Love Script Manicure

As I mentioned before, I recently traveled to attend my grandmother’s funeral. For days, I struggled to think of how to paint my nails. It wasn’t so much about coming up with something funeral appropriate as it was about creating something that might honor her. As she loved beautiful things and being flashy, I came up with this holographic love manicure to wear to pay my last respects.

I started by painting my nails with color 3709 from an amazing gel polish set from Clavuz. This shade is stunning in so many ways, but it is basically a mauve rose toned jelly polish with dazzling holographic glitter. As with any holo, pictures rarely do it justice.

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2 coats of 3709 from Clavuz were applied for this swatch.

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Rose Fishnet Manicure

The entire month of February feels like a romantic month to me, so I decided to create this sexy rose fishnet manicure to go along with the theme.

I started by painting my nails with 3 coats of 036 Soft Pink from Aimeili. Each layer was cured for 60 seconds in a 36W UV/LED lamp and provided the perfect nude color for the base of this design.

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036 Soft Pink gel polish from Aimeili has peachy undertones.

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Victorian Love Letter Manicure

February 15 was a vintage love letter theme for the @glamnailschallenge prompt.  I have to say, using peel off base coat is making it a lot easier to get myself to paint more because I keep losing nail polish off my fingers by accident, making it necessary to change my manicure!  Good thing that these prompts are so fun to fulfill.

The first step was to choose a nice base color.  I toyed with the idea of staining some tan polish with alcohol ink to create that old paper look, but I didn’t have that much time to paint my nails.  I found this beautiful crelly from Pretty & Polished in my collection that reminded me of pretty speckled stationery, so I went with it.

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This color from Pretty & Polished is appropriately named Antique.

I envisioned script overlaid with roses, but after digging through my extensive stamping plate collection, I couldn’t find anything that looked like what I wanted.  I made the gut wrenching decision to attempt painting the words myself.  Mind you, I have never felt comfortable with writing words on my nails because painting with a brush really doesn’t work the same way that a pen does.  I probably could have used a fine tipped Sharpie to do this, but I opted for the harder route and used acrylic paint with a fine brush and winged it.  A challenge for the challenge!

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In retrospect, a little planning would have gone a long way.  My first mistake was that I didn’t give myself enough time to do this manicure before having to leave for an appointment.  I actually had to apply topcoat after I took the upper right hand corner picture so that I could leave and come back to the details of the flowers later!  I took the most time with my index finger, which is why the text looks so much better and clearer than it does on the other fingers.  But unfortunately, acrylic paint dries quickly, and my mix of black and brown paint got thicker and thicker as I moved from nail to nail.  I guess I might need to get one of those fancy palettes that keep the paint moist.

I also felt like my text was too unevenly spaced, although perhaps that adds a more realistic charm to the look.  Ever try writing on an unlined piece of paper before?  I guess that makes my handwriting look more authentic.

My saving grace was being able to place the roses over the bits where I thought the penmanship looked too sloppy.  This was easily done with a few kinds of nail polish and some dotting tools.  The leaves are Monet Money from Finger Paints, and the different shades of pink are all colors from Nicole by OPI: (from darkest to lightest color) Berry the Hatchet, City-Pretty Rose, and Carnival Cotton Candy.

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The letter that I’m holding is a facsimile of one written by Eugene O’Neill to Beatrice Ashe on November 1, 1914.

The result turned out very pretty, and I’m sure that people will assume that I stamped the script when really I cursed a lot over the cursive writing!  While it’s not my best freehand work, I’m still satisfied with it.  I’ll just keep practicing my brushwork and see if I can do better the next time.

Happy polishing!

 

XOXO Kisses Manicure

It’s another @glamnailschallenge prompt day!  The theme is kisses, and I might have made this one a little more intense than it should have been, but there’s just so much love to give this time of year!

I started by painting all my nails pink.

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Carnival Cotton Candy by Nicole by OPI is a pretty pink, although it took 4 coats of polish to get it fully opaque.

Next, I applied a glitter top coat with a sponge to get better coverage.

