Hey everyone! Today I just wanted to share a quick post with my latest manicure! This one has been in the works for a while and involves a slight play on words. A few months ago I placed a massive order through Harlow & Co. to get some more of the delicious Cirque Color shimmers that include that beautiful holographic sparkle! Each and every shade they have is incredible! Anyways, one of the shades I got was Succulent Garden, described as a khaki green with a fiery red shimmer and delicate holographic sparkle. Yum! Also, side note, Cirque Colors is currently having a 20% off sale on select “floral colors”, which includes Succulent Garden!
Anyways, shortly after I ordered a beautiful stamping plate from Maniology featuring botanical scenes with various succulents and cacti. So I thought, why not have a succulent garden scene on top of succulent garden the shade? Succulents all around!
- For this manicure, I started by applying my favourite base coat, Orly Bonder, to all of my nails.
- For the base colour of this mani, I painted all of my nails with Cirque Colors Succulent Garden. If you are trying to recreate this mani, any light mint green will do!
- To minimize clean up from stamping, I applied a liquid latex around my cuticles. Right now I’m really enjoying the Edge Perfection Easy Peel Polish Barrier.
- For the succulent pattern, I used the reverse stamping technique with the Maniology Botanicals: Hands Off (BM-S327) stamping plate (Use code SUPERNOVA10 to save 10% off Maniology purchases (affiliate)). Even though I only bought this plate two months ago, I’m having trouble finding it on the Maniology website. But have no fear! They have another succulent/cactus plate with separate cacti etc., so you can create your own scene by layering the stamps (Botanicals: Desert Rose). What reverse stamping means is that you transfer the pattern from the plate onto your stamper with a polish shade that you want to be your outline, and then you fill in the design with different polish colours directly on the stamper. After that has dried, you can then stamp the whole pattern onto your nail.
- I first applied a black stamping polish (Born Pretty Store #3) to the plate, scraped off the excess, and transferred the design onto a XL clear jelly stamper. I then filled in the cacti and succulents with different shades of green polish: KL Polish Miss Kensington, KL Polish Mojito, China Glaze Paper Chasing, and Cirque Colors Succulent Garden. There were also some blooms on the cacti so I made the blooms yellow ( KL Polish Tropicana) and pink (KL Polish Celia). After allowing the design to dry, I applied it to my nail.
- After repeating this process for my middle and ring fingers, I applied the Maniology No Smudge Nail Polish Top Coat, followed by my regular glossy top coat (Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat).
What do you think of this themed mani? Are you ready for spring? Do you think I have a green thumb…literally and figuratively? Lol ok I’m done.. Bye