If you recall when I did my tiger stripe manicure awhile back, I had been inspired by kombucha_witch_ on instagram after failing to recreate a manicure of hers. I asked around and no one has heard of how I do this technique and Erika Elswick (from Forty Winks Jewelry) came up with the term distressed stamping. Keep reading to the end for a short lesson on how I created this mani!
Moonflower Polish Fluorite Glow [Blurple-winkle Polish Lovers Group Custom June 2018], 3 coats plus top coat. This dries semi-matte. It has a good formula and covers well in the first coat. I needed 3 coats for evenness – but my office where I paint my nails has been messing with my manis lately!
Oh my, you all. This polish is shifty magicalness (yeah, I said it) in a bottle. I have often admired Moonflower Polish stamped manis that others have created but I’ve shied away because I am still so horrible at stamping. (I know, what kind of blogger am I? Apparently not a very well-rounded one!) I wanted to get one Nadia, the maker, made for a Polish Pickup Pack – I Just Can’t Wait – but it had a cap on how many and I missed it. (But guess what?? It’s coming back for July PPU! Cue my squealing in delight! Check out Serene’s swatches.)
At any rate, Moonflower Polish does have polishes that are can be for all sorts of manis, not just for stamping, including this polish! It does stamp, of course, but you can also wear it as a regular polish like I did here.
Sally Hansen Rosy Quartz [press sample, previously swatched], 3 coats
Julie G Beauty Bikini [press sample, previously swatched]
China Glaze Liquid Leather
Bee’s Knees Lacquer All the Dinosaurs Fear the T-Rex, 3 coats plus matte top coat
Oh my gosh you all. I am so over summer vacation and it just started. >.< And I just realized that it’s June and my scheduled posts ran out at the end of May. So ummm I actually need to do some swatching and scheduling. haha!
CND Creative Play Pinkidescent, 2 coats
Painted Polish Joie de Vivre, sponged
2 more coats of Pinkidescent
Plus matte top coat
Plus shiny top coat
Bows using Bad Bitch Polish Cerulean Sky and Poseiden [press sample]
Polished Vino bows
Ever have a good idea and then execution is horrible? Yeah, that’s what happened here. I should have stopped after sponging Joie de Vivre over Pinkidescent. I wore it for a day, I just didn’t like it. And spent ages scrubbing off glitter. Ugh.
KBShimmer You Rocket My World, 2 coats over China Glaze Liquid Leather
Sally Hansen Champagne Supernova, 2 coats [press sample, previously swatched]
OPI Do You Have This Color In Stockholm
CrowsToes Nail Color Tequila Sunrise Sparked, 3 coats plus top coat
Polish ‘M Cheer, 2 coats plus top coat [gift]
water slide decal from who knows where 😀
multichrome nail disc gems from also who knows where (actually I think Nicole Diary)
This was such a fun mani! My husband doesn’t often understand my mis-matched manis but honestly, I don’t care. 😀 I mean, my socks don’t even usually match and it drives him crazy.
Aww, I love you too, KBShimmer! ❤ What, you don’t see a vague shape of a heart here? Don’t ask me how I accomplished that because I have no idea.
KBShimmer No Comet, 4 coats plus top coat. This was sheer, more sheer than I expected. Next time I use it, it’ll be over a base color.
KBShimmer water slide decals over White on Time
Sally Hansen White on Time, 2 coats [press sample, previously swatched]
Crystal Parade Mixed Sizes Crystal Shimmer
When I saw No Comet, I really wanted to do something classy with it but I really had no idea what. That’s when I went searching through my drawers of nail art, gems, vinyls, and other assorted ephemera. I came across some old water slide decals I had purchased from KBShimmer and had a “light bulb” moment. 😀 It reminds me so much of blue china dishes!
So after using Under Our Tree, and receiving Tequila Sunrise Sparked in the same mail, I decided it was just crying out for some nail art together. I settled on a marbled mani and I adore the results!
Here’s what Under Our Tree looks like alone. This is 2 coats plus matte top coat.