I was at home on Wednesday and was going to do a glitter mani with one of my untried China Glaze polishes, but as so often happens I dreamed up a mani while still in bed and completely changed my mani plan.
With the last nail mail Ordinary Misfit sent me for my birthday she included two bottles of blue Sinful Colors polishes. She had picked these up at Ackermans. Ackermans sell Sinful Colors for the bargain price of R19.95, but for some reason there are never any names on the bottles. It is usually easy enough to Google for the names, but in this case the names of these colours have eluded both Michelle and I. So I won’t be able to tell you the names of the base colours I used, but I have included a photo of the bottles. The colours are practically identical, but one of the blues has a green shine from certain angles. If you know the names of these colours, please let me know!
Blue was an obvious choice for the ‘Cool’ theme. I knew I would use the Sinful Colors Michelle had sent me when I saw it. I decided to try the ‘saran wrap’ nail art technique and try to do butterfly wings I had seen on Pinterest on my accent nails. I thought the blue with the green tinge would make perfect butterfly wings.
As usual I laid down a base coat of Tip Top Miraculous Results to protect my natural nails. I painted all of my nails with the Sinful Colors blue polish except my ring fingers which I painted with the other blue with the green tinge.To give my nails some time to dry before doing any art I used my UBU gel eyeliner brush and some acetone to clean up around my cuticles where I hadn’t painted well or wanted cleaner lines. Using my black mini polish and a dotting tool, I outlined the butterfly wings. It took me a long time. I would of preferred using a brush as I think this might of been quicker and worked easier for me, but I don’t have one yet. I would of liked the edges of the lines to be smoother too, but this is really difficult for me to achieve with a dotting tool. I painted the tips of my nails black around the outline using the regular polish brush. After that dried I used Sinful Colors Snow Me White and a small dotting tool to make the white dots. By this time the rest of my nails were good and dry and I could use the saran wrap (we call it cling film in South Africa) technique on the rest of my nails. I found this technique super quick and easy. I dotted my Revlon Chroma Chameleon Rose Gold polish onto some paper, dabbed some saran wrap that I had crumpled into a ball into it, dabbed off the excess on some paper and then blotted it onto my nail. I really love how this effect came out! It looks like gold marbling on the nail. I don’t think the photos really do it justice at all. It is very subtle and looks much more awesome in person. The colours go so well together! I wasn’t keen on this gold polish on its own, but it would look awesome using this technique over so many other shades. I’m definitely holding onto it! I finished it all off with a Tip Top top coat.
Overall I am pleased with the results. I may try the butterfly wings again with a lighter colour underneath when I have a nice nail art brush. After I did this mani I went to have a nap and managed to completely crush a butterfly wing and linen printed the rest of my nails. I literally peeled my nails off my shirt when I woke up. Because of the effect the damage isn’t too obvious and I was able to repair the butterfly wing. Luckily I had already taken photos! I’ve posted photos with the scarf and bottles because I really couldn’t decide what looks best. What do you think?