Double Stamping Part Deux: Teal and Purple Nail Art

Happy Friday everyone! Today's post is the original nail art design I did before last week's post. I used the same stamping pattern with darker colors. I wasn't a hundred percent happy with it, so I decided to redo it using lighter colors, which I liked much better. Teal and purple is one of my favorite color combos but this turned out a tad too dark for my liking. So the photos I took for this design sat unedited on my camera. I've decided to share them anyway because there's nothing actually wrong with design. It's definitely more Fall than last week's version. And I've been getting into the mood for Fall so much this past week or so. I've even been shopping for boots! 

Tools used:

Clear Stamper 

MoYou London Fashionista Plate 07

Polishes used:

CbL The Need for Speed  

Moonflower Polish Turquesa & Violeta

CbL PDQ Top Coat

Steps:

I followed the same steps as I did with in my previous post. I began with two coats of Need for Speed and then double stamped on my pattern beginning with Violeta and repeating with Turquesa. I finished with a coat of PDQ. 

I wish I had used the teal as the base and then added the purple over it. I think it would have brightened the design up a bit. But, oh well. I still love this colors combo and I'm going to try it with a different pattern and base color. 

Which version of this nail art do your prefer? Let me know in the comments!

Follow

Gray and White Double Stamping Nail Art

Hello peeps! I've been a "holo" mood for the last week or so. All I want to wear are holo polishes. Not dark ones but light ones: pink, silver, nude. I think I'm starting to feel the nail polish seasonal transition. I'm not really loving the bright summery colors but I'm not ready for the dark vampy fall ones either. Today's nail art is a nod to that. I wanted to wear one of my current faves, A-England, Her Rose Adagio as my base. I've featured this polish on the blog before. It really lends itself to nail art because it so soft and feminine, but has a gorgeous linear holo effect that catches the light just so. 

 

Tools used:

MoYou London Fashionista Plate 07

Clear Stamper

Polishes used:

A-England Her Rose Adagio

Hit the Bottle Snowed In

Moonflower Polish Gris

KBShimmer Clearly on Top

Steps: 

I started with two coats of Her Rose Adagio and allowed to dry. I then stamped on my pattern with Snowed In. I wanted to give the pattern some dimension and a bit of color, so I used Gris to repeat the pattern on top of the white. I finished with a coat of Clearly on Top.

Double stamping is my jam. I love the effect and look of it so much and I really shoudl do it more often. 

On another. completely unrelated note: Broadchurch. I binge watched it over the weekend. Why did no one tell me how good this show was?! I mean, people mentioned., "Oh, you should watch Broadchurch it's really good." But people say that about a ton of shows on Netflix. Why did no one grab me by teh shoulders and say" What is wrong with you?! Why aren't you watching this show?!" Well I've now watched the first two seasons. And I am shattered. Seriously. I cried so much while watching that show. And I never cry over TV shows.  If you ahven't watched it ytou need to get on it!

Follow

Quick and Easy Summer Nail Art: Summer Gradient w/Tropical Nail Decals

Hello all! Today's post is a continuation of the casual series I started a few weeks back, featuring quick and easy summer-inspired nail art. This nail art design involves a technique that would some would consider "advanced". But I don't. Gradients are super easy once you have the right items (hint: you only need one item that you probably already own!). On the other nails I used a set of summer-themed water decals I purchased from Whats Up Nails.

 

Tools:

Makeup Sponge

Whats Up Nails Tropicalota Water Decals

Polishes used:

OPI  She's a Bad Muff-aleta (base color)

Zoya Winnie & Sawyer

CbL PDQ Top Coat

Steps:

I painted all of my nails with a base of She's a Bad Muff-aleta and allowed to dry. Once dry I applied my gradient colors to my makeup sponge, allowing them to overlap a bit. I then light tapped my nail with the sponge moving slightly up and down to help blend the colors. One the other nails I applied my water decals. I set all of my nails with a coat of PDQ. 

One trick I have learned when I am short on time but still want to do something cool is to only use a particular technique on one or two nails. This can cut the time you spend in half. I completed this design in less than 30 minutes, including dry time.  This is also why I love water decals so much. You can do your whole hand with them or use them to add to a design. Maximum impact. Minimal effort!

Follow

 

 

Negative Space Minimalist Nail Art

Happy Tuesday everyone. I am still on my negative space nail art kick. I was really inspired by the MoYou Minimalist nail stamping plates I recently purchased and have been coming up with tons of ideas on how to use them. My first design was pretty straight forward and classic. This time,. I wanted to do something cool and edgy but also in keeping with the "minimalist" theme.

 

Tools used:

MoYou Minimalist Plate 03

Clear Stamper

Polishes used:

Sinful Colors Snow Me White

Hit the Bottle Snowed In and As Black as Night

CbL PDQ Top Coat

Steps:

Like in my previous post, I freehanded painting a little more than half my nail with Snow Me White, this time trying to keep the lines as neat as possible. I then used PDQ to speed up the drying process. Once dry, I used my clear stamped to stamp on the selected patterns from 03 first with Black as Knight for the top half of my nail and then Snowed In for the bottom half. I finished with another coat of PDQ.

I am IN LOVE with how these turned out! And though they may look a bit complicated they were actually very easy to do.  My favorite kind of nail art is the kind that looks super involved and complicated - but really isn't. I'm all about maximum impact with minimal effort! 

I am really enjoying the two plates I purchased from the MoYou Minimalist collection. I am thinking of picking up a few more. Do any of you own any plates from thsi collection? And if so, which are your faves? Let me know in the comments!

Follow

Quick and Easy Nail Art: Negative Space Neutral Nail Art

Hello peeps! Today's nail art is a second take on a design I did a few days ago. That one was bolder and more summer-y. You can check it out on my Instagram page here. Immediately after finishing that design I wanted to try it with a more neutral color. I liked the idea of the subtle colors with the unusual design and flash of gold.

Tools

Winstonia Berry Fine Liner Brush

Polishes used:

Zoya Spencer

Essie Good As Gold

CbL PDQ Top Coat

Steps:

This design is super simple and easy to do. I started with applying Spencer to my nail leaving not quite half of the bottom part of my nail bare. I didn't worry about it being perfect since the gold would cover up any mistakes. Spencer is a bit on the thin side so I need three thin coats to get full opacity. I then used my liner brush and freehanded a thin line of Good As Gold. I finished with a coat of PDQ Top Coat. This design took about 15 minutes tops-  and this is including drying time.

I'm really happy with how these turned out. My hands look really elegant. It's subtle but still fun and eye catching.  You could probably get away with wearing this if you work in a conservative office because of the color palette.  I like the original design - it's bright and fun. But this one is definitely my favorite of the two. 

Take a look at the original design on my Instagram and let me know which you prefer in the comments!

Follow