Galaxy Nail Art Tutorial!! Using Rimmel London and Barry M nail polishes.


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I’m skipping a week of Nail Art challenge, because it was my birthday! As some of you may know I am IN LOVE with galaxy themed things. So I’ve decided to give galaxy nails another try! After watching some tutorials, I’ve decided to get some make-up sponge, and let it do all the work. This time it’s much more easy to achieve this galaxy effect since the sponge did the work rather than the nail polish brushes.

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As shown in this picture, I’ve grabbed a plastic packaging and dotted some nail polish onto it and dip the sponge into it. I found this method better than just dipping the nail polish onto the sponge directly, just so the color wouldn’t be so intense when applying to the nail. It’s also much easier to control the application. (I’ve learnt it the hard way, cus I tried this before using the better method.)

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I first painted my nails with Essie First Base base coat on all fingers, then Rimmel London #800 Black Out on all fingers except ring finger. For the galaxy effect, I first tapped some Rimmel London #198 Azure onto a diagonal part of the nail, and after it dried, I tapped a bit of Rimmel London #370 Silver Bullet to highlight the effect more. As you can see, I from the plastic packaging and the sponge, I did try to use some purple, but I didn’t really like the effect it gave, so I just painted a bit more blue and white to cover them up. After they’re dried, I tapped some Barry M #350 Diamond Glitter onto the blue and white part. Thinking about it now, I would’ve tapped a bit more glitter, just so there could be more stars.

The reason why I didn’t use Rimmel London’s Disco Ball, is because there is that teeny bit of difference in the two glitter polish. Disco Ball has glitter that reflects various colors, the color variation is higher than Barry M’s Diamond Glitter, and this kinda takes the focus point off of the galaxy effect and the colors behind the glitter.

For the ring finger, I’ve used the Barry M #319 Silver Foil. I’ve also used the Barry M Nail Art Pen Silver to draw and outline the pattern before painting it in with Silver Foil. This is because the nail art pen itself has a hard tip, making it very easy and controllable to draw. The nail art pen doesn’t release a lot of polish at once though, maybe because I haven’t squeezed it enough. However since I wanted a consistent color with my ring finger anyways, I’ve painted the pattern in with Silver Foil. Then to top all fingers off, I’ve used the Essie Good to Go top coat.

Supplies:
Nail Art Base and Top Coat on all fingers:
 Essie First Base base coat + Essie Good to Go top coat.
Galaxy Nails: Rimmel London #800 Black Out + Rimmel London #198 Azure + Rimmel London #730 Silver Bullet + Barry M #350 Diamond Glitter.
Silver Polish: Barry M Nail Art Pen Silver (for Chevron pattern) + Barry M #319 Silver Foil.

If you’ve noticed from all the nail art I’ve done, it’s the very first time I’ve used something else apart from the 2True base coat and top coat. That’s cus I’ve bought them for a birthday treat for myself, and I wanna do a review on them. Apart from that, I received the Seche Vite base and top coat from my aunt for my birthday!! So I’m thinking I’ll just do a review on that as well.

Until next time,
-Alyx

31 Weeks Nail Art Challenge – Week 1 RED


Oh my, when was the last time I’ve blogged? This year I wanna really push myself to doing more videos/blogging and stuff. Don’t wanna be that lazy you know. I also wanna redirect this blog to a bit more artistic things, I mean not only writing, but also doing nail polish reviews and stuff like that. I mean why not? I don’t have a lot at hand, but I think it’ll be fun y’know?

Some of you may know, I love making cards, but since I study abroad, I have nothing with me to craft here in the UK. In replacement, I paint my nails and do some other things as well. This challenge was supposed to be 31 days challenge, but due to time constraints and lack of supplies, this is now 31 weeks challenge, AND some challenges will be replaced.

