I’m excited for Nail Art ideas Linkup. First off, I’ve got a fun cancer astrology manicure for the last week of september. And second, we’ve got some great themes coming up for October so stay tuned for those!
I’m pretty into astrology, you? My sign is cancer and I really identify with it. I feel like many of my traits and cancerous. Wait, that doesn’t sound so good, but you know what I mean. Cancer is a water sign and is closely associated with the moon. Good colors for cancers are sea green and silver so that’s what I went with for today’s NAIL manicure. Cancer is also associated with opals, pearls and moonstones… so I incorporated some pearl-like studs in my mani too.
I’m wearing two coats of Orly Jealous, Much? My middle finger has pearl studs and silver sponging. My ring finger has a hand-painted brown cancer symbol and some silver sponging as well. But I really like how my thumb, pointer and pinky fingers came out. I dabbed on some white square-shaped glitter called OPI Lights of Emerald City. Then I sponged some teal Sinful Colors glitter over top which hid the squares a bit and it gives a really neat layered appearance. The Sinful Colors glitter is called Nail Junkie and I was super impressed with how glimmery it was! I got it back in July for my birthday (from my mommy!) but I haven’t tried it til now. It reminds me of mermaids- I’ll have to reach for it again soon!
I’d love to see more astrology manis for NAIL. You have til Sept 29 to submit one. Here are the links!
Day 21 of the nail art challenge is STAMPING! I love stamping- I first started stamping a little over two years ago when I bought a Konad Starter Kit a the Excalibur Hotel in Las Vegas. There was a vendor there selling all kinds of konad stuff and she would demo it for anyone who walked by with fingernails. I was already thinking of buying some konad online (even before my Vegas trip) so when I saw her booth I was like, ‘OK, lady- show me what you got!’ The starter kit had some really puny small designs like tiny flowers and stuff and I really wanted some full-nail designs- so the lady kept trying to get me to combine my order with some stranger standing next to me so I’d get free items or something. Uh, no thank you. Just gimme my starter kit and I’m outta here! I think the kit was about $40 and when I got home I realized I could’ve bought the individual items way cheaper online- but oh well! After that I kept buying individual Konad plates on amazon for $7 a pop… which got kinda pricey! Plus, as my nails got longer I needed plates with larger designs. I did some research and found out about Cheeky Plates. Cheeky is said to have some of the biggest designs on the market. So I purchased this awesome Summer Collection Bundle with 20 plates in it! It was $20 on amazon which basically means each plate is one US dollar- so I was sold! Plus, the designs come in this cool storage box which is very handy! Check it out:
Enough yammering about my stamping history- let’s see my design for day 21!
I started by painting my nails in OMBRE using mostly green Orlys. I used these 5 colors:
Alpine Snow by OPI (thumb)
Jealous Much? by Orly (pointer)
Gumdrop by Orly (middle)
Green with Envy by Orly (ring)
Lucky Duck by Orly (pinkie)
Then I stamped on top with Konad special polish and Cheeky plate 33 (CH33). Then I topped it off with some MASH Matte Top Coat.
21. Stamping :
What brand stamping plates do you use?