Normally I do a little something called Shitty Nail Art Monday but today, I won't call it that. It's a mixture between because I actually like my nails for once, and because I am loving my plates from Natalie from Nailz Craze. They're great. So really, today is just going to be Nail Art Monday and I know all of you have been waiting to hear that!
So I've had this gradient in mind for a while now, after being inspired from a music video by Ke$ha (haha I wish I was joking but I'm not!) and then to overlay that pastel gradient with solid black geometric designs. Welp, instead of hand painting designs, I wanted to use my Nailz Craze stamp plates that I received over a month ago and haven't touched!
To create the gradient, I used Zoya Snow White as a base colour and used a make-up sponge for the gradient. I (or rather my boyfriend's sister) painted polish directly onto the sponge and then sponged on the colours onto my nails. I used OPI Pink Friday and Essie Where's My Chauffeur as both cremes are fairly solid. It came out fairly light with one coat of sponging but I had decided to leave it as it without a second coat because I am lazy and I figured the stamping is going to cover it anyway.
My stamping skills are not the best. (Thought I'd get that out of the way.) For this nail art, I used Nailz Craze NC02 plate featuring funky clouds, unicorn, pegasus, stars, and light beams. You really can't go wrong with that.
I am used to using Konad and faux-nad plates which require a very thick polish and accurate scraping off the excess but with the Nailz Craze plate, I found them a little more fragile and I had to lightly take off the excess, barely touching the plate with little force. Very different from what I've been used to! I used Konad black stamping polish for my stamps.
And lo and behold - a rare right hand sighting!
I definitely recommend the Nailz Craze plates if you like really unique fresh designs. The fragility of the excess scraping may take a bit to get used to but it's doable and it's worth it. One thing that I do notice is that the prints are fairly large. This excites me to no end because usually stamp plates have teeny tiny designs but this also means that smaller-nailed folks may not be able to enjoy the full experience of having an entire unicorn on their nail. You can check out Natalie's Nailz Craze shop on Etsy here.