Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween! I'm celebrating with a Magical Forest on my nails

Happy Halloween my fellow readers!

It is finally here, this one day of the year where everyone dresses up, creates spooky pumpkin faces and enjoys trick or treating (or just attending a nice party). It is All Hallow's Eve! Are you having any plans for tonight? Halloween is not a big deal here, but I just love all the stuff related to it: creepy decorations and food, candy, costumes... So during all of October I've been posting Halloween themed manicures and for today, I wanted to do something different. So while browsing the internet I stumbled upon a YouTube channel called ProfessionalDQ and I was immediately drawn to it because her description reads "Insanely mental nail art", which sounded quite promising ;) So I watched several of her tutorials and could not take the eyes off of her Scary Fairy design. This mixture of sponging, free-hand and newspaper nail art is right up my alley and I thought this would make a pretty unique Halloween design. So I pulled out my polishes, sponges, stripers, tweezers and acrylic paints and made my own Scary Fairy nails for Halloween. For more info read on after the jump. But be warned, this is a picture heavy post, muahahahaha *evil laugh*


Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Spooktober: China Glaze - Ick-A-Bod-Y

Happy Tuesday gals,

I hope most of you had a fabulous start into this week. Though I am pretty sure some of you had not. I've been following the news since yesterday evening when the tornado Sandy hit land at the US east coast. This morning I woke up to seeing flooded streets, unrooted trees, cities without power supply and all the destruction Sandy had left behind. My thoughts are going out to everyone in the affected region. I have friends and fellow twitter pals in that area and I hope you're all well!

So, let's go on to happier things, like nail polish :D Halloween is just around the corner and there are only two designs left for this Spooktober series. Since my favorite Halloween collection ever is China Glaze's Awakening from 2010, one of those final two Halloween manicures had to be Ick-A-Bod-Y. This again is one of those fugly weird colors that I love so much.


Sunday, October 28, 2012

Spooktober: The Spooky Bones Company - Blue-F-O

Happy Sunday everyone,

I hope you're all having a great weekend so far. I feel like winter is about to arrive soon in Germany. It's been freezing cold those last couple of days and in some parts of the country there already is snow. I hope snow will stay away from here for a little longer though. As much as I love winter and the coziness that comes with it, I do not like snow, because it means traffic snarl, late and crowded trains, which make commuting to work a pain in the butt (whoops, sorry ;) but that is how it is). So I am trying to inhale those last rays of sun and enjoy the beautiful Fall sceneries before the dark season will be upon us.

Oh well, let's go on to the polish part of this post. Today's Spooktober polish has been sitting in my stash for a while and while the color itself is not really spooky, the name is what made this one a Halloween appropriate nail polish. Here is Blue-F-O by the indie polish brand The Spooky Bones Company:


Friday, October 26, 2012

Spooktober: Blood Drip manicure

Happy Friday lovelies,

I hope you all had a great week! It's been a busy one for me and I am so happy that the weekend is upon us. That doesn't necessarily mean that I won't have anything to do (actually there are tons of scientific papers on my desk waiting to be read), but I just might take it a bit slower this weekend ;)

Today I have for you another Spooktober manicure that I've wanted to do for a while now. The design I aimed for was a simple Blood Drip manicure. I watched several videos on how to do this design but in the end I just did what I thought would look best. Well, it didn't turn out as realistic as I wanted it to be, but still I liked the final result.


Sunday, October 21, 2012

Spooktober: Jack O'Lantern Drag Marble Manicure

Happy Sunday everyone!

Today I have for you a classical Halloween design. I love pumpkins, both as food (especially as soup, haha) and for decoration. And what would Halloween be without those creepy carved pumpkin faces?! They're the epitome of Halloween for me. So of course I had to do a Jack O'Lantern manicure for my Spooktober series. I decided to do the pumpkin face as sort of an accent nail and go with a simple drag marble on the rest of my nails. 


Thursday, October 18, 2012

Spooktober: Witch's Brew manicure

Hello everyone,

welcome to another spooky design for Halloween! A while back while browsing YouTube for some inspiration for nail art I came across a channel called Arcadia Nail Art and I fell in love with her Witch's Brew design (see the tutorial here). So I decided to recreate this design and share it with you.


Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Spooktober: The Spooky Bones Company - Jake And The Leprechaun

Hi everyone,

today I have for you a little layering for my Spooktober series. Actually this polish has been sitting in my stash for a while and Halloween is the perfect occasion to pull this out. It is Jake And The Leprechaun by an indie nail polish brand called The Spooky Bones Company. As their name suggests, they make polishes inspired by horror movies, the supernatural, books etc. When I read the names of their polishes I was immediately drawn to them and when I saw the unique types of glitter they used for their creations, I caved and ordered some. Let's have a look.


Sunday, October 14, 2012

Spooktober - Candy Corn Clouds

Hello everyone,

I hope you are enjoying this Sunday. It is a lovely Fall day over here and I just returned from a walk. On my way I collected some chestnuts and it felt like I was a kid again, because I used to do that with my parents when I was young (not that I am that old now, lol).
Today I have for you another Halloween design, which is a Candy Corn manicure. Candy Corn is very popular in the States for Halloween. I myself have never tried it because it is not available here (so maybe you can let me know what it tastes like ;) ), but I just love the colors and how it looks. Instead of doing the regular striped design I decided to do a cloud manicure. This was my very first cloud design, but it is really easy to do and I like how it came out.


Friday, October 12, 2012

Spooktober: Glow In The Dark Ghosts

Happy Friday my dear readers,

recently I asked via Twitter what designs you wanted to see on my blog for my Spooktober series. Several requested a ghost themed manicure. Gladly I've wanted to do one anyway, because what would Halloween be without some ghosts?!
I thought ghosts would be a great opportunity to use some glow in the dark polish. Then I stumbled upon a ghost tutorial by IHaveACupcake on YouTube (*click here*) and decided to recreate her cute design.


Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Spooktober: #PolishDays - Sentimental

Hi lovelies,

it is time for another round of Polish Days, where several nail bloggers come together once a month to create manicures according to a certain topic. The theme is chosen by Hannah from PollyPolish who also organizes everything, so kudos to her!

This month's theme is "sentimental" and for a long time I had no idea what kind of manicure I could do for this. Then I rewatched some of MySimpleLittlePleasure's Halloween watermarbles for some inspiration for my Spooktober series.... and I remembered the time when I first got into nail polish and what made me start this blog. In my early days as a nail polish fanatic Colette's blog was one of the very first I came across and I've always adored her water marbling skills. Because of her I wanted to try this technique, too and thought I might as well share my first nail art attempts with the world wide web. So my first blog posts on My Polish Stash were water marbles inspired by her. Today I wouldn't even post these, because the result was soso (ok, let's face it, they were a disaster) and my cleanup and nail shape were horrible back then. Anyways, I thought a water marble reminding me of my first days as a nail polish blogger would make a great sentimental manicure for Polish Days.
To make this a Spooktober-suitable design, I chose to recreate her mummy manicure you can see here. I didn't have those cute rolling eyes Colette used, so instead I added some eyes with a dotting tool. I wish I had done them differently, because they look a bit out of place. Still I like how this turned out, but see for yourself.


Saturday, October 06, 2012

Spooktober: China Glaze - Zombie Zest

Hi everyone!

Today I have for you my all time favorite Halloween nail polish. Please welcome China Glaze Zombie Zest! It was released as one of three polishes in the Awakening collection back in 2010, which probably is the best Halloween collection ever for me! Zombie Zest stands out for me because it is a glass fleck polish and it is one of those unique ugly, yet pretty colors. Think Butter London's Wallis or China Glaze's Trendsetter. The colors are weird, but that is why I like them so much :) Let's have a look at Zombie Zest now!


Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Introducing Spooktober! Fantasy Makers - Creepy Pumpkin

Happy hump day everyone!

Today is a public holiday here, which is German Unification Day, where people remember the German reunification back in 1990 when the Berlin Wall came down (which actually happened on November 9th 1989, but I am sounding nerdy here, am I?!). We do not do anything special on this day, no celebrations or anything - at least I don't, I simply enjoy a day off. 
So I finally had some time to play with nail polish, edit photos and come up with some ideas for future manicures. In the end of this month there is going to be Halloween, which isn't a huge thing here, but I like all the stuff related to it, like creepy decorations or sweets. I've been thinking about what to wear on my nails for Halloween for a while now and have several ideas in my head. So I thought why just do one single manicure for Halloween?! Hence I decided to do several and post them throughout this month - Spooktober was born :D I really hope you will enjoy this little series.

Let us start this with a polish that has been sitting in the back of my Alex for a while now. It is Fantasy Makers by Wet 'n Wild Creepy Pumpkin, which came out last year for Halloween.

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