Friday, October 21, 2011

Silver Spiders Halloween Manicure

My first official Halloween design of the year! I can't believe it took me so long to do one. I have so many ideas in my head but then they never turn out quite like I imagined them when I actually try them on my nails... But, happily, this one came out perfect!


This one is a Bundlemonster stamp (both images are from the same plate) in Sally Hansen Chrome Nail Makeup in Black Pearl Chrome over NYC Blackula. The ring finger has one of those Cina Haunted Nights decals (the little spider with a red and orange gem accent). The old Sally Hansen was perfect for the stamp and the Cina decal applied easily and looks rather good with a coat of topcoat over it.

Unfortunately, I can't say the same for the NYC Blackula polish. It's horrible. I've used NYC Black before and thought it was awful and the Blackula version is just as bad. It's runny, watery, streaky and has a really annoying flat brush. All it wanted to do is run off my nail and pool in my cuticles, plus it chipped off my thumb in a huge chunk the very next day. I haven't had that much trouble applying a polish in a loooooong time. With all the good, cheap, one-coat black polishes out there, I don't know how NYC's can be this terrible. True, I only bought it for the name and had no expectations of quality, but come on... At least give me a good brush to work with.

I do not recommend the NYC Black/Blackula polish, but the plain old Wet n Wild Black Creme (99 cents!) is amazing if you're looking to add a good, solid, easy to apply, fast drying, one-coat black polish to your collection. It's my favorite. That and Illamasqua Boosh, but there's a pretty big price difference there.

Starting to get off topic here... I did the other hand without the spiders to see which I liked better:
I like both. I like the spiders, makes it look a little less empty, but the spiderwebs alone look just as cool. I should do the stamp sideways as french tips... bet that would look interesting.

28 comments:

  1. Lovely design!

    Such a great idea to try the spiderweb as french tips!
    Definitely going to give it a try :)

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  2. The spiderwebs are really, really cool! :D Love it, because it's just black and silver, without oranges or reds or greens (the usual Halloween colours).

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  3. you're so patient +_+ they seems to take a long time to do.. I havent used any of nyc's nail polishes..are they all horrible or just black? thank you.

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  4. Zoffe, LauraLeia, Danny, thank you so much :D

    Cotton Candy, haha :D To tell you the truth, I haven't used NYC nail polish in years. Only the older ones, and even then I used them rarely. I haven't tried any of the new redesigned line besides the black, though I did buy the Halloween orange (Pumpkin), I just haven't tried it yet. Sorry!

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  5. It's funny, I was planning to do this exact same design for halloween, great minds think alike eh? ;) Looks great!

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  6. So simple yet so pretty! This is definitely a look I could work with (I'm not really into Halloween nails... Please don't hate me ;) ). Very pretty!
    Have I mentioned I LOVE the shape of your nails?

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  7. Great job on stamping! Love the design you came up with. Hehe, we had a similar idea. I did freehand spiders and web nail art yesterday! It's so much fun to wear these creepy crawlers. :D

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  8. That's so funny, I just did spiders and webbing with those same plates on my nails last night!!!

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  9. that is so cute. I would just put a spider on one nail because they scare me! ( :

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  10. This is so cute! I love Halloween mani's... the spiders are creepy and cute at the same time :)

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  11. I just did a similar mani using the same stamp!! Different colors! Wow-that's cool to me-your blog is like the bible of polish!

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  12. I used the same plate and stamps the other day! I used China Glaze Courtney Orange and the stamps in Wet N Wild Black Creme

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  13. Love this! I never got the 1st bundle monster set, but I think it is going on my wish list :D

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  14. you have amazing hands! awesome nail art! :D

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  15. I just got the NYC polish yesterday. Crap! Love the manicure. Very Halloween!

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  16. I love these stamps. In fact, I have a mani I'll be posting in the next few days using the same stamps in a different color schemes.

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  17. Hi Scrangie, I wanted to use this spider web image too but I've no idea why mine doesn't seem to work! I've done every step as fast as possible, but the design just wouldn't come up! The lines on your web looks pretty thick too, yet mine is just super thin and doesn't look like any polish could get into the grooves. Do you think there's anything I could do about this? Is this a faulty plate? ):

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  18. Thanks, everyone!! :D

    Mins, it may be the polish you're using for the stamp! Are you using Konad Silver? That one's known to cause problems. It could be a faulty plate, but it could also be that your stamper or plate have residue on them- have you tried cleaning them with pure acetone and then trying again?

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  19. I don't have Konad silver polish, I've always been using China Glaze Millennium for stamping and never once had problems besides this time ): i also tried cleaning the plate very thoroughly already but it didn't work ): Do you think Bundlemonster will do exchanges for a certain faulty plate?

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