Hope you're having a great start to your weekend. Today should have been my first lie in for 12 days, so typically I woke up at 6.20am and couldn't get back to sleep! I lay there with my eyes open for about half an hour, and eventually gave up and decided to get up. And of course I've spent those extra hours productively, by painting my nails.
Ever since I did the L'Oreal Masquintense review (link here) I haven't been able to get the orange and white packaging out of my head. So I've known what colours todays manicure was going to be all week. I wasn't sure whether to do dots, stripes, or stamping though. As my last couple of nail art posts have been stripes, and I wasn't really feeling dots today, I decided to go with stamping. I picked a swirly image from Cheeky plate B, which I bought from Amazon, here's the link if you want to buy it, it's priced at £6.99. The images stamp well, and it's good that there are 42 images on the plate, but I'm not sure I'd use all of them. However I'm using one today!
For my white base, I wasn't sure whether to use OPI's Alpine Snow, or OPI's My Boyfriend Scales Walls. I did a comparison on the two here but in the end I decided to go for My Boyfriend Scales Walls due to its better formula. This means that I'll probably end up never using Alpine Snow as a base coat again, but it does come in handy for dotting etc.
Then I got out my oranges to see which ones stamped best. In the end it was a toss up between two. Essies Orange It's Obvious, which you can see here and Color Clubs Wham Pow. The Color Club is more neon though, so it won.
And here's what I ended up with:
It's not perfect, but I like it! It's actually more neon than it shows in this pic, but still wearable. Nice and jolly, which is always a good thing.
Here's another pic, closer up this time:
As you can see, I smudged the middle finger, and took a chunk out of my base coat at the cuticle on the same finger. I also missed a spot on my little finger, but, hey, you get the idea! I'll stop picking holes in my manicure now haha.
And here's how it looks to the outside world, seeing as I obviously don't go around holding a bottle of polish in my hand all the time (actually, I'm not sure that's really true...):
I like it because to me it looks like water marbling, without any of the mess. I love how marbling looks, but I just can't bring myself to dunk my whole finger in a sheet of suspended polish and then spend time cleaning it back off again.
I like this stamping design more than I thought I would. I have a feeling you'll be seeing it a few times this summer, in different colours, and maybe gradients too. Hopefully a bit more tidily done than this one!
Until next time...
MASPOOASE x x x