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 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

Gold Stamping Nail Art w/MoYou Minimalist Plate 05

Happy Friday everyone! Today's nail art is darker and vampier than what I normally wear during the summer months, but I was in the mood for black and gold. There is just something so classic and bad ass about those two colors together. It's hands down my favorite color combo. 

Tools:

Creative Stamper

Clear Stamper

MoYou Minimalist Plate 05

Polishes used:

Zoya Willa

Essie Good as Gold

CbL PDQ Top Coat

Steps:

I started with two coats of Willa and allowed to dry I then used Good as Gold to stamp on my patterns from plate 05. The patterns on this plate are incredibly fine and I had some issues getting a clear image of them. I flipped between both of my stampers to get a decent pick up of the patterns. I finished with a coat of PDQ Top Coat.

I wish I'd been able to get clearer, crisper images from the plate. I don't think it's the plate but my stampers. I think it's time to look for one that is good at picking up these types of thinly drawn patterns.

 

I'm officially looking for stamper recommendations. What stamper do you use for delicate patterns? Let me know in the comments!

 

Follow

Gold Paisley Stamping

Happy Friday everyone! A couple of weeks ago I treated myself to a few polishes from A-England. A-England is one of my favorite indie polish brands, so if you are unfamiliar with the it I highly recommend checking it out. Beautiful colors, amazing formulas...what more could you want, right? I picked up Her Rose Adagio (which I used in Monday's Pastel Galaxy Nail Art), as well as In Robe and Crown, Angel Grace and King Cophetua, which is what I used as my base for today's nail art. King Cophetua is a gorgeous black holo polish. If you want to see what it looks like on it's own in sunlight, check out my Instagram. For today's nail art I paired it with some gold paisley stamping!

Tools used:

Moyra Stamping Plate 16

Ellagee Lickity Split Liquid Latex Barrier

Polishes used:

A-England King Cophetua

Hit the Bottle Spun Gold

KBShimmer Clearly on Top

Steps: I started with one coat of King Cophetua (that's rights folks - it's a one coater like most A-England polishes!), I then applied Lickity Split around my cuticles and used my standard stamping method. I finished with KBShimmer Clearly on Top.

Begin Your Nail Art Journey!

Nail_art101_(1)

Join to receive your free 5-day Nail Art 101 e-mail course!

Powered by ConvertKit

 

I wish the beauty of King Cophetua shined through a bit more in this design, but it's pretty nonetheless. This is certainly a more Fall/Winter shade but every now and then a girl likes to break out her vampy shades , no matter the season, right?

Begin Your Nail Art Journey!

Nail_art101_(1)

Join to receive your free 5-day Nail Art 101 e-mail course!

Powered by ConvertKit
Follow

5 Year Blogiversary and New Free Nail Art E-Course!

Happy Friday gang! Today is a pretty special day for me. One, because today marks my five year blogiversary! And two, because today I launch my first e-course!

 

When I first started blogging I had no idea what I really wanted to do with the blog or where I wanted it to go. It was merely an outlet for my creativity and a way to learn a new skill and have fun.  Over the least year or so I felt like maybe I'd lost the thread about what I wanted Valiantly Varnished to be. I had an idea, but I wasn't sure if it was something that I could really do or make work. And I still feel that way sometimes if I'm being completely honest. But one thing that has stuck with me is that I truly love teaching others about nail art and nail polish. Whenever I get complimented on my nails and someone asks me who did them, and I say myself, it gives me a tremendous sense of accomplishment. "Yes, I did this myself, I say". And isn't that awesome? Nail art has helped my self-esteem. It may sound silly but it's true. Whenever my depression is rearing it's ugly head or I'm just not feeling that great about anything else going on in my life, I can sit down and do something amazing with my hands and a few tools. I can create art. On my nails. And I like the idea of giving others the knowledge and tools to do the same. 

So today I launch my first e-course! This is a free 5-day nail art course delivered right to your inbox. Over the course of five days you will receive e-mails teaching you the basics to get started on your own nail art journey. The course will cover the basics; from what tools you will need to how to get started with freehand nail art and nail stamping.  To join just add your e-mail in the box below and voila - you are on your way!

And to all of you who read Valiantly Varnished - THANK YOU. I am always so humbled by the fact that anyone visits my little corner of the blogosphere. I want to give a special shout out to my fellow nail bloggers. I have never been around a group of women who are so supportive of one another. Our community rocks!

Begin Your Nail Art Journey!

Nail_art101_(1)

Join to receive your free 5-day Nail Art 101 e-mail course!

Powered by ConvertKit
Follow