Aruban Flag Nails

My orchestra was asked to re-record the Aruban National Anthem for the first time in 40 years.  What an honor it was to participate in this event and make music with the choir full of gifted singers from Aruba!

Because of the significance of the occasion, we were warned that in addition to making an audio recording, the sessions would also be filmed and photographed.  I wanted to respect Aruba and show my support for the project by painting the country’s flag on my nails.  Thankfully it wasn’t a very complicated design.

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By http://www.vexilla-mundi.com/aruba.htm, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=375101
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I used Snowcone by Orly for the base color.

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With a striping brush and yellow acrylic paint, I marked two straight lines along the side of my thumbnail and across the tips of my other nails.

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To make the red star in the corner, I started by painting a small cross with a detail brush and red acrylic paint.

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I gently filled in the star by painting small lines over the cross shape done in the previous step.

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I finished it off by painting a white outline around the star with acrylic paint.

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The thumbnail shows the flag in its entirety.

I think the recording went well, and I’m anxious to hear the final cuts of the versions of the anthem that we did!  And who knows, maybe my nails will make it into one of the video cuts as well.

Happy polishing!

 

 

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Snowy Cityscape Nail Art

Raise your hand if you got hit by winter storm Jonas over the weekend!

It only seemed fitting to do some sort of snowy nail art after being dumped with over 20 inches of snow in NYC.  With a travel ban in place on the day the blizzard came, I used the time to do some nail art.

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The color palette: Snowcone by Orly, Konad Special Nail Polish in Black, and Wham! by Formula X for Sephora.

I began by painting all my nails with the aptly named Snowcone polish by Orly.

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This beautiful sky blue is brought to you by Snowcone from Orly.

I used a plate from Bundle Monster to construct my city.

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Plate BM-414 from Bundle Monster.

To make a little bit of a variation on some of the buildings, I tried to stamp the pattern at varying heights, and I also erased parts of the design by painting over the tops of some structures with Snowcone.

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Stamping done with Konad Special Nail Polish in Black and plate BM-414 by Bundle Monster.

Wham! is a great glitter top coat from Formula X that mimics snow quite well.  I applied one coat to the top 3/4 of my nail so that the buildings would not be completely covered by glitter.

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Wham! by Formula X creates a realistic looking snowfall with its different sized glitters.

Important note- I should have let the stamping polish dry completely before applying Wham!  I’m so used to instantly applying Seche Vite top coat over all my designs that I forgot that stamping polish can get streaky if a different clear based polish is used on top of it.

I did try to clean up some of the streakiness by adding touches of Snowcone over the parts that didn’t look so nice.  I think the overall effect is pretty cool.

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Winter in the city.

Hope you’re all staying warm and safe out there!  Happy polishing!

Review of Ya Qin An #19 Stamping Nail Polish

I’ve been dying to try Ya Qin An stamping polish ever since I used one of their stamping plates a few months ago.  I’ve come to expect pretty good quality from this company, and I was sure that their nail polish would hold up to their standards.

Let’s start off by addressing the packaging.  The nail polish comes in a box, which instantly makes the level of the product seem more classy.  The box also has the added benefit of protecting the bottle.  Who wants to risk the glass bottle banging against another hard surface and chipping or breaking as a result?  I don’t!

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The sticker was added by Born Pretty Store for inventory purposes, but the Ya Qin An brand name is printed on the box underneath the label.

Also, although I’m sure no one who is buying this would need this, there are instructions for use printed in Chinese on the back of the packaging.  Even if you can’t read Chinese, you can figure out what to do based on the pictures.

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Instructions for use are conveniently pictured on the back.

The bottle itself holds 18 mL of nail polish, which is actually more than your average bottle.  Orly nail polish is the same size, but most brands give you 12-15 mL of varnish.  Safe to say, this bottle will last you awhile.

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Ya Qin An stamping nail polish in color 19.

What I also love about the bottle is how the base is pretty much a cube.  Not only will it be easy to store alongside other colors of the same brand, but it also makes the base nice and sturdy so that it won’t get knocked over easily.

Although the color is listed as #19 on the Born Pretty website, the packaging does not make any reference to the number anywhere.  In any case, it’s a pretty pale blue.  I think of the “periwinkle” crayon from the Crayola box when I see it.

It makes a nice looking manicure when used on its own.

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Pretty pastel. 2 coats of Ya Qin An polish in color 19 pictured without topcoat.

As a stamping polish, this light blue works like a charm.  It transfers onto all colors with even consistency and is completely opaque.  I love how subtle this color looks over a white background and the vibrant contrast it has over a black background.

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Stamping done over the following colors with plate BPL-028 from Born Pretty Store: Sephora by OPI- What’s a Tire Jack?, Orly- Snowcone, and Sephora by OPI- White Hot. No topcoat applied in this picture.

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A coat of Seche Vite topcoat smooths everything over beautifully.

I think this polish definitely is worth buying.  I’m going to need more room to collect the other colors made by Ya Qin An!

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Lace manicure using Ya Qin An stamping polish color 19.

Diamond rating: ♦♦♦♦♦ (5/5)

If you are interested in purchasing this nail polish (retail price is $8.66 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 polishing!

http://www.bornprettystore.com/18ml-candy-color-nail-stamping-polish-newly-nail-varnish-stamp-p-21282.html

http://www.bornprettystore.com/

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