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Nothin’ Mousie ‘Bout It from OPI has pink glitter hearts suspended in the formula, so I used a toothpick to pick and place them where I wanted them.

The first layer of stamping was done with a print from Cheeky Beauty Jumbo Plate 8.

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Cheeky Jumbo Plate 8

 

I used the lip print from the bottom center of the plate with light pink stamping polish from Born Pretty Store (color #16) over all my nails.  This probably would have been enough to fulfill the prompt, but I added more to the design for better or worse.

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The lip print could also double as a coffee bean print now that I see it in action.

The last layer of stamping was done with Ya Qin An stamping polish in Black and a few additional plates from Bundle Monster and Born Pretty Store.

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Plate BM-411 from Bundle Monster was used for the XOXO design.

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BP-X08 from Born Pretty Store was used for the kissing couple in the middle of the right side of the plate.

I thought it would be a good idea to make the background of the “just love” text from the BP-X08 design clearer by applying Carnival Cotton Candy over it before stamping it onto my nail (reverse stamping style), but it ended up smudging it.  Oops.  I always forget how easily nail polish can streak because I use special top coat from Ya Qin An over my stamped designs which eliminates this problem.

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Love and kisses!

I probably could have eliminated the glitter top coat, seeing as you can hardly tell that it’s there, but I was dying for an excuse to use it as it has been sitting untouched on my shelf for a few years.  At least the mylar glitter makes the background nice and sparkly!

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I wasn’t terribly thrilled with this to be honest because it’s not really my style, but I used a peel off base coat underneath it all that will make this super easy to take off and change.  It’s still pretty cute, and my fiancé heartily approved of it.

Happy polishing!

 

Conversation Hearts Manicure

Happy February, everyone!  It’s going to be a month of fun and romantic manicures because I’ve decided to join the February GlamNailsChallenge whenever I can.  I’m not convinced that I can get myself to change my polish often enough to keep up, but I’m going to try because the prompts look like a lot of fun!

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For Feb. 1, the challenge was to come up with a heart themed manicure.  I tried to think a little more outside the box and decided to do conversation hearts on my nails.  I never liked eating them, but they’re pretty!

To start, I picked polishes in pastel pink, yellow, green, purple, and white that would match the candy’s colors.

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From the far left, the colors used are as follows: Ulta- Encore Pink, Sephora by OPI- Read My Palm, OPI- Rumple’s Wiggin’, essence the gel nail polish- wild white ways, and Sephora by OPI- IM Beauty.

I chose a random layout of the colors, but I purposefully did not want to put pink and purple next to each other because they look a little too similar.

A plate from Bundle Monster has a lot of the classic sayings from the candy, so I was able to save some time by stamping some of these onto my nails.

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Plate BM-425 from Bundle Monster.

Some care had to be taken to make sure the words would fit the nail I was stamping.  My nails aren’t very big, so I made sure to use the narrowest design on my pinky.

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Stamping was done with Konad Special Nail Polish in Red.

What I love about the stamping here is that it doesn’t have to look totally perfect.  The candy often has faded letters in some places, and the words are not always placed in the center of the heart.  If you decide to recreate this manicure, you will find that to be a very convenient excuse if things don’t work according to plan!

The last step was to paint a heart shape around the words.  Again, because my nails aren’t very wide, I couldn’t fit an entire heart onto the nail.  This allowed me to focus on just painting the top and bottom halves of the heart.  I used a detail brush with craft smart acrylic paint to do this, and I decided to outline each nail with a darker shade of its base color.  You can put a dot of color at the lowest and highest points of the curves of the heart and connect them in order to keep the outline more symmetrical as you initially paint the shape.

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Some of my paint pots are getting old, so the formula is more lumpy on some nails compared to others. Oops.

Add some top coat, and you’re all set!

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These hearts have a lot to say!

Part of me wants to do a cynical version of the hearts for an anti-Valentine’s Day theme, but that would require me to paint the letters by hand.  It’s definitely a fun take on this mani, so I’ll have to make this happen at some point!

Happy polishing!