A couple of weeks ago I went to Europe. The main goal was to meet up with my friends Lucie and Alex in Malmo, Sweden for EUROVISION! If you don’t know what this is..think of a super campy American Idol where each country sends one participant. Back in the day ABBA and Celine Dion have competed in Eurovision.
I’m half Armenian so I had to support my boys, The Dorians. Here are my Armenian Flag nails. I did these in my hotel room with limited supplies, so they aren’t quite as good as my normal manis but I still love them.
Here is me and my nails cheering on The Dorians at the Eurovision finals. So glad they actually got to the finals. I thought they were pretty good but not the right kind of music to win Eurovision.
pretty sure I was the only Armenia fan in all of Malmo.
I wanted to do a plaid mani and I was inspired by a lot of great Burberry plaid nail art. This is my fall twist on the classic colors. The base color is Essie Brooch the Subject. I used and Art Club striper for the white and OPI Warm & Fozzie and China Glaze Life Preserver and a striping brush for the colored stripes.
f you have a dotting tool and a lot of time on your hands you might want to give this Ruffle mani a try. I’ve seen similar things before, but I loved Chalkboard Nails version so I was inspired to actually do it.
It’s an easy, but time consuming manicure. The nature of the design is very forgiving to mistakes and even my right hand turned out well.
You definitely want to choose a large dotter. I went with my second largest, and I regret not using the big one. About halfway through doing this I was wishing my nails were shorter!
You should also be aware of the colors you are using. My mystery Essie pink is a bit sheer and didn’t turn out so well when I used it over Sew Psyched.
Essie Jamaica Me Crazy
Essie color unknown (bright pink jelly, maybe Pansy?)
When I was in London, I picked up a 3rd BarryM polish just because it was buy 2 get 3. The freebie was this Black Multi Color..which is really a black with holographic glitter in it. The polish really reminds me of a starry sky. It is lovely. You need 2 coats to get the full depth of glitter and a nice glossy topcoat.
Was that enough for me? Obviously not!
I grabbed some of the Born Pretty nail art tapes and chose 3 of the holographic colors. I wanted freakin’ laser beams on my nails. No sharks, though.
I really love how this turned out. LASERS!
It was hard to get a good photo of the holographicness of the glitter in the black polish. I know it looks silver, but I promise it’s not! The top photo comes the closest.
Even my mom, who hates black nail polish, though this mani was cool.
Now that my nails are short again I can finally do some stamping and try out those BarryM foils I bought in London.
The stamp is from one of the big Cheeky plates. It doesn’t quite cover my whole nail so I did the blue swoop. I am very happy with how the BarryM Foil worked with the stamps! All of my gold polishes aren’t nearly opaque enough, but this turns out beautifully! Which, of course, is what I expected to see after all of Nailasaurus’s stamping manis.
On a side note, dark colors are a pain to do cuticle clean up on.
Base: Catrice Pimp My Shrimp
Stamp: BarryM Foils Gold
Blue: China Glaze Check Mate