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Update 1: Project Polish 2018

Hi everyone!

In case you have missed it, I picked three polishes in the beginning of 2018 and marked their current fill line. Now, after four months, it is time for my first update to recap the progress on my project of #unserprojectpolish2018! Actually, I was supposed to post my first update after three months but I was busy handing in my PhD thesis. I read everyone’s progress at the beginning of April and it was so much fun! Now it is time for me to post my own update.

The first thing I did was to re-swatch all three polishes. I will show you the two polishes which I will continue to use. The third polish (China Glaze Oxygen) was very streaky and disappointing on the nails, which is why I will not continue to use it. It was replaced by another polish (see below).

The first polish was P2 Night Out, a beautiful muted dark blue creme polish that I really like wearing. It is perfect to wear on its own, but it is also perfect as a dark base for all kinds of toppers and shifty top coats. This is how I will continue to wear it – that way it will never get boring!

P2 Night Out // headtofoot.wordpress.com

The second polish was also from P2 and is called Charming Secret. It is a cool-toned very light pink shade that is perfect for every day. When I don’t know what to wear on my nails, I will most certainly reach for this one.

P2 - Charming Secret // headtofoot.wordpress.com

Here is the progress I made with the two polishes, (the second black line shows the current fill level). As mentioned above, China Glaze was replaced by another polish, namely Essence Sweet as Candy, which is also a neutral “my nails but better” sheer polish. Swatches of this one will be provided in the next update :).

Project Polish 2018 Update 1

I will just continue to use these instead of picking new polishes to use until the next update. I think I will be able to finish these in 2018, maybe even before the end of the year, and then choose new “go to” polishes once these are empty. I really love this concept as it makes choosing a polish when in doubt so much easier! The next update will be posted around the beginning of July!

Stay tuned and have a nice day 🙂

 

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Some stamping

Hi everyone!

If you follow me on Instagram you might have noticed my recent success with stamping – I had tried a lot of times before, always failing miserably. It seems like I have finally found some equipment that works for me and today I would like to show you my first two stamping manicures that are actually presentable.

First is a purple stamping manicure for which I used the following:

  • Base colour: OPI Planks a lot
  • Stamping colour: Zoya Lael
  • B. loves plates B.03 mind blown stamping plate
  • B. loves plates scraper
  • B. loves plates stamper
  • Seche Vite Fast Drying Top Coat

Stamping B loves plates Zoya Lael OPI Planks a lot

For my second stamping below I used the following:

  • Base colour: P2 030 Shades of Rose (Pretty 60’s LE)
  • Stamping colour: Manhattan Grasshopper Cocktail 08S
  • Accent nail: ILNP Electric Circus (H)
  • B. loves plates B.03 mind blown stamping plate
  • B. loves plates scraper
  • B. loves plates stamper
  • Seche Vite Fast Drying Top Coat

Stampin P2 Shades of Rose // Manhattan Grasshopper Cocktail Stampin P2 Shades of Rose // Manhattan Grasshopper Cocktail

I am really happy with the outcome even though it can certainly be improved. Here are my little helpers in action:

B. loves plates stamping equipment 1234

Thanks so much for stopping by! Do you like stamping?

 

Another first: Gradient experiment

Hey beauties,

today I would like to show you my first attempt on gradient nails, which didn’t turn out great but also not really bad. So maybe a few of you can learn from my mistakes!

There are actually three different techniques that I am aware of to achieve a gradient look on your nails. Probably the most famous one and the one I came across first is the sponging technique. Here you paint the colours of choice on a make-up sponge and gently pat it on your nails a few times, until you are satisfied with the look.

The second technique is the fan brush technique where you use a broad thin brush that looks like a fan to apply the colours of your choice to your nails. The third technique I am aware of is the eyeshadow-applicator technique.

For my first attempt I used the sponging technique on one finger (see picture below, on the left), and then decided to try the fan brush technique on my other fingers (picture below on the right). I will definitely try the eyeshadow-applicator technique next time, the only reason I didn’t try it yet is because I simply didn’t have a clean cheap applicator that I could use (you can usually only use them once for this nail art).

Gradient nail art Sponging vs. Fan Brush

All techniques have their pros and cons and I suggest you try them out and see for yourself. To get an idea about the three techniques I mentioned above, this video tutorial helped me a lot.

For my gradient look I used three different nail polishes. The lightest one is a pale purple called Cloud No. 9 by p2 (I’m holding the bottle on the pictures below). The other two colours are a hot pink and a dark purple, both no names from Color Club.
Now let me show you my humble results – on my ringfinger I tried sponging, all the other fingers received the fan brush treatment 😉

Gradient nail art

Gradient nail art

Gradient nail art Gradient nail art

As for the outcome, I there is definitely room for improvement for both techniques. Using the sponging technique I felt like I received a more even gradient effect, but I had a hard time placing the colours where I wanted them, always ending up with too much light colour on the tips or too much dark purple up on my nail. I think I have to wait longer between the different sponging layers and I have to make sure that one layer is dry before adding another one and then accidentally picking up the colour of the other layer.

As for the fan brush technique, I feel that the brush strokes are too visible. I kind of like the effect but it was not what I wanted to achieve. I also had a hard time reaching the cuticle corners/edges with the brush, so I definitely have to practice that.

And now, as a bonus, some beautiful flowers from the botanical garden in Cologne, next to which my gradient nails look much better (maybe also because they are not macro shots from my nails so you can’t see all the imperfect details):

Gradient nail art

Thanks for stopping by! I would love to hear your tips and tricks about gradient nails 🙂