Teal and Bronze Lace Stamped Nails

Originally this design was going to use a mandala stamping plate, however neither of my clear stampers would pick up any part of the design. My firm Konad classic stamper was able to pick it up without problems, but that stamper is too small for the current length of my nails. Plus I wanted to be able to see exactly where I was placing the design. I’m not sure if it’s because I got a plate that wasn’t etched too well, or whether it is a problem with my technique etc. In the end I had to give up and opt for a lace type design from another plate from Born Pretty; BPL-028, which works perfectly fine with my clear stampers. I will have to go back and experiment with the Mandala plate next time I cut my nails down short enough to use with my Konad stamper.

Anyways, for this design, I started by painting my nails in 2 coats of a light teal/tourquize shade from Barry M’s Coconut Infusion range. Once this was dry I went over it with a fast dry top coat.

My middle finger nails are always the first ones to break normally, but I have been lucky lately. However I have bent the one on my right hand a few times without breaking it in the past week or so. When removing my design from last week, I did notice that a weakened line was starting to form where the nail was becoming bendy and likely to split. As I wanted to have long nails for this design, I placed a layer of my normal base coat, then cut a small piece of normal DIY masking tape to place over the weak point, and then another coat of base coat over the top. This added some strength back to the nail so that I can at least get another week or so out of it. At first it was very obvious that there was a square of tape under my nail varnish, but once all the layers of the design had been completed, this had become smoothed out and hidden.

Next, I used a bronze glitter nail paint from Barry M, and a makeup sponge to sponge a gradient onto the tips of each nail. Once this was dry, I used a black stamping polish by Konad and the lace design to stamp onto each nail. I wanted each nail to show a different part of the design, with the thumbs and ring fingers to be completely stamped over, and the rest to just have the edge of the design stamped onto them.

The lace design has a small circle in the center of it. So to finish off the design, I placed a small rhinestone into the center of this circle where it appeared on the thumb and ring fingers. I then finished everything off with a top coat.

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Double Stamped Nails

For this design I tested out a duochrome green stamping polish that I purchased from the Born Pretty website a while back. I really love the colours in it. It is like a dark green base with a lighter green and almost gold shimmer. I decided to go for a double stamped effect by stamping the same pattern first in a plain white and then the duochrome green over the top of it.

I started by painting my middle and ring fingers in a dark green shade from Barry M’s Gelly Hi-Shine range. On the rest of the nails I used the shade ‘Tiki Hut’ from Barry M’s Coconut Infusion range.

On the index finger, I placed one single small rhinestone on the top middle of the nail. On the ring fingers I placed a medium sized rhinestone on the top middle of the nail, and then 2 small ones on either side of it.

On the little fingers, I stamped the pattern I was using (from Born Pretty plate BPL-028) in the green over just the bottom half of the nail. I then painted a white line across the middle of the nail where the stamped pattern ended.

On the remaining thumb and middle nails is where I did the double stamping. First I stamped the same pattern from plate BPL-028 in a white stamping polish. Then I did the same with the duochrome green. However I made sure that I placed them slightly differently each time so that you could see the pattern in both the white and the green on the nail.

Nude Lace Nails

I’ve been really busy lately so for this week’s design I needed to do something that I could complete quickly, so I went for an easy stamped design.

I started off by painting all nails in 2 coats of ‘Skinny Dip’ from Barry M’s Coconut Infusion Range.

Once this was touch dry I used a quick dry top coat and used liquid latex around each nail to help with clean up.

I then finished off the design by stamping a lace pattern in black over the top of each nail. The stamping plate I used was Harunouta #3.

I then peeled off the latex and cleaned up around each nail before putting on my final layer of top coat.

French Valentines Tips Nails

This was a nice quick and simple Valentines design.

I started by painting all nails in 2 coats of a dark pinkish red. This was ‘Raspberry’ by Barry M.

Once this was dry I used a white polish and stamped my design over the tips of each nail.

The plate I used is labeled ‘XY20’ and is a large plate of different tip designs that I got off eBay.

The design I chose is a pattern of heart shapes with 2 stripes to mark the edge of the tip.

Colour Change Floral Stamp Nails

For this design I was trying out a new stamping plate and polish from Born Pretty that my brothers got me for my birthday.

