Fall Leaves Nail Art & PolishCon 2017

Hello strangers! It's been a minute. I would love to say that I was sooo busy and couldn't sit down to blog but my absence was much more annoying than that. Early September I had a nail break. Nothing huge but it meant I wouldn't be able to blog for a bit while it grew out to a decent length that I could actually take pictures and my nails not look crazy. Which it did and I was able to post my Zoya Sophisticates swatches & review. Literally a few days after that I suffered another nail break - on the same nail - but this time it was damn near catastrophic. And painful. I split my nail (while randomly reaching for a file folder at my desk and banging my hand - nails first - on my wire inbox) straight across - below the tip of my nail. It was such a bad break that my finger was actually sore for days afterward. I couldn't use nail polish remover because it stung so bad. I couldn't do anything for the nail really other than wrap my finger in a band aid until the soreness went away.

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In that time I was really missing nail art and nail polish. Especially since on September 23rd I had the pleasure of going to the Chicago PolishCon at Navy Pier. If you've never heard of PolishCon it is a nail polish convention featuring tons of indie polish brands. This was my first time going and I had an amazing time. I got to meet the owners of some of my favorite indie polish brands and I spent waaay too much money!

My nail has grown out a bit, but is still basically being held together by nail glue and prayers. But I am finally able to do my nails and do a bit of nail art which I did over the weekend (yay!). I decided to use a bunch of the polishes I purchased at PolishCon for this Fall nail art design.

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Tools:

UberChic Beauty Lovely Leaves Plate 01

Creative Stamper

Winstonia Berry Fine Liner

Polishes used (a ton!):

LynBDesigns Why Not Take Olive Me (base color)

For Stamping Decals:

Painted Polish Stamped in Mustard & Stamped in Moss

Different Dimensions Timeless Treasures

Hit the Bottle As Black as Night

KBShimmer Clearly on Top

Steps:

Started with two coats of Why Not Take Olive Me. I then used my standard nail decal technique: I stamped my leaves image with As Black As Night and used my liner brush to paint in the leaves. I applied top coat over the image and allowed to dry a bit on the stamper. Once dry (but a bit tacky) I gently lifted the decal off the stamper and applied to my nails. I sealed everything with top coat and cleaned up the edges with acetone and my clean-up brush. 

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Below are a few random pics from PolishCon. I wish I had taken more but I was too busy shopping!

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