Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Seven Deadly Sins: Envy



With my nail group, I'm taking part in a Seven Deadly Sins manicure challenge. This mani, before the stamp, is my entry for Envy. Our Envy entries simply have to be green in some way. With the stamp, I also entered it into a small "beta" type contest Anni from Vivid Lacquer is holding that required the use of one of her polishes and a stamp from this specific plate.

I started with a single layer of Zoya Midori, which is a lovely apple green. Then I dabbed on a layer of Vivid Lacquer Waltraud, which is truly one of my favorite VLs. It was one of the very first polishes she released when she opened her shop, so I don't think it's available anymore. The base is a beautiful yellow-green shimmer that goes on fairly sheer, and it's packed full of hex glitters in lots of springy colors. As you can see, it's like a Monet painting on your nails! The stamp is from VL010 and was done with Zoya Monica.

Base coats are Orly Nailtrition and Butter London Nail Foundation. Top coat is Seche Vite.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Stamping: Wood Grain




These came out so fun, but *super* subtle in natural light. The base brown is Zoya Cheryl, a dark mahogany color with tons of secret shimmer, which I then stamped  with KleanColor Coffee Addict, which is a golden toasted brown that's not quite metallic and VL019 from Vivid Lacquer. The stamping on my left hand gave me some problems, but in the middle of the right hand I stumbled on a new-to-me way to pick the polish up off the plate and after that, they came out stronger and not as stretched out. Win!

Base coats are Orly Nailtrition and Butter London Nail Foundation. Top coat is Seche Vite.

Monday, May 5, 2014


Toad-ally Awesome Nails is on hiatus this week as Mother's Day takes all of my time & brain cells.
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