This mani is…fairly random. I figured it was about time to start posting some actual holiday nail art, so here we are!
I am going to pretend that these are ornaments on a tree. I did mean to make them gold and green for Christmas, so let’s go with it! I just didn’t figure they would end up quite so…gold.
The only colors here are the green-to-blue multichrome, which is Reminisce by ILNP and black which is Black on Black by Sinful Colors. The stamp is from BM plate XL209, because I’ve always enjoyed bubble-looking designs!
I then decided to try out some of the gold studs I was sent from the Born Pretty Store. Now, this particular set also has starfish and seashells…and was supposed to arrive back in June but it came with this batch in November instead! So instead I am using some less summer-y gold bits, but this summer I WILL be using those adorable seashells.
Anyway, I used the smallest circle studs and the empty circle studs here. I must say, I was impressed by how easily the hollow circles stayed on, despite their large size! The gold color did not run off with top coat, which has happened with some other 3D bits I’ve used. Overall, quite nice! If you want to pick up this stud set, head over to the Born Pretty Store, where you can find it for $2.29. Enjoy!
A couple months ago I joined a group called the Polish Pickup Pack. I had been seeing ‘boxes’ for a while where every month they advertised a different set of polish but you had to buy all of them! Then PPP came along…and its actually quite cool! A whole bunch of indie polish makers each create a polish around a theme (mythical creatures, gemstones, holidays), and you can buy, or not buy, anything you want. Unfortunately, they only sell the polish for one week out of a month, and once that one week is over the polish will never be sold again. That said, I have picked up some REALLY cool polish!
The one I am showing you here is from the October theme of “mythical creatures”, although I only received it in November since it takes a while for the makers to actually bottle and then ship all the polish. Still, this polish is freaking beautiful and worth waiting for! I have found in any given month that some of the polishes are really NOT my style, and some months many are right up my alley.
This is three coats of Not Your Average Seahorse by Blush Lacquers. I have never tried a Blush polish before, but they killed it with this one! I don’t actually know how to describe this. The base is a deep navy blue jelly with a scattered holo finish. However, it also has a bright orange to gold to green shimmer that is made up of tiny flakies (wow), PLUS actual larger flakies that are green to purple to pink. It is ridiculous and I love it. I actually put it on my shelf with my multichrome polishes despite it not TECHNICALLY being a multichrome, because it doesn’t fit anywhere else!
Anyway. I then colored in a triangular stamp with some black to add a bit of contrast, and stamped in gold. I do a bit wish that I had kept the black stripes in the same location on each nail, but I was going for something a bit more interesting? Regardless, I think it looks pretty cool!
~ Blue shifting: Blush Lacquers – Not Your Average Seahorse
~ Gold: Essie – Good as Gold
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Stamp: BP – L070
I bought one more polish from this particular month’s polish pickup pack that I’ll have up on the blog in a bit, and two from the December theme. Nothing struck my fancy from November. Regardless, if you are interested, you can join the Facebook group or just check out the offerings at the beginning of each month. I am a fan!
I think I am pun-y! Well, it isn’t a pun, the title is basically just alliteration but it still makes me happy. As does this mani! It is technically still autumn…and currently the ground in Philly is completely covered in leaves. It is pretty, crunchy, and utterly ridiculous. When I walk outside I feel like I am eating leaves!
The base polish here is intended, I think, as a topper…but I wanted to make it opaque! This is three coats of Raging Fire by Born Pretty over one thin coat of a dark red base. Honestly, this polish was almost completely opaque at two coats! The final coat was mostly for my pinky, which I had painted more sparsely than the others. Despite looking uneven, the glitter was actually quite smooth after one coat of top coat. That said, the polish itself is thick and a bit goopy…good for dense flakie placement but it would have been difficult to get a light coat of polish.
The flakies themselves shift from pink/red to orange/copper to gold and emerald green at sharp angles. Since the flakes are at slightly different angles to each other, it is actually easy to get the whole color shift! It was mesmerizing.
I then made stamping decals using a left design from plate Floral BPX-L018 with Essie Good as Gold and colored in between the leaves with OPI Visions of Love. It looks quite fun and glittery! I know I could have instead just painted the leaves of the stamping decal with flakies…but this was so much more fun :-p
And, surprisingly, this was pretty easy to remove! Since they are flakies and not true glitter, they dissolve with acetone. The dark red was more painful since the color tends to stain my cuticles. If you want to pick up this flakie polish for yourself, head over to the Born Pretty Store, where you can find it on sale for $3.69. Enjoy!
I think the theme of this week is “things Eva matted.” However, unlike Monday’s post, I am really sad that this mani did not end up glossy!
The design was inspired by @kgrdnr, as many good things are. I mostly just wanted to use Ski Lodge by ILNP because it somehow found its way onto my desk. However, then I decided it wasn’t quite glittery enough, and I added some flakies over top. Voila!
Despite being really simple, I think this came out rather awesome. I have missed working with dark greens (they are not an approved-of color in the hospital or on the interview trail), and holographic + flakie polishes are an awesome combination.
~ Dark green creme: Sinful Colors – Last Chance
~ Dark green holo: ILNP – Ski Lodge
~ Green flakies: Lyn B Designs – The Speed of Light, you Know
~ Gold: Salon Perfect – Gold Leaf
~ Matte: KBShimmer – Oh Matte!
Regardless, you can also see why I am sad I matted this! Usually I am all-for matted flakies, but I ended up removing some of the depth in the design and certainly in getting rid of the awesome holo inherent in Ski Lodge. Oops! I’ll likely try a similar design with a different color, and I just need to remember to keep it glossy 🙂
This was a super quick mani that I needed to wear to the hospital, but since I was finally able to wear colors, it is a little better than some of my stuff from earlier!
Initially, I didn’t have time for a design (even a stamp) but I wanted to use a color that (1) I hadn’t used in a while and (2) was interesting (aka sparkly). I settled on Faye by Zoya. Only, once it was on, it was super super glittery and not that pretty! I forgot that I love this polish in the bottle but it is meh on my nails.
So, I matted it! And wore it just plain with matte for a day. It looked pretty awesome. However, that is not enough of a design, so I stamped over it with a pink-leaning bright purple, Margo by Zoya using BP-L049.
I like the way the glitter of Faye peeks through, but I really like the contrast of the bright purple and the golden-copper. Also, this took a total of 30 minutes, which is pretty awesome. Moreover, the version of this stamping plate that I have is really well etched, so even a not-super-opaque polish like Margo is able to fully stamp.
That’s it for today! Not super exciting of a design but pretty nonetheless. Hope you enjoyed!
One final Fall-themed mani! I think there are still some brown/gold/red ones coming up, but I figured those could be holiday-themed as well so I moved them later. Also, sorry, I totally forgot to post this during normal people hours (my sister made me paint her nails, funnily enough).
This mani was my attempt at late-fall shadow stamping. That is to say, I wanted to use a glittery golden-brown with gold, but I also wanted to give the gold stamp a black shadow! In retrospect, this would have worked a lot better if I had used a lighter brown base. With this dark brown it was both hard to see where I had placed the initial black stamp so that I could stamp over it in gold, and hard to see the shadow in the final design!
That said, I maintain that I like this design. Glittery and brown and gold? And somewhat geometric? Yep.
~ Brown: Spa Ritual – Starry Night
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Gold: Essie – Good as Gold
~ Stamp: BP – 021
Well, also, this is Black Friday…so I hope you all had happy shopping! I had to stop myself from buying wayyy too much on-sale polish. But I want them alllll!
This was a simple but quite fun mani to put together! I forgot how much I like skittlettes 🙂
The art was inspired by @gabbysnailart, and I like how close I came! I do need to admit that I used a stamp for the heart and then colored it in before putting it on my nail…I still cannot paint hearts to save my life!
The golden polish is new, the gold sister to that crazy holographic silver I used during the 31 Day Challenge. This one is called Million Dollar Dream by F.U.N. Lacquer, and it is awesome! Still a pain in the butt to remove, but it looks so darn pretty on that I am willing to overlook that. This is three coats of Million Dollar Dream. It looks super patchy on the first coat but builds really nicely. I used it as a dabbed on gradient on my thumb, although I don’t like how that nail turned out overall, this polish does gradient nicely as well.
I this is the last “Fall” themed mani for while, since I have a bit of a back-log of nail art to post that is not in colors of red-orange-green-gold!
~ Gold: F.U.N. Lacquer – Million Dollar Dream
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Olive: Cult Nails – In a Trance
~ Stamps: BM – 317, EdM – 03
Hope you enjoyed!