Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Nail Art and First Impressions

Last month I posted a really cool haul of all of the nail art things that I had ordered! (You can click HERE to check out that post.) I was going to wait a while longer before doing a nail art type of post, however I got a new set of "chameleon" (Multichrome) nail stamping polishes from Born Pretty and I wanted to do a sort of nail art and first impression on the polish. 

So, starting out, I had a gradient nail art look which was getting fairly chipped, so I removed that nail art look prior to starting on this look.

As recommended by the QUEEN, Simply Nailogical, I apply a cutical oil that's a mix of jojoba oil and vitamin e oil, which has made such a huge difference in my nails. My nails are typically very brittle, and they break really easily, however with this cuticle oil my nails are a lot stronger! This is the longest that my nails have been in a long time, and I attribute it to the oil!

Alright, back to the nail art...

For this multichrome stamping polish, it was recommended to use a black base to make the colors in the polish show up the best. For this, I used my personal favorite black nail polish, which is the Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy polish in BlackJack. It's opaque in two coats, as you can see in the photo of my nails.

I wasn't super careful applying this, as you can see in the photo, because I do a final cleaning up of my cuticles after I've applied the nail stamp.

Once the black polish was dry, I applied my lifsaving Bliss Kiss Simply Peel all over my skin around my nails down to the knuckle on a few of them in preparation for the nail stamp. I've gotten a lot better at applying it, which I'm really happy about, it just takes some practice to get the hang of it.

As I mentioned previously, I revolved this look around the Born Pretty "Chameleon" stamping polish that I got. For this look I chose to go with "Leo", which is a gold, green, red, and blue multichrome polish. I also chose a repeated circular pattern from my nail stamping plates to be my nail art pattern for this look. I thought that the circles would look good in the multichrome polish, mostly becuase I hoped that as I moved my hands it would appear as if the colors shifted around the circles in the light.

After applying the nail stamps, removing the latex barrier, and cleaning up my cuticles a lot more, I finished off the look with my favorite top coat! The Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Top Coat, which is the best drug store top coat that I've used. 

So here is the final nail art look!

While the multichrom polish did give my nails a really cool effect, the polish primarily appeared as a shimmery gold. The other colors in the polish would come through in some lighting (mostly the green) but they didn't come through nearly as much as I originally thought. There was no changing of the colors as I moved my hands around the circles in the pattern, which was kind of disappointing. However, I still got a lot of compliments while I had this nail art - mostly because the polish seemed to disappear when the light wasn't shining firectly on it. Although that wasn't the effect that I originally wanted, it was pretty cool to have the pattern apear and disappear depending on the angle and the light.

What do you think about this nail art? Are you a fan of nail art and Simply Nailoginal too?

I'll see you on Thursday!

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