Hi everyone! The mani I’m showing you today I created with my dear friend Angel in mind. We’ve been friends for many years. Although we have been separated by distance as she lives in Johannesburg and I live in Cape Town, we keep up with each other’s blogs and online. She’s one of those friends that you might not speak to in ages, but when we do we pick up where we left off. Angel has had a nickname for her son since he was a little boy. He is all grown up now, but she still calls him her strawbreez. When Angel saw my Nail Anarchy Christmas in July haul she spotted the strawberry image on the plate and commented on the post saying I should do a strawberry mani for her sometime. I tucked this away and when I was stuck for a mani idea one day it dawned on me that I still had an idea! A strawberry mani for Angel! Let me show you what I came up with 🙂
I started off with Revlon Calcium Gel Nail Hardener as my base coat to protect my nails. On my index, middle and pinkie nails I sponged a gradient using Sinful Colors Ruby Ruby and essence rollercoaster. On my ring nail I used essence café olé as my base colour. For the strawberry I made a decal using my MoYou London Princess 10 stamping plate and MoYou London black stamping polish, for the leaves of the strawberry I stamped with MPolish Get Lost. I painted the green onto the leaves on the plate and the black over the rest of the strawberry and scraped from left to right to avoid the polishes blending. I filled in the rest of the strawberry with Sinful Colors Ruby Ruby and allowed it to dry a little before applying essence XXL top coat over the image on my stamper head. Once that had dried on my stamper I carefully removed it and applied the decal to my nail. I trimmed the edges and sealed it with a coat of Seche Vite, cleaning up whatever part of the decal was remaining with acetone and my clean up brush. The gradient was also sealed in with Seche Vite.
I wasn’t 100% happy with the gradient, I think reversing the colours was not my best moment. I like the way that the actual gradient turned out, but perhaps having the gradient colours in the same order as the strawberry might have looked better overall. That being said I absolutely loves my strawberry decal. I gave Angel a sneak peek of this mani and I’m happy to report she liked it as well 🙂
What do you think? Should I have swapped the colours in the gradient?
Thanks for reading!