hi! a couple of weeks ago you did a grey nail with green bottoms. i was wondering what the green was called? its exactly the colour I've been looking for! thanks, elly :)
Do you mean these nails? The green is called Over the Top, from the Sephora Formula X collection! It’s so gorgeous and perfect for spring, I like it much more than mint green because it doesn’t make my hands go all lobstery!
What is your opinion of Sephora's formula x line? I've been scared to try any of it because I've heard mixed reviews, usually with criticism of the formula...
I have four different colors, and I really like them all. They’ve all been opaque in two coats (not sure about Over the Top because I’ve only used it in nail art so far though) and have non streaky formulas. I say try one out and see how you like it! They have some pretty interesting colors to choose from!
What would you say MVIB's soulmate is? I can't get over how good it looks with Sally Hansen Golden-I, but I'm wondering what your opinion is.
Every color? I really love it with orange-leaning corals though, like Butter London Jaffa or soft warm aquas, like BL Poole. Army greens look great with it as well, as do most colors with a little bit of grey or dustiness to them. And any shade of blue.
I’m just gonna say that MViB is not a single soulmate kind of polish- Basically it’s polyamorous because it looks good with everything.
Soooo I know you've already answered this question but I can't find it... I'm looking for good off white nail polishes and I know you have like a trillion of them. So which ones would you recommend ? I'm seriously considering OPI My vampire is buff.
That’s my favorite!!! You should definitely get it, because it’s perfect. There are imitators, and I’ve tried a lot of them, but none have usurped MViB’s throne yet!
So I've been wanting to try gel + nail designs recently... Are you just doing gel nails to get a base color and doing nail art on top without a gel top coat? That way you can exchange out nail art, but not have to take off the gel all the time? Also, have you tried doing the gel top coat on top of nail art? Thanks!
So far I’ve just done the gel polish completely, and then put nail art on top of it so I can change designs easily without changing the base color. I haven’t yet tried putting the nail art underneath the gel top coat because I’m not too keen on being stuck with the same nail art for so long. I’m trying to get my mom to be a guinea pig for doing it that way, but she likes to get to change her designs around now too. I’ve clearly spoiled her…
What's the sheer nude you use? I feel like you've mentioned it before and said that it was discontinued so if so do you know of a noteworthy dupe?
The one I’ve been using lately is Nailtini Frappe, which I got in an ipsy bag a few months ago so I have no idea where to actually purchase that brand. My absolute favorite is OPI Passion, and the only reason I haven’t been using it is that my bottle is pretty much all used up and I have yet to replace it. I’m almost certain it’s not discontinued, though, so that’s a good thing!
Hey Candice, I was wondering if you could make a video about how to practice nail art without the convenience of a practice hand or a nail wheel around. I've been waiting for new brushes and a nail wheel to come from Born Pretty Store aka forever and if you had any suggestions, I would be eternally grateful! I've got so much inspiration coming in but not much proper practice space.
This is a great idea, I’ll definitely keep this in mind when I’m making more videos this week! Just right now I’d say to practice just on paper, to work on brush strokes and keeping a steady hand. Doing anything to get more comfortable with your brushes and painting on a small scale in general will help once you get to actually painting nails!
I think your last two versions of your "birthday nails" look very different than the original version you had on your birthday. Did you do that on purpose, or is that just the way the design naturally evolved? Do you find that happens a lot in your nail art? As you go to recreate a design, you change it up and find you like it better that way? xox
I definitely do find that I kind of change designs every time I do them. It’s not usually a conscious decision, just something that happens as I notice a different or easier way to do things.
I think the big difference between the brushstroke looks between the one on my birthday and the one I did last night is the colors I chose. The birthday version is mostly mid-toned colors with the exception of the dark purple. The one last night definitely had a lot more contrast in colors, in both depth and saturation. I mixed pastels with both a dark color and a neon color, which definitely made a different look than the uniformly bright and mid-toned version for my birthday.
