Red Salamanders on Pastel Blue Moon

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Kimett Kolor Salamander Stamping Nail Art
When Colours Collide – Red and Pastel Blue

I’ve had some ups and downs lately; or rather (falling) downs and (getting) ups. And, these nails have given me some needed smiles in the subsequent recovery time.

Anyways…

You just know there will be lots of photos in this post, as well as the usual details and links, but also some bonus stamping tips as well….keep reading my friend…keep reading…

Kimett Kolor Salamander Stamping Nail Art
Did you know there is a real life, red salamander called a Spring Salamander? Yup. But, not for the season. It is because they prefer cool springs as a habitat.

The Challenge

Today’s post title is a mash-up of the When Colours Collide challenge colors, the image I chose, and a polish name.

    • The challenge (although you probably already guessed it) was to combine red with pastel blue.
    • I wanted to chose a nature type design and somewhere in the deep….deep….deep recesses of my mind were images of red salamanders. Maybe I saw some when I was a child. Or maybe I had a t-shirt with them on it. I don’t know, but it’s what I thought of – AND – Eureka! I have a stamp plate with salamanders! Fate.
    • Finally, that pretty blue base polish is a squishy crelly named Blue Moon. Since salamanders mostly stay hidden during the day and come out at night to forage – this was a good pairing. Also, I think my little salamanders appreciated a soft and jelly like surface – LOL.

So – there you have it – the backstory of the this post’s title. OK. I am an over-thinker. There, I’ve admitted. Moving on…

Fresh pastel blue with a touch of glow and glitter that is very camera shy.

True pastel colors are a bit tricky for me and my washed out skin tone. So, you’ll have to trust me that this polish is an absolute joy to wear. It just pops, but softly.

Carolina, the fabulous gal behind the blog and polish brand Colores de Carol, has been a staple in the nail community for quite some time – one of the first bloggers I started following. She is very talented and loves color. We must be related. 🙂

Kimett Kolor Salamander Stamping Nail Art
The naturally cool temperature of outdoor shade brings out the blue pigment in the polish.

If I think too much about it, salamanders in real life are not exactly my cup of tea. Well – when you see one (just one) sun-bathing on a rock – maybe he’s cute. Or, like in this picture below…harmless looking.

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Doesn’t he or she look just like the one on my nails? Photo Source

After a brief time, I had to stop googling pictures of salamanders. Because, I remembered how much I am not a fan of wet areas with little creatures who move quickly through them. Keeping those thoughts out of my head…I got a lot of enjoyment from these nails.

Kimett Kolor Salamander Stamping Nail Art
Simple red stamping made such an impact in this design
Stamping polish used is Mundo de Unas #32, Reddish

 

Stamping Tips

Lots of folks are getting into stamping these days – so I thought I’d share a few pointers relevant to this design.

  • A lot of red nail polishes (even some made for stamping) don’t have a true red base, rather it leans pink. These often “change” in their appearance to a fuchsia or magenta color when stamping with them over certain colors – especially blues, greens and yellows. Definitely test the polish/stamping combination before stamping on your nail – unless you like surprises.
  • Mundo de Unas stamping polishes are unique and not at all created like other stamping polishes – however, they stamp very opaque and true to their color. Because of their different chemistry, they offer some advantages – these three are my favorite:
    • They dry VERY slowly – giving you lots of time to go through the stamping steps (in fact, if you have trouble you might need to slow down).
    • If you topcoat your base first (and make sure nails are dry), you can remove a freshly stamped image with scotch tape if you aren’t happy with it. I did that with my middle finger in this design.
    • You don’t need to use a skin barrier (latex or tape). Simply use scotch tape and/or NON-acetone polish remover and a clean-up brush and it comes right off of your skin without staining or over drying.

Design Details

Kimett Kolor Salamander Stamping Nail Art
Bottle shown: All Your Base – ridge filling base coat (my current favorite)
Brand: Pretty Serious Cosmetics (Australia based – with US distribution center)

As mentioned in my previous post, clear stampers are now making their way to the stamping hall of fame. Although there will be times that I’ll choose one of my (many) other conventional stampers, I can not say enough good about this one from Fab Ur Nails.

Kimett Kolor Salamander Stamping Nail Art
For my finger nails – this Clear XL stamper head is plenty big enough.

I used two images from the Vivid Lacquer stamp plate VL 012 – the single salamander (on my index & pinky) and the full image with multiple salamanders and foot prints (thumb, middle & ring). (See image of plate in my product photo further down in the post.)

Kimett Kolor Salamander Stamping Nail Art
Those salamander foot prints are just too cool!

Stamping takes a bit of patience and the more often you do it, the better it gets. Although, even still, there can be a day where it just eludes success. So if you’re new to it – keep playing with it. I had
gone a bit of time without doing it and after about three or so times doing stamping designs now this year, I’m feeling close to the comfort level I was at with it in previous years.

