This might be the worst mani I’ve done in recent history. Like, total epic and utter fail. I am embarrassed to post this but let it stand as a lesson: Do Not Pair Nude and Awkward Golds!!!!
I couldn’t even bear to wear this particular mani for 24 hours they were soo terrible. Ugh. Once I had done one hand with the pale gold/silvery polish I hated it so much I covered the other hand with a more yellow-toned gold. It too looked awful (although to me maybe sightly less terrible).
Mistakes I made here: trying (again) to use metallic polish over tape. It never comes off correctly. Trying to use a soft gold color over a pink-based nude (a rose gold would have worked, or a yellow-based nude).
~ Nude: L’oreal – Boho Babe
~ Gold: Sally Hansen – Liquid Gold
~ Yellow gold: Revlon – Hypnotize
~ Black: Wet n’ Wild – Black Creme
Turns out the art I was trying to replicate by Marine Loves Polish was done with nail tattoos Go figure. Win some, lose some! On a good note, the 31 Day Challenge begins on Friday! Stay tuned for some of my recent BEST work 😀
Friday begins the 31 Day Challenge! I have quite a bit of a back log (…most of which I will be clearing with this challenge), but I figured for today and Wednesday I should post a few of my older manis that I consider complete fails! So, have a peacock fail.
As it turns out, every time I try to stamp peacock feathers, I end up disappointed! I really want to like these, but I just can’t quite get myself there 😦 The background is just the WRONG shade and the colors of the feathers…meh.
I started with two coats of Charlotte by Zoya (one of the mini’s from a free thing a while back), and sponged on the flakies from Festival by Picture Polish. They don’t pop nearly enough! Also, they are impossible to clean out of cuticles.
I then stamped on the peacock feather design from plate JQ-L20, using three of my favorite polishes: Tristam and Saint George by A England and Berry Good Looking by Cupcake Polish. Pretty color combo (I need to play with it more) but the feathers pop almost too much!
Anyway, I tried and I did not succeed to make something feathery and fantastic. I think I might go back to hand-painting some feathers using these polishes….in the eventual future where I pretend I have free time to attempt something as time-consuming as freehanded feathers! *sigh*. I did not enjoy these, so I won’t ask if you did! Stay tuned for an even WORSE fail on Wednesday! Then the good manis start, I promise.
So, I was trying (yet again) to recreate this mani by Sassy Shelly and yet again I failed. I need the right stamps and I don’t have them! Lets be honest, I am going to try this again with the colors I was originally going to use and a different stamp *sigh*
I won’t bother listing my colors or my stamps because they are unrecognizable after the number of ways I tried to save this mani. Suffice to say I need to stop playing around and just make up my mind and go for it!
Honestly, I didn’t write down the polishes that I used for this. The pink creme is a Clinique mini from a promotional set my mom gave me.
The only thing that saves this mani at all is the pink shimmer I threw over my nude nail. I wish I could remember what I used! Possibly Mist by Chameleon but I really don’t know…that is a VERY old polish!
Win some, lose some. This wasn’t QUITE bad enough to be set aside for Fail Week (there will be one of those coming soon). Enjoy!
Well, this didn’t quite work as planned. I bought a bunch of jelly-finish polishes to try lead lighting…and they are rather a bust in terms of color!
The three Zoyas (Frida – Teal, which I already owned, Katherine – purple, Paloma – Pink) work quite well, but they are an odd color combo. I tried to round out the set with an orange and a yellow (the green was sold out) but they are a flop! The two polishes, by Esmalte da Kelly, look identical! I cannot tell orange from yellow either in the bottle or on my swatch stick, never mind my nails! I spent money that could have gone to other new polish on proving that this orange and yellow jelly are the same. So sad! So now I have yellow, teal, purple, and pink…which do not work well together!
I tried to make a quasi-Jewish mani regardless (see the 6-pointed stars in the teal?) but the placement of the colors is a bit weird. Again, had the orange WORKED it would have looked better 😦
I also layered a bunch of glitters over my white base in hopes that they would shine through…but they really don’t. I’m not sure what to do other than give up on using glitter as a base for jelly polish! I need to figure out something fun to do with the colors I do have, before I regret the purchases.
