Hello Loves. I decided to participate in the Adventures in Stamping weekly challenge this week. This was an easy one for me since I tend to lean toward floral nail art. The difficult part was picking my favorite flower! When it comes to actual fresh cut flowers, stargazer lilies have been my favorites for years. Recently, I have started moving away from them. They are so common in funeral arrangements that I have begun to associate the fragrant blooms with loss and sadness. I know, it's crazy. But they say that scent is the strongest sense tied to memory, so I guess it was bound to happen at some point. So I chose the rose as my favorite flower for this one. I tend to gravitate toward roses for nail art, and what girl doesn't appreciate a vase of roses?
I absolutely LOVE how this mani turned out. So simple, yet there is a lot going on with this one. As usual, details to follow.
I then stamped the middle and ring fingers with part of the long rose image from Messy Mansion MM07 and used my squishy stamper to slightly curve the stamp around the side of each the nail. I used Spoiled 2 Weeks Sober as the stamping polish.
Finally, I added two coats of The Reign of Studs from L'Oreal's Colour Riche Gold Dust collection to the thumb, index and pinkie nails.
I am completely head over heels for the Gold Dust polishes! I love the added sparkle and they are extremely easy to apply. After trying this one, I went back and grabbed three more shades. I wanted them all, but I decided to stick with the ones I knew I could coordinate with my gels. Look for swatches of those soon. :)
I'm actually loving the textured polishes all together. I do a lot of swatching on the weekends and I only soak off one hand until I'm ready to do my final mani. So at any given point in time, my weekend hands are not going to match. It never fails that I'll be in the middle of swatching a color that completely clashes with the art from the week before on my right hand, and my dearest husband will decide he wants to go out to dinner. I'll sacrifice a lot for my readers, but I'm not about to go out in public with clashing hands. Textured polishes have become my savior! They apply quickly and dry super fast, so I can throw one on over my crazy mismatched gel and run out the door. Not to mention if you bump one before it is completely dry, no big deal. It's textured, so you're not even going to notice. Yea!