Hey everyone! I’m Karolyn from Nails Of Aquarius. I was completely flattered and so excited when Jacqui asked if I would be interested in doing a guest post. Is that a trick question??? Of course I said “YES” immediately because I love Jacqui’s blog and the New York flair she brings to it that reminds me of home. My mind was suddenly flooded with nail art design ideas. But before we get to that, let me share a little about me.
I started my blog on a whim one morning in April after receiving a few suggestions to do so.
I didn’t know if anyone would actually read it and it is still so exciting when someone chooses to follow me or leaves a comment! I’ve already been through the miserable name change process and I am so much happier with my new name. My tagline “Zealous Creations of a Zany Sign” describes exactly what you’ll find on my blog! My posts are primarily about nail
art and presented instructionally, often featuring new or “new to me” nail polishes from some of my favorite
indie brands. I love mismatched nails and lots of sparkle and bling! Speaking
of which, let me show you “It’s Frosty”!
Jacqui and I had the same plan when it came to KBShimmer’s Holiday Collection. We were both on the site the morning of the release filling our carts with their gorgeous creations. She’s already posted a great review for her picks and, surprisingly, we only had one polish in common. So I have 2 others to share with you today.
Too Cold To Hold is a my first textured polish from KBShimmer and I want to be clear that this is NOT your mainstream textured polish! I’m not knocking them and have a healthy collection of Liquid Sand and Pixie Dust, this is just, well, more intense. Oh my!! It is sapphire blue and loaded with micro to medium sized silver, blue and green holographic glitters and even some small red glitters that weren’t mentioned in their description. This is some thick polish, but it goes on really easy and I could have stopped after just 1 coat. I think I applied 2 just because I am so accustomed to doing so.
Here’s a close up shot so you can get a better look at all of the magical glitter I was telling you about! I love the look of textured polish so I went without topcoat. But you could always add a coat or 2 of good topcoat to smooth it out while retaining all the great sparkle.
Snow Way! is a sky blue crelly polish with a medium amount of white glitter in various sizes and a touch of micro silver sparkle. Originally released in 2012, it has been so popular that they keep bringing it back. I can’t say I am surprised! This one was a little tricky to apply compared to my other crelly glitters, so I reached out to owner Christy Rose for tips. I know I can be a bit heavy handed, often getting away with 2 coats when 3 are recommended, and I learned that you can’t do that with this beauty. Thin coats are essential and I’ll define thin as picking up such a small amount of polish on the brush that I needed to dip again for each stroke. She also recommended letting the polish dry completely between each coat, which thankfully happens pretty quickly. By following her tips I was very happy with my results from 3 THIN coats plus topcoat. Thanks Christy!
I started with a base of 2 coats of Nail Pattern Boldness Glitter A-Peel
. Once dry, I applied Too Cold to Hold
on my thumb, index and pinky fingers. Followed by Snow Way!
on my middle and ring fingers and a coat of HK Girl Fast Drying Topcoat
While that was drying I got to work making the stamping decal, also called the advanced stamping technique, for my ring finger using a snowman design from MoYou London’s Festive 01
plate. Here’s a quick overview of my steps:
1. Stamp the design with Mundo de Unas Black stamping polish
2. Use a small nail art brush to fill in the body with China Glaze Fairy Dust and the hat with a bit of jelly from Too Cold To Hold
3. Top the Fairy Dust with Rica Whiteout and coat the stamper head with OPI Topcoat
4. Allow to dry completely and carefully remove it with tweezers when you’re ready to apply it
Want to learn more about making or applying stamping decals? Check out my video tutorial
Do you recall making paper dolls or snowflakes as a kid? You would fold up a piece of paper just so, cut a design into it and open the paper to see it repeated over and over? That was what I had in mind when I decorated my middle finger with 4 of the white snowmen I received from KBShimmer as a gift with purchase.
I already told you I love sparkle and bling, so I began embellishing by adding 5mm Clear Swarovski Elements Rivoli Snowflakes
to my index and pinky fingers with a dab of nail glue.
Here’s a close up of Flake Dance, a gorgeous topper full of mixed sized silver holographic glitters and large snowflakes. If it looks this magical under a daylight bulb, just imagine it on your nails! Not surprisingly, this is the polish Jacqui and I had in common. I fished out a few snowflakes and larger holographic glitters and applied them around the Swarovski crystals on my index and pinky fingers, as you can see in the photo above.
To complete the look I applied my stamping decal to my ring finger and used a dab of glue to apply a Snowflake Stud from Bundle Monster to my thumb. Sorry you didn’t get a better look at it!
As I was going through all of the photos I took trying to choose the best of the bunch an idea smacked me in the head. Make Snow Way! matte! I liked it shiny, but I LOVE it matte! How about you? Which finish do you prefer?
One last look at the completed design! Sorry, I couldn’t stop myself.
Basecoat and Topcoat: Nail Pattern Boldness and HK Girl Fast Drying Topcoat, Julep Matte Topcoat (not shown)
Base polishes: KBShimmer Snow Way! and Too Cold To Hold
Accent polishes: KBShimmer Flake Dance, China Glaze Fairy Dust, Rica Whiteout
Stamping plate: MoYou London Festive 01
Stamping polish: Mundo de Unas Black #2
Embellishments: Snowmen glitter from KBShimmer, Swarovski Elements Rivoli Snowflakes, snowflake stud from Bundle Monster
I had the best time working on this guest post for Jacqui and I was happy to be able to give her a blogging break! I hope you enjoyed the nail art design I created with these gorgeous KBShimmer polishes. Jacqui and I would love to hear your thoughts! If you would like to see more of my work you can find me on my blog, Nails Of Aquarius
or as NailsOfAquarius on most of the other social media venues.
Thank you for reading and big hugs to Jacqui for this opportunity!