I had no idea what to call this. I do wish I had shifted where the center of the circle was a little more each time (not had the two middle fingers facing each other). That being said, I love how this looks!
This came about because I wanted to play with purchased jelly polish and home-made jellies. The only home-made one on display here is the orange (which I made by mixing Soap Bubbles Orange by Esmaltes da Kelly, which is barely orange at all, with Siren by Pure Ice). I made a green as well, which is a stunning grass green when wet but dries to a weird brown! I don’t know what to do about that (I ended up re-making a green using the yellow base, which doesn’t change color as it dries the way the orange does).
Regardless, to achieve this, I painted my nails black, then added a stamp in white from BC plate 10. I then added two layers of top coat just to make sure I wouldn’t smudge the stamp when I started playing with the jellies, and went to town!
~ Black: Wet n’ Wild – Black Creme
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Purple jelly: Zoya – Katherine
~ Pink jelly: Zoya – Paloma
~ Orange jelly: custom!
~ Yellow jelly: Esmaltes da Kelly – Yellow Soap Bubbles
The inspiration photo for this was a lot more…pastel. And apparently just used pastel stamping polishes (so I might have to try that too). Don’t get me wrong, I love my vibrant polishes! But it didn’t come out exactly as I expected. Hope you enjoyed!
Another mid-surgery post to review a stamping plate from the Born Pretty Store! Unlike Monday, when I went with black and gold and striking…this time I went with NEONS (because it’s summer and I like bright colors). Again, sorry for the tiny nails and lack of sunlight photo, but the weather didn’t cooperate and I only got to wear these for a day!
I did a yellow-pink-purple gradient, but in the images it looks yellow-orange-pink! Which is still nice, but the non-direct-light photos are far more color accurate! It doesn’t matter for the stamp (since black is black) but still.
The stamping plate I got from the Born Pretty Store has a really cool set of designs on it…bendy lines with dots, squiggly flowers, swirls and stars (which I used here), and a truly awesome art nouveau geometric pattern that I am dying to work with when my nails are longer! I had 0 trouble picking up the image, despite the tiny dots. This mani was fun!
~ White: Wet n’ Wild – French White Creme
~ Yellow: Love & Beauty – Yellow
~ Pink: WOW – #371
~ Purple: Sinful Colors – Dream On
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Stamp: BP – 43
If you want to grab yourself this stamping plate, you can find it at the Born Pretty StoreBorn Pretty Store for $1.59. Don’t forget to us my 10% off code, LY5X31. Enjoy!
If this isn’t bright, then I don’t know what is! For day 4 of the OMD Challenge, I created some gold and black ruffian nails with flowers. I don’t even like ruffian nails, but for some reason this just seemed right!
My inspiration came from @kimiko7878. I couldn’t help buying a few of the new mirror-finish polishes from the foil collection by sally hansen. I should have known better though…you need smooth nails for this and mine are a pitted mess! Since this polish is designed to be worn without base coat or top coat, it shows any imperfection in your nails. And mine are, shall we say, highly imperfect?
I started with two coats of Liquid Gold by Sally Hansen over my bare nail (except on my thumb where I put down base coat just to see. The gold polish pulled and separated over it, and the finish was more frosty than mirror in the end, but it was honestly better than letting you guys see the impressive destruction of my thumb!). The polish needs to be placed on fast and in thin coats, but it is very opaque. I do not recommend messing with it once it is on the nail! It is also difficult to clean out of cuticles (I don’t know why) but dries very quickly to a really cool shine!
Despite my less-than-stellar nail situation, the end result is pretty striking. I added the ruffian and flowers by hand with a matte black, Rascal by Mentality. I could have gone with shiny, but since I wasn’t going to top coat the end result, I figured might as well try for contrasting finishes!
Luckily, I only plan on wearing this mani for about a day. Neither mirror finish polishes nor matte polishes are known for their staying power, especially in the absence of base coat! Enjoy!