Happy #manimonday everyone! With no horse racing or any events this weekend, I was free to do whatever I wanted on my nails. So, let’s get into this week’s purple and pink hearts design!
Stamping plate: PICT You “PY-J015” and Born Pretty “BP – L013”
Stamping polish: Hit The Bottle “Iced Mauve-jito”
Base: Sally Hansen “Double Duty Base & Top Coat” and Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy “Passionate Pink 050”
Top coat: Hit The Bottle “Water Tight” Smear Free Topcoat
This week’s design all started with the colours. This purple stamping polish is one of my new ones from Hit The Bottle and I’ve been dying to try it since it arrived. When I think of classic combinations that go with purple, I always think of purple and pink, plus purple is my favourite colour and pink is my sister’s. Pink polishes are definitely not a colour I’m short on, so there were plenty of options to go with it. I opted for this candy pink as it is a pink that’s more on the red side than the blue side which means the purple stamping doesn’t get lost on it. It’s also fun and bright while contrasting with the purple nicely.
With the colours decided, I felt they were definitely pulling towards a feminine design. Originally, I was thinking a lace or flower design, but after flipping through my plates I came across this heart and chevron pattern from one of my new Pict You plates. Mum was also doing my nails this week and she prefers not to do reserve stamping or anything too complicated, so this was perfect. To then add a bit of interest on my feature nail, Mum suggested this heart pattern. The patterns tie in nicely together through the hearts. I was worried that the two patterns would be too much the same but because the heart pattern is more solid it works.
In terms of pickup rates this week it was really good! This was my first time using this particular stamping polish and PICT You plate (with the heart and chevron pattern). Like the penguin image I used the other week, this plate is particularly also deep. However, we had no issues picking up the image. The only problems were that you have to watch the fine lines don’t roll/blow back onto the nail as we had that happen a few times. I also think there’s a fault in my image, as one of the rows is missing the solid hearts. As my nails are small though, this part of the image doesn’t make it onto my nails so it’s fine. The hearts were a little bit more difficult. That image is deep as well and I feel like you have to use a particular type of pressure. Mum prefers the cube stampers and tends to use a medium pressure roll. So, perhaps my light squish with a round stamped would have been better. However, in the end, we got one that was good enough to put on my nail.
Overall, this design is very cute and easy to create! I think it would be perfect for Valentine’s Day, where you could even use a love quote on one of your nails instead of a hearts and chevron pattern.
Bye for now!