How's your day going? While I'm still reeling a bit from yesterday's post, I'm OK overall. I am still without the right words - so I'll move on.
What's in store for Kimett Kolor readers today, you ask? Another theme based on color!! Yippee!
|#maniswapcircle - Coral|
You remember the last Mani Swap Circle I participated in; yes, of course you do. It was the Purple Peacock. Well, I'm back again with another recreation with a color twist.
Natasha (@natasha_dauncey) and Angela (@glacewing) did it again! With an even bigger turn out - here's the collage from this installment of Mani Swap Circle:
My assigned nail artist was the lovely Christina (whose sense of humor I have enjoyed while perusing her posts). She has tons of nail art designs to choose from!! If you're on Instagram, check her page out here: @christinails_it.
Christina also deserves a huge hug because I made her wait so darn loooong until I finally got this posted...*insert frown face here*
It was a hard decision, but ultimately I chose her recent design that she did for another nail art challenge and the prompt was the Letter "E". She interpreted it as "E is for Everything" and made a fun skittle using several techniques. I was drawn to her creativity in coming up with this idea and thought it would be a fun challenge to create in one color family.
Here is her original design:
E is for Everything! I used a bit of everything (gradient, dots, glitter, splatter...)to create this design for #nailpolishsocietyabc -- @kbshimmer Set In Ocean (glitter) @essiepolish Blanc (white) @glistenandglow1 Seas of Silence (periwinkle) @glistenandglow1 Harmonious Healing (blue/green) @glistenandglow1 Tranquility In Time (green) #nailart#nailsofinstagram#nailswag#nailporn#notd#nails#polishismyheaven#instanails#unhas#manicure#nailtrends#naillove#esmaltes#美甲#ネイルアート#маникюр#kbshimmer#glistenandglow#essie
You notice that she didn't photograph her thumb? Well....in looking through her page, I thought that possibly she would have done a smoosh along with the glitter, gradient, splatter and dots. I can't wait to see what her reaction will be when I put mine up on Instagram today.
|Everything in coral|
I had fun making a beautiful mess doing these. When I finished, I had polish everywhere - even a speck in my hair! Thank goodness for my clean-up brush and acetone (although I didn't use that in my hair - phew...)
|A before, during and after shot.|
I had cleaned up my bench area for the most part - but I left those blobs of polish on my mat (I used them for creating the splatter). In the foreground, you see the swatch-sticks of all the polishes incorporated into this design.
And in the center of the above photo are my nails! Well, those are the peeled off polish layers that were on my nails for a few days. I included the penny for size reference so that you can see how teeny tiny (and curvy) my nails really are.
|A fun combination!|
(not shown are the stamping polishes, base and top coats)
- Two coats of peel-off base on all nails ~ UNT ~ Ready For Takeoff
- Three coats of a pale creme polish to my thumb, middle and ring fingers ~ Orly ~ Prelude To A Kiss
- Two coats of a lovely coral infused golden polish to my index and pinky fingers ~ Peachtree Polish ~ Glynn
Smoosh, Gradient & Splatter
- Light coral creme ~ Barry M ~ Papaya
- Medium coral creme ~ Illamasqua ~ Lament
- Dark coral creme ~ China Glaze ~ Make Some Noise
- Two coats coral based holographic glitter topper ~ Pirate Princess Polish ~ Whimsical In The Brain Pan (Yes - another Firefly/Serenity inspired polish!)
- Combined three polishes to get the right shade ~ Mundo de Unas ~ #31 Peach, #53 Geranium, and #32 Reddish
- Stamping plate ~ Vivid Lacquer ~ VL043
I was happy with all of these nails. Mostly. Here's my picky notes to myself for the next time:
I had horrible aim with the splatter - blowing polish through a straw is an art in itself!! What was on my work surface was prettier than what ended up on my nail. I learned after doing these that a smaller straw, like a stirrer stick, is easier. I used a regular ole' plastic drinking straw cut up into thirds.
And my stamping didn't show up very well. I think I should have either made a darker shade to stamp with, used the pale creme base, and/or used a image with larger dots. But I did like the symmetry of having the index and pinky both "golden".
|Holographic glitters gleaming|
So what did you think? Wasn't Christina's idea a fun one!! Did I do her justice with my recreation?
And....there were some new blooms in the yard!! And, some of them went perfectly with the color theme - check it out:
|Bottom right is my favorite match - coral colored gladiolas|
Boy was this ever a hot day!! I melted out there. And then....it got hotter these past few days!! Hello summer!! Can you go away now...
And....since I took an awful lot of pictures of these - trying to capture the color and glistening just right, here's a couple more...you can laugh at my #nailartbloggerproblems in the captions. :)
|It's not easy fitting your thumb in a "bottle shot"....|
|Why aren't we born with photogenic palms? |
Mine always looks like one of those Granny apple sculpture faces all scrunched up and wrinkly...
**************************OK - I'm going close this one out now. Hope you enjoyed!!
Till Next Time,