Chevron Holographic Mani

Ever since I finished my last manicure, I’ve been eyeing my bottle of Meet Me at the Disco from Sephora by OPI.  Technically the bottle says it’s a top coat, but I wanted to slather it all over my nails because of its beautiful holo glitter.

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Silvery holographic goodness from Meet Me At the Disco by Sephora by OPI.

Because Meet Me At the Disco is supposed to be a top coat, the density of glitter in the polish is a little on the thin side in order to let a base color show through.  In order to not have 10 layers of polish on my nails, I applied it with a makeup sponge so that the excess fluid would get absorbed by the sponge.  Pretty crafty, eh?  Glitter can get chunky in places with that kind of application, so I did end up brushing on an extra two coats of polish straight from the bottle to even out the texture.

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Obligatory out of focus picture to photograph the holographic effect. It’s hard to take pictures of holo polish!

For an accent nail, I stamped a chevron pattern onto my ring finger with Konad Special Nail Polish in Flash Black and plate BM-423 from Bundle Monster.

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Easy chevron nail art accomplished!

Hope you’re having a great summer so far!  Happy polishing!

 

 

Emoji Nail Art

Nothing is so loved in social media as the emoji.  Being an Android user, I didn’t get into using them until I started using Instagram.  It seems like no one knows how to comment on a post there without adding emoji to it, so I ended up adding an emoji keyboard to my phone as a result!

The real reason why I did emoji nails was because my 9-year-old student had been begging me for weeks to paint them.  She loves following nail art, so she must have seen someone else do this theme before.  When I asked her why she didn’t try painting them herself, she said, “Mommy doesn’t let me wear nail polish!”  I guess she has to live vicariously through me instead.

My girl really wanted me to do a white background, but I preferred to use blue because it contrasts against yellow really well.  Why not go for blue holographic polish then?

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Born Pretty Holo Polish in #10 gives you the rainbow shine you crave.

Because of the intricacy involved in painting this design, I used blends of different colors of craft smart Acrylic Paint for the emoji faces.  It was difficult to choose which faces I wanted to do, but my student insisted that I had to at least include the one with the sunglasses and the one with the hearts for eyes.

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All the faces have the same contouring done to them.

In the top left picture, you can see that I painted a yellow circle centered on each nail.  Because painting thin lines is hard, I outlined the top half of each circle with a mix of orange and yellow paint (top right picture) and then painted over that with a mix of white and yellow paint to form a highlight, letting part of the darker color show through along the edge (bottom left picture).  I formed a gradient by dipping my brush into yellow paint, wiping off the excess, and then dragging the color from the bottom half of the circle into the light yellow section (bottom right picture).  I followed up by hand painting all the details of each face.

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I tried to copy the artwork from these cute emoji stickers as closely as possible.

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The kissy face one was my student’s favorite.

This design took me a few hours to paint because I go slow and steady.  You can cheat and paint your entire nail yellow if you want to escape having to paint a circle and eliminate the shading steps to make this a slightly easier mani to copy, but the details really make the emoji look accurate.  I also like having the bragging right of saying that I do NOT have stickers on my nails!

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This mani easily represents all the emotions I had after finishing it.

Hope you enjoyed this one!  Happy polishing!

 

 

Holographic Rose Nail Art

Happy Valentine’s Day to you all!  Hope you’re all having a great day, even if that means that you’re sitting at home with a pint of ice cream and surfing the web for nail art.

I wasn’t in a kitschy mood today because my significant other is out of town for work right now, so I decided to put some nice pink and silver roses on my nails instead.

To help me out, I used plate BPL-024 from Born Pretty Store.

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Flowers upon flowers. I used the pattern in the bottom row, 3rd from the left for this manicure.

I wanted the look to be fresh, so I opted for pink stamping polish and a silver holographic polish for some interest rather than using a glitter polish.

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Born Pretty Stamping Nail Polish in #16 and UO Nail Lacquer in Silver Holo.

I started by painting my nails with Silver Holo.

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What I love about this holo polish is that it only takes one coat to get an opaque look.

I followed up with stamping the pattern from BPL-024 at differing angles across my nails for contrast.

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Pretty roses. If I could change anything about the pattern on this plate, it would be to get rid of the large amounts of background color and replace it with some more roses. However, I do love the fact that two different colors of roses appear on the same nail.

Add some top coat, and you’re ready to hit the town with your valentine!

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Holographic roses! Now that was easy.

Have fun tonight, and happy polishing!

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.