Ocean Themed Manicure

It’s still technically summer, even though in my mind, once school starts, it’s fall.  So how about one last beachy manicure?

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The polish line up from left to right: OPI- He’s My Surfing Instructor, Sephora by OPI- Looks Like Rain, Dear, Konad Special Nail Polish- Black, and b.m.c. nail lacquer- liquid gold.

It’s been awhile since I’ve used glitter polish, but I’m always looking for an excuse to change up my nails a bit more often.  I went ahead and used Elmer’s School Glue as a base coat for easy removal later on, and used He’s My Surfing Instructor from OPI on all my nails to start.

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He’s My Surfing Instructor from OPI is a jelly based glitter polish that looks like a beautiful ocean.

This polish takes quite a few coats before it looks opaque.  I think I did 4-5 coats to get the look in the picture above.  Perhaps next time I’ll use an opaque color as a base and use this color on top to give it the iridescent sheen of the polish.  It’s a really beautiful color, though.

The stamping was done with 2 different plates: BPL-026 from Born Pretty Store and Jumbo Plate 2 by Cheeky.

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BPL-026 from Born Pretty Store. I used the design in the 2nd row, 3 images from the right.

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I used the seashell that is in the top row, 3rd image from the left on Jumbo Plate 2 from Cheeky.

For the seaweed part, I added dimension by stamping the pattern in gold first before I stamped it in black.  It adds just a little bit more shimmer to the polish as well.

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Stamping done with liquid gold by b.m.c. nail lacquer and plate BPL-026 from Born Pretty Store. It looks very faint, but it adds that touch of class and unites the black and gold color theme in this design.

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Black polish by Konad is stamped over the gold part with the same pattern from BPL-026.

The shells were done with the reverse stamping method so I could color them in.

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The image from Cheeky Jumbo Plate 2 is stamped with Konad Special Nail Polish in Black.

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Using the brush from the bottle, I colored in the shell with Looks Like Rain, Dear from Sephora by OPI.

Finally I stamped the shells onto my nails with opposing angles to frame the seaweed.

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Under the sea… Ocean themed nail art! Ariel would be jealous.

And that’s all there is to it!  It was easy to do, and I’m pretty satisfied with the result for once.  Hope you all enjoy the rest of your summer!  😉  Happy polishing!

Stamped Shell Nail Art

It’s back to school time for a lot of kids right now, so I don’t have much more time to get another summery mani in this year.  😦  Because I’ve been suffering from horrible back pain and spasms all summer after my car accident, I haven’t had the opportunity to hit the beach, even though I don’t live too far away from one.  My nails this time gave me an excuse to at least hobble around on the sand long enough to take a picture while I waited for my prescriptions to be filled at the neighborhood pharmacy.

But enough of my sob story- I know you’re here to read about nail art, so here are the details behind this look.

For the base color, I used Faded Blues by Ulta Professional, which is a beautiful pearly light blue.

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Ulta Professional Nail Lacquer- Faded Blues

I wanted my nails to have a very dreamy and lighthearted look, so I did the stamping with Konad Special Nail Polish in White with Jumbo Plate 2 by Cheeky.

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Stamped shells- I used the pattern in the first column, 4 rows up from the bottom.

No special tricks or anything on this one- it’s just plain old stamping goodness!

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Sally sold seashells by the seashore- seashell nail art.

The look reminds me of beach houses and all the freshness and airiness of a fine summer day.  More importantly, these nails make me feel happy thinking about collecting shells on the beach!  🙂

Hope you all have been enjoying these past few months because soon enough it will be cold again.  :O  Happy polishing!

Sunflower/Black Eyed Susan Nail Art

When I was doing my review for Temix Mini Nail Color yellow stamping polish, I had to find a plate that would go well with the shade I got.  The suns from Cheeky Jumbo Plate 2 looked like they could be turned into sunflowers or Black Eyed Susans very easily with some brown rhinestones, so I decided to make a full mani out of it.

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Cheeky Jumbo Plate 2. The design I used was 3rd from the left and 3rd from the bottom.

I liked the idea of having sunflowers being backed by a blue sky, so I used Blue Collar by Orly for my base color.

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A beautiful blue polish: Blue Collar by Orly.

After letting that dry, I went ahead and stamped the design from Jumbo Plate 2 with Temix Mini Nail Color in #3 and applied topcoat.

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Bright suns serve as the base for this floral design. Stamping is done with Temix Mini Nail Color in #3.

Afterward, I set dark iridescent rhinestones with Kiss Nail Art Glue into the centers of the suns to turn them into flowers.  The way the rhinestones protrude resemble the centers of Black Eyed Susans.

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The finished look against a bed of Black Eyed Susans.

Overall it was a very easy manicure to do, and it’s very eye catching and summery.  Happy polishing!

Temix Mini Nail Color #3 Yellow Nail Polish Review

I’ve been doing a lot more stamping lately, so I’ve found myself in the need of more polishes that I can use with my plates.  The best way to test the quality of a brand’s stamping polish is to see how well their light colors perform, so I decided to test drive yellow polish #3 from Temix to see if their line was any good.

The bottle size is only 6 ml (0.2 fl. oz.), hence the “mini nail color” part in the name.  In comparison, most regular bottles of nail polish come in a 15 ml (0.5 fl. oz.) size.  Because yellow isn’t that popular of a stamping color, this is the perfect amount for me.

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Temix Mini Nail Color: small but mighty.

Stamping polishes should be as opaque as possible in order to perform well over different colors.  Although I would never wear a stamping polish for any other purpose other than for stamping, I swatched the polish to check its opacity.

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One coat of Temix, no topcoat.

The brush is a good size and applied the polish easily, but the first coat left some coverage to be desired.  It’s pretty decent for a yellow polish, but this didn’t seem to bode well for stamping.  That still remained to be seen.

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2 coats of Temix with Seche Vite topcoat.

With the second coat, you get full coverage of the nail bed.  The polish is appropriately thick, although not in a bad way.  However, based on how this applies on its own, I probably would not go using this polish for a regular mani.

Now onto the real reason why we’re here: stamping.

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Temix looks great on a Konad stamper.

The polish spread easily onto the plate (I used Jumbo Plate 2 by Cheeky for the pattern), and my stamper picked it up well.  I was surprised by how opaque it turned out to be.

I tested it on top of hot pink, white, and black polishes and found it to perform excellently.  Any flaws you see with the stamping are because of my own user error.  What I found is that the polish dried quickly on the stamper so cleaning up the excess around my nails with Scotch tape would lift portions of the stamped pattern from the base coat of polish as well as from my skin.  The fast drying time is a good thing because it means it won’t get streaky when you apply topcoat over it.

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Temix used on top of (L-R) Keys to My Hybrid, White Hot, and What’s A Tire Jack? all by Sephora by OPI.

What impressed me was that this polish showed up well on top of a white base coat, and it didn’t come out looking faded on top of a black base coat.  If yellow polish looks this good on either extreme, it’s bound to look great on top of any color.

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Temix #3 on top of Blue Collar by Orly.

Overall, I highly recommend Temix Mini Nail Color polishes and think I might purchase the entire set of colors one day.  My poor wallet!  😉

Diamond rating: ♦♦♦♦♦ (5/5)

If you are interested in purchasing this nail polish (retail price is $4.00 USD), the link for the item is shown below.  Using code RSSPX31 will get you 10% off your order, and Born Pretty Store offers free worldwide shipping.  Happy stamping!

http://www.bornprettystore.com/high-quality-nail-template-stamping-polish-varnish-p-21124.html

http://www.bornprettystore.com/

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