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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

I impressed myself with this one-

I have been trying lately to step up my manis.  Trying new things to push my skills a little bit.  While I love layering, stamping is my true passion.  Today's design is, in my honest opinion, the best one I've done so far. You may not agree and that's cool but this is one technique that I'm going to be playing with for awhile.

I've seen many of my favorite stamping blogs do great things with simple additions like dots to their stamped designs.  Since I am a dotting failure and have not been able to figure out how to use my nail art brushes successfully, I bought myself a set of nail art polish pens.  We will be delving into this set today.

First up, the silly bottle shot.


This is Dior Merveille and Apparat.  Two stunning polish I saw on Fashion Polish's blog.  Every picture she takes makes me want to buy whatever polish she's showing! I'm serious here! Her pictures are amazing! In the middle is one of the nail art pens I used in the finished design.

I started with Apparat and did my accent nail with Merveille.  These are both stunning shimmery polish. Apparat being a dark burgundy with gold shimmer and Merveille being a bright orange fire red with the same gold shimmer.  Here are your shots.

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Aren't these beautiful?  I am loving these colors big time! My only complaint is the wonky huge brush. Stiff and too big for my small nails.  Why oh why do they ruin a good polish with weird brushes?

Anyway, I then stamped with Sally Hansen Whirlwind White and XXL plate 1.  I forgot to take a picture of this step-next time I will.  Then I took my nail art pens and colored in the flower designs and added little bits of extra.  Then topped it off with my funky french in the opposite color.  I am very proud of myself for this one.  Are you ready?  Here it comes!

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I used three different colors to fancy up the stamped flower outline.  I think this is so freakin cool. I got a ton of compliments on this one.  I think I've found a new thing. The nail art pens are by Nail Ritz and I just bought them from their website.  There are many different sets of 10.  I got two sets.  One end is a tiny point for lines etc, and there is also a brush if you want to polish your whole nail with it.

I've always wanted to be able to jazz up stamped designs like I've seen on other blogs.  Now that I've done it, I have a new calling!  I am just in love with this mani!

What do you guys think?  Is this cool or what?



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