November 27, 2014

The Golden ummm Turkey: Thanksgiving Nail Art Design

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you that, like me, decided to get in a little blog time before going into that Turkey Coma! This was one of those last minute "I need a Thanksgiving manicure" decisions. Since we are still having Fall weather here in New Mexico I chose to do a final nod to the season with a more traditional color scheme before switching into Winter mode.

Dance Legend Bullet for My Valentine #26, OPI Love.Angel.Music.Baby, Serum No. 5 Leaves You Breathless, Dollish Polish Shake Your Turkey Feather
So I have been trying to be so good and stay away from my Dance Legend polish drawer. But I broke down last week and chose to use them for my "Happy Landing" LeadLight Butterfly design. And, just as I expected, I have reignited my extreme passion for these amazing WOW Prism polishes. I even did the unthinkable and bought more colors! Oh my.

Dance Legend Bullet for My Valentine #26, oxblood glitter holo polish
Meet one of my newbies: Dance Legend #26 Bullet for My Valentine. It is a deep, oxblood red with that intense sparkle that comes in every fabulous color in this collection. I starting by applying 2 coats of Nail Pattern Boldness Glitter A-Peel on all my nails. I've been using this product for a few weeks now and let me just say it is life changing for a glitter polish lover like me! It works amazingly well and nothing else I've tried even compares. Then I applied 2 easy coats of Bullet for My Valentine followed up by a coat of HK Girl Fast Drying Topcoat.

Dance Legend Bullet for My Valentine #26, OPI Love.Angel.Music.Baby
I went over my middle finger with 2 coats of OPI Love.Angel.Music.Baby followed by more HK Girl to speed drying time. Yes, I know, it's a satin, topcoat bad. But, finish aside, it was the perfect color for what I am going to do next.

Dance Legend Bullet for My Valentine #26, OPI Love.Angel.Music.Baby
I had the best time picking through my stash to create this "all holo" Fall colored decal! I used so many that I exceeded my personal best for the most polishes used in a single design! So the decal needed it's own "Product Recap" photo.

OPI Topcoat, KBShimmer Run! It's The Coppers, Dance Legend #27 Poison, Dance Legend #16 Danger Danger, Colors by Llarowe Obsessed With Marilyn and Literary Lacquers More Like Fire Than Light, Bundle Monster BM-H12
From left to right I used OPI Topcoat, KBShimmer Run! It's The Coppers, Dance Legend #27 Poison, Dance Legend #16 Danger Danger, Colors by Llarowe Obsessed With Marilyn and Literary Lacquers More Like Fire Than Light. The design was from Bundle Monster BM-H12.

Mundo de Unas Light Gold, Bundle Monster BM-H13
Now for the frustrating part of this design. The turkey you see there on my ring finger was supposed to be coated with fabulous gold foil. I am embarrassed to tell you how much time I spent and how many different products and tools I tried to get it to work. Successful combinations on my testing plate did not work on my nails. UGH! I finally succumbed to the failure and stamped the dumb bird in Mundo de Unas Light Gold with a design from Bundle Monster BM-H13.

Serum No. 5 Leaves You Breathless, multicolor fall glitter
Fortunately I had some sparkly glitter waiting in the wings to help me bounce back from the foil disaster! I created a glitter gradient on my thumb, index and pinky fingers using Serum No. 5 Leaves You Breathless. This glitter I packed on at the base on my nail was putting off so much sparkle it messed with my camera and ended up looking like excess glare in the photos. The gorgeous blend you see in the bottle is what I saw in person.

Dance Legend Bullet for My Valentine #26, OPI Love.Angel.Music.Baby, Serum No. 5 Leaves You Breathless, Dollish Polish Shake Your Turkey Feather
I decided my turkey needed a little something extra and recalled receiving Dollish Polish Shake Your Turkey Feather in my last A Box, Indied. It's a fine multi-color glitter in a clear base and sounded like the perfect polish to apply to shake up my turkey feather with a nail art brush!

Dance Legend Bullet for My Valentine #26, OPI Love.Angel.Music.Baby, Serum No. 5 Leaves You Breathless, Dollish Polish Shake Your Turkey Feather
Here's a final look at the completed design. Really close to what I had envisioned aside from the foil. I am going to give that another go with a better etched plate after the holiday.

Nail Pattern Boldness Glitter A-Peel, HK Girl Topcoat, Dance Legend Bullet for my Valentine #26, OPI Love.Angel.Music.Baby, Serun No. 5 Leaves You Breathless, Dollish Polish Shake Your Turkey Feather, Bundle Monster BM-H13, Mundo de Unas Light Gold
Product Recap:
Basecoat and Topcoat: Nail Pattern Boldness Glitter A-Peel and HK Girl Fast Drying Topcoat
Base polish: Dance Legend Bullet for My Valentine #26, OPI Love.Angel.Music.Baby
Accent polish: Serum No. 5 Leaves You Breathless, Dollish Polish Shake Your Turkey Feather
Stamping plate: Bundle Monster BM-H13
Stamping polish: Mundo de Unas Light Gold

I hope you enjoy whatever it is that you have planned for the holiday! Thank you for sharing a few moments of it with me. I also hope you enjoyed this nail art design and, as always, I would love to hear your thoughts. I read and reply to every comment.

Happy Thanksgiving!
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15 comments

  1. Well, you know already that I've found your decal knowledge helpful - but it was so good to review it with this awesome video!! I'm looking forward to making lots more decals (with this trusty post bookmarked for confidence building)! Oh - question: how do you know if a stamper head is firm rubber or firm silicone (if it didn't come labeled or marked when bought it)?

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  2. YAY! I'm thrilled you liked the video! That's a great question about hard plastic vs. firm silicone. If you pop the head out of the stamper the hard plastic ones I am referring too are hollow inside. Firm silicone will be a solid head. HTH! <3

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  3. The Nail Smith (Millie)November 27, 2014 at 3:24 PM

    Such gorgeous designs!

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  4. I've been waiting for the Sagittarius plate to come out since that's my sign, but sadly, I don't think I'll be getting this one. I don't dislike it, it's just not special enough to make me want to spend the money on it.

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  5. I'm sorry Squarebulb! How disappointing to have waited this long for your Zodiac plate and not have it exceed your expectations! Bummer. :(

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  6. It's ok! They have plenty of other fantabulous plates I can get instead.

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  7. Glad you liked them Millie! I liked these a lot better than the 1st release! <3

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  8. True that Squarebulb! Be sure to pick up a few nice ones for your birthday!! <3

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  9. I never heard of the mat technique before! It's such a good ideau to be able to do a lot of decals at once!

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  10. OOH - perfect! Thanks so much....going over to my stampers to check out their undersides - tee, hee! :)

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  11. Thanks so much Anne! These Dance Legend polishes are going to be the death of my checking account!! <3

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  12. LOL! I am so hooked!! I wish I had tried Glitter A-Peel a long time ago! I will never be without it now! I am glad you enjoyed the design enough to use some many !!! <3

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  13. Absolutely beautiful! This was definitely worth breaking into the Dance Legends!

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  14. Thank you very much Ali! No doubt! Those Dance Legends just make everything better! <3

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