Saturday, April 23, 2016

Butterflies for nail art challenge #clairestelle8april

Hi there dolls!

My mani for today is for a nail art challenge, hosted by @clairestelle8 on Instagram. You really must check her out, if you haven't already, she has stunning mani's, and on top of that is absolutely hilarious πŸ˜‚ Reading her posts really brings a smile to my face, with her cheeky British wit.

On a monthly basis Claire publishes a list of nail art challenges, with particular themes. Below is the list for April 2016.

There are no winners, it's just for fun, and I really enjoy taking part in this. It gets my brain thinking, of ways to interpret the theme, and it's a great way to see all the wonderful work the other talented nail ladies have created. We use the hashtag of the month to find each other's work. So if you are on Instagram please check it out. And if you would like to contribute, please do so. The dates are guides only, and you don't have to contribute a mani every prompt, fit them in as you can.

The theme for the 23rd is butterflies. I decided to go with some double stamping; a stamped image over a stamped image. Even though butterflies are normally colorful, I enjoy a solid butterfly too πŸ˜„

I started with a base of Orly White Tips. This is my holly grail white nail polish. Why, I hear you ask πŸ˜‰ because it is very opaque, and only needs two coats to completely cover my nail. I have found there are many other white polishes out there that are runny and patchy, which I can't stand. Plus Orly White Tips dries quickly, even without a top coat, and I like the rubber grip bottle top, and the long thin professional brush. I normally buy Orly products from my local Sally's Beauty Supply, it's approx $7.00 US.

After letting my base coat dry for a minute or two, I top coat with HK Girl, from Glisten & Glow. I do this religiously. The reason behind this is, if my next layer of stamping does turn out on the first try, which sadly happens quiet a lot 😒 I can normally remove it with a lint roller, stiycky tape or some non acetone nail polish remover. If you rub very lightly, the chances of damaging the base is not so bad. I find most non metallic Mundo de Unas stamping polish, comes off fairly well.

For the flowers over the base, I used UberChic Beauty plate 8-01. You can purchase it here I created a tri color stamp by putting three colors on the plate at once in a stripe pattern, and used my scraper to lightly blend them together at the edges. I randomly stamped the images on the nail. The colors are MDU Ribbon, Velvet and Lilac. Top coat!
The butterflies are from BundleMonster plate BM-XL14, BornPretty Store plate JQ-13, and TIAN XIN-22. I stamped them with Mundo de Unas purple. As they are all separate small images, I used my C-Thru stamper for placement. One final top coat and all done. I clean up my cuticles with pure acetone and my Elf concealer brush.

Enjoy the rest of your weekendπŸ˜€


  1. Thanks for your lovely words! I'm blushing! Really loving your blog! Great to see more pics and read more about your thoughts!

    1. Thank you so much Claire, thank you for stoping by 😘