This is a very pic-heavy post. But I assume none of you mind a little "polish porn". :-)
This is the latest favorite, and my current manicure that I just did. This is OPI Gelcolor's Here Today, Aragon Tomorrow (given to me by a friend) mixed with coarse grade spectraflair. I'm in love. I had a great Christmas mani (below) but I wish I had thought of this combination earlier! :-p
This color wasn't really one of my favorites straight out of the bottle. It's such a dark color it really looks almost black. I really didn't need another nearly black polish. When I mixed a few drops though with a rice-grain sized amount of spectraflair - WOAH! Amazing forest green linear holo! The pictures really don't capture the linear-ness of it well unfortunately. My big camera's batteries are recharging. Maybe I can add some better pictures tomorrow in the sun.
I am using an old contact lens case to mix in, as was suggested by a member over at The Purse Forum. It works really well in fact, and then I can store what I have left over from the mix (in case I need to do any repairs), and it's protected from the light as my case I'm using is opaque heavy plastic.
Blingy Red Funky French
My previous manicure was the one I did for this Christmas - my beautiful holiday mani! No mixing involved here. I used two coats of Gelish Waterfield as the base color, then did two coats of Red Carpet Manicure Glitz & Glamorous on the tips (a dupe for Gelish Queen of Hearts). I use a small old eyeshadow brush dipped in alcohol to clean up my smile lines. Very easy.
A couple days before Christmas I added the little reindeer decal to my ring finger (sorry for the crappy cell phone pic on that one).
It was a great mani that I kept on the full two weeks (i'm usually bored with it and change it up after about 10 days). Even then I was reluctant to take it off and change it, but i was anxious to try out a newish color in my untried stash, and the new lamp I got for Christmas! :)
Color Morphing Mania
A few mani's ago I did a color-shifting mani. I used a chameleon pigment from Sik Custom Paint that shifted teal, blue and purple. It was incredibly hard to capture the color-change, but it was another I left on until I broke too many nails after just coming back from vacation that there was no real fixing it.
Here I mixed the pigment powder with Gelish Structure gel and applied it over a base of Gelez Pitch Black (a black creme). Color morphing pigments show their many true colors best when over a black base. Lots of pics of this one, since it was so hard to really capture the color shift and get all the colors.
Flame Swirl Funky French
Another great one that I got a lot of compliments on - my flame-swirl mani. I used Gelish Ambiance here as the base. Then I put small dots of Orly Gel FX Rage and Artistic Colour Gloss Eccentric on the tips, and used a dotting tool to swirl the two colors upward together. Very easy to do, even if you think you can't keep your hand steady enough to do a traditional french and keep the smile line clean.
The Orgasm Mani
........Meaning the mani I used my NARS Orgasm blush as a pigment for this. What were you thinking? Get your minds out of the gutter! :-p
For this mani I scraped a little of the blush onto a blob of Gelish Structure and mixed it in. I applied 2 coats as the base and then did the tips in Gelez Pitch Black. Again, I cleaned up my smile lines with the eyeshadow brush and alcohol.
Up in the Blue Holo
Another great favorite: Gelish Up in the Blue mixed with Spectraflair. This was before I got the coarse grade, so this one is made with the mid-grade. It's still very holo, just not quite as sparkly as the coarse grade. It's still plenty sparkly though!
After about a week or so I was dying to try to see if you could water marble with SOG. Well, you can. Messy, yeah a little. Actually not as bad in my opinion though as doing it with regular polish, as you can just use a towel to wipe off any excess and peel off your tape before you cure. Clean up from the cup..... not so easy. Thankfully I used a plastic cup. Defnitely don't use anything you'd want to keep. :-p
The water marble was done with Artistic Colour Gloss Wham, Fly and Deblu. I did it over of course a completed SOG mani, since the mani was about a week old. I would recommend that - If you don't like the way it came out, then it's easy to wipe it off and try again! :-)
Breast Cancer Awareness
I loved my breast cancer manis. I've done two of them. First of all, I love french manicures, and I wholeheartedly support breast cancer research and anyone who has been affected by breast cancer themselves or in a family member, friend, etc.
Both times I have done it on myself it's been as a french manicure. I use Gelish Ambiance for my base and Gelish Sheek White for my tips. I used Gelish Passion to paint on the Pink ribbons.
For the other mani below, which I did on my mom back in October for breast cancer month, I used Gelish Less Talk and the Pink Ribbons were water decals.
The Ruby Slipper Mani
One of my all time favorite combos is what I call the Ruby Slipper mani. It's a dark color (like a dark purple like Entity One's Midnight Runway (a dupe for the Original Gelish Bella's Vampire), black or a dark blue) with Gelish Good Gossip layered over it. Good Gossip is a very versatile color. It looks amazing on it's own, but since I am weird about reds on my own hands and like dark colors, this combo is perfect for me. :-)
And when I say the "original Bella's Vampire", let me explain..... It seems to me that gelish has changed the color somewhat. Bella's Vampire was one of the first colors I ordered when I started SOG a year ago. It was very much purple, not a dark red as the name (to me) would imply. However, I recently picked up a new one in a mini version from Sally's and it is decidedly a dark red. Not even close to the very dark purple that was my original one. No biggie to me, as the Entity One color was a dupe for it. And the newer version I have is what I always expected the color to be! Win win for me!
Here you can see that the Entity one (on left) and the Orignal Bella's Vampire (on right) I had were dupes, and both very, very purple! I'm trying to get a good shot of the new bottle I have's color, and will update this post when I get one.
At any rate, this is 2 coats of Entity One Midnight Runway with a coat of Gelish Good Gossip over it. Forgive the odd-looking middle fingernail. This was in my early stages of SOG, and the very first time I ever tried to sculpt a tip on a broken-way-too-short-to-make-me-happy middle fingernail! Not a bad try for a first attempt, but I have much improved over the past year when I have to do this! :-) I had used a clear gel here, so it makes the color look a bit sheer and patchy on the tip of that middle finger.
I get TONS of compliments on this combination whenever I wear it! Try it! You will too!
One of my very first favorites was another combination creation of mine. I desperately wanted a medium-purple holo. So I made one. This was 6 drops of Gelish Sheek White mixed with 4 drops of my original bottle of Bella's Vampire (further proving it was truly purple) and then I added Supernail Silver Rush holographic glitter powder I got from Sally's. This was long before I discovered spectraflair. The Silver Rush doesn't make a linear holo, but it was a very pretty mani. Sorry, the first pic is a cell phone pic, but was more representative of the color. The other two the flash made the purple appear much brighter than it was in reality.
Well, that's it. I hope you enjoyed this latest picture heavy post. :) See you all soon!