Birthday Gift Nail Art

I keep meaning to do more birthday themed nail art at the insistence of friends, but somehow it always gets pushed aside in favor of other ideas. This week I participated in a birthday collaboration on Instagram with an obvious deadline that wanted us to use mint, white, holo, coral, baby pink, and nude colors along with a birthday theme, so I was able to create something to fit the bill.

I don’t own many green polishes, so it was hard for me to find a color that I could truly classify as mint. I opted to use Fearless from Formula X for Sephora for my base, which is more of a sage color instead. It is truly a beautiful hue, especially for the spring.

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2 coats of Fearless by Formula X for Sephora is all you need to get full coverage color.

I went with gift box presents to fulfill the birthday theme for the prompt. Luckily I have a good plate to use to make things easy for me.

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The Celebration BPX-L013 plate from Born Pretty Store helps cover major occasions.

I used reverse stamping to color in the boxes. To help speed up the process, I used multiple stampers so I could allow the polish to dry on one stamper as I colored in the next one. For the stamping, I used Ya Qin An polish in White and used the brushes from the bottles to color in the presents.

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Reverse stamping with 4 stampers. Polish colors used were Dot from Zoya (pink), Give Peach A Chance from Sephora by OPI (peach), Sweet Daisy from Nicole by OPI (coral), and Ya Qin An stamping nail polish in White.

I applied Ya Qin An top coat over the stamper heads after I was done coloring in each image and allowed each decal to dry before gently lifting it up with a pair of tweezers and setting it onto my nail. After cleaning up the edges, another layer of top coat applied over the decal helped to seal the deal.

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Presents fit for a birthday or any special day!

FYI- I had also tried stamping the image directly onto my nail, but because the polish dries onto the stamper, the details do not transfer as well as they do when you make a decal out of the design.

I love the look of all the pastel colors together, even though it wasn’t necessary to use them all at once for this collaboration. Check out the designs from all the participants below!

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Wishing @arshneet_nailedit a super happy birthday with lots of cake and presents! 🎂🎈🎁 Hope your day is wonderful! Collage credit @nailart.on.ur.tips Hosted by @kaveeshaaarts and @nailart.on.ur.tips List of all the lovely participants is: @ssonailicious @nailartmaniaby_tanvi @prettyprincesspolish @nailingitrush @honey_candy_ @finepolish @nails.lovely @miss.flawless_nails @unicorgnails.by.nata @kaveeshaarts @stylethosenails @vannab2010 @nailsby.ahana @nailart.on.ur.tips @itskittynails @budding_nailartist #happybirthdaysweetarsh #happybirthdaynails #happybdaynails #finepolish #manicure #mani #notd #nailart #nails #nailstagram #nailsofinstagram #nailpolish #cutepolish #nailsoftheday #nailspo #unhas #ongles #nailartclub #iheartnailart #nailporn #instanails #prettynails #nailspotting #💅 #nailsonfleek #nailartwow #nailartoohlala #bbloggers

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This was a fun prompt for the week. The wheels are already turning to figure out what I’m going to paint next. What a life as an artist!

Happy polishing!

Shonen Knife Nail Art

Last Tuesday, my fiancé took me to see Shonen Knife perform with CJ Ramone at The Outer Space in Hamden, CT.  I’m still suffering from a lot of back pain and muscle spasms from my recent car accident, so it was no small feat for me to sit in the car for a road trip and then have to stand for 2 sets while trying to rock out to some awesome music, but it was a fun night.  Shonen Knife’s music always puts me into a happy mood!

If you’re not familiar with the band, here is a video of them in action performing “Buttercup,” otherwise known as the Powerpuff Girls theme song.

Equally as catchy as their music are their coordinated tunics, designed by original band member Atsuko Yamano.

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Ritsuko, Naoko, and Emi

I love her clean and poppy style, and I wanted to use her color block technique in a manicure.  There are 3 band members and 2 letters for the initials of the band, and what better way to showcase each element while giving the sign of the horns? \m/

Materials used:

Zoya- Dot
Nicole by OPI- City-Pretty Rose
China Glaze- Tip Your Hat
Sephora by OPI- What’s a Tire Jack?
Acrylic paint

I began by painting my index finger and pinky with What’s a Tire Jack? and the remaining fingers with Dot.  I anticipated using striping tape to help with the color block pattern, so while I waited for Dot to dry fully, I started trying to paint the S and K of the band’s logo onto my nails with white acrylic paint and a detail brush.  In order to make it easier for me to paint the letters, I needed to rotate the logo graphic.

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By the way, the graphic lists Naoko, Ritsuko, and Etsuko as the band members.  It’s because the graphic is taken from a DVD from 2009.  Naoko, Atsuko, and Emi played for the 2015 North America tour.

In any case, this was the design before the color blocking was added.  I like it a lot in its most simplistic form.  🙂

Shonen Knife rocks!

Shonen Knife rocks!

Just as an aside, I’ve never been good at making bubble letters even with pencil and paper, so I was kind of impressed that I was able to paint this upside down on my nails!  😛

In the meantime, I decided that I was too impatient to use striping tape to outline the color blocked parts, so I decided to add in the different colored sections freehand.

City-Pretty Rose added to start the color block pattern.

City-Pretty Rose added to start the color block pattern.

Starting to add Tip Your Hat and What's a Tire Jack?

Starting to add Tip Your Hat and What’s a Tire Jack?

Finished color blocking and tunic details

Finished color blocking and tunic details

Too bad I didn’t prepare this in advance of the show!  It would have been awesome to grab a pic of my mani with the band, but I’ll see them again soon enough.  🙂

Rock on!  \m/

Rock on! \m/