~ White: Wet n’ Wild – French White Creme
~ Glitter: KBShimmer – I Only Have Ice for You
~ Teal: Zoya – Frida
~ Purple: Zoya – Katherine
~ Pink: Zoya – Paloma
~ Yellow: Esmalte da Kelly – Soap Bubble Yellow
~ Orange: Esmalte da Kelly – Soap Bubble Orange
I cannot recommend the Esmalte da Kelly jelly polishes, which makes me sad given that they seem to work for other people! Also, the bows at the bottom of the brush make it really difficult to open the polish bottle or use the brush without ruining your mani. Poor planning!
Gah. I had such high hopes for this mani and they did not pan out! This is not my best work (although it isn’t a total fail I suppose).
I was trying to compare the two matte-finish Zoya green polishes: Honor and Veruschka. I bought Honor for a friend who really liked Veruschka, since Veruschka was discontinued. I wanted to compare the two before I gave Honor away just to see (sorry Amy, I wore this on one hand first!). Honestly, the two polishes are very very close. V is a little darker and more true-matte than H, but frankly its a bit hard to tell! I am glad I have V, I like the more matted finish a tad better.
Ok, so, Honor by Zoya is a medium-dark-green polish with a semi-matte finish (more of a satin than a true matte) with shimmer. The shimmer is a bit hidden in the matte state, and I did not add top coat so no photo, sorry! This is three thin coats of Honor. As with all mattes, it dried down gratifyingly fast!
I then went and directly compared to Veruschka…which is still a name I cannot spell half the time (hence the V earlier). I did one stripe of V up the middle of each nail (I have photos of that too, but they were a bit out of focus so unless someone cares deeply, I won’t be posting them). When that dried, I added another stripe of Honor, so that the design was a base of Honor with two thin lines of V and a middle line of Honor again. From the photo below, you can tell that V really is a half-shade darker, but you can’t tell the finish. V has a bit more shimmer (or it just stands out better against the darker finish) and dries down matte-er than Honor. That being said, I don’t think anyone needs to own both unless they REALLY like green mattes! As mentioned, I personally prefer V but only by a little.
~ Green matte: Zoya – Honor
~ Dark green matte: Zoya – Veruschka
~ Copper glitter: Butter London – Scuppered
~ Purple copper glitter: Zoya – Faye
The design came about because I wanted to rebel against my recent hospital time with some 3D dots…although they took forever to dry! There are two colors of dots (which you cannot see in the outdoor photos because they are both soo glittery), and the overall effect was…meh. But I tried!
So, I was trying to make this by badgirlnails, and I failed spectacularly. My colors didn’t blend well because I’ve never tried to blend jellies before, and my glitter base was abysmal. Failure from step one and I should have known it! So when all was said and done and looked awful, I just stamped over it. and now it looks awesome 🙂
I started with a white base (Wet n’ Wild – French White Creme) and added three different glitters over it trying to get the density I wanted. I started with I Only Have Ice for You by KBShimmer but there wasn’t enough glitter even after two coats, so I hand-placed a few large circle holo glitters from the disaster that was I Snow You Love Me by OPI, and then added a thin brushing of Fame by ILNP. It looked awful.
I then tried to brush on, and finally dab on, my Zoya jellies. I’ve owned Frida for a while now, but I wanted more polishes for lead lighting so I bought Katherine and Paloma during their 50% off sale on black friday. While I love all three polishes, I think I’m going to stick to lead lighting rather than blending from now on!
Once I had them all on and blotchy looking, I decided I hated it. But, I had plans in the evening and I couldn’t restart the whole mani…so I just grabbed a dense stamp (one of the Bundle Monster Shangri-La ones) and stamped at random. It came out pretty well!
I hope I’ll be showing you some actually good jelly manis in the not-to-distant future. This one might has well have been a standard non-jelly gradient!
I was trying to make something like this and I failed. Whoops! I needed it to be impressive enough that I wouldn’t get in trouble wearing it to the hospital and this just doesn’t quite make it.
I should have done entirely golden leaves. I tried to mix in a few shimmery browns and yellow…and instead you can hardly tell the brown from the gold and the yellow is too faint to see! Grr.
So, fall fail. It happens! I have a few more seasonal manis that I want to put together before winter hits, hopefully they come off better! I even made stamping decals for these just so I could get the placement perfect *sigh*.
~ Red: Zoya – India
~ Gold: Essie – Good as Gold
~ Brown holo: Darling Diva – Chocolate Diamond
~ Yellow: Revlon – Hypnotic
~ Stamp: BP – 19
Live and learn! Sorry :-p. The next few fall/halloween manis are a bit better I promise!