How long has it been since I last shared my nails with you?! About four months I think! So much has happened since then. My new husband and I had the most wonderful wedding day, we moved into our new flat and went on our magic honeymoon! I’ll make sure I write a post about the day and our honeymoon soon, but for the time being I’ve been painting flowers on my nails!
This pattern I found HERE on Pinterest. I loved it so much I had to recreate it. The are so many good patterns on Pinterest, I’ve had to create a whole board to accommodate them! Use the button in the top right of my blog to follow my pins on Pinterest!
I started by painting my nails with two coats of the good old Barry M Matt White polish. Next, I took a tiny paintbrush and painted tiny little flowers onto my nails using Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Brisk Blue, Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Vigorous Violet, Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Lickety Split Lime, No7 Grey Skies and Topshop Easy Breezy. After they had dried, I used a dotting tool with the same colours to create the centre of the flowers.
So after wearing Topshop’s Easy Breezy for a day and a half, I still colour not bring myself to remove it. I really do love this colour! So for this manicure, I decided to recycle yesterday’s.
Yesterday I received some new stamping plates in the post along with some gems! How exciting! I’ve never used gems before and I’ve seen plenty of blog posts and video tutorials about them. On one of the jumbo Cheeky plates I got was a really cute set of three flowers in different sizes , so I decided to stamp those onto my nails.
My first attempt was made with the wrong stamping colour entirely. Lesson learned – Barry M Bright Pink does not stamp well AT ALL over this colour. Instead I chose to use Barry M Foil Effects Silver and stamp one or two flowers onto each nail.
Tiffany-esque – indoor with flash
It’s safe to say that I did a better job on my left hand than my right hand, but you’ll only see the left one anyway!
After I had stamped the flowers, I poured out some little clear gems onto my tray and gradually placed them at the centre of each flower with a bit of clear nail polish, finishing with a topcoat over all my nails.
As soon as I had finished and looked at them under a bright light, the colour immediately reminded me of those of the Tiffany jewellery brand. How cute!
What surprised me the most was the durability of these little gems – or the strength of my topcoat! They’ve survived the shower, several hand scrubs, a night in bed and many a handbag rifle. Really good news for someone like me!
Have you ever used gems before?
For this manicure I used:
- Sally Hansen – Maximum Growth
- Topshop Easy Breezy
- Barry M Foil Effects Silver
- Clear rhinestones
- Cheeky jumbo stamping plate F
- Dotting tool
- Sally Hansen – Insta-Dri