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!

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!

Glow in the Dark Christmas Light Nails

The holidays are upon us!  In a week, it will be Christmas, and I got my lights up just in time…  on my nails.

I know other people have done the Christmas lights thing before, so to make mine different, I used some glow in the dark nail polish that I got from Born Pretty Store (use code RSSPX31 for 10% off).  Way to light things up!

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How awesome are these neon glow in the dark colors under blacklight? These are polishes by BK in 02, 04, 06, 10 and 18.

I wanted to mimic strings of lights hung in a window, so I used black polish (Dark Matter by Formula X for Sephora) for my base.

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Dark Matter by Formula X for Sephora make a very chic looking mani by itself.

I started the artwork by painting green lines across my nails with a striping brush.  Most people like to put loops of lights in their design, but as cute as that looks, how often do you ever see people hang their lights up like that?  The wires are usually pretty straight yet somewhat crooked from being wound up inside a box.

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Green wire is painted on with a striping brush and green acrylic paint by craft smart.

The glow in the dark polishes aren’t very opaque, so to make them stand out against a black background, I decided to paint the light bulbs across the wire with white acrylic paint and a detail brush first.

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The base coat for the light bulbs consists of white acrylic paint from craft smart to help make the colors pop.

Next I used a dotting tool to apply a generous blob of different colored BK luminous polishes over the white bulbs.

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Pretty Christmas lights!

The magic happens when you turn on a blacklight.  The colors really pop!

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My Christmas lights are on!

In terms of how well these light up in the dark on their own…  I can honestly say that I’ve never seen anything glow in the dark for a very long time.  Even after “charging” the nail polish under a bright light (or black light) for a minute, I only get a few seconds of happiness before they fade to black again.  But you better believe that I’m keeping these on for when I go out this weekend!  I know there’s got to be a black light on somewhere!

Hope you enjoy this holiday season and take some time to enjoy the beautiful decorations that are up!  Happy polishing!