from stamping plate BPL-032 from the Born Pretty Store.

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box

For this next Christmas themed mani I was playing around with some colours and gradients late at night, so it's not my best work, but it looked awesome anyway so I needed to share! For my base I used "Ruby" by Celestial Cosmetics and then sponged on "Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas" by Miss Priss Polish.  I love these two colours together! I then felt like it was still kind of missing something so I created a stamping decal using MM82XL stamping plate by Messy Mansion with "Ruby" and "Leaf" by Celestial Cosmetics.

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box

Now this is some cheat nail art! For my base I used "Dreaming of A White Christmas" by Miss Priss Polish and then covered my nails in water decals from the Born Pretty Store!

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box

Christmas sweater inspired nail using nail vinyls. I can't remember where I got the nail vinyls from as they have been sitting in my draw since last Christmas. For my base I used "Most Wonderful Time of The Year" by Miss Priss with "Snow Me White" by Sinful Colors. The nail vinyls were really stiff and didn't really stick to my nails very well, even though I cut the edges to try and get it to bend and stick down, but it didn't work too well so I had to do a fair bit of touching up by hand. Due to my poor nail vinyl use and even worse hand painted cover ups this mani looks much better from a distance. Up close you can see all of the imperfections, which makes me sad, but hey I'm not perfect so it's ok, right? 

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box
Lighting: In light box

Next, Christmas Trees 4 ways! For my base I used "Set The Sails" by Miss Priss Polish. I then used some wide straight nail vinyls to tape off the shape of my trees. For all of the trees I used the same two green polishes "Leaf" by Celestial Cosmetics and "Pistache" by Sinful Colours. For my pointer finger I did a water marble. For my middle finger I filled in my tree with dots. For my ring finger I added some striping tape and sponged on a mix of my two greens. Then for my little finger I did a gradient. I wanted to add some star shaped glitter on top of the trees, but it turns out that I only had silver stars, but they would blend in with the sliver background too much, so I didn't think that through too much. Instead I found some gold nail studs and put them on. 

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box

I think this last one is my favourite. I used a linear holo powder for my base, stamped on the Christmas ornaments using plate MM82XL by Messy Mansion then coloured it in using a range of jelly polishes from Miss Priss Polish and O.P.I. 

Lighting: With flash

Lighting: With flash

Lighting: With flash

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box

Don't forget to let me know which one is your favourite!

-Bettina

Friday, 15 December 2017

It's Christmas Time by Miss Priss Polish

It's the most wonderful time of the year... for nail polish and nail art inspiration! Today I have the Christmas polishes from my Indie brand Miss Priss Polish. I am super excited to share these with you as a lot of love and hard work have gone into them. I have also been working on some Christmas themed nail art which I will be sharing in a blog post a little closer to Christmas. Until then, enjoy these Christmas polishes and don't forget to let me know which one is your favourite!

"We Three Kings" - A bright gold holographic base with red and green holo squares for extra Christmas bling! This polish was named by one of my friends, and I think it's a brilliant name.

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Lighting: In light box

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Lighting: Direct sunlight

Lighting: Direct sunlight

Lighting: Direct sunlight

Lighting: Direct sunlight


"Hear Those Sleigh Bells" - A holographic silver polish with red and green holo squares - A sliver version of the previous polish, so do you prefer gold or silver? (I think I like the gold one just a tiny bit more - even through I only wear silver jewellery).

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: Direct sunlight

Lighting: Direct sunlight

Lighting: Direct sunlight

Lighting: Direct sunlight


"Presents Under The Christmas Tree" - It's not Christmas without a cheerful green. This polish has a bright green jelly base with a sprinkling of green holo micro glitter, red and green holo squares, and a range of matte green glitters. 

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: Direct sunlight

Lighting: Direct sunlight

Lighting: Direct sunlight

Lighting: Direct sunlight


"Tis The Season To Be Jolly" - Reds are my favourite shades to wear, especially at Christmas time. This polish is a red version of the previous polish... A bright red jelly base with a sprinkling a red holo micro glitter, red and green holo squares, and a range of matte red glitters. 

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: Direct sunlight

Lighting: Direct sunlight

Lighting: Direct sunlight

Lighting: Direct sunlight


"Most Wonderful Time of The Year" - This red polish is a little bit darker than the previous shade, but still has plenty of sparkle! It has a holographic base with holo micro glitter.

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: Direct sunlight

Lighting: Direct sunlight

Lighting: Direct sunlight

Lighting: Direct sunlight

Lighting: Direct sunlight


"Dreaming of A White Christmas" - This is one of the Christmas polishes from last year that is making a come back! This polish has a white crelly base with red and green holo squares. A personal favourite of mine! 

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: Direct sunlight

Lighting: Direct sunlight

Lighting: Direct sunlight



Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas - The best holographic gold from last year is also making a come back! Perfect for Christmas, or any other time of the year! 

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: Direct sunlight

Lighting: Direct sunlight

Lighting: Direct sunlight

Lighting: Direct sunlight

Lighting: Direct sunlight

Lighting: Direct sunlight



I am so glad that I could bring back two great polishes this year as well as some new shades. The two returning polishes actually sparked inspiration for this years new polishes. While looking at "Dreaming of A White Christmas" and "Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas" I thought to myself... What if I take those red and green holo squares and add them to that gold base? That resulted in the new polish "We Three Kings" from there I decided on a silver version, because why not?! I love the creative process of coming up with new ideas and creating!

As for a polish for the New Year I'll be sharing previews on my Indie brand's Instagram (@missprisspolish) very soon!

-Bettina