Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day!

Honestly, I really don't care much for Valentine's Day.  Aside from some decent candy sales, it's not really that big of a holiday for me.  But it's a great excuse for some heart-themed nail art.  I would have liked to have posted this sometime on Sunday or Monday, but I just didn't have the time to get it up before Valentine's Day.  Although, at this point, this is just my third post ever and no one is really reading this blog yet, so I guess my timing is not all that important right now, ha ha...

This is my main Valentine manicure for 2012.  I did this a few days ago, on the weekend, which is when I usually do most of my manicures.

And...drum roll please...I remembered to take pictures in between each step this time!  I started with 3 coats of Nubar Fire Sparkle.  Pardon the glitter around my cuticles...I had to do a little bit of clean up around the nails and it didn't seem like much glitter was left behind until I started to edit the pictures.  Fire Sparkle dries with a slightly rough finish, as you can tell from the picture.

After the last coat was dry, I stamped on a double heart pattern from Red Angel plate 110, using Konad Special Polish in black.  I didn't get them perfectly centered on each nail but in the final result, you really don't notice it at all.

Once I had the heart pattern stamped, I felt like there was something missing.  So I decided to put a few black dots around the hearts, just using Wet n Wild Black Creme and one of my dotting tools.  Then going back to Nubar Fire Sparkle and using a smaller dotting tool, I put smaller red dots within the black dots.

Then I applied Seche Vite top coat to finish.  I actually used two coats of Seche Vite on this.  As the first coat was starting to dry, I could see a bit of the roughness from the glitter starting to reappear.  But the second coat took care of that.

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