March 17, 2015

St. Patrick's Day Waterfall Skittlette [Nail Art]




Oy! Hey nail people! Happy St. Patrick's Day! I am of Irish heritage, if you couldn't tell from my pink skin, but don't really celebrate. I feel like this holiday may be blown entirely out of proportion in the US. I'm not sure! I probably will relax at home tonight with a gin & tonic and catch up on Walking Dead- haha!

But, I did want to do a quick manicure to mark the occasion! I couldn't decided on one technique, so I went with a skittlette, making two waterfall nails, and two nails with a v-shape using NailVinyls in skinny chevron.



Polishes used:

Essie- Mojito Madness, Kleancolor- Metallic Green, Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure- Gilded Lily, Misa- Got it Made in the Shade, Misa- Lime Love, NYX Advanced Salon Formula- Lime, Sinful Colors- Shamrockin', Illamasqua- Kink


For the waterfall nails, I started with a base of Nyx Advanced Salon Formula- Lime, which I've been meaning to try forever. Then I used various nail art brushes to paint on different colors: Illamasqua- Kink, Essie- Mojito Madness, Kleancolor- Metallic Green, and Misa- Got it Made in the Shade. Kink dried too quickly and didn't want to make clean lines.

The middle nail has a base of Misa- Lime Love, and the ring nail and index nail have a base of Misa- Got it Made in the Shade. My goal with this manicure was to use as many untried polishes as possible, and I knocked seven off my list!

The glitter is, of course, the new Sinful Colors- Shamrockin'.  I really liked how it looked layered over the muted green, Got it Made in the Shade. When the two middle nails were completely dry, I applied a NailVinyl to mask off the v-shape, and painted a thick coat of Illamasqua- Kink. That dries quickly to a rubberized finish, so I was able to sponge on the gold glitter, SHCSM- Gilded Lily, pretty shortly after.

All nails were topped with a layer of American Classics- Gelous plus one coat of Sally Hansen- Dries Instantly.



So, this is a bit of a nail fail for me. I'm honestly not entirely thrilled with this design, and I used a peel base, and was very satisfied when it peeled off entirely yesterday (No, these aren't my actual notd!) 

I guess they were cute from far away? I don't know! I think they were just too tacky or busy or something!

I just think that there were too many layers, and the middle nails got thick, and look misshapen. I also got bubbling around the big flower/ shamrock glitters when I top coated them. That always happens to me when I top coat bigger glitters...I think it's the curvature of my nail.

I did kinda like how the thumb waterfall came out:


It's not a perfect waterfall but I used some new Winstonia store brushes, and so I'm still figuring them out.





Did you guys do any St. Patrick's Day nails?


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6 comments:

  1. Um wow, this is so amazing, so much going on, I just love it! Waterfalls can be tricky but I think this turned out great! I love your mixes of finishes, it really adds another dimension to this look!

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  2. What a fun skittle this is. Just love that Sinful Colors glitter you used.

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  3. Thank you! I'm glad someone likes it, haha! It was just a little too much for me in person, but I am glad about the different finishes. I almost didn't use that Kleancolor, but I think it does add dimension like you said! <3

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  4. Thank you Lisa! I really like the smaller green hexes that are in Shamrockin'!

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  5. Oh I do love those V-French tips with the glitter! The whole mani is so fun and cheerful!

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  6. Thank you! Cheerful is a good word for it, haha! Glitter tips are underrated lately...maybe I need to do more!

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