Dainty, delicate, soft, feminine and lacy isn’t really my thing. But today, here we have just that, in nail art form! I’ve used Sally Hansen Insta Dry Mauve It as the base and Sinful Colors Snow Me White for the lacy overlay stamp. The stamp print I used is shown in the header, but it’s like photographing a mirror and might not be too easy to see.
First, a bit on Mauve It. Sally Hansen’s Insta Dry line has a thick formula and a wide paddle like brush which takes some getting used to, but overall I like it. Mauve It applies with a texture a little like house paint. Streaky with one coat, evens out nicely with two. It’s a warm, beige leaning pink with a bit of micro shimmer in it. This is a rare occurrence of a polish photographing better than it looks to the eye, as the micro shimmer doesn’t show on the nail, but flashes back in pictures. Weird. Anyway, some swatches in varied lighting.
And then some after I stamped a white lacy print over top. There was some slight smudging with the topcoat but its so pale I don’t really mind. End result is cute, feminine and delicate, which although not my favourite, I can handle from time to time 🙂
I found this little surprise at the Dollarama. $3! Dark, glittery, all the way up my alley. A quick search online shows me that this is a dupe/rename for the Nicki Minaj OPI shade Metallic 4 Life. I like it either way. The Glittering Night is a heaping ton of multi-sized silver glitter in a black jelly base. Not completely unique, but not a bad find for $3 either! I wasn’t satisfied just swatching it on it’s own, so here it is over a few different shades.
From thumb to pinky: one coat OPI TGN over black, one coat over purple, one coat over blue, 2 coats OPI TGN alone, and one coat over a dark red. I don’t see myself having the patience to layer it 3-4 times and then removing that much glitter polish. I like the effect over a coat of black, and the dark red. Or maybe I’d use this over a peel off base coat. It also reminds me of a more subtle version of this nail look I did a few summers ago.
This is my first MAC polish. I found this on clearance, and it’s dark, broody shade immediately appealed. I didn’t know who Brooke Candy was, didn’t really care, but looked it up. I remain indifferent. Look her up if you want to, you may regret it. Anyway, Black Stallion is a sheer blackened purple jelly that required 3-4 coats for opacity. Below is a swatch with one coat.
And 3 coats.
I didn’t mind that it needed so many coats. What I do mind, is that this started chipping the minute it dried. It’s didn’t even make it to the end of the day. Horrible, awful, terrible performance. I used my usual base and top coat, which usually buys me at least a couple days. This discourages me from ever purchasing another MAC polish, unfortunately. I pay more for a premium product, and even on clearance, this isn’t it.
I do still love the color, for the whole few hours it remains intact!
Today’s dramatic nail art is with Sinful Colors Black on Black, and Sally Hansen Go For Gold. I used 2 coats Black on Black over a base coat, then applied top coat. I’ve learned that you can’t apply a top coat over a Go For Gold stamp, as it fades the lovely metallic foil. Stamping it right on top of the top coat still works well! I really liked the design of this stamp. I tried to center it, but it disagreed with me. I still like how it turned out!
The plate was dirt cheap from ebay, has code TU-042 on the bottom.
Pushing autumn a little bit with this one, but I love darker reddish shades no matter what time of year. Today’s stamping experiment is with Sally Hansen Go For Gold atop Essie Shearling Darling.
Shearling Darling applied nicely, and I like it a bit more than Essie Carry On which is a pretty close counterpart (but not a dupe.) I like using Sally Hansen Insta-Dri for stamping, however one caveat with Go For Gold – when you apply a top coat – or at least when I apply my HG top coat NYC Grand Central – it fades the gold considerably. So to get around this, as I still like the effect of the gold, is to put it over top the top coat. Not ideal, but it’s an ok workaround. Go For Gold is a paler gold, it even looks like it’s got some silver shimmer to it. Shearling Darling is a brown leaning autumnal burgundy. I used a floral stamp print, I think they might be poppies.
I’d like to try this or a similar combination again soon with one of the leaf/leaves stamp plates I have, think it would be nice for fall.
Sephora’s had this shade, Formula X in Alive, on clearance for over a year, or longer. I got this ages ago for $6 and don’t regret it, and it’s still on for $6. It’s a beautiful, creamy peachy pink shade with decent coverage in 2 carefully applied coats, but I think I have 3 in the swatch picture. The peach looked nice against my NC20/25 skin, and wore really well even when my nails were longer. Nice for spring and summer. The cap cover comes off to reveal a ridged, easier to use brush handle.
I wanted something bright, and I wanted to use a super cute new butterfly/floral stamping plate that came in the mail. This is what I came up with! Unfortunately, the finer details of the butterfly portion didn’t show up no matter what polish I used, but the results were still ok. I used Love & Beauty (Forever 21) in Marina, Sally Hansen Celeb City, and Sinful Colors Snow Me White along with the stamp plate and nail dotter for a bit of extra detail.
Pale nail colours are fairly foreign to me. I like my deeps, darks, and brights. I then one day came across a post about Victoria Beckham’s Bamboo White, and how Sinful Colors Easy Going is a suitable dupe, with pictures included. If I remembered where I saw it, I’d link it. Anyway, this got me to googling pictures of both, and they are both gorgeous. It’s a pale, creamy off white with a hint of warm pink. When I saw it at Superstore for all of $1.99, I grabbed one and I wish I’d have grabbed a few!
The swatch below is 2 thick coats with base and top coat. It wore like iron. When I finally took it off, I put it right back on again. I am completely wowed!
Today’s experiment in nail art stamping will be done with Sinful Colors Sail La Vie, and Essie After School Boy Blazer which I thought for sure I had swatched & reviewed already, but it appears I haven’t. It’s an ultra dark slightly dusty navy. Sinful Colors Sail La Vie is a nice cool, crisp medium blue, with a touch of barely perceptible shimmer in the bottle which doesn’t seem to translate to the nail. First coat is patchy, but a second thick coat evens everything up nicely. I love this kind of cool shade with my skin tone. Swatches below.
I followed up 2 coats of Sail La Vie with a stamp of a dahlia flower print, using Essie After School Boy Blazer for a blue tone on tone effect. I’m still working out how to not be sloppy with the stamping as it’s so new to me, but I liked the result!
Will have to try this stamp again with some kind of pink/red/purple combo. I love dahlias! Have a great weekend!
I am late to the game for nail art stamping, but I finally found and purchased myself a few supplies for it for my birthday recently, after discovering its pretty darn cheap. I don’t have any “stamping” polishes, and was determined to make the more cost effective regular ones work, and I was so relieved when I could get more use from my collection.
I used Wet n’ Wild Black Creme, Sinful Colors Mint Apple, and Avon Glimmer. The stamping plate I purchased off ebay for an amount so small I don’t remember it, would have been less than a buck. I used the image in the middle for today’s nails.
Two coats Sinful Colors Mint Apple over a base coat, then a stamp with the Wet n’ Wild Black Creme. I free-handed on a smidge of the gold with a fine brush. Applied topcoat. I would prefer the black lines to be thinner, but I’m satisfied with the results.
A while back I also tried to do a version of turquoise nails with a water marbling technique. It was a real pain in the butt, but I guess it turned out ok. I’m not qualified to supply a tutorial for this, but there are many online you can find.
I’m pretty excited about the nail art stamping, and regret not getting into it sooner. I anticipate a lot of posts with them coming up, some better than others, as it’s a bit of a learning curve!