Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy New Year!

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Happy New Year!

I usually don't make resolutions because, well, I know I'll break them.  So this year I am making some blogging resolutions that I know I can keep!

1) I will take better pictures.  I have a great camera, but I don't fully understand how to use all the features.  To remedy this, I'm taking a class on the second that is being offered by an amazing local photographer by the name of Craig Gum.  He has helped me with some white balance issues in the past, and I'm super stoked to have the opportunity to pick his brain some more.  Check out his use of light!  (Disclaimer: some of his work includes tasteful nudity)

2) I will try new techniques and do more video tutorials.  I experimented outside of my comfort zone in 2013 and picked up a few new techniques, but I really plan to test the limits in 2014.

3) I have been supported over the past few months by some incredible bloggers in the nail community.  In 2014, I will do one manicure a month that is inspired by another blogger - and attempt to do techniques with gel that are usually done with RNP.

4) I will post more than one shot of each manicure to better show the colors and art. 

Ok, ok...enough about my blogging resolutions.  Want to see my New Years mani?  I thought you might.
The base for this mani is LeChat Mood Frozen Cold Spell.  I swatched it previously in this post.  I then stamped them with Color Club Harp On It using images from Pueen 44 (ring finger) and Dashica XL sdp-8.  Stars aren't usually my thing, but I love the effect of the holographic stars over the thermal polish.

Here are a few more shots. 


I hope you all have a great New Year's Eve/Day and wish you the best year in 2014!

~Michelle

8 comments:

  1. Love this one. Those holo stars are gorgeous!!

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  2. Hi really enjoy your blog. Was wondering if you cured the lechat gel with a uv or led light? Thanks :/)

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    1. I use an LED lamp whenever possible to save time. LeChat was UV only until last year when they began moving to an LED formula. All of my LeChats are the LED version that can be cured in UV or LED. There are still a few of the UV only bottles floating around out there, but I have found you can message most distributors to deyermine if the version they have is LED.

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  3. Yikes...fat thumbs. *determine

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  4. Wow---I had no idea that I might order a LeChat colour-changing polish on line and it might not cure in my LED lamp! Thanks for the tip.

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  5. Can I ask which vendors you've used for LeChat? I just got two LeChat polishes from the same vendor. One looked like it would cure in LED (based on a sticker on the box and the label on the bottle) but the instructions only read UV and it did not cure at all.

    The other was fine, had printed on the box that it was both LED and UV, and had LED listed in the instructions. The vendor, BeautyChain, seems to be bewildered by my questions about whether or not the one that didn't work might have been UV only.

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    1. LeChat was UV only until about a year ago and there are still some bottles floating around out there that do not cure in LED. I suspect the sticker may have been added to the bottle by accident. I get my LeChats from a distributor in California. He does have an ebay store, seller ToBeGlamorous

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