The text on the image already says it all. The Facebook group I’m a member of called Adventures in Stamping had a little challenge for this Sunday where we had to use our favorite image.
I chose this one because I’m really into art and Edvard Munch‘s painting the Scream has always been one of my favorites. The utter desperation and fear in the main character is just so intense and heartbreaking it’s a difficult painting to forget. Maybe that’s why the mask became so popular in the Scream movies ;) you just do not forget a villain with a face like that.
So back to the manicure. When I got my image plates a long time ago and I found this image on them I loved it instantly and so I had to use it for the challenge today.
For the base color I used China Glaze’s Sweet Hook, a very soft lilac color that would compliment the darker purple I was stamping over it perfectly. The dark purple is my favorite polish of all time that I rarely use for that reason; another China Glaze called Flying Dragon. There are apparently several versions of it, so I should clarify that this one has multi colored micro glittery bits in it. And I wish I could just have ten bottles of this because it’s just my favorite color ever.
- The competition has ended and alas I did not win, thanks so much for your votes though!-
I don’t like begging for things, but right now I’m going to anyway.
Bundlemonster has organized a nailart contest on Facebook where they are giving away 25 of the newest bundlemonster sets to the nicest nailart.
Today the voting has started and I would love it if you would spare me a vote and if you really like my nailart, spread the news for more votes.
This is my link, and this is the picture I submitted:
You can vote for it once every day, I’ll understand if you don’t do that of course but I’d love it if you tried. ;)
I didn’t think I would do it, honestly I don’t care much about Easter nail art. All the Easter eggs, bunnies and crosses in pastel shades usually do not do it for me but when my mom asked me if I wasn’t going to do any Easter themed nails I took it as a bit of a challenge to find something I like that does have a bit of an Easter feel to it.
So I came up with these:
Excuse the dry cuticles, I’m working on those, believe me! I know what’s causing them too, you see, I’m just too stubborn or actually too impatient to stop using Acetone free remover, so every time I take off my polish I dry out my cuticles a tad more and I have to use my OPI Avoplex things again to get them a bit more presentable again… A never ending cycle really. You know how it goes I’m sure…
Anyway what I used for this mani is the following:
Orly Nailtrition – The basecoat
China Glaze‘s For Audrey – The base color
Konad‘s Wine Red stamping polish for the dots as I couldn’t find my brown.
A Sponge Bob Stamping plate for the dots (Click here to go to the Ebay page to buy it):
And of course a royal coat of Seche Vite to protect it all and after that I was done. That’s all there is to it really and it makes for a cute, really wearable Easter manicure.
Check this out! Isn’t that awesome? It looks like the next step in stamping nailart!
I’ve ordered 4 different ones off of Ebay just now and I’ll let you know if they rock as much as they seem to do in that little youtube video up there!
If you’re curious and want to know more, check out their website at http://easynailartstamp.com/
This is my current festive manicure, what do you ladies (and possible gentlemen) think of it?
It’s a layer of Sally Hansen’s Triple Strong as a base. Over that I have OPI’s An Affair in Red Square with a little layer of Beyu’s 209 over it for some extra depth. I’ve stamped an all over image with white Konad stamping polish on top of it for some holiday cheer. It’s an image from the BIG SdP K plate. One of the many Dashica Beauty Shop plates that I have. Over that I’ve dabbed some foil glue in the spots where I wanted my rhinestones to be and after putting those on I’ve used Seche Vite topcoat to seal it all. If you have not tried Seche Vite I seriously urge you to try it. It is the best topcoat I’ve tried. It dries gorgeously shiny and fast. And it keeps my manicure going for at least a week if applied correctly.
What do you think? I rarely wear red on my nails so it takes some getting used to for me and I might just switch when it’s Christmas, to something else and more sophisticated like Chanel Graphite. But for now it’s certainly helping me get in the holiday spirit!
Are you wearing any special holiday manicures this year?
I recently found out about a rare plate that Konad supposedly produced a while ago and I decided to hunt it down on eBay. I’m a big stamping plate collector and I love how they all help you achieve a different look for your nails. This particular plate I feel has a little rockchick or even rock chic look to it because the little swallows have an old style tattoo vibe and when I see a little lightening bolt I can’t help but think of Kat von D.
The little stars, the rainbow and the all over cupcake, sweets and icecream cone print give it a more happy vibe, something Gwen Stefani or Nicky Minaj could totally rock. You just can’t go wrong with a nice leopard print, especially when it’s teamed up with some awesome looking shreds!
What do you think of this one? Had you heard about it or seen it yet? Or do you own it already and are you not impressed, let me know, I’m curious!
Today I have a little exciting news snippet for all the nail art stamping lovers out there!
Earlier today I found out via Twitter that Konad is releasing two new M series image plates; by the end of September. A little quick Google search led me to these product pictures of image plates M84 & M85:
What do you think? Are you planning to get one of these?
In my previous post about packages you might have seen me mention the amazing SdP big Image Plates designed and sold by Dashica Beauty Shop. Yesterday morning they arrived and I’ve never been happier! Thank you again Shirley for the wonderful service by allowing me to pre-order the plates!
I decided to try them out right away and this is what I came up with!I’ve used the following things to achieve this look:I started with a base of very soft yellow. The polish used for that is by Essence and called “Mellow Yellow”. I needed two layers for it to be the color that I wanted.
Over that I sponged a brighter yellow which is by O.P.I and is called “Need Sunglasses”. This helps give the colors a more intense look.
By the way, if you have not experimented with sponging on your nail polish before I can only encourage you to give it try. It’s an easy and pretty way to make your nails look special with as little as two colors used. All you do is dab some nail polish onto a make up sponge and use some scrap paper to dab it on a few times to get rid of the excess and then take the sponge to your nail and use it where you want to add the color. It’s as easy as that.
To achieve the full yellow to orange gradient, I used the same sponge technique as I mentioned above to apply a light layer of Herôme’s “Zagora.” It’s a lovely smooth creamy orange color.After letting it all dry, I prepared my stamping set by cleaning the stamp and the plate with acetone. This is to clean off any residue that may have gotten on it before use. Grease especially stops the stamping equipment from working right so make sure it is all clean before you use it. I used O.P.I.’s Lady in Black to stamp on the lovely leopard print.
In daylight these flakies have an orange glow and are beautifully see through so it is as if your nails have a little light inside them. And as I type this up on the computer right now the screen makes the flakies light up in a golden green fashion. It’s very pretty and the picture on the right doesn’t really do it justice. Click the picture to see it a bit bigger and check out what I mean about these flakies.
That’s it for the nails this week, please excuse my dry looking hands, I hadn’t moisturized yet because I was waiting for the polish to be completely dry. I hope you enjoyed this set and I will now leave you with a picture of the polishes used: