...also known by the (more frank) name of nail polish spam. And yes, I'm vaguely aware that spring is a season, not a month (although it's harder to believe here in New York); but these were spread out so far apart that I suspect they actually cover the span of three months rather than just one. But I'll roll with it regardless.
My first nail stamping attempt! The base is three coats of China Glaze Lemon Fizz (previously swatched here), stamped with OPI Alpine Snow and the floral pattern from the Born Pretty Store QA82 Plate*. The awesome folks at Born Pretty kindly provided me with some beginner nail stamping supplies - I received the plate, my first stamper & scraper set*, as well as a 10% off coupon for you guys (WTG10) - but I think I'll talk about my stamping experience in a separate post.
As you can see, my manicure is far from perfect (I've had the most issues getting an entire image to transfer onto my curved nails), but it was so much fun experimenting! And I think it was a smart choice to go for low contrasting colors, which makes the flaws slightly less apparent; and the color combination reminds me of a cute floral summer dress, perfect for offsetting the grey New York weather we've been having this week. What have you been sporting on your nails lately?
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Hey Monika, gorgeous picks! I don't think You're Such a Budapest will work for me, but I really love how it looks on you! I've been sporting brights, such as Dior Pandore and Aventure. Most "spring" shades aren't really my cup of tea, so I have fast-forwarded to summer here :)ReplyDelete
Thank you Sunny! I think I'm really compensating for lack of spring weather here - and pastels work quite well on my skintone, but I know they tend to be rather difficult to wear for most folks. Dior nail polishes look amazing, I'll have to splurge one day!Delete
Your nails are so lovely and long! I really like the look of the stamping plates. I'm not one for nail art because I am far too impatient/cack-handed, but these look like they'd be doable even in my novice hands.ReplyDelete
Actually a couple minutes before taking the pastel yellow nail shots, a nail on my index finger snapped and half broke from the side - I'm now nursing it back to health with lots of nail glue, because it broke too far up to be able to just trim it :( I have to wait until it grows out! So annoying. Nail art is quite a bit of fun once you start experimenting!Delete
Sooo pretty! I totally love that soft lilac and the soft yellow on your nails! I'm about to get into some pastels which I haven't worn for ages!ReplyDelete
Really nice, especially pic#2. I'm actually loving the round look, actually looks more natural.ReplyDelete
Thank you dear! My favorite neutral pink combo is actually OPI Don't Burst My Bubble with the Lights of Emerald City over the top - Don't Burst My Bubble is just a bit lighter than I Theodora You and looks a bit better on my pale skintone :)Delete
oh that opi you're such a budapest looks great! I bet it would look good with a black sparkly top coat as well, also, I like the last nail pic a lot / Claire xxxReplyDelete
I love You're Such a Budapest, must dig it out. Love the lemon and white nail art too, might have to try that pairing too :DReplyDelete
I love OPI's You're Such a Budapest, i feel like it looks good on everyone! Finding the right nail shape is always difficult, mine really are a pain! Yours look amazing!ReplyDelete
Oohhh your nail stamping turned out really well. I like that it's so subtle with the yellow and white. Great combo.ReplyDelete
Ooo these are lovely! I was never able to achieve a good "square" shape so I've always keps a somewhat oval shape. Since I'm having issues with peeling tips these days, I've been wearing a nude so chipping is less apparent but I can't wait to dive into brighter colors. :)ReplyDelete
Awww...your stamping mani attempt is soooo pretty. Love the base color and the stamping design. Love it!ReplyDelete
If you want to go for the red-orange lip in the drugstore and are willing to go for it, the classic Revlon Fire and Ice is amazing. The formula isn't too drying and the color is bright tomato red.ReplyDelete
Because I wear bright orangey-red a lot, I spoil myself and get high end lippies. My favorites are the Lancome Rouge in Love red 170 and Mac Lady Danger (it's a matte and super long wearing and not that drying all things considered).
Beware, these are all unapologetically bright. Nothing subtle about any of these.