Green and Gold Nails

I’ve been swamped with work lately, which is a fortunate thing for a musician, but it has left me with little time to paint my nails.  Whenever I have a busy week and little inspiration because I’m too tired to think, I turn to my trusty collection of stamping plates.

With St. Patrick’s Day around the corner, I decided to go with a green base color first.

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Are you green with envy? This is Emerald Expressionism by Finger Paints.

I used plate BPL-005 from Born Pretty Store for the stamping.  What I love about it is that a lot of the patterns look like they are water marble inspired, so it’s easy to get a marbled look without the mess.

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Plate BPL-005 from Born Pretty Store. I used the design in the 2nd row, 2nd image from the right.

I used gold polish from Konad to do the stamping.  I was hoping that it would be opaque, but the color does not pop very well and is even harder to photograph.  The design is most visible only when the light hits it at a certain angle.  While I swear by the Konad black and white polishes, their metallic shades leave something to be desired.

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Konad Special Nail Polish in Gold provides a subtle, shimmery look.

To get a varied look, I made sure to rotate the image when stamping it onto my nails.

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The swirls looks like they flow naturally from nail to nail rather than looking like they are stamped from the same image.

The effect reminds me of those mirrors with the gold marble overlay finish that were popular in the 80s.  I also think of the Emerald City from The Wizard of Oz.  In terms of a St. Patty’s Day manicure, I think I’ll be looking for my pot of gold elsewhere!

While this wasn’t a showstopping creation, I do love the elegance of the swirls.  Too bad they didn’t show up as well as I would have liked.  Guess I’ll need to purchase a better gold stamping polish.

Happy polishing!

Hospital Gown Nail Art

I can’t really go into details about the car accident I was in, but let’s cut to the chase and say that I had to go to the ER as a result.  It was my first time having to go, and I guess it was about as pleasant as an ER visit could be.

After waiting an eternity to see a doctor, I was led to a private examination room, where I had to put on a hospital gown.

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ER hospital gown plaid realness

Classy, right?

After my friends found out about my trip to the ER, the inevitable question came: what nails would match my picture?  The aforementioned photo was actually one in which I let my hair hang down into my face very much looking like that girl from “The Grudge.”  I’ll spare you the visual on that one.  😉  I opted to do a mani that matched the gown rather than match the hair.  Haha

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I tried to match the colors as best as I could with what I have:

Julep- Shelly
Finger Paints- Emerald Expressionism
Finger Paints- Monet Money
Kiss Nail Art Paint- White
Julep- Nan

Using the picture of the gown as a guide, I painted the lines with a thin striping brush.  I didn’t do an exact replica of the plaid of the gown because I knew I wouldn’t have that much space on my nails.  So it may not be the hit mani of the season, but considering how uninspired that I have been lately, it was just what I needed.

Funny thing is that two people have told me that they were wearing the exact same gown when they gave birth to their kids.  I’m glad the design doesn’t have to have bad connotations linked to it.  🙂