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Pastel Leadlighting Skittlette: May NCC #4

Leadlighting: if you haven’t heard of it, it’s a great technique to make beautiful multicolored nail designs with stamping as an alternative to the time-intensive stamping decal. As far as I know, the ladies at Messy Mansion were the first to do this (or name it leadlighting). You stamp over a light polish base, then use jelly polish to color in the negative space.

I actually only have one jelly polish, so I made my own! The lovely Jacqui at CraftyNail suggested this to me after I envied her leadlighting mani using OPI Sheer Tints. I basically mixed my existing creme polishes with a little bit of top coat to make the pastel jelly. I think I probably should’ve added more of the top coat since mine is still fairly opaque, but I think it came out alright!

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Grey and yellow skittlette: May NCC #3

Whaaaat? Posting daily for 3 days in a row?! This is a total record for me – here’s hoping the more frequent posting sticks around.

Here comes another skittlette for the Nail Challenge Collaborative. Another favorite color combo of mine is white, grey, and yellow. I’ve seen it used in other nail artists’ manicures, baby room color palettes, clothes, etc. and I think the yellow is such a great accent color that stands out.

So here it is!

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My stamping could have been better – the top part of the design didn’t come out… soooo I just dotted all over it. The stamp is from the Pueen 2014 Buffet Stamping set – the set that has full plate images (a la MoYou London). I actually haven’t had much luck with getting good image stamping quality from this set – none of the ones I’ve tried have picked up very well. Maybe it’s just my set because I haven’t seen any bad reviews of it at all. So I’ll keep trying 🙂

Index: China Glaze Elephant Walk… a beautiful dark cement grey with slight shimmer, with a dot of Sally Hansen Mellow Yellow

Middle Finger: CG Elephant Walk, stamp – Pueen 51, Stamping color – Konad white, dots with SH Mellow Yellow

Ring and Thumb: SH Mellow Yellow

Pinky: Color Club Harp On It

Here’s a gorgeous macro of Harp On It:

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Ugh, I love that silver holo. Color Club has such amazing holos!

So that’s my 3rd skittlette mani! Check out some others:

 

Just a small-town girl: April NCC #2

I just HAD to pay tribute to one of my favorite 80s bands for the Nail Challenge Collaborative’s Music/ Movies/ TV theme. It’s time for my JOURNEY-inspired manicure!

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I took my inspiration from the cover of the album, The Essential Journey:

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Here’s a clearer shot of the cover I copied off of Spotify:

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As you can see, the album cover background almost looks like a combination of a saran wrap manicure with some sponged on details. So that’s exactly what I did for my thumb, index finger, and pinky.

Colors used for those fingers:

  • Base color – China Glaze Secret Peri-Winkle, a nice cornflower blue
  • Used saran wrap to layer on Color Club Baldwin Blues – a dark teal blue
  • Then I sponged on a small amount of Formula X by Sephora Heart-Stopping, a very light lavender with a blueish tint
  • More sponging using Essie Play Date – a brighter purple
  • Lastly, I sponged on a tiny bit of Julep Aisha – a darker cranberry reddish purple

Then I tried to emulate the beetle with wings from the middle of the cover by doing a water marble using bright colors. Here’s a close up of my middle finger:

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I used:

  • Formula X by Sephora Pyrotechnic – a bright fire red
  • Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Sun Kissed – a bright orange
  • Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Mellow Yellow – you guessed it, a bright yellow
  • Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Blue Me Away! – yup, a bright blue

And another shot of the final look:

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So I don’t enjoy it as a complete manicure, but I think it served its purpose paying tribute to Journey. What do you think?

Check out some more NCC manicures: