This design was done with 2 coats of Bashful topped with one coat of A Moment of Magic, both by Gelish.
Then, in white stamping polish from Born Pretty, I stamped a design from the Morgan Taylor Designer Plate 3720201-2. I used the scraper and the clear stamper that came in the Designer Plates Flirty Florals kit. As you can see, the stamper transferred the design beautifully. The design on the plate easily provided full coverage on these long nails.
When the stamped design was dry, I added dots in the centers of the larger flowers using Tinsel by China Glaze. Though I stamped these nails, I used Gelish Top It Off as I would for any gel polish manicure. It works very well for sealing stamped designs like this!
These two lovely pinks are from the Gelish Beauty and the Beast Collection. The lighter pink is Plumette with Excitement, and the darker is Be Our Guest. I love these colors! They pair together well, and application was so smooth. If you have clients that like Gelish Pink Smoothie, I highly recommend you purchase Plumette with Excitement, as anyone who liked one will probably like the other. Plumette… is a a bit lighter, but a similar shade of pink.
The glitter is actually Born Pretty silver chrome powder. I haven’t yet achieved the look I want with this powder, which is pretty frustrating. But here it looks very good with these two lovely pink polishes. I hand-painted the white designs on top using acrylic paint.
Have you used any colors from the Beauty and the Beast collection? Which ones are your favorite?
This is Gelish Rocking My Stocking, of course, from the Wrapped In Glamour collection. I used a light gray from Apple Barrel Paints to hand paint the stripes and dots.
As usual, I loved this Gelish collection when I bought it, and love it even more now that I’ve experimented with the colors. Just a beautiful collection, and it holds up even past the holidays… I can totally see a client requesting this color for Valentine’s Day.
Happy new year!
This is Gelish Let’s Get Frosty over Nailite’s UV gel polish called Sand (which I believe is a retired color). I used ASP Form-a-Nail nail forms to add a protective layer to my natural nails using Nailite’s Sand, then applied 3 coats of Let’s Get Frosty. (Note that Let’s Get Frosty is more silver than you see in the photo above; applying it over the colored gel altered the final shade a bit.)
The photo was taken after about a week, so you can see how well these held up. I was really happy with these; I kept them on for about a week and a half, and the only reason I re-did them is that I wanted to have time to do a new set before I go back to work in the new year.
I love my Gelish! What about you? Are you wearing any colors from the Gelish winter or Holiday collections?
For this design I used the following Gelish colors:
- Black Shadow – for the tips
- Fashion Week Chic
- Let’s Hit the Bunny Slopes
- Clean Slate – for the base
This is Gelish “Up in the Air-heart” from the Sweetheart Squadron fall collection. I topped it with a marble design of Snow Bunny, Black Shadow, and Chain Reaction, then cured.
After applying one coat of Top It off, I also added Glow in the Dark from the Gelish Trends line, then added another coat of Top It Off. Here’s the final product:
The Glow in the Dark polish worked wonderfully! For the purposes of the photo I had to “charge” the nails (hold them under a light bulb for a minute or so) but, beyond that, they glowed every night with no charging. Sometimes I would wake up in the middle of the night and be a little startled by my glowing nails! And, I had this set of nails for about two weeks with no chipping, as usual.
Have you tried Gelish’s new Glow in the Dark polish? If so, what did you think?
This design was done with the color Perfect Landing by Gelish, from the Fall 2016 Sweetheart Squadron collection. I stamped the nail art using Fingerpaints Still Life – Is Good! and Born Pretty stamping plate BP-L 003 for the background, then Fingerpaints Calligraphic Calico and stamping plate BP-L 008 for the leaves on top.
Note that this design is over a week old: a testament to how well Gelish stands up to everyday life. Over the week plus that I had this manicure, I did all my normal daily housework as well as some painting on the outside of my house. In the end, the only reason I wanted to take it off was the growth at the cuticle, which is visible in this photo.
So far I’ve used three of the six colors from this collection and they’re all beautiful. What do you think? Have you used any of the colors from this collection?
This is Gelish B-Girl Style, which is a beautiful pink that reminds me of bubble gum. On the two middle fingers I used Born Pretty Store Mirror Powder in silver. It was supposed to have a mirror-like finish, but it didn’t really work for me. As you can see, it looks like packed glitter rather than chrome, and it left pigment in my Top It Off brush which then transferred to other nails.
This photo was taken a few days after application and you can see it’s already beginning to chip. I was ready for a new manicure by this point.
With all that said, I do plan to give it another try. I only paid $2 for the powder, so it is worth it even if it only lasts for a couple days. I also need to practice getting the chrome finish and cleaning off the leftover pigment before top-coating.
On a side note – are you like me, wondering what “B-Girl” even means? I guess I’m old, but I had to look it up. In this case the B stands for “break”, as in break dancing. I kinda assumed that’s what it meant, but needed confirmation from the ultimate authority (the internet).
This color is Wish Upon a Starboard from Gelish’s A Very Nautical Girl collection, which was released in May. I did this set then didn’t get around to taking a photo of it for about a week and a half. But I wanted to show you how smooth and shiny it still is after over a week. The color held up so well that I would have left it on if it weren’t for the growth at the cuticle area. If you are in the market for a tomato red polish, I highly recommend trying to get your hands on this one!
The lines for the French-style nails were hand-drawn with Chain Reaction, from last fall’s Urban Cowgirl collection.
Here are the swatches of the Fall 2016 Gelish collection, Sweetheart Squadron. Introduced in my post last month, these beautiful colors were released around August 1st and I finally got mine ordered. When they arrived I was stunned by how pretty the peach and coral polishes are in real life. I don’t know if you can tell in the photo, but Put a Wing on It has some subtle shimmer to it.
They’re all perfect fall shades, but I feel like Perfect Landing and Put a Wing on it will make great polishes for that transition time between summer and fall… where you’re not really ready to give up your summer polishes but fall is already in the air…
What do you think? Will you buy the entire collection?