So I’m still playing Animal Crossing:Pocket Camp daily. Fortunately it’s now more of a quick dip in a few times a day rather than my compulsive addiction that I had to begin with where I wanted to check who was visiting every three hours. Come on admit it, you went through that stage too right?…
Anyway, I decided to paint the pit crew from OK Motors – Giovanni, Beppe and Carlo.
So it was only natural to pick up a few polishes in Japan, so why not choose some pokemon polishes! A shop called ‘its demo’ seem to have a massive pokemon colab deal which included some super cute stationary, accessories such as keyrings etc, as well as cosmetics for example eye shadow pallets, lip balms and polishes. (Admittedly if I didn’t know it was a colab I would be tempted to think it was some knock-off stuff, with the pokemon slightly altered so as to not infringe copyright issues.)
I picked up 2 pokemon polishes, which unfortunately don’t seem to have names only numbers, and a grapefruit handcream which smells lovely. I’m not a huge make-up wearer so as cute as the pallets were it would have been a waste of yen.
The first polish I chose to use seems to relate to pikachu as the glitter mix includes lightening bolts and it’s definitely a glitter topper so I created a yellow base for it.
I sponged a few coats of the glitter on first to create a more densely packed look and then one final brushed on coat to help seal in all the glitter. Looks cute right! Its definitely a novelty polish as I’m not sure how often I’ll wear it but for 450yen (about £3) why not huh.
I couldn’t just leave it as a ‘swatch’ so I painted the ‘its demo’ style pikachu. Unfortunately mines is looking a little uncomfortable about something, maybe even in pain… Sorry Pikachu.
So this design was 100% inspired by the whole day I spent in Osaka, mainly Dotonburi, eating nothing but Takoyaki. (I am not even exaggerating, I literally only had Takoyaki and vending machine juice that day, well actually I also had an ice-cream filled melon bread but I don’t think that quite counted towards my 5-a-day.) A lot of the vendors had these super cute octopus mascots on their stalls to instill some guilt in you as you chowed down on their delicious bretheren.
So (to my understanding anway, there’s probably way more to it) a Daruma Doll is used to remind you to complete specific wishes or goals. You colour in one of it’s eyes when you set a goal and then you colour in it’s other eye when you’ve completed it! Pretty cool huh? I didn’t want to paint in this dolls other eye however as once they’re complete I think you have to burn them later in the year at a festival – eek!
So these smiling skulls definitely resemble a certain skellington to me? Also with the colour combo I’ve chosen it seems to have turned out more Chirstmas than nightmare. Oh well!
This image is yet again from BornPrettyStore plate BP-L057 (reviewed here)
So it’s been a while since I’ve used a magnetic polish and I actually forgot how pretty they could be! This one is actually an Avon polish called ‘Hypnotic Bronze’, they call their magnetic/cats eye polish ‘Colour Attract’ just in case you go googling it.
The crooked house, trees and bats are all off the same stamping plate from BornPrettyStore which I recently reviewed.
So just in time for Halloween this rectangle stamping plate has lots of spooky (and not so spooky) images to use. It was sent to me by BornPrettyStore and even though you wouldn’t receive it in time for Halloween this year it is half price at the moment.
Fortunately it isn’t a one trick pony, it’s not all witches and pumpkins. I feel it has a nice balance of themed vs normal images. The obvious example of ‘usable’ images would be the skulls as they’re not soley related to Halloween. (I also include the spider webs, cats and bats within this category.)
Skulls were the first image I chose to stamp. I used my BornPrettyStore stamping polish and clear mallow stamping head and as you can see they came out pretty crisp! The plate didn’t need much prepping, I think this was actually only the second or third scrape before it picked up this strongly. Not bad huh?
I also used a second skull image to demonstrate that it’s easy enough to isolate a single element and use that. This one is a little patchy but that could be due to a few reasons; not enough polish, not prepped enough, clumsy scraping. To be honest though I think it kind of adds to the whole effect! (I love the fact he’s already missing a few teeth.)
And ta-da, the design as a whole! Not so Halloweeny right?
So now let’s actually get on to what the plate was designed for – Halloween! I chose another ‘stamp and go’ image, this time some skeleton cats. Some of them picked up better than others, again maybe the plate needed more prepping or I needed to use more polish.
I thought it was quite a playful image (I can’t have anything too spooky on my nails as I work with children) so felt that a neon ombre would be a twist on tradition too. What do you think?
Over the next week I’ll be using this plate again to bring you some more Halloween nails! If you order anything from BornPrettyStore, use my code ‘AZYW10’ at the checkout to save yourself 10% off all full priced items and remember free shipping. This plate is already half price, so go for it!