Hey everyone! After being away for two months while I moved across Canada, I am back with a mani to celebrate my favourite season! The star of the show is Scofflaw Grey Goose, a PPU exclusive from June. This is such a stunning speckled polish, perfect for Fall! To liven things up, I took some inspiration from @tessa.lyn.nails on instagram who used a flakie polish as a topper on the leaves in this same design. I did the same with a couple of PFD and Fair Maiden flakie shades. The result is so pretty!
- For this manicure, I started by applying a peel off base coat (UNT Ready for Takeoff)
- For the base I used a grey speckled polish, Grey Goose by Scofflaw.
- To create the aspen trees I used the Lovely Leaves 3 stamping plate from UberChic Beauty. This is not the first time I’ve used this design, and it won’t be the last as it is easily my favourite from this plate. The design is layerable, but I prefer to do reverse stamping, so I picked up the design with a black stamping polish (Maniology Straight Up Black) and filled it in on my What’s Up Nails Jumbo Clear Stamper with a white creme (China Glaze White on White). To help the design transfer I applied the Maniology Sticky Base Coat to my nails, let that dry a couple of minutes, and then transferred the trees onto every nail except for my middle finger.
- To add the leaves I used red (Born Pretty BP-WN05) and orange (Maniology Pumpkin Head) stamping polishes and transferred the design directly to the nail. I then used flakies from Polished for Days Long Live the King, Dandelion and Fair Maiden Mindfreak with the UberChic Beauty Detail Nail Art Brush to top off the leaves.
- For the remaining nail I reverse stamped various leaf designs from the plate, picking up the designs with a black stamping polish, and filling them in with the same three flakie polishes mentioned above. While those dried, I stamped on “Hello Autumn” from the same plate in the center of the nail, first in gold (Maniology It’s Lit; Use code SUPERNOVA10 to save 10% off Maniology purchases (affiliate)) and then in black.
- Usually here I would have used a top coat that is specifically formulated to not smudge nail art, but mine broke during my move!! So I had to go straight to my usual glossy top coat (Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat). Unfortunately I did get a bit of smudging, so that just shows you how important it is to have a stamping-specific top coat as a buffer!
What do you think of my first mani back? I definitely felt a little rusty after two months of no nail art, but I’m hoping to get back into the swing of things soon! It was definitely a challenge working in a new space and figuring out my new filming and photo set up!