Birthdays…love them or don’t acknowledge them?
Well – no matter which side you’re on, nail art for Birthdays are always fun! 🙂
|Happy Birthday to Lisa!|
By way of a very sweet Aussie girl, I was invited to join a Birthday celebration in the U.K. (again this month – how cool!!) for the honored guest Lisa of @lala_lacquer on Instagram. No traveling required. LOL.
Want to find out how I used artistic license in not-following, but following the rules? Read on…
Nail Art Birthday Party
|Such a fun collage – made by Silvie @cheekynailmonkey|
to see all of the artists’ designs.
So, here’s the skinny. Silvie wrangled a bunch of us together and told us to either do a design using highlighters (which Lisa had recently done as an alternative to using Sharpies) OR a recreation of one of her designs. I chose to do a recreation. Well, sort-of.
I used a design of hers from mid-March as my inspiration. You all know I love the design of index & pinky being solid and the other nails having a coordinating pattern – this layout just tickles my fancy.
In sort-of keeping with the highlighter/sharpie idea…rather than sponging on opaque polishes as she did, I first put down a shiny glittery metallic silver polish as a base. Then, I applied jelly polishes randomly to a make-up sponge and then dabbed several layers until the colors popped.
Leonie’s voice was in my head – Dab, dab, dab!! She gave me this advice regarding my gradients. I tend to squish with too much pressure – so thank you again, Leonie! 🙂
And, as much as I love this (and many others) design by Lisa – I wanted it to be a little more festive. So – I changed up the stamping from floral/geometric to party hats.
|The jelly polishes blended so well – I only used four but got 6 or more colors!|
On Lisa’s profile she has the motto, “Eat. Sleep. Nails. Repeat.” Hee, hee!! Don’t we all wish!! I think there should be a lottery for all nail-artists. We don’t need the ginormous prize amounts – just a few million (ok, ten or so), then, we can do nails all the time!! 🙂 No working of any kind, hire a maid & a cook, etc…sound good, eh?
Seriously though, I hope you’ll check out both of these ladies on Instagram. There is some major talent and really, really great ladies behind these nails!!
|This is probably the most color accurate photo. Isn’t that turquoise blue dreamy?|
Lisa’s actual Birthday was last week…speaking of that devil’s mistress that is time. I’m catching up to my Instagram with this blog post. I usually blog first…but, deadlines are deadlines. So – actually, I’m quite enjoying looking at these again.
|Actual greeting card I received in the past…just happened upon it in a drawer…|
A very Happy Belated Birthday to Lisa!! And, a big thank-you to Silvie too for all the hard-work that goes into putting these surprise parties on!
- Turquoise blue creme polish ~ a-England | Galahad
- Jelly polishes ~ Essie | Pen & Inky, Muse Myself, No Shrinking Violet, Love Sheen
- Stamping polish ~ Konad | Black
- Silver metallic base ~ Borghese | Chroma
- Stamping plate ~ Cisi & Sisi 02
And, yes, the collage of my flowers and my nails —>
|There weren’t too many things in bloom on this day to chose from. But it was still fun to take a quick walk about.|
So, what do you think? Do you want nails like these for your Birthday?? Maybe I’ll start a Nail-gram service….hmmmm….
|One more before you go…|
Thanks so much for stopping by today!!
Till Next Time,