Here’s the challenge list:
Day 1 – Red color
Day 2 – Orange color (Replace)
Day 3 – Yellow color
Day 4 – Green color
Day 5 – Blue color
Day 6 – Purple color
Day 7 – B&W colors
Day 8 – Metallic
Day 9 – Rainbow
Day 10 – Gradient
Day 11 – Polka dots
Day 12 – Stripes
Day 13 – Animal Print (Replace)
Day 14 – Flowers (Replace)
Day 15 – Delicate print
Day 16 – Tribal print
Day 17 – Glitter
Day 18 – Half moons
Day 19 – Galaxy
Day 20 – Water marble (Replace)
Day 21 – Inspired by a color
Day 22 – Inspired by a song
Day 23 – Inspired by a movie
Day 24 – Inspired by a book
Day 25 – Inspired by fashion
Day 26 – Inspired by a pattern
Day 27 – Inspired by an artwork
Day 28 – Inspired by a flag (Replace)
Day 29 – Inspired by the supernatural (Replace)
Day 30 – Inspired by a tutorial
Day 31 – Recreate any nail art

Replacements: (5 in total)
Pastel colors
Studs
Nail tape
Inspired by video games
Inspired by an item
Inspired by a technique

This week is RED color. I did half moons on my thumb and middle finger, leaving index and pinky just red color, and ring finger black with glitter polish.

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Supplies:
Thumb + Middle: 2True base coat + NYC #268 Fashion Ave Fuchsia + Rimmel London #800 Black Out + 2True top coat.
Index + Pinky: 2True base coat + NYC #268 Fashion Ave Fuchsia + 2True top coat.
Ring: 2True base coat + Rimmel London #800 Black Out + Rimmel London #500 Disco Ball + 2True top coat.

What do you think of this post and nail art? Let me know in the comments! I’d love some feedback especially since this is new for me. 😀

Dry embossing with Embossalicious’ Chevrons – September 15, 2013 SimonSaysStamp.com Monday Challenge


See the challenge here: http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/mondaychallenge/challenge-embossed/

I was so in love with this Embossalicious’ Chevrons embossing folder recently and created so many cards with it. It can just give a little simple element to the card, and I wouldn’t have to add any more colors nor embellishments on the card and make it more complicated.

First Card:

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I’ve used AC Cardstock Pastel Grey underneath, and the Embossalicious Chevrons embossing folder over on a plain white cardstock. I then used the Taylored Expressions Cloud Duo die on the embossed paper, while leaving half of the bigger cloud outside of the paper to create the blending effect of the white paper and the cardstock. I thought that since I’m placing another piece of paper on the cardstock, I didn’t want the cardstock to be fully covered.

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I then used the EK Success Journal Plate and Bracket Punch on plain white cardstock to make that little journal tag in the middle. The stamped quote and star images were from Lawn Fawns’ “Lucky Stars” stamp set on Hero Arts’ Charcoal Shadow Ink. As for the silver ribbon, I’ve used Lawn Fawns’ “Stitched Journaling Card die, and I used Judi Kins’ Silver Embossing Powder, and cut the ribbon in half and stuck the whole little tag on the card with foam stickers. That’s it! Simple as! 😀

Here’s the second card:

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Obviously this card is similar, but I’ve used Stampendous!’s Baby Blue Pastel Embossing Powder on the ribbon, with Lawn Fawns’ “Hello Friend” stamp set on Hero Arts Cornflower Shadow Ink (or is it Pool? I think it’s Cornflower though. :P).

Third card:

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This time I’ve used the hearts die from Lawn Fawns’ “Stitched Journaling Card” die set as well, while the embossing powder was Stampendous!’s Lilac Pastel. I’ve used Lawn Fawn’s “Milo’s ABCs” with Hero Arts’ Passion Flower Shadow Ink.

The fourth card:

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I figured I haven’t made landscape cards for a while so I did this. I used the My Favorite Things Die-namics “Bracket Edge Duo” at the end of the cards on both flaps. The yellow embossing powder was Stampendous!’s Sunny Yellow, and since I don’t have a yellow stamp pad, I’ve used the Hero Arts Green Hills Shadow Ink. I didn’t really like how it turned out, since I’d really rather it’s yellow, but I guess that will do. 😛

And the very last card of the day:

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I actually REALLY like how the card turned out, especially the sparkly ribbon. It took me such a long time to get the sparkles right though, it was not easy, and was definitely messy as well. This is why I don’t like glitter, they just make tons of mess.

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I’ve used Stampendous!’s Royal Blue Embossing Tinsel for the ribbon, and the Hero Arts Cornflower Shadow Ink for the greeting, and the cute little snowman was from Paper Smooches’ Warm Hearts.

 

Yeah, that’s it. I hope you loved those cards and see that even if it’s only one little element of dry embossing, it can make the card seem interesting yet simple!

Until next time,

-Alyx