Hi everyone! It’s time for the next prompt in the #PPSAnailchallenge 🙂 This entire month all my nail posts will be for the Polished Pretties South Africa Nail Challenge. Polished Pretties South Africa is a Facebook group started by the Nail Anarchy ladies and we decided to do a month long challenge and open it up to everyone. You don’t have to be a member of the group to participate, but if you have a love for polish, why not join our group anyway? The challenge is also not compulsory for group members. It’s all just for fun 🙂 Here are all the prompts and the dates:Today I’ll be showing you my creation for the Purple prompt. I’m really stoked about this mani, because it is the very first time I have managed to make my own decals! Some people refer to it as reverse stamping or advanced stamping. I’ve tried this on a few previous occasions and never got it to work properly, so this was a small triumph for me. Let me show you what I came up with:
I started off with an L.A. Girl base coat to protect my nails. On my index and pinkie I am wearing 2 coats of Sinful Colors Amethyst. This creme is totally delicious! I glides on like butter and cleans up like a dream too! It just so happens to be my favourite colour, so I’ll definitely be reaching for this again! For my decals I used essence black stampy polish to stamp with an image from BP-L003. I left the image on the stamper and filled it in with a dotting tool using Sinful Colors Amethyst, Revlon Gel Envy Showtime (press sample), Revlon Enchanting (gift), essence Elves Like Lilac and essence you wow’d me again. I top coated the image on the stamper with essence better than gel nails top coat and let it dry. I left the decals to dry overnight and was able to use them the next day when I had some more time. If you’d like to see a tutorial on how to make stamping decals, my girl Thea has one posted here. I applied the decals over tacky top coat to stick them to my nails. I thought I had to wait a fair while for it to go tacky, but it turns out that I could paint and apply the decal immediately when using the better than gel nails top coat. I smoothed out the decal with my finger, cut off excess with a small nail scissor and cleaned up the rest using acetone and my cleanup brush. I applied 2 decals to my Cinderella hand first and I really got better at it as I did more. It really is a good idea to push through and keep practicing! I sealed everything in with a generous coat of Seche Vite.
I was so very chuffed with how these turned out and that I was finally able to make decals. From here the possibilities are endless! I’d love to hear what you think of these in the comments. Have you ever tried this technique? Also be sure to check out what everyone else did in the inlinkz below!