Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Plaid Gift Wrap Nails & Burnt Gift Wrap

Hey everyone! 

Merry Christmas Eve Eve. 

Have you got all your holiday shopping done? 

It's a madhouse out there. I hope to NOT go to any dept. stores from now until after Christmas! One of my guilty pleasures is to hit the after-Christmas sales. C'mon $5 body butter! 

Anyway, here's some green plaid gift wrap nails I did last weekend: 

Colors used: 
Wet n Wild Emerald Rock City 
OPI Electric Eel 
Stripe Rite Gold, White and Black stripers 
Konad White 
Black Bow 

I started off with stamping the plaid pattern from the MDU plate using Konad white to make the fine lines.  The base color was this nice emerald green from Wet n Wild and I added more green shimmer from OPI Electric Eel.  I then used my striper nail art polishes over the pattern to add depth and more detail to the plaid.  I thought I had a white bow but I didn't!  The black bow worked fine.  A white bow would have work better! *curses*

Then I decided to "burn" it! Oftentimes, used gift wrap ends up in the fireplace right?

I was inspired by the "burnt love letters" nail art that popped up around Valentines day. I used a sponge to lightly dab some brown and black polish over the design. I erased some of the design using my cleanup brush and a Q-tip dipped in acetone.  It did take some effort to erase through the design but not completely erasing it.  I added a coat of China Glaze Matte Magic to make it matte and give it a distressed look.  Overall, I liked how it turned out and it was definitely what I was going for. 

I hope you enjoyed this look! 

More Christmas nail art to come. 

Thanks for reading! 

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Illamasqua Melange + Unicorns

I purchased Illasmaqua's Melange off of eBay a couple of months ago.  I never got around to wearing it because it was the Halloween/fall season and I wanted to do Halloween nail art.

This color is from their fall 2014 collection and unfortunately is no longer sold in US stores. Illamasqua pulled its US distribution earlier this year for reasons unknown. ::sad pandas:: 

Lightbox shot