EPIC OPAL! - get stoned part 2

iridescent opal stones “set” in a gold frame!

This may be my last manicure ever because i never want to take these off! :)

O.P.I. - do you lilac it?, O.P.I. - kiss me on my tulips, O.P.I. - ogre the top blue, O.P.I. - goldeneye, Sally Hansen - shell we dance? Color Club - covered in diamonds, Love & Beauty - sky blue, Love & Beauty - lime, Love & beauty - orange, Revlon - gold coin, Revlon - electric, Wet n wild - caribbean frost, American Apparel - neon coral, Nail Star - hot pink, China glaze - white on white, gold hex glitter, gold nail art beads


I think I’ve found the only nail art I ever want on my nails for the rest of my life. I followed Kelly’s (Basecoat-Topcoat) EPIC opal tutorial and OH MY GOD!!! I CAN’T STOP STARING AT MY NAILS! I might be my own driving hazard. 

  • Zoya - Robyn
  • Zoya - Creamy
  • Zoya - Mickey
  • Zoya - Sweet
  • Jessica - Ava
  • China Glaze - Papaya Punch 
  • China Glaze - Luxe and Lush
  • China Glaze - Def Defying
  • China Glaze - Flyin’ High
  • Essie - Ballet Slippers
  • Essie - Blanc
  • OPI - Goldeneye
  • ORLY - Sashay My Way
  • Nubar - White Polka Dot
  • Nails Inc - The Donmar
  • Milani - Totally 80s
  • NYC - High Line Green

WHAT A DRUZY!! + inspiration collage! (#4 from get stoned series)

Druzy or Druse is a word used for coating of fine crystal on a surface, fracture or vein with in a geode.

to see more pictures and polishes used check out the original post—-> 


*i do not own the images used for the inspo collage

*Edit- this isn’t a water marble nail, i suck at those. This was hand painted using a thin needle brush…. for hours


THE DEAD FRENCH - design by Ria from Brush me Blush

I was asked by Ria to try one of the amazing tutorials from her 30 Days of French Nail Challenge!  I chose the DEAD FRENCH, and i absolutely love this design! It’s cute, gothic, playful, and because it’s a french, it still feels feminine! Ria does so many amazing and original designs that are fun, intricate and beautifully done! CHECK HER OUT!

What i used: O.P.I. - did you ‘ear about van gogh?, O.P.I. - lucern-tainly look marvelous, O.P.I. - moon raker, O.P.I. - tomorrow never dies, Sinful colors - black on black, Sally Hansen hard to get


EMERALD GREEN - #2 of the “Get Stoned” series part 5 + P.O.T.W. - Revlon - emerald city (matte suede)

** i do not own the inspiration image**

  • Revlon - emerald city - espresso
  • Essie - turquoise & caicos + naughty nautical
  • Sally Hansen - white on + breezy blue
  • O.P.I. - uh-oh roll down the window
  • OCC - poison

This is the last look using Revlon - emerald city. Visit the P.O.T.W. page for more nail art and swatches.


BLACK OPAL in BLUE/GREEN -  #4 in get stoned series part 2

I used my new green foil (#1) from the Born Pretty Store as my inspiration and as the base layer for this design! Foils are perfect for creating an opal look!

Love & Beauty - sky blue, O.P.I. - austin-tacious texas, Sinful Colors - innocent, Sally Hansen - mint sorbet, Revlon - mysterious, Milani - art deco  blue, Love & Beauty - lime, L.A. Flare - twinkling, Sally Hansen - white on, Sally Hansen - celeb city, O.P.I. - ogre-the-top blue, small silver hex glitter, silver nail art beads, green nail art foil.

You can check out the foils here –> http://www.bornprettystore.com/dazzling-starry-mixed-metals-nail-roll-foils-glitter-transfer-stickers-paper-deco-p-5361.html


EPIC OPAL 2 -#3 in the “Get Stoned” series part 5 & P.O.T.W. - Deborah Lippman - i know what boys like

  • Deborah Lippman - i know what boys like + a fine romance + base and top coat
  • Color Club - wicker park + covered in diamonds
  • Rickys - rooftop margaritas
  • Nicolr by O.P.I. - hit the lights
  • O.P.I. - teal the cows come home
  • Sally Hansen - golden-i + hot tamale
  • Essie - sugar daddy
  • Spoiled - designated driver
  • Revlon - coastal surf
  • gold nail art beads

This is the second look using Deborah Lippman - i know what boys like, visit the P.O.T.W. page for more nail art and swatches


EPIC FIRE OPAL! - #10 of the “Get Stones” series Part 3 + P.O.T.W. - O.P.I. - oh so glam!

  • O.P.I. - oh so glam!
  • L'Oreal - royalty reinvented + tangerine crush
  • Sally Hansen - white on + green with envy + mellow yellow
  • Wet n Wild - 2% milk
  • Spoiled - i’m so jaded + designated driver
  • Sinful Colors - bright lucite + cloud 9 
  • Essie - power clutch
  • N.Y.C - polyester pink
  • gold nail art beads
  • gold small hex sequins

This is the third look using - O.P.I. - oh so glam! Visit the CHALLENGES -> P.O.T.W. page for more nail art, and stay tuned for the full set from Part #3 of the “Get Stoned” series.


SAILOR MOON - P.O.T.W. - O.P.I. - i just can’t cope-acabana

  • O.P.I. - just can’t cope-acabana
  • Color Club - wicker park + nature’s way + persimmon + strawberry popsicle
  • Sally Hansen - breezy blue + black out
  • Revlon - 1,000 volts
  • Swarovski crystals
  • pink and red crystal cabochons
  • gold nail art beads
  • INM Nails - white porcelain
  • Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics - technopagan

This is the second look using O.P.I. - i just can’t cope-acabana. Visit the P.O.T.W. page for more nail art and swatches.

As requested here is a tutorial on how I create the ombre nail!

This same technique can be applied to as many or as few colors as desired!

Check out more tutorials by visiting the TUTORIALS page!

To request a tutorial hit the ASK button or email me at basecoattopcoat.Kelly@gmail.com ! :)


LABRADORITE -  #6 in the get stoned series part 2. & P.O.T.W. - L'Oreal - royally yours

* i do not own the inspiration image.

L'Oreal - royally yours, Sally Hansen - black out, Sally Hansen - white on, Sally Hansen - pacific blue, Maybelline - fierce n tangy, Love & Beaut - light orange, Love & Beauty - sky blue, Love & Beauty - blue, Love & Beauty - royal, L.A. Flare - twinkling, Revlon - copper penny, O.P.I. - warm & fozzie, O.P.I. - bling dynasty, O.P.I. - my boyfriend scales walls, O.P.I. - austin-tacious turquoise, B.P.S. foil #10, small black hex glitters.

Visit the P.O.T.W. page for more designs featuring this polish and more!


EARTH FROM AFAR - P.O.T.W. - O.P.I. - stay the night

  • O.P.I. - stay the night + skull & glossbones + you’re such a budapest + vampsterdam
  • Sally Hansen - pacific blue + white on
  • Revlon - stiletto
  • American Apparel - mount royal

Visit the P.O.T.W. page for more nail art and swatches featuring this and other polishes!



Sally Hansen - hard to get, Wet n Wild - on a trip, Revlon - electric, Anise - a bud for you, Love & Beauty - sky blue, Sally Hansen - hard to get, Essie - turquoise & caicos, Essie - power clutch, Essie - tart deco



http://nailpolishdistraction.tumblr.com/ —-> Check her out now!!


Eman’s site features both gorgeously graphic and illustrative designs that are so clean it’s unreal, as well as other nail artists work! I’m so excited to share her site and work with you all, and i hope you enjoy it as much as i do!! 

 Without further delay here is EMAN!


“Hey, It’s Eman from "Nail Polish Distraction”, I’m a huge fan of BCTC & I’m so excited to be a guest poster today!

To make this design I used 2 coats of Sally Hansen “White On” for my background color to make it super opaque. Then, I used black acrylic from “Daler Rowney - Graduate Acrylic” which is my favourite brand of acrylic paint. The yellow I added at the end is American Apparel “Neon Yellow”. I finished off with Bourjois “So Matt” for a matte effect. Thank you Kelly for having me! I hope you like this manicure. xo" ———————————————— Thanx Eman! I Love it!!! :)

LIKE A RUG - P.O.T.W. - Revlon - emerald city (matte suede)

  • Revlon - emerald city
  • Cover Girl - tickled pink + pink-finity
  • Love & Beauty - light orange
  • Sally Hansen - babe blue + white on + breezy blue
  • Essie - butler please

This is the third look using this polish. Visit the P.O.T.W. page for more nail art and swatches.


HERE KITTY KITTY -  cat nails as requested. 

The requested tutorial for this design will be done at a later date.

L'Oreal - royally yours, Aldo Nail Lacquer - lavender fields, Maybelline Colorshow - amethyst ablaze, Love & Beauty - lavender, L.A. girl Flare - brown, L'Oreal - creme puffs, Essie - cute as a button