Love and Roses Manicure

As you might have guessed, I own quite an extensive collection of nail polish, and I’ve only actually used maybe half of the colors that I own! It may seem shocking, but I admit to splurging on way more polish that I could ever wear in a lifetime. Every now and then I like to have one of my many untried colors inspire a manicure, which is what happened here. I should really make more of a habit out of this so that I can justify my collection!

Today’s feature is the color grace from Picture Polish. This gorgeous light pink crelly with fine holographic glitter paints like a dream and makes me wish that I owned more polishes from this company! Two coats gave me a perfectly opaque finish despite the light color, and I still can’t get over the beautiful shimmery effect.

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Don’t let those silvery glitter flecks deceive you- that glitter appears holographic and shifts colors in the light.

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Review of Born Pretty Valentine’s Day L007 Stamping Plate

Today we’re going to look at the Born Pretty Valentine’s Day L007 stamping plate. I adore Valentine’s Day themed plates because love is timeless. Who needs to wait around just for February 14 to roll around to do a romantic manicure? Not me!

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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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Purrfect Together Valentine’s Day Manicure

Happy Valentine’s Day! ❤ I’m going to show you a “Purrfect Together” Valentine card design that I created for the occasion.

I started by painting my nails with 022 Rose Nude from Aimeili. It is a beautiful classic sheer light pink creme shade. I applied and cured 3 coats for one minute each in a 36W UV/LED lamp.

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022 Rose Nude from Aimeili.

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Review of BeautyBigBang017 Stamping Plate

Hello! Today we’re going to take a look at a stamping plate from Beauty Big Bang. I was super excited when they came out with their own line of plates, so here’s a peek at BeautyBigBang017!

This plate is the same size as other square sized plates from other manufacturers. It is packaged inside a small envelope made of cardstock that is printed with the company information. The back has a simple picture tutorial of how to use the plate.

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The packaging can be resealed by tucking the flap into the slit on the back of the envelope.

My only complaint is the same one that I have for a lot of plates: I wish that the packaging had a picture of the plate that was inside of it or that it had a plastic window on the front so you can see what is inside the envelope. As much as it protects the plate from getting scratched, I prefer not to keep my plates in these types of holders because it’s too much of a hassle to have to keep taking plates out from their encasements just to see which designs are on them.

The surface of the plate itself is covered with a thin plastic film (tinted blue) to prevent the surface from becoming scratched during shipment. This layer needs to be peeled off and removed prior to using the plate.

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Do use caution when handling the edges as they can be sharp enough to cut you if you handle the plate aggressively. The corners are at least rounded so you can’t injure yourself that way.

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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.

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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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Are you ready for the next month? 😃 We chose 8 themes based on Valentines Day. ❤🌹🎂💋💌🍫💑💔 we hope you like the themes, and you will enjoy making designs for them. If you joining please repost this photo, when you posting your designs use the #glamnailschallengefeb so we can see each others work. Invite some friends if you want to. Also follow us for a chance being featured here. Please tag us @glamnailschallenge on your photos because the hastag doesnt show up all the pictures! We hope lot of you joining, cant wait to see everyones creations! Thank you ❤️ #nail #nails #notd #nailpolish #instanails #körmök #nailartwow #nailswag #nails2inspire #nailartlove #nailitdaily #nailartdiary #nailgasm #nailsoftheday #nailartchallenge #naillove #nailfashion #nailaddict #nailartoohlala #nailsofinstagram #nailart #nailartclub #nailartcrazy #cutenails #💅🏻 #vdaynails

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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!