Garden Party

Hello and welcome to the garden party!  Sorry for being so cheesy, but I’m just too excited for this floral mani.  I knew I wanted spring flowers, but this just exceeded all of my expectations. 

Well, like I said, I wanted some spring flowers on my nails.  But I didn’t know how exactly to go about it. Especially since I can’t hand paint designs like all the Instagram pictures I’ve been drooling over. Lucky for me though, I have stamping plates, and found this quick video from @vics_nails showing exactly how to add some color to a floral stamp. For some reason I was stuck on not wanting to use bright colors, but I also didn’t want to go with pastels. So, the boyfriend had to step in and pick things out from my stash. I think sometimes I forget that there are colors in between pastel and neon.

What I Used:

  • Base Coat:  Glisten & Glow – Base Coat
  • 1st Color:  Painted Polish – Stamped in Greenery 2.0
  • 2nd Color:  OPI – That’s What Friends are Thor
  • 3rd Color:  Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear – Sun Kissed
  • 4th Color:  KL Polish – MIA
  • 5th Color:  Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear – Mellow Yellow
  • Top Coat:  Glisten & Glow – Top Coat
  • Bundle Monster Mini Lotus mat
  • Bundle Monster BM-XL351 stamping plate
  • silicone stamper & scraper
  • lint roller sheets
  • Bundle Monster double sided dotting tool and nail art brush
  • acetone nail polish remover
  • Twinkled T clean up brush, size #2
  • Twinkled T cotton ball picker upper

I started with base coat and one coat of the Painted Polish – Stamped in Greenery 2.0.  I was actually pretty surprised with how well it applied.  Since it’s a stamping polish I figured it would be a one coater, but also thick and hard to work with.  And it was a bit thick, but it leveled out so well that I didn’t mind.

For the design work, I kept everything on my little silicone mat. I did two test swatches to see if I liked the designs and colors, and then just went for it. On all ten of the little finger outlines I placed some top coat, and then stamped a random section of the flower design on top of that.

Next I just filled in colors. At first I was going to do one color at a time, but got nervous that I was going to put down too much of one color, or completely cover up the green. So I slowed down and went with one nail at a time.

Then I just added top coat to my nails and stuck on the little decals I had made. The most annoying part was probably clean up. But at least they didn’t need to dry.

I loved how easy this manicure was. Because even though there was a lot of polish, none of it was being applied to my nails. So I could run around touching anything I wanted without worry of smudging. It’s the little things sometimes 😂

I hope everyone enjoyed their May the 4th and Cinco de Mayo weekend!

Update:

So there was really only one chip this week, and I only picked at it a little bit.  So I’m going to call it a success.  Not sure if it was because I really loved this floral design, or if I was less stressed this week, but I made extra sure not to pick.  And I think it really paid off.  Other than my pointer finger, they still looked perfect.

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