Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Pastel Blue and Gold Stamping

Today will be another quick post.  For this mani I started with a base of Nails Inc. Chelsea Physic Garden.  I then stamped using China Glaze Passion and BP-L-003 from Born Pretty Store.

I love these nails and I really feel like they speak for themselves.  I received several compliments on these while working at my office's retreat a few weeks ago. 

Also, in case you're new to the blog, this weekend is the start of the college football season.  We are big Florida Gator fans in my household and for the last four years I have done orange and blue manis for each Gator football game during the season.  To check out past orange and blue nails, be sure to visit the tabs at the top of the page.  I will be updating those sometime next week to include my first Gator nails of the season for the game against UMass, which I will be going to!


Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Red and White Roses - Wedding Guest Nails

Hello!  I am back today with a mani that is definitely in my top five of all time - and yet it is super simple!  One of my best friends from high school got married last month, so these are the nails I did to match the dress I wore to the wedding.  The dress was navy with large coral/red/orange flowers all over it.  I wanted to do nails that matched, while still being summery, so I decided to pull the red-orange shade from the flowers for my nails.

For this mani, I started with a base of Sinful Colors Energetic Red.  I love this color - it is the perfect red-orange shade.  I then stamped white roses using Born Pretty Store stamping polish and BP-L024.  This floral plate is seriously one my favorite stamping plates I own - I use it all the time!  To finish everything off and make the mani last through the weekend, I added a coat of Seche Vite.

I absolutely loved my nails for the wedding, which was also awesome and beautiful!  And we are totally stealing the idea of doing a Snapchat geofilter for our wedding - so cool!  It was definitely a great celebration and I'm so glad we could be a part of it.


Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Pastel Pink and Gold Stamping

Hello!  I've been on a stamping kick this summer, so you'll see a lot of stamping manis over the next few weeks as I catch up on some posts.  All of these will be manis I actually wore for a day or two.  It's been refreshing to do nail art, just because I want to and not because of a challenge.  Though I immediately fall back to stamping since I've finally gotten the hang of it!  I think I may need to invest in a see-through stamper next!

Today I have a pastel pink and gold look to share with you.  For this mani, I started with a base of Nails Inc. Chiltern Street, a lovely pastel pink cream polish.  I then stamped using China Glaze Passion and an image from BP-L-003 from the Born Pretty Store.

Overall, I loved this simply, girly look.  I am also still brainstorming ideas for my wedding nails, and I think this image might be a contender, though I would use a different color scheme than I did here.  Hope you have a great rest of your week!


Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Lilac Gradient with Inverse Gradient Stamping

Happy Tuesday!  I apologize for being absent so far this month - work has been crazy busy!  The Twinsies are also on break this month, so I haven't had a post for you.  Today I have my contribution to this week's #maniswapcircle.  Our theme was lilac and I recreated a design by @glitterglossfun.

As you can see in my comparison post on Instagram, the design I chose to recreate a gradient manicure with inverted gradient stamping.  I've actually never done a mani like this.  I have only recently attempted stamping with more than one color at a time.  Since lilac was the color theme for this week, I decided to create a purple and white gradient using Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Lacey Lilac and Essie Blanc.  Once dry, I used BP-L001 and purple and white stamping polishes from Born Pretty Store.

Overall, I'm very happy with how this mani turned out, and look forward to trying out this technique using other colors.  Things will probably continue to be a bit slow during the month of August, but rest assured, things will pick up in September with the start of college of football.  I will be starting my fifth consecutive season of Gator manis!  In case you are unfamiliar with this series, I do an orange and blue mani each weekend of football season to support my Florida Gators.  You can see past manis in the tabs at the top of the page.

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