Nail Art · Nails

Divas Come In All Colours

Hello! I started writing a post about the obsession we South Asians have with pale skin, but having gotten an average of 4 hours of sleep for about as many months, I find that my writing is far from succinct. Someday, this blog may feature more profound thoughts, but for now, fleeting thoughts of a sleep-deprived nailista and occasional crafter is all you can expect to find here. And yes, I had to rely on autocorrect for the spelling of “occasional”.

As I mentioned in my last post, I did a few manicures in between dissertation revisions last week while Baby ACD was at daycare. I love how this one turned out. I smeared the reverse-stamped image while top-coating because I had not let the image dry adequately, so I got to do it over again.

The base is two coats of Tonic Polish Diva Royale, a teal-blue-purple multichrome base with pink-peach-yellow shifting magnetic shimmer. I used my strong neodymium bar magnet that I bought off Amazon when I was last in the US.

For the stamping, I used Creative Shop plate-95 and Moyra stamping polish in Vanilla. I also used Born Pretty stamping polish Coral Grapefruit (BP-WT07) alongside the Moyra for some gradient stamping on the index and pinky fingers. For the image of the diva herself, I stamped the image using Vanilla, then filled it in with Tonic Polish Slitherin’ (green) and Endless Shrimp (coral). Once it had dried, I reverse-stamped it directly onto my nail, then used a dotting tool and Zoya Pixie Dust Liberty to make the eyes pop.

I hadn’t really thought this mani out, but I love how the base sort of looks like a galaxy. Images like this are the reason I love Creative Shop plates so much. I’m quite certain I will be using this alien image again soon.

On a more serious note, sending many thoughts and prayers to all those affected by the floods hitting Eastern Canada. I cannot even begin to imagine how devastating this is, and pray that we can come together as a community and help rebuild our lives.

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