Welcome to February! It is the month of love (at least up until the 14th), so I’ll be sharing my Valentine’s Day themed nails with you. The manis that I have done thus far are by no means conventional Valentine’s Day nails, but they all have the love theme going on. I’ll see if I can fit in a more traditional one at some point before Valentine’s Day 🙂
I was really excited about this China Glaze polish. I really love most of the colours from their Sunsational collection and the fact that half of them are jellies is really up my alley! Not only is this polish a jelly, but it is shocking pink! While I was looking around for inspiration I came across this mani from Let Them Have Polish. That was all it took for my mani to be born 🙂 I also acquired As Long As You Love Me from essence’s Beauty Beats (Justin Bieber) collection. I thought the grey would contrast nicely with this shocking pink and decided to use it for accent.
I started with my regular base coat of Tip Top Miraculous Results and painted China Glaze You Drive Me Coconuts on all except my ring fingers which I painted with As Long As You Love Me. I struggled a little with the formula on You Drive Me Coconuts. Even after 3 coats it just didn’t smooth out nicely. It was still very bumpy even though it was opaque. I only needed 2 coats of As Long As You Love Me. I painted a coat of Seche Vite on all my nails to quickly dry my mani and prepare it for stamping. The Seche did a great job at evening out You Drive Me Coconuts. Once I was happy that the polish was dry enough I used my PUEEN 35 stamping plate and stamped the left hand image with essence black stampy polish on all my nails. I even had the presence of mind to turn the image plate when doing my thumbs so I didn’t stamp them upside down. Practice helps! I sealed everything in with another coat of Seche Vite. The results:
The stamping isn’t perfect. I would have liked for the black to be more opaque, but in general I don’t think it is bad at all. I also really like the grey and the pink together and think the black stamping looks great on they grey too.
I hope I can figure out a way to get the black more opaque. I used a black stamping polish, so it shouldn’t be so faint. Maybe it is user error. I’ll do some research and see if I can improve 🙂