September 28, 2014

Pumpkin Spice Latte: French Tip Nail Art feat. KBShimmer

Hello my Fellow Nail Artists! Today I have a design that was inspired by a prompt in one of my nail art groups: Funky French. I sometimes use a French Tip in a design, but this will be the first time it has been the focal point and I'm a bit excited about it!

French tip nail art KB Shimmer Run! It's the Coppers! KB Shimmer You Autumn Know

I've been watching everyone post gorgeous Fall nail art designs for the past few weeks and it's been killing me not to do one of my own! But it has been 90° here in New Mexico just about every day and it just didn't feel right to be sporting a Fall design. It dropped to 80° today and I caved. I have a few new polishes I purchased just for Fall nails and I was so psyched to try out 2 of them today!

"Pumpkin Spice Latte" design, nails polished with KB Shimmer's Run! It's the Coppers! and You Autumn Know
I started off with 2 coats of KB Shimmer Run! It's the Coppers! on my thumb, middle and ring fingers. Then I applied 2 coats of KB Shimmer You Autumn Know to my index and pinky fingers. It is a white crelly loaded with gold, orange and purple glitters that applies "poufy", for lack of a better word, and thins as it dries. So I gave it some time to dry in between coats and before I finished all of the nails with a coat of HK Girl Fast Drying Topcoat.

Would you believe these are my 1st two bottles of KB Shimmer?? Have I been living under a rock?!? Run! It's the Coppers! is gorgeous and I have nothing like it in my collection. I wasn't sure when I ordered it how well the copper would work with my fair skin tone, but I think it looks awesome! And I have to tell you (well I probably don't actually since you have eyes) that the holo is incredible! It easily did it's thing in these indoor photos.

"Pumpkin Spice Latte" design, nails polished with KB Shimmer's Run! It's the Coppers! and You Autumn Know
I let my nails dry completely overnight before I started working on the tips. I used French Tip guides because my freehand in laughable and applied 1 coat of Run! It's the Coppers! to the tips of my index and pinky fingers. Since You Autumn Know isn't opaque in 1 coat I applied a coat of Rica Whiteout first on my remaining tips and then dabbed on the crelly for the best glitter payout in a single coat. Again I gave it some time to dry before finishing with another coat of HK Girl topcoat.

"Pumpkin Spice Latte" design stamped with Bundle Monster BM-004 using Mundo de Unas Cafe
 No Fall nail art design is complete without leaves and I came across a grouping of 3 Maple leaves on my Bundle Monster BM-004 plate. The design has a perfect, subtle curve to it that made it ideal for adding the "Funky" to my french tips. I've had a squishy-firm rectangle stamper in my stash for a while now that I can't use on my nails because of the pronounced C curve, but it worked great for this. I stamped each nail with Mundo de Uñas Cafe #22.

"Pumpkin Spice Latte" design, nails polished with KB Shimmer's Run! It's the Coppers! and You Autumn Know, direct sun

"Pumpkin Spice Latte" design, nails polished with KB Shimmer's Run! It's the Coppers! and You Autumn Know, direct sun
The sun was still up when I finished so I rushed outside to snap a few photos for you in direct sunlight. These polishes are just so gorgeous!

"Pumpkin Spice Latte" design, close up of KB Shimmer You Autumn Know
I wanted to include this closeup of the You Autumn Know bottle so that 1) you could see just how jam packed with glitter it is and 2) so you can see how the glitter transforms on the nail. I love the muted, almost watercolor look, of the pieces in the undercoat combined with the more vibrant pieces in the upper coat. Another truly unique polish for my collection!

"Pumpkin Spice Latte" design Product Recap
Product Recap:
Basecoat and Topcoat: NailTek Foundation II and HK Girl Fast Drying Topcoat
Main polish: KB Shimmer Run! It's the Coppers!
Accent polishes: KB Shimmer You Autumn Know, Rica Whiteout
Stamping plate: Bundle Monster BM-004
Stamping polish: Mundo de Uñas Cafe #22

"Pumpkin Spice Latte" design by Nails Of Aquarius featuring KB Shimmer
 This is one of those rare designs that came out exactly as I pictured it in my head! Maybe even a little better since I couldn't have predicted the amazing "holoness"! I was oh so tempted to name this design after KB Shimmer's play on the Alanis Morrisette song I'll know by heart for life. But nothing says Fall to me more than my first sip of my beloved Starbuck's beverage, the Pumpkin Spice Latte. And with the AC cranking in my local establishment it was almost like being back home in New England...almost.

I hope you enjoyed this design and much as I do. As always, I would love to hear your thoughts!

Thanks for reading! I'll see you at the next post.

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17 comments

  1. LOVE this design too much <3 got to be one of my favourite autumn/fall manis I have seen so far.

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  2. GORGEOUS!!!
    I think I live under a stone too, 'cause I don't have a KB shimmer nail polish. I must fix this bug!!

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  3. Thank you so much for your amazing compliment Charlotte! I am thrilled that you liked my design! :)

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  4. LOL Francine! Just I as have ordered up some Literary Lacquer, you must get yourself some KB Shimmer! I wish you the best of luck in choosing...I want them all! :)

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  5. SO SUPER GORGEOUS. I just love everything about this!

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  6. Most welcome lovely! Looking forward to having a binge read through your blog soon as I can find some time.

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  7. Awww, thank you so much Anne! The polish is so stunning it keeps surprising me! <3

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  8. Funny, I was planning to do the same thing at your blog! In the meantime I signed up for Bloglovin' so I won't get any farther behind! :)

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  9. Such a perfect fall mani, Karolyn! That brown holo, cute glitter polish, and brown leaf stamps play so nicely together! Makes me wanna do fall manis, even though it's spring here :D

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  10. Thank you Cassis! The polishes are amazing and made my job much easier! I think you should go for it! It's still summer and 80°F here after all. <3

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  11. Yay!! I'm so glad you got some KB Shimmer's! And boy, howdy, did you make a gorgeous design combining them! If my bank account would let me, I'd own every one of their polishes. :-P
    It was 80 degrees here this past weekend too! I hope it's the last of the Indian Summer though - I much prefer the scenery with cool, crisp weather. (I'll box some up and send it your way...).

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  12. I am so glad I got some too! Now I need more!! I can absolutely understand why you would want every one. I forgot to mention in the post how perfect the formula is! OH YES! Please send me a box of cool & crisp! Glad you liked the design Kim!

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  13. Thank you very much Lucy! I'm so glad you liked it!

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  14. Beautiful... I love everything about this mani! I so want to a fall mani now even though it's a warm 90 degrees here!

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  15. Thank you very much Sumeet! I say GO FOR IT! It was 80 degrees here when I did this. I couldn't help myself seeing all the amazing Fall designs everyone was posting!

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