I did bees for a few reasons (one of them being the @nailpornography theme for this week). They remind me of my childhood dog and my niece, and I just really love bees. The Black-eyed Susans are for my grandmother, they grow wild on the side of the dirt road where she lives in the countryside. I included a bunch of shots because I am REALLY proud of how these turned out. They are probably my second most favorite design I’ve done (next to my easter bunny nails). There is some tip wear because I waited a bit to paint these but it’s not much so I didn’t bother to fix it.
I used Color Club Halo Hues Harp On It, and Color Show Impeccable Greys with ILNP My Private Rainbow. The rest of the design is acrylic paint.
I was asked to review and swatch 3 of Lina of Lina CM plates. If you follow her and her FB group, you know there are amazing swatches rolling in. I wanted to do something a little different.
I love peek-a-boo stamping. By that I mean stamping a thermal polish, with a similar color as the cold state. When your nails warm up, the stamping becomes visible.
I used the plate Spookilicious 02 and did double stamping. I painted a vibrant green called ‘We Liming’ from Color Club. Then I stamped a wrapped gauze image over it with a stamping polish called Amethyst, from Celestial. Then I used 2 coats of Tanzanite over it. Tanzanite is a deep purple/indigo when it’s cold and clear when it’s warm. Then I stamped a rose image, from the same plate, over Tanzanite. I used Harp On It from Color Club, for the roses. The overall affect is kind of cool.
I have a love hate relationship with black nail polish. I love, love, love black polish. I love how it looks, when painted on well. I hate, hate, hate painting it on my nails. It goes one of 2 ways for me: flawless application or tragic disaster.
I absolutely love silver holo over black. So I took on the challenge. If you are looking for an intensely pigmented, mainstream, holo polish, there is only one choice, in my opinion. It is Harp On It from Color Club. You can watermarble and stamp with it. It also makes a beautiful gradient mani.
Yep. I love this mani.
Incase anybody was unsure, color clubs silver holographic polish “harp on it” stamps beautifully omo I have no idea why it never occurred to me to try and stamp with a holographic polish before today but I am loving this rock star mani! Base color is “lights out” by China Glaze ♡
This shade is a beautiful radiant holographic silver that shimmers like a rainbow in direct sunlight and turns into a superb cool silver indoors. The formula is perfection in a bottle! It is heavenly. A one-coater baby! Yes it is! I have not stamped with it but I am sure that it has good stamping potential. Here are a couple of pictures in different lighting and a macro shot of its holographic goodness. Enjoy.
Remember earlier this week, I was wearing the superb holographic polish Harp On It by Color Club . Well it was time to either take it off or upcycle it. I was thinking maybe I would stamp over it but then I remembered I had a lot of nail foil that I hadn’t tried yet. Got a super deal around Christmas time at the Born Pretty Store. Found in my stash two beautiful indigo and teal rolls that really complimented each other and my holographic base. This combo ended up being a bit too flashy for my taste and I needed to tone it down a bit. So, using the dry brush technique, I applied sparingly Revlon Knockout a real smoky almost black grey… That did the trick. But since I can’t stop myself once I’m on a roll, I dried brush a bit of OPI My Gecko Does Tricks. Bam! Now, I’m happy.
Quick tip: when using nail foils stay away from the Seche Vite or other fast drying top coats. They will crinkle your foil to oblivion. Instead, I use a clear nail polish, not a base coat, a clear polish like Sally Hansen Invisible.
So that’s it for today, hope you like this look. Have a great day!