Continuing on my slightly homesick nail art journey, I wanted to sneak in a patriotic Independence Day mani for y'all, with full knowledge that these Brits may kick me out for doing so. In fairness, I drink more tea than I throw in the harbor, and while I still haven't started using all those extraneous "U"s in my writing, I have begun naturally referring to my phone as my mobile instead of my cell, and I now complain about how many adverts interrupt my television, rather than fast-forwarding through the commercials. Expat life really does change a person, yo. Anyway... the upcoming holiday gave me a chance to showcase a beautiful UK indie that I picked up from a shop which closed earlier this year, and I was able to snatch up several bottles before they were gone for good. Additionally, I got to play with a new stamping plate from Vivid Lacquer, so all's good on the home front, and I bring you this installment of Sunday Stamping.
Unfortunately because this look came of me "having a play," I ended up using a huge mass of polishes. Seriously, I haven't used this many polishes in one nail art look since my dragon egg nails!
|A selection of Barry M, China Glaze, Pocket Money Polishes, Pure Ice, ELF, and Sinful Colors|
To set off the festive outer nails, I created a night sky on my middle and ring fingernails using a gradient of China Glaze Up All Night and Barry M Blue Grape and Damson. When that sponging was dry, I topped it with a thin coat of elf Glitter Glam, which may be discontinued as well but if you need a sub I think China Glaze Fairy Dust would achieve the same look. With my night sky complete, it was time to add fireworks! I added isolated firework images both small and large from the Vivid Lacquer plate 015 using a whole mess of other colors, including Pure Ice Superstar! and a bunch of other Barry M Gelly polishes.
When it was all said and done, I realized that maybe I should've done the gradient all over the place instead of using the black background, which might have pulled the nails together a bit better. I still love the individual aspects, but I'm not sure they necessarily go together very well. This is what happens when you just start throwing nail art together, though, and I learn something new with each "fail".
Hope you are all having a great weekend, and I'll see ya tomorrow!
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