Hello again! This week has completely flown by, I didn’t even realize that it was the end of the week until I woke up and looked at my phone. I can’t even tell you what happened to the beginning of my week. The end of the year rush is in full swing at work now, so my little bit of free time will probably be dedicated to doing my nails, and making Christmas presents.
With how busy I’ve been, I barely had time to think of what to do with my nails. So, I went to the faithful and trusty Pinterest in search of some simple, cute, fun, fall designs. After quite a bit of searching, because nothing was catching my attention, I finally found this Instagram post from @britniesue_filesbyless. The gold nails, and the black nails with glitter seemed easy enough. And instead of the dream catcher that looks hand drawn, I figured I could do something with one of my stamping plates.
What I used:
- Base Coat: Glisten & Glow – Stuck on Blu! (recently renamed to Base Coat)
- 1st Color: KL Polish – Snickerdoodle
- 2nd Color: Sally Hansen Color Therapy – Glow with the Flow
- 3rd Color: Sally Hansen Hard as Nails – Black Out
- Glitter: FUN Lacquer Black Holo Witch
- Top Coat: Glisten & Glow – HK Girl (recently renamed to Top Coat)
- acetone nail polish remover
- Twinkled T clean up brush, size #2
- Bundle Monster BM-XL202 stamping plate
- silicone stamper & scraper
- lint roller sheet
I started with my base coat, and then two coats of color for each nail. Even though it looked like the polishes were opaque enough for one coat, I wanted to make sure that there wasn’t patchiness or visible nail lines when I got into other lighting. I followed the Instagram photo exactly; with nude polish on the thumb, then gold, black, nude, and finishing with gold polish on the pinky finger. Unfortunately, before I even got done with my first coat of polish, I accidentally dug a nail into my thumb’s wet polish. I had to redo them before I even got started 😂.
Since all that was left was to add glitter and some stamping, I decided to start with the stamping. For some strange reason, I was feeling overly confident about my ability to stamp. I’ve only ever had one semi-successful attempt at stamping, but I was somehow thinking I’d be done in seconds. Boy was I wrong.
Along with my overconfidence, I was being extremely stubborn. So when I accidentally stamped my thumb’s design onto my ring finger, what did I do? I started that nail completely over again. I have no clue what had gotten into me. Normally I would have just rolled with it, but I really wanted the triangles on my ring finger, just like in the picture.
After that first stamp (which actually worked perfectly-I’m so upset I put it on the wrong finger), it took me quite a few tries to pick up a good design for each nail. I was being reckless with my scraping and lifting by moving too quickly, and not applying the right amount of pressure. But, I was finally able to get a good image for the four nails. I used a smaller tribal triangle design for my thumb nail, and the solid and outline triangles for my ring finger. Lastly, I added some black holo glitter to my middle nail. And luckily, the holo and glossy top coat dried without any drama.
These nails took me two and a half hours to finish, and we all know it was my fault. I had to redo my thumb, and my ring finger. Next time I’ll just have to slow things down a bit and keep calm so I don’t have as many mistakes. The stamps are a little lopsided, but other than that, I think it’s a pretty decent recreation and I’m happy with them.
Let me know if you’ve ever been dead set on a design before, and how it turned out for you
Well in general these nails held up, and for the amount of anxiety I had this week, that’s saying something. Somehow, my right hand came out scot-free, but my left hand got some chips. It started on Monday with a chip on my thumb nail, then on Tuesday night there was a chip on my middle finger (RIP the holo), and finally, Thursday morning I saw a chip on my ring finger nail. I didn’t bother trying to repair any of the chips, just because I didn’t feel like it, and it didn’t distract me surprisingly.