Fashion,  Nails

#ManiMonday 02/03/2020

Happy #manimonday everyone! If you’re lucky enough to read my mani posts, then this look is a sneak peak into my Fashions on the Field outfit that I’m entering in today. So, let’s get into this pink and yellow plaid design!

Products used:

Stamping plate: Born Pretty “BP – L006”
Stamping polish: Born Pretty “BP-WT06 Cherry Blossoms”
Base: Essie base coat and “Blanc”, BYS “French White” (on feature nail) and “Lilac Lolita”
Top coat: Sally Hansen “Double Duty Base & Top Coat” (on feature nail) and “Gel Shine 3D Top Coat”

This week’s design was fairly easy to come up with and create, as I wanted to match my handbag. The handbag is a cream with a pink plaid and with pink handles and sides (you’ll see it featured in my fashion post later in the month).

The pink wasn’t too hard to find, as I have lots of pink polishes but I was slightly worried about the cream. The bag is definitely more of a cream than a brown nude, which is the tone of most of my nude polishes. My support worker ended up finding this really old white I had that had gone yellow with age, which made it the perfect shade. Both it and the pink were a bit translucent though, so we opted for a white base underneath. One thing to note with cheaper polishes is that you really have to wait a while between applying coats, especially the topcoat, as mine went a bit bubbly on some nails. It probably didn’t help that this pink was old as well.

As I wanted to keep my nails simple, I only did one plaid nail. As the bag had decided for us what colour would be the base and plaid, I went for plain pink on the rest of my nails. I feel that this not only brings out the plaid but also just looks better overall.

With the stamping, I was lucky enough that one of my new Born Pretty stamping polishes was the perfect shade of pink. It was also a dream to pick up. However, it was interesting to see what a difference different stampers make. On my left hand we used my old harder stamper from Born Pretty and the lines were slightly heavy. Unfortunately, that stamper now has a split in it (so it left a small mark on my nail), so we decided to use my new squish stamper from Beauty Big Bang on my right hand (pictured) and these lines are a lot more delicate. Both picked up well and both went on straight (no distortion or wavy lines) with a squish technique.

I’m also trying a new topcoat of Sally Hansen’s this week in the “Gel Shine 3D Topcoat”. This one splits on my stamper so I can’t stamp it onto my stamped nails, but as I’ve got plain nails this week, we could just paint it on. It’s definitely a bit thicker than the other Sally Hansen one I use, but hopefully, that makes it last longer.

This design is very retro but classic and is making a come back at the moment. It’s also one you can easily mix up the colours to match your outfit (think Clueless with black and yellow). It’s also a design you can do if you don’t have a lot of time.

Bye for now!

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