September’s here! And Nail Art Ideas Linkup has four fresh themes for the month! Here are my BACK TO SCHOOL nails for week one. I’m wearing…
WHITE ♥ Alpine Snow by OPI
BLUE ♥ Blue Me Away by Sally Hansen
RED ♥ Fame Fatal by Essence
GREEN ♥ Lucky Duck by Orly
BLACK ♥ Sally Hansen Nail Art Pen
The links are open ’til Sept 8 2013 so you have several days if you’d like to submit a back to school mani too!
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?
I recently picked up some more Orly colors from their old Birds of a Feather Collection. I loved this collection from 2011… but more importantly, I felt the need to hoard a few more of these old Orly bottles. Have you seen the design of their new bottles? They look so weird and different to me that I want to get my hands on as many of the oldies as possible! For posterity or something!
One of my faves from the Birds of a Feather collection is the blue base I’m wearing here called Sweet Peacock. Isn’t it gorgeous? It’s the most electric aqua blue foil that I’ve ever seen! I’m so glad I added it to my stash!
It seemed fitting to pair this polish with a peacock design. I did 2 coats of Sweet Peacock as my base color. Then I applied some chevron nail guide stickers and painted my tips with another Birds of a Feather Orly called Lucky Duck. The rest of the gold, black, blue and purple accents were done with a dotting tool. It was actually pretty simple! Here’s the colors I used:
blue ♥ Sweet Peacock by Orly
green ♥ Lucky Duck by Orly
gold ♥ Because You’re Worth It by L’Oreal
purple ♥ Eggplant Frost by wet n wild
black ♥ Black Lace Cream by NYC
These peacock nails are fun to wear! I just love colors inspired by nature! Do you own any of these polishes from the Birds of a Feather collection?