Thursday, September 25, 2014

Nail Art: Welcome to Night Vale

Hi everyone! It's been a while and I am so sorry! This has been the longest, supposedly least stressful move ever and we're still not completely in but we're finally sleeping in our new apartment! FINALLY.

Last week I also finally had some time to sit down and do my nails. I think I mentioned in my post about RH Viola that it was the perfect Welcome To Night Vale colour. Welcome to Night Vale is this fantastic podcast full of subversive humour and set in an 1984-esque Orwellian small town where lots of really strange things happen and everything might be a conspiracy. If you've got a dark sense of humour and like clever radio hosts AND a canon, biracial gay couple, you should really check it out!

Click the logo to go to their site!
Okay! So I started with RH Viola and Revlon Blackest Black.

I didn't take any step by step photos apparently, so here's the finished design without topcoat. For the eye, I used Julep Kylie which I have yet to swatch and then acrylic paint for the black and white lines.

I definitely bought a shirt when they came to do live performances way back in July and it made the perfect background for my photos =3

Just for completion, here's the other side. I ran out of room on my ring finger nail and I do NOT have the line work dexterity for writing on my thumbnail like the other hand but there you have it! On the pinky I also have RH Crystal =3

Well I wish I had better photos! I think I may switch back to my trusty blackberry. I always got good photos I was happy with with that one, even though both these cameras are 5MP.

Or maybe I'll splurge on a macro-lens =P

Goodnight Night Vale, Goodnight!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Swatch: Rainbow Honey Crystal

Round two! A winning combination!

Starting with those two coats of Rainbow Honey Viola I dabbed and stroked without much effort some RH Crystal, which was the limited edition for last month. This bottle is just FULL of glitter. Like I said, without any effort I got all these on there which includes moons, stars, hearts, diamonds and some of those clear flakies I like so much plus a pink sheen of microglitter. I am just really impressed.

And look! I got a hang of my camera!

And just to show off the holographic goodness of all this sparkle...

What do you think? One thing I realized after I had put it on was that Viola with moons and stars is perfectly Welcome To Night Vale, a fantastic podcast if you like things fucking weird and dark humour.

Any WTNV fans out there? Expect some nail art featuring Viola and Crystal soon!

Check out Rainbow Honey on their website and Facebook!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Swatch: Rainbow Honey Viola

Hi all! This is a big deal. A few weeks ago I got a new iPod touch with a 5MP camera (same as the blackberry I've been using). I also found a watermarking app and so this is the first post I will be making entirely from my device. I think adding links is going to be bad here but maybe I can get the bare bones up and expedite this process to get you posts more quickly! Yay!

Alright, today I have a couple photos of A bright neon purple called Viola from the Midnight Garden collection. This first photo is one coat, followed by two. It is a one coater but I did do two just to feel better.

So bright! What do you think? I'm a sucker for purple.

Check out Rainbow Honey on their website and Facebook!

(PS I am sorry for those pics ugh, I need more practice and if it doesn't work I'll go right back to my BB.)

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Dress matching!

Earlier this month was Branden's cousin's wedding! I got a new dress for the occasion and obviously needed some matching nails.

It gave me the excuse to swatch RH Charaxes, which is what I started with. I freehanded half moon's near my cuticles with Julep Leah.

I initially wanted to keep this very simple so my next step was to dot using Zoya Solange (to match the neckline of the dress) which resulted in this:

This wasn't quite enough because the pattern on the dress is quite busy. So, tried again, this time with the saran wrap technique. I used Cecile 17 mostly and went over it again with Charaxes. I tried to dab on some China Glaze Fast Track but it was too transparent. Boo.

PS: I originally wanted to use bubble wrap to get the sort of effect you would with a straw but it didn't work so... learn from me.

It looks pretty fantastic. I reapplied the Zoya Solange dots too.

Dress fabric cameo!

I am super impressed! From far away it matches really well and I am very happy! Close up it's a little bit uglier, especially since I only topcoated before the textured Solange dots and they were the first things to smudge as soon as I had photos.. OH WELL.

I got some good wear out of this design too! Not only did I get to wear the dress to the wedding, but Branden had a work function dinner cruise where I got lots of compliments on both my dress and my matching nails! It was awesome <3 I love when people notice :3

Here's the full dress, apparently taken with a smudgy camera...

And just to give you some idea of the skirt.

PS, I got this dress through my local Avon representative (hereisherlink)! It was just under $60 and worth every penny!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Swatch: Rainbow Honey Sea Star

Hi everyone! There's some big things happening in Sharra-land including valiant attempts to make our new apartment in the image we want it to be before moving in so there hasn't been too much time for nail polish... I have been sitting on a post which is waiting for certain photos. To tide us all over until that eventuality I have one of the adorable glitters from my last Rainbow Honey.

This is one coat of Sea Star, some dabbing, over China Glaze Fast Track which I thought looked like the sandy bottom of the sea.

I love this combination. It was very sparkly and the mix of blue, yellow and neon pink (STARS) was perfect. It was a good neutral base with some POP.

This is the last post with my blackberry camera by the way! I just got a new iPod Touch with a 5MP camera (the same as bb) and I'm going to find a watermarker and hopefully start posting directly.

I also recently got Instagram! There's not many nail posts yet but there will be! Follow me here <3 at alira23_

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Swatch: Rainbow Honey Charaxes

We're going back in time now! RH Charaxes is from the Midnight Garden Collection and it is a blue creme, darker in hue than Prussian Sky and missing the silvery flecks mixed in. It is an eye catching colour and was opaque in ONE COAT.

That is a single coat, peeps. Dang.

(Sale's still on until August 18th, use code MIXTAPE20 for 20% off entire purchase at show me what you bought weeeee!!)

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Swatch: Rainbow Honey Work It Out

Rainbow Honey sustains me.

This is another sample from their Summer Mixtape collection, the entirety of which should be making it to my door soon (very soon!), a bright coral pink and it is glorious. I am so glad they picked this out for me because it is nothing like anything I have (I'm not huge on the pink side of the spectrum). 

These photos show the colour a little cooler than it actually is, but the brightness is the same. It is two coats to opacity and one more to be safe.

That last photo is quite accurate. The shine on this is without topcoat btw. It's gorgeous. If you haven't already picked up the Summer Mixtape Collection it's not Rainbow Honey's website and you can get 20% off your entire purchase with the code MIXTAPE20. US Postage is also free after $50, and Canadian after $75. Leave me comments on what you got!