Happy #manimonday everyone! Feeling a bit like a broken record and that you guys might be sick of the horse nails, but guess what? I had a horse race this weekend and I could actually go see him race! So, let’s get into this week’s black and red horse nails.
Stamping plate: Clear Jelly Stamper “CJS LC-40 Horsin’ Around” and Lina Nail Art Supplies “All Mixed Up 01”
Stamping polish: Born Pretty “BP-WN03 Throne”
Base: Sally Hansen “Double Duty Base & Top Coat” and Essie “Really Red”
Top coat: Sally Hansen “Double Duty Base & Top Coat”
As if coming up with original designs isn’t hard enough, then using just horse designs with only red, yellow, black and white (with maybe the occasional brown) colours are even harder! Don’t get me wrong, I love going to the races and I made this superstition up on my own, but it sure does make things harder for me. Luckily, Mum had a bit of input this week (though my support worker did my nails) and suggested that I do red and black nails, so they’re the colours I went with. My red stamping polish doesn’t show up on black, hence why I did black on red. The hardest part was choosing which red base colour to do, but Really Red matched the pants I wore on Saturday the best.
So, with colours sorted we moved onto images. Sometimes my small nails do annoy me, as the big images from my Clear Jelly stamping plate don’t fit on my nails. However, as I was going back to the races in over 3 months, I thought the quote “home is where the horse is” was appropriate. I’ve done hearts and horseshoes already in the past 6 weeks, so I did want to mix it up a bit on my other nails. I remembered I had this horse silhouette image on my Lina Nail Art Stamping Supplies plate (which was the reason I actually brought the plate). It was different and I couldn’t think of any other options, so I went with that.
It really was all smooth sailing this week, even picking up. The quote maybe took two goes to pick up perfectly, as the first one only picked up the top half of the quote, but after that we were fine. For the horses, in the past, we’ve had trouble with their fine legs picking up well. However, today we used a roll technique, following the lines of the legs and we didn’t have any problems.
One thing to note this week is that one of my nails did smudge when stamping the top coat on. I’m not really sure why this happened, because it’s not like the stamper slipped or anything like that. The only thing I can put it down to is the cooler weather and the stamping, therefore, taking longer to dry (compared to the warm autumn/spring and hot summer). Once the first one smudged, I gave the rest another hour to dry while I did other things and then stamped the top coat on. There were no dramas after that.
Overall, it was nice to mix things up a little this week. It’s a simple look that would be perfect for beginners but it’s quite effective too. It was also super quick to create so that was a positive as well.
Bye for now!