Subtle Snowflake Nails

First blog post of 2016!  Happy New Year!

I’ve been feeling lazy, but I just got my January Julep Maven box, and it had this pretty light blue holographic color in it:

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Tali by Julep, one of the colors in the January 2016 maven box.

I wanted to use Tali as the base color for a snowflake themed manicure, but as is the case with a lot of things I do, things didn’t go exactly as planned.

I knew that the final result would be pretty low contrast with the silver and white stamping polish colors that I wanted to use.

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From left to right: b.m.c. nail lacquer in white and iced silver and Tali by Julep.

How successful the manicure would turn out depended on how opaque the polish would stamp over it, and sadly, b.m.c. nail lacquer didn’t perform so well at that task.  That was a shame because I had the perfect snowflake plate to use with the polish.

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Holiday goodness: plate BPL-032 from Born Pretty Store. The stamping for this mani was done with different parts of the large image on the left.

I started with iced silver to provide some subtle snowflakes in the background.  The polish is hardly visible unless the light hits my nails just right, but I assure you that I stamped all my nails with some snowflakes.  The holographic base polish has a lot of silver undertones so I didn’t expect the stamping to show up that well, but I was hoping for better results than this.

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Super subtle stamping with iced silver stamping polish from Bundle Monster (b.m.c. nail lacquer).

I was hoping to get very opaque white snowflakes in the second round of stamping, but they came out fairly light again.

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No top coat added here yet, but that base color still looks dazzling!

The finished look is pretty, but it leaves me itching to try doing snowflakes one more time with better contrasting colors.  We’re hardly into the winter season, so there’s still time to do this again!  Besides, the barely there snowflakes are a perfect commentary on the not so wintry weather that NYC has been having lately.

Stay warm, and happy polishing!

Magical Dandelion Seed Nail Art

Ah, September.  The seasons are changing, so I wanted to do some nail art that would capture the magic in the air.  The lightness of fluffy dandelion seeds seemed perfect for the prompt!

I knew I was going to use a plate from Born Pretty Store, so I decided to stamp silver holographic polish onto a shimmery dark blue background.

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The look starts with Soho Skinny from Ulta Professional, a beautiful pearly dark blue.

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BPL-026 plate from Born Pretty Store. I used the design in the top right hand corner for all my nails.

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Stamping done with UO Nail Lacquer in Silver Holo.

For that touch of magic, I brushed Sugar Coat by Kleancolor on just the top half of my nails to create a simple glitter gradient look.

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Sugar Coat by Kleancolor. I love the iridescent glitter in this polish!

And that’s it!  Super easy, sophisticated looking nails that capture the magic of the changing seasons.  Hope you all had a wonderful Labor Day!  Happy polishing!

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Holographic dandelion seeds. Winning.