Who’s ready for some Valentine’s Day nail art??? ME! ME! ME! It seems I overworked my creative mojo over the holidays and it’s been retaliating against me ever since. But I am thrilled it is back in action today with this glitzy, blinged out creation.
The inspiration for this design came entirely from KBShimmer U Rock My
♥. Then I just needed to pick out all the other elements to go along with it. Sounds easy enough, right? Yeah, not so much. I will never tell you how long it took to create this design. NEVER. Aside from base coat, topcoat and stamping polish this design was created exclusively with KBShimmer polishes.
U Rock My ♥ is a glitter topper loaded with neon pink stars and multiple size hexes AND black hearts, multiple size hexes, stars and shreds. I fell hard for this edgy, tough, just-about-anti-valentines glitter.
I started with 2 coats of Eclipse, a black cream, on my thumb and pinky and 2 coats of My Life’s Porpoise on the remaining fingers. My Life’s Porpoise in a light to medium grey cream that leaned a little more blue in these photos than in person. I finished with HK Girl Fast Drying Topcoat.
Since I am already verbose, I am going to try to cut a few words by telling you to always assume I allow my nails to dry completely in between steps.
I used French tip guides and Eclipse to create the sweeping tips, then dabbed on Ice Queen glitter topper with a makeup sponge. Having Ice Queen in time for this design was an unexpected surprise, as it arrived amazingly fast from the Love It, Buy It deal KBShimmer participated in.
I tore through my entire stamping plate collection trying to find just the right design for the look I was trying to achieve. I found it on Sugar Bubbles SB011
and stamped it on with Mundo de Unas** Mexican Pink
. My stamper head will be hot pink for a while again, but it’s a price I am willing to pay for this awesome hot pink!!
I applied the French tip guides again to leave a void for the chain then I went to work applying U Rock My ♥. Believe it or not I manipulated the glitter pieces quite a bit with a toothpick to create this strategically messy look. But the regular “dab and spread” approach would work just fine for normal full nail application. I followed up with another coat of HK Girl on all nails to smooth out the glitter.
And then the chains came out! I went back through my posts and couldn’t believe I hadn’t used chains since last June! I cut it to length with scissors and applied it with nail glue and tweezers. I’ve learned from past experience that chain is quite defiant and refuses to stay on with topcoat.
The finishing touch was to apply Daily Charme’s Black Heart to the center of my middle finger with a dab of nail glue.
Basecoat and Topcoat: Orly Bonder and HK Girl Fast Drying Topcoat
Base polishes: KBShimmer Eclipse and My Life’s Porpoise
Accent polishes: KBShimmer U Rock My ♥ and Ice Queen
Stamping plate: Sugar Bubbles SB011
Stamping polish: Mundo de Unas Mexican Pink
Embellishments: Black Heart from Daily Charme and silver chain from eBay
And there you have it. The first of what I hope will be several Valentine’s Day nail art looks. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this design. Would you dare to wear something like this?? I also welcome you to share your favorite Valentines design with me in your comment. Sharing is caring around here!
I just found out that this week’s theme in my N.A.I.L Group is Hot Pink! WooHoo! I haven’t entered a design in so long they’ve probably forgotten who I am. So don’t forget to scroll down and see the designs created by other members of the group!
** In case you haven’t heard Mundo de Unas is now available at Llarowe! The bottles have the coolest new labels with a white and black area for you to test stamp. They cost a little more, but delivery is much faster, at least for those in the US.
Thanks for reading! I’ll see you at the next post!