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!

“The Matrix” Nail Art

When I need inspiration, I like looking through my stamping plate collection to see what catches my eye.  This time, a plate from Bundle Monster stood out.

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Plate BM-415 by Bundle Monster

The binary code totally reminded me of the The Matrix, so I decided to do a black base with green on top.

Step 1- Paint your nails black.  I used What’s a Tire Jack from Sephora by OPI

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I love a chic black mani! This one features What’s a Tire Jack from Sephora by OPI.

For the stamping, I ran into a bit of a dilemma.  I don’t own a green stamping polish, so I decided to experiment and create a Frankenpolish of my own using the bottles of polish pictured below.

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The candidates for my experiment, from left to right: OPI- Hot Fun in the Summer-Lime, Sally Hansen Insta-Dri- Lickety Split Lime, Sephora by OPI- Gleek Out, BMC Nail Lacquer- white, BMC Nail Lacquer- liquid gold.

In my head, I imagined that I would be able to mix enough polish to do all the stamping with one batch of Frankenpolish.  I did my mixing on a plastic bag because it’s easy to clean up.  Once the polish dries, you can peel off the patch, and the bag can be reused as a palette again.  Waste not, want not!

What I did was put drops of Hot Fun in the Summer-Lime, Gleek Out (for shimmer), white, and liquid gold on the plastic sheet and mixed it together with an old nail polish treatment brush.  To be honest, I forgot that I owned Lickety Split Lime or else I might have had less mixing to do.  😉

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It’s alive! Frankenpolish time!

I tried stamping this concoction on my middle finger, and it came out pretty good.  By the time I tried to use my Frankenpolish a second time, the polish thickened up too much, and I was unable to use it.  I didn’t want to have to mix another batch again just for one nail, so this was when I remembered that I owned Lickety Split Lime.  I decided to try swiping that on the plate along with liquid gold to avoid having to mix the polishes separately.

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There’s a stripe of liquid gold underneath the stripe of Lickety Split Lime. The gold adds shimmer to the polish and darkens the color.

I stamped that onto my ring finger, but I wasn’t as pleased by the results.

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Frankenpolish mixed separately on plastic for the nail on the left and 2 stripes of polish blended by scraping them together directly on the plate for the nail on the right.

I’m thinking that maybe I should bottle that sparkly green Frankenpolish combo I made the first time.  😛

In any case, for the other nails, I wanted to use holographic green nail foil I bought from eBay to make stripes.

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Beautiful holographic nail foil! The pattern consists of tiny squares and looks like holographic green static.

With a striping brush, I painted lines of ScraPerfect’s Best Glue Ever at full strength onto my nails.  After letting the glue dry clear, I applied the nail foil.

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Binary code with stripes of nail foil.

I have to say, the nail foil looked better on the roll than it did on my nails.  😛  To jazz it up, I applied Garden Galaxy by Piggy Polish over the stripes.

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The finished look. Time to dodge some bullets.

Am I in love with it?  No.  This totally did not come out looking the way I thought it would.  I need to wipe the slate clean!  But there’s always room for a sequel, and this time the sequel will be better.  To be continued…

Summery Stamped Floral Nail Art

I was in the mood for some bright flowers now that the temperature is starting to rise, and I’ve also been wanting to try out the stamping coloring technique (my first time!) that I’ve been seeing a lot of on Instagram lately.  So let’s go!

Supplies:

Sephora 5 Day Shine Nail Lacquer- Banana split
BMC Nail Lacquer- Liquid Gold
Formula X for Sephora- White Matter
Formula X- Dramatic
Formula X for Sephora- Indelible
Nicole by OPI- Make A Change
Qgirl- plate 008

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L to R: Banana split, Liquid Gold, White Matter, Dramatic, Indelible, and Make A Change

I started out by painting all my nails with Banana split.

Pure yellow goodness.

Pure yellow goodness.

Next, I had to do one nail at a time, transferring the image from the plate to the stamper, then coloring in the flowers with a dotting tool and whatever color I wanted to use.  What I like about this plate is how there is an assortment of different sized flowers that start from a large print to a small one, so I used the bigger flowers on my thumbs and matched the size of the flowers to the size of the nail to which I was applying the stamp.

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Repeat the above process ten times, and you’ve got yourself a groovy floral manicure that won’t wilt in the sun!

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