Paint All The Nails: Secret Santa Edition
Hi guys! From the title of this post, you might think that I have Christmas themed nail art for you but it’s actually something even more special than that! You may remember some past nail art link-ups I’ve done with the fabulous ladies in a Facebook group I’m a part of called Paint All The Nails. Each month we decide on a theme and share nail art and link-up with each others blogs! They are such talented artists that I’m so happy to be linked with!
Today, I have another installment of this link-up, but what makes this one so special is that it’s the Secret Santa Edition. Each interested member of the group had their name put into a hat. Then, names were drawn and each participant was randomly assigned another participant in the group and tasked with remaking some of their nail art. The best part though… it is all a surprise and no one knows who was assigned who! Today is the big reveal and we finally get to share which lovely artist we got! Now, which amazing lady’s nail art did I get to recreate? DRUM ROLL PLEASE…
I’ll tell you what, I was incredibly excited to get to recreate some of her designs. The hard part was picking which ones to do, considering everything she does is incredible and original and flawless! I went with four different looks (even though I wanted to do about eleventy-bajillion) so let’s see which four designs of hers I chose to recreate!
First up, there was no question I would need to recreate this rainbowy, sparkly, stamped mani she did over the Summer. I mean, how could you go wrong with all of those wonderful components! I started out with KBShimmer “Alloy Matey!” as the base then I did random splotches of color using OPI “Pen & Pink”, “Chromatic Orange”, “I’m Never Amberrassed”, “Landscape Artist”, “Turquoise Aesthetic” and “Purple Perspective”. Lastly, I stamped over the top using Konad black and Bundle Monster BM-S104 plate. I found that crystalline jellies work best. I tried some milkier jellies first (like the NFU Oh! Jelly Syrup line) and they were much too opaque and didn’t allow the glitter to sparkle through. These OPI Color Paints & Sheers however were just the ticket! I’ll be using this technique quite a bit!
For the next design, I decided to go with this gorgeous geometric skittlette! I have never done a geometric design and I don’t know why because I love them and they deserve more attention. No better way for me to incorporate it into my blog than by using Emily as inspiration! I used China Glaze “At Vase Value” on my pointer, middle and pinkie nails and Rica “Whiteout” on my ring finger. Since my stock of nail art studs is minimal (and I mean min-i-mal) I used Rica “Blackout” to dot onto my pointer and pinkies in lieu of the pretty black gems she used. I then used the original Lynnderella “Connect The Dots” on my middle finger and then stamped with Konad black and UberChic’s 1-01 plate for the geometric print. Emily free-handed her geometric design but I was like… ummmmm, I’m not that amazing and I took the easy way out instead. :P
This next one is another that I had no question in my mind about recreating. You may remember me mentioning before that Emily really helped me out with improving my stamping. She also turned me onto Hēhē stamping plates and when she told me about their new Fairy Tale Collection, I bought them immediately. Then she posted her review of the plates and I saw these stunning leafy watercolor nails and I fell in love all over! To recreate this look, I used Rica “Whiteout” as the base then I used China Glaze “Re-Fresh Mint”, Butter London “Squatter”, Zoya “Wednesday” and Girly Bits “Blue Christmas” for the stamping. I applied them in lines across the Hēhē Fairy Tale-005 plate and did a sort of gradient by lightly scraping over the top of the plate multiple times. It didn’t turn out quite as organic and watercolor looking as Emily’s but I still really love the end result! I’ll have to pick her brain a little more about how she accomplished the stunning watercolor effect.
Last up, is a design Emily did that was inspired by Kelli from The Nail Polish Challenge. I misread Emily’s post and later saw that she was inspired by Kelli’s mani. BUT, I saw it on Emily’s blog first so that still counts right? Either way, Emily pulled of her recreation stunningly well and I had all the same products so I I really wanted to do it! I started off with a coat of Cirque Colors “Hustle”, then did a gradient over the top using Cirque Colors “Lady Liberty” and “Hustle” on a wedged cosmetic sponge. Once that was done, I dabbed the excess polish off the brush of Rica “Blackout” and used the end to create splotchy lines in a sort of rough chevron pattern. I didn’t wipe off enough of the color from the brush when I did my pointer, so you can see that it looks a hot mess, but I hit my stride with my other fingers. This is probably the best gradient I’ve ever done so I was happy with it, despite my wonky pointer finger design!
A big giant thank you to Emily for being such an amazing source of inspiration to me on a daily basis. I am so lucky to call her a friend, she has the biggest heart and is incredibly sweet and I couldn’t have been happier with my Secret Santa assignment. :) Please please PLEASE, if you don’t follow her blog in some capacity, please do so immediately. She is just phenomenal in all that she does.
Also, please make sure to check out all of the other Secret Santa nails below by more truly amazing ladies! I’m on pins and needles waiting to see who got me and which nails of mine they decided to recreate!