Today I recreated Wendy’s (of Wendy’s Lookbook) Floral Sunshine. I frequently visit her blog for inspiration. She has really creative and sophisticated pairings, and her videos are pretty entertaining.
I’m using Julep Brandt as my base for the florals, it’s almost black but not quite there. It served as a nice base for the peachy and soft yellow colors (Julep Saaya, China Glaze Papaya Punch, & China Glaze Lemon Fizz). In Wendy’s look, she paired floral shorts with a bright yellow top, bright red heels, and gold accessories. Here I have Julep Lexie on my index and pinkie fingers with a sliver of gold (Julep Sienna), and a punch of red on my thumb.
As Daisy mentioned, Allison of Born Pretty sent us some items to review. This time around, I’ll be showing off a stamped look using their stamping tool and one of the plates that they carry. Just a note though, this is actually my first time attempting to stamp on my nails so I had a few hit and misses as I was learning how to use the tool. The idea is simple, it just takes a bit of practice to use.
The 2 piece Practical Nail Stamper and Scraper is item #15851, and the Nail Stamp Template I used is QA97 which is item #15613. More information available on their product pages. You can’t go wrong with the prices either because each of these are definitely affordable. But if you like a sweeter deal, you can get 10% off using our coupon code DGG10 at Born Pretty Store.
So there’s several designs on the plate. I attempted to try the cherries, but either the polish consistency wasn’t right or my technique just wasn’t working. I couldn’t get the cherries design onto my stamper. I then decided to move to the other grid-like design with a gold polish that I know works well. I managed to not have too many mess ups, but it takes a few tries. Overall the product does what it’s supposed to and I like having fun design options without freehanding everything.
First maniswap! And it’s with Ana of Magnifique Nails! We’ve admired Ana’s designs for awhile now. She does some beautiful work and we thought we’d team up with her and do a maniswap.
I decided to do her Floral Nails design. It’s absolutely adorable. The colors are lovely and the little details really add to the design. Ana picked the black and white mod stripes to recreate and it looks awesome!
Here is my version of Ana’s Floral Nails. I started off with a base color of For Audrey, which is a fav. One of my techniques for florals is to actually swirl and blend the highlight and shadow polishes into the base color of the flower. I think it creates a more realistic look to the flowers versus just doing flat curved lines.
The wonderful Allison of Born Pretty sent us a few nail art items for review and we will be sharing them in a few separate posts. The first item up for review are the rhinestones (Item #15228). If you use the offer code DGG10, you’ll get 10% off at the born pretty store! How awesome is that?
These are super cute multi color rhinestones, at about 1-2mm in diameter. In different angles, the rhinestones change from a bright green and yellow to a lovely pink and bronze. I loved the small size as well as the shift in the color. I thought that these were a perfect addition to my accent nails and my nails still looked classy and practical. I personally like to keep the amount of 3D decorations on my nail minimal. Just a little here and there can make a huge difference, no need to go overboard.
I have a few more ideas in mind for how I would like to use these. Here is one look using grays and small pops of color to balance out the colors in the rhinestones.
Placing the rhinestones: I applied a layer of top coat, then used tweezers to place them. You might want to apply a 2nd layer of top coat after placing the rhinestones to seal them in.
I teamed up with the wonderful Maja of MllrDesign (Check out her nail art, she is crazy good!) to create twin nails featuring Coldplay’s Mylo Xyloto album cover. This one has been sitting in the inspiration folder for awhile and I’ve been intimidated by the complexity to try it out. Thanks to Maja, I’ve finally overcome my fears!
Here is a solo shot of mine.
I started with a black base (China Glaze Liquid Leather + piCture pOlish Starry Night). Then I used a combination of sponging paint and painting the color directly on to create the graffiti effect. I have a full list of colors in the full post (click read more ). (I’m a little embarrassed to admit that after all the ones listed, it has barely made a dent in my polish collection. ) Continue for more photos →