The base for this design is a colour changing polish. I found that the colour change is quite subtle from a darker purple to a lighter purple to be very noticeable. However I found if I ran my nails under very hot water it did start to change to more of a pink shade. Most of the time though my nails are just too cold to see any difference.

The colours itself however are nice as purple is my favourite colour. I also love the inclusion of the silver glitter in multiple sizes as it makes for a prettier base for designs. I used 3 coats of this to get a proper coverage on the nail but it is very quick drying.

On top of this I stamped floral designs in white. The plate I used is BPX-L019 which has various pretty floraly type designs.

I used 2 of the different designs from this plate to stamp onto each nail. I tried to make the placement different on each nail so that it wasn’t all just the same for each nail.

Geometric Red Nails

I’m really pleased with how this one turned out. I think the combination of the red and gold go well together, and the glitter in the red base adds a little something extra to the overall look.

I also really like the geometric triangular designs from this stamping plate. It is #77 of the round plates by Born Pretty.

I started by painting all nails in 1 coat of a deep red. I then went over it in 2 coats of a glittery red shade. As the red in this shade was quite translucent, I used the deep red shade underneath to help with the coverage.

I then used my stamping plate and a metallic gold shade to stamp the designs onto each nail.

I used a different design from the same plate on each nail on one hand, and then repeated this on the other hand so that they matched.

Stamped Necklace Nails

The title for this post comes from the fact that the stamped design reminds me of some necklaces dangling down on each nail.

I started by painting all nails in 2 coats of a coral/ pastel orange shade. This is from Barry M’s Coconut Infusions range.

Once this was dry I went over it with a top coat and then stamped my necklace pattern over the top of it in a black shade.

I placed the design so that the pattern was coming from the base of the nail.

I then placed a small black rhinestone on each nail in the half circle area left at the base of the nail by the design, before finishing off with a top coat.

Pink Stamp and Studs Nails

I really like how the colours go together for this design. Especially the black stamped over the pink.

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I started by painting all nails except my middle and little fingers in a cream shade. On the others I painted them in a pink shade. Both these colours are from Barry M’s Coconut infusion range. I really love the pink shade.

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To the index and little finger I attached a single rectangular gold stud and finished them off with a top coat. To the middle fingers I used a florally type pattern from a stamping plate labelled ‘Tian Xin 19’. I stamped the pattern over the entire middle nails using a black stamping polish from Konad.

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To the remaining nails, I used masking tape to tape off one half of the nail. I used the pink shade over this and peeled the tape away to make the nail half of each colour. Once this was dry I used the masking tape in the same position again. I then used the same stamping design and black polish to apply the design over the pink half of the nail.

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I then removed the tape and cleared up around the stamped nails. Then to cover the line down the middle of the thumbs and ring finger nails, I applied a row of the same gold studs. I then finished everything off with a top coat.

Holo Stars Nails

For this design, I layered a star stamping pattern over a silver holographic nail polish. I took the pictures in bright direct sunlight as this helped the holo show up better on the camera.

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I started by painting all nails in a black polish as it helps to get the best from the holo polish.

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Once this was dry I went over every nail with the holo polish. I needed to use 3 coats in the end to get the coverage I wanted.

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I then used a star type pattern on a stamping plate. I used a black polish to stamp the design over the whole of each nail.

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I then cleaned up any stamping that went onto the areas around my nails, before finishing off the design with a top coat.

Sultry Tips Nails

For this design I wanted to have the one half of each nail nude and the other half with a stamped design. I went for a deep red shade with gold stamped over the top as I felt these colours would look really good together.

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I started by painting all nails in 2 coats of a very sheer light pink nude shade as a base and just to improve the overall look of the nails.

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I then used normal DIY masking tape once this had dried well to tape off half of each nail. I then used a deep red shade to paint in the tip halves of each nail. I immediately removed the tape, cleaned up any mistakes carefully and let it dry very well.

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I then prepared my stamping tools and used a lace type design on a plate labeled ‘Tian-Xin 19’. I re-taped up half of each nail along the same line as before so that the stamping only lands on the red areas. Working quickly and on one nail at a time I stamped in a gold colour onto each nail and removed the tape.

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I cleaned up any excess around the nails and then used a small dotting tool and the same gold colour to add a line of dots to cover the edge of where the red colour ends. I then finished off the design with a top coat.