These kind of differences are what I really love about the more abstract designs- they’ll look good with just about any color scheme, and said color scheme with drastically change the look/mood of the mani. I love figuring out different color schemes, too, which makes it extra fun for me!
Hey there! What are your thoughts on nail stamping (e.g. Do you ever do it? Do you like it? What products do you rec? Do you actually need stamping polish to do it or will any polish do?)? Sorry. that's a lot to ask. I'm just super curious.
I had some stamping materials like three years ago when it first became a thing, and I had fun with it for a couple of months, but as soon as I started doing freehand designs it kind of lost its appeal to me. I think it’s really great for beginners, and for intricate designs, but it’s not my thing- I actually gave all my materials to a friend who was getting into nail art because they were quite literally gathering dust.
That being said, if you are interested in stamping, you should definitely try it out! You don’t have to use stamping polishes, just make sure whatever you’re using is super opaque because it goes on in a really thin layer and you don’t want it to be sheer or patchy.
I have no real recommendations because I haven’t purchased stamping equipment in a few years… I hope this is helpful to you though!
Would you be willing to do some sort of top ten polish list? Like, what shades you use the most? I already assume My Vampire Is Buff, but I love your color sense!
Ooh yeah I can try to do something like this! I love compiling little lists and favorites and that kind of thing. I can’t promise it’ll stop at ten polishes though…
And as for your other message about my hair color- you can have it! It comes from a box! My favorite color I’ve used is Garnier Nutrisse in Ginger Spice, but it’s really hard to find where I live so now I pick anything that’s like reddish blonde or blondish auburn, stuff like that. For reference, my natural hair color is dirty blonde, though I haven’t seen it in almost 7 years so it might be a bit darker than that now.
NCLA's The Spa Comes To Me might interest you. It's my most recent army green polish. Also, do you remember which pistachio green and brown polishes you used in your colourful quilty grid tutorial?
Ooh that really is a gorgeous color. I’ve never tried an NCLA polish before but they always look so nice, maybe I’ll give it a go!
I can’t remember all of the colors unfortunately, but I think the lightest green is Butter London Bossy Boots. The dark brownish green that is also on my fingers is Sephora Formula X Anomaly, darker green is from the same line, called gravity, and the more true green color is something like China Glaze Starboard or something like that. Maybe Revlon Posh. I don’t know why I didn’t list the polishes I used in that video, it would have been really convenient… Sigh.
would love a tutorial to those abstract painting nails you did for you birthday, if you have the chance! i didn't want to ask on your birthday but now that that's over DO THIS FOR ME PLEASE I NEED THEM ON MA FANGAZ
Haha I’ll definitely do a tutorial on them! I haven’t done one in forever, and I need to get back on that, I kinda miss it. I think the technique is probably similar to ChalkboardNails’ distressed nails, though I haven’t actually looked at her tutorial for those so I can’t be sure. I’m just kind of assuming based on looking at them…
I'M ON EXCHANGE FOR SCHOOL RIGHT NOW AND I'M ACROSS THE WORLD FROM WHERE I LIVE AND I HAD TO CHOOSE WHICH NAIL POLISHES TO BRING AND IT WAS THE HARDEST DECISION OF MY LIFE I BROUGHT LIKE 25 BUT I'M SEPARATED FROM THE OTHER LIKE 200 OF MY BABIES I'M SO SAD sorry to cry to you about that but I thought you would understand my pain </3
yknow this is probably why i never went abroad in college. i don’t think i could have handled that! i hope you chose well and that you’re doing okay with your separation!! just buy some brands you couldn’t get at home while you’re visiting ;)
(also just to make it clear that’s not why i didn’t go abroad. i had sports and nowhere i was interested in enough to go to.)
do you keep a spreadsheet or anything to keep track of your pollies?
I don’t, but I’ve thought about it before. And then I laugh and say why bother and end up with doubles of polishes and nothing at all changes.
But yeah, no, I don’t. I actually am pretty good about remembering what polishes I have, and it would just be sooo much work. Also I’m not really sure what I’d do with one if I made it… Probably cry about how big my collection looked on paper.