Kimett Kolor Salamander Stamping Nail Art
Looks like the little guys are creeping on and off my nail from this iris plant leaf.

Fortunately the day that I made these nails, I was doing OK enough to go outside and get some photos – seems fitting for these little guys, right? Although, I didn’t trust myself with one of my big cameras, so these two are taken with my cell phone.

Kimett Kolor Salamander Stamping Nail Art
This was Mr. Kimett’s favorite photo of all that I took.

In hindsight, it would have been smart to have trimmed the leaf and the tulip, brought them inside, and took the photos properly. Huh.

Polish Palette

Products used in this design
(Without the boring or messy stuff; e.g., polish remover, acetone, scraper, etc.)

Although not easily seen, there are two brushes in this photo. The clean-up brush that you see just the tip of (on the left, peeking out from behind the stamper) is the one I prefer to use when cleaning up the stamping (as mentioned in the tips above). I bought mine from Jolie Polish. It’s wide, thick, soft and rounded. Whereas, the other brush shown from Fab Ur Nails is a sturdier and straight angled brush that I use for my polish cuticle clean-up. To be honest, I didn’t need that one much this time as the Colores de Carol polishes apply like a dream.

And, finally – because I’m blown away by their talent each and every time – I want to share the collaboration collage for this past When Colours Collide challenge:

When Colours Collide – Facebook group collage

So, what are your thoughts? Would you wear salamanders on your nails? Cool or creepy?

Till Next Time,
Kimett

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  • I love all kinds of critters, and salamanders are beautiful, also the ones on you nails <3
    I just read your "about me", it is interesting that we both went into nail art and nail polish for basically the same reasons, and find it therapeutic 🙂
    I'm a new reader of your blog, and intend to stick around!
    And thanks for your comments in my first Stamping trial and error post, the next is up tomorrow 🙂

    • Hi Maria!! I’m fan-girling a bit here – as a long-time follower and admirer of your nail art. I had read your About story too and at the time remember also liking that neither of us are “one of those young 20-somethings” with young skin, nails and eyes – I immediately went and bought an Optivisor after reading your post about it. Thank you for that invaluable tip!

      Anyway, I’m thrilled you’re here. Love that you’re giving stamping a go – I’m sure it is a different but still rewarding type of nail art for you. If you haven’t already done so, you should definitely browse through http://www.ooohshinies.com/ – Bregje’s stamping is master level. She has really helpful info all together on her tutorial page. I learned a ton from her over the years.

      • Aww, thank you so much <3
        Opti visor is THE most important thing in my nail art adicton – even for simple clean up I cannot live without it!
        I really has become super adicted to stamping, when I look back at the last three weeks it feels like the world revolved around it and nothin much found place LOL
        Yes, I know Bergje's wonderful stamping nail art, she is really impressive!

  • CurlyGirl66

    I LOVE your salamanders! They are plentiful around here too, especially when you are in a shaded area. I vote for cute (they don’t move so fast as to be creepy) and they are gorgeous in real life color. I think your inspiration was very playful and made me smile the moment I saw it! Sounds like you have been busy refining your tools and techniques. The clear stamper sounds like a great addition. So happy that you are able to blog regularly.

    • Glad you liked the salamanders! And that you voted cute. 🙂
      My arsenal of tools is close to my collection size of nail polish – nah, not really, but I am loving the choices and new things available these days.
      Hopefully, I will be able to keep blogging this frequently…still haven’t reached my goal of 4 posts a month…have some ground to cover to reach my yearly goal of 50…but I like that I have a goal and will be happy with the results no matter.
      Thanks for your commenting!! My posts would feel naked without them! 🙂

  • Sarah Bouchard Stockton

    This is one of my favorite designs you’ve ever posted! The lines are so clean – I am very impressed!

    • Awww….yay!! Happy you liked it. It was so fun to do and wear. And, I was going for the clean/crisp look – so apparently I achieved it. Thank you so much!! Glad you commented!! 🙂

      PS – look for @just.kim.here to accept to your Instagram account – it’s me! I made a personal account on there

  • I absolutely LOVE these nails! I hadn’t heard of this challenge before, but I’m going to look into it! I actually paired these colors in some recent nail art, too! http://www.nailpolis.com/artworks/alishacworth-quatrefoil-blood-and-ice

    • Thank you Alisha!! Yes, I do love this color combo! 😉
      It is a super fun group, hope you join. I will check out your Nailpolis account soon. <3

      • Yep, just requested to join the group! 😀

        • I’m not 100% positive, but I think the admins approve requests at beginning of next cycle (which is Monday the 23rd). So in case you don’t hear back soon, don’t worry. They will point you to link in the rules at that time to. 😉 Look forward to see your nails there!!

  • Sarah Omotoso

    😍😍😍

    • Hee, hee….these did come out fun!! 😁 Thanks!