Hey There Polished People!!
I’ve probably told you this before, but the first nail polish that REALLY got me into nails was the OPI Black Shatter, and to be fair- only in tandem with SH Mega Shine. Before then I liked wearing nail polish like anyone else, mainly liked red and black, but wasn’t THAT into it like I am, of course, now. 🙂 When the shattered polishes started coming out I hated them. I thought they looked like chipped up, month old manis. Slowly though I came around to them and decided if I could just find some sort of top coat that would make them look REALLY shiny I would like the look. So I bought some OPI Black Shatter (which I still have but I doubt it’s usable at this point) and started looking up top coats. I eventually tried Sally Hansen Mega Shine, which dried super fast and was extra, extra shiny and BAM! The rest is history. Once I did all I could do with the shattered polishes, I started reading nail blogs. The first nail blogs I found were All Lacquered Up and Swatch And Learn. I still read Swatch And Learn and follow Mary on Twitter, Instagram, etc, but now that I’ve kinda learned about nail polish and have my own methods and ideas I prefer to keep up with my new-found friends’ blogs more than the “big” ALU type blogs with little interaction. Anyway, the point I’m trying to make is that my first real nail polish love was the shatter/ SHMS combo, but my first real nail art love was stamping. I found out about stamping plates on various blogs, got some for Christmas that first year of nail polish obsession and it’s still probably my favorite form of nail art. Fittingly, today’s post includes my love of stamping, AND a polish given to me by one of my new friends I made through blogging and nail polish obsession. I received this polish from Lesley (@MisfitLesley on Twitter AND now on Instagram!! If that IG link doesn’t work, just search @misfitlesley) for my birthday last month, and I actually did these nails before I finished my swatch-a-thon just because I could NOT resist, but now I’m just finally getting around to posting them. Ready to see what I did? It’s pretty simple, but still fun and cute if you ask me. 🙂
Star Stamping Sandwich
How To Get These Nails:
- Base coat.
- Paint your nails with 2-3 coats of Orange Poppy. You want the base to be pretty opaque, but don’t worry if you still see some VNL, the stamping will cover/disguise that. 🙂 Allow your nails to dry and harden to the touch. We don’t want any squishing!
- Using CH51 and your Konad Special White polish, stamp the star design onto each nail.
- Once you’ve stamped all your nails, your stars will be dry since the stamping polish dries lightning quick, so you can very carefully apply one thin, even coat of Orange Poppy over the stars to give them the sandwichy, buried look. Be careful to make the layer even because the white Konad polish will definitely reveal patchiness or too-thick areas.
- Clean up your cuticles with a small brush dipped in acetone.
- After your top layer of polish, add top coat (I’m using Jessica Brilliance) and ta-daaaa! Cute starry starry nails! 🙂
Quick Review of Nuance by Salma Hayek Orange Poppy:
Orange Poppy is a bright red-orange jelly polish. I didn’t quite grasp the concept that this was a jelly polish at first, so my first intention was just to paint my nails this color and leave them at that. When I look up this polish on the CVS website (where you can find this brand) it doesn’t SAY it’s a jelly, but it clearly is. You will have VNL unless you use a base of some sort or use it for sandwiches like I did. That being said, this polish is super cute, it’s a little different color for me (which is why Lesley got it for me, how sweet! :)) and I really love it! I’m anxious to try it with different things inside the sandwich (that sounds a little weird huh??) and maybe even by itself over some polish undies. It dries super shiny, goes on smooth… it’s a great polish! She sent me another bottle from this brand in a pretty, neutral greige-y color so I’ll be trying that shortly as well. Thank you so much to Lesley for the bday polishes!!
What was your first nail polish and/or nail art love? How did you really get into nails? Or maybe you just are starting to get into nails… let me know in the comments below! Also- tell me how you liked this design. Thank you all for reading and commenting, and till next time- Happy Polishing!! 😀
Hello Again Everyone!!
I just have to share something so funny with you all. I always try to cite and link where I get ideas from, but I’m sure sometimes I think that I think of something on my own when in fact a little seed, subtle or obvious, has been planted by someone else somewhere along the line. When I did these nails I wasn’t thinking about any nails I’ve ever seen before, but then today Cynthia (from Of Life And Lacquer) tweeted me and pointed out some nails that look VERY similar to mine. Here’s the picture.
I completely copied her design- same stamp, same color (mostly), same everything!! Haha!! Oh my gosh, when she tweeted me I had to show my husband and we just laughed!! I did not even REMEMBER these nails!! Somewhere deep in my head, when I was trying to decide what to do with that polish Lesley sent me, I must have remembered these nails! Is that funny or what?! Click on the picture or click here to be taken to that ancient post of Cynthia’s. I even commented on them so you KNOW I saw em!! As they say- Great minds think alike!! ;D