Sponged Flower Nails

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Hi!

This week I did more flower nails! I don't know why I keep doing flower nails... I must be in a flowery mood or something...


I started with a base of my go-to white, Revlon Spirit (long tangent: I picked this up recently at a sale and discovered it's a much better white than Sally Hansen White On -- it dries about 3x faster for one thing). Then I drew stems of green with Sally Hansen Mint Sorbet and lastly sponged on "circles" of purple (BK #26). 


 In the first two photos, I used a regular glossy top coat (Seche, naturally). But another thing I picked up in the sale was a MATTE TOPCOAT! 

Of course, I had to try it out:



Which do you prefer, glossy or matte? I feel like these photos don't do a great job of showing the difference between the two... but personally I'm leaning towards matte, but that might just be because I'm in what I've decided to call my "matte honeymoon phase" where I'm basically like:

And one last thing -- I finally got my act together and built a lightbox! My photos are SO MUCH BETTER! I hope you think so too! The one thing I have trouble with is that I don't have a daylight light bulb, so my hands look a little reddish and the background looks a little purplish. 
I'm probably going to put a bunch of rambles about my DIY lightbox in the next couple of posts so I won't say much now. 

Thanks for reading!
The Nail Snail xx

24 comments:

  1. ooohhh I love the concept of sponging flowers. Very Cool (: I should try it sometimes. I love the Matt Version. I am obsessed with Matt-fying things hehe :D

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    1. Thanks! Haha, yep -- matte-ifying is so addicting :)

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  2. I like it matte too! Can't wait to read your lightbox ramblings :D they do look really good!

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    1. Thanks! Yeah, I can't believe I didn't build one earlier!

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  3. Haha, I love the meme. These look really pretty but I think I prefer the matte! The design and colours are beautiful either way, its a really great mani! I've been hooked on matte mani's again too lately!

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    1. Thanks! Haha, matte manis are so addicting!

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  4. fantastic result! I like your blog :)

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  5. These are really pretty! I think the mattified ones are the best as well. I love how these really remind me of dandelions, only in purple :)

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    1. Thanks! I never thought of that...but they do remind me of dandelions, actually!

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  6. Ooh I like this one matte! Love sponged flowers! And yes, looks a lot like purple dandelions, or hydrangeas or the touch-me-not flowers. :P Either way, it's a very lovely manicure, I love it! ♥

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    1. Thanks! Yep, I was thinking they looked a little like hydrangeas :)

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  7. Great job, I love the matte flowers!

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  8. Your flowers are really cute!

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I'd love to hear what you're thinking!